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Weekend: Erin McDermott + Cheese & Wine + Market + Cute Sullie

I feel like I’m finally starting to recover from last week. It was a short one but so jam-packed. I didn’t get home from work until 7 on Friday night so I took Sullie out for an easy run so we could enjoy some fresh air after being cooped up in the gym all day.

And then proceeded to make dinner out of dry Italian salami, manchengo, grapes, goat brie and crackers along with a big bowl of sweet cherries and a glass of red wine. I watched the movie Side Effects which was just okay overall but the plot did totally surprise me. Has anyone else seen it? I do love Jude Law. 😉

The highlight of my Friday was arriving home to find my May Luxe Box from Erin McDermott Jewelry in my mailbox. I opened it to find the most perfect earrings. They are SO me! Can’t wait to wear them out.

A quiet Friday in meant that I was up and at the farmers market right when it opened at 8. I think that is a first for me and I couldn’t believe the selection! Definitely worth the early wake-up to get the good stuff. Check out this beautiful butter lettuce that I picked up.

I quickly came home from the market, grabbed Sullie and dropped her off at the groomer and then rushed to meet a friend for yoga. We took a 90-minute hot class from Suzanne (my yoga mom!) at Charlotte Yoga and it was exactly what I needed both mentally and physically. There were a few tears mixed in with the sweat but it felt so good to practice next to my friend and with Suzanne leading the class. I had to head over to Y2 Yoga to teach a class after my practice. I felt so grounded and focused on my students.

Lunch after class was a salad featuring my local lettuce, salmon, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, strawberries from the market, avocado, goat cheese and homemade honey dijon balsamic.

Look how cute my sweet girl looked when I picked her up from the groomer. She was in desperate need of a little trim but don’t worry…those grinch feet will grow back!

I spent the rest of my afternoon at Nordstrom Rack (post coming with those goodies soon!) and then planting more herbs on the patio. I bought a cilantro and basil plant at the market. My herb collection is complete…Italian parsley, mint, oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil and cilantro. Good news…I’ve kept all of my herbs and flowers not only alive but thriving for a whole week! :mrgreen:

Serious question for my gardening readers…I potted the cilantro and basil in the same planter. It’s pretty big but will the cilantro take over the basil or is it okay?

Off to walk the pup and then SUSHI!

{ 23 comments… add one }
  • Brittany June 1, 2013, 7:11 pm

    I planted all my herbs in the same pot. The mint and basil started to take over but a good pruning is good for the herbs. My cilantro died in this charlotte heat/humidity 🙁 but all the others are doing great!

    • Jen June 4, 2013, 3:06 pm

      thanks for the feedback! i’ll cross my fingers for my cilantro!

  • Tanya Durant June 1, 2013, 7:16 pm

    Last year my cilantro did ok, but last year and currently my basil is HUGE. Mine needs its own pot (and I GOTTA make pesto soon!)

    • Jen June 4, 2013, 3:06 pm

      i have high hopes my basil will do the same! have you ever tried freezing the pesto in cubes?

  • Kim June 1, 2013, 7:52 pm

    I saw Side Effects in theaters, and the plot ending up being quite different than I expected as well. Have you seen the new Gatsby? I have no gardening tips- I tried growing a few flower and veggie plants last summer, and they all died within weeks (I’m from NW Indiana, Chicagoland area, and am currently living in El Paso, TX…huge climate difference!).

    • Jen June 4, 2013, 3:08 pm

      i have not seen gatsby. have you? i’ve heard mixed reviews. my track gardening track record is not very good so keeping my fingers crossed this year!

  • Patti Smith June 1, 2013, 8:32 pm

    My basil is usually what takes over everything! I guess it really depends on the size of the pot. That salad looks incredible…we just visited out Farmer’s Market for the first time this summer and like you, we were overjoyed at what we found there!!! 🙂 YUM!

    • Jen June 4, 2013, 3:09 pm

      i hope mine does that! 🙂

      summer is the very best season at the market. endless options and possibilities!

  • Laura June 1, 2013, 8:55 pm

    I have all my herbs in the same pot and as long as you prune them regularly, you’ll be fine! I use so many herbs that nothing really ever “dominates”. Would you mind sharing your recipe for your homemade dijon balsamic? I’m always trying to find new innovative and easy homemade dressings… so much better for you than nasty bottled stuff full of chemicals!

    • Jen June 4, 2013, 3:11 pm

      hey laura – i don’t really have a recipe but this is my go-to dressing mix for all my salads…

      i whisk together honey, dijon mustard, balsamic and olive oil and then season with salt and pepper. you can play around with the ratios. the more honey and dijon you use, the thicker it get. simple but always a hit!

  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona June 1, 2013, 9:13 pm

    Your dog is absolutely beautiful!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 1, 2013, 10:47 pm

    Your cheese, cracker, and fruit plate looks AMAZING. I used to make those for an easy dinner all the time… I need to do that again! Sullie is adorable btw! 🙂

    • Jen June 4, 2013, 3:12 pm

      it is such a good dinner when you just want to snack/graze while you hang out. and yes, she’s pretty darn cute!

  • laura June 2, 2013, 3:38 am

    I wish i were happy with my local farmers market but they sell very little organic produce. After becoming more aware of pectisides, gmo crops and their dangers, i try to buy only organic. Do you find organic produce at your farmers market?

    • Jen June 4, 2013, 3:12 pm

      there are some vendors who offer organic produce. you just have to talk with them and be ready to pay a premium!

  • She Rocks Fitness June 2, 2013, 8:05 am

    Beautiful earrings and got to love those “grinch feet”! I have never heard them called that before and it’s my favorite so far. She looks beautiful!

    • Jen June 4, 2013, 3:14 pm

      yes, i’m definitely missing the furry paws but she is looking pretty good! 🙂

  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin June 2, 2013, 10:38 am

    I watched Side Effects last night! It was very eery…but all the twists kept me entertained! I also couldn’t get over how different the Dragon Tattoo girl looked in this movie.

    • Jen June 4, 2013, 3:14 pm

      until you said that i didn’t even realize it was the same girl! she does look different!

  • Erin @ Sugar Magnolia June 2, 2013, 11:12 am

    Love those earrings and that pretty pup!!

  • erin July 10, 2014, 9:28 pm

    i seriously can’t get over sullie’s sweetness!! and, i’m so happy that you like the earrings. i always think of turquoise and corals and beach when i think of you!

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