Sunday, July 28, 2013

Busy Bee Weekend

I hope I am finding everyone finishing up a fantastic weekend!  I had an awesome, but busy weekend myself.  I did not get much of  a break.  After leaving work on Friday, I headed straight to the Indians-Rangers game with some friends.  It was fireworks night - which are my favorite games to attend, I also like games with giveaways ;) The game went into extra innings - the Indians won in the 11th and then the fireworks began!
The fireworks were coordinated with Jimi Hendrix!  The Terminal Tower is always lit up and during they game the colors kept changing and I obviously had to take a pic when it turned purple ;)

I was up bright and early Saturday morning for the Wigs For Kids Walk/5k with my mom and sister, Ashley - we did the walk.  The weather was not what we would have preferred - cold and rainy :(  We did have a good time, though.  My mom found this event through 95.5 The Fish radio, so we received free shirts from them!  We also got a bag full of goodies at the registration table - Dick's Sporting Goods coupons, Lip Smackers Chapstick, a snack, zoo silly bands and a Wigs For Kids t-shirt - I had no idea we would get anything!  Chick-Fil-A was one of the sponsers and donated their chicken sandwiches, warm chocolate chip cookies and mini cows to the event.  There was also a table of donated cupcakes, fruits, granola bars, waters, bagels and many other items.  We all had a lot of fun at the Wigs For Kids Walk/5k and I can't wait to participate in the run portion next year ;)

After the race, my mom and I made a Whole Foods trip and coincidentally it was the same day as their Ice Cream Social to promote the Non-GMO Project - non-project organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.  There were tables set up everywhere with different ice cream samples!  My favorite sample was the ice cream sandwich designed by Whole Foods.  There were also some local ice cream vendors handing out samples - Jeni's, Ruggles - low-fat Greek frozen yogurt, Mitchell's Homemade and Cowhaus Creamery Artisan Ice Cream.

 Enjoying a Boston Cooler - So Delicious vanilla ice cream and ginger ale 
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich - So Delicious No Sugar Added Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Fatboy's Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough - the best thing I have ever tasted!!

We also made some purchases :)  And of course we bought the items needed to make the Whole Foods ice cream sandwiches!

When I got home from our amazing Whole Foods trip, I had to make the second half of my Christmas in July gifts - a few of my girlfriends and I were supposed to exchange Christmas gifts for Christmas and it just never happened...  We decided to exchange them during Christmas in July instead and I had to remake the second part because it is perishable.  I made mason jar cakes - they are sugar-free and I didn't use oil or whole eggs (recipe to follow sometime this week).  

I also received an amazing gift from Alisia!  I love my personalized glass :)

Our Christmas in July took place at El Carnicero - a newer mexican restaurant that is actually related to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants.  I was super pumped to try this place out!  We started with my favorite guacamole and a new salsa.  We also shared one of their tamales - their specialty - and a taquito.
 Goat cheese guacamole - goat cheese, tomato and chile poblano. I also added their habanero sauce to it - I love the heat! And Sikil Pak - toasted pepita and chile manzano - delish!
 hongo (tamale) - wild mushroom and zucchini - one with salsa verde and one with a mole sauce
 Pescado (taquito) - horseradish-chile glazed salmon - very spicy :)

And my sister also got her Christmas in July on - I bought her gift super early because she is extremely difficult to buy for and her favorite shoes are on their death bed..  It also helped that Zulily was having an amazing Toms sale!  The sale was so great that I even treated myself to a pair - I don't like paying full price for anything

 Tiffany's new Toms - this is a real appreciative smile - very different from her "oh, you shouldn't have smile" haha

Sunday was also busy - church, lunch, springboards, bike ride and making my own Quest Bars!
 My mom, Ashley and I shared the buffalo chicken flatbread, grilled chicken skewers, steak skewers, and ahi tuna appetizer at TGI Friday's.

We stopped at this cool little bridge on the towpath

DIY Chocolate chocolate chip quest bars :) I love these!  I will be saving so much money!
And I will be sharing this recipe later this week :)

Enjoying some So Delicious - any purchase of this ice cream and Three Twins and a $1 donation would be made to the Non-GMO Project.  I bought two of each - it was buy one, get one!!

Well, I am not ready for the week to begin - I didn't have enough down time this weekend :(  I am looking forward to all of the workouts I have set up this week, though!

Have a great start to the week :)

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