Slices of Life- August 2015

Back to school. Back to running. Back to the vet… There have been a lot of things to go back to this month (for better or for worse). So lets get right into the recap. 

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The Eats 

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Food this month has been amazing. Between the end of summer veggie boom (hello cherries, tomatoes, and zucchini) to the extra time I had off on my summer break from work we were rolling in good eats. Plus we recently started this a weekly tradition called Sundae Sunday because lets be honest ice cream is the way to end the week. Highlights from this month include: BLT salad, zucchini brownies for breakfast, and Meghan’s kohlrabi fritters cooked in a waffle iron. 

The Exercise

This month mostly consisted of long walks with Kaner and some yoga when possible. I recently started running again and even more recently got the pup to go on a few short runs with me. However trying to run and manage a hyper dog at the same time means I have a distinct lack of sweaty selfies for you. I am running a charity race in a few short weeks though so the running will continue (and I’ll work on the selfies). 

The Life

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Since my return to blog world a few weeks ago I’ve had quite a balancing act going on. I started getting back into a groove here while also developing contributions for The iLOVE Project. I enjoyed a few weeks of reading by the pool as well as playing with the puppy on the beach. I traveled back to buffalo to stand with my best friend while she married the man of her dreams and flew back to celebrate Kaner’s first birthday in the same weekend. I made the professional choice to leave the new position I had stated and return to a new school in my former district. I spent some much needed time with my family and made one too many trips to the vet (we get to go back again tomorrow).

All in all August was a great month, but I am already enjoying the routine of be back at work and all that goes along with it. What have you been up to with the end of your summer? 

Why I meal prep on the weekend and you should too

Weekend meal prep. I used to associate that with the pictures flooding Pinterest of neat little tupperware boxes, each filled with the same exact meal, ready to grab for every breakfast, lunch, and dinner of the week. “Who has time for that?” I would ask myself as I scrolled past the blog posts of people spending hours in the kitchen every weekend. I used to dabble with the idea, making a batch of granola or balls for the week, washing some lettuce for salads, maybe making a pan of mac and cheese. But I liked cooking dinner in the evenings so it was never something really got into. 

Then I started cooking for BF who oddly enough didn’t consider a snack plate an appropriate meal every night. Then we got a dog who wanted to spend 3 hours outside every evening. Then the whole idea of prepping some easy  things for the week started to make a little more sense.

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Kaner likes to think he’s helpful in the kitchen. 

Next thing I knew I had been doing it for over a month and gotten completely addicted.  There was something awesome about coming home from work and enjoying an evening running around with the dog, knowing that all I had to do was put a pan in the oven to have a fresh made dinner on the table. 

So for those of you doubters out there allow me to present my case. Having very recently been in your same position I get the reasons you are questioning this madness. I was right there with you. But I promise you once you start you will never want to go back to cooking any other way 😉

Keeps you organized.

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Our weekly menu board. 

 

I know I’m not the only one out there who likes lists. Meal prepping on the weekend forces you to make a grocery list and a menu for the week and stick to them. No more running to the store mid-week because you forgot to buy an ingredient. No more turning to take out because you don’t feel like cooking. All the hard stuff is already done so you can literally eat for a week without having to think about it. 

Keeps you on budget.

You all know that I am trying to get serious about my budget (those student loans won’t pay off themselves). Staying on budget means I need to plan our food and then actually eat what we plan on eating. Since meal prepping on the weekends involves batch cooking you are able to take advantage of the better prices on bulk foods and not have to worry about re-purposing or storing them until you are actually ready to eat. 

Keeps your kitchen clean.

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Just look at that well stocked fridge. 

 

When you take one day to do all your prepwork and cooking for the week you use a lot of dishes. However, you also get to crank the tunes, fill the sink with water, and have a little kitchen dance party while you get them done. Your weeknight cooking is reduced to baking something off in a pan, throwing something on a grill, or reheating something in a pot. Literally the only dishes you have are whatever container dinner was cooked/heated in and the dishes you ate off of. That means after dinner cleanup takes all of 5 minutes so you have more time to relax or unwind however you see fit. 

Do you do any weekend meal prep? What are your favorite foods to cook up in advance?

Must Love Dogs

When Z and I finally moved into our own space adopting a dog was at the top of the list of things we wanted to do. We headed out to a local animal shelter one Saturday and 4 hours later we were walking our new puppy around Petsmart trying to stock up on the necessities for the dog we suddenly owned.  36 hours later puppy boy had yet to fall asleep and we were asking ourselves “what did we do?” but thankfully things have settled down since then.

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Living with a dog is everything I thought it would be and more. He has brought so much joy and energy into our apartment, even if he wakes up earlier than I would like some days. There are early morning walks and cooperative yoga sessions. 

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There is shameless  begging for food at the table, puppuccinos in the car, and smoothies shared in the dog park. 

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There has been a round of puppy stitches, a handful of nibbles on Z and I, and plenty of snuggles in the bed. 

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He’s also been really helpful around the house, whether it be guarding the food out on the kitchen counters, curling up in a pile of laundry, or making sure nothing happens to me while I am in the shower. 

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Overall our lives have changed for the better since Kaner has joined our little family, we’ve even joked about getting another puppy to keep him company (though maybe not for a few years). For now you can watch him grow up with us via snapchat (sliceofsarahpie) and instagram (#kanerthedog). 

Want more reasons to add a shelter dog to your family? Check out my top five reasons to Adopt Not Shop over at the iLOVE project