weekend wrap-up.

by Janetha on May 20, 2012

in fun with friends,meals,recipes

sunday night once again.. these weekends fly by too quickly!

saturday morning started with a fitmixer bootcamp workout called “full house”.

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the way it worked was i’d turn a card over and, depending on the suit and the number, i would have to do that many reps of the move the suit represented. face cards were 10 and aces were 11. in the last four cards of the workout, i had to do thirty four burpees in a row!! is that considered bad luck or good luck? depends on how much you like burpees, i guess.

after my workout, i headed to sunshine cafe to meet kerryne and amanda for brunch. i had been there once before with marshall and loved it, so i was happy to go again. i had the garden scramble, coffee, and a huge whole wheat pancake. their pancakes are SO fluffy! they’re delicious. after brunch, we all headed to the salon to get pedicures. it was a fun little saturday with the girls!

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i took a nap saturday afternoon because i knew i’d be up late in wendover.  we were heading there for lindsay’s and allie’s joint 30th birthday celebration!  after my doze-a-round (as we call it in our house) i got up, ate something, got ready, and hit the road. wendover is about two hours away and we had to make an 8:15 dinner reservation.

kristen and rory rode with me and marshall. we got to wendover promptly at 8:!2–just in time for dinner. we met everyone at the casino’s not-so-fancy-but-was-trying-to-be-fancy italian restaurant for, what turned out to be, the longest dinner ever. we didn’t expect much since it was wendover (often referred to as the poor man’s las vegas) so we didn’t let the long, drawn out meal get to us. after a couple hours we had eaten and paid our bill and we were ready to hit the casino!

we made a stop at the room. allie had channelled her inner sandra lee and made jello casserole!

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yeah, just like jello shots, but in casserole form.

there was a quick photoshoot on the bed because we do that EVERY time we are in wendover. tradition, folks!

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we wandered down to the casino and i immediately lost $5 on the slots. slot machines aren’t any fun and they always steal my money!

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we decided to try our luck at blackjack. we must all have been feeling lucky because i am pretty sure everyone walked away with more money than they started with! i personally kept going up and down and up and down, then walked away with the $5 i’d lost on the slots plus another $3.50–woohoo!

we said goodbye to our friends (we weren’t staying the night) and left wendover around 2 AM.

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that put us home close to 4 AM, so it’s no surprise that i slept in until 1:30 in the afternoon today. good thing i didn’t have anything to do this morning!

despite my super late sleep in, i still got a lot done today! i had a couple of gift cards burning a hole in my pocket…

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i ended up with more than i should have at lulu–isn’t that always the case? i got a skirt and a tank. i also got marshall a pair of shorts.

i zipped over to the living traditions festival to say hi to jessica before heading to whole foods for my grocery shopping. it was a quick hello, but i was so happy to see her face! dang, jess, we should have snapped a photo…

anyway, after our visit i went to whole foods and stocked up on the essentials for the week. here’s what our dinner menu looks like:

breakfast, lunches, and snacks will be the same old things.. sandwiches, protein shakes, eggs, oatmeal, cereal, veggies, fruit, hummus… nothing new or exciting!
tonight’s dinner, however, was both new AND exciting. for my mouth, anyway. remember that couscous salad i had at the boulder farmers’ market during blend? well, i keep meaning to recreate it and tonight i finally gave it a shot!
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makes six 3/4 cup servings

ingredients:
  • 1 cup whole wheat pearl couscous (measurement before cooking) – i used bob’s red mill brand
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber (or 2 mini) diced small
  • 4 oz fat free feta
  • 1/4 c white balsamic vinegar (can sub regular if you can’t find white)
  • 2 TB hummus – i used a hannah’s single serving container
  • 1 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh cracked pepper & sea salt, to taste

directions:
  1. cook couscous according to package directions.
  2. combine spinach, basil, and cucumbers in a mixing bowl.
  3. add cooked & cooled couscous and feta.
  4. in a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, hummus, oil, salt, and pepper.
  5. pour mixture over couscous.
  6. mix well, serve immediately.
  7. store leftover salad in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
this makes six 3/4 cup servings. here are the nutritional stats per serving: 158 calories, 23g carbs, 9g protein, 4g fat, 4g fiber, 2g sugar.
step-by-step photo directions:

cook couscous according to package directions.
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combine spinach, basil, and cucumbers in a mixing bowl.
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add cooked & cooled couscous and feta.
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in a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, hummus, oil, salt, and pepper.
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pour mixture over couscous.
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mix well, serve immediately.
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we ate this delicious salad as a side dish in tonight’s dinner. the rest of the dinner included sweet balsamic grilled chicken and steamed asparagus.

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the sweet balsamic grilled chicken was so flavorful and SO easy. to make it, i marinated the chicken in 2 parts balsamic vinegar and 1 part xagave along with some trader joe’s 21 seasoning salute. i let it marinate for about three hours and then marshall grilled it.

we shared a fresh, juicy melon for dessert.

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this melon got me sooo excited for the farmers’ market to start! only about a month more to wait!

well, we are watching tin tin so i gotta jet so i can give the movie my full attention. hope you have a great start to your week!

Qs~

have you ever tried to recreate a recipe at home from a dish you had when eating out? how did it go?

any weekend highlights to share?

xo. janetha g.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth May 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I love your idea with the deck of cards! That sounds like so much fun!

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Destini May 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I actually just recreated a chili chocolate cake that my husband loved at a bistro we visited recently. I made mine into brownies. They turned out pretty good!

Sounds like a great weekend :)

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Meggi May 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Ive still never been to wendover! But i hear good things! We spent the weekend in St.George with 7 of our friends in a house they rented. :)

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm

YUM! that looks so good! I’ll have to try it with my bag of Bob’s Redmill Couscous! ;)

And looks like a super fun weekend!

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Meg May 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I LOVE recreating recipes! I actually just did that tonight for dinner and will be posting my recipe later this week! :)

I love all the pictures, hun! You look so happy! I love it!

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva May 21, 2012 at 4:16 am

OOOoooo yummy salad! Yes i have recreated one salad which I love love love. It is roast pumpkin with chickpeas and this lovely slightly sweet oil and vinegar dressing. So darn good.

Weekend highlights were taking my first photography class!!! It was all about food styling and photography. I was the novice of the group but still really learned a lot. The instructor gave me one of his DSLR’s to play with…now I just have to save save save my pennies to get one.

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Lauren May 21, 2012 at 4:43 am

I saw your instagram post and was wondering what the cards were all about. Cool idea!

Glad you had a wonderful weekend lady!

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Kelly@Leafy Not Beefy May 21, 2012 at 4:59 am

Sounds like you had a great weekend! That salad looks soooo light and yummy! :)

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 21, 2012 at 5:54 am

I need to go hit up the casinos soon! I have a friend that always wins hundreds of dollars (at least) on blackjack every time she plays.
Ha- for the full house workout, I thought face cards were 11- so I guess I did a few extras! I kept getting hearts in a row, too and my burpees were definitely pretty slow near the end.
I actually re-created the white bean-rosemary hummus that some of us girls had at Mountain Sun Brewey in Boulder. It was pretty darn good!
Happy 2nd week of bootcamp!

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sarah @ sarah learns May 21, 2012 at 6:14 am

oh yum! i am definitely going to try that couscous soon. looks tasty!

i recreate restaurant meals all the time! i just had two pretty good successes with a salad (easy) and some reuben egg rolls. they don’t always end up going very well though!

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Lee May 21, 2012 at 6:17 am

Where did you find those Hannah hummus singles? Costco? Hannah is my favorite hummus and whenever I get the big Costco tub, I end up eating it in like 3 days. It has 30 something servings.

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Christie May 21, 2012 at 6:51 am

I got so excited (NERD) when I saw your weekend workout. I am not in on the fitmixer bootcamp, but just so happens I featured the same workout on my blog yesterday (I am doing an All About Circuits monthly challenge)! I made my husband do it with me and we did burpees, abs, squats and push-ups. He was not happy after the first round when I tried to convince him to do it a couple more times through ;) Hope you had fun with it!

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Janetha May 21, 2012 at 9:14 am

That’s awesome!

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 21, 2012 at 6:53 am

Haha I remember a couple Jello Casseroles from college when you just didn’t think to go buy the cups beforehand! I had a good weekend, my last one in Kansas City with my family before going back to Chicago for my summer internship!

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Jessica May 21, 2012 at 7:11 am

I’ve had a bag of Israeli couscous in my cupboard for way too long, I think I need to make this happen.
Also I am *this close* to making my first lulu purchase, except they don’t have to size I want online and I don’t have a store nearby. Waaah.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) May 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

34 burpees?! i would die. 100% die…

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Emily R May 21, 2012 at 7:37 am

your weekend looked fun! ha, my husband and I were also at Living Traditions Festival yesterday. Did you try any of the food? SO good!

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emily (a nutritionist eats) May 21, 2012 at 8:04 am

Your salad sounds amazing! I have a package of israeli couscous in the cupboard, but have yet to try it out.
I get a lot of inspiration from restaurants, sometimes the recipes go very well, sometimes they flop!

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sherice@foodieluvsfitness May 21, 2012 at 8:20 am

I love Chili’s Southwest Chicken Salad so I had to try to make it at home… here’s the link. http://foodieluvsfitness.blogspot.com/2012/05/southwest-chicken-salad.html
Our Farmers Market just opened here last weekend. My sister and I went this weekend, check it out..http://foodieluvsfitness.blogspot.com/2012/05/farmers-market.html
Have a great week! :)

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julie May 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

i love weekend wrapups in general haha its fun to look back at all of the random crap that went on over a weekend

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Kim @ The Family Practice May 21, 2012 at 9:53 am

Is it funny that my first thought is “hey, its like KINGS but for exercise and not drinking” ha – I’m classy like that!
Also, WTF??? A month til the farmers market?! I thought it started the first weekend of June!

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Janetha May 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

June 9th! So just under a month. But I can’t go til June 16th, I will be outta town!

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Kim @ The Family Practice May 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

still, it is longer than I want to wait! Things I can’t wait to stock up on: real honey and goat cheese!

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats May 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

Sounds like a great weekend! :)

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Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

NO. MORE. HEARTS.

EVER.

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Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

Such a fun weekend! That card workout sounds fantastic!

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Paige @ Running Around Normal May 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

How FUN. I think it’s a requirement for a happy life to have a solid group of good girlfriends :)

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Lisa May 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

That workout sounds like a lot of fun! Ah, jello casseroles. That’s usually how mine turn out too. I did, however, come across plastic shot glasses at the dollar store last time I made them. I was pretty excited about that. Sounds like a super fun weekend!

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Annette@FitnessPerks May 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

The deck of cards workout is genius! Love it.

And yes, I always always end up with more stuff than I need at stores….le sigh. I like when my husband comes along b/c then I don’t buy as much. Haha.

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Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I’m obsessed with lulu also. Theres no other company out there like them!

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BroccoliHut May 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Love the idea of a full house workout! Great way to keep things interesting.
You’ve got me craving summer melon now…

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Bears Still Suck May 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Everybody vote for Donald Driver on Dancing with the Stars tonight!!!!!

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TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] May 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm

My weekend highlight was visiting an animal conservatory. I was literally 3 feet away from lions, wolves, tigers, and leopards. So so cool. And a little bit scary. :)

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Kait @ yogabeautylife May 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Yuuuuuummmm…and its a veg recipe + easily vegan (tofu feta anyone?). YAY!

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Kait @ yogabeautylife July 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Yuuuum…this came out so good! I used Happy Herbivore’s tofu feta recipe to make it vegan and topped it with extra hummus and I am one happy camper! Thanks for the great recipe love. :)

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janetha [meals & moves] July 11, 2012 at 11:06 am

Awesome! Glad it was a hit in your mouth!

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Brandie Richards February 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

I was curious if you think that quinoa would be ok to sub out for the couscous? Thanks in advance.

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