Well, this past weekend went by way too quickly. Bob and I enjoyed a mini vacation in Florida with my parents. I experienced Naples for the first time, was treated to lunch at my favorite salad bar: Whole Foods (thanks Mom and Dad!), and went for a daily run amongst the palm trees. It was heaven.
The tough part, however, was going from this:
Coming home to a wind chill advisory wasn’t exactly welcoming. *sigh*
While in Florida, I was happy to help in the kitchen as much as possible, and enjoyed preparing a couple of the dinners. Some of the things I made were:
- roasted brussels sprouts
- seared scallops
- lemon pepper barramundi (my parents hadn’t tried it before–they both loved it!)
- calamari with balsamic reduction
We enjoyed some amazing wine with dinner. The Whole Foods there had the best selection I’ve ever seen!! I couldn’t believe how different it was from “my” Whole Foods.
I also introduced my Mom to my favorite breakfast: protein oatbran. I gave a little tutorial on how I cook the oatbran with egg whites, cinnamon and chia seeds. Then I add some blueberries or banana, and top my breakfast with some almond butter. I made her bowl extra special.
It was a wonderful and relaxing weekend–the perfect break in the middle of a Chicago winter.