Monday Again?

Another weekend is in the books – as we get closer to the end of the year it seems like these weekends go by quicker each week.  I slept in until 9:30 Saturday morning – it was so nice!  I love to sleep.  Tony made me breakfast when I got up – savory french toast!  It was rosemary bread french toast and he put spicy eggs on top.  So good!

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I did some cleaning and then it was time to get sweaty!  I did 40 minutes of Insanity Plyo.

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Then before I knew it, it was time to pick up Hannah from the train station!  Her friend has a son who turned two and we were both invited to the party.  It was at a place called the Treehouse – very nice!

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These were two of my favorite pictures:

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I have to give props to Mel – she’s a single Mom who just turned 22 yesterday, but I think she’s doing a great job raising her son by herself.  And then he saw his cake!

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It was funny, Hannah and I were talking together and Hannah’s friends Aunt asked if Hannah and I were twins!  Ha! 

We left the party and hit up the Entenmann’s outlet – my step-son would have died for these donuts – he loves all things pumpkin!

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Then we went to Goodwill – I got two pairs of pants and three tops for $11.  My size 14s are way too big, the 12s fit good and hopefully by January I’ll be in 10s!

Then it was time to take Hannah back to the train for her to go home – it went by so quick!

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I ended up picking up a pizza and making a salad for dinner Saturday night – never took one picture of it though!

Tony spoiled me again for breakfast Sunday.  I ended up sleeping in until 9.  He made me a mashed potato egg frittata with corned beef and cheese.  So good!  I ended up eating only half though – it was filling.


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The theme of the day yesterday was ORGANIZE.  It’s sad how much I didn’t appreciate Hannah’s cleaning skills when she lived here.  Our pantry was a mess and it had been a while since I deep cleaned the refrigerator.  Before and after – hopefully I can keep it that way!

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I kept up with laundry through the day, and that’s all done.  Then I grocery shopped and when I came home started making the sauce for lasagna.  I can’t even remember the last time I made lasagna!

It was a gorgeous day yesterday – sunny and 55.  I was so glad it wasn’t raining for the Chicago marathon.  One of the attorneys in my office ran it in 3:40!   I didn’t run, but I did get in a 50 minute walk in the afternoon.

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Then it was time to assemble the lasagna.  I ended up using this recipe.  The only thing I did differently was I reduced the oil to 1 teaspoon, used 8 ounces of Italian sausage and 4 ounces of ground sirloin, and of course, left out the onions.  I also used fresh lasagna sheets I found in the freezer section.  I ended up using three sheets for this recipe.

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I made this 8 servings.

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I liked it, but thought it could have used some crushed red pepper to kick it up a notch.  I am going to freeze the leftovers for lunches.

I have to give a shout out to Lori.  She was thrift store shopping with her son and saw this and took a picture because she thought of me – love it!  She said it was already like this when she found it!


And tonight I am meeting a loyal blog reader Randi and her new spouse Julie (not sure if I call her a wife?) for dinner tonight.  They live in California and just got married and are spending their honeymoon in Chicago and visiting family in Wisconsin.  I’ll be having dinner with them tonight. Open-mouthed smile  Love is love in my book!


I am so excited our Healthy for the Holidays FB page is 115 members strong!  If you want support during this eating holiday season, friend me on facebook and I’ll add you to the group:  Beth Hills Velatini.

Alright, I guess I have to go to work today.  Make it a great day!


36 thoughts on “Monday Again?

  1. Pumpkin donuts? MMMMM, just makes me want to go out for a pumpkin spice latte!

  2. I enjoyed hearing about your weekend until you reminded me that I need to clean out the pantry!!


  3. Oh sure, you can call her my wife. LOL. Cant wait to meet you tonight.

  4. Happy Monday to you!
    So awesome that you get to meet a blog reader tonight – I hope they are having a great honeymoon!!!

  5. MMM…pumpkin donuts!! There used to be an Entemann’s outlet near me – it was the best!! Yay for the blog readers that got married!! Have a great time with them!

  6. Love the pics of you and Hannah! And I’m looking forward to all things pumpkin.

    ps: about your post about high blood pressure–I had to go to the ER because I had a panic attack (I get them sometimes) and my BP was 243/110 or something crazy like that! Whaaa?

    • Yeah, I had a reading of that too – but the wrist machine I was using isn’t that accurate – I am going tomorrow morning before work to get my EKG and echo done. We’ll see what it says about my heart murmur. So glad you are home and better KW!

  7. thequiltingchick

    Can you send me a friend request for yoyr Fb group? I can’t find it. Have fun at dinner tonight.

    Treasa Waycaster Hamilton

  8. What a fun weekend! I’m so jealous of your sleep…..Thats an amazing marathon time! I’ve contemplated a full but I just don’t think I can do it… Mmm lasagna. I always like a little spice in my spaghetti sauce.

  9. Looks like a super fun weekend, I agree though, lately weekends are flying by. I would go crazy for those pumpkin donuts, but it’s probably better if I never find them 🙂

  10. I love sleep and I love pumpkin doughnuts. I do NOT love the treehouse – LOL! Waaaaay too much winter days spent there 🙂

  11. Mmm, savory French toast sounds awesome – need to try that! 🙂

  12. Wow, Tony sure holds his own when it comes to cooking breakfast. Both meals look de-lish-us. Great pictures of Hannah’s friend and child. Hope you have a great week Biz.

  13. You always have fun filled weekends! The picture of Hannah’s friend and son is really great! Love his face when he sees the cake too. Congrats to your friends on their marriage, have fun tonight 🙂

  14. I don’t know what it is, but pumpkin anything is really turning me off this year. Pumpkin donuts, though, I might make an exception! Love that you and Hannah went thrifting. Goodwill for the win! 🙂

  15. andreaswellnessnotes

    My weekend went by waaay to quickly…

    Glad you got to hang out with Hannah. What a cute birthday boy!

    Have a great sweaty week! 🙂

  16. The expression on his face, and his hands pressed together over the cake – so precious! Krispy Kreme has pumpkin spice doughnuts that look just like that and I was craving them so bad Dennis got up early on my birthday so that when I woke up, they were waiting for me. Not that I need them, but they were insulin worthy!

  17. What a great weekend, filled with fun, love and good food. The entire post gave me a big smile!
    Here’s to a great new week.

  18. BIZ! Put down the DONUTS!!! LOL. I have actually been craving Louisianna Crunch Cake from Entmanns. I am avoiding the bakery section for dear life…I have no control….LOL

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