Good Tuesday morning! I had not looked out our windows this morning until I saw a friend had posted about the snow we received, and I was shocked to see white when I pulled back the blinds! I cannot recall another time that we had snow this early in November. I wonder if Mother Nature is asking, “too soon?” at this point. Hahaha
Let’s rewind to Friday! I started the day with an oatmeal muffin topped with ricotta and cinnamon peach jam a friend made for us. I had thawed berries with hemp hearts on the side as well.
Comfy outfit including blue suede leggings, tunic dress (brand Kori, spelled just like my name!), booties, and super fun earrings.
Rachie was keeping an eye out for us. Sweet girl!
I had a good day at work then came home to enjoy a three-day weekend! Jackson standing on his tippy toes is one of the cutest things ever.
I put together a soup based on what we had on hand, and it turned out well! One can each organic dark red kidney beans, tomatoes seasoned for chili, and turnips greens with turnips. I also added one frozen bag each of celery + onion and soup mix. To give it more flavor, I mashed in the remainder of our roasted garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, and low sodium organic chicken broth. I allowed it to simmer for an hour or more.
It needed a little more salt and pepper, but it was tasty, and it got better with time.
I made a grilled cheese on a gf ciabatta roll with mozzarella, cheddar, greens, and whole grain spicy mustard.
For a snack, I enjoyed a mug of yogurt with thawed mango, Cheerios, and almond butter.
I was craving eggs like mad, so eggs it was! Two over easy eggs seasoned with EBTB blend and smoked paprika over wilted greens with a slice of polenta cake with ricotta. This really hit the spot!
After completing a 30-minute Barre3 rejuvenating flow, I got myself ready and enjoyed the best chicken salad and oat milk latte at Mahalo. I love their café so much!
I channeled my love of fall through my outfit.
Reflection in their gorgeous fire place.
I quickly went home to grab my tennis shoes and feed our babies, then I met Kaci, Drew, and Axl for an incredible fall hike! Matt is really the greatest friend, and he spent his weekend helping one of his best friends on a project for his Hummer. Otherwise, I so would’ve loved for him to join us. He ended up staying at his dad’s because that’s where he could use his welder.
I was in fall heaven.
Tried to be artsy like Kase. 😉
I admittedly love this shot.
Forever and always grateful for my twin!
I love how twinny we looked!
I went back to their place and watched some of the LSU vs. ‘Bama game, and Kaci graciously offered me one of her tasty San Pelligrino sparkling beverages.
I went to Aldi and found some awesome goods, then once I was home, said goods were put away, and the babies fed, I made my dinner. Leftover soup with a salad topped with avocado, leftover salmon, green beans, rice blend, and Italian dressing. This was full of flavor and so satisfying.
After taking care of the dishes and some laundry, I made a delish banana split including Greek yogurt, almond butter, and Bakery on Main chocolate granola.
I cored and cut up three small apples that were starting to get soft, and I cooked them in coconut butter with cinnamon and a little water. Quick cinnamon apples with no food going to waste.
I’m telling you I slept like an absolute rock! I got up to feed Rachie and Jax then fell back asleep until 8:30. O_O
I enjoyed a bowl of Coconut Cheerios with some of the cinnamon apples, pb, hemp hearts, and milk.
Then I did a lot of this while sipping my coffee. Coffee + kitty snuggles are the best way to start the day.
I enjoyed an extra mug of coffee before I took care of some tasks and then showered.
Lunch included mixed greens, avocado, radish, carrots, mushrooms, leftover cannellini beans, Italian dressing, and a slice of Aldi pumpkin swirl bread with ricotta.
Comfy Sunday outfit with a little extra from my pom pom earrings.
Kaci, Axl, and I ran a few errands together including to Pet Smart. We rode in Kaci’s Subaru that has a sunroof, and I loved it! It was a gorgeous day for it.
We all are looking in a different direction. Nailed it.
While they went to family dinner, I came home and enjoyed a quick but really good dinner. Baked sweet potato stuffed with sautéed onions and peppers from frozen plus hummus, spices, freshly shredded cheddar, and chili lime hot sauce.
I polished off a tub of yogurt with a banana, Multigrain Cheerios, chocolate granola, and tahini. This with a mug of hot herbal tea really was perfect.
Matt finally finished with the project and got to come home! But he didn’t have Monday off, so poor guy didn’t have time to rest.
I got up with him and enjoyed a bowl of hot oatmeal topped with warmed cinnamon apples, warmed maple syrup, and pb. YUM.
I left when he did for work and finished our grocery shopping at Kroger. I then ate my last bowl of soup with added rice medley a little before 11:00 to allow my stomach to settle before Barre3.
I was so fortunate to get to take their first 45-minute studio class led by the studio owner! I came away feeling so strong. Confession: my muscles have been sore every since my boot camp class with The Beauty Hunters, but I don’t view it as a bad thing. Being sore doesn’t mean you are out of shape. It just means you challenged your muscles in a new way, and it honestly served as a reminder that I took time for my well-being. I’ve just made sure to keep moving.
Once home, I enjoyed the last of our ricotta with some coconut crisps from Aldi.
My shower was very much needed. Hello ripeness, ha! When you want to go on a walk, but make it fashion. Lolz. Oversized sweater from Planet Xchange years ago, fleece lined leggings, pretty tall socks with a sparrow print, booties, and a beanie. It honestly was quite warm by the time I got back home!
I spotted some pretty flowers, plants, and fall décor.
I finally swept our front porch and cleaned it up a bit. Then I prepped dinner by Ellie Krieger: Falafel Burger Plate. I assembled the falafel burgers in advance to chill per the instructions, and I decided to sauté the cabbage and carrots rather than serve them raw. We thoroughly enjoyed this meal completed with toasted gf pita and homemade tahini sauce.
Matt stuffed his burger inside the pita. Leave it to him to take it to the next level, ha!
I did enjoy a snack but didn’t take a photo. We enjoyed two episodes of Last Week Tonight then crawled our butts into bed.
(Sweet Potato) Toast Tuesday! I topped one half with Greek yogurt, pumpkin pie spice, and almond butter and the other with an over easy egg, EBTB blend, and smoked paprika. Sweet and savory combo lover for life.
I call this, “when fall meets winter”.
The roads were too warm for it to stick, yet schools were cancelled or pushed two hours late. School admin is becoming very soft. We never got off, but they now use the excuse, “it’s too cold”. I mean…
Kaci so sweetly let me borrow this lovely cardigan that I paired with my orange midi dress, blanket scarf, and booties. Fall lives on in my clothes!
I tried to be artsy, but I failed.
Have the very best day and week ahead!