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Culinary Triumphs and Memorial Day Weekend

Though many will be out reveling, I’m going to stop in with a quick recap of our Memorial Day Weekend (thus far).

First and foremost, thank you to all the brave men, women, and animals (they work hard, too!) who have served, are serving, and will serve. Thank you as well to their support systems and families at home who make it possible for them to go off and who keep our country running! Neither job is easy, and I thank you both.

Congrats to everyone who raced this weekend, and a HUGE hug to all those who ran the Vermont City Marathon, which was halted and canceled during the race due to dangerous heat. As many of you know, I have been coaching Rae for this marathon, and when she told me that the race was stopped, I was absolutely gutted for her (and the other runners). It can be hard to know what to say at a time like that other than simply “F***.”

I have a feeling a post is going to come out of this, but I just want to say to all of those who had this (or something else beyond their control) happen during their big race: You are still a champion. You still accomplished so much. I am still proud of you. Take a deep breath, think about your options (or discuss them with your coach), make a plan, and move forward. Don’t dwell on what was or what has been. 

I hate to switch gears in an abrupt fashion, but I don’t know how else to transition, so please accept my apologies as I segue to talking about my weekend! Each day came with a culinary triumph, either by myself or by others!

Friday : KitchenAid Spiralizer Sweet Potato Noodles!

Friday was a relatively low key day, with a few really awesome features: a fantastic run (but without Erica, though don’t think I didn’t look for her!), fun clients, and I got out of work a little early, which was perfect as it allowed me to come home and start to plan out my next move: USING MY KITCHENAID SPIRALIZER.

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Now, I got this for Christmas, and I was so excited to use it, but at the time my back was broken and even after it healed, it has taken a long time before I have felt comfortable lifting heavy objects. And prior to our new apartment, my KitchenAid Stand Mixer aka Henri lived on top of our fridge. But not anymore. Friday night I popped my KitchenAid Spiralizer cherry and spiralized sweet potato noodles!

Garlic Hummus Sweet Potato Noodles with Grilled Chicken. A crazy easy recipe that will have you eating in minutes! Gluten Free and low calorie.

OMG THIS IS THE EASIEST THING EVER (see the video of me using it here) Recipe was also the easiest ever, and will be shared, either here or on Instagram (it might be too easy to even call a recipe, lol).

Saturday : Farmers Market and Eating Out

Saturday started off with a run with Team Challenge along the lake front. And a seriously awesome outfit.

How awesome is my Janji Zig top? I love it!

Thank you to Erica for the Janji top, which I won in her blogiversary giveaway! It is seriously my new favorite. I thought it only appropriate to pair with more pattern. And then to match my shoes to it. 

After I got home from the run, Alex and I went on our first brunch trip in our new neighborhood to Cafe Vienna. You know I got an egg white veggie omelet (which was made with a bit too much oil, but otherwise delicious) and we got the fresh baked cranberry walnut and dark rye bread, which were DIVINE. 

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Then we went to the farmers market in Lincoln Park! You know I’ve been waiting for this. Even though we were STUFFED from brunch (seriously), you know I also can’t turn down samples, but we left having done moderate damage with swiss chard, bibb lettuce, Japanese sweet potato, American sweet potato, two tomatoes (which were the most expensive produce purchase by FAR), cucumber, a cilantro plant (sorry, Julie, but I couldn’t resist!), and a red double dahlia pot. 

The rest of the afternoon was pretty low key until we went for a walk which turned into happy hour which turned into dinner which turned into froyo. PS, get. the. chicken. sandwich. from Dryhop Brewers. It is amazeballs. 

Dryhop Brewers has an AMAZING fried chicken sandwich! Give Chick-fil-a a run for its money!

On a side note, we played a fun little game called “Calculate the amount of fluids that Susie has consumed.” Pretty amusing, actually. (Spoiler: it was a lot).

Sunday : Guacamole and Pesto

Sunday was another chill day, with our usual gym-grocery-lunch-laundry set up. But lunch was extra special because I made my guac and took it to the next level with my own cilantro! OH HELL YEAH. I also made lettuce cups with my Bibb lettuce and then proceeded to say screw it and used the rest of the head of lettuce to convey the guac to my mouth.  And then ate half a bag of pita chips but who’s counting. The runger is back, people, and it is real.

My amazing guacamole recipe is so easy and makes the best guac you've ever had!

After lunch, we went to World Market to look at getting some other odds and ends for our place (the herbs and flower need a throne). And Alex got introduced to the glory that is World Market. And he picked out a Dachshund lamp.

Pesto Turkey Burgers with Swiss Chard Wraps. Easy, delicious, and gluten free! Get the scoop at

Second culinary triumph of the day? Homemade Pesto Turkey Burgers with Swiss Chard Wraps. That will be coming at you all shortly. Anyone who says they think turkey burgers are a waste of time hasn’t had one of mine. Alex was seriously impressed and this will be returning! Alex impressed me by making a Manhattan (we picked up cherries and vermouth at the grocery store). 

We finished up the night chilling out and watching The Big Short

In short: this weekend was delicious. We indeed to keep that going today. 

Wow, @suzlyfe's weekend was DELICIOUS! #memorialday #yum Click To Tweet

How was your weekend? Any epic eats?

What are your plans for the day?

Thank you to Katie for Marvelous Monday!

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