WIAW: Spinach Stuffed Shells

This morning didn’t go as planned.  Nothing bad happened, but nothing went how I envisioned in my head last night.  I planned to wake up, eat breakfast, write this post, go to BodyPump, stop by the grocery store, and indulge in leftovers from last night.

But instead…  I woke up, ate breakfast, made breakfast for Ryan, and then took a “nap.”  Are they called naps in the morning?  Or should I just say that I went back to sleep?  Oh well, I’m pregnant – that’s my excuse.  When in doubt, blame it on the baby because she’ll never know.  I’m kidding.

After filling up my gas tank {getting stranded on the side of the road is a real fear!}, I managed to go to the gym for 50 minutes of cardio and enjoyed a large plate of  spinach stuffed shells when I got home.  I suppose the day hasn’t been a complete wash, although I have no idea what I’m going to do after I publish this post.  Maybe I’ll see Melissa McCarthy’s new movie, Tammy.

While on summer break, I’ve been trying to make an effort to make/create new recipes.  Some days my stomach has been wonky and all I’ve wanted to eat is carbs  and drink ginger ale #pregnancyproblems, but yesterday’s eats didn’t disappoint.

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

breakfast

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coffee, {farm fresh} peaches, & chocolate chip oatmeal pancakes topped with plain Greek yogurt + peanut butter + grape jelly

morning snack

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bite-sized {farm fresh} plums & an English muffin with horseradish hummus

lunch

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{farm fresh} corn, orange slices, a wafflewich with eggs + lettuce + ketchup + Parmesan yogurt spread, & pretzels

afternoon snack

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orange slices & rice cakes with {scraps from the bottom of the jar} peanut butter + grape jelly

dinner

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a simple green salad & Skinnytaste’s Spinach Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

*I subbed dried basil for fresh, added a shot of Tabasco, & omitted the ground turkey because we didn’t have any*

dessert

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Cheerios + vanilla yogurt + dark chocolate chips + banana slices + whipped cream

Question:  Do you like stuffed shells?  I’m either experiencing an intense pregnancy craving or this is my new favorite recipe!  I typically don’t care for leftovers, but I ate them for lunch today and probably will have them again tonight for dinner.

Question:  What myths have you’ve heard about how to lose cellulite?  Dr. Oz just came on and that’s today’s topic.  By the way, his props are always so cool.  Mad “props” to whoever creates them ;)

— Allison

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Pick-Your-Own Produce at Hollin Farms

First, a couple of random tidbits from yesterday…

- I didn’t recognize Lady Gaga on Ellen {it was a rerun from 2013, I think?}.  She looked beautiful in a pink dress with her hair down, although her shoes were over the top.  Two things I learned: (1) her costumes are her way of coping and (2) she still hasn’t bought a house…  Because that would make her feel like a grown-up and she’s not ready to be a grown-up yet.

YES.  Exactly.  That’s how I feel too, Lady.  Except I’m having a baby in 4 months…

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- I love companies with great customer service.  Sunday night we ordered pizzas from Dominos and I was bummed that they messed up my order.  I ordered a veggie pizzas and requested the addition of bell peppers and jalapenos, but they must have read it as ONLY bell peppers and jalapenos because that’s all that was on it.  Imagine: dough, pizza sauce, a few bell pepper strips, and boat-loads of jalapenos.  After a quick tweet to the company, someone responded and the store owner called yesterday to apologize and graciously offered to make it up to me.  Thank you!

- Going to the movies by myself is one of my favorite ways to spend some “me time.”  Not only are movies cheaper in the morning/middle of the day, but the theaters are nearly empty so it’s like you’re at a private screening.  Yesterday afternoon I saw Begin Again with Keira Knightley and Adam Levine.  I wasn’t expecting much going into it, but it was surprisingly good.

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On Saturday afternoon, Ryan and I drove west to a little town called Delaplane to a pick-your-own produce farm called Hollin Farms.  For the past two years, we’ve enjoyed picking apples in the fall so we thought we’d try picking some other produce.

Why You Should Pick-Your-Own Produce

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From the Hollin Farms website:

Hollin Farms is a four-generation family farm next to Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier County, Northern Virginia, about 45 minutes from the Washington, DC Beltway.  We specialize in grass-fed natural Angus beef, hay for horses, and a variety of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables throughout the seasons.  Hollin Farms was started by the late Robert C. Davenport in the early 1950s.  The farm is named after Hollin Hills, an award-winning community of modern houses that he developed in Fairfax County in the 1950s and 60s.

When we arrived at the farm we were greeted by a few employees wearing bright yellow aprons and wide brimmed hats.  They informed us of what fruits and veggies were ripe for picking, pointed out where the different crops were located, and then let us free to roam the fields on our own.

We spent about an hour exploring and gathering – Japanese plums, sweet corn, peaches, cucumbers {only saw tiny ones}, peppers {couldn’t find any}, berries {weren’t ripe}, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, and green beans.

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For just $20 we got all of the produce above {plus an ice cream for the road}.  All of the cherry tomatoes and plums {SO juicy!} have been eaten, half of the corn is gone, and the peaches are just beginning to ripen.

If you’re interested in finding a pick-your-own farm near you, this website is awesome –> PickYourOwn.org.  It provides a list of pick-your-own farms in the US, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and more.

Question:  Have a delicious recipe for pie?  Leave a link!  We’re hoping to go back to the farm at least once this summer and I’d love to bake a fresh fruit pie – not much beats a slice of pie with vanilla ice cream on a hot summer night!

Question:  Do you ever go to movies by yourself?

— Allison

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MIMM: Charlie’s First Swim

Hey y’all :)   So much has happened over the past four months – I ran another half marathon, we found out that WE’RE EXPECTING {such a BIG surprise! – our little “miracle”!}, friends and family have gotten married, we traveled to Boston with friends, the school year ended, we hosted a gender reveal party {team pink!}, we went on a Caribbean cruise for our “babymoon,” I accepted a new job for the 2014 – 2015 school year, and oh yeah, we’re moving next month.  Thank goodness for my OCD color-coding tendencies, otherwise I might have forgotten about some of the wonderful things that we’ve done or have coming up in the future.

I never planned to take a break from blogging but life kept happening and one day turned into two, two days turned into a week, a week turned into a month, a month turned into four months, and today is already Monday, July 21st.  That baffles me.

IMG_9258 Rather than trying to recall everything that has happened, I think it would be easiest just to move forward and I’ll sporadically share highlights from the past four months as “Throwback Thursday” or “Flashback Friday” posts.  Kapeesh?  Kapeesh!  Good.  <– I started saying kapeesh a LOT with my students this year.  I’m not why, when, or how it started, but they loved it – I’d say “Kapeesh?” after I gave them a set of directions and they responded energetically “Kapeesh!” if they understood {and oftentimes even if they didn’t}.

I can’t think of a better way of jumping back into blogging than linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday!

Ryan and I approached this past weekend with a “go with the flow” kind of attitude.  We didn’t have any concrete plans, so we did whatever sounded good in the moment…  I baked a batch of black bean brownies, he surprised me with “just because” flowers, we went out to lunch, visited my momma, stopped by our new townhouse for measurements, picked our own fresh fruit and veggies, sat outside at a small town tavern, spent Sunday Funday swimming at our cousin’s house, and ordered pizza for dinner.

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IMG_9231 Question:  What have YOU been up to the past four months?  Share a highlight!

Question:  Does your dog love or hate the water?  This was Charlie’s first time in a pool…  I wouldn’t say that he loved it, but he didn’t hate it either.  I think with more exposure he’ll become more comfortable.  He was fast as a bullet!

— Allison

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