Cuban influenced sandwiches & Shake Shack Mac and cheese

This was maybe one of my favorite leftover meals we’ve ever made. This past weekend B smoked a pork butt for seventeen hours and we had pork sandwiches with tater tots that I smothered with Shake Shack cheese sauce.

We had both pork and sauce left over, so on Monday we decided to do leftovers. I’ve been reading A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow and the chapter I read the other night discussed Cuban sandwiches. They sounded so good, I decided to replicate it with our leftovers and it didn’t disappoint. We first broiled butter on split hoagie rolls just until barely turning brown (not too long as you’re taking them out, layering items, and then broiling them again). I layered mayonnaise, mustard, dill hamburger pickles, ham, shredded pork and a slice of Swiss cheese on one side, and then a single slice of Swiss cheese on the other side. Broil until cheese is melted, but watch the whole time so the bread doesn’t burn. I mean. It was magic.

For our side, I warmed up the left over cheese sauce while I boiled 8 oz of rotini (I used the Banza chickpea rotini, if you haven’t tried it, it’s awesome! Tastes just like regular pasta). Once the rotini was done, I just drained it and mixed it with the warmed cheese sauce. It was Monday leftover night perfection!

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Link rides again

It’s almost December 1st, and you know what that means….

26 days of hurling this guy through the house at 6:00 a.m. after we forgot to move him the night before. Personally I’m not totally against this year:

But alas, apparently we must continue the tradition. Link always brings a few treats to usher in the holiday season. With that in mind here’s what Link is surprising the boys (and us, ha) with this year.

The boys always get new pajamas (these may top every other year-they’re GAP and are sold out, but maybe they’ll restock), but this year I also picked up new pajamas for myself and B (his are from GAP). After almost a year of wearing pretty much exercise clothes and pajamas, I felt like we needed new, ha! The boys each have a Christmas tree in their room, so I got them some fun little ornaments to add to their trees. Finally, they always get a new book to add to their Christmas book stack that we read through each season.

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Friday Favorites

When the boys were little people always used to say “the days are long, but the years are short”. Obviously those people had no knowledge of this year. In the longest year ever, we found out at literally the end of last week that apparently the COVID meter had hit its threshold at J’s school and all students were returning to virtual learning until after Thanksgiving. It was also exactly eight months to the day that they moved schools to virtual learning in the Spring. And we didn’t return until the Fall. J has handled it relatively well, I’m just hoping they get to go back after Thanksgiving. Until then we are going to hike this weekend, bake cookies, and watch the newest Mandalorian episode.

Bible reading plan for Thanksgiving week.

Currently watching season 4 of The Crown.

Favorite Friday yoga.

Watching the Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunion made my week. Love revisiting one of my all time favorite shows.

Favorite Monday workout.

Ina Garten in quarantine is gold, and I’ve got her cookbook on my Christmas list.

Should I add a plank a day?

Pajamas , fuzzy socks, and a cozy throw.

Finally, gingerbread granola!

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Pop of pink lip

I picked out NARS Anita Audacious lipstick what seems like forever ago, and pulled it out yesterday to recycle back into my weekly rotation. Matched with Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat liner in Pillow talk (this is really the perfect liner if you are wearing any color in the nude to pink range), and a slick of NARS Chihuahua lip gloss on top. It wears pretty well from morning:

To after the last workout of the day:

It does transfer some, but overall remains pretty true throughout the day. It is a little drying which is why I like the NARS lip gloss on top. It would make a perfect set for a stocking stuffer idea for Christmas!

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Running a 5k

If you told me six months ago that I’d be able to run a 5k decently I would’ve laughed and laughed. In May after not being able to go into work for two months (in which I walked to teach my classes everyday I was at work), and just being in general homebound I started running with B twice a week. At first we ran for 2 minutes and walked for 2 minutes for 3.1 miles. We increased the run time every four times we ran, and kept the walk at 3 minutes. This week we did our last round of running 9 minutes, with walking 3 minutes, and hit our best time yet!

Now that it’s cold out, I have to switch up my running gear, especially since we almost froze running in our regular summer stuff this week. These are my current favorite running choices:

1. Brooks ear warmer headband. I don’t like wearing a full hat when we run, but this headband keeps my ears warm when it’s cold and windy out.

2. Zella zip up coat. Keeps out the cold and is moisture wicking so I don’t get overheated as well.

3. Athleta ultimate sports bra. My favorite, and I have them in multiple colors.

4. Athlete Momentum tank. I love that it stays in place when I run and there are lots of colors to choose from.

5. Adidas running shorts. I’ve worn leggings, but I really prefer shorts.

6. Nike socks. These have a good cushion without being too thin, and don’t slouch.

7. Adidas running shoes. I haven’t purchased a pair yet that I don’t like! They run pretty true to size, I buy a half size larger than my normal.

8. Supergoop daily moisturizer sunscreen. Whether it’s super hot, or cold and windy, I always wear sunscreen.

9. Fresh caramel lip balm. My lips get way chapped from breathing with my mouth open while we run, so this balm is perfect.

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Skillet roasted chicken and potatoes

I made the Barefoot Contessa skillet roasted chicken and potatoes this past weekend. The boys loved it, so it’s definitely one we will add to our rotation! What I love about it, is that it’s pretty much a one pan dish, so clean up is incredibly easy. The ingredients are fairly simple and the recipe is straight forward. My only issue is that it’s fairly time consuming. You have to marinate the chicken for at least four hours, then the total meal cook takes 1 hour and fifteen minutes start to finish. So, plan your time. In addition to the chicken several weeks ago I made homemade rolls. It makes a huge batch, so after they cooled, I froze them in bags of five, and then I can pull them out and bake them on a cookie sheet at 350 for 9-10 minutes.

It was a perfect Saturday night dinner!

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Friday Favorites

Hello, Friday! I realized at the end of this week a good majority of the time in this chair, grading papers. This weekend we’ve got plans to go hiking if the weather is nice and put up our Christmas tree.  Forget Thanksgiving we are skipping straight to Christmas, ha!

Love the cuffs on this outfit!

My mantle inspiration for this year.

Perfect Thanksgiving outfit.

Pumpkin cream cheese pie.

Best treatment for winter skin.

Book on my reading list after I finish Agatha Christie’s The Clocks.

Finally, one of my favorite things about The Queen’s Gambit was Beth’s outfits. I loved how they fit into the time period, but were classic and modern at the same time.

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Chicken enchilada soup

I was supposed to make chicken chili last night, but felt that had gotten boring, so I made chicken enchilada soup instead. We made it grilled cheese style with cheese quesadilla slices on the side and topped with sour cream, cheese, and cilantro.

Chicken Enchilada Soup


  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 can of black beans rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, cilantro


Combine all ingredients in stock pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Serve with cheesy quesadillas, and top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and cilantro.

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Weekend vibes

Right now I’m staring an odd open space in our living room because we moved our furniture for the a Christmas tree but haven’t put up the tree yet. The boys convinced me this weekend to start getting Christmas out, so I’m slowly putting everything up including this guy:

It does feel a little weird to put up Christmas, especially because it’s 75 degrees again, however, in a weird year, I’m rolling with it. And apparently we have reached the plague where hundreds of lady bugs and giant praying mantis show up:

I mean. I’m hoping she eats lady bugs. In exciting news we had a baby deer show up in our backyard:

It was sooo cute! It was jumping and prancing around, I love having the tree line behind us! Sadly J missed his last baseball game of the season because he has an ear infection. However a giant cookie from Edgar’s Bakery helped ease the disappointment:

And playing Mastermind with B:

I also cooked up the sweet potato casserole I mentioned in my Friday Favorites:

I may have added marshmallows on the topping because my boys wanted marshmallows. Happy Monday!

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Friday Favorites

I do enjoy our midday work walk breaks! I’ll be sad once we both are back at work full time, although who knows if we will ever be there again. Oh and I tested the NARS matte foundation without the primer and I liked it better without the primer. I did get a bit shiny by the end of the day, but it still held really well.

Perfect holiday stems.

My HIIT and Yoga I did on Monday.

Sweet potato casserole for the weekend.

Sweater weather inspiration.

And continuing with the Fall casserole trend, French chicken casserole.

Just discussed this with my students! Here’s hoping the full results are in soon.

Love this Instagram.

Holiday festive earrings.

Candy bento box!

Carline podcast of the week.

Finally, so much love in one video. The best!

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