A weekend of relaxation and productivity

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I certainly did. It was relaxing and productive.

Friday: After work, I headed to the gym and ran. I upped my running time to 15 minutes today and I felt great. My muscles were pretty sore though, so one I got home I indulged in a good stretch before hopping in the shower. It was amazing how much better my body felt after a good stretch. Note to self: Stretch more often. The other half and I got salads for dinner from our favorite pizza shop in town and enjoyed a few beverages.

One of my photos in the Etsy shop

One of my photos in the Etsy shop

Saturday: Typical morning for me. Off to the barn I went to clean stalls and enjoy the company of the horses. Once I got him – we headed up to the Kittery Outlets. I wanted to head to the Under Armour Outlet to pick up some more of their HeatGear Running Shirts. I’m obsessed. And thankfully they were on sale for 2 for $30. Added 4 more to my workout arsenal! Now I just need to get some more running pants! After we did our weekly groceries and stocked up on things I needed for my planned cooking frenzy for Sunday.

My only goal for Saturday night was to finish my taxes. In fact, I made it clear to N to not let me do anything else until my taxes were done. He even made dinner during that time (Mexican Taco Bake!).  Once I completed my taxes we watched Frozen (I’m obsessed!) and I got my eryn e photography Etsy shop up and running. The Etsy shop will have all photos from my personal collection (think flowers, landscapes, the beach, etc.)

And now for Sunday.

Sunday was…. a kitchen adventure. I got up early and got a few more things loaded into the Etsy store and then went to get a mani/pedi before the frenzy began. Now, this was a pre-planned frenzy. Knowing N was going to be working all day, I decided to cook dinner and try out a few new recipes.

First up – Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it has easily become a new favorite. To keep it a bit healthier, we made sure to get lean chicken breasts, and low fat ranch dressing and cheese. Obviously not the healthiest meal, but it sure hit the spot!

The finished product

The finished product

While those were baking, I started working on Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese. Also not super healthy, but definitely a good comfort food. And the Greek Yogurt gave it such a different flavor. Yum! (I brought a little for lunch today….)

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After that was done, I went to work on some No Bake Energy Bites. I have to say – these were probably the hardest to make out of everything! However, they are delicious!

My parents decided to stop by during the cooking frenzy, so I took a quick break and threw together a Sugar-Free Banana Cream Pie for my dad. I had the crust and pudding in my cabinet already so it took no time at all. He was pretty excited.

The final meal of the day – Healthy Turkey Chili. I cook this A LOT. We both love it, and it’s super hearty. My decision to make this was super last minute so I was missing the chipotle chilis it calls for, so I improvised. I added jalapenos (1 1/2 cups), sriracha sauce, red cayenne pepper and chili powder (to taste). It gave it an entirely different flavor, but was still yummy. I’m excited to dig into it for dinner tonight!

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Enjoy the recipes! I wish I was created enough to come up with these on my own, but thank god for Pinterest.

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A weekend full of fun.

Happy Monday my friends!

Wait… just kidding. It’s Tuesday. I had yesterday off for the MLK holiday so today totally feels like a Monday to me! Hope you all had a nice weekend! My weekend was great.

I read. I discovered my new favorite author, JoJo Moyes, and managed to finish ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ and ‘Me Before You’ this weekend. I HIGHLY recommend ‘Me Before You’. It grabbed me and would not let go. I felt like I started to really know the characters. Stay tuned because I am planning on doing a book review of it!

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I shopped. My best friend was home visiting from Spain where she is currently living. So we spent Saturday together shopping and visiting our haunts. It was so nice to spend time with her and see her. I’ve missed her mucho!

I watched football. Like everyone else in New England, I was glued to my TV watching the Pats/Broncos games. While I’m sad that the Pats didn’t win, it’s incredible they made it as far as they did. I mean with all of the injuries they had with key players, and they still made it to the AFC Championship… come on, that’s pretty awesome.

'High-five? Anyone? No? Okay.'

‘High-five? Anyone? No? Okay.’

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I crocheted. In my previous life, aka before I aimed to read 100 books a year, worked full time and had a photography business, I crocheted blankets like a madwoman. A good friend taught me a single blanket pattern in college and that’s the only thing I know how to make. I figured out scarves at one point, but I mean, that’s crocheting in a single line. Anyways, I decided it was time start again after almost a 2 year hiatus. I was so scared I forgot how. Thankfully, it was like riding a bike and it all came back to me. I do sell them, so if you’re interested in a custom blanket, let me know!

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The start of a new blanket

One of the many blankets I've made - back in 09/10.

One of the many blankets I’ve made – back in 09/10.

I spent time with my parents. I have dinner with my parents like once a week. Yesterday, I spent nearly the entire afternoon and evening at my parents house. It was nice to just kick back and hang out with them, as well as the cat. The sky was unreal as I drove the 20 minutes to their condo. The clouds were amazing. The sun was shining in all the right places. It was just a cool day.

photo 1As much as I love my parent’s cat, and he sometimes loves me, yesterday he was not amused when I tried to take my scarf and mittens home with me. He found them on the couch and immediately claimed them as his own. Needless to say, I don’t think I left on good terms with him…

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I cooked. And so did my fiance (who is quite the baker!). I made a healthy turkey chili, he made pulled pork in the crock pot, and he made pineapple upside down cakes with coconut frosting.  AMAZING.

Today it’s back to work! We’re facing another 5-10″ of snow between tonight and tomorrow. Should be an adventure. At least we’re having an actual snowy winter this year. Hopefully we’ll be lucky and have all four seasons!

How was your weekend?