Fall Friday

Looky what I had this morning!!!!

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First pumpkin spice of the season! My stomach can’t handle a coffee latte so I have a tea latte with skim and a shot of pumpkin. aka Heaven.

Puppy girl and I were out and about bright and early this morning because Jim needed a ride to work, and of course I had to take full advantage of the Starbucks across the street. 😉

Sydney thought my drink smelled pretty darn good. Sorry pup, caffeine is for humans.

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Although it was super early according to my schedule for the past few months, the warm, spicy drink, cool air and changing leaves has me totally in the mood for fall!

When we got back to my parents’, breakfast was in order. The usual, obviously, with a side of blogs and some celebrity gossip.


I’m planning to make the most of my last Friday as a non-working lady. (I start a long-term substitute position next Thursday!) A little fall closet-cleaning is in order, followed by a workout and walk with the pup before our tennis match this afternoon. My dad & little brother are out crabbing this morning so we’re hoping for a dinner of steamed crabs later!

Happy Friday!


A Fair is a Veritable Smorgasbord

I’m either a little crazy or an elementary school teacher, but I can’t help but think of Templeton every year on the drive to the fair:

Cracks me up every time. 😉

There is no such thing as healthy eating at a fair, but my trick was to split our favorite, once-a-year treats with Jim as a means of portion control.  Overall I think we did well.  Our first stop was the gyro stand.

As you can tell, I was more than a little excited to chow down.  We opted for chicken and it was out of this world!  As we munched on the gyro we made our way through my favorite building, the produce.


Next up was the livestock, but not without a random giraffe spotting!


Before leaving we nabbed two more of our favorites to split- ribbon fries soaked in vinegar and a waffle with ice cream. 🙂


Until next year fair food!


This morning it’s back to eating as usual with a tasty yogurt bowl.  Same as yesterday but today’s mix is topped with a sprinkle of chia.


Time to get moving… I’ve got plans to can some of my garden veggies this morning, and need to fit in a workout before a tennis match this afternoon!



The Two Monsters

Busy day of running errands with Mom today!  First up was lunch at one of our favorite spots- Panera! 

The thing about Panera is that it’s generally thought of as a healthy option for fast food, but it really depends on what you order!  A pick 2 deal or full size salad can quickly consume a lot of your daily calorie intake!  I usually pair a low-cal soup or salad and sandwich, but the cool fall weather had me craving soup today!  I opted for my favorite tomato soup with a whole wheat baguette on the side. 

ImageI’m a notorious bread monster, so I immediately wrapped up the baguette and stuck it in my purse… I have plans to turn it into croutons and freeze them for a future salad or soup bowl at home. 😉 

After lunch we buzzed through Kohls, Target and TJ’s (where I scored a new pair of workout capris!) before rushing home to walk Sydney before tennis practice.  While I may be the bread monster, my little cutie pie has become a chew-everything monster as she loses her baby teeth.  

Unfortunately today she set her sights on Mom’s new kitchen cabinets. 


Yes, it’s horrible.  And yes that’s the perp’s cute little nose to the side, sleeping and totally unaware that she’s done any wrong.  

After we finally calmed down a bit, I had just enough time to take Sydney on a 2-mile loop before practice.  

I usually spend most of practice feeding balls, but this afternoon I threw myself into the mix for some doubles action and a little bonus workout.  We’re headed to the fair tonight & I’ve got my heart set on a gyro! 😉



Breakfast All-star

Let’s start this blog off right- with the best. breakfast. ever.

Most of the week, my day starts off with some variation on this mix!  My favorite combo:

– 1 cup Chobani

– 1/3 cup raw oats

– 1 tsp honey

– handful of frozen berries

Some days I’ll throw in some walnuts or chia seeds, and if I’m bored with the plain Cho I’ll switch to my favorite flavor- passion fruit.

Any way I mix it, this breakfast always fills me up and sticks with me through lunch!