The Weekly Recap Blog: River Floating, DIY Projects, & Pad Thai Recipe
This recap post almost didn’t happen this morning. I just spent the last 45-minutes trying to revive my computer after Leo’s big furry tail knocked over my coffee onto the keys. Luckily my persistent hair drying method worked, and my keyboard has finally regained life. I deserve some kind of computer doctor medal after that one. It’s a good thing my computer is working because I’m excited to share my week with you all. It was a good one.
Last week was filled with a lot of fun. I made time for tennis, went river floating down the catawba, went out with some friends, tried a (new to me) vegan restaurant in Charlotte, made a pad thai with zoodles that you must try, and got covered in paint working on a DIY project with my dad. Now, that is my kind of week. This week, I’m going to focus more on my running, organizing closets in the house, and posting the California blogs. 😊 Now that I’m back from my morning run, I made a second cup of coffee, and it’s time to start writing the recap!
The heat has me feeling defeated when it comes to running. I’m not giving up though, just taking it a lot slower until the cooler months get here. My goal is to keep running 2-4 miles several times a week to maintain my endurance until I can go all in. Even when I go out to run two miles, I feel pretty proud of myself.
Before I headed out on my run on Monday, I made a bowl of my protein oats. I use oats, water, protein powder, and top it with nut butter. I have found that this small pre-run breakfast makes me feel the best and doesn’t cause stomach cramping. I’ll usually recover from my run with a smoothie.
ps, I filmed a day in the life on Monday 😊 —> video link
After my Monday morning run, I spent the rest of the day working on my recap blog (like every Monday 😊).
For lunch, I made a delicious tuna salad wrap and a green smoothie (the tutorial is in the video.) Kyle and I been living off this tuna salad for a couple of weeks. It’s so dang tasty. I got Becca hooked on it last night, and she had to run to the store to make her own. It’s perfect for adding to salads, crackers, or sandwiches. Next time, I need to make it in a bigger batch, so I have plenty of leftovers.
I decided to switch it up and make something new on Monday night, so when I saw gluten-free pad thai sauce at the grocery store, I knew I needed to buy it. The recipe turned out to be so delicious, and I’ve made it twice! Last night, I made it with zucchini noodles, and I’m already counting down the hours until lunchtime, so I can eat the leftovers 😋 I bought more ingredients on my way home last night so I could shoot some photos and make a more formal recipe blog post, but the recipe is in my recap video from Monday + more details towards the bottom of this blog post!
On Tuesday morning, I had a blackberry spinach smoothie for breakfast. It had 3 cups of fresh spinach, 1/2 cup frozen blackberries, one scoop of amazing grass greens, one scoop of vanilla protein powder, 2 cups of water, and topped with granola and nut butter!
For lunch, I had Mary’s Jalapeno seed crackers topped with my tuna salad and leftover pad tai on the side.
On Tuesday night, I met up with my friend, Emily (best karaoke dancer in the Lake Tahoe Video), for dinner at Fern. Fern is a vegan restaurant in Charlotte that I have wanted to try for a while now. I had heard so many good things, and it didn’t disappoint.
For my dinner, I ordered their white bean burger with garlic aioli on gluten-free bread with a side of herb potatoes. Wow, was it good! We decided to order dessert to top off the delicious food while we finished our glass of wine. We decided to go with raspberry & chocolate mousse. It was unreal! The presentation was abstract on a plate. The creamy chocolate mouse hit the spot, and I would recommend it if you try this place out.
speaking of places to eat in Charlotte; I’m working on updating my Charlotte Guide page. It’s so dated, and I think creating a “weekend in Charlotte” blog post will be so much better!
On Wednesday, I worked on the blog all day, and then go around to making a Purple Carrot for dinner. I tried out the scallion noodle cakes with crispy broccolini and tamarind sauce. I was pretty shocked by how good the noodle cakes were! I baked extra chicken in the oven for kyle’s plate, but he also loved the noodle cakes. They were so unique, and the crispy edges made each bite extra tasty like biting into a crispy french fry.
So Thursday’s run, oh boy. I made it 2.2 miles and had to walk the rest of the way. It was hot, and I waited way too long to go out for a run. Plus, I kept getting into my head and psyching myself out. It’s crazy how we can get in our heads and create a huge mental block. One of my rules for running is that if I can’t run the rest of the route, I must walk it. I can’t just walk back to my house after going one mile, but walk the rest of the planned run. I have found that this makes me feel less defeated when I can’t keep going.
I just threw a ton of stuff in a bowl for dinner on Thursday night. I made steamed broccoli, cauliflower gnocchi, and a black bean burger! I don’t mind these random dinner nights because they are quick to make and plus they taste great.
After finishing the ice cream blog post on Friday, I ate a quick lunch, and then headed over to my parent’s house to work on a project with my dad! I had a big salad with spinach, kale, cabbage, tuna salad, avocado aioli dressing, sesame seeds, cucumbers, and tomatoes. It hit the spot!
My dad and I have been working on making fun cornhole boards! We play all the time, but I wanted heavy-duty boards that had less bounce. My dad built these in a few hours, and then I came over to paint them! I’m going to put the finishing coat on them tomorrow, and then order some pink and yellow bags off of amazon. I told my dad that since he’s retired, he should start building these for people!
I didn’t know for sure what I wanted to paint on them, but I did know I wanted a lot of colors. I started taping off the top with painters tape until I created a fun design. I have some paint spots to touch up since it bled under the tape a bit, but I’m pretty satisfied with how they turned out. I’ll be making some fall ones with pumpkins on them next!
After working on these in the backyard heat, I floated around the pool for a bit to cool down and then headed home to shower off and get ready for some fun Friday night plans.
We met a group of friends at Kid Cashew for dinner! This is another one of my favorite spots in Charlotte. Kyle and I split the marinated chicken skewers and hummus for a starter. For my entree, I ordered the quinoa stuffed avocado with salmon on top. The dish was terrific and it would be fun to recreate at home. I loved the idea of stuffing avocados with quinoa. If you’re a salmon lover, I highly suggest their salmon. They know how to cook it to perfection.
After dinner, we all headed over to 1812 to check out the cool speakeasy. It’s so cool because you walk into Manchester, and give the person working the password, and she opens up a brick wall, and you take the stairs down to this cool cocktail bar. If you’re ever out with friends in Charlotte, this is a cool spot to bring them to.
I was up bright and early on Saturday morning to meet up with my tennis group. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get out and play, but it felt so good to be back! And even though it was in the nineties, I managed to fit in the three hours of playing time. Since I’ve been running again, my endurance when it comes to playing tennis has been so much better. I’m never huffing and puffing after a game.
When I got home, I made tuna salad wraps for lunch for kyle and me, and then we headed to look at a few homes! We spent the rest of the evening finally watching Bohemian Rapsody, and dang was that an excellent movie. We also watched the docu-series I Love you, now die: The Common Weather vs. Michelle Carter on HBO, and that’s such a crazy and messed up case. Yikes.
On Sunday morning, Becca and I met up to go floating down the river! We’ve been doing this for the past three years, and it never gets old. (year 1, year 2) We did replace the tube this year since last year we floated down on a deflated tube 😆
After parking the car at the Riverwalk, we drove the river access in Fort Mill to begin our adventure down!
And leave it to us to pack venti iced coffees!
It can take anywhere from 2-3 hours to float down the river, so we brought our lunches in a cooler. Of course, I made us delicious tuna salad sandwiches!
Becca was the real MVP of the day. We were floating fast downstream and were about to miss our chance of getting out near the car, so she dove off the tube and swam us to shore. 💜
When I got home, I showered off all the river water, made a cappucinno, and started working on the blog. Around 6 pm, I decided to make some pad thai with zoodles for dinner! I can’t believe how good it turned out. I cooked the zoodles up in a pan on high with avocado oil until the zoodles with fully cooked. Then, I added pad tai sauce, spinach, and peanuts! I made regular rice noodles for Kyle and then added shrimp on top of both! I’ll get a recipe blog post out for this one this week. 😊
Questions for you!
- What is something fun you like to do in the summertime with your friends outdoors?
- Have you ever been to a speakeasy?
- What state do you live in?
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