Road Trip!

Hello from Pittsburgh!

Matt, Riese, and I drove up yesterday afternoon to surprise Matt’s dad for his birthday! We, along with Matt’s younger brother Drew and his wife Morgana, were all waiting at dinner when Matt’s parents arrived – his dad was SO surprised! Such fun.

We just made it in time for the surprise – literally 2 minutes before his parents got there – whew!! Traveling with a toddler in tow isn’t exactly speedy or predictable so we were pretty proud we were able to make it in time ;)

I enjoyed a Caesar salad to start, and then the salmon bruschetta for dinner. Delicious! Riese helped me with it – she loves salmon. 

As for food at home this week, we did a lot of cooking!

One night we had a chicken tortilla soup – it was yummy, and reminded me of a combination of a few of my recipes: Chicken + White Bean Chili Soup, Creamy Mexican Chicken Chili Soup (<- has hummus in it and is one of my all-time faves), Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Mmm… now I want to make all of those again! 

Another meal we had wasn’t beautiful but it tasted good. A saucy tomato chicken (<- similar to that recipe but with olives instead of artichokes) with some cauliflower rice.

Normally cauliflower rice isn’t super satisfying for me and I want some regular rice, too, but I wasn’t super hungry because I had cheese and crackers a little earlier. :) 

Another dinner this week was some really simple salmon tacos – just salmon pan seared (or you could do my Easiest Baked Salmon method) and then shredded once fully cooked, plus cabbage slaw, hot sauce, and guacamole. Yum!

easy salmon tacos

We’ve been good about continuing the family dinners this week (i.e. eating with Riese all together as a family vs. her eating before us and us eating after she goes to bed). I love it – so much nicer to eat with her and nice to not have to figure out what to feed her for dinner on my own anymore, either, since she just eats some of what we eat. 

On the breakfast front this week, I’ve been doing some avocado toast as usual, and I also got back into the oatmeal scene even though it was really hot out and not exactly oatmeal weather… whatever. Trying to channel fall. ;) 

I made my High Protein Oatmeal (<- recipe! basically oatmeal + eggs) but with lots of chia seeds instead of flaxseed, and Riese loved it too. 

As for fitness this week, I hit up an OrangeTheory class one evening (I know, weird, I never work out in the evenings – I was just feeling it), enjoyed a yoga class yesterday morning with my buddy Chelsea, and also got in my usual daily stroller + dog walks, and 1 stroller run. I’m getting better at stroller running – it’s hard but fun! I feel super efficient having both Riese and the dog in the mix. 

Have a fabulous weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday with a recap from our Pittsburgh adventures! 


  1. 1

    What a nice surprise for Matt’s dad! Glad you didn’t walk in with him, haha. I guess you always have to factor in more time when traveling with a toddler.
    Have fun!

  2. 2

    Awww, what a fun surprise for Matt’s dad! Enjoy your time with family. Hopefully they are having cool, fall-like temps up there? We’ve had cooler, rainy weather this week but it’s going to be 80 this weekend and I have to say I am EXCITED. It’s not super humid at this time of year so 80 feels glorious and I want to soak up the warm temps while we can. I live in MN so our winters are just awful!! Here’s hoping we have a long beautiful fall!

    So glad the family meals have been working out for you. I’d like to try that with our son this winter. We take a family walk when we get home since the weather is still nice (well, when it’s not pouring rain!) so that doesn’t leave me enough time to make dinner for all of us so we give our son super quick things, like banana pancakes. But this winter I am committed to making family dinners work!

  3. 4

    That was neat that you surprised Matt’s dad for his birthday! Also great that you have been able to establish a nice dinner experience with Riese each evening. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. 5

    What an impressive week. Your energy and discipline are very impressive!

  5. 6

    How fun! Happy Birthday to Mr. Mauney!


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