After our long run on Saturday, Jon and took a nap and accomplished some tasks around the house before packing up and heading to my hometown. Since my birthday is Tuesday, we had planned to celebrate with my family this weekend.
We had such a wonderful time. Saturday night my mom made a mexican feast
This dip was the star of the show! As soon as I get the recipe from her (mom, I need the recipe!), I’ll post it!
Best dip I’ve ever had, hands down. It was that good.
whole wheat tortilla, spinach (steamed in the microwave for about 20 seconds) refried beans, black beans, diced green chilies and green enchilada sauce
Also on the menu for the non-veggies (aka everyone else:) was my mom’s Mexican Casserole. She’s been making this casserole for as long as I can remember, and before becoming a vegetarian it was one of my favorite meals of all time! Unfortunately I didn’t snap a picture of it – the family isn’t too keen on waiting for me to catch a shot of every dish while all the food gets cold. Go figure;)
It was the perfect birthday meal for me as I’m sure those of you who have been reading for awhile can attest to.
After dinner we all enjoyed breaking a sweat in a fun family workout!
How many of you remember this?
Oh yes we did.
It started out as a joke reminiscing about the past…but then it got real serious
After working up a sweat – it was time for birthday cake oats!
And there were presents of course! Thanks so much Mom, Clark and Cristen – my birthday celebration was so special:)
Sunday morning we got up kind of late and just hung around the house. We ended up grilling out for lunch…and let me tell you – I want a grill so badly now. I’m dreaming of grills:)
I cut up a red bell pepper, green bell pepper, zucchini and squash. Seasoned them with sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder and ground red pepper. Then my sis wrapped them up tight in a foil pouch and put them on the grill. I’m not sure how she did it – but these were cooked to perfection!
I ate them atop a bed of couscous. With a side of corn on the cob. So fresh and so good!
Jon and I hung around for a couple of hours after lunch on Sunday before heading out for the surprise he had planned.
The American Idol concert! I’m sure for those who don’t watch the show, it wouldn’t be a fun concert, but we watched it all season, and I was so excited to get to see all of them perform live!
On the way we stopped at Pei Wei to eat dinner.
I ordered the Spicy Korean with vegetables, tofu and brown rice. To die for, seriously.
And we split these two spring rolls as an appetizer.
And now off to the concert!
Unfortunately, “professional” cameras weren’t allowed inside, so I had to roll with the iPhone for the concert.
This was one of the best pictures I got (sad, I know) – that’s Crystal Bowersox, who was one of my absolute favorites on the show.
That’s it for the birthday weekend recap – it was so great mainly because I got to spend time with my favorite people in the world. I’m so very thankful:) Not sure what I’m going to do on my actual birthday (tomorrow) that will even come close:)
Hope you all had a great weekend as well. I’ll see ya later on for some eats!
I want to start with a shout out to Caitlin from one of my very favorite blogs, Healthy Tipping Point. I’m sure many of you are already avid readers, but if not you must stop by and check it out. Today is a very exciting day in the blog world because Caitlin’s book Operation Beautiful hit bookstores across the country!! Way to go Caitlin! Snag your very own copy at Barnes and Noble, Borders or Amazon.com.
Today has been only semi productive:( Honestly, these last few days have been sort of tough. I’ve just felt a little down in the dumps for no particular reason. And it’s definitely affected my productivity levels. I’m really hoping things start looking up soon!
Jon and I kicked off our morning with a fairly brutal 3 mile run. We got started way too late, and therefore it was way too hot! We actually ended up walking between miles 1.5 and 2. But, fortunately we did finish strong so it wasn’t a complete disappointment. Some days are just like that, ya know?
Distance - 3.o miles Avg Pace - 10:48 (walking killed our pace obvs) Best Pace – 7:59 (told you finished strong)
Splits Mile 1 – 10:09 Mile 2 - 12:42 Mile 3 -9:34
After our run I was so overheated and dehydrated! I’m certain that my lack of hydration during our runs is responsible for how tough they’ve been. Today my mouth felt like cotton and it was hard to swallow I was so thirsty. It’s quite the conundrum, though, because I really don’t want to carry water for short runs. Camelback or hydration belt – neither is very comfortable, but for long runs I make it work. I guess I really don’t have another option though – I’m just going to have to start carrying water every run…at least until it cools down some. bah.
Needless to say after we got back I couldn’t even stomach the thought of a heavy breakfast, so I made up a little fruit plate
Which of course left me starving about an hour and a half later. Enter mid-morning snack of homemade Classic Garlic hummus, baby carrots and a few Back to Nature crackers.
Tonight Jon and I met up for a late dinner with our friends, Jonathan and Grace. We had such a great time catching up…aren’t friends just the best thing in the world??
We went to McAlister’s, a cute deli that we don’t really hit up that often. I used to think they didn’t have very good vegetarian/vegan options, but I have come to know better! Tonight I went with the veggie pita with honey mustard on the side. And a side of steamed veggies.
Okay – now on to finishing up the series of posts about this crazy last week. If you missed it, here is part I, part II and part III.You would think after the chaos that had ensued since arriving at the lake, we would have high tailed it home. But oh no. We Marsh/McCoy/Fryar girls are not to be deterred when it comes to lake fun!
So after lazing around in the water for an hour or so, I decided I’d give wakeboarding a whirl. I have been skiing since I was 6 years old, at which age they had to tie my skiis together because my little legs weren’t strong enough to hold them steady:) I’ve wakeboarded a couple of times, but always struggled with it a lot more.
So, I dive in, get myself all fastened onto the board, wait for the rope to tighten up, and yell “GO!”
I don’t think at that point I really expected to get up. It had been so long since I’d done it, I expected it to take me at least a few tries. But no.
I popped right up on top of the water, wobbling like crazy and trying to maintain my balance while my mind attemtped to register what was happening. Before I had even absorbed that I was in fact on top of the water, the front of the board dipped slightly, getting caught in the wake. My body continued to propel forward, while my feet remained fastened in the boots of the wakeboard, causing me to violently slam into the water face first.
My first thought was that I was either A. going to die, B. have a concussion and/or C. black out.
Thankfully, none of the above happened. But as I floated to the surface, waiting for the boat to return, I seriously could not feel my face. The entire front side of my body felt as if it had been slammed into a concrete wall at a high rate of speed. The wind was knocked out of me and every cavity of my body was filled with water.
All I could do was moan.
After several minutes, I began to regain feeling in my body and my mom and sister hauled me out of the water and into the boat. No more extreme sports (as my husband calls it:) for Candice. We decided to call it a day and head back in.
Fifteen minutes of painful jolting later and we were back at the ramp to load up. Of course only to discover that the boat trailer tire was completely flat. Flat as a pancake.
We proceeded to spend the next hour and a half waiting, while some nice men helped us get it fixed.
I took the opportunity to get in some yoga.
And that was that. After having the tire fixed, we said thank you to the nice men and made our way back to the cabin. I packed up and headed back home, sad to be leaving such great time with my mom and sis, but exhausted after two full days of unexpected glitches. And with a slight headache.
So, you can imagine my distress the next day when Olive ate an entire bar of dark chocolate and had to be rushed to the puppy emergency room. I was this close to deciding to crawl back into bed and try again next week. lol.
I’m off to bed now, so I’ll “see” you all in the morning. Hope you had a great day!
Back to what I mentioned at the beginning -
What do you do for hydration? Do you carry water on every single run? Any brilliant ideas? Heck, any ideas at all??
Oh, yeah – and I did something kind of fun and crazy tonight…but I’ve gotta tell my mom before I spill it on the blog. lol. I’ll tell ya about it soon:)
Let’s get right to the next part of the story, eh?
So Wednesday night we drifted off peacefully to sleep after our eventful evening.
Suddenly, at about 3am, we were all jolted awake by an unnaturally loud noise. It was so startling in fact, that we all 3 simultaneously bolted straight up in our beds. It almost sounded as if someone had rammed a car into the front of the cabin. Loud, but muffled. Our cabin only has two rooms for sleeping, one of which has two pull out sofa beds. So, my sister was sleeping on one and my mom and I slept in the other.
Just to set the scene a little better – as I mentioned in part I, we have been going down to our cabin my entire life. While we all feel at home there, there is also a slight uneasiness at night. Over the years, the area has changed a bit – a lot of the people my grandparents knew have left, and the people who have moved in have not kept the neighborhood up very well. When we’re there with our whole family, we don’t really think about it much, but being just us 3 women was a bit unnerving.
So we’re now all 3 wide awake with our hearts beating out of our chests. We got out of bed and started exploring around, attempting to discover an explanation for the noise. Nothing. There was nothing out of place. No one around outside that we could see. Nothing. Finally giving up, we crawled back in bed, only to spend the next several hours in a fitful sleep.
You know those kind of nights when for whatever reason, you just can’t sleep? You toss and turn and keep watching the clock, wishing for the sun to show his face…but he stays in hiding for what seems like forever. You get the idea.
Finally he did reveal himself, though, and we went about our day. After eating a quick breakfast…
brown rice cake, natural pb and banana (tired of seeing this yet?) muahaha
blackberries and strawberries
…we spent some time driving around the cove, stopping to ask a couple people if they had heard anything strange that night, receiving only humored looks in return.
Deciding to put the scary night behind us, we made lunch and started packing up to head out on the lake.
lunch – whole wheat spaghetti, grilled zucchini, squash and onions and jarred pasta sauce that my mom brought
Thankfully, our trailer tire had not gone flat overnight, so we were able to get back out on the water without a hitch!
Of course it would only be a few hours before the next big incident(s). That’s how we roll.
I’ll be back later for part IV and today’s eats/exercise!
First things first, and then I’ll pick up where I left off earlier today.
Trust me, I don’t want to keep you in suspense any longer than necessary;)
After my stint at the bookstore this morning, I actually managed to get some stuff accomplished! After much debating I decided to start with Be Happy Without Being Perfect. So far it’s really insightful. I’m recognizing a lot of stuff about myself since I quit my job and actually have time to process. I’ll be writing a more extensive post on this topic once I have time to get through more of the book and think over everything a bit more. Good stuff though!
Anyway, between reading, blogging and working on my PiYo class I managed to work up quit an appetite! Actually, I was ravenous! I think it had something to do with the caffeine from earlier…
Either way I needed something, and I needed it quick!
bird bowl courtesy of my lovely sister as an early birthday present (my bday is not until the 10th:)
I went with a bowl of Amy’s reduced sodium vegetable lentil soup – my favorite!
A little while later, the hunger monster struck again, so I decided to whip up something special!
Since trying to cut back on our budget, I’ve decided to start making my own hummus. Jon and I eat hummus like it’s goin’ out of style, so I figured it’d be a good place to start.
I started off with dry chickpeas (the cheapest and cleanest way to buy ‘em!). I brought a large pot of water to a boil, dumped in 2 cups of chickpeas, removed the pot from the heat and let them soak for about an hour. After soaking, I drained them, returned them to the pot with fresh water and brought them to a simmer, leaving them for another hour. Perfect!
Classic Garlic Hummus
2 cups cooked chickpeas
juice of one lemon
3 tbsp tahini
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2-3 tsp minced garlic (we like our hummus super garlicky!)
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
4 tbsp water – I will probably use more next time
paprika (to garnish)
parsley (to garnish)
1. Combine all ingredients excluding paprika and parsley into food processor and process until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides.
2. Continue to add water until you reach desired consistency. One thing I noticed is that my hummus thickened up a bit once I put it in the fridge – just fyi.
I partook in plenty of taste testing during the making of this hummus. I also snacked on canteloupe.
do you sprinkle salt and pepper on your canteloupe?? It’s the best way! IMHO:)
And now for the best news of the day – the husband got a bonus at work! yay! Way to go husband!
It’s no secret that we use anything as an excuse to go out and celebrate. So off we went to one of our fave little cafes – Cafe Bella.
As usual I ordered the garden veggie with guac and hummus
and the husband ordered the falafel pita
I ended up a bit jealous and stole a couple of bites:) I never lean toward ordering falafel, but every time I encounter it I love it! What gives?!
Okay, now that the eats are out of the way, let’s pick up where we left off earlier, shall we?
So, we made it back to the ramp and began the process of loading the boat. Due to very poor engineering on the part of the resort, loading the boat was not an easy task. There is virtually no protection whatsoever from the wide open lake, so at this point we were taking a direct hit from the white topped waves as they crashed into the cove. After much distress, the boat getting caught on something under the water and my sister very nearly losing her life (or at least a limb), we got the boat loaded and pulled out of the water, only to realize…
the tire on the boat trailer was flat!! What now? It is now lightening and thundering like crazy, and we can see the sheets of rain in the distance, inching closer and closer, threatening to drown is in the midst of our desperation.
We did the only thing we could do – began to slowly creep up the road, hobbling on one good tire in a desperate attempt to reach the free air station.
Just before the monsoon started we were able to figure out how to work the thing (the station was closed up tight!) and get enough air in the tire to make the 10 minute drive back to our cabin. We were SO thankful we made the last minute command decision to come in…it would not have been pretty otherwise!
Despite the rain, things seemed to be making a turn for the better as we curled up in the cabin, waiting for nighttime to envelope us in it’s sleepy grasp.
What we didn’t know is that we were in for an uncomfortably long night…
Stay tuned for part three tomorrow:)
Do you sprinkle salt and pepper on your canteloupe? Or is that weird to you? I say perfectly normal, the husband says weird:)
What odd food combination do you love?
Yesterday ended up being a whirlwind of a day. I made a last minute decision to hop on the road and go visit my family for a couple of hours. My baby cousin, whom I see very rarely, was in town so everyone was gathering at my grandma’s to hang out.
I was able to get a few things accomplished before I left as well as hit up a new class at the gym – turbokick. It was my first time to try this one, and I really liked it. If any of you have ever tried turbo jam by Chalene Johnson – it’s the live class version of that. I’ve done turbo jam about a million times, so turbokick wasn’t entirely new to me, but they’ve added in a lot of new moves since I bought my DVDs. I think I’ll probably go back…it gave me a really good workout to say the least!
Anyway, here are some pics from the day
Breakfast before Turbokick – Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup raw oats, the last of the frozen cherries and chias
Midmorning snack – brown rice cake with the last of my almond butter:( I think I need to run to the store
Afternoon snack at my grandma’s – watermelon!! Seedless watermelon!
I also had an unpictured apple pie Larabar on my drive back home
Dinner last night was also unpictured because I figured you guys don’t need to see enchiladas yet again on CSM. I promise we didn’t actually make them again last night…we had leftovers; however, not promising we wouldn’t have made them had there not been leftovers;) What can I say?
Well, I’m off to piyo class! I’ll be laying low, working at the house today until I meet Mohammad for tutoring.
Don’t forget to stop by and enter the chia seed giveaway! If you haven’t tried them before, I promise you’ll love ‘em…what’s not to love?
Have you tried chia seeds before? Tell me what you’re favorite way is to eat them!
If you haven’t had them before, what would you do with them if you win?