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Construction Zone

Well, things haven’t improved over here on the messy front…in fact, I think they’ve gotten worse!

Our bedroom has now also fallen victim to furniture construction. 😯 (But check out the nightstands that went in last night – looking good!)

So Brandon is in the midst of furniture making, night two and things have only gotten more complicated. He’s putting together a big dresser and it took him an hour just to unpack the boxes and get all of the pieces set out. I have to give him credit though, he’s really doing a great job and hanging strong with the 29 page manual!

I have stayed out of the way as much as possible and done things like grocery shop and cook a delicious dinner! (And sidenote, the UGA rug does not live in our bedroom. It is just there for floor protection while the furniture is assembled.)

Let’s talk about grocery shopping. A lot of you commented that you would like to know more about my time management. One of the ways I pull off cooking dinner most nights with my busy schedule is by planning in advance. I menu plan for the week and do one big grocery trip. I have found that this is the only way I can manage doing what I love to do to unwind at the end of the day – cooking. Check out this post about “How to Menu Plan and Grocery Shop for the Week.

And here is a look at this week’s groceries. The G2’s in the back were a splurge to help me through yoga teacher trainingΒ  because I heard a horror story today that there’s a real possibility that we’ll practice four hours a day. Oh what have I gotten myself into?

Dinner tonight was something that I’ve been meaning to make since Josie posted the recipe in September – Chorizo, Potato and Mushroom Tacos with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa. When Josie included this recipe in her 2010 favorites post, I knew it had to finally go on the dinner menu this week.

I started by making the Roasted Tomatillo Salsa.

I am kind of embarrassed to admit that this is the first time that I’ve ever made homemade salsa. I don’t know what took me so long because this salsa was incredible.

I also used to hate cilantro but over the last few years, it’s really grown on me. I might go as far as to say that I kind of love it now.

And then I made the Chorizo, Potato and Mushroom taco filling.

It sounds like a crazy combination but trust me, it works.

I served the taco filling with warm corn tortillas, the tomatillo salsa, chopped cilantro and (unpictured) Greek yogurt. Black beans with sauteed onions and jalapeno on the side. I loved this dinner – it is definitely a repeater!

Brandon took a furniture construction break to give Sullie a treat. She received this bone for Christmas from my BodyPump co-instructor at the Y.

Sullie is feeling very displaced by all of the mess. πŸ™

I think the bone made it better? It definitely distracted her for a while. Can you tell that Sullie has been the subject of many practice shots with the new camera?

Other tidbits from the day: I taught BodyPump this morning, had banana pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast and another pita sandwich for lunch today.

Off to bed. Early ashtanga practice tomorrow morning. It’s been TWO WEEKS since I’ve practiced ashtanga. Can’t wait!

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  • 1
    Alaina January 3, 2011, 11:09 pm

    I put together a few Ikea wardrobes for my sister in law and it took two of us to get it done in about an hour. Definitely a time consuming process. But they look so good when they’re put together. πŸ™‚

  • 2
    shelby @ eatdrinkrun January 3, 2011, 11:36 pm

    Oh my, seeing those cups of Ikea pegs and parts brings back moving flashbacks. *shudder* Good luck getting everything put together!

    • 3
      Jen January 4, 2011, 2:20 pm

      Thanks! I am happy to report that everything looks great and Brandon did it all by himself. I am lucky!

  • 4
    Katy (The Singing Runner) January 3, 2011, 11:44 pm

    Mmmm your eats look great!

    And that’s a BIG tub of Chobani! They don’t sell them that size around here… just the individual cups and a medium sized tub.

  • 5
    Claudie January 4, 2011, 12:57 am

    Good luck with the furniture making and the 4-hour yoga sessions! As to Sullie, I’m sure she will quickly recover from the slightly stressful situation πŸ˜‰ Animals are so quick to adapt!

  • 6
    Lou January 4, 2011, 6:07 am

    Brandon must have amazing focus –Nice trade off that you made a great dinner πŸ™‚ Thanks for the menu planning tips. I’m going to work on doing better with that starting today!

  • 7
    Matt January 4, 2011, 8:00 am

    How much do you typically spend per week at the store? I am having a hard time staying on budget!

    • 8
      Jen January 4, 2011, 2:19 pm

      I probably average $65-$90 a week to feed two people. Breakfast, lunch and about five dinners per week. I find that trying to only make one trip a week helps me cut back on cost significantly. When I go every day, I end up spending a fortune. Food budgets are tricky – especially when you love food as much as we do! πŸ˜€

  • 9
    Josie January 4, 2011, 9:37 am

    So glad you liked the tacos – they are such a quick and easy dinner to have in the rotation. If you are enthusiastic about making salsa now, I have another one from Rick Bayless in my blog that is easy, fast, and really good – it’s rustic roasted salsa if you want to search for it. mmmm
    PS – I can’t wait to read about your teacher training – so excited for you!!

    • 10
      Jen January 4, 2011, 2:17 pm

      Brandon already requested at dinner last night that I get the Rick Bayless cookbook. He said it’s a must! πŸ˜€ I will try the other salsa recipe very soon. Thanks for letting me know about it! It was so easy to make the tomatillo salsa and it tasted a million times better.

  • 11
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 4, 2011, 9:40 am

    Can I steal Sullie from you please? πŸ˜›
    Thanks for the time management tip! I’ll have to try that πŸ™‚
    And FOUR HOURS of yoga a day! Good luck with that! :O

    • 12
      Jen January 4, 2011, 2:16 pm

      she’s a cutie!

  • 13
    Jen January 4, 2011, 3:28 pm

    My favorite thing to do on Sunday afternoons is to plan the weeks meals and make a grocery list. I have saved so much $$$ doing this, I could never go back to the way we used to shop.


    P.S. Thank you for all of your comments on my blog, your support means a lot to me πŸ™‚

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