Breakfast Smoothie

Looking for a quick and easy, not to mention delicious and healthy, breakfast option?

Well, I’ve got just the thing for you today.  I don’t know about you, but I am always rushing to get out the door on time.  I’ve loved making smoothies this spring and if you have everything ready (I keep my strawberries cut up in tupperware), it takes no time to make.  I generally pair the smoothie with some peanut butter toast to give some substance to my breakfast (also quick and easy).  If I only had the smoothie, I would be hungry before getting to work.

I haven’t altered my ingredients much…creature of habit, I suppose!  BUT, I do want to try it with peaches this summer.  The handful of spinach was a new ingredient this morning.  I was a little wary to try this at first..but you can’t even taste it and it’s such a healthy addition!  I’ll be upping the handful size tomorrow morning.

The other great thing?  This makes enough for 2 people, so I have something healthy for both of us in less than 5 minutes.

What is your staple quick breakfast?

Lovely weekend

This weekend was pretty close to perfect.  Saturday we got up and ran a few errands and then relaxed a bit before I headed to Hallmark for one of my last shifts!  I have finally turned in my resignation letter!  Hallmark has been a great place…but I’m ready to have my weekends back, especially with the awesome weather starting.  Looking forward to Saturday hikes and time outside.

Sunday we slept in.  I always regret this a little, especially on Sundays when we miss church.  But…we did go on an amazing walk!!  We headed out for a short walk through the neighborhood close to the house (we don’t actually live in a neighborhood…just a good ole’ country road where cows are our neighbors).  Not long into our walk we found ourselves on a bit of an adventure, walking along the railroad tracks on a gravel road.  Our detour ended up being over 5 miles and aching feet were the reward.  Despite the aching feet, it was a great day to be outside and we were able to see some great pops of Spring!  This is when I regret not having a small camera to carry with me at all times…wish I had some pictures from our adventure!  But the time with Josh was so great and adventuring is one of our favorite things to do together.

We headed over to my parents’ house for lunch (a fiesta!) and came home with a grill!  My dad had his grill from the Michigan house and didn’t need it..so we got it!  We headed back home to get some packages ready to ship out and had great plans for the rest of the day…but exhaustion got the better of us and we didn’t get much accomplished in the afternoon.

I did make a pretty fantastic dinner…easy by fantastic.  Farfalle pasta with pesto, grilled chicken, and some roasted veggies (yellow squash, zucchini, red onion, and red pepper).  So tasty!  And we finished the night with an interesting movie: Atlas Shrugged, which is based on a book by Ayn Rand.  The book is from 1957 and Josh was familiar with it and the movie was released last year. 

And that sums up our weekend.  Did you do anything fun?

Workless Weekend

This was my first weekend without having to work since Christmas (and I only got off because I was out-of-town) and I thoroughly enjoyed my time off!  It was also the first weekend Josh didn’t have to study for a test, which meant an even BETTER weekend because we were able to spend the entire time together!

Saturday morning I woke up at 7:30.  Not my ideal idea of a Saturday morning..but I was able to finish Catching Fire before Josh woke up, which was a little bonus to the fact that I couldn’t sleep.  I had big plans for us and it started with eggs and toast for breakfast.  This was a vast improvement from our usually rushed bowl of cereal (if we have time to eat at all).  Then we headed to Radnor Lake for a hike…but both parking lots were jammed full so we headed home and took a stroll down our street instead.  This was just as good as a hike, but for different reasons.  All of the cows and horses of the surrounding farms were close to the road and we were able to see many baby calves.  There were some super fuzzy ones that were just adorable.

This picture is from last fall, but we could have easily snapped the same shot on Saturday.  The cows always tend to stare as you pass.  I love walking/running up and down our street, it’s so peaceful.  Our walk on Saturday was a bit cold and windy at first, but by the end we had worked up a sweat.  It was great!

This is another pictures from last fall.  It’s from an early morning run.  But it gives you the idea of what we get to see on walks.  This is from the top of a large hill on the way back to the house.

After our walk, we turned on Ben-Hur for a classic movie experience/nap time.  The movie was great, and time with my husband was the biggest highlight of the entire weekend.  Saturday night we headed to Mellow Mushroom for some brews and pizza.  The pizza is always good (the Kosmic Karma and House Special are two of our favorites).  Josh and I also like the abundance of their beer menu.  It probably has one of the largest beer menus in Franklin.  Pizza night was followed by a movie at home.  We selected Horrible Bosses for the evening.  It was super funny, but there was a lot of bad language.

Sunday started with church and communion.  Our church always does communion on the first Sunday of the month.  I always look forward to these services because communion is something I find very special.  After church we headed to the Perch to grab a coffee for the drive home.  If you haven’t been to the Perch and are in the Brentwood area, you have to check it out.  It’s a very tiny place, but packs some delicious treats.  One of my favorites is the Nutella Crepe.  I don’t suggest going when you are pressed for time.  The wait for a crepe yesterday was 50 minutes and it was a good 15 minutes before we got our coffee.  Josh and I noticed that they also do tapas, wine and beer in the evenings.  They have a nice little patio and once it warms up a bit more, we want to try it out in the evening.

The rest of Sunday seems to be all about food.  Sunday afternoon we went to brunch with some old friends that we haven’t seen since being back in town.  We headed to Hillsboro Village for a delicious brunch at Boscos.  The omelets were great, there was some nice live music, and the Bloody Mary was nice and peppery.  I highly suggest their brunch.  It’s delicious and decently priced.

We wrapped up the weekend with dinner at my parents’ house.  The food was fantastic, as always, and we had a great time together.

I loved that we were able to spend time with both of our families this weekend.  Family is so important and after being away from the for three years, I cherish the time I have with them.

Pleasantly Productive

This past weekend was a good one.  I worked at Hallmark Saturday until 5 and then headed to church for the Share the Spirit Auction.  This benefits the youth summer programs at BUMC: mission trips and choir tours for middle school and high school students.  It was fun to attend with my parents and watch the show the choirs has put together.  Sonshine Choir is something of a family tradition.  My brother was in the choir when he was in high school, I joined when I was of age, and now my beautiful, extremely talented sis is singing in the choir.  I would have to say she is by far the most musically talented person in our family.

The auction “showcase” is a bit different than it was in my day.  We used to be the servers for dinner and then also do a few choir song.  This year the theme was “Through the Decades” and featured a portion of “American Pie” by Don McLean, the “YMCA” by the Village People, Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way” (thank you for taking me back to middle school), along with some Jack Johnson and I’m sure other songs I just can’t remember at the moment.  Definitely a bit more modernized showcase than what we performed.

I didn’t bid on anything…because well, we just can’t afford to right now.  I did find some great pieces of art that I WISH I could have bid on.  One day I’ll be able to do such things.  But for now, I’ll just admire!

Sunday I overslept and didn’t make it to church.  But, we did go for a drive to check out the testing center for Josh’s test.  Then I got on the productive train and did laundry (including folding said laundry…something I’m pretty terrible at), ironed a bunch of stuff that had been piled up for a good while, cleaned the upstairs, and went to get groceries.

Sunday night I had the pleasure of meeting with all the wonderful ladies at small group and deciding on Beth Moore’s study of Daniel for our next round.  I’m looking forward to delving into the Word and working through it with my group!

Sunday night we watched a little bit of the Oscar’s while chowing down on Giada’s recipe for Angel Hair with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.  This is one of my favorites!  it’s SO good.

I was zooming around the kitchen and didn’t have a chance to snap pictures, but here’s the recipe:

Thank you, Giada and Food Network for this great recipe!

 

Healthy dinner

Earlier this week I was craving a deliciously fresh and healthy dinner. I got some great ideas from friends via Facebook…but I ended up with something entirely different than what was suggested.

I decided on tilapia, sautéed spinach, cooked carrots and some mashed taters.

Everything on the stove.

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Ready to serve.

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Plated.

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For the spinach, I added a little olive oil, garlic and S+P. Carrots are simply boiled. The tilapia had some olive oil, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and S+P.

Everything tasted so fresh and we weren’t stuffed afterwards.

For those who offered suggestions, I am looking forward to trying those meals, too!  I’ll be sure to share when I do…and to give you props.

(photos via iphone…quality not the greatest)

Peach Galette

In my last post I mentioned that mom made a peach galette for dessert this weekend.  I thought I would do a follow up with the simple recipe.  This is for a Blueberry Peach Galette. So here you go!

Image from Skillet Chronicles.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pie Crust
  • 6 cups peaches, sliced (and pealed if you prefer)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp apricot preserves (melted and divided)
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Place pie crust on foil
  4. Combine peaches, blueberries and 1/4 sugar.
  5. Arrange mixture in center of dough, leaving about a 3-inch border.
  6. Fold edges of dough toward center, pressing gently to seal. (Dough will only partially cover peach mixture..see picture above).
  7. Brush melted preserves over peach mixture and edges of dough.
  8. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes.
  9. Reduce oven temp to 350 and bake an additional 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  11. Serve warm or at woom temperature.
  12. Can serve with ice cream!

So simple and absolutely delicious.  Try it out and tell me what you think!  You can try other fruits, too.  Especially since peach season is about wrapped up.  I bet an Apple Galette with cinnamon would be fantastic for the fall.