Bride and Groom Gifts and How I Spent My Labor Day

I hope you all have had a great holiday and enjoyed lots and lots of Labor Day barbecue.


We didn’t have any of the good stuff today in our house, but we still enjoyed our holiday.

I spent the morning catching up on the blog-o-world (I missed you all so much 🙂 while enjoying my favorite weekend breakfast.


coffee and a pb bagel. . . you all know I had more than one half.  Puleeez don’t worry about me.

Zach and I then took our boy to get caught up on vaccinations at the good ol’ VCA.

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It’s wild, Gus has had some awful experiences at the vet (or at least left us traumatized) but still LOVES going each and every time.

We are planning on boarding our boy for a few days during the wedding weekend.  This is the first time we’ve ever had to do this (besides medical boarding), so we weren’t really sure what was involved.

We found out last weekend during our travels that in order to board him, he’d need to come in and get updated shots.  We immediately made an appointment for today to get him in as quick as possible.

Thank god we have a great vet.  It turns out that due to Gusman’s illness, he should not get vaccines since they could potentially trigger another outbreak.   So, medical boarding it is for boy for the weekend.

It’s kind of a bummer that he won’t get to play with new fur friends, but they LOVE Gus in medical boarding, and we know they’ll take special care of our boy :).

After the vet visit, Zach and I had a special trip to make.

Bride and Groom Gifts


We stopped at Nordstom this afternoon to pick out wedding day-of gifts for each other 🙂

It was fun!  We first set out on our own to find a couple things we really liked.  Then met back up and discussed options with the other person.  Once we chatted about our front runners, we once again separated to pick out the final winner for each other.  We want to leave some surprise for the big day 🙂

We ran and got a redbox after our little shopping field trip then headed home for a few more cinderella duties

  • vacuum
  • laundry
  • getting rid of boxes
  • unloading our new favorite items:

Our new wedding everyday china!

It’s beautiful and I could not be more excited about it.  Zach and I spent some time this afternoon boxing up and washing our new dishes, but even that couldn’t contain my excitement about the new goods.


Out new set includes:

  • large plates
  • medium plates
  • deep bowls
  • coffee cups

I love the white and pristine look of the set and could not wait to start photographing all my grub on it!

And what else but our favorite homemade dinner for the new sets premier use:


Homemade pizza!

Tonight’s pizza included:

  • one golden beat, steamed
  • fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden
  • fresh garden basil
  • 2 garden peppers
  • Mozzarella and parmesan cheese

I was starving because since my PB bagel, today’s eats have been pretty embarrassing.


Trail mix with extra chocolate and a few skittles thrown in, then little cherry sours from the vet (hello, I only got 4 for 25 cents.  CHEAP).

At least I also grabbed a kombucha to help reset the digestive tract after a weekend of drinks and not-so-healthy grub at times.


Needless to say, the pizza hit the spot and Zach and I enjoyed our first meal on the new wedding china!

Baking Bug

A day of relaxing and once again having access to my kitchen left me itching with the baking bug.


Stock picture, real pictures to come with recipe!

Small batch of chocolate cookies to the rescue 🙂

These are much more like your mother’s cookies than my standard, but you know I still healthified them 🙂  I’ll be back tomorrow with the recipe!

Other posts on deck for this week before the craziness:

  1. Final recap of New York, includingi my favorite spots, working out on vacation, and highlights
  2. Review of GONE GIRL (yup, finished it)
  3. FInal wedding thoughts

Enjoy the last bit of your labor day everyone!

Question of the night:  What was the highlight of your Labor Day?

Bride and Groom gifts for me 🙂  And pizza, OF COURSE!

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies (and dinner)

The baking continued after the zucchini bread this afternoon.

Honestly — I never knew zucchini was so versatile, specifically with baking.  Honestly the Bread turned out very well, but I expected that.  I have heard of and had zucchini bread before, and knew I had created a nice little recipe with this one.

The chocolate chip cookies, I was a little more nervous about.

I know what you’re thinking, because I was thinking it a little myself, too.

Zucchini in cookies? Really?  They’re going to taste HEALTHY, I want a cookie (and they do, but not in a bad way at all! Even Zach, who isn’t a big fan when I healthify desserts, loved these!)

Try them:  trust me, you’ll be glad they’re healthy when you won’t be able to resist their deliciousness 🙂


Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 4 oz applesauce (or individual cup)
  • 4 tbsp of room temperature butter
  • 2 cups of oat flour
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • 2 cups of minced zucchini (I used the food processor)


  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease cookie sheet
  • Mix together the applesauce, butter and sugar until it creams in a large bowl
  • Mix together the flours, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a separate bowl
  • Beat the eggs and add them to the wet ingredients
  • Slowly begin to add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients
  • Add in the zucchini in small batches
  • Fold in the 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • Cook at 350 degrees for 8-10 minute


Yields about 8 dozen small cookies…but you know I don’t make them small.  I actually froze a good portion of the dough for later use — this seriously makes a TON, but I had a ton of zucchini to use and I love cookies, so that’s a-ok with me!

With all the baking and taste testing that I did today, I was tempted to skip through dinner, but I knew I had to get something substantial in my belly.

On the menu tonight:  Open face sammies and side salads.

The sammies were on the sourdough bread we picked up from the farmer’s market.  Served with heirloom tomato (also from the market), onion, spicy mustard and basil from our garden.  So fresh and light.


The side salads were mixed greens (market pick up)  and grilled peppers which were left overs from mexican night with a sweet onion dressing + siracha (of course).


And now, I’m off to relax with my family and enjoy the last little bit of weekend we have left.  I hope you all had a great weekend, and please let me know if you try any of these recipes!  I’m pretty proud of them 🙂

Weekly Food and Workout Round Up August 9, 2013


Since Friday’s are generally my rest days, and the lead in to the weekend, I figured I could use Friday mornings as my time to recap the highlights, and lowlights, of my food and work outs for the week.

Since food is my favorite, let’s start with that.


Food Highlights


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Homemade Pizza, and last nights tomato and moz salad. The warm, flavorful pizza went perfectly with the fresh, cool salad!

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The entire meal from last Friday’s date night



Open face sammies, toast, or really anything that came from that amazing farmer’s market bread.




Chicken quesadilla from the Food Truck at Denver Brew Co. Probably the best I’ve ever had.


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My girls night dinner!  Wine, snacks, and pulled pork.  Y-U-M-M-O.




And a surprisingly fresh salad from Sprouts, our local grocery store.

Favorite Snacks



Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They were our treat through the week and they were AMAZING



My first shot at Peanut Butter Granola .  Unfortunately I’m finishing it off as we speak.



The Garretts popcorn from our lovely Chicago Friends.



The cake from Ladies Night…doesn’t look good, but my god that Key Lime was to die for.



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I got this scone yesterday as a quick breakfast after our final walk through, and honestly didn’t even eat a quarter of it.  It’s from Starbucks, and there were honestly probably 4 blueberries in the whole thing.  Total Disappointment.



They were out of my favorite Wallaby granola this morning, so I had to go back to my yoplait, sugar bomb unfortunately.  Really doesn’t taste bad, just does nothing for my hunger.


I’m hungry just looking at all that. YUM.


Workouts for the Week

I was able to stay pretty darn true to my workouts for the week this week, as planned, which always makes me feel good 🙂

  • Monday’s outdoor run – 5.7 miles
  • Tuesday’s strength day
  • Wednesday’s Speed treadmill run – 4.76 miles
  • Thursday’s 60 minute stationary bike ride (20 miles)

Pretty good!  Today is my rest day, and then tomorrow I have a 90 minute run planned.  As always, I’m a bit anxious for it, but hopeful that I can push through 🙂  I had some strong work outs this week, so I’m happy about that!

Question of the Day:  How were your workouts this week?  Any long run planned this weekend?