Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch

The Catch Up Game

Hey guys!

I’ve definitely played catch-up today….but I’m so tired! I never thought a “vacation” could be so exhausting, but leading a conference definitely was an emotional and physically draining experience. I fully planned on doing some yoga today but I ended up just standing in downward facing dog awhile, stretching, and then calling it a day. It was a lesson in honoring my body 🙂

I snacked on some cashews from my sweet Summit swag bag!

My new Barney Butter shirt!!!!!!

Lunch was a salmon salad sandwich (1 can salmon, canola oil mayo, dijon mustard, hot sauce, curry powder. don’t knock it–it works!) with swiss cheese on oatmeal bread with applesauce on the side!
This afternoon I sprung and got my airline tickets for San Francisco next month! SO excited about the conference and going to the wine country again. Many more vlogs in the future, methinks. 😉
The other half of my Pro Bar for a snack—


My mom was working late so I made a quick dinner for my dad and I. Chicken piccata with rice pilaf and salad. When I can’t think of what to cook with chicken, I go the picatta route more often than not. It takes only like 15 minutes and is very tasty! I never actually use the recipe I linked to…..I just throw stuff in and it always works. No measurements or anything….this is totally a grab and go kinda meal! My mom actually made this rice earlier today so all I did was reheat.

+ a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and cookies for dessert!

Still working on emails and post-Summit notes now but hoping to dig into my new PAT CONROY book very soon! Pat Conroy is hands down my favorite author of all time (I’ve read every one of his books twice) and today I got the LAST copy of his new book “South of Broad” at Barnes and Noble. I’ll keep you updated as to how it is!

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  • brandi
    August 17, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    i love the color of the tshirt! that’s exciting about SanFran – I would have loved to go to BlogHer AND to the FoodBuzz conference this fall, but it’s just so expensive to travel! Some day.

  • Evan Thomas
    August 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    That’s awesome you bought those tickets. maybe it’s a little early for fun wishing but have fun!

    August 17, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    A friend recommended Pat Conroy about a month ago to me…I read Beach Music and absolutely loved it!

  • katey
    August 17, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    All you bloggers are eating those pro bars! They look so good 🙂 I will search for them

  • taybero
    August 17, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    So glad you got your plane tickets – you must be super excited. I look forward to the vlogs! Blue is definitely a good color for you. Isn’t it crazy how a new t-shirt can make you feel so great? 🙂

  • Maria
    August 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    That salmon salad sandwich actually sounds awesome with the mustard, curry powder, and swiss cheese. I love crazy flavor combos like this 🙂

    Hope you enjoy relaxing with the book!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    August 17, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I love that you always have book reviews! As an avid reader/English major, it makes me very happy to see! 🙂

  • Rachel in NC
    August 17, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Pat Conroy is my all-time favorite author too! Lords of Discipline is my favorite, and my book club is reading Beach Music next month. I got South of Broad and have read the prologue and the first 3 chapters…then I had to force myself to go to bed!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    August 17, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Pat Conroy is a great writer, I love his stuff.

    Good job listening to your body, it’s understandable that you girls would be tired after plane rides, multiple runs along the river, full days of the conference and constant mingling! I can barely function when I get home from work let alone after going out with friends.

    You need a vacation from your vacation!

  • kay (eating machine)
    August 17, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I cook chicken more or less like that all the time-I’m going to have to start doing the deglazing with stock thing!

  • Bobbi
    August 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I so want to go to San Fran with you, can you believe I have never been before!

  • Lainie
    August 17, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Cute shirt! I love barney butter. Everyone is talking about ProBars…I must try one soon!

  • Runeatrepeat
    August 17, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I’m hoping to score a ticket! I don’t know if I will, but I’m glad I can read along with you 🙂

  • Abby
    August 17, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Beach Music is one of my favorite books! The Great Santini is another good read, as well. My mom recommended them to me and I was doubtful, as it’s not my usual read, but I loved them both…

  • Sarah
    August 17, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Digging the Barney Butter shirt! You’re going to have so much fun in San Fran. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Shannon The Healthy Beach Bum
    August 17, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I love using curry powder too 🙂 it’s instant flava in a pan! Cute new shirt!

  • Jil
    August 17, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Mmm. The sandwich looks so good! Did you put red onion on that as well? Thought I saw some peeking through there.

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    August 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I love salmon/tuna sandwiches! That oatmeal bread looks so good!

  • Lele
    August 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Hahaha so I’m at home for the summer and I was reading this post and my mom looked over my shoulder and went “I LOVE THOSE COOKIES!”
    Those cookies are great 😀

  • Tracy
    August 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I love Pat Conroy too! Can’t wait to hear how it is..I’m going to pick it up soon too.

  • Emily
    August 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I can’t even imagine how tired you are – I’m tired just from sitting and attending the summit!

    Kudos for honoring your body today! 🙂

  • sian
    August 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    yummy…love curry powder.put in on roasted chicpeas the other good! I know the feeling for having to go on vacation when you get back from one..our summer is too long this year for my kids! 10 weeks..urgh

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    August 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I loved the vlogs! Keep ’em coming!

  • Amanda (modernation)
    August 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I’m on the waiting list for BlogHer but plan to just live vicariously through you ladies. Do you put capers in your picatta? I love capers and they are a MUST in my picatta and many other recipes.

  • Laura
    August 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I’m reading South of Broad, also! I live in Pawleys Island, SC, and he’s coming to speak and sign books at our independent bookstore, Litchfield Books, in September!

  • emily - eatventures
    August 17, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Cute shirt! I’m glad you are getting a chance to decompress.

  • Allie Katie
    August 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Oh my mom loves Pat Conroy—I’ll have to check some of that stuff out! Have a great night!

  • Maria
    August 17, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Petit Ecoliers (especially the extra-dark variety) make me so happy. Perfect with after-dinner tea.

  • Angela (Run Study Eat)
    August 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    As a foodie, I KNOW you will love San Francisco. Such a food mecca, Anthony Bourdain and the host of Man vs. Food were here not too long ago!!

  • *Andrea*
    August 17, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    i am soooo excited to hear there may be a summit next year – i’d looooove to go! i love seeing these cookies on your blog – i need to buy them!! so classic but delicious.

  • Becky@I Heart Running & Food
    August 17, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Yay another trip! All the pics from the summit look like you girls had a blast. The salmon salad sandwich looks good 🙂

  • Amber
    August 17, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Congratulations on the summit! Hope there is another SF/Napa meet up when you head out this way again =)

  • Caroline
    August 18, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Super cute shirt!
    That oatmeal bread looks delicious.

  • carly
    August 18, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I love your blog! When you go to SF be sure to go to Napa and try and go to Hill Family Estate tasting room located in Yountville… There is great food in the area too… Yountville is known for the French Laundry and other amazing fine dining restaurants… If you have time book a Hill Family Garden tour with my brother Ryan Hill and experience the Organic, Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables along your walk… If you are going to SF at the end of the month Hill Family is having a 2 day Tomato Party… You get to try over 25 tomato varieties and drink lots of wine…

  • Jolene (
    August 18, 2009 at 12:41 am

    I think I need to given salmon sandwiches another try – because yours looks so good! I like fresh salmon, but I have always opted for canned tuna instead of canned salmon because I was never a big fan. Your sandwich is tempting me to try it again!

  • Sara
    August 18, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Sandwich looks good! — like when it’s been in a lunch bag and gets all nice and smushy. Also, I enjoyed the swag ProBar, though I really do wish they were smaller. Excited to see more beautiful pictures of CA here soon. Hey, your readers can live vicariously through you, can’t they?! 😉

  • Lizzy
    August 18, 2009 at 12:44 am

    So glad that you are able to go back to the wine country! thats so amazing! 😉

  • Rachel
    August 18, 2009 at 12:55 am

    I have NEVER made chicken piccata and I have no idea why not – the flavors look like they meld so tastily together! My goal is to work without recipes a lot, and I think I will follow your lead.

  • Mysti
    August 18, 2009 at 2:10 am


    I’ve followed you since learning of your tragic loss earlier this year. You’ve continued to amaze me as you’ve persevered through the difficult emotional times. Kudos on the amazing success with the conference!! Way to go!

  • Emily Eats
    August 18, 2009 at 3:05 am

    …I am already looking forward to the wine country vlogs! 🙂

  • Michelle
    August 18, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Curried tuna is the rave in Australia. Have you ever had curried egg sandwhiches? I HATE american egg sandwhiches..however add curry to them and I’ll eat them!

    Live.Life.Fully ~M

  • Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri)
    August 18, 2009 at 8:28 am

    That color blue looks awesome on you! : )

  • HeatherBakes
    August 18, 2009 at 8:55 am

    You guys worked so hard on the conference- you definitely deserve a few days to relax!!

    Oooh, another trip? Exciting! SF is a great foodie city.

  • Lauren
    August 18, 2009 at 9:08 am

    That sandwich sounded delicious! Thank you for giving me my dinner idea for tonight 🙂

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    August 18, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I love finding new authors – I’m going to have to give Pat Conroy a try.

    That’s awesome you get to go on another trip so soon! I bet you can’t wait to go!

  • Shawna
    August 18, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Cute BB shirt! I know you have said before, but what’s the name of those yummy cookies again? I can’t look at another pic without trying them!

  • K
    August 18, 2009 at 10:34 am

    LOVE the Barney Butter shirt!! Those cookies are way too delicious 🙂

    By the way, I just wanted to congratulate you on the success of the summit! It sounds like it was a hit with everyone who attended!

  • Stephanie L.
    August 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I love Pat Conroy! His books have an epic quality to them. I would like to mention that I have been reading your blog since you first started 2 years ago and I still enjoy reading it. I also have a question for you, what do you think of bars (ex. Pro Bars) as meal replacements? Thanks! Love the blog

  • Alison
    August 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I was grocery shopping the other day with my daughter and she picked up a package of those cookies you like so much. Even though I’ve only commented here once before and don’t know you at all, I thought of you immediately when she showed me the Petit Ecoliers cookies.

    I truly enjoy reading your blog!

  • RunningBetty
    August 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    would love to know brand and store for oatmeal bread. thanks!

  • AZ
    August 19, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    WOW…I tried your curry salmon salad recipe, except subbed canned tuna for the salmon and it was like a whole new world of tuna salad opened up to me! I’m new to your blog but really love your meal ideas so far. Its inspired me to work out today and eat healthier.