WIAW: A [Semi] Day Off and Thanksgiving Leftovers!

As I mentioned, B and I were supposed to go back to New York and celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, but sadly our plans fell through. Since we had already planned to take a day off, we decided to keep the day off and just do a little work among enjoying a relaxing day together. Confession: I still put in 4.5hours of work – BUT – it was still great to be in my PJs all day, go out to breakfast and take a walk in the afternoon.

Because I was off, we had a great day of food. So here are some of those eats for today’s  What I Ate Wednesday! For breakfast B and I went out to the West Side Market diner and split two meals – sadly I only got a photo of the french toast. Whoops. But we split the french toast AND the hash. Both were great!

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Lunch was Thanksgiving leftovers! A little bit of turkey, some stuffing, veggies and cauliflower. Yum.

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My snack? Some of these Famous Amos cookies. I got them after our Thanksgiving Day 5 Miler (along with a banana of course) and opened up the package in the afternoon. They weren’t that bad!

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Dinner was spaghetti squash marinara. It included squash, some chicken sausage, spinach, sautéed onions, eggplant and of course tons of homemade pasta sauce and parmesan. Oh, and wine!

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I was totally going to have some Halo Top for dessert, but I got too tired and ended up going to bed around 9 p.m. Boring, I know! Especially since I picked up all these flavors this weekend!

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Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any go-to easy meals? Spaghetti squash marinara is one of mine!
  • Did you have Thanksgiving leftovers? I was so glad to have some for lunch!

10 Thanksgiving Things

I had a LONG weekend (took part of Wednesday off) and I can’t believe that it’s over. Unfortunately our plans to go back east and spend Thanksgiving with my family fell through, but we were able to spend the holiday in Cleveland with B’s family. Which meant we got to do quite a few things on our days off. Here were 10 of those things …

1. Running the Cleveland Turkey Trot. It’s a 5 mile race and was my first real race after FW was born that I had signed up for. I tried to keep up with B’s siblings for most of the run (B watched FW during the race and cheered us on) – but since I’m still getting back into shape and they’re mid-marathon training, it wasn’t an easy feat! In any case, I finished pretty strong and better than I expected – I had an 8:40/mile average page.

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2. Getting dressed up and celebrating the holiday with B’s family. Any excuse to put FW in a cardigan and bowtie 🙂

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3. Cooking! B and I brought cauliflower to the big meal. We roasted a few whole heads with a dijon dressing and then also made a cauliflower, date and pignoli nut dish.

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4. Cuddling with great grandma. This was FW of course 🙂

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5. Working out. I got in 4 runs and some kettle bells on my days off.20161126_093814

6. Bundling up for a walk downtown. It was chilly for the first few days – but at least it made for perfect ice skating weather! (not for me – but for those people in the picture)

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7. Shopping! We did some shopping for Christmas gifts and bought a few books and teething supplies for FW. (Side note – teething is THE WORST.) img_20161126_115128

8. Walking. FW, B and I went for a walk when it was sunny and in the upper 40s one day. It felt great to see the sun and not be super bundled up!

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9. Bowling. B’s family’s post-Thanksgiving tradition is bowling and then a big Italian dinner. I did pretty well for me (82!) but as you can see, it wasn’t enough to get in the finals – check out all the high scorers in my lane!

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10. Lots of eating. I mean – it was Thanksgiving, after all. B and I had some good meals even outside of our Thanksgiving Day meal. Including some great Chinese takeout from our favorite place (Wonton Gourmet)and then feasting on all of the new Halo Top flavors. Seriously – I almost squealed (okay, I did squeal) when I saw all these flavors at Whole Foods!img_20161125_192017 20161127_162724

And now, it’s back to reality for a few days at least. I have a busy week ahead of me at work so hopefully it will fly by.

Some questions for you:

  • Have you tried the new Halo Top flavors?
  • Did you run a Turkey Trot?

Per usual, I’m linking up with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.

Cold in CLE

Brrr!! Well, we finally had a cold weekend. We started out Friday with 75 degrees (patio weather!) but ended up with snowy and 30s. Ick!!

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Friday night I was lucky enough to enjoy some patio beers with coworkers in honor of our intern’s last day. It was great to be able to be OUTSIDE in November!

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After happy hour, B, FW and I got dinner with some friends nearby. I forgot to get any pics of the pizza, but instead here’s a pic of FW at their house with their baby’s toys. Friends with babies=clutch.

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Saturday was a busy day! We went out to lunch in Old Brooklyn and enjoyed some Cuban food. The owners loved FW and even held him while we ate.

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We also went to the Cleveland Flea and had an afternoon excursion in Hingetown. Tea in the cold weather is the best.

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With all that excitement, unfortunately FW didn’t get in a nap. BIG MISTAKE. He then was suuuuuuper cranky all afternoon and into the evening. I think he cried from 4-5:45 straight and finally fell asleep about 630. Which was right when we were supposed to go over to my friend Cuoghi’s house for dinner. Whoops! We did make it over there eventually and enjoyed some delicious homemade pozole, cookies and ice cream. Cuoghi and her boyfriend are great cooks!

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Sunday morning started out with an indoor run while FW slept and B cleaned. Our washing machine is/was broken and in the process of trying to fix it, B found a whole running outfit I had been missing for THREE years! That’s right, the last time I saw this outfit was three Septembers ago. Apparently it had been hiding behind the washer/dryer…whoops! I made sure to wear it during my 5 miler.

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We decided to also go for a walk during the afternoon to help FW nap. BRRR it was 30 degrees but WINDY. We put FW in a snowsuit (over his wintry outfit – yes the cardigan again!) but it was not as enjoyable as walking in the summer.

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What are we going to do when winter actually hits to stay active and get FW moving? Luckily as part of our walk we picked up a fresh loaf of bread from Bloom Bakery, one of my favorite places downtown. It made for a great late lunch of eggs and spinach and bread! And some new kombucha.

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We ended the night with family dinner at B’s parents house. And now- onto a short week!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any Sunday traditions? Yes, dinner at B’s parents’ house!
  • Are you ready for the cold and winter? NO!!!!

I’m linking up with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.

WIAW: Pancakes for Brinner!

YAY for Wednesday! We’re halfway to Friday again. That means it’s a good day to share my eats and see what you are all up to and eating as well. Yup, it’s another What I Ate Wednesday!

Wednesday started with a coffee meeting. I had my first Starbucks holiday cup – I can’t believe it’s already that time of year! A decaf coconut milk latte was just what I needed to start my day.

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Breakfast was made for me by B – some egg whites, spinach and vegetables. It’s so good to be eating eggs and veggies again!

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Lunch was leftovers. Leftover salmon, roasted cauliflower, mashed cauliflower and roasted zucchini.20161110_132114

Snacks during the day included some energy bites and mixed nuts.

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While I prepped dinner, I also enjoyed some sliced pear.20161110_183455

Dinner was pancakes! I made some buttermilk pancakes and topped them with an apple butter and cinnamon apple compote. Yup, that’s FW in the background. He was just chilling while we ate dinner which was a nice change!img_20161110_191401

And that sums up my day of eats. No need for dessert when you have yummy pancakes for dinner!

Some questions for you:

  • Which do you prefer – pancakes, french toast or waffles?
  • Do you like pears?

Weekends with a Four Month Old

Okay technically I guess this post should be called 4 1/2 month old. But I can barely believe that FW is four months old. He’s rolling, babbling, giggling and pretty fun. This weekend was a fun one – but B was out of town at a wedding so I played single mom for a little bit. Luckily my parents came into town for a little so I had some help along the way.

This weekend included:

Friday night pizza and beer. The tradition never gets old. Especially when my parents are here and I get to have eggplant on my pizza!

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Wine and chocolates. Because – it was THAT kind of week. And well, do you really need a reason?

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Some cold temps, which meant fall fashion. I have a thing for guys in cardigans – and while B isn’t a fan of wearing them, at least FW can!

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A walk downtown and to the Flats.

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And another walk – because it was finally fall weather!

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Lots of snuggling.

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Sunday I was pretty much on my own, which meant after I went for a run, FW and I took a walk around downtown and enjoyed some warmer temps. We did some meal prep for the week and ended the day with dinner at B’s family. And then finally B came home!

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Some questions for you:

  • Did you spend time outside this weekend? Saturday was cold but Sunday was warm again!
  • When was the last time you flew anywhere?

I’m linking up with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.

 

WIAW: Post-World Series Eats

YAWN. I am still tired from last week – Cleveland was crazy, people. We had the World Series here which meant a few late nights and not as much sleep as normal (which is limited anyway now that I have a four month old …). Sadly, we lost the final game – BUT I was there! That’s right, I WENT to Game 7 of the World Series. It was an amazing experience. And today, I’m sharing with you  – the day after. Post-World Series eats for this week’s What I Ate Wednesday.

See-  my ticket!!

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Okay, now onto the actual food. Breakfast was some egg white oatmeal with dried fruit. I’m getting WAAAYY too into this meal. I added flaxseed and brewers yeast for some extra BF goodness.20161102_082911

Snack? Mixed nuts. 20161103_095754

Lunch was some delicious squash with honey and cinnamon.20161103_135908

AND some spaghetti squash with spinach and tomato sauce, plus cheese and pepperoni.20161103_135914

An afternoon snack was this green apple.20161103_150234

And dinner was breakfast!! I love brinner sometimes – B made me egg whites, tomato, spinach and avocado. And delicious Amish bread. I love breakfast for dinner!

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Oh, and wine. After a few stressful days at work, it was needed!20161103_195024

And that sums up my day of eats for the day after the World Series. Questions for you:

  • Do you do breakfast for dinner often?
  • What’s your favorite squash?

Holy moly it’s November

Holy moly…it’s November. I honestly don’t know where the time has gone. I feel like it should still be August. Honestly, I don’t really know where August went … I guess having a baby makes time fly even faster?

It was a really good weekend for us in Cleveland. We even started out Friday with semi-matching outfits for FW and me. Okay, I know we’re not matching, but we’re both wearing grey so I was pretty excited. So was he apparently!

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And then Friday at work we had a dog in the office! I love puppy therapy days … seriously, I needed it since work has been kinda stressful and busy lately. But puppies make it all better!

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Friday night B and I spent some time out by ourselves. We went out for drinks and dinner at the Plum Cafe & Kitchen. 

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Saturday morning started off with a walk outside. It was in the 40s so we bundled up!

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But it was GORGEOUS out.

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We then decided to go out for brunch. This fruit and granola bowl at Phuel is my favorite.20161105_104301

And then it was time for a trip to the West Side Market. I love wearing FW and this was the first time I’ve worn him facing out! I think he liked it.20161105_124316

That afternoon it was time for Ladies Craft Beer Society! This month we made decorative towels and had some tasty bubbly AND fall beers. I finally had my favorite – Warlock!

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FW was there too as was Reanna’s baby.

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And at night B and I decided to have a movie night. We finally popped the bag of popcorn we brought back from Mexico City. Que deliciosa!

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Sunday morning was another gorgeous morning so I opted to go out for a run while FW slept a little. I got in 5 miles at under 9 min/mile pace which is the fastest I’ve run since FW was born. Yay!

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And this little guy greeted me when I got home. I can’t get enough of his smiles. 20161106_102649

Sunday night, after spending some time doing meal prep, watching the NY Marathon and a little work, we had plans to get dinner with friends. Is there ever a better way to end the weekend?

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And that was it!

Per usual, I’m linking up with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.

Questions for you:

  • Have you gotten to enjoy some fall weather?
  • What’s a fun type of popcorn you’ve had?

WIAW: Bacon Makes it All Better

Happy What I Ate Wednesday ! Hopefully you’re enjoying a great week and you’re enjoying some beautiful fall weather. It was actually in the 70s this week and last weekend, which is not fall for Cleveland, but I’ll take it!

Here are some of my eats from last Thursday. The day started out with some egg white oatmeal. I’ve been hooked on this for the past few weeks and on this day was no different.  I made a ton which was so good and kept me full for most of the morning. I also had some pumpkin spice chai tea.

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I ended up having some  boobie balls (recipe here) as a snack before a late lunch. Sorry for the blurry balls 🙂

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Lunch was leftovers – and they were so good! I had some veggie hash the night before with sweet potatoes and zucchini and I put it on top of a bed of spinach with some BACON. OMG I love bacon and it had been forever since I last had some – it was the perfect lunch. Paired with a local apple!

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Snacks that afternoon included some mixed nuts AND a homemade apple streusel muffin.20161027_143215

This picture doesnt do it justice, but these muffins were amazing. They were the bomb dot com. Does anyone say that anymore?

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Dinner was fresh from my freezer with some add ins. My mom had made some chicken rollatini for me and brought it the last time she visited – it was SO GOOD and it was so nice not to have to cook! I had that on top of some Ohio City pasta and roasted zucchini. 20161027_195437

That was it for my What I Ate Wednesday eats.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like bacon? Any kind in particular? I like turkey or regular. I bought regular pork bacon that was nitrate free and had that with our hash for leftovers.
  • Do you plan meals so you have leftovers for lunch? Yes, if I can! 

Try It Tuesday: Apple Cider Vinegar

I know I’m semi-behind the times, but have you heard about the vinegar craze? Or more specifically, apple cider vinegar? Or “ACV” to those who are in-the-know? 

About a year or so ago, my Instagram feed was completely taken over by people and their vinegars. Drinking this vinegar for this reason, using this vinegar for that reason, etc. But the most common one? ACV.

I admit it, I wasn’t jumping out of my seat to try apple cider vinegar. I already have a pretty solid vinegar collection (red wine, rice wine, balsamic, etc.) for dressings and marinades and cooking. And I wasn’t sure I wanted to try drinking the stuff.

So, when Swanson Health Products asked me to try their apple cider vinegar, I was intrigued. I was told that it is raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized; this means it still has the “mother,” a natural complex of proteins, enzymes, fiber and friendly bacteria.

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How did I try it out?

  • I made some salad dressing to top on a salad. I mixed 1 TB ACV + 1 tsp Dijon mustard and 1.5 TB extra virgin olive oil. It was great!
  • I tried it as a drink – I mixed 3 TB ACV to about 1/4 c of water. I first gargled with it (it’s supposed to help with a healthy throat!) and then drank it. The taste was a lot better than I expected. Bonus: I did this after working out, as not only is it good for a healthy throat, but ACV is supposed to help with preventing lactic acid build up!
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then diluted with water and gargled for throat comfort!

then diluted with water and gargled for throat comfort!

  • I made a fruit fly trap – I put a few tablespoons in a bowl and added a few drops of dish soap. I had no idea we had so many fruit flies in our apartment – eep!
  • I made a ginger, cinnamon ACV drink. This was my FAVORITE – it was so so so good!

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What did I think?

Honestly, it was great on all ends. It not only killed fruit flies, but also made a good dressing and a better-than-expected post-workout drink and gargle!

Apparently apple cider vinegar is good for all sorts of other things. Some unexpected uses (I haven’t tried) include (and more are here!):

  • Getting rid of the hiccups
  • Getting rid of bad breath
  • Creating shiny hair
  • Making rice fluffy
  • Making a facial toner

Who knew?!

Some questions for you:

  • Have you tried ACV?
  • What are some products, like ACV, you’ve tried for unexpected or new solutions? I was surprised that I could make my own natural window cleaner with citrus! I did that once and it worked out great.

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was provided a gift certificate and product (apple cider vinegar) by Swanson Health. My views and comments are solely my own and do not represent those of Swanson.