Mission: Feel the Burn!


After a week away from the gym it felt good to get back there last night. I honestly enjoy working out, lifting weights, and sweating.

After a long day at work the gym doesn’t always seem like the most appealing thing, but I never regret going! Motion truly does change emotion.

Last night’s workout is one that Kate, Nellie, and I go to when we’re at a loss for a workout, or just really need a quick, simple, no-frills workout that’ll really make you feel the burn. I can’t remember where I found this one. The printout I have is dated 1/26/2010… it’s that good! You ready to feel the burn?

You can do this workout at the gym, at home, or even in a hotel room.

Equipment needed: a set of light and heavier hand weights (we used 5s and 10s) and an exercise ball

Mission: Feel the Burn workout

Circuit: Do each exercise one right after the other with no rest in between

Rest 1-2 minutes and the repeat the circuit 2 more times for a total of 3 times.

Good luck! Hope you get nice and sweaty! I’m feeling the burn today… boy how I love sore muscles!๐Ÿ™‚

Our take on Shepherd’s Pie

Are you ready for the holidays? Only a few more short days until one of my favorite days of the year – Thanksgiving! And then it’s my birthday and then it’s Christmas! Ahh, I love this time of year.๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, so I mentioned yesterday that I made Shepherd’s Pie for dinner. It was my first attempt ever and it’s one of Bryan’s favorites so I was really crossing my fingers on this one.

My Shepherd’s Pie

Servings: 6-8


  • 6 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 handfuls of green beans, chopped
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 handful of frozen broccoli
  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 1-2 tsp arrowroot powder
  • seasonings: rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, pepper
  • 1-2 cups of beef broth


Peel and chop the potatoes and place in large pot with salted water. Bring to a boil and then simmer until potatoes are tender.

While waiting for the potatoes to boil, chop all your veggies and get them cooking in a large hot pan with olive oil. Add all your seasonings and stir. Allowing them to soften.

Add in the ground meat next. I covered and let this cook through for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the meat is browned, sprinkle on the arrowroot (or flour) and pour in the broth until everything is just slightly covered.

Bring the broth to a boil for a few minutes and then back to a simmer to allow the “gravy” to thicken for 5-10 minutes.

While this is thickening, I got to work on my mashed potatoes. Drain the water from the pot and then I added in garlic powder and a splash of coconut milk and mashed with a fork. Set aside.

Now your meat and veggies should be ready. Fill the bottom of a casserole dish with all the meat and veggies.

And then top everything with the mashed potatoes and put in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

The result was a no-fail dish! Basically you could use any veggies you have in the fridge, a ground meat (or even tempeh or lentils) and top with mashed white, sweet potatoes or even squash.

Hammer approved! (Thankfully, because it’s on the menu every night this week!)

a food filled weekend!

Our weekend has been all about chores, food, shopping for food, and more food.


Last night we had plans to use one of our groupons before it expired and used it as an excuse for date night! We had a $40 groupon to use at Prime Steakhouse in Webster. We’d been there one time before and really enjoyed it so we knew we were in for a nice evening.

I got all dolled up (basically I looked the same as I do everyday!) and off we went.

We were seated at the same table we sat at last time! How cute. We ordered a bottle of Greystone Cellars Cabernet and the Calamari appetizer to start.

We were both quite hungry and thoroughly enjoyed the calamari with the spicy tomato sauce it came with. So good.

For our main dishย I ordered the Stockyard Sirloin and Hammer got the Potato-crusted Salmon.

STOCKYARD SIRLOIN:ย I subbed in the french fries plus the prosciutto wrapped asparagus

POTATO CRUSTED SALMON: artichoke hearts in a lobster cream

My meal was so good. The meat was cooked perfectly and the fries had a great flavor. Both of us were too stuffed for dessert. What a shame!๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for taking me out for a delicious dinner, babe!


This morning we planned to get up early, go to our favorite diner for breakfast since our fridge was bare and then get our errands done. It was a perfect plan. We accomplished so much by noon.

I chose the classic egg sandwich with bacon on an english muffin for my meal plus multiple cups of coffee!

After breakfast we took our grocery list courtesy of the Cozi app. Your gotta check out this app. You can check off your list on your phone as you go along. Plus, Bryan and I share an account so I can add items on my phone (or from my laptop) and they show up on his. It works great when one of us has to run to the store. Or if you randomly think of something that you need you can just add it to the list for next time.

Anyways, we took our “list” and coupons and hit up both BJ’s and Wegmans. Our bill was a bit higher this weekend, but it included some household items from BJs (tissues, dish soap) and Thanksgiving menu food items. After that we ran a couple of errands – enter Bed, Bath and Beyond, TJ Maxx, and Barnes & Noble. All done before noon!! Sweet deal.

Once home, I let Bryan get to work on some stuff on his to-do list and I put on my apron and got to work in the kitchen. Something about wearing an apron in the kitchen makes me feel so official! Chef Jenn.

I made Shepherd’s Pieย for dinner (recipe to come tomorrow).

Egg casserole for breakfast this week.

And now there’s a chicken roasting in the oven for our lunches (Hammer handled this one!)

We were set for the week before the sun set! Felt good. This leaves us with plenty of time to watch the Giants game tonight!๐Ÿ™‚

Who’s ready for their short holiday week? I can’t wait for Thanksgiving (and pumpkin pie!)

So far…

So far my weekend looks like this:

  • Happy hour with some great people! I spend all week with Melissa at work, but it felt so good to just chat it up, laugh, and enjoy some margaritas with friends outside of work!

We headed to Salena’s for happy hour: dollar off margaritas, I don’t see why not!

  • Once home last night we had takeout from New Ming. Sorry no pictures, but I devoured my Chicken Pad Thai while we watched the last two episodes of Mad Men.

Wow. What are we going to do with ourselves until the new season starts up in March? It seems like a long ways away. So I decided to play around and Mad men myself.๐Ÿ™‚ Does it look like me?

  • This morning we slept in a bit and when we finally got up we made french toast with Udi’s Cinnamon Raisin bread, eggs, coconut milk and vanilla. So, so delicious.

  • We chilled on the couch a bit this morning. I planned out our menu and grocery list for the week and then we decided to get motivated and get outside. The sun is shining bright today. I love it!
  • We both vacuumed our cars out, wiped everything down inside and the Hammer changed my oil. Thanks, babe! While he did that I got the laundry going, vacuumed in the house, and cleaned up a bit and then Bry came behind me and swiffered the floors. Great teamwork!
  • We warmed up 2 leftover pork chops and quinoa for lunch and now I’m enjoying a hot mug of echinacea tea while blogging. Some many people have been sick at work and I do NOT want it. Both Hammer and I woke up feeling a little stuffy and my glands feel swollen. So better safe than sorry!

  • And later we have a hot date planned. Stay tuned!


An off week.


It’s Friday!! I’m so glad the week has finally come to a close. It’s been long. I’ve been tired. And I’ve also been quite busy at work this week. It was a draining week and ultimately I ended up only working out 2 of the 5 days. It’s ok. I earned an off week.

Since I wasn’t working out, running, or biking every night I was able to accomplish a couple other things on my list: hair appointment, check. Marley needed a bath, check. And Marley needed to go to the vet, check! Just her annual checkup, a shot, and toenails clipped.

My off week turned into Marley’s busy week!๐Ÿ˜‰ She’s a lucky girl. She behaved so well in the bath Tuesday night and then last night at the vet, I was so proud of her – no nervous peeing was involved!

Here are some pictures from Marley’s busy week… now if only we can get the poor girl groomed. She’s in need of a hair cut big time!

Who has fun plans tonight or for the weekend? We’re ending this off week right.. happy hour!๐Ÿ™‚