• Friday Night to Sunday Afternoon {Weekend Recap}

    February 24, 2014

    Hi, guys! How was your weekend? Mine was great. Nothing too exciting to report, but it was definitely a nice couple of days.

    Friday night

    Friday evening was relaxed and low-key. Mal and I went to CrossFit and then grabbed dinner from Whole Foods on the way home. I went with some California rolls (major sushi craving) and then cooked up some sweet potato tots from Trader Joe’s once I got home.

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    Mal hit up the prepared foods at Whole Foods. He got some teriyaki chicken and grilled asparagus and then also had some of the sweet potato tots that I made at home. As you can see, Murphy was especially interested in his meal. FYI: We have a “1-second rule” in our house.

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    After dinner, I enjoyed some mango sorbet with chocolate sprinkles, which was the perfect way to end the evening.

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    On Saturday morning, I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I made breakfast (Greek yogurt with chocolate Chex + half of a wrap with almond butter and marmalade inside), took Murphy for a walk, and then threw on my workout gear for a CrossFit workout.

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    Usually, Mal and I sleep in a little on Saturday mornings and then go to the 10:00 AM class at CrossFit, but we were wide awake and ready to go for the 9:00 AM. Carpe diem! Recap of our partner WOD here.

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    After CrossFit, we swung by Whole Foods for iced lattes and some ingredients to make Monkey Bread for our friends’ joint surprise party later that evening.

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    At Whole Foods, Mal and I finally found the Perfect Food Bars. The owners and members at our CrossFit box are crazy about these bars. Everyone loves them and numerous people have raved about how amazing they are. I’ve looked a few different times at Whole Foods, but I’ve never had any luck finding them, so I was really excited when I finally had the chance to try one. I went with the carob chip flavor and really liked it.

    The carob chip bar is peanut butter-based with a slightly sweet, honey flavor and all sorts of nutrients in it from tomato, bell pepper, alfalfa, celery, kelp, carrot, papaya, and spinach (you don’t taste any of them) as well as healthy fats (flax seed oil, sunflower seed oil, pumpkin seed oil) and a whole bunch of protein (17 grams per bar). Now, I know why they’re called Perfect Foods Bars!

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    I spent the rest of Saturday getting organized around the house—cleaning, doing laundry, replying to emails, baking Monkey Bread.

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    Eventually, I got hungry for lunch, so I whipped up an omelet with chopped asparagus and crumbled feta along with a toasted English muffin with butter on the side.

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    I was still a little hungry after that, so I ate an apple too.

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    A little while later, Mal and I headed to a surprise party for a couple of our friends. They’re both turning 30 next week, so our friend’s mom planned a get-together for him and his girlfriend.

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    SURPRISE!!! (They had NO idea!)

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    The party included a wonderful homemade dinner.

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    And plenty of desserts!

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    Happy birthday, Jon and Jenn!

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    Mal and I slept in until 10:00 on Sunday morning. (Yea, I dunno. We’re lazy.) My grumbling stomach woke me up, so I immediately made breakfast, which was Gluten-Free Pancakes with Honey-Almond Butter. Mmm… incredible.

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    I spent the rest of Sunday working while Mal made some progress on the nursery.

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    Question of the Day

    Do you like surprises or do they drive you crazy and make you want to know what it is immediately?

    I love surprises and can wait to find out what it is. Mal, however, is just the opposite and obsesses about them, which is extremely entertaining for me.

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    { 41 comments… read them below or add one }

    Shel@PeachyPalate February 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I like surprises…but only from people who truly know me! :) Those pancakes seriously look awesome, can’t wait to give em a go!


    Brynn February 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I love surprises! It is so sweet when someone plans a thoughtful gesture, party or something in your honor. Can’t wait to see the baby’s room!!


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 24, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I’ve never tried those bars but I’ll have to keep a look out! And I love surprises, but it’s really hard to surprise me…


    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun February 24, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Wow you had a full weekend and it looks awesome! I love surprise parties – especially when they are actually surprised! Looking forward to seeing what plans you have for the nursery :)


    Jamie @ Dishing Out Health February 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I made your honey-almond butter this morning with my pancakes! So delicious!!


    Tina February 24, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Yay! So glad you liked them! 😄


    Alex @ Kenzie Life February 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Murphy has such a great life :) He looks so comfortable! I had a surprise party thrown for my 16th birthday but for two weeks before, all of my friends kind of ignored me and all stopped talking when I walked in the room. I was so sad but it made the party even better–I had no idea! I think some surprises are good ones but I’m not the most patient person. Have a great week!


    Alex @ Kenzie Life February 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    @Alex @ Kenzie Life: I meant 17th birthday ;)


    Ali February 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I love surprises too, but I’m kind of like Mal where I obsess about them trying to figure out what they are. They are great once I figure it out though:)


    Sarah @ Sweet Miles February 24, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Looks like a fun party! Loving the picture of Murphy lounging in the sun! What a ham :)


    Miranda @ Loving Every Mile February 24, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Wait, wait. Sweet potato tater tots?! Why have I never heard of those- they sound like heaven!! <3


    Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog February 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I love love surprises! For my brother’s 30th birthday, his girlfriend (now wife) planned an amazing surprise party for him…

    Little did she know that my brother was going to propose the night before! It turned out to be a weekend full of great surprises :-) Our family was in on all of it, and it was wonderful watching the two surprise each other!


    John B February 24, 2014 at 11:18 am

    You always get so much done! I like surprises so long as I’m not told that I have a surprise coming; if that makes any sense! Surprise me, but don’t dangle it in front of me.


    Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} February 24, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Awesome sounding weekend! After your post I am now craving Whole Foods food bar for lunch!
    By chance where did you get that tray on the trunk? We have been searching like crazy for something similar to that!
    I love surprises but I am really good at guessing them ha. Drives my husband nuts!


    Tina February 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

    It’s from Marshalls! 😄


    Jackie February 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I can’t wait to try those pancakes they make my mouth water!


    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork February 24, 2014 at 11:49 am

    That perfect food bar sounds delicious! I’ll have to search for them at my local WF.

    I love a surprise. My favorite one was my brother (who lived in Portland, OR at the time) randomly showing up at my front door. I had no idea he was home and when he was living on the opposite coast, I usually only got to see him twice a year. That was the best.


    Jenn February 24, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Hey Tina! I was wondering if you’ll be putting in a search function on the website. I really like the new view for food, but it’s so hard to find recipes now!


    Tina February 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Check the righthand column of CNC. There’s a search box there! 😄


    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries February 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I like the idea of a surprise, but when someone TELLS me they have a surprise for me, I’m SO impatient and want to know RIGHT now. :)


    Alyssa February 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    @Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries: This is EXACTLY how I feel! Just give me the surprise. Don’t taunt me with it lol.


    Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength February 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Well this made me hungry. :-)


    Lisa @ runnermamablogger February 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    What a busy weekend. I love Whole Foods, one of my favorite places to shop.


    Annette@FitnessPerks February 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Oh that is such a fun surprise! I would love a surprise party :) Those pancakes look so good!


    Ashley February 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    My husband threw me a surprise party for my 26th birthday and it was honestly the most thoughtful gift he could give me! Not to mention he’s sneaky and used it as a complete distraction toll after and proposed 2 weeks later :)


    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit February 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    It looks like you had a great weekend! I need sushi now, yum!

    I like surprises! I don’t think I’ll find out what I’m having (if and when) I get pregnant!


    Ann @ Turbo Teacher February 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Can’t wait to see the finished Nursery!!!


    Breanna February 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I am sure you have already been inundated with comments like these in your real life, but enjoy the sleeping in and don’t feel lazy about it. Your sleeping in days are numbered. I sit up with my 7 month old at 5:30am on Saturdays relishing when I used to sleep until 9am. :)


    Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye February 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Sweet potato tots and sushi kind of sounds like my dream meal! I’m actually turning 30 this week, only a little tinge of emotion over it, and my husband is planning a surprise. I’m excited to find out what it is, but don’t mind the wait :)


    Livi February 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    sounds like a fun weekend!! I can’t wait to finally sleep in tomorrow after two pre 5-am days the past two nights!


    Brittney @ Sweets 'N' Greens February 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Aww can’t wait to see the finished nursery! And I love your sushi + tater tots meal…I always want to add random sides to things and people tell me I’m weird, but it tastes good!


    Colleen @ Evolution not Revolution February 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Personally I hate the anticipation of surprises but love the feeling after someone manages to surprise me…it’s definitely worth the wait no matter how agonizing it may seem.


    Megan @ The Skinny-Life February 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Your post made me crave Whole Foods. The closest one to me is 25-30 minute drive. It’s a hike! I generally go to Sprouts and then leave Whole Foods for special occassions.


    Catalina @ Baby on Board February 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    We had some good sushi too this week, actually when I was pregnant (1 year ago), I never gave up sushi, I used to have raw sushi every two weeks, my doc was fine with t as long as it was from a good place. I never had those in the grocery store, but only sushi from the reputable restaurant that we used to go!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Have you ever tried RXbars? My friends who do CrossFit are OBSESSED!


    Tina February 24, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I haven’t, but I’ll have to keep a lookout for them!


    Cheri @ Overactive Blogger February 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I think I like surprises, but I’m literally so nosy that every time someone has tried to surprise me with like anything, one party included, I’ve figured out what it was that they were up to. That said, I’m thinking about throwing my fiancé a party for his birthday and he is so oblivious, I really think he has 0 idea.


    Jenn February 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    How cute!! I LOVE your blog!!! :)


    Swami Mami Teas February 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    A great way of bonding is through eating. Yes, you get to share what you love to eat and also you do want to share secrets and tips on how to shed off some fats.


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats February 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Looks like you had such a nice weekend. I am drooling at both the sushi and those tater tots, nom.

    What a lovely surprise party you helped plan too. That spread looked amazing.


    Jenn@ Mark My Miles! February 25, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I have to admit, I’m a lot like Mal, I tend to obsess about surprises and need to know.


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