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Easy Eats

20 Jul

We’re half-way through the week (& 17 days from the wedding, in case you’re wondering ;-))!

I’m going to share with you two different “easy eats” I enjoyed today!

First thing this morning, I headed to the gym & completed 45 minutes on the elliptical that looked very similar to Monday’s workout.

When I came home, it was time to get crackin’ on breakfast. I decided to whip up some chocolate chip oatmeal! First, I cooked the oatmeal in milk.

Cooking After about 5 minutes, I added in the following mix-ins:

  • Chopped walnuts
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chia seeds

Ingredients Toppings

The mini chocolate chips started melting into the oatmeal & tasted delicious!

Close-up I want more!

After getting ready to run some errands (what I do pretty much every day!) I decided to blend up a quick smoothie to take with me on the road.

I blended together:

  • 1/2 a banana
  • About 3/4 c. frozen pineapples
  • About 1/2-3/4 c. plain Chobani
  • Splash of milk

Pineapples Blended Smoothie time

I loved the banana/pineapple flavor combo; very refreshing in the oppressive heat we’ve been experiencing here in PA!

My first errand was to pick up our ceremony program covers from our graphic designer, Kristin! Kristin has put together beautiful invitations & other extras for our wedding, & I’ll definitely be showing off some of her work after the big day!

Next, it was over to the apartment to continue the never-ending set-up! I think I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! Next up is to start moving some of my clothes there. Look! I finally got some of those decorations hung:

Decor And with that, it’s off to relax for a bit & get ready for my second dress fitting at Kleinfelds tomorrow afternoon! Have a great night! 🙂

What’s your favorite oatmeal mix-in? OR What’s your favorite breakfast?


Groundhog Day

17 Jul

Today felt a little like Groundhog Day; it was pretty much the same as last Sunday!

First up, breakfast (full of my usuals), church, then the errands began with Chris!

We made a quick stop at Bed, Bath, & Beyond before we decided to stop for lunch at Chipotle! I had only been once before, & if I’m remembering correctly I got one of their burrito bowls, so today I decided to go with a regular ‘ole chicken burrito!

This baby was about the size of my head!

Burrito! It was so good, but very filing. I ate about half, & saved the rest which I’m planning to incorporate into lunch tomorrow; I love leftovers! 🙂


I loved Chipotle even more after reading their “Food with Integrity” commitment on their webpage. Check it out here!

After our lunch, Chris & I headed to a local department store to pick up one last curtain rod we needed for the apartment, & Target for a desk & desk chair. (Yes, I’ve been to Target 3 times in the last 3 days… help me!)

As I was ironing curtains (at one point I looked at Chris & proclaimed “I hate this!”) & Chris was hanging curtain rods, I snacked on some salt water taffy that Chris’s aunt brought home from the shore.

Taffy! It was the perfect snack for such an awful “chore”! Needless to say, all of the curtains are finally hung. The last few things we need to do for the apartment include assembling the desk, & finally hanging our decorations.

Having the entire month of July to move in has been both a blessing & a curse. It’s nice to be able to take our time with everything, but I get to the point where I just want things to be done. Hopefully this week I’ll start moving some clothes in & it will finally start to feel like home! 🙂

Just like last Sunday, pizza was on the menu for dinner! (I could eat pizza for dinner every night & probably not get sick of it!) This week, we got a Sicilian pizza from a local place, Nepa’s Trattoria. This is seriously the best Sicilian pizza! See for yourself:

Yum! Now I’m off to enjoy the last few hours of the weekend. I’m hoping to start The Hunger Games & watch one of my favorite reality shows, Big Brother. It’s going to be a busy week, so I’ve got to get my relaxation in while I can! 😉

Do you have any “big events” this week?

I go for my 2nd (& hopefully last) dress fitting in NYC on Thursday!!! 😀

Chris’s Birthday Recap

15 Jul

Last evening, I headed to dinner with Chris & his parents to celebrate his 25th year!

We went to a local Italian place, Anthony’s Trattoria, which I love going to for the good food & atmosphere.

After dinner, Chris came back to my house for presents & his Boston Cream Cupcakes, which he really liked!

Phillies shirt     Game & DVD

Of course, Chris had a “helper” during present time —

Happy Birthday!        Too many presents!

This dog really likes to get in on the action!

After Chris was finished opening his gifts from me, I decided to do a few “pug lifts” to work off some of my heavy dinner! 😉

Put me down mom!     Mother & son!

Lifting 30 lbs. of pure pug isn’t easy! 😉 (Yes, he’s just a tad overweight, but remember what he looked like when I got him!)

I think Chris would agree that he had a great birthday!

Happy Birthday   **********

This morning I woke up a little later than usually (must have been tired from all the birthday fun!) but headed out the door ASAP because I had a lot of errands to run.

The bank, post office, jeweler, Ulta, courthouse, & Target were all stops on my list! I did some serious damage at Target, purchasing a bunch of “necessities” for the apartment (things like shampoo, cleaning supplies, paper towels, etc.). Then, I headed over to the apartment to unload the goods!

More stuff to unpack!   As I was working in the apartment, I started to get a bit of a headache so I headed home to nap with some of my favorite pooches!


My mom offered to pick up dinner at Saladworks for tonight. I went with the Chicken Caesar – romaine, iceberg, chicken, homemade baked croutons, chopped eggs, parmesan cheese. I’m not exactly sure what the dressing was, but my mom said something along the lines of “light creamy Italian.”

It was pretty yummy, & I loved the roll on the side as well!

Salad    Salad    Salad

Off to enjoy my Friday evening; have a good one! 🙂

What are you doing this weekend?

Making Progress

10 Jul

Nothing too exciting to report here for my Sunday activities, but I’ll report nonetheless! 😉

Breakfast this morning was a tasty one… French toast!

Yum! Topped with some syrup & powdered sugar… perfection!

Sunday mornings always include church, so that was next on the agenda.

The rest of the afternoon was spent with Chris in our new place. We’re really making progress! We purchased some curtains on Friday night, & it was time to get hanging! Almost all of them are up… we got the bedroom, kitchen, & bathroom done & now we just need to take care of the living room & it’s one more thing to cross of our “to-do” list! 😀

Bathroom Voila! This is in our bathroom; we didn’t need much, just a little something to add some decoration!

Perhaps I’ll do a grand tour of the place when all is said & done?

This is the next thing that awaits us…

Artwork Decorations!

I’m glad we’re onto the fun stuff now, because to be honest putting the kitchen together last week was a draaaaag!

When I got home, I discovered my parents had ordered pizza for dinner! 🙂 Pizza is perhaps my favorite food & usually my answer to the question “What would you pick if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life?” Bread, cheese, sauce, what’s not to love?!

Best food ever! Now I’m off to tackle more of my “to do” list before relaxing for the evening. For some ungodly reason, my car is scheduled for it’s first check-up tomorrow at 7:30 AM so I’ll have to call it an early one tonight!

Two Questions…

What’s your answer to the “one food for the rest of your life” question?

What’s your favorite kind of pizza?

The Waiting Game

8 Jul

I’ve become very good at waiting this week!

First, there was the furniture fiasco, which, by the way, has all been squared away! That required two days of me pretty much hanging out in the new apartment, waiting for time to pass.

Today, I had to wait for the cable & internet guy to come get us all set up. Thinking back, it would have been wise to get the cable & internet set up first to make the other waiting a little more bearable! Live & learn! 😉

Before heading to the apartment this morning, I made a quick pit stop at Target. I love Target & have convinced myself that there is some sort of hidden vortex at the store entrance that sucks you in & doesn’t allow you to leave without spending at least $20!

After purchasing my goods (yes, over $20 worth, so I was free to go!) I picked up an iced coffee at Starbucks.

Because neither Chris or I are really living in our apartment yet, we have no food & I need to pack my breakfast & lunch from home!

I enjoyed the iced coffee with a Thomas’ Cinnamon-Raisin English Muffin & a banana. It hit the spot!

Breakfast      Breakfast

I had a little more unpacking/dishwashing/laundry to do today, but we are pretty settled in. Now, onto the “cosmetic” stuff – curtains, wall decor, etc. And we need a new desk, too!

I spent a good portion of the afternoon organizing all of my school documents on my computer! I’m usually a pretty organized person, but things get out of control during the school year & I created quite a mess for myself!

I took a break for lunch & enjoyed pizza leftovers! My mom went out to dinner at a restaurant called Austin’s last night, & brought me back a personal flatbread pizza. I chose the Roasted Tomato & Basil – Thin crisp pizza brushed with garlic, topped with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes & basil.

Pizza Leftovers

Because I had quite a few samplings of yesterday’s “cookies,” I didn’t have much of an appetite for the pizza in the evening, which ended up being a good thing because the leftovers were pretty delish.

Eventually the cable/internet guy came, got us up & running, & I was free to go home to my little pug!

Stewie   Not quite sure what’s on the agenda for tonight, but relaxing sounds pretty good to me! Enjoy the start of your weekend! 🙂

Two Questions…

Leftovers – love ‘em or leave ‘em? I love leftovers! Easy, convenient, & sometimes even tastier the second time around!

Are you a patient person? I definitely am not!