I think I could really get used to four day weekends.  It’s enough time to get all your chores done and feel like you can relax before heading back to work.

On Friday I met with a personal trainer at my gym.  Um, turns out that all they wanted to do was “sell” me the personal trainer program.  The minimum purchase was $99 for three sessions, but she pointed out that since my goal is to lose 30 pounds the best option for me was their 36 session plan, which only cost $1100!  No thanks.

I ended up getting my 50 minute treadmill workout done though.  And that was the end of my structured exercise for the weekend. Sad smile

I am normally not a list maker, but I did want to get several things accomplished over the weekend.

  • call insurance about my glucose test strips
  • put old cabinets that have been in our basement for years unused on freecycle.org
  • pick up contacts
  • check for summer clothes in the attic
  • clean house
  • clean basement area by downstairs fridge
  • reorganize kitchen stuff (i.e., casserole dishes, pots, pans, etc.)
  • wash windows and screens

I am happy to say that I accomplished everything but picking up my contacts – they closed by the time I got there.  Not bad!  I don’t mind cleaning, but I have to be in the mood for it, and luckily Friday was the day.  It had been a while since I wiped down the baseboards, wiped down the ceiling fans, move the furniture to vacuum, etc.

I guess the only good thing about a small house is that it only took me 3 hours to do everything. Open-mouthed smile

We did a lot of grilling over the weekend:

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Don’t underestimate the deliciousness of hot sauce on corn!

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Tony made me breakfast:

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We ordered out for Chinese Sunday night – beef and broccoli with pork bbq fried rice – no onions. Open-mouthed smile

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Long time readers know I don’t bake very much, other than bread and pizza. Open-mouthed smile  Strawberries were on sale so I knew I would be making some sort of dessert for Memorial Day.  I found this recipe and I am so happy – this dessert was stunning!  Although I have to say that it was 50/50 on liking the basil in the ice cream.  I think it made the dessert!

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My strawberries were really sweet so I only added 1 tablespoon to the whole bottom layer.  And who knew ritz crackers, brown sugar and almonds would make such a great topping?!

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I actually made this on Sunday and just left it out and served it room temperature.  Love how juicy the strawberries got after this came out of the oven.

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I’ll definitely make this one again!  We had my Mom, SIL, nephew and his girlfriend over.  We decided on a taco fiesta!  Marinated flank steak and chicken – I also made crockpot refried beans, a black bean and corn salad and had way too much food – but my policy has always been “better to have too much than not enough.” Open-mouthed smile

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It was the perfect ending to a nice long weekend.  I did have my WI yesterday – guess what’s back?


Yep, I gained a pound this past week.  I can attribute it to not working out Saturday, Sunday and Monday – as well as some few extra licks and tastes since I didn’t blog over the weekend.  It’s all good – I’ll get back on track.   And thanks for the dozen people who emailed me to ask if I was okay since I didn’t blog since Friday – I appreciate your concern, but just needed to unplug. Open-mouthed smile

So here is today’s Inspirational Diet video – make it a great day!   Open-mouthed smile