Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Morning everyone!  How ya'll doin??  Things are good around here.  Who else can't believe it's the LAST week of AUGUST??  This August has been the mildest I can EVER remember (mid-80 temps/low humidity), that I could ALMOST tolerate another month of this.  ALMOST.  Let's not get too crazy here...my head is already swirling for what 'football appropriate food' I'm going to make on Saturday to kick-off Scott's favorite time of year:  College Football seasonJ

Anyway, to quickly recap our weekend, we have:  

A trip to the farmer's market on Saturday morning where Katie & I shared another bacon, brie & peach quesadilla...(she gave a big "MMMM" when she got a bite of bacon.  I was so proud!J)

A stock up on all of the pretty colors of summer.  My mind ALSO keeps swirling of unique ways to enjoy all this good stuff since the season is going to quickly start winding down.

A dinner Saturday night at Woody's in Seabright (an area still terribly affected by Hurricane Sandy).  I forgot my camera, but my friend caught 1 photo of her husband and I along with our dueling (TO DIE FOR) salted caramel brownie sundaes....which came after our dueling rounds of shredded chicken burritos & Dr. PeppersJ  
Photo: Tweedle dee and tweedle dum LOL

We were #twinningJ

And we finished up the weekend on the beach at my Mother-in-law's shore house...

On an absolutely PERFECT day.  Not a cloud in the sky as far as the eye could see.  (I mean, not that we could really see since we spent most of the day staring at this HOT PINK bathing suit running to and fro ALL OVER THE PLACE!J)
And there were lots of good eats in between.  You'll just have to trust me on that oneJ  So I was SUPER ready to get 'back to the grind' yesterday!

Monday Recap:

8:00am:  Coffee with creamer & cinnamon

10:00am:  Breakfast- Apple Crumb Vitatop

Which, I also shared along with Katie...who enjoyed being fed while watching Sesame StreetJ  Ahhh...the life!

12:30pm:  Lunch- Pineapple Chobani

3:00pm:  Snack- 1 small bowl Hummus chips

5:30pm:  Dinner- Kale salad with peach dressing
Yep...being the last week of August, I wanted to go FULL BLOWN summer with this salad, right down to the dressing.  Which I got a little help from one of the gems from this time of year:
  • 3/4 diced peach (I saved the rest from the top of the salad)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt
  • Enough water to create a smooth consistency
Whip all the ingredients together in a mini food processor until smooth.  (ps-I added fresh basil, mainly cause it was staring at me from the counter, but I didn't really think it enhanced the dressing too much...so it's an easy 'skip'.) 

I diced the kale VERY finely, mixed in the dressing & piled on the rest of the ingredients...
  • Grilled chicken, coated in Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Grilled corn, 'de-eared'
  • Leftover diced peach
  • 1/2 diced avocado
  • Shredded Cotija cheese

Smokey chicken & juicy peaches, salty cotija & sweet corn, creamy avocado & sturdy kale and a sweet-ish & fresh dressing to tie it all together makes this salad a taste & texture POWERHOUSE!

Not to mention delicious and SUPER healthy.  Scott requested MORE kale salads after trying this one.  They just feel 'extra hearty' compared to light & water-y lettuce.  Try out these tips and THESE toppings you'll have no problems!  

6:30-8:00pm:  Beginners Power Yoga
I was Capital B- BEAT UP last night!  Not sure if it was from helping my cousin move on Saturday, getting beatin up by the ocean or chasing Katie in sand all day on SundayJ  Or all of the aboveJ  But we went to simply STAND UP after our warm up last night and that ALONE was...CHALLENGINGJ  

Well, as soon as I hit PUBLISH on this post I'm off to pack up Katie for another day at my MIL's shore house.  Leave it to me to pack in ALL of the summer funness into its LAST 'official' weekJ hahahahahhaa

Have a great Tuesday, everyone! 

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