Happy Sunday all! Thank you all for the welcome back ~ it was really fun to recap what we have been up to lately with today being another fun filled day. This week is by far my favorite week all year because Farmer’s Market Season officially starts at all the local Farmer’s Markets that I visit (as in 3 a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday!)
The Husband totally knows how to bribe me though ~ You see, he really wanted to head to the Antique Fair in Petaluma. He also realized that the Sebastopol Farmer’s Market on Sundays was going on too. So, with promises of Organic Fruits, Veggies and a delicious lunch out, we headed over to Petaluma with The Husband’s moms.
Before heading out the door, I made up Healthy Eggrolls to go (SF + 1 WPA) – 5 points+
Then grabbed Starbuck’s for the road. Grande Iced Nonfat Latte with Caramel Drizzle on top (SF) – 2 points+
I did snack on some organic blueberries that I bought with me.
I have a co-worker who raves about the Sebastopol Farmer’s Market so I had pretty high expectations for our visit. Overall, I have to say that I love how they have everything from food vendors, bakeries, crafts, live music, plants you can buy and some pretty unique vegetables.
I fell in love with these Baby Artichokes! So much so I had to buy a few to try. What I learned from the farmer is that these are actually just the smaller “chokes” on the plant which do not get as much light so they never get huge, it’s not a different variety.
But, the best part is…there is not fuzzy center to get to the heart, you peel back a few layers to get to the tender leaves, trim the stem and top and you are good to go.
I can’t decide if I am going to grill them, sauté them in garlic or garlic & bacon ~ she gave me so many ideas on how to enjoy!
They had several varieties of Kale ~ including this sweet white kale that I tried last year.
Swiss Chard ~ this is the “spinach” I grew up on. My mom used to get us to eat this by promising we’d have muscles like Popeye.
Now I just eat it because I love it! Yep, I totally bought a bag of the Baby Chard, but, resisted the baby kale. I cannot wait to eat it, but, cannot decide how I want to eat it too. It’s like this treasure that I want to save LOL.
The Mushroom Guy ~ I am pretty sure he has any variety you will be looking for.
I took this picture just for my Cauliflower loving friends ~ have you ever seen Green Cauliflower? You “may” get me to try this variety because it’s not like white rubber…but, maybe
My day was complete when I found these organic strawberries ~ this is all I wanted!
Can you believe there was cherry vendor there too? I would’ve bought some but he wanted $6 a basket which seemed crazy to me.
Finally….this must be what Dr. Seuss was talking about when he told us about “Green Eggs” and ham. So fun!
We decided to take the “long way” home and head through Sonoma on our way back. We all wanted sandwiches and after Yelping I found Lazzini’s Market which had great review.
We couldn’t resist stopping when we saw their signs out front ~ the Italian Stallion is one of their most popular sandwiches. The guy BBQing out front sold The Husband.
You can tell the guys who own this place love what they do ~ love their passion and their accents.
Each sandwich had these little candies tucked inside.
I shared “The Godfather” with The Husband ~ Grilled Tri Tip that they had just taken off the bbq with “sauce” pepperoncini’s, red onion, cheddar cheese on a sweet French roll.
(SF + 4 WPA) – 6 points+
We all shared these Deep River Mesquite BBQ Chips. I think their stats are pretty darn good for real deal chips.
With real ingredients that you can recognize.
Worth every points+! (SF + 2 WPA) – 2 points+
They made The Husband’s day by making a Tri Tip Hot Link Sandwich ~ seriously, isn’t that such a guy sandwich. He loved it.
I did steal a couple of bites of his pasta salad ~ it was the olives and sun dried tomatoes that I kept eyeing. They make this from scratch too.
I am not so sure what’s for dinner considering we both ruined our appetite this afternoon when I cut up this watermelon. Two pieces for the bowl, one for me
I also cut up this pineapple freezing half because I have been wanting to try out this Pineapple “Whip” Ice Cream ever since pinned it months ago.
So, about that step challenge.
- Week 1 I did OK at 60K
- Week 2 I did better at 65K!
- Week 3 um, I sat at my desk too much and didn’t walk enough at 50K
So this week, on the grand finale week, I am stepping it up to 70K – 10,000 steps a day as many as I can!
Here is where I am at so far today:
HERE IS WHAT IS ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
- Flat Out Amazing Pizzas, Salad
- Shrimp Scampi with Baby Chard, Asparagus and tomatoes over pasta Pasta
- BLTA’s, Kale Chips
- BBQ Chicken with Grilled Baby Artichokes & Home Fries
- Taco Salad with Healthy Nachos the next day!
I am off to go get more steps in and figure out something light for dinner!