Spring, where did you go?

So apparently spring decided it would just wait a little while longer to finally arrive for good. We actually had some slow flurries on Saturday, and it disgusted me. I want warmth and sunshine! Thankfully, it looks like both are in our upcoming forecast.


I started my Friday with a slice of chai-spice carrot banana bread heated in the skillet, and it smelled like French toast. Mmmm. I removed the cream cheese frosting before adding it to the pan to prevent it from burning. I had an apple with pb on the side along with a glass of milk.



Rachel had the right idea.


For lunch, I enjoyed steamed mixed vegetables with our leftover Easter lamb and a champagne vinaigrette leftover from brunch on Thursday. Chobani blackberry on the bottom plus two cuties were for dessert.


Before I went to a Barre3 class, I had a slice of Aldi organic honey oat toasted then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper, and dried Italian herbs. I had a slice of provolone on the side for protein. It worked wonders because I felt really good all throughout the class!


Once home, I made Matt and I each a salad including greens, southwestern rice and quinoa mix, avocado, salsa, yellow pepper, freshly shredded cheddar, and frozen vegetable mix including lima beans, peas, carrots, corn, potatoes, green beans, and okra.


Once showered, I made a turmeric golden milk latte. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as well as my last several. Oh well, you win some and you lose some.


After my stomach settled from the latte, I had a small mug of PB Chocolate Cheerios with some sliced bananas from the freezer and a dollop of Greek yogurt.


This is how Rachel relaxed on my lap. She’s such a character!



I had plans to meet some friends from work at their CrossFit studio, so I got up earlier than usual for a Saturday and had a slice of toast with pb, banana, and chia.


I had the remainder of my banana with the last of this yogurt tub sprinkled with chai sugar.


I took this after we completed our workout. I had a blast!


Here’s the sweet group of ladies who I work with.


I partner with both Andrea (in the red t-shirt) and Amanda (in the middle) for class. We did singles on jump rope, so it was divided in half to give us a double jump rope score of 313. We rowed for 103 calories, completed 69 burpees, and we completed a number of “cleans”/”snatches”. Each of those four exercises was done in a 7-minute interval with a 2-minute break. When one partner wasn’t doing the exercise, they had to hold a weight above their waist. It was intense but rewarding.


After class, I enjoyed my free RX Bar from Kroger’s Free Friday Download program. Love this flavor!


I got showered and then took Matt and I each an Aldi frozen mediterranean chicken, quinoa, sun-dried tomato meal over to his dad’s to eat for lunch. I had an Aldi truffle for dessert. He worked on his car and finally has all of the body work completed from his wreck on the track last October!


I had to go out to west Knoxville to get Rachel more of her special prescription food, and then I did our grocery shopping at Kroger. I couldn’t resist getting more coffee. The weather was horrible!


After getting home and putting everything away, I fed the babies then had an apple with Aldi’s dessert hummus.


Jay helped me with laundry, and when I sent this photo to Matt, Matt replied with his car waving back like Jax. Too cute!



I had never roasted radishes, but I saw a friend’s post recently, so I decided to roast the last of ours. They were delicious!


I piled a bed of greens with carrot ribbons, sautéed broccoli pearls, baked seasoned onions, tuna, avocado, mini pepper, sliced Havarti, the last of our champagne vinaigrette, and corn chips. I discovered while making this that Mason also loves carrots. He always cracks us up and amazes us with what he’ll beg for and eat!


Dessert included thawed berry/cherry/pomegranate blend with Multigrain Cheerios, Love Grown Comet Crispies, roasted sunflower seeds, pb, and milk. I also had a caramel that I lightly warmed, and it hit the spot.



I got up early on Sunday too, which was nice because I was able to get a jump start on cleaning later that morning. I cooked a packet of instant Ancient Grains oatmeal with plenty of milk and water to make it fluffy. I added dried ginger and vanilla extract then topped with it half a banana, pistachios, sunflower seeds, and raspberry fruit spread.


For lunch I had a salad with an Aldi veggie burger.


For dessert, I had a carob cauliflower crumbly muffin from the freezer over top yogurt with a cutie and tahini drizzle.


I finally did some deep cleaning throughout our place, and my gosh some of the dust. I was rather ashamed. I cleaned off our bathroom vanity light fixture, dusted, vacuumed, did laundry, and washed dishes. It always feels good to go into the week with a clean home!

I enjoyed this slice of bread with pb, the second half of my banana, nutmeg, and raisins.


Kaci and Drew came over and got to hang out for a bit! The babies and I loved visiting with them.

Matt got home right after they had to leave to grocery shop, and he got started on our dinner. While he was preparing our amazing meal, Jackson and Rachel piled onto my lap. He snapped these two photos, which is rare for Rachel to be calm with Jackson right there. So stinkin’ cute!



Matt and I have been craving a roast for a looooong time, and we finally made it a reality. He cooked it in a Reynold’s roasting bag with Bob’s Red Mill GF all-purpose flour, spices, and beef bone broth plus onion, whole carrots, and parsnips halved lengthwise. Oh my word the gravy was heavenly. Well, the whole dang plate was! He roasted red potatoes and green beans on the side, and we tossed them with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Lemon can do wonders to vegetables and really adds a bright flavor.





Of course Mason wanted some! He and Rachel each got a baby bite of the meat without the gravy. He was a bad baby earlier, though. Matt left the meat out in the package to thaw, and Mason broke through the plastic and was gnawing on the raw roast. Then I was a moron and after transferring it to a gallon ziplock bag to sit in a water bath to thaw, I briefly ran upstairs. It was just long enough for him to grab the bag, and as I came around the corner, he was jumping down with the almost 2.5 pound bagged roast. If I wasn’t upset with him, I wanted to laugh. He’s so cute even when he’s mischievous!


For dessert, I had an apple with some Chocolate PB Cheeriors and a small amount of yogurt.


Today is still going to be chilly and rainy, but our forecast is looking promising! I hope you all have an awesome week!

7 thoughts on “Spring, where did you go?

    1. We all absolutely loved seeing you too!! Gah, we can’t be mad at Pookers. Matt just laughed and kissed all over him when he got home, and Mason’s face looked so annoyed. Lololol


  1. That workout looks INTENSE! Now that I have a bit more free time without allll the studying/projects outside of working 36 hours in the hospital I am going to try out some classes! I am hoping to find a Barre class & maybe spinning too! Woah, roasted radishes?! I have never heard of this, but there is no veggie I won’t roast! I must try this. (also Havarti cheese is magic). That roast looks TERRIFIC! I made roasts much more back when we lived in Indiana, but this makes me want to start that up again! Thanks for sharing these awesome eats & fun!

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    1. I love meals like a roast because they’re the gift that keeps on giving! They just seem to become more flavorful the longer they sit, you know? The workout was SO intense but really fun! In a “I-gotta-get-thru-this-somehow” way that then makes you feel really accomplished. 😉 I so hope you can find some classes to try! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Barre3. Havarti IS magic! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading the post!

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      1. EXACTLY– It’s the ultimate “leftovers get better with time”. I’ll keep you posted on the Barre! Also, an Orange Theory JUST opened basically right outside our door, so I think I’ll try that soon!

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