Last Day of Wedding Vacation

Good morning and Happy Wednesday All!

It’s my last day of what I have been lovingly referring to as Wedding Vacation.  What an amazing vacation it’s been :).  While I don’t necessarily want to go back to work, I am OK returning to a bit of schedule and normalcy.  Knowing that Zach and I still have our honeymoon to look forward to in February also REALLY helps with taking the edge off as well ;).

There isn’t much planned for today, but since yesterday was our first day without guests, we were sure to be productive and get things done.

I left you yesterday morning after my workout enjoying my delicious breakfast from the hubby :).



(Man, I really want another one of those crumble cakes. . . I may need to make a run to the coffee shop!).

Once we finished breakfast, Zach and I showered up and headed back up to Boettcher to close out our storage unit and finalize any details.

It was really nice to chat on our drive up and reminisce about the  amazing event we had just gone through.  We honesty hadn’t had time to just sit with one another and talk about it, so driving back up to the location made it easy to dejavu :).

Boettcher and Lookout mountain were exceptionally cool yesterday morning thanks to heavy fog and cloud cover that it was sitting in.



Thank goodness Zach was driving, because I don’t think I would have enjoyed the switchbacks in those conditions!

The only things really left in our storage unit were beer, wine, and OUR WEDDING CAKES.

Yes. . . our wedding cakes were left in the storage unit.  Needless to say there were a few calls made yesterday, and maybe even a tear or two because we never got to see our sweetheart cake or eat any the night of.  BUT, with that said, we both realized quickly that the night was perfect, and if this is the worst thing that happens, we’re doing pretty darn well.

(Come to find out, the cakes weren’t so bad. . . but we’ll get to that later ;).

Once we left Boettcher, we made a stop by CostCo and Sprouts for food for the week.

Let me tell you, I wish I had gotten a picture of our car because it was CRAZY.  We had cases or beer, CostCo size packages of food, and a full weeks worth of groceries.  It was PACKED!

By the time we got home and unloaded, both Zach and I were exhausted!

I settled in with  my new book while Zach went to work for a few hours.



With some snacks and Kambocha, I was settled in and got through about 100 pages.


Insurgent leaves off just where Divergent ends and let me tell you, so far it’s JUST as good.

Around 530ish Zach and I decided to be productive and begin tackling Thank Yous. . . so for a few hours, our evening looked like this:



We’ve actually made quite a bit of progress already and plan to get through quite a few more today.

Once our hands were officially screaming that they were done with trying to write pretty, we moved onto dinner for the evening.

Can you guess what our first dinner as a married couple at home was?



Oh yeah!  Homemade pizza!  Last night’s pizza included:

  • golden beats
  • red and green pepper
  • bacon
  • broccoli
  • mozzarella cheese

Can you tell which side was Zach’s and which side was mine?


Pre cooking. Man I wish I had his metabolism.

Zach likes cheese. . .

We enjoyed our pizza with a movie.



The movie was very different than I anticipated, but I LOVED it.   All of the acting is spectacular, and the cinematography was absolutely beautiful.

I mean honestly, anything with Leonardo is good in my book.  Especially in high def.


We also broke out a little risky snack by the end of the movie (hey it’s 2 hours 20 minutes long, dinner isn’t gonna cut it for this girl!).



The sweetheart cake that had been left in a shed. . .

Looks pretty good for 2 days in cardboard, right?

Zach and I are actually getting a new cake sent to us because of the caterers mistake, but once we saw it yesterday we KNEW we were going to risk food poisoning and give the cake a shot.

Well, it’s 12 hours later and neither of us are feeling sick, so I think we’re safe :).  THANK GOD.

The sweetheart cake was a white chocolate base with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting.

I’ll try and get a good picture of it tonight, because the inside really is beautiful as well.

The wedding cake was a PERFECT ending to the day. I already can’t wait to eat some more tonight!


This Morning

Woke up this morning and went straight to the gym for a quick sweat session:

Workout of the Day:  30 minutes stationary bike + 30 minutes weights

I kept the bike ride fairly easy, with only 5 minutes of tough intervals mixed in.  I primarily read an old Runner’s Magazine and picked out a quick weights routine I wanted to do in my Women’s Health Training Guide.

I did four reps of the “Four Corners Farmer’s Walk” Routine in Women’s Health March 2013



This involved setting two cones or stations up 10 yards apart.  Then doing one of the four reps, while walking to the opposite cone between each move.

The four moves included:

  • Bent over rows
  • Bicep curls
  • Squats with weights
  • Overhead presses

I did four sets of these reps, and finished off my workout with 50 incline sit ups.

And now, I’m here with you all getting ready to try and make the most of my last day of wedding vacation 🙂

Question of the Day:  Have you ever eaten anything risky or that maybe you shouldn’t have?

Let me tell you, the risky cake is totally worth it in my book!



The Boy Picked THAT Movie

Good Morning and Happy Hump Day Friends 🙂

It’s all downhill from here, right? 🙂

It was a nice quiet evening in our household.  We watched a really old movie with baby Mark Walhberg, We Own The Night




A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men.

Pretty obvious movie night was the boy’s choice this evening :).  It was a little hard to understand/follow for me at times, but We Own the Night kept our interest through to the end (which says a lot because both of us have a tendency to fall asleep during movies pretty easily).

So. . . movie and cookies it was.

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We had the light low for the movie, so you can hardly tell what it is…but I’m sure it’s no surprise that these boxed cookies made their way into our evening at multiple points.

The cookies were my fuel for this mornings stationary bike ride.


I took my book (Divergent, getting close to finishing.  LOVE IT), and headed down to the gym for an hour on the stationary bike.

I had a slight head ache this morning, so I took it easy and just kept my legs moving.  In the end, it was

Workout for the Day: 60 minutes stationary bike ride – 20 miles

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Nothing too exciting, but not too shabby either I guess.


Yesterday was my last day of the week long strength training challenge.  I LOVED the entire concept, and am really looking forward to a write up this afternoon on the challenge as a whole.  So, to wrap up my last day, I squeezed in:

  • 155 second plant + 10 hip planks
  • 32 real push ups
  • 50 calf raises
  • 50 reverse crunches
  • 25 squats
  • 50 leg lifts
  • 50 second side plank, L & R.

I’m giving myself a break from the challenge today, letting my body relax and repair a bit, but you better believe I plan on integrating this into my everyday life!  I hope you all do, too!

Have a great morning, All!


Pizza Night!

The rest of our afternoon was spent with Zach working and me relaxing :).

This included my favorite seated hatha yoga class by David Procsyhyn



It’s perfect for slowly and gently stretching out tight muscles, without even having to get off your bum! 🙂

After a couple hours of yoga, work and relaxing, Zach and I decided to head to our favorite little neighborhood spot, Denver Brew Co .

After a couple, wonderful beers and delicious appetizer, we headed home to get start on

Pizza Night!

Pizza night is seriously a favorite in the Jara/Abbett household.  We do our pizzas a little different (think no pizza sauce, lots of garlic, veggies, herbs and cheese), but let me tell you they are to die for.  Tonights had our normal base, and was heavy on the beats that we picked up from the farmers market.


Bacon and Beat Pizza


Prepared pizza dough (uncooked)

2-3 pieces of bacon

2 anaheim peppers (from our garden)

3 beats (one red, one candy, one yellow)

The lettuce tops of said beats

3 cloves of garlic

1 cup of cheese.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

While the oven is preheating, chop the beats up small and begin steaming them on the stove top (about 15 minutes total).    For the last 2 minutes of steaming of beats, add in the the lettuce tops to wilt.DSC_0685

Begin to roll out the dough evenly on a griddle/pan, to about hand tossed/thin thickness (make sure the dough has had about an hour or so out of the fridge to set and rise).


Once the dough is to desired thickness, precook for 5 minutes, or until dough starts to bubble. During this time, dice up the pepper and garlic.



Once the dough has precooked, pull it out of the oven and begin putting all of the veggies directly on top.



Add cheese on top of veggies



And cook for 20 minutes at 350.


Enjoyed, x2.


Delish!! I hope you enjoy pizza night as much as we do in our household.


The rest of the evening…

We are about an hour into The Master…and let me tell you.  We still have NO idea what is going on in the story.  Thoroughly confused.  Oh well….maybe This is 40 will be better?

Question of the Night:  What’s your family’s favorite home cooked meal?