Hello folks! Hope you are having an amazing week. I’m still reeling after a fantastic long weekend. It was just one of those weekends where everything was perfect and full of lots of fun stuff including exploring vintage shops, hot yoga and a big family BBQ in the sunshine.
Having the public holiday on Monday has really thrown me off a little. I kept thinking that it was Monday yesterday. Of course it’s Wednesday today, which means that it’s WIAW time. For this weeks post I’m going to share my goings on from a very lovely Bank Holiday Monday.
I woke up pretty early so that I could get to the gym and squeeze in a workout. Before heading to the gym I had my usual warm water and and a slice of lemon and snacked on 3 dates to fuel for my workout.
Those dates were super tasty and sweet, perfect workout fuel. Whilst at the gym I did a mix of cardio and strength exercises. My thighs are still feeling the burn from all of the weighted squats and lunges I did…ouch!
For breakfast I made something a little bit different, sweet baked eggs:
These were so easy to make and great for getting a protein hit if you’re not into protein powders. I made the egg batter cherry and almond flavour and sprinkled over a dust of cinnamon, so freakin’ good! Another recipe for the blog me thinks, so watch this space. A nice pot of coffee with gingerbread syrup was the perfect accompliment to my baked eggs, a marriage made in heaven.
By 10.00am I had already gone to the gym, put on some laundry to wash, roasted a chicken, cooked some bulgar wheat and tidied the kitchen. I love being productive, but looking back getting all of that done seems crazy. Maybe there was rocket fuel in that coffee or something.
Later on we hit up a deserted car park so Alfie could practice his driving and bay parking. He’s currently learning how to drive and making good progress, boy I don’t miss those days. I used to be a nervous wreck when I was learning, but Alfie seems quietly confident.
After our driving school moment we headed to Blenheim Palace for the day:
It was almost ironic that they were holding a classic car day
It was a gloriously sunny day and with the thought that it may be the last day of summer at the back of our minds we decided to have a bit of a picnic in the grounds of the palace.
OOTD: jersey maxi dress, Primark//sandals//sunglasses, Ralph Lauren//bag, Mulberry//bracelet, Lola Rose//earrings, Forever 21.
Note to self: invest in some seamless bra and knickers to avoid embarrassing underwear lines…geez!
I packed a bulgar wheat salad that I had made for lunches at work this week with mixed leaves. In addition to bulgar wheat the salad includes chopped mint, parsley and coriander, spring onions, tomatoes, cucumber,feta cheese, lemon juice and olive oil. Bulgar wheat isn’t my go to grain, but I had found a half used bag in my cupboard and thought I would put it out of it’s misery. It tasted great in this tabouleh style salad.
After walking around the spectacular gardens we enjoyed tubs of vanilla ice cream in the sunshine:
When we got home I was starving, I think all of that walling worked up an appetite. I fancied some of the roast chicken that I had cooked that morning so I reheated some in a frying pan with Thai red curry paste. garlic, ginger, soy sauce and homemade chicken stock. Then I stir fried some veggies in soy sauce and topped them with some fresh coriander.
For a very quick and easy meal this was so tasty. I love Thai red curry paste and find it such a versatile ingredient in dishes like this.
Homemade vanilla yoghurt, fresh strawberries and salted caramel dark chocolate was for dessert.
I was so chuffed with the vanilla yoghurt as it turned out so thick and creamy. I’ve been sent a yoghurt maker from Yogart to review on the blog and I’m having so much fun with it. I will tell you more about it soon, but I love it!
How do you like to spend long weekends? I think this one was just spot on for me with family time, sunshine, a BBQ and a picnic it was just perfect.
Do you like looking around old stately homes or palaces? I always find looking at how people lived and viewing old houses so interesting, perhaps because I’m quite nosey! =)