Monday Meal Plan (Week of July 16)

I love reading recipe blogs and perusing Pinterest for meal ideas–but the act of meal planning? Not so much. I know it can be hard to come up with (and stick to!) a menu for the week, so I wanted to share my weekly menus. My meal plans run Monday-Sunday.

Hi friends! How was your weekend! Can you believe we’re already halfway through July!? Summer takes so long to get here, but then it flies by so fast. Hope you are taking time to do some fun things and eat some good meals.

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Kicked off the weekend on a good note–we had a food truck at work, which included these vegan potato tacos from Imperial!

I have kind of a crazy week ahead. I’m trying to not get too stressed out about it and stay calm. Part of that plan involves making simple meals! Here’s what’s on deck:

Monday: I’m super excited about these veggie muffulettas from Hello Veggie! The recipe uses grilled portobello mushrooms instead of meat. Just omit or sub the cheese to make vegan. I made the olive mix last night and I can’t wait to try it later.

Tuesday: This Sheet Pan Mexican Veggie Dinner from Hummusapien checks all of my boxes: looks great, is easy, and contains sweet potatoes. Plus, it’ll be great for lunches the rest of the week.

Wednesday: The simple marinade in these Grilled Maple Sriracha Kebobs from Table for Two sounds delicious. The recipe uses chicken, but I’m planning to use tofu.

Thursday: Leftovers

Weekend:
Out

For lunches, I’m making this Tahini Chickpea Cucumber Salad from Hello Veggie. I bought a bunch of romaine at our local Farmer’s Market yesterday, which I chopped up for salads. I’m planning to throw this on top (or maybe some of that sheet pan dinner!).

Tell me: What are you making this week?

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Saturday Six: GLOW

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.

I mentioned it in my last post, but I am a bit obsessed with the Netflix show GLOW.

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Image via Proof in the Picture

If you haven’t watched it yet, stop reading this and go do so right now. Not because I’m going to spoil anything, but because it’s so dang good. It’s funny and smart, and watching the women throw each other around the ring and make a space for themselves in a male-dominated industry makes me feel both empowered and left with the urge to wear spandex and glitter.

Season 2  was delightful and the show just received 10 Emmy nominations, so this Saturday Six is an ode to GLOW–spandex included.

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Reebok and Netflix collaborated on this GLOW-inspired high tops, available here. Also in rose gold.

 

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I love the mix of prints on this Adidas Originals sports bra. The back view features a palm leaf design. You can never have too many patterns (in the 80s, at least). Available at ASOS.

 

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Speaking of patterns, these leopard-print leggings are perfect for hitting the ring or going out with your girls. Available at ASOS. As an alternate option, I also really like these Adidas palm-print ones.

 

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If you look good, you feel good–and this glitter crop top will help you feel fine while throwing your partner to the mat. Available at ASOS.

 

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Can’t forget about training! Jog it out in this 80s World Gym tank, available from Heavy Soul Vintage on Etsy. This Puma shirt is also similar to one worn by Yo-Yo in Season 2!

 

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And finally, the main event–match night calls for extra flair! Take the crown in this sequin leotard from ASOS.

 

Tell me: Do you like GLOW? What are your favorite Netflix originals? What’s your favorite ’80s fashion trend?

Currently…

Hi! I thought it’d be fun to do one of those “Currently”-type posts to share what I’ve been up to lately.

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Image via Netflix

Watching: We just finished GLOW season 2. It’s becoming one of my favorite shows, ever. Maybe I’ll try to do another Couch Life post soon and go more in depth, but I LOVE this show and loved season 2! I might have even liked it more than the first season. We also finished our run of watching the Golden Girls, so now we have to find something else to watch. Any suggestions??

Reading: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I really want to see the documentary that just came out based on this book. I also just started the audiobook version of Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. I’m really bad at making time to read during the week, but usually read more during the summer thanks to frequent trips to the beach!

Listening to: I’m obsessed with Lizzo’s new banger “Boys.” I’m also loving the new Chromeo album Head over Heels. Both are perfect for summer! Sometimes you’ve just got to dance it out. I also love podcasts but download more than I have time to listen to–I’m planning to do a roundup of some of my favorites soon.

Eating: All the tacos. I covered it in my Monday meal plan, but I pretty much ate tacos (or some variant of) every night this week. What can I say–they’re the perfect food.

Excited about: We’ve got a few more trips coming up this summer, and I can’t wait! Summer is a really busy time for us, but it’s also a fun time. I tend to pack things in, but summer goes by so fast–I want to make the most of it. Once the weather cools, we tend to not leave the house much, so we’re trying to get out and about as much as possible.

Learning about: Tarot. I bought a vintage set of tarot cards a little while back and have been doing a daily card draw to learn more about it. Biddy Tarot has been a fantastic resource, and I’ve also been using an iPhone app called Golden Thread Tarot. It’s been really interesting, and the cards I’m drawing are always crazy accurate!

Searching for: An enamel mug. I’d love one for camping, but I’m having a hard time finding a good one. I’m thinking about buying this one from Stay Home Club, but it’s kind of pricey for a mug (maybe they all are?). Any recommendations?

Tell me: What have you been up to lately? Feel free to answer these prompts in the comments! I also found this post really helpful: “102 Verbs to Use for Currently Blog Posts.”

 

Birthday weekend in Caseville and 4th of July celebrations

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Our tent set up. We borrowed and used cheap tents for a while but finally invested in a good one last year!

Is it just me, or does the 4th of July seem like it happened weeks ago? It hasn’t even been a full week! We went camping at the end of June to celebrate my birthday, and it feels like it never happened. Once we come back and get into a routine, it’s like we never left. I feel that way about summer in general–we wait so long for it to return, but once it’s here, it’s like it’s always been summer. Then it flies by, and we’re back to waiting ;).

One nice thing about blogging is having a record of things I’ve done. Let’s try to remember the past couple weeks, shall we?

I was actually in New Orleans on a work trip toward the end of the month. Once I came back, I had a couple days at home, then we were off again–so that’s why I didn’t really get back into my usual routine.

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Coffee is a priority, even while camping!

We took off on a Thursday night and camped for three nights at Sleeper State Park in Caseville (Michigan). We stayed there last year and really liked it, plus it was one of the few places with any availability when I was booking. The State Parks really filled up fast this year!

We got there kind of late on Thursday. I hate setting up in the dark, but it was nice waking up there on Friday. We spent some time checking out the shops in Caseville before hitting the beach.

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Used book scores!
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Shortly before I got one of the worst sunburns I’ve had in a long time.

Caseville is a small town, but they have a really nice beach. They also have a brewery! My husband isn’t a huge beer guy, but since it was my birthday, he couldn’t say no ;).

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Thumb Brewery in Caseville. I tried their IPA, gose, and a lavender lemon ale that was super refreshing.
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Honestly, most of the weekend was spent eating chips.

We had a fire later at night (my favorite part about camping!), although it was mostly so we could cook dinner. It was in the 90s all weekend! I’m not trying to go too far into “glamping” territory, but thank goodness we had a couple of small fans for our tent or we would have roasted.

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Repping my favorite podcast.

On Saturday, we drove over to Port Austin and spent some time at their Farmer’s Market. We bought incredibly delicious homemade pickles and potato chips (honestly, probably the best salt and vinegar chips I’ve ever had!). The pickles did not last long. After the market, we grabbed a couple of drinks to cool off before heading back to the beach.

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Hers and his (mango habanero margarita and electric lemonade).

On Sunday, we headed home, with a brief detour at a flea market and stop at one of my favorite restaurants, D’Angelo’s. It’s a pizza place with a vegan menu, and their burgers are delicious.

The fun didn’t stop there, though! We took off a couple extra days to recoup, plus we had the 4th of July holiday, so we spent a few more days eating all the things and getting all the sun.

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Belle Isle beach in Detroit.
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I wasn’t ready to quit the bonfires!

On Wednesday, my sister and brother-in-law had us all over for the 4th of July.

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I wish I got a better picture of my husband’s awesome shirt.

It was also a belated birthday celebration.

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I have to share the cute wrapping paper on the present from my parents! I love it.

My mom got me the best gift! Everything was Golden Girls themed. I couldn’t stop laughing.

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Golden Girls Funko Pops, hot sauce, umbrella, and Mad Libs!

I actually tried to buy those Pops recently, but my husband told me not to. He said we had too many, which is honestly a valid reason, hah! Still, I kept stalking them on Amazon and almost threw them into my cart multiple times. Little did I know, he was in on it and was trying to keep me from buying them!

To continue the festivities, my sister also got me the most amazing vegan cake! It was a funfetti-style cake topped with vanilla and birthday cake flavored macarons. It was SO GOOD. My terrible picture doesn’t do it justice!

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Amazing vegan cake from For the Love of Sugar in Detroit.

Whew! We packed a lot into a few days. It was a great trip and birthday, and I’m looking forward to camping more this summer. Hope you had a great 4th of July, too!

Tell me: How did you celebrate the 4th? Do you like camping?

PS: Want more Golden Girls? Revisit this Saturday Six post: Thank You for Being a Friend.

Monday Meal Plan (Week of July 9)

I love reading recipe blogs and perusing Pinterest for meal ideas–but the act of meal planning? Not so much. I know it can be hard to come up with (and stick to!) a menu for the week, so I wanted to share my weekly menus. My meal plans run Monday-Sunday.

Hey friends! I’m finally back with a meal plan–albeit a simple one. Due to a couple of different trips, I didn’t end up grocery shopping or making dinners for the past two weeks! The combination of going out and eating chips and salsa for dinner is starting to take its toll, though, and I’m looking forward to finally eating some green vegetables again. Life is all about balance, right?

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Fourth of July eats

Don’t worry about the fact that I’m making Mexican food every day! Here are the eats:

Monday: This Chile Lime Tofu from Thyme & Love sounds really delicious! I plan to grill it and then make burrito bowls.

Tuesday: These Spicy Mango Black Bean Tacos from Love & Lemons give a unique spin on my usual black bean and avocado combo!

Wednesday: I’ve been craving quesadillas lately. I picked up some Follow Your Heart Fiesta Blend cheese and am planning on making the sweet potatoes from this Goop recipe, along with black beans.

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday:
Out

Saturday: Beyond Burgers

Sunday: Likely out


Tell me:
What are you making this week?