Posts tagged ‘boating’

August 8, 2011

Weekend Rewind

Why did the weekend have to end? Ever? Sigh… I think someone’s got a case of the Mondays…

Instead of being bummed about sitting in my cubicle for the next 5 days, I think I’d like to re-live some weekend fun. Thursday, Kev and I celebrated IPA Day with friends. Friday, we grilled out with neighbors. Mmmm… burgers. Saturday, we had a date day. I know you all are probably familiar with “date nights,” but this was sort of an extended version.

We started with some of this:

And continued with this:

floatin

The lake was so calm!

smooth sailin

Then we got cleaned up like twins (I promise I had on a cute skirt and didn’t totally bum it):

date night

And we ordered some of this:

pizza n' beer

I had an Old Hickory Hefe with my pizza. I do not recommend it. I also wasn’t all that crazy about my pizza (caramelized onion, prosciutto, and kalamata olives – thought it would have been better). What I did like – the restaurant had half-pints of beer. I got to try 2 beers but only had the quantity of one. Score! Kev liked his pizza:

shrimp on pizza?  ewww

So to make up for pizza mediocrity, I stopped here on the way home.

fro yo

Kev doesn’t eat sweets, so he didn’t get any frozen yogurt. I used to feel like a fat kid when he made me get ice cream alone… I got over it.

Last but not least, I defied my podiatrist’s orders Sunday. A girl can’t wear sneakers to church ya’ know!

nude pumps

So that was the weekend in a nutshell. I hope this upcoming weekend is a little healthier. Couldn’t be toooo much worse, right? ūüôā Stay tuned this week, I’m starting a new workout and have a new lunch bowl recipe.

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

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July 23, 2011

NuNaturals Review

Thank goodness for the weekend! ¬†I’m so happy it’s Saturday. ¬†Kevin and I have stated this is going to be a no-work Saturday. ¬†Woohoo! ¬†We’ll be boating, dining with friends, and partying it up tonight to celebrate a buddy’s birthday. ¬†I’m pretty happy to not be wielding a paintbrush, fighting with my Swiffer, or trying not to burn things in the kitchen. ¬†Yup – today will be a good day. ¬†To top it off, I’m still in my pajamas. ¬†That never happens, but I could really take a liking to it!

I was going to run today, but I’m not out sweating my butt off for three reasons.

  1. This is a no-work day, remember
  2. My back is sore from housework, spin class, and more housework
  3. My legs are actually pretty sore from spin too
I hadn’t taken a spin class since my¬†California trip¬†with FitSugar, and the other last time was at least a year ago. ¬†I forgot how much I love love love it! ¬†I was up at level 17 for quite a while, and I was totally drenched in sweat by the end of class.
bike

That's a lotta minute and a lotta miles!

Then I went home to paint, walk to TJs, bake, and cook dinner.  Whew.  No wonder my legs are tired.
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So let me tell you about this baking experience. ¬†I used NuNatura’s MoreFiber Baking Blend instead of sugar to make Martha Stewart’s Vanilla Cupcakes. ¬†I wanted to use a tried-and-true recipe for quality control. ¬†I also chose to use 100% organic butter (instead of a subsitute) and all-purpose white flour (instead of wheat) to make sure all other constants were held equal. ¬†(Science Nerd Alert)
mix

mix

These did not smell sweet and scrumptious while baking. ¬†Then they came out of the oven… uh oh…
cupfails

Cupfails

As you can see, they have cracks on top. ¬†After letting them cool, I tried one. ¬†Bleh. ¬†They’re not spongy and sweet. ¬†They’re dense and bland. ¬†They taste and feel like a mix between shortbread cookies and white cake. ¬†I won’t bother frosting them.
I was going to give these to our friend whose birthday we’ll be celebrating tonight, but I think the garbage can will get them instead.
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I tried two other NuNaturals recipes Рboth were made up by me.  I first put the Pure Liquid Vanilla in my oats with cherries.  It was good, but I am not sure I put quite enough in to taste it.
Next, I put the Pure Liquid Cocoa Extract in a recipe I recreated.  I first tried the drink when I was in Greece.
throwback

Throwback pics are OK, right?

Mom and I kept ordering “Nescafe” on our trip. ¬†It is essentially milk, sugar, instant coffee, ice, and more sugar. ¬†Yum! ¬†Today, I used milk, instant coffee, and the Cocoa Extract, hoping for a very sweet and also lightly mocha flavor.
nescafe
Nope. ¬†Not so good. ¬†Not very sweet. ¬†I used about 10 more drops than the “recommended” amount, and it just wasn’t doing it for me.
Another fail. ¬†I know others like stevia, but I can’t say I’ll ever be adding it to my food again. ¬†At least I’m honest!
Have a good Saturday! ¬†I’m off to go brew some real coffee…
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