Project Freezer Clean Out

Did this weekend even exist? It went by so fast!

I had a fabulous weekend really, packed with family, beautiful walks, great food, and home projects. Here’s a quick little recap of what was happening around mi casa this weekend.


I was feeling exhausted after work but brought myself to walk for 35 minutes. Dinner was simple but tasted SO good! It was sautéed broccoli, zucchini, onions, and green beans with diced chicken, apple, and gouda sausage! The dish was very flavorful thanks to the snausage sausage.

chicken sausage veggie saute


I met my cousin Betsy out at Target Field in Minneapolis for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Our local news anchor Diana Pierce kicked off the event. Senator Amy Klobuchar also spoke, and I saw local sports reporter Eric Perkins on the walk and said “hi”! To any locals, you might know some of these folks. 🙂

walk for alzheimers walk for alzheimers

The weather was beautiful and the walk was so much fun. We were led through the streets of downtown Minneapolis and into Loring Park (which is where I was last weekend!)

walk for alzheimers

Bets and I made a pit stop at Caribou on the way back of course. Because of this, we didn’t win the race. 😉

There are so many people affected by Alzheimer’s, my grandma being one of them. It is a horrible disease that needs to end! They are researching like crazy to find the cure, and I pray they do. I can’t wait to do the walk again next year to support the research and end Alzheimer’s.

This weekend I solidified my obsession for these Blue Diamond Salt n’ Vinegar Almonds that I got from the Summit last weekend. I’ve looked in CVS and Target so far and I haven’t been able to find this flavor anywhere yet. I should have grabbed ten bags at the Summit. Seriously these things are awesome! They are tangy and salty. MMM…mmmm!

blue diamond salt n vinegar almonds


I dragged the Fall decorations up on Saturday. Our house is looking mighty festive!

mantle fall autumn


In the evening we had a bunch of family over for dinner at our house. I finally got to wear my ZeeBee Threads t-shirt dress! I paired it with a zebra print scarf, grey leggings, and actually had to wear a long black cardigan too because it was CHILLY! This dress is so incredibly comfortable. I was so happy to be comfy yet still be wearing a cute outfit at the same time. Ya’ll know I’m all about comfort.

zeebee threads dress

I was overly excited for dinner because we were getting pizza. I should really look back on the blog to determine the last time I actually ate real, not gluten-free, not cauliflower pizza crust… just real original legit pizza. My system has been cooling down quite a bit and I wanted to try this one treat to see how I held up.


The results: I think I felt fine—I didn’t feel any different really! Not that I will make this a common meal but it’s good to know I can handle it every once and a while. It tasted just as good as I remembered too!


I am beginning a project freezer clean out and dug this up from the freezer: gluten-free lemon blueberry bread. I topped it with some almond butter and called it breakfast.

blueberry lemon bread

After breakfast we ran our errands and got a few groceries but not too many because we are going on VACATION at the end of the week! I am realizing I haven’t said much about this yet. More to come on the vaca 411.

This week I plan to eat food from the freezer primarily. We have loads of frozen veggies, frozen meats, leftover soups, chili, etc. It will feel good to begin cleaning out the freezer! PROJECT FREEZER (and fridge) CLEAN OUT!

For dinner I made a batch of yellow quinoa and topped it with sautéed broccoli, zucchini, onions, chicken, and fresh tomatoes, olives, and hummus. A Mediterranean-inspired dish! My fav.


mediterranean inspired meal


It tasted as good as it looked!

We tackled a few projects around the house, relaxed a bit, watched some of the Emmy’s, and called it an early night on Sunday. It was another fabulous weekend for the books!

How was YOUR weekend? What did you do?

Are you in need of a project freezer clean out?

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    1. Melanie

      I figure what better time to do it then now? That way I can start restocking it with new stuff!

  1. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! All the food looks yummy! I actually cleaned out the fridge over the weekend. Food always gets pushed to the back and you forget about it, so it was good to clean it out and wash the shelves down.
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    1. Melanie

      Good for you! Yea, I do a fairly good job keeping the fridge cleaned out, but the freezer is a whole other story!

  2. I still need to try your yellow quinoa recipe!! I think I might cook it up with some baked tofu :). I cannot wait to try that almond flavor now that I keep hearing everyone rave about them. I am a major salt and vinegar fan :).
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    1. Melanie

      I love topping the yellow quinoa with sauteed veggies and hummus! SOO good!

  3. Katie

    It seems that Holiday gas stations rotate which flavors they have in the single serving bags. I have a lot of luck in grocery stores, at the end of the chips aisle usually with other nuts. The Honey Mustard and Rosemary are my two favorites that are really hard to find, but I can usually get them at Target (and always buy multiples!)
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    1. Melanie

      Great to know! I will have to peak in at Holiday sometime soon! Thanks!

  4. Heather Murphy

    Looks like a great weekend! One of my favorite things about fall is the cute, comfy clothes you get to wear! I live in leggings and boots. 🙂 I wish I saved and cooked enough food to have a project freezer clean out! ha

    1. Melanie

      That is definitely one of my favorite things about fall too! I love cozies!

  5. I am obsessed with those salt and vinegar almonds too! Usually I prefer sweet snacks, but I seriously cannot get enough of those.

    My freezer needs a major clean out too. I don’t even know what half the stuff in there is anymore!
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    1. Melanie

      I’m usually more of a sweet gal too but those babies may have me turning the other way!

  6. I wish I would have picked up more of those flavoured almonds at HLS too… I haven’t tried the salt and vinegar ones yet, but the coconut, coffee, and blueberry ones have been amazing. And I’ve actually been pretty good at keeping my freezer clean. I have some frozen veggies that have been in there for a while, and a little more bread that I’d like, but I’m trying not to add anything new at least 😆
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    1. Melanie

      Be ready for a zing when you taste the salt n’ vinegar ones!

  7. I love cleaning out the freezer, it helps me to get a bit creative in the dinner department 😉 Your weekend looks so relaxing and fall-ish and perfectly fun! And I’m SO happy that your pizza didn’t hurt your system. I’m sure a few small pieces once a month will be just fine – and if I were you, I’d be jumping for joy 😉
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    1. Melanie

      Oh you know I’m jumping for joy! I LOVE my pizza!

  8. I love the look of that first dinner, especially with the addition of apple in there! And those almonds just make me happy – I’m going to be disappointed when I run out. I already went through all my strawberry ones and I’m already feeling the withdrawal a little bit – the coconut ones are pretty amazing too.

    And I moved a few weeks ago, which meant that I had to clean out my freezer 😉 I’m trying to keep it that way, but we’ll see how it looks a few months from now :-p
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    1. Melanie

      The almonds make me so happy too! I’m still bummed I can’t find the salt and vinegar almonds in the stores and I’m out of my samples from the summit!

  9. I should probably be embarassed by how excited I am when I can eat using our freezer and fridge for a week. . .hey, it’s the little things, right? I am looking forward to hearing lots more about your upcoming vacay. I am super excited because Dana helped us get a great deal on a flight to Maui for February!! 🙂
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    1. Melanie

      That’s what he told me! That is so great! “Hi” back by the way!!! 😉

  10. It must have felt good to do a walk for such a great cause! My great grandmother also had Alzheimer’s; it is such a terribly sad disease.

    You looked so cozy and cute in your outfit, I love it.

    Woo hoo for vacation! Can’t wait to hear the deets!
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    1. Melanie

      It is a terrible disease and I know they will find a cure! I just hope they find it soon.

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