**I hope everyone affected by Hurricane Florence is safe and well!**
This past weekend was a fun one! I attended my first Vols game in years, and while I burnt despite applying sunscreen, I had a blast.
For breakfast, I made a smoothie and mixed in the last small amount of our cooked steel cut oatmeal then topped with flakes and peanut butter. Unfortunately, the oatmeal became icy in texture because of the frozen fruit, so next time we have a small helping left, I’ll just mix it with fruit and yogurt. Ya never know unless you try!
This photo of Mason came up on my memories, and my heart swelled with love, pride, and sadness!!!! This was from two years ago, and I just don’t know where the time goes and why he couldn’t still be here with us. Look at those paws and big green eyes! ❤
I took Jackson upstairs to cuddle with Matt before I jumped into the shower. Jax loves a good cuddle sesh.
THIS. I hope so many people take this to heart and stop asking people when they’re going to get engaged / get married / have a child / have another child / etc. Just let people be. Occupying one’s uterus for the sake of making someone else happy is not right. It’s a huge sacrifice of mind, body, and sanity that shouldn’t be taken lightly. End rant.
Lunch was catered at work, and I enjoyed this apple cranberry walnut cheddar sandwich from Panera Bread. It was perfect! The sharp cheddar contrasted with the sweet fruit, and the apple and walnuts gave it a good crunch. So good!
Later in the afternoon, I noshed on part of the big chocolate chip cookie that had come with the meal. Hit the spot.
Dinner was a really good one: taco bowl complete with organic shredded kale that I bought on sale, taco bean filling, sautéed vegetables, avocado, shredded sharp cheddar, cilantro lime slaw, salsa, Greek yogurt, and we each had our hard blue corn taco shells that we filled as we ate. Messy and tasty!
My evening snack included cereal, frozen grapes, cinnamon, and milk in a pb jar.
I slept realllly well and then got up refreshed and ate avocado toast with cottage cheese + frozen wild bluebz for a lighter breakfast.
Jax!! His antics kill me. Look at his feet, hahaha.
I met over at Kaci and Drew’s, got changed into a pretty orange and white dress she kindly let me wear, and we swung by K brew for their…Pumpkin Pie Latte! It is made with real pumpkin puree and is topped with house made whipped cream. Good to the last sip!
We got down to their Vols football tailgate, which was light because of the early kickoff time and the storm. One of the gentleman that cooks a nice meal lives in either SC or NC and was not able to bring the whole kit and caboodle. It was still fabulous! Is Kaci not gorgeous in her adorable Val’s dress?
Cindy got to join us! Tailgate Triplets was in full force!
I ate this free Epic bar, thanks to Kroger’s free Friday download, and I tried to chug my water before going into the stadium.
I’m not a huge football follower/fan, but lemme tell you, this gave me chills!! The atmosphere, the excitement in the air, those blue skies, it just hits you. Power T ftw!
Midgame photo together!
At halftime, we went in search of some noms. Kaci and I split this doughy pretzel, which was nostalgic and just what was needed. The only thing missing was the lager mustard that the stand had already run out of or didn’t stock. Bummer. But it filled me up nicely and allowed me to enjoy the rest of the game. Intuitive Eating allows you to embrace life with all of its ups and downs. Dieting keeps you restricted, upset, and anxious about the next meal. I choose freedom!
We won 24-0. As Kaci said in her post, the team has some work ahead of them to prepare for this weekend’s game against FL.
That sky, though. All the heart eyes!
Welp, I applied sunscreen but failed to reapply. Hello ugly burn. Womp womp.
I noshed on an apple with pb, cinnamon, Greek yogurt, and roasted peanuts before taking a second shower.
I made a knock off of First Watch’s Pesto Chicken Power Bowl, and boy was it amazing! I warmed organic shredded kale, organic quinoa cooked from frozen, and organic rotisserie chicken. I topped our bowls with sautéed onions / mushrooms / rosemary that I bought on clearance plus one sliced peach. To finish, I added feta crumbled from a block and jarred pesto. It’s simple and customizable. If you make it, please let me know what you think of the peaches in place of the tomatoes! I got the idea from Anne. 🙂
Once we finished eating and cleaned up, we headed out to meet with one of Matt’s friends who was in town. Saturday night’s sunset was breathtaking! Kaci took two really amazing shots, and this is the one I captured.
We hung out at his friend’s parents’ home, and then they decided to go to a bar. I’m not about that scene, so I dropped them off and went home. No shame in my game! To each his or her own. I’ve never had a huge nightlife as I enjoy a comfortable safe night at home. I had mug of cereal then called it a night.
For Sunday brunch, I made this Baked Zucchini Oatmeal, and my word it is phenomenal! I used 1/4 c mini Enjoy Life chocolate chips and felt that was the right amount of chocolate for us so as not to overwhelm the other flavors.
I enjoyed my slice with pb and cottage cheese.
Coffee on the porch!
I got ready, made a sandwich, and I went over to Kaci and Drew’s. This had mashed avocado, hummus, greens, and sautéed veg + peach slices on sprouted sesame bread that I warmed before enjoying.
We had our latest tattoos touched up and then went grocery shopping together like old times! I found a number of fun items I’ll be sharing in this Friday’s post. I saw this and of course *had* to snag one. I ate it as a snack after finishing at Aldi, and it had a really nice pumpkin spice flavor!
After completing a Barre3 workout that really helped me to clear my mind and feel both calm and energized, I whipped up this dinner: pan-cooked seasoned tofu, roasted pesto potatoes and onion, heated green beans tossed with poppy seed dressing, and cilantro lime slaw. An odd buy satisfying mix of flavors and textures. We ended up adding our roasted pepper spread to the tofu, which not only enhanced the flavor but the appearance. The red was so pretty; wish I had added it here! Whoopsies.
Hot herbal tea with honey and a yogurt bowl with banana, cinnamon, pb, sprinkles, and flakes as a snack while watching Golden Girls. Yum!
Kaci was so sweet and let me borrow this top from Val’s Boutique. Keeping with my Vols support!
I’m going to end with this beautiful message!
Tell me: what did you get into this weekend? What was your favorite food or meal?