Plan a Meal, Save a Buck

26 09 2011

Happy Monday 321delish readers. I (Chloe) hope that you all were able to have a little bit of fun this past weekend. I spent my weekend up in New Hampshire at one of my best friend’s wedding’s, where I was the maid of honor. It was  beautiful wedding and such a fun celebration. A big congratulations to Katie and Sam 🙂

When Chris and I got back to D.C. yesterday evening, the last thing that we wanted to do was think about making dinner. Putting together a grocery list and heading to the store sounded even less enjoyable. We easily could have thrown in the towel, called the local pizza place and ordered in the for the night. We also could have postponed grocery shopping until today, which we knew would ultimately not fit into our schedules and get put on Tuesday’s to do list. But in the same way that a hard workout, no matter how much it is dreaded, always feels better after, we knew that if we just sucked it up, went to the store and made a homemade dinner, we would feel much better. So we did.

When we actually sat down and thought about our schedules this week, we were extra glad that we had decided to make dinner at home and get groceries for the week. Turns out we have a pretty busy week ahead of us, so quick dinners are going to be a must. I decided that I would make a huge lasagna last night so that we had dinner last night as well as leftovers, one night for Chris and one night for me.

It wasn’t the prettiest meat lasagna that I have ever made but paired with some fresh steamed broccoli, it was an easy, delicious and relatively healthy dinner. And I know, that if we had decided to just swing by the pizza store and pick up some quick take out, it is likely that both of us would have opted for take out on the nights when we were flying solo and super busy this week. Deciding to take a step back and put together a list also allowed me to get the ingredients for the chocolate chip cookies that we made last night. Homemade cookie dough is always worth a trip to the grocery store.

So, with a well stocked fridge and some leftover lasagna waiting in the fridge, we are off to another busy week. Have a great day and I will see you on Wednesday!

Question of the Day: Are you a meal planner or do you tend to wing it and head to the grocery store on your way home from work?

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MOH Responsibilities

12 07 2011

No, I (Chloe) am not trying to be HIP by using the word “MOH” instead of “more.” I wouldn’t dare embarrass my mother like that. MOH=Maid of Honor! One of my Best Friends, Katie, will be getting married in New Hampshire in September.

I was thrilled when she asked if I would be her MOH. At the time when she asked me, I immediately said yes and told her that I couldn’t wait to be by her side on her wedding day. What I was not thinking about at the time (mainly because I had no clue!) were all of the MOH responsibilities that would ensue. One of the primary events that the MOH plans is the bridal shower. This past Saturday, my Mom and I hosted a bridal shower at my parents house. It was a great shower if I may say so myself 🙂

A few snapshots…

My Dad was so excited that he could contribute this sign so that people didn’t get lost finding our house…

We definitely could not have pulled off such a nice shower without the help of Katie’s Mom!

Katie’s GORGEOUS ring!

Some girlie cocktails!

The dining room all ready for a delicious lunch.

Bubbly!

Taking a little garden tour 🙂

Hostess gifts which Katie and her Mom gave my Mom and I 🙂

Lunch!

Presents…

and of course…CAKE!

Can’t wait for the Bachlorette Party!!!

Question of the Day: Have you ever been a MOH?! If so, any big bloopers or stories to tell?





Hoooooold UP!

14 06 2011

Hey Friends! Chloe here. Just wondering…did anyone else start their morning off with a great workout? One might think that by now (after competitive swimming since the age of 7), I would be tired of morning swim workouts, but I even after 19 years of swimming, (UM WOW. that makes me feel old.) I still love starting my day off in the pool. I was definitely dragging this morning when I got up, but getting to the pool and getting in a good workout with Chris and Victoria  got my day off to a great start. I feel like no matter what happens today, I have done something good for myself. And that is important.

OK so maybe I still look a little tired...

Do something good for yourself today.

I did something good for myself this past weekend too. I took 72 hrs off of training!

For a number of reasons, I did not rest for my half marathon last weekend. I am pretty sure that the endorphins from that race got me through training last week. I am A BIG supporter of taking at least one day off per week. And I mean completely off…no yoga, no short swimming, no casual jogs. OFF! But because I knew that I would be out of town for a wedding this past weekend (aka eating, drinking and dancing the weekend away), I decided to break my own rule and hold off on a rest day. While I managed to get through training last week, I was EXTREMELY ready for my 72 hrs of no training!  Last week’s training included:

Sunday: Zooma Women’s 1/2 Marathon

Monday: 3200 meters swim

Tuesday: AM run 4.5 miles PM bike 60 min

Wednesday: AM Swim 2200 PM bike 60 min

Thursday: AM swim 3000 PM got my bike fitted!

Friday: AM 11 mile run

Saturday: OFF

Sunday: OFF

Chris and  I left bright and early on Saturday morning for a wedding at Duke University. I was in need of leaving everything behind and just enjoying the weekend away. Not only did this include my running shoes and bathing suit, but also my camera and computer. No blogging and no training.  I let lose and had fun 🙂 I am the type of person who forgets to stop and smell the roses. I love setting and accomplishing goals, making plans, and crossing off to do lists. But in the midst of doing these things, I don’t leave much room for that mid afternoon glass of wine, last dance right before last call, or lazy Sunday morning brunch with friends. This past weekend I did all of these things. I ate and drank delicious food and wine, stayed out late dancing, spent time with friend’s that I had not seen in a while and remembered what it was like to just let life happen. It isn’t something that I think is necessary every weekend, but every once in a while, you just gotta hoooooooold up! It feels good. And…just so happens that if you stay at the bars in Durham, NC (where Duke is located), you have a chance at running into some celebrities 🙂 We ran into Mason and Marshall Plumlee (no Miles 😦 But it was still a highlight of the weekend!

On a completely different note…if you are in need of a SUPER EASY, fantastic summer recipe. Make this bruschetta. Bring it to your next pot luck BBQ. Your friends will thank you and you will thank me!

Easy Summer Bruschetta

What You Need:

**I didn’t measure anything. I bought a bunch of each and eyeballed it all…so this is all amountsISH.

  • 5 medium tomatoes (take out gooey inside and just cube outside layer)
  • approximately 2 cups cubed fresh mozzarella (I like cheese so was generous)
  • 15 leaves of fresh basil (chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 4 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

What to do:

  • Cube your tomatoes and mozzarella
  • Chop up your basil
  • Throw it in a bowl.

  • Stir in the balsamic, garlic and S&P

  • Mix it up and enjoy on your favorite toasty baguette

Questions of the Day:

1)Are you the type of person who is good at pressing the pause button? Or are you a go go getter who needs a reminder every once in a while to slooooow down?

2) What is your favorite easy bring to a pot luck BBQ dish??

 

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