Bringing The Holiday To Me

Sadly, I am one of the unlucky ones that doesn’t get to have Memorial Day off.  The joys of being a contractor right?

So, since I couldn’t have the extra day off, I brought the things I would have done, TO ME!

It all started off with a nice cool breakfast…I really wanted a smoothie but my roomy was still asleep, so I was nice enough to refrain from using the blender and grace him with silence.  Instead, I had a Cereal Mess (ya know, instead of a yogurt mess?)


  • Gala Apple
  • Kashi H2H
  • Blackberries
  • TJ’s Flaxseed PB

Not as good as a smoothie but it sufficed! I can’t wait until I can have a smoothie (which btw, they don’t hold me over very long w/ PB so I would love to hear suggestions on Protein Powders!?  Most say Jay Robb…maybe I can con him into some samples…)

After a bit of other stuff I set off to Murray Family Farms, a U-Pick farm about 20-25 miles from where I live.


You can go out on the farm and pick your fruits and veggies with a fee, or you can shop at their nice inside market of all RIPE fruits and veggies they pick themselves from their fields!


I love the big red barn it is situated in!  Isn’t it cool!?

The inside made my brain swoon as it was filled with so many fruits…most of the time when I go to farmer’s markets most I find is vegetables!

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Right now stone fruits are in season so there was an abundance of apricots, plumcots, cherries (7 TYPES!), yellow peaches, white peaches, white donut peaches, yellow nectarines, and white nectarines.  They also have lots of berries including strawberries, boysenberries, and blueberries!  In addition they also carry some vegetables and dried fruits, nuts, jams and other spreads.  Lots of variety!

As you might guess I was in heaven!  Who wouldn’t be!  What did I end up coming home with?

  • Two small boxes of blueberries
  • One small box of boysenberries
  • One white donut peach
  • Three white peaches
  • Three yellow peaches
  • Three plumcots
  • One bag of some sort of cherry I forgot the name of…
  • Two tomatoes

Delight!  Now I just gotta figure out how I’m going to eat it all!  Nevermind, eating fruit is never a problem pour moi!

I did some other grocery shopping and lo and behold…in total with two stores and the market I spent $80.  No shame people, I love my food; and I’ll travel long distances for it too.  Remember when I used to drive over 100 miles to go to WF when I lived in TX last fall!? CRAZY!

I knew I was going to be gone through lunch so I brought along a few snacks to keep me satisfied…ok, I brought two and ate one I got at TJ’s: Pink Lady Apple!  Paired up with a piece of Banana Bread and a Mixed Berry Chocolate and Almond Muffin.


You can bet by the time I got home I was famished!  After packing everything away in the fridge I finally sat down for a nice crispy snack platter! I had regular garlic hummus but spiced it up a bit by adding a diced up artichoke heart since I have an entire can to get through!  Add in some cucumber, carrot and celery slices and you’re set!


I also made a trip to Target and fell into buying a new DVD…Leap Year anyone?!  SO cheesy but SOOO CUTE!  I have a thing for Matthew Goode also…swoon!

I definitely needed a fix while I watched my movie so I snacked on a mix of Dark Chocolate Covered Edamame and Dark Chocolate Covered Power Berries from TJ’s!  I’ve never had the later before and it was quite interesting…they seem to use something like a fruit snack for the inside part…I was under the impression it was going to be dried fruit?  Oh well, still very tasty!


I chatted with a few friends then headed down to the pool to expose my skin grab some Vitamin D and catch up on reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

I also bought another pair of swimming goggles and some silicon ear plugs because I also get a really horrible pain in my ears when I swim from turning my head to breathe!  I did about 15 minutes of swimming before I couldn’t handle the hunger anymore!

Seeing as how Memorial Day is known for grilling and I won’t have the time or patience for it tomorrow with work, I did it today!  I grilled up some eggplant, bell pepper, onion, a portabella mushroom cap and tofu…all marinated with either some sesame garlic dressing or Lime Garlic Wine Marinade.

I put the mushroom cap, bell pepper, onion and spinach in the sandwich…


…and had to have the eggplant on the side because I simply couldn’t keep the sandwich together with it in there!

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Like the eggplant, the tofu wouldn’t fit either.  But in the end, I think it was better it wasn’t in there…I really enjoyed just eating the tofu by itself…that marinade blend is freak’n to die for!


And to round out the evening?  A wonderful champagne mango from the market…


I hope you all have a great day off tomorrow if you get it!  Think of me slaving away in the 90+ degree desert tomorrow!  I know I’ll be jealous of you! ;)

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15 Responses to Bringing The Holiday To Me

  1. Elisa says:

    Hi! I've never commented your blog before, but I'm a huge fan and an active follower! You're truly an inspiration. I am in the process of overcoming my fear of food and you've been a tremendous help, so thank you!! (:

  2. Laur says:

    mmmmmm, once again, beautiful, delicious, nutritious, and healing!

  3. runsarah says:

    So many delicious eats girl! I love all of the fresh fruit – I can't wait to some of our local crops are ready, they are delayed this year because of cold weather. Love the grilled sandwich too – I need to try that out, yum!

  4. From Here to There. In Purple. says:

    dark chocolate ANTYHING from Trader Joes is phenomenal. hah <3

  5. Mica says:

    I love your fruit haul from the U-pick farm! I wish we had mangoes here; they are so expensive in our grocery stores. Sad times. :(

    I'll be thinking of you on Memorial Day! Wish you had it off!

  6. therabbitrunner says:

    aww im so sorry to hear you don't have the day off :[ boo.

    haha cereal messes are fabulous! Always good when you want a nice crunch.

    my favorite protein powder is biochem vanilla & the chocolate flavor. so good. nice ingredients too!

  7. Heather says:

    So jealous of all of that fruit at the market! We aren't in fruit season yet – soon though!

    Lime marinade – where did you get that from!?! Always looking to try something new.

  8. Kristie says:

    Heck yes to all of that fruit. I've been eating fruit out the wazoo lately. LOVE it. Thanks Summer! I need to get my butt over to a farmer's market though and pick up some of the REALLY good stuff.

    Hope you're surviving the heat!

  9. Jenny says:

    ah fresh watermelon is the true tell sign of summertime. I love it!

    I swear by biochem vanilla and chocolate fudge protein powders. They are incredible. OH! and for ultimate smoothie staying powder, add some PB in to your smoothie! It sounds slightly unconventional but it's wonderful, I promise :)

  10. mymarblerye says:

    truth is i didn't have a day off either but guilted my partner into working for me…all is well though cause I bought her some sugarfree chocolate from my trip…I am evil. I know.

  11. Justine says:

    That is one gorgeous market! I am jealous of your goodies!

  12. Jessie (Vegan-minded) says:

    That is such an awesome fruit market! I would have gone crazy over the nectarines, they are one of my favorite fruits. Love grilled eggplant and tofu, yours look delicious. :) Hope you enjoyed the day.

  13. Krista says:

    OMG! That market sounds like a dream! Sounds like you picked up some great "treats". Have a great one!!

  14. Caronae says:

    I love u-pick farms. Your pictures of the inside with all the fruits and jams and treats are making me swoon! My goodness. I can never get to any from the city. Sad!

    I use Whole Foods vanilla whey protein powder most often. Decently priced, tasty, filling, and neutral.
    Good luck!

  15. kate says:

    You may be unlucky that you didnt have today off, but that pick your own place/farmers market totally makes up for it! So jealous :)

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