Category Archives: Holidays

Bayward Breezes

J surprised me with a sailing trip!

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J and I had so much fun! I’ve never sailed before so it was a new experience of tipping in the boat and blowing with the wind.

what’s the best surprise birthday gift you’ve received?

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Today has been great so far! I absolutely love birthdays! Don’t you?

So, updates on happenings this weekend….Saturday we climbed in the gym (sorry for the blur of these pictures, I wasn’t the one using my camera 🙂 )

And ate Mexican food that night.

Sunday we got up early and climbed outside the whole day!

(J looks enthusiastic -not- as I clean my route!)

I love this picture from above as I go up to clean.

These are just a few pictures from the weekend as I’m about to write a post on climbing tips! Stay tuned!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?

Birthday Weekend

This weekend was a lot of fun and kept me away from any blogging updates! Sorry!!!

On Saturday I celebrated my birthday with friends and family by climbing and then eating at my favorite Mexican restaurant.

Many updates soon tomorrow, I promise!!! My juice yesterday was carrot and blueberry again!

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Reused picture because I didn’t take a picture.

And today, I tried a juice I bought at the grocery store because I spent all day CLIMBING OUTSIDE! More pictures and tips coming soon. Here’s the juice I bought though

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Overall, not so bad. I really like my fresh squeezed juice the best though!

As promised, look for a huge post tomorrow as I celebrate my birthday and recap the weekend!!!

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Is there a store bought brand of juice you enjoy?

Dressed up Burgers and Fries

Even though I had to work on Memorial Day, J and I didn’t want to miss celebrating with an all-American meal- burgers and fries! Of course, I really mean a veggie burger and baked fries, but none the less, we were two of the many people out grilling yesterday. We dressed up these burgers and fries to make them special for Memorial Day!

It seems like many people are making veggie burgers from black beans and rice or quinoa lately. Even one of my favorite burger restaurants has a veggie burger with black beans, rice, and sweet potato. So of course, I had to make sure I could re-create these burgers at home. I prefer the quinoa to rice for two reasons. First, the texture is more like a burger. Second, the added protein of quinoa.

As good as this burger looks, it’s even better when you here how easy it is to make!

Black Bean Burgers

  • 1 can black beans rinsed
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup oats (can use gluten free)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbs ketchup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • 2 Tbs worcestershire sauce

Roast the quinoa in olive oil over medium heat. A friend taught me to do this before cooking quinoa and it adds a nuttier flavor to the quinoa and keeps it from getting mushy I think. When it’s slightly roasted (you’re just doing this as the bottom of the pot heats up), add one cup of water and turn back to low heat. The quinoa should be finished in 15-20 minutes. IE- it will have absorbed the water and be light and fluffy.

Combine the cooked quinoa and all other ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix with your hands. You should be able to make 6-8 burgers depending on the size.

At this point you can cook them on the stove top or grill them. When cooking on the stove top I had enough olive oil to very lightly cover the bottom of the pan and cook them on medium to medium high heat. When the burger is lightly browned, I flip and let the other side reach a lightly brown and toasty color too. We however decided to cook ours on the grill. J grilled ours on aluminum foil over our charcoal grill till both sides looked crispy.

 Place them on a bun and top them with your favorite toppings and Wa Lah! You have a great and healthy burger! We chose rolls from Against the Grain and blue cheese for our burgers.

What goes with a burger better than french fries? I mean really, was there ever a more perfect pair? I absolutely hate knowing that when I eat french fries, I’m eating mostly grease though! Yucky! These fries are simple, fast, and flavorful!

Baked French Fries

  • Golden Yukon Potatoes peeled cut into french fry size
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Multi-color peppercorn
  • Thyme
  • Oregano

Once potatoes are cut into fry shapes, toss them till they are LIGHTLY coated in olive oil. We used freshly ground garlic and peppercorns  and dried thyme and oregano to lightly season the fries.

Place on a baking sheet at 425F and bake for roughly 30 minutes, flipping once through the heating process.

Yummy! When fries are golden on both sides, remove from oven and let cool for a 5 minutes before removing from pan. Next step, ENJOY!!!

I worked from 8am till 7pm today, wow! Since I’m not a morning person so I was already running late for work, I decided to juice this evening. I took advice from your comments yesterday and decided to try apple, blueberry, and lemon!

I juiced the apples first, followed by the blueberries, and then hand squeezed the lemons. The juice didn’t mix initially and made a gorgeous glass.

The juice had a wonderful flavor! A bit sour, but very natural- almost like a thick fruit lemonade! I loved it!!!

Thanks for the great juice today! Any ideas for tomorrow? I’m thinking something with mango!

Sunday Fundays!

I can’t believe my weekend is already over, where did it go? J and I slept in this morning and then went to breakfast at our favorite pancake place. It’s extra special because each table has a little griddle in the center so that you get to cook your own pancakes. We had blueberry and walnut whole wheat pancakes! I would have taken a picture….but I only remembered after I was full! We ran a few errands afterwards, mostly to pick up fruits and carrots to start my juicing! I decided to start with fruits mostly and ease into vegetables. I’m really excited about the blueberries and mango! Can’t wait to see what mixtures I can make up!

With some chores out of the way, J and I decided to go climbing. Since we are still tired from yesterday, we decided it would be a good idea to ride our bikes to and from the gym for added exercise. After climbing till 7pm, we then took rode our bikes to a nearby greenway for some paved riding without the bother of cars chasing us down. By the time we got back to the apartment we both looked like we had been run over by a bus! Did I mention, it was 95 degrees today!?!  Once we finished complaining though, we looked back and saw a beautiful red sunset. The picture doesn’t do it justice as we only had our lousy phone cameras.

All the exercising this weekend had J and I both hungry and dehydrated. After chugging water till our stomachs hurt, we pulled out a frozen cheese pizza (Against the Grain) from the freezer. After topping it with some baby bellas, green peppers, and olives we placed it in the oven and awaited impatiently for it to be finished.

The pizza was delicious and well deserved after all the exercising this weekend! Tomorrow starts the juicing challenge and I’m excited to see what’s in store, even if it means I still have to go to work tomorrow.

What fun things did you do this Memorial Day Weekend?