Good Morning! Hope you all had a great long weekend and are not in the path of the horrible storms in the south. I got out for a hike on Saturday and it was great to hit the trails again here in sunny Phoenix. I have been enjoying the past few days at home in Phoenix. I have been trying to spend the afternoons lounging outside or by the pool. Very relaxing and much needed. It was my birthday yesterday and I am hoping to get inspired on something fun and different to have for dinner tonight to celebrate.
It has been cooler than usual here and we will only be starting to enter our days of 100F plus temps this weekend (much later than normal). I wanted to take full advantage of the cooler days and the ability to hike in comfort 🙂
Pre hiking fuel breakfast…I wanted to use up some blueberries and decided to try and add some to my pancakes. While they tasted ok they made the pancakes quite soggy. I need to try again perhaps or just stick to enjoying the berries on top!
I stopped at the farmer’s market on the way home and couldn’t resist these local plums.
They made the perfect snack while strolling around the market.
I am still on the cinnamon life kick. My sister loved life cereal growning up and I could take it or leave it. Now I am the one who is a fan. I had a bowl with some milk when I got home but forgot to take a photo.
In addition to life cereal I am also eating watermelon like it is going out of style. Nothing beats cold watermelon from the fridge on a warm day.
I picked up a little container of this coleslaw from Whole Foods the other day. I think this is the recipe. It was oil and mayo free and the dressing was delicious. I think I need to recreate it soon.
While at Trader Joe’s I spotted frozen basmati rice packs and thought I would try it out. I don’t usually eat rice as I have not found a way to cook a single small serving without a ton of leftovers. I was intrigued by the promise that it was ready in 3 min and there was nothing but rice in the packs. I’m not sure when the last time I had white rice was but it was really good and I think will be a new addition to my TJ staple list.
I served it along side a fillet of salmon and some kale and spinch from Costco that I defrosted. I topped the spinach and kale with this sauce
I picked it up in Boulder at the farmer’s market and it was really tasty.
I also had salad on the side.
Later in the evening I had some more watermelon along side this patriotic treat that caught my eye at Target. More watermelon was eaten as well!
Hope you all have a great remaining days of May and are starting to get warmer weather where you live. Do you have any plans?
I have been spending the afternoons relaxing outside and after being fed up with my iPad getting too hot I found an Amazon Kindle on craigslist that I picked up yesterday. I was about to order one right from Amazon but decided to browse Craigslist first. I was able to get a great deal on one that this guy got as a gift and never used or opened. I am now off to try and figure out how to use it!
Are you a fan of rice?
Any favorite methods or tips on cooking it in small quantities?
Does baking with blueberries (fresh) always result in soggy results? I also tried a mini muffin recipe and had the same soggy outcome 😦
Do you have a Kindle?