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Things I’m Loving Lately

Thank you to The Quaker Oats Company for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Hi guys! Popping in to share some things I’m loving lately. Feel free to play along in the comments! :)

1) The fact that the official first day of fall (September 22) is almost here! I can’t wait for sights like these gorgeous leaves again:

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Fall is the BEST – by far my favorite season. Everything just feels so fresh and crisp and rejuvenated – I always have more energy and creativity for work, outdoor exercise is a million times more awesome again, and the clothes are so cozy. My very first fANNEtastic food blog post ever back in October 2009 was actually titled “I love me some fall.” I remember really wanting to get the blog up and going but having no idea what to write about, so I finally one day just sat down and started writing – and that’s what came out. Also, the tea infuser I wrote about in that post is still a favorite 8 years later. :)

There’s also a lot of fun personal stuff in fall – my birthday is September 21 (usually right around the first day of fall!), and Matt and I celebrate our wedding anniversary on October 13! This year will be 5 years – how time flies. We normally do a fun fall hiking excursion to celebrate, but since we’ll only be about 5 weeks out from our due date, staying close to home makes more sense this year – but I’m sure we can still find something fun to do to celebrate around here!

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2) Having breakfast ready and waiting for me when I get back from a workout!

I’ve mentioned before that especially now being pregnant I need to eat REALLY quickly after I work out (or wake up) unless I want to feel nauseous. I’m still loving Quaker’s Overnight Oats because it’s so easy to pour my dairy or non-dairy milk of choice into the container the night before to cold-steep in the fridge, and then the oats are ready and waiting in the morning!

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I still like adding some plain Greek yogurt to them before eating for added creaminess – it pairs perfectly with the hearty blend of oats, quinoa, flaxseed, fruit and nuts. I’ve tried all four flavors now (Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven, Blueberry Banana & Vanilla Bliss, Orchard Peach Pecan Perfection, Toasted Coconut & Almond Crunch) and my favorite is officially the Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven – must go buy more of that one as I’m all out!

3) Sandwiches cut into triangles.

Is it just me or do sandwiches taste better when cut into triangles vs. just in half? I know I’ve said this before on the blog, but it’s so true and now that I’m back on a sandwich kick as of late I’m reminded of it. (p.s. In case you missed my mix & match healthy sandwich recipes post, check that out for some inspiration! The secret to making sandwiches satisfying is adding lots of veggies for volume – either on the side or actually in the sandwich.)

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4) The fact that these two are now best buds:

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They love hanging out together and are pretty much always side by side, even when out on adventures! (In the foreground in the photo below is their buddy Carl! Photo c/o Koko, Carl’s mom.) Ashe loves jumping around on the rocks, Freyja loves dunking herself in the water. :)

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Getting two dogs (one of which is a puppy) while I’m pregnant was definitely not the smartest idea we’ve ever had, but we’re getting into a better routine with them and having furry friends who are insanely excited when you get home/walk in a room/say hello to them is pretty awesome. They give such good snuggles, too, so long as you don’t mind a thousand licks! Ashe gives what we call “aggressive snuggles” – if you are in a bad mood, asking her to come over and snuggle is sure to make you laugh because she is instantly ALL over you, trying to lick you, climb on you and give you a hug, etc. The cutest! Freyja is also a big licker but more gentle in her snuggling approach. Ha!

Zara is continuing to warm up to them, too, which also makes us happy. :) Check this out – co-existing in peace! Never would have thought we’d make it to this point!

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5) Tacos! Such an easy and delicious weeknight meal and with endless variations. I’m especially into shrimp tacos lately because shrimp is so fast cooking! Just add some Mexican-style hot sauce or salsa, cabbage, cilantro, and feta and you’re good to go. Lime wedges on the side, of course!

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What are you loving lately?

Comments

  1. 1

    Ya for all those things!!!! THEre is never a good time to get a puppy in my opinion ha ha now look at that peace that happened a ton quicker for you! Took my cat two years lol

    • 2

      Two years?! Oh man – I guess we are lucky! There are sometimes still moments where the dogs try to play with her and she’s REALLY not into it, but mostly we are all good now!

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    I saw those Quaker overnight oats at Target and decided to give them a try. I agree that they were delicious but after polishing them off I looked at the nutrition facts and holy cow, SO much sugar. There was about 50 grams of sugar in one serving (I think I had the peach flavor). I might as well be eating ice cream for breakfast at that rate!

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      50 grams?! I have no idea where you got that — were you looking at carb grams? All of the overnight oat flavors have between 12 and 17 grams (depending on the flavor) of sugar. Yes, that’s not zero, but that includes dried fruit as well, and when I calculated how many grams of sugar were in my regular oats I make myself, it was actually more because I use a whole ripe banana and add berries, too!

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    Feel free to post as many photos as your heart desires of DC’s gorgeous ginkgo trees this fall! I miss the way the setting sun would light up the golden leaves on some of the streets in my old neighborhood. Shoot, I miss fall, PERIOD. In Florida, fall is just hurricane season.

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    IT’S ALMOST YOUR BIRTHDAY! I want to celebrate with you:) Those tacos have me drooling and I really need to try those overnight oats… they look awesome! YAY for fall (especially when pregnant)! Hope you are having a beautiful day!

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    Your wedding photo gave me chills! So pretty.

    And the Coconut Almond is my favorite flavor! I was so happy to find these at the beach grocery store.

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    So glad the dogs and cat are getting along for you! I know that took some work and patience.

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    Can’t believe this year will be your 5 year anniversary already! Great memories but it feels not that long ago! Today is my 5 years Franciversary, lol, so that makes sense.. Also just love Freyja’s face, she looks wise beyond her years ;) Your post reminded me I should get in the mood for oatmeal as well as temperatures drop! I’m going to check out some of your recipe ideas- I don’t have a microwave at my ‘new’ place so overnight or stovetop oats it is!

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      I can’t believe I’ve been married for 5 years or that you have been in Paris for 5 years – so crazy!! Enjoy mixing up the oatmeal! :)

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    I am so excited for fall. It’s my favorite time of year! Your sandwich thing made me think about my dinner last night where I had a fish burger, which I usually just put on top of a salad but instead last night put on some gluten free bread with chipotle lime mayo and a garden tomato and it was SO good. I LOVED that!

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    Very nice list! For me, loving the prospect of fall cycling in N VA and Aspen!

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      Enjoy! I can’t wait until I can bike again – Matt and I were just talking on Sunday about how a bike ride would be fun but given my balance is a bit off right now and falling would be seriously not good for the baby, probably smart to wait until later. Spring biking it is! I miss it!

  10. 19

    i loved sandwiches when i was preg, too ;)
    the quaker overnight oats are so good!

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      It’s funny how many pregnancy cravings are similar – seems everyone wants the same stuff! Speaking of, I really want some watermelon right now… :)

  11. 21

    September 21st is my birthday too! Such a fun time of year to celebrate.

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    How great the animals are friends!!!

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    LOVE these roundup posts! and your comment about sandwich triangles made me smile… I always cut them in half but something about the triangle DOES feel special to me… my BFFs mom used to cut her sandwiches like that so it takes me back!

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    One of the things I’m loving these days is…your site! I’m a new follower (just found you through Kath’s post from your visit) and have really been enjoying your posts and bumming around the site!

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    I love me some fall as well, definitely my favorite season! Currently I am also loving me some coffee, it has not been the most restful week. Hope you have a great day!

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    Oh my gosh I craved sandwiches my entire pregnancy! I’m sure you’re relieved to have cooler weather in DC now that Fall has arrived. The coconut are my favorite OON by far but I seriously like all the flavors!

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    I haven’t made tacos in ages! Why? Not sure, but I need to change that. I love sandwiches cut into triangles. I never understood the rectangle crowd, hah

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    Yay fall, I’m ready to welcome it as well. I’m on a sandwich kick lately too – tuna salad or turkey and cheese are my go to’s! I may have to try cutting them in triangles – it’s been forever since I’ve done that!

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    The dogs! Love them ❤️ Glad everyone is getting along.

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    I am also absolutely loving the Fall! It is absolutely my favorite season and I am always so excited about being able to order my first shipment of Fall flavored coffees! Our wedding was also in the Fall. It will be 9 years this November. Absolutely crazy!

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    Reading this on the 21st – Happy birthday!! I hope it’s wonderful and all the foods sound good :)

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