Weekend Snapshots November 22-24, 2013

Hi everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend! I had to work for most of the weekend on papers and end of the semester assignments. I’m looking forward to relaxing a little bit this coming weekend!

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After a long Friday of dealing with the cable company (internet issues) and work, Chris and I decided to grab some dinner outside of the apartment building.

We headed to Hunan 1, which has cheap but good sushi. It’s not as good as Cafe Asia, but it hit the spot and our bill was about half the price!

20131125-072320.jpgI was determined to have a super productive Saturday. I woke up early, went for a run, and came back and made my favorite purple smoothie. This mason jar was full of blueberries, peaches, greek yogurt, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and natural peanut butter. So delicious!!

20131125-072216.jpgAfter a pretty productive morning, I enjoyed a bowl of chicken and vegetable soup that my mom made. I pulled it out of the freezer and enjoyed it so much that I actually had some more soup for dinner. Thanks, Mom!!!

20131125-072206.jpgAround 8:30, I decided I couldn’t look at the paper I was working on anymore, so I decided to decorate my Christmas tree! When we were growing up, my brother and I both had our own Christmas tree and we got new ornaments every year to add to our collection. I had a thing for Barbies if you can’t tell. 🙂 Chris said we have the girliest tree ever!

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Sunday was another productive day. In the afternoon I decided that I wanted to clean out our pantry in lieu of hitting up the grocery store with such a short week ahead.

I made  a quinoa salad with bell pepper, garbanzo beans, and corn. I added some apple cider vinegar and Old Bay to season it. This was actually delicious and reminded me of summer! Now I want crabs!! I guess I’ll just have to enjoy this salad until they are back in season! Luckily I have some in my lunch bag to enjoy today!

20131125-072132.jpgI knew I needed to work for most of the afternoon so I decided to rely on the crock pot for dinner. I checked out our nearly bare fridge, freezer, and pantry and set out on a cooking adventure. I kept my fingers crossed for an edible result!

I threw some onion, carrots, and celery into the crock pot along with broth (and flour), and chicken. I let it cook on low and then made dumplings, which I added near the end of the cooking time for a slow cooker chicken and dumplings!

Chris loved this dinner. I liked it, but I want to tweak it a little more before I share the recipe with you all!

After dinner we watched this week’s Walking Dead. I CANNOT wait for next week! I hope they resolve some things and don’t leave us hanging until the spring!

I hope you all have a wonderful week and a very happy Thanksgiving! Travel safely for those of you who will be out on the roads!

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