One More Week

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday!

I hope the week is going well for you so far and that you are enjoying some lovely weather wherever you are. It’s actually been borderline chilly here, but sunny and gorgeous otherwise. It’s really beginning to feel like summer, and I LOVE it!

I didn’t have time to do my Week in Review yesterday, and as I’m going to do it tomorrow, I might as well save the small talk for then and get right to the eats today!

Here are some of my favorites from this past week…

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Hosted by the lovely Jenn. Check on over to her site for more WIAW madness! The one day a week where I know I’m not the only one oggling others’ food. ;-)

Breakfasts

My breakfasts are so ordinary and repetitive that I apparently don’t even take pictures of them. Ha. But I’m definitely a creature of habit: throughout this last week I enjoyed my usual Greek yogurt bowl every morning. I just don’t have any new pictures to prove it.

Lunches

On Thursday afternoon, I had my friends Briana and Amber over for lunch. I made Pesto Chicken Rollatini and Lemon-Scented Fusilli for us all and I think it’s safe to say we all loved it. ;-)

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On Friday, after I spent a few hours at the high school, I met Dan at Panera for lunch. I got my usual, the BBQ Chopped Salad and it was soooo good. As usual.

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Snacks

Boy oh boy have I had some delicious snacks over the last week! First up, these two amazing granolas:

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Alright, everyone…confession time: my mom and I single (double?) handedly polished off that Love Crunch granola in one day. It is so good I’m actually going to advise you not to buy it lest you want it to meet the same fate as ours did. Holy wow.
The Nature’s Path granola is just lovely. It’s very light and crispy, but none of the flavors are overwhelming. Needless to say, it goes great with Greek yogurt.

(Allergy side note: I found out something interesting while reading the nutrition facts of these two granolas. Both of the ingredient lists were totally, completely fine for me – no eggs or nuts – but the “Allergy information” at the bottom claimed they contained tree nuts. It wasn’t a warning – the boxes stated they contained tree nuts. At first I was sad I couldn’t enjoy them, but then my mom realized that the companies were warning about the coconut in both snacks. I guess it makes sense, as coconut technically is a tree nut, and it’s a common allergy, but I have never before seen it listed as an allergy/contaminate. Maybe this is a new thing? Either way, it definitely was a surprise to me! Have any of you seen that before?)

Other snacks included some of the first fruit of summer!

IMG_1704Ella is the photobomb master.

photo-2Ok, ok, I set it up a bit. :-P

Dinners

Sometimes, y’all, you just need pizza on a Friday night. Buttery, cheesy, delicious pizza.

IMG_1700And so, it happened. And I don’t feel guilty about it at all. (That in of itself is actually pretty cool.)

A meal that I have been enjoying for a few days now (I made extra so there was leftovers) is the SparkPeople Cookbook’s Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken. Oh my goodness is this stuff amazing. I’ve been eating it for about 5 days now and I’m not tired of it.

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I wasn’t kidding when I said I had been enjoying some good eats!

Desserts

Guess what?

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I made Strawberry Lemon Frozen Yogurt. But I have plans for that recipe…please stay tuned!

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Workouts June 2-8
Sunday: off
Monday: Kickboxing, cardio, and strength videos (Snap Fitness has a little room with some pretty awesome workout videos, and my mom and I were checking them out)
Tuesday: 25 minutes running + 35 minutes walking on treadmill
Wednesday: Core video at Snap
Thursday: rest
Friday: Yoga
Saturday: see Tuesday

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Speaking of Snap Fitness, I am really impressed with it so far. My mom and I have gotten there around 6 or 7 in the morning, and there’s hardly anyone there, which is great. It smells really clean (not like a sweaty gym), and everyone there is friendly. It’s a small gym, but so far, so good!

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In other news, this is my last week of “freedom”. The kids will be done with school next week, and my summer of full-time nannying will begin! I say “freedom” in a mostly joking way, as I love these kids and think I have the best job ever…but these past few weeks after school ended have been the most free I’ve had in years. All throughout college I took summer classes, and this has been the first break I’ve had in I don’t even know how long. It’s been wonderful to do what I want, when I want. But, like I said, I do love babysitting. :-)

It’s silly, but I think the thing I’m going to miss the most when I start working full time is hanging out with this little one:

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Questions for the day:

Are you enjoying some summery weather?

What foods remind you of summer?

What is one food you just won’t give up? (Pizza is definitely mine!)

If you had one week with no obligations, what would you do?

Have a great day!

39 comments

  1. I’m on my last week of freedom before school starts too. No better way to enjoy it than with pizza and ice cream (or froyo!) :) Have a great day girl!

    1. You’re absolutely right! Have fun with your last week, too!

  2. Just to let you know: Ella is high up in the competition of “cutest photobomber ever” for me :). So it’s in no way silly you feel like being able to spend time with her is one thing you’ll dearly miss working full time.
    Am I weird saying that I’m a bit jealous of your nannying job? I honestly wish I knew any parents needing a nanny for their kids throughout summer – much better than my current temp job. Babysitting has always been my favourite “job” as it was basically getting paid for reading books to the little ones, playing board games and Barbie. I secretly wished the children I babysat for wouldn’t grow up ;).
    One food I’d never give up is chocolate despite having overdone it a little lately. Oh, and ice cream so … when can I come over to eat frozen yogurt at your house?!
    Summer is slowly starting to make an appearance around here, too, and it’s definitely made me happy. Nothing like sunshine to instantly put a huge smile on my face.
    Enjoy your last week of “freedom”, Liv!

    1. Aw, I’m glad you think so too. ;-)
      I don’t think that’s weird at all! Granted, I’m a bit biased, but I think nannying/babysitting is one of the greatest jobs ever. I’m soooo not looking forward to the day when the parent’s don’t need me because their kids are too old.
      Yes, chocolate and ice cream are definitely two foods I could never give up either. And you can come over any time! ;-)
      Thanks, enjoy your week, too!

  3. I love eating cherries, they aren’t in season here in Australia unfortunately though!

    That chicken lunch roll thing looked so yummy!

    I would not give up cheese, no way no how. That and chocolate :)

    1. I always look forward to cherry season. It’s too bad it isn’t time there!
      Thanks!
      Yeah, cheese and chocolate are definitely top on my list of foods I would hate to give up!

  4. awww, ella is so cute! strawberry lemon fro yo sounds amazing.

    1. Thanks! I think so too. ;-) Please stay tuned for the recipe!

  5. The cherries look so good and I can’t wait for the recipe for the frozen yogurt!

    1. Be sure to check back next week – I’ll let you know when it’s up!

  6. Cherries are making me jealous! I love summer, it is heading into winter here big time. Can’t say I’m stoked about it! And that pesto chicken looks amazing!

    1. I feel your pain. In Michigan, it’s winter for about 5 months and I never, ever look forward to it! Hopefully it goes quickly this year for you! And thanks!

  7. It’s not silly to want to spend time with your dog! You two are lucky you have each other.
    It’s definitely been nice and summery here- we actually swum in waterfalls twice in the past week! Sooooo nice- I love finding free out of the way swimming holes :)

    1. Wow, that is so cool! I’ve never been in a waterfall before – definitely on my bucket list, though. :-)

  8. Mmmm that granola sounds divine. Enjoy your week of freedom!!

    1. Oh my goodness, it is. Too good, actually! Thanks!

  9. Oh my gosh, Ella really is a cute little thing!

    Looking forward to that strawberry fro yo recipe. As if I need my fro yo in my life, ha! :P

    1. Aw, thanks!
      Haha I probably didn’t need any more in my life, either, but this one is healthy, so it’s a-ok to eat it! ;-) The recipe will be up probably next week!

  10. Ashley @MilesonOats · · Reply

    Watermelon reminds me of summer! I have been eating watermelon every single day for the past week, it never gets old. The best is coming in from a long hot running, going to the fridge, and just eating it out the bowl like a mad woman! Ha ;)

    -Ashley

    1. You’re absolutely right – it never does get old. It’s just too bad it isn’t a year-round fruit! ;-) I alllllways crave fresh, cold fruit after a run, too. So good!

  11. Ashley @MilesonOats · · Reply

    *Run

  12. YUM Pesto Chicken. I love anything with Pesto.
    WE pretty much have same workout sched! :) NICE!
    I do kickboxing on mondays, core and weights on wednesdays, yoga or pilates on Fridays! :)
    And running for other days. :)

    I can’t give up any pasta. Carbs are my weakness. LOL! :)

    1. Go us! I love this schedule – it mixes things up but I still have fun with it!
      Carbs are definitely my weakness, too. By far.

  13. Your friends have good tastes in food :D I swoon over that picture every time. I agree about that salad at Panera– so good.

    My puppy is good at photobombing too :)

    Sometimes you need pizza. And sometimes you also need to garlic dipping sauce to go along with said pizza (have you ever tried that stuff? I think I missing it almost more than pizza itself. lol).

    Oh, you are going to have a blast with the kiddos this summer! I know what you mean about it being your last week of “freedom.” That was me the last two summers, and honestly, I kind of miss the ones that I babysat.

    1. Haha I think so, too! It is a pretty good dish, I think.
      I love seeing doggie photobombs! I swear some of the time they do it intentionally.
      You know, I’ve actually never tried that dipping sauce. My family never gets it, and when I’m with my friends, I’ll go through my pizza without even thinking about the sauce. I really should try it sometime, though. Maybe with your creativity you could concoct a copycat garlic sauce?
      I always end up missing the kids during the school year, so I’m looking forward to spending time with them soon!

  14. I never get tired of salsa chicken either! It’s so versatile I find myself eating it multiple times a day!

    1. It’s so good! :-)

  15. Watermelon and BBQed hanburgers remind me of summer.

    1. Yes, definitely!

  16. Everything look amazing! I love Panera. Definitely one of my favorite places to eat!
    I recently tried that Nature’s Path granola too. I was a fan for sure. And I agree that it’s great with Greek yogurt :)
    Watermelon reminds me of summer! I have yet to have a really good one though… the last one I had was just okay. I can’t wait for a really sweet, juicy one!

    1. Me too! I love that it’s “fast” food, but it’s healthy and delicious!
      It’s always a bummer when you get a so-so watermelon. Such a let down! Hopefully you’ll come across a good one soon!

  17. If you had asked me about an hour ago whether or not we were enjoying summer weather, I would have said yes… but things have kind of taken a turn for the worst over the last 60 minutes, and now we’re dealing with lots of wind and rain… Ahh well :)

    Foods that remind me of summer? Watermelon, cherries, fresh blueberries, corn on the cob, and ice cream. And speaking of ice cream, that’s definitely one food that I’d never give up.

    Happy Wednesday, girlie!

    1. Well that’s no fun. At least in the summer you know it’s going to stop soon! (Hopefully?)
      That’s a perfect list. I totally forgot about corn on the cob, but that is definitely a perfect summer food! Yep, I could never give up ice cream. :-)

  18. Love your little photo bomber! Too cute! I LOVE that granola but don’t buy it because of how fast I go through it! So good!

    1. Haha thanks! Yes, I think it’s safe to say I won’t be buying that again any time soon. It is just too good!

  19. I keep seeing such beautiful cherry pictures, I need to find some cherries in this area

    1. I hope you find some soon!

  20. Natures path is one of my favorite brands but I’ve never seen the coconut chia seed granola before! I have to find that ASAP

    1. I love Nature’s Path, too! That’s a new granola, but we found it in our regular grocery store, so maybe you will too? I hope you like it!

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