TGIF! And a crock pot meal for ya….

TGIF!!!  Are we all on vacation? 😀

Today started off with a very productive morning at work which slowly become less as the day went on…..     it’ so hard working the day before vacation, right? 

After plugging away at work, I hit up a couple of stores to finish my Christmas shopping (Toy R Us, Whole Foods, Rite-Aid) and then stopped at my friend’s place on the way home to hang-out and enjoy a glass of wine.  “Will Stop For Wine” is my new motto.  For real.

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You probably can’t tell by my iPhone pic’ but her tree is PERFECT!  Real trees are the best.

Workout

By the time I arrived home, I was ready to work up a sweat.  I changed into my running SHORTS and jogged over to the gym.  This mild weather is awesome!  I have a feeling (aka the weather forecast) that the mild weather won’t last long so I’m enjoying it while I can.  And I would have really enjoyed the weather with a good run outside but it was too dark and scary out…

I ended up doing 45 minutes of running/walking intervals on the treadmill followed by a bunch of random stuff on the mat (girl push-ups, planks, & squats with a medicine ball). 

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OK, since this post only has pictures of myself, I should leave you guys with something more exciting….  

A new crock pot recipe!

Mike prepared this yummy meal the other night and I was too lazy to blog about it so here we go.  

Crock Pot White Bean Soup w/ Andouille and Collards

(from the magazine above)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dried white beans (such as cannellini)
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/ lb andouille sausage links, halved lengthwise and sliced across
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 4 stalks chopped celery
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bunch collard greens (or kale), steams discarded and leaves cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Directions

1) Combine the beans, chicken broth, sausage, onion, celery, and thyme in the crock pot.  Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours (until the beans are tender)

2) Twenty minutes before serving, discard the thyme stems and add the collard greens and cook for another 15-20 minutes.

3) Add the vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. 

Enjoy!

I’m not a huge soup eater but this recipe was really delicious!  Plus, it was super easy and healthy so I’m a big fan.

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Are you a soup eater?

Did you workout today?  What’d you do?? 😀

One thought on “TGIF! And a crock pot meal for ya….

  1. your friends tree looks awesome!! ;0) hahaha and I can vouch…I believe the text said “i’ll stop if you have white wine!” hahaha I’m glad you came by! ❤ andddddd Happpppyyy Birthdayyy!!! XOXO

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