Monday, April 20, 2009

Weekend Wrap Up


We got a late start to the Farmer's Market but it ended up being a good thing. We've been meaning to check out the Temecula Olive Oil Co. and do an olive oil tasting but the store is always closed as early as we go to the market. We finally went late enough to find it open. What a great shop and what an education.

I love talking to the growers of products at stores like this and the Farmer's Market. They are so passionate about what they create and so willing to share their knowledge and YUM! the oils are fabulous. It is amazing that the same olives picked at different times of the year can taste soooo different. To my local readers if you want something fun and different to do hit The Temecula Olive Oil Co. in Old Town Temecula.

Besides oil they have olives, mustards, sauces, spreads, herb blends, soaps, and gifts. I bought a yummy bottle of Roasted Garlic Oil that I will be drizzling over a Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad and everything else I can think of. To purchase their products online or learn more about the shop. Check out this link.

At the Farmer's Market I scored another basket of those super sweet strawberries. I devoured last week's basket. I couldn't wait to wash them before I sampled one.

I also bought onions, leeks, zucchini, and gorgeous baby patty pan squash. Just look at these beauties...

I picked out a pound that I bought home and turned into this yummy casserole...

Shelly's Baby Patty Pan Gratin

1 Yellow Onion, sliced
3 Green Onions, diced
1 lb. Baby Patty Pan Squash, halved
8 Mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 (8 oz) package Spinach Artichoke Dip (I used Trader Joe's Frozen Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip, TGIFriday's makes one too)
1/4 cup Shredded Italian Blend Cheese

Saute onions, mushrooms, and squash till slightly golden. Add garlic saute 1 minute more. Nuke artichoke dip till just melted and add to pan. Add salt & pepper. Mix to combine. Pour into Pyrex casserole dish and top with cheese. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes. I served it for lunch with a piece of grilled fish. It was a perfect side.


I hit downtown Fallbrook on Sunday for the 23rd annual Avocado Festival. It was a blast and yummmmmm avocados and GUACAMOLE. Good fats, oodles of vitamins.

We walked for miles. Finding parking was hideous so we ended up parking in the boonies but that was a good thing because I ate a lot of Holy Guaca-moly without guilt ;) (no chips I was good)

I also taste tested Avocado Ice Cream. I know I said, "Ewwwww" before I tasted it too but it was surprisingly really good. You know I'm already trying to replicate a Protein Ice Cream version for us :)

Days like this make me so thankful I had weight loss surgery.

Pre-op I would have had to pay the $10 for preferred parking to get a diva spot near the action. Instead I walked miles without complaint from my free spot.

Pre-op I would have needed find a bench every few stalls to take a break. I might have decided to stay on that bench watching from the sidelines while the rest of my group went on without me. Instead I never stopped once.

Pre-op I would have been hot and sweaty and miserable. Well it WAS hotter than you-know-where but I wasn't miserable.

On second thought, I probably wouldn't have attempted it before surgery. I would have made up some excuse not to go and missed out on this fun event. I would have missed out on life.

Like I said, soooo thankful.

Fun weekend.


emily said...

avocado festival? can you say heaven on earth?! 25 avocados for $5 sounds like a scary temptation!

congrats on having your life back. isn't it awesome? :)

GastricGirl said...

Wow, that sounds like a fun time! It is amazing the things you'll do now that you have health and energy. I avoided so many things like the plague before just because of my size. It's nice to feel like an active participant in life!:)

tobys-mom said...

seeing as you have the best recipes by far do you have one for guacomole? had some this past weekend at the mexican resturant before Kenny Chesney. Can't decide which I enjoyed more. Kenny won for me. Thanks Kathy

Michelle "Shelly" said...

It is. Hey next year come out we'll split some holy guacamole


My favorite guacamole recipe :)

tobys-mom said...

shelly, Thanks for the recipe but it wouldn't open. I hate to be a PIA but can you repost it or send it to me
would love to go to Ca it is still freezing in CT high of 56 and rainy today.
Have a great day!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

No problem emailing you now.

You can also type guacamole in the search engine under my before and after picture. It should be one of the first hits :)


♥ Dee ♥ said...

I cannot believe that sign! We pay $1 EACH for an avocado here!

Jan B. said...

I love reading your blog and the comments you make on the OH message boards. You have such an incredible zest for life - it is just contagious!! I am still pre-op but hope to have my RNY within the next month (still have to get my cardiac clearance). I am very scared but even more excited - please keep me in mind and send good vibes my way!! Thanks for all the encouragement you send to us newbies!! -- Jan B.

Anonymous said...

That looks awesome! I wish we had something like that here.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

You got it Jan. Sending good vibes your way. I hope you will feel the same way I do about having weight loss surgery that it was the BEST GIFT I ever gave myself.


Amy said...

I have to tell you how much I love your blog and your recipes! And on your being so grateful for the surgery I had one of those moments this weekend too... I took my boys to Sea World for the 1st time since surgery in September and my feet hurt from so much walking... but I left without wanting to have been in a wheelchair all day, or sitting down as much as possible, and best of all not a hot sweaty mess! So so glad I made this decision! And I am in Murrieta... so we will see how I do with this weather! Here comes summer! Thanks for the inspiration Shelly!

Connie said...

You are so right about how life-changing WLS is. I would never have considered attending an event like the Avacado Festival before my surgery. When I went to the local agricultural fairs in the summers, I would only see half of the displays and spend most of my time sitting and watching the world pass me by.

So thank, indeed. So thankful.


toast said...

I love your blog! It was recommended several times over by people in our wls support group. I had my surgery 13 days ago, and now figuring out what to do with my food blog:

krafteegurl1968 said...

Hi Michelle,
I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your blog. I had my wls last week(04/14/09)(I have been sleeved) next week I begin pureed foods, I had no clue what to do past the nutrionists chicken salad and ff refried beans w/low fat cheddar cheese. Someone on Obesity Help told me to look your blog over and see if I could find anything I liked. I love the entire site. Thank you for showing me I can still have great tasting, colorful food even though I must eat a bit differently than before. You're the best.
Adrienne Willis,Michigan

Alicia said...

OH! I lived a few years in fallbrook when I was a kid. I remember my mom buying a create of avocados every year. Nothing like having avocado with every meal for a month. Makes me feel 6 years old again.