Another Favorite Supplement… Trace Mineral Drops!

Good morning!!!  How’s it going?  I haven’t been sleeping great this week so it is finally catching up to me and boy am I tired!  We have been really busy this week (all good things so no complaints) and the lack of sleep is finally catching up to me.  I’m hoping to sleep in a little bit this weekend, but that usually means only until about 7am if I’m lucky.  I think the older you get, the worse your sleep gets and the harder it is to sleep in on the weekends.  Oh well, once I’m up I really do love the early mornings.  These days it is about the only time I want to be outside (hello heat and humidity) unless I am in a pool.

I started a series awhile back on my blog showcasing my favorite supplements.  My aim was to do one post on a particular supplement each week… the benefits, side effects, and how I use it.  I got a little sidetracked and it’s been quite a while since I last did a supplement post.  But better late than never, I am back with the supplement posts and hope to write about a different supplement I love using at least once per week.

Today I am talking all about Trace Mineral Drops.  I have been using these for a couple months now and don’t know how I ever did without them.

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This Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops is a natural mineral concentrate that is super concentrated.  Half of one teaspoon equals the mineral content of half a cup of sea water with almost all of the sodium (99%) removed.  This is the brand I use and love (I got it off of Amazon) that it is certified vegan gluten free, and non-GMO, .

You always hear how important it is to keep your body in an alkaline state (the opposite of acidic).  These mineral drops help to balance your body’s pH level and keep the level of acidity in your body to a minimum.

These drops contain magnesium (63% of your daily value), chloride (21% of your daily value), sodium, potassium, sulfate, lithium, and boron.  By consuming these trace minerals every day, your body is able to function properly and maintain healthy levels of energy.  We could all use a little more energy, right? 🙂 . Ideally we would consume these minerals by eating a mostly raw food diet, but unfortunately today’s soils have been depleted of most of the minerals our bodies need.  It is estimated that 90% of Americans suffer mineral imbalance or deficiency, which is why we feel tired or rundown all the time.

Besides balancing our pH levels, these trace mineral drops have a lot of benefits including: strengthening bones and joints, eliminating calcium deposits, replacing electrolytes that have been lost, which helps increase energy, nourishing hair and skin, normalizing bowel functions, assimilating calcium (more easily absorbed when taken with magnesium), increasing heart functions (the heart requires magnesium to beat and potassium to contract), enhancing vitamin benefits (vitamins do NOT work without minerals), and improving athletic and cardiovascular performance.

You can take anywhere from 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per day.  You can add a few drops to a glass of water or juice or just add it to a smoothie like I usually do.  The drops just taste a little salty, but are completely masked when added to a flavorful smoothie.  My husband and I add these to our smoothies every morning.  Ever since my surgery, I have been extra intrigued with supplements that support the digestive system and bowel function.  While my digestion is getting back on track, these drops have helped to assure normal bowel function, which is important especially while my bowel resection is healing up and growing back together.  I also have noticed a little more energy and I have noticed a big difference in how I feel after I consume these drops alongside my daily vitamins (multi-vitamin, iron, probiotic, vitamin C, D3, and B12).

I am really glad a friend introduced me to these mineral drops.  I really notice a big difference when I take them daily.  That wraps up my chat about trace mineral drops.  I would love to hear about the supplements you take daily and which ones you can’t live without.  Have a great day friends!!!

Questions:

  1. Do you take daily vitamins or supplements?  If so, which ones?
  2. Have you ever tried Trace Mineral drops?
  3. How many of your meals each day are plant-based if any?  

Day in the Life… Food Edition!!

Hey yall!!! I feel like I’m always starting my posts the same way.  How are you? How was your weekend? I hope you are having a great day, weekend, etc.  What can I say.. I’m a creature of habit.  🙂

Today is all about FOOD.  I love seeing others post their eats from an entire day.   I’m nosey and I like to get new ideas and meal inspiration.  I get stuck in a rut quite often when it comes to food because I’m not too creative and I just go for easy a lot of times that means prepping a lot of the same things.  Today I am going to show you what a typical day of eating looks like for me.  This was on a work day so it is more “normal” for me unlike the weekend which can sometimes be more snacky, eating out more, etc.  So let’s get started.  

Since it has been extremely hot in Nashville lately, I am still on my smoothie kick.  For a while I was eating oatmeal every morning, but when it got hot I switched to smoothies and I am LOVING them.  I love that I can add in SO many nutrients and it keeps me full for a few hours.  My current favorite mixture is a few handfuls of spinach, one scoop of vanilla protein powder (Sun Warrior plant-based), a teaspoon of ground flaxseed, one tablespoon of liposomal vitamin C, one tablespoon of L-Glutamine, one teaspoon of greens powder, a few drops of trace mineral drops, a handful of frozen mango and frozen pineapple and enough coconut water to blend it into a think consistency.  That is a lot of goodness in one cup!  PS I am starting my favorite supplement posts up again and will explain why I take all of the ones I just listed above in separate posts.  I am aiming to have a new one up each week! 

8:00am Post Workout Green Smoothie

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Around mid-morning I try to eat a snack so that I am not starving when lunch time rolls around.  This day it was a One Bar.  The chocolate chip cookie dough flavor was good, but I am OBSESSED with the birthday cake flavor.  Like so obsessed I never want to try another flavor ever again. LOL.  This keeps me full until lunch.  

10:00am One Bar 

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Lunch is a bit different each day, but a lot of times it is a salad with lots of add-ins.  I try to get in some healthy carbs (quinoa or sweet potatoes usually), protein (I try to have this with every snack and meal so that I stay full longer), and healthy fats (usually avocado and nuts).  

12:00pm Green Juice & a Big Salad 

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This day I had the Costco kale salad mix with fresh raw corn off the cob, roasted sweet potato, pumpkin seeds, and leftover grilled ahi tuna.  When we grill or cook fish, I always try to make extra so that I can throw it on a salad the next day for lunch so that I get in a good serving of protein!

 

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I got through phases with my water consumption.  Right now I am in a phase where I want all.the.water.all.the.time.  I think it is because it is so hot outside right now.  I aim to drink 2-4 liters during the work day.  I know, that is a LOT of water.  But it keeps me feeling really hydrated and healthy.  Yes, I pee all day long.  I actually like it because it makes me get up from behind my desk and move about every 30 minutes to an hour.  

ALL DAY LONG Water

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Usually around 3 or 4 pm, I start to get a little hungry.  Even if I am not particularly hungry, I try to eat a little something so that I am not ravenous by the time dinner rolls around.  This day my snack was blueberry greek yogurt (I love the Light & Fit brand) with almonds on top.  I get in my protein and healthy fats and this keeps me full until dinner time.  

3:00pm Greek Yogurt with Almonds 

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We usually eat dinner around 7-7:30pm.  We usually stick to easy things like a piece of fish and a couple roasted veggies.  This night I spiralized a humungous zucchini and sauteed it with freshly chopped onions and garlic.  Then I added some pesto.  On my indoor grilling pan (one of my favorite kitchen utensils), I added shrimp (seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder) and cooked them for just a couple minutes on each side and then tossed them on the noodles!  This is one of our favorite meals and it comes together really quickly, which is a bonus!

7:00pm Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Blackened Shrimp 

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Freshly grated parmesan on top! Yum!!  

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8:00pm Fudge Bar (not pictured) 

That wraps up my day’s eats!  I hope you enjoyed getting to see what a pretty normal day of eats looks like for me.  I hope yall have a wonderful day!!!

Questions:

  1. Favorite thing to make for breakfast?
  2. What is your favorite meal of the day? 
  3. Are you a snacker?  If so, what is your favorite snack? 

Weekend Recap 7.15.18 … Alone Time, Family Time, and Relaxation

Hey Friends!!! Happy Tuesday!!!  I hope you all had a great weekend and that your week is off to a good start!! I had the most relaxing and productive weekend I have had in a while and I loved every minute of it.

I have a couple unique posts coming your way this week (I am trying to make more time for different posts besides the usual weekend recaps.).  I have a lot to say and share with yall, I just have trouble finding the time to dedicate to putting a blog post together.  I will never just slop together a post just to get it out there.  I like taking the time to sift through my photos, edit them and organize my posts so that they are meaningful… I’m not saying they are never a jumbled mess or randomness… but I do put time into them. 🙂

Enough rambling… let’s get to the good stuff!  My weekend started a little early with a fun girls night with my bestie, Rachael, last Thursday night.

We got our nails done!

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Went to dinner at Eastern Peak. A new one opened in Nashville so we decided on it for dinner since my favorite sushi place closed. 😦  Jon and I ordered out from Eastern Peak every once in a while and I always get the Shrimp Avocado Salad.  It is soooo yummy.

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We ended the night at Sprouts. 🙂

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Last Friday I had a CT scan.  I have been having a little bit of abdominal pain since my surgery.  It is coming less frequently now, but my doctor ordered the CT scan just to make sure nothing besides normal healing was going on.  I had to get the contrast through an IV and drink two big cups of the barium.  Yuck! CT scan results came back and my stomach is still healing up so they expect the pain is just from it still healing. 🙂

After my appointment on Friday, my mom and I took my pups on a walk to the park. (My mom is an angel and goes to all of my doctors appointments with me… yes I am 12 years old and need my momma. 🙂 . It was SO hot and humid out so we stopped by McDonalds to grab an ice cream cone for the pups.  At first they didn’t know what to think…

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But it didn’t take them long to decide that it was the best thing they ever tasted.  It was so cute to see them eating it.  Riley licked the ice cream and Callie bit it.  Too funny. 

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After a long walk with my doggies on Saturday morning and a quick Costco run, I headed out to meet my mom at Home Goods to pick up a few things.  Afterwards we headed back to her house to lounge at the pool and read our books.  I am currently reading “Woman Enters Left” by Jessica Brockmole and I really like it.  I predict I finish it tonight! 

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We took a quick break to throw together salads for lunch.  I love getting the big salad mixes at Costco and adding a few more ingredients like raw corn off the cob, chopped walnuts, hard-boiled eggs, and avocado to make it super filling.  

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My momma invited me to dinner on Saturday night since my husband was out of town.  I enjoy a glass of wine and the grilled salmon.  It was perfect! 

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My mom and step-dad go to dinner every Saturday night with our family friends… they are both 92 and thriving!!! It is always so great to see them!

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On Sunday I got in a quick walk with my dogs before it started raining.  After a quick workout, we (my pups and I) were off to the airport to pick up my husband.  We all missed him!!  When we got home I made some homemade chocolate peanut butter lara bars for my husband.  He loves them and I figured I could save a few bucks by making them myself.  They only contain 4 ingredients (dates, peanuts, sea salt, and chocolate chips) so I threw the dates, peanuts and sea salt in the food processor then chopped up the chocolate chips and add those in by hand.  I pressed the mixture into an 8×8 pan and put it in the freezer for it to harden up a bit.  

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Then I cut the mixture into bars and individually wrapped each one so that they are easy to grab on the go.  I store these in the freezer to keep them sturdy and less sticky.  My husband said the texture was different from the original lara bars, but the taste was great!  I’m going to keep trying to get it right!

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When the rain let up a bit, we turned on the grill for an easy dinner.  I buy the frozen and marinated mahi from Costco (they have the best frozen fish).  I chopped up asparagus and romaine and threw all of it on the grill.  It was eat all the leftovers night too so we added steamed broccoli and roasted carrots to the meal as well.  We drizzled the veggies with balsamic glaze.  Sooo yummy.  Have you guys tried grilling romaine before?  If you haven’t, you should really try it!  You can thank me later. 🙂 

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I got in a couple treadmill walks on Sunday.  I figure I might as well walk while I watch my shows rather than plop down on the couch.  I ended up with over 25,000 steps on Sunday!  Definitely the highest I have had in a longggg time.  

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I got caught up on laundry, vacuuming, organizing my bathroom drawers (I got rid of 2 whole bags of things I no longer use), and lots of reading time in too!  It was such a great weekend with some alone time and family time.  I will never take for granted living near my mom.  It is such a blessing.  

I hope you all have a wonderful day!!! XOXOXO

Questions:

  1. Best part of your weekend?  
  2. Do you like rainy Sundays like me?
  3. Do you use a step tracker?  If so, what is the most steps you have had in one day?

Weekend Recap at the Lake Continued

Hey friends!! I’m back to finish up my recap of our 4th of July trip to the lake! 

Each morning started out with a long walk with the pups.  Since my surgery, I have really enjoyed walking a lot more than I used to.  I take a couple walks with my dogs each day and spend some time walking on my treadmill catching up on shows or podcasts.  

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Pretty views on our walk. 

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After our morning walk we enjoyed coffee. 🙂

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And did some more reading. 🙂  My mom would be so proud.  I remember growing up at one point my mom was in 7 book clubs.  

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Friday night some family friends arrived and we had tacos for dinner!  Can’t go wrong with a taco bar!

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My husband brought the clippers to trim our dogs hair while we were away and this is what happened… 

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Although Riley loved his mohawk, I told my husband it had to go. 😉

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On Saturday morning we headed out for a short hike on the Appalachian Trail!

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Me and my mother-in-law on our hike!

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My in-laws love our doggies, which always makes me so happy. 

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We stopped at this scenic overlook on the way back for some pictures.  

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Early in the afternoon, a couple more family friends arrived and before we knew it, it was time for dinner.  We had a big salad, grilled salmon, twiced baked potatoes with mushrooms and a green bean recipe with almonds.  It was all delicious!

My mother-in-law’s friend was the statue of liberty this year (we make someone wear the costume every year to the fireworks show) and she took her duties very seriously. 🙂

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The fireworks were amazing as always!!

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I don’t know if yall remember, but last year when we got home from the fireworks Callie was hiding (stuck) under our bed.  We actually ran out of her prescription doggie anti-anxiety meds before we left so we just picked up some calming tablets at the store and prayed they would work.  We tested them out throughout the week and they were amazing!!  They made her sleepy, but they kept her from violently shaking and running around like crazy scared out of her mind.  It was so nice to know she was comfortable while we were out on the boat that night.  

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That sums up our long weekend at the lake!!  I love this lake tradition we have every 4th of July!  It is always so fun!! 

Questions:

  1. Tell me one of your family traditions.
  2. What is one of your family’s favorite recipes?
  3. Did you get to see fireworks for the 4th?

Weekend Recap 7.8.18 Fourth of July Celebrations at Lake Burton

Happy Tuesday friends!!  How was your weekend and your fourth of July?  I hope it was wonderful!  We had such a great time at my in-law’s lake house in Georgia.

On Wednesday morning we headed out the door with pups in tow.  The last couple hours of the drive is on back country roads so we decided to take my husband’s convertible and take advantage of the nice weather.  The weather is funny in Georgia and can be sunny one minute and raining the next.  We only got rained on twice while in the car. 😉

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So we pulled over quickly before we got poured on! 🙂

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My momma sent us down with some festive homemade cookies she and my aunt made last week.  They lasted about 1.5 days.

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We got in a few beautiful boat rides.

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And tons of yummy food.  Wednesday night my mother-in-law made a big salad, corn on the cob, and steak and shrimp on the grill.

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Have you guys used these copper grill mats before?  I just introduced my mother-in-law to them and she loves them just as much as we do.  You still get grill marks, but nothing gets stuck to the grill or falls through it.

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My husband and I spent a TON of time reading on this trip.   When we are with friends or a lot of family sometimes it is hard to get in any reading so this trip was really nice just to be able to enjoy a good book. I finished the book Eileen.  It was a pretty good read, but a little slow for my liking.

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We spent lots of time chatting on the porch while the sporadic thunderstorms rolled in.

And we hopped right back outside when the sun came back out.  This girl had a really good trip too!

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Boat rides with my puppies.  They were very good on this trip except for the one time after dinner when we were cleaning dishes and I looked over and Riley had pulled food out of the trashcan…. Bad doggie. He’s old so we forgave him. 😉

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Just want to let yall know that I am still the favorite.  My husband is trying hard to win their affection, but both of these doggies favor me to my husband.  But when I am away, they are obsessed with him.  It’s pretty funny.

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I am going to finish up my weekend recap tomorrow so this post doesn’t get too long.  I would love to hear all about your weekend and your holiday in the comments!! Have a great day yall!

Weekend Recap continued… Happy Birthday Momma!!!

Happy 4th of July my sweet friends!!! I hope you all have a relaxing, festive, and safe holiday today!!  

Today I am finishing up my weekend recap where I left off on my last post.  Sunday morning included a workout, walk with the pups, a trip to Lowes and Walmart, and an afternoon of prepping food while my husband was out at Top Golf with his little brother (from big brothers big sisters).  

Sunday night my mom, step-dad, and aunt came over for dinner to celebrate my mom’s birthday, which is actually today!!! Happy birthday, momma!!!! We are SO beyond grateful for you and everything you do for us!!! I hope you enjoy your day lounging by the pool and reading a good book. 🙂 

For dinner we had rolls, a fruit salad (watermelon, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries with lime juice and chopped fresh mint leaves), an arugula salad (arugula, craisins, goat cheese, and pumpkin seeds), a grilled corn and tomato salad (tomatoes, grilled corn, avocado, cilantro, scallions and a citrus dressing), grilled salmon and grilled shrimp! 

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It was all so yummy!! 

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After we finished dinner we brought out the chocolate cake my step-dad got for my mom!

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We sang and she made a wish!

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Beautiful cake from Publix.

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I’ve told yall before, but my mom cannot leave our house without playing at least a few games of ping pong.  She is obsessed and I have to admit, we always have a blast when we play.  My husband and I don’t often play when it is just us, but our ping pong table gets used 99% of the time we are entertaining company.  

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Jon and I played my mom and aunt in doubles and then my mom and aunt played a few more games.  We were all sweating by the end. 🙂

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Our little spectators!  My favorites. 🙂

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My husband and I always love a good excuse to entertain.  We are off to Georgia now and have to get the car all packed up!  Have a great 4th of July!!!! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. Do you have any fun plans for the holiday today?
  2. What is your favorite flavor of cake?
  3. Are you reading a good book right now? 

Weekend Recap 7.1.18 Relaxing Weekend at Home with a LOT of Yummy Food!

Hey yall!!! How was your weekend?  Are you guys working this week?  Today is my Friday so I am pretty excited about that!  We are heading back down to the Lake for the holiday to hang out with my in-laws and family friends!  

Let’s start this recap a little before the weekend, shall we?  Last week my husband was traveling for work (He was in Boston.. I was so jealous. That is one of my favorite cities especially in the summertime!) so I invited my momma over for a girls dinner.  She can’t handle when my husband’s button-down shirts are wrinkly so she irons his shirts often. 🙂 I hate ironing (so does my husband)… we have a stand up steamer we use for wrinkles.  We are literally so lucky to have my mom.  She gets the housewife of the year award.  Riley doesn’t ever go far when my mom is over because he knows she will give him treats. 🙂

Our aunt sent us 3 days worth of meals from Sun Basket right after I got out of the hospital and we had it delivered last week!  The meal that I made for my mom and I was these quinoa zucchini fritters with a nectarine salad.  I highly recommend trying this meal.  We both really loved it and agreed we would both make it again.  I am excited to whip up a batch of these fritters and freeze them individually to pull out when I am in a hurry or want some plant-based protein to top a salad!

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On Thursday night we took the dogs on a walk at the park with my bestie, Rachael and her pup, Cooper.  We get in as many nightly walks as we can when the weather permits. 

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Rachael’s fiance, Eric joined us back at our house for dinner!  Rachael made the sides – salad with sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese and mushroom grits! 

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I made the main course which was salmon skewers with a almond mint pesto.  Yall, the pesto was to die for.  I will link the recipe in a post that is coming soon! The recipe actually called for swordfish skewers, but my grocery store was out of swordfish so I decided to just experiment with salmon and it turned out perfectly!

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Riley always finds a spot at the table… 

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Friday night I made another Sun Basket meal for Jon and I.  This time the meal was fish tacos with avocado, cabbage slaw and lime yogurt.  We both really LOVED this meal.  Can’t go wrong with tacos!

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After dinner we grabbed a towel and the pups and headed over to a nearby park for some live music!

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They do this every Friday night in the summer and it is always a good time!

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If you have been reading the blog for a while now, you know that our sweet Callie girl is very timid and uncomfortable around strangers or when she is out of her comfort zone.  She is always excited when we put her leash on, but she is even more excited when we get back to our house from a car ride or a walk.  This girl is such a homebody.  She has come a LONG way since we adopted her 3 years ago.  She was a little shaky and nervous at the park, but did very good.  We think it is important to keep trying to get her more comfortable being out of in public and around new people.  

On Saturday morning we headed out for a long family walk to a neighborhood coffee shop.  It was 3 miles round trip (we took a long break at the cafe and the dogs had a ton of water), but since the temperatures started to climb, the dogs were getting tired… and so were we!  As we were almost back to our house, Jon called my name from behind and I turned to look and I see little Riley sprawled out under a shady tree.  He is a smart cookie because he got daddy to carry him the rest of the way home. 🙂 . That tongue.

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Both dogs were so exhausted and spent the rest of the day sleeping. 🙂

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My husband and I had plans for a sushi dinner date at a new-to-us restaurant in town, but unfortunately on the way there I started to feel icky.  Since being home I have had a few stomach aches here and there (nothing like before my surgery) and one popped up on Saturday night.  I was still hungry so we decided to head back home and order take out instead.  It did not disappoint! 

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That is all I have for today!! I am going to finish up my weekend recap tomorrow so I will see you then!! I hope you all have a great Tuesday!!!  xoxo

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend? 
  2. What are your plans for the 4th of July?
  3. Are you working today?