Memorial Day 2001

Memorial Day, 8 years ago, Zak and I were newly married and on our way to Aruba!

Memorial Day 2009? We cleaned the garage.

This morning I got to make up for Friday’s Change in Plans bike ride. Since Zak was off we had a leisurely breakfast together before the offspring made their way downstairs. I decided to postpone my bike ride to later in the morning to give it a chance to warm up a bit.

Oh Breakfast Cookie how I’ve missed thee! It’s been a couple of days. hehehe…


Made last night with my usual 1/2 c rolled oats, heaping tablespoon of ground flax seed, 1/2 a smashed banana, cocoa powder and some glugs unsweetened chocolate almond milk.

Zak thinks I should call this “Cow Pie Surprise”.

Around 10 I finally ventured out and cranked through 14.5 miles in 54 minutes.

After I got back we got started on the garage and spent the day hauling EVERYTHING out, rearranging, organizing, sorting, sweeping, throwing away….

[insert before pic here]

Oops, no before pic, accidentally on purpose. Take my word for it, it was a mess. Shut up, it was a long, cold winter!

Once the kids got bored we three girls went inside. They watched a movie while I made granola and puttered around the house.

granola_1 granola_2

After a day of slaving away in the garage, I made black bean burgers and kale chips for dinner tonight.


I first heard about Kale Chips on Fat Free Vegan, but she didn’t have much luck with them, so it wasn’t until I read Kath’s post about them that I finally tried them. If you’ve yet to discover kale chips, it’s about time you did!

I pretty much follow Kath’s method. Today I used Kale in a bag for the first time and it made it 100x easier to just take it triple washed from the bag and plop it down on a cookie sheet! Pre heat the oven to 350, place trimmed, washed and dried kale on a cookie sheet. I spray mine with a bit of olive oil using my Misto and then sprinkle them with a bit of salt and Parmesean cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, flip and stir around with a spatula, bake an additional 5 – 10 minutes as needed, until chips are dried out and crispy!

These are awesome and oh so healthy it hurts! We love these in our house. Well, Zak and I love them. The girls just smile and nod knowingly when we offer them some. Yeah right mom, nice try.


Veggie burgers
and veggie toppings

Time to eat!


Somewhere under that pile of vegetables is a veggie burger, I swear.



My sweet little dining neighbor finishing up her veggie dog.


Off the get the kitchen cleaned up, at least the garage is done!


Wow, it’s like we could park a car in there! IMAGINE THAT!


4 Responses

  1. Happy Anniversary you two!!! πŸ™‚ I didn’t even know. At least you got to spend the day together.

    I’m going to try those Kale chips, too. πŸ™‚

  2. Kale chips? Hmmmm, your description is good, but I hafta think about that one.

  3. Thanks ladies!

    Jennifer, when you try the Kale Chips report back on how they turned out and what you thought! πŸ˜€

  4. I love me some KALE CHIPS – Spritz a little olive oil spray & some garlic, thyme, salt and pepper – stick it in the broiled for like 3 minutes/or maybe 5 and DONE! Delicious and so very healthy! It’s tough to get KALE into my diet but this way of doing so works!!!

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