Weekend Recap + Salad Dressing Recipe

Where did the weekend go?  One minute, we have a promising weekend on the horizon and the next, it’s Monday morning.  David and I had a great weekend and were super busy!  Let’s back track.

Friday night, we saw the infamous Hunger Games along with $155 million worth of other people over the weekend.  It broke big records in the film industry!  I’ve never read any of the books, so I didn’t really know what to expect, other than I was going to watch kids killing kids.  The movie had superb acting and the story line did what it was supposed to… piss me off.  I thought the premise of the movie was horrific and so disturbing.  David thought that they didn’t preface the story well with why the hunger games exist as much as the book went into.  I guess I’m going to have to break down and read the series to better understand this madness.  It was one of those good-bad movies.

We woke up early on Saturday morning with our minds made up that we were going to hit the trails with Otis on South Mountain.  We got there early and completed a nice 4 mile hike on a perfect weathered morning.

Sunday was dedicated to a major spring cleaning consisting of 3 bags going to Goodwill and 1 bag going to Buffalo Exchange, a consignment store.  We also cleaned the car out and went stocked the house with food (including veggies)! We spent a few hours prepping meals for the upcoming week.  We like prepping a few things for meals to grab since we have weird schedules and always need to pack lunches as well. We spend a lot less money this way and eat much healthier… a win-win for all.

We have a staple salad that we make every week all the time that consists of red leaf lettuce, corn, chickpeas, kidney beans, and usually some variation of chicken and some bell peppers.  It used to have croutons in it too, which are now gone due to the wheat-free situation.  I cheated this weekend and ate wheat on Saturday with some friends and don’t feel so hot now.  I usually add a homemade honey mustard dressing with four ingredients measured by taste: honey mustard, stevia, oil, apple cider vinegar.  It’s. so. good.

This weekend my mom tempted me with a new salad dressing recipe that is also really good!

Balsamic Dressing

1/3 c. Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbsp. Stevia/sugar

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil


Add the balsamic vinegar and stevia/sugar to a sauce pan on the stove and bring to a small boil (takes about 5 minutes).  The consistency will still be really liquid-y (don’t freak out).  Once you take it off the heat, let it cool (about 15 minutes), then whisk in the olive oil and you have yourself a perfect little balsamic heaven.

I also made a stir fry with rice noodles, peanut sauce, broccoli, various bell peppers and onions with some cilantro on the top!

I can’t wait to dig into this!  This is perfect for leftovers as well!

I also made a big batch of my apple cinnamon steel cut oatmeal for breakfast for a couple of days.  I love eating this cold and mixing it in with some greek yogurt!

I hope your week is off to a good start!

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