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A Perfect Saturday – Workouts, Wine, and Friends

Yesterday was what I would call a perfect Saturday.  I fit in all of the things I love!  A great crossfit workout to kick-start my weekend before we headed to the vineyard to enjoy some wine, cheese, and time with friends.  What can be better than that?

Here is the Crossfit WOD I chose

45 pound barbell Overhead squat, 50 reps
100 Abmat sit-ups
115 pound Overhead squat, 25 reps
50 Toes-to-bar
185 pound Overhead squat, 10 reps
20 GHD sit-ups

Here is how I modified it (I ended up completing it in 15:50)

20 pound barbell Overhead squat, 50 reps
75 Abmat sit-ups
30 pound Overhead squat, 25 reps
35 Leg Raises
40 pound Overhead squat, 10 reps
20 GHD sit-ups

I ran a mile before this workout and then did some yoga on my own after it.  My abs are pretty sore today, so I guess that means it worked! After our workout we came home and made our go to Saturday omelet, which is also my go to dinner many nights.  It always does the trick.

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Later we headed up to Wallingford, my hometown, to Gouveia Vineyards.  Gouveia is a gorgeous winery set up on a hill in Wallingford, CT with breathtaking views and beautiful sunsets.  I still can’t believe we have such a fantastic place in my hometown and I didn’t know about it until just the past couple of years.  Here is my Yelp review.  If you ever find yourself in Connecticut, Gouveia is a must – see!

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We made a stop at Whole Foods to grab some cheese and crackers.  One of my favorite cheeses from Whole Foods is called Midnight Moon.  It’s made with goat’s milk and tastes like a mix between goat cheese and gouda.  For crackers, we usually get Nut Thins.  They are gluten-free and made from almonds.  You can find them in most grocery stores now a days.

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We met up with friends, some who I haven’t seen in a while, so it was really nice to be with everyone.  Once the sun started setting we went picture crazy as I always do!

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We all had a great time and a perfect Saturday.  What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday?

15 Reasons Why I Love Fall

I can’t believe that it is officially fall!  I have been anticipating the season for a good month now.  September is funny in New England.  She’s such a tease, or maybe just plays hard to get?  One day it’s crisp and cool and the next it’s hot sticky and humid.  Well September, there’s no turning back now….fall is officially here.  Here are a few of my favorite things about this time of year.

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  • Crisp, cool air that smells like a mixture of leaves, camp fires, and home-made pies (at least that’s what it smells like in my own head).
  • Foliage!

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  • Anything pumpkin flavored.  Coffee, Beer, Pie, Cookies.  It seems now a days everything can be pumpkin. I’m fine with that!
  • Carving pumpkins, scooping out the squishy insides, picking out the seeds and roasting them!
  • Apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay rides, and corn mazes.

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  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants.
  • Boot season!

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  • Fall comfort foods…Chili, Beef Stew, Soups.
  • Thanksgiving!! By far the best holiday.
  • Oktoberfest festivals at various breweries and bars are always a blast.  Can’t wait to go to the Harpoon Oktoberfest in Boston!

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  • Football season for the energy, watching guys get really excited or really mad over a game, tailgating, and Sunday food comas.

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  • Halloween. Last year I got pretty creative with my costume which made it a lot more fun than previous years!

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  • Tea or Hot Chocolate before bed.
  • It’s the best running weather.
  • Red wine, candles, and my couch.

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A Sunday Fix – Burgers & Brussels Sprouts

Oh Sunday night….I wish we could get along better.  I’m really trying to work on our relationship but there’s just something about you that makes me feel a little sad when we meet.  Especially after having such a nice weekend.

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I went to such an awesome wedding yesterday.  I’ve been to a bunch this year and have loved all of them for their own reasons.  This one was just a little different from anything I’ve seen.  It was really laid back, in a beautiful but simple place, and a great time.  This couple was lucky enough to have this gorgeous property in their family.  It was right on the water surrounded by high grass, old boat docks, and had an awesome view of the sunset…which obviously made me extremely happy!

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To make my Sunday a little more fun I decided to make some fun recipes from some fantastic bloggers I follow.  I made Honey Dijon Burgers over a Sweet Potato Apple Hash that I found on Civilized Caveman.  The burgers were amazing, so juicy and tender!

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Then on the side I made Healthy “Fried” Brussels Sprouts from Carrots n’ Cake!  I think I cooked them a tad too long and should have greased the pan better…but regardless they were super yummy!

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This dish was a perfect meal to ease in to fall.  I can smell fall in the air which makes me so happy.  It’s by far my favorite season!