Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th and Party Recap

Party Recap
So the morning started off cloudy with a heavy rain shower that promptly created a sauna effect. But, the sun came out and the covers came off the lounge chairs. I must say, that everything turned out very nicely. The pool wasn't bath-water warm since we had the cool down over the past week. Our friends' daughter thoroughly enjoyed commanding Jason to spin her around and around and...around. Water was flying everywhere. Here are just a few pictures. I sort of fell down on the job and didn't get pictures of everyone.
Our friends' daughter is blowing bubbles for Heath to chase. This is his favorite game ever.

I think the food spread was pretty darn tasty if I must brag on myself. Everyone enjoyed the Lentil & Qunioa Sliders. The Apple Pie Cookies are all gone, most of the fruits and veggies disappeared. There were no complaints of a lack of meat. In fact, most everything I served was vegan minus the cheese dip. I ended up throwing together a last-minute Sundried Tomato & Basil Veggie Dip. Do you ever decide last minute to make something just before a party?

Sundried Tomato & Basil Veggie Dip
1 package firm silken tofu
5-6 sundried tomatoes, re-hydrated, rough chop
2 cloves garlic, rough chop
Fresh basil (to taste, handful approximately)
1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
To taste: salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar

In food processor, puree all ingredients until smooth. Re-season if needed.

Oh, and the Red, White, and Blue Sangria was also a huge hit as well. In fact, Jason ended up having to make more.

This morning I got up far too early. I really had expected to sleep in a bit. But, I was half listening for my sister to get up. She typically wakes up early and heads out. I didn't want to miss her leaving, so I was awake and waiting. Oddly, she slept in though. Go figure. It game me some time to try to catch up on blogs and get the recap done though and ease into the day.

Today I did legs followed by MMA Kickboxing (2 combos and intervals as I was running short on time). I did all but the last 3 exercises as supersets of 3 sets of 8 reps. The last 3 were done as straight sets of 2 sets of 8 reps.

Alternating plie squats

Alternating lunges
Calf raises

Step ups
Dead lifts

Squats with low-end pulse
Static lunges with low-end pulse
Single leg deadlifts

I had a pretty good workout and ended with a nice stretch.

My mom and her new boyfriend (?) came up for lunch. It was the first time I met him. I reused the Black Bean & Corn Salsa for burritos and tacos. We had a really nice visit. After they left, I hit the patio for some reading/lounging time. That's pretty much where I spent the last part of the day.

As of right now, dinner is completely undecided. I'll have to let you know what we end up doing for dinner tomorrow. I hope everyone is having a happy and safe 4th of July!