The Great Outdoors

Days like today just make you want to spend as much time as possible outside. It was sunny, but not too hot (like we had last week), with a little bit of a breeze. Perfect for sitting out on the back deck reading the day away, going for a walk in a local park, or hitting up the beach for some fun in the waves. I’d like to say I did all of these things, but that would be a lie. At least I made a little effort to get out and about.

For example, I made sure to get outside to utilize the natural light for all my food photos. That counts, right?

Starting at breakfast with my smoothie.

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The pictures make it look chocolately, but it was anything but. I combined some frozen mango, fresh strawberries, Vega Sport Performance Vanilla protein powder, plain yogurt and almond milk to make this very enjoyable breakfast.

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Mom was on a mission to clean all of our blinds and windows today, so I helped her out, taking down and putting up blinds. That must have taken up more time that I thought, because before I knew it, it was time to make some lunch.

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I unintentionally ended up with one giant sandwich. It started with toasted Silver Hills sprouted grain bread, which I then filled with avocado, turkey, ham, havarti, cucumber, onions, sweet pickles, lettuce, dijon, and mayo.

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Talk about a satisfying sandwich!

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I received an unexpected special delivery today.

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As a former volunteer at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, we were sent special DVD’s with footage from the Games.

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I popped it into my computer and watched a little clip from it, and wouldn’t you know it – it brought tears to my eyes. I’m such a sap when it comes to the Olympics and all the amazing Canadian pride we experienced during February and March. I miss the Olympics.

Later on, I enjoyed a perfect ripe white nectarine.

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Then took a tour around our garden, checking out the progress of a few plants.

We have blueberries!

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And tomatoes!

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Our rhubarb isn’t doing so well. We’re hoping it will flourish next year. But the squash in the background is starting to grow.

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I even saw some wild animals.

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Check out the crazy mane on that cat! The older Wilson gets, the bigger the mane gets, I swear.

The dinner bell rang sometime later, and we all came a’ calling.

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Why hello there salmon loaf – it’s been awhile since we’ve seen each other.

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With a side of short grain brown rice.

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And some steamed cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli and cauliflower to be exact.

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All neatly arranged on the plate.

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After dinner I convinced my sister to come out and enjoy the outdoors with me, and we went for a walk in Mundy Park. It turned into a bit of a trek, as we picked trails at random. We definitely ended up backtracking and going in a circle or two, but it’s not like either of us had anything better to be doing. Sadly, there was no berry picking this time.

Back at home, we grabbed some evening snacks to go with some quality TV watching.

I had one of those replica KIND bars I made yesterday.

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Along with a bowl of frosty, sweet grapes, straight from the freezer.

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I tried to spend copious amounts of money online shopping this evening, only to get totally confused in the tangled web of shipping charges, duties, and taxes charged when trying to buy things from the US. So I gave up on my shopping spree, much to the delight of my Visa and bank account. Anyone from Canada who does alot of ordering from the US want to help me out?

And now, my friends, it is time for me to get some shut eye. I have one more day free from work, and more things I plan to accomplish. Night!

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11 Comments on “The Great Outdoors”

  1. July 15, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    Salmon loaf sounds so wonderful! I’d love to try that 🙂

  2. July 15, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    those are some big grapes!! are they the seeded ones? cuz those ones are huge ❤

    mmm i love those bars even more now seeing them plated up – you kind of get a whole picture of it!

    haha i love going outside and using natural light for photos.. beats having to capture a good picture indoors by constantly moving my food from room to room looking for good light before i even get a chance to eat it lol

  3. July 15, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    That photo of the grapes looks amazing…and I am emailing the grocery dept right now to see if we can get that Tempeh Bacon at Choices!

  4. July 15, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    I am a sucker for frozen grapes!

  5. July 15, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Wilson looks EXACTLY like my Henry! Is he a Maine Coon?!

  6. July 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    Wilson looks fierce!! 🙂

    That’s so great that you got an Olympic DVD! A perfect keepsake.

  7. highonhealthy
    July 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    Your dinner.. is making me ravenous! I’ve never had salmon loaf and although I don’t usually eat seafood because it doesn’t appeal to me, that for some reason does.

    I try to block at that the Olympics was in Vancouver because I didn’t get make it down there.. at all. And that depresses me. A lot.

  8. July 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Ordering internationally is a pain in the ass. My sister cheats: She mails it to my house in Wisconsin and I ship it to her in Alberta. Even with paying for shipping TWICE, it’s cheaper for her. So wrong…

    Good luck!

  9. July 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    I have never heard of salmon loaf but it looks soooo good!

  10. July 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    Do you have a recipe for that salmon loaf? It looks soooo good and I’d love to try it!

  11. July 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    So jealous that you have blueberries growing in your yard!

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