Monday Drive: Ninja Roll, Shooting Stars & Festivals

Monday Drive: pretty flowers from the farmers market

This is the third Monday drive since I’ve started my blog, how exciting!

More often that not, I do not bounce out of bed of in the morning, but today I did a quick ninja roll! It’s probably because I slept entirely too much this weekend. I didn’t really accomplish anything this weekend, but I did see a shooting star, ate some good food & hung with my faves. I also found these beautiful flowers at the Farmer’s Market in Hamburg that are the highlight of waking up!

1.) This week’s challenge: NO MORE GROCERY SHOPPING! Does anyone else do this? I go on binges of buying stuff for yummy recipes, then forget what I was going to make. Friday night, the temps were very much Fall like. Therefore, I made a huge pot of soup, we opened a bottle of red wine, toasted a loaf of french bread, & sat on the deck til the wee hours of the morning. HA, who am I kidding?! I was in bed by 10:30! But, the soup I made was Slow Cooker Red Bean, Sausage & Rice soup and was a WeightWatcher recipe that I added my own flare to. Soups are my jam, so it takes a lot for me to say that it was the best I’ve made. However, this was the best soup I’ve ever made, so I am sharing the recipe with you here.

2.) Crave Food & Music Festival was this weekend in Lexington! First of all the weather yesterday ended up being a great day to go!  After trying what feels like everything, I think my favorite booth was the Pasta Garage. Who can pass up handmade pasta?! Did you go? What did you think was the absolute best?

3.) In other news of happenings around Lexington, this coming weekend is the Woodland Art Fair! Definitely my favorite festival Lexington has with all the art, food & fun finds!

4.) Cherries are one of my favorite summer snacks, but it can be such a messy chore to eat! Check out this super innovative way to pit cherries from Justin Chapple who is Food & Wine’s Test Kitchen whiz!

5.) This summer has been incredibly busy for me. Traveling back in forth between cities is fantastic & helps to break up the monotony of the week.  With traveling comes eating habits that are all over the board & exercise has drifted off my radar. It’s been hard to keep up a healthy diet even though WeightWatchers is an extremely “user friendly” program. I’ve been reading all sorts of articles to jump start my fitness journey again & I even ordered Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet book. Since my blog does focus on my back & forth trips, I want to share my plans with you when I get them! I am going to come up with easy travel snacks, “go to” meals when out to dinner, & a plan for working out that I can fit it in anywhere! Blogging is a collaboration, so please let me know if you have any tips to help get me motivated. Or if you are in the same boat, let’s do this together!

6.) Here are a few articles I found that are helping me to get pumped about being healthy again!

7.) I’ll leave you with this last article by Elle Taylor on How to Be Peaceful, because on Monday, who doesn’t want a little bit of peace.

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