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Terrific Tuesday: Giant Eggs and Blueberries

Happy Tuesday…

Confession: This was a Monday post but once I got started working I never got back to this… oops

Anyways: I had a great weekend but as always it was way to short. I made my weekly trip to the farm and picked up some of the biggest eggs I have ever seen. I personally felt bad for the chickens that had those.. OUCH!

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I do have to admit I have become slightly obsessed with picking my own eggs and I don’t think I could ever go back to just buying them.

After the farm I headed over to Tom West Blueberries for the opening day of blueberry season! This could possible be my favorite part of the year down here.

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It may sound silly but being able to see how the food is produced and grown, being able to actually pick it with your own hands helps motivate me to stay on track. To take it even a step further…When I am encouraged to stay on track nutritionally it just gives me the extra push to work harder physically.

This is exactly the mindset I was in on leg day. I started with 5 sets of front squats and followed that up with 4 sets of back squats. That apparently was not enough squats because then I headed over to do some hack squats. ( If you click on the instagram to the right you can see the video I have of that exercise).

I have decdied to re-think my entire work out routine to help me acheive the result I want so we will see how that goes. Last week was the first week I started implanting these changes so hopefully the following weeks will become even more routine. Once I can get myself aclamated to the schedule I will let you know how it goes :o)

What changes have you made lately? Are they working?

I hope everyone is having a great week (surprisingly I AM!!!)

Ciao and Blueberries and eggs,

Alexis

WIAW: Weekly favorites

I know that title is jumping the gun a bit since it is in fact only Wednesday. That being said, I am pretty sure these munchies are in fact the highlight of my week. It also helps that I prep some extras (not of all these) so I get to have multiple bites all week. SCORE!

So I am making today short and sweet…

Before you jump into my eats, if you need a good laugh check out my post from Monday to find out what happened to my entire weeks supply of my afternoon snack.

Now on to the eats…


Breakfast: Sunny Side up egg set atop a polenta served with fruit and bacon. Yummmm

Layered oats: This week I topped my layerd overnight oats with banana and apple. I posted the recipe last week, the toppings were much more inventive and you should totally check it out.

Snack: I whipped up some beet hummus this weekend and I am in love. It is even prettier when served with rainbow carrots.

Salad: I love huge salads! I think I am one of the few people that can eat most all veggies raw and without dressing. However, my homemade dressing is the perfect combo for this kale based salad.

Pizza: I freaking love pizza and I have no problem admitting it. I prefer to make my own and this is why. It is so much prettier and less greasy then the delivery or frozen pies. I do not like huge amounts of cheese on my pizza so this was perfect.

Dessert: A new recipe I have in the works for you all. These are blondies that are actually guilt free. I have posted “healthier” type blondies ( A LOOOONG TIME AGO) before made with cake mix but this one has no flour at all. Be on the look out for this, it has become a household favorite.

So there you have it, my favorites of the week!

What have you been loving lately?

Ciao and favorites,

Alexis

Weekend Update: Missing Date Bars

  Happy Monday everyone!

I know what you are thinking… “Alexis, it’s Monday, it’s your first day back at work, WHY ARE YOU HAPPY?” Well let me tell you… ehh I guess I am not really happy about the whole having to put real pants on… I did in fact ask Brian if he thought I would get in trouble if I just put a clean pair fo sweats on. He laughed at me and then told me I had to get dressed.

Well I am in a pretty good mood, despite the being a grown up with real clothes on thing. Brian and I woke up at 4:45am took the pup for a nice run then came home and boxed together. This was followed by a shower, a hot a breakfast cooked and an episode of The Office watched. I guess you could call me a morning person.

I am a Morning Person . . . by XoXoSimplyMeXoXo

 After all that fun I headed off to work with a positive attitude (something I have been missing the past few months) which was only made even more positive with the awesome playlists satellite radio had going on this morning.

Yesterday however was a completely different story. As always I was food prepping and trying together everything situated for my week.

Side note* I actually got ahead of schedule Saturday because it rained nearly all day, which also included multiple tornado warning by our house,  and there is only so much TV I can watch in a day. So I decided to get up and start cooking.* We decided it was going to be pizza night in our house with all the fresh ingredients I picked up from the farm that morning. It has fresh oil and garlic as a base (no sauce), Fresh organic tomatoes, spinach, sautéed onions, sausage and goat cheese. IT WAS SOOOOOOOO GOOD. Brian even requested a second pizza. They were not big so I politely obliged.

 

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

Here is where the day starts to make a turn for the worst.

Picture this: Beet hummus is completed, processor washed out and ingredients to make cashew date bars are on deck. I process the dates, followed by the cashews, mixed in a few dark chocolate chips and shaped into bars. At this point I am super stocked because these are by far the best version I have made of these and are actually sticking together. I cut them into bite size pieces and then arranged them on a plate so I could take photos and post recipe on the blog. I head to the sun room, camera in hand and really wanting to eat a piece but afraid it will make the plate look unbalanced. Just as I set down the plate Brian calls me outside because he wants to show me something. Well let me tell you, apparently I rolled the hose up incorrectly and he was showing me the proper way to roll the hose up. Anyone else’s significantly other do annoying stuff like this or is it just me? Or am I the annoying one since I cannot properly roll a hose? Anyway, back to my story… At the moment the hose is completely  rolled back up PROPERLY  I realize my mistake, I run inside to find this…

 

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Not actual moment

and

Not actual plate

If you haven’t guessed what happened yet… SHE ATE THE ENTIRE PLATE!  She ate the whole plate before a single picture was taken or a single bite was allowed. I have no idea how they tasted and will never know because I used the last of my dates and cashews. If you have purchased cashews latelty you know this was not a cheap little snack I was making. This also left me without my afternoon snack for the entire week. Needless to saw she got punished and I wanted to cry (which may or may not have actually happened haha)

So there you have it… My Sunday then consisted of taking a shower in which I dropped my new razor and breaking it. Oh ya did I mention it was also my last razor I had. Needless to say after going to visit Brian’s little brother at the hospital I was not in the mood to cook, so Chipotle it was.

Anyways, Today is a better day and I am determined to have a good week. Although today is my longest day of the week (7am-6pm) of work I will suck it up and relax once I am home.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Ciao and EMPTY PLATE!

Alexis

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