Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunshine Weekend

For a weekend that was supposed to have thundershowers, it turned out to be really nice!! I woke up to gorgeous sunshine on Saturday. Brian had left early at 6am to go fishing with his buddy, so I decided to go for a nice long walk. I'm still congested a little so I'm hesitant to do too much hard cardio. On my walk I realized it was Farmer's Market time!!!

I went to the ATM then hit up the market.Yellow Carrots!!
A fresh ball o' Mozzarella made that morning!! I decided that a caprese salad was definitely in order later that day!

I have a hard time resisting fresh baked breadThis was a prune walnut bread! A delicious bread with chunks of walnuts and prunes.

Later that day we set out to one of my favorite produce grocery stores...Russo's!

Ok so we (my roommate and I), may have driven by my reception know to see if there was a wedding! They we're setting one up! FUN! Lucky biatch of a bride that day had so many Peonies!! MY FAVORITE FLOWER!! I'll admit I am SO bitter that they are not in season in Sept :(

So I had to buy some:
*sigh* so beautiful.

Remember that caprese salad I mentioned I wanted to make?
So fresh and delicious!

Well Brian caught 7 stripers but none were big enough to keep, but I asked him to come home with some fish anyways hehe.

He picked up 1.5lbs of of my faves!I placed it in a marinade of olive oil, fresh lime juice, lots of garlic, salt and pepper!

It cooked up perfectly on the grill. We also grilled fresh corn on the cob, and roomie made a delicious Bulgar salad!
For the corn, we husked it, brushed it with olive oil, and placed it right on the grill...rotating it a few times for about 10min total.

The Bulgar salad started with her wanting to make a quinoa salad, but I had a box of Bulgar instead :) We added:
  • bell peppers - different colors
  • red onion
  • grape tomatoes
  • chickpeas
  • feta
  • tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
This was a perfect summer meal!

This morning the cooking (well baking) continued.

I made granola and muffins!
This granola contained:
  • 2.5 cups thick cut oats
  • 1/2 cups sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond slices
Into a small sauce pan:
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1-2T honey (I had to use a small spoon to get it out so I don't know exactly)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
Heat those ingredients until combined/thinned out. Pour over dry ingredients and mix!

Spread over sheet pan, bake at 270 degrees for about 45min, stirring once in the middle.

When you take it out, RESIST the urge to stir it around, let it just will clump together this way :)I enjoyed a little on a Blueberry Oikos

Banana Blueberry Muffins
  • 1.5 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup APF
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1-2T flax
  • 2 T Sucanant
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg (would of added more next time)
wet ingredients:
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 1 T Honey (I recommend adding another 1-2 T of honey or another sweetener...these came out less sweet than usual, and my usual isn't that sweet to begin with)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Add wet to dry...stir to combine.
  • 1 cup blueberries - place in a small bowl and sprinkle with flour, stir flour around onto berries (this will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the muffins).
Fold in berries, place in muffin tin that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake for 18min at 375.

I made a mini loaf with the extra batter!These were delicious and moist!! As I said before, I'd add a tad more sweet to these next time, but I love them this way too.

New House Updates: Brian's first Mow!! He's been DYING to try out his new mower, and all this rain lately has NOT made that possible, until this weekend:
Beautiful lines ;) I love that he loves to mow the grass hehe.

And that's another weekend folks...back to work tomorrow :( Boooooooooo!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Martha's Vineyard Part II - Atlantic Fish & Chop House

OK, so I started this post last night...but something AWESOME happened this morning so I had to just put it right here at the top! Thanks to Heather's giveaway, I am now the proud owner of my very own ticket to the summit!!!
I am like beyond pumped about this!! I was so ready to dominate multiple computers tonight at 7:59pm, but now I don't have too!! Yippeee!!!

and back to my regularly scheduled post:

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! I came down with a nasty cold (almost flu type situation) on Monday. Thankfully the worst has subsided, but now its just like having a cold still :(

This is also a DOUBLE bummer because my roommate is running a 3.5mile road race tonight, The Corporate Challenge, and I had totally planned to run (unofficially) with her!!! I just do not feel like I'm at full strength enough though, plus congested = no running for me :( Such a let down!!!!

I was looking forward to my first race (unofficially), because I finally figured out my running issue...I was going too fast. I ran with my roommate a few weeks ago for the first time and she runs slower than me but keeping at her pace allowed me to go for much longer without stopping!!! Genius! Hahha, oh well maybe next time!

Ok back to the fun stuff...our new favorite restaurant on the Vineyard! The Atlantic Fish and Chop House in Edgartown!On Wednesday evening after some shopping we decided to go in for a drink then maybe some appetizers later as we weren't too hungry. We sat down at the beautiful marble bar at 6pm.
We decided to get some fun cocktails from their drink menu!

I decided on the Electric Blue Lemonade...not the classiest looking drink, but in my defense there was no mention of blue curacao in the descriptionIt was SO refreshing: stoli citrus vodka, lemonade, and a splash of sour mix...maybe something else too can't remember...oh and clearly the blue curacao!

Jocelyn classed it up with a French MartiniHowever, the most interesting/enticing item on the bar was the snacks. You know how some bars have little bowls of nuts, or pretzels just sitting there for you to munch on?? Well, that just won't do, no. When you sip a cocktail at dinnertime here, you get something much more decadent:That's right...BACON! These little cylinder baskets of perfectly cooked crispy bacon we located at many locations along the bar!! CRAZY!

We resisted for a long time actually, but then some woman picked it up and offered it to us so we split a piece. By the end of the night we shared 3 pieces, so not too bad, just 1.5 each. I could see some people abusing this though.

About an hour later we grabbed a menu and ordered a couple appetizers.

We were started off with a delicious fresh bread basket full of 3 different kinds of bread: a multi-grain, a classic crusty but soft white bread, and an herb coated focaccia! Served with homemade olive tapenade and butter.We first got the Tuna TartareI have just begun to like raw tuna, and this did not disappoint. It was a fairly generous serving too!

Then we split the Watermelon and Feta salad!Big chunks of soft feta, juicy cubes of watermelon over arugula, olives, tomatoes, and red onion. All topped with a little olive oil, rich balsamic, and some herbs. SO DELICIOUS!! The salty feta with the sweet juicy watermelon was a perfect combination; I don't think I would of thought to put those together.

Unfortunately it was a bit too chilly to sit outside, but they have a plentiful amount of outdoor waterfront seatingmaybe next year :)

Even later in the evening, we decided to get dessert since we kept dinner light! Cue the warm chocolate chip cookies and vanilla milk!Also served with brandy-soaked cherries (I am not a big fan of alcohol soaked fruit but Jocy loved them). The milk was super cold with little bits of ice in it, and you could see the vanilla beans. The cookies were thick, soft, and warm. I had about 3/4 of a cookie and we took 1 home!

We didn't leave those seats til about 10pm!!! Hahah! We started chatting with people here and there and it was a fun mid week night out.

Because the food was so good, we couldn't help but return Friday for lunch!

After seeing the menu Wednesday, I couldn't get their Old Fashioned Tomato Bisque out of my mind!
Old Fashioned Tomato Bisque
Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich & Basil Oil
That was an easy decision. We split that soup, as well as the Barbecued Salmon Salad
Barbecue Salmon
Grilled Tasmanian Salmon Glazed with Bbq Sauce, Cucumber and Blue Crab Salad

Biggest bowl of soup ever!!Also the BEST bowl of soup I have EVER had...I don't know what is in this soup but it's incredible!! Just creamy enough, and has this perfect tanginess to it that I wish I could put my finger on!!

It came with a little grilled three cheese sandwich...mmmmmmm melty.The BBQ salmon was also divine. Tangy bbq sauce, with a cool cucumber and crab salad. This gave us both a great serving of protein!
Well I think I've gushed about this place enough. If you're ever on the island GO HERE!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fun on Martha's Vineyard: Part 1

Oh yes, back to reality. You know, we may not have had completely perfect weather for the 4 days I was there, but even rainy days are just better on the Vineyard!

I arrived on Island, Wednesday at 10:15AM. I ended up being the LAST person to board the ferry that morning and it was packed!? Unfortunately I had to sit on my suitcase and wasn't able to leave my stuff for the whole ride...I was hungry and getting cranky but then we arrived!and it was a perfect beach day!!! We immediately headed to South Beach in Katama.Ahhhh and sand. It was perfect weather too! About 70 degrees, light breeze, and when you're laying down on your towel the sun heats you up just right. We even got a little too hot at some points.I'm rocking ONLY bandeau's this tan lines in my wedding dress (I hate seeing that)!

Beach snacks: cherries and grapes. Perfectly refreshing.We then decided that we were really hungry for an actual lunch. So we set out to find a delicious sandwich.

After visiting 3 different places, we found exactly what we were looking for at Humphrey's in Edgartown!They make their bread fresh daily. We ordered a chicken salad sandwich on Oatmeal Bread, and a veggie wrap with honey mustard and split each!
HOLY SANDWICH! This was the BIGGEST sandwich I have EVER seen!!!! The thick bread was SO soft and amazing. This was a kick ass chicken salad sandwich!The veggie wrap was great too...lots of crunchy veggies, pickles, provolone, and honey mustard.
Later that night we headed to the Atlantic Beach Club for drinks and appetizers for a light dinner since we had lunch late. I have to do a whole post on this place...SO INCREDIBLE. I will just say that instead of little bowls of nuts on the, no, this place has little cylinders of crisp BACON! Who does that!?

Back to work!! Hope you all had a great weekend!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

On Vacay!

I worked my two days this week and tomorrow morning I’m off bright and early to catch a ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard!!  My roommate's parent’s rent a house for a week every summer and the past few summer's I have been lucky enough to come down for a few days.  This year and last I have gone from Wed-Sat, which is a perfect amount of time.the-edgartown-lighthouse

I plan to get a little beach time in (weather permitting), shop around Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, and Oak Bluffs, and eat some AMAZING food.  My all time FAVORITE restaurant that I can’t wait to go to is The Mediterranean.  It’s insanely good.  There will for certain be a post about it!

But until then, I’ll do a mini recap of some delicious COLORFUL eats!

Fresh Summer Fruit:  Raspberries, Strawberries, Cherries, and Green Grapes!


IMG_4616I love fruits of summer!IMG_4618


Delicious fruit = fruity oats!


This wonderful mix consisted of:

  • 1/3 c. oats
  • 1/3 c. skim milk
  • 1/6 c. water
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp Apricot preserves cooked in
  • about 3-4 strawberries (some added halfway through cooking, the rest cut fresh on top at the end)
  • raspberries added to the top
  • Kashi U sprinkled on top
  • approx 1 tsp PB
  • approx 2 tsp raw almond butter

Speaking of Almond Butter, I had to replenish my stock yesterday at TJ’s and I just couldn’t decide…so I got both!


Raw Crunchy and Creamy roasted

I also grabbed that amazing looking fruit spreadIMG_4624

  Some other loot consisted of:


These were with the other dried fruit!  TJ’s makes their own fruit leather, and I guess this bag is full of the odd end pieces that come when they cut it up into strips.  It’s all different flavors too!  IMG_4626

Those granola bars are SO good.  I treat them more like a dessert/treat…and they taste like one too!  Chewy goodness.

And what trip would be complete without a new cereal to try:IMG_4628

This reminds me of Honey Bunches of Oats in consistency and appearance, but MUCH less sweet…perfect sweetness for me.  Crunchy, light, and a little sweet.

Tonight I finally made a batch of the infamous Super Charge Me Cookies that are so popular in Blog World! 

Thankfully the recipe is now online so I whipped up a quick batch to take to the Vineyard!



Now I see what all the fuss is about…these are AWESOME!!! 

And I leave you with some leftover wedding flowers :)


I’m all packed (over-packed) up and ready to head to sea tomorrow :)