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Weekend: Much to be Grateful For

Hi and happy Thanksgiving week! I hope that everyone is feeling extra full of love and gratitude. We all truly have so much to be thankful for.

I am grateful for a lovely weekend in Charlotte. I spent a lot of time hanging out with my fiance and the pups and it was just what I needed to feel both connected and grounded in gratitude. Here are the highlights.

11.23bahnmi

Friday lunch date/business meeting at Earl’s Grocery. He got the Bahn Mi which was incredible and I stole many bites of.

11.23quiche

I had the daily quiche which was a very interesting combo of duck confit, goat cheese, beets and chives. I’m not sure that I’d agree that beets work in a quiche but the buttery pastry crust more than made up for it.

11.23earlsdessert

I had a skim milk latte and we shared the peanut butter pie. We brought the cupcake home to enjoy later. It was a gingerbread cupcake and to die for!

11.23sulliepark

We spent a lot of time at the park this weekend. The weather was gorgeous and the pups love to run.

11.23park

Well, Zoey loves to run. Sullie prefers trotting around and sniffing things and rolling around in the grass. We use the chuck it for Zoey and she sprints the entire distance of the field. We have to hold Zoey when we throw Sullie the ball and we throw it about 20 feet and give her BIG cheers when she goes after it. Sullie has never been a ball chaser. She is totally different than her sister in that regard.

11.23cheeseplate

Saturday night in on the couch with a cheese plate, a bottle of wine and Trainwreck. If you haven’t watched this movie, you must. Sure to make you laugh out loud. Amy Schumer is hysterical.

11.23parkjensullie

On Saturday I practiced yoga, taught yoga and then headed back to the park after lunch to soak up more sunshine and puppy playtime.

11.23latte

Later that afternoon we headed out with a mission to stock up on holiday supplies to decorate the studio. First I needed to caffeinate. 2% latte from Not Just Coffee (<-  I have been all about regular milk in my coffee drinks lately instead of alternatives).

11.23snowman

We found this inflatable Handstand Snowman at Lowes and of course it had to go into our cart.

We planned on seeing the new Hunger Games movie on Saturday night but decided to stay in again instead. This time I cooked a Blue Apron dinner and we watched the new Mission Impossible movie. I couldn’t take the movie seriously after just having listened to Leah Remini’s new book, Troublemaker. It’s a memoir that includes a huge focus on her 30+ years as a Scientologist. The book was both funny and fascinating and included a lot of Tom Cruise details.

11.23juiceandcoffee

Sunday mornings start with green juice and French press.

11.23cookies

And then I started baking. I made chai spice sugar cookies and oatmeal cranberry white chocolate chip cookies. They both turned out so wonderfully. Chai Spice Sugar Cookie recipe coming soon but you can find the Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip recipe here. Note: I made them regular sized instead of the jumbo cookies recipe calls for and reduced baking time.

11.23brunch

Brunch was an open faced avocado and egg sandwich with lots of melted sharp cheddar cheese on sourdough.

11.23tree

Later Sunday I taught a Total Strength class at the Y, a hot yoga class at Y2 and then ended my evening at the studio where we had a “deck the halls” extravaganza. We ordered pizza and opened some wine and a group of us went to town transforming the studio into a winter wonderland. Our tree turned out beautifully and my cookies were a hit! 🙂

Much to be grateful for. xo <3

Have you done any holiday decorating yet? We are holding out at home until after Thanksgiving but it sure was fun to do the studio!

What are you feeling grateful for this week?


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  • 1
    Julie November 23, 2015, 3:34 pm

    The headstand snowman is a perfect find for the studio!

    • 2
      Jen DeCurtins November 25, 2015, 10:02 am

      I know! We couldn’t believe it!

  • 3
    Christine Fenn November 23, 2015, 3:34 pm

    Hi Jen,
    Love your blog and also love your 4:00 Sunday class at y2:) I was in your class yesterday and absolutely loved the quote you read during the beginning and end of class. Do you mind sharing where it came from? Thanks!

  • 5
    Hilary November 23, 2015, 4:53 pm

    That sounds like such a perfect weekend in! I am so grateful for my family this week… first Thanksgiving away from home but they have showed me so much love, and I can’t wait to see them at Christmas!

    • 6
      Jen DeCurtins November 25, 2015, 10:05 am

      That’s alway hard! It’s totally expected to be a little homesick when you’re not with them for the holiday, but I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! It’ll make seeing them for Christmas that much more special!

  • 7
    Mary November 23, 2015, 7:58 pm

    As a reader of your blog, I just wanted to write a quick comment about how excited I am about your new book! I ordered it on Amazon after I saw your post and it came today. It’s so well put together and the photos are amazing. Congratulations! I have the week off, so I am going to be doing a ton of practicing with it. Thanks! Enjoy your Thanksgiving 🙂

    • 8
      Jen DeCurtins November 23, 2015, 10:24 pm

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you. This comment warmed my heart. It’s still surreal to think that I published this book and that people are ordering it. I really appreciate the feedback and support!

  • 9
    Sarah @ BucketListTummy November 23, 2015, 9:40 pm

    I agree – not sure I would crave beets in a quiche! But peanut butter pie – that I Can do! Earl’s Grocery is still on my charlotte bucket list!

    • 10
      Jen DeCurtins November 25, 2015, 10:08 am

      It’s definitely one of my favorite lunch spots! It’s hard to go wrong there!

  • 11
    Jennifer November 23, 2015, 9:52 pm

    The cookies look delicious .. Christmas tree is beautiful .. And your hair looks amazing!! you are firing on all cylinders 🙂 Just curious why you are going with regular milk lately – just a preference?? (I have read lately, about how almond milk doesn’t pack much protein.. and I find coconut milk a bit over-powering. So for myself lately I’ve been doing either regular milk, or just black coffee)

    • 12
      Jen DeCurtins November 23, 2015, 10:23 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I feel really happy right now. 🙂

      There is no reason for the milk switch other than I’ve just been enjoying the taste of regular milk in my lattes. I have done regular milk in iced coffee for a long time because it doesn’t separate like milk alternatives do. I am definitely a black coffee girl first and foremost. I only add the milk with espresso drinks or a splash with iced coffee.

  • 13
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt November 24, 2015, 8:23 am

    What a great weekend. I hold off on the house until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Right now the house is decked out with all things Turkey!
    Glad you had a good weekend.

  • 14
    Arthi November 24, 2015, 9:01 pm

    Sounds like a lovely weekend! And that peanut butter pie looks delicious!!

    I am so grateful for my incredible mother. I was supposed to watch my friend’s puppy this week while she was away on her honeymoon and then I ended up spraining my pinky toe. I could barely walk my own dog and my mom offered to not only take my dog, but watch my friend’s pup on my behalf! Best lady ever.

  • 15
    Bonnie November 30, 2015, 10:45 am

    I made those oatmeal white chocolate cranberry cookies to take tailgating on Saturday and they were a huge hit — delicious! I will definitely be making them again for Christmas. Thank you for the recipe! I’m looking forward to trying the chai spice cookies, too, once you post that one. 🙂

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