Date Night, Errands, and Tennis

Mondays are usually hard because I mean, let’s be honest, who wants to go back to work after the weekend? Well, today is a good Monday because Ryan and I are both off of work! I am looking forward to a seven mile run, waffles for breakfast, seeing my friend Brittany for a bit, and maybe some disc golf with Ryan and my Dad! Oh, and maybe ย we can finally put our Christmas tree up today… Oops! At least it’s not February yet, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Even though my weekend is not over yet, I will go ahead and do a recap. Everything has been marvelous so far, so obviously I need to link up with Katie!ย 


Friday night was a perfect start to this weekend! We have a couple of Chili’s gift cards we got for Christmas, so we used part of one to buy dinner and bring home, and we got a red box movie. We ate in the living room while watching “Olympus Has Fallen”. Oh, and I was in my pajamas. Perfect date night!


Seriously, I know sometimes it is fun to go out and dress up, but Ryan and I love ordering food from a restaurant, bringing it home so we can eat and relax in our own home, all while watching a movie in our sweats or pajamas. If you have never done this, you should!


I had the mango chile tilapia from their lighter choice menu, and it came with broccoli and rice. This dinner was delicious, and didn’t leave me feeling stuffed, which was a major plus.

Saturday I got up about 6:45 to get ready for my long run, which was 13 miles.


I got to use my running belt that Ryan gave me for graduation for the first time, and I loved it! It didn’t bounce or bother me, and it was nice to have water when I needed it. I felt great during the run, which was a big encouragement since I have many more long runs to do that are much longer than 13 miles!

I refueled after my run with some healthy spinach blueberry pancakes.

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I ended up topping them with half of a banana, some peanut butter, and a little bit of pure maple syrup. I was using my own recipe for this, and I enjoyed it, but I need to work on tweaking a few things before I can share the recipe on here. If the green scares you, don’t worry, I promise you can’t taste the spinach! It’s a great way to get some veggies in at the beginning of the day!

For the rest of the day Ryan and I ran some errands. We got my oil changed in my car, went to the bank, and drove to the closest James Avery to pick up my charm bracelet. When we got home I started cooking dinner, and then we dug in! We had black bean veggie burgers, green beans, and sweet potato fries.

After dinner Ryan and I finished our Scrabble game that we started last weekend but never finished. Unfortunately I lost. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But it was still fun, and I am determined to win next time!

Sunday Ryan and I went to church, then came home and had leftovers for lunch.


I had quinoa with barbecue tempeh on top, a salad, and green beans.

After lunch I went grocery shopping and then came home to change into some athletic clothes so Ryan and I could play tennis.


I have mentioned this before, but tennis is my favorite sport, and it is something Ryan and I both love playing together. The weather was so beautiful, we had to enjoy it by doing something outside! I love that it’s January and I was able to wear shorts outside and be comfortable. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once we got home I started cooking dinner, and boy oh boy, it was a good dinner!


I made this butternut squash Mexi-Bake from Danica, and it is a new favorite! The husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed it!


I topped both of our bowls with 1/4 of an avocado, and Ryan put some tortilla chips in his. This meal is full of veggies and is meatless, but I think even the meat lovers will still love this recipe!

Afterwards we relaxed and watched Revenge.

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After our busy, non-stop weekend last week, it was nice to be home this whole weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚


1. What did you do this weekend?

2. Have you ever ordered food and brought it home for a date night?

3. What is your favorite thing you ate this weekend?

4. Favorite way to exercise besides run or lift weights? Tennis or volleyball for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Are you off work today? If so, what are you doing?





  1. So jealous you are off work! I’m all about celebrating every single holiday. I’m beginning to think that I have missed my calling to be a teacher…

    13 miles! Go you! I remember when I first hit 13 miles in my marathon training. For some reason, that was the number that really stuck with me and made me realize I wasn’t just training for a half anymore.

  2. I love having at home dinner and a movie date nights (even though that is unattainable at the moment due to distance). They’re so much more intimate and meaningful to just have it be the two of you. I may or may not of been having my own when I have free time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Those pancakes look delicious. I love blueberries! Topped with banana and peanut butter? Perfection.

    That Mexi-Bake looks divine. It will definitely been a future dinner for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love ordering take out for date nights! It’s fun to dress up and go out, but sometimes its so nice to just hang out at home…and not have to wear real pants!

  4. Okay, so your ideal date night sounds JUST like mine and my hubby’s! We love just eating in and snuggling in our jammers or sweats to watch a movie. It’s the perfect end to a long week and so relaxing!

    It’s been so long since I’ve played tennis….I am so rusty! But I definitely love playing, too.

  5. Looks/sounds like such a nice weekend! I also went out for dinner (with a friend) to one of my favorite restaurants and got my “usual”.. a big bowl of goodness: tofu, kale, bok choy, sweet potato and broccoli. So fresh and delicious! Hope you had a great holiday Monday xo

  6. We have date nights at home all the time! It definitely is easier on the wallet. It’s funny, I was getting caught up on Revenge while reading your post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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