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Meal & Fitness Plans: January 25th-31st

Time to get……….


This past week I was a slacker when it came to fitness. The meal planning is going great! Having a plan set really speeds up the dinner process! Having a different schedule last week really threw me off so hopefully I can get back on track this week.


Meal Planner

BREAKFAST Cereal or Smoothie & English Muffin

LUNCH Berry Quinoa Salad or Leftovers


SUNDAY Chinese Lettuce Wraps

MONDAY Florentine Pasta

TUESDAY Tacos & Rice

WEDNESDAY Beef Stroganoff

Using my healthy version: here

THURSDAY Pork Burgers & Curly Fries






TUESDAY Weights & Cycle Class



FRIDAY Run & Abs

SATURDAY Abs & Step Class

Are you staying on track for your 2015 goals?


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Meal & Fitness Plans: January 18th-24th

This week is a little change-up for me for planning since I have Monday off work for MLK day!


My schedule is a little different for fitness because of the 3-day weekend. Woot Woot! Who else has Monday off?


Meal Planner

BREAKFAST Overnight Oats or Smoothie & English Muffin

Check out my Overnight Oats recipe.

LUNCH Leftovers


SUNDAY Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

MONDAY Mushroom Florentine Pasta

TUESDAY Beef Sandwiches & Fries

WEDNESDAY Pork Tacos & Gaucamole

THURSDAY Honey Chicken with Broccoli & Rice

FRIDAY Farmhouse Burger Copykat & Curly Fries




MONDAY Kickboxing



THURSDAY Weights & Cycle Class

FRIDAY Run & Abs


Do you have Monday off for MLK day?

Any holidays you guys off from work that most people don’t?


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Farmhouse Chicago Burger Copykat

Last weekend I had one of the best burgers of my life. Juicy cheesy burgers are my JAM right now. Does anyone even say that any more?! When my friend Stacy and I decided to hit-up Farmhouse Chicago for dinner I knew it would be good from all the raves I had heard, then when I saw a “Dry Aged Pasture Raised Burger” was an option on the menu and I had to give in to my recent crave.

Farmhouse Chicago Burger Copykat

To read my recent review and details on Farmhouse Chicago look at this post: Farmhouse Chicago Restaurant Review

Since Farmhouse isn’t down the street from where I live I was determined to re-create that amazing juicy burger at home a week later. Obviously, my burger craving hasn’t subsided. I knew I needed the most important component – a hearty pub burger – to be my starting point. In addition to recreate a similar burger I knew I would need thick cheddar cheese and a fluffy white country bun. So my quest for ingredients began……and I was successful finding all my components at my local Mariano’s. The pub burger from the meat counter already pattied up and the fluffy white bun actually came from the rolls container in the bakery.

Farmhouse Chicago Burger Copykat

Now onto the cooking or should I say baking?! With the below zero temperatures I decided to tackle my goal by firing up the oven. I preheated the oven to a hot 400 degrees. While the oven was preheating I seasoned up the burgers with my secret to most of my grilling Hy’s seasoning salt. You are only able to buy this in Canada so if you have friends there I encourage you to have them ship it ASAP, but if you don’t a Lawry’s seasoning salt will suffice as a substitute.

Farmhouse Chicago Burger Copykat

Once the oven preheats place the pan you will be baking the burgers on in the oven for 5 minutes to heat up. This will add more of a sear to your burgers; no it won’t be like a sear from the grill, but it beats standing outside in these frigid winter temperatures. Place your burgers on the pan and flip after about 7 minutes. Bake for another 7 minutes or longer if you want your burger well done. Add the thick cheddar cheese and place back in the oven until melted, which is only about another minute. Feel free to toast up your bun in a toaster oven for a couple minutes. Add the burger and top with your favorite toppings. My choices: ketchup, mustard, lettuce, and a slice of tomato.

Farmhouse Chicago Burger Copykat

No doubt about it this burger reminded me of that juicy cheesy Farmhouse Chicago burger I recently enjoyed. It met my craving and I told my husband we might be having weekly Farmhouse Burger Copykat’s at home for the next few weeks. Soooo yummy and soooo fulfilling!

Farmhouse Chicago Burger Copykat

How do you top your burger?

Ketchup, Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato

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Meal & Fitness Plans: January 11th-17th

Week 2 of 2015 and I am feeling organized and more prepped for the week. I also included details on breakfast and lunch this week to be even MORE organized. Getting CRAZY!!


I made some adjustments to my fitness plans this week to be more realistic. After a long work day of 12 hours I have decided walking over a mile to and from work is enough for me right now (unless it’s below ZERO out like it was this past week, then I am catching the bus). Working from home days and weekends I will strive to add in more fitness. Sometimes you have to be flexible and strive for reality when it comes to working out rather than reaching for goals you can’t accomplish.

Meal Planner

BREAKFAST Waffle with Fruit or Smoothie & Oatmeal

LUNCH Chili & Leftovers



MONDAY Caprese Sandwiches & Tomato Soup

TUESDAY Enchiladas

Using this recipe: Healthy Chicken Enchiladas

WEDNESDAY Shrimp Farfelle with Pesto

THURSDAY Coconut Chicken Curry

FRIDAY Salmon & Spinach Mushroom Quinoa

SATURDAY Out or Wing It




TUESDAY Weights & Cycle Class



FRIDAY Elliptical, Row, & Abs

SATURDAY Weights & Cycle Class

What is your favorite weeknight workout?

Classes right now, they keep me motivated.

Do you workout more on the weekends when you have more time or relax?

Try to workout if we don’t have a packed full weekend of events.


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Farmhouse Chicago Restaurant Review

My friend Stacy and I recently had made plans to go out to dinner in her neck of the woods. I told her my only stipulation was that I wanted to try somewhere new I hadn’t been to yet. When she suggested Farmhouse I heartily agreed. I had heard much talk about the awesome food and atmosphere. Farmhouse Chicago is located in the northern portion of the River North neighborhood on Chicago & Franklin specializing in Midwestern food and drink. The concept is farm to tavern with a focus on local seasonal food, beer, and liquor.

Farmhouse Chicago Restaurant Review

The goal of Farmhouse Tavern is to bring the best Midwestern craft beer and fare from the best vendors in the Midwest. The fresh farm food comes from Midwestern farms in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Almost all food is made from scratch and the menu is updated often to reflect the seasonal fair.

Farmhouse Chicago Restaurant Review

The atmosphere of Farmhouse Tavern was warm and inviting on a cold winter night. The restaurant brings in a vintage Chicago feel with reclaimed furniture from other city restaurants. The feel really does remind you of a combination of an old farmhouse and a modern Midwestern tavern.

Farmhouse Chicago Restaurant Review

Stacy suggested we start out with the Beer Battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds as our appetizer or what Farmhouse calls the First Harvest. These were AMAZING!! I mean so good if you go to Farmhouse and don’t get these I may have to unfriend you. Being a cheese lover I have tried lots of cheese curds in my life, but these are in a different rank. They are light and crispy so you don’t feel like you are eating a ball of grease. The homemade spicy curd sauce they are served with beats ranch as a dipping sauce any-day.

Farmhouse Chicago Restaurant Review

For my main entry aka Main Harvest I had the Dry Aged Pasture Raised Burger which came on a grilled country white bun with hand cut fries. If you love thin fries like me these will be a hit for you too. Stacy went with the Rainbow Trout which was served with glazed carrots. Both of us fully enjoyed our entrees and would highly recommend. I have been on a recent burger crave and this hit the spot. I plan to recreate this burger at home so I can be reminded of how amazing the experience at Farmhouse Chicago was.

Farmhouse Chicago Restaurant Review

 If you have been to Farmhouse Chicago what do you recommend?

Where is your favorite spot to grab a juicy burger?

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Meal & Fitness Plans: January 4th-10th

I’ve decided for 2015 I am going to try to start planning out my meal and fitness plans for the week ahead. Hopefully this will get me better prepared for the week and result in less stress.Meal Planning

I use a chalkboard in my kitchen to write each dinner meal on for the week so depending on who is home first, my husband or me, one of us can start prepping dinner.


For my weekly fitness plans I add them to my personal calendar on my phone, which helps me to stay committed. I walk over a mile to work on some days so I do count that as exercise too, no I don’t usually “walk” for a fitness goal for the week but did start counting it as exercise.Fitness

SUNDAY Homemade Pizza

MONDAY Orange Chicken with Rice/Walk

-check out this post for easy Orange Chicken https://farmgirlgonechicagoan.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/orange-chicken-a-quick-weeknight-dinner/

TUESDAY Turkey & Orzo Soup/Weights & Cycle Class

WEDNESDAY Chicken Parmesan with Pasta/Walk & Barre3

THURSDAY Beef Tacos/Walk & Barre3

FRIDAY Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries/Abs & Elliptical

SATURDAY Out or Wing It/Weights & Cycle Class

What are some of your fitness goals for the week?

How do you plan meals for the week or do you just wing it each night?

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New Year’s Determinations 2015

As we bring in the new year many of us are looking at the year ahead and setting our goals. When I was coming up with my list I was trying to think of ways to better myself and to make life easier. Here is my list of determinations and ways I hope to achieve them.



-Create a filing system for important documents

-Create a family calendar



-Create a monthly spreadsheet to track bills and expenses



-Attend at least 2 group exercise classes a week.



-Stop eating unhealthy snacks.

-Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet.



-Let small things go and worry less. What will be, will be.