What a weekend!!! Lots of driving, wedding stuff and (food) shopping! I think to save some time I’ll recap the weekend and wedding details in this post and interject the few fun places we stopped in posts throughout the next few days. I don’t want this to get too long! So, Saturday morning we left town by 9am. The last thing I did before we left the house was eat breakfast. -1 cup water -2/3 cup oats -cinnamon - Enjoy Life Foods Mountain Mambo trail mix It started raining when we left and rained the whole 3 hour drive. Yuck. The only good thing was that we didn’t hit any traffic at all going through Toronto. I guess all the world leaders were already where they needed to be by the time we rolled through! The rain let up enough for me to get a photo of our destination town! The further east you get from T.O., the prettier, IMO, and I think Belleville is just gorgeous! My hubby and I both agree that we’d like to spend at least a week down in that area sometime soon.
Before checking into the hotel we stopped at our eating out stand by, Subway. Just by fluke, DD and my MIL showed up at the same time so we all ate lunch together. My MIL and I have both wanted to try the new (to us) orchard salad sub so that’s exactly what we got! Ooooh, did I ever like this! I kept it simple by just adding tomato and lettuce and it was just perfect. I’m actually going to recreate it at home sometime this week. From what I can tell all I need to do is combine chopped up chicken breast, raisins, dried cranberries, diced celery and mayo (or Greek yogurt) and I should come out with something very similar. With my sub I also had about half of this bag of chips: DS took care of the other half for me! Next up was hotel check in, rest a bit and then get ready for the wedding. I tried to take a few photos at the hotel, but I think I just look goofy! LOL! We had a half hour ride to the church which was in another (smaller) community. Thankfully, the rain stopped by the time we got there. After the ceremony the bride and groom were able to take all their photos outside at a park that was walking distance from the church. Here are a few pics from that area: On the way back to the Jeep we passed a small ice cream shop and DS asked to stop for a cone. The sign read “ice cream hand made daily in small batches” so I was curious to try it out. DS chose peanut butter banana, my hubby had razzaberry and I went for the ginger rhubarb: Quite honestly, I have never tasted ice cream so good! I was just like frozen cheesecake! Creamy, thick and silky all at once! The scoop was small but it was rich enough that it was all we needed to be 100% satisfied. We drove over to Picton which is where the reception was held. This is another small town of 4000 people and is right on the shores of Lake Ontario. It’s really too bad that the weather was less than stellar because we could see some stunning boats and yachts at the docks and there are some beautiful homes along the shore, but it was too wet to get very close. We were able to stroll up and down the main strip, though. One of my purchases will show up in the form of a review later in the week. :)
Finally it was time to head over to the reception! This is where we really got a chance to catch up with my hubby’s side of the family. Mostly all of his cousins are female which is a lot of fun! We ate: Drank (not me….I’ve never really liked the taste of alcohol!) and danced.
My hubby took this and wouldn’t it figure that my eyes were closed!! That’s DD in the floral dress and Aunt Darlene in the purple....HI, Aunt Dar!! . DS had had enough by 11pm so we said our goodbye’s and drove back to the hotel. I crashed by 12:30am and slept like a rock until 8am. And did I ever wake up HUNGRY! The boys were still passed out so I got myself ready with plans to head down for breakfast while they slept, but just as I was heading out the door my hubby woke up starving, too. LOL! DS was still passed out so we gently woke him up (you do not want to wake that boy up fast or he will be impossibly grumpy the whole day. We’ve learned that lesson the hard way!). By 8:30 we were sitting down to some chow. I had full intentions of making a bowl of oatmeal with banana and some walnuts that I brought from home, but when I saw that they had a waffle maker I knew that’s what I wanted. I used enough batter for half a waffle and topped it with banana slices and maple syrup: It’s been a long time since I indulged in one of these and it was delightful. I was still a little hungry when that was done so I grabbed a vanilla yogurt, too. Surprisingly, this meal kept my tummy from growling for almost 6 hours! We had to check out of the hotel by 11am, but DS had time for a swim before doing so. Well, he ended up spending more time in the hot tub, but whatever! He was happy! My MIL dropped DD off just as we were checking out and we hit the road for home. AMEN! Even with 2 pit stops along the way, we still made it home in just under 3hrs. We were amazed (and thankful) to not hit any traffic coming across Toronto again. I’ll reveal pit stop #1 later in the week, but pit stop #2 was lunch….at 2pm! We hit up Subway again as soon as we got off the highway. This time I ordered a 6” turkey and Swiss with pretty much the works. This went down SO good! And my belly was happy, too. Once home we pretty much crashed for a few hours. I brought my book out onto the deck and read for a few hours. Glorious! Dinner was a fend for yourself kinda deal. The kids ate leftover pizza and I grilled some tofu and asparagus for myself with some Dijonnaise on the side for dipping. Then I enjoyed a bowl of apple crumble from pit stop #1 with a little Cool Whip! It rained like nobody’s business after supper. It felt like we were in a monsoon in the rain forest! No joke. Our satellite bit the dust so I took the opportunity to catch up on all my blog reading while the fam watched Monster House. We all crashed pretty early.
If it wasn’t for the breakfast I had planned getting out of bed would’ve been much harder this morning. While at pit stop #1 yesterday I bought some fresh, homemade apple bread that was just begging to be turned into French toast: I dipped a nice thick slice into a mixture of egg whites, USAB, vanilla and cinnamon. I let it cook until golden brown on both side and just topped it with a bit of butter as it really didn’t need anything else. This turned out spectacular! The bread has a brioche like consistency which made for a nicely textured piece of toast. No disappointment here! LOL
Work was the usual Monday stuff. No surprises which is always a good thing. I ate my very last WCMN Clif bar before heading to the gym: The gym saw me on the elliptical.
Time: 45 minutes Avg Hr: 156 Max Hr: 168 Calories Torched: 427 Distance: 4.9 miles
I had about a ½ a container of goat’s milk yogurt in the fridge that needed finishing so I brought that for lunch: I mixed in some honey and thawed blueberries for a very pretty looking meal!
My afternoon snack was a cut up orange;
This fella was kinda dry, but still sweet. It was a little strange, actually! The fam had pasta for dinner and in a round about way, I did, too. I stir fried some tofu, asparagus and mango with Japanese ginger dressing and then stirred in a 1/2 cup of high fibre pasta. A bit of freshly grated parm was sprinkled over the top.
This was really darn tasty! HA! Right after dinner I went a did the groceries. We were down to bare bones. I’ve been eyeing up a smoothie type drink for the past few weeks and it went on sale today so I snatched myself a bottle. I tried some as soon as I got home!
Anyone ever had this before? It’s awfully sweet so I’m glad I only poured a very small glass. It’s definitely something I’ll enjoy in small doses. The kids really like the strawberry banana one. I also had more of this:
My hubby just finished it off, thank God! There’s a very good reason why I rarely have food like this around the house….I eat it all!
Well, That would be it. Kinda lengthy, I know, but I hope you enjoyed anyways!