Dad and Daughter Weekend

God bless America and God bless three day weekends. I don’t know why I said the latter; I just came back from vacation.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a lovely Memorial Day to my fellow Americans. As always, it’s nice to have a day off, but it is essential to remember why we do. Thank you to all the men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we could live ours freely and joyfully.



Let’s catch up!


Up and at ’em early for my physical therapy internship! Brought to you by overnight oats in a jar.


I’ve been adding chia seeds to the mix, and they increase the doughiness factor by at least 50%. I totally made that up, but chia seeds = thicker overnight oats = even better texture.

Lunch was eaten in the parking lot after my internship. It was tuna salad I had made that morning (with Greek yogurt, mustard, honey, olive topping, paprika, and black pepper) on mixed greens, alongside 34 Degrees cracked pepper crackers from Blend.

Cracked pepper crackers that are like crack.

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I saw my partner in crime (Daliza) on Friday night! I greeted her with egg yolk dripping down my face/hands/arms as I ate this for dinner:


Once you break the yolk, there’s no turning back. You just have to inhale the rest of the toast so you don’t lose the dippy goodness.

P.S. I’m going to convince Daliza to do another vlog with me!


I slept in and made a rather patriotic breakfast for Dad and myself— Greek yogurt with blueberries, raspberries, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia, chia seeds, a leftover whole wheat banana pancake, and Nuttzo power fuel.


I don’t remember everything I did on Saturday, but I do know that I finally decided to unpack my luggage, did some moves with a leg strength circuit, and attended Mass. I also ate some delicious things in the afternoon!

Lunch was a salad with homemade tahini dressing, leftover pork chop (buried under there), and a sweet potato with melted garlic herb cheddar. Weird but YUM.


I was feeling lunch dessert that day (…like every other day), so I broke into my stash of mint chocolate chunk Quest bars from Blend. I followed Aimee’s suggestion in my last post’s comments and microwaved it for exactly 23 seconds before topping it with peanut hazelnut butter.

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Yep, I’ll be doing that again! 🙂

Oh! I got new sneakers in the mail too! I won these in a huge raffle at the end of Blend retreat. Lucky for me, because I left my other sneakers in Boulder since they were so muddy from hiking all week.


Thanks, Wellcoin and Puma!

After Mass, Pop and I went to my favorite Japanese restaurant for dinner! I went with the classic sushi combo that comes with yellowtail, tuna, and eel avocado rolls. All gone into my tummy.

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The waiter also surprised us with a complimentary dessert! Chocolate souffle cake with raspberry ice cream. Ohmahgoodness. I know I say I don’t like chocolate that much, but this was dreamy.

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Pop and I hunkered down for the night and watched not one, but two movies— The Giver and Macfarland USA. I totally loved both!


Another sleep-in day, another breakfast for Pop and myself. I hadn’t eaten cookie dough cereal in a long time, so it wasn’t difficult to choose what I wanted that morning.


I cleaned the floors on Sunday, and look at this horror.

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This is a picture of cleaning done in the highest shoe-traffic area of our house, but still, yuck! (Two-year-old word, I know.) You don’t really notice the dirt until you get down and scrub.

Moves involved yoga and a quick walk around the neighborhood. The weather was perfection!

I babysat at night and actually enjoyed my snack-time-esque dinner.

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I brought all the snacks myself, except for the cheese 🙂 (I was given permission.)


Pop and I started our Memorial Day with Mass and the local Memorial Day parade.

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Then we headed back home to cook and eat for the rest of the afternoon! Pop and I have never grilled without mom being around, since she is Mrs. Chefmaster Hospitality. But we had a successful cookout, I’d say! I shopped for the food, prepped it, and then left the grilling for Pop. He nailed it.

We had simple beef burgers with garlic herb cheddar and caramelized onions + tons of grilled vegetables. We also ate outstanding grilled shrimp using this marinade recipe.



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Having a BBQ for two people also means lots of leftovers for the week!

Moves included grooving to music in the kitchen and a two mile neighborhood walk. I see a tan emerging!

After eating more of grilled goodies for dinner, we ended the night on a sweet note, as every night should end in my book. I macerated some fresh strawberries in lemon juice and honey for a few hours, and then we ate those on top of vanilla bean ice cream with a slice of the blueberry poppyseed mini loaf from Flagstaff House in Colorado!


Me: I macerated some strawberries.

Dad: That sounds like it hurts.

[5 minutes later]

Dad: What did you say you did with these? Masqueraded?

Me: No, macerated. But masquerading them sounds fun.


Hope you all have a great day! Clean your floors perhaps, eat string cheese, and say thank you to more people. *Also, stay tuned for an awesome giveaway later today!*

So tell me:

One productive thing you did this weekend.

One fun thing you did this weekend!

Do your floors ever get this dirty? We clean them often, I swear.

Americans, what did you eat for Memorial Day? 


17 thoughts on “Dad and Daughter Weekend

  1. 1.) Your weekend sounds like it was fabulous and delicious.
    2.) Peanut hazelnut butter?!? I’ve gotta try that!
    3.) Your macerated strawberries thing seriously made me laugh. On Friday night, I went to dinner with my parents and my dad saw “macerated strawberries” as part of a dessert and said, “I don’t know what ‘macerated’ is, but that sounds like a bad thing to do to a strawberry.” Dads are wonderful.

  2. The dailogue with your Dad had me in stitches 😀 – your Dad is such a cool cat! I’m always impressed by your domestic talents. And your ability to make me crave overnight oats something majorly…which will happen after I pick up some yogurt.
    Aren’t floors supposed to be dirty :straight face: ?

  3. I am so picky with my floors being clean, also! With Mr. Gus, they tend to get dirty pretty quickly. 😉 Good luck at your internship!

  4. Craziness!!!😮 I cleaned this weekend too (vacuumed) and watched McFarland USA too!! Loved it!
    Looks like a terrific weekend with your daddio! He seems like a cool dude😉
    And this weekend I ate some soft serve ice cream and lots of grilled goodies!!
    Have a great day Alison!!

  5. One productive thing you did this weekend.

    Hmm…. Hm…. ;-D I went to a barefoot walk. The walk raised $8000.00. 🙂 That was exciting.

    One fun thing you did this weekend!
    Ditto on the above. 😀 I know. I’m boring.

    Do your floors ever get this dirty?
    YES. Our floors do get dirty, especially when we are dog sitting. Thankfully the dogs were were dog sitting are gone now! WoOt! Now we just have a beagle inside instead of 3 dogs.

    Americans, what did you eat for Memorial Day?
    Baskin Robbins Icecream!! And we went out to eat. It was also my sistah’s birthday!

  6. Okay, I feel personally victimised that you didn’t invite me to this. I could have totally played the son for the weekend. One fun thing I did this weekend? Lunch with a blogger. Can’t wait for OUR lunch(es).

    PS- Asian Pride. Have same serving dish. Lololol.

    PPS- Giveaway? Geebuz, I might be able to enter it!!!!

  7. What a lovely weekend – and filled with so many good eats! I would have loved to be part of your family over the weekend. I’d say my most productive part of MDW was completing Murph on Saturday – and then promptly did chores on Sunday with noodle arms. I was so sore!

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