My New Hobby + This Week's Meal Plan

impala holographic quad rollerskates

I got the best package in the mail a couple of weeks ago! I started to get really into rollerskating about a month ago as a way to stay in shape. The first time I went out on the rink, I had to hold onto the walls for a good twenty minutes or so before I felt I could even begin to balance on my own. 

After practicing 2-3x a week and watching a ton of Dirty School of Skate videos, I can now skate right out onto the rink and I can stop mid skate, then get going again! I gave it awhile to see if this was something I'd continue to be interested in and make sure that I didn't totally hurt myself every time I went out there ๐Ÿ˜† and when I realized I absolutely loved it, I bought these beauties..

impala holographic quad rollerskates

I love them! They're by Impala Rollerskates and they have been perfect for me. The hardest part was choosing what color to get. I ended up going with this holographic pair which is pretty out there for me, but I wanted something fun!

Rollerskating has been amazing. Times goes by so fast, I burn ~400 calories in 45 minutes according to my Apple Watch, the music is great.. and it's almost like meditating because I can't look on my phone and my only thoughts are keeping my balance and making sure I don't run into anyone. And when you really get going, it feels like you're flying :] Absolutely love it.

I'll stop with the rollerskating talk and move onto foooood. I haven't really had a set meal plan the last few weeks. We have just been making sandwiches, grilled cheese, salads.. just easy, quick stuff that everyone can have exactly how they want.

Now that we are back into the school routine, I want to start adding in some set meals. We currently don't have a microwave or an oven (the stovetop works though), so I have to rely on my Instant Pot quite a bit. I do miss making a quick frozen pizza, enchiladas, and things like that.. but it's been fine.

Here's what I'm planning on this week:

Monday: veggie spring roll fried rice // never made this before, but Vegan Richa's recipes never disappoint.

Tuesday: simple red lentil soup with spinach, lemon, and pepper // I've made this before and it's amazing. I was skeptical because of the tiny ingredient list.. but it's for real!

Wednesday: curried lentil, tomato, and coconut soup // I've made this before as well and it's another one of those with a small ingredient list that turns out incredible.

Thursday: easy chana dal // I've made this one before too! My rule is to only add one new recipe per week - spring roll rice this week - and make sure all the other recipes are tried and true. I make this dal recipe in the Instant Pot and always double it!

Friday: chili with toppings (corn chips, shredded lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, jalapeรฑos, sour cream/greek yogurt, etc). I use v8, rotel, canned tomatoes, canned beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika. Just add everything to a pot and heat up. I always make a huge batch. We will have leftovers all weekend which is nice.

side note: my daughter will try everything but I guarantee she won't eat any of this (except maybe the rice). I usually make a big batch of Mexican quinoa and rice for her to eat throughout the week or I'll make a quick grilled cheese, mac n' cheese, ravioli, etc. I have no problem making her something separate. I just appreciate that she gives some of the new things I make a try! 

So that's what's happening this week. I'm also deep into this home renovation and have a ton of before photos.. I just need to get things cleaned up and boxes moved before I can take the after photos. Our upstairs has been torn apart in preparation for some subfloor repair and new carpet so everything we own is all downstairs and it's super crowded at the moment. We're getting there though! ๐Ÿ˜… I hope you all have an awesome week!

Currently

I found this beauty at Home Depot and absolutely love it!

LISTENING TO // I have had the following on repeat: Rhye - Wicked Dreams // Drama - Hopes Up // Parquet Courts - Back to Earth // Julieta Venegas - Tu Calor // Tory Lanez and Rich the Kid - Talk to Me

I mean. I love bright colors and this kitchen is the least of my concerns about this house if you can imagine that. But just why? I am dreading painting all this ๐Ÿ˜ญ

WISHING // This house was DONE. We moved into a house that needs a bunch of work and I'm just overwhelmed at the moment. Figuring out what we can do ourselves vs. what we need to hire out, researching companies, getting estimates, cleaning, the smells ๐Ÿ’€ it's a lot right now.

We pulled up all the (super gross) carpet from the entire upstairs and then found out the subfloor was wet from all the rain getting in through bad siding at the dormers - which means we need new siding to be put on before we can tackle the subfloor issue. So, before we can get carpet, we now need new siding and let me tell ya.. those quotes aren't pretty! 

I have a running list that I add things to daily and I then prioritize into either ASAP or can-wait-until-later. I just bought this book called How Your House Works (not an affiliate link). It gets here on Thursday and I need it because I don't know how any of this works ๐Ÿ˜…

big ol’ salad that actually wasn’t all that great but I liked the photo haha

EATING // Since I've cut out gluten, I have just naturally been reaching for more fruits and vegetables since I don't want to buy any of the gluten free breads and products at the moment. Baked sweet potatoes, pineapple, cantaloupe, red lentil chili with tortilla chips, homemade sushi (tofu, cucumber, rice, and sriracha), watermelon, scrambled/hardboiled eggs, etc.

I'm almost over lentils at this point because I've been eating so many of them. We went out to eat yesterday and I had the southwestern salad at Tomato Head with baked tofu and I can't quit thinking about it now! So good!

THINKING ABOUT // How I deleted Facebook over the weekend and it was an A+ decision. Also, updating my resume - Canva has a ton of fantastic templates, fyi! - and figuring out what I want to do with my life ๐Ÿ˜œ

WATCHING // We just finished the Chernobyl HBO series and watched a couple of documentaries on Prime about the disaster afterwards. There's one documentary on there called Chernobyl's Cafe which is about the people that live there today and the cafe that was opened 10km from the site.

CRUSHING ON // I am in love with this textile art from jujujust! Absolutely gorgeous!

Hope you all had a great weekend :]

Knoxville Through Food

wild love knoxville - coffee and almond frangipane croissant
wild love knoxville // coffee and almond frangipane croissant
 We moved back to Knoxville around two weeks ago and I am loving being back! Chattanooga was nice for the 6ish years we were there, but I feel so at home now. And I'm getting back into living here the only way I know how - food ๐Ÿ˜œ

I've been stopping by Wild Love for a coffee and almond frangipane croissant way too often. I had no idea what frangipane was before this. I now know that it's an almond paste base similar to pastry cream and that I felt like I was loving life a little more than usual after I tried it. If you go here, definitely get one! All their pastries are fantastic but that one is my favorite for sure.

bida saigon knoxville - veggie pho

I'd never had pho before and am forever changed after this experience. We stopped by Bida Saigon last week and it was incredible! I got the veggie and tofu pho in the vegetable broth which was amazing. You get a huge portion for like $9 that comes with a big plate of bean sprouts, culantro, basil, lime, and jalapeรฑos.

wild love knoxville - coffee and almond frangipane croissant

Ah yeah. Again and again! ๐Ÿ‘

nama knoxville bearden - inari and spicy tofu handroll

Here's what I had when we stopped by Nama for lunch one day. I always go for the inari - it's my favorite! It's a thin layer of fried tofu wrapped around a slightly sweet sushi rice. I also got a spicy tofu handroll. I stopped by the grocery store and picked up the ingredients to make the handrolls at home too. It's so easy to make when you've prepared a big batch of rice beforehand and really filling!

asia kitchen knoxville - vegetable delight

The last food photo I have. This is the vegetable delight from Asia Kitchen. The reviews online are not so great, but a friend said it was the best place to go so we went and it was good! I was worried since the vegetable options all seemed to have pork as well, so I asked the waitress and she said the vegetable delight doesn't have any meat.

I didn't want to be a bother so I didn't even ask about fish sauce and such. The portions are insanely huge! It would be good to order a couple and share. They have some family style serving tables with the spinning plate - lazy susan? - in the middle which would be great with a large group.

So there's some of our food adventures as of late. Last week I was urged by my doctor to give a gluten free diet a chance since I'm having some autoimmune/hypothyroid issues. The first couple of days were super easy but man, the past few days have been tough! I'll make some posts about it and share meals and such. I have seen some positive changes and will keep it up for a couple of months to see how it goes.

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