Weekend Recap

Well sleep is officially no fun anymore because I am super uncomfortable. At least Layla got up with me at 4:30 this morning and joined me for a few handfuls of multi-grain cheerios in the kitchen.

So this weekend was fun. Again, it’s pretty hard for me to jog my memory on what the hell we actually did, so I’ll do my best!

Thursday: Had my weekly doctor appointment, picked up a pump at the wine store (to de-gas our pinot grigio) and napped a lot. It was super exciting. I also watched SO MANY episodes of Parenthood. As of right now, I’m halfway through season 3 already. Hashtag I need to get a life. Hashtag this is my life and it’s pretty friggin awesome considering I haven’t put a real bra on in about a month or so. I picked up some wine from the nearby liquor store (I saw on twitter they were having a huge sale, so of course I needed to check it out) and we had an awesome steak dinner. PS: The more butter in mashed potatoes the better. We rounded out the night with a few episodes of Bloodline and some popcorn.

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Homemade kettle corn: 1/4 c coconut oil; 1/2 c kernels; 1/4 sugar, sprinkling of salt. NOM NOM NOM


Oh, and I did some creeping online and found the Medela breast pump that we wanted was available at Target (in the US) for $150 less than Canada (I think there was an advertising error because I just checked again and it’s marked back up in price) AND my mom’s friend got her employee discount since she works there so my mom ended up getting the pump for $200 less!! Also, the final price is still a TON of money, but um….yeah I have no reason to justify it but we are REALLY excited about it. Unreasonably excited considering it’s a BREAST PUMP.


Friday: Let’s just call this a wasted day. More napping and Parenthood while Tyler replaced the spark plugs on his truck. And I think that’s about it.

Saturday: We picked up new baseboards to replace in the living room/kitchen then I made carrot cake cupcakes and Reese’s pieced cookies to bring over to Susie and Frankie’s. (recipes for both can be found here and here). We had a DELICIOUS dinner over at their house and ended up staying and chatting until way too late! Sidenote: I’ve HAD to shower before bed every night this whole pregnancy- which includes nights we come home from friends houses at 1am. Woof.

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Sunday: Parenthood. We finished Bloodline (anyone else watch it?). Laundry. Painting. Napping. Smoothies. Eggs benedict. Puppy snuggles.

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(the beagle couldn’t be bothered- he was napping)

That about sums it up! Lots of house-stuff to do before my parents get here on Thursday!

How was your weekend??

Lemon Chia Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

OMG you guys, I can’t believe I came up with something in the kitchen and it actually WORKED. Usually when I modify recipes or try to get a little creative, the world goes BOOM and it comes out pretty fugly. But this…this came out P-E-R-F-E-C-T. And the most shocking part of all? THERE IS NO CHOCOLATE IN IT. Whaaaaa? Me make something delicious that is not chocolate?! (or pizza?!) Guuurl, you crazy!


This cake has some healthy and some not-so-healthy ingredients, so I suggest eating it everyday.


That picture looks totally normal until you rotate it a bit, and then you get a Pac-man cake.


Ahhhhh, yummy Pac-man cake.

Think I sound crazy? Probably because I’m experiencing a sugar high. So what if I ate cake at 10am?! Pff, don’t judge. I work out and eat lettuce at other times of the day.

Let’s get cracking on that recipe, shall we?


Lemon Chia Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Cake

  • 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/4 c coconut butter (if you don’t have this, just use 1/2 butter total. But MAN, does this give it a more unique taste and consistency!)
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1 c plain greek yogurt
  • 2 T chia seeds

For the Glaze

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)


Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease an 8′ round pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl (I used my standing mixer) cream the butter(s) and sugars. Add eggs one at a time. Then add the lemon juice.
  4. Add 1/2 of the dry mixture to the butter mixture and blend.
  5. Add the yogurt and chia seeds.
  6. Add the remainder of the flour mixture and blend until incorporated.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the cake springs to the touch.
  8. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan, peeling parchment paper from the bottom of the cake, and place on dish/cooling rack to allow to completely cool.
  9. For the glaze: On medium heat, melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir occasionally. Allow for the butter to brown (a few minutes). Pour in a dish, mix the powdered sugar, then add the milk.


I can’t believe how much I loved this cake- especially since I tend to always go for things that are chocolatey or fudgy or peanut buttery.

Question: What’s your favorite type of cake? (Mom, I still love your Wacky Cake best!)

Eats, sweets, and sweats

Hello, lovahs! I have been making today a great day, so win for me! Imma get to the blog title. First up, eats and sweets.

Yesterday, I made a batch of beer bread to go with dinnah. I used this beer

…added a few other ingredients, and 35 minutes later, I got this

Yup, it was good. Too bad I had two slices of this stuff before dinner. No carbs to be had on my dinner plate! But for Tyler’s sake, I whipped up some chicken sausage with roasted mushies and zucchini to accompany the bread.


I got even more creative in the kitch-kitch and threw together a fruit crisp. I had frozen strawbs and about 4 apples leftover in the fridge from a previous Costco run.

It was super simple. I just mixed the fruit with a few tbsp of honey then topped with a butter/brown sugar/oat/whole wheat flour/cinnamon mixture. Popped in the oven for 45 minutes and shizzam, dessert is ready

We enjoyed our dessert while watching the first Harry Potter movie. Since Tyler and I are on a series kick, we decided we are going to get through all 7. I might start referring to people as muggles and yell out spells (petrificus totalus) rather than swear. Not a promise, but I wouldn’t doubt it from happening.

Blah, blah, blah, cut to a bunch of hours later and this was my breakfast

English muffin topped with almond butter and a pear. ( I don’t know bout y’all, but I like my pears super ripe. Like, no crunch. Also like, I bought these pairs 9 days ago and they’re finally ready. Hit the spot.

Last eat to mention in this post is my post workout lunch:

Spinach topped with cooked sweet potato and onion poppyseed dressing. Then, a piece of beer bread topped with melted chocolate chips and banana slices

My favorite part were these little guys:

Ooooh, that makes my mouth water.

K, enough with the eats and sweets -sheeze, it looks like I eat a lot– I’m going to move on to the sweat part of my day…

I went to the Y and did a 20 min HIIT workout on the elliptical ( need to rev the metabolism like whoa) then took a 60 min Muscle Blast class. confession: I haven’t taken a class in A MONTH. Who am I?!!? I was really excited that I was able to add more than my usual weight to the barbell. Means I’ve been doing something right in my own workouts! 🙂 plus, I’m really loving these clean and jerks..

I then finished my Y workout by doing another 10 min HIIT session on the elliptical. About a 90 minute workout today…so far. I’m off to take Layla for an adventure before it snows ( we’re supposed to get a foot?! Say whaaa?!) and do a little at-home sweat sesh that I’ll post later.

Hope everyone is having a great day!
anyone accomplish/learn anything new in the gym recently?