It’s hard to have a bad weekend when you start off with a few games of “horse” & “pig” after work on Friday night. I’m really loving this whole more daylight thing, if you can’t tell.
Saturday just so happened to be Jarid & my 6-month wedding anniversary! I still cannot believe it’s already been 1/2 a year since we said “I do”. Jarid was scheduled to work a few hours for a family friend at a beverage warehouse close to his parents’ house, so I went with my Mom, sister, & Mom-in-law to my Grandma’s church fundraiser!
The name of the game was a Chinese auction. If you’ve never been to one before, here’s how it works. There are several “prizes” up for grabs. When you first arrive, you buy a bunch of tickets. Each ticket number comes with two tickets (one for you to keep and one for you to “bid” on prizes). The funny thing was, the fundraiser was in the same place that Jarid & my reception was 6 months earlier. I kept thinking…”wow, at this time 6 months ago, we were scrambling to set up tables, lights, and decorations in this place!”
Momma & Randa picked some goodies from the concession stand, but I had lunch courtesy of my little packed Tupperware container and it was mighty, mighty good. I don’t know what it is about eggs lately, but I’ve eaten probably a dozen by myself over the past week. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner… doesn’t matter. I just cook them sunny side up on the stove top with salt, pepper, & nutritional yeast.
It’s easy to make a meal out of eggs by layering. 1st: baby spinach, 2nd: brown rice & red lentils, 3rd: red, green, & yellow peppers + Lite Gazebo Room dressing + salt, 4th: the star of the show aka eggs. For dessert, I ate a deliciously juicy navel orange.
It was a nice, relaxing time chatting with family and just spending time together. I didn’t end up winning anything (neither did Momma), but it was totally worth the trip just to support Gram and be together. Momma Snyder took me home with her since that’s where Jarid was, and he and I visited for a little while before heading out to see friends of ours and their month old baby girl, Gracie Olivia.
She was the most precious little thing! And SO content. I held her for probably a solid hour (and then some), and I barely heard a peep from her. Amber even trusted me with feeding her a bottle… I think I’ve got baby fever, now! 😉 Jarid and I plan on waiting probably at least another year before we start trying, but Gracie was the kind of baby that makes you just want one NOW. We watched Bad Teacher with Simon & Amber, and then we headed home. We love spending time with them, but I wanted to give them a little relaxation time just as a family… I can only imagine how draining it can be to be on 24-hour care for a newborn! Amber looked wonderful, too. I never would’ve imagined she just had a little one!
I ate my packed dinner on the way home; Just some simple grilled chicken, roasted zucchini chips & broccoli.
Sunday morning, I snuck in a quick workout before church.
I’m kind of proud of myself for not being such a cardio nut anymore. I’ve been doing more strength training and online videos to work some targeted muscles. This one I found on Pinterest was AWESOME.
Here’s the basic rX:
10 seconds of rest, 50 seconds max reps
1. Squat Twist
2. Oblique Drop (right)
3. Oblique Drop (left)
4. Rotating Lunge (right)
5. Rotating Lunge (left)
6. Side Angle Reach (right)
7. Side Angle Reach (left)
8. Dancing Goddess Pose
9. Standing Leg Lift (right)
10. Standing Leg Lift (left)
After my shower, we left for Christian Life Assembly, our home church. This Sunday there was a stellar violinist and an awesome message about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when and how they outwardly professed their faith, even at the cost of being thrown into a pit of fire for refusing to worship the ruler at the time, Nebuchadnezzar. Pastor Wayde went on to speak about how Daniel was the next to put His faith to the test (when he was thrown to the lions for praying to God), and how cool it is when God pulls through when your back is against the wall.
After an awesome church service, we had lunch with friends at Wegman’s!
I got a hodge podge, as per usual, containing a bit of chicken & broccoli, meatless chicken (ontop) with marinara sauce, meatless meatballs (bottom) with squash in a thai curry sauce, curried cauliflower & peas, balsamic mushrooms, and braised purple cabbage. It was fantastic and I left with a full tummy.
Jarid chose to workout in his church clothes… carrying a FREE, cute wooden piece of furniture that we saw put out for trash at the neighbor’s house!
I’m very much into up-cycling 😉 He is too! We enjoy doing projects together.
Upon arriving home, I planned on making dessert for our family dinner at Momma Cox’s house! I’ve had this No Sugar Added Apple Filling sitting in the pantry for a little while yet (having good intentions of making something delicious with it when I found the time!) and it finally came into play on Sunday.
Unfortunately, we still don’t have a pie pan in our house, haha, so I was resourceful and used a casserole dish instead. This recipe was completely made up. I had no real inspiration, just ingredients. Sometimes that’s enough, right?
Topless Apple Crisp
For the crust (I improvised this recipe):
- 1C. ground fiber cereal (or graham crackers)
- 1/2 C. almond meal
- 2 Tbsp. Truvia (or Stevia)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 Tbsp. flax meal (optional)
- 1/4 C. coconut oil
For the pie:
- 1-20 oz. can of “lite” or no sugar added pie filling
- Toppings: handful of walnuts + sprinkling of cinnamon
I know, I know… I’m a cheater! The filling wasn’t homemade… It was still delicious though! I’ll be honest, the crust was my favorite part 😉
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor, grind cereal or graham crackers until they resemble sand. (You can also put cereal/graham crackers into a sealed plastic bag and use a rolling pin or can to crush them; this is a great job to assign your kids if they’re helping with this dish!); Add almond flour.
Combine all the dry ingredients. Drizzle with melted coconut oil and blend well, until the mixture resembles wet sand.
Next, press the mixture into your baking dish of choice (most people would’ve chosen a pie pan — I used a casserole dish)
Bake for about 9 minutes, until the crust is golden. At this point, you’ll have to do your best to stop from slobbering all over everything because your mouth will be watering from the aroma of the crust baking.
Next, layer on your filling! I literally just dumped the entirety of the can in the middle and spread it around. I topped it off with a hefty handed shake of the cinnamon sprinkler & crushed some walnuts with my hands (beast mode style), before dropping them ontop.
Bake for about another 4 minutes just until the apples get warm. Ideally, I would’ve served it straight from the oven, but we had a 25 minute trip to take. We reheated it before eating, don’t worry.
When I got to Momma Cox’s, Jarid & I helped make foil packets for the veggies and Poppa was the grill master! We had SUCH a feast last night, it was insane. I know I always say my favorite meals come from Wegman’s, but this meal just might have tipped the scale.
Spinach salad with cucumbers & tomatoes
Roasted redskin potatoes sliced thin with Lite Gazebo Room dressing (all we did for these was microwave them!)
And grilled, seasoned chicken with the delicious blend of peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, & yellow squash.
Before everything was ready, I was picking at the potatoes, so in order to save room for dessert, I ate 1.5 chicken tenderloins with a huge heap of veggies.
And then this happened… x2 of the apple stuff. I could NOT get enough of the crust. It’s crisp, sweet, and salty all at the same time. It tastes BUTTERY because of the coconut oil. Yum.
After dinner, Randa Bear and I played a little duet on the piano in the dining room. It was so much fun. We chatted, goofed off, and just enjoyed one another’s company. Pops is totally going to kill me if he sees this… but I had to.
The perfect transition from the weekend back into the work week. Our night ended with the latest episode of The Bible on the History Channel!
It’s so neat to watch the stories come to life that I always read and was taught about growing up. Such an amazing history to witness.
I hope all of your weekends were as wonderful as mine felt! Feeling so blessed today for all God has given me.