Friday Faves and Meal Planning 1/16/15

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! So thankful for a 3 day weekend! I will be taking a moment on Monday to talk to the girls about the significance of the day and importance of such a great man and leader. It is not just a “day off” but a day to be thankful for one of the greatest men and inspirational leaders this country has ever seen. Our country is definitely not perfect, but I am hopeful that it will continue to improve everyday for ALL people who live in this great nation.

Since we do have a long weekend, I thought I would go ahead and make a meal plan for this week and go shopping after work. As promised, I do have a crockpot meal. I also want to challenge myself to make at least one new meal that requires a technique I have not done before. I know that this will be a tough challenge, but I want to push myself as a home cook. This week it is homemade empanadas.

Meal Plan 1/16/15

Sat- Meaty Lasagna- my parents took the girls tonight for a sleepover so I could have a Girls Night Out!!! So tomorrow I am making them dinner when they drop my sweet peas off.

Sun- Pork Empanadas- I am going to braise a pork loin in coke and soy sauce. Then I am going to make homemade dough. Then I am going to fill the dough with the meat and cheese. Jalapenos will be in some for the adults. The kids will get the mild ones.

Mon- Chicken Stir Fry with Chinese Noodles

Tues- Girls go to dinner with grandparents while I go to yoga and hubby goes to hockey. When I get home from yoga, I am making a “Mommy Meal”-  Something like risotto or a pasta of some sort…I bought some of those “fancy” mushrooms and wine, so we shall see =)

Wed- Crock pot Meal- Turkey Chili

Thurs- Leftover Night

Friday- Family Night Out!!!!! GREEK?????

On to things I am loving this week…

Book #2- Wild

Amazing. Almost done. I am laughing, crying, and getting very emotional with this one. I need a light read next week.


My “I’m bored with water but need something that is not soda” drink


Winter sucks my skin dry and this cream is a lifesaver!!!


Reading these on the elliptical. They just balance each other out…





Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!

Friday Faves- 1/9/15

It has been a long time since I have done one of these! I know I said the same thing about my weekly meal plans, throwback Thursday, and many other things.

Everyday is weird. I wake up, get the girls up and off to school, and go to work. I come home and cook dinner,  go to the gym or yoga, read, watch TV, and go to bed. Normal. Normal, but strange and foreign to me. Every day we move through life and try to make the best of what we have and cherish it all. Like I said before, we are trying to live life to the fullest and make our lives count. So that is what we are doing.

So that being said, here are a few things that I have been loving and looking forward to this week…

downloadMy goal is to read at least one book a week. This one was pretty freaking awesome. Crazy, disturbing, and wild. If you haven’t read it, you should. I’m looking forward to watching the movie when my mind is in the right place for it. Right now I am reading Catching Fire (3rd time). Next week, I hope to begin reading Wild before I go see the movie for it.


My workouts—–Vinyasa Yoga- This is  usually a faster paced yoga. The  assanas (postures) flow  together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath. I love it! I got a Groupon for a local Pilates studio, so I have been checking out a lot of their classes. Vinyasa is one of them, but I have also taking some other fun and challenging Pilates classes. I have until the end of the month with that Groupon, then I will try something new. I also have my tried and true gym that I mix it up with. They have a day care there, and the girls love to go with me.

Date Night!!!

So we all love that, right? My gym also has a pretty cheap date night from 6-10 every Friday night. We have not been able to go for a long time, but now we will definitely start going back more often. Tonight we are going to try a new Sushi place. I am super excited!


My favorite TV show…


Have a great weekend!!!!!

Friday Fives 5/23/14

I had this post all ready yesterday, but never got a chance to post it. So here are a few of my favorite things from this past week…

Chilaquiles- I love to try different versions of this yummy mexican brunch dish. This was made with green chilies, jalapenos, grilled chunks of chicken, tortilla chips, jack cheese, topped with sunny side up eggs, and avocado. Would have been even better with a spicy bloody mary!

Talenti- My new favorite frozen treats! I have had a few kinds in the past and LOVED them!This past week I got the roman raspberry sorbetto. This week, I am trying the mango sorbetto and the black cherry gelato.

I like the red ones the best.

Hot dog night!

Date Night- Sushi!

Malbec- This one caught my eye, because my girls are obsessed with Elsa from Frozen. It was yummy!005

Farmer’s Markets… I went this morning and got a bunch of treats! I have thinking about radishes for a while, so when I saw some this morning, I knew I had to snatch them up! One of my favorite combos is salted butter and radishes. I love making butter and radish sandwiches
during the summer! 008

Friday Faves 5/9/14

I have not done one of these post in a really long time. Here are some of my favorite things this week.

This Book…


I have fond memories reading this book in AP French class almost 20 years ago now! Wow! I am getting so old! Now I just stick to the English version. My French is a bit rusty.

My Pets-

Pumpkin- my one-eyed pirate kitty. He is 13 years old and was my first baby. Such a snuggler. I have another orange Tabby cat, Oscar. He is pretty sweet when he feels like it.

Brutus- He is a mama’s boy, for sure! Just look at those eyes!

Diet Dr. Pepper- Don’t judge!


Yogurt and Granola- A great warm weather breakfast or snack!



These 3 adorable munchkins!

Instagram is my new favorite social media site. I know it is not new, but I started following lots of people who post cool pictures.
You can follow me at amybtwink 😉

Have a GREAT weekend!!!