I hope all of you had a great weekend! It was so nice to have such beautiful weather, hopefully you were able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. I am hoping that this weather is a sign of the times to come for us weather-wise! I was able to get in a great 10 mile run Saturday morning and I loved every minute of it! I spent the rest of the day doing laundry, grocery shopping, and baking because I knew I would not be home on Sunday. My husband took the boys outside for a couple hours on Saturday and they were loving it. They both also slept 12 hours Saturday into Sunday so I think being able to be outside and burn off some of that energy was a good thing!
I usually do my grocery shopping on Sundays but lately I have had to go on Saturdays due to having things to, places to go on Sundays. I have to say I am liking going on Saturdays. Before I go to the grocery store I plan out my meals for the week, then make my list. I am always on the lookout for a new recipe and as runners my husband and I try to eat as healthy as possible (although after a long run, all we really want is a burger and a beer). The thing about eating healthy is that it is expensive!! Fresh produce and veggies, frozen fruit for smoothies, lean meats and poultry, and other items we like are often on the more expensive side. This weekend I decided to try to go to a farmer’s market for my fresh produce and veggies and see if that would make a difference in our food bill. It definitely made a difference although I do feel some of the produce and veggies were not as fresh as the items I usually get at the grocery store. I guess we will see how long it lasts this week I will decide if the farmer’s market will be an every week thing. I also bought quinoa for the first time and I am anxious to make some this week and see if the family likes it! Quinoa is considered to be a grain (like rice or barley) even though it is a seed. You can prepare it like rice and it is high in protein, gluten-free and can be eaten alone or made into a pilaf or stir-fry (or many other great dishes). I will let you know how it goes and if the family likes it!
So for this week’s grocery shopping trip I had an extended list of ingredients due to a few new recipes I found recently (either online or through friends) and wanted to try. First, I had 3 overripe bananas and wanted to try my hand at banana bread. I found this delicious recipe on Ambitious Kitchen’s website. It turned out great, tastes delicious, and is a healthy snack! Even my boys love it! Second, I made a batch of granola using a new recipe. I was not as happy with the new recipe as I have been in the past when I have made this granola recipe from Martha Stewart. My husband likes the new recipe so I know it will be gone soon and I can make the granola I like better :) The third recipe I bought ingredients for but have not had time to make yet is for Energy Bites. I have seen a lot of people posting pictures of these little beauties on Instagram, then a friend sent me a link to a recipe from Gimme Some Oven for No Bake Energy Bites, so I thought I would try to make them. I am hoping to make them tonight so I will let you know how it goes!
Yesterday my mom and I drove up to Riverside Park in New York to participate in a 5K for a 6 year old little girl named Rafaella Lily, or Rafi for short. Rafi was diagnosed with Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa – Generalized Severe (EB is the shorter version)in the first week of her life. There are numerous symptoms with this disease but the most prominent one is that it causes the skin to be extremely fragile and it blisters and tears with the slightest friction or trauma. You can read more about Rafi, the amazing person she is, and the horrible disease she lives with everyday, here. The event was to raise money for research for this terrible disease. My friend Heather teaches at the school that Rafi attends so that is my connection to this little girl. It was great to see Heather, her mom, and my friend Donna that I used to work with at another school. I walked with my mom, Heather’s mom, and Donna while Heather ran with her students. It was a great event and it was nice to spend time with some special people in my life!
All in all it was a great weekend!
How was your weekend? When do you normally grocery shop? Do you meal plan? Do you buy your produce somewhere other than the normal grocery store to try to save money? Have you tried any new recipes lately? Feel free to share any great recipes or meal planning ideas below in the comments section!
Have a great week!