Cuddle time

Another chilly day here so the dogs and I only went for a short walk during my lunch break.  Tomorrow is going to be even colder but I will driving to Peoria, Illinois for an All Hands Tax Department meeting for all of the Central Illinois offices.  It will take up most of the day including the hour and a half drive each way.

Dinner was a classic comfort food in our house, chicken parmesan.  I make a dipping station of bread crumbs in one bowl and egg whites and a little almond milk in another.

Then dip the chicken in the egg mixture then bread crumbs then repeat (for a thicker crust).  Place the chicken in a greased baking pan and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Then remove from the oven and top each piece of chicken with pasta sauce and some mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese and bake for another 10 minutes.

Played some indoor fetch with the dogs since it was so cold out and we couldn’t go for a walk like I had hoped.  Days like these it’s really hard to not have a yard for the dogs to play in….someday puppies we will have a yard again.  I promise!

I also prepared some Salsa Chicken Soup for tomorrow’s dinner.  Since I will be out of town for work tomorrow, it will be nice to come home to dinner that’s done already.

I have not tried this recipe yet so I am excited to see how it turns out.  I could literally eat Mexican food everyday of my life if given the choice.  I just love all the foods and flavors of avocado, tomatoes, olives, pico de gallo, black beans, corn and of course margaritas!  Not making those to go along with my soup but maybe next time 😉  I wish we would have bought another bag of those Trader Joe’s Quinoa chips because they would have gone perfectly with the soup.

For my workout this morning I overslept a bit but I needed it so I ended up with 3 miles on the treadmill.  I ran 1 mile to warm up then 2 miles (1/2 @ 8:00 pace followed by some abs and bicep work)  I repeated that 4 times and headed home to get ready for the day.

We decided to end the evening with all of us (yes me, Steve, Noah and Kenda all on our couch) watching Home Alone II: Lost in New York while I wrote out Christmas cards and wrote my blog.    Only got a picture of Kenda….if I moved I would have disrupted their sleeping.  Such a sweet face!


Have you sent out Christmas cards yet if you do?

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Lesson learned

Our Saturday morning was busy since we had to leave at 8am to drive to a suburb of Chicago for a vendor show. It was a 2 hour drive to the show and I had to be set up at 10:45 so staying on track was important. The place was a little difficult to find but I got set up and was excited for my first show. Unfortunately it’s been so slow which is why I’m writing this post while at the show. I sure hope it picks up since I still have 2.5 more hours. This being my first show I learned my lesson in not doing research about the show beforehand. I didn’t check out their advertising or ask about theset up (we are at tables in hallways) or ask about how many vendors there will be….lesson learned.

Well I will know for next time. I’m bummed because I will miss a holiday cookie exchange too. So sad!!! I love cookie exchanges. An excuse to bake sign me up!!!

I had originally hoped to run the dogs before we had to leave this morning but it’s so cold here. We were supposed to get snow yesterday but the storm went further south so we did luck out there. I will have to bundle up and take the dogs for a walk when we get home because they are always bouncing off the walls after being home alone all day. Heck I’ll be bouncing of the walls after sitting doing nothing at this show all day.

Unfortunately the vendor show turned out to be a total bust but the good news of the day, Trader Joe’s was nearby!!  I love that store so we went to check it out after leaving the show.  We found some Quinoa chips and decided to make nachos for dinner.  We also found some Chipotle salsa which was awesome! I love the smokiness flavor to it.  We grabbed a couple of avocados, cherry tomatoes and shredded cheese too.

Of course we had to see what treats they had for the holidays and I got super excited seeing Joe Joe’s after reading about them at hungreyrunnergirl. I also found some chocolate covered espresso beans and decided I was only getting one treat and just couldn’t pass up the chocolate covered espresso beans.

We got to check out and chatted with the friendly cashier (they are always so nice there) and then he grabbed a box of Joe Joe’s and put them in our bag and said “on me” for the happy couple.  Ah how sweet was that!!

We were greeted by some very happy to see us dogs (there is nothing like a dogs love :) ).  We were only gone 10 hours but they acted like we were gone for days.  We fed them and started to put together our nachos.  We layered the Quinoa chips, blended up black beans, cheese and olives and then backed for 15 minutes.  I then sprinkled avocado and some cherry tomatoes to top it off.  They were good!

Sad to say its not even 8pm on a Saturday night and I am already in bed now.  Driving (okay well riding in the car – thanks for driving me Steve) makes me tired plus it was such a boring day so yep its early to bed for me.  That’s okay I have a long run tomorrow morning and then Body Pump class later so I should get some extra sleep while I can.

Have a good night!

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