Beach Day

Went to the beach today and walked for 2 hours. My legs ache. I thought walking on the sand would be a good "kick it up a notch" from my regular walking because this damn 1 pound (to goal) is holding on for dear life. This is frustratingly typical for me though. I tend to lose two weeks out of the month and nada the other two. This was not my week.

I cautiously fed this guy some of my Lime and Salt Peanuts though he looks like he's doing pretty well for himself. Baby Got Back.

Last time I went to the beach I had a bag of Soy Nuts and decided to share them with a few of the squirrels. Within minutes hundreds of hungry squirrels were chasing me down the beach like a scene from a B horror movie. I'm still traumatized.

Besides going to the beach I went shopping (mostly window shopping) but I did spend that Border's Gift Card I found buried in my crap the other day. I bought a knitting book for Mom, 2 cookbooks for me (yeah I know like I need more), and a DVD of the BBC version of Emma (I didn't have if you can believe it) all with my Gift Card and I think I have a bit to spare for next time.

Then I walked over and drooled at the stuff in Sur La Table. I was looking at blenders. I'm going to need one soon. My beloved Oster Beehive is starting to wig out on me again my fix-it job lasted a day and since I use it everyday for my protein shakes it is getting on my nerves. It's quite old... maybe 12 years at least maybe more. So I guess it has had a good run. A lot of frozen mudslides, frosty margaritas and now protein smoothies later.

I came home and made a Cannelini Bean Salad and a Chicken, Avocado, and Provolone Wrap for Dinner. Here's some food porn and the Cannelini Bean Salad Recipe. This time I made it without tuna since it was a side dish. I threw some diced cucumber in instead. I also didn't have dill or parsley (they've both gone to seed in my herb garden) for the dressing so I just used a store bought Balsamic Vinaigrette. I'm going to make this again later this week with smoked albacore.

Cannelini Salad

1 can Cannelini beans, drained
1 can Italian Tuna (packed in olive oil, drained) *
1 quart of Grape Tomatoes washed and halved
1 small Red Onion, diced
2 cloves of Garlic, minced
Kalamata Olives, pitted & halved
Greek Feta cheese, coarsely chopped
Several twists of freshly ground black pepper and
kosher salt

*Omitted Tuna, Added 1/2 cup chopped cucumber

Can also be made with leftover grilled chicken breast instead of tuna. You can make this in advance it tastes even better the next day. Can also be served in a wrap.

Highlights of the day:

* Drooling over stuff in Sur La Table.

* The weather was beautiful.

* It was a cheap day (beach is free, shopping with a gift card, 1/2 a tank of gas)

Listening to: "Take the money and run" Steve Miller Band