Weekend Fun

Posted on by Susan Posted in Fun, Green Living, Life | 2 Comments

This was actually two weekends ago, but I still wanted to share!

We went apple picking in Julian, CA and we had so much fun, especially our two year-old little guy! We’ve been eating apples/applesauce/apple crisp like crazy. I think pie is the next logical step. :)

If you’re looking for some fun fall family activities and you have apple farms close by, I’d say do this as long as it’s apple season!

Oh, and of course, we also got even more apples in our CSA box last week, because – you know – it’s apple season.

Now, what to do with 10lbs of apples?

Have you ever been apple picking?

What’s your favorite apple recipe? Please share and leave a comment! I need more apple ideas! ;)

Also: Stay tuned for the unboxing of our latest CSA share box!

 

What I Ate Wednesday (09/25/2013)

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This is going to be a quick one. Just stopping by to share some eats as of lately. Life has been a little crazy (sleep fighting toddler = stressed out mama!).

There has been lots of this:

Coffee, both the hot and cold variety.

And sandwiches:

I’ve been obsessed with sharp cheddar and avocado sandwiches lately.

Those two are definitely on repeat lately, but here’s what I’ve eaten today, so far:

  • Breakfast: Coffee, 1/4 German Apple Pancake
  • Lunch #1: Whole Foods pit stop – BBQ Chicken Pizza slice, shared with my son. Also: Pumpkin Spice Latte (with almond milk) for me, Mango Tango smoothie for the little monkey.
  • Lunch #2 (during naptime): small salad bar/hot bar box with arugula, cucumbers, mini bell pepper, tuna and some mac n cheese. Balsamic on top.
  • PM snack: coffee + Brown Cow strawberry yogurt (wayyyyy too sweet!) and I’m currently still hungry.
  • Dinner (in the making): Pasta Bolognese
What are your eats from the day? You can always find great inspiration over the “What I Ate Wednesday” linkup hosted by Jenn at Peas & Crayons.
I’m excited to open up today’s CSA box later in the evening. Our CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) farm is certified organic and we get a huge box full of local, seasonal and organic fruit and veggies delivered to the office every two weeks. Check back soon, if you want to see what we are getting on our box.
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Meal Plan + Fitness for the Week (09/09/13)

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Friends, I’m about to seriously change my (currently barely existent) exercise routine. I’ve gained a few too many lbs. over the past few months and it’s time to stop blaming it on the move to a different country, paperwork to do, etc. It’s time to make it a priority again.

Yeah, my legs don’t look nearly as slim as they did a year ago. Ironically, I was in a much better shape the first 12 months after giving birth to our son. I was not as toned as pre-pregnancy, but my weight was at it’s lowest, since I was a teenager.

Living car-less in Vancouver, we had to walk everywhere, so I naturally was a lot more active than I am here in Southern California. You might think: “But what about surfing/going running on the beach/hiking?” Umm, I have a two year old to take with me. ;)

Plus, walking in a million degrees feels like death to me and I have sweat running down my face from a short 20 minute walk in the blazing sun.

But then I remembered the pool!

My gym has a huge lap pool. With the little guy being taken care of in the child care area, this was the perfect workout for me this morning and I cannot believe I “forgot” about the awesomeness of swimming. Assuming the pool is 25m, I swam 1 km (40 laps) in about 30 minutes. My arms are a sore mess this afternoon, but I’m definitely adding this back into my life!

I’m hoping to get rid of about 15 lbs over the next few motnhs, and here’s my tentative workout schedule for this current week:

This might not seem like a crazy workout schedule for you, but let me tell you, I’ve been lazy those past few months, and it WILL make a huge difference in my calories-burned account.

On to the food. Meal planning is one of my favorite ways to make sure we’re not a) going over-budget and b) keep eats clean(ish) and healthy.

Some dinners for the week: 

  • Monday: Baked Butternut Squash Pasta – we had a butternut kicking around in our kitchen for the longest time, and I decided it would make the perfect base for today’s Meatless Monday!
  • Tuesday: Chili + baked sweet potatoes
  • Wednesday: leftovers
  • Thursday: Swedish Pea Soup and Pancake night
  • Friday: Braised Chicken Taco Salad

Do you have any fun workouts planned for the week? What about your meal planning – do you plan ahead or go with the flow?