In my dreams I have a beautiful garden.  I wake up early to tend to it, the dew dripping off the leaves as I reach down and pluck perfect tomatoes, peppers and zucchini.  I make homemade pasta sauce, salsa and zucchini bread with my bounty.

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Turns out I have a black thumb though.  Plants and gardens come to my house to die.  It is nice to dream though! Open-mouthed smile

Another wonderful weekend has come to an end.  Saturday Tony and I decided to hit up our local restaurant for pizza and a beer for lunch after grocery shopping.  I love Summer Shandy!

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I have a tip for you guys.  Don’t drink beer and pizza for lunch and then attempt to do Insanity later in the day.  Gah.  I felt sluggish at best and probably exerted 80% of energy doing the workout.

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I finished it, but it wasn’t pretty!

Saturday night we ended up eating late and hung outside while we grilled listening to 8 Track – if you haven’t downloaded that app you should.  It has hundreds of thousands of playlists and you can sort it by mood – 70s, working out, etc.

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What let us stay outside?  This bug spray.  Holy cow the mosquitos are in full force because of all the rain we had.  Tony sprayed this on Friday and I sprayed it again on Saturday and the mosquitos stayed away.

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I wasn’t hungry until I started to smell the chicken cook and I brought out some snacks – celery, dill dip, some cheese and grapes.

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Tony and I love grilled whole chicken.  It’s usually fairly inexpensive, and the leftovers are always put to good use.  But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grilled a chicken, only to bring it inside and have the chicken raw by the legs and wings.

So we ended up butterflying the chicken and we’ve never looked back.  Simply cut out the back bone and lay flat – it usually only takes about 45 minutes to cook and it’s done perfect every time.

It’s actually called spatchcock – here is a video on how to do it.  My brother and sister are probably throwing up in their mouths watching this video because they can’t do any meat with bones – such a shame because it’s so good.  I don’t cut it in half though.


I also melt a tablespoon of butter and brush the chicken with butter.  And this time I also added sliced lemon underneath the skin of the breast. We also cook the chicken on  cookie rack on a cast iron skillet so that the chicken cooks evenly and any fat drips in the pan, not on the coals.

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This was so good – and the leftovers were made into Renee’s Lemon Orzo Soup for lunch today.

Saturday I woke up at 10:30!  Yesterday I was up at 7:30 ready to go.  While I don’t mind having a lazy day I can’t do two lazy days in a row. Open-mouthed smile  I fixed all my SIL’s food for the week by 9:30 and then headed out to our local farmers market.

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I ended up buying green beans, blueberries and string cheese.  I only had a slice of toast before I went – for some reason I wasn’t hungry yesterday.  I ran a couple other errands and came home and made Tony lunch, but I didn’t want to eat anything before working out – it felt much better and I was able to give it 110%.

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I ended up eating a Chobani after working out.

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After my SIL left I showered and Tony and I went to see Despicable Me 2 – such a great movie!  There are certain movies Tony and I deem movie theater worthy, and that was one of them.  But holy smokes – the matinee price?  $8.50!  We bought a medium popcorn and I smuggled in a bottle of water and pop for us.  Had we bought drinks it would have cost us $25 to see the movie!

But by the time we got home, my hunger was alive and well!  I made steak tacos and stove top refried beans.  I pretty much ate the whole plate! Open-mouthed smile

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We thought we could go without turning on the air, but it was just too humid last night.  Our last electric bill was only $58 so I can’t complain – it’s the middle of July and we’ve only turned on the central air a handful of times.

Alright, it’s time to throw my shit together for the day – it’s sunny out and I don’t think we have any rain forecasted until Friday so I will hit the pool at lunch today.  tonight is Month 2 – Day 10 of Insanity – Max Interval Plyo – I think that’s the one with all the pushups! Crying face

Question of the Day:  What was the highlight of your weekend?

Make it a great day!