Weekends Are Meant For This…

I love lazy weekends. For the past two days, I’ve honestly done nothing but lay around, read magazines, work out, and eat.

Yesterday morning, I indulged in a huge Saturday breakfast:

Saturday Breakfast

I scrambled one egg and popped two Van’s Blueberry Waffles in the toaster. I topped them with real butter and syrup. I had apple wedges on the side. 

After letting my breakfast digest, I did Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones. I’ve been doing it every other day for the past week. I love this strength-training workout. It kicks my butt every time! I had been doing it every other day in January, but stopped at the beginning of February. Let me tell you, picking it back up is no easy task. If you’re looking for a challenging workout, this is definitely it!

When lunchtime rolled around, I was hungry for a couple different things. Here’s what I came up with:


  • A toasted whole wheat pita
  • Yellow Pepper Strips
  • Celery
  • Sabra hummus
  • Kashi Fire-Roasted Veggie Crackers
  • Laughing Cow Queso Fresco & Chipotle Cheese

For dessert, I ate a Nonni’s Cioccolati Biscotti:


I love biscotti! Does anyone know of any other companies that sell biscotti in interesting flavors?

Dinner last night was one of my favorites:

Baked Cheesy Pasta

Baked Cheesy Pasta! I love making this dish because it’s so easy and versatile. Last night, I used whole wheat rotini frozen peas, parmesan cheese, whole wheat bread crumbs mixed with basil, oregano, garlic powder, and black pepper, and Newman’s Own Cabernet Marinara sauce. Just preheat the oven to 350, and cook the pasta according to the box directions. While the pasta is cooking, steam the peas in the microwave, and place two pieces of whole wheat bread (remove crust first) in a food processor with the spices. Pour a bed of sauce in a baking dish, and then top with cooked pasta, and more sauce. Mix in the peas, and top the whole thing with bread crumbs and 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese. Cover the dish with foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Then, remove the foil, and bake for another ten minutes, switching the oven setting to broil for the last two minutes! And tada! Baked, delicious, cheesy pasta!


Jeff and I both went back for seconds. 🙂

This morning, I woke up bright and early to hit the gym before meeting up with these lovely ladies:

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 Amy, Alicia and I had been planning to have Sunday brunch at Country Corner Cafe in Saratoga Springs all week. I hadn’t seen Amy since the summer because she’s been away at grad school, so I was super excited to see her this morning.

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I managed to forget my camera (duh!), so these pics are courtesy of Alicia. 🙂

The last time I was at Country Corner with Amy, she ordered this huge blueberry oatmeal pancake, and that’s exactly what I ended up getting this time:

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This thing had to be 90% blueberry. That’s my kind of pancake! Not going to lie: I devoured and enjoyed every last bite. 

We had a great time catching up. I love going out to brunch!

I was in the mood for yoga a little while ago, so I spent 30 wonderful minutes on my mat, and now I’m off to make potato soup! I’m using my hand blender for the first time. Wish me luck!

What did you do this weekend?

Are you a pancake or egg type when it comes to Sunday brunch?

Have a great Monday! <3

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Note To Self…

No matter how many times I’ve done the 30-Day-Shred in the past, I will always be sore the day after I do it for the first time in months.

Yesterday morning, since there was snow on the ground, and most of my workout clothes were in the wash, I decided to dust off a few of my favorite workout DVDs instead of going to the gym. Let me tell you, Jillian Michaels sure knows how to kick my butt. I only did level one, but I almost died. I can’t even remember the last time I did the 30-Day-Shred. It’s such a great workout. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten past level two. I’m definitely terrified of level three. I have No More Trouble Zones sitting on my DVD shelf, still wrapped in its original packaging. I got it last year, and have never tried it. Reviews/Thoughts anyone?

After I was done with Jillian Michaels (or the other way around), I popped in my Shape Yoga DVD. Man, I needed yoga so bad!

When I woke up this morning, my calves and chest muscles were screaming at me. This may be weird, but I love being sore after a good workout. I have plans to go to the gym tonight. It’s cold, and I could use a good sweat session.Do you still work out when you’re sore?

In other news, I bought these boots from L.L. Bean today:


Aren’t they cute? They were exactly what I was looking for. I had to order them at the store because my size wasn’t in stock. I’m supposed to get them on Friday or Monday. Can’t wait!

So, maybe we should talk about fake meatballs…


because I like to include weird transitions in my blog posts sometimes. I picked those babies up from the co-op the other day, and decided to test them out with some whole wheat spaghetti a couple nights ago.


I used this sauce:

Newman's Own

Oh, what a beautiful combination. 

Jeff and I haven’t had dinner together at home in a while, so i decided to be fancy, and throw some wine and salad into the mix:


I need a fun table cloth. Suggestions? 

Anyway, we both enjoyed the “meatballs”. Back in April, we tried the Quorn Meatless Meatballs, and enjoyed those, too. I’m not sure which ones I liked better. I’ll have to do a taste test. I think I’ll make a fake meatball pizza on a Flatout wrap for dinner.

For now, please stare at my plate of spaghetti from a different angle:


I hope you enjoy it. I’d also like to show you this apple:


Because this post is very random, and that’s how I like it.

How do you feel about meatless products like meatballs?

What about pizzas on Flatout wraps?

Also, do you love or hate Jillian Michaels’ workout DVDs?

Have a great Thursday! <3

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