date night, family, food, reflections

Weekend Food, A Sad Goodbye, And A New School Year 

Hello, lovely people! How are you all doing on this beautiful Sunday? I am doing my best to relax and make some goals for the upcoming school year. If you don’t know, I teach in a special needs Kindergarten class. I love it so much, but it can be hard. Plus the anticipation has been stressful. So for now, I am relaxing with essential oils and Epsom salt. 

Bath time relaxation! 

How do you relax when when faced with stress?

The main goals for the upcoming year are patience, planning, and making sure I start each day with a good attitude. 

With that being said, bring on another year! 

Now onto the weekend!

FRIDAY:

I started with a workout and coffee as always. Then, I met a couple friends from work. These two have been my rock each day at work. I teach with them and they make my days brighter and just plain fun. 

The pretty one in the middle is off to Mozambique for two years to be in the Peace Corps. She is amazing and has a heart for kids like I have never seen. I’m blessed to know her. 

Once dinner rolled around, I was starving so my made one of my favorite meals. A taco salad!

This has a baked foldout as the base, lean ground beef with low sodium taco seasoning, brown rice, part of a salad kit, guacamole, salsa, plain greek yogurt, jalapenos, and some purple tortilla chips. Talk about tasty!

SATURDAY:

The day started with coffee and a workout. Then it was house work before our date night!

For date night we went to dinner at PF Changs (which is upscale Chinese food) followed by a movie at home.

Me all ready for dinner!

Shrimp dumplings.

California roll! 

It was a fun night!

SUNDAY:

The day started with Starbucks and a wonderful church service. 

Followed by a protein shake which was amazing. 

Chocolate peanut butter protein powder, almond milk, and a frozen banana. Topped with protein PB cups!

My in laws are coming over today to help us put the trim up in our living room! Then we will have dinner! 

Have a wonderful rest of your day! 

With love, 

Carly

coffee, fitness, healthy, healthy food, overnight oats, protein pb cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Overnight Oats And Life Lately

Hi, friends! How is the week treating you?! Mine has been great. I go back to work on Monday (I teach in a special needs Kindergarten class), so I am soaking up my last bits of summer. 

Over the weekend, I noticed that I had a near empty jar of almond butter. I decided to use it to make overnight oats in. It is a great way to get all of the almond butter off the sides and mixes in wonderfully with the oats. Here is my recipe:

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE OVERNIGHT OATS 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 nearly empty jar of peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla greek yogurt 
  • 1/4 (or a little more) cups of almond milk  (or milk of choice)
  • 1 scoop of chocolate peanut butter protein powder 
  • 1 to 2 TBSP of sugar free cheesecake pudding mix 
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds (I omitted because I didn’t have any)
  • 1 protein peanut butter cup (recipe in my last post)

 DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix everything minus the peanut butter cup into jar and place in fridge overnight 
  • Remove from fridge, add a touch of milk, stir, and add peanut butter cup on top
  • Enjoy! 

On Monday, I had a work training. After training, I went with a few friends to a park that I have never been to for a run. It was a beautiful place and I will definitely go there again!

I am so blessed to be able to enjoy these views while I run. 

Yesterday, my mom came and spent the day with me. That evening my girlfriends came over to cook and watch Bachelor In Paradise  (not sorry about it) haha! We made a baked cauliflower and cheese pasta. We found the recipe on Pinterest and it was absolutely delicious. 

Sorry about the bad picture quality!

Today started with a run and cappuccino at a place called Fox In The Snow Cafe. It is such a cute place with awesome drinks and pastries. 

Isn’t it adorable!?

After coffee, we went to a huge Market near me for lunch. I had a veggie sandwich with avacado spread and couscous. It was awesome! 

Yum!

Now I am relaxing until my husband gets home! 

I hope you all have a fabulous rest of your week!

With love,

Carly 

brushetta, date night, fitness, food, healthy, healthy food, protein pb cups

The Couple That Cooks Together… (Homemade Brushetta and Protein PB Cups)

Hello all you wonderful people! How was your weekend? Mine was lovely, busy, and full of fun. 

FRIDAY:

The morning started off with an early (5:45 am) barbell strength workout class at my gym.

After my workout, I met one of my girlfriends for a day trip to meet our other friend’s new born. We had so much fun holding the baby and catching up. We stayed a couple hours before heading home. 

The evening was relaxing and my husband and I went to bed early. 

SATURDAY:

The morning started with coffee and a 3 mile run around my neighborhood. 

When I got back from my run, my husband and I spent a few hours cleaning the house while discussing what we wanted to do that evening. 

We came up with putt putt and a cooking night. I was in charge of dessert, while my husband was on appetizer duty. We decided to grill out for the main course. 

Glow in the dark mini golf! We had never seen anything like this, but had so much fun.

After mini golf we went to the store and gathered everything we needed for dinner.

Our appetizer was a homemade brushetta with toasted bread. Guys, this was AMAZING. I mean I couldn’t stop eating it.

It had tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, garlic cloves, olive oil, a little bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper. We drizzled the top with balsamic vinegar. 

All of the ingredients were fresh and all the prep paid off!

Doesn’t it look so tasty!?

I mean…..

Yes.

My plate! 

After dinner, it was time for dessert (which I actually prepared earlier in the day). Protein chocolate peanut butter cups!

I adapted this recipe from one I found on Pintrest and it turned out awesome. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 scoop of chocolate peanut butter protein powder 
  • Peanut or almond butter (I did half peanut, half almond)
  • Mini muffin tin 

Step 1: 

  • melt coconut oil and mix with protein powder 
  • Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray (or fill with mini liners)
  • Place a small layer into tins
  • Freeze for about 10 minutes 

Step 2:

  • Place a small layer of peanut or almond butter on top of the chocolate layers (I did half almond for me and half peanut for my husband)
  • Freeze about 10 minutes 

Step 3:

  • Place chocolate layer on top of each peanut butter layer 
  • Freeze 10 minutes or so 

Step 4:

  • Remove PB cups from tin and store in a container in the fridge until ready to serve


Dessert was a hit! Next, we watched a red box to finish our evening. It was perfect! 

SUNDAY: 

Sunday started with coffee followed by a drive to my mom’s new place. We spent the day helping her unpack, hang pictures, and set up her electronics. It was a long day, but everything went so well and her place felt homey by the time we were done. 

After our busy day we went to dinner with my family and it was delicious. I had lettuce wraps and braised brussel sprouts.

YUM!!!

Well, that sums up my weekend! Have a great week, friends!

With love, 

Carly 

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Incline/Decline Treadmill Workout, Packing, And Pizza

Happy hump day, friends! How is your week treating you so far!? Mine has been busy, but great. 

MONDAY:

The morning started with a 5:45 a.m. spin class and a drive to my home town.  It poured rain the whole hour and a half drive. I picked up Starbucks when I got to town and stopped by my best friend’s house for a short visit. 

Once I left her house and had a small lunch, I went to my mom’s place. She is moving on Saturday so we spent a few hours going through her things and packing. After packing, we were hungry so we met my best friend at Spinozas. It is the BEST pizza I have ever had! 

I had a greek salad and split their Margarita pizza with my mom! So good!!

After dinner, we watched the finale of the Bachelorette, then called it a night.

TUESDAY:

The morning started with Starbucks, because obviously it’s a necessity. Haha! Joking…kind of. After coffee and food, it was time to workout. I did one of my favorite treadmill workouts, which I am excited to share!

INCLINE/DECLINE TREADMILL WORKOUT

Start with a warmup and a mile build (I included my warmup in my 1 mile build)

After a mile, turn your incline up to 15. Once you get there, you will jog .20 of a mile, then take your incline to a 14 and walk .10 of a mile. Next, take the incline to 13 and jog .20, then down to 12 and walk .10. Repeat this until you get to an incline of 3.

The whole workout is 3 miles (not including warm-up and cool down).


Notes: 

*if the incline is too much, start at one you are comfortable at.

*you can always speed walk instead of jog.

*listen to your body! Incline workouts are hard and only do what you can.

*I am not a personal trainer and only post workouts that work for me and my body! Only do what works for you!! 

The workout was sweaty and went by quickly! Always a great way to start the day! 

Afterwards was some more packing and lunch before heading home.

That’s all for today! Have a great one!

With love, 

Carly 

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House Projects, Tasty Food, And A Date Night

Hey there, everyone! The weekend is winding down and I hope you had a great one. Ours was filled with house projects, but we managed to squeeze in a date night.

SATURDAY:

The day started with coffee, breakfast, and a workout (which I will share in a separate post because it’s a good one).

When I got home, we spent the day working on our house. Stair stripping, pantry painting, curtain hanging, cleaning and yard work. Riveting stuff, I know haha! But it is SO exciting for us! Our house feels more homey with every project we accomplish. 

Shout out to my husband who works his butt off all day and still spends his weekends on projects. He never complains and I am beyond lucky to have this sweet handyman! 

After house work and a shower we decided to get out of the house and have a date night. We had movie credits so we went to dinner at Northstar Cafe, then saw the new Planet Of The Apes. We had so much fun.

SUNDAY:

After coffee and breakfast, I went to church. After church I made an egg, turkey bacon and cheese foldover with plantain chips for lunch. 

So tasty. 

Next was SO. MUCH. HOUSE. WORK. 

My finished pantry!! It was white and I painted it to match our cabinets. The assembly portion was all my husband!

We continued our projects and worked until we wanted dinner. Dinner was bomb!! Chicken legs and baked pickles wrapped in turkey bacon. 

Before baking!

My plate! 

Now off for a little relaxing before bed! 

Have a great night!

With love, 

Carly