This weekend doesn’t have to end yet, does it?

It’s been a fabu mix of work and play, mixed with some gorgeous weather, and has gone by way too fast!

This morning and afternoon was more work than play, and I started with a trip to the grocery store. I got a HUGE haul while enjoying a nice No-Foam Skinny Vanilla Starbucks Latte while I shopped. :)


I usually wait until I leave to grab a drink from the in-store Starby’s, but I was nearly blown over by a freezing cold wind gust on my way in and needed something to warm up with. I liked it!

Anywho, here’s my loot – combined with a few items I got at Trader Joe’s yesterday:

Fridge & Freezer Items

(With yogurt price comparisons, for fun!)


  • Skim milk
  • Trader Joe’s extra-firm tofu
  • French Vanilla coffee creamer
  • AE Plain Greek Yogurt ($.99/6oz)
  • 2 Mango Chobani Greek Yogurts ($1.50/6oz)
  • AE fat-free cottage cheese
  • Mozzarella string cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • Corn tortillas
  • Raspberry Noosa Yoghurt ($2.50/8oz)
  • Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake
  • Chopped frozen spinach

Meat & Fish


  • Trader Joe’s Curry Chicken Tenders
  • Frozen chicken breasts
  • Smart chicken breasts
  • La Quercia prosciutto

Pantry Items


  • 3 Clif Kid Honey Graham Z-Bars
  • Trader Joe’s animal crackers (total post-Water for Elephants impulse purchase!)
  • Canned corn
  • Trader Joe’s brown basmati rice
  • Mango butter
  • Enchilada sauce



  • Green beans
  • Cantaloupe
  • 2 mangoes
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli florets
  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce blend
  • Baby spinach
  • Fresh basil
  • 4 kiwi

All for…$80. I knoooow. I went WAY over budget this week. $20 over! Some impulse purchases like mango butter & animal crackers, and a TON of chicken helped contribute to the cost. You can never have too much chicken though, I feel.

After I put all the groceries away, I ate freelance projects all afternoon. Just a perk of the job! ;) Broiled Fruit for breakfast…


and a juicy Cheeseburger for lunch!


I’ll share the recipes when they’re published elsewhere!

3pm rolled around and my darling husband rescued me from the kitchen and my laptop, which I had barely budged from all day. Later laptop, hello tennis courts!


Ben and I started playing tennis when we moved to Minneapolis after college. He bought us rackets for my 23rd birthday (omg to be 23 again!) and we played at least 3 times a week at the courts by his house at the time.


4 years later and we’re still no good – but we sure have a good time trying! :D 


It actually works out pretty well because we get an awesome workout in chasing after all those balls. We’re completely exhausted by the time we’re done.

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The couple that plays (poorly) together, stays together! :D


After dragging ourselves off the courts, we walked down the street to visit with some friends who just had a baby, then headed to Chipotle for dinner!

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I’ve told you before that Chipotle for dinner on Sundays is somewhat of a weekly tradition for us – plus the winner of America’s Next Great Restaurant, co-hosted by the founder of Chipotle is announced tonight, so we thought it was very fitting.

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Not that we need an excuse though. Chipotle’s the best! Rice, black beans, chicken, pico de gallo, and green Tabasco sauce – FTW! 

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I am super pumped to find out who wins Next Great Restaurant tonight. Ben and I are going to be in Minneapolis next weekend so we’re going to try and eat at the winner’s restaurant while we’re there. I’m crossing my fingers for Spice Coast! I just love Indian food and it’d be so nice to have it available in a Chipotle type restaurant. Who are you rooting for?

Off to go frown at the setting sun. I don’t want this weekend to end! ;)

Have a great Monday everyone!


What do you and your sweetie like to do together?

Ben and I like walks and playing tennis. We also like eating candy together. I know – we’re 10.