Thursday, May 31, 2018

Book Club {May 2018}

Hello Friends!

What I'm reading

I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam
I love reading and listening to Laura Vanderkam. I first started getting to know her philosophies when I heard her TED talk. She has some fascinating ways of looking at your week in order to create your own "mosaic" of time. This book continues on her ideas of tracking your time and figuring out how to make more time for the things you love. It is really cool to see how women with big jobs and children still manage to "have it all." It has really taught me a lot for the future.

The Graduate by Charles Webb
This one was a dud. I was not a huge fan of the book. It was pretty uneventful and I honestly would not pick it up again. Nothing happens in the book, it doesn't make sense, and its confused.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Have you seen the movie? This is not much better than the movie, but it is really easy to read and get through quickly. I liked to read/listen to it while I was at the gym.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Love Agatha Christie. She keeps me on my toes. She has a great way of giving you all the tools you need to solve the murder, yet still having the most difficult time to actually solve it. This is one of her most famous books, it is definitely worth the read.

What are you reading?

Friday, May 25, 2018

Whole30 Week 2 Menu

Hello Friends!!

Well, we are in week two and they say that this is a hard week. I'm not going to lie, it has been VERY DIFFICULT. I have wanted to eat all the cookies, brownies, cake, and candy in the entire state. Fortunately, we've been able to stay strong and eat on track. It has slowly gotten better. Toward the end of the week, my cravings have started to curb. 


Day 8:
Breakfast: Shakshuka
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I love these BBQ chicken stuffed sweet potatoes. They are so delicious and making BBQ sauce is surprisingly easy to make. I'd suggest making your own versus spending hours looking for compliant sauce.

Day 9:
Breakfast: Bacon & Eggs
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Hash

The pulled pork hash was actually supposed to be a breakfast meal, but who can resist breakfast for dinner?? Totally worth it and yummy.

Day 10:
Breakfast: Omlete
Lunch: Sweet Potato Bacon Muffins
Dinner: Ropa Vieja 

The muffins were perfect to take on the go. We made them for a Renessaince Faire that we went to. I kept them in my bag until we were hungry. And the ropa vieja was a great throwback to being home. It definitely made me feel nostalgic.

Day 11:
Breakfast: Turkey Bell Pepper Scramble
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Lemon and Herb Crusted Salmon

The scramble has been by far the easiest breakfast I've ever made! It also took so little time to make, I was highly impressed. The salmon was delicious! But then again when isn't salmon delicious?

Day 12:
Breakfast: Sweet Plantain and Apple Hash
Lunch: Curry Chicken Salad
Dinner: Leftovers

This curry chicken salad was amazing and I will definitely be making it again. It's a great lunch meal and even better for when you don't have a microwave to heat up your food.

Day 13:
Breakfast: Sweet Potato Casserole
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Sloppy Joes

Day 14:
Breakfast: Breakfast Patties
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Shepherds Pie

I needed some comfort food so I made some shepherds pie (actually cottage pie, but its fine). It was definitely much-needed comfort after a long two weeks and long days this was the perfect treat.

What are some Whole30 recipes we should try?

Friday, May 18, 2018

Whole30 Week 1 Menu

Hello Friends!

Well, our first week of Whole30 is in the books. I cannot say that it's been the most fun or easiest thing that we have done, but hopefully, it works out. I know that the first two weeks are the hardest in Whole30. I have been trying really hard to preplan meals in order to minimize hassle and worry during the day. I'll keep you posted on how that works out.


Day 1:
Breakfast: Turkey Meatballs with Plantain Hashbrowns
Lunch: Shrimp Curry
Dinner: One-Sheet Pan Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes

I love one-sheet pan dinners. They're my favorite because they dirty so little and they are so quick to make. It's literally the best dinner for late nights. The shrimp curry is a fan favorite around here. I'd definitely recommend the shrimp curry if you like shrimp.

Day 2:
Breakfast: Breakfast Stacks
Lunch: Leftover Rosemary Chicken
Dinner: Slow Cooker Pork

Slow cooker or crockpots are my favorite cooking method. We just throw it in the slow cooker in the morning and not worry about it until dinnertime. You'll definitely see a lot more slow cooker meals in the future.


Day 3:
Brunch: Hashbrowns, eggs
Dinner: Grilled Jamaican Jerk Salmon

Much like the shrimp, the salmon is a big favorite around here. I'll be posting the recipe in the near future. We got this one from the Whole30 Cookbook. But there are some really similar and delicious recipes on Pinterest.

Day 4:
Breakfast: Sausages and eggs
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Mexican Shredded Chicken

Day 5:
Breakfast: Chicken Sausages
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Broiled Shrimp Gremolata


Day 6:
Breakfast: Shakshuka
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Quiche Lorraine

The shakshuka was actually surprisingly delicious and easy to make. It was a little spicy so be careful with your recipes. The quiche was a little bit of a fail because I hadn't found complaint bacon and I ended up with too salty quiche, but it might be a try again recipe now that I found complaint bacon at my Whole Foods.

Day 7:
Breakfast: Blackberry Sage Patties
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Easy Moroccan Stew

Love the blackberry sage patties!! They are the perfect amount of sweet and salty. The Moroccan stew is also delicious and a great slow cooker recipe. Such an easy thing to make. We even had tons of leftovers. Just each it over some cauliflower rice and its perfect.

What should we have next week?