I love long weekends! The extra allows for one more day of fun 🙂 It is rare that May long weekend here is great weather but this weekend was pretty darn nice.
Monday morning I woke up about 6:30am, usually I would have gone back to sleep but I had gone to bed about 10:30pm Sunday so that was my 8 hours and I got out of bed. The first couple hours I spent relaxing, reading my book (The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad), reading blogs, and prepping stuff for brunch.
Once Chad was up we headed to the gym since we missed our Sunday workout. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical. I pretty much have the same elliptical routine: 10 minutes at level 6, 1 minute at level 8, 1 minute at level 10 (repeat for 10 minutes), and another 10 minutes at level 6. It never seems to leave me not sweating so I have keep the routine. Next was upper body, which was this one but I swapped out the tricep dips for tricep extensions and added in side crunches with 20lb weights at the end while I was waiting for Chad.
The brunch menu today featured the homemade bread from last week, Applesauce Raisin Whole Wheat Bread. I had planned to use whatever was leftover for french toast since I made this bread last weekend. When I was younger my Mom always bought the “special” thick sliced bread to make french toast, so I pretty darn excited I could cut the sliced thicker than store bought bread to imitate this.
I am not sure why but the thicker slices made the french toast. The mixture I used was eggs, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon and flaxseed. I mixed up plain Greek yogurt with maple syrup and cinnamon to put on top, along with strawberries, blueberries and of course peanut butter.
Brunch was enjoyed while watching Live with Kelly! Another reason I love long weekends, I love Kelly and am never home to watch her during the week. I am hoping we get to NYC this year and see her live 🙂
Since Chad wanted to head back to my Mom’s to do more work there I decided I would plant my garden. I bought a few plants and then did the rest by seed.
My massive tomato plant, I need Chad to dig its hole!
I planned my garden using companion gardening suggestions (where you put plants by each that like each to help them grow), and tried out a few new things this year – sweet onions, pineapple mint watercress and bok choy. Other things I planted – carrots, peas, tomatoes, basil, cilantro, chives, zucchini, beets, kale, spinach… I think that is it all! I also used the above adorable little markers I bought a couple months ago at Chapters.
This year I spent extra time and TLC prepping my garden in hopes some of the issues I had last year (too hard of soil and too many weeds) would not come back. Though gardening is a lot of work, I really enjoy it and the fresh veggies out my back door are always worth it.
The rest of the afternoon was spent baking bread (this week – Quick Honey Flax Loaf), vacuuming my car and catching up on blogs. We ended the long weekend on a high note, Chad’s early birthday supper with my family. We went to Original Joe’s, which was good but a tad noisy and there were a few drunks in there that were getting on everyone’s nerves…Here is the (almost) birthday boy:
We were all too full and did not even have a birthday dessert! Horrible I know. I will have to make it up to Chad on Thursday, his actual birthday.
Before I go, two tings:
1- I received the professional photo I had taken at the gala I went to a couple weeks ago with my friend, Meghan and had to share. Love this photo of us 🙂
2- I finally updated my workouts page to include both the treadmill and weight routines I have posted over the past few months.
If you had a long weekend how did you spend your extra day?
Did you plant a garden this year? What is your favorite garden veggie?