Greek Tomato Salad and Major R & R

Wait a minute. Did this weekend really happen? I feel like it came and went so fast. I know I always say that, but you know how certain weekends really really go by fast sometimes? Anyway. I have a lot to share so let the fun begin

We had a very nice leisurely Saturday morning. I ate a Chobani Pomegranate yogurt, headed to the gym for a nice workout (elliptical and core work primarily), and then came home to hang out with the boys.

Moose enjoyed some Animal Planet…

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In the afternoon we headed over to a carnival/fair in our area to check out the action. There were games, rides, food, local companies promoting their products, fire trucks tours, pony rides, a huge inflatable jumper for the kids, helicopter rides….I was pretty impressed.


The fireman did a demonstration using the jaws of life to open up this smashed car. It was actually pretty neat to see the process.


After the carnival we headed out to Dana’s parents for dinner. My mom and dad joined us as well. We set up croquet in the backyard. I can’t tell you the last time I played. It was a very relaxing game. I definitely didn’t win though; 2nd to last actually. All that matters is that I had fun.

Moose spectated.



Before dinner, Sue brought out a bunch of appetizers: veggies, crackers, cheese, hummus, a sweet peanut dip, and liver pate.

Mom says I ate liver when I was younger which I don’t remember (maybe I chose to forget Winking smile). Either way, I did try the liver pate just so I could make sure I wasn’t missing out on anything I loved. After one taste I decided I’m not. I am proud I tried it though! I know a lot of people do like liver plus it’s so good for you; I wish I did like it.

For dinner we had surf and turf kabobs, my mom’s Ramen salad, and I brought a Greek tomato salad (recipe at the end of post). Dinner was literally heaven on my plate with all of the veggies.


For dessert, gluten-free biscuit with strawberries and fat-free whipped cream.


We had such a great time on Saturday night. Can’t wait to do it again!


On Sunday morning I slept in until 9:00! That is unheard of for me. I must have really  needed it. We did our usual Sunday morning brigade: newspaper, coupons, coffee, breakfast, grocery shopping. Our fridge is very well stocked again.

In the afternoon we got involved in some more community action. Part of the weekend fair included a parade which was right in our neighborhood. We took the pooch down and enjoyed a great parade which ended up being an hour and a half long! The weather was perfect and it was a really pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Moose got 5 million compliments from the folks in the parade. “I love your dog,” “he’s so beautiful”…His head was the size of a hot air balloon by the time we left. Man, the more I think about it, Moose had a pretty great weekend!


For dinner we grilled up chicken breasts and topped them with turkey bacon, and cheddar cheese. I ate mine with BBQ sauce and a side of garlicky roasted broccoli.



A lot of Sunday was spent converting my blog from to self-hosted. It’s a good thing my husband is good with computers AND very patient, because there is no way I could have done that on my own. I would have pulled out half of my hair and eaten a 5 lb bag of M & M’s  by the time I was done with it. Confused smileThe switch has been made, now I just need to figure it all out.


Greek Tomato Salad

Back to simplicity for a second. I wanted to share the salad recipe with you from Saturday night because I LOVED it and so did everyone else.


Greek Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar (heaping)
1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 Tbsp. dried oregano
1/2 Tbsp. dried basil
1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 Tbsp. ground mustard
cracked black pepper

Add ingredients to a container, cover with a lid, give it a shake.

Greek Tomato Salad
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced into cubes
  • ⅓ cup kalamata olives, sliced lengthwise
  • Greek dressing (as much or little as desired)
  • Sprinkle of feta cheese crumbles
  1. Add tomatoes, zucchini and olives into a large bowl. Combine gently.
  2. Pour desired amount of dressing over salad, mix gently.
  3. Sprinkle with feta cheese and garnish with fresh basil.

I am off to get a workout in and I have REALLY been in a baking mood, so I may need to do something about that today too. Hope you all have a great day.

2 thoughts on “Greek Tomato Salad and Major R & R

  1. Ah you made the switch to self hosted! We are going to have to talk about this at some point 🙂 Congrats for getting that done though. And the tomato salad looks amazing. I ate so much of that type of thing in Greece… so refreshing and delicious!

    • OMG Jamie I can’t tell you how much time I have been spending on trying to figure it out! It WILL definitely be worth it once I get it all ironed out.Your recap from Turkey and Greece was amazing! I told my husband that I want to go there now. It looked like a dream. I miss you honey! Hope you are well!

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