Monday, August 16, 2010

A perfect summer weekend

Saturday morning LT and I decided to ride bikes. Too bad we didn't get started until 10:25 am when the temp was in the upper 90s!

Our biking gear. LT and I have custom ear molds for our Ipods made by mua! =) Yes I know, where are the helmets? We need to get some. Shame on us!
Thanks for airing up my tires babe!
His and Hers.  The ride was awesome! Next time I am going to bring the camera. The views of the waters were amazing. We rode for 2 hours,  roughly 12 miles. Peew... we were worn out. I know for some people that's nothing but we were exhausted! It felt great at the same time!

For lunch I made Peach "pizzas". I made mine on Ezekial bread. YUM!
Yummy gooey pesto! My best pesto batch ever!
LT's Peach pizza is on  a bagel. He doesn't like the Ezekial bread. Yes I agree... Crazyness!
I like the presentation of the bagel Peach Pizza better than the Ezekial Peach Pizza. =)

Peach Pizza
Pizza Crust, tortilla or bread
Store bought or homeade pesto
Peaches, sliced
Tomatoes, sliced

Directions: Toast or warm your bread. Spread a thick layer of pesto. Layer tomatoes and peaches. S&P to taste.  Very simple but soo good!

Ashley's Pesto
I don't really measure my ingredients so these are very rough guesses. Taste the pesto as you go and modify amounts. I will make better measurements next time I make it and post it. 
1/2 C Fresh basil
1 C Baby spinach
1/2 C Roasted Almonds
1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
1 T Italian seasoning
 2 T Garlic powder (I like a lot of garlic)
About 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (evoo)

Throw everything into a food processor except the evoo. Process until crumbly. Drizzle evoo while processing until the pesto is creamy but not oily. I like it like the consistency of crunchy peanut butter.

After lunch, Victoria, Dominic, LT and I headed to Morton's Market for a beer tasting event. It was a lot of fun. I ran into a hearing aid patient of mine. He and his wife are super nice. They introduced us to a younger couple who is in the same field as LT. We might get together with them sometime. The woman invited me to an event on Wednesday in Venice. I love meeting new people!

Me, LT, Victoria and Dominic

After the tasting, we went to Simons for dinner. They were out of the Raw Lasagna. =(  I had Vegan Split Pea soup and a Veggie Panini. Very yummy!

Sunday morning was church. I really look forward to going to church. It's so nice to be able to honestly say that! =)
We are on a series called 24/7. So far it is awesome.  Overview of Series: Real Faith, Real Time, it's all about what a relationship with Christ looks like day in and day out. Each week we're going to look at a part of the book of James. James is all about how real faith works in real time, every day.
Session 1: Real Pain.
Pastor Larry talked a lot about failures and joys.
"If any of you lacks widsom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." James 1: 5
This verse comforts me and challenges me. I love knowing that God will always be there for me but it's scary for me to give up all control.
Right now I am struggling to figure everything out. I love my career. I love helping people hear. I just feel like I need to take it a step further and I'm not sure what direction I want to take. One day I hope to be a Doctor of Audiology. I pray that God will guide me there if that is what he has in his plans for me.

After church we headed to Daquri Deck and then Siesta Key's Beach.
Keith and Karen are visiting us from Texas. Haven't seen them in 16 years. Crazy!
Cheyenne, Kade and Cole. Such sweeties.
Ang and Ricky. Hugs!
Siesta Keys is one of the whitest sand beaches in USA. And it's only 30 mins from my house. =)
Kade and Cold built a hammer head shark in the sand. Great job!

Hanging out at the beach is always fun!

For dinner, we went to Crows Nest.
The picture is no good but this is the Roasted Tomato Polenta with Oyster Mushrooms and Spinach. It's so yummy. I should make Polenta at home more often.
Cole made me these out of Wiki Stix (candle wax). So Sweet!
Karen, Me and Ang.
LT, Ricky and Keith.

It was a great weekend. I am so blessed to have such great people in my life!

Hugs to everyone who reads. I hope you have a wonderful week. Talk to you later!


  1. Looks like you had a great weekend =)

  2. Does the cat have Queenie's tongue? Blog woman blog! Your weekend sounded great but the story must continue! What new recipes have you created lately? How did you like the rollercoaster ride at Busch Gardens (was it?)?

    All your fans are waiting... get on the keyboard and give us an update!

    Love you! :)