Friday Favorites – What I’m Loving This Week!

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Well hey there! And HAPPY FRIDAY!

My mom and I chit chat on the phone at least a few times a week, but on Fridays she almost always remembers to text me ‘Happy Friday! I love you.’ if I don’t talk to her. One of those small little gestures that I appreciate probably more than she knows.

This Friday is happy indeed. The hubby and I have ab-so-lut-ly nothing (say it again!) planned, and it feels amazing. We’ve had at least one big event on the past few weekends, Andy was gone a few weekends in January (including in Baltimore for the snow storm of the decade!), and this is the last weekend I’ll be home until the last weekend in March (helloooo San Diego, Madison and Seattle!).

Needless to say, this weekend is for rest. And maaaayybe painting the kitchen on Sunday (read: hopeful but slightly doubtful). We’ll see how far we get with that one!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a Friday Favorites, but today is the day my friends.

Here’s what I’m loving on this Friday:

Favorite Hair Color: Auburn with Strawberry Blonde Highlights

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I’m thinking I could pull this off, what do you think?!

Favorite Smoothie: Vegan Goddess Green Smoothie

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This is my ultimate favorite smoothie. So easy to make, healthy, and delicious!

  • handful baby spinach (approx. 1 cup)
  • 1 banana
  • heaping spoonful peanut/favorite nut butter (approx. 2 TBSP)
  • sprinkle chia seeds (approx. 1  tsp)
  • sprinkle flax seeds (approx. 1 tsp)
  • orange juice or dairy-free milk of choice (approx. 1/2 cup)

Blend up in a blender/ninja/whatever you’ve got and enjoy!

Favorite Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Made this baby for girls dinner + wine night and it was a hit! Used this recipe here but substituted half dark chocolate chips and half semi-sweet chocolate chips. So fudgy and melt-in-your-mouth good! I’m going to attempt to make it without the added sugar next time…

Favorite Wine Bottle Label: Dachshund (aka Weiner Dog) Riesling

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The cuteness….I can’t even!!!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Caribou Almond Milk Dark Hot Chocolate and Deep River Rosemary & Olive Oil Kettle Chips

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Something about that salty and sweet combo + rosemary that keeps me coming back. So unique +delicious!

Favorite Work Tote: This mystery guy right here.

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I found this baby at Marshall’s, decided I couldn’t afford the $150 price point, and took a picture so I could remember it. The problem – I can’t seem to read the brand on the bag! I think it says Duir Ross but my internet searches come up with zip, zero, nada. Any idea?! Anyone? Bueller?

 

That’s all I’ve got for you today friends. Hope you have a great weekend!

 

Friday Favorites Holiday Edition

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Happy Friday ya’ll! Feels like it’s been forever since I’ve written a Friday Favorites post.

Today I’m linking up with with ClareJennieCynthia/Courtney/Mar, and Lauren and putting a “what I’ve been enjoying lately during the Holiday season” spin on it.

If you’re unfamiliar with linkups, they are a great way to discover other bloggers. Be sure to check out the ladies I have linked to above!

Friday Favorites Holiday Edition

Brasa Premium Rotisserie in NE Minneapolis (on a lunch date with the fiance during my Thanksgiving break):

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Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Drink (a pleasant and delicious discovery in the Midtown Global Market – who knew ACV could be so delicious!):

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Pomegranates (so good in seasonal dishes like a leftover turkey, pomegranate, and spinach salad – yum!):

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 Deep River Kettle Chips (for a Black Friday shopping pick-me-up):

Friday Favorites Holiday Edition                    Yogurt Parfaits in the wintertime (to trick me into thinking it is warmer out than it is!):

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Alright folks, that’s it for today – hope you have an excellent weekend!

Anything you’re particularly loving these days? Any new food or drink you’ve recently discovered? Leave me a comment below –  I love hearing from you!

Until next time,

Happy clean eating!

Kate

Friday Favorites – Keeping Sane!

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Howdy all! It’s Friday – whoop whoop! We ended a quarter this week at school, and thus, I have off today. After all the stress of entering grades and calculating credit for my students, I cannot tell you how good it felt to sleep in, fry some eggs and press a big glass of fresh juice for breakfast. And now I’m sitting at my kitchen table blogging. Talk about a perfect morning!

I haven’t linked up with any other bloggers lately, and quite honestly, I kinda miss it! So I decided to break away from my usual recipe posts as of late, and let you in on what’s on my Friday Favorites list.

Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney (the authors behind Friday Five) are focusing their posts today on staying healthy over the holidays. My post today is a twist on that: staying sane over the holidays! Work has been stressing me out a lot lately, and I’m finding that I am not loving this year as much as last (partly due perhaps to the lack of windows in my classroom and our strip mall location!). I’ve been trying to stay in the present moment, focus on what is good, and do more yoga. It’s definitely been helping, but I am still finding myself anxious a lot lately. So, what is keeping me sane these days? Read on!

 Friday Favorites – Keeping Sane (in no particular order)

1. My loving fiancé – and his ability to put me in a good mood no matter what! 

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2. Pre-cute Butternut Squash – hello easy Butternut Squash Soup (like this recipe here!). 

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3. Irish Coffee – Coffee with Bailey’s and whiskey. Need I say more?! :)

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4. Protein (like eggs and spinach) – to keep my body satisfied and back on track after too much Halloween candy! 

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5. Dark Chocolate – Like this barkTHINS snacking chocolate. Dark chocolate pumpkin seed with SEA SALT. OMG. I can devour this bag in no time. Good thing it comes in a HUGE 17 oz bag (yep, that’s over 1 lb. of chocolate). 

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6. Long hikes in nature – especially at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, MN.  

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7. Fresh-pressed juice – for when I’m feeling sluggish and heavy. 

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8. Easy and healthy dinners – like these rotisserie chicken lettuce wraps with leftover wild rice (from this wild rice soup!) and pineapple, red onion and cucumber salsa. 

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9. Local delicious apples from the farmer’s market – a reminder that good things come with cooler weather. :) 

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  10. Authentic Mexican food from one of my students – a small reminder of why I do what I do. 

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Alright folks, that’s it! I hope you are having a fantastic Friday and have a great weekend ahead!

Any thing that’s going to keep you sane as we head into the holiday season?

Linking up with ClareJennieCynthia/Courtney/Mar, and Lauren, today! :)

Friday Favorites – Gratitude Edition

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It’s Friday. And you know what that means. It’s time for Friday Favorites!

Today’s post is going to be on gratitude, and specifically, 5 things I am immensely grateful for right now in my life.

It’s hard sometimes to not take life, and all its amazing gifts, for granted. A lot of times I catch myself wishing that I had something else, something more, than I already do. It’s hard not to get caught up in what else is out there for us.

However, it’s best to take a moment to slow down, and truly feel gratitude for what we have been blessed with. Besides, no better way to bring better stuff into our lives than to be grateful for what we already have! :)

Friday Favorites – Gratitude Edition

1. The opportunity to buy a house. Or as I like to say “living the American dream”. However, it’s a dream that doesn’t come true for a lot of people, especially those who can’t seem to break the cycle of poverty. It was a lot of work, and stress, but I know it’s stress and work that come with something that not everyone has access to. And for that, I’m super grateful. (Will be sure to post a few pictures once we move in next week!)

2. Sharing a life with a man I love more than anything in this world. Not to mention marry him next summer in a unique and beautiful setting (and have a big party with family and friends to celebrate!). If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I thought love could ever be this grand, I would have said no. I could never have imagined the connection we have, the laughs we share, and the utter love and respect we have for one another. I truly care about his happiness and well-being as much (if not more so!) than mine. Ok, I’ll stop with the mushy mush. :)

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  Me and my love, cruising along The St. Croix River.

3. The ability to take advantage of all the cool things Minneapolis has to offer. Like taking in a Twins game in the middle of the afternoon. We had amazing seats (thanks to a friend’s uncle!) and it was a beautiful day. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

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4. All the money I could possibly want and need. I mean sure, I could always have more, but do I really need it? No. Let’s face it, teachers don’t make that much money, but we do get the summers off, and to me, that is priceless. It gives me the opportunity to do things that are really near and dear to my heart (like coach soccer, teach yoga, attend Twins games in the middle of the day…). Not to mention, when I compare my situation to others around the world, I seriously can. not. complain. Ever. Or at least I certainly shouldn’t.

5. Feeling safe. With all the fighting going on around the world currently, I can say that I truly am grateful to live in a place in which I don’t feel my physical safety is threatened. I think about all those who do live in a constant state of fear and panic, and can’t imagine what it is like. Someday, perhaps all fighting will come to an end. Until then, I will send my wishes for peace to those who need it, and continue to be grateful for my own.

What are you extra grateful for today?

Linking up with ClareJennieCynthia/Courtney/Mar, and Lauren, today! Now that’s a lot of link ups! :)

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Happy Friday!

I said I was going to post for Thinking Out Loud Thursday, but I didn’t. I did go for a rollerblade around Lake Calhoun, went to the grocery store, baked some zucchini muffins (more to come on that at a later time!), made dinner, cleaned the kitchen, did laundry, and watched some terrible alien show (sorry Andy!) with the fiancé. Oh and packed for this weekend. No time for blogging in there.  :)

But today is Friday, and I figured I could fit in a quick post!

So what were my favorite things this week?! Read on brother. Read on.

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1. Late evening walks around Cedar Lake.

Man am I going to miss this lake when we move away! I mean, how wouldn’t I with this view:

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2. Heirloom tomatoes.

If you haven’t tasted a heirloom tomato yet, you are missing out. Last night we made lamb burgers (which I featured on another Friday Favorites here!) with fresh mozzarella, tomato slices and a mint leaf. With a side of another one of my favorites, grilled zucchini.

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3. Kevita Sparkling Probiotic Drink.

Not a huge fan of kefir as it is a little too carbonated for my likes and tends to give me heartburn. This however, is heaven. A probiotic drink that is sweetened with stevia, only has 10 calories per bottle (not that I’m counting!), and tastes amazing!

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4. Herbs.

I posted a few weeks ago on Tips Tuesday about how to store herbs (check it out here!). I just can’t get enough of herbs, especially in the summertime. A perfect way to add flavor without added salt, sugar, fat, or unnecessary calories! Not to mention they are full of good-for-you nutrients and carry many health benefits. Check out my thyme that is still going strong after almost 2 weeks:

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5. Heading ‘Up North’.

The fiancé and I are heading up north with some friends after work this afternoon. There is nothing like getting away from the cities, spending all day on the lake, taking boat rides, having bonfires, and just generally adopting a more go-with-the-flow easier way of life. Can you tell I’m excited? :)

Hope you have a great weekend yourself!

Feel free to drop me a line on your plans (or on anything really!) – I love hearing from you!

Kate

Linking up with JennieCynthia/Courtney/Mar, and Heather today!

Friday Favorites: 4th of July

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“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free…”

Happy 4th of July everyone! A day to be grateful for our rights, our freedoms, and thus, our happiness.

I like to reflect on this day about how truly blessed I am to live in this country. Although we’ve got our fair share of problems (and I’m not going to go touting “America is the best country!” because although I love it, I loved living in Australia too!), we really have a lot to be grateful for.

I often read or hear stories in the news of people (usually women) being persecuted or repressed in the countries they live in. Women not being able to access an education (like this story of the girls from Nigeria who were kidnapped from their school), vote, or have choices about who or how young they want to marry (like this article that outlines child marriage issues in Yemen).

Women, and men, being persecuted (often violently) for marrying someone of the “wrong” religion, being attracted to the “wrong” sex, for expressing what are considered “wrong” viewpoints. I have been following this story lately about a Sudanese Christian woman who faced the death penalty for refusing to renounce her faith. Her husband was Christian, and of course, it’s illegal for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian in Sudan. Illegal. 

And every time I read or hear something like one of these stories I have to stop and remind myself that yes, those things still happen in other countries. And every single time, it blows my mind.

Things that I downright take for granted here in the U.S. To choose whatever religion I want (or don’t want), to choose my future husband, to have the opportunity to get educated, vote, speak my mind, etc. It’s amazing the freedoms we have here that other people just don’t.

And for that, I am beyond grateful. And you should be too. :)

Alright, so enough with the humanitarian work for the day (although I could go on forever about people’s rights in other countries).

Do you want to know what my favorite things are this 4th of July? Read on…

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1. Patios that overlook a lake.

Last night the fiancé and I went to dinner at a new restaurant on Lake Minnetonka called 6Smith. We were able to sit outside on their rooftop deck. And this was our view:

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 Hello gorgeous!

2. Spinach.

In my opinion, it is the most versatile leafy green vegetable. I love eating it in eggs, pastas, and of course, salads. This salad has quinoa (another one of my favs!) with pea shoots (from the Farmer’s Market), fresh basil, baby tomatoes, and parmesan cheese. The fiancé made this to-die-for honey mustard dressing with green onions and capers to go with.

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Hello yum!

3. 4th of July themed food. 

Like these delicious looking popsicles from Super Healthy Kids. I want to make these RIGHT THIS SECOND! Seriously. How cute are these?! Not to mention healthy and 100% all-natural (no food coloring here!).

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Red, white, and yum!

4. 100 Ways to Wear Wraps. 

If you haven’t seen these yet, you need to find one. And buy one. They are so cool! I found one at a thrift store, and one my mom bought for me while in Hawaii (thanks Mom!). Although I haven’t played around a ton with the wrapping, I have worn them as skirts with a cute top to work. Today I think I’m going to try my hand at wrapping one of them into a dress!

Kariza is one of the brands that makes them. You can also find them on Etsy, Amazon, and other major retailers.

5. Barbecues. 

Who doesn’t love a good barbecue?! Today is one of the most popular days for grilling. Nothing screams “America!” more than lighting up the grill, cooking up some good food, and sharing it with your loved ones. This Rosemary Shrimp Skewers dish from Fitness Magazine’s 8 Healthy Grilling Recipes looks especially delish.

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Perfect for a hot summer day!

Well folks, that’s all I’ve got for you today! I hope you are able to celebrate the 4th with family, friends, and of course, good food (oh and a few festive cocktails never hurts either!).

I know I will! :)

Until next time…

Kate

And p.s. – Feel free to leave me a comment below and let me know what your favorites are today! I love hearing from you!

Linking up with JennieCynthia/Courtney/MarHeather today!

Friday Favorites (belated edition!)

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It’s Saturday morning and we are in Washington DC. This is going to be a short post as we are just hanging out at my friend’s before we head out to sight see later. Not to mention I am composing this on my phone so who knows what the format will look like. :)

I missed Friday Favorites this week, but started composing this yesterday. So I think I’ll just keep to that Friday Favorites theme but with a DC twist!

Favorites of this week so far:

1) Summer cocktails. Like this cucumber gin and tonic. On a patio. With my mom and her friends at lunch. Yep, enough said.

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2) Traveling. There is no other thing that brings me as much peace with myself and the world. This weekend we are in DC seeing the sights and visiting friends.

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3) Fresh guacamole. I love avocados. Which means I love guacamole. Although this one was pretty good, I’m still convinced that the fiance makes the best. We just don’t have one of these fancy mortar and pestle things!

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4) Healthy plane snacks. I didn’t think these two things existed together. But check out the contents of this snack box I bought on the plane! All natural and whole food goodness. I even got yummy hummus and brushetta too!

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5) Grilled Cheese Bars. Didn’t know these existed until this trip either. Gourmet grilled cheeses like the French Onion with caramelized onion and gruyere cheese. Yum!

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Ok folks, that’s all I’ve got for today. Will be posting more DC fun in a few days here!

Until then, have a great rest of the weekend!

Kate

Friday Favorites #3

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Hey ya’ll. It’s Friday, would you look at that. (Not that you can, because it’s a day.) :)

Am feeling a little loopy today. Wednesday proved to be the first non I-am-going-to-pull-my-hair-out-because-I’m-feeling-crazy kind of day. So that’s good.

Wednesday night the fiancé and I (I just typed bf, but then had to erase it – I kind of miss calling him my bf in posts!) went for a beyond lovely dinner at the restaurant where his brother works. It’s called Jax Cafe and is in NE Minneapolis. It was a wine tasting dinner, in conjunction with Jax Vineyards of Napa Valley. We got to sit at the same table as the owner of the vineyards – hello cool job! Anyway, 5 glasses of great wine and 5 courses of delicious food later, it was a perfect night. This is what we were dealing with:

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SO delicious!

Yesterday when I woke up, I felt like I was coming down with a cold. And sure enough, now I’ve got one. Who gets a cold on the first week of summer break?! I guess the girl who got zero sleep this weekend and has been running around with her head chopped off for the past week. That’s who.

Anyway, I’ll keep popping my favorite immunity vitamins and hopefully by tomorrow it will be on it’s way out! Or it better. We’ve got a wedding out of town. And colds and weddings do not go well together.

So, today is Friday Favorites. And I’m also baking up a batch of my favorite Kale Chips. Yum! Recipe will follow here shortly.

But first, on to my favorites of the week. Here goes!

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1. Punch Pizza.

It’s this ridiculously good pizza restaurant in the twin cities area. They now have eight locations, and one happens to be a mile down the street. Come to think of it, the last place I lived there was one a mile away as well. Apparently I like to live close to one! Their pizza style is neapolitan, which originates from Naples, Italy. All you need to know is they cook their pizza for 90 seconds in an 800 degree wood-burning brick oven, and it is amazing!

They also make killer salads. My friend and I visited last night, and split this salad with meats, cheeses, garbanzo beans, shredded carrots, and tomatoes.

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I just couldn’t wait to take a bite of their delicious focaccia with rosemary bread. 

And then I got my own pizza, obviously. I created my own and added spiced salami, kalamata olives, basil, mozzarella, and roasted red peppers. So good!

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 Yes, I ate this entire thing. No judging!

2. Bright kitchens.

Like this one. This picture is from a house I went and looked at today. I absolutely loved the place! It was adorable all the way around, and had new or updated everything. Literally perfect.

So we called the realtor to see if any offers had been made (it has only been on the market 4 days) and boom! Sure enough, there had been. And the seller accepted. Talk about getting my hopes up, and then dashed two seconds later!

I’m posting this picture because it’s what I’d like in a kitchen (which is maybe kinda creepy because it will be someone else’s kitchen soon – but whatever). Open, bright, with newer appliances. And a cute little island with counter space and an area to pull up bar stools and eat. I’m bummed just thinking about this gem that got away!

We will keep looking (and dreaming!).

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 The one that got away.

3. Deep River Kettle Chips.

When I first started caring more about what was in my food, I couldn’t believe the ingredients in flavored potato chips. Yuck! Artificial this and that. This company makes some of my favorite all-natural flavored kettle chips. They also have rosemary and olive oil and a bunch of other unique flavors. If you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend!

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4. World Cup Soccer.

Enough said. I grew up watching the other football (aka futbol), and have loved the sport for as long as I can remember. Although our country doesn’t get into the World Cup quite as much as some other nations, I still love it. Love playing it, love coaching it. Love love love it. :)

5. Baked Kale Chips.

As we all know, I love salty snacks. It’s not often I crave sweet (unless I’ve given up sugar for 10 days!). Usually it’s salty. Usually in the form of kettle chips (see above). This is a salty snack I can feel good about! Kale chips are easy to make, and you can customize the flavors. I will be posting the recipe for these here soon.

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 All ready for the oven! 

Alright folks, that’s all I’ve got for Friday. I promise I’ll start posting some more recipes here soon. Until then – drop me a line below, I love hearing from you!

And have a great weekend! :)

Linking up with JennieCynthia/Courtney/MarHeather today!

Friday Favorites 2

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Can you believe it’s already Friday?! I can’t. It’s also the last day of school….bah! 

It’s been a long, and crazy, week. Literally every night has been jam packed. Between end-of-year meetings, an open house at the new school building, teaching yoga, and having dinner with my cousins, I am exhausted.

Last night the fiancé and I were supposed to go a friend’s house to celebrate a birthday and see another friend who is in town, but it just got to be too much. I hate having to make the decision to not do something because I’m too burned out by everything else going on. Unfortunately it happens every once and awhile, and luckily I have amazing friends who understand that life is busy and plans change! This weekend is going to be just as crazy with a soccer tournament to help run, a 30th birthday party, a wedding, and a yoga meeting. My goodness!

Then life will hopefully slow down for a bit. Hopefully.

Sometimes I’m so busy, that I literally think I’m losing my mind. For example, last night I had to run to two different grocery stores. I went to Trader Joe’s to pick up stuff for the Strawberry Spinach Salad I made for our school’s end-of-year party today, and then left without picking up anything for dinner! Who does that?! Oh wait, I do.

So it was off to another store quick to get something to grill. We figured it would be easy and quick before we headed out to the other side of town to see my friends (which didn’t happen anyway!).

Anyway, it wasn’t as quick and easy as I thought it would be (it never is, is it?), but it was still a good dinner choice. I love anything grilled, especially fish.

Which brings me to today’s post.

I have been enjoying linking up with other blogs for posts like these. It’s a fun way to connect with other bloggers! I missed WIAW this week because a) I was too busy to even think about blogging and b) I was too busy to remember to take a day’s worth of food pictures.

So here you have it, my Friday Favorites 2. In no particular order. :)

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1. Thai food. The fiancé and I snuck away from work to meet up for a quick lunch date. Being I had an errand for work to run by his work, we met up at Sen Yai Sen Lek in NE Minneapolis. I had never been, but he had before and was a big fan. I absolutely love Thai food, and would love to one day make it to Southeast Asia myself. Until then, I’ll continue to seek out good Thai food here in MN.

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Thai food heaven. 

2. Where we live. The fiancé and I are within walking distance to two of Minneapolis’ finest lakes. This here is Cedar lake. It has great views of downtown Minneapolis, and is less busy than Lake Calhoun or Lake Harriet that are nearby. One of my favorite places to walk when the weather is nice.

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3. Grilled Fish. I already mentioned above how much I love grilled anything. Especially fish grilled. And especially of the whole fish variety. This here is grilled snapper with lime and ginger.

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 Not gonna lie, that eye creeps me out just a little bit!

4. Frozen Treats. Like this one. There is nothing more refreshing on a hot day to come home, dig in the freezer, and pull one of these chocolate covered babies out!

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5. HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts. Short, super effective workouts that help your body burn calories long after you’re done! My favorites are from 12 Minute Athlete. They are definitely a butt-kicker, but I never get bored and feel great afterwards! Not to mention, I’m getting stronger too. :)

Alright ladies and gentleman, that’s all I’ve got for you. Happy Friday!! :)

Linking up with Jennie, Cynthia/Courtney/Mar, Heather today!

Friday Favorites #1

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We made it to the end of the week! :)

Although this was a short work week for most of us, it still felt like a week to me! Especially with our school’s graduation on Wednesday night.

We went out as a staff afterwards to have a few drinks and eats, and celebrate another class of seniors making it to graduation (and us teachers making it to graduation as well!).

I ended up staying out much later than I intended, so yesterday I was pretty darn exhausted. After work I cleared my schedule and went home to take a nap. Boy, did that feel good! Once the fiance got home from work we went for a nice long walk down by the lake. It has been so ridiculously nice here lately – I’m in looooove! I’m seriously a different person when the weather is nice. You would be too if you lived through the -40 degree winter we had here in MN. :)

So on to today. When I first started to get into blogging, Iowa Girl Eats was one of the very first blogs I followed. It is still one of my favs, as Kristin is always coming up with unique and healthy meal ideas. It is also where I first saw Friday Favorites. Every Friday Kristin posts her favorite finds from around the web. It’s a fun post to read!

Today, I’m creating a Friday Favorites of my own. There are a few bloggers out there that do their own spin on Friday Favorites, and I’ll be linking up with them as well! One is Jennie from The Diary of a Real Housewife, Jill Conyers, and Clare from Fitting it All In.

So, what are my favorites for today?

Here goes!

Friday Favorites #1

1) Gardening. The fiance and I are on the house search for this summer, and I secretly hope we can find a place soon enough just so I can grow a vegetable garden. Last year I started up this community garden at my school with one of my classes. All the produce is donated to our building’s food shelf. It was a blast to watch the students build, plant, and care for the vegetables. Not to mention, it felt great to give back to the community!

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2) Lamb burgers. More so than regular ‘ol hamburgers. They are a regular rotating dinner menu item at our place. This picture is from awhile back. Last night we had ours sans bread, and I made a yummy yogurt dipping sauce with cumin, turmeric and garlic. With a side of grilled zucchini and caprese salad. So so good!

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3) Mini Food Processors. We (ahem, I) just broke our food processor. One of the pieces got into the garbage disposal and we all know how that story ends. I didn’t realize how much I loved ours, especially now that it is gone! We make pesto, salad dressings, and hummus with it. So easy to use! I will definitely be buying a new one here soon….

This guy from Williams Sonoma is looking like a good one:

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4) Weddings. Wedding season is upon us! There is no better excuse to get together with a bunch of friends you hardly ever see anymore (at least not all at once!), all dressed up and ready to celebrate. We’ve got 3 in a row starting tomorrow, and then one in July, one in August, and one in October. Hoof-ta! Maybe it will inspire me to wedding plan more….just maybe.

5) Infused water. Last week I threw some lemons in my mason jar of ice water. It was such a refreshing treat! A great way to sweeten up your drink, without the use of added sugar. I posted about the health benefits of lemon water here. Next time I’m going to try a few other combinations (cucumbers, oranges, limes, the list goes on!).

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Well folks, that’s it for today. What are a few of your current favorites? Feel free to leave me a comment below – I love hearing from you!

Happy weekend! :)