Thanks once again to Jenn for hosing.
I’ve found that I’ve been making hot breakfasts more often lately. I’m not sure why, but they’re definitely more yummy that the usual cereal/yogurt/fruit. This time I made scrambled eggs with a little goat cheese sprinkled in (such a great combination) with some toast and strawberry jam.
Lunch was a salad of romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, carrots, feta cheese, and Greek salad dressing. I also had a pita on the side which I forgot to take a photo of. Whoops.
For dinner I had barbequed chicken with barbeque sauce to dip it in, coleslaw and some chips. I’ve only had barbequed chicken a couple times this summer, but I’m really loving it.
What’s your favourite barbequed food?
On Saturday I went down to the East Village to go to Rock the Walk. (It happens on the river walk and they have bands playing, hence Rock the Walk.) There were lots of vendors selling everything from antiques to clothing to jewellery. There were also a couple bands playing. Although I was only able to hear the first one, they were great.
And probably what drew me to Rock the Walk the most, was the food trucks! I got the pork tacos from the Braizen food truck and was really impressed. I was lucky enough to get there just as it was starting so I didn’t have to wait in line to order.
The tacos were ready really quick and they were sooo delicious! Really you can’t go wrong with anything that has pineapple salsa on it. I apologize for the wonky photo. It was hard to see what I was taking photos of with the sun. Surprisingly this was the only photo that turned out not that great.
I found a bench and ate while looking out over the river. The only downside to the tacos was that they were messy. I’m glad I grabbed more than one napkin.
I’d definitely recommend going to Rock the Walk. There was a great assortment of stuff to do and see, as well as some delicious food. This one was the fourth annual, so I’m hoping there will be another one next year.
My workouts this week were pretty much non-existent. My back is feeling better, but it’s still not 100% yet, and I don’t want to push it. I’m trying not to get frustrated, but I’m really crazing some yoga right now. I’m thinking I might try a restorative class this week and see how it goes.
My activity for the week was just a couple walks. It’s not much, but at least I got outside and moving. It was a pretty hot week weather wise, so none of my walks were very long.
Since I didn’t do much, tell me about your workouts this week in the comments.
This huge container of blueberries came home from the grocery store with me. They looked so good I couldn’t resist them. They didn’t disappoint, they were really tasty.
This week the first peas from the garden ripened! I’ve eaten lots of them already. They’re so sweet and just really delicious. There’s a reason why fresh picked still on the plant 2 minutes ago veggies are so much better than anything at the grocery store.
Vietnamese happened this week. It was a treat for doing better than I thought I was going to do on a test. I took the test Monday morning and spent the next 48 hours thinking I didn’t do very well on the short answer, but I did better than I was expecting. It’s always a nice surprise when that happens.
Some of the blueberries got turned onto blueberry pound cakes. Although the recipe I use is originally for lemon pound cake, I’ve substituted all kinds of berries (in addition to blueberries I’ve also used raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries). You can find the recipe here.
I started and finished this book this week. If you haven’t read the Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot get to your library and read them. They’re so good! There’s only two more books left in the series after this one and I’m already missing it. Although Meg Cabot writes a lot of young adult books, these ones are written for adults.
Tell me in the comments: what’s growing in your garden? What’s the last book you read?
My garden is looking pretty good these days. With all the sun and heat we’ve had lately I’ve been having to water every day. The plants seem to be loving it.
I’ve had a couple salads already. The great thing about growing lettuce is that you can cut some and within a few weeks it’s grown back so you can harvest again. If you’re just starting out with a garden, lettuce would be one of my first suggestions. It grows pretty fast, it’s easy to take care of, and you can harvest multiple times.
The butternut squash is slowly but surely growing. I’m not sure if I’ll get any this year though, as they haven’t flowered yet. It’s kind of sad, but I’ll know for next year that I have to start them earlier inside.
It’s amazing how fast the peas started growing. One day there were flowers and just a few days later there were pea pods. It only took a few days after the pea pods appeared for them to be big enough to pick. I wasn’t expecting them to grow so quick. These peas are really sweet and taste so different from anything you’d get at the grocery store.
A few of the tomato plants are finally flowering. I can’t wait until I’m eating fresh tomatoes from the garden. They’re always so juicy and delicious.
I put up a pole and some twine for the beans to grow up. It went together pretty easily and within 10 minutes I had all the twine tied on. Since I’ve put it up I think they’ve been growing faster.
Within a few days some of them will reach the top. It’s so cool how they grab onto the twine. I can’t wait to be eating fresh beans.
There’s a couple blooms that will be flowering soon. It’ll be nice to have a little color in the garden. Right now everything is so green.
The cabbage is slowly but surely coming along. It’s really starting to grow smaller leaves in the centre, so I’m hoping it’ll look more like the typical cabbage sooner rather than later.
These were the peas I picked after taking photos. I ate them all and didn’t share. They’re that good.
Thanks, as always, to Jen for hosting.
Breakfast was a little different from my usual. I got my favourite cranberry citrus scones from the farmer’s market, so I had to have one of those, along with some vanilla yogurt and an (unpictured) orange.
Lunch was a salad of romaine lettuce, carrots, croutons, and caesar salad dressing. I also had a pita and a glass of water to go with it.
Dinner was a chicken and veggie stir fry with sweet and sour sauce. Although you can’t see much, there is some rice underneath it.
What are your favourite ingredients for stir fry?
I thought I’d share some affordable yoga classes in Calgary. If you’re anything like me you love to go to classes, but you can’t afford to go as much as you’d like. Having some cheaper options let me get more bang for my buck. If you know about any other classes let me know and I’ll add them to this post.
At least until the end of July, the East Village is hosting free lunch time yoga on Tuesdays. Head down to the East Village Experience Centre at noon for an hour long class outside overlooking the Bow River. While I haven’t had a chance to go yet, it sounds like it would be fun to practice by the river. They also host other classes as well over the lunch hour (Crossfit, Zumba, and spin). Check out the details here.
Although they’re not running during the summer, The Bodhi Tree usually has community classes Fridays at 5:30. It’s a donation based class, so you pay what you can to be taught by new teachers. The Bodhi Tree is located in Sunnyside, so it’s a pretty central location and close to transit. Click here for more about the studio.
Saturdays at 2:30 The Yoga Shala has a community class. The type of yoga depends on the teacher, but for the most part it’s ashtanga. It’s a donation based class with a minimum of $5. If you attend regularly it’s a great way to get to know the different teachers. Click here for the schedule at the Yoga Shala.
Sunday there’s an outdoor yoga class at Stanley Park at 1pm. While I’ve only been able to attend once, I thought it was a great class. The teacher was great at offering modifications so I could see all levels of yogis enjoying themselves. It was a very welcoming class and wasn’t intimidating at all. Join the Facebook group for the details.
On a final note, it’s always cheaper to buy classes in groups instead of at a single drop in rate. Getting 5 or 10 classes at a time will save you money in the long run.
Last weekend I went to my first ever barre class. While I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the class, I was pleasantly surprised at what a great workout it was. I would definitely go again. The class was held at a Lulu Lemon store on a Sunday morning. The teacher was from Body Barre Studio. While I can’t remember her name, the teacher was awesome!
The class started with a warm up – by the end of which I was already sweating. At the end of the warm up the teacher pointed out they they had bottles of water up at the front if anyone needed them. I’m pretty thankful they were there cause I got pretty thirsty. Then we went on to work our upper body. My triceps were burning by the time we moved on to the lower body. My quads and calves were feeling it by the time we were done. We ended with a cool down and lots of stretching.
The teacher said that at the studio they they use hand weights for the upper body portion of the workout. I can only imagine how much more that would intensify the workout. She was great at showing modifications – both easier and harder – so I can see how these classes would cater to all fitness abilities. I appreciated that the class was low impact. I’m trying to get my plantar fasciitis healed (I decided to not play soccer this year to facilitate that happening), so it was really nice to get a tough workout in without worrying about my foot.
Do you go to barre classes?
Sunday I went to my very first barre class. Who knew such small movements could burn so much? I was surprised at how tough the workout was. While we didn’t use any weights, the teacher mentioned that in the studio they use hand weights. My arms and legs were burning using just my body weight.
While I was tempted to go to a yoga class Monday night, I was pretty sore from barre the day before, so I decided to go on Tuesday instead. It was my usual beginner ashtanga class. I have a couple teachers who I take the same class from, and it’s always interesting how even though we’re doing the same postures each time, I come out of each class with something different. I know I’ve said this before, but I really do have some of the best yoga teachers.
My back hasn’t been feeling 100%, and since it was so bad a couple months ago, I didn’t want to push it and make it worse. So Thursday afternoon I went for a walk instead of a backyard yoga session. It was hot and sunny out, so I was really glad I put sunscreen on before I left. While it wasn’t too long I had a quick pace going, so I was sweaty by the time I got back to the house.
What was your favourite workout this week?
This is the sign at the liquor store when I went on the weekend to pick up some beer. Ironically, I’ve never had a horrible breakup, but I still thought it was kind of funny.
The peonies are blooming in the backyard. Not only are they pretty, but they smell so good!
Butter chicken is delicious. I had a craving for it this week, so I decided to “make” it at home with the help of a store bought sauce. It was pretty tasty considering how much work I did (or didn’t) put into it.
I’ve found a great spot to study at school. It’s in a corner of the library, but there’s still lots of light (hello floor to ceiling windows), and it’s relatively quiet most of the time. I have a test coming up on Monday so I’m in hard core study mode.
A couple months ago I took my dad to Diner Deluxe for breakfast. He loved the coffee, so he asked our server what kind it was (Phil and Sebastian, which is made right here in Calgary). My dad’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks, so I figured I’d but him some. I took him this week to pick some out, and these are the two he decided on. The hard part for him will be waiting until his birthday to have any.
What are you looking forward to this weekend?