Wrappin’ Up Tuesday

Today was another greatly successful day at camp! The rain held off until we were in the bus on the way back to our home base, over a gallon of ice cream was consumed by 6 little girls without spoons, and many a hoop were hula-d. My boss was nice enough to bring me an iced coffee at about 3:45 which, just like all those Dunkin Donuts commercials, really made me feel refreshed and more awake.

200906162029.jpgDuring the ice cream eating contest, I noticed that I wasn’t doing something that I normally do. Usually, I have the ice cream scoop in my hand, mindlessly scooping spoonfuls of ice cream into my mouth. Today? One bite. That’s it. ONE BITE. After we cleaned up, I ate my Pure bar (review to come as soon as Adam does it!) and proceeded to play for about 20 minutes. This was a small victory for me… ok, fine, it was huge! Maybe it was the realization that the crappy bulk ice cream wasn’t anything worth wasting calories on, or maybe it was the satisfaction I had from my green monster with Amazing Grass in it this morning, but whatever it was, I hope it happens over and over.

There was awful traffic on my way home, and I noticed that the backs of my legs are sore… not from any sort of exercise but from sitting in my car seat. Ouch. The time in traffic made me really think about what I wanted to make for dinner. I had leftover grilled chicken from Sunday that needed eating, so what did I do?

  1. Chopped the chicken up into tiny pieces
  2. Added about 3 Tbsp. roasted red pepper hummus
  3. Added about 1 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
  4. Put mixture in a La Tortilla Factory wrap
  5. Added fat free singles
  6. Toasted in a pan.

The result? That would be a Humbecue Chicken Crack Wrap. It was delicious. It was melty and spicy and grilly and just what I needed. And it didn’t hurt that it looked like a Taco Bell burrito:

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Yup. It was pretty fantastic.

Tomorrow will bring a trip to Green Meadows Farm which is one of my favorite trips of the summer! There’s nothing like seeing little kids play with baby farm animals to make me smile.

Camper quote of the day: Mara! Mara! Look! There was a moskeeter on me and it bited me but I squished it and it exploded and now I have its blood on me! (Shows HUGE blood splatter with mosquito guts on her leg) I’m ok though. Don’t worry.

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One Down…

Only 43 days of camp to go!
Day one was a success! Yes, I’m a little sunburned (more sunblock tomorrow!), and yes I’m exhausted… but it was quite a fun day! Some of the activities included:

  • swimming
  • changing after swimming
  • picnic lunch (I ate sushi salad, recipe soon!)
  • a rousing game of Duck, Duck, Goose
  • playing catch with plastic Jai-Alai equipment
  • matchbox car races
  • a bus ride to the movie theater where we saw
  • Imagine That with Eddie Murphy (quite cute, I may or may not have shed a tear)

PHEW! When we got back to our home base (a local schools’ gymnasium), I was in charge of making sure all the kids get picked up safely. Lots of schmoozing!

On my way home, I got a phone call from Adam saying “would you like me to get us dinner from somewhere?” I grinned and said “YES! I’m exhausted!” So when I got home, this was waiting for me:

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Yes, that would be Chinese take-out beef and broccoli! I ate about 1.5 cups worth with a little brown rice, and am looking forward to a bit of coconut milk mint chip ice cream (HEAB says its the best, and I think she’s right!) I had a couple other things waiting for me when I got home:
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A massive amount of Amazing Grass products!! I’m really excited to try the packets in my smoothies in the morning, but the real adventure will happen this weekend. Teri Jo from Amazing Grass challenged me to create a “super green” chicken and/or meat marinade… so we’ll see what I can come up with!
This was also waiting for me:
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A 32-oz jar of Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil, as well as a book on its uses and health benefits! I’ll be having a giveaway later this week so YOU can win a jar and book of your own! Stay tuned!
Later this week will also feature (OMG 2 bulleted lists!):
  • A Pure Bar review by Adam!
  • A few lunch recipes, as dinner may be sparse
  • A couple dinner recipes, provided I have energy
  • More insight into my camp days
  • Guests for Dinner (if any of you would like to send me a post? Hint Hint?)

But, I leave you tonight with the first of 44 Funny Quotes by Campers!

“Hey! Mara! Did you know that cats lick their butts with their scratchy tongues because they don’t have cat toilet paper?”

 

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Two-Fer!

Today was a fun day! First of all, a HUGE congrats goes out to Angela of Oh She Glows for being a complete rockstar in her 10K today! I’m so beyond impressed! Adam and I had a fun relaxing day together today and I’m really glad about it! Tomorrow is my first day back at camp! Like the campers, my first week back is always a bit exhausting, so a rest day was needed.

Since tomorrow is sure to be a fairly boring dinner post (if I get one up at all!) I decided to give you TWO recipes today! One, the simple chicken marinade I used for our grill out today, and one the delicious side dish I made.

Recipe #1: Sunshine Sesame Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

2 lb. chicken breasts

1/4 c. soy sauce

1/4 c. lemon juice

3 Tbsp. dijon mustard

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

Directions

Combine all ingredients except chicken in a large bowl. Add chicken, stir well, and marinate at least 30 minutes up to 24 hours. Remove chicken from marinade, and grill.

Recipe #2: Warm Bacon Potato Salad

Ingredients

5 small-to-medium red potatoes, diced

5 pieces center-cut bacon, diced

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 c. water

Directions

Place potatoes in a microwave safe bowl and microwave, covered, for about 5 minutes. While the potatoes are cooking, place the bacon in a hot frying pan. Cook until crispy and drain about half the fat off the pan. Add the garlic and cook until brown. Remove the potatoes from the microwave and add to the pan. Add water and cover. Cook until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool slightly and serve.

The final products:


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In true Angela and Kath style, I have a huge to-do list before camp in the morning!camp shirt.jpg
  • clean out back seat of car for carpool
  • wash new camp shirts —->
  • shower
  • Make sushi salad for lunches
  • pack lunch
  • make breakfast preparations
  • Charge camera battery
  • pack camp bag with first aid kit, sunblock, bug spray, swim suit, towel, incentive tokens, and snacks
  • Get to bed no later than 10 p.m.

I’m a little nervous about maintaining the blog through the first 3 weeks of camp. It’s a 13 hour day from leaving the house to walking back in again, full of nothing but activity all day. I’m sure to be exhausted… but I’ve always managed to keep my food in check over the past 10 summers! Hopefully, since blogging is so enjoyable to me, I’ll be able to maintain it.

I’m also hoping to have a “camper quote of the day”, since 4-year-olds tend to say the funniest things!! OH and my call for Guests for Dinner remains open! I’d love to have YOUR fabulous dinners supplement my sure-to-be kinda boring ones…

I’m off to get started on my to-do list, and if I get through it, I’ll have some coconut milk ice cream!

Have a great night all!

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Cute Food Saturday!

Welcome to the 16th installment (a Sweet 16 if you will) of Cute Food Saturday! You can view all of the other installments by clicking here.

I mentioned yesterday that there were some truly special cute food photos today… so let’s get started, shall we?

First, and amazingly cool bento from Epicute.com

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My friend Joe designed this wedding cake:

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Anyone for a bunny tart?
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Next, another great cake from one of Megan’s Munchies‘ friends! You should be able to tell why I like this one!
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And a smiling loaf of bread from Pearl.
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And last, most impressively, and certainly not least… a truly tiny amuse bouche made by my sister for her restaurant.
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Hope you enjoyed the “sweet” 16 of Cute Food Saturday! Keep in mind: if you make or see cute food, send it my way!

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Short But Sweet

It’s official.

I’m exhausted!

I started the day at about 5:10 a.m. when I awoke with a start for no apparent reason, and could not get back to sleep, even though I didn’t have to be awake until 6! I embraced it, got up, showered, and headed out to my first camp meeting of the summer. I gave a lesson to the counselors about how to take good pictures (of people, not food!) and then distributed this year’s camp t-shirt to all the counselors. You’ll see plenty of pictures of me in said camp shirt throughout the summer! The camp meeting was scheduled to go until 3 p.m. Lo and behold, we were done at 11 a.m.! A friend and I headed to Whole Foods for lunch (HUGE shout out to my hot bar lover, Miss GC!) and then I decided to treat myself to a manicure and some mild shopping.

Sorry for the lousy picture, but the light stinks right now… but in case you can’t tell, my nails have a pink sparkly tip on them! There’s actually pieces of seashell in the acrylic they used:


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When I got home, Adam and I headed out for dinner at our favorite sushi place, Daruma (yes, I was out THAT long!) to meet with my friend Wendy who will be making our wedding invitations! No decisions were made other than that the color I’d originally thought was the right one for the invites is indeed, not right. Oh well, we’ll meet again in a few weeks!

We started with goma-ae, a steamed spinach salad with peanut sesame dressing in 2 colors.

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I had decided before walking in that I would be getting sushi. I ordered a couple of favorites, and a couple that I hadn’t had in a while! Clockwise from top left: Caterpillar Roll with eel, egg, and avocado; Spicy Lobster roll with lobster, cucumber, spicy sauce and fish eggs; Jennifer Roll with egg, shrimp, and shiitake mushroom; Boston Roll with tuna and avocado.
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And just because it’s so pretty, I took another picture of the Caterpillar Roll. It’s one of my favorites!
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Adam ordered something new today: Nabeyaki Udon served in a hot pot. It was a beautiful soup full of noodles, fish cake, egg, shrimp, and seaweed:
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We sat and chatted for a while, came home, and made the mistake of sitting down. Now, it’s obvious to me how tired I am! Did you all see my guest post on The Daily Balance today? I think it came out pretty well :)
I wanted to apologize in advance: as camp gets underway, I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to be commenting on all of your blogs. I’ll certainly be reading on my phone, but commenting is a bit hard! Just know: I AM reading!

Tomorrow is sure to be a busy day… but not to worry! The Sweet 16 of Cute Food Saturday will happen no matter what! There is some truly special stuff this week!

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