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Weekend Love, Part II

Weekend part two was equally as awesome as weekend part one. This was the first weekend in a very long time that hasn’t been devoted to studying, traveling or teaching a ridiculous number of classes and it was just perfect.

Since we went out on Friday night we stayed in and cooked on Saturday. We try to limit our eating out to once per weekend not only for budget reasons but also because we just enjoy cooking together and having a nice meal at home. Earth Fare had a ridiculous special on chicken last week where you could get boneless skinless breasts for $1 per pound. We took advantage of that and had grilled stuffed chicken for dinner last night.

We stuffed the chicken with fresh mozzarella, sauteed spinach, sauteed baby portobello mushrooms and basil. We rubbed the chicken with a little bit of our favorite Tuscan spice rub and then secured it with kitchen twine. Brandon grilled it and I finished it with a couple of spoonfuls of marinara. I made a delicious squash casserole (that earned a high five from Brandon after he had his first bite!) and orecchiette with parmesan and butter on the side.

After dinner as I was working on my playlist and class plan for my Sunday morning hot yoga class, I somehow managed to convince Brandon to commit to coming. I can’t say that he was super thrilled to be in the yoga studio this morning instead of on the couch with coffee in hand but the promise of these after class earned me some bonus points. ;)

Buttermilk pancakes using my favorite recipe. They were extra fluffy for some reason today. I mixed blueberries into mine and topped them with almond butter, Greek yogurt, sauteed bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup. Yum, yum, yum!

I had a session with a personal training client this afternoon and then headed back to the yoga studio to get my own practice in. It was perfect. It was one of those practices where every pose felt good and right. My hamstring is feeling so much better and I was even able to do bird of paradise on my left (injured) side for the first time in months and months. I didn’t want my practice to be over so I took frog during savasana (final rest). I can’t even tell you how nice it has been to be able to practice so much this weekend. I am a very happy yogi right now.

I refueled with a green smoothie after yoga. We spent the rest of the afternoon visiting with Brandon’s grandmother and grocery shopping.

Dinner tonight was super simple but so good. We rubbed cod fillets with Dizzy Pig Jamaican Firewalk and a little bit of Jamaican curry powder that we picked up on our trip and grilled the fish. We made fish sandwiches and had salad and leftover squash casserole on the side.

Must go figure out what I’m teaching for BodyPump in the morning and prepare for a new week. I’m going to be extra busy at work…focusing on the promise of a long weekend to come!

Did you cook anything delicious this weekend?

Oh, I FINALLY posted the recipe for the Spiced Peach-Carrot Bread on Bakin’ and Eggs. Check it out!

***Lots of love to my readers who were affected by hurricane Irene. Hope everyone is safe and with power.***

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  • 1
    Kaitlyn August 28, 2011, 11:17 pm

    all of that looks seriously amazing!!

    do you have a recipe for your squash casserole? id love to try it. its always been one of my favorites!

    glad to hear you finally had a nice and restful weekend!

    • 2
      Jen August 29, 2011, 11:28 am

      i kind of made up the recipe as i went based on a few different recipes and what i had on hand. i need to blog it though because it was super delicious!

  • 3
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 29, 2011, 6:15 am

    Everything looks delicious!

  • 4
    Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement August 29, 2011, 6:18 am

    The pancakes looks amazing. Have you tried coconut flour pancakes? I whipped up a batch this weekend topped with peanut butter. They are gluten free and a nice alternative to regular.

    I also made a half batch of chocolate chip cupcakes (Martha Stewart Recipe)…mini and regular.

    • 5
      Jen August 29, 2011, 11:27 am

      i have not tried coconut flour anything! do you have a recipe? sounds good!

      and yum cupcakes!

  • 6
    Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) August 29, 2011, 6:41 am

    The stuffed chicken, fish sandwich and pancakes all look so delicious…. especially those pancakes :). We did not do much cooking this weekend as we had lots of leftovers from our amazing friends who brought dinners to us Tuesday afternoon – Friday while I was on bed rest for a medical procedure. Love sweet friends! Glad your weekend was a relaxing one… those are the best!

    • 7
      Jen August 29, 2011, 11:26 am

      how sweet of your friends to do that for you! it’s always nice to have leftovers. home cooked food with no work!

  • 8
    Fit Chick Britt August 29, 2011, 7:33 am

    I don’t know how you do it between working out and being able to cook nice meals at home. For me I’m either doing one or the other! Looks delcious. Congrats on your personal training certification; I can tell you will be an amazing training.

    • 9
      Jen August 29, 2011, 11:23 am

      i just really, really love to cook so it’s always a priority and never feels like a chore. thanks for the congrats! :D

  • 10
    Clara August 29, 2011, 8:53 am

    I love using buttermilk in pancakes. Once you use that ingredient, it feels like there’s no other way!

    • 11
      Jen August 29, 2011, 11:23 am

      clara – i agree! buttermilk is key when making pancakes.

  • 12
    Jen August 29, 2011, 9:27 am

    I’m so glad you had a relaxing weekend. And I am getting more eager to try your yoga classes. I can’t wait for next year :)

    • 13
      Jen August 29, 2011, 11:22 am

      yay! can’t wait to have you in class! :)

  • 14
    Hannah August 29, 2011, 9:32 am

    its always nice to have a relaxing weekend and not feel obligated to do things.
    I want to make pancakes but my boyfriend doesnt like them so i never do.
    might just need to soon.. yours look great along with everything else that you make! :)
    have a good week!!

    • 15
      Jen August 29, 2011, 11:21 am

      this recipe makes a pretty small batch so make them sometime when he’s not around! i’m personally a big fan of pancakes for dinner! :)

  • 16
    Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers August 29, 2011, 9:57 am

    What yummy eats! I made some pretty good lasagna. It should have probably served 6, but the hubby and I devoured it in in two nights. Totally worth it :)

    • 17
      Jen August 29, 2011, 11:20 am

      mmm…i love homemade lasagna and haven’t made it in forever. need to add that to my list for the fall.

  • 18
    Sara August 29, 2011, 11:32 am

    That squash casserole looks amazing…how did you make it??

  • 19
    Val August 29, 2011, 4:54 pm

    As a few others would lov the squash recipe. I have tried a few but not favorites yet. thanks

  • 20
    Kamaile August 29, 2011, 4:57 pm

    I didn’t cook/bake anything this weekend but those pancakes are calling my name! Wanted to ask how your Grandmother was doing? So random that it popped in to my head a couple days ago. Hope she’s doing well. :-)

    • 21
      Jen August 29, 2011, 9:21 pm

      you are so sweet to ask about my grandmother. she is doing SO well. it’s awesome! her energy levels are better than before the surgery, she’s back to volunteering at her church and is in rehab 3x per week doing all kinds of cardio equipment!

      • 22
        Kamaile August 30, 2011, 8:37 am

        That is great news! :)

  • 23
    Alaina August 29, 2011, 6:41 pm

    You had a DELCIOUS weekend!! That chicken looks so good.

    I happened to be at my parents house in southern Mass and they were hit pretty hard. They’ve been without power since Sunday morning. Thankfully my apartment still has power. Trees were down all over near where my parents live, too. But there wasn’t any water damage though.

  • 24
    Rachel Mount August 29, 2011, 6:52 pm

    Such an interesting idea to take frog during savasana…do you switch sides? I never knew you could do anything but the traditional corpse pose. I want to try this!

    • 25
      Jen August 29, 2011, 9:20 pm

      rachel – in frog you don’t have to switch sides because the stretch is even in both sides to start…if that makes any sense? of course you traditionally take corpse pose but you can really do anything that feels comfortable to you. i also like to put my feet up against a wall at 90 degrees. feels so good!

  • 26
    Megan@eatmybeets August 29, 2011, 9:31 pm

    I cooked some amaranth chili for my friends and I as we got stormed-in together. It’s so fun to cook for others!

  • 27
    Holly August 31, 2011, 7:30 pm

    I’ve been told I look like Haley Mills (from the 1960s Parent Trap movie) and like Kendra Wilkinson — without the boob job!

    Jealous of your boxed salads. Sounds like a great deal.

  • 28
    Holly August 31, 2011, 7:31 pm

    Whoops. I don’t know what happened. I clicked to comment. That comment was meant for the celeb post!

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