Hey Friends! Happy Monday.
It’s been really hard for me to post a lot lately, and it seems like Monday and either Wednesday’s or Thursday’s are when you will see my little updates. My goal is 2 posts per week.
In typical Monday fashion, I will basically show ya’ll my previous week in pictures, even though my life may be pretty boring aside from Zumba. Head on over to Katie @ Healthy Diva Eats to join in on MIMM!
Let’s move on to my week in pics.
Have I told you all how much I LOVE steamed chicken and broccoli from Chinese restaurants?! This is my favorite thing to order when getting take-out. I can eat this all-the-time. I also love steamed pork dumplings. By Thursday of last week, I was beat and needed something quick and easy after teaching Zumba at LA Fitness, on top of working all day long.
Easy, healthy, and delicious. And you know what else? You can put whatever sauces on top that you want and make it taste however you want it to. Boomtown.
Surprised? nahhh. Sriracha and wasabi sauce. Might sound like a weird combo, but so good and spicy. Spicier the better, friends.
Oh what is this interesting looking wine glass? My home-made espresso martini. In it: Trippe espresso vodka by Three Olives, some hazlenut creamer, ice, and a little iced coffee. This was a perfect pre-dinner drink before Nick and I headed out Friday night. I can’t get enough espresso martini’s lately!
I can’t remember what night I made the pumpkin deliciousness above, but all this consisted of was a half a can of pumpkin (I love Libby’s brand), some peanut flour, some oat bran, and of course, liquid stevia to sweeten along with pumpkin pie spice. Reminds of a pumpkin pudding, sorta. YUM.
Ok so it’s no secret either that I love coffee. At work I made a home-made iced coffee by letting the hot coffee sit in a cup in the fridge for a few hours, poured it in my cup over ice, and then added some stevia, cinnamon, and WHOLE milk. This is a great way for me to drink more whole milk so I’ve been making this a lot.
Sneak peak of what we are wearing at the Zumba Breast Cancer class on 10/26! love-me-some-lululemon. Funky high socks? YES!
My dates Saturday Night. Love these ladies I just had to throw that one in there.
Sunday afternoon I met up with another CT blogger – the gorgeous MARIA at PAPPA DON’T PREACH! We are literally neighbors so we met at the infamous 16 Handles for some fro-yo. She is absolutely adorable and was so nice to meet her. Maria – can’t wait to do it again and this time DINNER AND DRINKS! We promise to take more pics next time.
MMMMM I got the pumpkin spice frozen yogurt and the graham cracker, and topped it with blueberries, coconut, almonds, and more graham cracker. Obsessed.
As if more wine needed to be consumed last night on a Sunday, but it was necessary. That’s all.
Sunday Night Dinner – Honey Mustard Pork Loin
Dinner last night was so good. And so simple.
Picked up an extra lean honey mustard pork loin from Stop N Shop. Set oven to 350 degrees. Baked for about 55 minutes. That’s it.
The most delicious, tender, and moist pork I have ever eaten. Nick said to me it was “the best dinner you have ever made” – HA and it was just so simple. I guess the key was to not over cook it, and I’m happy I didn’t. I highly recommend this pork loin and will be making again.
To go along with it, I sautéed onions and some bean sprouts (random, I know) in garlic and chili sauce and steamed green beans. I just love those “steam-in-a-bag” veggies you throw in the microwave.
I’m already craving more pork as I am writing this (which is Sunday night after I just finished eating, to post for Monday morning).
oops, bite was already taken out of the pork by the time I remembered to take a pic.
Extra Sriracha and mustard on the side.
I love Sunday dinners because it gives me extra time to really prepare something that may take an hour to cook in the oven. I have come to the conclusion I am a better “oven cooker” than “stove top cooker”. I burn everything on the stove top and start smoking up the apartment. When I bake meat, it always comes out good. Go figure.
This certainly makes for a Marvelous In My Monday, friends. Great weekend with friends and Nick, awesome dinners, yummy drinks, and an awesome Zumba class Saturday morning. I needed a good weekend after a very exhausting week last week. Work is great, just busy. Being busy IS a good thing. But so is rest. I need rest.
This week will be more rest since I have cut down a Zumba class, so no more Double Zumba Tuesday’s. Sad, but again, had to be done. But wait, I’m lying, because preparing for the Breast Cancer Class with my 2 beautiful other instructors is eating up Wednesday – but it is WORTH IT!
Are you a better stove top cooker or oven cooker?
Lululemon – yay or nay? why?
What’s the best thing you ate this weekend?
Hope you all have a great week!