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{weekend notes}

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Good morning + happy Monday.  I’m a total Monday + morning person, and I’m totally not feelin it this morning.  I need one more day!!

We had a pretty low key weekend.  It was nice.  My DVR is clear…..not a single show to watch.  That kinda explains how I spent a hunk of my time…lol.

I also watched The Intern.  Gotta love movies with happy endings.  Robert De Niro is such a great actor.

Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.

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Weekend breakfast // egg whites + spinach + salsa + avocado have been my jam lately.  I stick to smoothies during the week to save time, so the weekends are a treat.  I had my first blood orange and I’m hooked.  Remember – I dont do much fruit, so when I find one I like, it’s a big deal.

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Saturday morning my mom and I went on a long walk + chat.  I love starting my day this way.

Cash turned 2.  He just loves Bailey – it’s so cute.  They rode the Patty pony and had such a great time.  IMG_0504.JPG

Saturday night, Cory + I headed to Sac for dinner.  Just the two of us.  I convinced him to stop at Arden so I could do a J.Crew return.  Of course we ended up shopping for a couple hours.  Not many men like to shop like Cory does, so I embrace it.  And take dressing room selfies

When is the last time you shopped at Banana Republic?  It’s been forever for me.  I was impressed.  I even scored a couple tops.  Thanks Cory 🙂

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We enjoyed a great dinner at Bandera.  Since I’m still wine free, I ordered a martini.  It was great, but holy shit – you only need one.  I had their famous roast chicken.  Since I’d never tried it.  It lived up to the hype, it was the best roast chicken I’ve ever had.

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Sunday was another lazy morning.  More DVR 🙂

I managed to get some food/meal prep done too.  Like these broccoli tots.  I live in a broccoli + potato loving house.  Tater tots go with everything, if you asked Bailey + Cory.  So I did a healthy spin on a house favorite.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped and steamed
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • salt + pepper
 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
  2. Line your baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (if you don’t own one, I highly recommend you get one asap.  They make baking + clean up a breeze.  I recently purchased this one and adore it)
  3. In a large bowl, combine the chopped, steamed broccoli with the rest of your ingredients. Mix until totally combined.
  4. Scoop a large spoonful of the mixture in your hands, and shape it so it resembles a tater tot. Place on your baking sheet, and repeat until all mixture has been used.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, and enjoy warm from the oven.

I will report back on how they turned out!!  You can find the printable recipe here.

Lots of yard work + flowers got planted too.  I always feel so accomplished after getting the yard looking nice and tidy.

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We had Togo’s #24.  I cant remember the last time I had a sandwich.  Trying to stay gluten free makes it close to impossible.  So damn good.  Bandera + Togo’s always make me think of Zebra.  I enjoyed her two favs this weekend.

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Starbucks date with these cuties  ♥

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Bailey walked Babe for the first time Sunday afternoon.  Babe gave her a run for her money.  She would dart off running and Bailey had a hell of a time getting her back in the barn.  I laugh now, but I did feel a little bad for her.

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ps – did you notice that Bailey got a haircut.  I convinced her to chop off 2 inches.  It looks so cute + healthy.

Sunday evening we celebrated McKenna’s 10th birthday.  They girls did a cakepop challenge.  Yellow cake mix with chocolate chips….wow.  McKenna totally won with that recipe.  #cakepopsfordays

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And that’s all she wrote.  Friends + family + shopping + DVR + yummy food.  What more can a girl ask for?  It was perfectly nice and relaxing, just as I’d hoped.

Then I got an ass beating at Kaia this morning – it was the hardest workouts this CORE so far.  I could have rung out my clothes when I got home.  Hurts so good!!

xoxo stacyb

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