Friday afternoon we met up with some friends at the dog park! Echo really enjoys running around and he loves being off leash, but he just gets a little awkward sometimes. He is so adorable, he runs up to other dogs, jumps – saying let’s play – and when the other dog starts playing, he sprints away…or when other dogs play with each other he runs up close, but just watches them playing from the outside. He is such a sweetheart, he would never pick a fight or be mean to other dogs but I wish he learned how to play with them too.
After the dog park we were invited to an Italian pasta meal to our neighbors’ house. They made meat balls, sausages and tomato sauce. It was so delicious we had to get seconds. 🙂
After the meal we went home, looked at Echo and decided that he needed a haircut. I know I know. It is a dangerous game to play…to cut your own dog’s hair. We knew we were risking him looking terribly unstylish for the next couple weeks, but we had to try. We wanted to try because we want to learn how to do it on our own.
So Ben was distracting Echo while I was cutting the hair on his back. At this point it looked like this was going to be a disaster. Echo was doing pretty well the entire time but then came a moment when he just didn’t care anymore and wanted to break free. Luckily by this time we got most of his hair, so he was good to go. We just had to make some adjustments, but we did that the next day when he was more open to the idea. We cut off so much hair, we got another dog out of it:
Saturday morning we were up bright and early. I took Echo for a nice long walk around the block and then made breakfast. Ben had to teach tennis so we tagged along and while he was doing that we returned some stuff to Target. The weather was so nice that it called for some frozen yogurt. I couldn’t wait for Ben to get done 😀
After tennis we went to get froyo to an awesome little shop, called Cultured. They have a wonderful atmosphere, great frozen yogurt, delicious coffee and sandwiches and provide board games to play with friends. So much fun!
I picked fruity flavors, they felt very light and refreshing bu then topped the whole thing with mini cheesecakes, brownies, and some pieces of salted caramel chocolate…
Echo has never been this focused before!
Look at this place, isn’t it adorable?
After the froyo date we went home and I went straight to the gym. I am doing a month long squat challenge with my friend and even though we had to adjust the rules a tiny bit we are still keeping up with it.
I did 20 minutes cardio on the elliptical, 45 squats, 45 jump squats, 45 sumo squats, 45 split squats, 90 crunches, 56 leg raises, 120 second plank, and another 20 minute cardio. It was fun but it hurt so much. The amounts are getting way too much and there is still 6 days left of this month.
After the work out I was starving again (story of my life) so when I got home I made a smoothie and some rice cake sandwiches
The smoothie had: frozen mixed berries, banana, cinnamon, Greek yogurt and almond milk in it. This was the first time I tried rice cakes with sour cream ( I am a Hungarian, we love sour cream) and salami, it was so good that I have been making the same combo since then.
After the meal we laid down a little bit. I haven’t taken a nap in a very long time and maybe that is why or maybe because we were exhausted but this nap felt like the best ever.
When we got back from our morning walk with Echo, I spent the rest of Sunday morning working and doing some preparation for the up-coming week. As soon as I was done, I changed to work out clothes and went to the gym.
I did the same routine as yesterday but the amount of the ab exercises got increased by 5. Look how fast I am going…
Just kidding. This was warm up. Clearly if you have time to take photos of yourself while doing the execises, you are not working out hard enough. 😀
After workout I went back home and made a green tea matcha/banana smoothie.
It had two teaspoons of matcha, 1 whole banana, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, a tablespoon honey and two cups of milk in it. Ben didn’t like it too much, but I loved it. It might be my new favorite drink! I love the taste of matcha but unfortunately that is exactly what he struggled with. I understand, it has a very unique taste and he likes more fruity smoothies.
After sitting down and drinking our smoothies we went for about a two mile walk with Echo. He has a lot of energy and loves walks! The weather was amazing so we took advantage of it! I woke him up from his nap, so he wasn’t too excited to leave at the beginning but got moving as soon as we walked outside!
After the walk we did some laundry and cleaning (the usual fun stuff) and started cooking dinner. I love cooking Hungarian meals and luckily Ben loves them too. Our favorites are paprikas krumpli (paprikash potatoes I guess), goulash, chicken paprikash, and layered potatoes (I will post recipes) but sometimes we don’t have the right ingredients or side dishes for it to be 100% Hungarian so we end up with some Hungarian inspired spinach pasta meal for example.
This time we had some spinach noodles and beef. I also found bunch of veggies and SOUR CREAM in the fridge and this is plenty to work with.
I cut up onions, tomatoes, carrots, and yellow pepper and sauteed them in a pan. When they were well-cooked I put the cut up beef on top of them. I added salt, pepper and paprika to them, turned it around a couple times and let it simmer in the sauce of the veggies.
After a couple minutes I added water to them, just enough for it to cover the meat, turned down the heat a little and left it there. It needed about 20 minutes for the meat to be well cooked.
During this time in a small bowl I mixed up 2 tablespoons of sour cream, 1 tablespoon flour, and 2 tablespoon from the hot water from the pan into a liquid and when the meat was well cooked I added the mix to the pan. It made the water into a creamy sauce. YUM!
We cooked the pasta in like 5 minutes and dinner was ready. Of course I had to top it with more sour cream 🙂
Hope you all had a great weekend!