A Refreshing Summer Dinner + Weekend o’ Concerts

Hey y’all!  Happy Monday 🙂  Thanks for all of the comments on my last post.  I’m still getting used to my hair but it is a nice change.  It hasn’t been this short in years!  This weekend went by waaay too quickly.  Mine was jam-packed with a lot of fun stuff but yeah- I need a weekend from my weekend!  Friday night brought the Maroon 5 concert, which straight rocked.  Hate all you want but I really love Maroon 5.   Their first album was basically my law school soundtrack.  There were two opening acts- Ry Cuming, a new artist who is quite talented.  And British.  That automatically adds a few rock star points, right?  After Ry Cuming finished Guster rocked the place.  I’ve never heard them before and they were so fun and energetic.  The quote of the night was when the lead singer addressed the crowd saying “Yeah, Adam (lead singer of Maroon 5) is going to come out and sing all high and awesome at your asses.”  Too funny.  And that he did.  We were third row so the band was literally five feet away.  I was definitely starstruck!  The photos are on my camera so I’ll have to upload them at a later point.  So yeah- awesome Friday night!

After the concert I came home and finished reading The Help.  I loved this book.  It is set in Mississippi (I definitely just had to sing the song in my head to spell that out) in the 1960s, from the point of view of two maids and young woman looking to be a writer.  The young woman sees the inequities (putting it mildly) the maids face on a daily basis and sets out to write a book (anonymously) depicting their troubles.  I highly recommend this book!   Have you read The Help?  If so, what are your thoughts on it?

Saturday morning brought my “long” run of week one of half mary training- a five miler.  The weather was incredibly gorgeous and I have to say I’m relieved that my mileage has decreased slightly.  I could probably have started the program at a later point (week four maybe) but I have the time to build up and don’t need to risk injury, so it is working for me.  I ran at the park and saw so many pups with their owners that after the run, I went home, picked up BB and took him for his own little 1.75 mile walk.  I tried to snap a photo of him but he is quite camera shy:

He is such a cutie!

Sunday morning brought Bikram yoga with Kristin.  The instructor reminded me of an auctioneer or one of the dudes announcing the horse races.  Kind of intense but it was a great class.  Kristin and I then had breakfast on Broadway- it was such gorgeous weather!  After that I went to a family bbq and then had some time to go to the grocery store and plan my meals for the week.  After perusing my favorite site for recipes, I decided on making a pear, walnut & goat cheese sandwich.   The original recipe called for sprouts, cream cheese and cinnamon raisin bread.  I subbed in baby romaine, goat cheese and organic oat nut bread- it was delicious!  If you want to try this, make sure you toast the bread- it’s essential! 

The original recipe paired the sandwich with a ginger carrot soup.  I was not feeling that but the sandwich definitely needed a little somethin’ somethin’ extra.  I remembered the mouth-watering soup Courtney recently blogged about and got to work making a minty chilled cantaloupe soup.  I modified her recipe slightly by only using cantaloupe, lime juice, greek yogurt, agave nectar and fresh mint.  To serve one, you need:

  • ~3 ounces plain greek yogurt
  • dash of agave nectar
  • juice from half a lime
  • 1-2 chopped mint leaves
  • a quarter of a cantaloupe, diced
  • 2-3 ice cubes

I placed all of the ingredients into a blender and voila- a delicious, refreshing summer soup!  I even paired it with a few Food Should Taste Good lime chips, per Courtney’s recommendation.  To die for!  It paired well with the sandwich- I even dipped it in the soup- bombtastic.  I have leftovers so I’ll let you know how the soup is the second day around.   I would post a photo of it but it isn’t uploading properly, hmph.  Check out Courtney’s blog for what the finished product should look like!  Thanks for the inspiration girl!  😀

The weekend wrapped up with the OAR concert.  I remember seeing them in college back in the day (2003 but who’s counting).  They are so incredibly talented.  My bestie Kristin is obsessed with them (for reals) so of course we had to go.  They put on a great show and even played War Song, which they wrote after visiting troops in Iraq.  I was a huge fan of that.  My favorite member has to be the saxophonist- he can really rock and was also playing the drums (some sort of drum) and guitar at some point.  Talk about talent!  The best was at the end of the show- he did a little tour of the walkway and literally walked right by us (we scored second row aisle seats- not sure how we finagled that one). 

Cool, right?

Alright friends, have a fantastic Monday.  Check back soon because I have a super exciting challenge coming up!  See ya! 🙂


Filed under hot yoga, Recipe, Running, Yoga

9 responses to “A Refreshing Summer Dinner + Weekend o’ Concerts

  1. So glad you liked the soup!! YUMM! 😛

  2. Have a great week. Good job on the five miler. BB is *very* cute!

  3. Sounds like you did have a busy yet awesome weekend! And for the record I absolutely LOVE maroon five! Excited to hear about your upcoming challenge too.

  4. What a wonderful weekend! I’m so glad you had a great time with good food and music, yay!

  5. looks like the perfect summer weekend!

    I haven’t read The Help, but it’s funny, my sis in law was just telling me about it. So it’s definitely going on my list!

  6. Lee

    I loved The Help. Definitely one of the best books that I’ve read in a long time. That and The Art of Racing in the Rain.

  7. Jaclyn

    I’m glad my dog isn’t the only lil’ one that needs long walks! Your baby is too cute 🙂

    I haven’t read The Help but I’ve heard great things about it!

  8. Nicki

    Don’t laugh – especially now that I have exposed my age to you – but Maroon 5 and OAR are two of my fav groups. I am seriously jealous. And, a friend of mine heard Ry Cumming on the Commons in Ithaca last Thurs (free concert) and said fantastic! A name I will keep in my mind.

    Great job on your run!! And, I have picked up The Help several times but always bought something else. Will have to see if the library has it.

  9. J

    Wow! That was a jam packed weekend! Fun with all the concerts! I have seen OAR but they weren’t that good and I do love Maroon 5 but have never seen them!

    Thanks for your comment yesterday! I wish I was in the capital district (I have family there though) but we are most likely getting married here in Rochester. I saw your wedding photos on your photographers site and they were amazing!! i hope I can find someone that good here!

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