the pause button

by jenna on July 5, 2011

So…..I’m still on vacation and have been pretty bad about taking photos. Whoops. I’ve been too busy taking up the sport of paddleboarding (amazing core workout!), reapplying my sunscreen and reading my book by the water.

It’s been un-freakin-believable.

I hope y’all had a wonderful 4th of July! We’re actually headed home this morning…I’m kinda in denial. I wanted to share with you guys though the wonderful dinner I ate the other night here at Spindleshanks, a great restaurant that Adam and I have been to before. We both were waaaaay too exhausted to do anything but walk across the street (we stayed here and LOVED it!!) for dinner last night after a full day of white water rafting on the Truckee river in Nevada. The day was hot, the water was ice cold and we both had a blast.

All that paddling made me hungry! And thirsty. Very, very thirsty.

We both could barely wait to dig into the cajun BBQ beer prawns as soon as they were set down on the table. And you know what was even better than the prawns? Dipping huge chunks of bread in that sauce. Mmmmmmm

It’s what dreams are made of.

For dinner, I had the salmon special which was grilled salmon on top of sweet corn puree (yum) with a warm spinach salad, balsamic tomatoes and tempura green beans on top.

It reminded me of how much I love this fish. Note to self: make this soon. Like…tomorrow.

So lucky to share it all with my most handsome date…

Thanks everyone for being so patient while I’m on vacay. It’s been amazing to just hit the “pause” button and just soak everything up.

Happy (late) 4th of July! More recaps comin’ your way shortly…stay tuned.

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock July 5, 2011 at 4:41 am

Oooh what a wonderful trip! That salmon looks a-mazing! So happy that you got the much deserved vacay Jenna!!! Safe travels home ;)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) July 5, 2011 at 4:41 am

girl, everyone deserves a pause button and i’m so glad y’all are having so much fun! i’ve been dying to try paddleboarding but the state of colorado sort of lacks bodies of water to do it in. maybe when we head to northern california later this year we can try it…and kayak our little hearts out!

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corey @ Learning Patience July 5, 2011 at 4:41 am

So Fun – Paddleboarding, Prawns and Vino – That is an awesome vacay!!! Enjoy!

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Baking 'n' Books July 5, 2011 at 4:43 am

I’m jealous. There – I said it ;)

I didn’t realize you were such a water girl! Are you a big swimmer? I’ve loved to try rafting and paddleboarding one day…but would drown if I ever fell in the water (and I would fall in for sure).

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Cait's Plate July 5, 2011 at 4:43 am

Sometimes it turns out that the less photos you’re taking – the better time you’re having :)

Glad you’re enjoying yourself – I’m super jealous of where you are!!

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Erica July 5, 2011 at 4:44 am

Oh dear lord, as if I’m not missing you enough right now you have to show the pics of that amazing food?! Heehee;-) Love you!

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Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice July 5, 2011 at 4:45 am

Enjoy your vacation!! It looks like you’re having a great time!

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Molly @ RDexposed July 5, 2011 at 4:47 am

Can I hit this pause button that you’ve stumbled upon right now to delay going to work?

Those tomatoes look perfect!

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Fit Chick Britt July 5, 2011 at 4:54 am

No need to appologize! Glad you’re enjoying yourself. I’ve never paddle boarded, sounds fun.

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Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum July 5, 2011 at 5:02 am

I’m looking forward to hitting the pause button myself in a few weeks. :) lovely pictures!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 5, 2011 at 5:09 am

I enjoyed hitting the pause button this weekend as well – I think everyone is entitled to it!! Looks like you’re having a great time.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 5, 2011 at 5:11 am

Im glad your having a blast!! looking forward to those recipes :)

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Kristen @ Not-So Domesticated July 5, 2011 at 5:15 am

Sounds like fun!! And I think I would have just asked for a big plate of those tempura green beans. ;)

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kaila @ healthy helper! July 5, 2011 at 5:21 am

Wow that water is so beautiful! I love it! Glad you’re enjoying yourself.

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mary (sisters running the kitchen) July 5, 2011 at 5:22 am

i always wanted to try paddle boarding. looks like you and adam had a fun/relaxing/beautiful vacation—I’m jealous!!!

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AdrienneCarolyn July 5, 2011 at 5:25 am

You look gorgeous in that blue color!

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Errign July 5, 2011 at 5:38 am

love this post & your reminder of how important the pause button is :)

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Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet July 5, 2011 at 5:40 am

I’ve been pushing my own pause button lately. Your vacation is well deserved, and I hope you soaked up every second of it! I can’t wait to try white water rafting, and paddleboarding like Jennifer Aniston :)

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 5, 2011 at 5:44 am

No worries while you are on vacation!!!! :) Your pictures are un-freakin-believable!

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Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food July 5, 2011 at 5:52 am

Tahoe looks AMAZING! I definitely need to put it on my list of places to visit! :)

I can’t wait to see your recreation of that scrumptious dish! :)

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 5, 2011 at 5:55 am

Looks like a wonderful trip. I know what you mean about the pause button, after 3 days offline, I feel very refreshed!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 5, 2011 at 6:02 am

It’s a well deserved pause! That dinner looks fantastic. Beer prawns?! Yes, please!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg July 5, 2011 at 6:15 am

Enjoy your trip! Unplugging is something we all need from time to time.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 5, 2011 at 6:34 am

Oh my goodness… Jenna, this looks amazing! I haven’t been on holiday in far too long. For now, I’ll just live vicariously through you! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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Sarah July 5, 2011 at 6:40 am

Paddleboarding! What a cool sport! I’ve always wanted to try that. Safe travels today!

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Sarah July 5, 2011 at 7:19 am

If you like the Franciscan lodge you would also love the Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge! It is our favorite place to stay in Kings beach/ tahoe vista! We have stayed at the Franciscan once before and put it back on our list for next ski season! Also, I’m surprised there are so many nice restaurants in Tahoe, we always bring our own food and make dinner but now I have a few places I’m dying to try thanks to you! Hope you had an amazing 4th. Tahoe is heaven :)

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Katie at Faith & Funfetti July 5, 2011 at 7:41 am

It’s absolutely necessary to hit the pause button occasionally, so I’m glad you did! My hubby and I did the same this weekend, although ours included less paddle boarding and more sleeping, it was definitely just what we needed.

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Jessica July 5, 2011 at 8:17 am

Lucky! You went to “Skinnylegs” for din din! I’m jealous! Hopefully you got my email of my other favorite spots in Tahoe. I’m going for my birthday next month and I can’t wait!!!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 5, 2011 at 8:23 am

Jenna, so happy that you guys had such an awesome weekend away. Tahoe is just magical, isn’t it!

The shot of your salmon, with the sun coming in on the plate or the way the lighting is coming in…very cool shot and makes me have a big craving for that meal!

And the blue water in the 1st pic….lovely!

Safe drive back home for you guys :)

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notyet100 July 5, 2011 at 8:30 am

enjoy,..

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Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 5, 2011 at 8:33 am

Looks great! I’m glad you had such a great time!

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Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

What a wonderful trip! So glad you are having such an amazing time, it sounds absolutely incredible and so much fun :-) You both look super tanned and happy and healthy and in love! <3 Happy holidays! :-D xyx
PS: your dinner looked and sounded totally mouth-wateringly divine, lol! :-P

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Krystina (Organically Me) July 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

I’m glad you had a great time. I wish I got to go on fun getaways more often!

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 5, 2011 at 10:14 am

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the holiday, and so glad you enjoyed your vacation! That dinner looks AMAZING!

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French Heart July 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

O.M.G. Love Tahoe so much. Thanks for the little pretend trip. Love those paddle boards….they’re out in the ocean here in Carmel all the time. Food looks fab & so do you both. Esp love little charming-on-the-lake cottages…more than a lux hotel. So much more in the experience when can walk right out the door to the water. What a blast!

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Moni'sMeals July 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Good for you!
What a fun time.

Did you say pause button…ahhh there it is, THANKS! :)

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Meghan @ StruggleMuffins July 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Hooray for the pause button. And for paddle boarding – it looks soo fun!

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Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise July 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I Stand Up paddle board most mornings up the coast and back. I do about 4 miles roundtrip and I’m absolutely addicted!! I’ve noticed a huge difference in my core and butt :) I love that you can do it just about anywhere….lakes, rivers, harbors so the sport is available to so many! Nothing beats paddling over coral reefs though! Glad you enjoyed it! Aloha!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit July 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

That looks and sounds so relaxing! I’m jealous…

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lauri (redheadrecipes.com) July 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I’m soooo ready to ‘hit the pause’ button and go away for a few days!!

Glad u had such an awesome trip!

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Lauren@hungryspinner July 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Love the pictures. so beautiful! enjoy your vacation. :)

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katie @KatieDid July 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

The shot of the paddle boards and water is breathtaking. Do you have a wide angled lens or did you just capture the perfect angle with your regular lens? Whatever you used, its phenomenal. Glad your vacation was so amazing. I love summertime adventures outdoors. There is no better way to get in some exercise and vitamin D…

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Julia July 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Wow – looks like a wonderful vacation! Gorgeous scenery and great food; what more could you ask for?!

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Maria July 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm

We just got back from vacation and it was nice to take a break. Glad you enjoyed yours!

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Jessica July 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Salmon sounds delicious-and I agree that sometimes I forget just how delicious it is! Paddle-boarding sounds awesome, it is definitely something I know want to try!! :)

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Corrie Anne July 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm

That paddling looks fun, and you look gorgeous! Vacation looks good on you! Enjoy!!!!!!

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Allison July 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I love ordering salmon at nice restaurants! I can’t believe the tempura on top. How interesting and delicious!

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Carrie July 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm

All favorites! Enjoy Tahoe. I was up there this weekend trying out paddleboarding in Tahoe City too. Great girl’s trip…. food, paddleboarding, hiking, mtn. biking. No place better!

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Katrina July 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Great looking trip. Jealous!

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Amanda @ Still Life with Duck July 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Gorgeous! Definitely putting Tahoe on the top of my travel list!

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Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 6, 2011 at 3:29 am

Go ahead and enjoy your vacation! You deserve to soak it in without any guilt!

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Tiffany @ Tiffany's Spartanette Training July 6, 2011 at 4:46 am

Now that looks like a good time!

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Hanna July 6, 2011 at 9:32 am

looks like an amazing trip!! Any suggestions for where to stay and what to do?

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Lindsay R. July 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I love that you’re in love with my favorite place on earth!! My hubbie and I got married there in 2006 at Sunnyside. We vacation there almost once a year. Took our son for the first time last summer and are going again the week before labor day this year! Yay for Lake Tahoe!

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Judith July 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

Aaaah, yes, Tahoe for the 4th…a serious tradition for me. Lucky enough to have a good friend with a cool old fashioned cabin, on the Lake right next door to Sunnyside. Parked car for the week and used it once, for trip into Tahoe City.
BUT, after watching all the peeps come and go next door, I decided to try SUP…it is HARD! Harder than it looks. Was in the water more than I care to admit. I think you must have lots of balance and strength to have matered it so quickly..good for you!

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