Weekend food and fun

Ahhhh… this was one of those great weather weekends that you want to last forever! But, like all good things, it had to come to an end.

As all weekends do, it started on Friday after work. Freedom!!! I taught a my usual Spin + Bodypump classes, which we awesome as always! It’s really great to build up a nice following at the new gym, and I always love to hear how excited the members are to take classes and really push themselves. When I got home, Greg and I cooked up our usual Friday night of pizza. I had seen this post on Holly’s blog and knew that I HAD to make the 4 ingredient pizza crust ASAP. I was a little hesitant, but it turned out great! I halved the recipe and used a mix of oat and wheat flour, and still had quite a bit of dough left over (of which I made little pretzels with, dusted in truffle salt).

I put my toppings on my pizza (tons of veggies + a little cottage and mozzarella cheese) and Greg’s was smothered in cheese, with a fair amount of mushrooms, onion and green pepper underneath. We made three little pretzels, but had already eaten one by the time the photo was taken. πŸ™‚

I really, really liked this crust. I used a Sam Adams Alpine Spring ale, and it created a really great flavor. This will probably be our go-to pizza crust recipe for a while, because it was SO quick and easy to throw together (and there’s no yeast, so you don’t have to wait for the dough to rise!) Have I mentioned that I love pizza? If I had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life, that’s what it would be.

The rest of the night was followed by sitting on the couch catching up on DVR and barely being able to stay awake past 9:00. We live a crazy, wild life I tell you!


We were out of the house bright and early on Saturday to hit the C&O towpath for some biking. We rode our bikes up to Harper’s Ferry, WV to do some hiking. I’ll elaborate more about this in a later post, because there’s just too many photos and too much to say. πŸ™‚ But here’s a photo of the steepest hill on the trail… it’s a killer!

After our morning of outdoor fun, Greg and I came home and enjoyed a nice lunch on the patio.

This salad was awesome- mixed greens, roasted red onion, strawberries, sunflower seeds and a little bit of grilled chicken that was leftover from the other night. And the bread? I can’t believe I still have some left. This was from one of the loaves brought to me from Colorado back in July- the cowtown stout (aka best bread in the WORLD). It still tasted just as good as it did on day one. I have ONE more piece left in the freezer. I think I’m going to eat it on the day that we leave for Colorado in a little over two weeks.

We spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning and running errands (aka Greg did yard work while I grocery shopped and hit FedEx to mail out my Foodie Pen Pal package). For dinner Saturday night, I took a little inspiration from Ashley. I’ve seen her black bean crema recipe a few times on various blogs and had yet to try it out. But, when she posted this recipe the other day, I knew I had to try it out. I put my own twist on it, and my photos are not nearly as pretty, but these tasted pretty darn good.

Greg put a bunch of rice in his, and I opted for a little rice (just to compare) and put some crushed up tortilla chips in mine. Ohhhh man, that was good. I love having a combination of textures!

When I made the crema, I used two cups of black beans and plain unsweetened almond milk (which is what we had on hand). I also completely forgot to add the oil, but it still tasted really yummy!

I am happy that I have a lot of the crema leftover and can utilize it for lunches this week. πŸ™‚

After dinner we watched The Descendents, which I had picked up from Redbox. Greg and I both really enjoyed it! I mean, honestly- how can you not enjoy looking at George Clooney for 2 hours, right? But the plot and writing were great too.

Sunday began with getting to the gym to practice the latest Bodypump release before teaching spin class at 8:30. The class was packed and super high energy, and I loved every minute of it!

After coming home and making a smoothie and showering, I got to work on prepping some food for our afternoon company. We were having Ashley and her fiancee Neal over for lunch! Let me just gush a little bit here- Ashley is my blog-turned-real-life friend, and I do believe that we were meant to meet and be friends. She is really amazing – it’s so cool how people come into your life.

Ashley and Neal arrived with beautiful tulips for us!

Before we ate lunch, we munched on some jicama and chili-cinnamon roasted cauliflower and faux thousand-island dressing dip (which is just plain 0% Greek yogurt, chili lime sauce, red wine vinegar, chipotle relish and ketchup).

And these two fought over who could sit over top of the air-conditioning vent.

Seriously, guys? πŸ™‚

How can you not love them?

Soon enough, it was time to eat!

Greg made bulked-up burgers and I made a salad with roasted butternut squash, apples, goat cheese, red onion, jicama and mixed greens. I mixed up a butternut squash/apple vinaigrette in the Vitamix, which was awesome!

We also enjoyed some Sam Adams Whitewater IPA, which I highly recommend if you haven’t tried it! It has hints of spice and Apricot, and is really refreshing.

The weather was so awesome- it was warm, but there was enough cloud cover that we weren’t boiling to death. It was so nice to chit chat for hours with these two!

Ashley and Neal are getting married in July, and since we got married last July, it was really fun to talk wedding stuff.

I made Greg take a deliberately posed shot of Ashley and me.

Great minds think alike- and wear gray!

Pretty soon it was late in the afternoon (seriously, time FLEW by!) and we headed inside for a quick dessert before Ashley and Neal had to hit the road. They brought some berries, which were soooooo yummy. Seriously- these were the best strawberries I’ve had all season.

We also had some of these, which I spotted at the grocery store yesterday.

I’llΒ  be honest- these tasted good, but were definitely not better than a bowl of ice cream. But for 70 calories and 6 grams of protein, I’ll take it!

I tried to be productive after Ashley and Neal left, but didn’t get a whole lot done. Oh well- the rest of the stuff can wait. Just four more days until the next weekend comes!

What did you do this weekend?


33 Comments on “Weekend food and fun”

  1. Lee says:

    Jackson and Lance are too funny! Sounds like a fun weekend. I wish that I lived closer to you and we could be real life friends. And obviously Murphy would be best friends with Jackson and Lance. Do they like other dogs? M is sort of oblivious actually; he prefers people.

    • Lauren says:

      YES!! I wish I knew you when you lived in Maryland! And of course J+L would be BFFs with Murphy. The love other dogs and are very friendly! All other dogs don’t always love them though, because they have a lot of energy!

  2. I got my Basic Theory certification course done sit that I am one yep close to being a trainer/group ex instructor in Canada! (eh!)

    Besides thAt, I got new toys for the dog, stayed HOME from the bars, and avoided chocolate!

  3. what a relaxing day! So awesome that Ashley is a blogger turned real life! Did Greg get nervous about meeting your blogger friends at first?

    • Lauren says:

      Nah, Greg’s cool. I’m sure he thinks I’m a nut on one or many levels, but he rolls with it. He was with me the first time I met Ashley in person last fall, and when I met another blogger in March. Luckily, he gets along with everyone too and is easy to make conversation with. πŸ™‚

  4. Yesterday was so much fun! Can’t wait to hang out again soon.

  5. Your dogs are hilarious!
    We saw The Descendents on Friday night and I thought it was a great movie but we were both crying! oh my gosh! What a story!

  6. marie says:

    I do love your dogs, they are so funny and cute. Why can’t husbands take beautiful candid shots of us and our friends? Don’t they know we have a blog?

    Your eats look fabulous as usual, I never tire of black beans any which way, and I am so glad my kids all love them too. Yesterday when we came home from church I just heated some beans I had cooked a few days ago, shredded cheddar on top and luch was served.

    • Lauren says:

      Black beans are definitely one of my go-to things. I’ve even made brownies with them!
      I should hire Greg to be my photographer while I just get to enjoy everything. Good idea! πŸ™‚

  7. It looks like it was so much fun! i’m so sorry that I had to miss out on the awesome meal (seriously — looks delicious!) but I’m going to be taking up that raincheck soon!! πŸ˜€

  8. chimes says:

    YUM. I need to share that with Mark. He finally perfected his crust, but I bet he would like this version. I could probably try this with my GF beer and GF flour too.

  9. Gil says:

    Those dogs have me cracking up.
    My weekend was filled with lots of writing, but at least I squeezed in a bike ride. 16 days til freedom! I can taste it!

  10. What a fun weekend!! And yes, your dogs are hilarious–but OH so cute πŸ™‚

  11. Ok, now I’m drooling!! Your food all looked sooooooooooo yummy πŸ™‚ Beer infused pizza crust??! YES!!!!! I will be making this soon. And I loved your creativity withe the mini pretzels. Those looked professional! And your black bean lettuce wraps – OMG – yum. I can’t wait to try these things and link back to your page πŸ™‚ -Kelly

    • Lauren says:

      Are you a beer drinker, Kelly? If so, you’re definitely in the right place! Greg and I go nuts with the microbrews when we’re in CO, since they’re everywhere. Avery is my favorite!

      • Oh yes, I love me some brown ale! On one of your trips we’ll have to do a double date to a brewery πŸ™‚ My hubby and I are NOT wine drinkers, and will enjoy a beer or two a week throughout the summer. Nothing like a cold one on the back patio after a long day at work!

  12. Looks like a delicious weekend! I bookmarked Holly’s pizza dough to try too. Yum! And the jicama – I’ve been eating it for weeks.

    • Lauren says:

      I LOVE jicama- but couldn’t find it at the two stores I went to! Ashley was kind enough to bring it with her, since she was going to Whole Foods on the way over. πŸ™‚ I love just snacking on it constantly.

  13. Lili says:

    The pics of your adorable puppies sitting on the AC vent put a huge smile on my face! So cute and funny πŸ˜€
    My dogs do the same in front of the space heater on cold days! They sure know what is good!

  14. Michelle says:

    So jealous of your warm weather and delicious-looking food!

    I am going to have to try some of those recipes you shared; they look really good!

  15. Your dogs crack me up! And I am definitely going to try some of that pizza crust with some Downtown Brown or maybe some New Castle. That’s brilliant. Glad you found a worthy recipe/post. And if you say its good, I’m all over it!
    Your salad looks bomb, too!

  16. Corrie Anne says:

    Hahaha!! I love those puppy vent pictures!! I’d love to try those Greek yogurt bars1!

  17. Your dinner with Ashley looks awesome. She was my foodie pen pal last month!
    I really love jicama especially this time of year. It has the perfect juicy crunch.

  18. lgsmash says:

    I love meeting people online that turn out to be true friends – it’s the best!

    I saw that Yasso at the store on Sunday and debated trying it. I think i might next time – 6 grams of protein in dessert rocks! But, I do love my real, full-fat ice cream too… πŸ™‚

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