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Non-Stop Weekend!

Non-Stop Weekend!

Friday I had a pretty easy day at work and was able to get home an hour earlier. It was so nice to get started on my normal chores an hour earlier. I cleaned up around my apartment, did some laundry and sat down to finish a blog post on food journals.

I had some leftovers in the fridge so I made a quick dinner of salmon, sauteed kale and sweet potatoes. It's nights like this that I am so glad to have meals prepped for the week. It just makes dinner and clean-up so much easier! A secret of adulthood, always have food on hand. 

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After dinner, I wanted something sweet so I smeared some almond butter and sea salt on a couple of square of Theo's 85 percent dark chocolate. This stuff is my fav!

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After dinner, I talked to Andrew on the phone and then laid down to watch an episode of Grey's Anatomy before falling asleep.

I wokeup early Saturday morning to meet my friends Sara and Gina for a quick run. We ran for 30 minutes, which was great! It's finally fall in Cincinnati, so the weather was great. Breathing was easy, conversation was good.

After the run, I came home and got ready for work. Sometimes on the weekends I fill in at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. I worked there in college and a family friend owns the agency, so when she needs extra hands or I want a little cash, I sign up. It's usually a pretty busy day. I get there around 7:30 a.m. and power through customers and their BMV issues until 1-1:30 p.m. Saturday was pretty uneventful, so that was good!

After work, I got my car washed and then headed home for lunch. I made a quick salad with mixed greens, figs, pumpkin seeds, avocado, bacon and chicken and had a handful of sweet potatoes. 

This picture is from the other day, but it's the same salad I've been eating all week. 

This picture is from the other day, but it's the same salad I've been eating all week. 

After lunch, I was pretty pooped, so I put on some comfy clothes and turned on another eposide of Grey's. Before I knew it, I was asleep on the couch. I wokeup feeling refreshed. I cleaned a little bit, worked on some business stuff and sipped on decaf coffee. 

Around 7:30 p.m., I headed to Andrew's. Earlier in the day, he asked me to come up with a list of new resturants to try. We decided on Casa Figueroa, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Pleasant Ridge. 

The location is really cool. It's an old house that was turned into a lively resturant. We ordered chips and guacamole and a couple of drinks Andrew had an IPA and I ordered the Prickly Pear margarita per the waitress's recommendation. The drink was the perfect combination of sweet and sour, so good!

Check out that straw! So cute!

Check out that straw! So cute!

After snacking a bit, we ordered a few tacos. I had the chicken fajitas, carne asada and cochanita. Andrew got the chorizo. chicken and cochanita. The tacos came out quickly so we dug right in. And though I was excited that all of the ingredients were local, seasonal and gluten free, each of the tacos left something to be desired. The tortillas were really tough, almost hard to chew and the fillings were minimal. I ate all three and found myself reaches for chips to fill me up. We left a little disappointed.

After dinner, we walked across the street to Nine Giant, a craft brewery and scratch kitchen. We'd been talking about checking it out for a while now, I'm glad we did. They had a great selection of beer and even a few wine options for people like me. Andrew ordered an IPA and I grabbed a glass of cab. We sat at the bar and chatted with the bartender. After a while, Andrew decided he was still hungry, so he ordred the chicken gumbo. 

I just had a bite, but it was delcious. We finished our drinks and headed back to Andrew's to get ready for the Premier of Saturday Night Live. We were laughing out loud through the entire episode! You've gotta watch it. 

Sunday we got up and grabbed coffee from our favorite spot, Coffee Emporium. 

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After coffee, Andrew and I said goodbye and I went home to make breakfast. I was craving the classics; bacons, eggs and sweet potatoes. I baked a few pieces of bacon in the oven, fried up and egg and warmed up a handful of roasted sweet potatoes. 

Baking bacon will change you life. Line a cookie sheet with foil, put the bacon on said sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. I usually start keeping an eye on it after eight minutes or so.

Baking bacon will change you life. Line a cookie sheet with foil, put the bacon on said sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. I usually start keeping an eye on it after eight minutes or so.

This along with the meal, I had a piece of gf toast with sunflowerseed butter and jam. 

After breakfast, I cleaned up, did some meal prep and got to work on a this blog post. Then I met my friend Hannah. We grabbed some coffee and walked around the Hyde Park Art Fair. 

Cute booth at the HP Art Fair!

Cute booth at the HP Art Fair!

I got home around 1 p.m. and headed out to do some grocery shopping for the week. I went to Trader Joe's, Kroger and Fresh Thyme to pickup the essentials; salmon, turkey, sweet potatoes, salad mix, apples, a red bell pepper and a couple of bars. 

By the time I got home and put stuff away, I was hungry. I whipped up a quick meal; rotisssere chicken, leftover sauteed peppers and onions, cauliflower rice, salsa and homemade guac. I threw it all in a bowl and drentched it with Sriracha. 

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Now that my belly is full, I am going to finish cooking and then head to yoga. I am really looking forward to some relaxation! 

Falling Into Place

Falling Into Place

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