HAPPY 4th OF JULY EVERYONE!
Greetings from the state of cheese – Wisconsin! Before I begin on the shenanigans of the day, it is only appropriate to start at the beginning! Yesterday, I was a total cleaning machine. Mid-afternoon, I broke for a lil’ snackie to keep me fueled as I whipped the house into tip-top shape. Enter a hot mess…
1/4 cup Optimum Pumpkin Granola Cereal
1/4 cup Kashi GoLean
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1.5 tbsp of PB
After putting in a hard days work (I sound like I’m living in like year 1890, BTW), I met up with these two lovebirds for some apps & drinks before hitting the road to Wisconsin:
Ashley and Maxx got engaged exactly one week ago from today! They are seriously too cute :). Maxx’s sister was actually in town as well, so the four of us met up at MOTO-I, a Japanese restaurant in Uptown Minneapolis, for some yummy drinks and eats. You could easily pass this restaurant if you weren’t looking for it, but it is the only place outside Japan that brews their own sake. Pretty cool, no?
I started with a MN-brewed Summit Oatmeal Stout with some kaffir lime-spiced peanuts (shared amongst us all)…
Then a sampler platter of assorted eats (l-r): a Tofu, Ponzu & Sweet Chilli Steamed Bun, sticky rice and a sweet potato pancake thingy (I don’t think that’s the technical term…).
The restaurant was super yummy, and the best part? They had SHUFFLEBOARD! Oh yeah, us four definitely squeezed in a game before we had to part ways. After lots of chatting, it was finally time to hit the road to head home to the fam. Of course, when traveling, snacks & beverages are a MUST. If I am going to be driving 3 hours dang it, I’m going to need some good tunes, good munchies and good caffeine – a pint of blueberries (I am a serious fruit fiend today) and a Almond Joy blondie (soooo good!):
Finally I arrived to good ol’ home sweet home. Then went straight to bed. For real.
After a glorious night’s sleep in my own bed (aka best thing ever), I woke up and shocker of shockers! didn’t have coffee this morning. Instead, I guzzled a big glass of water in preparation for today’s 10-mile run as well as a classic Holly breakfast – PB+B on toasted Ezekiel!
A funny thing happened – at home, my parent’s buy Skippy Natural peanut butter, which was totally my old FAVORITE PB. Seriously. I used it for breakfast this morning however, and I couldn’t believe how kind of artificial and odd it tasted after only eating the good stuff (PB made only from peanuts + salt) for like a year now. I didn’t like it at all – one of those little things that kind of show you where you’ve been and where you are now :).
Then it was time for the weekly long run – this time, the big 1-0 for mileage. Luckily, Mama Everythingtarian (she’s totally one hot fit mama) ran the first 7 miles with me, which made the time go by so fast. Then the last 3 miles, I stepped my game up and hoofed it – completing the 10 miles in just about 100 minutes (10:00/mile). I took her at an easy pace and felt really good!
When I got back, I guzzled water and stretched for a good 15 minutes. After about another 1/2 hour, I was ready to eat and devoured a yummalicious lunch…Blueberry + Banana Smoothie (1 cup skim milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 banana + 1 huge handful spinach) plus a Jumbo Salad (spinach, tomato, broccoli, cucumber, peppers + drizzle Newman’s Light Balsamic) and a Berry Oatmeal Almond Blondie!
Then, it was POOL TIME!
After the pool, it was totes time to whip up some dindin! I helped Barbie in the kitchen and chopped veggies like I’ve never chopped them before. I was totally getting snacky, so I had a Tahini Cookie (x2) and a string cheese to tide me over until chow time.
Look at this lovely array of dinner eats – I love coming home for a plethora of reasons (I swear Mom & Dad!), but one of my favorites it getting spoiled with yummy eats I can’t afford myself (i.e. salmon). On my plate: 1/2 garlic breadstick (from the fab Amish bakers at the farmer’s market), grilled salmon, roasted veggies & sweet potato fries!
Seriously. So. Good.
Dessert was equally fab. You’ve just got to love a holiday where you can celebrate your independence and chow down at the same time – thank you America! Enter strawberry shortcake + Almond Joy Blondie + vanilla ice cream. Seconds, anyone?
That’s it for part one! I can tell you are just all on the edge of your seats for “Let Freedom Ring, Part 2” but don’t you worry kids – a full wrap-up of fireworks and family fun (including Mama & Daddy Everythingtarian!) is coming your way tomorrow!
Hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July, relaxing with friends & family and taking time to enjoy life (including food, fun & flippin’ good times)!