Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekly Recap: November 16-22

Todd was out of town for work again part of last week so I had to work out at home on Monday & Wednesday instead of going to the Y or taking a class but I made up for that by going to T&J No Limit Fitness twice for classes at the end of the week.

Monday: 4 mi (8:23 pace)

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: 4 mi (8:22 pace) + 15 min circuit

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Shred @ T&J No Limit Fitness

Saturday: ~1 hr cardio @ Y (15 min Stepmill + 30 min elliptical + ran 1 mi)

Sunday: 1 hr Russ's Rockin' Body @ T&J No Limit Fitness (special class for their food drive)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Celebrating Todd's Birthday

Todd turned 35 on Sunday and we had a busy weekend filled with lots of celebration and fun!  I typically try to plan a little day trip for his birthday but when we got invited to our friends' son's birthday party that weekend, Todd decided to skip a day trip to go to the birthday party.  I'll have to keep my plans in mind though so if we find a free weekend maybe we can still go do something fun out of Columbus.  

We started Saturday off with a trip to Easton to try to get a head start on some Christmas shopping. We were able to knock a couple things off our list so that made me feel good.  After a quick lunch at home, we headed back out to Graeter's for the birthday party.  We skipped Lucy's nap in favor of going to the party and she did great!  You never know how your kid will be when they skip a nap but she was fine.  She had a blast going down the slides in the play area and then eating ice cream with the other kids.

She went down this slide a few times..

but LOVED the tunnel slide (in case you couldn't tell from the huge grin on her face)

Singing happy birthday to the birthday boy

After the party, we got home just in time for Todd & I to get ready for our night out to celebrate his birthday.  We dropped Lucy off at my parents' for the night and headed to the Short North for dinner at Press Grill.  It definitely wasn't fancy but this is where Todd wanted to go; he loves "bar food" and this fit the bill.  Press Grill also means a bit more to us as this is where we went on our first date back in July 2008.  After dinner, we went to see the new James Bond movie.  It was our first time at the movie theater in 2 years....the last movie we saw was one of the Hunger Games movies when Lucy's was just a couple months old.

Family photo before our night out

Ready for date night

Selfie at dinner

Turkey club for me, Press burger for Todd, and we split the cottage potatoes

Selfie at the theater (we were initially the only people there before it filled it up)

Since Lucy spent the night at my parents' and took her to church, Todd & I went to breakfast at Jack & Benny's Barnstormer Diner at the OSU Airport.  The original Jack & Benny's is on campus (and I hadn't been there in years) so we were excited to try out this newer location.  It was really small, only about 8-10 tables, but it was pretty cool because there was a window that opened a hanger where you could see the planes.  After we ate, we walked up to the tower and waited to see if we could watch any planes take off but it was pretty slow since it was Sunday morning and we didn't see any.

After my parents dropped Lucy off, we drove down to COSI so she could play for a bit before heading to Land Grant Brewing Company, which is right next to COSI, so Todd could try some new beers.

Todd's birthday celebration ended on Sunday night with presents and Black Forest Cake.

Outside Jack & Benny's Barnstormer Diner

Inside the restaurant (I love how there were pilots eating there too)

A view of the hanger

Chocolate chip pankcake for me, omelet for Todd, and we split a biscuit and shredded home fries

Up in the watch tower overlooking the runway

Lucy playing with the trains at COSI

Rolling balls down the slide (I should note, those are fake glasses Lucy is wearing; they have an eye doctor area in Kids' Space and Lucy loves to put on the fake glasses and wear them the rest of the time we're there)

Todd & his taster tray of beers


Lucy with the birthday boy

I forgot to buy candles so we had to reuse Lucy's 2 candle from her birthday in September

Helping daddy blow out his candle


Family photo

Reading birthday cards

Beer or alcohol are always part of Todd's presents

Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekly Recap: November 9-15

I taught a couple classes, took a couple classes, and did some cardio on my own last week for workouts.

Monday: 1 hr Shred @ T&J No Limit Fitness + 2 mi run (8:05 pace)

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: 1 hr Cardio @ Y (20 min stepmill + 30 min elliptical + ran 1 mi)

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Clocked @ System of Strength

Saturday: 4 mi (8:16 pace)

Sunday: Rest

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BBQ Ranch Chicken Casserole

Nothing like a good comfort meal in the fall once the weather starts to get colder and it starts getting darker outside earlier.  For me, comfort food is all about those creamy, cheesy casseroles that aren't healthy but sure are delicious!  A lot of my favorite casseroles involve pasta but this BBQ Ranch Chicken Casserole had a unique twist with whisking together BBQ sauce and ranch (seriously, genius idea!) and made for more of a southwestern flavor than Italian flavor.  Lucy even ate her portion which meant it must have been tasty!

My Inspiration


BBQ Ranch Sauce

All the ingredients mixed together out of the oven!

BBQ Ranch Chicken Casserole


2 chicken breasts (about 1 lb)
½ lb dry pasta
1 cup sweet corn
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
⅓ cup red onion, diced
1½ cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
1 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese for topping
1½ cups ranch dressing
¾ cup BBQ sauce


1. Cook pasta just until it is nearly done but do not overcook. Set aside.
2. Cook chicken with a little salt until completely done. Let cool until it can be handled, chop and set aside.
3. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a casserole dish.
4. In a large mixing bowl, combine diced tomatoes, diced onion, corn, cooked pasta and chopped chicken. 
5. Whisk ranch and BBQ together and add it to the mixing bowl. Mix until evenly distributed.
6. Add 1½ cups of Monterrey Jack cheese and mix well.
7. Transfer the mixture into the casserole dish and spread it evenly. Top with remaining cheese all over and bake for 15-20 minutes.

from Will Cook for Smiles

Monday, November 9, 2015

Weekly Recap: November 2-8

I only ended up making it to one class this week outside of my normal Spin/TRX classes that I teach but did work out twice on my own at the Y.

Monday: 4 mi (8:08 pace) + 15 min circuit

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: 40 min elliptical + 15 min circuit using box/step

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Shred @ T&J No Limit Fitness

Saturday: 45 min cardio (15 min stepmill + 30 min elliptical)

Sunday: Rest

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween this year was so much fun!  I had asked Lucy a couple months ago what she wanted to be for Halloween and at first she said a wookie because there was one at the entrance to Target when they were promoting their Star Wars stuff (maybe that's a sign that I go to Target too much) but, luckily, she quickly changed her mind and settled on Mickey Mouse.  Forget Minnie that most little girls want to be, Lucy wanted to be Mickey.  I didn't want to buy a store bought costume, especially because I still wanted people to know Lucy was a girl and most of them had hats that covered up your hair & head.  I went to Pinterest and found the perfect inspiration.  We already had a black shirt and tights so I ordered the white gloves from Amazon and the red shorts & Mickey ears from Etsy.  The only DIY part of the costume was the yellow shoes.  I bought cheap canvas shoes from Walmart (from the boys section), bleached them white (they were a dark tan to start with), and then used fabric dye to color them yellow.  They turned out perfect!

Inspiration for Lucy's costume

Dressed up for Imagination Day at preschool

Most of central Ohio has their trick-or-treat night a few nights before Halloween but the suburb we live in always has it on Halloween every year.  This was great for us this year because we were able to go over to our friend's house on Thursday, which was their trick-or-treat night, so Lucy and her friend, Olive, could get together since they were Mickey & Minnie.  This totally wasn't planned but it was even more reason for us to get the girls together.  We got a few pictures of the girls and let Lucy go trick-or-treating at a few houses with Olive before coming home.  It was pretty chilly that night too so Lucy didn't put up much of a fuss about leaving early.

Love our little Mickey & Minnie...we didn't even prompt them to hold hands!

2 pairs of BFFs

And off they go!


They both loved getting treats in their pumpkin buckets

On Friday evening, we carved our pumpkin to set out for Halloween on Saturday night which was our trick-or-treat night.  We were just going to do a normal jack o'lantern but at the last minute I had the great idea of attempting a Mickey pumpkin.  The Disney website had a bunch of templates so we printed one off and about an hour later (thanks to Todd's carving skills), we had our Mickey pumpkin.

Lucy wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty & dove right in to clean out the inside

Poking holes in the template so we knew where to carve

Lucy wanted to help carve

Typically Todd doesn't let me use knives (true story, at least 50% of the time, I end up slicing my finger) but this was a special occasion

Lucy was pretty excited to see the finished product

Turned out even better than I expected

My parents came over on Halloween night to see Lucy dressed up in her costume for trick-or-treat. My mom was nice enough to stay behind to hand out candy to the kids while Todd, my dad, and I took Lucy out.  We ended up doing our whole street (probably 20ish houses) and Lucy's pumpkin bucket was almost filled when we got back to our house.  She loved going to each house and we had been practicing to say "trick-or-treat" and then "thank you" all week so she did really well.  My favorite was as soon as we'd leave one porch, she'd be running down the driveway yelling, "next house!" By the end, she could hardly carry her bucket because it was "too heavy."  

Family picture on Halloween, which was our official trick-or-treat night

Since she'd already gone trick-or-treating a couple nights before, she knew exactly what to do 

My favorite house of the night....they had candy for the kids and jello shots for the adults

Lucy & her Mickey pumpkin

Checking out her candy

So excited to be eating a sucker...sugar high!

Mickey with her grandparents

Reading her new Mickey Mouse book with Grandpa after trick-or-treating

Since it was a special night and Grandma & Grandpa were over, we let Lucy stay up past her normal bedtime which worked to our advantage because it was daily savings that night.  Apparently Lucy got the memo about the extra hour of sleep because while most parents dread this night because their kids are up extra early, Lucy slept in and we woke her up at 8:00 AM!