Aug 182015
 

What a busy weekend!

Michael’s dad was visiting from Texas and we had my parents come down for a short visit, too. It was nice to have a visit and catch up and they hadn’t seen each other since our wedding last year. Michael, his dad and my dad went golfing Thursday afternoon and then we all went out to dinner at Jake’s Grill. A favorite in Portland, for sure.

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We got a really nice, quiet table in the back underneath a gorgeous antique stained glassed window atrium. I’d never seen it before.

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We shared an order of calamari for the table. It was nice to show my parents one of our favorite restaurants (they had never been there).

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Michael got the steak, my mom got the meatloaf and mashed potatoes and my dad got the beef stroganoff. Michael’s dad got the halibut (his favorite) and I got the Cedar Planked Steelhead with mashed potatoes. I’d been craving mashed potatoes for weeks! This definitely satisfied that craving. The steelhead was so amazing and perfect–the perfect, rich piece of fish, slightly crispy.

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After that lovely, rich dinner my parents split a chocolate cake and Michael and I split the cheesecake with blueberry compote. It’s been so long since I’ve had a fancy dessert–it was so worth the calories!

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What a nice night!

On Friday I had the day off. I went for a swim–first swim in over a week and a half and it felt fantastic being back in the pool (especially with my recent back stuff). The boys were spending the day watching golf (no thanks) and so my mom and worked in the kitchen. Our garden has gone so crazy this summer and our tomatoes were out of control. I was so glad to had my mom’s help with them.

She bought me a tomato press (we’d gone to several stores to find a food mill and this was the closest thing we could find). I am so glad, too! It’s a nifty little device that worked great for the project. In the past it was SO time consuming and exhausting trying sieve the tomato seeds and skins out of the cooked tomatoes and this made the project a million times easier.

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I don’t know how many pounds of tomatoes we picked from the garden but it was an insane amount. The tomato press removed probably 90% of the seeds and all of the skins. Worked great!

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I chopped up a red pepper, green pepper, two onions, a ton of garlic and a shallot. I cooked it all down and then put the sauce in the pot.

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The kitchen smelled fantastic.

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I added some seasonings, salt, sugar and let it simmer for about 2 hours. I added 3 cans of tomato paste to thicken it up and it worked SO much better than last year’s batch of tomato sauce! I got the flavor and texture just right and it was ready. We ended up doing freezer bags instead of canning it (since I don’t have a pressure canner) and it will be a great sauce to have this winter.

After that it was nearing dinner time and Michael made us all ribs. I cooked up corn on the cob and baked beans.

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Michael did the ribs a different way this time. He baked them in the oven at a low temperature for two hours and then cooked them on the grill for 30-45 minutes until they were ready. They turned out great! It was another nice night visiting but I was really tired after all the work I’d done.

I have to share this one other thing. My mom brought down a giant scrapbook from my great grandfather. He used to keep journals and cut out newspaper clippings. There were some amazing newspaper articles in his scrapbook. The Kennedy assassination, the Civil Rights movement…just amazing to see.

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I spent a good hour reading through the book. There is so much to read!

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Aug 032015
 

I had a lot of grand plans for Saturday. Originally Michael and I were going to meet some friends downtown for the Flugtag and we’d discussed riding our bikes down there to get in a workout. Then Portland had a streak of 100+ degree weather and by Saturday I had zero desire to go ride my bike in that kind of heat and then sit outside unshaded for several hours then to bike home. Michael agreed. His commute home Friday in 103 degrees was pretty miserable.

Instead I headed to the gym. I did my warm-up and then my weights. This was my routine:

Kettlebell swing (traditional) with a 25 pound kettlebell 
Bent Over Row (30 pound bar)
Calf Raises
1 Leg Romanian Dead Lift
Bicep curls
Squats
Chin Ups

Then it was time for abs:

My physical therapy ab work: the Cobra, the crunch/hold, glute bridge with leg up, bird dogs and planks on my elbows. After doing 40 minutes of weight training I did a 2 mile run on the treadmill. It wasn’t the greatest run, I did a lot of walking, but it was okay.

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After the gym I was famished and craving a cheeseburger (and had been for several days). Michael and I had a little date for lunch at Foster Burger. Thankfully they had icy cold air conditioning, too. I love the art work at the restaurant–band posters. It’s a fun walk down memory lane and Michael having grown up in Portland had been to a bunch of the shows posted on the wall.

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Probably not the Vanilla Ice one, though. :)

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We shared an order of fries. They were okay–not as good as the Little Big Burger truffle fries! I also had an iced tea with lunch.

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I got the Foster Burger with American Cheese, sauteed onions and tons of their “special sauce.” Their burgers come on these AMAZING brioche sesame buns from Philippe’s Bread. I love that they use a local bakery for their buns and these buns are so good. I need to make a trip to this bakery to see what else they have.

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After that I went to the grocery store to stock up on some snacks. I took some suggestions you guys had and got some higher protein options. I picked up some granola, avocados, mini bagels, hummus and some cucumbers and a bunch of fruit. I’m going to experiment with some combinations to see what works. Like having a string cheese with the fruit, mini bagels with the hummus or avocado. We’ll see what works!

Sunday

This time it was Michael’s craving. He wanted pancakes so we had pancakes for breakfast! He makes them about once a year. It’s not something we have often (in fact the pancakes I had at my family reunion recently were the first ones I’d had in a few years I think). I was happy to go along with his craving.

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They turned out perfectly! He used bread flour. I feel like they were thicker and fluffier than normal. So tasty!

After that I went to the pool. It’s been about three weeks since I’d been swimming and it felt sooo good to get back in the pool. I hadn’t lost it, either, so that was good. I did 2000 yards in just under 50 minutes. My hamstrings were so sore and tight–the squats and running combo does it to me every time. Then I spent the rest of the day doing relaxing things. Like a pedicure and reading a book. Perfect Sunday. :)

Dinner:

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Baked lemon and dill salmon, kale salad and a baked sweet potato. Around 600 calories total.

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