Weekend Update.

It’s the weekend already and I haven’t even posted last weekend’s festivities! Last weekend we went by our new home site and they had the four corners of the house staked out.  Next week we meet with the construction manager, they are ready to start building! After our site visit, we went to an early dinner at Arigatos, my favorite hibachi restaurant.

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Our new favorite weekend exercise activity is playing basketball. I’m not very good, but it’s fun!

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I love swinging on the swings. I’m just a big kid!

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After our fun and exercise, we showered up and walked to Cigar City Brewery for some adult fun. We tasted a few beers, then walked to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner.

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This week I started a new job here:)


I’ll be daydreaming of my wedding while at work, I’m sure 🙂

Another big event of the week, first trip to Tampa Trader Joes. So exciting!!!!

I also wanted to share a fun fact about my kitty. This is Petrie and he could care less if you pile things on him, he will sit there all day with a pile of cat toys on him. Silly cat!:


Have a great Weekend!


Weekend Indulgences and Weekday Healty Eats

Happy St. Patty’s Day! We didn’t do anything particular to celebrate. We pretty much just celebrated life all weekend long, starting with Friday night date night at home.

Dinner was soft Italian bread with olive oil and Italian herbs and spices:


A crisp green, romaine salad with tomatoes cucumber, and homemade roasted red pepper dressing. It’s Rachel Ray’s recipe you can get it HERE, and I love it:


And another Food Network star’s recipe for the main course, Giada DeLaurentiis’ Shrimp Fra Diavolo:


I have used both of these recipes many times over the past 5 years and I keep coming back to them.

Saturday we ended up at Ceviche in Tampa right at 5:00 when they opened. We tend to eat like early birds on the weekends, just having one big mid-day meal instead of lunch or dinner. This was a treat! We sat outside and soaked up the beautiful weather. As our tapas came, we leisurely savored our meal:

Bread first with pesto, so good!

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Spinach with dates, shallots and honey:

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Chicken with pesto:

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Patatas Bravas:

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And paella that we were much too full to eat, but worked well for Matt to eat later:

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Everything was outstanding, can’t wait to go back!

We were blissfully silly afterwards:

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Sunday was a beautiful day as well. Perfect running weather and we dined outside again. We walked to Kona Grill and enjoyed their happy hour on the patio. They have drink and food specials, so we got some half price sushi rolls:

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Cheeseburger sliders, and chicken tacos which we ate half of, and had leftovers for Matt again. This is becoming our weekend habit 🙂

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After all that weekend indulging, I was happy to plan, shop and prep lots of healthy eats today.

Proteins are poached chicken and hard boiled eggs:


Grains and starches are boiled potatoes and quinoa:


Fruits are cantaloupe and strawberries:


Veggies are snap peas, broccoli, and romaine lettuce:


I also made Oh She Glow’s granola bars:

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And baked some buns:


The buns were for today’s Meatless Monday dinner. Skinnytaste.com’s spicy black bean burgers,with potatoes, green peppers and onions:


A productive day, and now it’s time to relax with these silly furballs:

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