Where did the weekend go? Â One minute, we have a promising weekend on the horizon and the next, it’s Monday morning. Â David and I had a great weekend and were super busy! Â Let’s back track.
Friday night, we saw the infamous Hunger Games along with $155 million worth of other people over the weekend. Â It broke big records in the film industry! Â 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. Â The movie had superb acting and the story line did what it was supposed to… piss me off. Â I thought the premise of the movie was horrific and so disturbing. Â David thought that they didn’t preface the story well with why the hunger games exist as much as the book went into. Â I guess I’m going to have to break down and read the series to better understand this madness. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â It used to have croutons in it too, which are now gone due to the wheat-free situation. Â I cheated this weekend and ate wheat on Saturday with some friends and don’t feel so hot now. Â I usually add a homemade honey mustard dressing with four ingredients measured by taste: honey mustard, stevia, oil, apple cider vinegar. Â It’s. so. good.
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). Â The consistency will still be really liquid-y (don’t freak out). Â 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 also made a big batch of my apple cinnamon steel cut oatmeal for breakfast for a couple of days. Â I love eating this cold and mixing it in with some greek yogurt!
I hope your week is off to a good start!