It’s been awhile since my last post. Work and life have kept me busy, and this blog is the first thing that gets neglected. Here’s what been on my mind lately.
- I took a few weeks off from exercise and wasn’t eating as well as I should. I had the bathroom in my house totally demoed and remodeled (it looks AMAZING) which left me showerless for a few weeks. Luckily I have amazing friends who live nearby that let me use their bathroom whenever I needed, but I got a little off my workout schedule. Then a week off for vacation in New Orleans (Jazz Fest) and Atlanta. I returned from my travels with a cold, whose constant couch kept me from returning to the gym for another week. Finally, my bathroom was done, I was home, and over my sickness, and for the past two weeks, I’ve been doing really with my food choices and exercising consistently. This has made me super happy. ‘
- New Orleans was great. Everything we ate was amazing, especially a cochon de lait (slow cooked pork) po’ boy at Jazz Fest and the pizza from Domenica. I’m ready to go back and spend a little more time wandering the french quarter, and the surrounding neighborhoods we didn’t get to see. This quick trip also has had me thinking a lot about traveling the past few weeks. I desperately want to take off for a new city to explore, try new foods, and take lots of photos.
- Work has also been super busy, most of my weeks and weekends in February and March were filled with the execution of a project that I had been in the works for about nine months. I was working a lot of hours from home, and some over nights. During the less active times, where I was online waiting for various tasks to complete, I started to watch Friday Night Lights. I just finished the entire run earlier this week, and OH MY GOD, IT WAS SO GOOD. Coach and Mrs. Coach are like the two most perfect people ever. This show is so incredible, if you haven’t seen it, all five seasons are on Netflix, just waiting for you. You have no excuse! After I finished watching it, I did the thing I always do, search the internet and devour everything I can find about it, including this oral history that makes me love this show so much more.
- Speaking of TV, the summer months are a wasteland until show start back up in the fall (save for the Tour in July and the World Cup in a few weeks), and I need a new show to occupy my nights Maybe Breaking Bad, Louie? Open to suggestions. Also, last night’s mid-season finale of Mad Men was amazing. Maybe I’ll just rewatch that from the beginning. I seriously love it so much.
- I read Eleanor and Park a few weeks ago. It reminded me that it’s important to not forget how you felt where you were a kid and how hard growing up can be. It’s a quick read, and totally gets under your skin. Check it out now.
- I’ve been reading a lot about food, weight loss, and body image lately. It’s been hard for me to not let weight loss and eating healthy take over my entire life and drive me crazy. I really liked these articles, so check them out. Very refreshing viewpoints like these can be sparse in the “my way is better that yours” world.
- I feel like I have a ton so say, but every time I sit down to write anything, I’m at a loss for words. All my best thoughts come to be when I’m in the middle of something else, like on my commute or when I’m in a meeting at work. By the time I get home, make dinner, so some chores, go for a walk/work out, I’m ready for bed, and my thoughts have escaped me. I want to try to get in a better rhythm of updating this blog.
- And finally summer has arrived. And that makes me super happy.
Philadelphia enjoyed a short respite from the polar vortex this weekend, so I spent as much time as possible outside soaking up the sun.
Did lots of shopping, hung out in Rittenhouse Square, had a great lunch at a new to me restaurant, baked some peanut butter cookies with a recipe that I swore to keep a family secret, and had an all around great time. Follow me on Instagram for more photos from the weekend!
My Meyer lemons turned ripe enough to pick right after the new year, and I’ve been cooking and baking with them ever since. I’m about halfway through my harvest, and have been thoughtfully choosing how to use them. This recipe for Meyer lemon and chia seed muffins from The Corner Kitchen was next up.
The recipe says it makes 8 standard size muffins, but I only had a cupcake tin, and my batch yielded 14 smaller muffins that took about 14 minutes to cook. I also calculated the nutrition info, and they came out to about 4 weight watchers points plus each. They were the perfect way to brighten up a cold, snowy day.
In addition to these yummy mini muffins, I also roasted some chicken and veggies, made wild rice with mushrooms, prepped veggies for stir fry later in the week, cut up some fruit, and pre-made a couple of mango-spinach smoothies. It’s going to be a busy week, but I’m so happy I’m set up for some healthy eating!
A messy house and a slightly groggy host are a couple of signs that you threw a successful party the night before. This quick french toast recipe provides you with the fuel you need to start your day and is the perfect way to revive some of those stale bread slices leftover from your antipasto plate.
Post Party French Toast
- Pat of butter
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 dashes of cinnamon
- Leftover toasted bread/crostini
- Maple syrup
- Melt butter on a griddle on medium high heat.
- Whisk eggs, milk, and cinnamon in a bowl, then dunk and and soak each slice of bread into the egg mixture until well saturated.
- Remove bread from the egg mixture and add to skillet. Cook until golden brown on both sides, flipping once.
- Serve with maple syrup. Hair of the dog, optional.
It’s been snowy and cold in the Philadelphia area, and I’ve been staying in alot, which has put me in a very crafty and decorating mood. I picked up this large vintage reproduction of a bicycle wheel a few weeks ago, and decided it was time to find a place for it. Using silver binder clips I attached some of my Instagram snapshots printed the photos on Printstagr.am. I love looking up and seeing these photos from my life.