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More Baking

Happy Saturday! What are your plans for the day? Alex and I have some more birthday celebrations on the agenda. Have a great day πŸ™‚

After going to New York City and being up waaaay to late Thursday night, waking up was HARD yesterday. I was not in the mood to get up when my alarm went off but work was calling my name. I made oatmeal but took it to the office since I was running late. 

Work was interesting. We had some German visitors seeing the facility so everyone was one their A game. For my afternoon snack, I had a peach Greek yogurt. Oikos triple zero is the best Greek yogurt I’ve tried. After work, I headed to the grocery store to pick up a few items before going home. 

After I got home I quickly changed and headed out for a 4 mile run. For some reason, my body just felt off. I got it done though and had some fartlek intervals thrown into the miles. 

Once I was showered it was time for more baking! I may have mentioned this before but Alex is a twin so I offered to bake the birthday cake for the family party. I’ve never made a cake from scratch before but it was so easy! The smell was amazing and the batter tasted good so it means the cake will taste good right??

While the cakes were baking, I made some brown rice. Dinner was burrito bowls and they hit the spot! In mine was the rice, southwest chicken from the crockpot, lettuce, cheese, a little sour cream and lots of salsa. 

Once dinner was cleaned up, Alex and I got settled on the couch to watch a movie. When Alex got home from work he told me he was in the mood to watch a kids movie. I obviously agreed to that! We settled on Sing! and I thought it was so cute. The music in it was really good and some parts were really funny. After the movie ended, I wrapped the cakes up and headed to bed. 

Question of the day: Do you typically workout on Fridays? I usually don’t and don’t know how I feel about it. 

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This Would Happen To Me

Happy Friday!! I’m so excited for today because I get to be home and sleep in my own bed tonight. I hope you all have a fantastic day πŸ™‚

Quick update – sorry for the late post! I thought I hit publish before I left the hotel (and wifi).

I accidentally fell asleep until 6:37am yesterday morning. I’m normally in the restaurant by 7:05 to eat breakfast so I rushed around getting ready. Somehow I managed to get to the restaurant around 7:15 which was not bad at all! I ordered an omelette with bacon, spinach and cheddar, wheat toast and I asked for fruit instead of potatoes. Unfortunately they brought the potatoes but since I was rushed I didn’t correct them. The potatoes were good though! I just missed fruit. 

When we went to Alex’s parent house for dinner on Sunday, his sister was starting to get sick. Then Tuesday, Alex said he was starting to feel sick. Low and behold, my throat started hurting Wednesday after work 😦

I went to a Walgreen’s and picked up generic brand of emergen-c and throat lozenges. They were on hand all day at work with me. I’m praying I don’t get sick but Alex’s while family (except his dad) are feeling a little under the weather. Of course this happens when I’m starting a new job and traveling. Some things you just can’t control!

Work is slowly getting better since I’m starting to remember things. I went to the cafeteria in the basement and grabbed a turkey wrap and chips for lunch. It was quite tasty. 

After work, I went back to the hotel. The lobby has a little happy hour type thing near the front desk. They have some small treats and flavored lemonade. I have no clue what the flavors were today but it was pink and delicious!

For dinner, I felt lazy and didn’t want to drive anywhere. Plus there was some sort of event so parking was limited. I was going to walk somewhere close to the hotel but it was dark by the time I was hungry. To be on the safe side, I went to the hotel’s restaurant for a simple dinner. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a pretty picky eater. The hotel restaurant had some slightly fancy food (for my taste) so dinner was a Caesar salad and fries. Balance right?! 

I went back to my room and started packing. It was a bit of a Tetris game because I now had my computer case to bring back on top of everything I brought. A plus for being a packaging engineer is being able to put lots of things into a smal area efficiently πŸ™‚ I got in bed and watched “Shark Tank” for the rest of the night. 

Question of the day: What’s on your agenda for this Friday??

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies

Happy Saturday! Have a great day πŸ™‚

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Yesterday morning did not feel like a Friday. I’ve been off all week since Monday was a holiday and I was off of work. Did anyone else feel that way or was it just me? For breakfast I made toast and topped it with peanut butter and chia seeds. If you don’t have chia seeds, I recommended grabbing a bag! I add them to smoothies, overnight oats and top toast with it. They’re a great source of protein.


I always have a yogurt around 3 as an afternoon snack at work. A week ago, I found a new flavor at the store for fall – apple cinnamon. Since it was new I figured I’d give it a try. Unfortunately I wasn’t a fan. The flavor was okay but it tastes like straight cinnamon yogurt and I didn’t get any apple out of it.


Alex’s uncle is visiting this weekend so I got home from work and made a dessert. When our friend Sarah came over the other week, she brought a healthy dessert with her. I wanted to give it a try. We didn’t tell anyone what was in it until after they tasted it. Alex’s dad was completely shocked when I said chick peas were the main ingredient. It looks like we have a new go-to dessert recipe! It’s super easy too but I recommend a food processor for mixing. My blender is a nitro ninja (which I love!) but it didn’t mash al of the chick peas perfectly.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies

*This recipe is fromΒ Joy Food SunshineΒ and I modified it to fit the ingredients I have in my cabinets.

What you’ll need

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8″ or 9″ glass baking dish and set aside.
  • Put all ingredients except chocolate chips into a blender or food processor.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Add chocolate chips and mix by hand.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips and sea salt on top.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until edges start to pull away from the sides, top is set and slightly golden brown.
  • Let cool at least 15 minutes then enjoy!

 

Question of the day: Do you like any fall flavored foods? Such as pumpkin spice Cheerios or apple cinnamon yogurt.

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Friday Night Barbecue

Happy Saturday! I hope you have something fun on the agenda for today. Alex and I are meeting friends for dinner tonight and I can’t wait to catch up with them. Have a great day πŸ™‚ (P.S I apologize for the lack of pictures in today’s post!)

After work I went to a nail salon to get a gift certificate for someone’s birthday. As work was ending I started thinking about getting my nails done because “Treat Yo Self”! The salon was packed! Every nail tech was working on someone so I decided against it. 

I got home and hung out for a bit and watched a little tv. Yesterday was one of those days while my head was just mush after work for whatever reason. We had a barbecue to go to so I didn’t feel too bad for being a couch potato a bit after work. 

The barbecue was fun! Unfortunately I didn’t think to take pictures when the sun was out. The backyard didn’t have a ton of lights so when the sun went down it was pretty dark. I had a cheese burger and salad for dinner. It was tasty. 

Apparently I got it by a bunch of bugs 😦 I felt like I was itching the whole night. Maybe it was in my head for part of it but there are definitely some actual bites on me. When we got home, I read my book on the couch. I’m over halfway through “Big Little Lies” and am loving it. I highly recommend it to anyone. 

Question of the day: What did you do on your Friday?

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Friday

Happy Saturday! I’m excited because Alex and I are taking a trip to the beach today. After a rainy and gross Friday, I’m ready to spend a day by the water.

 

Work was interesting in that an oven used in order to test products in heat broke. Our maintenance man came to my office to tell me. Luckily the second oven we have has adjustable shelves. Currently there are 17 tests happening so if I wasn’t able to put everything in one oven, everything would be set back weeks. Besides, that work went on as normal which is good.

Once home, I had some cheese and crackers. Random fact but Alex and I have cheese and crackers as a snack almost everyday. I read on the couch before bed. I finished “Pretty Baby” and really enjoyed it! While looking for a playlist on Spotify I found thisΒ one and it has so many good songs from when I was growing up.


Dinner was leftover chicken from Monday night plus roasted broccoli and potatoes. If I was given the option to eat a roasted potato everyday I would happily say yes. I just love them! After dinner, we decided to keep the music going and had a drink on our porch since the rain cleared. Bartender Alex was very excited to use the barcart he made!

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When we came back inside, I finished this blog post and then we watched the rest ofΒ “Life As We Know It” Β before going to bed.

 

I’m in the car driving to the beach now and hope you all have a great Saturday!