Friday, March 27, 2015

5 on Friday {2/27}

1. Bachelorette Party Planning
I am working with my girls on planning my bachelorette party. We are between Miami and Savannah. I was originally leaning towards Miami, but now I am thinking Savannah. I really like the idea of renting a house, going to the beach, doing some casual exploring and relaxing. This could just be my finals brain speaking though.

Regardless, we will probably need these shirts:
Source: Etsy 

2. This breakfast has been on major repeat this week: 

Wheat toast, scrambled egg, avocado, and parmesan cheese. I am eating it as I type this, along with a sautéed plantain.

3. Last night. 
Last night, Aaron and I went to dinner at our Pastor's house. It was a casual dinner for all the new members and we had such a fund time! They had fantastic food and we chatted with lots of people we had met at our membership class. We had such  great time chatting with the Pastor who will marry us, which we really enjoyed.

4. This weekend.
I am attending a charity fashion show tonight with a friend and tomorrow is the Junior League of Atlanta's Tour of Kitchens! Aaron has volunteered to go with me.... we will see how long this lasts. I was going to see my ticket so I could stay home and study, but Aaron pushed me to go. He may regret that :P

The tour of kitchens is a 2-day even across Atlanta. 14 homes with designer kitchens are opened and well-known chefs and event planners in the city do demonstrations at the kitchens. They send out a schedule of which chef will be in which location, so that you can plan your day. So much fun!

5. Wedding Plans
I am finally starting to feel like I am checking things off! We have a coordinator, venue, caterer, officiant, dress, bridesmaid dresses, and florist. And I think we have our photographer (not saying anything until I send the contract in!).

Next projects are: ordering invitations, picking a calligrapher, and cake tasting. My favorite part :)


Thank you for hosting 5 on Friday, Miss Natasha

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Quinoa Pesto Bowl {recipe}

So AR goes out for lunch at work pretty frequently. We often have the conversation "what did you have for dinner" in the evening, and he tells me about some of the places he tries.

When he told me he was eating a quinoa pesto bowl with veggies, I was a little surprised and proud of myself. I like to take credit for his health choices ;) But honestly, this is the guy who ate out every meal when I met him, and quinoa was not in sight. And now he self-selects a quinoa veggie bowl on a menu.

He has continued to order this from time to time, and recently suggested that we try to make it. We made this realllllyyyyy simple version for dinner on Tuesday night and loved it! I enjoyed it warm for dinner and cold the next day over mixed greens. Enjoy!

Quinoa Pesto Bowl
1 cup of quinoa, uncooked
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 large or 2 small zucchinis, thinly sliced
8 ounces of tomatoes, sliced
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of pesto

Preheat oven to 350*
Bring quinoa and 1 and 1/3 cup of water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Let cook for 15-20 minutes, covered. At 15 minutes, check to see if all of the water is absorbed and each grain appears to have "sprouted" open. If not, continue cooking for 5 additional minutes.**
Meanwhile, arrange veggies on a large baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and mix to coat evenly. Roast veggies for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, gently stir, increase heat to 400* and roast an additional 5 (or to desired softness!).
In a large bowl, combine quinoa, roasted veggies, and pesto. Gently fold together. Can be served warm or cold!

**I like to cooky quinoa with less water for a little bit longer time than you may be used to. I find that it prevents mushy grains and creates a fluffier, softer result. But cook it whatever way you like!!


Who is the healthy eater in your family?


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WIAW {3/25} pizza

Monday was an interesting day. I ate pizza twice (and not home-made, healthified pizza. takeout). And yet, I still got tons of fruits and veggies and felt good about my eating!

Simple toast with peanut butter, sliced fruit, and coffee with almond milk x 2. I had tons of fruit in the refrigerator, so all I wanted to do was eat that. I snacked on this while I blogged about my weekend and prepared for class. 

I was in class all morning and didn't have any snacks. At 12:30, I pulled out my lunch. A large salad with olives, bell pepper, and cucumber on a bed of mixed greens, a slice of leftover pizza from the weekend (super-thin with fresh mozzarella and artichokes), and a Siggi's yogurt. 

Snack from a professor: peanut butter crackers. Love these. 

In class we had a treat from my prof... but it was pizza again. Apparently they just wanted to feed me all day at school. I was so so hungry, but I wasn't feeling the pizza. I had a few bites, remembered I don't like this, and threw the rest away. 

I feel like I need to take a bite of something sometimes to remember I actually don't like it. I get so hungry and everyone grabs it, so I assume I want some too. In reality, nope. I like my Antico leftovers or homemade pizza, but otherwise, I am not impressed. 

AR made dinner for me: blended broccoli soup and roasted carrots. I had the apple after dinner as something sweet along with some unpictured tea. 

Side note: This soup is not pretty, but so so good: it is sautéed garlic, carrots, and onion, cooked with broth and broccoli. After everything is cooked, AR blended part of it, added a little whole milk, and a sprinkle of sharp cheddar. Yum. 

How do you feel about pizza? Do you have a favorite place or topping?


Thanks for hosting What I Ate Wednesday, Jenn and Laura

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Summer Loving

Last night after dinner, I decided to paint my nails and pulled out my spring/summer colors. I think it is time!! So in honor of that happy occasions, I am sharing some of my summer inspiration that has fond a home on my Pinterest boards of late :)

What do you plan to purchase for summer?


Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekend & This Week {3/23}

Hello all and happy Monday!

If you are in the midwest and received snow this morning, you have my sympathies. I really think that is awful. #thisiswhyIleft

Sharing my weekend and upcoming plans today by linking up with BLoved Boston!

Friday: Awful day. Two interviews, 2 meetings, a million phone calls and a failed trip to the bridesmaid dress store. By the time I got home, all I wanted to do was go to bed. But Aaron and I had already agreed to go to dinner with friends at the new American Food & Beverage restaurant in buckhead. So off we went!

The food was actually really good. I had a creamed broccoli soup, some salad, and a eggplant sandwich.  By the time my sandwich came, I was way too full, so I just had them wrap it and I took it home.

Saturday: I helped with an awesome session on the confidence gap between men and women. There were some fantastic panelists who shared their experiences with finding a mentor, creating work-life balance, and achieving success in the workplace. I was so inspired.

Aaron and I went on a long walk in the afternoon. We went through piedmont park, all through midtown, and then home. I clocked in over 5 miles!

flowers at the park
Saturday dinner was simple: pizza from Antico with a side of steamed broccoli. We rented the movie "The Theory of Everything," which was so so sad, but wonderful. Have you seen this? What were your thoughts? I loved the film, but it made me cry more than once. Such a heartbreaking story.

Sunday: Church, where we picked up our trophies from the 5k we did two weekends ago. I told Aaron I was going to put this in our living room on display - haha.

This week:
Workout goals
*wake up ten minutes early so I get ten extra minutes at the gym!
M- rest
T- run 3 miles and do 30 minutes of strength training, plus stretching.
W- run 5 miles, plus stretching.
Th- run 4 miles and do 20 minutes of strength training, plus stretching.
F- yoga
S- strength training and walking
S- run 7 miles

M- broccoli cheese soup with rolls and fruit
T- chicken marsala with wild rice pilaf and salad
W- quinoa pesto bowls with mushrooms, asparagus, and roasted tomatoes
Th- dinner at friend's house

What are your workout goals for the week?