Over the weekend I took my bike out for a cruise, (the first of the season!) went on a long solo walk, made a ton of food, mowed the lawn, dug weeds out of the garden and prepped the soil for planting. During spring and summer, I become less focused on ‘gym-type’ workouts, favoring the outdoors instead. Being outside and enjoying nature is all I really need. To any new readers, this vintage bike was my birthday present last year! My husband and I found it abandoned on the street, and after no one claimed it for days, we took it home. Court had it completely restored and painted my signature color.
On Saturday morning, I baked a dozen carrot muffins, put them in my bike basket and pedaled to Courts Moms house for coffee. We made a pot of 100% Kona coffee that we purchased from the bed and breakfast, Ka’awa Loa we stayed at. Fantastic coffee – the best beans on the Big Island (in our opinion.)
We visited with Courts Aunts, snacked on muffins and fruit before continuing on our bike ride.
My parents came over for dinner on Saturday evening, and we had quite the assortment of goodies. They brought deviled eggs, bbq pork skewers, warm artichoke dip and stuffed mushroom caps.
I made a mixed green salad with dried apricots, fresh Gala apple, goat cheese and a sweet sesame dressing.
Chilled green beans tossed with sesame oil and seeds.
Sweet potato sliders with basil pesto hummus and melted cheese.
Warm coconut curry lentils and corn tortillas for dipping. I created the lentil dish by accident. Earlier in the day, I forgot a pot of lentils on the stove and they turned to mush. I remedied it by tossing in garlic, chopped onion, tumeric, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper and coconut milk. It was delicious! It reminded me a lot my favorite lentil dish from a local Ethiopian restaurant that I just love.
We eat like Kings over here!
On Sunday morning, Court and I jumped on our bikes and headed to Starbucks to take advantage of free Earth Day coffee (when you bring your own tumbler.)
Blonde roast coffee and egg scrambles were enjoyed in the warm sunshine.
In the mix:
1 egg + 1/2 cup egg whites, sauteed onion, mushroom and spinach all topped with salsa, avocado and cheese. Oh, and my beloved jalapeno Tabasco. I put it on almost everything!
The rest of the day was spent spring cleaning the yard and house. I even switched the flannel sheets for cotton – here’s hoping I don’t jinx the weather.
How did you spend Earth Day weekend? Did you implement any new ‘green’ ideas in your home?
I’ve been making my own natural cleaning products for a little; everything from laundry soap to all purpose cleaner, but I added ‘build an outdoor clothes line’ to Court’s to do list. I also want to get these laundry magnets that were introduced to me in Hawaii. You use them in place of detergent, along with a few drops of essential oil to add a fresh scent.
Am I officially a hippie now?