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What A Marvelous Flower Planting Weekend

29 Apr

This weekend was quite a marvelous one if we must say so ourselves. Our aunt and cousin came down for the weekend to help us plant our garden. We had so much fun and cannot wait until we get to open our back door and grab some fresh tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, and herbs for our meals! Here is a recap of our weekend via pictures.

We started off the weekend with homemade chia seed pudding for breakfast on Friday morning. This was enjoyed with blueberries, bananas, almonds, and hemp seeds on top (recipe coming later this week).

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Saturday morning’s breakfast wasn’t far off from one of our usual combinations. Nevertheless, it was the perfect bowl of warm oats we needed to fuel our busy day. Whipped with bananas, flax, and cottage cheese and topped with hemp seeds, blueberries, more bananas, maple peanut butter, and toasted coconut.

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Lunch was just what we needed after a few hours of shopping. Our outlet has a J Crew Factory and everything was 50% OFF this weekend only! We admit, we may have went more than once!

Here’s what our salad was made up of: mixed greens,red and yellow peppers, cucumbers, carrots, caramelized onion hummus, and mozzarella cheese.

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With lots of extra veggies for snacking. We think fresh produce is so beautiful, don’t you agree?

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The afternoon was spent planting our garden! We stopped at Lowes to get all the supplies we needed.

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We planted TONS of herbs in addition to both tomatoes and grape tomatoes, kale, red leaf lettuce, radishes, spring mix, sunflowers, and edible flowers. We are so thankful our Aunt Dawn and our cousin, Kate came to help us with our garden! Family time is such an important part of life and we are so glad we got to spend the weekend with them.

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After all that gardening we refueled with a greek yogurt parfait. Fage original topped with blueberries, grapes, oranges, almonds, and granola.

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Saturday afternoon contained more shopping. Notice the matching Fossil bags? We are a tad bit obsessed….

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Saturday was absolutely beautiful and ended up being fabulous weather for grilling.20130427-194704.jpg

Which is perfect because homemade lentil burgers and vegetable packets were on the menu

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We finished Saturday evening with a slice of leftover birthday cake. It was just as good as last week!

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Sunday’s lunch was simple and eaten on-the-go. Mixed greens, kidney beans, vegetables, mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinaigrette!

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A weekend wouldn’t be complete without an Apple Pie Lara Bar right?

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Finally we ended the weekend with a quick Cosco stop! The only real necessities in life were purchased: bananas, coffee, and mixed greens 🙂

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We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the fabulous weather! Today begins the last week of classes. Only three more days before finals!! Don’t forget to read up on Katie’s marvelous weekend along with everyone else! How can your weekend not be marvelous with sunshine and 70 degree weather?MIMM

What is your favorite way to end the weekend? We always like to end our weekends with a short ab and arm workout, tea, and HBO.

Oatmeal, Salmon, and a Whole Lot of Greens

20 Mar

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Wednesdays are secretly our favorite blog day because we just love linking up with Peas and Crayons and sharing our most recent eats. We decided to include the time of each meal so you can see the average distance between them.

(7:20 am) Breakfast this morning was whipped banana oats (we are just totally obsessed with this fabulous combination and the natural sweetness that comes from the banana). We also cooked the oats with eggbeaters and topped them with the last of our cranberry sauce (tear), dried cranberries, buckwheat, and sun butter. Served with a big cup of coffee on the side to get our Tuesday going.

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I think it was the combination of the snow on the ground and the rain that made us feel extra sleepy today. Sipping on coffee all morning while working on school work definitely helped motivate us to get stuff done. Motivation is probably every college students biggest problem. Are we right or are we right?

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(11:45 am) Lunch was a salad topped with cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onion, and goat cheese. On the side was a handful of wheat thins and a plain Chobani Greek yogurt topped with almonds, banana slices, and honey. Lately we’ve been loving water with fresh lime instead of lemon. Such a good change.

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(3:15 pm) Right around 3 we usually start to get hungry again. Today’s snack was an apple pie Lara bar smeared with chunky peanut butter and topped with a couple slices of banana. Peppermint tea got us through another afternoon of school work. Thank god there are only 9 more days till Easter break!

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(6:15 pm) Sometimes simple dinners truly are the best. Tonight we had baked salmon served with a lentil trio mix and kale steamed in maple syrup. The sweetness from the maple syrup added the perfect touch to this dish. Try it sometime you won’t be disappointed!
 

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Today was the first day in five weeks that we were able to go to yoga! The class that is held at our school is called body flow. It is a mix of stretching, pilates, and relaxation and we love it.

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(10:00 pm) Late night snack time! We ended this fabulous day with another smoothie in a bowl. This smoothie was made with vanilla almond milk, pumpkin purée, and a frozen banana. We topped this SIAB with Special K cinnamon pecan cereal, slivered almonds, and pb2!

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Today was definitely a good food day in our books. What was your favorite thing you ate yesterday?

What a Marvelous Family Weekend

25 Feb

We have something marvelous to share with you on this beautiful Monday morning. It is our exciting weekend with our family! They came between 2-5 hours away to see our new apartment and visit us! Spending the weekend with our family was such a blast. We have the details below.

First, we are linking up with Healthy Diva Eats! Her page features tons of blogs who link up to share their favorite parts of the weekend with readers. You should definitely check it out and share what was marvelous about your own weekend!

http://www.healthydivaeats.com/

Our family arrived Friday evening bearing gifts to make our apartment just a little more “homey”. They all were beyond perfect. We have come to the conclusion that there is just something about both of our Aunts that help make everything feel a little bit more like home. We think it is because we find such a comfort in their homes because we spent so much time there as kids. Whatever it is, we are thankful they have brought some of it into our home.

Our Aunt Tracy got us a beautiful bunny rabbit to watch over us. We think our dad was reincarnated into a bunny rabbit. We were the first to discover a bunny rabbit watching over us and appearing places where we least expected it. Soon after the rest of our family started noticing bunny rabbits in their lives. Now everyone has a ceramic bunny rabbit somewhere at their house to remind them of our dad. It is comforting for us to see our dad in the form of a bunny rabbit but the feeling cannot be explained unless you have experienced it yourself after the death of a loved one.

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A homemade picture to hang in our living room. It matches perfectly!

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Homemade coasters. Our Aunt Dawn is so crafty. They are perfect for our dining room table. Every time we use them we are instantly reminded of her.

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You can put them all together for a centerpiece when you are not using them! We would of never thought of this! Thanks Aunt Dawn!

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We also received another set of funky bowls from our Aunt Tracy because she knows how much we love unique kitchen bowls. Of course we used them for breakfast the next morning! They are perfect for oatmeal.

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Here are some more details from our weekend with a few of the photos that helped capture the moments.

Friday nights dinner before our guests arrived was a spinach salad with white beans, sprouts, cucumbers, fresh salsa, greek yogurt, raw crackers, freekah (it’s kinda like brown rice but better) and a drizzle of fat free balsamic dressing.

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Fun drinks (Alcohol free due to our no alcohol policy during the pledging process)

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Refueling during our shopping trip at Panera. Panera is usually our favorite lunch option whenever we go shopping with our family. This is the second time we got the Chicken Hummus Power Bowl off of their hidden menu. For less than $8 this is the perfect bowl filled with the best hummus we have ever tasted. Seriously, we  were licking the bowls by the end because it is that good.

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We cooked a healthy dinner together after our long day of shopping. When we say long day we mean really long day. We did not get to eat dinner until after 8PM! We were all starving at this point and really enjoyed what we made.

We stuffed chicken breasts with 1 herb laughing cow cheese wedge, spinach, red onion, and salt/pepper. This was so easy and with our combined team work came together really quickly. It was cooked at 425 until we were done shopping. Estimated time: 1 hour but you can adjust temperatures based on your own schedule. Just make sure the chicken is cooked through completely.

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Fresh brushetta had tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper

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Finished product! We added the brushetta to the tops of 1/2 of them with 7 minutes remaining

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Yesterday’s Breakfast was Greek yogurt with a banana, 1/2 clementine, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, cinnamon spiced almonds, chai seeds, and fresh granola from Dessert’s Etc. (HEAVENLY)

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Yesterday’s Lunch was a salad with a little bit of everything (literately). Spinach, mixed greens, 1/2 orange, strawberries, blue cheese, peppers, onion, cucumber, carrots, Canyon veggie chips, 1/2 black bean morning star burger, and Panera’s fat free poppyseed dressing.

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We had time for an afternoon study snack. We spent almost the entire day catching up on school work and studying for our French Exam. Kayla also has a literature exam today too.

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We did find a little time to update Dev’s bathroom though. The new shower curtain adds so much color into the small bathroom and reminds us of spring. Please come faster!

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All this leads to the closure of our weekend. It was fun but boy did it go by fast. We have just one more week of classes before we get a week off for spring break! During our break we are looking forward to staying in NYC, meeting up with friends who are home for the break, cooking, and relaxing!

What did you do this weekend? Did you go shopping? Did you spend it with your family? We would love to hear your favorite part.

Simply Made Apple Chips

30 Dec

Thinly sliced apples, lots cinnamon, and a few hours = homemade apple chips

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Such an easy and fun snack to make! Our cousin, Marissa came to visit on her day off and she came up with the idea to make these chips! Kayla and I definitely need to invest in an apple corer and better slicing tool, but we worked pretty well with what we had.

All we did was core the apples by hand, sliced them thinly, laid them on a greased baking sheet, and then sprinkled them with cinnamon! We baked them at 210 degrees for 1.5 hours, flipping once throughout the process. You could always cook them for a longer or shorter amount of time depending on just how you personally like your chips to turn out!

We used red delicious apples because they were on special, but I would love to make them again with a different variety of apples to see if the type of apple would make a difference.

I was surprised at just how easy these were to make! Bring them to your next holiday get together and you’ll be sure to impress everyone!

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I don’t think these will last too long at our house either.. They’re just too delicious 🙂

Greek Yogurt Dipped Bananas

16 Oct

Here’s another perfect snack for anyone who needs to get their daily banana fix. A day is not fully complete without a banana. Tonight we coated a medium sized banana with 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (we used plain but any kind world work) and sliced some almonds on-top of the banana. Next we put it on a plate, placed it in the freezer, and patiently waited for 2 hours for it to freeze. We had TONS of homework to occupy us in the meantime, but had a little break so we could enjoy our delicious creation! Two thumbs up.. I’d definitely make it again.

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Cantaloupe and Cottage Cheese

11 Oct

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The perfect late night snack: 1/2 small cantelope cut in half and filled with cottage cheese!