Kickin’ off the Birthday Celebrations

Morning!! How goes it?

Last night after I got home from training a client, the hubski and I kicked off the celebrations for my birthday week! That’s right, I get a whole week, haha 😉 I don’t turn 25 until Saturday, but that’s just how we roll around here.

At first Shane suggested going out for some drinks and appetizers, but then we thought our wallets would like it better if we partied at home.

Shane tended to the drinks and appetizers, while I got the meal started:


Bloody Mary for the hubski and red, red wiiine for the (almost) birthday gal

And just because I looove it so much, our new kitchen table center piece!



And for dinner, I was preparing a delicious and summery salad:



I washed, chopped, and tossed a salad spinner full of romaine and spinach leaves. Then put some chicken (for Shane,) Quorn chik’n (for me,) and some raw cashews in the oven.



While the food baked, we played Uno!

We’ve kind of gotten euchred-out (there is such a thing?!) and I thought Uno would be a nice change of pace. Indeed it was! Especially since I whooped some major boot-tay 😉

After I got done pulverizing the hubski’s Uno game, dinner was ready!

I tossed into the leafy greens some chopped red onions, fresh strawberries, half an avocado, and the cashews:


I left the “meat” products to be thrown on our individual plates since I didn’t want any chicken juice (ew!) on my plate:)


The star of the dressing was this bad boy:



I tossed together about a half a cup of POM juice, 1/4 c. grapeseed oil, 1/2 t. sea salt, 1/2 T. agave, and 1 T. rice vinegar. Whisk all of the ingredients together, and toss with your salad! In hind sight, I would have added 2 T. agave nectar, but we all know I’m a big sweet tooth 😉



The flavas went together woooonderfully!! Seriously the best salad and salad dressing I’ve ever made. I’m a huge fan of fresh, light, and fruity salads, and this salad hit the nail on all of those elements 😀 I’ve never thought of using fruit juice in dressing before, but I have a feeling this one’s going to be a staple dressing of the summer.

Finishedup the celebrations with what else but an episode of 24. And to further celebrate, we had summa dis:


Gotta support the girl scout troops, ya know 😉

Posts to look forward to:

  • A vlog of my version of how to make French Press coffee! CSN Stores, which sells barstools from, bakeware from, and TONS of other products, has been gracious enough to send me an electric kettle to review. I gotta say, this will make things MUCH speedier in the morning when I’m up at 4:45 and wanting my teapot to boil water before I get my workout on! I’ve never used one, but I’m very intrigued on how many minutes this will give me back in the morning.
  • Eat Chic’s Amari tomorrow on training for her first half marathon – the Chicago Rock n Roll Half!

Have a fabulous Tuesday, friends!!

Do you celebrate your birthday? Or just look at it as just another day? I tend not to make a huge deal out of it, but I still like to let loose a little more than I usually do (i.e. less productive, more indulgence…exercise pretty much stays the same though.) Besides, I’ll take any reason to celebrate. At the risk of sounding cheesy, we should treat every day as if it were a celebration!


23 Responses

  1. NO BIRTHDAYS ARE HUGE in my book! But that comes from my childhood because my parents always made a huge fuss about mine and my brother’s birthday!! 🙂 Enjoy your birthday week!!!

  2. aaww how FUN!!!!! enjoy your bday week lovely!
    what a GREAT summer salad! i LOVE all the fresh flavors girl!
    i cannot wait for the VLOG! im dying to have a FRENCH PRESS!

  3. Happy early birthday!! Celebrate it up 😀 I love feeling special on my birthday. It’s like a “secret” that know one else knows about when you’re out and about! hehe

  4. I do like to celebrate my birthday 🙂 By going out to a nice meal and spending time with family and friends. Sometimes there is a littttleee drinking involved 😉

  5. happy early bday, mine is one week from tomorrow!!!! yayaya!!

    I love spending my bday with my close friends and family, nothing crazy 🙂

  6. happy birthday week! my birthday is on the first of july so sometimes i ilke to have a birthday month… lol. i say you take a month too! hope you have a great one!

  7. For my bday I usually just like to go to a delicious dinner with friends and have Peter spoil me a bit by giving me a break from the baby girl. Nothing too extravagant but very enjoyable nonetheless. Happy early bday to you! 🙂

  8. Hey…I wanted to add (after seeing your comment on my blog) that you are going to rock that 10 mile run! Let me know how it goes okay?!

  9. I just had lunch with Dad at Yesterday’s in Pekin. It was good, but I would have bought your fresh salad had it been on the menu. It looks soooo good. Strawberries are good right now too for some reason.

    I agree with having a birthday week. Otherwise they seem to fly by, especially if you have to work on your birthday. Have a great week!

  10. The husband and I celebrate birthday week too. Although he’s voting to turn it in to birthday month 🙂

  11. Man that ice cream looks delish! I definitely celebrate all birthdays. It’s too fun not to!

  12. Birthdays are super duper important to me. My bf gets mad because I take birthdays seriously and Christmas, Easter, New Years and Valentine’s Day like they are nothing. I love bdays…especially mine!

  13. everyone in my family seems to have a “birthday week”. My hubby teases me about it, but I love it.

    happy bday 🙂

  14. Darn right, birthday WEEK! 🙂 Happy bday!!!

  15. thank god it is not just me who celebrates their birthday for a whole week 🙂

  16. love what you did with the POM and agave! i make one on my blog called holiday spice vinagrette and it’s OJ, agave, evoo, ginger, etc. Same concept but we are finally done with all our POM, that woulda been a good use 🙂

    your tofu info…glad to hear it!

    And of course, happy bday!!!! for me, at age 33 with a kid, bday is not really that big of deal but funds$ are an issue and if we had more, we’d do more, i.e. great restaurant, going out, the whole bit.

  17. We have birthday weekends and the whole weekend is devoted to our birthday! The only celebrating we do is just get to pick what to do and where to eat. 🙂

  18. I love that your taking the whole week to celebrate your birthday! I’m like you, I don’t make mine a big deal but do enjoy doing something special.

  19. i can’t believe there’s a tagalong ice cream! i wonder if they have a “thin mints” version…

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