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Cinco Worthy Recipes

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With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, Brian and I celebrated with a little Mexican themed meal last night.  We are unable to celebrate on the actual day of Cinco de Mayo because Brian’s brother graduates from college that day and we will be spending the day and evening celebrating with family in Bloomington.

This recipe came together very easy, and quick and was great because Brian and I were both able to get our hands dirty putting the dish together.

Fish Tacos

Yields: 2 servings (2 tacos each), 4 tacos total

Ingredients:

  • 2 cod fillets
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon<—the secret ingredient!
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1/4 cup tomato
  • 2-4 lettuce leaves
  • salsa to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 35o degrees.  Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.  Place fish on the baking pan.  Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, ground red pepper, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Sprinkle over the fish.  Place fish in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

While the fish is baking, chop the onion, bell pepper, and tomato.  Place the onion in a skillet with nonstick cooking spray, salt, and pepper to taste until the onions are translucent.  Then, add the bell pepper and spinach until the spinach is wilted.

Take the lettuce leaves (I used romaine), and rip them in half to make “taco shells.”  One the fish is done, break it up into small pieces and place inside of the lettuce shells.  Top with the onion, pepper, and spinach mixture.  Then, top with tomato and salsa.

Enjoy!

More Cinco Worthy Recipes

Guacamole

Healthified Queso Burrito

Pumpkin Enchiladas

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

 

Southwestern Quinoa Veggie Mix

 

Have a happy cinco!

What is on your Mexican themed menu for the weekend???

 

Completely Delicious Chocolate Protein Muffins

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Good Morning!

One thing I love about Thursday?  It is almost time for the weekend!  Which can often make it hard to focus on specific tasks that need to get done before the weekend.  This Thursday in particular just happens to be the day before my birthday!  Even though I will be spending most of the day studying for my BodyPump certification, I still have one more present to open from my parents, and Brian and I have a fun night planned together.

Anyways…back to today!

I started this morning off with my final BodyPump class before the big weekend.  It was hard work, but amazing….as usual.  I find that the hardest tracks for me are:

  • Biceps…seriously are killer.  It is a shorter track, but no matter what weight I have on the bar, my arms are shaking by the end…which is a good thing 😉
  • Shoulders.  I LOVE working my shoulders because I love the way defined shoulders look on a female, but this track is a tough one.  It’s a love hate relationship.

Breakfast

I then came home and my breakfast already prepped for me:

Overnight Peanut Butter Cookie Oats and Oat Bran

Mmmmmm....

In the bowl:

Mix all of the above ingredients together until well combined.  Allow to sit in the fridge overnight or for 30 minutes.  When  you finally remove the oat mixture from the fridge, stir in 1/4 cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt to make them extra creamy.

These are completely delicious and taste like peanut butter cookie dough!

 

And as I promised yesterday, here is a delicious snack recipe!

Chocolate Protein Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 scoop vanilla pea protein powder
  • 4 packets of stevia
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp of organic raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 cup sugar free jam (I used blackberry)
  • 1/2 cup of water

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the dry ingredients (flour, vanilla protein powder, baking soda, salt, stevia, and cacao) in a large bowl.

Mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl (egg whites, applesauce, jam, and water).

Add the wet and dry ingredients together.  Place in 12 prepared muffin tins (either sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, or lined with paper muffin tin liners).  Bake 20-30 minutes in the oven.

Allow to cool, and refrigerate to store.

Nutrition per muffin:

Calories:  43.7  Fat:  .5g  Carbs:  10.1g  Protein:  4g

These taste great with a little peanut butter on top!

Asian Baked Tofu

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Good evening friends!

I hope that everyone has had amazingly productive days.  My afternoon was spent listening to the same songs over and over again practicing my choreography for my BodyPump certification coming up this Saturday.  I am definitely getting the hang of things, but I am also definitely nervous because I am not sure what to expect.  I just have to remember to have fun with it, and do my best.

Lunch

I took a break for lunch and made myself a delicious salad of spinach and romaine topped with cauliflower, broccoli, tomato, red onion, cucumber, and tuna, all topped with a combination of mom’s homemade salsa and the last of my homemade hummus.  The salad was delicious, but I was craving a little something sweet…so I had two of these:

Don’t worry, recipe coming soon!

After listening to the same songs on repeat and memorizing the new BodyPump release, Brian finally came home and got to be my guinea pig!  We didn’t actually use dumbbells, but I took him through the two tracks that I am expected to have memorized for Saturday.  It is so helpful actually seeing someone do the exercises that I am instructing.  Based on what I see him doing, I can then correct and cue accordingly.  When I am talking to myself…things get a little bit boring.

I then took Brian through his Boot Camp workout routine, and the next thing I knew it was time for dinner.

 Dinner

I have been experimenting with a lot of different ways to use tofu, lately, and tonight I came up with a really tasty recipe that Brian (the meat eater) and I were both able to enjoy!

Asian Baked Tofu

Ingredients:

  • 1 block of tofu (drained)
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Cut the drained tofu into slices that are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  Place the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and onion in a bowl and mix thoroughly.  Allow each piece of tofu to soak in the mixture for a couple of seconds on each side.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and place the marinated tofu slices on the sheet.

 Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, flipping each piece halfway through.

I served the tofu alongside some oven roasted cauliflower, broccoli, and onion.  The meal was flavorful and so tasty 🙂  We both cleaned our plates.

Now, Brian and I are watching Jeapordy, (one of my favorite shows) and have big plans of hanging out on the couch, relaxing and watching Modern Family tonight.

Questions of the night:

  • Do you shout out the answers to Jeopardy at the TV??   I sure do!!! Sometimes I am pretty good 😉
  • I am looking for a new protein powder to try?  Any suggestions of vegan or vegetable based protein supplements?

Black Bean Burgers and Shouting While Running

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Before taking Brian through another “boot camp” workout yesterday evening, I went on a little 3 mile jog.  When I am running, I absolutely LOVE seeing other people running.  I usually give a little smile to other runners as a little signal meaning something like “Hey!  You’re running too?  Keep it up!”  or at least that is what I think it means.

When I was running yesterday, an older man was running the opposite direction as me, and as our paths crossed he threw his fist in the air and shouted “Yeah!”  It got me so fired up!  I smiled and nodded like I usually do.  This gave me a little burst of energy throughout the rest of my run.  A little while later, I saw a woman jogging with her dog…and it just happened to be a breed of dog that Brian and I are seriously considering owning one day.  A Hungarian Vizsla.

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I thought her dog was so cute, and I was so fired up that I almost yelled “I love your dog!” and stopped her (and myself) mid run to play with it.  Then I realized that she had her headphones in, most people don’t just stop a random stranger mid-run to play with their puppy, and that most people don’t shout at someone yards away while running in opposite directions.  So, I just admired it as I ran by.  It was pretty darn cute though!

Dinner

After Brian and I completed his workout, I whipped up a new recipe for dinner.  Homemade Black Bean Burgers.  Seriously, these are so easy, and really tasty.  They would even be great to make ahead of time and freeze for use on a later date!



Black Bean Burgers

Cook Time:  about 20 minutes including prep

Yields:  4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (or oats processed in the food processor)
  • 2 Tbsp worchestire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Directions

Drain and rinse your can of black beans and pour into a large bowl.

Mash the black beans with a fork or a mashed potato masher until they are mostly mashed…some pieces will still look whole.

Add in the oat flour, onion, and spices.

Mix together thoroughly and form into four equally sized balls.

Flatten each ball into a patty and place on a large skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray on medium-high heat.  Brown on each side for 5-7 minutes.

I enjoyed mine on two pieces of lettuce with tomato, onion, and salsa.  Brian enjoyed his on a whole wheat english muffin with lettuce, onion, tomato, cheese, and salsa.  Both were delicious!!

For storage of leftovers:  Store the cooked patties in a zip lock bag with wax paper between each patty in the freezer if storing for more than a couple of days.

Nutrition:  

Calories: 181  Fat:  1.2g  Carbohydrates:  39g  Protein:  10.8g

Breakfast

For breakfast this morning, I actually prepared it while I was making dinner…another batch of overnight oats!

Topped with strawberries and 2 tsp of homemade peanut butter of course 🙂  Now, I am off to head outdoors and run.  I hope you all had a great start to your day!

Question of the Morning:

  • Do you smile and wave at people while you are running in public?
  • What is your favorite dog?

Total Body Circuit

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I hope that your day is going well!

After knocking things off of the ol’ to-do list this morning, I headed over to the gym to substitute teach a class called Core Strength Intensity (CSI).  The class is a total body strength conditioning class that lasts for an hour.  When I walked into the room, I introduced myself to the class and asked if anyone had ever been to the class before.  One woman replied that she had been attending (with the same teacher) for the past 10 years!! Now that is dedication, and a little bit of competition for me.  Change is hard to deal with, and after developing a relationship with a certain routine and instructor after an entire decade I was worried that the class wouldn’t be welcoming of me.  I had never attended this exact class before, but I have taught several strength and toning classes, so after taking the class through an active warm-up, here is what we did!

Everyone said that they enjoyed it, even though it was a change from their usual routine.  Sometimes it’s good to try something new 😉

I then came home and whipped up a salad of romaine lettuce topped with tofu (from last night), broccoli, a radish, cauliflower, celery, onion, tomato, and homemade hummus.  A little bit of everything, all on one plate.

 

Now, I am off to tackle more of that to-do list and head to another gym (I am getting my own class instead of just subbing!!).

 

Enjoy your day!

Better than a Cup of Joe

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Hello and happy Saturday!

My Saturday was off to a great and early start with an 8am spinning class this morning.  But before we dive into that, let’s talk about last night.

Friday

Originally, I had great plans to take Brian through a workout at one of the gyms that I teach at.  This was a test week for Brian (who is in dental school for those who didn’t know), and by the end of these weeks he is literally exhausted.  I completely understand and appreciate that, so when the topic of heading to the gym came up last night Brian kindly asked if he could take a rain check on my offer.  To me, working out makes me feel alive and completely pumped up…but I realize that it is not like that for everyone, and I would never want to someone to feel like I was forcing them to workout, so I headed to the gym by myself.

I completed 3 miles earlier in the day, so I did some upper body strength training.  Usually,  I try to go in with a specific plan, but yesterday I was much more go-with-the-flow.  I then taught a 30 minute abs class with this routine:


Touchdown exercise:  This exercise really works your rhomboids (muscles in your upper back).  To do this move, lie on your tummy and pull your belly button into the spine so that you feel the hip bones into the ground.  Extend your arms out in front of you, and lift your upper body up.  Pull your arms down to your sides as if making a touch down goal post:

Touchdown Arms

As you are pulling your arms down, really focus on squeezing your shoulder blades together.  I always imagine that there is a pencil between my shoulder blades and I want to keep it there.  Then, lower your body back to the ground and extend your arms back into starting position and repeat.

Superman:  Begin on all fours, making sure that your hips are in line with your knees and your shoulders are in line with your hands.  Extend one arm and the opposite leg.  Keep your belly button pulled into your spine to keep the abdominals activated.  Pull the extended knee and elbow into each other, then extend back to starting position and repeat.  Do the same on the other side.  Make sure to keep your hips level with the ground and your body in a straight line.

Superman starting position

I then came home and baked up some tofu and placed in on some veggies for a nice little tofu salad for dinner!

I have never baked tofu, so last night I just gave it a try.  It was soooo simple!  I cut up the tofu into little cubes (after squeezing out the excess liquid), I then tossed it in some spices that sounded good to me (garlic salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper, you can use whatever!).  I then placed it on a baking sheet and baked it at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  It came out a little bit crispy on the edges, and had delicious flavor.  I will definitely be doing that again 😉

Brian and I then headed to a little bar/pizzaria to visit our friend, Cassie, who was working there.  It was a great, chill way to spend a Friday night.

On to today…

Today

Like I said, I started the day bright and early with a spinning class, and LOVED it!  I swear, spinning gets me going better than a morning cup of coffee!  Afterwards, I feel like I could run a marathon (well not literally…), but I feel pretty darn good.

I then headed home, and am now prepping my to-do list for the day:

  • Do the dishes
  • Pick up the bedroom
  • Bake Easter goodies
  • Decorate for Easter
  • Plan a fun activity for Brian and I to do
  • Run 5 miles (it’s on the sched…)

Lucy and I are going to be spending some quality time together this afternoon.

Lucy...my mixer

I hope you all have something fun to do on this beautiful Saturday 🙂  Happy weekend!

Toilet Incident

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Today, while I was home alone, an unfortunate event happened…

The toilet overflowed.

 

Now, this wouldn’t have been such a big deal if we had a plunger…but we didn’t, and I had no idea what to do.  I am so thankful for my parents and Brian’s parents, because when it comes to things around the house, Brian and I can be pretty helpless *sometimes*.  So, the toilet is overflowing, and we don’t have a plunger, what is the first thing I do?  Text Brian.  How does he respond?  Call maintenance.  I did not call maintenance.  While this did seem like a big deal to me at the time, I feel like they would have laughed in my face if I called them to plunge my toilet.  Instead, I called my Dad because Dad’s know how to do everything.  He tells me to plunge it…we have no plunger (it looks like there is no way of getting out of this without one).  Then, he tells me to shut the water off.  I thought he meant to turn the water off in the whole building…he did not.  In case you didn’t know, there is a little knob at the back of your toilet that looks like a faucet.  If the toilet is overflowing, you can turn that knob to the right to turn the water off.  Who knew?!

I was shocked to find a picture of this immediately!!

I shut the water off, got dressed, then headed out to the store to buy a plunger.  The store was right down the street, so it didn’t take long.

Once I got home, it literally took one plunge to solve the entire problem.  So, my lesson of the day from this little experience…always have a plunger on hand.

 

Run

After this little toilet incident, I spent the rest of the morning applying for jobs, responding to e-mails, fixing my budget, and doing laundry.  Just crossing one thing after another off of the good old to-do list.  I then decided it was time to stretch the legs and head out for a 3 mile run.  It was a little bit colder outside than usual.  So, at the beginning of the run I was freezing, despite my long sleeves, and at the end of my run I was burning because of my long sleeves.  All in all, it was a good run.

Finished with an 8 minute and 43 second pace.  Nice and comfortable.

Lunch

By the time I was done with my run, I was more than ready to refuel.  Since the cupboards are looking a little bit random this week (I don’t know what I was thinking when I did my grocery shopping last week), I made a little black bean and tuna salad.

  • 3/4 cup black beans
  • 1/2 can tuna
  • 2 baby yellow peppers
  • 2 Tbsp salsa
  • a couple of squirts of sriracha

Mix it all up in the bowl and enjoy 🙂

Dinner

After lunch, I spent more time knocking things off of the to-do list, and the next thing I knew, I was tired of sitting and ready to start moving to the kitchen to make dinner.

I used up the last of my tempeh in this tomato sauce dish.  It was so simple!  I simply chopped some broccoli and asparagus and cooked them up in the tomato sauce until they were tender, then added the tempeh for the last couple of minutes, and voila!  Dinner was served.

 

Now, I am mentally preparing to teach an abs class at a gym that I have never taught at before!  I am nervous simply because it is a new-to-me facility, and excited because I love teaching 🙂

 

Wish me luck!

Hump Day Hummus

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Good Hump Day Morning!

This morning, I woke up bright and early to another bowl of…overnight oats (tutorial coming soon!)

Smooth and creamy, just the way I like it.  This morning, I opted for no fruit, not for any specific reason…I just opted out.  And on the workout front, I will be completing today’s routine this evening.  I am teaching a class for the first time at a new-to-me gym, so I’ll take advantage of the timing and squeeze my workout in beforehand.

And on to other news…here it is, the recipe for Cauliflower Hummus!

This past weekend, I attended my first wedding shower EVER!  It was such a fun way to celebrate the upcoming wedding.  When I heard there was going to be a shower, me being me, I automatically started to brainstorm a snack that I could bring along to share.  Not only do I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen, but I love cooking for other people.  I figured there would probably be plenty of dessert, so I would make something more savory….then I stumbled upon an idea on the internet…Cauliflower Hummus.  What a unique idea!  But I had to give it a try, I thought it tasted delicious, Brian thought it could use a little less garlic.  Make it to your own tastes and enjoy the creaminess of this delicious vegetable dip.

Cauliflower Hummus (Original recipe from The Cavewoman Cafe)

Ingredients:

  • One head of steamed cauliflower
  • 4 large cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped (this is where  you might want to adjust the flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Make sure the steamed cauliflower is tender and almost falling apart.  While the cauliflower is steaming and cooling, in a blender or food processor combine the garlic, almond butter, lemon, olive oil, and spices.  After the cauliflower has cooled, gradually add it to the mixture in the processor or blender until it becomes the consistency that you prefer.  Store in the refrigerator and serve chilled with veggies, or dippers of your choice!

Enjoy your day and do something active 😉

A Whole Lot of Nothing

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Tonight, I feel like I have done a whole lot….of nothing.  After lunch, I took the puppies on a walk.  It is hard to get them to pose for a picture because I feel like they are ALWAYS moving, at least when I try to take pictures of them.

Attempt 1:

Attempt 2:

Finally a decent one 🙂 They were playing with each other.

I then went to the apartment to meet Brian for dinner.  I quickly steamed some asparagus…and I must say it was perfectly steamed. Slightly crunchy and full of flavor!  The asparagus was served along side a Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burger.  Simple, quick, and tasty.

I then backed up my computer on my external hard drive because my power adapter has been giving me troubles.  My computer is about 5 years old, so I guess some problems are expected at this point.

The cord is beginning to come apart, so I taped it together until my new one comes in the mail…which should be soon.

While my computer was backing up, I decided to take advantage of the weather and go on a little 40 minute jog.  The weather is seriously perfect!  The only downfall…it is a little windy, which makes it hard when you are running against it, but it was still a great run.  There were so many people out and about, and that is what I love to see.

 

I then packed up my computer and headed back to the puppies, I played around with them for a bit, and the next thing I knew it was just about 9pm!  Where did the day go?  I feel like I didn’t stop the whole day…yet the to-do list is not done.  That’s what tomorrow is for, I guess!

 

This is so random, but about a year ago, I participated in a survey for people with contacts.  Well, they sent me a follow-up survey today and for completing it, I got a $25 gift card!! How awesome is that?  I love free stuff 😉

Alright my friends!  Off to relax for the evening.

 

Cauliflower Pizza Dough and Weekend Updates

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First things first…I promised you a recipe.  I did attempt this recipe once before with good points on the flavor, but not so much on the presentation…

Cauliflower Pizza Dough (Adapted from Pbfingers.com)

Yields:  4 Servings

Cook Time:  About 1 hour total (prep included)

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • Pizza toppings! (I used 1 cup spinach, half tomato, and mozzarella cheese)
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
First, I processed the cauliflower in my food processor but putting it in the shredder blade until it looked like mozzarella cheese or rice.
I then put it in a microwave safe bowl and covered it with a paper towel and microwaved it for 4 minutes.  Do not add water.  I then let it sit in the microwave for about 5 minutes to steam.  I removed it from the microwave and stirred it all up adding in the mozzarella, parmesan, and egg whites.
I then flattened out the entire mixture onto a greased baking pan and sprinkled it with Italian seasoning and garlic salt, but you can add whatever flavor you like!
Place the pizza dough into the oven for about 15 minutes until it is nice and brown.
Then, remove the dough from the oven and top with your favorite toppings!  The crust may be a little bit hard to get off the pan even if you grease it, so it is best to use a large spatula to remove from the pan.  ENJOY!
Nutrition based on my toppings for a pizza divided 4 ways:
Calories:  310.2 Fat:  17.6g  Carbs:  8.7g  Protein:  30.1g
Today!
Today started with my usual (lately)…oats!  I did some grocery shopping yesterday and picked up some blueberries as a fun mix in for my morning bowl of goodness.  Today’s bowl included oats, blueberries, strawberries, Sunwarrior protein, and a little bit of crunchy peanut butter.
I then did a home workout circuit that required absolutely NO workout equipment!!
It took me about 30 minutes to complete, which gave me time to get some stretching in afterward.  I tend to neglect my stretching, even though I know it is sooo important, so when I do it I like to make sure that I do a great job of it!
Wedding
I then had a fun meeting this afternoon with one of my friends from Butler, who does freelance graphic design work, about making the logo for the wedding!  It was so fun to get back into the wedding swing of things (taking five months off from planning is a long time!).  She had great ideas, and I know that we will be happy with the end product.  Last night, Brian and I had a session on pinterest pinning all of the logo and monogram ideas that inspired us.  Here are a couple that really stuck out to us.
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I can’t wait to see what the end result is 😉
Sunday Tradition
Brian and I then went to church and had dinner with his parents.  While I was gone, Brian told me that he often went to his parents’ house on Sundays, and I like the idea of that tradition so we are going to try to keep up with it!
For dinner, we had a delicious salad, grilled veggies, and a delicious cod that his dad prepared.
It was all so tasty!  We did eat it all, but somehow managed to save a little room for dessert afterwards.  It was the perfect way to end the week and set the tone for the next one.
Dog Sitting
This week Brian and I are dog sitting for a little Weimaraner named Gucci and we absolutely LOVE her!  She is so cute and friendly.  Brian and I definitely want a dog in the future and a Weimaraner is potentially a prospective breed.  So far, our little trial is going well.
Now, Brian and I are getting ready to read a little more of the Hunger Games before bed, the end is getting near and I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up!
Hope you all had a great Sunday and are ready for the week to begin!