My Week In Review (otherwise known as WIR) posts are just that: a review of my past week. I post an update here every Tuesday sharing some tidbits of my previous week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram. Here’s the buzz from my week:
Happy July! I’ve mentioned before how I am a creature of habit when it comes to my general nutrition (with the exception of dining out on the weekends of course) but that my staple meals and snacks change seasonally. Now that summer is in full swing, I’ve been enjoying some lighter fare, including lots of fresh fruit and cooler foods and drinks. My go-to breakfast lately is Greek yogurt mixed with a bit of honey, granola, and fresh berries. My favorite mid-morning snack is pineapple with a side of organic walnuts (weird combination, I know, but I find I process fruit better when I pair it with healthy fats). While I most definitely prefer drinking tea, I find I don’t consume nearly as much in the summer months, probably because I like it better hot than iced. Every once in a blue moon, however, I crave a little coffee. I can’t handle the caffeine, so it’s decaf all the way for me, but still oh-so tasty! I think the last time I consumed coffee was about this time last year. When the mood does strike, infrequent as it may be, my favorite Starbucks summer indulgence is an iced decaf caramel macchiato. If you’re a caramel lover like me, ask for extra caramel (yes, please!).
Another thing that changes seasonally for me is color and pattern preferences for clothing and accessories. Currently I am in love with everything mint colored! I was noticing earlier last week just how much I have surrounded myself with minty blues and greens lately in everything from my running gear, to my planners, accessories, nail polish, and even my dog Winnie’s hair bows! It is such a refreshing color! I guess it makes sense that I am so infatuated with it right now when it is hot and muggy outside. I’m also really into this cute pineapple print from Target that I now own a couple of tops in. Apparently, I love both eating pineapple and wearing pineapple print! Another wonderfully refreshing delight for summer.
We had a jam-packed weekend filled with family, friends, food, and fun! My brother and his family drove up to spend the holiday weekend at my parent’s house. We spent both Thursday and Friday nights with the family. We have so much fun together! There’s always laughter and lots of good food at our gatherings. My brother snapped these pics of me and Don. Of course we had to have a silly (scary?) face one, too!
On Friday night we celebrated both the 4th of July and a few summer birthdays at my parent’s house. I brought Funfetti Confetti Cupcakes (recipe by the Little Spice Jar) I baked in honor of the special multi-celebration. Don made his famous chicken wings, my Mom served up a bountiful feast of tasty snacks, and my Dad grilled burgers and hot dogs. We walked into town to watch the local fireworks and had a jolly good time!
On Saturday, Don & I hosted our annual backyard summer bash featuring Don’s tasty smoked ribs and lamb. This year we also served up delightful smoked trout bites, with the fish caught and smoked by my Dad, as well as the most delectable smoked prime rub crostinis and one of the best things I think Don has ever made (and that’s really saying something because I think all of his food is delicious!). I baked up cookies and mini berry crumbles for dessert and we invited both sides of the family as well as our good friends we’ve known since high school. It was such a fun party! Our friends stayed the night and we ate even more delectable food the next morning when Don made buttermilk pancakes and bacon. We had some bacon left over which inspired us to grill up burgers (yes, again! LOL 😉 ) for dinner Sunday night. All in all, it was quite the weekend eating fest!
If you’d like to see more from my weekend, check out my vlog:
I’d love to know how you spent the holiday weekend if you care to share. I couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate than with the ones I love. I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your loved ones as well!
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