Weekly Love

weekly love

8 Ways to Use a Spiralizer /// I don’t actually have a spiralizer, but I didn’t realize it could do so much more than just zucchini noodles.

First U.S. Bicycle Route Will Link Chattanooga and Atlanta /// This is so cool!

18 Minute HIIT Workout /// This looks like an excellent and quick workout. I’m pretty sure you’re legs will be toast afterwards. In a good way :]

My Halloween dress arrived just in time /// Any guess on who I’m going to be? ;] The dress is really nice quality. So much so that I’m planning on ordering a couple of other dresses from the same seller. I never thought about buying clothes off Amazon, but this was a great purchase!

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Brownies /// I shared this over on my Facebook page the other day. This is such a great dessert and very festive too. I like to arrange chocolate chips on top into a jack o’ lantern face or use Halloween colored sprinkles.

We Tried 7 Popular Halloween Recipes From Pinterest (So You Don’t Have To) /// It’s always good to get a review before diving into a Pinterest recipe. We went to a kid’s Halloween party the other day with a ton of cute food straight from Pinterest. A mom had made these doughnut pretzel spiders and said they were super difficult and took forever because the pretzels would break wrong when she was trying to make the legs. Which is good to know because that looks like such an easy thing to make. So if you make those, maybe try the pretzel sticks instead!

End the Energy Leaks & Stop Procrastinating /// I always have these little errands or projects that I keep putting off. Then once I finally do them I’m like, that wasn’t bad at all… why did I wait so long to do that? This article gives some good tips on just getting over it and getting things done.

10 Simple Kid-Friendly Meals /// There are some awesome ideas here. The pancake muffins and bean & cheese burrito cups look especially good!

Have a great weekend and a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! And go check out Google’s site today.. the Halloween game on there is super cute :]


Random Things Going on Over Here


>>> Over the weekend we went to a party at a friend’s house. She recently got married and this was a Halloween/wedding celebration which was a lot of fun! Waves got to make her first s’mores, play on a swing set, and got a big bag of Halloween candy and toys so she was in heaven.

grocery haul - whole foods

>>> Yesterday was all about meal planning and starting week two of Ripped In 30. I’ve been buying the bone broth to cook rice and quinoa in since it adds a good amount of protein (9g per cup) and flavor. The kefir is for Waves since she’s really into smoothies at the moment. Her favorite right now is banana, strawberries, spinach, kefir, and almond milk.

Another thing that she’s into is every time we go to the store, I let her pick out one new thing from the bulk bins to try which has been really fun to do! Her favorite finds have been yogurt covered pretzels, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds. She told me she wants to try the peanut butter covered pretzels next time :]

vegan tortilla lentil soup

>>> I’ve been loving this soup I made the other day. I made it even better by adding smoked paprika while cooking and squeezing a bit of fresh lime juice in it before serving. Mmm! Add some Greek yogurt and a few tortilla chips and I’m a happy camper.

Mellow Mushroom veggie burger

>>> A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to try out the new veggie burger at Mellow Mushroom. I had no idea that they had added burgers to the menu (one veggie and one black angus beef) and I was so excited to get to try one out. And let me say that they are seriously good. The veggie burgers are made with brown rice, kale, quinoa, roasted mushrooms, and garlic then topped with cheddar cheese, onion, tomato, romaine, avocado, and garlic aioli. I loved the avocado and garlic aioli, and the brioche bun was incredible! It comes with roasted potatoes on the side and you can never go wrong with those.

I love seeing so many restaurants adding veggie burgers to their menu. It’s so great to have more than one veggie option when dining out. Mellow Mushroom has an awesome looking vegan menu as well. When I was vegetarian, I remember how it would be kind of stressful going out to eat with a group because I didn’t want to be any trouble or get stuck only being able to order side items. So it’s really nice that there’s a place you can go to with so many options where you don’t have to do that and everyone can find something that they like.

blowing springs farm enchanted maize

>>> We have been going pumpkin patch and corn maze crazy over here. There’s a great one close to us called Blowing Springs Farm. They have so much to do there and Waves has a blast, plus it’s only $10 for me and she gets in free. Can’t beat that! This is the place where she fell in love with funnel cake, petting farm animals, and playing in giant tubs of corn.

I hope you all are having a great week!


Getting Out of my Funk + a Vegan Tortilla Lentil Soup Recipe

I was such a grump yesterday. All I wanted was some comfort food and to sleep. I take it as my body is adjusting to finally getting up and moving regularly again, plus the drastic change in diet. This is totally a post for another day, but I had been pretty down for awhile about a few different things (one being my shoulder injury) which caused me to cut back on exercise and ramp up my junk food intake. Looking back, it was silly of me.. but I was in a funk and that’s just how I dealt with it.

Starting Ripped In 30 again gave me a goal and the fact that I am doing it along with a few other people has been the best. It keeps me motivated and holds me accountable. I woke up this morning feeling so good about myself and actually looking forward to the workout and eating better.

Back to me wanting comfort food last night. I’m not going to pretend like I didn’t open the freezer a few times and stare at the ice cream. But I stayed strong and instead decided to make soup. Tortilla soup is a big comfort food for me so I decided to make that. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it looked great. Unfortunately, I didn’t have black beans, but I did have lentils so I used the recipe as a guide and kind of did my own thing.

vegan tortilla lentil soup

Here’s what I changed:

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 tsp cumin A tsp?! I don’t think so. 1 tablespoon!
1/2 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp? Nah. 1 tablespoon.
1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper
1 can tomato paste (or sub 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes and omit the water below) I used a 28oz. can of diced tomatoes
2.5 cups water
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth – I used 2 cups of Pacific bone broth. Use veggie broth to keep it vegan.
1 cup your favorite fresh, chunky salsa – I used Pace hot salsa
1 4-ounce can mild diced green chilis
2 15-ounce cans black beans, lightly drained 1/2 cup of red lentils, sorted through and rinsed

It was so good! And really spicy. I added plain Greek yogurt and ate it along with a few tortilla chips. I’ll definitely be making it again soon! I hope that you all have a great weekend :]