Weekend Recap {Nov. 14-16}

Posted November 17, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga, family, waffles, blogging, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, FitBottomed Girls, SweatPink, Sweat Guru, FitApproach

My weekend didn't turn out exactly how I had planned, but I just went with it and ended up having a nice few days. 

I didn't get in as many workouts as I planned, but my body definitely needed a rest. I mentioned in my Week of Workouts post that I taught lots of fitness classes last week, and I've been having some hip pain. I'm trying to be better at listening to my body. 

The best part of my weekend was spending time with people I care about! I spent lots of quality time with the BF, my niece, my parents and the BF's sister and grandmother, dad and stepmom.

Friday, Nov. 14

I left work a bit early and headed to Friday Afternoon Club at work. It's a happy hour for faculty and staff. I helped organize this month's event with a leadership group I'm a member of. 

I had grand plans to go to the gym after the event, but I ended up drinking a beer and eating some chocolate covered pretzels, cashews and a mini pumpkin tart. When I left, the gym didn't sound that great.

The BF ended up having to work late, and our Friday evening plans fell through. So I watched episodes of The Chew, read magazines and drank champagne kombucha cocktails. I got the cocktail idea from the Skinny Confidential blog.

When the BF got home around 8:30 p.m., I had dinner ready - Pasta with Corn, Tomatoes and Feta from Michael Symon's 5 in 5 Cookbook. We still had some tomatoes left that my parents gave us before their garden froze and we had tons of frozen corn to use up. So this was our last summery recipe!

Saturday, Nov. 15 - I got up at 6:30 a.m., and posted my Week of Workouts blog on social media.

When the sun came up, I opened the windows and was surprised to see lots of snow on the ground and snow falling.

Breakfast was a random leftovers scramble. Our fridge was packed full of leftovers from the week that needed to be used up. My scramble had roasted beets, carrots and sweet potatoes, cooked ground turkey with onions, eggs and cheddar. It was surprisingly delicious!

The BF and I then got ready and left for Lincoln. He was scheduled to work his weekend job, and I was going to go holiday shopping! But the interstate was a lot more icy than we expected. The interstate is often clear even after a snow because of the heavy traffic, but that wasn't the case. We had to turn around and come home.

We got home around 10 a.m., and I didn't know what to do with myself. It's not often that I'm showered, dressed and wearing makeup before noon on a Saturday. The BF decided to take a nap, so I headed over to my parent's house. I hung out with my mom and niece, Brynn, until they got ready to eat lunch. Then I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a few ingredients for some no-bake recipes!

I made No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (which I'll share later this week), while I listened to Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red. Yep, I totally broke out the Christmas music! I then got a call from my niece asking if she could come over. I, of course, said yes.

She looked up recipes online while I did dishes. Then we worked on making vision boards. My Institute for Integrative Nutrition coach suggested that I make a vision board, so I've been working on it for a couple of weeks. I asked Brynn if she wanted to make one. Brynn LOVES crafts and art projects, so I knew she'd be all over this.

We flipped through magazines and cut out photos and words that represented what we want our futures to look like. Hers turned out so cute, and she asked me to post her picture on my blog : )

The BF and I then, somehow, talked her into going to Hy-Vee with us to get groceries. It wasn't until about 30 minutes in that she was asking, "Are we done yet?"

When we got home, Brynn and I made a recipe she had found online - Coconut Ice Cream. I had never made ice cream with eggs before. I always make the super easy milk, heavy cream, sugar ice cream recipes in my ice cream maker. But for her coconut ice cream, we had to temper eggs to create a custard-like consistency. I did the eggs, while she whipped the whipping cream and added all the other ingredients.

Brynn did such an amazing job. She loves to cook. She even wrote down the recipe before we started! I wrote about her taking cooking classes at Hy-Vee a couple of months ago. Read the post here.

We had dinner at my parents house - homemade pizza - delicious!

Sunday, Nov. 16 - I slept in until nearly 8 a.m.!! I needed the sleep, and I felt so refreshed when I finally got out of bed.

For breakfast, I had toasted frozen whole wheat waffles topped with my homemade cranberry sauce, chia seeds and almond butter.

The morning consisted of:

We then drove to Hastings to see the BF's sister, Betsy, who was visiting from Washington. We had to make a stop at Amigo's, where every Nebraskan who moves away wants to visit when they return. 

Then we spent some time with the BF's dad and step-mom and he and Betsy's grandma.

For dinner, the BF made chicken crockpot gumbo and rice, which was delicious.

We ended the night with an episode of Orphan Black and No-Bake Cookie Dough.

What was the best part of your weekend?

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