Getting over the hump

Happy Hump Day Friends! The work week has gotten off to a busy start but thankfully, this weekend was anything but! imagePhil and I were able to really relax, wander the city, watch the Eagles win their third game of the season (GO BIRDS!!), and enjoy the last official weekend before fall! We checked out the fall festival along South St – taking time to listen to the different bands/musicians playing on the street & picked up some tasty treats from our favorite guilt free sweets spot.

Sweet Freedom Bakery Treats

Sweet Freedom Bakery Treats

image_3In honor of the leisurely weekend I whipped up a batch of homemade whole wheat pasta with my healthy adaptation of alfredo sauce (greek yogurt instead of butter or cream). Its been awhile since I’ve made some homemade pasta, so I was a little nervous about how the batch was going to turn out but it was delicious! Similarly, I haven’t made the healthy alfredo since my initial experiment but it was just as yummy as I remember, in fact, it all was a perfect compliment to the Sweet Freedom goodies we purchased for dessert…talk about deceivingly healthy indulgences!image_5

I got a fair amount of practice in this weekend but with only 18 days left until I leave for Tulum, I’ve really gotta hit the mat. I mean, I know yoga isn’t a competition but I certainly would prefer not to be the weakest in my Yoga Medicine teacher training, haha!

Yoga on our Skagway Alaska Hike!

Yoga on our Skagway Alaska Hike!

We’re half way to the weekend friends and I for one, CAN NOT wait!

‘Til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Foodie Friday

Happy Friday Y’all! I am tickled pink the weekend is here and I can finally enjoy an escape from the work week chaos.

As promised Wednesday, I am sharing the plates from our Restaurant Week double date at Bistro 7 in Old City. While it was amazing to see my closest friend from High School and catch up with him and his girlfriend, the food didn’t necessarily thrill me. The plates were good and the service was decent but there was no WOW factor…

I guess I am a picky palate and had a long day but I just didn’t find anything all that impressive..good but not great!

We all started with different apps: Beet Salad, Field Green Salad, Duck Liver Mousse, & Gnocchi which were all pretty tasty!image

And then I had the salmon with lentils and the rest of the table had the braised brisket with horseradish mashed potatoes. We all agreed the entrees left a lot to be desired – the fish a bit overcooked and the beef a bit dry.image-3

The dessert did redeem the meal a bit, since I am a sucker for anything with chocolate or coconut, BUT they were by no means the best coconut rice pudding or chocolate pot de creme I’ve had in recent memory. image-2

Like I said, the company was incredible and it was great to get out, so all and all it was a win! I am super excited to share a low key weekend with my love and I hope each and every one of you have a spectacular weekend!

‘Til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Getting in the flow

467028_0418Happy Hump Day Friends! I don’t know about anyone else but I am itching for the weekend already! Its not as if the week isn’t packed with activities to keep me entertained, its just that all the work week mayhem doesn’t allow Phil and I to have any time together- weekends are ‘our time’ and I can’t wait!! I love my handsome soon to be hubby! I think our favorite weekend plans is when we don’t ACTUALLY have any plans, so we can take long bike rides, stroll through the farmers market, make elaborate meals and just lounge.

Today is day 8 @ Workzone and I am really getting a sense of the company and my new colleagues. farmEveryone is super friendly and the company truly prides itself on being a place where people like to work – we even had a company BBQ last night to get to know everyone better which was so much fun! It was held at a farm so everyone could bring their families and play with the animals, go on pony rides, etc… totally awesome!! Another awesome benefit of the new job is that our office is in a converted home, so we have an awesome screened in porch off the back of the building – perfect for yoga, which is how I have been spending my lunch breaks.

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Doing a little yoga on Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska!

I am totally loving my Yogaglo sessions at lunch! I never had time to get a long yoga practice in at my old job because my breaks were segmented, but now I have time for a decent practice every day…and with only 25 days until my Yoga Medicine 200hr teacher training, I need to practice as much as possible!

While I do love my yoga, that doesn’t mean I can’t make time for all the other things I enjoy, so Phil and I have a double date planned for this evening at a ‘new to us’ restaurant. We agreed to try a new restaurant once a month AWHILE back and have not been great about sticking to our pact lately….BUT that changes tonight! Bistro 7 is an American BYOB tucked away in the Old City section of Philadelphia and I have wanted to go to for years! I can’t wait to share all the yummy plates tomorrow!

‘Til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Crazytown

Hey Friends!

I can’t believe how long its been since my last post – holy moly I’m behind! In my defense everything happened all at once, just like it always does, and the first thing to fall off was my blogging – don’t hate me!

ANYWAY…

I got a new job…yep, thats right, no more wedding industry for this girl! I can’t believe it but after nearly 5 years I am saying goodbye to my AWG family and moving onto a great opportunity with a software company. I know what you’re thinking, from weddings to software…what gives?!?! I will be working in a sales development role for Workzone, a project management software company…I can’t wait! I am just a few days into the new role, since I was in Alaska (yep, I’ll get to that), but I can already tell I’m going to love it. IMG_4182

Like I mentioned, I went to Alaska with my family and toured the inner passage. We made stops in Ketchikan, Icy Strait/Hoonah, Juneau, Skagway, Hubbard Glacier, Seward and flew home from Anchorage. Included in our heavily active outdoor activities was a walk-about on a glacier…totally out of this world! While the whole experience was beyond amazing, I did spend a fare amount of time sick. Thats right, I learned something new about myself this vacation…I get motion sickness, BAD! IMG_4212

Sickness aside, I have never seen anything like some of the sites in Alaska and I can’t wait to go back! Now its time to focus on yoga…just 32 days until I fly to Tulum for the first week of what will be a life changing adventure!!! YAY Yoga Medicine! IMG_4245

‘Til next time, keep smiling :-)

Everybody does it…

Happy Monday Friends! In honor of finding ways to make it through the day, I wanted to share this funny but insightful article on poop…yes poop! 

PooFeatureIf you click the photo, or here, you will be taken to Greatist.com (one of my favorite websites) & their article article on what stool says about your body’s ability to process food. I know MANY MANY people who suffer from ‘tummy troubles’ and this article offers some interesting insight on what may be causing all that discomfort. 

I hope you all find this as entertaining & interesting as I did! 

‘Til next time, keep smiling! 

Foodie Friday

Happy Friday Family! It was so nice spending time with my magnificent friend Michelle and her handsome beau Mike – I love when friends come to visit!!! I was afraid my early start to the weekend would make the work day drag on today but things are flying – WOOHOO!

ANYWAY, onto the good stuff! As promised, today’s Foodie Friday is all about ice cream! I love my ice cream maker and have been playing around with this concoction for awhile now – I’m thrilled to finally share my cherry chunk ice cream with all of you! Be forewarned, there is nothing healthy about this delicious indulgence but its worth every caloric filled spoonful – TRUST ME!icecream

Cherry Chunk Ice Cream

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean (or vanilla extract)
  • 4-6 oz. dark chocolate
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 lb. cherries (pitted and halved)

*make sure to prep an ice bath with separate glass bowl before you start*

Mix 4 egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar in a sauce pan and whisk in whole milk over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook for 7-10 minutes until custard begins to thicken and it stays on the back on your spoon. Add vanilla bean, strain custard into ice bath bowl and mix in heavy cream. Transfer mixture to the fridge to cool and start to work on your cherry syrup. Combine cherries and remaining 1/2 cup sugar into sauce pan over medium heat & cook for 10 minutes until syrup begins to thicken and the cherries have been cooked through. Separate the cherries from the syrup and put both in the fridge to cool. Once base for ice cream has cooled completely, transfer to ice cream maker and follow instructions for your particular machine. While the ice cream is churning, chunk your chocolate and once the ice cream base thickens (anywhere from 15-30 minutes) mix in cherry syrup (only if completely cooled), cherries, chocolate and walnuts. Allow everything to become well incorporated then transfer to container to freeze. 

While ice cream can be tricky, I’ve gotten this and a few other recipes down to a science so it really doesn’t take as long as you’d think…plus how awesome is it to have homemade ice cream to offer your friends or indulge in yourself during these dog days of summer?!?!?!!?! 

Its FRIDAY – let your hair down, have fun & ’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Thursday Already?

Hey there friends! How on earth did it get to be Thursday already?!?! Even though there’s still one more day until it’s official, I already feel like the weekend is here! My college bestie Michelle is in town with her beau Mike and I am so excited to start the weekend early! 

I was able to sneak a little cardio in yesterday after work (awesome 22 minute routine that totally kicks butt – break down below). and am hoping for a little yoga today…1posethere are only 58 days until I leave for my Yoga Medicine teacher training & with the craziness of the last 6 weeks I have not been as diligent about my practice nor my supplemental exercise as I’d like to be! :-( I don’t know about anyone else but I am totally a routine freak! I feel best when I am organized, regimented and sticking with a daily routine. I can’t decide if that’s good or bad…does it mean I’m unable to healthfully adapt to life’s changes?! OR is it a product of juggling family, school, sports & a social life since before I can remember?!?

I often wonder if the things we crave in life – routine, food, vacation spots, etc. – are simply a product of our childhoods or expressions of something deeper within ourselves. This is yet another thing I meditate about…finding the ability to express my deepest, truest self & honoring me first…not easy for someone who has allowed decades of external influences define my inward and outward ‘self.’

ANYWAY, I still have that bulu review I promised last week (maybe today will be a double post kind of day), & I’m excited to share my version of cherry chunk ice cream with walnuts and dark chocolate for Foodie Friday tomorrow – trust me, Ben and Jerry have got NOTHING on this girl!! 

‘Til next time, keep smiling! :-)

 

22 minute circuit 

  • 60 sec. down dog push ups
  • 10 sec. rest
  • 45 sec. burpees
  • 10 sec. rest
  • 90 sec. front & back lunges (45 sec. each side)
  • 10 sec. rest
  • 45 sec. mountain climbers
  • 10 sec. rest
  • 30 sec. forearm plank 
  • 20 sec. rest

* 4 times through ( 5 min. 30 sec. each round) *