Babies, Mothers, Sun and Home Cooking

There’s something to be said for weekends of constant motion — the kind that can take you so far out of the day-to-day that you actually get a break from  the routine.  That was this weekend in Charlotte, and as I sit here wrapping up the last few hours before I check in to next week I’m so aware and grateful for the last 48 hours of reprieve.

Saturday morning started with an early walk with a friend, and party preparations for baby shower brunch. In between the chaos of getting the house ready and getting myself ready (I was all kind of messy by that point) I inhaled some eggs scrambled with a left over zucchini, carrot, mushroom, and ground beef sauté.

fuel sweat grow: Saturday Breakfast

The shower was beautiful (and the company, amazing) but if you know the party hosts and their combined personalities, this would not be at all surprising.  The party favor is just a mere detail, and adorable at that — OPI nail polish aptly named ‘it’s a girl.’

fuel sweat grow: baby shower gifts

My typical Saturday morning routine involves working out and spending the greater part of the day in what seems like a spandex uniform so it was a great change of pace to be productive and dressed in real clothes before noon.  The afternoon was spent talking, eating, gifting, and generally appreciating the good company.

In a complimentary and lucky sequence of events, thanks to today being Mother’s Day, the opportunity presented to have yet another great break from reality.  With our Charleston MADabolic location opening soon and more than enough work happening on all fronts, simplicity and ease on a Sunday was exactly what was needed.

I had a few logistical to-do’s to get done in the morning, which happened even more smoothly and easily than I ever could have hoped, and by 1pm I was headed back to Casa Moertel for an afternoon of sun, aka my perfection.

fuel sweat grow: weekend leisure

Sunday dinner is kind of my thing, and this weekend proved no different so we brought forth a very clean menu to close out the weekend and get this next week started right.

There was salad with Romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and chopped almonds.  Simple, classic, and exactly what was needed.

fuel sweat grow: summer salad

The big salad bonus was a vanilla balsamic vinegar that Billy had mingling in his collection, which gave a very unique flavor to the simple ingredients.

fuel sweat grow: vanilla balsamic

To go with the salad Dar grilled everyone Ribeyes, and cauliflower was broiled with olive oil and salt until aldente.  It was perfection.

fuel sweat grow: broiled cauliflower

fuel sweat grow: sunday night dinner

All in all the weekend was a great reprieve from the every day, and the perfect prelude to what will be a week of work, travel, and an actual vacation (I hope).   It’s also a week back to working out with a long anticipated and planned new playground in Charleston, so let’s get this all started.


Home Grilling + Saturday Morning 5K Stretch

Happy Weekend Everyone!

This week was crazy packed with lots of awesome progress on a few projects I’ve been working on lately, so I was ready for a Friday night in.  I hit up Whole Foods while I was out to get Bug from camp and grabbed a few essentials I knew I would need to get through the weekend.

fuel sweat grow : grocery shopping

My actual motivation for going in was to get flank steak, which they were out of for the first time in my whole foods shopping history.  Thankfully the person at the meat counter knew more about beef cuts than I do and directed me to the flatiron steaks, which are exactly what is wrapped up in that pretty brown paper package on the belt.

Since I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to leave Whole Foods without spending $50 + dollars at a shot, I grabbed other ‘essentials’ which included the latest issue of Food & Wine.  Get excited my friends, this reading material will do nothing but excite my every taste bud.

When I got home I was so hungry that cooking had to commence immediately, and it went like this.

fuel sweat grow: zucchini + asparagus

  • Asparagus + Zucchini, grilled until tender, but still crisp

fuel sweat grow: chopped salad

  • Flat Iron steak tenderized + grilled to pinkness

fuel sweat grow: flat iron steak

  • Flat Iron steak tenderized + grilled to pinkness

The whole meal took 25 minutes to whip together, and it was exactly what I was hungry for.

fuel swat grow: hungry dinner

Throw two glasses of wine into the mix, and I was out shortly after the double digits rolled around.

This morning kicked off early for the HOOS Heal 5k.  Dar led the post-(adult) race stretch  (and what turned out to also be the pre-youth race stretch) at Nameless Field.

fuel sweat grow: Hoos Heal 5k

The stretch was great, and the kids race was awesome.  The whole event was pretty quick, but before we scooted out Dar stopped for quick snapshot with her new groupie, Cav Man.

fuel sweat grow: dar + cav man

Since it’s not every morning that I find myself on grounds these days, I wanted to take the opportunity to hit up the corner to enjoy the spring and a caffeine boost from Para Coffee.

fuel sweat grow: para coffee

The rest of the afternoon was spent downtown at the Tom Tom Founders Festival, which was amazing.  All of the events really spoke to the community of learning and entrepreneurial culture we have here in Charlottesville, and the Tom Talks were full of inspirational, passionate, speeches from some of our community’s most respected thought leaders.

I can not say enough good things about today’s talks, and I certainly can’t fit all of my thoughts into this post so I’ll do my best to organize my excitement in a few posts over the next week or so.  I have a number of big announcements coming up, including some new programming for FemCity Charlottesville, so stay tuned.  Things are about to get [more] awesome.