since.

So, since I haven’t been checking in lately, I’ll give you guys some random pictures, plus my Saturday antics!

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^I took full advantage of the few freezing days we got in Greenville to break out all my winter gear. And of course take some selfies….^

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^watching the boys play soccer….which led to me being captivating by my shadow. It’s the simply things guys.^

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^I am in love with this new Christmas tumbler. It just makes workouts so much more fun!^

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^isn’t he just the cutest? Drinking the beer he brewed himself!^

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^salad with chips, apple, cucumber, lettuce, and hummus.^

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^when in doubt.. add goat cheese. I needed to spice up some frozen kale, and this more than did the trick!^

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^Last dinner with my gorgeous roomie! Mahi Mahi burgers, quinoa, goat cheese, and roasted pearl onions + brussels sprouts. This was amazing. Goat cheese has a special place in my heart.^

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^Healthy dessert one night. Banana, pumpkin, cinnamon, and one hershey’s kiss for a treat!^

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^The last meal before I headed home from school. I went all out with fries, I live a wild life. And a black bean burger under all those vegetables.^

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^Airport salad, not too shabby BWI! Chopped vegetables, with avocado on top.^

Saturday:

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Saturday morning consisted of crafts, baking, and general preparations for all the Christmas gatherings we’ll be having at our house over the next few days. The funny thing is that we won’t even be here for Christmas Eve/Day, but there will be lots of activities before then.

After some work around the house in the morning, I met a friend out to get manicures and do some shopping. My color came out a lot lighter than I thought 😦 but…later I painted over with a gold color I love! I’ll post that tomorrow. Besides– the most important part of the manicure is getting them to clean up your nails, right?!

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^After shopping, we stopped in at a new restaurant, Sweet ‘n’ Savory in Port Jefferson, to try their crepes. We split and Eggplant Crepe and a Berries and Creme Crepe. They were enormous and so so delicious. Anyone in the Long Island area, you HAVE to try these. You will be more than satisfied.^

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^For family dinner, I wasn’t too hunger {did you see those crepes?!}, so I stuck with the vegetable sides. Spaghetti squash, roasted broccoli, and broiled asparagus. Yum!^

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^And to round out the night… a workout. 30 minutes of intervals on the Elliptical, and 20 minutes of Arc intervals. Nice and sweaty, in under an hour!^

Off to the family holiday party!

Any parties tonight?

 

lately.

eats:

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I’ve been whipping this healthy breakfast lately- some butternut squash or pumpkin, some greek yogurt, and some roasted + salted nuts. It;s especially awesome because it’s a low-sugar breakfast {as opposed to sugar filled cereals or breads that grace many American tables}.

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^oats, chocolate chips, greek yogurt, and peanut butter. it’s a pretty awesome combo. a little higher in sugar than my first option but not really terrible- especially if you leave out the chocolate {but do you really want to do that? ;)}

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^in the course of my gluten free adventures I’ve discovered these- glutino pretzels.. I bought the unsalted variety and LOVE them. they pair well with cheese, hummus, salsa…everything!^

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^speaking of dipping options.. Chavrie Purely Goat cheese. Actually from Walmart and actually delicious. I polished this off in a few day… I like goat cheese, what can I say.^

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^roasted pine nut Sabra hummus. I’m in love with it. Sabra + veggies, wraps, pretzels… it’s a match made in heaven.^

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^what’s up doc^

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^two quick wraps I threw together before babysitting last week. One with goat cheese, one with hummus. Both satisfying and scrumptious!^

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^an indian dinner with my boy. The first picture is bhel “A special bombay-style mixture of puffed rice, broken crunchy puries, boiled potato bits, finely chopped onions, our homemade chickpea flour noodles and a combination of our mouth-watering chutneys”. It was delicious- especially the pomegranate seeds in there. We shared it as an appetizer. The second picture is my entree the baingan bharta “fresh eggplant baked with indian spices”. Also delicious! I was satisfied {okay- stuffed} and happy after this meal. Check Swad out if you’re in the Southeast!^

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^This past week we took my roommate out to Tupelo Honey Cafe for her birthday. My meal- goat cheese grits topped with salsa verde black-eyed peas, a layer of savory sautéed greens and a heaping dose of crispy fried okra with sunshot salsa. I only wish it had been bigger… the combination of flavors and textures were so so good, I couldn’t have found a better meal!^

 activities:

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^fall around campus^

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^dressed up for a fall day^

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^cookie decorating with my girls…literally my heart just melts :)^

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^the cutest kids around^

keep tuned for some more regularly scheduled posting this week!

 

friday five {14}

to eat:

for this week… just a random collection of things I’m feeling. Fish? I’m testing it out. Pumpkin? It’s fall…how could I not 🙂 Goat cheese + cauliflower….I’m really loving goat cheese right now. Creamy, smooth, delicious!

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^blackened salmon with mango salsa. via Skinnytaste— yum!^

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^gluten free pumpkin donuts. via MyWholeFoodLife.com^

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^cauliflower and goat cheese fritters. via.^

to do:

here are some quick workouts- the perfect kind to fit into your busy weekend!

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^via Carrots n’ Cake^

to wear:

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to read:

24 kids who are clearly being raised right. This will make you smile :)!

Shutdown Over, Obamacare fight isn’t. This article is informative and interesting- check it out.

to smile about:

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