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Sunday Spring Forward

I don't know about you guys, but losing an hour of sleep is kind of kicking my butt today. I woke up this morning and was in dire need of a Starbucks iced latte. After a quick browse at Homegoods we made a pit stop at Barnes and Noble for some java and then headed to our local pork store Aiello Brothers. We visit the shop about once every two weeks to stock up on their cold cuts, meats and fresh semolina bread. We ordered up some stuff for lunch this week and got a few small containers of marinated mushrooms and oil cured olives for a Sunday treat.

I knew I wanted to make a hearty soup for this week's lunches so I decided on a big pot of Italian sausage and potato soup. The recipe is paleo friendly and gluten free for any health conscious readers out there. Since the recipe called for hot Italian sausage I picked up a few extra links from the pork store. Their meats are extremely fresh and worth spending a little extra on compared to your local supermarket chain prices. They also import many rare products from Italy that you wont find at your local grocery store and even sell fresh homemade pastas by the pound. Two of our favorites to serve when we have visitors is their flaky prosciutto bread and prosciutto wrapped bocconcini topped with olive oil and roasted peppers. We like to cut up some bread, plate the bocconcini and make sure to have a nice bottle of wine to accompany our spread. Its always a good starter before serving dinner or heading out for dinner plans when friends or family are visiting.

Tonight we plan to order in, but its a toss up on what we are in the mood for. John and I are very health conscious during the week, making sure to prepare and cook our meals and look forward to one indulgence meal over the weekend. Usually we pick a Friday, Saturday or Sunday to head out to one of our favorite restaurants or try something new. I think it is important to treat yourself every now and then. Letting your body have an indulgence or two will keep you on track for the week ahead and helps you not to cheat or slip up as often. A healthy balance with a treat here and there in moderation is important, at least to us it is!

John bought us some really fun bracelets today at a local health store in Babylon, NY. A friend of ours was wearing the Lokai bracelet last week and we loved the story behind them. The black bead is filled with mud from the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth while the white bead at the top holds water from Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. The bracelet is used to help you find your balance. It symbolizes that at times, even though you may hit your lowest point in life to remember to always remain hopeful and that your white bead is to help you remember to remain humble during the best of times. The clear beads represent our own stories of balance and are left empty for us to fill as individuals. And kudos to the company for donating 10% of their net profits to charitable partners like the Kind Campaign and Cure Alzheimer's Fund.

Welp, tomorrow is Monday and another full work week, but I am excited to be heading into the office on Friday and seeing all of my awesome coworkers friends! I really love catching up with them over lunch or happy hour. I hope you all are having as lazy of a Sunday as I am. Be sure to check back for our Italian sausage and potato soup recipe this week. What are you all looking forward to this week?  


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