Food Over Booze

My professor asked us to journal or blog for homework!!!

So now I won’t feel bad “productive procrastinating” when I blog. It is purely schoolwork 🙂

Friday

I started the morning with Lori and Michelle’s 18 minute plank workout. It is always killer.

Breakfast was my first overnight oats in Ireland! I hope I freaked people out with this.

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lots of peanut butter, banana, and raspberry preserves

This + a KIND bar on the bus fueled me well for our class field trip to Glendalough. Of course, it was the rainiest day of the entire week.

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I think I fell in love with Ireland on this trip. So much green and so many sheeeeeep!

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We made it through a couple of landmarks and a short hike before our tour guide gave us the option to either continue for another 1.5 hours or chicken out. I’m proud of our resilient group, because we were all down to keep hiking. Our tour guide saying, “It’s a Harry Potter-esque trail,” may have instigated the enthusiasm.

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I would have been miserable in the rain if the walk wasn’t so gorgeous. In fact, I have never used the word “gorgeous” so many times in a one hour period before.

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“This trail is gorgeous.”

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“These trees are gorgeous.”

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“This house is gorgeous.”

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“This waterfall is gorgeous.”

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“We are gorgeous.” (lol)

The word has lost all meaning.

But…this was GORGEOUS, guys.

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Totally worth the soaking discomfort and soggy chicken sandwich that I downed in the rain at the top of the mountain.

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bus snack feat. soaked wallet

Breakfast for dinner was the quick and lazy menu option of the night.

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I did manage to caramelize some onions and roast broccoli though.

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I went out to a bar that night with the rest of my classmates, and I was fully planning on buying a Ginger Jameson…but I was 100% NOT in the mood for a drink, so I didn’t get it. *sad trombone*

Instead, Megan and I got our share of booze by having sips of everyone else’s drinks. I discovered that I like mojitos!

I’ll buy my own drink one day, I promise.

Saturday

Money that I could have spent on booze was spent on food on Saturday. Food >>> booze. 

8 minute abs followed by a leisurely breakfast of hot banana oats cooked on the stovetop.

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A few of my friends and I walked to city centre since it was a gorgeous beautiful day. It was my ideal kinda day— lots of walking, exploring a new city, and eating good food with good people.

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handsome Irish men in a street fashion show

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“Hapenny” Bridge (Halfpenny Bridge)

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Temple Bar, which is an area and not an actual bar…

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I found a bakery called Queen of Tarts on Yelp when I was researching good bakeries back in the States, so I was stoked to visit while we were in city centre.

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I bought a huge blueberry scone and a slice of carrot cake, both to go. But look at this thing!!

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The kind lady asked, “Would you like that with butter and jam?” My heart.

Then for real food (sort of).

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The fries were subpar, but the fish with salt and vinegar and some tartar sauce was fabulous. We ate our lunch with this view.

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Then it was time to walk through Dublin Castle…

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…and Trinity University. I plan on going back to Trinity to see the Book of Kells!

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After almost getting lost on the way home, Megan and I finally made it back to the dorms. I played outside for a bit on the lush grass. I tried doing a workout, but my body was like, “Nay to that.” So I practiced handstands, pistol squats, and one-handed cartwheels (aerials one day maybe!).

I wanted green in my dinner:

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Then Megan and I warmed up our blueberry scones and added Kerrygold butter…

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…and raspberry preserves.

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The Irish do scones so right.

Then Megan and I spent over two hours making travel plans. Someone please be our travel agent and plan everything for us. We’re both indecisive and inexperienced, so planning anything is a game of, “Which airline? What’s cheaper? Is that safe? How does an Airbnb work?”

Sunday

Sleep in, work out for 20 minutes, eat yogurt, head to Mass.

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Then we brunched! I looked up the church and brunch place, choosing The Lovely Food Co.

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clipboard menus, much aesthetic

There was no question about what I wanted after skimming the menu. I went for the oak-smoked salmon and crab sandwich on their housemade soda bread.

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The soda bread was pretty dry, but it went perfectly with the flavorful crab and salty smoked salmon. UGH, so good. And it was less than 8€!

Madre was in town, since she’s taking a grand two week tour around Ireland, just ’cause {I’m here}. Megan and I visited her hotel for the afternoon and spent several more hours travel planning. So far, we have planned two weekend trips and three cities for our mid-semester Europe tour. Not too shabby, but it probably took way longer than necessary.

We had our second round of sweets from Queen of Tarts to fuel our travel planning 😉

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Someone teach us how to adult.

We decompressed with dinner at Sophie’s Bar and Restaurant. It was an early birthday celebration for Madre, but Madre also treated us. ♥︎ ♥︎ ♥︎ Thank you, Ma!!

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we loved how they labeled the source of the butter

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smoked haddock risotto with teardrop peppers (so sweet and good!) and smoked cream to share for appetizer

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my corn-fed chicken (so tender and flavorful) with broccoli puree, broccolini, purple sprouts, and merlot vinaigrette

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Madre’s 8 oz. filet (melt-in-your-mouth) with black pudding mash (← black pudding bits in mashed potatoes, we think. it was good!)

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Megans’ fettuccine dish that she enjoyed!

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Madre’s choice for dessert: coconut parfait (more like a semifreddo) with pistachio ice cream and lime dressing

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they had swings by the elevators!

We also locked ourselves in the fire exit stairwell after dinner, but that’s a long story. It was so wonderful getting to see Madre all the way over here in Ireland. I’ll see her again when she gets back to Dublin after her two week tour!

Monday

First day of classes! I did a 30 minute HIIT workout in my room using resistance bands (that Madre brought me from home ♥︎) before eating breakfast and going to 2.5 hours of Contemporary Irish Society. We had a one hour lunch break, and then I had another 2.5 hours of Ethics in Healthcare. I think I’ll enjoy both classes and be especially challenged in the ethics class.

As much as I love eggs, buttered toast, and salad, I need to mix things up and go grocery shopping. One of the girls was making fajitas last night!

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But look at how golden the yolks are here.

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We also had our first fire drill as I was eating this dinner, but that’s okay. Safety and stuff, I guess.

Hope you all have a great week! Eat something with really good butter on it.

So tell me: 

Three gorgeous things you’ve seen recently.

Have you ever eaten scones with butter and jam? If you haven’t, you must. Kerrygold butter, preferably.

Are you good at making travel plans? Any tips for the rookies?

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Two Museums, Two Desserts, Two Blistered Feet

I did something this weekend other than “oh ya know, just layin’ low…” !!!

Not that there’s anything wrong with laying low (after all, I love kicking up my feet after work these days). But it’s nice to exit the abode and live a little, especially when the weather is as gorgeous as it was this weekend!

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Friday

There’s nothing really to share about Friday except that I worked, ate my favorite dinner of the week, and went to bed at 9.

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brown rice with eel + avocado = all the good things in sushi, amplified in a bowl

Also, BEN CAME HOME FROM SPAIN! He completed El Camino de Santiago, which is historically a Christian walking pilgrimage. There are many routes, but Ben did a super long one that totaled 890 km (553 miles) within 32 days. Casual.

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Congrats, Ben! YOU ROCK.

He actually came home at 2 AM Saturday morning, but I snuck into his room later in the morning to say hi to him before I left for NYC.

Saturday

Since I went to bed so darn early, I woke up at around 6 AM for some sunrise moves and grooves!

100 burpee workout // 10 reps of each // Click here for demos!

  • 10 tuck jump burpees
  • 10 T pushup burpees
  • 10 candlestick to chair burpees
  • 10 alternating side burpees (this one actually hurt my shoulder a bit because the pushup becomes kinda awkward, so I would not recommend this variation)
  • 10 broad jump burpees
  • 10 spiderman pushup burpees
  • 10 handstand burpees
  • 10 superman burpees
  • 10 dive bomber burpees
  • 10 plank jack tuck jump burpees

I tried to do some new/weird variations to keep things interesting, so it was definitely a fun (and tiring) one!

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banana bread baked oatmeal with plain peanut butter + “My Maine Squeeze” almond butter from The Peanut Principle

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from the farmers’ market 😀

Plus a couple pieces of my mom’s egg white pork bake.

After washing up, Pop dropped me off at the train station to head down to the city! Cue this Tori Kelly song (because she is the soundtrack to my life).

First of all, I saw an extraordinary number of dads with their kids on the train/in the city that day, and it made my heart explode.

Secondly, Park Ave looks so clean and luxurious, but it honestly just smells like manure. #overrated

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First stop of the day was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Can you believe I’ve lived in NY for 11 years, and this was my first time going there?

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I guess if you don’t live in NY, you don’t really see the big deal. But this is one of those “must see” attractions in the city.

I did my tourist thing while waiting for my friend, Christine.

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Squealing greeting + photos in front of the MET, because we’re bananas (yellow on the outside, white on the inside, in case you haven’t seen me make that joke 100 times on the blog).

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apparently this is where Gossip Girl cast ate lunch in the show??

In we went!

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We interspersed our “ooo’s” and “aaah’s” with some serious girl talk and some attempts at reading our people’s language.

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My contribution every time: “I have no idea what it means, but it looks familiar.”

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At least we’re proficient in fit fam culture.

Art eventually drains ya girls, so we headed over to lunch at Bluestone Lane for some Australian fare at around 1 PM.
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the restaurant is an extension of an Episcopalian church!
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I spy vegemite toast and the word “brekkie”
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Christine got the egg and bacon roll + I got the Aussie meat pie with mint pea puree
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Our waiter was Australian, which really added to the experience. Arman, I could not stop thinking about you.
We made it our mission to find both ice cream and Levain Bakery for dessert, so we took the scenic route and walked around the Central Park reservoir. It was the absolute perfect day to do it! Hot, but not unbearable, and bluuuuuue skies.
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We didn’t know where to get ice cream, but we happened upon Amorino Gelato, which is famous for making roses out of their gelato! That stuff is expensive, but it is undeniably pretty and delicious.
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Christine got fruity flavors + I got pistachio, black cherry, and a cookie butter flavor!
That cone was tiny and that gelato was melting wicked fast. You would think I was a magician, that’s how quickly I made it disappear.
We continued walking and found the legendary Levain Bakery. I had been hearing about their incredible chocolate chip cookies since I moved to New York, basically. This was THE DAY.
But first, a short wait on a line that spanned half the block. Expected.
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this is my “THIS IS BETTER THAN DISNEY WORLD BUT I’M TRYING TO BE CIVILIZED” pose
We descended into the little bakery…
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…I bought one chocolate chip cookie and one oatmeal raisin scone. We desperately needed to charge our phones, so we walked over to a Starbucks, where I finally unveiled the glory…
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 these are both HUGE
…wait for it!!!
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You have no idea how long I had been waiting to take that money shot. Ladies and gents, this was one of the best things that my taste buds have ever encountered. I’m not even a big fan of chocolate.
Warm.
Crispy on the outside.
Slightly under-baked and gooey on the inside.
Melted chocolate chips.
Rich walnut chunks.
Thick and decadent.
a poem about Levain’s chocolate chip cookie by Alison
Christine and I split the mega cookie, and we had a few bites of the scone, which was fantastic as well. Not too sweet at all, but BUTTERY. The bag smelled like buttered popcorn. Mmmmm.
Afterwards, we walked back around the reservoir to where we started, and continued with some more girl talk until Christine had to leave. Next museum of the day was Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design with one of my high school dance company mates, Susie!
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had to take a pic of this
This is probably my favorite museum of all time. It’s so interactive, and the vibe is an intersection between classical architecture and modern technology.
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They give you this high tech pen that acts as a memory stick. The pen has a “+” sign on the back that synchronizes to the “+” sign on each description panel on the exhibits. When you go home, you go onto their website and enter your unique code that they gave you, and you can see pictures of all the exhibits you saved via the pen. MAGICAL.
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This immersion room is your childhood dream. You basically design your own wallpaper with the pen, and watch it come to life in front of your eyes.
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Five stars for Cooper Hewitt! Thank you so much, Susie, for suggesting it!
We worked up a good appetite playing around in the museum. Susie chose an excellent Greek restaurant called Korali for dinner.
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a rare moment when no cars are about to run you over in the city
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beet salad with grapefruit, pine nuts, goat cheese, fennel, dill and scallions
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when the manager walks up to you offering a FREE platter of melted Greek cheese, you do not refuse (such a nice gesture of them!)
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soup of the day: lentil
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Susie gave me a bite of her lamb shank, which was heavenly
We also walked by this gem of a Citi bank sign (great eye, Susie).
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This is Gabby Douglas, US Olympic Gymnast. But peep the caption in the upper left hand corner…
THIS is Allyson Felix, US Olympic Track and Field Runner:
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Alright, Citi Bank.
And then I bid NYC a good night.
Ben picked me up at the train station, and I was all excited to tell him that I walked 11 miles that day (according to the Apple Health app), but then I remembered that he had been walking an average of 20 miles per day for the past month. Overachiever.
I still gave myself a foot massage before bed.
Sunday
I got up a little past 7 to get ready for Mass and say goodbye (already!) to Ben and Madre. Not for long though. Pop and I will meet them in Florida soon for our big family vacation next week!
Breakfast after Mass:
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I also had leftover roasted broccoli while cooking this. Cravings, man.
I watched some gymnastics, read some blogs, and napped before getting up and eating again. Sundays, man.
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smoked salmon avocado toast + unpictured carrots and hummus + half a frozen banana
Then I started this blog post and FaceTimed with my beautiful friend, Briana, from college. Followed by some killer moves and grooves in the basement (which I have deemed to be my “pain cave”).
60 seconds strength/45 seconds  cardio/20 seconds  plyometric/15 seconds rest
3 rounds of each block, 1 minute rest between blocks
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  • pistol squats (30 sec each leg)
  • jumping jacks
  • broad jumps over a step, lengthwise
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BLOCK #4

I hadn’t done a workout that made my quads cry in a while. I stretched out before Pop and I went to one of our favorites for dinner— Bareburger!

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I made my own burger: turkey burger, spinach, sprouts, tomato, pimento cheese on sprout bun + ketchup and mustard
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sweet potato fries with their curry ketchup + special sauce
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the inner beauty of my burger
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Pop’s “Hog Wild” burger: wild boar burger, pimento cheese, frizzled chickpea onions (!?), fried egg, and pickled green tomatoes on a brioche bun
Decadence once again.
We picked up some groceries afterwards, and now I’m finishing typing this while watching sports on TV (← yay for Olympic season coming up!). ‘Twas a fabulous weekend filled with good food, great conversation, and even better people.
Back to the grind today, but one more week until vacation! Hope you all have stellar Monday. Give yourself a foot massage. You deserve it.
So tell me:
Two things you did this weekend!
What is your favorite museum?
What is the best cookie you’ve ever eaten?
Are there any sports you are following currently?
 

WIAW: Food Showdown

Today is yet another snow day. Yeah, I don’t even know what school is anymore. Not that I’m complaining! The only thing that concerns me is that I think we have only one more snow day allowed, if any, before we start chipping days off of spring break. That happened last year, and we had to come to school on the Wednesday of spring break……….Not happening again.

Anyway. Onto the WIAW fun hosted by the magnificent Jenn as always! Check out her blog to see tons of other mouthwateringly delicious eats.

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For the most part, I enjoy the foods I eat (well, one would hope!) but there are always those foods that are just outstanding. This WIAW, I’m showing you some of the food winners in my book from the past week or so with a food showdown! And since I don’t usually take pictures of my lunches (I’m always eating them on-the-go), there is no lunch showdown. 🙂

Breakfasts

Oatmeal Showdown

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The contenders: Blueberry Banana Walnut Love Grown Hot Oats V. hot banana oatmeal in a white chocolate coconut peanut butter jar V. overnight oats V. hot banana oatmeal parfait over Greek yogurt

Winner: Hot banana oatmeal in a white chocolate coconut peanut butter jar!

Yogurt Bowl Showdown

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The contenders: Greek yogurt with banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepita sunseed butter + random pizza dough pieces with honey and cinnamon V. Greek yogurt with banana, chia, hemp, a strawberry banana muffin, and peanut butter

The winner: The strawberry muffin bowl!

Snacks

I snack a lot, okay?

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The contenders: Honey raisin scone V. carrots with jalapeño Greek yogurt dip V. various flavors of Fage Greek yogurt V. dried figs with plain Greek yogurt V. popcorn V. brussels sprouts and carrots with hummus V. freeze-dried edamame V. Taste of Nature nut/fruit bars V. homemade granola bars V. oranges/clementines V. dried pineapple

The winner(s): Scone + dried figs with Greek yogurt

Dinners

dinner showdown

 

The contenders: Farro with avocado tuna salad + spinach V. Salmon with farro and greens V. Super Bowl dinner of brussels, homemade turkey meatballs, and cornbread V. Leftovers of pizza, brussels with hummus, and a clementine (this was actually a lunch)

The winner: Salmon with farro and greens!

So there you have it— some of the knockout dishes that I’ve eaten in the past {two} weeks. Yes, I totally cheated on this WIAW by including some eats from two weeks ago, but I still ate all these things nevertheless!

I guess I should take advantage of this extra day to get ahead on homework, blogging, and such. I always say that I’ll do that, but executing it is a completely different story. Lord, grant me self-discipline.

Happy Wednesday!

So tell me:

What were some “winners” that you ate this week?

Are you a snack monster like me? What is your current favorite snack?

 

 

 

TRX Arms and Core Workout

Another day waking up super late, another lunch at 4:30 PM. Oops. I was really going to try waking up earlier to try to get back on schedule, but I might as well sleep while I can, right? I also didn’t set my alarm, so that didn’t help.

Breakfast

Upon rising at the crack of noon, I was in the mood for a filling, nut-buttery breakfast. Gina’s cookie dough cereal was the choice du jour!

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Plus a clementine.

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Then it was time for biology homework and learning about caterpillars that pretend to be snakes as a defense mechanism. Reason #458 to not like bugs.

Moves

Let’s talk about TRX bands! They’re one of my favorite pieces of fitness equipment right now since my gym recently installed a large turf space that includes a TRX frame. It’s like my new jungle gym!

I love that the TRX bands can take bodyweight exercises to a whole new level because of the balancing aspect. Some of my favorite moves to do with them are pistol squats, rows, and pikes!

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I was intensely awkward trying to take this photo without anyone noticing.

Yesterday’s workout was 25 minutes on the elliptical followed by an arm circuit centered around the TRX bands.

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Those TRX tricep extensions owned me. I can definitely feel it today!

Some of the exercises:

For today’s workout I did 20 minutes on the arc trainer and 10 minutes on the stair master before doing Julie’s 8 minute ab tabata and more TRX ab exercises (this flattering frog kick move and pikes). I wasn’t going to go on the stair master, but honestly, I wanted to keep watching Giada on Food Network, which I had started doing on the arc trainer already. It was her breakfast episode— can you blame me??

I’m still being careful not to over-exert myself in any of these workouts. I can definitely tell that my stamina is going downhill, but that is a-okay with me right now. It’ll be interesting when I have to run the mile at school though. 😉

Lunch

My mom and dad went out for lunch while I was still sleeping, and they brought back delicious leftovers! I finished my mom’s spicy pasta dish that had sausage and ricotta cheese. Added on top of spinach as “dressing.”

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And half a raisin scone they picked up from The Kneaded Bread that was calling my name from the depths of its box.

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Scones are my faveeee.

I hope you have a nice evening, everyone!

So tell me:

Do you like using TRX bands?

What is your favorite TRX move?

Does television or music ever keep you going on a cardio machine?

Tea & Scones {MIMM #14}

Cheerio!

That greeting seemed appropriate considering the title of this post. Unless you say “Cheerio” as a departing remark…

This long weekend has gone by insanely quickly as all long weekends do. But that’s a sign of a fun one, right? This weekend definitely brought about many blessings, lots of family time, and much needed rest. Marvelous indeed!

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Head over to Katie’s blog for more marvelousness!

Marvelous is…

A tea and scones date with dance sis, Lilly! We had been wanting to bake together for such a long time, and we finally got the chance to do so yesterday. I was eager to use the vanilla beans that my mom bought, like, two months ago, so we decided to make some vanilla bean scones!

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Just splendid!

We accompanied our baking with some of Lilly’s videos of her past ballet performances, including the Nutcracker. ‘Tis the season! Can you believe I’ve never seen an actual Nutcracker production in person before?! I think I’ve said that before, but it’s just mind-boggling. Anyway, I had a lovely, relaxing time with my lil’ sis 🙂

Marvelous is…

A night in with Ben! It happened to be the day to treat yourself for #Elf4Health, so our night in perfectly coincided with that.

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Fuzzy PJs, the Game of Life, and green tea ice cream. YEAH-YA. My pajamas match the board game.

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I won both times we played 😀

Marvelous is…

A new wall sit record! I used a 17.5 lb KB for an extra challenge. My quads were crying…in a good way.

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Marvelous is…

Eating pomegranate arils by the spoonful. Just because more deliciousness gets into my mouth that way.

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Efficiency

Marvelous is…

Thanksgiving and the bounty of leftovers it has left us. Besides all the delicious food enjoyed on the actual day, we have been enjoying our turkey dinner in the form of frittata (recipe here!), wraps, and curry soup that I made on Saturday.

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I was still in the mood to do more with the leftovers two days after Thanksgiving, so I searched a recipe for leftover turkey soup. Then my eye caught a glimpse of the curry powder in our cabinet, so I searched for curried turkey soup and found Julia Child’s recipe. It was perfect because it uses mashed potatoes as the thickener, and we had lots of that left over as well!

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I am oh so grateful for everything that has happened this weekend. Now I hope you all have a wonderful week! How many weeks ’til our next break?

So tell me: Do you like scones? How did you treat yourself this weekend? Does anyone else eat pomegranate arils with a spoon?

Check out some other fun posts from the weekend:

A Lovely Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Leftovers Frittata

Spill It Sunday #1: Struttin’ My Asian Stuff