Hello and happy Wednesday! Today is a special day.
I wanted to wish my wonderful fiance a big GOOD LUCK on his first day of school! He starts his 3-year Master of Occupational Therapy program this morning and I couldn’t be more happy or proud of him for all of the hard work that has led up to this point. Frank has always loved helping people whether it’s to live a healthier lifestyle, attain their next fitness goal, or simply be able to do the little things in life that we so often take for granted. He’s the first person to drop what he’s doing to lend a helping hand and I truly believe that this career path perfectly aligns with his kind, generous, fun, and caring personality. SO PROUD OF YOU FRANK!!!
On Sunday morning, Frank and I awoke to grey skies and a cool breeze. The forecast called for rain throughout the day, but we wouldn’t let that stop us from enjoying our Sunday that felt like Saturday!
After visiting two wedding venues, we headed over to our friends and newlyweds Casey and Nic’s, in East Greenwich. They live in a beautiful home with a back yard view that overlooks the bay; if you can think of a picture perfect view combining coast line and landscape, that’s exactly what it looked like from their deck! We arrived in the early afternoon and were quickly greeted with the most delicious watermelon margaritas (oooo my goodness, I’m making these soon!) and Casey’s homemade caramelized onion dip and fresh veggies. After a little while I whipped up a batch of guacamole which we enjoyed with blue corn tortilla chips. The sun was shining as we relaxed, chatted away and were entertained by Frank’s
inability to struggle to put together the ladder ball game he had just purchased at the local Benny’s. Don’t worry Frank, this is where I tell everyone how you successfully pieced it all together for us to play 🙂 And he did, I promise! We also played a game of croquet; outdoor drinks and games = the perfect combination.
I must mention the amazing oysters Casey and Nic cooked up for us as another appetizer before dinner. They were deliciously cooked instead of the usual raw kind (which I’m not a fan of), similar to clams casino with garlic and other flavors. I could eat these bad boys all day every day!
After a couple more margaritas, we dug into some loaded Corona’s, (because why not?) which are a mix of Corona, tequila, salt and lime, in order to prepare ourselves for the feast that would happen next. They put together the most amazing fish taco spread. A lot of what we ate came fresh from their garden which was such a treat and you can really tell how much of a difference it makes.
We enjoyed tons of delicious grilled items such as grilled red snapper and sole, grilled corn on the cob, and these amazing grilled jalapeno poppers (filled with goat cheese, pancetta, cilantro and more). The fresh ingredients included lettuce from their garden, pineapple & pomegranate salsa (this is a must-try for our next round of fish tacos), guacamole, cheese, and a sour-cream and lime spread. We used either a corn tortilla or a flour tortilla (I had one of each) which they grilled for a couple of minutes in a tin foil wrapper just until warmed through.
If your mouth isn’t watering than you’re crazy because just thinking about it makes me want to travel back in time to Sunday afternoon! Casey and Nic, you are amazing hosts (once again!); the food was such a treat, the drinks were so refreshing and the company was priceless! Thanks so much for a wonderful Sunday Funday!
On Monday morning, we tried to sleep in before starting our day off. It seems the morning’s we can sleep in, we can’t, and the morning’s we need to wake up, we want to sleep in! Ah, life. Once we were up and at it, we fit in a quick 4.5 miles, then showered, made some protein smoothies and packed our cooler bags…it was time for the beach!
The forecast for Monday was perfect; blue skies, sunny, and hot! Well folks…Rhode Island weather continues to prove that it’s impossible to predict. It was a cold, grey, windy, on and off rain kind of day. Though this was the case, it didn’t dampen our spirits and we headed to the beach in hopes that the skies would clear. We met our friends at East Beach in Charlestown, RI, one of the best beaches in town. It’s secluded and has a huge stretch of beach and ocean, perfect for an afternoon with our friends Bryan, Nick and Julie, Andy and Muhsinah. The weather was a little indecisive throughout the afternoon but the rain held off and for that, we were thankful. Us girls bundled up under our towels and blankets while the guys played some ladder ball and drank some beers. It was a relaxing afternoon and it was especially nice to catch up with our friends!
After our afternoon at the beach, we headed home since we had quite a few things to do to get ready for the week. Frank had to get his work done while I meal prepped for a short week ahead and made dinner. That night we enjoyed a light caesar salad with tomatoes, cucumber, prosciutto and grilled chicken with roasted sweet potatoes on the side; a refreshing end to a very fun weekend.
Since it’s a short week, we cut down on our groceries and simplified our meal plan for the week. Thought I would share our grocery list and the plan for 4 days:
Almond milk, eggs
Teddy’s peanut butter, Ezekiel toast
Romaine lettuce (rinsed and chopped), cucumber (rinsed and sliced), red and green pepper (rinsed and sliced), zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, baby carrots
Blueberries (rinsed), gala apples, oranges and cantaloupe chopped and ready to eat
Fresh yellowfish tuna and a package of skinless, boneless chicken breasts (marinated for the grill: olive oil, Frank’s red hot, balsamic, salt, pepper, Diablo seasoning)
Monday: Grilled chicken caesar salads and roasted sweet potatoes
Tuesday: Seared sesame-encrusted ahi tuna with asparagus & spinach salad
Wednesday: Roasted chicken, zucchini & salad
Thursday: Teriyaki chicken with frozen veggies & spinach salad
Friday: Working from home, lunch on the road, dinner at the campground 🙂
Salads with the grilled chicken that was cooked on Monday night, romaine lettuce, tomato wedges, cucumber, red and green peppers, avocado and a choice between ginger, light blue cheese and balsamic dressings. Simple and healthy!
Ezekiel toast with peanut butter and jam, avocado toast with eggs, or oatmeal. Fresh fruit with all.
Apples, baby carrots, oranges and cantaloupe
*Even if it’s a short week, meal prep is key. At times it might be easy to use it as an excuse to order in or opt for frozen pizza, but a little goes a long way and this can really help save you time and calories. Though we’re guilty of the above excuses as well (nobody’s perfect!), meal prep can really help with avoiding such situations. Try it out and you’ll never go back!!!
Have a great Wednesday and I’ll be back tomorrow!