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Welcome to the Long Weekend!

I have been DYING for a long weekend just to NOT think about work. Since I started my new job I haven’t had a day off and I really just wanted a few days to put the work and the emails aside to do whatever I felt like.

For Memorial Day weekend, I headed down to Cape Cod to stay at my parents house. I actually drove down on Thursday night and went to a few meetings on Friday to avoid traffic. Yesterday, I woke up around 7 and headed outside to let Oreo and Bacon do their thing when I spotted THIS guy hanging around the street.

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HOW COOL IS HE?! I have seen a few turtles before, but this was by far the largest that I have seen just out for a stroll. Bacon ran over to it clearly thinking it was a rock. But upon further investigation, ie sniffing, he discovered it was alive. He jumped backwards three feet and just glared at it in curiosity. Oreo…still thought it was a rock. Besides the large turtle roaming around, they had a fantastic time chasing the rabbits that were trying get in a morning breakfast of clovers.

Breakfast

For breakfast, I whipped up an egg sandwich deal on a pumpernickel bagel. I’m trying to cut back a bit on the amount of bread that I’m eating because I recently realized that all I eat is really carbs and carbs. So, I toasted up half a bagel, cooked 2 eggs over hard, seasoned them with some cajun seasoning and melted a half a slice of cheese on both. With the pan still hot, I chopped up two small tomatoes and warmed them up with bits of turkey. Threw the tomatoes and turkey on top and BAM! Yummy!

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After eating and relaxing a bit more. We headed out to check out some of the consignment shops that are in the area. I had heard that they were actually quite good and you can find some pretty unique things at very low prices. I was actually really surprised how many there were once you started looking…and the size on them! You could really find anything you wanted at these shops and pay much less than going to retail stores. I was particularly interested in some of the furniture.

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After poking around for a little while, we came across this candy shop, Candy Co in Yarmouth, that I had heard has just about every type of candy you can think of…even some that you can’t seem to find anymore. That sold me. And…they really did have just about everything you could like of. This was only HALF the wall:

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Penny Candy, PEEPS! Irish chocolate and sweets. My family and I had gone to Ireland a long time ago and I remember LOVING these candy:

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They had a whole wall of Jelly Bellies that you could just pick out the flavors that you wanted. Such a great idea. We had so much fun just walking about and taking notice of some of the oldies but goodies that you just don’t see anymore. My favorite throw back were the Fruit Strip Gum.

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The gum was good…it lost it’s flavor fairly quickly but the best part were the tattoos that you could put on your tongue! Who remembers that?!

Anyone up for a cricket in their lollipop?!

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NO thanks.

I ended up walking out with some chocolate covered espresso beans and enjoyed a few on the ride home. They are one of my favorite treats.

After a day of walking around town, Brent and I headed to DJs Pub, which I had heard had FANTASTIC wings that you just had to try. Who can resist. We got there at the start of the second period of the Bruins game last night…and that was a poor choice. We waited for a while in the doorway with a few other people. And after around 20 minutes of waiting, a table for 6 cleared. With several groups of twos waiting, we decided to sit down with another couple.

Immediately, the PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY WINGS jumped off the menu at me. Now, that WAS my favorite sandwich when I was little, but I don’t know about putting that combo on a wing. So…we had to try it.

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Yes. That is peanut butter and jelly smothering those wings. And I have to say…it was different but really good! The peanut butter had a little spice to it, which really made the flavor. We tried the buffalo as well, but they weren’t as notable as the PB and J. Next time, perhaps a garlic?!

 

What was your favorite candy growing up?? 

 

 

 

Pesto and Egg Sandwich and Lee and Rick’s Oyster House

This morning I ran around to a few offices before heading home to finish up some paperwork and make some lunch. For lunch, I wanted to come up with something original. But I ended up just making a version of my Pesto, Egg Breakfast. But, it was delicious.

Ingredients:

2 Slices Marble Rye Bread 1 Hard Boiled Egg, Sliced
1 Teaspoon Pesto 1/4 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
1 Tablespoon Chives 1 Slice American Cheese

There’s really no need for directions to this one. I toasted the bread pretty good and melted the cheese on top. I would recommend lightly toasting the bread because the texture would work a bit better with the sandwich.

It was delicious.

The rest of the afternoon I spent cleaning and finishing up some projects.

When dinner rolled around, Brent and I met up with his parents to head to our favorite resturant in Orlando. Lee and Rick’s Oyster Bar. I have brought everyone that comes to visit Florida to this place and they have all loved it.

It is an Oyster Bar, obviously, and you order the oysters by the bucket, raw or steamed. I usually get them steamed. You waitor pulls out the bucket and just starts shucking them in front of you. She places them on the bar for you to slurp down. YUMM.

 

The oysters are really the best I have ever had. They don’t have sand or that sour taste that you can get every once in a while that just ruins the whole experience. A bucket is about 3 dozen and it’s only 15 bucks! Can’t beat that!

 

They are so good. You have the option of topping it with lemon juice, hot sauce, cocktail sauce or some horse radish. I’m sure if there is something else you like on these slimy guys, they would help you out. If you have a problem with the texture, try it with a saltine.

For an appetizer, we got the calamari…this time.

 

They have a bunch of other options as well. Crab legs, crawfish, calamari, clams, mussels and a ton more. They also have a solid selection of beer. I do have to say, it is a unique place to eat. Just don’t wear your best clothes. Chances are you will walk out with a bit of a fish smell tagging along 🙂

It’s so much fun and just a little dive bar. If you are in town, I would say this is a local spot that tourists wouldn’t really have to opportunity to swing by.

 

Give it a go! You won’t be disappointed! It’s right up the street from Universal!!

What’s your favorite resturant?? Is is a dive bar or a large chain?? What makes it your favorite spot??

I love this oyster bar because it is a dive bar. The food is fantastic and it really is an experience when you walk in. I am a happy little clam when I walk out of there 🙂

 

 

Taco Salad and a Half Marathon!

This morning, I didn’t end up getting to the gym because sleep sounded like a much better idea. When I got up, I sat down at the computer and before I knew it, it was 8:30 and I was starving. I REALLY didn’t feel like spending anytime, even five minutes, putting something together, so yogurt, granola and blueberries it was.

It was actually pretty darn satisfying. I headed out on the road to Melbourne, visited some accounts, ventured over to Longwood and met a few new faces then headed home for the day. By that time it was already 3. I was about to gnaw on the steering wheel if I didn’t get anything in my stomach ASAP. Seriously.

When I got back, I pulled together a Taco Salad (while munching on some dried apricots). The girl….was hungry. I ended up using some crumbles for the ground beef instead because I am sticking to a vegetarian diet. But definitely feel free to put the meat back in the Taco! I honestly don’t think its that different though…

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Crumbles or Ground Beef 1 Crushed Hard Taco Shell
1/2 Tomato, chopped 1/3 Cup Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 Cup Romaine LettuceTaco Seasoning to Taste 2 Tablespoons Catalina Dressing

Yummo. Needless to say…I devoured that. It was really really good.

This afternoon I was looking around online at road races in the area because Brent and I are currently signed up for the Autumn Rock N Run 5K next weekend. As I was perusing, I came across a half marathon in December. A half marathon has always been in the back of my mind as one of my life goals. This one just seemed to be starting me in the face. It was exactly 3 months away, leaving the perfect amount of time to train and was close to home.

So I called Brent up, to ask “what are your thoughts on running a half marathon.” I was expecting to be laughed off the phone. Instead, I got an enthusiastic “Yea! Let’s do it!” I’m in. SAY WHAT?! “Look, whoever you are, put Brent back on the phone.”

There was no persuading, no hey this could be fun, no nothing. Just yea! I’m in! Now, the terror sits in. We are doing a half marathon. It’s happening. In 3 months.

I googled a couple of training programs, just so I have an idea of what I should be doing. I found Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Program for Novices. I am going to try to follow this as closely as possible and hopefully get in great shape for running my half marathon. This is the PDF version that is up on the site:

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So there you have it, my next fitness goal laid out.

I know there is still room in the 5K this weekend so there is still time to sign up! If you’ve never given one a try, now is the time! It should be a great morning for a run!

Now I guess it’s time for me to actually hit the gym today seeing that I have 13.1 miles ahead of me!

Any tips for training for a halmarathon?

Summer Cucumber Tomato Salad and Lakeridge Winery

Yesterday the boys headed out to golf at Disney and Maggie and I went off to Lakeridge Winery. It is a beautiful winery in central florida and definitely worth seeing. They have free tours and free wine tastings all day because their wine is that good. You get to taste just about every wine that they have…which is about 10!

On the tour they give you a bit of history of the owners and a run through of how to make wine. These wines are made from two different types of grapes, but mainly the muscadine. They joke that the winery is on the rolling hills of FL.

We took home two wines. Both were extremely different. If you aren’t from the area, you can most likely find the wines in a larger wine shop, or you can order everything online. It’s worth a try. The southern Red and Southern White wines are the most popular but are on the sweeter side. The Chablis is what I ended up getting and it is a good combination of sweet and dry. It is a very light wine and perfect for a BBQ!

Which is exactly what we did. On the way home, Maggie and I stopped at Dunkin Donuts and grabbed a quick snack and coffee. As we were walking out Maggie was laughing hysterically at my iced coffee.

I drink EVERYTHING with a straw. And the bigger the better! I sent the picture to Brent because he really doesn’t understand either.

For the BBQ, we grilled up some fresh Venison Burgers that were given to me by a co-worker and some Omaha Steaks Tenderloin Steaks. Yumm. I didn’t have either but I know they were delicious because I have enjoyed them in the past. Omaha Steaks has some great bulk deals and all of their meat is impressively good. They even ship it right to your door.

Maggie whipped up a Summer Tomato and Cucumber Salad that was amazing and really easy to make.

In the salad is:

1 Cucumber 1 Small Yellow Onion
1/4 Cup Feta Cheese 1 Cup Sherry Tomatoes, chopped

For the dressing mix:

1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons White White Wine Vinegar
Salt to Taste Pepper to Taste

Sooo EASY! And it was perfect for a BBQ side. I ended up having a Mango Salsa salad instead of the meat.

Overall, it was a nice little spread. We sat outside in the backyard and chowed down with some of our new wine from Lakeridge and just relaxed.

Fun! Happy Labor Day to everyone! and Happy Eating!

Tomato, Basil and Garlic Sauce

This morning I literally ran out the door to get to a meeting and didn’t have much time to think about breakfast or anything else for that matter. So instead of staring at my refrigerator for a solid five minutes just waiting for something to jump out at me, I went to the freezer and grabbed the bananas I froze earlier this month. Banana Smoothie Tuesday it was. Normally I throw some combination of milk, yogurt, ice and fruit into the blender. But with two of my my ingredients on the dairy list…I had to quickly rethink what I was making. Instinctively, I grabbed my Almond Milk and Silk Soy Yogurt and added them to the mix. Next came the banana and a splash of cinnamon. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was delicious.

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I am going to have to tweek this one a bit to get it perfect but it was a good start. The flavors are a bit more tart and less creamy than the yogurt and milk I am used to.

After my meetings, I stopped off at the supermarket to pick up a few things for lunch. And I was STARVING by this point. Everyone knows how you really shouldn’t walk into the supermarket when you are starving because you will end up buying out the place…well going in there and saying no to the Apple Streusel samples and the freshly baked bread samples, WHILE STARVING, heart wrenching. I am glad that I walked away, but talk about restraint.

For lunch, I ended up making a yummy and healthy Veggie wrap with Red Pepper Hummus. Loooooved it.

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This was actually unbelievably low in calories and really satisfying. The wrap itself was only 90 calories. When you add all the veggies and the hummus, you are looking at about 200 calories TOTAL! You could always add some grilled chicken, or sliced turkey to this to really amp up the wrap.

For dinner I decided to have a go at making my own red sauce. No instructions available. The sauce has an extremely strong flavor to it so you really don’t need to add much to your plate to have something packed with flavor. So! For my Tomato, Basil and Garlic Cream Sauce:

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Ingredients:

1lb of Pasta, Rigatoni 1/2 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil, Drained
3 Cloves of Garlic, Chopped 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil, Chopped
2 Tablespoon Balsalmic Vinegar 1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Chopped
4 Tablespoons Water

Directions:

  1. Cook your pasta. In a small container or a small blender add the Sun Dried Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, Pepper, Salt, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, and water.

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2. Blend everything together until it is smooth. There is going to be a small amount in the container, but it WILL COVER all of your pasta. You can also add a bit more water if you want to lighten it up more. The sauce has a ton of flavor in it and you don’t need much to get the job done.

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I ate the pasta just like this. I would definitely add some chicken to this if you like chicken. It goes really well with the sauce. You can also add some artichoke hearts to it as well. They would compliment the flavor of the sauce. I could also see some ground beef adding to this dish quite a bit too. This only took me about 15 minutes to make (the time it takes to boil water and cook pasta). So it would be perfect for a quick dinner after word.

I loved it. This will definitely be making an appearance for lunch tomorrow….maybe in a sandwich?!

I am off to Naples for the night to help Brent’s parents move around some furniture. Let me know if you try my pasta sauce and if you added anything to it! I would love to hear about it!

Happy Eating!