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Back Home Again, In Indiana

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but this week flew by for me! I love when that happens!

Last weekend I returned home for the first time in months. Much needed girl time with my mom 🙂

One of my favorite things to do during my visits home is to eat lunch at our house. Exciting, right?!? Don’t get me wrong, I love going out to dinner and occasionally out to lunch, but there is something about eating lunch at home that makes me feel so relaxed.

I give you…

my standard lunch at home. Turkey on a whole wheat sandwich thin with spinach, cucumbers, colby jack cheese and miracle whip. Plain and simple, and oh so tasty.

Delicious red grapes. My favorite fruit for their simplicity. And, my mom taught me a great trick while I was home. Frozen grapes. Oh man, they are good! In fact, I had already taken my first bite of ice cream for dessert. Then, my mom pulled out frozen grapes. I tried one and put the ice cream back. Yes, frozen grapes for dessert. Unprecedented for me! So, that tells you something.

My visits at home are “relaxing busy.” Meaning, we are usually on-the-go, but with fun activities, like the Holiday Mart. Every holiday season, the Indianapolis Junior League puts on the Holiday Mart. I have only been a time or two and forgot what it was like. What a sight.

There are hundreds of booths filled with everything you can imagine. Food, clothing, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, holiday decorations, and more. It’s kind of overwhelming, so going in with a strategy is a must.

We purchased a few dip mixes from A Spice Above. The samples, oh the samples! The Stuffed Artichoke was my favorite 🙂

Hats, anyone?

Or watches?

We also picked up some soup mixes from Cherchies Specialty Foods. I’m excited to have these post surgery for easy meals. I sampled the Mexican Tortilla and bought two bags. Delish!

And, I was lucky enough to go to the Colts game again on Sunday 😉 Such a depressing season, but at least Notre Dame won.

Also, I’m starting to plan our Thanksgiving menu that we are hosting for my family next weekend! Our first holiday as a married couple and as hosts!

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What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes? If you’ve hosted a holiday before, do you have any advice?

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Throw it in a Bowl

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not one who likes change. I love having a schedule, having a routine and feeling comfortable. Some may call this boring. I don’t necessarily think being consistent is boring, but there are days when I think, “Seriously Mollie, you take the same thing to work every day for breakfast and lunch. It’s time to step out of the box.” So that’s just what I did yesterday.

First of all, the day was definitely off to a slow start. When the alarm went off at 6:00 a.m. to go to the gym, I was definitely not feeling it. I was secretly hoping John would want to sleep more, but he said he was going to work out, so I figured one more hour of sleep wouldn’t do much good…until I walked out of our apartment and realized I had put my shirt on backwards. Maybe I did need more sleep?

Anyway, I cranked out 40 minutes of speed intervals on the elliptical. At resistance 8, I repeated: two minutes normal, one minute sprint. The end result: sweaty! A few minutes of abs and I was on my way.

In an effort to not be so boring, I made a salad for lunch instead of my usual turkey, spinach and cheese on a sandwich thin. The result? Actually pretty good! I really just threw a bunch of things in a plastic container bowl that I thought might go together:

  • Four handfuls of spinach (A lot, I know.)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • One handful of slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • Chopped onion
  • Sliced turkey
  • Topped with Trader Joe’s Champagne Vinigarette

And a side of delicious green grapes. I think grapes are in my top three of favorite fruits. Such an easy little fruit- no work involved. Just pop ’em in your mouth and enjoy.

Side note: I finally found pumpkin at the grocery! Tonight’s agenda: baking. Come back to see what I came up with!

Side note 2: Most people say “grocery store,” but I just say “grocery.” I never thought it was weird until my friends in college pointed this out to me. Your thoughts?

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Question: Do you eat the same thing for breakfast and/or lunch everyday? Am I really that boring?

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This day has been perfect so far! Not only is it BEAUTIFUL outside, but John and I got up for a great workout this morning, followed by lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. After running five miles, I was ready for some tacos!

Oh man do I have the best Mexican restaurant for you to try. Big Star Taco serves the most delicious (and cheap!) tacos in Chicago. We are talking $3 or $4 a pop…you can’t beat that! If you live in Chicago and haven’t been, GO NOW! If you don’t live in Chicago, plan a visit and GO!

Since it feels like summer out (is it seriously the middle of October?), John suggested it would be the perfect day to sit outside and enjoy the weather. My friend, Allison, and her boyfriend, Brandon, joined us. Double date 🙂

We went for an early lunch around noon because let me tell you, this place can get crowded! Last time we were here for lunch there was a 45-minute wait for two of us. If you don’t feel like waiting, you can always go to the walk-up window for your tacos and sit at a picnic table. They’ve thought of everything here!

I’ll mention that Big Star Taco has a great beer selection and drink list. Since it was only noon and we are having friends over for the Notre Dame game today, we decided to hold off on our drinking and stuck with water.

We started with chips and guacamole…I mean really, who doesn’t like this stuff? Big Star puts in quite a bit of cilantro, which I love. Adds an extra punch to it.

Mmmm.

Then this monster was brought out to us.

Yes, you are looking at about 15 tacos on there…all for us. I had two of the Taco de Papas con Rajas: crispy potatoes, rajas chipotle, queso cotija, onion and cilantro. Potatoes in a taco? Yes…and they were tasty tasty (as Fergie would say).

And one of the Taco de Calabaza: roasted squash, fresh apples, red onion, cilantro, lime and crema. I think this must be a seasonal taco with the squash and apples.

The boys were big fans of the Taco al Pastor: marinated, spit roasted pork shoulder, grilled pineapple,grilled onion and cilantro. Even though the word “spit” is in the ingredients, don’t worry…it’s still good.

And, just in case you need a Big Star Taco fix during the week, there’s a food truck!

Have a great day! Go IRISH!

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