Crockpot Lentils and Rice

Today was an accidentally productive day. I got up and headed out to what I thought would be a volunteer GOTR 5K planning meeting, but was surprised to learn that I had missed the latest email updating the date/time/place of the meeting. Oops. Since I was out, I decided to sit in the Tutto Gelato Café and sip some tea for a bit before heading home.

Once home, I started up dinner. I wanted something that would be ready around 7 or so, so I chose a yummy lentil stew recipe, which I modified slightly. (Recipe to come.)

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While that was cooking, I decided to go ahead and start prepping my snacks for the rest of the week. I cut up some celery, carrots and had some broccoli and cauliflower bagged up, ready to pack in my brand new lunch box this week.

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I desperately needed a new bag and found one yesterday when I was shopping at Home Goods in the Robinson Township with my friend Katie. I was so excited to discover that it was not only cuter than my old one, but had much more space. Hooray! I packed up my lunch and started thinking of something else I could cook up. This led to my second attempt (ever) at roasting a red pepper. It’s still in the oven as I type this, so I’ll update later. I’m hoping to make a yummy red pepper hummus dip with it.

Ok, back to the shopping outing yesterday. I had never been to a Home Goods store, but heard it was amazing. (TJ Maxx, but all house stuff? SHUT UP.) I can now confirm that it is indeed amazing. We walked in and I almost fainted. So much stuff! We hit every section and walked out with a good amount of stuff. I got my new lunch box, sponges, a sponge caddy for my sink, a table runner, linen napkins, and a new end table for $100. Not too shabby! I really needed a new end table and since I’ve always wanted to do a grey living room, I found the perfect piece to start working towards this goal.

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I love it. I’m obsessed with it. I can’t stop talking about it. I’m also mildly obsessed with my other purchases.

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I love this runner! After we left there, we hit Garden Ridge, which I could have spent an entire day in. I left there with two new kitchen rugs. Finally, we rounded out the trip by hitting the Robinson Mall. Much more shopping took place there. The entire day was a success.

Ok, I’m off to check my red pepper and get some other chores done before Downton Abbey tonight at 9! Wish me luck!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Do yourself a favor and get your cooking and lunch prep done on Sundays. I can already tell I’m going to have a worry-free week because of this small step.

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