Thursday, May 31, 2012

a perfect saturday

Well, I am a little late on posting about my Memorial Day weekend....but here is is.
On Saturday Dan and I took off to Ipswich to visit Crane Beach.  
Since Saturday was such a beautiful day the beach was of course full {including the parking lot} so we took a little detour and found ourselves at Russell Orchards.
It is this phenomenal farm, orchard, and winery right on the way to the beach.
 Our friend the goat.  He ran right over to us and started rubbing up against the fence until I pet him.  It was probably one of the cutest things ever.  Dan is lucky I didn't steal the little bugger and bring him home.

 We did taste some of their fruit wine.  It was delicious.  You can bet that Dan and I will be back to Russell Orchards.  Apologies for the wings that look like they are coming out of Dan's was a stuffed bird behind us.  We didn't plan it, I swear!

Dan and I hiked the 6 miles of dunes that you can find at Crane Beach.  And let me tell you it was hot and hiking in soft dune sand is tough.  Once we made it half way through the hike we stopped and took in the ocean.  
 {We saw a deer!}

Dan, not only wrote me a sweet little note in the sand but he also dared me to sprint down one of the dunes.  I almost ate it about five times.  Naturally he took photos of the whole thing but I am only showing you this one.  The rest of them were way to interesting.  You can kind of see me.  I am the little dot flailing my arms like a crazy.

We finished up the day having dinner on the water in Rockport.  
The rest of the weekend was filled with good friends, family, BBQs, and of course a ride on the Harley.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

balsamic-rosemary salmon

Last week me and the husband grilled our dinners almost every night.
It was complete bliss.
And the tastiest?
Grilled balsamic-rosemary salmon.

What you need:
salmon steaks {or fillets}
1 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons of olive oil
fresh lemon juice {I used a half of a lemon}
fresh rosemary

What you do:
Whisk together all the ingredients in a shallow bowl.  Place the salmon in the bowl and marinate the fish for about 30 minutes.  Once the salmon is marinated place it on a preheated grill.  Grill the salmon about 4 minutes on each side on high heat.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

how i start my mornings

Now that the sun is coming up before I have to work, I have been waking up even earlier to start my day.  Most of the time I am a morning person.  I say most of the time because some days it takes a lot for me to get out of bed.  I have gotten my morning routine down - feed the cats, make some coffee, do a few yoga poses, eat some breakfast....
You know, pretty typical.

As I mentioned here I have started juicing and it has made my morning routine delicious.  And I may have even touched on drinking what I call, green juice.  Yes, it is green and if your sensitive to weird textured foods this may not be your thing.  The green juice recipe that I have comes from my friend (and blogger) Meghan.  You can visit her blog abundantly raw and find the recipe for green juice (she calls it her breakfast concoction) here.  Meghan is a certified raw vegan chef and her recipes are so good.  We met while getting our certification to teach yoga and I have to say the concept of being a raw vegan floored me.  But Meghan wasn't the only raw vegan in the bunch.  There were quite a few.  I learned so many different ways to nourish my body by talking with them about how they cooked and ate.  If your interested in this type of lifestyle I am sure Meghan would be happy to answer any of your questions.    

So go check out Meghan's blog and try some of her recipes.  I swear the green juice recipe is better than coffee and I drink it almost every morning.  It is so packed with vitamins it will knock your socks off.  
See, I already drank my green juice and my enthusiasm for life is kicking in.

 Bottoms up and enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

peace of mind

Having peace of mind is a little bit different for everyone.  But if you have had pleasure of having peace of mind (and I pray you all have), than you know how wonderful it is.  
For me it is when all is right with the world.  It is when I remember to appreciate the small and wonderful things.  It is when I remember to thank God for this blessed and amazing life.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

a springtime bridal shower

I snuck out of work early on Friday and headed to Maine.  My beautiful friend Sara is getting married in a little over a month and her shower was this past Saturday.
 We spent Friday afternoon getting all the flowers ready for the shower.  It was beautiful out and we got to sit outside the old farmhouse and fill vases full of these amazing flowers.
{pink pom-poms//martha stewart}
Sara's mom made these gorgeous tissue paper pom-poms.  They were stunning decorations for the shower.
 {There was so much wonderful food}
 {Sara and her mom}
 {Sara with her sister and Maid of Honor}
{The bridal party minus Lindsey :( with the beautiful bride}
 The last photo is three generations of ladies.  Sara's grandparents 60th anniversary was on the day of her shower and Grammy had some good advice for a long and happy marriage. 
I simply cannot wait for this wedding!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

a week of new things

Just wanted to show you a few new things I tried this week.  Some good, some bad.  I think life is about the new, the old, the boring, the beautiful and we have to try ALL of it to have a full life.
 In our Boston Organics delivery this week we got dandelion greens.  I had to figure out what to do with them.  I sauteed them in olive oil and garlic.  I ate them with everything this week but to be honest they are a bit bitter for my taste.  Have you ever had them?  Well, apparently you can make them a lot less bitter by blanching them first and then sauteing.  Better luck next time. 
 I bought a juicer.  Did I happen to mention that on here?  It was a big to do and now I juice just about everything.  This was the first orange juice I ever made.  I can't even describe how good fresh juice is.  Just take my word for it.
 Our yard is looking better and better everyday.  We finally dug up and started our first ever garden.  We are growing most things by seed and crossing our fingers that we have good luck with fresh vegetables and herbs.  I'll keep you guys in the loop.
With a new season comes a fresh start in my book.  My goal as we head into the beautiful summer is to throw caution into the wind and live like I won't fail.  First comes freshly squeezed orange juice, next who knows, the sky is the limit.  It is all about the baby steps.

Hope everyone had a happy and blessed weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dominican Republic

Well, I am finally getting around to posting about our trip to the Dominican Republic.  Most of the traveling Dan and I have done has been sight seeing/backpacking kind of traveling. On this trip we stayed at a beautiful resort and did no sightseeing whatsoever. It was wonderful.
{first day we headed straight to the beach}
{Swim up pool bars are too much fun.  We made our way there quite a few times.}
 {My fearless husband convinced me to go parasailing.  Side note: I am totally scared of heights.}
The water was stunning.  As you can see I couldn't stop taking photos of it.  If you ever have the chance to go parasailing please do.  Like I said, I am scared of heights but for some reason being over the water made me a lot less nervous.

 It was amazing to be up that high and to see everything from a different perspective.  Thank God my husband gets me out of my comfort zone, face my fears, and sends my 200 feet above the ocean.
 {My handsome husband}
This was Dan and my honeymoon.  We seriously booked it a week before we left and used a travel agent.  I know, I didn't think travel agents existed since we can book things so easily online, but they do and she was amazing.  Dan had just gotten back from deployment and I didn't want to haul him out of the country again but I am so glad we did.  It was an amazing trip.  
Oh and don't forget relaxing.