A Seaside Picnic

One of the most fun things I did all summer was the lighthouse picnic. Bruce and I went 2 weekends ago and loved it. For the locals the lighthouse is in Ferryland, about an hour’s drive from the city. Once you arrive in Ferryland the lighthouse itself is about a 25 minute walk in, the walk and drive were really both a fun part of the experience. I love driving around and seeing new things!

 

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Once we arrived at the lighthouse we ordered our picnic and were given a blanket and a flag to find us when our lunch was ready! We spent the time waiting taking some pictures around the lighthouse.

 

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Quite a view isn’t it? After about 20 minutes our fresh picnic was brought out! Each picnic consists of a salad, sandwich, dessert and fresh squeezed lemonade! We also ordered coffee to go with ours. The lighthouse salad was a mix of orzo, peppers, cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese – it was heavenly. We chose mango curried chicken for our sandwich and again it was delicious. All the sandwiches are made on fresh bread baked at the lighthouse. Finally, for dessert I had the chocolate ganache cake and Bruce had the apple cake. It was probably the best lunch I have ever eaten.

 

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We enjoyed all this amazing food while overlooking the ocean watching whales and seals play – it was incredible.

 

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A whale that kept coming up for air, he was too quick to get a good shot!

 

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Hello little seal!

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I feel so thankful every day to live this close to the ocean! Smile I loved every second of the lighthouse picnic and will definitely be back to enjoy it again next summer.

 

Just a note for the locals it took us over 2 weeks to get a reservation and I believe it closes the end of September so you’d better book early if you want to get in before the summer is over!

 

Anyone else enjoy a picnic this summer?

Any locals experience the lighthouse picnic before?

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

It has taken a while but this is finally my last trip recap, took me long enough I know! : ) St. Thomas was by FAR my favourite stop on my cruise. Beautiful scenery and the most gorgeous beach you have EVER seen. I absolutely have to go back there some day, I’d love to spend a week or two there.

Other recaps of my trip:

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 1

Sailing on the Carnival Valor Part 2

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

We started our day off by riding the gondola to paradise point, LOOK at that view. It was stunning!

 

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After our ride we headed downtown to do a little shopping and I went to my very first Tiffany & Co. store. I may have made a little purchase, duty and tax free of course! Winking smile I have always loved the Tiffany keys so I thought it would be the perfect souvenir from our trip. I wear it constantly so it was a great purchase!

 

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Anyone else every visit the Virgin Islands?

I Heart Weekends

This has been such a good weekend. I had my first fabulous hot yoga experience Friday, which I can’t wait to do again. Saturday was very productive I got a lot accomplished on my “to-do” list and then headed to Topsail Beach for a fire with some friends. It was incredibly fun and relaxing.

 

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I love my job, but I love the weekends as well. There have been a lot of good ones this summer. Just last weekend Bruce and I celebrated our 5th anniversary. I didn’t want to do anything extravagant so we went to an afternoon movie, went for a drive and had a casual dinner at Relish the new gourmet burger spot that just opened.

 

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I had the turkey burger big Texas style with onions, bacon and BBQ sauce with sweet potato fries. It was so much food but so good!  Smile I would highly recommend Relish!

 

Anyways I should go get back to enjoying what’s left of the weekend, today’s a rest day for me and I am taking full advantage! Have a great one everybody!

 

What did you do this weekend?

Best burger you ever had? 

On Losing Motivation

I’ve been an absent blogger a lot this summer, the reality of the situation is I’ve been busy and loving it! I have a lot of fun things to recap though so stick around! : ) The other problem? Since my last race The Tely 10 my motivation for exercise disappeared big time. I took a week off, then I got the flu, and then I got lazy. I’m not afraid to say it! I was too busy having fun and bored with my routine. My knees are still not great, which didn’t help my motivation either.

 

This week I got sick of excuses and decided to change my mindset and switch things up. I decided to switch out one of my running days for a cross-training day that will be something different each week. Last week I went swimming. I also added back in 2 days of strength training in the form of body pump. The last 2 weeks I have been pushing myself really hard in class and loving it. Finally, last night I tried hot yoga for the first time and fell in love. I was so sweaty by the end of class but yet so relaxed, it was amazing.

 

I needed a change and a little more variety. I love running but I need a little more variety in my workouts to keep me challenged and excited to get out the door. This week I ran a total of 16 miles, 2 classes of body pump, and a hot yoga class and I am proud! I feel like I’ve got my groove back! Smile It just goes to show how important variety is when it comes to exercise!!

 

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I can feel the fall coming – the air is just a little cooler and it feels like change! But as I’ve learned this week there’s nothing wrong with a little change, it’s can be good for you.

 

What exciting plans do you have for the end of summer?

What have you done recently to change things up!

WIAW: The Regatta Edition

It has been a LONG time since I participated in WIAW. But I have loved reading everyone else’s posts. I had some interesting new eats today so I thought it would be a good time to bring back my old Wednesday tradition! Smile

 

 

I started my day off with a pretty boring egg-white sandwich, it was tasty but I need new breakfast ideas. I didn’t even bother taking a picture because you’ve seen it a thousand times. After body pump followed by a run I whipped up a smoothie with almond milk, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds, spinach and ice! What a yummy post-workout drink!

 

Once I was showered Bruce and I headed down to the Regatta, we got a holiday today for the oldest sporting event in North America. I am a former rower myself so I love to catch the races! Smile It was a beautiful day for it. So we hopped on the bus and hit the lakeside for some sun, races, and Indian food!

 

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I had a samosa, potato curry and basmati rice. It was all amazing and so filling! Plus there is nothing that says summer more to me then sitting lakeside watching the races in the sunshine and eating! Smile 

 

After getting our share of sun we headed home, but after a heavy lunch I couldn’t stomach the thought of a heavy dinner so soup and sandwich sounded amazing. I made this broccoli, chicken and cheddar soup (recipe below) and a turkey sandwich with pickles. The soup was amazing, without the usual cream found in broccoli soup I found it light! Trust me it tasted much better then it looks.

 

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Broccoli, Chicken, and Cheddar Soup Serves 4

  • 1 yellow onion
  • EVOO
  • 1 small chicken breast
  • 2 large heads of broccoli (4 – 5 cups)
  • 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup reduced sodium beef broth
  • roasted pepper and garlic seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded light cheddar
  • salt and pepper

 

Cook the chicken (seasoned with roasted pepper and garlic seasoning) in the EVOO with onions until cooked thoroughly. Remove the chicken and chop it up into small pieces then set it aside. Add broth and broccoli to onions and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Once broccoli is cooked start adding batches of the soup to the blender and blend until smooth. It took me about 3 batches to get it all done. Add puréed soup back to pan, add chicken pieces in and bring to a boil again. Serve hot topped with cheddar cheese!

 

What’s your favourite breakfast? I need ideas!

Any rowers reading?

What’s your favourite summer soup?