8/30: Friday Faves

-Being reunited with an old appetizer friend:

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I made these sweet potato rounds for last night’s girls night, and even though it’s been forever since I’ve made them, they used to be my-go snack for parties. Super simple: cut sweet potatoes into rounds, bake 35 minutes at 375, top a mix of feta (I used the goat milk feta), olive oil, chives, salt, garlic and pepper, then bake for 10 more minutes. It’s an awesome sweet and savory combo!

Girl’s night was a blast as usual, and I’m officially obsessed with Ashley’s Mason jar wine glasses:


-Caro’s latest lounge spot in the couch:


I can officially say she’s now a frequent tail-waggler and cuddlerโ€ฆ so proud of her.

-Ghee! I’ve never really cooked with ghee, but I’m a huge fan of Kerrygold butter, and when I saw this as a “new item” at Trader Joe’s, I decided to give it a try. It has a lovely light texture and flavorโ€ฆ and to do it right, I think some Indian food might be on the agenda ๐Ÿ˜‰

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-New Reebok backpack! They sent it to me per our partnership, and it’s been my travel bag and gym bag ever since. (Looked online and can’t find it, but there’s a similar one here.) I’ve never been much of a backpack fan since they tend to be bulky -and I overpack, so they also get super heavy- but this one is sleek while still offering great compartment space. I can fit a couple of outfits and shoes in there, no problem.

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-Our picnic at the U of A campus earlier this week. I’m hoping to make it a regular thing, especially as the weather starts to cool down. 

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Some interesting reads:

Things your yoga teacher is dying to tell you

The fate of the A-10

10 things that successful women do

Rules for hydrating during runs

Maximize your 3-day weekend

Do you have any fun plans for the long weekend? Stay tuned for your September workout calendar ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you have a wonderful day <3



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  1. Katrina Ninjarina on August 30, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Oohh, as soon as I’m doing dairy again, I’m all over those sweet potato rounds!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ali @ Peaches and Football on August 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of the sweet potato rounds! Yum!! And I love Caro’s new spot. Seems pretty comfy to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on August 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    That campus is gorgeous! I love the palm trees ๐Ÿ™‚ We have NO plans this weekend and I am super pumped about it. First weekend with no real plans in a couple of months. Going to lounge, do yoga, cook and picnic.

  4. april on August 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    love caro’s spot in the couch ๐Ÿ™‚ my puppy, archie, loves to jump onto the couch and create a fort for himself underneath the pillows. he always looks as snug as a bug. too cute!

    have a great weekend! <3

  5. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on August 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Those glasses are SO fun! And I’m all about the sweet and salty combos, so those sweet potatoes look right up my alley ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jackie on August 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    What is ghee exactly? I’ve never seen it at my TJ’s!

  7. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on August 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Girls night is always fun and sweet potato rounds sound like a perfect appetizer! I’m going to have to try those out!

  8. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on August 30, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Those sweet potato rounds look amazing! Great and healthy appetizer!!

  9. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on August 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I’ve been eyeing all the super cute back to school backpacks. I wish they had all those cool designs when I was young.

  10. Tom T. on August 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Those wine glasses are great, worth obsessing over.

  11. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on August 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    mmmm i need to try ghee! xoxo have a great weekend beautiful

  12. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on August 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I have a sweet potato that needs to be made into that wonderful dish right now! Mmmm! Can’t wait (:

  13. Jen S. on August 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    LOVE ghee. It gives you a delicious concentrated taste of butter, without any of the casein and lactose. Since you don’t do well with dairy, you should consider switching over to it for good! I also love its use in Ayurveda. Delicious AND healing.

  14. Bonnie on August 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Post request: favorite girls night menus! Love those mason jar goblets, haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Carly M on August 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Question: are you the A-10 pilots wife in the article?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Looking forward to the Sept calendar. Thank you!

  16. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on August 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    That sweet potato appetizer looks so delicious! I’m always looking for new, fun ways to use sweet potatoes. And I love goat cheese so these would be fabulous!
    Have a great Labor Day weekend, Gina!

  17. Sheena on August 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Ghee is the secret to Indian cooking deliciousness! If you want to take canned split pea soup (I like Amys or the TJs brand) to the next level, add a tiny bit of ghee along with a few dashes of Cholula to a bowl of heated soup and enjoy. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Julie on August 31, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Oh, I need to eat those sweet potato rounds!

  19. Josie on August 31, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Those sweet potato rounds look delicious!

  20. CourtStar @ StarSystemz on August 31, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Wow Trader Joes has ghee, I am SO sad I missed that one too bad I can not read Thai, it is so hard to know what I am buying! Looks like a great appetizer and I can not wait to try them! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ Love + Shine CourtStar

  21. Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate on August 31, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Sweet potatoes and goat feta are a heavenly combo. I love baking the taters whole and then broiling them with the cheese and a drizzle of honey on top.

  22. Lissy on September 1, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Made those sweet potatoes for our party yesterday and they were awesome. Thanks!

  23. Coffeeandjetplanes on September 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Bf used to fly a jet that the Navy is doing away with (well, giving to the Marines), and everyone had anxiety about it at first, and what transitioning would entail. But it seems like they made it as smooth as possible and after some initial grumbling and apprehension all the guys in the squadron he transitioned with are now happy with the new one. Whatever happens with the A-10, it’ll be ok! :o)

  24. Anna @ Fitness ร  la Anna on September 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I have a couple of those glasses – we call them our ‘countray wine glasses’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on September 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      i totally need to get some!

  25. Greg Wells on December 10, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Hey Fitnessista!

    Great Blog! I saw that you got the great Reebok backpack! I saw a guy with one at the airport last week and been looking for one ever since! I missed one on ebay and feel I’ve missed the last one ever!! Do you know how to get one of these? If you ever get tired of yours and want offer a second hand at an enticing price, let me know! Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚


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