The perfect summer salad, which requires no cooking... sign me up!
After making this for a get together in May, it has been a summer go-to salad recipe. So easy, and so delicious!
Another weekend recap coming at ya...
We were actually in town this weekend, so we decided to cross some fun, local activities off our list.
Friday evening we started our weekend with a date at the state fair. We enjoyed walking around, people watching, seeing the animals, and of course trying some not-so-healthy fair food.
All I have to say is: Tomato Balls. Seriously, do yourself a favor and try these.
This pig won an award for weighing 1,134 pounds. He would just lay there. I don't think the poor guy even felt like moving. I kept joking that this is totally how I feel/look after a cheat meal.
After my Saturday morning workout I spent some time by the pool catching some rays. Then later on we went canoeing. It was such a beautiful summer day!
We could get away with calling our 6 mile canoe trip - cabrewing - since we packed a stocked cooler.
Afterwards, we went to a local brewery for some more drinks and enjoyed watching the Colts preseason game on the tube.
Sunday was a special day for us because Leo turned 5 years old!
He is just the absolute best dog child, so we treated him to some yummy birthday treats, new toys, and a fun hike for his birthday.
I was itching to play a little field hockey after our hike, so I did some hitting around in the yard Sunday evening trying to impress Josh with my skills. Man, I miss playing!
And of course, as usual, our Sunday came to a close with some weekly meal prep. In this photo are the preparations being made for the Crockpot Pork Loin with Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, and Onions Recipe. I substituted the carrots for some zucchini squash we had in the freezer in this time.
Happy Monday, everyone!
Happy Monday! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful summer weekend.
Our weekend began on Friday evening with delicious dinner and drinks with Josh's family. It truly is a blessing to have married into a family that treats me as one of their own.
The rest of the weekend we had a blast celebrating my birthday with some great friends. We headed to St. Louis, and while there we toured the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, watched a Cardinals game, and enjoyed a night on the town. Here is a recap in photos:
St Louis bound!
We got to see several Clydesdales while on the Budweiser tour. This guy's name is Bruce. He looks like he is just used to posing for pictures all day long.
One of the buildings on the tour - this is actually one of the most photographed places in St. Louis, along with the arch.
This is the mash room - it was hotter in that room than it was outside. Very cool to be able to see it though. By the way, our selfie stick game was on point this trip :)
In between the tour and the game, we spent some time hanging out and drinking in Baseball Village. Very cool place full of bars and restaurants right outside the stadium.
This girl shares the same birthday with me! It was so much fun to be able to celebrate our birthdays together.. might have to make it an annual thing :)
Another amazing, fun-filled weekend in the books!
I hope everyone has a fabulous week!
Last week while I was traveling, I wanted to start a new book. I like to read while waiting in airports and on the plane. So, I started reading House Rules by Jodi Picoult, which was recommended to me by a friend. It has been on my 'want to read' list for awhile, so I was pumped to start it. I am loving it so far. I am a little over halfway through, and it is always a struggle when I have to put it down.
When your son can't look you in the eye...does that mean he's guilty?
Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject - forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right.
But when Jacob's small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob's behaviors are hallmark Asperger's, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob's mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?
I can't wait to see how this one ends!
I am back with another weekend recap for ya. Things have been super busy for me, but don't worry, I have some killer recipes and healthy lifestyle posts in my drafts that I just have to put some finishing touches on. Stay tuned! In the meantime...
Last week I traveled to Baltimore for work. I have visited there several times before. My family lives just about 2 hours from Inner Harbor. I had some delicious foods and spent some time by the water in between meetings.
My first meal was at Bubba Gump Shrimp. I couldn't resist the surf and turf. I love trying new places.. I love being by the water.. and I love seafood. Perfection.
Friday night we had tickets for the OAR concert. It was held in a very cool venue - White River State Park in downtown Indy. OAR put on a heck of a show, and we had a blast!
On Saturday, we went to Josh's cousins house for a float. They live along the river, so it was a perfect day to soak up some sun, eat delicious food, and float down the river with a drink in hand. We had so much fun with family and friends - perfect summer day!
Josh and I both got another tattoo on Sunday, We are both extremely happy with the way the tattoos turned out. If you are interested in knowing the meaning behind this tattoo for me, check out my Instagram post.
After we got our tattoos, we met up with Josh's brother and his girlfriend at Triton Tap for a couple brewskis. We had never been there before, so it was cool to try out a new spot. Then before we knew it, it was time to prep for the week ahead!
I hope you had a great weekend, and your week is off to a great start!
I know it is summer and a hot soup might not sound appealing, but with the several rainy days we have had I couldn't help but whip up some soup. It's one of those recipes where you can toss everything in the crockpot in the morning, and it's ready to eat by dinner time.
2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
2 handfuls spinach
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into chunks
1/2 white onion
3 large carrots, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
season to taste
1 cup water
2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
Place all ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Note: This recipe is paleo-friendly!