A Fetchin’ Good Night

Orthodontist Appointment and Wedding Talk

I left work a little early today for an invisalign appointment with my orthodontist. Yes, I am 24 and am going through braces (albeit clear ones) for the first time.

My orthodontist is awesome (she went to Haaaa-vard) and is a fellow bride-to-be. I ended up staying after my appointment for half an hour or so chatting with her and oogling over Orlando wedding photographer’s photo albums online. All the wedding talk made me super excited for this weekend when Ryan and I head to St. Petersburg to stay with my parents and check out some venues. We’re not sure whether Orlando or St. Pete will be our location of choice, but I am ready to start lookin’ at some places!

Entertaining the Pup

Sadie was ready and rearin’ to go when I got home. I tossed a load of laundry in the washing machine and leashed her up for a trip to the dog park.

dog park sign

Don't Forget

I loved that sign posted on the doggie bulletin board. Nice and to the point. Pick up the doodie people!

Sadie took off and found a ball within 2.5 seconds of our arrival to the park.

sadie with ball

"This is the best ball EVERRRR!"

She enjoyed several rounds of fetch and lots of time in the lake.

sadie swimming

Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming...

sadie fetching

Got it!

I love watching her run around and just be a dawg!

sadie

Regal Sadie

Dinner

Dinner was a remix of leftovers. I used the roasted butternut squash and onions from last night’s butternut and apple pizza and tossed them with broccoli florets and portobello mushrooms.

veggies

Lots of Veggies

I added some yummy egg noodles to the mix to create a tasty pasta dish.

pasta bowl

Pastafied

Yum!

Tonight I’m off to continue checking chores off my to do list… laundry, dishes, paint my nails… fun!

The Old Standby

When I first entered the working world, my lunches severely lacked variety. I would eat turkey sandwiches or wraps or a pizza Lean Pocket almost daily. I now get sick of the same foods over and over again.

This morning, however, I was craving my old standby: a turkey sandwich. I made my sammie on a whole wheat Arnold sandwich thin with oven-roasted ultra-thin turkey breast.

turkey sandwich

Old Faithful

I topped it with dijon mustard, mushrooms, spinach and sliced plum tomato.

I forgot just how darn delicious a simple turkey sandwich can be! This throwback meal hit the spot.

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Question: What’s your go-to lunch?

Fall’s Finest in a Bowl

All my love for fall’s finest foods got me thinking… what are winter foods???

It seems like every season has a food. Fall is saturated with squash and apples, but what foods (besides Christmas cookies and hot cocoa) are winter treats? The Googler in me did a quick search and this slideshow from Fitness magazine shed some light on my quandary.

Turns out a lot of foods transcend fall and are winter-ripe too! Mushrooms, pears, squash, apples, figs, beets…

Today’s breakfast was a seasonally appropriate bowl of fall fun.

Oatmeal with pumpkin, Honeycrisp apple chunks and cinnamon protein powder.

Autumn in a Bowl

Autumn in a Bowl

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Pumpkin Apple Oats

I also made a hot mug of Yogi goji berry green tea to round out my breakfast.

wednesdaybreakfast

Wednesday's Breakfast

Tasty, tasty.

Pumpkin Seeds

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Question: What’s your favorite season? What’s your favorite seasonal food?

Butternut Squash and Apple Pizza

When I arrived home from work today a sorry sight greeted me.

Sorry Lil' Pumpkin

Sorry Lil' Pumpkin

It looks like Grimace the pumpkin has officially kicked the bucket.

Fortunately the other Halloween decorations are not perishable.

halloween decor

Outdoor Decor

Dinner

Oooooh yum. Dinner tonight was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S.

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Butternut Squash and Apple Pizza

First I plucked a small butternut squash from our produce basket, peeled and cubed it. After cutting up a red onion, I tossed the veggies in olive oil and salt and baked them for approximately 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

squash and onion

Butternut Squash and Onion

After the veggies were toasty, I crisped a Joseph’s lavash bread in the oven before topping it with the cubed butternut squash, red onion, chopped spinach, sliced Honeycrisp apple and goat cheese.

Yummy!

Yummy!!!

I ate the whole thing and licked my fingers clean.

I’m off to continue my Gossip Girl marathon with a tasty cup of hot chocolate.

Whole Lotta Veggies

Last night I was loving the taste of the sauteed portobello mushrooms and onions in my pasta and wanted to incorporate them into my lunch today.

I made a big ol’ veggie bowl with onions, mushrooms, steamed broccoli florets and chickpeas.

Veggie Bowl

Veggie Bowl

I smothered the veggies in a French onion flavored Laughing Cow cheese wedge for added creaminess. Very tasty.

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Veggies with Cheese

I think artichoke hearts would make an excellent addition to this veggie bowl. Next time!

Snack Time

As I’ve mentioned before, I do not typically post my snacks since they’re usually the same thing over and over and I don’t want to bore you. Today, however, my morning snack was so darn tasty and I actually snapped a pic to share.

cottage cheese and pumpkin

Cottage Cheese Blended with Pumpkin, Sweetener and Pumpkin Pie Spice

I blended cottage cheese with pumpkin, sweetener and pumpkin pie spice. This mix reminded me of pumpkin pie and got me all the more excited for Thanksgiving.

I used a no salt added cottage cheese. This was my first time using cottage cheese without any added salt. I picked up the container at the grocery yesterday since I had a coupon. I didn’t even know there was a lot of salt in cottage cheese, but let me just tell you that when it’s removed, you notice! Wow. It was great blended with the pumpkin, but repulsive on its own.

I would definitely buy the no salt added cottage cheese again, but only for use in recipes. I don’t want to punish my mouth by eating it on its own ever again. Bleh!