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Things I've Been Doing While I Haven't Been Here …

by caroline

I know, I know: I’ve been a little MIA lately. But, the truth is … I needed it. I needed time to gather my thoughts after our crazy move and figure out what the heck was going on in this crazy thing I call my life. We’re all moved now — our things are cozily squeezed into a storage space in Pittsburgh while we wait on that one-and-only spot we will call home.

All of that nutso behavior had me in desperate need of some regrouping. So, a recap it is! Here’s what I’ve been up to while I haven’t been here …

1. A LOT of this:

We have become so good at packing that we can fit things until they fit as neatly as a puzzle. Except it’s not nearly as much fun as putting together a puzzle. (Yeah, I like puzzles. What of it?)

2. Wondering about this bread:

Dan and I arrived to our apartment in Ohio and realized we had left this entire loaf of his bread in the pantry. Sure, it’s unopened and looking A-OK. But it’s also been in the apartment for quite some time and is past its sell by date by more than 3 months. See?

Anyone else freaked out by the fact that this bread is marketed as “healthy”, but clearly has so many preservatives in it that it has stayed lookin’ pretty for this long? I hate that Dan has been eating this stuff for as long as he has — yikes! It definitely makes me think (even more than I already do) about what exactly is in the pre-packaged food we buy. Even though we are a household that doesn’t rely heavily on those kind of purchases, it is still something to really consider, ya know? I felt bad about wasting this entire loaf of bread, but decided to chalk it up as a science experiment instead. Did we all learn something? Good!

3. Attending the I Made It! Market in Bakery Square, Pittsburgh:

The I Made It! Market is a nomadic indie crafts marketplace that provides a space for local artists to bring their crafts, artwork, baked goodies and more, so that we can all enjoy them. :) Dan, my sister, Amanda, her fiancé and I headed down to the market on Saturday night and took a peek at all of the wonderful items the vendors had to offer. I could have spent hours there! There were so many beautiful crafts, pieces of jewelry, paintings, knitted scarves and hats, and all-natural beauty items — I wanted it all! I did, however, restrain myself and keep my purchases to these little gems instead:

Gluten-free and vegan chocolate chip cookies and mini apple pies from My Goodies Vegan Bakery! Not all of the stuff at My Goodies is gluten-free, but the few items that wear the label are absolutely heavenly. These chocolate chip cookies were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the apple pie was just right. I am not a huge fan of apple pie because I have a problem with the texture of soft apples (kinda like tomatoes), but the crust is my absolute favorite. And this pie hit the apple-pie-crust spot for me! Check out the My Goodies menu for more delicious options.

4. Having breakfast Eden:

My family has started a new Sunday morning tradition where we go for a 5-mile-ish run around Pittsburgh. I love exercising with my family! There’s a certain kind of bonding that happens when sweating it out with other people and, throughout the years we have spent running together, we have definitely established that special relationship. Yesterday’s run (and the last two weekends’ runs) left us hungry and with no other choice than to eat breakfast at Eden. (Twist my arm.) I’ve talked before about how much I love this place for its gluten-free, vegan and fresh juice options — it turns out their gluten-free and vegan granola bowl also has my heart!

Deee-lish.

5. Attending LA Finfinger’s Intro to Advanced Vinyasa Flow Workshop at South Hills Power Yoga:

I ♥ LA and this workshop was exactly what the doctor ordered after such a ca-razy start to my week. I was sweating like a beast and lovin’ every minute of it.

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And that’s pretty much it! I am looking so forward to getting back into the swing of things this week and, naturally, sharing some fab recipes with each one of you. Have a Happy Monday!