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Weekend Recap + Meal Planning with Casseroles

Hey everyone! Have you read part 1 of my Walt Disney World Marathon race recap yet? Better get to it before I post part 3 tomorrow!

Just popping in real quick to share a short and sweet weekend recap.

This weekend was exactly what I needed – restful yet productive. I’m finally feeling about 80% energy wise, so I think being home this weekend and avoiding the gym all week has helped. We had one of our best friends over for dinner Friday night since his wife was out of town, and I pretty much passed out on the couch by 9. The boys were playing some board game after dinner and I just could not keep my eyes open. Saturday morning I slept in until about 9, and it was glorious! Adam worked on finishing up the pallet entryway table he started a few weeks ago and I stayed inside to clean and organize several areas of the house. I finally finished a few collages, and added updated photos, and put away an ungodly amount of laundry. I should really get some sort of bonus for putting away that much laundry. I’ll have to share more on the collages later when I have some better pictures, and the entryway table for sure.

Saturday was a gorgeous day, and I kept the windows open for most of the afternoon so Truckee could keep a watchful eye on the neighborhood while I cleaned.

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I mentioned the collage above our bed several months ago, hmm like, in July. And I just now finished it. So basically we’ve had photo frames with pictures of stock-photo families for 6 months now.

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Clockwise – the top left is a Katie Daisy print that says “Going to the mountains is like going home”, next is our wedding invitation, then our first family Christmas card, then a print from Hobby Lobby, then a print that says “Not all who wander are lost”, then a LOVE metal sign, then an Arkansas gold foil print, bridal portrait, initials, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing music sheet, and my wedding bouquet.

I still need to share my new work space, but it’s not quiiiiitttee complete yet. So hold your horses! I’m currently trying to convince Adam to make me a cute wooden race medal hanger/hook of some sort to put above my desk.

Saturday night we went for mexican with our same friend, who also happens to basically be our neighbor, and I ate way too many nachos.

Sunday morning, I woke up to Adam bringing me breakfast in bed, and Truckee simultaneously trying to negotiate some sort of deal.

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After church, we ran by Target and Home Depot, and I picked up a few organization needs, and Adam grabbed a few house needs. We came home, I took Truckee for a nice long walk (in the upper 60’s!!), and finished sanding and sealing the pallet table.

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I’ll go ahead and count this as my first post-marathon workout, albeit little. It felt good to get some sunshine, fresh air, and get Truckee moving again! I hate the winter for that very reason – I never have time to walk her! I’m going to try to head to the gym tonight, so we’ll see!

The following portion of this post is sponsored by Foodie.com and Mode Media. All opinions are my own. 

I’ve also been trying to be more proactive about meal planning on Sundays, even though I failed my first attempt yesterday. I guess I’ll start today! My latest strategy has been all about using ingredients we already have, and taking advantage of leftovers, and meals that we can spread out over a few days. To help, and against my husband’s wanting, I’m thinking introducing one casserole a week would help! I grew up on casseroles, but my husband did not. But to me, there’s nothing easier than whipping together a casserole and calling it a day. Eat on it for several meals and BAM. Easy peasy.

Here are a few I’ve found intriguing or I’ve made in the past!

Check out Casserole Heaven – Super Easy Meals

by Sarah Ingle at Foodie.com

I think everyone can agree that even though casseroles may not be the healthiest option around, at least they are time saving! And amen for that! I’m all about saving time in 2015, and making my life a little bit simpler.

I’ll be back soon for WDW Marathon Recap PART THREE!!!

What did you do this weekend? What is your favorite casserole? Did you get outside this weekend?

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    Liv @ Healthy Liv
    January 19, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I love lasagna and baked ziti! And I think that it’s definitely possible to make healthy casseroles luckily…although lots of casserole recipes aren’t the most nutritious 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      January 23, 2015 at 10:50 am

      I love lasagna as well, but unfortunately my husband doesn’t love it as much, so I only get it on rare occasions! And baked ziti is actually what I always order at Olive Garden!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    January 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I actually spent a good part of my weekend hanging out with friends and then of course resting. I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that the marathon was just a week ago!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 23, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Same here! Well at this point it was like 2 week ago. I’m having withdrawals!!

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    Bree
    January 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I definitely have that HobLob print of “Oh, let’s be adventurers, darling!” Love it, a friend apparently saw it there and thought it looked like me so much she had to buy it for me. It’s sitting in my living room loud and proud!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

      That’s awesome!! It’s such a good one! I bought it on a whim one day! Hob Lob is the bessssssst!

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    Tina@GottaRunNow
    January 19, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Truckee is so cute! Casseroles are some of my favorite foods to make – easy!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Thanks Tina! Truckee is kind of a diva, can you tell?!

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    Megan @shelikesitfresh
    January 20, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Casseroles are perfect for meal planning. But like you said, they usually aren’t the healthiest. My weekend was spent away without phone or internet- it was nice to truly get away!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Oh nice! Unplugging is so peaceful!

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    Joanna @Makingmine
    January 20, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I LOVE Katie Daisy prints! I have three in my dining room! You are so good at decorating – I’m not good at mixing and matching. Can’t wait to see how your entryway turns out!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Oh yay!!! Yes yes yes I love Katie Daisy!! She is amazing!! And you are so sweet, I feel like I am far from good at decorating, but thank you so much!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    January 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Casseroles save the day! I love the new collage. Very inspiring. I want the adventurers sign 🙂 The hubs and I like to pretend we are adventurers.
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      Sweet Miles
      January 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Thank you! Julie..Hobby Lobby is where it’s at!

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    Liz
    March 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Super cute dog! Did he get any of the breakfast in bed? It would be hard for me to ignore such a sweet face.
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      Sweet Miles
      April 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Thankfully she’s pretty well trained and knows NOT to reach for food or her nose will get smacked 🙂 Though her face is very tempting, she’s never really had “people food”!

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