A Wonderful Mish-Mash

Today was one of those days that reminds me why I continue to work at camp year after year. There’s really something rewarding about seeing little kids experience things like milking a cow, playing with baby animals, chasing goats, and going on their first hayrides. Today was full of this

DSCN2947.JPG

And some of this:

DSCN2956.JPG

A lot of this:

DSCN2963.JPG

And thankfully, not too much of this:

DSCN2991.JPG

By the end of the day, I looked like I’d had my hair done by the same person as this guy:


DSCN2989.JPG


My campers had a complete blast, chased after chickens, geese, ducks, and held one of the biggest rabbits I’ve ever seen. They met Ruby, the milking cow, and watched as baby goats hopped up on other kids backs (a trick they were taught.) All my girls fell asleep on the bus on the way home (along with their counselor!) and when we got back to our base, one girl said to me (Camper quote!) I wantsta have a farm. Can I have a farm? I want a goat and a cow.

I got home after this exhausting day to not one, not two, but THREE blogger love packages! I was not expecting ANYTHING, so these were a nice surprise! The lovely Melissa from P.B. Loco sent me this to try:
DSCN3024.JPG

And she wanted me to tell you all that first off, you can all recieve coupons and free stuff if you register under the “free stuff” link on the P.B. Loco website. She was also nice enough to pass this fabulous coupon on to all of you as well:
P.B.Loco peanut butters make great gifts! Purchase 5 or more jars of P.B.Loco’s flavored peanut butters and your 6th jar is free. To redeem this coupon, place 6 or more jars of P.B.Loco’s peanut butters in your shopping cart and use coupon code BLOG709 when you checkout. Redeemable only at www.pbloco.com. Offer expires July 10, 2009.

In addition to this amazing peanut butter, I received some hot man powder and maple nut oaties from HEAB!! I’m a) now obsessed with the oaties and b) can’t wait to make my smoothie in the morning!!!! Thanks so much Heather! Just check out this generosity (please ignore the hedge clipper in the background):
DSCN3020.JPG DSCN3023.JPG
AND, Sarah from LovIN my Tummy sent me some lovely Oregon chocolates and some new art for my refrigerator gallery!! Thanks so much Sarah and Gracie!
DSCN3018.JPG DSCN3016.JPG
And finally… I bring you what you’ve been waiting for, Adam’s review of the Pure Bars we were sent! Now, I’ve had a couple of them… but I’ll let him tell you what he thought of them:

Hello all!! I am going to do my best to give a review on the PURE bars that sent to us last week. Normally I do not care for reviewing food. However, since I did eat the majority of the bars I was told that I had the honor of reviewing them.

I do have to start by saying that they were very satisfying. Other “bars” such as Luna and Lara bars that Mara would bring home never satisfied my hunger. For some reason these bars were able to do so; even if it was for a short period of time.

There were many flavors that were given to us and some were better than others. Of the ones I enjoyed I would rank them accordingly:

  1. Apple Cinnamon
  2. Cherry Cashew (a very close second)
  3. Blueberry

Now the bars I just thought were okay were the Chocolate Brownie and the Cranberry Orange. I would eat these if I was hungry, but I would not go out of my way to purchase one.

Finally we have the Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Bar. This was in my opinion horrible. First of all, when I think chocolate chips I think something in a cookie. Turns out in this bar they are chips of raw cacao. Some of you may like this, but I am not a fan. Also, with the makers trying to mimic the trail mix flavor they included: nuts, fruit and the cacao previously mentioned. Some may think that these flavors would complement each other well. This was not the case. The three flavors melded together to create a super flavor that had to be created by some evil force hell bent on the destruction of my taste buds. It was that bad. I do want to point out that someone with a more refined palate (my palate is about as sophisticated as my dog’s) may enjoy this flavor.

In conclusion the bars were very good (except the Trail Mix Bar) and if I saw them at a local store I just might purchase one depending on the price. I just suggest you go for the Apple, Blueberry or Cherry because they were delish (shout out to Rachel Ray… Just kidding I can’t stand her).

Thanks Adam! I agree, the trail mix flavor was not quite as fabulous as the fruit-based ones, and the satisfaction level for a small bar like the Pure Bar was quite impressive!

Dinner was a chicken gyro from a local place. Stay tuned tomorrow for a giveaway AND finally the sushi salad recipe! I leave you with a BONUS camper quote today: Wow, that cow has a big upper butt!


Posted in dinner out, guest post | Tagged , | 24 Comments

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:

DSCN2914.JPG DSCN2915.JPG

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.

Posted in chicken/turkey, simple recipe | Tagged , , | 22 Comments

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:

DSCN2836.JPG
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:
DSCN2837.JPG
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:
200906151945.jpg 200906151946.jpg
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?”

 

Posted in Asian, beef, dinner out | Tagged , , | 17 Comments

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:


DSCN2821.JPG

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!

Posted in chicken/turkey, grilling, simple recipe | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

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

cute-food-goose-bento.jpg

My friend Joe designed this wedding cake:

4678_574612729459_13803046_34205367_2657131_n.jpg
Anyone for a bunny tart?
bunny3.jpg
Next, another great cake from one of Megan’s Munchies‘ friends! You should be able to tell why I like this one!
Megansmunchies.bmp
And a smiling loaf of bread from Pearl.
Pearl.jpg
And last, most impressively, and certainly not least… a truly tiny amuse bouche made by my sister for her restaurant.
TRU SWEET.jpg
Hope you enjoyed the “sweet” 16 of Cute Food Saturday! Keep in mind: if you make or see cute food, send it my way!

Posted in Cute Food Saturday | Tagged | 15 Comments