omg I worked for 10 hours straight today!

Ok, it might not sound like such a crazy feat, but I literally did not stop working once from 6:30am-4:30pm. Insanity. Got a millllion things done though, which is great because I couldn’t fall asleep last night thinking about everything I had to accomplish in my short, 3 day work week. Eek!

Although it made me a little nutty, the long day DID work like a charm in getting me motivated to go directly to the gym as soon as work was over (well, also all that cheese…) I was out of there like a shot. Destination: treadmill.

It was the weirdest thing – my treadmill seriously had an electric current running through it! My earbuds kept zapping my poor ears and the waist bar kept buzzing my waist when I bumped against it. What the?! I very gingerly, without touching anything, completed this 47 minute, 5.2 mile treadmill routine:

Time Speed Incline
0-2 4.0 1%
2-5 6.0 1%
5-10 6.5 1%
10-15 7.0 1%
15-20 6.5 1%
20-25 7.5 1%
25-30 6.5 1%
30-35 7.0 1%
35-40 6.5 1%
40-45 7.5 1%
45-47 4.0 1%
Total: 5.2 miles

I was SO jazzed by the end of this run – I haven’t seen 5 miles in a hot minute! I’ve been hovering around it since summer, I feel, and this workout was challenging but also gave me enough rest periods so that I could go the distance. Followed up with 10 minutes on the step mill. Done and done!

In other news, I made the BEST dish tonight: Bruschetta Chicken Pasta. You are 6 ingredients and 15 minutes away from dinner, my friends! :)


I started by sautéing 2 chicken breasts seasoned with garlic salt, dried basil, onion powder and pepper, in olive oil.

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I moved the chicken to a bowl when it was done, then cooked up chopped asparagus seasoned with garlic salt, in a tad more olive oil, in the same skillet. Just until it was barely tender. We like crisp asparagus in this house!


The asparagus joined the chicken in the bowl when it was done, then I poured the contents of this Trader Joes’ Bruschetta Sauce in the skillet to warm up.


YUM, right?!


Fresh roma tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic and olive oil. Delicious, perfectly seasoned and all ready to go.


Everyone joined 1lb of cooked penne pasta, then I pulled out the big guns…


Tuscan Herb Olive Oil.


Courtesy of my friends Lindsey and Sam who came to visit Ben and me this weekend! Isn’t that sweet of them?!


They picked it out at Old Town Oil in Chicago where there are a bunch of olive oils and vinegar barrels that you can taste, choose and fill your own bottles from. Isn’t that neat? I drizzled the oil over the warm pasta and the scent of tuscan herbs filled the entire kitchen. Fantastico!


A big scoop filled my bowl, which I drizzled with my other secret ingredient balsamic reduction!


Sweet, thick and so good you’ll want to put it on EVERYTHING. Trust me on this!


Ahhhh! Total restaurant dish right here you guys! Easy, filling and exploding with flavor.


The bruschetta was so juicy and the flavored olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar seriously put it over the top. Check out that sauce pocket. ;)


And how easy, right? Store-bought bruschetta sauce! Total once-a-weeker right there. :)


10 out of 10 forks, for ease and flavor. Company worthy!


There are 12-15 Trader Joe’s mini crispy chocolate chip cookies calling my name. I must go answer the call! Have a great night!


How many hours do you usually work a day?

What do you like to give for fun host/hostess gifts?

I’ll admit – I just usually bring a bottle of wine!