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The Best Pizza EVER Made on the Grill

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It’s the weekend!  The sun is shining, and it is going to be great.

Yesterday, I started off my Friday with a little treat of an iced coffee with a splash of skim milk.  The coffee was strong…but good.  I love the jolt that I get when I drink a coffee at the start of the day.

After a day’s work, I met Brian, his mom and grandma at the Loft to redeem an amazing coupon that I received via e-mail.  50% off everything!  Let’s just say a little bit of damage was done 😉

One of the things I am most excited about are my new patterned cropped pants!  I have been wanting some for a while now, and with the coupon…I just couldn’t resist the deal.

We then came home, and Brian and I prepared dinner for us and his parents.  Pizza on the grill it was!  I was in charge of preparing the toppings and Brian was the grill master in charge of the crust.

Preparing the crusts on the grill was sooo simple!

Preparation Instructions:

Shape your favorite pizza dough into individual pizzas.  Place oil or nonstick cooking spray on the heated grill.  Once the crusts are slightly browned on the bottom, give the pizzas a flip.

Allow them to get brown on both sides, then bring them inside and top with your favorite toppings.

Set them back on the grill, and close the lid until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melty.

Delish!  I made mine on a low carb whole wheat tortilla.  Toppings included: broccoli, tomato, roasted red pepper, red onion, basil, low fat mozzarella, spinach, and a touch of parmesan and garlic.  Yum!!

As we were eating our, we had a little bit of free entertainment in the back yard….

Yes, that would be a fox in the backyard.  I had never seen a fox until then!  He was just roaming around like he owned the place.  Then, this morning as I was drinking my smoothie breakfast…we saw four foxes playing together on the neighbors playground set!  Crazy!

Smoothie for breakfast!

I had a delicious banana almond smoothie for breakfast with a touch of spinach to fuel me through some early morning wedding shopping.

Today, at Old Navy is Flip Flop Day! I had no idea this day even existed until Kate (Brian’s mom) texted me yesterday that flip flops were $1 each.  Since we wanted to have some at the wedding for the girls to slip on while dancing it seemed perfect!

We left at about 6:45 this morning to get to the mall around 7:00 when Old Navy opened…early for this special event.  I was shocked to see the line out of the door…

Luckily, we had a plan and got all the sizes of white flip flops we needed.  We even had my mom shopping for some up in Fort Wayne!

I think we are covered in the flip flop department 😉

Now, off to a body pump class with a friend and being productive before a couple’s wedding shower this evening.

Enjoy the weekend!

First Summer Festival of the Year

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Last night officially felt like summer.  After spending the day running, going to the farmer’s market, and then laying by the pool.  Brian and I joined two other couples for a dinner on the grill.

It was full of veggies and completely delicious.  We skewered brussel sprouts to cook on the grill after Erin (one of our friends) marinated them in a mixture of garlic, olive oil mustard, and some other spices that made a delicious combination.  I am going to have to get the recipe from her!

Our sides included fresh, tossed salad, brussel sprouts, green beans, and fruit salad.  Yum!

We ended the night by hanging out around the bon fire.  I can’t believe that summer is already here, but I am so glad that it is.

Breakfast Today

Brian and I ended up leaving a little early last night from the bon fire because I had a headache.  Unfortunately, it was a pretty bad one and it stayed all the way until the morning.

Whenever I get headaches like that, my body seems to crave carbohydrates…the starchy kind, so I started this morning with a bowl of egg white oats with some peaches and strawberries mixed in.  It was tasty and made me feel better.  Thankfully my headache went away.

I then spent the morning baking batches and batches of cookies for Brian to take on his camping trip.  I made Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chippers, Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips, Peanut Butter Cookies, and Morning Glory Muffins (recipe for these to come soon!)

We were then surprised when Brian’s aunt and Grandma stopped by to visit for a minute this morning and dropped off a little housewarming gift…almonds and little baggies so that we can pre-portion!  What a yummy snack!

After baking away the first half of the day and helping Brian make a playlist for his van full of high schoolers, it was time for a midday date!

Tomorrow is Brian and my 3 year anniversary, and since he is leaving tomorrow and I work all day I wanted to spend the day with him doing something special.  We packed up our bikes and headed downtown so that we could ride to the Talbot Street Art Fair.

It was perfect because they had a great bike parking area where they ticketed our bikes and gave us a matching wrist band so that nobody’s bikes got lost or stolen.  They had a great system!

Brian and I had never been to the art fair before and were extremely impressed by all of the little trinkets and beautiful pieces of art work.  There were a ton of people around and the weather was beautiful…a little hot, but we aren’t complaining 😉

While growing up, my family would always take advantage of the summer festivals in my hometown, and I still love these types of festivities.  I love the atmosphere, being around of a lot of people, and the different dynamic that each event brings to the city.  This was the first official summer festival of the year that Brian and I have attended, and I hope we have a chance to go to a few more!

After browsing around for a while, we were pretty hungry.  We decided to rest our feet and enjoy some gyros.  I got mine with just veggies and feta and Brian enjoyed a chicken gyro.  I had never had a gyro before, and it was really tasty!  I loved that the insides were super cold against the warm pita, especially since Brian and I were very hot!

After stopping at all of the booths in the art fair, Brian and I headed across the street to a cute little cupcake shop, 111 Cakery. After speaking with the owners husband and trying a delicious sample of their chocolate chip cookies, Brian and I caved and split a strawberry shortcake cupcake.  The cake itself tasted like a regular strawberry cupcake, but the best part was the little surprise of real strawberry filling inside.  Very tasty!

All in all, it was a great way to spend the afternoon.  I love day time dates!

We then came home, and while I prepared my meals for the week Brian’s dad made a delicious dinner of tossed salad, grilled veggies and scallops.

Just one summery thing after another!  I love the warm months and can’t wait to take advantage of all they have to offer.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend.  Now, it’s time to relax and watch a little Food Network Star, I love Sunday night traditions…almost as much as I love summer 😉

 

Busy Weekend Kick-Off

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I am trying to figure out some sort of regular blog schedule where I post 2-3 times a day, but my intentions to post last night were interrupted by me falling asleep.  So this post will recap last night and this morning!

Yesterday, after lunch and before running errands (and checking more things off the list) I made myself a yummy little snack!  I had read about it in several other blogs, and finally decided to try it.  It is just two pitted dates cut down the middle with peanut butter spread in the middle topped with chocolate chips.  It was so good!

Yummy little morsels

While running errands, Brian and I stopped at Wal-mart to pick up some themed attire for our 6 mile race on Monday morning. We got matching flag t-shirts and plan on cutting the sleeves off since the shirts are a little big 😉  We will see how that turns out!

Patriotism at it's finest

On our way to the store one of our friends called to invite us to a cookout and asked if we could bring a dessert!  I immediately put my thinking cap on to come up with something quick, festive, summery, and delicious!  My idea:  ice cream cone cupcakes with blueberries in them with red frosting!

Just bakin away

Naked cupcake cones

They turned out just as I had imagined!

All dressed up!!

The only problem…we weren’t quite sure how to transport them.  We leaned them over and rested them on each other and we were able to deliver them with success!

Now we gotta get them to the party...

Once we were there, Kelsey (the hostess) had made artichoke spinach dip that was a hit!

We dominated this dip!

She made a wonderful margarita punch, that was as tasty as it was pretty to look at.

Dangerously delicious

We also had fresh corn on the cob!  To me, nothing says summer like corn on the cob!

Just grillin'

There's more than corn in Indiana...

We also had grilled burgers with meet from one of other friend’s family farms.  His farm is called “Passion Farm”  after his mom’s maiden name.  Everyone said the Passion beef was delicious…I’m not a red meat person, but it sure looked good!

Passion beef

Of course there was salad with greens, dried cranberries, cheese, and tomato…yummmm.

Refreshing salad

Kelsey also had an abundance of Basil.  For my birthday this year, I got two little pots with seeds for growing Parsley and Basil.  Well, after two attempts neither has any sprouts, so I asked if I could grab a little sprig to try AGAIN 🙂  I must have a black thumb.

Third time's the charm!

This morning, I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for a 5k run!  The sun was just peaking out, and the weather was warm but not too hot….perfect for a morning run!

Starting the day off right!

After sweatin’ it up outside, I made myself a smoothie in a bowl…my fav 😉

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Blackberries
  • 1 TBS Peanut Butter
  • 2 Packets Splenda
  • 1 Pinch Xanthum Gum
  • 1 Handful Spinach
  • Water and 3 Ice Cubes to add volume

Breakfast of Champions

Brian and I have a wedding to go to later, and we have to pick up our packets for our race on Monday!