Whole30 Week 3 Recap


One more week down and kind of one more to go, and I don’t want it to end. I think I am going to stay on the Whole30 for a while (that might be another month until college starts, or another year). I am definitely going to reintroduce certain foods back into my diet. I am going to add a little bit of dairy. I have to admit I miss Chobani! I never would’ve thought I’d say that. I am also pretty excited to be able to weigh myself soon, just out of curiosity. I can’t wait to find out how much Sam lost!


Last Saturday we went to a wedding, and here is the thing, I couldn’t remember my dinner choice. So Sam and I had an agreement to be flexible and just eat. Turns out I had a prime rib, and Sam had pasta. My prime rib came with green beans and potatoes. And Sam’s pasta was, well, pasta. I have to admit we broke the rules for that night, and even had some cheesecake. Now the interesting thing is, Sam felt pretty sick after the heavy carb and dairy meal, while I was more or less okay. Another thing that hit me while I was eating what is not a part of Whole30 diet – I don’t miss it that much. Food is just a fuel for my body so I can function. And that’s the biggest lesson we’ve learned while on Whole30 – self-control.

So we are going to finish our week and a half and go from there.

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Out of the recipes I tried last week there were a couple that totally didn’t work. I made a beef and sweet potato casserole that had too much sweet potato, so neither one of us liked it, but we still ate it, because I don’t like to waste food.

Another thing I tried to make was braised cabbage in a crock pot. I am not sure what happened, I think I had way too much cabbage, but it wasn’t as good as the baked recipe that I’ve made before. But I am still working my way through it.

I made banana blueberry muffins for breakfast yesterday, and those turned out amazing. They are absolutely not sweet, and nothing like the sugary muffins I used to make, but I am not complaining. I am also starting to realize that I don’t like almond butter as much as sunflower butter.


But the real gem that I made was Kale Pesto, and that’s the recipe I wanted to share with you today!


1 avocado

1 cup frozen kale

2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil

Parsley (I used about 1 tbs dried parsley and a small amount of fresh parsley – one of the few things that grows in my garden!)

Salt to taste

Add all the ingredients to the food processor and pulse until desired texture achieved. So easy and so delicious. I almost thought I could get Sam to eat it, but alas, I didn’t succeed.

I am excited for this week, Blake brought over a Swirlio, so I can’t wait to make some frozen desserts.

Weekend Outfits

I hope you all had a wonderful eventful weekend. It was my Birthday weekend for those of you who don’t know. I turned 26 on July 15. I am very upfront about my age, we’ll see how many years it’s going to take before I turn 29 for the 10th year in a row 😉

Anyways, my amazing husband gave me an iPad, so that’s been a new centre of attention in the Hutson household. I also got a gift card to Clothes Mentor, which I can’t wait to go and spend! Anyways, you get the idea.

Saturday we went to a friends wedding and I wore Maria Bianca Nero dress. The dress actually was a hand me down, from a dear friend of mine. I am very upfront about my hand me downs too 🙂 Some of you also know that I’ve been working out like crazy this past week. Well, I just wanted to make sure I fit into the dress. And I did:

Here is a picture of Sam and me and the happy couple:

Today was kind of a chill stay at home day, but we did go for a walk to the Lake of the Isles, and I finally got to wear my $20 Eileen Fisher dress, a Clothes Mentor find btw:

The lining of this dress is silk, so it’s nice and cool, even in 90 degree weather. The belt came from a swap  in NYC (back in the good old days when I lived there – sigh), the bag isCoach from Goodwill, and the shoes are from Target.

I can’t wait to share some of the other things I got for my Birthday with you, and since it’s kind of a Birthday week this week, I’ll be giving something away on my blog, so subscribe if you don’t want to miss out!



Bridal Shower, Russian Style

If I have referred to this as a bachelorette party before, please forgive me! This definitely was a bridal shower. It all happened in a park, and the second I sat down I was attacked by a mosquito size of a bird. If you think mosquitos are big in Minnesota (state bird, and all that), come to Russia in the summer, and experience for yourself. I came prepared though, and had enough bug repellent to share with the other girls! As well as sunscreen! Because no one wants to get a melanoma at a bridal shower!

The shower included:

1. Presenting the bride with 9 pairs of underwear:

Underwear pictures won’t be posted, for privacy reasons! Who knows maybe this blog is read by children!

2. Presenting her with a recipe book (I blogged about those in my yesterday’s post!)

3. Playing some games

4. Eating

5. Taking pictures

6. Picking dandelions

7. Dressing up

Overall I had a great time, I did come pre gamed though (that half a beer really did the trick!) Another interesting thing we did, was a chain of questions. You basically sit in a circle and ask the person on your left a question, which has to be marriage related (interestingly enough, not every one in the group was married), once the person answers that question, she can ask the next one! It was so obvious who is having marriage issues, I won’t even go there! To all men out there who say women are complicated – women are easy, you just gotta LISTEN! Another game we played was passing around a toy bomb, and saying the first marriage related thing that came to mind. Needless to say, that exercise too helps reveal the ones having prejudices and issues with marriage.

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PS. For all my lovely readers out there – I stepped over myself and ate my very first celery stick today!