I was right to be totally excited about the kale salad from Oh She Glows. I made it in the morning, and by evening, it was wonderful. I did add twice the amount of kale only because I skipped the walnuts (we’re a nut free house), hemp seeds (didn’t have any), and carrot. I put it onto a Lavash bread, wrapped it up, and it was just amazing.
Saturday morning was a cup of coffee and a banana on the way out the door. After getting home, I made another kale wrap. According to Angela’s site, the salad will keep for about a day in the fridge. I didn’t want to run the risk of not getting to eat it all, so it made for a nice and quick lunch as well.
Saturday afternoon was mostly snacky food at our friend’s house. And by snacky food, I really mean beer. And maybe a few tortilla chips too, but mainly beer. Saturday night was mainly leftovers, and I had a bowl of split pea soup that I canned last winter over some leftover grains I had in the fridge. Good stuff!
I finally have apples, and Sunday morning was coffee and my green juice again. Woo hoo, I’ve missed that!. Since the older kids were out and about doing things with friends, D picked up take out for R, himself, and me. I had Thai food, which I’d been craving for days. Fresh spring rolls and tofu green curry. It’s the first time I’ve brought Thai food into the house. I’m always so worried about cross contamination with nuts, but after talking to the kitchen when I called in the order, they assured me that my food would be made away from any nuts. After eating (in a different room than R was in), I brushed my teeth and took a quick shower. Paranoia at it’s finest I suppose.
My friend AT has an awesome garden going this year. She’s out of town, but left a huge bag of goodies for me on her front porch (she lives just up the street). So yesterday morning M walked Sammie and went and picked it up. I was so excited! There were monster zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, and pickling cucumbers. I knew I had to get busy.
First the cucs. I sliced them thin on the mandolin along with some onion, and then put them into several mason jars. I followed this recipe pretty closely, just skipping the cloves and using celery salt instead of celery seed since it’s what I had. I ate one this morning, and they came out great! I’m so excited.
I also made a batch of slow cooker ratatouille from Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. Frankly, it’s the addition of the pesto right before serving that makes this ratatouille special in my opinion. I used my own version rather than the one in the book so I could make it nut free, but it still made the meal.
R really wanted to help make dinner, so she did a lot of the work. She sautéed the eggplant, and then the onion and garlic, as well as opening the cans of diced tomatoes. We had a great time together in the kitchen. I also believe that it will help with her extreme pickiness if she has a hand in making the foods I’d like her to eat.
I still have a ton of veggies left, and I’m toying around with different ideas. There are a few Mediterranean dishes I love with zucchini and eggplant, so I’ll likely make one of those. Plus spiralizing the squash always makes me happy too. I’m also thinking of dehydrating whatever I don’t cook up to store for later. There’s so many possibilities with using dehydrated vegetables in soups, stews, and things like that, that there’s no reason to let anything go to waste.
Breakfast this morning was coffee initially. Then I made up a batch of quinoa in vegetable broth, and served leftover ratatouille over it. Even D liked it.
We’re going to Busch Gardens this evening to celebrate the 4th and see fireworks, so I imagine my dinner will be a salad from there and a Clif bar in my purse!
Friday night I went for a long run. That kale salad wrap was turbo charged I think! I almost didn’t go for a run because my Garmin battery was dead (it’s totally acting up), and my back up is to use the Nike+ on my iPhone, but since I think I left my running belt in Richmond last weekend and none of my running shorts had pockets, that wasn’t an option either.
I have become totally addicted to the data with running – I like knowing exactly how far I went, how fast, the elevation, etc – broken down by minute on my monitor so I can see every single shred of information. When I don’t have that, I start to feel like going for a run is a waste if I can’t know that info. I was almost aghast when D suggested I just go run wearing my regular Timex. WHAT?!?! How am I supposed to know my distance?? Sure, I’ll know how long I was pounding pavement, but it’s important to me to know how far too. His answer to me was that if I wanted to know THAT badly, to go drive the route when I got home. Huh. Guess I was out of excuses.
Out the door I went. I timed my warm up, and then started to run. It was great! I just kept going, and about an hour later ended up back home. The kale wrap gave me perfect energy so I felt powerful the whole time, and the lack of GPS captured data gave me a sense of freedom that my run wasn’t about a distance or speed goal, but just because I love to run. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making a habit of running gadget free….but it seemed less important on this run. I know I probably went about 6 miles, but I think the big thing for me was that I enjoyed myself.
Saturday didn’t leave much time to workout. I did a quick 20 minute yoga routine at home, and that was it! D went on a 6 mile geocaching hike though, so I’m totally proud of him for getting out there!
Sunday was terrible. I woke up with the worst back pain I think I’ve ever had. Sitting hurt, lying down hurt, standing up hurt, and walking hurt. Unfortunately, D pushed it a bit too hard on his hike, and his back was hurting too. At least he has a reason – I can’t figure out what the heck caused mine. I didn’t pull anything doing yoga, I don’t recall getting a twinge picking anything up, and I certainly wasn’t moving heavy furniture. It sort of came out of nowhere, and that’s not like me. I don’t have back or knee problems, so this has got me boggled.
My back is still a little sore, but not nearly like yesterday. I’m going to attempt a Zumba DVD here in a little bit. I’ll take it easy if I need to!
Friday evening was pretty low-key. D was tired, so he went to bed the earliest. I have to say that it was strange – he’s not supposed to fall asleep before me. Sort of screws up the natural order of things. Alas, I had gone on my run so late, that there was no way I’d be in bed as early as he wanted to be.
So, I stayed up a bit, caught up on my blog reading, had a glass of wine, and went to bed around 11.
M had a friend over, so when I went to bed, the boys were still up playing games. Not sure what time they went to bed!
M’s friend was picked up at 10am, D left to go hiking (and he took my blogging business cards with him to leave in the caches!), and I left with R to her gymnastics class. We went to the pet store after and then the grocery, and then home. D got home around 1pm, and A went waterskiing with friends around 3.
D had a pretty cool experience while at the state park. He had just found a cache and was walking along the trail and crossed into a playground area. There was a man there with his twin 7 year old daughters who asked D if he was using a compass (his GPS unit has a lanyard to wear around his neck). So D explained what he was doing, and took this man and his girls to the cache. He let the girls drive the GPS unit and took them to the “buried treasure” and had them sign and date the log book. D gave him one of my cards, and a short time later, I received an email from this family. Apparently the kids had so much fun, that when they got home they were telling their mom, and now the family wants to try it. So yeah D for sharing a fun an active activity with another family!
D, M, R, and I went swimming down the street at our friends’ house, which was really nice. We brought a cooler of beer and some snacks (yeah for walking distance – they live 2 blocks away), D had mango margaritas, and we all spent several hours in the pool and relaxing.
We had a really great time, and spent the rest of the night at home relaxing.
Sunday we had a lot of intentions of things to do. We were supposed to go to a friend’s pool party, but both D and I were too sore to move. Instead, M spent then night at a friends house, A went to her boyfriends’ house for a bit, and D and I watched 2 movies on Netflix. I then spent most of the day lying in bed catching up on TV shows from the past 3 months. Talk about a lazy day.
D picked M up at 10 this morning, we’re all being fairly lazy, and then will head up to Busch Gardens around 5. Neither D nor I want to spend the day walking around in the crazy heat (not to mention the back things going on), so we’ll likely be in the park by 630 or so, which still gives the kids a good 3 hours to walk around and ride the rides before fireworks.
So hopefully you are all having a great 4th of July holiday weekend! While I’m used to being busier than I have been, it’s still been wonderful to have 3 days off!