First Father’s Day Weekend

First off, Happy Father’s Day! To all the dads out there – especially my dad – thank you for all that you do.

A big Happy Father’s Day to my Dad.

my dad and me when I was about 6 months old

AND, of course, B. This was his first official Father’s Day!

Our Father’s Day weekend included:

A bunch of this … yes, the little man is somewhat eating real food these days!

And when he eats, we also do. Some Vietnamese food to kick off the weekend.

The weekend also included some outdoor runs. We got in 3.25 miles with the stroller at the park. The beach was looking great!

Saturday afternoon, B and I got some oysters at Heinen’s. They were sooooo good – I was surprised that I liked the Virginia ones so much; I’m usually more of a fan of New England oysters.

And for dinner, B made homemade pasta for shrimp scampi. I love homemade pasta.

Sunday morning started early, since I got up with FW while B slept in. We made French toast and then I got in a HOT run. It was 80 degrees out!

That afternoon, B, FW and I went for a walk to the lake.

Then, we headed out for some Father’s Day kickball. We missed most of the game because FW was sleeping but still got to enjoy a few innings.

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And that night we enjoyed some steak, potatoes and ice cream for B’s family dinner. B’s parents got a new swing and FW had a great time breaking it in!

Some questions for you:

  • How did you spend your weekend?
  • Do you like oysters?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.

Busy Winter Weekends (One Sentence Per Photo)

Phew, what a weekend! From a Cavs game to a wedding shower to hanging out with cousins to an ice festival to running to dinner with friends, let’s just say it was a pretty busy weekend.

But – it was fun, that’s for sure! And since I’ve already written too much, this is going to be a one-sentence-per-phot-style blog post. Ready? Go!

Date night at the Cavs game! 20170127_205542

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One of my contributions to the shower – cheese and bread and crackers!20170128_104222

Amazingly beautiful cookies my MIL made.20170128_104256

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Family photo pat the shower!20170128_151711

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Baby cousins!20170128_183959

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I also got in some miles – 6.1 on a treadmill, in a skirt.20170129_095851

We walked over to Ice Fest in Public Square.

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Yes, I toasted a marshmallow and checked out the cool sculptures. 20170129_144926We ended the weekend with a Chinese New Year celebratory diner (hello year of the Rooster!) with friends. And that about sums up our weekend. Some questions for you:

  • What are you the year of in Lunar New Year? I thought I was an ox for the first 25 years of my life and then learned I’m actually a rat!
  • When was the last time you had a s’more?

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

Wintry Weekends (One Sentence Per Photo)

And just like that, we blinked and it’s mid-December now! Here’s how our weekend went, one-sentence-per-photo style.

Friday nights that start with beer and wine (and this ceiling view) are pretty awesome.

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And it has been too long since we had homemade pizza.20161209_210626

Starting him on reading young (the book ended up in his mouth one second later).

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These are actually pretty good.

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Look who FW met for the first time!

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Sushi on weekends is always a great idea.20161210_192826

And it’s that time of year – Christmas pageants – this one, with my niece!

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And that about sums up our weekend. Some questions for you:

  • Have you tried the new M&Ms? What is your favorite kind of M&M? My favorite will probably always be peanut butter!
  • What’s your favorite children’s book?

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

WIAW: Back From Maternity Leave

Last week I went back to work after taking off 3 months of maternity leave. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do and I was so surprised that it was. I was an emotional wreck. After spending 3 months with FW, I could barely think about leaving him all day. I may go into those emotions more in a future post, but for now, it’s  What I Ate Wednesday! And here are my eats from my first day back at work, last Thursday.

But first, here’s a pic of FW all dressed up for his first day of daycare. It’s from my Instagram account (@koskim).

Anyway, breakfast was B’s specialty! He made me egg whites, spinach and tomatoes and I packed it up and brought it into work. It was nice to be back eating at my desk and an old staple.

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Lunch was a whole bunch of roasted veggies I had prepped a few days earlier and some grilled chicken, all on top of some spinach. Plus some avocado. It was so good and hit the spot. 20160929_132638

Snacks during the day included an apple from our apple picking adventure, a PB&J muffin AND some nuts. You can see some pistachios AND these delicious pumpkin spice almonds that my coworker shard with me. I love pumpkin spice flavored things!!20160929_144747 20160929_152453

Dinner was right from the freezer. I knew I’d be too tired (emotionally and physically) and drained after my first day back to think about dinner so I had taken out some Skinnytaste Late Summer Enchilada Pie from the freezer and paired it with some more spinach and roasted zucchini. This dish is my FAVE and it freezes well! SO happy to have some freezer meals these coming weeks as I get back into the groove of work and figure out how to balance little sleep, running and a newborn. Yikes.

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That was it! I almost had some ice cream and leftover french toast for dessert, but I honestly was too tired to move off the couch and open the freezer. I passed out around 8:30 p.m. – a record for me!

Some questions for you:

  • Working moms – any tips for getting healthy meals for dinner ready?
  • Do you like pumpkin spice flavored things? What’s your favorite?

WIAW: All By Myselffffff

Okay the title is a little bit of a misnomer. But here are some eats for last Thursday, when I ate all of my meals – that’s right – by myself. Okay, not REALLY by myself – this guy joined me .. but I was the only adult at each meal I ate for the first time in a while. So here is what I ended up eating for today’s  What I Ate Wednesday!

For breakfast, B and I got smoothies at Restore. I know- I said I ate alone. But I did – I ate it while BF’ing FW. We also got coffees –  my iced coffee from Phoenix was delicious – but it took me about 3 days to drink it …

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Snacks during the morning mostly included grapes. A whole lotta grapes. Only a few are pictured here.20160811_121756

I had lunch while FW was napping and made myself some egg whites and cheese with leftovers from dinner – sweet potato, zucchini and pepper hash. It was delicious – and again, eaten alone.20160811_132538

I had plans to meet up with a coworker, his wife and their new baby for an afternoon drink and opted for white wine. Yes, it was social (with other people) – but no food (minus a potato chip or two that was on the table) was really consumed.20160811_170112

B had after work plans – an event and then the Indians game – so I was on my own for dinner. I stopped off at the Heinen’s salad bar and picked up this.  There are some more tortellini, quinoa and other goodies under that lettuce.20160811_181627

I heated up some soup my mom had made and brought when she visited to go with my salad – chicken and pasta.

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And a peach that I had gotten at the farmer’s market that morning made for a complete dinner.20160811_201643

That was it! A pretty good day of eats by myself. Disclaimer-  some days when I eat alone all I manage to eat are spoonfuls of peanut butter, ice cream and handfuls of cereal because I’m holding FW with the other hand all day.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you eat differently when you eat alone vs with friends/family?
  • Do you eat soup in the summer or when it’s hot out? Or only in the winter?

WIAW #26: Sundaes on Saturday

Happy What I Ate Wednesday, folks. It’s one of my favorite days of the week – seeing all the great eats that everyone has to share, plus sharing my own. AND today’s is an especially fun day of eats, because it was my SATURDAY eats. Which meant ice cream, kombucha, popcorn and more fun stuff. Are you ready?

The day started out with a nice 5k with B and myself. After the run, it started to get hot off and I was craving some fruit and something fresh. The cure? We stopped off at one of my favorite downtown breakfast spots, Restore for some avocado toast, a smoothie AND an acai bowl. Don’t worry, we split the three between us:

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After breakfast, we headed to the West Side Market to pick up groceries. I was still feeling in the mood for fruit so I grabbed this bad boy and some grapes to snack on during the day:

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After the Market, we headed out to Hingetown, where B got coffee and I got – you guessed it – kombucha at Cleveland Tea Revival. I can’t get enough of this stuff!20150718_105202

We had a relatively lazy afternoon after that and ended up going out to dinner, to the movies, and then out for dessert.

We had a gift card to Town Hall and enjoyed an appetizer of lettuce wraps (sorry, forgot to take a photo before … you can see some remnants below).

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And I got this massive kale, beet, goat cheese, almond and veggie burger salad for dinner. I ate leftovers for 2 days 🙂

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We then headed to the movies and saw Trainwreck. B got popcorn, and I had a few handfuls. NO – I did not take any pictures during the movie 🙂 But AFTER the movie, we went out for ice cream. Holy cow, was this  sundae delicious. Salted caramel ice cream with toffee bits and a bit of B’s whipped cream and cherry. I had a long run planned for Sunday morning, so of course I had to count this as part of my cargo-loading 🙂

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That concluded my Saturday. Wow, looking at this, I want to go back! So much good eats in one day!

Some questions for you:

  1. Do you tend to splurge more on weekends?
  2. Do you like sweet/salty combo? Yes! Salted caramel ice cream – chocolate covered pretzels – i want it all!
  3. Have you seen Trainwreck? What did you think?
  4. Runners – do you have any go-to eats the night/day before a long run?

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WIAW #24: TGIF!

Today’s What I Ate Wednesday post is a FRIDAY. Alas, it wasn’t an overly exciting Friday-  just your standard workday Friday.

 

Breakfast was egg whites and veggies. I know – shocker. I’m a creature of habit 🙂

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Lunch was mishmash – leftover spaghetti squash with homemade tomato sauce and basil (yummmm!) as well as a pre packed salad with a store-bought veggie burger.

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Snacks that day included some super salty almonds (Yum!) and more spaghetti squash. This time with honey and cinnamon. I forgot to take a picture (thus a photo of the empty container).

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B and I had a long run planned for Saturday, so we opted for a low key Friday night. I love vegan food before long runs, so we tried out a new restaurant. The food was pretty good – I had a sweet potato veggie burger wrapped in collard greens.

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And of course, I had to have dessert. I made myself a mini bowl with a bunch of random treats – white chocolate chips, banana bread, chex and chocolate.

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That concluded my Friday. As always, click on the badge below to see what WIAW is all about.

Some questions for you:

  1. What do like to eat the night before a long run? Anything vegan, typically. Wraps, sandwiches, salads etc. YUM!
  2. What’s your typical Friday night? This wasn’t typical but it was nice to stay in for a change!
  3. Have you ever had spaghetti squash in a sweeter manner, like I did?