Monthly Archives: August 2015

Friday Favorites

Good morning and happy Friday! Looks like a beautiful sunny weekend here in Maine. While Angus is spending his weekend on a plane flying across the country to go to a bachelor party I will be soaking the sun and enjoying this late summer weekend. Plans include iced coffee, farmers market, a workout with my friend Sarah, and most definitely the beach. This morning I’m sharing with you some things that I have been loving this week! 

Indian Wedding Clothes

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I received this beautiful sari in the mail last weekend to wear at an Indian wedding we’re gong to next weekend. Thank you so much to my wonderful aunt Debbie and cousin Maeliosa who are living in India and were able to send me this great outfit! (Angus has one too… pictures to come) I have no clue how to put it on so here it is all folded up. Stay tuned for pictures of me wearing it!

1 Dollar Iced Coffee

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This week was awesome because I learned that the coffee shop by my house (The Crooked Mile) does 1$ iced coffee if you bring your own cup. So the very next day I went out and purchased this cool cup and I’ve been saving money ever since. 

Peanut Butter Protein Bites

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I made up a batch of these protein bites this week to keep me energized on the days I taught a lot of classes. It’s such a yummy recipe and much healthier than purchasing pre packaged granola bars. Oh, and they take about 5 minutes to make… can’t beat it! 

Polar Seltzer

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I sort of forgot about seltzer water. I don’t normally drink it but this flavor caught my eye at the grocery store the other day and I wanted to try it. I love anything guava and it did not disappoint! I think it will be finding its way into my cart more often now. 

Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook

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I don’t follow the Paleo diet but sometimes I will search the internet for Paleo recipes because a lot of them them tend to be on the healthier side. Anyway, I’ve been reading the blog Paleomg for some time now and Juli just came out with a new cookbook and I couldn’t resist purchasing it. I haven’t had the chance to cook anything yet but the recipes look fabulous and are all accompanied by beautiful pictures. Yum. 

Weekend & Playlist

I think that this is the only weekend in a while and for a while that there was NOTHING on the schedule. I love the feeling of waking up and being able to do whatever you want with your day! Portland is such a fun city to live in and I’m perfectly happy spending a weekend at home. Saturday included a visit from the cutest boston terrier ever, the sidewalk art festival, shopping and gelato in the old port, and some patio time. Sunday was a little rainier but we made the most out of it by shopping in Freeport (early before the crowds arrived), some lounging, and a yoga class at Greener Postures. 

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Now it’s Tuesday and I’m spending some quality time making up new workouts and playlists for the week! Here’s some new tunes that I’m going to use for lunchtime cycle at IDEXX yesterday! Enjoy 🙂 


Zoodle Pad Thai

photo copyThis was a delicious dish that we made at home last night. This summer we’ve been eating out. A LOT. I attribute it to the beautiful weather and wanting to spend more time outside and around town. Ok, and my laziness. Anyway, I finally went to the grocery store and got a plethora of items to make some delicious dinners at home. This zoodle pad thai was first up on my menu. It did not disappoint! If zoodles (zucchini noodles) aren’t your thing, you can definitely make this with normal rice noodles. 

Zoodle Pad Thai
Serves 4
A delicious green twist on your traditional Pad Thai.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 2 chicken breasts (chopped)
  2. 1 tsp corn strarch
  3. 3 TBS soy sauce
  4. 2 medium zucchinis (spiralized)
  5. 2 eggs (beaten)
  6. 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  7. chopped peanuts for serving
For the Sauce
  1. 1 TBS lime juice
  2. 3 TBS brown sugar dissolved in 1/4 cup of water
  3. 2.5 TBS fish sauce
  4. 2 tsp chili paste
  1. Dissolve one tsp corn starch in 3 TBS soy sauce and let chicken marinate in mixture for 10 min.
  2. Combine the lime juice, brown sugar, water, fish sauce, and chili paste to make your sauce.
  3. Prepare your zucchini noodles with a "zoodler" or spiralizer and set aside.
  4. Cook the eggs (scrambled) and set aside.
  5. In a frying pan over medium heat (with a little veg oil) cook the chicken for 5-7 min or until the chicken is done. If the pan gets dry you can add a little chicken broth or water.
  6. When the chicken is done add your zoodles, eggs, and pour the pad thai sauce over. Cook for a few minutes until the zoodles are "done". (I like mine a little crunchy) Use tongs to lift and stir the zoodles while you're cooking them.
  7. Serve with green onions, bean sprouts, and a wedge of lime!
  1. I had a lot of extra sauce for my zoodles. Add a little at a time until you have enough! Zucchinis don't come in standard sizes so it's hard to tell how much sauce you will really need :D
Adapted from Quick and Easy Chicken Pad Thai

Wedding Weekend Fun

This past weekend was pack full of fun. We had visitors and spent lots of time bopping around Portland- going to restaurants, enjoying the farmers market, the beach…my favorite summertime activities!

We also had a great wedding to attend up in the Orono area on Saturday. Congratulations Travis and Mary! I had never been to a backyard wedding before and I loved it! There was so much thought and love that Mary put into making all of the decorations for the wedding. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the evening! 

We made a quick trip to the Orono Brewing Company before the wedding and I was totally impressed. Tasty beers and only 7 bucks for these little 5 oz tasters! Highly recommend this place if you’re in the area. 

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Enjoying the lakeside wedding and a beautiful sunset!

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The “bar”.  A canoe full of home brew beers! Pretty much the coolest thing ever.

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Thai food at a wedding. A first and totally awesome. 

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The happy couple! 






100 Reps Workout

Happy Wednesday! This week has felt like it has gone on and on since I worked Sunday which I normally don’t do. Looking forward to a fun weekend with guests and going to a wedding and enjoying this beautiful Maine summer. But first! A workout. I did this workout with my class at the YMCA a month or so ago and it was a big hit. So much so that one of the members recreated it themselves while they were on vacation last week. Sounds to me like you can use a kitty litter box instead of a kettlebell if you don’t have one. Now, I’m not sure I would recommend this but apparently it worked. HAH! So anyway, it’s quick (About 20-25 minutes) and you don’t need much equipment. A kettlebell (maybe two 😉 ) is all you need! Enjoy!


Pineapple Ginger Green Juice

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Pineapple Ginger Green Juice
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1/2 cup frozen pineapple pieces
  2. 1 cup coconut water (plain)
  3. 1/4 cup almond milk
  4. 1 cup of fresh baby spinach
  5. 1 small piece of fresh ginger (about the size of a nickel)
  1. Add the ingredients to a blender and blend!
  1. I use the "whole juice" setting on my Blendtec blender, but the smoothie setting also works as well.
Here is a delicious recipe for these wonderful hot summer days. I started making this juice a few days ago and CAN NOT STOP! It’s refreshing, hydrating and has a delicious sweet taste and creamy texture. Try it yourself and you will not be able to stop either. It’s just that good. Bonus: it’s a fabulous way to get a good serving of greens in! I blend it up on the “whole juice” setting on my Blendtec blender, but the smoothie setting works alright as well. Enjoy!

Spin Saturday Playlist

Good morning! Soaking up all of this summer weather here in Portland. I can’t get enough of it and will be so sad when it ends. Friday was spent enjoying a delicious dinner out at the East Ender followed by drinks outdoors and listening to the Weezer concert for free with some friends. Saturday started out with teaching a class at Quest followed by my favorite Saturday morning tradition: iced coffee and a donut from the holy donut and then shopping at the farmers market. Whenever I tell people that is what I like to do on Saturday mornings they always seem surprised that it happens every Saturday. Well, yes it does!! Today will be a kayak/canoe trip to Higgins beach! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and enjoy some new tunes!