Vacation Blues

Monday and another vacation is in the books.  I call it a vacation even though it wasn’t really a vacation at all.  Our anniversary was last week (July 5th, 13 years!) and we always take the week off to celebrate.  However last week we had so many other things going on and so many things to attend to that it wasn’t really a vacation at all.

I had lots of work to get done and focus on and so did Scott.  Plus we had a lot of outside events that needed our attention as well.  It was with a very sad heart that we said goodbye to our quick vacation yesterday.

I started the day off with a walk around the neighborhood and aside from someone’s aggressive yellow lab chasing me down the road, it was a gorgeous morning.  Yesterday was a gorgeous day all around.  Beautiful blue skies and very mild heat.

Perfection!

Along with one of my favorite coffees (Jungle Love by Crimson Cup), I made us a big stack of buckwheat and spelt pancakes.  I loaded mine up too!

  • Yogurt
  • Maple Syrup
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Sliced Banana
  • Homemade Granola

YUM! The rest of the day was spent working and prepping for a workshop that I’m giving on Tuesday.  I’m presenting to a group of runners about healthy meal planning and prepping. Along with a mini cooking demo!

Once 6pm hit, I headed outside to chill on the deck.  I poured some fresh lemonade into my brand new tiki glass and practiced my speech outside while Scott prepped the grill.  New experiment on the grill!

We grilled some lobster tails and I made another dish which was a cross between jambalaya and paella.  I precooked some brown jasmine rice in a saffron chicken broth.  With a pan on the grill I sauteed up some:

  • Red Onion
  • Red Pepper
  • Zucchini
  • Andouille Sausage

Then I added in some fired roasted canned tomatoes, a bit more stock, and the rice.  I brought that up to a simmer, added in shrimp and covered till everything was heated and the shrimp were cooked through.

All I’m saying is that I’m thankful we have leftovers for tonight! Yum!

Cooking like this on the grill is my new favorite thing to do.  I’m now constantly thinking about what I can make next!

After dinner we headed inside to watch some TV (I will tell you that I’m in love with Franklin & Bash) and then it was bedtime.

While we were busy over “vacation”, I did get a chance to experiment a lot in the kitchen and with grilling which is always a win!

How was your weekend? Did you try anything new or exciting?

9 thoughts on “Vacation Blues

  1. Nicole says:

    Love Crimson Cup! We drink the Flowing Amazon blend.

    I hear ya on the vacation blues. So bummed to be back at it again today, especially since we were supposed to be off this week, too! J has a huge product release deadline next week, so he was asked to cut vacation short. We were just going to be around the house, but still…at least now we have the time to use toward house projects.

    Congrats on 13 years!

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