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day in the life of olive pt 2 + summery salad recipe

7 Aug


Yesterday when Jon got off work he announced that he was taking me out to eat to celebrate teaching my first PiYo class. I love that man!

Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics because I left my camera in the car, but let’s just say I thoroughly enjoyed tortilla chips…and lots of ’em!

After dinner, we decided to go pick up Olive at the house and take her out to finish my “Day in the Life of Olive” project.  It turned out to be quite the trip.

First, we stopped on the side of the road for a little photo shoot of  Olive with her (and my) favorite guy in the world

Next, we headed to her favorite hang out spot in town…

Petco.  Olive loves Petco!

Primarily because she gets to shop for treats.  She’s a foodie just like her mama;)

One of the funniest/most awkward  moments of the night was when Jon decided to snag this little mini grocery cart from one of the aisles.  The plan was to put Olive in it to have her picture made (we’re looking like real winners now, right?).  At this point, I have to admit I was getting a little self conscious.  I mean, who goes to Petco on a Friday night and takes pictures of their pup in a child’s grocery cart?

My husband knows no bounds when it comes to Olive though, as evidenced in his reply to my comment

“Honey, this is embarrassing!  What’s even cool about this picture?!”

His response, “What’s not cool about this picture?!  Olive’s in a grocery cart!!”

Just as those words left his mouth, this cute little girl rounds the corner of the aisle.

Little girl: “where did you get that grocery cart?” (who is she? the mini grocery cart police?)

Us: “we found it in the aisle.”

Little girl: “well, it’s mine!”

Ohh kay, then! Sooorrry!  We sheepishly lift Olive out of it and shove gently wheel it back to the little brat girl, just as her mom walks up behind her.

So, now we’re officially the bullies of Petco that go around stealing grocery carts from little girls.

We decided to go hide in the bird section.

even he looks as if he knows we just did something wrong

Actually, better stick to something smaller and less like it could claw our eyes out

hello there!

And that concluded our little outing.  We decided to head out before we got kicked out, Olive complaining the entire way to the car that “it’s not faiw to have such embawasing pawents.”

That was the end of our exciting night because we had to get in bed early to prepare for our long run this morning!  I’ll talk more about our training in my next post…but for now, I’ll leave you with this awesome lentil recipe I made yesterday afternoon!

Brown Rice and Lentil Salad

1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
1/2 cup dry lentils
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth (or whatever broth you perfer)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced (I used the jarred kind)
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp red wine vinegar (can use lemon juice or plain vinegar)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt
black pepper
3 green onions, trimmed and chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

1.  Combine rice and lentils along with stock or cooking liquid in medium saucepan and cook until all water is absorbed, about 40 minutes.
2.  Remove cooked rice and lentils from heat.  Place into a medium sized bowl and fluff with a fork.
3.  Prepare dressing by combining olive oil, garlic, lime juice, red wine vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Wisk well.
4.  Add chopped green onion, tomatoes and parsley to cooled rice and lentils.
5.  Add dressing.  Toss to combine.  Serve chilled.

recipe from The Eat Clean Diet

I made this for lunch on Friday, and we had it as a meal.  I think it really works better as a side salad, though.  It’s very summery and tangy!!

I gotta jet – Jon and I are headed to my mom’s house to spend the night.  We’ll be celebrating my birthday (hopefully with my grandparents as well) tonight, and then tomorrow Jon and have super fun and exciting plans!!  My birthday isn’t actually until Tuesday, but we’re celebrating early.  I’ll tell you more about it later 🙂

Hope you all have a fantastic and relaxing weekend!  And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the Operation Beautiful book! I’ve gotten some super inspiring entries already.  I think it can be beneficial to all of us in some way, or it can serve as a sweet gift to someone you care about.  I’m sending one to each of two of my cousins.