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I love Sundays…especially when there is no work on Monday.  There’s nowhere to be, no pressure to prepare for the week ahead…plenty of time to just be:)

Our go-to quick and easy lunch

Joseph’s whole wheat lavash wrap, broccoli slaw, spinach, homemade hummus, Morningstar black bean burger

Prime example of how flavors aren’t just about the actual food.  They implicate environment, memories, seasons and tradition.  I couldn’t resist a Pumpkin Spice latte…but ordered it iced because it’s still 90 degrees.  It just wasn’t the same:(

However, it still warmed my heart just seeing the sign.

Creepy face.

Dinner was a combination of two favorites.  Mexican Pizza.

Whole wheat pita spread with vegetarian refried beans and topped with all the goods – soy cheese, black beans, diced green chilis, onions and drizzled with green enchilada sauce.  mmmm.

The husband was sweet enough to let me lead him through a yoga class tonight.  And even extra sweet by pretending he enjoyed it!  He’s my guinea pig throughout this whole “learning to be a yoga instructor” process.  I’m so lucky. We worked up quite a sweat actually, and it left me feeling really energized and much more ready for our run than I was before.  Three cheers for yoga!

And then I went out with a bang tonight when my bedtime snack turned into this


That would be Oikos greek yogurt and Kashi Go Lean crunch splattered on my kitchen floor.  Tasty, no?

I’m off to bed – we’ll be starting Labor Day off right with a nice long run!

Hope you are all enjoying your long weekend!

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lentil tacos + a guest post

Best.

Afternoon.

Snack.

Ever.

I found a coupon for a free 16 ounce Oikos greek yogurt in my HLS swag bag (love that swag bag:), so I had no choice but to pick it up at the store yesterday.  Wait, did you catch that?  FREE.

So today I decided an extravagant yogurt mess sounded like a pretty decent plan.  I also used my coupon for a free box of Uncle Sam’s cereal at the store yesterday, so why not throw some of that in?  There were also dried cranberries, sliced bananas, vegan dark chocolate chips, cinnamon and chia seeds!

Speaking of chia seeds, did you enter my chia seed giveaway earlier today? I am loving hearing about everyone’s adventurous side – keep ‘em coming!

In other news, please take a minute to click over to Heather’s blog and check out my guest post on PiYo!  Heather and I met at HLS, and her blog is as adorable as she is.  She’s one of those people who has a smile that literally lights up the entire room, and I was so excited when she asked me to share more about PiYo with her readers.  I hope you’ll take a second and stop by there!

I spent the afternoon working on a special project in our office.  It’s not quite ready to reveal yet, but it won’t be long!

I worked up quite an appetite, though, and by dinnertime I knew exactly what was on the menu.  I had boiled a huge batch of dry lentils last week and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them.  It was kind of fun to switch it up from our usual enchiladas!

Spicy Lentil Tacos

Ingredients

  • whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 small can diced green chilies

Toppings

Directions

  • sautee olive oil, garlic and onion in a skillet over medium heat until onions become transparent
  • add lentils and mix well
  • season with ground red pepper and cumin
  • add green chilies and heat through
  • heat tortilla for 10 seconds in microwave
  • spread lettuce in middle of tortilla
  • add lentil mixture
  • top with green onions, tomato, salsa and guacamole

I’m off to bed soon!  I’ve been feeling really tired the last few days, so I really need to try and get some extra sleep this week.

I hope you all had an excellent Monday:) G’night!

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jazzin’ it up

What a whirlwind of a weekend!

After our long run on Saturday, Jon and took a nap and accomplished some tasks around the house before packing up and heading to my hometown.  Since my birthday is Tuesday, we had planned to celebrate with my family this weekend.

We had such a wonderful time.  Saturday night my mom made a mexican feast

This dip was the star of the show! As soon as I get the recipe from her (mom, I need the recipe!), I’ll post it!

Best dip I’ve ever had, hands down.  It was that good.

whole wheat tortilla, spinach (steamed in the microwave for about 20 seconds) refried beans, black beans, diced green chilies and green enchilada sauce

Also on the menu for the non-veggies (aka everyone else:) was my mom’s Mexican Casserole.  She’s been making this casserole for as long as I can remember, and before becoming a vegetarian it was one of my favorite meals of all time! Unfortunately I didn’t snap a picture of it – the family isn’t too keen on waiting for me to catch a shot of every dish while all the food gets cold.  Go figure;)

It was the perfect birthday meal for me as I’m sure those of you who have been reading for awhile can attest to.

After dinner we all enjoyed breaking a sweat in a fun family workout!

How many of you remember this?



Oh yes we did.


It started out as a joke reminiscing about the past…but then it got real serious ;)

After working up a sweat – it was time for birthday cake oats!

And there were presents of course!  Thanks so much Mom, Clark and Cristen – my birthday celebration was so special:)

Sunday morning we got up kind of late and just hung around the house.  We ended up grilling out for lunch…and let me tell you – I want a grill so badly now.  I’m dreaming of grills:)

the cooks:)

I cut up a red bell pepper, green bell pepper, zucchini and squash.  Seasoned them with sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder and ground red pepper.  Then my sis wrapped them up tight in a foil pouch and put them on the grill.  I’m not sure how she did it – but these were cooked to perfection!

I ate them atop a bed of couscous.  With a side of corn on the cob.  So fresh and so good!

Jon and I hung around for a couple of hours after lunch on Sunday before heading out for the surprise he had planned.

The American Idol concert!  I’m sure for those who don’t watch the show, it wouldn’t be a fun concert, but we watched it all season, and I was so excited to get to see all of them perform live!

On the way we stopped at Pei Wei to eat dinner.

I ordered the Spicy Korean with vegetables, tofu and brown rice.  To die for, seriously.

And we split these two spring rolls as an appetizer.

And now off to the concert!

Unfortunately, “professional” cameras weren’t allowed inside, so I had to roll with the iPhone for the concert.

This was one of the best pictures I got (sad, I know) – that’s Crystal Bowersox, who was one of my absolute favorites on the show.

That’s it for the birthday weekend recap – it was so great mainly because I got to spend time with my favorite people in the world.  I’m so very thankful:)  Not sure what I’m going to do on my actual birthday (tomorrow) that will even come close:)

Hope you all had a great weekend as well.  I’ll see ya later on for some eats!

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the last hoorah

This is true love.

I arrived home super late tonight after spending the first half of my day cleaning out my classroom and the last half at the orthodontist (for 3 hours!).  I was so happy to walk in and smell dinner cooking right away.  The husband really outdid himself this time:)

He made his and hers Mexican Casseroles by first lining a small glass baking dish with corn tortillas (2 per bowl). He then layered black beans (rinsed and drained), soy cheese, vegetarian refried beans, chopped tomatoes and onions, black beans, green chilis and a garnish of cheese.  These were delicious!  He baked them at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes…perfection:)

Today was so crazy!  I met my mom at my school this morning, so we could pack everything away.  They’ve already hired someone new to take over my position, which made me a little sad.  What did I expect, though…right??

Per the usual, it ended up being a much more time consuming job than we expected + the air conditioning was not running in my room, so by the time we finished several hours later, we were both famished and exhausted!

I know I’m a dork, but I commissioned my mom to take some pics of me in my room.  I spent SO much time there this past year…I just wanted to having something to remember it by!

It looks quite different because a lot of stuff had already been taken down and my desk had been cleared off, but it’ll still remind me of my room!  Can you see my “censored” poster in the background.  I’d hold it up over the T.V. during sketchy parts of movies – the kids got a pretty big kick out of it:)

And last but not least – there was lots of time spent here.

Anyway, cleaning out my room was the last thing to check off before officially signing off from my school.  It was a touch bittersweet leaving for the last time today.  Another chapter closed and a new one opened, eh?

Also, a special shout out to my mom for giving up one of her last days of summer to help me out.  I needed moral support, and I’m so thankful she was there!

I promise I did eat other stuff besides our little Mexican fiesta tonight – green monster this morning, larabar for a snack, Panera for lunch – but unfortunately I was in such a craze this morning that my eats escaped the camera.  And for some reason my lunch pictures turned out dark.  Sad!

On our marathon training schedule for today was cross training, so we took it easy by going on a 30 minute, 1.9 mile walk.  Nothing too intense, but it felt great to stretch our legs after yesterday’s 6 miler.  I’m still so excited about training – I woke up smiling about it first thing this morning!!

I hope you’re all having a great start to the week!

Question for today:
What are you most looking forward to this week?
I’m most looking forward to going to the lake on Wednesday and Thursday with my mom and sister.  We’re taking a girl’s trip as our last “hoorah” before they go back to school.  I’ll be scheduling some posts for those days – maybe the last couple of vacation recaps from Europe (better late than never!) and a spiralizer review!

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Guess what?!! x2

Today is my 100th post on CSM!!

And I want to kick it off by thanking all of you, my lovely readers, for your support, your time, you encouragement and your friendship.  I can honestly say that the process I’ve gone through over the course of the last week has been made so much easier and sweeter because of you.  So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I want to celebrate my 100th post, as well as thank all of you by doing a fun giveaway!!  I’ll be releasing the details early next week so stay tuned!

The other piece of great news I have is that I got the job yesterday!  I’ll be teaching ESL classes as well as helping to plan and carry out events for international students and their families.  I won’t actually start teaching until the fall semester classes start in late August, but I will be doing some prep work and other things starting in a couple of weeks.  Whoop!

Obviously, securing this new job has helped boost my confidence about leaving my old one, and it just so happens that I was offered the new one on the same day that I sent in my resignation letter.  Coincidence?!

I’m really working hard to stop dwelling on the what ifs and concentrate on what I have going on now.  I also received some very wise and very sweet encouragement and advice from you guys yesteryday, and I wanted to share some of your thoughts, in case there’s anyone reading who is dealing with something of this nature

Heather said “Just keep reminding yourself of why you are making this choice.” – I’ve thought back to this advice many times over the past couple of days.  And when I think of it I’m reminded of all the exciting things that are yet to come!

My very wise friend Elyse commented saying “Your identity is not in what you do, it’s who you are. And a job is not who you are. Your worth is much more than the paycheck and responsibilities you had.“  – Wow.  What a wake up call.  It seems so obvious, but I hadn’t stepped back from the situation long enough to realize this.  I think it has been helping me a lot to try to step back and look at the situtation objectively.

Mary gave some very short and simple advice that I think will be my new mantra.  She said “Now go courageously on and choose joy.  – I think that oftentimes joy is something that we do have to consiously choose.  we can dwell on the negative or we can focus on the positive and choose to be joyful no matter our circumstances.

And from Kelliyou will be amazed at the blessings you encounter along your path when you have time to slow down and enjoy them. you will love your new freedom. (i can already see you are!) don’t be afraid to take the leap!=) – Our society is so fast paced that I think I sometimes feel guilty for just slowing down.  Like I won’t be doing everything I need to be doing if I take time to slow down and enjoy life.

Lastly, a very insightful thought from my sweet friend SarahMaybe we don’t hear about peoples regrets because they don’t have any related to quitting a job that wasn’t right for them? – So true!  Why would anybody have regrets for making a decision to be happier and leave behind something that is dragging them down?  Why would I regret that?

How could I not be feeling more positive and uplifted after all that?

Well, I can’t celebrate my 100th post today without some food pics!  Amen?!

Yesterday’s lunch…simple.

Amy’s low sodium vegetable lentil soup

apple – (leftover from my trip to Panera with my mom a couple weeks ago:)

Soy cheese and spinach enchilada with chopped onions and green chilis…covered in green enchilada sauce

homemade guacamole – obvs;)

This morning’s breakfast – Nature’s Path Organic Flax plus Raisin Bran (whew..what a mouthful!) with almond milk

We’re headin’ out to spend the weekend with my family at the lake.  We’re running soooo late because we tried to fit too many thing into this morning – workout (quick 5k on the treadmill), packing, giving Olive a bath and haircut (bad idea;), blogging, invoicing, going to the bank, picking up a book from the bookstore and going to Walmart.  AAAHHHHH!

Have an amazing 4th of July weekend everyone!  We have no internet at our lake cabin, so I’ll see ya when we get back to civiliation on Monday!

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