Saturday was the day the kids and I had been looking forward to for a while…we got up early and headed off to the Sterling Renaissance Festival!! We had gone a couple years ago and the kids really loved it and we wanted to get back. I let the kids pick which theme weekend we would go and they decided on Pirate weekend. The weather looked, well I could say iffy, but it looked horrible when we got up in the morning. It was rainy and gray and miserable. We drove the 2 hours through the rain to Sterling and for the first hour or so that we were there, it was still a little wet and rainy but it soon cleared up and turned out to be a wonderful day. If you have never been there, it is an experience. It is like you step through the gate back into the Renaissance time. I love looking at most of the costumes and listening to the people talk. I say most of the costumes, because, well, some are downright strange and some need to have more material than they do.
The food at the festival is AMAZING to say the least. There is food everywhere. And not all of it is something that someone on WW should even consider, but it is all delicious. I stuck to a steak gyro for lunch, which Jacob truly regretted not getting after having a couple bites of mine. It was very delicious. I will be trying to re-create this for a dinner soon. I have already enlisted one of my good friends for a recipe of sauce that she makes.
For my splurge, I opted for the least of all dessert evils there and had a black raspberry waffle ice cream cone. Again, yummy!! There were fruit smoothies, fried dough, hot fudge brownies with vanilla ice cream, mile high cakes, apple dumplings… I could go on and on…
|My ice cream splurge!!|
We arrived at the festival at 10am and left at 5pm and during that time, we walked, and we walked, and we walked… up hills, down hill, up again, down again. Other than the occasional show we watched and watching the jousting on horseback, we walked the entire time. Walking is and always will be great exercise. Especially when it is on uneven hilly ground.
|The kids and I - love them!!|
Sunday for me turned into a work around the house, put off grocery shopping and not shower until much later in the afternoon kind of day. Not too much to say about that day. I was completely on points for my WW and ate some delicious meals. Breakfast was my usual of Greek yogurt with cereal or granola mixed in and banana, lunch was the rest of my taco lettuce wraps from the other night (might be my new favorite way of eating tacos!), afternoon snack of Special K crackers and laughing cow cheese wedge, and dinner was a salmon burger on FoldIt bread with a tossed salad with balsamic vinaigrette and baked zucchini that I simply seasoned with some olive oil spray, garlic powder and Tastefully Simple garlic garlic and pepper and baked for 35 minutes. So easy, so good and so healthy.
I have many vacation days (12 to be exact) planned off from work in August to spend with the kids so there will be many food tests ahead for me and I promise I will share all my struggles and triumphs with you.