04/22/2015

Feels Like Summer

This past weekend we were spoiled rotten with good weather! Saturday I even wore a dress out to dinner with our brother and sister-in-law, and I didn’t even need a coat or leggings. This week I am of course back to reality with a coat and pants thanks to it still being April, but at least all that warmth and sunshine gave me a little hope for what’s to come!

Friday was the most perfect day ever and I knew only one thing driving home from work – that dinner had to be outside. So, I made this recipe from Cooking Light Magazine for Grilled Chicken Florentine Pasta and we enjoyed it outside on our patio for the first time of 2015. Moments like this need to be remembered, so I snapped this picture of my pretty dinner before gobbling it up.

Grilled Chicken Florentine PastaI grilled the veggies and chicken in a grill pan and then layered the parmesan cheese sauce on top. This was definitely a winner and really easy! I don’t make white sauces very often, but this one totally blew away any jarred alfredo-style sauce I have had. Plus it was lighter and I could recognize all the ingredients in the dish including chicken broth, milk, flour, parmesan cheese and spinach.

After dinner we took Tebow on a walk to go get ice cream. I went with a medium English Toffee soft serve in a cone and I think Teb was happy with my choice too.

Tebow - Ice Cream - Black LabThe total walk there and back was about 2.5 miles so I will say that trip was dessert and exercise all in one!

Tebow - Black LabSunday morning I went to the gym (<– This was a huge win for me!) before church, and I was starving when I got home so I and made Tim and I each a breakfast sandwich.

Egg, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Avocado, Canadian Bacon, Whole Wheat English MuffinGuys, I can’t do a lot of things in life, but I sure can make a pretty good breakfast sandwich. This one had one egg, about a half a cup of egg whites, sharp cheddar cheese, Canadian bacon and avocado on a whole wheat English muffin.

Egg, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Avocado, Canadian Bacon, Whole Wheat English MuffinWe had our first Young Marrieds class at church Sunday morning and I think we are going to really like it. We have gone to our church services for over three years, but we haven’t been as involved with small groups as we should have been. Although it shouldn’t be the main reason, having a baby definitely pushed us to get more involved and to build relationships and connections with those in the church since we want our kids to feel welcomed and known. Currently in the class, we just started studying the book You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity by Francis and Lisa Chan. It is pretty interesting so far and gives a whole other perspective on marriage than is typically marketed. I will probably share some of my thoughts on it in the future.

After church we swung by Home Depot so we could browse patio and outdoor landscaping ideas, and then grabbed lunch at China Cottage because of course I was starving again. I had the beef with vegetables and steamed rice, but I didn’t take a picture because it was too dark. Tim and I both thought our meals were good, but thankfully at lunch they have specials only costing around $7. During dinner, their prices are so expensive, so getting out of there for around $20 as opposed to $40 made the food taste even better.

The rest of Sunday was spent working on gift baskets for my freelance work, and dinner was a Glazed Meatloaf recipe from Good Housekeeping Magazine with a side of mashed cauliflower. Dessert though was an old favorite.

Funfetti Cupcakes

Funfetti Cupcakes!

Funfetti Cupcakes

Tim and I had them a few weeks ago and they were delish, so I made another batch. Funfetti was one of my very favorite treats in high school and I used to bake them all the time for Tim when we were dating, so these cupcakes not only taste good, but also provides great memories.

Thanks to Jenn, who blogs at Peas and Crayons, for hosting WIAW every week!

What I Ate Wednesday

 

Conversation Time.

  • What is your favorite cupcake flavor? We talked about our favorite childhood treats in this blog post‘s comment section and funfetti cupcakes was definitely a popular choice!
  • If you are having a breakfast sandwich, what are your favorite toppings of choice? Do you prefer Canadian Bacon or traditional Bacon? An English muffin or a bagel? Egg whites or whole eggs?
  • What is the best thing you’ve ate lately?

Comments

  1. Wow that breakfast sandwich looks fancy!! The only kind I can make is basically a bagel sandwich with hummus, avocado, and spinach! It’s delicious, but that drippy egg looks perfect on yours!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      That sounds so good too! I swear, avocado can go on anything and taste amazing. I love a hummus + avocado combo. I have seen recipes for homemade hummus that has avocado blended right into the mix. I definitely need to try it!

  2. I need to add avocado to my next breakfast sammie. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Happy WIAW!!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Yes, do it! I think avocado should be added to every sandwich – breakfast sandwiches, grilled cheese, hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches – so, so good!

  3. Oh my goodness – I love funfetti EVERYTHING. And your sandwich — ooh yummy!!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Oh me too! When I was a kid, I did gymnastics four days a week for 4 hours at a time and was so active – and skinny Minnie! My friend and I would literally eat entire jars of funfetti icing with a spoon. Talk about sugar overload, but it happened rarely and my mom figured we worked out enough to enjoy a treat. Ahh to be a kid again 🙂

  4. Love Francis Chan! I’m not usually a HUGE fan of a lot of the mainstream heavily marketed Christian “promoters” but I do really enjoy listening to Francis Chan. We did one of his study’s in our small group about a year ago and it was pretty interesting! Funny that you mention getting involved in small group and starting a new marriage study – our huge small group just recently split for the summer into 3 smaller groups, and we joined the marriage study group! We’ll be reading Sacred Marriage. I’ll have to let you know how it goes!!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Yes let me know! I love marriage books. When Tim and I read the 5 Love Languages, I realized that while he really loves quality time the most, I need all 5 aspects to feel fulfilled lol! What can I say, I am needy 🙂

      I am pretty particular on my books too, but I am reading Battlefield of the Mind right now by Joyce Meyer and highly highly recommend it! My sister-in-law sent me the book and then I sent one to my mom as well. I feel like it touches my heart and I can relate to every page. It is a must read!

  5. Your breakfast sandwich looks amazing!! How did you cook your eggs so perfectly? Also… funfetti cupcakes are my FAVORITE!!
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  6. Those sandwiches look amazing! I love Canadian Bacon and avocado!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Oh me too! I haven’t had Canadian bacon in forever, and I am not exactly a McDonalds lover, but I do love an egg mcmuffin every so often. This sandwich is like a grown up/healthier version with a whole wheat English muffin and sharp cheddar cheese and of course avocado!

  7. That pasta recipe and that breakfast sandwich… yum! Make me want to say “screw it” and forget my diet altogether.. But then hey, it’s not like I’m not constantly burning calories.. So I’m sure a serving of both won’t hurt. lol

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