Sunday, November 20, 2016

Weekend + Friendsgiving

Hey, hey! Happy Monday!

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Even though it’s a short week, I have a lot jammed into it. Quinn doesn’t have Early Intervention today, so I’m going to squeeze in a workout at CrossFit and then probably swing by the library and/or playground with him afterward. Tomorrow, I need to make a bunch of meal plans in the morning and then I have a video/photo shoot with Kerrie and Lucie. We have a number of projects in the works, so, hopefully, we can bang them all out in the afternoon. On Wednesday, we have our DTFN software meeting followed by a happy hour (yayyyy!) and then it’s Turkey Day on Thursday. There’s a lot happening this week, but it’s all exciting stuff, so no complaints here! 🙂

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Wearing (date night): Side Zip Pattern Sweater (<— 40% off) // Lolita Skinny Jeans // Downieville CYA Vest

Our date night on Friday was a lot fun. We met up with a couple of our friends at Station Eight in Marshfield. It was our first time there, and we mostly liked it… I mean, I think we’ll visit again.

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The food was just so-so, but the bar scene seemed like a lot of fun. I guess we’ll probably just hit up the bar area the next time we go. We had an absolute blast with our friends though. We seriously laughed so much, and I learned quite a bit about cats that I didn’t know.

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Saturday morning involved a fun partner workout at CrossFit followed by a trip to the Derby Street Shoppes with my favorite little dude.

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At Whole Foods, Qman and I grabbed some post-workout treats: A Morning Glory Muffin for him and a Vietnamese Cold Brew (1/2 decaf) for me. After that, I bought Quinn some new sneakers, which he actually picked out himself. His shoe pick was very… neon and, ok, not my first choice, but when I asked him if he was sure they were the pair he wanted, he said: “Bye-bye” and walked toward the door. Haha! Well, ok then. Thankfully, I convinced him to stay in the store long enough so I could pay for them!

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The rest of the day and evening were pretty low-key. I actually fell asleep on the couch for about 30 minute, which was both glorious and awful at the same time. I am sooooo not a nap person. I always wake up feeling like garbage. Anyway, we rented a movie and ate ice cream that night, and it was awesome.

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Yesterday morning started bright and early at 6:30 AM. Mal watched Quinn while I worked, and then we all enjoyed some Trader Joe’s almond croissants and cheesy eggs for breakfast.

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The boys ran errands for a couple of hours while I worked… and when they were out, a special surprise from Dave and Marie arrived in the mail.

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I seriously couldn’t wait to give it to Quinn when he got home! He loved it so much!!!

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After that, we readied ourselves and drove to our friends’ house for our 4th Annual Friendsgiving!

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Hooray for Friendsgiving! And what a way to spend a Sunday! Good friends, good food, and so many good laughs! We’re really lucky to have such an amazing group of friends!

Questions of the Day

Do you celebrate Friendsgiving? 

What’s the best thing you ate this weekend?



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Weekend Link Love– Edition 427

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Wall sits reduce hypertension.

Resveratrol could replace sulfites in wine-making.

Teens who stay up late have less self-regulation.

Blood from human teens rejuvenates aging mice.

Brawn develops brain.

The link between produce consumption and better cognitive function is mediated by physical activity.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

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Episode 143: Jimmy Moore: Host Elle Russ chats with prolific low-carb author, podcaster, and evangelist Jimmy Moore.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

How much meat and protein are we actually eating?

Are you on a hunger-free diet?

Media, Schmedia

The hits keep coming for Theranos.

According to the new statin guidelines, everyone over 40 is at imminent risk for a deadly heart attack. Luckily, there’s a wonder drug for that!

Everything Else

Vegans are focusing their activist ire on a true titan of industrial animal cruelty: a primitive skills expert who teaches a class on humane slaughter.

Data miners plumbed a global database of recipes for correlations between different cuisines and health, finding a “clear correlation between obesity and cuisines that are dominated by sugar and carbohydrate.”

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Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Concept I’m playing with: Free will (or lack thereof).

Movement that impressed me: This casual side lever pull.

Articles I’m pondering: “Neoliberalism is creating loneliness. That’s what’s wrenching society apart” by George Monbiot.

Announcement I’m pleased to, well, announce: The new edition of The Primal Blueprint!

Science development I’m : Scientists are growing tiny lungs, hearts, and other tissues from stem cells to study complex human diseases, track gene function, and build the next generation of realistic action figures.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 20 – Nov 26)

Comment of the Week

“Everything the light touches is our kingdom…”

– You got that right, ericle2. (From Mark’s Daily Apple on Instagram)

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Healthy Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner

The words “quick,” “easy” and “Thanksgiving” typically don’t go together, but rules are being broken with this streamlined sheet-pan turkey dinner. It’s got all the elements of a typical Thanksgiving dinner, without the hours of prep and stovetop cooking. This dinner is just about the best thing to happen to hungry, time-starved cooks. Take a large baking sheet, add turkey, seasonings and vegetables, then roast until the meat is juicy and the vegetables are crispy and browned. Did I mention that cleanup takes less than two minutes? Throw away the sheet of parchment paper and place any leftovers in the fridge. Done and done.

If your meat section doesn’t have skin-on turkey breasts available, ask at the butcher. Most places that grind their turkey meat in-house use this type of cut to do so and should be able to supply you with a small breast portion. If you decide to use a breast that still contains the bone, you will likely need to increase the cooking time till done.

Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner
Serves 4

1 1/2 pounds skin-on turkey breast
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
6 sprigs thyme
4 sprigs rosemary
1 head of garlic, cloves peeled, crushed
1 butternut squash, peeled, diced and seeds removed, roughly 4 cups
24 Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced in half
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Gently loosen skin from turkey breasts and rub butter under skin and all over outside of breasts; season generously with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Scatter thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs and garlic over a large, parchment-lined baking sheet and arrange turkey breasts, skin-side up, on top. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.

While the turkey is cooking, toss the butternut squash and Brussels sprouts with olive oil and a pinch of salt and ground pepper. Remove the turkey from oven after 20 minutes and arrange the vegetables on the same baking sheet, trying to create as even a layer as possible. Roast for another 20 to 25 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 165 degrees F.

Remove from pan and let sit for 10 minutes. Slice breast and serve with roasted vegetables.

Per serving: Calories 398; Fat 14 g; Cholesterol 105 mg; Sodium 492 mg; Potassium 971 mg; Carbohydrate 29 g; Fiber 7.3 g; Protein 45 g

Alex Caspero MA, RD, RYT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Yoga Teacher. She is the founder of Delish Knowledge (delishknowledge.com), a resource for healthy, whole-food vegetarian recipes. In her private coaching practice, she helps individuals find their “Happy Weight.” 



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