A Picture Says 1,000 Words

Happy Father's DayIf a picture says 1,000 words, what does 24 years and counting of memories say?  Yesterday was Father’s Day and I got to spend the day with the best dad in the entire world. 

Looking back through a few old pictures, I realized that it doesn’t matter if I’m feeding wild geese (don’t they carry diseases?!), attempting to snowboard in sub-zero temperature (first and last time for that!), dancing or reaching a new milestone, I always have a genuine smile on my face.  🙂  I’ve always been a daddy’s girl, but the older I get the more I realize how much I appreciate and love my daddy. 

Pizza - Arugula makeOther weekend festivities included experimenting with new pizza toppings.  I made a pizza with arugula, fresh mozzarella, pine nuts, homemade tomato sauce, special seasonings and homemade basil wheat crust . 

For dessert, I went for a classic brownie box-with-a-twist-dessert.  Extra chocolate chips and creamy natural peanut butter swirls. Hey- there’s nothing wrong with boxes… I am all for easy recipes.  Especially when crunched for time and needing a little bit of chocolate.  Topped this with Edy’s Slow Churned Cookie Dough Low Fat Ice Cream (less than $3 at Walart-heck yes!)

Pizza and Brownies

I spent Saturday morning at the YMCA for the opening ceremonies of First Coast Games.  First Coast Games is an annual corporate challenge that combines health and wellness activities with a little friendly competition.  I’m participating on the Y’s bowling, tennis and 5k team.  You can click here for more information about the games!  I’ll blog about the events (and hopefully our victories) throughout the next few months.

It rained a lot Friday and the temporary parking for the event was a little, how do I say this, WET. And muddy.  And grassy.  And muddy.  And did I say muddy?  When I left the event, I had a little surprise (not the good kind) on my car…

car 2 Car 1

Ok “a little” is a little bit of an understatement. I have no idea what/who did this but clearly I parked in the wrong spot!  Notice the dirt on the SUV behind my car?  Well that’s how far the mud spread so I had it all over the top and 3 sides of my car… still not sure how that was even possible.  The picture from inside my car was taken while I was waiting at Bubbles Car Wash.  They did an awesome job! 

Food Truck Girls

Saturday night was the 2nd Annual Food Truck Championship in Downtown Jax.  Yummy food? Cold Drinks?  Competition? I was so there!  And so was the rest of Jacksonville…. not kidding!

I met up with a few friends and we set out to try some of the best food truck foods in Jax.  I’ve read good things about The Happy Grilled Cheese so we started out there at about 6:30pm. And we ended there a few hours later.  Literally.  Here me out… We waited over an hour in line to place an order, then at least another half hour to actually get the grilled cheese!  I ordered one that had cheese, pulled pork and mac~n~cheese.  It was a great combo and great tasting because I was starving by the time we ate, but it could have used a little bit of BBQ sauce.  By the time we finished the grilled cheese, we went to Le Petite Cheri Cupcakery.  And guess what, there was NO LINE! 

Why? Because they were SOLD OUT.  I was shockedDeer in headlights look.  I tried to talk it up to the truckie asking for the emergency stash, the extra frosting… c’mon readers – you know me by now to know I had to try this place out.  And I was desperate!  Short from searching the truck, I gave up my cupcake hunt (which was probably a good thing after everything else I’ve eaten this weekend) and headed to The Landing to watch the Stanley Cup Finals Game 2 where the Bruins beat the Blackhawks in overtime. Let me just say, I love people watching!

My first experience with the Food Truck Championship (and really first experience with the food truck buzz) was awesome.  However, this taught me a few lessons for next year:

  1. Get there early.
  2. Scope out the trucks before and prioritize (I missed the cupcakes – amateur mistake!)
  3. BYOB (waiting in line for drinks is certainly not as exciting as waiting in line for yummy food!)

Well that about wraps it up!  I haven’t been working out for the past 2 weeks due to a running injury (blog about that later! Yes – the half marathon  is still next week-yikes!) but I still had a great weekend full of new experiences!

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