a weekend through the lens.

by Janetha on June 26, 2011

in eating out,fun with friends,love life

the best weekends are the ones where sunday night comes and i realize i haven’t opened my laptop since thursday night. i would say that approximately 83% of my weekend was spent outdoors. the other 17% was spent getting a pedicure, sleeping in until noon and making my own peanut butter.

a lot has gone on. a lot of photos were taken. wanna see?


saturday was the best ever.

woke up bright and early for the farmers market.


iced coffee is a farmers market essential.


a few of you commented on the name of the coffee stand last time i posted it—the jack mormon coffee company. let me explain.  mormons can’t drink coffee, and a jack mormon is a mormon that is no longer practicing the religion and partakes in activities that are against the religion. so, the name of the coffee company is pretty amusing and clever.. and they make dang good coffee.


after the market, marshall had ONE thing on his mind. actually he had it on his mind when we went to bed friday night…




marshall doesn’t typically like things like waffles or pancakes.. but these authentic belgian waffles are something else. they are nothing like a typical fluffy waffle. they are dense, chewy and infused with cinnamon or vanilla (your choice.)  they are better than any other waffle i have tasted—and i even had waffles in belgium. eden, i wonder how you and your dad would like them?

i got a vanilla waffle with strawberries and crème fraice.


one of my favorite things about summertime is dining al fresco!


we went home and i threw my swimsuit on to head to the water park. i blended up a protein shake for the road. 


i had to take a small detour, because one of the most amazing people in the world was only in the salty city for a few more hours.


emily from chobani!  the CHOmobile tour stopped in salt lake city for the arts festival, which ran from thursday to sunday, but emily was only in town until late saturday afternoon. for shame. i stopped by the festival so we could finally meet in person, after being online friends for so long.  not sure about you guys, but every time i meet a friend from the blog world, i tend to talk my face off and can’t shut up. i could have talked to emily for hours. for those of you who have had the pleasure to deal with emily, let me assure you, she is 20 times more awesome in person.


after gabbing with emily for over an hour, i finally made my way to raging waters. or.. i guess it is technically called seven peaks now, but it’ll always be raging waters to me.


it was hot, sunny and fabulous.

after the water park i got the aforementioned pedicure, then showered and got ready to go back to the arts festival—this time with kristen & rory.


our first item of business was DINNER.. i got a combo plate from sawadee: tofu yellow curry, tofu pad thai, vegetables and a spring roll.


hated it.


there was a lot to see!

graffiti artists.


houndstooth peacock!! the only thing better would have been a houndstooth owl. too bad this was $1800.


rad ceramics for the kitchen.


random dude with four beers. it’s casual.




a romantic moment by the yarn-covered tree.


probably the dopest pepper grinders in town.


amazing wood carved artwork.


after the arts fest i stopped by the green pig to visit some friends.. including michelle, my tallest friend.



i realize my saturday recap lasted longer than the day itself… i will try to make sunday snappy.

breakfast made by marshall: protein oatmeal with skim milk and dried cherries + coffee.


arts festival round three!


yarn bombs ALL over the festival. cathy, you would have loved this.


look, it’s penny.


this yarn car was right by the CHOmobile.


sadly, my friends at the CHOmobile had closed up shop (aka ran out of amazing yogurt) before we arrived.


marshall had a pina colada that he had LOVED at last year’s festival.


the fact that it noted the pina colada was NOT a low fat item cracked me up. good to know?


marshall also got an order of amazing hand cut fries.. i stole my fair share.


FYI: PB&J is good for kids, adults AND moose.


we browsed the art for awhile and then went to grab some dinner.

dinner at the desert edge pub: gazpacho with grilled shrimp.


‘twas tasty. spicy, but tasty.

and that, friends, was my weekend. you may notice i didn’t workout once this weekend. sometimes good times overrule a good workout.  speaking of good… good job if you made it through this whole novel!


1. best thing you ate this weekend?

2. tell me about your favorite piece of artwork in your home.

xo. janetha g.

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Stephanie @ extremebalance.net/blog June 26, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Oh wow. I’m having dinner envy from the curry… among others, but a curry would *really* hit the spot right now. Especially with extra baby corn. :D

In my house I have a print of Kandinsky’s Red, Yellow, Blue that I *love*, even if it’s just a print… but I also have two paintings my students made for me—one to thank me for not failing her (“hey man, it was all you”), and the other when I said to another girl “I think pomegranates would be fab in my kitchen”—you could just say to one of them “houndstooth owl?”, for example—and lo, she would produce, as she did for me. :D Artist on retainer? Awesome!

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Talented students!

sofia June 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm

dude. there is so much to talk about in this post. what a fun weekend. that shrimp gazpacho looks AWESOME, as do the waffles. glad you were tech-free – i need to make a weekend rule like that!

best thing i ate this weekend? nothing fancy, just my favorite pizza and a damn good cup of gelato from our local pizza and gelato shop favorites. sometimes the classic and simple meals (and cheap!) are the best.

happy weekend, lady! you should extend your trip to NYC when you come to philly for the HLS. just sayin’.

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I wish I could! I can’t get the time off.. Ugh.. so close, so far.

Eden June 27, 2011 at 12:14 am

I’m so proud of you for so many things.
Waffles, raging waters, no workouts…

But I did miss you as I spent the past few days in your bed in PS! The cast can only fill the void so much…..
As for art, I’m a fan of stick figures. But they are bad for my body image :(

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

If going to water parks is all it takes to make you proud.. then I am gonna make you REAL proud this summer!

I wish I had spent the weekend with you in my bed.

Nicole @ sugarcoatedsisters June 27, 2011 at 1:26 am

Um Wow your weekend looked absolutely amazing Janetha! The knit Mini Cooper is awesome. I really want one of those pepper grinders!

MelissaNibbles June 27, 2011 at 2:38 am

The waterslides look fun. Glad you had a great weekend!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 27, 2011 at 2:38 am

rockin weekend for you, and awesome pics!!!!!

“the other 17% was spent getting a pedicure, sleeping in until noon and making my own peanut butter.”–

Are you sure it wasn’t 18% ?


I love how you can break it down and make me laugh.

cathy June 27, 2011 at 4:19 am

what a fastastic weekend, j!
ok, when i saw the yarn-covered tree, i was wishing i was at the festival, but the knitted CAR takes the cake! that is amazing! love the colours and the quirkiness. thanks for the photos!!! :)

cathy June 27, 2011 at 4:20 am

fantastic, that is!

Lauren June 27, 2011 at 4:53 am

Ah! I adore summer festivals!!! Everything from the food to the people to the weather…it’s all amazing. And HOW COOL that you got to meet Emily from Cho! :) She is such a sweetheart and I would love to meet her one day.

Emily June 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I want to meet YOU, Lauren! I think the CHOmobile should make an extra special stop. I’ll be sure to abuse my “powers” and keep you posted… ;)

Lauren June 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

YES!!!!! I think Hershey, PA would be the perfect place for the CHOmobile to make a stop. (I live very close to Hershey Park) Think Greek Yogurt meets Chocolate World. It’s brilliant! :)

lindsay June 27, 2011 at 5:02 am

i think your weekend looks quite colorful. Reminds me of summer time fun! Simple, colorful, and flavorful!

Heather (Heather's Dish) June 27, 2011 at 5:35 am

um, that coffee company name is hilarious…i love it when companies have funny names like that! best thing i ate all weekend was probably the quesadillas nate made the other night. HOLY.YUM!

Erica June 27, 2011 at 5:37 am

What a jammin weekend! So cool that you got to meet Emily!! I want the cho mobile to come to Charleston! I’d be all over that goodness. I think Josh would even take time off work to go see it! The waffles look like total deliciousness and the whole Arts festival looks amazing.

1. best thing you ate this weekend? Nut encrusted chicken or this salad that came with cornbread croutons

2. tell me about your favorite piece of artwork in your home. Its brand new and I posted about it today :)

Hope June 27, 2011 at 6:00 am

What an awesome weekend! I love that you get to attend all of these different festivals! Looks like fun! :)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

The best part about this post: “marshall had ONE thing on his mind. actually he had it on his mind when we went to bed friday night…”

My mind is always in the gutter. I found this positively hilarious!

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

It’s OK.. my mind was there too.

Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) June 27, 2011 at 6:46 am

those ceramic bowls are awesome!!! I love stuff like that! The best thing I ate this weekend was the spiced ahi tuna at the Towers of America in San Antonio :-p

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun June 27, 2011 at 6:49 am

You always have the most exciting weekends!

How cool you got to meet up with Chobani. And those waffles do sound amazing.

PBJenny June 27, 2011 at 7:14 am

I want to go on adventures with you and Marshall. Y’all are such fun little nuggets!

Best thing I ate this weekend = crabmeat stuffed shrimp. An old time fav that I haven’t “allowed” myself in years. Amaaaaaaaaaaze.

The Teenage Taste June 27, 2011 at 7:31 am

This sounds like such a fun weekend! That graffiti artwork looks so cool! :-)

SweatyGirl June 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

Best thing I ate this weekend?
Hmmm Oh yah! I had a super fresh delicious hummus plate at a new restaurant… it had feta, pitas, artichokes, olives, tomatoes, mmmm!

Holly June 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

OMG. I LOVE that peacock painting. It is BEAUTIFUL!!
I always love how you wear scarves- they always look so cute! I wish I could pull it off…but I don’t think I can. Haha :D You just have that sense of style & it rocks!

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Thank you! You could sooo pull it off.

Kacy June 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

Not going to lie, best thing I ate was a 2 a.m. slice of New York pizza. I had two pretty amazing salads also.
I don’t have any cool artwork in my home right now. Must fix that.

Errign June 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

Best thing I ate? Homemade soft pretzel from the farmer’s market.

I gotta say, that 17% of your weekend sounds like the best ever! :)

Alex June 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

Cinnamon OR vanilla?! I want both, please… how do you decide? Does vanilla always trump cinnamon or is it an internal battle? Those waffles look amazing.

Glad you had such a nice weekend! Looks like so much fun.

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm

It was an internal debate. In the end, Marshall got cinnamon and I got vanilla and I ate some of his :)

dana @ my little celebration June 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

Wow, you had a super fun weekend. JEEEEalous.

The best thing I ate this weekend was a brownie that I made. To say I’m stoked about sharing the recipe is an understatement. Best brownies of my life AND they’re healthy and vegan. Score.

My favorite piece of artwork in our home is a painting a friend of ours gave us. It’s of a tree with lime green leaves and an aqua blue sky background. I love it because it’s so colorful and whimsical and it makes me smile every time I see it.

have a good day, friend!!

momma b. June 27, 2011 at 8:57 am

Wow loved your weekend shenanigans! Reminder: don’t be out of town during the arts festival …thanks for sharing so many photos almost felt lime I was there!

Roc shrimp @ an awesome Japanese restaurant Koi in American Fork really who would have figured that!

Art work besides our family portrait would be my very own oil painting by our sweet friend and artist Roy Vellinga.

Carbzilla June 27, 2011 at 9:21 am

As you know, stolen french fries have no calories. Well done.

Best thing I ate all weekend was an Asian Turkey burger made at home. I’m really getting terribly lazy about taking pics though I’m cooking up a storm. I did take an IPhone pic so maybe I’ll post it this week.

Happy Monday!

kerry June 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

Looks like a fun weekend Janetha!! Loving the weather you have too, yesterday was a nice day for us in england for a change! The best thing i ate this weekend? A yummy sunday roast my bf cooked us last night!

Colleenzo June 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

My favorite piece of art is an AWESOME custom piece I won in a United Way auction at work…It was marketed as a 14′ x 10′ pop art pic of a pet, but when I spoke to the artist and let her know I had 5 dogs, she agreed to do what it took to get everyone in. It ended up being 48′ x 24′, and it’s BEAUTIFUL! My dad and I made a frame for it, and it sits above my mantle.

holly June 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

this sounds like the most LOVELY weekend! i need one of these in my life soon, otherwise i WILL go insane. hearts!

Sami June 27, 2011 at 9:48 am

i don’t think i could possibly be more jealous after this post. looks like an amazing weekend. i <3 arts festivals! jare and i didn't even get to go to the harrisburg arts fest this year bc of memorial day festivities.


Emily June 27, 2011 at 9:53 am

I’m so glad about your positive attitude towards missing exercise. I may actually have to skip a workout between this week with camp and next with travel/beach. I probably haven’t missed a workout for 5 years. Literally. One day, it will not be such a big deal to me. Hopefully soon! xoxo

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

One day soon. I just know it.

Clare @ Fitting It All In June 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

Looks SO fun! I love festivals! And I definitely need a computer free weekend soon…as soon as I don’t have to be on my computer figuring out stuff for my move!

Maya June 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

Sounds like a great weekend, especially with those Lieège waffles! I loved them when I lived in Belgium. There are two types of gaufres, les gaufres Bruxellois, which is what we typically think of as Belgian waffles. But the real treat is the gaufre liegois, as you tasted. They have a caramelized sugar exterior and are so dense and delicious. Okay, waffle lesson over!

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm


Marissa June 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

Hah, that picture of you with your tall friend is hilarious!

The best thing I ate all weekend (perhaps the best thing I’ve eaten EVER?) was definitely a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Fair Goodness Cake! ice cream! Oh. my. God. That stuff was DELICIOUS, and I’m not even that big a fan of caramel or coconut. It was chocolate ice cream with German chocolate cake pieces (SO dense and fudgey like brownies!) and a coconut-caramel swirl (must had been swirled straight into the ice cream because I couldn’t find it, but the whole thing tasted like chocolate-coconut-caramel ice cream!) My new favorite flavor, definitely! (I’m currently attempting to try them all, lol… S’mores and Boston Cream Pie were big disappoints, but Half-Baked and Milk&Cookies were AMAZING.)

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I just saw the photo of it on your blog. WOW.. chocolate city!

Cait's Plate June 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

LOVE your photos! You’re seriously talented behind the lens ;)

Best thing I ate this week was probably my homemade pizza on Friday night. The dough was a new recipe and it came out SO good. Doughy and fluffy and delish.

Favorite piece of art…hmm. We really only have one real piece of “art” which is a Jackson Pollock and not really my favorite. I might have to say a piece of art my boyfriend created in 3rd grade that his parents had framed. It’s so adorable and makes me smile every time :)

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Thank you! Haha.. I don’t think I am that great of a photog, but I’ll take it!

I LOVE JACKSON POLLOCK. I will take it off your hands ;)

Joanna B June 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

Hi there, I found your blog from TinaFFF over the weekend. I dig. And one of my besties from college is from Sandy, UT.

The view of the mountains behind the art fair is amazing. As far as my favorite piece of art at home it’s a traditional Malian mask that I picked up in Bamako (the capitol of Mali) in the market. It’s a little creepy and big, but I love it.

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for swinging by! Sandy–I used to live there!

Pure2raw twins June 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm

okay your weekend sure surpassed mine…mine was full of skinny girl margaritas, having with friends and a whole lot of nothing ;) Seriously, I did nothing yesterday, it was weird at first, but loved it!

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I actually kind of wish I had a day to do nothing at all.

kristi (sweet cheeks) June 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

you have so many fun things to do in SLC! It all looks like a blast. Glad you had a good time, and really I bet your weekend was a nice workout in itself with lots of walking. Totally counts as exercise!

Shanna, Like Banana June 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

That’s one heck of a fabulous weekend. Love all the outside activities.

And my hubby isn’t a fan of waffles either but a few months ago, we had tried a super dense, doughy one that blew both our minds. It was incredible. The best I’ve ever had in fact.

Best thing I ate this weekend? Hmmm….lemon spaghetti!

fittingbackin June 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

the yarn car is awesome! Tell me you got one of those shakers – so fun! “random dude with 4 beers” LoL I love all of your pictures – looks like another fun-filled weekend for you guys!

The best thing I ate this weekend was at a wedding – these tiny little Greek pita pizzas. I was so into those!

The Delicate Place June 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

i was just about to ask about the mormon/coffee thing. beat me to it! there’s a place near me that serves ice cream over the biggest belgian waffles ever. i think you *might* love it ;) best thing i ate this weekend was a chipotle tuna tartare. my fave artwork in our house is this one painting nate made for me (perks of marrying a studio artist ;)

Jenny Wigham June 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I LOVE ARTS FESTIVAL WEEKEND! I actually ate the same Thai combo plate as you! It was pretty yummy. I could have done without the spring roll. Not the best. But my favorite thing I ate this weekend was a Happy Cake from the Farmers Market. Have you had one yet? SO YUMMY!!! And I purchased my NEWSEST favorite pieces of art at the show, from the carved wood booth you have in your pics. I am SURE you saw the one titled “We know what you did last night” with the 3 owls sitting in a tree, with various judgemental expressions. I got the print of that. It is so cool how he used the grain of the wood to make the bodies of the owls. And one titled “Sitting in a Tree” that was Apsens trees with “You+Me” carved on the tree. It is the PERFECT piece for me and my dude. I wanted to original (only $700) but I have to settle for the print ($30= more in my price range).

Janetha June 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I took like 8 photos of that owl art! I didn’t get a good enough one to post. It was my favorite! Too bad the original was 32 hundo… But yes, I loved how there was minimal burning and he used the grain. So rad.

I need to try that cake at the market–where is it?

Agreed, the spring roll was meh…but that didn’t stop me from eating it haha.

Jenny Wigham July 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm

The happy cakes are at a yellow tent, on the west side of the food aisle. Usually across from the Jack Mormon coffee. But you need to get there early, they usually run out of batter. They only sell the happy cakes and fresh cocnut juice. Worth a try!

Susan June 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I love love love arts festivals. I missed Pittsburgh’s this year, but my college town has a huge one in two weeks. Should be the jam!

I had no idea Mormons couldn’t drink coffee! Any idea as to the reasoning behind that?

Janetha June 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

It’s against the Word of Wisdom. They can’t have coffee, tea, alcohol, cigarettes.. anything “bad” for your body. Google it–it’s too much to delve into. But the Word of Wisdom was established before there was HFCS-laden soda.. which I think is WAY worse for your body than coffee and tea.. yet Mormons drink it. Contradictory if you ask me.

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Best thing I ate : Lindor Hazelnut chocolate ball. YUMM.

Looks like a fun weekend was had!!

Janetha June 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm


Emily June 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm

You made this the BEST weekend ever! I can’t even say it was good to meet you, because it was like we already met! It was good to SEE YOU. :) Thanks for teaching me about yarn bombing, gabbing w/ me about the blogosphere, and generally just being awesome. I can’t wait to hear about you rockin’ it out the HLS. There better be video of that! XOXOXO

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

You should just come to HLS :)

Emily June 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm

P.S. I missed the part where you called me amazing, and now I’m blushing… Correction: YOU’RE amazing!

Krista (kristastes) June 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm

LOVE the yarn bombs…we have them all over my neighborhood and I always snap photos of the new ones.

Fav pieces of artwork are my close-ups of Stella and philly scenes. :)

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) June 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I’ll consider today an extension of the weekend since it was the only day that we went out to eat. Had THE MOST AMAZING ceviche at King’s highway and asked about the pot brownie but sadly, it’s only called that b/c it ‘comes in a pot’ DOH! No thanks!

Fave art: hmm. we have some pieces in PS that were painted by an artist whose widow lives across the street. Those are pretty cool.

Your weekend was a feast for ALL the senses good lord!

Janetha June 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Dangit.. can we still pretend?

elise July 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

i cant WAIT til kyles waffles are available on amazon…i swear it will be soon. kinda. i promise marshall will become a waffle lover. they are definitely not your average waffles.
in other news, how hilarious is that pic of you and your super tall friend!!! hahaha.

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