Happy Monday friends! I’m starting this post at a horrible time (and it will probably take me hours to finish) since the kiddies roll home in about 15 minutes, but….I’ll give it a shot! I hope everyone had a great weekend – ours sure flew by quickly, as always (and I didn’t even work on Friday)! Some highlights, however, were:
My Jubilant Return to the Gym – Yes I sure did! I decided a Body Step class might be the best way to ease back into my group fitness workouts! Saturday’s 8am class was JUST what the doctor ordered – the PERFECT class to take when slowly returning to my regular workouts. I could easily modify the couple of exercises I still don’t feel comfortable doing and my goodness it felt awesome to SQUAT and SWEAT! It’ll probably still be a few weeks before I feel comfortable doing a full Body Pump class, but between getting back into running, doing some light free weights at home and now doing step classes, I just feel so much BETTER! It’s amazing how much I rely on exercise to keep me sane!
A Beautiful Sunday – If you are here in the Midwest, wasn’t Sunday’s weather so pretty? I mean, it wasn’t 75 degrees & sunny, but at about 55 and sunny in February, we’ll take it! I started the day off by “watching” church online in my pj’s with a cup of coffee (not something I do weekly, but every once in a while having the option to watch church service LIVE is SO nice)! Park and I met up with my mom for lunch, we took Mac to hit balls at the range (about a million of them), and later our little fam hopped in the golf cart & rode over to a friend’s house to visit until the Super Bowl started. I had some yummy fare planned for our own little Super Bowl party at home, so once we were back, I put the finishing touches on my queso dip which had been warming in the crockpot & started on my Baked Chicken Tacos AND Sweet Pepper Nachos. You can find the recipe for the Baked Chicken Nachos here. And, as for the Sweet Pepper Nachos – this was a recipe inspired by a Skinnytaste original recipe I saw only a picture of on Facebook! Here’s what I did:
- I seeded and sliced an entire bag of sweet mini peppers in half & put them open side up on a baking sheet.
- I used the seasoned chicken from the oven baked chicken taco recipe & spooned this inside the pepper halves.
- I topped the peppers with a bit of Mexican blend cheese.
- I popped ’em in the oven (400-ish) until the cheese melted & then topped with “nacho toppings” like: avocado, black olives, sliced jalapenos, and sour cream. These recipes were insanely good & definitely filled our bellies as we watched the big game (and all of its fun commercials – the “Bai, Bai, Bai” Justin Timberlake commercial was my personal fave)!! We went to bed entirely too late, but had so much fun here at home! We’re such home bodies!
A Magical Monday – I didn’t work today, so I feel like I was blessed with a second Sunday added to my weekend (minus children), so that was SUPER nice! Once my (tired) little people were out the door, I headed back to the gym for an “Express” step class & then came home to get busy cleaning and getting ready for the “week” ahead. I managed to convince my dear friend Tracy to meet me for a gel manicure “break” too! This all made for a pretty awesome Monday! I actually think people would be in much better moods in general IF they didn’t have to work on Mondays! It sure got my week started out on the right foot!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Cheers to another great week leading up to my little lady’s birthday!
xoxo – Jamie