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The Goods.

30 Jun

I’m baaaaaaaaaack. 🙂

So Body Pump kicked my arse today. I’m not sure what release we did, but squats played a very big role. Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers mentioned earlier today that the new release (74) is a killer in terms of lunges. My instructor today was talking about Release 74 and said the same thing! Now I’m nervous…

Target was glorious, as always. Surprisingly, not too many randos (random items) ended up in my basket.

-Binder: for the husband’s job

-Mouthwash: for healthy teeth & gums!

-St. Ives Apricot Scrub: for a deep cleanse 1-2x a week

-Nivea Shaving Cream: for the husband

-Birthday Card: for my grandpa’s 83rd birthday!

-M&Ms: for a dessert for our church’s 4th of July BBQ, as well as a for a friend’s dinner party

-Peanut Butte Cookie: for my hungry stomach after the Pump

-Mascara/Eyeshadow: needed the mascara, thought the eyeshadow was fun!

-V-Neck tee: because I’m plain and simple like that

Here’s the deal – I’m going to resist opening those M&Ms…really. They are for peanut butter M&M cookie bars….not an indulgence for Courtney. We shall see if I’m strong enough…

Ok, bloggies. I need to search for jobs. I’m hoping to find some new ones and send off some applications! I can do this!


What’s Your Soup of the Day?

29 Jun

Good evening, bloggies. Hope your Tuesday been just fab. I’m so glad I have so many fellow Target-obsessed friends out there. 😉

I’m very very excited to share with you the din din my husband and I enjoyed tonight. I feel like you deserve to know a little bit more about me in regards to this special dinner.

I heart soup. With all that I am. I was the girl growing up that asked at every restaurant my parents took me to, “what the soup of the day” was. Seriously.

Soup is such a comfort food – no matter what type it is. I am not biased.

So now that you understand that my love for soup runs deep, please don’t judge me when I tell you that we had soup for dinner tonight, albeit  it was 90+ degrees out. Whatev.

But friends, it wasn’t just any soup. It was Spicy African Peanut Stew.

:Cue the heavenly angels:


This recipe is courtesy of Peas and Thank You, and it was delicious!

Spicy African Peanut Stew – Peas and Thank You
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 sweet potato, cubed (about 1 c. total)
1 1/2 t. curry powder
1/2-3/4 t. garam masala (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 t. cumin
1 T. minced ginger
2 t. minced garlic
stevia to taste – I omitted this
dash of cinnamon
1 can fire roasted tomatoes, in juice
1 can light coconut milk
2 c. vegetable stock
2 T. natural peanut butter
1/2 c. uncooked quinoa

Throw everything into your slow cooker. Set on high for 1 hour, then switch to low for 4 hours. I needed to crank mine back up to high for the remaining hour, to fully cook the sweet potatoes.

We enjoyed our spicy stew with these bad boys from Trader Joe’s.

Garlic Naan – such a fabulous creation. Such fabulous ingredients: wheat flour, water, garlic, milk, yogurt, coriander leaves, sunflower oil, salt.

Oh, yes. We had soup for dinner on one of the hottest days of summer yet.

Do you eat soup during the summer? Or do you stray from hot dishes during these months?

P.S. Don’t worry, I’m ending this night on a cool note: vanilla soy ice cream.