Summer

Wild & Wonderful Family Vacation

You might remember two weeks ago when I took a designated break from the blog and had some wonderful ladies guest post for me. During that time, my family took a little vacay not too far away from home just outside of Weston, WV at the Stonewall Resort.

It was honestly one of my favorite trips my family has ever taken, even though it was more low-key than our usual vacations – just what we needed right now, truthfully. The Stonewall Resort is located right on the Stonewall Jackson lake, and they have some really great deals when you stay there, too. Plus, almost all of their outdoor gear (i.e. kayaks, paddleboards, etc.) is included in your room price. The resort is surrounded by tons of hiking trails, too. I was never bored, to say the least!

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The week was filled with lots of activity. I stuck to hiking and lounging by the pool, mostly. One day, my dad and I went on an awesome 5 mile hike that culminated in a super steep incline. We walked Cairns trail; the appeal of the trail was that there were random perfectly stacked rock piles along the route. No one is sure why the cairns are there, but they were supposedly built by Native Americans. My theory is aliens, but whatever. Dad was a great hiking buddy.

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My mom and I also spent some time at the resort spa (I got my first massage ever! It was wonderful), and while we did our thang the boys made use of the kayaks! I wanted to go kayaking on the day we were leaving, but unfortunately it was raining.

Of course, I had to make sure to use the paddleboards, since stand up paddleboarding was on my summer bucket list! I discovered that I need a little work on my paddling directions. It was way easier to balance than I expected, and I had a blast.

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This trip was a little different for us not only because we didn’t travel as far but also I felt that we were way more active than usual (think a bunch of lazy bums on the beach 😉 ). I had so much fun getting outside and moving with my family – it was exactly what I was craving!

Questions of the Day:
>> Have you ever been to a huge lake/lake resort like this?
>> Ever paddleboarded?! 
>> What’s your favorite place to hike?

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An Anniversary Dinner [Recent Eats + Fitness]

Lately I’ve been trying to get my family to eat a little healthier. Sure, I always encouraged them to, but now that I’m home with some extra time on my hands, I’ve been making dinner for them most nights. Mom and Dad have been on board, which I’m truly thankful for… Adam, not so much. I’m still holding out that I’ll eventually get him to eat more than seven baby carrots with his chicken patties.

I’ve been testing out one or two new-to-them and/or -me recipes per week, filling in the rest of the days will other staples. Breakfasts and lunches are still an individual thing, but hopefully I can start to help my mom meal plan her lunches, too. My parents have pretty much loved everything I’ve made for them so far, and, not surprisingly, I source most of my recipes from blogs I read. Yay blogs!

Recent Eats

I’ve tried this one out prior to this week, but The Hummusapien’s Chickpea, Brown Rice and Broccoli Crockpot Casserole has been and continued to be a big hit. I actually added too much water to this batch, so I soaked up the extra liquid by adding some quinoa, too. It’s not pretty, but it’s SO good.

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My mom and I munched on these Southwest Quinoa Burgers from Eat Yourself Skinny last night. They were really tasty! I made the whole recipe, but I found that six patties was more reasonable than the recommended eight. My mom agreed – but she also agreed they were delicious and “tasted like chili on a bun.” We used TJ’s whole wheat buns, for the record. Also very good. I topped mine with tomato and ketchup. #ketchupfreak

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On Sunday night, my entire family plus extended family on my dad’s side went out to dinner at Bravo! to celebrate my grandparents’ 55th wedding anniversary (!!!!! congrats! I love you both!). The food was pretty good – I ordered the Light Chicken and Vegetable Pasta – but the company was better.

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And check out these cookies my grandma got for dessert! Aren’t they the coolest? And talk about a good looking couple. They were actually married on the 4th of July, so that’s why the cookies are outlined in patriotic colors.

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As for breakfast, I rocked some pancakes on both Saturday and Sunday morning. The ones pictured here are made with spinach; the pancakes from Saturday were made with zucchini. They essentially looked the same, except the zuke ones completely broke up. Pancake fail. They still tasted amazing. I’ll credit the blueberries and maple syrup for that.

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I don’t remember what day I had this breakfast, but those strawberries were seriously on point. I put two over easy eggs atop some spinach and had a banana with Nuttzo on the side.

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And then of course I had to have my good old standby of avocado toast with Vegenaise, eggs, and carrots. And those cherries? PHENOMENAL. I could have eaten the entire bag (I know it looks like the entire bag there, but it was maybe 1/4 of it 😉 ).

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I also had this yummy concoction for lunch one day: my Red, White & Blueberry Granola Parfait. Super tasty and healthy!

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Recent Fitness

Last week’s workouts included yoga (of course), ellipticalling, a run, and this deck of cards workout.

I actually only made it to yoga once, but it was a 90 minute class I definitely needed before the weekend. I went the morning of the 4th, and it was incredibly crowded. Like an inch between mats crowded. It was a little more stressful of a class than I wanted, but it turned out to be a great sweaty workout despite the strange woman next to me who was staring right into my eyes during one of our final twists on the floor.

And, yes, that does say I went for a run. On Wednesday, I headed down to a trail with my friend to test out the ‘ol knee. Unfortunately, there was still pain even after basically taking the anti-inflammatories for a month. I went to the specialist yesterday, and I’m scheduled to get an MRI to make sure I don’t have any torn ligaments. The doctor wants to be sure before he gives me a cortisone shot, which is the next step if the MRI shows no out-of-the-ordinary ailments. It’s my first MRI, and I’m kind of nervous! I’ve never had to have anything more than an x-ray, knock on wood.

Questions of the Day:
>> Have you ever had an MRI or anything of the like? I’ve had x-rays for my scoliosis and wisdom teeth, but that’s about it.
>> What is your strangest yoga experience?
>> Three things you ate this week! & go. 

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Summer 2014 Bucket List

As we’re only ten days away from the official start of summer, I thought it’d be a good time to get my Summer 2014 Bucket List out there. I made one of these last year. It’s funny because there are definitely some overlaps in this year’s list and last year’s, and some of those things I’ve already done. My ideas for summer are both things I hope will happen and things that are definitely happening. I have an exciting few months ahead!

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Summer 2014 Bucket List

Things that are definitely happening:

Things that I want to do:

  • Get a job. Lol.
  • Make my own sangria
  • Go SUP’ing (stand up paddle-boarding)
  • Yoga in downtown Pittsburgh, outside
  • Make my own ice cream… without an ice cream maker
  • Nurse an aloe plant to life because my mom just killed mine, which I’d already revived twice
  • Read 15 books (Two books down. Allegiant & Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.)
  • Go hiking at least twice a month
  • Perfect a salsa recipe
  • Get on a boat, someway, somehow
  • Go to hot yoga three times a week

Things I’ve already done:

Cheers to summer!

Question of the Day:
>> 3 things on your summer bucket list aaaaand GO!