Daily Happenings, Restaurant, Weekend

A Day Of Children’s TV

Good morning friends! I hope you are all ready to tackle the new week. Have a great Monday 🙂

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Even though we weren’t in our apartment, we kept our our Sunday morning pancake/waffle tradition. Alex worked on making pancakes while I cooked a little bacon to enjoy as well. I paired it with a big glass of milk. When I was younger, my parents had a rule that all of the kids had to have a glass of milk with dinner to be sure we got enough calcium in our diets. I continued with that even through college and sometimes have it now. Side note – I did not realize I took a beer glass out of the cabinet when I grabbed it although I do like Hoegaarden on occasion.

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After breakfast it was time for another walk! Gracie and Annie got very excited when they heard walk and were going a little crazy when we pulled out the leashes. These two dogs sure are spoiled while their mom and dad are away. Going out in the morning has been so nice and the park is empty except for a few people. I like going on walks but not feeling like everyone is on top of me.

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When we got home, I read a little and planned the week ahead. I love spending just a few minutes on Sunday to plan what I have and check to see any big things that are coming in the week ahead. Annie was being adorable and following me around most of the morning. She had a lot of opinions on how I did my makeup yesterday 😉


I feel like the morning flew by even though I didn’t do that much but I won’t complain. Alex wanted to grill leftover burgers from Friday night for lunch and I threw my plan of leftovers for lunch out the window. A burger just sounded better and a real grill has been a spoil for us so it was hard to resist. We paired it with leftover mashed potatoes and ate outside.

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After lunch, I read for a bit and Alex wanted a little break from work so we turned on Spongebob. Yes we are 22 and 23 years old and watched some Spongebob. The only episodes on demand for free were the recent seasons and they were not as good as the ones from when we were kids we decided. Or we are too old to enjoy Spongebob, maybe a mix of both who knows. I was going to make some tea as a little pick me up but Alex suggested hot chocolate and I hopped on board. Alex said that his mug on the left and mine is on the right and describe us perfectly.


We sat outside a little bit before we headed out for dinner. Alex’s dad belongs to a gold club and part of the membership fee includes a certain amount of food each month. Since Mr. Anderson has been gone majority of the month he told us to go and have dinner. Being told to eat out for a free meal, count us in!! We headed over and opted to sit outside since it was nice. Alex and I enjoyed a glass of whiskey and Chardonnay respectively while talking. Our food came and it was good! I ordered steak fajitas and Alex had the crab cakes. Both of us really enjoyed our meals! The crab cakes were mostly meat which was great for him. I asked Alex Saturday night if we could have dessert at Forsgate (the golf club) and he said yes. We split the chocolate cake and it was so good. The piece was huge and I have no idea how one person would be able to eat it themselves.

When we got home, I did a face mask while we watched a movie. We were in the mood for a mindless movie so Alex put on “Scooby-Doo”. For some reason, we were all about children’s tv shows and movies yesterday. How cute is it that Freddie Prinze Jr. (Fred) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne) are married in real life? They are a cute celebrity couple in my opinion. After a bit we were both tired and decided to turn the movie off and head up to bed.

Question of the day: Did you have any rules growing up that you still follow today or have made for your kids?

Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

A Sunrise Run

Happy Sunday! How’s your weekend so far? I hope it’s going well and you’re doing something fun. Have a great one 🙂


I woke up Saturday morning and did not want to get out of bed for my run. Does that happen to you ever? I knew I would feel better if I did so I got up and changed to go out. Before morning runs, I eat a piece of toast with peanut butter. I had 6 miles to go and decreased my time with each mile woo! When running over the small lake that is in the towns Alex grew up in, I had to stop and take a quick picture. Look at the sunrise and the lake was completely still, not even a ripple in the water. Beautiful!

After my run it was time to do a little cleaning. And by cleaning I mean vacuuming dog hair. Once that was all done it was time for another walk with the dogs. I think they’re going to be a little sad when Alex’s parents gets home and we don’t take them on walks. When we got home I was in desperate need of a shower so I hopped in and got ready before heading to the grocery store.

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Alex stopped to grab something from a convenience store and there were two Boy Scouts selling popcorn. Since Alex and I don’t have a microwave in our apartment, he said he couldn’t buy any. Apparently Boy Scouts sells bags of prepopped popcorn now. Who knew! Although for $10 that seems super overpriced. Yes we know that the money goes to the troop and it’s teaching the boys valuable lessons but how about it costs $5 instead Boy Scouts?

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Then it was time for lunch! I made another sandwich and used some cheese, turkey, ham lettuce and mayo. I really do miss turkey sandwiches so I’ve been eating all of the turkey that is in the fridge. On the side, I added a few handfuls of the popcorn we bought. When I finished eating, I prepped some chicken and put it in a bowl to marinade for dinner Monday night. Seems super early but the longer the meat marinades for the recipe, the better it tastes.

After that I just kind of hung out and read for a bit. I also played with the dogs outside. It was really hot but I wanted fresh air so I braced it to get outside. Then I sat on the couch and read for a while.

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We were supposed to drive up to north Jersey to meet some of Alex’s friends from college. The plans ended up falling through so we quickly found something to make for dinner. There was a package of brown sugar bourbon marinaded chicken breasts in the freezer that we took out to defrost. I threw some potatoes in the oven to roast while Alex put the chicken on the grill. After adding some salad to our plates dinner was served! The chicken was pretty good although we did think the barbecue flavor would’ve been stronger. I’m now inspired to buy some chicken and place in bags with a marinade for easy dinners.

After dinner we got comfy on the couch to start “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. If you don’t know, it’s a prequel of sorts to Harry Potter but not really. Since we love Harry Potter I think we had high expectations for this movie. It’s not that it was bad but it’s not Harry Potter good if that makes sense. I did fall asleep during it but that’s because it was pitch black and apparently I can’t watch movies in the pitch black on the couch.

Question of the day: What’s been the high from your weekend thus far?

Daily Happenings, Weekend

It’s Like We’re Moving

Happy Monday! Are you ready to tackle the week? I hope you all have a great one 🙂


If you’ve been following for a while, you’ve probably noticed that waffles or pancakes are Alex and I’s breakfast of choice on Sunday morning. I love this little tradition we’ve started since moving in together. We’re trying to use of food we have in the fridge so while the pancakes were cooking, I made some bacon. With the leftover batter, we made more pancakes and put them in the freezer for a quick breakfast on another day.


After breakfast it was time to get things done! Since Saturday wasn’t very productive, I figured I should use the morning to be. I gathered a bunch of clothes to donate and brought back the library books I finished. There were some potatoes in the cabinet that were starting to sprout and get quishy. Since I hate throwing food away, I cut off the bad parts and cooked them for just a little bit in the oven to bake off the moisture. Once they were completely cooled, I put the fries in a freezer bag and threw them in the freezer. I’ve never done that before so when we eat them I’ll report back and let you know how it works! By the time that was all done I was ready for lunch. There was some leftover stir fry from earlier in the week which I heated up to enjoy.


After lunch it was go time. Alex’s parents are going on a cruise in the Mediterranean (cue the jealousy) and asked us to house and dog sit for them. Although we could go back and forth to our apartment and their house it just seemed like a bigger hassle. Instead we packed our bags for our “vacation” haha. The picture above doesn’t include our dirty laundry (yes our machine is still broken), backpack and smaller cooler filled with perishable food, We kept saying how it honestly feels like we’re moving.

Normally I grocery shop and meal plan Saturday morning. Since we’re not at our apartment, we didn’t know what groceries, if any, we would need for the week. After we unpacked, I worked on meal planning for the week and checking what groceries we would need before going to the store. I spent less than $15 on food which was awesome! I will say though, we got lucky since his parents knew we would be staying there so they didn’t feel a need to eat all of their perishables.

Annie is on the left and Grace is on the right.

Alex’s parents have two golden retrievers, Grace and Annie. His mom said they did not take them leaving  very well and seemed confused when Alex and I arrived. To cheer them up, Alex and I took them on a walk! Don’t worry, they get plenty of exercise in the yard but because Grace is 15 and Annie had two hip surgeries a walk to the park is a little much for everyday. When they realized where we were going they got so excited! By the end they were panting and tied  but it was fun to take them out on such a nice day!


For dinner, we had some leftovers that were in the fridge. I threw some potatoes in the oven to crisp up a bit and added some garlic, paprika and pepper for extra flavor as well. While the oven was preheating I snacked on a few noodles from Greek pasta salad, yes just the noodles since I’m picky, and put green beans on a plate. Once the potatoes were crisper, I placed them in a bowl and topped with some ketchup and hot sauce. It was an easy but filling dinner!


We ended our night by sitting outside. One thing we love is fires (except when it’s in our oven)! Our apartment has a fireplace but it hasn’t been cold enough to use it yet. The fall of last year was when Alex and I started dating so we spent a few nights at the beginning of our relationship sitting in his parent’s backyard talking by the bonfire. We’re taking advantage of having a bonfire pit and will be spending a lot of time enjoying this little luxury.

Question of the day: Will you cook or freeze food before it goes bad? I really hate throwing food out, it feels like such a waste of money! 

I would like to take the time to remember all of those that passed away 16 years ago during the terrorist attacks and to all of the first responders. My thoughts and prayers are with their families today, as well as those affected by Hurricane Irma.

Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

A 5k And Not So Healthy Day

Happy Sunday! Today is going to be filled with doing a bunch of things around the house before Alex and I pack up to house and dog sit for his parents. Have a great day 🙂


Saturday morning started on a fun note! There was a charity 5k near us that I signed up for. The girl it’s named after, Helene Cody, died of a brain aneurysm at 16 years old. Her family started a foundation in her name to “inspire youth to volunteer to better their communities and themselves”. Helene was an avid runner so there has been a 5k every year with the money from sign ups being put towards scholarships and projects that the foundation puts on. I finished the 5k in 28:10 and decreased every mile, woo! I was happy to see this and can’t wait to see how my running improves from here.

After the run, Alex and I went to his parents house so I could shower. His grandparents were there to pick up his uncle. Cranbury Day is a small street fair that is put on every year. Once I showered and his dad was back, we all drove to the fair to walk around. Businesses and community groups have tables on the streets with different activities for people to partake in. Alex’s mom had a table with another real estate agent in her office with small wooden bird houses for children to paint. A cute little girl came by and needed some help but her mom was helping the sister. Helping this girl made me so excited to become a mom in a few years!


The 5k had a bunch of raffles that you were entered into by signing up. I checked after the finish before we left to see if I won. I’m pretty sure Alex may have rolled his eyes when I said I was going to check but the joke was on him since I won a $25 gift card to a new sandwich shop in town, called Mr. Subs. After walking around for most of the morning we were pretty hungry. I treated Alex to lunch (with my free gift card) and it was good! Although we did find the shop a little expensive for two sandwiches plus the combo that gave us chips and a drink as well.


By the time we got home it was about 1, which doesn’t seem late but we were out and about since 8 so we were ready to relax a bit. We turned on an episode of “Burn Notice”. After it ended, we went to run a bunch of errands.


Normally I plan our meals for the week the weekend ahead of time. Weekends are semi planned but last night we had nothing planned. Since I didn’t grocery shop or plan anything we had only a few options at home. We didn’t want to make something and have leftovers so we grabbed takeout. I got Buffalo chicken fingers and fries that Alex and I shared. When we got back from picking the food up nothing was hot which was super annoying. I turned our oven on and put the paper bag of fries in it. Big mistake. Something smelled off and when I opened the oven door, I smelled burning and saw a lot of smoke. I yelled for Alex, opened the window and turned the fan on high. He put the mini fire out and the alarm didn’t go off luckily. So learn from me and don’t put a paper bag of fries in an oven, even if the oven is barely hot.

Question of the day: Have you ever set a container on fire while warming up food? When I was in 7th grade, I put a frozen bag of bread in the microwave to defrost so we could pack lunches. Luckily a worker who was at our house noticed it was burning and took it out in time to prevent a big fire. 

Books, Daily Happenings, Running, Travel, Weekend

Labor Day Weekend

Hi friends!

I’m sorry to go MIA on you this weekend. I meant to have a Saturday post up like normal but a late dinner at Alex’s parents house derailed that plan. This weekend, I made a quick 48 hour trip to Indiana for my grandpa’s 80th birthday. Let’s start from the beginning though, shall we?

P.S this post maybe a little photo-less since I was trying to enjoy the time with my family. All 23 (grandparents, parents and grandkids) of us were together, which never happens and the next time it does could honestly be someone’s wedding.

Saturday


Luckily, Saturday didn’t start out too early for me. I woke up at about 5/5:15 to shower before my flight. We live about an hour away from the airport so I needed to leave by 6 to get breakfast (priorities!), take the above picture of the sunrise, drive and park. TSA precheck is the best $80 my parents have ever spent for me. It makes security an absolute breeze to get through. I walked to the gate and found a seat. United is redoing the gates at Newark’s airport so the gate was under construction. I found a seat close by and dug into my breakfast sandwich. Instead of buying a water bottle, I packed an empty one so I could have unlimited water before and during the flight.


I flew to Chicago and my sister picked me up. We drove to my parents to pack the car then headed to my grandparents house in Indiana. Saturday was very travel friendly between flying to Chicago then driving two hours to Indiana. Naturally I called shotgun so I could be in charge of music. In the car I drove in (my immediate family took 3!) it was me, my mom and sister. “Yeah!” by Usher came on when we were close to their house so one of them decided we should blast it with the windows down as we pulled into my grandparents driveway. I feel like that right there sums up how the weekend went ha.

The rest of Saturday was spent catching up with family, unloading a ton of food, and doing a little party decorating. My mom and her three sisters didn’t want my grandma to deal with cooking or food so every brought a ton of food. There were boxes and bags all over the house. For dinner we had Italian beef from my favorite place in Chicago. I was a happy camper when I found out that was on the menu. I stayed up way too late but had a ton of laughs.

Sunday


I woke up bright and early Sunday morning at 6:35 and scrolled through my phone a bit before getting up. Since everyone else was sleeping and it was so early, I didn’t want to get ready for my run immediately. A little before 7, I got up and changed before heading out. Traveling can dehydrate you so I wasn’t sure how I would feel during the 4-6 miles my coach scheduled for me. Aside from the hills large inclines, I felt great! I told myself I had to get at least 4 done but about 2.5 miles in decided to go for the full 6 and I’m SO glad I did.

The one “complaint”, if you want to call it that, with going away this weekend was basically being powerless to the food I ate since I had no hand in planning or prepping it. Running made me feel much better the whole day, even if I snacked on a little too much Chex Mix. When I got home, I was stretching my calves on the front step right by the sidewalk and my grandma opened the front door because she thought I was a stranger staring into the house. I got home just in time to help set up the food table for breakfast. Yes we had a food table, there were 23 people in a 3 bedroom house! We were packed like sardines (kidding…kinda) but it was very crowded.

After cleaning up, party prep really began. We had to remake Bingo cards since my aunt made 30 copies of the exact same card on accident. My mom, two aunts, uncle, two cousins and I cut and glued/taped 25 cards to make sure they were all different. Instead of using numbers, my aunt took a picture of each person to make the spaces. We filled a pinata with candy, hung up some balloons then got ready for lunch. My family always jokes that when we’re in Indiana, all we do is eat. Which is kind of true. If one person gets a snack then most people pick at it or get their own.


Finally the party began. I have no idea who thought of this but the daughters had all of the grandkids dress up as my grandpa through the years. We did a fashion show and my grandparents were laughing at all of them. It was so funny to hear them laugh and see how everyone turned out. Above is boat grandpa and camping (mustard) grandpa ready for the party! Then everyone got changed into a white shirt and khaki shorts. My grandpa wears a white polo and khakis pretty much every day so we thought it would be funny to all show up in that. I’m sure whoever walked by thought we were crazy but oh well!

The rest of the night was spent eating way to many treats, taking pictures in the diy photobooth and playing games. We played pin granpda on the boat, bingo and did the piñata. We forgot to do the pinata while the sun was out so we did it on the porch at about 11pm and the plastic bat hitting it sounded so loud compared to the quiet night. Luckily no one complained and the younger cousins had fun.

Monday

Labor Day started so early, 4:20 am to be exact. I found a direct flight out of South Bend, Indiana’s airport to Newark which was so convenient except that the flight was at 6:20am. My mom was nice enough to drive me to the airport and it was a breeze to get through security. Small airports are great since they are never that crowded and this one only had 8 gates with 2 that had planes at them. I read the entire flight which is nice except I was hoping I would sleep longer than 10 minutes.

To say I was happy to be home is an understatement. As much fun as I had with my family, I love getting home from trips and bathing in my own shower. Since our washing machine is still broken, Alex and I had to go to his parents house to wash our clothes. Instead of sitting there and waiting, we went grocery shopping and got some sandwiches for lunch. We grabbed all of our wet clothes and brought them back to use in our dryer. Yes we did wash our clothes in one place and dry them in another ha.

After doing some things around the apartment, we sat down to watch a comedy special on Netflix. I think I fell asleep about 30 seconds into it. I’m not a napper so I knew I was tired to fall asleep. After about 40 minutes on and off, I was up even if I was slow moving. I folded all of the laundry to help me wake up. Once that was done, I was set for the rest of the day.

Alex finished his school work and we watched some “Burn Notice”. For some reason, we were not hungry for dinner last night. Naturally when we were ready to finish “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” I got hungry so mac and cheese was our gourmet dinner. It really hit the spot! We finished the movie then hopped into bed.

It was a long and fun weekend but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to staying home this weekend.

Question of the day: What did you do this weekend?