Good morning friends! How was the weekend? We had a quiet, productive weekend over here! It started off on a delicious note- I was browsing pinterest and came across a roasted blueberry ricotta crostini recipe from two peas and their pod and decided I was going to make something similar for a pre-dinner snack. I covered a cookie sheet in aluminum foil, sprayed some cooking oil, covered the sheet with blueberries and topped them with a few drizzles of honey. After roasting them for seven minutes at 400 degrees, I placed the berries on sourdough smothered in goat cheese. Yum! I definitely want to try this with ricotta as the original recipe calls for, but you can’t go wrong with goat cheese!
In addition to berry bread concoctions, wine was consumed-
This wine was really good! Although I can’t quite drink
an entire bottle like I used to- I am usually done after one glass. Cheap date, right?
There were bedtime stories- our current favorite is Little Blue Truck (so cute!)-
Audrey got a new toy- if you are looking for something to hold your little one’s attention for at least a few minutes (ha)- puzzles are where it is at! She loves them!
This weekend I tackled one of my most hated chores- cleaning the shower. Ugh. Between the hard water and the glass shower door, it seems like the shower gets gross quickly. I think I’ve found the perfect storm of cleaning supplies to help me get the job done as quickly and painless as possible.
First I combined equal parts blue dawn and white vinegar in a spray bottle (heat up the vinegar in the microwave)- I used about a quarter cup each. I found this concoction on pinterest and it is supposed to be a miracle worker on soap scum. Yeah, not sure about that. Anyway. I sprayed the dawn/vinegar mixture on the glass door and let it sit for a bit while I worked on the shower. For the shower, I misted it with water and then covered it in barkeeper’s friend (another pinterest recommendation). Then I scrubbed my little heart out. The pinterest peeps make you think that you put these miracle cleaners on the shower/shower door and then voila- the shower is clean! Nope! The glass door has to be rubbed down with wet and then dry paper towels a few times to remove the film from the dawn/vinegar and you need to SCRUB with the barkeeper’s friend. However, after all of that work my shower is absolutely gleaming and I kind of don’t want to use it so it can stay clean. :D So, I do recommend this method, although it is almost a workout- it works! What is your most hated chore? Any cool cleaner tips for me?
Onto fun stuff- there was baking- cherry chocolate fig muffins (minus the fig- we ate all of the ones we purchased in less than an hour, ha)-
and pureed cherries for Audrey- we aren’t really giving her purees anymore but I am still making a few fruity ones to mix into her morning yogurt
And my coup of the weekend- I saved almost fifty percent of my grocery bill at Publix! Woot!
See that? That is 53.29 spent and 37.30 saved- hell yes! So not quite 50/50 but I think that is the most I’ve ever saved at the grocery store. Here’s the thing- I didn’t even use one single coupon! I went through the publix circular and noticed that a bunch of the buy one get ones was stuff that we actually buy and use- so I made a list and off I went! I am so inspired by the savings that I want to start seriously couponing- saving money is addicting!
Going through the circulars this weekend inspired me to come up with a solid meal plan- normally we purchase the meat and fish at the grocery store and farmer’s market for the week without any real clear plan- just that one night we will have some sort of chicken dish, some sort of salmon dish another night, etc. Not this week! I really would like to be organized and feel less discombobulated at dinner so I’m hoping having a solid plan helps. This is what’s on tap for the week:
- Monday- Broiled salmon with a blueberry glaze, served with baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli
- Tuesday- Breakfast for dinner- Sausage omelettes and sauteed okra
- Wednesday- Turkey quinoa loaf with baked zucchini fries
- Thursday- Stuffed peppers
- Friday- Chicken with olives and dates served with a side salad
- 20 bench press at 70% max (35 pounds)
- 20 pullups (I used the green band)
- 20 push press (25 pounds)
Hot damn this was hard! During the first bench press round my spirit was almost broken (dramatic much) and I felt like I wouldn’t be able to finish the workout. However, once I finished it (in 16 minutes and change) I felt great! I’m not sure how I am going to carry around my little 20+ pounder today though
She had a good time watching us
All right friends, that’s a wrap! I hope you have a happy Monday- I’ll see you soon with an Audrey ten month update and a ten month post baby body update! Have a good one