Birthday Adventures

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Good morning!

Thank you all so much for your birthday wishes yesterday! I ended up having a great day.

After breakfast, Eric told me to put on my spandex shorts. I could only assume that good things were going to follow!

He put my new gear on my bike…

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Bike bag and tire pump are now on my bike:

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The bike bag now contains a bike tube and a swiss-army type bike tool.

Eric revealed that he was taking me through our try-a-tri route! We have been meaning to go for a while now, but the rain from the past two weeks has prevented us.

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The 2.5k run will be done on a trail, which we weren’t aware of. I love running on trails!

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We saw the water where we will be doing the open-water swim! *GULP*

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We both got nervous thinking about it and tried to imagine what 375 metres looked like.

*gulp, gulp*

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Gorgeous.

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After the trail ride, we had a picnic lunch that Eric packed earlier.

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He took these pictures beforehand…

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Our picnic lunch contained:

  • 2 apples
  • 2 Raw and GF Glo Bars
  • Salsa + hummus
  • Homemade trail mix (apricot, almonds, raisins)
  • Chips
  • Cashew butter and blueberry jam sandwich (to split)

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Look what we saw!

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We got home hours later and I had a minor incident with my sunglasses.

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Eric surprised me with CSA half share at Plan B Organic farm! You might remember me gushing about it last year. I was really shocked because I thought he forgot that I even mentioned it. It begins on June 2nd and carries on through until October. The gift that keeps on giving! 

I have wanted to support a local organic farmer for a long time now. This makes me very happy. :wub:

We will be picking up a box from the farm every Wednesday. They also have tours of the farm that we would like to go on. Eric said it ‘brings him out of his comfort zone’ because he knows I am going to be getting him to eat all kinds of weird veggies. :lol: True, dat!

As for the Vita-Mix— my new GF + Raw Glo Bars require the use of a blender and my current Kitchen aid blender doesn’t do the job very well.  I am toying around with the idea of using some of my tax return money to get a new blender, but I haven’t decided when I am going to get one though. I also haven’t decided whether I want a Vita-mix or a Blend-tec…I hear great things about Blend-tecs too!

After lounging around outside for a bit longer, it was time to make dinner. We decided to cook together and make something very light and summery.

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Quinoa Summer Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 English cuke
  • 1 large tomato
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 4 tbsp dried cranberries
  • Italian Seasonings
  • Sea Salt and pepper
  • Sweet and Tangy All-Purpose Dressing (we doubled it)

Directions: Rinse and cook quinoa according to package directions. Chop veggies. Mix together with dressing and serve. Serves 2.

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It was fabbbbbulous and very easy.

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I also had two brewskis!

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In my next post, I will show you what we had for dessert. It left us with chocolate all over our hands and faces and sitting on the couch with our hands on our bellies.

Have a great start to your week!

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Jessica @ How Sweet May 17, 2010

My sunglasses always get caught in my hair…lol! Of course, I can’t wait to see dessert. ;)

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Sagan May 17, 2010

Mmmm all of that looks tasty. Such a fun time, and I’m glad you had a lovely birthday! Trails are the best- they beat the pavement or the gym ANY day.

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Liz @ lizrunsdc May 17, 2010

What a great birthday! Your husband is so sweet and all the gifts/activities he planned – it shows how he knows that you love your healthy lifestyle. It’s nice to see a birthday full of activities and healthy eats instead of going crazy with eating and drinking!

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Wei-Wei May 17, 2010

Wow, awesome! I envy you for having such a lovely husband… Being able to exercise together (AND have him pack such a delicious lunch for you) must be lovely indeed! I can feel the <3 emanating through the computer screen for him… Why doesn't Oh He Glows blog? :D

Looking forward to dessert! :) (And happy birthday again! I'm glad you had a wonderful day.)

Wei-Wei

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Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks May 17, 2010

Wow, sounds like such a wonderful day! And those goslings are ridiculously cute — I just love this time of year, when all the babies are out!

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 17, 2010

I love a nice picnic. Dining al fresco is best.

Yay for spring!

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Kara at MyWellnest May 17, 2010

Sounds like a great day!
The Quinoa Summer Salad looks amazing!
A vegetable share, what a great gift!!!!!

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stephanie May 17, 2010

I love how much planning Eric put into the day! My guy is sweet, but sooooo not a planner.
ANd thanks for sharing the sunglasses picture! Hilarious.

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Suzy May 17, 2010

My parents got a Vita-Mix, yikes..over 15 years ago, and that sucker is STILL going strong! They have such a good product!

Also..thank you for introducing me to the green monster…I started stalking your site months ago and thought the idea was just terrible, but recently had my second baby and I’m really trying to start eating healthier (and trying to lose weight) and now I’m addicted to them!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com May 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Doll!! It looks like you had a beautiful sunny day! Mmm this quinoa dish looks super tasty! I heart quinoa!

XXOO

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Lexie May 17, 2010

The site of your tri is so beautiful. How lucky! I’d probably be a little scared of the swim though.

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Caroline May 17, 2010

I’m so jealous you got a CSA share! I’d love to do something like that too but it’s such a large sum of money to have to pay up front that it won’t happen for a long time :/

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Erin May 17, 2010

Looks like the perfect day! Glad you had a lovely birthday. :D

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Katherine May 17, 2010

so glad you had a happy birthday and i, too, would be so intimidated by the open swim. i also wanted to tell you that i made my first ever green monster (the newbie recipe) this morning and i am bursting at the seams with energy. i think i’ve found a new way to start my day! thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2010

Glad you like the GMs!

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mary May 17, 2010

It sounds like you had a great birthday! You deserve nothing than the best:)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) May 17, 2010

what a lovely birthday surprise! your hubby is such a sweetheart, and you seriously deserve the best birthday ever :) so glad y’all had such a wonderful time!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 17, 2010

Looks like SUCH a fun birthday weekend! I’m late to the party, but happy, happy birthday!!! You see such beautiful scenery on your bike rides! I love it!

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Lauren May 17, 2010

This birthday looks so reflective of you. What a thoughtful and sweet husband!

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Laura May 17, 2010

Happy Belated! My hubs and I are looking at getting a share at PlanB as well as their pickup location in Burlington is really close to us….can’t wait!

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Jewel@fit-and-fabulous-jewel May 17, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday to you! I am glad you had such a wonderful day! It is so beautiful up there!

You will love your organic produce box…I LOVE LOVE LOVE ours and cannot miss a week (mine is not seasonal but year round. Everything is certified organic…but while some is local when in season here, not all is local so we can get all sorts of varieties, and things that don’t grow here that I like such as garlic, apples, lettuce, bananas, etc.) I have found the flavor to be so much better than even the organics in Publix and WF. I think because the distribution chain is so much shorter.

We have tried so many weird and interesting things..I have learned to get very creative. I know you will be writing about all sorts of interesting dishes!!! Plus it dramatically increases your veggie intake even more (you didn’t think that was possible did you!!) as you scramble to eat stuff before the next delivery!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2010

now im even more excited!

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Therese May 17, 2010

Wow! What a great birthday!!! Enjoy your CSA box, we had one for a while and it was AWESOME! I was like a kid on Christmas when we got our bin!

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Lindsey @ Sound Eats May 17, 2010

What a great gift, love it!

As far as blenders: I have a VitaMix 5200 and love it (obviously!). BlendTecs are also great. I know several people who swear they’re better than VitaMixes. I also know that when the hubs and I both worked in food service in yonder years (me in a smoothie place, he in a shake place), both of our stores used BlendTecs. Sooo basically no matter what you go with, it’s a win win. :) (I also know from research that BlendTecs are cheaper, but VitaMixes have longer warranties.)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2010

great tops thank you. I noticed that the BT’s are about $50 cheaper I think. But I didnt know VMs have a longer warranty. I agree that you really cant go wrong with either..

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2010

oops I meant great ‘tips’ ;)

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Jaya May 17, 2010

Angela – a birthday well-spent! I have to agree that you are going to LOVE your CSA box. It is such a great way to really become an active part of your community. I just finished doing research on purchasing local/organic produce from major/large stores vs. directly from the farmer. I think your experience might just confirm my findings! I am really excited for you and I have no doubt that you will find many creative and exciting ways to bring out the best in your beautiful food. I can’t wait to see the results! Happy birthday again!

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Ilana May 17, 2010

Ahh! That is an AMAZING surprise! My aunt gives me part of her CSA delivery and it’s aaaamaaazzziiiingggg!!

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Leah @ L4L May 17, 2010

CSA is the BEST GIFT EVER! I am so jealous!!!

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Lizz @ Leading the Good Life May 17, 2010

What a fun birthday! And you even got some gorgeous weather. :) Your husband seems like the perfect match for you – so sweet!

I’m excited to see how your CSA turns out! I noticed Jenna from Eat, Live, Run is doing something similar. I’m planting a garden this year, but it might be nice to receive some ‘surprises’ throughout the summer, too. Yay for veggies!

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Leah May 17, 2010

Get the Vita-Mix! We just bought it two weeks ago from costco in the states and its AMAZING! We use it twice a day! We saved about $150 by making the trip to costo in the states when they were doing the demo there.

Good luck :)

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Camille May 17, 2010

Aww, what a wonderful day!
And what a wonderful husband to plan such a great day :)

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Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 17, 2010

Now that’s my kind of birthday celebration. The great outdoors, good food, and local farm produce? Can it get much better? I want to steal your birthday for my own. :) Hope you had am AMAZING birthday!

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Ashley May 17, 2010

Wow. What an excellent birthday. SO fun + unique. You look completely adorable with pigtail braids!! I’ve never used a blend tec but love love my vita-mix! ;) I also love using soup crocks for bowls!

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Fueling for Fitness May 17, 2010

Happy belated birthday!

Your day sounds so fabulous. And I love the CSA gift idea! I’ve been looking and hoping to find one that’s convenient for me to get to in the Toronto area but the only one I can find is a bit out of my single-household price range. :(

But who knows, maybe I can find someone to split! I love the idea of picking up a box of groceries every week from Ontario. :)

-Alison

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Retta @ RunRettaRun May 17, 2010

Your hubby is so sweet! Happy belated birthday and it looks like you had a faboosh one!

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 17, 2010

What a great day! What a great gift your hubby gave you :D

xo
K

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 17, 2010

It sounds like you had a fantastic birthday!!!

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Erin at The Healthy Apron May 17, 2010

Wow what an awesome bday! Those little geese are too cute and the landscaping is amazing!!

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Jenny May 17, 2010

Can’t wait to read about that dessert!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty May 17, 2010

What an awesome day!! Glad you had fun, birthday’s are the best!

I am toying with the vitamix idea too… soooooo much $$$$$$$$$$$$$ but everyone says they are totally worth it!!

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Amber K May 17, 2010

Looks like a super fun day!

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hbobier @ Basil Vodka May 17, 2010

I just signed up for my 1/2 share CSA this weekend! I can’t wait to see what they put in the box. I’m loving the pics of your quinoa salad. Summer’s finally here!

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Claire May 17, 2010

What a special day!!Happy birthday,girl!!(well,belated):-)cc

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