Monday Miscellany

Today’s post is gonna be a little all over the place and you know what?¬† A week before Christmas, I think it’s completely warranted.

First things first… HAPPY BIRTHDAY JODIE!!!!

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Look at me being all proud of being a big sister! Still am ūüôā

If you didn’t know, it’s my sister’s 27th birthday today.¬† I don’t think I could have gotten a better little sister and I’m glad she’s made it 27 years around the sun with me.¬† I hope you have the best day LS.

Speaking of birthdays, this past weekend we celebrated Jo’s birthday downtown.¬† Which was really nice for Adam and me because that’s where we live.¬† We saw the window’s at Marshall Fields, visited the tree in the walnut room, got gluhwein¬†and hot cocoa at the Christkindl Market, and wandered around the Water Tower place for a little.¬†¬†Monday Miscellany | Life Healthfully Lived

After all our downtown shenanigans, we went up North to Edgewater to get dinner at Ethiopian Diamond.¬† ¬†Jo had been there before and wanted to introduce us to a new cuisine.¬† I’ve never had Ethiopian food before, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.

It was delicious.

We ended up getting a bunch samplers of different things and it was a feast.¬† If you’ve never had Ethiopian food before (you should really try it), everything is served on a communal plate.¬† There is no silverware and instead, you use strips of injera to pick up and eat your food.¬† Injera is this spongy, fermented, crepe-like bread that is stunningly delicious.¬† It’s like a sourdough tortilla.¬† I was more than pleased to eat my food with the injera and it was fun to try something different.

On Sunday, Adam and I had a chill day at home.¬† Although after doing the minimal meal prep for the past three weeks, apparently, I decided it was time to prep all the things.¬† This week is going to be busy getting ready for Christmas, so I’m sure all my cooking and prepping will pay off in the next few days.¬† Here’s what I put together yesterday:¬†Monday Miscellany | Life Healthfully Lived

  • Cut up cauliflower, broccoli, and bell peppers.
  • Massaged kale¬†for easy lunch and dinner salads.
  • Sweet potato toast for breakfast.
  • Hard-boiled eggs for lunches.
  • Mirepoix for dinner soups.
  • My Thanksgiving Taco filling for stuffed sweet potatoes tonight.
  • Baked sweet potatoes for said stuffed sweet potatoes.
  • Guacamole. Because despite my Instagram post last night I didn’t eat the whole bowl like a savage.¬† I will finish it all by myself throughout the week like the lady I am.
  • Broccoli hash for breakfasts and lunches.
  • Roasted turkey tenderloin to add to salads.¬†¬†Monday Miscellany | Life Healthfully Lived

This probably took me about 3 hours total to get together, but I broke it up throughout the day.¬† Like I said last week, I haven’t really done a big prep like this in a few weeks and that’s ok.¬† I had the time yesterday, so I got it done.¬† Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have time to prep every single little thing you eat for the week.¬† Do what you can and be proud of that!¬† Every tiny bit helps.

As for the rest of this week, I have quite a few holiday recipes coming your way.  So be on the lookout for those and enjoy your Monday!!

P.S. ONLY 7 DAYS TIL SANTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Monday Miscellany | Life Healthfully Lived