Comfort food and cozy vibes

I don’t know if it’s because the temps got slightly cooler here or what, but we’ve been eating some serious comfort foods and so I have some fun random pictures to share with you guys.

After looking high and low for a bagel place here we have finally maybe found one! I really wanted a bagel one Saturday and after a nice long hike we found one at 42nd Street Bagel Cafe. I got the super onion bagel with lox (they were out of the everything bagel 😦 ). This bagel reminded me so much of a NY bagel-it was chewy with a dense crumb and I would definitely come back and get some Sunday morning bagels!

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This was a big comfort food night at Yard House. We ordered what felt like everything-the chicken lettuce wraps, buffalo cauliflower, roasted Brussel sprouts and potatoes, cheeseburger, and the truffle fries.

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My favorite thing here had to be the lettuce wraps and they were so delicious that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them-so much so that I am making shrimp lettuce wraps tonight!

We grabbed some sweet treats from Sprout’s and some of these were good and others not so much. The glazed lemon cookie was a not favorite. The glaze was so sweet and didn’t pair well with the lemon cookie. The rest were actually pretty yummy!

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In order to balance out all the comfort food I went to Panera and ordered a Mediterranean grain bowl. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. The rice, chicken, hummus, and all the fresh ingredients were really delicious! I would get this again without the dollop of yogurt on the side.

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I ordered this fish dish from Luna Modern Mexican Grill when I went out to lunch with the girls. It was pretty, but not the best thing I’ve ever had…

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Of course, we love sweets a lot in this house and whether that’s cookies or ice-cream we’ve been eating it all!

Have you guys been feeling the need for comfort food recently? How are the temps where you’re living?

Oh the food we will eat…Citrus Kitchen

During the week we’ve been really trying to cook at home and it’s been working out well for how busy we’ve been and for our budget! That being said we needed a little change up and by we, I mean me. My sweet hubs would eat salmon and roasted veggies every night or be perfectly content making one of his chicken concoctions. I love that man!

Sadly for him, I cannot, but we were both excited to discover Citrus Kitchen. They make healthy meals with proteins and veggies and will even make you meals for the week. I love that they offer a couple of different kinds of seasonings for your proteins, a good selection of sauces, and a nice variety of sides. I also like that they are vegetarian friendly and offer tofu for those that don’t eat meat.

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We had somewhat of an idea of what we wanted when we walked in, but our minds were totally changed upon sampling their adobo chicken. It was flavorful and saucy and reminded us of home cooking!

We went for the adobo chicken and cajun salmon for our proteins. Since we got meal versions of those we got to pick 2 sides to go with them. We chose butternut squash, garlic potatoes, couscous, and steamed veggies.

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Once we got our meals we honestly couldn’t stop eating…I mean we barely said two words to each other while inhaling this meal. That’s a big deal for me! I can talk through basically anything!

The salmon was crispy and succulent and very well seasoned. My favorite side was the couscous and hubs enjoyed the squash. The stars of the meal were definitely the proteins and I can honestly say we will be back. These meals can be as light or as heavy as you need them to be and seem to work for whatever nutrient needs you may have.

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I doubt we’ll do any meal prep stuff with them, but for a quick and nutrient dense meal out this would be a good spot!

After dinner we needed something sweet so we ended our night with Handel’s ice-cream. They have a Thursday special of $1.35 for a scoop so we were excited about that. I got a blueberry crumble and the hubs got a chocolate peanut butter something or other.

It was a successful night of eating to say the least!

Have you guys tried any meal prep places? What did you think?

Our weekend in San Diego

San Diego is definitely one of our favorite places to visit. It’s just such a beautiful city with incredible weather and delicious food! There’s been a lot of craziness and mis-matched schedule situations for B and I so we decided we were in need of a mini-getaway. This past weekend we drove ourselves to SD for an overnight trip.

We normally pick AirBnB for our stays because it’s cheaper and we are rarely ever there other than to sleep, but sweet hubs booked us a lovely little hotel close to Little Italy (our favorite little nook in SD).

We arrived around lunch time and went straight to Herb & Eatery after drooling over the Yelp pics. The restaurant is also a little mini store that sells drinks and kitchen goods. We both loved the fun decor and all the light that came in from the windows despite the grayish day.

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We ordered the curry chicken salad and the SD turkey. The curry chicken salad had just a hint of curry-enough to flavor, but nothing strong. The SD turkey was a solid turkey sandwich with the sprouts and the hearty bread! If we lived here I have a feeling we’d be coming here more often then not…

Afterwards we walked around a bit and then headed to our hotel. Hubby had also booked us massages so we dropped off our things, explored the hotel a bit, and headed out. I look so tired here!

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Post massage we were both so relaxed and exhausted so we tried taking a nap. I was on and off mostly because the same weekend we were here there was an EDM concert AND twitchcon. It was a bit noisy from outside the hotel, but lots of excitement and lots of people!

Post nap we left on HGTV and got ready to head out to dinner. We had decided ahead of time to just walk there. It was a 40 minute walk, but it was a lovely day and figured it would fuel our appetite. The walk was a little sketch for a few minutes, but we made it to Cucina Urbana with some time to kill.

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Our reservations were for 6:45pm, but we got seated probably closer to 7pm so we had some time to sit and look at the menu. It was restaurant week in SD too so the larger crowd may have been due to that. We were fine with it because it gave us time to ooo and ahh over the inside of the restaurant and people watch.

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By the time we got our table we knew exactly what we wanted and ordered the chicken liver pate, roasted cauliflower, and for our main got the pappardelle with short rib.

The chicken liver pate had barolo soaked fig on it and came with different kinds of bread. I am super happy about the fig situation because I am not much of a liver person and this pate definitely had an iron-y flavor. Even though this was not my favorite dish of the night it was one of those things you could tell was done really well and was good quality.

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Then they brought out the cauliflower which was dressed with fennel, pine nuts, golden raisins, mint and yogurt. My first bite was a bit sweet, but after that I got some salty goodness from the pine nuts possibly? It was a really incredible dish that gave you all the mouth feels.

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When the pappardelle came out with the short rib, mushroom, carrots, and topped with parm it looked like comfort in a bowl. It tasted like a Sunday roast but made better with the house made pasta.

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We both left full and happy and walked back 40 minutes to let the food settle and ponder our dessert options.

After perusing through some spots we went back to a classic and a favorite-Salt & Straw. I got the child’s scoop of cookie dough in a cup and B got a split scoop with the cookie dough and another flavor in a cone.

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We walked around with our ice-cream and then headed back to the hotel so I could change into comfier walking shoes. We were going to walk to Gaslamp, but after getting into the coziness of our hotel we both decided we’d rather just stay in and relax so instead we went and checked out the firepit/bar/outside balcony area of our hotel and sat around talking until we were both a little chilly and ready for some tele and bed!

On Sunday we woke up to sunnier skies and decided to do a quick workout and enjoy the free breakfast before heading back home. We literally had the quickest workout ever and headed to breakfast which was conveniently right next to the gym.

I had some eggs, spinach, and this biscuit which made the whole meal! I also have this thing for hotel waffles so I had to try this one. I will say it wasn’t the best, but it was okay. I think I may just enjoy the waffles where they give you the batter and you make it in the waffle maker yourself?

We showered and headed out to the Donut Bar before leaving SD. We had visited Donut Bar a few years ago and I remember loving it. We got the pumpkin with cream cheese icing, birthday cake, Boston cream (it was the favorite of the girl who was helping us), a nutella, and the creme brulee.

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Instead of just grabbing and going like we normally would we decided to try out a couple…we went for the pumpkin which was SO good. It was pumpkin spice flavored and the icing mellowed it all out with a good dose of sweetness. The creme brulee that we tried afterwards seemed underwhelming in comparison.

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The donuts here remind me a lot of the brioche type donuts we had in Maui when we went. They aren’t light, but dense and chewy for a yeasty donut.

We kept the rest for later that night and drove home. We had some errands to run in the form of grocery shopping so we did that, some laundry, and then prepped for our week ahead.

When we were ready to grab dinner we decided on Burger IM and ordered what ended up being a lot of food. We got their duo burgers, chili garlic wings, and their half and half side option of sweet potato fries and their special Burger IM fries which we had seasoned with Cajun seasoning.

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We got basic cheese burgers for our duos and they were like mini burgers (bigger than sliders, but smaller than a regular burger). These were just tasty cheeseburgers. We had no complaints!

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The wings were saucy, garlicky, and kinda sweet. They had great flavor! The fries were my biggest surprise. I didn’t think I would like the disc shaped potatoes as much as I did, bu they did a great job at keeping the outside crispy and inside fluffy. They were also a good thickness.

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We went for a really long 2 hour walk after dinner and when we came back we were ready for something sweet. Lucky for us we had some donuts left! The Boston cream had the same vanilla cream as the creme brulee and was again a bit underwhelming. The birthday cake was sweet and pretty close up there with the pumpkin for me. The nutella was also delicious, but I do wish there was more nutella on the donut.

We spend the rest of the night watching football and HGTV on Hulu until we got too tired and headed to bed!

We had a really great weekend of hanging out and eats! Have you been to SD? What’s your favorite place to go when you’re there? Let me know in the comments!

Weekend Randomness

Weekends for me aren’t necessarily Saturdays and Sundays…they are basically any days that I am off and sometimes that falls on an actual weekend and sometimes it falls on a Tuesday. That is the beauty of inpatient nursing…that being said I did have an actual weekend, but a long one so I thought it would be fun to share that with you.

On days that I am off and hubby works I try to cook up something yummy, nutritious and different then our quick throw together stuff. Salmon is definitely one of those meals that gets thrown into rotation-hubby loves it when salmon is on the menu and it fits into that yummy and nutritious category.

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We had this piece of salmon with some roasted cauli and since we had a few carrots leftover I roasted those up too.

I’ve been enjoying rice bowls for lunches/dinners recently. I have honestly never been a rice person, but recently I’ve been craving it. I love throwing in whatever veggies we have on hand along with some beefless ground and this green sriracha from Trader Joes.

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When hubby and I finally had the chance to go out we hit up a Mediterranean spot, The Diplomat, to get in some good eats. To start we had the hummus, pickles, and falafel.

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We ended up sharing the lamb chops for our main. I think the hummus may have been one of my favorite parts of the meal. It was so smooth and creamy!

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On Sunday morning, post HIIT I toasted up a Kodiak Cake waffle (yes, still eating them!) and spread some peanut butter and mashed up some raspberries on top. Will be doing this again!

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During our grocery run we ended up hungry and found ourselves in the car eating rotisserie chicken and some cake we picked up from Porto’s. The carrot cake was my favorite outta the two and I will definitely be adding that to my list of items to get from there.

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We wrapped our weekend with In n’ Out and flan from Porto’s along with a nice long walk. I hope you guys enjoyed the post!

What’s your favorite weekend thing to do?

 

Labor Day Weekend

The only thing I love more than a good relaxing weekend is a good relaxing weekend of good eats!

I actually have some eats from the week mixed in because good food is good food no matter when you eat it. Also, I think my brain is tired so forgive me if I say some off the wall things in this post πŸ™‚

On Tuesday I had this simple breakfast of egg frittata from Trader Joes, a waffle and some blackberries. The egg frittata has been compared to the Starbuck’s sous vide egg bites, but this was not my favorite on it’s own. I did put it in a tortilla later in the week with some cheese and enjoyed it MUCH more that way.

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For dinner that night we had some leftover ground beef so hubby whipped up some burgers and we are still on the carrot fries kick!

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Fast forward to Thursday night our Gobble box arrived. Since we both had work and hubs actually had to work late we made a dish from the box on Friday night: Souvlaki marinated salmon…I’ll do a whole post about this later on this week!

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Saturday morning included workouts and grocery shopping! I was starving and decided to pick up a turkey pesto sandwich from Sprout’s. Sometimes a sandwich and some potato chips just hits the spot and it deffo did…noms! I was only able to eat half the sammie and half the chips before I was full.

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We made an early dinner (linner, really) of the baked eggs in channa masala from Gobble before hubby had to head out to a work thing. I ended up hanging out and binging on all the reality TV on Hulu.

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It was a little past 10:30pm when he was heading home and I was feeling the hungers again and Blaze sounded like a great idea so we picked me up a simple pie. I ate the whole things minus 2 slices. The hubs ate one of those….

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I ate the last slice with some tomatoes the next day (banana for dessert)!

Sunday was our first full day off together so we made the most of it and headed to Santa Monica. I really wanted Sidecar Doughnuts and went for their yeast glazed doughnut. They are just so good! You can’t go wrong with this place.

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We were both pretty tired as we walked around so we decided to grab a snack. I’m normally not an energy drink person, but I just felt like the day called for it. I saw this Alani Nu in Hawaiian shaved ice and felt like it sounded so incredible. The hubs found some gummies.

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The energy drink was DELISH! LOVED IT! The gummies were not great, BUT hubby totally enjoyed them. He loved them so much he bought a few more the next day!

We picked up a few baked goods and headed home to make some burgers (we have a serious problem with burgers).

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Burgers-delicious! Sadly dessert did not go as well…we had stopped by Milk Bar and Alcove. The cookie and birthday cake truffles from Milk Bar were good, but for whatever reason the cakes from Alcove were not.

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Alcove has been our go to cake spot and we were a bit bummed, but what is a girl to do?

The next day we did some more grocery shopping for the week and made our last Gobble dinner. It was a honey harissa shrimp dish!

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We finished up any left over dessert and called it a weekend!

How was your LDW? Let me know in the comments what you guys did!

 

Anaheim adventures

We went on a mini little road trip to Anaheim and found ourselves close to the Anaheim Packing House. We had decided to grab lunch at Cultivation Kitchen so we stopped there first.

Cultivation Kitchen is a really beautiful, earthy space that’s filled with light and greenery. We ordered, took our number, and got seated.

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Hubby had ordered a mix-n-match healthy plate with organic chicken, roasted cauliflower, and roasted broccoli. His dish was a plate of heavenly flavors. If we ever get the chance to come back I will definitely be doing a healthy plate!

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I ordered the SLT grilled grass fed beef, avocado, arugula, caramelized red onions, roasted tomatoes and red peppers with smoked tomato-jalapeno jam. The sandwich was very good, but a little on the greasy end. The salad served on the side was bright and fresh and delicious.

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I think this is a good spot if you’re looking for some whole, yummy tasting food. Of course, you guys know I need something sweet and much to my luck there was a Honey & Butter trailer right outside the restaurant.

This place has some of the best macarons I’ve had. Their buttercream filling is so yummy! I got a fruity pebbles and a milk and honey flavored one. They were both so good, but my favorite was the fruity pebbles.

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After our lunch we walked around the Packing House and took in some music. We hung out until it was time for us to meet a friend for some tea and walking around. It’s always a fun foodie adventure coming to/near the Packing House.

Are you a macaron lover? Let me know in the comments!

Mangoes Galore

I mentioned mango on my favorites list Monday, but I realized I didn’t know too much more about them other than the fact they are delicious!

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A quick google search though taught me a few things about the fruit I absolutely adore…like did you know that mangoes are a good source of antioxidants? I didn’t, but now that I do…well it doesn’t change much to be honest because I would have eaten them regardless of their antioxidant benefits πŸ˜‰

They are also great at helping you digest food and keeping you regular from all the yummy fiber. Mangoes are pretty juicy too so between the fiber and hydration constipation should not be an issue (sorrynotsorry the nurse in me always comes out)

It is high in vitamin C which is great for your skin and I am a huge fan of eating my way into good health and good skin! Apparently while the fruit is young, green, and growing it is high in vitamin C and when it is fully ripe it is higher in vitamin A…

Something that tastes like dessert and is good for you? Sign me up! Are you mango lovers? Let me know in the comments!

What we’ve been up to

Let’s just say we are excited for things to settle down and build a routine and we’ve been working very hard on making that happen.

In terms of food….

Lots of avocado toast

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Burgers of the veggie and meat kind

Re-purposing take-out with broccoli, eggs and other things

Waffles and yogurt

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Ice-cream sandwiches…

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In terms of selling the house we’ve made a few repairs and gotten things in order to continue the escrow process. We are ready to be done!

We’ve also been selling things on FB market (thanks for the tip Mackenzie) in order to downsize and live a little more clutter free!

In terms of staying strong and healthy we’ve been working out (basically everyday since I had been waiting to start work). I continue cycling through our gym, the apartment gym, and HIIT at home. We’ve been loving post dinner walks when the weather cools down.

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For work-hubs started a while ago and I have completed hospital orientation and I am about to wrap up floor orientation.

I think that’s all for now, but let me know what’s going on in your lives! Talk to me in the comments below πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

Loving

Hey sweet people!

I have had a few things piling up that I have been loving and wanting to talk to you about so I thought what better time than the present? Yeah?

Let’s jump right in starting with some fashion favorites πŸ™‚

I had bought a dress from Aritzia for a special occasion that was going to be happening in the summer! I loved it, it was beautiful. Then I went to TJ Maxx and found this beauty. It’s this blushy, mauve, nudey pink color with a beautiful floral pattern and fluttery sleeves. It’s a wrap dress that cinches me nice and tight with the tie at my waist (I do wrap it all the way around instead of just tying it on the side). It is a high/low style dress which is great for a shorty like me and Β the best part? It has pockets!!

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Needless to say this won by a million miles and I ended up wearing it! I learned that it would have been much better for me to be patient because this dress came in under $30 while the Artizia dress was $70!

This next dress was also a steal at around $18! I found it at Target and immediately fell in love. I have a major love/hate relationship with the Target clothing section. It’s very hard to figure out my sizing there. I am usually an XS or smaller when it comes to dresses and anytime I try on XS there it can range anywhere from fitting beautifully to looking like I’m wearing a large trash bag. I am talking about within the same brand so it’s frustrating to say the least.

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I was a little nervous going into the dressing room because I knew it could go any which way, but it ended up fitting like a dream! The buttons on the dress are functional, but they don’t go all the way down. It leaves this little rectangular open space that isn’t too noticeable because once you tie the dress at your waist it all bunches and flows together.

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It feels so light and flowy and perfect for a summer day! I’ve worn this dress multiple times since I got it and have absolutely loved the versatility.

I love a good pair of earrings and while at the mall with my brother in law and his GF I found these beauties at Lucky. I love that they are hoops and have this sweet pearl detailing. I found them to be just so lovely and also very versatile. You can dress them up or down!

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Moving on from fashion to food…

Summer fruit is a current obsession…I’ve literally just been eating watermelon for dessert after every meal. It is sweet and hydrating and I find it much more delicious than just drinking water πŸ™‚ Besides watermelon, berries have been so incredibly yummy as well…honestly any sweet, juicy summer fruit is a favorite!

Avocado toast with tomatoes on sourdough…I may have mentioned this before, but I just can’t seem to get enough. I have literally been having this with my breakfast every morning! I love the acidity and freshness that the tomato adds and with a little black pep-omg I have died and gone to avocado toast heaven!

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That is going to wrap up my favorites for now! Thanks for joining me you guys and please tell me what some of your current favorites are in the comments below. I can’t wait to chat!

What I eat in a day

I’m pretty proud of myself for actually managing to take pictures of a whole days worth of eats so let’s jump in and see what tastiness awaits!

Breakfast was so yummy with avocado sourdough toast topped with tomatoes and a very soft boiled egg. I did not want my egg this soft, but that’s what happens when you are learning how to use an electric stove. Our current apartment has an electric stove/oven and it’s definitely taking some getting used to…

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I munched on some watermelon after this because it’s hydration and dessert πŸ™‚

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Lunch included this bean and cheese quesadilla with some steamed broccoli and lots of hot sauce that wasn’t pictured.

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Watermelon again because well, it’s summer people!

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Dinner included another piece of avocado toast and some left over Pad Thai from a couple of days ago. I don’t mind having a hodgepodge of delicious things for dinner even if they make no sense!

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Dessert included a few very sweet strawberries! I just cannot get enough of this summer fruit!!

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What have you been eating lately? Are you as obsessed with summer fruit as I am?