Books, Daily Happenings, Recipes, Weekend

Fresh Baked Bread

Hello and happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Have a great week 🙂

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When I woke up Sunday, I was so happy to see it was raining. It’s funny because a few weeks ago, I complained about how it was constantly raining. We haven’t gotten rain in so long so it was nice to have kind of a gross day. Alex made us some pancakes to enjoy for breakfast. I paired mine with a glass of cranberry green tea.

After breakfast, I lounged around on the couch and finished “The Reason You’re Alive”. Just go get a copy of this book from your library, it’s so good! There were quotes that made me laugh out loud. I loved it so much and the message is amazing. It’s a book you don’t even realize has a message until the end, at least that’s how I felt. I loved it and will be recommending it anytime anyone asks me for a book to read.

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It was time for lunch so I made half a sandwich. We only had three slices of bread so I looked in the fridge and found leftover broccoli and roasted potatoes so I cute a piece in half to enjoy with the veggies. I wasn’t too sure if it would fill me up but it did for sure.

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I planned on baking a loaf of pumpkin bread but Alex’s mom called to say she baked a loaf for us. I didn’t think we needed two loaves so I opted to make baked oatmeal instead. I used this recipe and I’m hoping it’ll be a good and filling breakfast for the week. The mornings are in the awkward phase where it’s too cold for smoothies but too warm for oatmeal. I’ll report back on how this recipe turned out once I eat it.

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Yes it’s October and I’m wearing Shamrock socks…they were at the top of my drawer

A few weeks ago, Janae posted about making bread and the recipe had been bookmarked. I figured fresh baked bread would go really well with our leftover pasta for dinner so I gave it a try. It was actually super easy to make! Although, the mixer I was using did start to smoke…so let’s all send some positive thoughts that I didn’t break it :/ The bread was so good! The only thing I would change next time I make it is to take it out once it turns golden brown and then brush a little butter and sprinkle a little sea salt on top. Otherwise it is SO good!

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For dinner, we heated up our leftovers from dinner the night before. I personally think pasta is one of the hardest dishes to reheat as leftovers but after trail and error, I’ve found the best way to do it. I turn my oven to 350 degrees and place the pasta cold into an oven safe dish. After a few minutes, I stir the pasta up so evenly heats evenly and repeat until everything is hot enough (max 20 minutes). Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top and you’re all set!

After dinner, we got comfy on the couch. I started a new book and Alex did some stuff on the computer. When we’re hanging around our apartment, we always have music on in the background. Last night, Alex chose the “Crooners and Cocktails” Pandora radio station. After a bit, he asked if I would watch the Frank Sinatra documentary that HBO made. It’s a two part movie with each part being 2 hours long. We’re about an hour and thirty minutes into the first part and it’s really good. We only stopped because it was getting late and we needed to head to bed.

Question of the day: Have you ever made homemade bread?

Daily Happenings, Recipes, Running, Weekend

Run The Vineyards 8k

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Enjoy your day 🙂

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Alex took this as I was going in towards the finish line.

Sunday is typically my rest day during the weekend but yesterday involved a fun race. A few months ago, I saw a run through at a winery about 40 minutes away. I texted some friends to see if they wanted to do it and we all signed up! We were in for an interesting surprise when we got there and found out the course was through woods, fields and very hilly. That was not how it was advertised at all! It was so hilly that it was the equivalent of 70 flights of stairs. My legs were tired from my 7 miles on Saturday morning but I didn’t walk so that was a win in my book. All runners got a free glass of wine after so I tried their chardonnay and enjoyed it.

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When we got home I was pretty hungry so while I showered and got dressed, Alex made me a grilled cheese. I had recently seen a Buzzfeed article that said if you lightly coat the outside of bread with mayo instead of butter for a grilled cheese then the bread gets crispier and more delicious. We didn’t find that to be true but it was still good. I also had a glass of cider, a cider donut and a carrot with hummus.

I hung out on the couch and read for a bit then napped while Alex did school work. I was in the mood for a low key afternoon after having two pretty busy days and getting less sleep than normal. One of Alex’s friends who was in town from New York City came by for a bit.

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Last week, Emily posted about a buffalo chicken recipe she made for her family. Since I’m the world’s pickiest eater and her exact recipe called for sweet potatoes, I looked for something with normal potatoes to enjoy. Oh my gosh you guys, go and make this loaded potato and buffalo chicken casserole from Genius Kitchen. It was SO good!! Alex and I both loved it and it’s definitely going to be a staple dinner for us I think.

After dinner, we watched an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and hung out. A friend of Alex’s was visiting from Texas so he came over for a beer. We all chatted for a bit before his friend had to leave. It was nice to see him but I would be lying if I said, I didn’t go right to bed after.

I want to acknowledge the events that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their families. I was in awe and shock when I woke up to the news this morning. 

Question of the day: What’s the most recent fun run that you’ve done? 

Books, Daily Happenings, Recipes, Running

Inspired By Chick-fil-A

Happy Wednesday! We’re one day closer to the weekend friends. Have a great day 🙂

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Alex and I were so slow to get out of bed yesterday morning. I told him that it’s sometimes harder for me to wake up on Tuesday mornings than it is on Monday mornings for whatever reason. Luckily I got ready pretty quickly so I could try a new breakfast recipe. I won’t keep it a secret and will tell you I was inspired by Chick-fil-A. When I was scrolling through Facebook yesterday, an add popped up about their breakfast scramble burritos and bowls. It looked good so I made my own at home! I cut up a potato to kind of be like hashbrowns, cooked two breakfast sausages, and scrambled an egg. I threw it all in a bowl with Mexican cheese, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. It was good!

During lunch, I checked my email at work and received awful news. If you didn’t know I am so in love with Chip and Joanna Gaines. They broke the news that the fifth season of “Fixer Upper”, a.k.a the best show on HGTV, will be the last season of it. I truly think it was a tough decision for them because Chip seems like he could become emotional in the video. Given the success of the show and how it has really changed their life and business, I have a lot of respect for them as they walk away to focus on their family. Something tells me they will be back with a new project soon, and I mean in addition to their home line at Target.

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I got home from work and headed out on my run for the day. My workout was speed work with a mile warm up and cool down. It felt really good and was just the type of hard workout I needed. 4 miles total including a mile warm up and cool down.

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I got home, showered and settled on the couch to continue reading my book. If you’ve heard of the movie “Lion” that came out earlier this year then you may have heard of the book “A Long Way Home”. It’s a memoir by Saroo Brierley about his ordeal as a five year old in India. He was from a small village and fell asleep on a train while with his brother looking for food or money at a train station. The train takes him to Calcutta and he is later adopted by a family in Australia. I haven’t seen the movie but I know how it ends since my aunt ruined it for me lol. Even though it’s a memoir, it is told in a story and I haven’t found any of it boring like I find sometimes happens with nonfiction books.

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For dinner, we heated up a bunch of leftovers. I threw some rice, Italian sausage and roasted potatoes in a bowl to eat. Not the best meal but it filled me up. Afterwards, I got right back to reading. Alex and I hung out and had a really chill night which was perfect. We started an episode of “Arrested Development” and turned it off about halfway through. The last season of it is not as good as the others and we might not even finish the series. Netflix just messed it up a little and it probably could’ve ended when it originally did years ago. We chatted a bit on the couch then crawled into bed.

Question of the day: What’s your favorite meal at a restaurant to recreate at home?

Books, Daily Happenings, Recipes

3.5 Weeks Later

Happy Thursday! Our mini vacation at Alex’s parents house is coming to an end today since his parents and sister arrive back in America this afternoon. It’s going to be sad not seeing the dogs everyday but luckily they’re close by. Have a great one 🙂

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For some reason, I had a lot of time yesterday morning but I’m not complaining! When I walked downstairs, Alex was in the middle of making breakfast for us which was a nice bonus. He made bacon and scrambled eggs that I had while watching the news.

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Work was a little slow but it happens. During lunch, I had my typical peanut butter sandwich, hummus, carrots and pretzels. You would think that after eating this lunch for years I would be sick of it but I’m not. I finished “Ghostwalk” by Rebecca Stott. The book is about a woman named Lydia Brooke who becomes a ghost writer to a book after the author is found dead. The author is an ex-lover’s mother that she befriended. The book Lydia is supposed to write is about Issac Newton and his ties to alchemy. The writing style was interesting since it’s telling the story but Lydia is also writing as a way to talk about what’s happening. Rebecca’s writing style was interesting but I felt like there was a lot of things that were implied and not explicitly stated which bothered me a bit.

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After work, Alex and I went back to our apartment to wait for the new washer and dryer to be delivered. If you’ve been keeping track, it was 3.5 weeks that we were without it and having to go to his parents house to do laundry. The capacity of the machines are so much bigger and they’re silent. I’m also hoping it means that the dryer won’t make our apartment a sauna when it runs so we will have to wait to see.

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I think the dogs were a little panicked that Alex and I weren’t coming home since they went nuts when we got back to the house. Annie grabbed her “bunny” and was running around with it. Bunny is actually just the mat near the kitchen sink but when she was a puppy she actually had a stuffed bunny. Alex says that bunny is now anything she will carry in her mouth. Since we were gone for a while, I whipped up a box of Kraft mac n cheese. Sometimes quick and easy trumps a super healthy meal.

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A few days ago, Janae posted a picture of her baking sugar cookies with her kids. Well those cookies have been in my mind and I needed a distraction last night so I decided to bake them. The recipe claimed to make about 4 dozen cookies so I cut the recipe in half. It made over 30 cookies!! 30! This is probably the only cookie recipe that makes how many it claims to. Oddly enough, cutting the frosting recipe in half didn’t cover all of the cookies so I was only able to frost half of them. The cookie itself is delicious but I think frosting is a must for them.

By the time I finished baking, frosting and cleaning it was a little before 10. Alex and I put on “Arrested Development” and I fell asleep for part of it. Oops! I really need to get better about that so I don’t always need to catch up. After the episode finished, we went up to bed.

Question of the day: What’s your favorite thing to bake?

Books, Daily Happenings, Recipes

Friday Night Fires

Happy Saturday! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day 🙂

It wasn’t cold yesterday morning but I was in the mood for some oatmeal. Well that and there’s no milk in the fridge so I can’t make overnight oats. But a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and peanut butter really hit the spot.


Friday morning was one of those days where I felt like I sat down and barely stopped working until lunch. I’m not complaining since the morning flew by. For lunch I had another turkey sandwich. If you like sandwiches I recommend trying this swirl bread. It’s pumpernickel and rye together and actually really good. I was a little nervous to try it at first but I’ve been loving it for my sandwiches this week.


After work, I sat down to read for a bit. I started “Ghostwalk” by Recbecca Stott. So far so good! It’s a story about an author that is found dead and a ghostwriter takes over the book about Issac Newton and alchemy. It takes place in the current century with references to seventeenth century in Cambridge, England. I’m about a quarter of the way through so I will let you know more of how I feel when I get farther in! It was such a nice day so when I let the dogs out I grabbed a soccer ball. Gracie loves to chase a soccer ball so she was in heaven while I kicked it around the yard. Annie was barely interested in the tennis ball Alex threw her lol.


Last week, Erinn posted a recipe for burgers so Alex and I made them last night. So good!! It was basically a bacon cheeseburger but with the bacon and cheese mixed in. Y’all should check out the recipe and make them for yourself.


We quickly cleaned up dinner and went to start a bonfire. Well I didn’t start it but I watched Alex start it 😉 His friend came out as well so we sat outside and enjoyed the bonfire. Even though the weather was in the high 80s during the day, it cooled off at night so we could have a fire. Once the fire died down we went inside and fell asleep.

Question of the day: Have you ever tried almond or cashew butter? I always get peanut butter but I feel like I should branch out and don’t know what to try!