Colorful 4K, Caffeine + Hammocks, Mother’s Day Celebration

This weekend really felt chock full of fun with a great combination of relaxation and exercise! Matt went out to one of his best friend’s property where he and his wife are building their home. He left from work on Friday, and then he got in late Saturday night.

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Friday’s look // Last week I did some shopping at Old Navy, & I found several cute pieces, including this dress. 🙂

 

To back-track to Friday, one of my clinic managers was kind enough to schedule a chair massage for the nurses and Patient Care Techs, and she offered me a session as well. It felt amazing! When I left from there to head to my other clinic, I decided to stop at Sugar Mama’s Bakery. They had their ribbon cutting and official opening on Friday! Sadly, I couldn’t make it due to work, but I was thankful I got to stop by later in the morning. I bought a garlic cheese biscuit and a hot coffee.

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I was lucky to come home to both my order from Eat Healthy Designs as well as unexpected coupons from LOVE GROWN FOODS!

For my solo dinner on Friday, I made a simple tasty plate of sorts that really hit the spot.

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Spinach, tomato, artichoke tomato bruschetta, fluffy egg, biscuit, avocado, cranberry cinnamon goat chese

 

Afterward I went on a 30-minute walk in the neighborhood located above us, and I was able to chat with my sister for the majority of it, which was awesome.

After seeing their curry shortbread cookies, it gave me an idea. I combined Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt with curry powder, ginger powder, turmeric, cinnamon, and poppy seeds along with local shortbread cookies. It may sound different at first, but it worked so well!

While enjoying it, the boys and I snuggled up together on the couch to watch some tv.

Because Matt wasn’t home, Mason took it upon himself to guard me. 😉

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He laid on my stomach after I crawled into bed.

Saturday morning started early with this gf corn English muffin filled with yogurt, crunchy peanut butter, and strawberry rhubarb jam plus a clementine and hot tea.

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Then it was time to meet up with Kaci, Drew, and Axl to run in the YMCA’s Tie Dye Dash 4K!

All clean beforehand…

After!

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Both the above and below photos were taken by Eric Branch of Eric Branch Photography.

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Axl is a celebrity pup. So many people remembered him from last year! Drew purposefully dodged the color stations because understandably they make Axl nervous. He is beyond adorable and such a trooper.

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I went over to Kaci’s to get cleaned up before we all headed to lunch. I chose to sport my new long-sleeve tee from Eat Healthy Designs. It is seriously one of the softest tees I’ve ever worn, and the message is perfect.

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We chose to eat at Holly’s Gourmet Market same as last year. I ordered their market salad with the addition of pesto chicken, goat cheese, and rye toast.

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It was so perfect and filled me up nicely.

Afterward, Kaci, her roommate and one of her best friends, Cindy, and I made our way to K brew. Just relaxing was just what I needed. Sometimes I have to remind myself to slow down and live in only that moment.

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I love how K brew included the emoticons – hilarious!

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I’m on Snapchat and slowly learning how to use it. My username is Koritwin2 if you’d like to follow along! Here’s my artsy picture. 😉

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Kaci came over and spent time with me and the babies after we all finished our cold brews.

I made my way over to Aldi to shop. Their eggs are only $0.69/dozen, and their avocados are $0.39 each, so I stocked up on so many awesome foods!

For dinner, I made this incredibly thick and tasty smoothie topped with flax, mixed nuts, chia, and Polar Puffs by LOVE GROWN.

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A little while before bed, I noshed on this pieced of spicy dark chocolate.

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We both had our own breakfast creations: yogurt, banana, Nature’s Path fruit and nut granola, peanut butter, and an egg on the side for me / sweet and savory waffles for Matt.

We all met up at his brother and sister-in-law’s to celebrate Mothers’ Day.

A little fun “photoshoot” with my main squeeze.

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Goofy pictures with their dog, Jaz.

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Matt and I made salmon topped with artichoke tomato bruschetta enjoyed over a bed of spinach, baked asparagus, and a gf pasta salad that his mom made for us.

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After we got home, Matt made a smoothie and tea while I had yogurt plus frozen berry + kale blend, last of our apple fig toppers, coconut, and we split the last banana muffin.

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Unfortunately, the FoxNow app was being odd, so we had to watch the latest episode of Bones on my phone. Not a large screen by any means, but getting to snuggle and watch one of our shows was perfect all the same.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have gotten off to a good start this Monday!

Bingo, Beer, & BBQ

^Three things you probably never thought to combine, yet they make for an epic night! Sugar Mama’s Bakery was founded by an adorable and fun couple, Mike and Hannah McConnell, that realized Knoxville needed amazing baked goods along with a selection of beers to suit many people’s tastes. I just love how Knoxville continues to provide local places like no other: hammocks at K Brew and now a place where one can enjoy a homemade marshmallow in a stout beer, if they so choose. =D

I treated myself to a few new pieces from Old Navy on Tuesday, so I decided to wear one of my new dresses yesterday. I had to throw on my cardigan because these temperatures are getting low, low, low until returning to normal tomorrow and Saturday, thankfully!

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While the weather was dreary in a sense, I loved how the sun was shining in some parts with looming dark clouds in others. I really love this shot and the iconic JFG sign!

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I think I’ll start a series entitled, “See Matt Walk.” Lolz

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We arrived 15 minutes after they had gotten started, but we were able to jump into the very next game, which Matt won!

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Matt enjoyed a cider, which I tasted and thought it was quite nice.

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They provided bbq from Willy’s Butcher Shop along with garlic and herb gluten free bread from The Breadshed Café. I’m so grateful they took the time to provide a safe and delicious meal for Matt!

My noms.

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Matt’s plate.

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All together now.

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Mike on the mic, Hannah kept track of the bingo numbers, and they had a guest announcer, who was hilarious.

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The window seat is *the* seat…and one that we discovered cost $3000, haha. Matt and I have serious plans to enjoy brunch here one morning!

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This sign cracked me up.

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My t-shirt that Matt won for me!

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The babies got us up early for their breakfast, but then while we go to work, this is how they’re spending their day…

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Jax kept an eye on the downstairs. 😉

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Ray knocked down some of my winter sweaters yesterday, so she made use of them. Silly girl!

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Sugar Mama’s will be holding their official grand opening tomorrow, and I’m really looking forward to going by for an amazing pastry!

**Our wedding photographer shared a few photos from our engagement shoot, and I can’t help but include a few here. I’m so so thrilled with them!

Our goofy personalities shine through. 🙂

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It’s so hard to choose a favorite, but this one is just perfect to me!

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Stefanie found *the* coolest places that had so much color and personality. She found colors that aligned with those that we’ll have in the wedding!

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I’ve never seen a more beautiful ring or a more interesting way to display it. ❤

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We started our shoot at K Brew, so the combination of our love of coffee, community, and laughter made the most perfect afternoon.

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Birthday Celebration, Exploring K-town, Awesome Eats

On Friday, Matt turned 33! It’s hard for me to believe, but maybe that’s because we both have a “baby face.” 😉

For breakfast, we had waffles with allthetoppings: peanut butter, banana, raisins, cinnamon, yogurt, strawberries, local honey, wilted spinach.

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Someone was SUPER snuggly and didn’t want me to go to stinkin’ work. I wish I could’ve stayed home and cuddled! But bills. <insert eye roll>

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Throwback to Matt’s 27th birthday. 🙂

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We each made a bowl of chia pudding topped with peach bourbon jam for our mid-morning snack. It was dee-licious.

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Lunch included spring greens, baby peppers, avocado, sharp + habanero cheddars, adobo hummus, mango habanero salsa, and black bean lime rice crackers.

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Matt was expecting a delivery, and Jax agreed to keep a watch on it until Matt could get home. Love our little!

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My first Snapchat. You’re welcome! Username: Koritwin2

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The babies love when the windows are open! So many birds to watch and scents to sniff.

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Some pretty flowers next to our home.

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I was on such a roll and published my second Snapchat – this time of Jackson! Cats were clearly my “theme.”

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When Matt got home, he helped to finish dinner by pan-searing the steak before sautéing mushrooms annndd making a killer white wine sauce to finish. It was the consistency of a glaze and was perfect. I kept saying we needed red wine for the beef, but then I ate my words when the white wine worked just fine. Matt would be saying, “told you so” right about now.

We enjoyed our steak with roasted rosemary garlic red potatoes, steamed green beans, and raw squash that I thinly sliced on the madnoline and chilled with an artichoke pesto.

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Love it when our babies photo bomb us!

 

Selfie stick photo shoot!

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Yeah, my hand placement looks a bit awkward. Whoops, haha.
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Laughing 🙂
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Rachel couldn’t care less.
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Mason was not amused.
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Sweet baby!

For dessert, we each made a smoothie and…coffee! Yeah, we live on the wild side.

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I woke up like this.

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After breakfast, I got ready and met Kaci down at Market Square to enjoy the Dogwood Arts Festival.

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I had my first fried pie by Dale’s Fried Pies, and it was awesome!

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I love the colors or their mobile food truck!

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Spinach artichoke. Mmm

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Kaci enjoyed a burrito bowl from Savory and Sweet.

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I thought these looked incredible. So bright and fun.

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If only I had a place to hang this, then I would’ve bought it!

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I practiced restraint and surprisingly, I didn’t buy an owl painting.

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We went down to the Southern Railway Station to also partake in the Retropolitan Craft Fair. We had decided to carpool so we then made our way back to Market Square. I was still hungry, so I bought a veggie chef salad from Tomato Head. Thankfully, we made it to the parking garage before the sky opened up, dumping buckets of rain.

I went home and decided to just relax. I removed our four leaf clovers out of the books we used to press them. We collected these one week ago during our engagement photo shoot, and I love them!

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Dinner was a simple salad with sautéed peppers + squash, tuna, and sea salt crackers.

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For dessert, I noshed on Greek yogurt, strawberries, and half a ginger cookie from VG’s.

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The owners of Meatball Madness and More food truck were so kind and provided samples of their Power Bar to those who have commented on their Facebook page. They were very generous and gave me a whole one! I paired it with the last of our cottage cheese along with fresh strawberries, mango, and perfect coffee. They describe it as tasting like a no-bake cookie, and they are right! It was so good.

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For Matt’s birthday, I bought us a 90-minute couple’s massage. It was very lovely and refreshing for us both.

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We did some grocery shopping then came home to make a late lunch of a steak and roasted potato salad, dressed with a new artichoke bruschetta spread we found at World Market.

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On late Sunday afternoon, we went over to his dad’s so we could take apart a Nissan 240 engine that he plans to rebuild for his race car. I wasn’t able to help much, but he was awesome and taught me a great deal about the inner workings of an engine. It’ll take me several more observations and conversations to fully grasp it all, but it was fun!

His dad has a cute bed of strawberries growing along the side of the back patio.

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Before we called it a night, we hung these two additional owls pictures that I made and framed for our engagement shoot.

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My owl cubby is complete!

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Lastly, we found these new Fage Crossovers, and I tried this flavor this morning for a snack. It’s great!

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Happy May (how is it that we’ve entered the fifth month of the year?!), and I hope you all have a great day! I’ll be meeting with Kaci this evening to attend another Barre3 class. Woohoo!

Make-Ahead Individual Frittatas

On Sunday, I decided to make Matt and I a large batch of steel cut oats so that we could have nutritious breakfasts while cutting down on morning prep. We’ve enjoyed them a few ways and then yesterday I brainstormed up this frittata.

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After spraying each dish with coconut cooking spray, I layered spinach, half portion each of steel cut oatmeal, Cabot sharp cheddar + a small amount of their habanero cheddar. Lastly, I poured the scrambled eggs over top and popped these babies into the oven.

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Roughly 30 minutes later, they came out bubbly and smelling delicious!

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I made our side yesterday as well, so all we had to do was make our coffee, plate, and enjoy!

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I love it when I can help both him and I get a good start to our day. This hit the spot for us both, and I hope it does the same for you!

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Ingredients:

FRITTATAS-

Cooking spray

1 serving cooked steel cut oatmeal (start with 1/2 c dry)

Two handfuls of baby spinach, torn

1 slice sharp cheddar (3/4-1 oz.)

1/2 oz. habanero cheddar (a little goes a long way, trust me)

4 eggs

2% milk or milk of choice

SALAD-

1/2 avocado, peeled, pit removed, and chopped

Two Roma tomatoes, quartered

2 T artichoke pesto

Directions:

For frittatas, spray each dish with a small coat of cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350*. Layer spinach, 1/2 portion steel cut oatmeal each, and the cheese. Scramble the eggs with desired amount of milk and divide evenly between both dishes. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until eggs have set. While they cook, toss avocado, tomatoes, and pesto together before chilling in the refrigerator. Divide and serve with strong quality coffee. 😉

I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that these photos were snapped eight years ago! Our baby girl was only around six months old. ❤

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As always, I wish you all a fantastic day!

I Wish I Could Turn Back Time…

to relive my incredible weekend!! Matt and I had our engagement photo session yesterday, and I loved every second! I just wish we could do it again.

I made myself a tea latte at lunch on Friday – Breakfast in Paris with warmed + frothed Cruze strawberry milk. It was excellent!

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For dinner on Friday, we had some more of our lamb roast over spinach with sautéed asparagus and bell pepper along with Alexia sweet potato fries.

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I finally did some baking for us! I made Erin’s (blogger for Well Plated) chocolate chip-studded banana bread. I’m so happy to say they turned out well! I made them gluten free for us but otherwise tried to stay true to the recipe.

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So we each had one for breakfast on Saturday along with Fage 2% Greek yogurt, frozen blueberries, fresh raspberries, chia seeds, and peanut butter.

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Matt hard boiled half a dozen eggs and enjoyed two with melted butter.

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I met Kaci at K Brew, and it made my day!! We soaked up the sun and chatted for a while before heading on to run some errands.

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Iced Americano for me with some half-and-half swirled in. So refreshing!

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We picked up my pup-nephew, Axl and headed to the dog park.

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He was so excited to see all his friends! Is he not adorable?

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The weather this weekend was utterly perfect.

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I got home late, so I made us a quick dinner: salads with organic chickpeas, a delicious artichoke spread from World Market, and gluten free toast with avocado and cumin.

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I met with my make-up artist for our trial, and I am so so pleased with her talent! She spent time listening to my thoughts, and she wanted to know more about my style and our wedding. She’s so professional and wants to be sure her work aligns with our taste. I was admittedly unsure at first because I’ve never seen myself with this much make-up, but I fell in love. She used air brush and just like she said, it seemed to get better as the day went on! She also said humidity is air brush make-up’s best friend, so that made me happy!

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Our photographer took so many unique and wonderful shots – I cannot wait to see them! We started at K Brew (one of my favorite places!) and then we drove along to different places around that area of town. I so loved the fact that we had a plan but also winged it. I think that’s the perfect representation of Matt and my personalities – I’m more the planner while he’s more laid back. 🙂

She knows me so well and surprised me with this tote bag!

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At the last stop, we all found a TON of four-leaf clovers, and Matt even found this huge five-leaf clover!

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I want to say this is my first ever four-leaf clover find. =D

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Matt and I decided to eat dinner at Sunspot, and boy did they not disappoint!

Matt chose a vodka drink that included mint, pineapple juice, and ginger beer while I sipped on the virgin version. Love the mugs.

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I noshed on one of my blackened salmon tacos along with Brussels sprouts but saved half the plate for my lunch today.

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Action shot. 😉

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Matt chose their pork loin wrapped in bacon with collard greens, grilled pickled peaches, fingerling potatoes, and a delicious barbeque sauce.

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He added a side of black beans as well.

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Stefanie shared this teaser, and I so love it!

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Hope you all have a fantastic start to the week!

 

Everybody is Working for the Weekend

Let me start by saying TGIF. Although I must say I’ve had quite an awesome week! I’m still ready for relaxation and weekend fun. =D

Even though it was windy due to a storm slowly rolling in, I was able to go on an enjoyable walk after lunch yesterday. These flowers are gorgeous!

 

 

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Purple iris / Tennessee’s pretty state flower.

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I got a pedicure and manicure to get me ready for our engagement shoot this Sunday!

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Afterward, my girl met me at the Blue Slip Winery for food truck noms and a fun evening downtown.

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So many people attended! I love people watching, and we ran into some individuals we know. 🙂

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We chose to eat from M3, Meatball Madness and More.

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They had an awesome selection!

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Kaci tried their classic meatball sub while I noshed on their gf vegetable lasagna with allthericotta. Yummm

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I had never seen or tried Quick Fix Coffee, but I was impressed!

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Kaci went with their iced chai latte, and I sipped on an iced latte. So smooth, creamy, and delicious.

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Until yesterday, I hadn’t been inside the train parked at the Southern Depot.

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How cool is it on the inside? I love the green and all of the old, vintage charm.

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It’s fascinating to me.

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While getting my nails done, my friend gave me these owl dishes. Can you say {owl}dorable? 😉 I love them!!

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They are utterly perfect for my rings!

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Breakfast this morning was Van’s gf Ancient Grain waffles. One we topped with cinnamon cranberry goat cheese and the other with avocado and an over easy egg.

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Drippy yolky goodness. My man can make the best over easy egg, even when half asleep. haha

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I hope you all have gotten off to a wonderful start and enjoy your weekend!

Long Time, No Post

I’m sorry to have been MIA for a while now! These last two weeks have been quite busy at times. It was a wonderful and productive weekend. Just not long enough. How is it already Monday again?

Saturday, aka Caturday, started with a nice bowl of oatmeal followed by a big mug of coffee that I was able to sip on slowly. One of the things I love about the weekend is kitty cuddles. I hate having to rush through the morning on work days!

These babies sure know how to relax!

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Later that morning, I made my way down to our local Y to fit in an awesome workout session before getting on with my day.

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All cleaned up and sporting my K Brew tank! I absolutely looove these warm temps! Although it seems like we jumped right into summer…

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I went to our lake house to check on it and enjoy it for a little while Saturday afternoon. Matt has been busy working on his race care, so I made it a quick trip. Kaci is amazing and has taken the lead on the big projects needed out there. Last week the new roof was completed!

Looking across the lake from the deck.

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Looking up to the house from where our altar will be placed!

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I really hope the weather cooperates on our special day so our guests don’t have to sit under a tent during the ceremony. Autumn blue skies with sun shining down is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

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I love seeing bursts of color!

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I decided to splurge at the Juice Bar and chose “Orange You Glad” plus I added almond butter for protein. I slowly sipped on it while I shopped at Target. I could really make my wallet bleed in there if I wasn’t careful. O_o

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I took dinner over to Matt’s dad’s where he works on his car. Bed of romaine and radicchio topped with homemade chicken salad. Side of steamed Brussels sprouts, cucumber, grape tomatoes, and we split a gf mixed berry scone from Benefit Your Life Bakery. The Empty Cup Coffee House now carries their products!

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We watched Ex Machina Saturday night, and we both were quite intrigued throughout the movie. However, I wasn’t a fan of the ending. Have any of you seen it?

Sunday started with this awesome spread: gf homestyle waffle topped with melted Sargento garlic herb monterrey jack cheese, avocado, and paprika + cayenne / gf blueberry waffle topped with cashew butter, Greek yogurt, cinnamon + clove. I cut into a fresh mango and split it between us.

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Lunch included a sandwich filled with cottage cheese, adobo hummus, organic greens, and cucumber on organic gf bread from Target. We crunched on baby carrots, sweet pepper, apple, grape tomatoes, and a tangerine.

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Matt was a sweetheart and changed the oil + filter in my car, topped off my brake fluid, changed my cabin air filter, and added washer fluid to the reservoir. Now I just need to take her through the car wash soon!

I finally went on a walk along the dogwood trail, provided thanks to the Dogwood Arts Festival, located in a neighborhood right across the street from us.

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Unfortunately, I think our recent cold-snap messed with the blooms. But it was still an enjoyable walk.

I love Japanese maples. They are so rich in color!

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Someone left a piece of themselves behind. heh heh

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This tree was gorgeous and kind of reminded me of the trees in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. 🙂

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Mason is clearly part monkey. He loves his daddy!

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Dinner included these swai fish fillets with Old Bay seasoning and butter.

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We ate them with a bed of romaine and radicchio topped with sautéed green beans, scallions, celery, and quinoa. Jax photo-bomb!

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For breakfast this morning, we enjoyed these individual frittatas made with a product called Scramble by Clever Foodies. We baked them last night then allowed them to cool before chilling them in the refrigerator.

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We served them with cheesy polenta and an apple.

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Such awful lighting thanks to being up before the sun, but they were really delicious!

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I hope you all had a relaxing weekend as well and are off to a great start this week!

Taking it in Stride – Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

This past Sunday I set out to run my first timed 10k, and to say I was nervous would be an understatement. Early this year, my mentor at work invited myself, another RD I am fortunate to work with, himself, and a sweet woman he attends church with to join together as a 4-person relay to participate in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. I never in my life thought I would ever be involved in such an amazing race! It felt like so long until it would actually happen, but then somehow, this weekend snuck up on me. Ha! In all honesty, I did go on several training runs and walks along with maintaining my strength training, so I felt as though ready or not, I was going for it!

Saturday morning we awoke to a beautiful but chilly day.

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I met up with my teammates to collect our race packet and to quickly drive between the start and the second checkpoint so that we could visualize the exchange of the timing chip. I was the first leg, so I was extra nervous that I needed to get us off on the right foot. heh heh

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Miss Ray wanted to get a selfie with her momma 🙂

 

Here Dale and I were practicing our race finish pose. Lol!

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Afterward, I met up with one of my best friends at Spero for lunch and to try their new nitro cold brew. They have just begun offering breakfast and lunch options, and my gosh they are amazing!

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Korean barbeque bowl complete with quinoa, slaw, and that deliciously smooth nitro brew.

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After shopping around at Target together, I fought the awful traffic all the way home to then enjoy this Earl Grey Pear Upside Down Cake with cashew butter. TDOT had closed three of our five lanes along the interstate, so it took two hours for a commute that usually takes 30-35 minutes. Phew. I made the mistake of forgetting to ask that the cake be first wrapped in plastic, so a great deal of the moisture was leeched out into the paper bag. This just means I’ll have to order another and eat it there. 😉

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My chosen race outfit!

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Our snazzy tee.

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For dinner, I made salad with alltheveg, mozzarella, and vegetable hummus plus a side of Fage plain 2%, banana, spices, and blueberries.

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For breakfast, I chose a light meal of cashew butter on Food for Life sesame toast, cinnamon sprinkled banana, and hot English breakfast tea. I really don’t know what variables were to thank for such a lovely run, but this will be my go-to pre-run breakfast from now on!

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All ready to head downtown!

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Matt was an absolute sweetheart and stood at the start so that he could see me off. He snapped this in-motion photo, and I love it!

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A sea of runners with one of my and my step-mom’s favorite color: highlighter yellow. 🙂

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I truly cannot believe my performance {not in any way tooting my own horn}. I stopped after a long hill that completed the 5k mark, and low and behold there were port-o-potties. I quickly used one and felt so rejuvenated and off I went again. I didn’t even stop to remove my outer shirt. My legs just wanted to keep going! No stomach cramps or pains. I’m beyond thankful. My route also was so pretty and took me through the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood along the lake. The elevation change was no joke at times but very manageable. I did make the stake of starting my app before I was under the starting line, so I really believe my time was just under an hour. 🙂

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This man made it possible. He drove my car from checkpoint to checkpoint and continued to cheer me on throughout the race. He was seriously my motivation – I couldn’t wait to see his face!

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Dale completed the fourth and final leg, and all three of us joined him. I was so full of energy and am grateful I also experienced his route. It took us through even more beautiful neighborhoods and even Market Square. Everyone hooted and hollered and really gave us sweet encouragement.

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Dale’s wife, Debbie deserved a medal for shuffling us to all the checkpoints! She captured this moment when Matt was anticipating our arrival at the finish. I love love this!

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Such an amazing feeling to accomplish something at this magnitude!

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A sweet friend saw me come through and kindly took and sent the next two photos to me.

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It’s mushy and sappy, but this photo taken by Debbie warms my heart. ❤

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Post race selfie, complete with my medal!

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Our kick-ass team! Irene has never been a runner, but she killed it! Lindsay is a phenomenal runner and wonderful motivator. She stayed with me until they blew the start horn, and it really calmed my nerves. Dale is our fearless leader and an absolute champ!

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Big smiles.

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Our stats for the last leg according to my Runkeeper app.

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Matt and I dined at Sunspot for lunch, and it hit the spot. Chips and salsa to start (on the house!).

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I chose the salmon over polenta with poached eggs, hollandaise, zucchini, and I added goat cheese. I saved half for today’s lunch along with organic arugula. My mouth is already watering for it.

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Matt chose their blackened salmon club on a gluten free bun.

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He also ordered their kale salad and substituted smoked paprika honey mustard to make the salad gluten free.

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We placed 62nd with an official time of 4:50:30.

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I have proudly displayed my medal on my framed MS diploma.

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My high school track-hating self would be astonished that at 27 years young, I pushed myself to run a 10k and that I *acutally* enjoyed it. Dale’s encouragement means so much! I always thought I had poor form, but this really uplifted me and made me feel great about my performance.

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Despite Matt suggesting I take a bath and a nap, I just couldn’t sit still. I did laundry, dishes, cleaned, prepped our lunches for today, and then I packed up our dinner to take over to his dad’s. He spent the rest of the afternoon working on his 240, so I brought dinner to him. 🙂 Plenty of vegetables, including a steamed vegetable blend complete with brown butter and balsamic sauce from Aldi. He and I loved this light meal.

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My dessert consisted of Fage plain 2%, clementine, spicy dark chocolate, peanut butter, and a locally made shortbread cookie.

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I signed up for the YMCA Tye Dye Dash 4k being held in one month, and I already have plans to again run in the Knoxville Marathon next year. You could say I’m now hooked!

Spring has Sprung: Bright Dishes for a Bright Beginning

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As much as I adore fall and winter foods, it’s always so enjoyable to welcome spring with warm-weather dishes. Think bright flavors and colors, simple yet satisfying. This week I put together two meals based on what we had on hand, and Matt and I both agreed they were really delicious!

First up was this pasta salad with a side of whole-roasted curry-spiced cauliflower. I found a box of organic green lentil pasta by Tolerant Foods at TJ Maxx the other day, and now I want to stock up on all of their products! I combined it with a bag of steamed corn, green beans, peas, and carrots with the addition of steamed broccoli. I tossed with jarred tomato bruschetta, hemp hearts, fresh lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil.

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I simply coated the cauliflower in olive oil, curry powder, turmeric, and sea salt then roasted at 400 degrees. We sliced it into wedges.

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Such a lovely point of view!

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I had a gift card for Starbucks, located in Target, for a buy one drink get the second for free. I also had a small e-gift card from my Chase rewards points, so I made a trip over during a break at work. I chose an unsweetened green tea latte, unsweetened passion tea without ice that I chilled and drank with dinner later, and I decided to try these cashews. They really were very enjoyable!

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I began last night’s dinner by sautéing shredded carrots from TJ’s along with steamed green beans and scallions.

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I added the above mixture to Pereg Gourmet Italian quinoa once it was cooked. I prepared it with equal parts organic low sodium chicken broth and water for more flavor.

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I then finished it with the last of our tomato bruschetta, splash of lemon juice, and a dollop of ricotta.

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For lunch today I packed up the leftovers and added the remaining spiced cashews plus a tangerine on the side.

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I will leave you with this reminder. Never feel that it’s too late to make any positive changes!

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