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Memorial Day Weekend, Part Two + Recent Eats

Memorial Day Weekend part two was nowhere near as eventful as part one. I spent most of the latter half of the weekend in front of the computer wrapping up this little project…

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It turns out that my editor and I were kind of on separate thought trains about the direction of this book so after a call on Wednesday I had to rethink and reengineer where I was going with it. I’m pleased with how it turned out but I had to crank through the weekend to get it done. I stayed up until 2:30 a.m. on Sunday working on it. I NEVER write that late but I was on such a focused productive streak. I finished the proposal Monday afternoon and then sent it to my best proofreader for review (my mom!). She helped me tighten up a few things and off it goes. Fingers crossed. We’ll see where this one goes!


I think this mimosa that I drank on Sunday afternoon by the pool helped with my focus later that evening! 😉


And talk about random…I also found time to see the new X-Men movie and I basically had no idea what was going on for the duration of the movie. Especially in the end. I have never been a big X-Men fan in the past (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie) so it was lost on me.

Let’s skip to recent eats…



Smoothies but WEAK ones. I ran out of all of my favorite frozen fruit like mango, pineapples and peaches and was stuck with raspberries and blueberries. My smoothies have been berrylicious but not my favorite.


Brunch at Terrace Cafe. I had this crazy quiche with roasted red peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions and steak. It was pretty good. I don’t think I’ve ever had steak in a quiche before.



Same old, same old!


This salad was special because the greens and tomatoes were from the farmers market. First of the season! They were so flavorful and delicious. Some of my dad’s homemade sourdough with butter on the side.



Roasted asparagus, baked meyer lemon salmon and sauteed squash. This dinner wins for most uncolorful dish of the week. My dad always teases me for my affinity for a colorful plate. The white asparagus paired with the squash is doing me no favors here.


I decided to get out of my box a little and do an Indian spiced dish with Indian spiced cauliflower and tofu, roasted eggplant and a creamy cucumber yogurt sauce. So good. Although I may be OFF cauliflower for a while after having one of those vivid dreams that I had cauliflower growing in the top shelf of my cabinet. (WTF!?)



Cannot wait to cut into this bad boy! Watermelon is one of my favorite things about summer!

Tell me about your MDW? Low key or party time? Did you eat any cookout food? (That’s one thing I so missed!)

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  • 1
    christina (sisters running the kitchen) May 27, 2014, 7:25 am

    wow- that is a lot work! congrats on the book!

    mdw was a mix of lowkey and fun which was perfect.went out to eat and cooked out. played fetch and walked with my dog on the beach. went running. ran a 10k. went out to the bar with old HS/college friends. fun fun!

    • 2
      Jen May 27, 2014, 4:17 pm

      jealous of your time on the beach and your 10k run. sounds like a great weekend. especially connecting with old friends!

  • 3
    Brynn May 27, 2014, 7:27 am

    Best of luck on the book! Sometimes a misstep leads to the greatest outcome because we now have some understanding of where we don’t want to go. Sending you lots of good writing vibes!

    • 4
      Jen May 27, 2014, 4:16 pm

      thanks brynn! (p.s. brynn was one of my favorite names growing up!)

  • 5
    Jojo @ RunFastEatLots May 27, 2014, 7:50 am

    I’ve already bought my first watermelon of the summer! I took it to a picnic on Monday at a vineyard. I got their sangria which was delicious!

    • 6
      Jen May 27, 2014, 4:16 pm

      LOVE sangria. haven’t had any in forever!

  • 7
    Brittany @ Proteinandpumps May 27, 2014, 8:59 am

    My weekend was definitely low key. We did cookout on Monday since J got a good deal on Delmonico’s at the butcher. So good! Can’t wait to hear more about the new book proposal – Good luck!!

    • 8
      Jen May 27, 2014, 4:15 pm

      yum, yum!

      thank you!

  • 9
    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee May 27, 2014, 9:10 am

    Very excited to hear more about the book! And salads for lunch are always a typical meal for me too.

  • 10
    Sarah May 27, 2014, 9:18 am

    All your meals look delicious as usual 🙂 Would you mind sharing your recipe for the meyer lemon salmon?
    Thanks so much and good look on the new book proposal!

    • 11
      Jen May 27, 2014, 4:15 pm

      hi sarah! i just seasoned some salmon with a lemon herb rub and then topped it with some meyer lemon slices before baking. baked at 400 for about 10-15 minutes. until done and flaking.

      • 12
        Sarah May 27, 2014, 9:51 pm

        Thank you! I will definitely be trying this 🙂

  • 13
    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner May 27, 2014, 9:24 am

    Congrats on working your tail off on your book! Great job!! I can’t wait to hear more about it!

  • 15
    Molly@ MollysMusingz May 27, 2014, 9:30 am

    I just decided I am going to make a quiche with steak in it- due to this post!

    • 16
      Jen May 27, 2014, 4:14 pm

      haha, glad to be of inspiration to you!

  • 17
    Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire May 27, 2014, 9:30 am

    Very, very excited to hear about your new book! I spent most of Memorial Day Weekend in Maryland and made it back to Florida on Sunday night. I really felt like I needed a vacation from my vacation. I was so tired yesterday and so, SO thankful for a day off of work to just rest and relax!

    I missed a cookout too…there’s nothing like a good burger on a hot day! 😉

    • 18
      Jen May 27, 2014, 4:14 pm

      i totally know how that feels! that’s a long journey from maryland to florida. i bet you are tired!

  • 19
    Parita @ myinnershakti May 27, 2014, 10:05 am

    Congrats on the new book!

    And we went to see the new X-men movie last night, and I loved it! BUT only because my husband and friends made me watch the previous one the night before. It makes a lot of sense if you watch them in sequence!

    • 20
      Jen May 27, 2014, 4:13 pm

      gosh, that would have been very helpful. i did love the way it was filmed and the special effects but i just had no idea what was going on with the plot!

  • 21
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 27, 2014, 11:00 am

    Congrats on making such awesome progress on the book! How exciting!

  • 23
    kiki May 27, 2014, 12:09 pm

    congrats on fininishing up the book proposal! We spent the weekend in Portland Maine and although we didn’t cookout we had AMAZING food there. The culinary scene is outstanding and i loved the entire vibe of the city.

    • 24
      Jen May 27, 2014, 4:13 pm

      thank you! i’ve never visited maine but i’ve heard good things.

  • 25
    She Rocks Fitness May 27, 2014, 4:31 pm

    A little bit of party time and a little bit of down time. I did have an amazing brisket and a summer cocktail that was AMAZING…fresh watermelon juice, vodka, and muddled basil. So refreshing! XOXO

  • 26
    Elizabeth May 27, 2014, 4:38 pm

    I had that quiche at Terrace Cafe on Saturday for brunch, too! Can’t wait for your book!!

  • 27
    Sarah N May 27, 2014, 10:52 pm

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about your new book!

    My Memorial Day was pretty low-key, since I worked half of it. The highlight was hosting my city’s meetup for the amazing running organization I volunteer for, http://www.wearblueruntoremember.org. Memorial Day is a big event for us, since our purpose is running to remember fallen military, and this year we had a goal to have 1 runner and 1 mile for every one killed since 2001 (6,801). We had meetups all over the country and some out of the country even, and in the end we had 8,395 runners who ran a total of 39,336 miles. It was amazing! We even got the Editor-and-Chief of Runner’s World to run in blue. =)

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