Happy Monday! Has everyone else been as occupied with the Nordstrom Anniversary sale as my family? Pretty much Christmas in July…if only they sold Lululemon…and food. When I rule the world I’ll make those necessary changes.
As for the rest of the weekend, despite some unforeseen circumstances, it ended up being great. A few highlights…
My mom and I went kayaking Saturday morning. We have a double kayak but rarely use it (kind of a pain to get down to the water) but we really enjoyed it. **EXCEPT for the fact that we saw a shark. It was about 3 feet long but probably could have taken a few good ligaments off. We survived, to tell the tale.
I started reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl) and spent some time by the pool. The pool isn’t even that refreshing temperature wise but I went early enough that it was mostly manageable. I know there was a heat wave in 48/50 states this weekend, so chances are you felt it too!
I got a very necessary hair cut (and highlights). Ok, this was on Wednesday. Not technically the weekend. I’m back to blondish for the time being. I think haircut/foil pictures are just hysterical.
A family dinner out at a favorite seafood restaurant.
Sunday I took a photography class….Photography 101 Express. I bought a new lens in May but haven’t been using it much besides the occasional food photography for recipes. I’m a novice to the extreme and just play around and try to follow directions from a few sites. I think photography is a great life-skill and one I definitely underestimated learning!
Anyway, it was a four-hour class that went over a lot of the basics of manual shooting (ISO, aperture, shutter speed). I was hoping to dive more into lighting and composition but there are more classes for that. Still worthwhile information to discuss and put into practice.
Like I mentioned last month, in lieu of ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ I will post a monthly recap of some favorite meals (that aren’t on Instagram).
All the food on the grill, surprise surprise. This was lemon + dill salmon in foil with carrots.
Grilled zucchini, summer squash and peaches.
This was incredible…peach and spinach stuffed chicken thighs. Not on the grill, just baked.
Lots of figs have been eaten this summer (I like them best with balsamic). This was baked rosemary chicken over mixed greens with figs and avocado.
Sweet potato toast! I should have baked/broiled the slices a little longer (no toaster) but it was still a pretty darn good snack. Both slices had almond butter, one with banana and one with blueberries.
Lots of smoothies, but not as many smoothie bowls as normal. Here’s one with a base of acai, strawberries and almond milk with coconut flakes, Paleonola, chia seeds and Artisana walnut butter.
A random (but typical) dinner: Crockpot shredded chicken with Dijon, zoodles, mixed greens and a baked Japanese sweet potato (the best).
And a very colorful lunch. I added chicken post-picture but it wasn’t done cooking. Mixed greens, shaved carrots, blueberries, avocado, strawberries, pumpkin seeds and the best flavor of kombucha.
Lots of fresh and colorful produce. No arguments from me.