Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Salads, My Garden & Pie

Is everybody ready to celebrate a few holiday’s??? I’m off work tomorrow for Canada Day and plan on spending it out at the park where the city puts on a HUGE party. Rides, games, music, contests and fireworks once dark it’s what I’m looking at. And being as Sunday is July 4, I think I’ll celebrate then, too! :)

Yesterday evening the sun was shining like nobody’s business, but it was chilly. Brrr! I curled up on the couch under a blanket and just felt so peaceful. I didn’t even touch the computer, or my cell, nada. I just went old school and watched some Food Network, Losing It with Jillian and America’s Got talent. So now I have yet again 2 days to talk about! HA!

I had some yummy oats fro breakfast. That’s always a good stat, right?IMG_2310
-1 cup water
-1/3 cup Quaker Oats
-Boathouse vanilla chai
-walnut & pecan piecesIMG_2309
I enjoyed the Boathouse chai MUCH better when mixed in with the oats. Like I mentioned, straight up is too sweet, even for me! I think I’m gonna try it in some coffee next.

Before heading over to the gym I ate a piece of my banana snack bread:IMG_2311
I took a nice walk on the treadmill to get the blood pumping. I needed to get warm! :)

Time: 45 minutes
Avg Hr: 159
Max Hr: 174
Calories Torched: 431
Distance: 3.2 miles

Lunch was a big green salad with romaine, peas and cucumbers. I topped it off with some Renee’s roasted red pepper dressing:IMG_2312
Looks kind of like Christmas, but tasted ALL summer! Here’s a shot of the dressing:IMG_2308
I’ve been a little obsessed with Renee’s lately. Such a wonderful product!

Later in the afternoon I inhaled a pint of raspberries and chomped on some almonds: IMG_2313 IMG_2314
I changed as soon as I got home from work and went down to my garden to take some photos and cut off a head of Boston lettuce. Here’s how things are looking right now!IMG_2318 IMG_2315 IMG_2316 IMG_2317
Dinner was another huge salad, streamed broccoli, a chili lime turkey sausage and one random hotdog:IMG_2319
There was a time were I adored hotdogs on the BBQ. Sadly, I now find them unbearably salty. Boo!!! For dessert I had a slice of apple pie from pit stop #1 with vanilla ice cream. Now that I’ve tried everything I bought from there I’ll put up a review! And something else I will be reviewing is the butterscotch sauce that I drizzled on top of said pie!IMG_2328

The kids finished up school yesterday and what a treat it was to have no lunches to make or backpacks to prepare! I slept in a few minutes longer than usual, fussed over my appearance a wee bit more then settled down to EAT!IMG_2321
Here we have a bowl of Dorset cereal, sliced strawberries and USAB. I don’t know which blend this one is because I chucked the box, but it has humongous brazil nuts and whole hazelnuts in it! Awesome!

I enjoyed another favourite (to me) bar before the gym today…chocolate peppermint stick!IMG_2322
Sadly, it’s another case of “my last one”. No worries; another month and I’ll be able to restock while in Michigan! :)

I walked again today. I’ve been sticking to 4mph with a 7.5% incline.

Time: 45 minutes
Avg Hr: 157
Max Hr: 172
Calories Torched: 446
Distance: 3.2 miles

Lunch was salad again….surprise! Today’s version was Boston lettuce, carrots, cucumber, tofu, blue cheese crumbles and Renee’s Japanese Ginger dressing:IMG_2323
I just really can’t get enough of salads these days! My afternoon snack was a cut up orange and sliced strawberries.IMG_2324
Great combo!

Even though it was sunny again today, it was still cool. It’s been feeling more like late September this week! I had pulled chicken breasts out for dinner and decided to cook it on the stove top rather than BBQ it. I cut the breasts in half then sautéed them until pretty much cooked through. Next up was a topping of salsa and grated marble cheese. I let it all cook together for about 10 mins. I also made some brown rice and steamed broccoli;IMG_2325
I only ended up eating one piece of chicken. I wanted room for dessert which was the very same as last night! YUM! There’s not much on the docket for tonight. I do know that I will be watching SYTYCD in a bit! For all my Canadian readers out there, what are your plans for Canada Day tomorrow??

Bye for now!!


  1. That butterscotch sauce MAKES that dessert - can't wait for the review :)

  2. Enjoy your day off! How fun. I can't wait for our three day weekend. Your garden is looking fantastic. Nothing like a real true home grown salad. I need to make your nana bars. I've missed you- sorry I have been a bad commenter!

  3. ooh enjoy Canada Day!!!!!! :) Can't wait to see your recap.

    Your garden looks sooo wonderful and summery. Boo for salty hotdogs! lol

  4. Hope you and your fam jam have a wonderful day tomorrow!!!!! I am working in the evening (someone's got to work the bars lol) but we have a dream team working (aka my besties) and matching outfits planned!

  5. love your garden, wow so awesome!

    and your banana bread..yum!!


  6. I can't believe you grown your own lettuce, that's amazing!!!! :D
    I'm having one salad every day to, love it!~~~ :)

  7. I love summer celebartions--hope you have fun celebrating Canada Day! And those Renee dressings do sound fab--wish I could find them here!!!

  8. Bah - it's chilly here too and I don't like it one bit!! Hope you guys have a great Canada Day! Enjoy your time off :)

  9. i dont think its faitr for the weather to be super sunny yet it feels cold. im with u on that.. curl up on a couch like a kitty :)



  10. Your garden is gorgeous! There's nothing better than fresh veggies straight from the garden. Happy Canada Day!

  11. Your garden looks wonderful! Boston lettuce is so tender, I love it.
    HOpe you're having a fun day with the fam!


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