Monday, April 12, 2010

Starting the Spring with a bang!

This weekend was jam-packed with non-running, largely non-WW friendly events.

1. I presented at my first professional conference with what I feel was much success. Benefit of specializing in French: all receptions include my favorite (again, largely non-WW friendly) things: wine, cheese, and bread. Mmm. There will be much running today, tomorrow, and Wednesday before our Thursday weigh-in.

2. We went to our first Spring barbecue! Our friends Liz and Bill (and their roommate Greg) just rented a new house further out in the country and they had everyone over for a fabulous barbecue. Everything individually was really healthy, but strung together it all left Jon and I in a food coma. Here's my contribution: Pico de Gallo. It was a huge hit! No leftovers! I love Spring and Summer time cooking because everything is so fresh and light. Liz made an amazing vegan Strawberry cake and I'll post her recipe when I get it--it was so rich and strawberry-tastic. Love it!

Recipe for my Pico de Gallo:
-5 medium sized tomatoes (seeds removed and diced)
-1 medium white onion (diced)
-1 jalapeño pepper (seeds removed and diced)
-1 avocado (diced)
-2 tbsp lime juice
-Cilantro (diced, enough to taste)
-Salt (to taste)

To make, just mix everything in a bowl and serve with chips--it was super easy and very light. I can't wait to make it again once tomato season really starts!

Here's a quick shot of all our contributions together... Well, without cake or burgers and dogs. Yum!

3. Last big weekend event: Jon took me shooting for the first time. :) I'd never been and we've been meaning to go out in the backyard (that's at least several acres, it's safe, promise!) and shoot, but we've never done it. Well, last night we did. I'll be honest, I was a bit nervous at first, but, after that initial shot, it was a lot of fun. We didn't have any milk jugs or cartons to shoot at, so last night was really just to get a feel for the recoil and everything. I'm really looking forward to our next endeavor. And, let's be honest, it's hard not to look like a badass when you're firing a gun:

Alrighty, well off to class! More on tonight's anticipated run later :)


Lynz said...

You look like a pro shooting ;-)... Shooting can totally be a blast... Especially when you get the targets and a bit of friendly competition going on.

Dave said...

Ugh ... now I'm dying for pico ... dying for it!