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Super Fun Weekend

I can’t believe it is here….the last weekend before I leave for London and my job on the cruise line.

 

Brian and I have really fun plans for every day this weekend, and I have been looking forward to it for a while.  Here is a recap of what we will be doing!

 

Friday:

  • Lunch with Brenna, Kenny (he is home from Florida for the weekend!), Dad, and Brian at Panera.  I have been craving Panera, and so has Brian so we are super excited about eating there….now I just have to decide on what to order!

Love my siblings!

  • Getting the apartment ready for Chelsea, Ashley, and Dina (Fort Wayne friends) to come over tomorrow night
  • Shopping to use up the last of the discount at my retail job.

  • Dinner at Naked Tchopstix! This is probably Brian and I’s favorite sushi restaurant….we are looking forward to it.
  • Heading to a friend, Kelsey’s house, for her birthday!
Saturday
  • 9-5:30 last day of work 😦
  • 7pmish Chelsea, Ashley, and Dina come into town!!
  • 7:30pm-??? Going away party with all of my favorite friends!
Sunday
  • I’m hoping for a morning after breakfast at Patachou.  This place is seriously my favorite.  Brian and I went there after our engagement night with my family for breakfast, and they loved it too!
  • Heading to Brown County Indiana for fall festivities such as….Apple orchard visit, wine tasting, going around cute little shops.
This weekend should be great!
Breakfast
I started today with a coffee smoothie so that I have energy for the day and for this weekend!
Workout
Literally the sun just came up, so I am now off to change into my running shoes for a little 3 mile jog this morning.
Hope you all have an amazing start to your weekend!
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Healthified Chicken and Dumplings

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Dinner tonight was a winner for sure.

With the crisp air and cool breeze a meal that will warm me inside and out is just what I was craving.  One of the first complete dinners that I remember making totally from scratch and for my entire family all by myself is chicken and dumplings.  I remember going to Cracker Barrel as a child and only wanting chicken and dumplings as my meal.  In my hometown, Fort Wayne, we have an annual fall festival called the Johnny Appleseed Festival.  The two things I look forward to at that festival are the homemade cornbread (it doesn’t taste like any other cornbread) and chicken and dumplings.  I can’t put my finger on it, but for some reason I really like chicken and dumplings.  I also really like to put my own little touch on classic recipes such as this.   So, tonight I made my version of chicken and dumplings.

Chicken and Whole Wheat Dumplings

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of chicken stock (can be homemade, stock in a box, whatever is your favorite!)
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 medium sized red potatoes, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1-2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk mixed with 1 Tbsp lemon juice
Preparation:
Pour the 8 cups of chicken stock into a large pot.  Turn the burner on high heat and cover for about 3 minutes to allow the broth to warm up.
 
Place the chicken breast in the broth and allow to boil for 6-7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.   While the chicken is cooking in the broth, chop all of your vegetables (potatoes, onion, celery, and carrots).  Once the chicken is cooked thoroughly, remove the chicken from the broth and allow to cool before shredding it while the vegetables are cooking.
Carefully put the vegetables in the broth.
Cover the vegetables and leave the burner on medium-high heat.  allow the vegetables to cook for 10 minutes or until tender. While the vegetables are cooking, prepare the dumpling dough by mixing together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and milk with lemon juice.  This will form a thick dough.  Once the vegetables are tender, add the chicken back into the broth and place about 8 dollops of the dough onto the broth.

That would be dumpling dough on top of the broth

Cover the pot once again and allow the dumplings to cook for 4 minutes.  Once you raise the lid, the dumplings will have magically cooked!
Scoop into bowl and enjoy 🙂
Makes 6-8 servings depending on your appetite!
Now, I’m off to enjoy doing some pinteresting, blog reading, and desperate housewives watching.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Pumpkins are Back!

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So today I literally woke up at 3:45am because I had to be to work b 5am….that means I didn’t shower 😉 I started the day off with overnight oats so that I didn’t have to prepare anything this morning.  Even though I am a morning person waking up in the 3’s is definitely stretch for me.

Work was great…but sorry no picture…oops!!

Because we were at work for so long and so early me and the other two managers got a break.  So on our way to the bank we stopped at Einstein Bagels.  I went in not really knowing what to order because I was hungry since I ate breakfast at 4:30am, but as soon as I walked in I knew exactly what I wanted.  Pumpkins had invaded Einstein Bagels in the form of Pumpkin bagels, schmear, bagel bites, muffins, and my favorite…Pumpkin Latte!  I ordered it nonfat no-whip and it totally hit the spot 🙂  I LOVE pumpkin, it truly speaks fall to me.  I almost feel guilty eating it any other time of the year…so as soon as I see it in the seasonal products I go crazy for it.

 

 

 

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After coming home, I was pretty hungry so I actually had something to eat…the leftovers from Brian’s lunch!  Quaker rice cakes, homemade hummus, and veggies.  It was tasty, and gave me energy to do an hour of pilates.  The pilates routine I did today was almost more like a giant stretch session and felt great since I am running on little sleep.

Now, Brian and I are headed to the store to exchange my first pair of jeggings.  After wearing them the first time, they got a snag in them.  Since I got them at the store I work at, my manager said to just call another store with my size and exchange them because it is “flawed product.”  I am not going to argue with her on that since I only wore them once and they already have a string loose!

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