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My Weekend in Photos + An Easy Parmesan Meatball Recipe


Happy Monday! I”m kicking today off with an early morning meeting, followed by some more meetings and I’m trying to get a big project started. When I look ahead to February – and all of the work things that need to be accomplished – it makes me a bit anxious. We are trying to pack a whole lot of work into a short month. So, I’ve decided that my motto is just going to be one step at a time. And part of that means thoroughly enjoying (read: making the most of) my weekends. Here’s what we were up to this past weekend.


golden retrievers

I had a co-worker come over on Friday so we could watch a virtual meeting together. The meeting was supposed to be in person, but it got moved to virtual at the last minute due to the rise in COVID cases here in Houston. So, she and I decided to keep our plans, watch the meeting together and head off to lunch. My puppies loved having an extra worker in the house. It was Tex Mex for the win for our lunch – it’s one of our OG faves.

After lunch, I said goodbye to my friend and worked on a deadline the rest of the day. It was rainy and cold, so Aaron and I stayed in on Friday night.


We got a bit of an early start on Saturday. Some errands were calling my name, and I wanted to get a workout in before my ornament exchange Saturday evening. First up was dressing my bump.


And then, I was on my way to Costco gas.


I ran to Michael’s to grab some ornament-wrapping supplies. Spoiler alert: they actually still have Christmas decor on major clearance, which means I kind of lucked out. I didn’t have any Christmas bags for my ornaments this year, but I was able to find some festive stuffing and some boxes.

ornament exchange

Before I headed back home, I grabbed Aaron and I some protein smoothies from Smoothie King. Peanut Power Plus, with chocolate is my personal go to. My husband loves Angel Food.

smoothie king

I got home just in time to tune into our virtual hospital tour. I appreciate that they have virtual options available for many of these courses because it’s really convenient.


Our virtual tour lasted an hour, which meant I had just enough time to hop on the Peloton for a quick 30-minute run before I had to get ready for our ornament exchange/dinner.

It was so good catching up with my girlfriends. We’ve been doing this ornament exchange since at least 2008, and even though we don’t always fit it in before Christmas, it’s a great excuse to get together in the new year. We spent about three hours at one of our favorite dinner spots just catching up on life. Here are my two ornaments I walked away with this year.

ornament exchange
ornament exchange


I slept in a bit Sunday morning, but still made it up in plenty of time for the 11 a.m. church service. My husband had the laundry folded, breakfast ready and his workout complete by the time I woke up. To be a morning person…. After church, the day was so nice that Aaron and I decided to let the dogs swim a bit. It’s great exercise for them, and it helps them stay clean. They were happy and tired. My husband was washing my car while I was drying off dogs!

golden retriever

I jumped on the Peloton for another 30-minute run. As long as it still feels good for me to run, I’m going to keep it up. This week will mark 27 weeks, and I’m still going – just a whole lot slower.


I earned my Lunar New Year badge on my Apple Watch.

Apple Watch

And we finished off our weekend with some reuben sandwiches for dinner and the Cowboys game!

reuben sandwich

That about sums up our weekend. And now, I’ll share a new recipe that I’ve made once before. I’ve got it back on my rotation this week: Parmesan Meatballs. This protein-packed dinner is simple, yet delicious.

Parmesan Meatballs

parmesan meatballs


  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup of diced fresh parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup almond flower
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/3 cup of parmesan
parmesan meatballs

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Line a baking sheet with foil – grease the foil
  • Mix all of your ingredients together. I just use my hands to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Form the mixture into meatballs – About two tablespoons of mixture per meatball.
  • Pop into the oven for 20-25 minutes.
parmesan meatballs

(I tend to make this a one pan meal and add some sort of vegetable to the pan like asparagus. It cooks in the same amount of time as the meatballs).

parmesan meatballs

And there you have it. Super clean, super simple, super delicious.



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