Lemon Grove and Menu Planning

I hope you are having a good weekend.

Mine has been fun with all sorts of outdoor activities (my forehead is a little darker that it was last week). It is very windy right now too, the Santa Ana winds are blowing full force. I don’t mind the wind, I’m just glad there are no brush fires this time of the year.

Half Marathon Training

Cher and I did our long run for the week. Two more months before the Tinkerbell Half Marathon.

We are running together on weekends and we do weekday runs on our own. The last time we hiked this route, we were soaking wet. So we are grateful for good weather days where we can do our run comfortably.


Our run took us through a working lemon grove.


It was a good distraction for me. My legs felt so heavy at the beginning of our run. I just didn’t have the energy to lift them. After we warmed up, it felt much better half way thru. It probably doesn’t help that I sampled some cookies I baked the night before and woke up with a slight sugar hangover.

I saved a few motivational images on my phone that I found (thru Pinterest) and seeing this one on my phone helped me mentally.


I love this part of Orange County, I love running thru gardens, orchards and fruit groves.


We also had to share our running trail with horses. They need their own pedestrian button to cross the streets.


We had a tough run but it was good that we kept at it and pushed thru the finish.

We are increasing our mileage for our long run next week.

My pre-run fuel was toasted whole wheat sandwich thin, almond butter and sliced bananas.


I ate half before the run, and ate the other half after.


I came back from the run and found Chris making fresh ceviche.

Halfway done.


All done.


My second breakfast or early lunch. It was delicious. I love the taste of fresh cilantro and chopped tomatoes. The taste of chunky fish? I don’t like too much.


The rest of the day consisted of….



Cleaning up the front yard and raking the huge amount of leaves that the wind blew in.


Cleaning the kitchen.

Clean kitchen….weeee! Happy Dance!!


Chris also put up our outdoor Christmas lights. They are LED and super bright. I can see the blue hue from inside the house.

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Menu Planning

I’m also trying something new this week, which is menu planning. I’m hoping it will help eliminate food waste, lower our grocery budget, organize our  kitchen/pantry and most importantly, keep us sane during the weekdays.

Here’s my first week of menu planning:

Monday –  Mini Lasagnas with roasted vegetables

Tuesday – Butternut Squash soup and {cheese biscuits or grilled cheese sandwich}

Wednesday – Semi-homemade Jambalaya and brown rice

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Maple Salmon with salad

Saturday – Dining Out

Sunday – Lobster Dinner (Husband is cooking)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Do you do or have you ever done menu planning for the week?


  1. The ceviche looks divine…can’t believe your husband made it? Amazing.

    And your kitchen is beautiful!

  2. I love your kitchen! Its beautiful! Goodnight, haha! ❤

  3. That motivational motto is great! I need to say it to myself when I work out.

  4. I have got to try Butternut Squash! How do you prepare it?

  5. Your kitchen is goregous! I’m jealous! 🙂 Your menu for the week sounds delicious.

  6. I’m so jealous that you have such beautiful scenery and weather run in! Besides for the wind by you last week! 🙂

    How fun that you’re training for a half marathon! The Tinkerbell Half Marathon sounds like so much fun! I’ve done a 5k before and normally run anywhere between 2-5 miles, but I would love to do a half one day!

  7. Hayley says:

    I swear by meal planning! Nothing makes me happier than surrounding myself with my fave cookbooks, food blogs and magazines each week to decide what will be on the menu this week. Preparation helps us avoid unnecessary trips to the store, ensures that we always have healthy options on hand and takes the guess work out of busy weekday nights. Plus if you’re a list lover like me it is one more list you can make. 😉

    PS I love your kitchen!!

  8. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    You such an ideal beautiful kitchen it’s gorgeous.

    I wish I was able to run through a vineyard or lemon grove. How refreshing that would be.


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