WIAW – Dad’s for Dinner

Hey everyone! It’s a great day because it’s WIAW! i.e. my favorite day of the week. These are Monday’s eats!


I came home from cross country and I couldn’t even do 8 minute abs because I was so. hungry. I didn’t eat breakfast before practice which wasn’t one of my best ideas… I barely made it home. So I had toast, then did 8 minute abs, then had a green smoothie. It was a big deal that I changed my routine and ate before 8 minute abs! And since I was so rushed I didn’t take a picture… so here’s yesterday’s breakfast, the exact same thing, just eaten at once 😉

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I ate lunch around 3 (due to my lake breakfast). Then I found out we were going to my dad’s for dinner, and I started getting stressed. What if I don’t like what’s for dinner? What if I’m not hungry? I felt so bad. I hated the feeling I had.

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I now get cheese.. and mayo on my sub! 😀

Eventually it went away and I wanted dinner. We went over there to have chicken and pork chops on the grill. Nothing I really wanted, but I made a compromise. I’d take a chicken breast and make a salad!


I had a nice time at dinner and enjoyed my time there! I made this salad, and it was so good. Also we had some steamed garden fresh broccoli on the side 😀


It was that good, I made it again for dinner last night 😉

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It was fun hanging out at Dad’s, especially since I got to drive the dune buggy!


Today I’m off to go hiking at Pictured Rocks with the altar servers from church! See ya later! 😀


WIAW – Double Offender

Oh my gosh. Has it seriously been two weeks since I last posted?! What am I doing with my life? (besides softball, cross country, house work, babysitting) While I do miss writing posts, it has been nice to take a small break. I have been reading everyone’s doings, though! I have to say, I am just SO happy for Miranda and Christian… they’re getting married!

Yesterday’s eats were not much worth sharing, but I still love linking up to the party, so let’s get started! Thanks Jenn!


Breakfast was a very common happening around here…

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And then I was still hungry so I had another one.


Mom and I ran a couple errands and I got some lunch-

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Chicken pesto pita. It’s always a treat to get to this restaurant because they close at 3 everyday which is the time I get done with school. They also have..


Scones! DELISH. This flavor was banana heath, last time was banana snickers. Yum!

Mom was gone for dinner which left me home to fend for myself. (which I do anyway!) That resulted in…

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Yep. Another pb&j&banana toast. Two times (technically three) in one day. Like the Barney plate? We need to do the dishes, haha!

And dessert-

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Leftover Texas sheet cake a la grandma and vanilla ice cream. Boom. No guilt!

I’m off for my run now and then to relax the rest of the day! Things will wind down for a few weeks before high school cross country starts. So excited!

Happy Wednesday! 😀

WIAW – Getting better

Posting 3 days in a row? I must have some free time, lol! It has been quite awhile since I took part in a WIAW… I’ve missed it!

This is Sunday’s eats. Well.. dinner at least! I didn’t take any other pictures 😉

First: Church! My church just got a new priest and so far I really like him. I think he’ll really help the church!

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shirt: Topshop

maxi skirt: Kohls

I am so happy I bought this maxi skirt. I was really unsure if I’d get the guts to wear it, but I love it! It was soo comfy.

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The rest of the day was pretty chill. (I had run a half marathon the day before!) Then Mom and I headed over to my aunt’s house for dinner – chicken on the grill. I don’t really eat plain chicken so I had a bowl of cereal right before and wasn’t planning on eating there. When we got there I saw corn… and the chicken actually looked kind of good. I had eaten less than an hour before and it’s totally not in my normal. It’s like I’m scared of eating meals too close together.. but I ate there too!

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I’m struggling right now with only eating when I’m hungry. I’m trying to eat 4 or 5 small meals rather than 3 big meals a day.  It’s really big to me that I put aside that I had just ate and ate another meal! I know it bothers my family when we go to family dinners and I don’t eat there because it didn’t work in my “schedule”. And then I went back for a second plate!

And then my aunt brought out these…

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I could have easily said no and not had any ice cream. But you know what, it sounded good, and I wasn’t going to deprive myself of it just because I hadn’t mentally scheduled it earlier! I’m getting a lot better with that. Months ago, I would have every meal planned 3 days ahead. I’m kind of liking not even knowing what my next meal will be. Don’t get me wrong, I would never starve myself or do any harm to my body. Sometimes I just feel like if I’m not careful of what I eat then I’ll end up back in my old body. I have to think of all the other changes I’ve made though, like exercising and just being more active.

Then we had a girls’ night with pedicures 😀

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Whew! I wasn’t planning on getting that wordy but it felt good to get out. I really think that I’m coming to a peace with my body. I love eating and am not going to worry about it. I think it’s okay that I have a huge appetite – doesn’t running burn tons of calories? 😉


And a picture of Cleo just for good measure 😀

Hope everyone’s doing great! 

WIAW- Random

Hellooo Wednesday! You come so quick.

Breakfast yesterday was a typical one.

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english muffin w pb, jam, bananas added post pic

Since I have a green smoothie pretty much daily, I experiment a lot. I definitely like spinach more than kale. Peanut butter is a must.

I didn’t take a picture of lunch but it was pizza, salad, green beans, breadstick, and milk. I personally love school lunches. I have pizza every Tuesday and enjoy every bite.

Dinner. I’ve been wanting to try California Quesadillas for quite a long time and last night was the night. And honestly, they were not my fav. It was kind of depressing.

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We didn’t add artichoke hearts but added romaine. Also used spinach tortillas.

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I also do not know how to not burn things so that was sad. I had a little anger because I just got overwhelmed with eating, taking a picture, trying to not let the thing fall apart. I didn’t enjoy it very much. The dressing wasn’t great either. 😦


I have neglected to share some other eats.

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I was dying of starvation on Monday for some reason after school. Normal breakfast and lunch, weird. In the teachers’ lounge they had leftover pizza and I was so hungry I would’ve ate horse. This was chicken/alfredo/fajita. It was heavenly. Chicken, cheese, onions, tomatoes, spice. Probably something I would’ve never tried but I was so hungry and it was delicious.

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Okay, I finally tried a Chobani. Chia seeds, granola, and strawberries made it in. It was yummy, but I’m not going to start eating them everyday. They do put a dent in the wallet!  I do want to try the pineapple flavor though.

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Dinner on Sunday- crockpot chicken and sweet potatoes with peas. Something must be wrong with me because I didn’t like the chicken. I guess it needs to be in something- I can’t eat it plain. Mom liked it though so it’s not bad, just me.

Recipe: Crockpot chicken and sweet potatoes


2 chicken breasts

2 sweet potatoes

1/6 cup brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

vegetable broth


Put sweet potatoes then chicken in crock pot

Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and broth until liquidy

Pour into crockpot

Cook on low for 7 hrs



I wasn’t really into this post, you could probably tell. I just don’t really have the time right now to be super creative and edit and everything. Once May is over, I promise I’ll be more exciting 🙂

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the party!

Always doing something

For not having plans this weekend, I still stayed pretty busy. That’s good though, otherwise I get quite crabby! Some marvelous  things did happen though, so let’s share!


Marvelous: On Friday I went to a friend’s birthday party. Healthy people, avert eyes. I ate so.much.pizza. I lost count around 6… I do think my body needed it though. Sometimes it needs a break from health and could use some grease to get movin’! I really enjoyed it and that’s okay once in awhile!

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Marvelous: Went for our usual Saturday run with cousin Laura. Always a nice easy pace to get ready for Sunday long runs, and some good talks.

Marvelous: I hit double digits!!! It is so crazy to think about just a few months ago when the only exercise I got was going to the fridge. I ran 10 miles. Technically 10.8 with warmup + cooldown! I just can’t believe I’m here.

Marvelous: The Cellcom Half Marathon is in less than 4 weeks! Wow. That is going to come so quick! I’m so pumped.

Marvelous: Dinner on Saturday. Such an easy meal but it was so delicious. Ciabatta with turkey, swiss, spinach, and tomatoes with roasted asparagus. Those of you on Instagram know what I’m talking about!

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Marvelous: Brunch on Sunday. I needed some recovery foods after the 10 miler and this was perfect. Baked Oatmeal Casserole  except this time we added a mashed banana to the oats. Shut the front door it was amazing. Plus a green smoothie.

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Marvelous: Family dinners. Grandma doesn’t have them too often anymore but I love when she does. I think this was the first time I actually ate what she made, no fuss. Big steps! Chicken and biscuits. It was good! Plus her oatmeal bars. Grandma’s recipes are always the best.

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Marvelous: I am planning a Run for Boston. I had the idea last week, and I’m making it happen. All the proceeds will go to the One Fund Charity. It’s a lot of work! But I think it’s going to go well. It’s on May 11 and I’m really excited. I probably won’t be on the blog world too much- I’m crazy busy!

I definitely feel like I gained a little weight this weekend. I’ll get back on track this week.

So that’s a little recap of my weekend. What was the best thing about yours?


Will Spring ever come?

Is this even possible? Tell me how we got 6 inches of snow on April 12. Crazy! I guess I got one good thing out of it though- Snow Day!

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I shoveled so we could leave the house. Then we headed to town and did a little grocery shopping and went out for lunch.

We went to Stone’s (again) and this time I got a Chicken Cranberry Walnut Wrap (right). My mom got the Veggie Delight. I wish I would’ve got something warm though, the cold wrap did not hit the spot.  Couldn’t leave without a cookie!

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I decided to get some use of the snow and went cross country skiing, one last time! Let me tell you, it was not very fun. But it was so pretty!

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One last thing- dinner last night! We made Iowa Girl Eats’s Chicken Fried Rice. I love that girl so much! It was pretty wonderful. My first time ever having Chicken Fried Rice!

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I’m going to my dad’s tonight- I’m actually excited! I think it will be worthy of a post soon 🙂 I’ve got a busy weekend coming up!

Is it spring in your area yet?

Ever make homemade chicken fried rice?

Back to reality and Enchiladas!

It’s my last day of break… booo! It’s gonna be hard to go back. Only 8 weeks left. Then I’ll be free!

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It’s gonna start to get busy again- softball and track, plus basketball open gyms. At least it’s getting warmer! I am just so sick of this nastiness. But April showers bring May flowers, right?

The other great thing about this time- it’s baseball season!! Go Tigers! So now 3 hours of every day will be spent watching the tv. Another World Series appearance? I hope so!

Today we went to church then supported the breakfast after. They served pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, the whole lot. I didn’t over eat too much like I normally do!

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We ran some errands and I have softball later. Watching the Tigers right now… darn Yankees!


Go Michigan!! Louisville better be ready on Monday. We went and watched the game at my cousin’s after having dinner-

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas

(adapted from The Garden Grazer)


1 chicken breast, cooked and chopped

10 oz can of enchilada sauce (we used green chile)

15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz can of corn

6 oz spinach

1/3 cup cilantro

2 tsp chili powder

2 cups cheese (we used taco blend)

8 whole wheat tortillas

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Preheat oven to 375

Spray bottom of 9×13 pan then lightly cover the bottom with sauce

Saute spinach with olive oil until slightly wilted

In a large bowl combine chicken, black beans, spinach, corn, 1.5 cups cheese and spices

Fill tortillas with mixture

Place rolled tortillas in pan. Leave ends open and seal with a toothpick

Pour remaining sauce over tortillas and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top

Bake for 20 minutes


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We definitely made way too much. I hardly finished 2 and mom had 1. They are super filling. Next time I’d say a half batch! They were a bit spicy for my taste, but mom loved them. Taking one for lunch tomorrow!

How was everyone’s weekend?

Got any exciting plans this week?