Weekend Recap {Oct. 23-25, 2015}

Posted October 27, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga, coffee, healthy living, gardening, produce, garden, baking, brownies, chocolate, wedding, Omaha

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I'm so not ready for Monday. My weekend ended up being super busy, and I had very little time for rest and relaxation. So I'll be powering through this week!

Here are some details from my full weekend...

Friday, Oct. 23

After work, I got a Warm Honey Pumpkin Facial from Crystal at Kearney Massage and Day Spa (that's me pre-facial in my new Target plaid blanket scarf). I'm so glad my weekend started off with this hour of relaxation because the rest of the weekend was busy. The BF actually bought me a gift card for a massage and facial at Kearney Massage and Day Spa for our anniversary/my graduation from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I got the massage a couple of months ago, and finally booked the facial. It was amazing and relaxing.

When I got home, our friends Carmen and Clark had arrived from Hastings. They brought their new dog, Spike. I died over his cuteness.

We went to dinner at Flippin Sweet. I ordered my favorite pizza - Little Green Bag - which has pistachios, sun dried tomatoes, pesto and spinach. I also had a 90 Shilling Ale by Odell Brewing Company. It was a fun night catching up with friends!

Saturday, Oct. 24

I made French Toast Scramble for breakfast. And had my usual apple cider vinegar drink and a few sips of coffee because heading to power yoga class at the CHI Wellness Center. Sarah taught, and it was a great class! She talked about approaching yoga and life as a beginner to stay open to learning. I love that. We worked on some basics like keeping our legs activated during tadasana (mountain pose), plank, downward dog, etc.

After yoga, I headed out to my garden to pick all the remaining vegetables before it freezes. There ended up being a lot! I picked beets, kale, green peppers, salad peppers, tomatoes and tons of basil.

For the next three hours I made batches and batches of pesto, washed and de-stemmed kale, massaged kale, made kale smoothie packs and roasted beets. I ran out of pine nuts, so I made one batch of pesto with pepitas and was still left with a huge bowl of basil.

I took a break for leftover pizza and more coffee.

Then I made Black Bean Super Seed Brownies! I don't know what was up with me, I just couldn't stop in the kitchen. I will share the recipe for these brownies soon! They're for a post I'm doing for Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts!

I also spent a million years photographing the brownies for an upcoming blog post for Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. I'm still learning how to be a photographer.

Because I knew Sunday was going to be busy, I meal planned and the BF and I went to HyVee for groceries. I discovered frozen mushrooms! Way cheaper than fresh ones right now.

They worked perfectly in the homemade fancy ramen I made for dinner! I haven't eaten ramen noodles since college, but I always see articles about fancy ramen noodle restaurants in larger cities. Since we live in the middle of Nebraska we don't have fancy ramen restaurants, so I attempted to make my own ramen.

It was so so delicious. This is going on our dinner rotation! I used this recipe, but added tofu and bean sprouts.

Sunday, Oct. 25

I woke up to my alarm! Yep, on a Sunday. The BF and I got up early and got ready for the day. I made a quick kale, blueberry, banana, almond milk and protein powder smoothie, then we headed to Omaha.

On our way there, I asked Erin from Her Heartland Soul for a lunch recommendation. She suggested Over Easy, a restaurant I had read about in the Omaha World Herald when it opened. I remember the article because they had homemade pop-tarts!

So I ordered a homemade vanilla hazelnut pop-tart, obviously. I felt sick to my stomach immediately after eating this, but it was absolutely delicious. The BF ordered a brown butter cinnamon roll, which was insanely good.

For my actual meal, I ordered an egg sandwich with spinach, tomatoes, avocado and caramelized onion, and sweet potato tots with balsamic ketchup. Everything was amazing.

After brunch, we headed downtown to attend my cousin Jen's wedding! She got married at Sozo Coffee House.

I got to spend time with my cousin Kristi and her husband Avery, who live in Atlanta (I was in their wedding last summer!). Kristi is pregnant with their first child and she looks absolutely gorgeous.

I also got to spend time with my second cousin, Cailyn, who is eight years old. I love little girls who are this age. Cailyn told me all about the bracelet business she is starting, and tried to sell me some bracelets. I told her I would do her social media marketing, and she got really excited. I don't think she knows what that is though.

I skipped the wedding food, but I had a piece of cake before we left (sugar overload for the day). The BF and I headed home around 6 and got home at 8:30 p.m. We stopped at my parent's house to pick up the dog, chatted for a bit, and were finally home for the day at 9:45 p.m. It was a long day!

I had some leftover ramen before going to bed.

It was a full weekend for sure! But I'm so glad I got to spend time with friends and family, take care of my garden before the cold hits, experiment in the kitchen and get six hours of car time with the BF.

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