I’m going to start by sharing one of the yummiest packed lunches I’ve made to date. It’s something so simple, yet the flavors are so complimentary, it can’t be ignored.
This drippy yolk money shot was the best I could do to convey the deliciousness at my desk, but here’s a picture of the entire plate for your drooling pleasure
The veggies (asparagus, onion, green pepper + snap peas) were simply sauteed in coconut oil & salt. But the Open-Faced Egg Pizza Sammie what blew me away:
- 1/2 Udi’s Gluten-free Everything Inside Bagel
- 1 Tbsp. Cedar’s garlic lovers hommus mixed with 2 Tbsp. Light Ragu
- Top it off with a sunny side up egg seasoned with salt, pepper, & nutritional yeast
Seriously, guys… if you remember pizza bagels and loved them, this is like a protein packed, healthy version of one.
While the weekend didn’t start off on such a nice foot…
…being that we found this guy in our trap when we got home from work Friday night and knew that getting rid of him “the ugly way” was inevitable, we somehow turned the weekend around with family & friends. No lie, I felt like a traumatized kid when all was said and done. Poor Jarid had to bury the little guy in the farthest corner of our yard, while I was inside folding laundry.
After the dirty deed, we managed to clear our heads by going for a nice 1.25 mile walk around the neighborhood. We live in the perfect area for walking!
Oh, and we had some delicious Thai food from the same place where we ordered our Valentine’s Day dinner. I ordered the Tom Yum soup with prawns and Jarid ordered the Beef Fried Rice.
Saturday morning was an early one. I forced myself out of bed at 6:15am to get a workout in before Blooma shopping with the ladies on Jarid’s side of the family.
After the elliptical, I did a few ab moves on the floor and hopped in the shower. I know a lot of you are probably wondering what in the world Blooma shopping is, so allow me to explain. Each spring, the ladies plan one day to shop for all of the flowers that they’ll plant for the season!
Soon, the family arrived and after a quick tour of our home, we hit the road. Our first stop?
Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouse in Mechanicsburg. They had a bunch of cute outdoor decorations that were the first thing you saw when you came in the doors.
Gotta love this family…and this adorable owl!
It was all so colorful and beautiful. This place had any type of flower you could imagine! I’m not such a green thumb, so I didn’t have a clue what I was doing while shopping, but I did know that I wanted to start our garden soon, so I was drawn to the section of the store that supplied seeds!
I ended up choosing a few to start off, since our area for gardening isn’t huge, and most of the time you have to plant the seeds pretty far apart. Turns out, I had compiled a few of my favorites!
Spinach, lettuce, cucumber, parsnips, carrots, beets, and zucchini. Next, I checked into the tomatoes and pepper plant section where Momma Snyder helped me pick out a few to start off with.
Ended up with a tomato plant, which included four different types, along with a red pepper plant and a yellow pepper plant. Oh, and that little baggie? Those are onion bulbs 🙂 I think onions are Jarid’s favorite. He would eat them on anything! Thankfully, the nice man working at Ashcombe gave me an informational sheet showing me proper care and planting methods for each different type of vegetable! I’m very excited to get started.
Before we knew it, lunchtime rolled around and we took a break from shopping to sit down at Hoss’s together for a meal.
I brought my own dressing, because I read that many contain gluten ingredients, which, my stomach wouldn’t handle well. Lite Gazebo Room was stashed in my purse in an empty spice bottle 🙂 On my salad, I piled baby spinach, lettuce, broccoli, chickpeas, peas, cauliflower, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, mushrooms, and cucumbers. For dessert, I enjoyed a plate of fresh pineapple, honeydew, and cantaloupe with a few apple slices!
We had a fun lunch, laughing and telling stories, but before long, it was back to the shopping grind! Right next to Hoss’s was Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill
It had gotten incredibly warm outside, and I was kind of regretting not having worn shorts! The entrance to this place was neat… On either side were fountains, outdoor decor, flags, and flowers.
Momma Snyder grabbed a cart and headed in with Aunt Betty and I
The first thing I spotted were these gorgeous, neon cacti! I sort of wish I would’ve gotten one, but I had no idea how to take care of it. I suppose I could’ve learned, but it would’ve been disappointing to spend $10 on one and have it die in a few weeks. Ha.
I think I’m definitely drawn to the more unique things that are low maintenance when it comes to gardening. I don’t want to have to look after them as I would a child or a pet. I just don’t have the time right now!
That won’t stop me from admiring them, though! It’s so crazy to me that there are so many different flowers, growths, and plants, yet they all have different names. How in the world did Adam come up with them all?! 🙂
Anyway, I walked away from Stauffer’s with just one flower. One that could be kept inside, and that didn’t need much sunlight or watering.
They’d been my favorite the entire trip and weren’t too expensive, so I went for it. They’re called Begonias. I’ll let you know how that goes… ha.
Regardless of whether I have a flower in a few weeks or not, it sure was nice to spend some time with family and enjoy being outside!
Sunday festivities coming soon 😉