A Weekend of Working, Eating, and Dehydrating

I don’t think you can ever really get used to Chicago weather in April. True, this is only the second April we have lived here, but I’ve heard this same sentiment expressed by a number of long-term residents.

I woke up Saturday morning to a nice dusting of snow. What?

As soon as I had breakfast, I set out cutting all of the dates I received from Costco that were squishy, sticky, and completely unappetizing to me. As I mentioned last week, I bought a dehydrator and knew this would be a perfect solution.

Confession: I had a smaller box of dates that I did a test run on Thursday and managed to eat all of them in two nights. Whoops.

Dehydrated Dates

Note: If you don’t have a dehydrator (affiliate), you can always follow my earlier recipe for caramelized ones.

It was SUPER easy to set up and leave alone while I set out to help teach our second BLACKOUT class at Sweat. Normally the workouts are pre-programmed, but for this advanced workout we each programmed our own section.

Sweat Chicago Blackout Class

I picked legs because they are my all time favorite to train and I think I sufficiently killed some people. For more behind-the-scenes photos and videos, feel free to check us out on Instagram (shameless social media director plug)!

Sweat Chicago Blackout Class 2

We had a massive class complete with a live DJ and the energy was infectious. I can’t wait until we do our next one!

Sweat Chicago Blackout Class 3

Afterwards, I was seriously hungry because when I wasn’t teaching my portion, I was kicking butt with everyone else. I stopped by a local favorite, Goddess & Grocer, since I was craving a lox and cream cheese bagel like whoa. They’re a little expensive for my taste, but this bagel is on point.

Goddess and Grocer Salmon and Lox Bagel

I came home, took a shower, and spent most of the evening on the couch. I did head out one more time to replenish spaghetti squash and had a completely frustrating shopping trip. They were out at TJs which meant I had to go to another store. TJs was also out of my beloved ghost pepper flakes that I use in my eggs every day. Apparently it is seasonal, and I’ll have to wait until summer to get more.

After finally locating spaghetti squash (and buying 9 lbs of it), I realized I was specifically craving some Gingerade kombucha. Most of the time the Walgreens next door carries it, but of course when I stopped in they were all out until Monday. Dejected and thirsty, I headed home and complained to Neil that my life was ruined until I rehydrated myself with water.

Thankfully, he was prepared for my melodramatic reaction since I had been texting him during the whole process (censored for you impressionable youth).

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He had already started making salmon by the time I got home. I just popped my spaghetti squash in the microwave and I was feasting like a king in no time.

Salmon Spaghetti Squash

Saturday night we started Daddy’s Home, the movie with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, but I got bored and we ended up switching like 30 minutes in. We changed it to Ip Man 3, which if you like martial arts movies (and even if you don’t), is amazing. It’s one of the few trilogies that I’ve seen where every movie was awesome. They are based on Ip Man (obviously), a legendary grandmaster who trained Bruce Lee. Check them out.

Sunday was another lazy morning. I slept in until 7:30 am, had breakfast and tea, then wound up falling asleep again at like 9:30 am for another hour. Sundays are tough.

Around noon we headed to the birthday party being held in the Loop. It was on the 49th floor overlooking Michigan Ave and the views were phenomenal.


Chicago 2

Here’s what happens when you try and take a picture with 3 different cameras at once.


Blurry action shot.


Since Neil’s birthday was last week, he was invited to join in the cake cutting ceremony. How sweet.


It was such a great space and we filled up on all sorts of food. Then we headed home so I could play with my dehydrator some more. Here is my first attempt at some homemade fruit roll-ups using apples and blueberries. SUPER fast. Let’s see how they turn out.

Shout out to Lindsay and this recipe for making me realize I need this in my life.


Sunday evening was filled with more movies and turning in early for a busy week ahead. I hope you all had a great weekend and that you’re actually starting to experience some spring weather!


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    • April 11, 2016 / 2:09 pm

      yes!! do it! so good. actually, can i just come visit you both? dehydrator party? LOL! thanks erin

      • erinsinsidejob
        April 12, 2016 / 7:15 pm

        Yeah that sounds like a great plan. It’s a date!

    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      What an excellent idea.

    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      Agreed. It’s all so very confusing.

    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      I have a serious problem w TJs dried mango. I eat an entire bag in one sitting!

  1. April 11, 2016 / 8:00 am

    Don’t worry. I rage at grocery stores sometimes too. And, dude, that bagel looks amazing. I don’t even eat lox but I grew up in NY and my whole family is obsessed. Your workout sounds brutal.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      And that was only 1/4 of the workout! Usually I’m so happy at grocery stores but I was not having it that day.

    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      Usually they make me so happy!

  2. April 11, 2016 / 10:51 am

    I think your rage was transferred to me this morning. I literally hate everyone and everything AND I’m at work, so I’m super fun 😉

    I remember my mom making fruit rollups in her dehydrator when I was a kid – so tasty!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Haha I hope you found some peace at some point!

    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      I know! I can eat them so quickly…especially when almond butter is involved!

    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      I know it’s crazy! Now that all the dates are the way I like them I just keep eating them all day haha

  3. April 11, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    ugh we had a few inches of snow in Pennsylvania on Saturday…so angry! I just want to live somewhere warm!!! 🙁 Those views are really amazing!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:16 pm

      It’ll be warm soon enough (fingers crossed)

  4. April 11, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Gorgeous views!
    I really want a dehydrator, but our kitchen is so stuffed full of useless (and useful) gadgets that there’s no way I’d get one. I’m so curious to see how your fruit roll-ups turn out, though!
    On second thought, maybe I could spin it as an investment for my picky toddler? 😉
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    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Absolutely! Make healthy snacks! They turned out really well and were so easy to make. I was too lazy to nicely roll them up so I just ripped them into pieces

    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:20 pm

      I know! I want to dry it all!

  5. April 12, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    I finally got a beach day in this past weekend and it was amazing. Exactly what I needed! I also really want a dehydrator but haven’t purchased one yet. You have me really wanting dehydrated fruit.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:24 pm

      Do it! It’s only like $60!

  6. April 12, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    AH! What a fantastic use of the dehydrator! We got one for a wedding gift, and I have yet to use it… though I think I might have to now!
    Jeanette recently posted…Eat all the foods!My Profile

    • erinsinsidejob
      April 12, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      It’s super easy!

  7. April 12, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    “They’re a little expensive for my taste, but this bagel is on point.”

    I’m sorry, is Nobu WALMART?!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      April 13, 2016 / 8:06 am

      Bahahaha. That was like a one time thing and it was obscene!

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