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Weekend Shots [2/24/14]

24 Feb

Blogs are marvelous. Especially when you look back at the picture montage of the weekend and realize it was a pretty fabulous one. Here are some snapshots from our weekend.

Friday

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Saturday

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Sunday

 

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Marvelous

Happy Monday! Thanks Katie for hosting this fun Monday link up. You sure know how to do Monday the right way.

Weekend Shots [2/3/14]

3 Feb

Somehow it is already February. We are not quite sure how that happened but there is no complaining about it in this household. The start of February means we are one month closer to spring, warmer weather, and running season! These past few weeks have been so cold in Pennsylvania that we have not been able to get an outside run in at all! We know the treadmill is always an option but let’s be honest, nothing compares to running outside. Whose with us?

This past week was jam-packed for us! It was formal rush for our sorority and there were lots of late nights involved. Late nights and early mornings make for some sleepy sisters. We somehow managed to make it through the week with lots of coffee and finally caught up on some much needed sleep this weekend. Since we missed out on a WIAW post last week here are some snapshots from our past week and weekend. We hope you enjoy!

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We ended the weekend with a lazy Sunday morning breakfast for two. Happy Monday!

WIAW Winter Break Edition

18 Dec

Hey guys, happy Wednesday! We hope you all are having a fabulous week! Can you believe there are only 6 days until Christmas? Yeah, we can’t either. All our Christmas shopping is officially done and our gifts are wrapped and already waiting under the tree!

If you ask us what our favorite part about winter break is, we definitely would say it is cooking and getting creative in the kitchen. During the semester our busy schedules make it hard to be creative and try new recipes but our schedules are wide open right now and we’re definitely taking advantage!

It’s Wednesday so today we are going to share with you all what we’ve been eating lately! Don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons to check out what everyone else is munching on lately. We love Wednesday’s, and WIAW is definitely our favorite blog link up ever.

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We were definitely creative yesterday, especially with breakfast.

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A banana split for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do!

Overnight oats poured over a sliced banana topped with drippy almond butter, homemade quinoa granola, and shredded coconut. Best idea ever.

Lunch was an arugula salad paired with a fresh and juicy apple.

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We made a big salad for lunches this week based off of Kath’s beet salad recipe. We tossed arugula with roasted cinnamon and cayenne sweet potatoes, chickpeas, pomegranate arils, bulgur wheat, and sunflower seeds.

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Around 4pm our stomachs were growling and we had peanut butter cookie Lara bars to hold us over until dinner!

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We usually are not big pasta fans but we decided to give it a try and let’s just say we may be bringing pasta back into our dinner rotations. We always feel that a serving of pasta isn’t very filling but we bulked it up with kale, cauliflower, grape tomatoes, and chicken.

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We’re hooking on watching all 9 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy during winter break. We are currently on Season 4 and cannot stop watching!!Greys

In between episodes we snacked on siggi’s plain yogurt (love the ingredients list btw, just skim milk), a 1/2 of a crumbled trader joe’s blueberry bran muffin, banana slices and pomegranate arils.

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And maybe one or two spoonfuls of this baby. Our mom brought us back a jar from her weekend business trip to Boston. She’s the best!

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Yesterday was definitely a good food day. We hope these photos inspire you all to add lots of vegetables to your next pasta dish, to go get in your car and buy those trader joe bran muffins, and to possibly spark your interest in becoming as obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy as we are.

Do you watch Grey’s Anatomy or have a series you just cannot stop watching?

A White Weekend

16 Dec

Happy Monday! We had a pretty eventful weekend filled with lots and lots of snow flurries, dog sitting, working, cooking, and eating.

Here are so pictures from our busy weekend. Hope you enjoy!

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Did you get lots of snow this weekend?

Our Weekend in Pictures

9 Dec

Happy Monday.

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Smoothie.

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Catching Fire.

 

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Shredded Kale Salad.

 

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Happiness.

 

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Coconut Chobani.

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Starr Hill IPA.

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Sweet potato fries.

 

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Sunday morning waffles.

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Relaxing yoga.

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Kitty Snuggles.

We hope you have a fabulous week!

What I Ate Wednesday and the Beginning of the Semester

28 Aug

Back to school means back to packed lunches, meal prepping, and easy on-the-go snacks! With Kayla being in Australia, I find myself having to make sure I am am 100% prepared for the next day before I head to bed the night before so I do not forget anything I need in the morning when before I head out the door.

So here’s another week of What I Ate Wednesday, as my week is full of healthy meals, fresh fruits, and some good snacks along the way. Thanks to Jen once again for the link-up! Sharing my meals with others is one of my favorite ways to show how great your food can be when you just take a little bit of extra time to make it! And the outcomes are even better. You feel great, you look great, and even the food that you are eating is beautiful! WIN-WIN situation for sure.

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This week, I made sure I had easy meals ready to go by making a huge salad that I split up into four lunches for the week and a large batch of a bean + greens soup to re-heat for a few easy dinners!

Breakfast is always my favorite meal of the day. That is why I make sure I have enough time to enjoy it, instead of being rushed around in the morning and running out of time.

Yesterday I woke up early to get my morning 2.5 mile run in before showering and getting ready for the day. Afterwards, I made myself a beautiful greek yogurt parfait. This one included plain greek yogurt mixed with chia seeds, blueberries, strawberries, trader joe’s trex mix granola, cashew butter, and mint leaves.

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I had some iced coffee waiting for me in the fridge this morning! It definitely helped to cool me down after that morning run.

For lunch today I had a serving of that salad I mentioned earlier. Here is the recipe for it! Both Kay and I made this week for lunches since it sounded so good to me when Kay came up with the original idea.


Ingredients:

4 beets, diced
1 large butternut squash, diced
2 cans of chickpeas
1 cup of bulgar wheat with soy
1 6oz bag of spinach and arugula mix [kay used rocket!]

Directions:
1. Roast Beets wrapped in foil at 400 degrees for 50 minutes
2. Cut butternut squash into pieces and roast at 400 degrees for 40 minutes
3. Cook bulgar wheat or another grain of choice on the stovetop as directed.
4. Once everything is finished cooking and cools, mix them all together in a huge Tupperware container!
5. Divide into servings as needed! I just estimate 1/4 of the recipe each time!

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How easy does that sound? And it tastes delicious! You can always add in whatever you want too. Some great ideas would be avocado, almonds, carrots, peppers, etc. But this five ingredient basic recipe is great by itself! You can even add some balsamic if you’d like. That is what I did yesterday for lunch!

After lunch, I had to work from 12-4pm. Then I quickly ran a few errands before coming home to snack on a Lara bar until my mom got here! I just love the peanut butter cookie ones. I did see that there was a limited edition snicker doodle bar, and I am dying to get my hands on one of those! What is your favorite flavor?

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The grapes in my fridge looked extra good too so I threw a bunch onto my snack plate as well.

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Not to mention lots of water throughout the afternoon. I was thirsty all day long!

For dinner last night I had my mom over to enjoy some mother daughter time. She also helped me go through some of my old clothes and get rid of anything I do not wear anymore. That is so hard for me. I am such a hoarder. I did get rid of a big or two full of clothing. Afterwards, I made her spaghetti squash with mushrooms, tomatoes, kale, and goat cheese! Topped with tofu! I think she loved it- and I loved sharing my dinner with her!
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In-between cleaning and eating we even got to skype Kay for a few minutes. These moments are so of my favorite. I love when we can all three be together and catching up on each other’s lives. She is doing great- and will be checking in later this week to let you all know how her Australian adventures are going.

For me, a night isn’t complete without a late night snack. Whoever says you can’t eat after 8 is SO wrong. The best snacks are after 8 pm! I do not believe in that philosophy, and know that my body needs something before I get some zzz’s each night. If not, I will wake up starving at 3 am, and not be able to go back to sleep anyways until I get something in my stomach.

Tonight I had a small bowl of cereal [multigrain flax by Nature Path] with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I love this kind of milk, and find myself re-buying it again and again. What is your favorite type of milk? I heated the milk in the microwave for a few seconds so it wasn’t so cold. Such a genius idea- warmed me right up! I put lots of my fresh fruit on top of the cereal so you can hardly tell it is even there! Isn’t really a small bowl, but the fruit to cereal ratio is way off. What can I say, I love fruit.

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I also had a cup of green tea- another bedtime favorite. Nothing like a few minutes of relaxation after a long day.

Until next Wednesday, stay beautiful.

A Marvelous Family Road Trip

8 Jul

Happy Monday!

Today we want to share with you a recap of our fabulous 4 day road trip to our Aunt Dawn’s house in the form of pictures we snapped over the past few days.

Surprisingly, our iphones take some pretty marvelous photos.

We started off our road trip Wednesday morning with a peanut butter and jelly smoothie bowl.

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After we loaded the car we snapped a quick pic!

 

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We only managed to get five hours of sleep the night before so not far after we left a pit stop at Dunkin’ Donuts was much needed. Blueberry iced coffee for the win.

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We arrived at our cousin Katelynn’s house around noon to find this beautiful set up! She is seriously the greatest hostess ever. On our bed was travel sized shampoo and conditioner, a fun TJ Maxx reusable bag, the new allure magazine, gum, and coffee!

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After lunch we headed to our Aunt’s house. Check out this Fairy Garden she made for our cousins Katie Scott & Liza. She is so talented!

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The greatest thing about having family down south is definitely fresh Georgia peaches.

 

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For dinner on Wednesday we threw together a bunch of stuff. Aren’t these bowls awesome? They have mixed greens, tofu, avocado, yellow peppers, and carrots with Annie’s Gingerly dressing.

 

 

 

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July 4th

We are huge fans of July 4th! It may just be because it’s our half birthday…we love birthdays. Especially because we are officially closer to being 21 more and more every day now.

We started off our holiday with a huge bowl of overnight oats.

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A on-the-go salad that was pretty similar to Wednesday night’s dinner.

 

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Our family had a pretty typical fourth of July spread of hamburgers, hot dogs, and picnic salads. Our Aunt Dawn picked up some black bean burgers for us and we enjoyed them with some fresh watermelon and a massaged kale salad!

 

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Crazy McKain girls

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Fresh flowers from our aunts garden.

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More flowers, our aunt definitely has a green thumb!

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As well as picking up black bean burgers, our aunt also grabbed a huge tub of plain Chobani greek yogurt. For the past few days we snacked on greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola….aka the best summer snack ever!

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Friday

Breakfast at our cousins house before we went shopping. Hot oats with cottage cheese, chai seeds, fresh Georgia peaches, Trader Joe’s sun butter and Kind granola.

 

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Friday night we threw together another salad. Leftover massaged kale salad with black beans, pineapple, peppers, and carrots.

 

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Saturday

Why do days off from work seem to go by so much faster? We didn’t want to leave!

After leaving our cousins’s bright and early we enjoyed a yogurt parfait on the go!

 

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Once we got home we unloaded the car, unpacked, and made a quick lunch before we had to work. Tempeh and fresh fig sandwich with grapes and peppers on the side.

 

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Hope you enjoyed all our pictures from the past few days. Family time is always the best!

What was your favorite thing about your 4th of July weekend? Did you get together with family or friends? Attend a fabulous picnic or host one of your own?