Scenes from a Day Off

Last week, the hubby and I barely saw each other (Other than Monday when we were in Boston). I ended up working both jobs and doing a lot of running around most days, so I was home to sleep…and that’s pretty much it.

Needless to say, we were looking forward to our day (much-needed!) day of rest on Sunday. We hadn’t been to Burlington in forever so we decided to take a day trip across the lake. We both needed a good day off. So, off to Burlington we went…..

Beautiful day for a drive around the lake…

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Weird Self Portrait….

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White-Legged Kicking Back in the passenger seat…..

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Farmer Ben Driving… Bridge to VT

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A Draw Bridge…waiting for the boaters.

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One of our favorite places to eat… note the page numbers of the beverage list!

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Farmer Ben’s Breakfast.(Local) Scrambled eggs with cheddar and scallions, bread, butter, hash browns and a pork product that I ended up eating…

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My Breakfast: (Local) Eggs Benedict over a house-made English muffin, kale, mushrooms–mostly eaten by Farmer Ben– and hash browns

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Burlington Landmark, Al’s French Fries. My first visit… I don’t know what they use for hamburger buns…but OMG-SO GOOD.

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The main event

Not pictured:

  • Two Running Shoe stores and my awesome new Mizunos!
  • Browsing and people-watching on Church Street
  • Artisan Olive Oil and Vinegar sampling at the Saratoga Olive Oil Co.
  • Moroccan Mint Iced Teas at Uncommon Grounds
  • Getting lost
  • Healthy Living Market
  • Wally’s Bagels Delicious Bagels made on-site in VT. THE BEST!
  • Super cheap gas (seriously, I paid $.17 less than I usually do at the cheapest place in town! Grr!!!)
  • A chipotle-infused maple syrup (YUM!) randomly exploding in my back seat (Luckily, it was in a bag so the mess was minimal)
  • Sharing a glass of Spanish Red and watching a cheesy sci-fi flick to unwind–at home! Gasp!

Phew! What a great day!

What did you do this weekend? Have you ever had a messy explosion/spill in your car?


And Now a Short Break for ….Tortillas!

I know, I’m supposed to be writing the second part of the Restaurant Etiquette post… but I decided to marinate a little bit longer to get into the diner’s state of mind.

So, I am going to share this easy-peasy tortilla recipe instead. Seriously. This is going on the list of “Items to never buy again!”

The best part about these tortillas? Under ten ingredients. That’s it. And all things you can pronounce!

I used this recipe. It’s from Tasty Kitchen user KGSouthernComfort. If you’re not familiar with Tasty Kitchen, it was started by Pioneer Woman, basically it’s an online forum for sharing recipes. I love it.

Spelt and Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas: 

*adapted slightly from Tasty Kitchen*

You will need:

  • 1 cup stone ground whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup spelt flour (you can usually find this at your local grocery/health food store. I typically buy Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder-I use the aluminum free variety.
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seed meal (optional)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • a pinch of salt (optional)

I skipped the salt but I think it would be really fun to add in some spice, I’m thinking some garlic, cracked pepper or smoky paprika…next time… 

Combine your dry ingredients.

Add olive oil and mix with your hands until mixture begins to crumb. You should have some pea and/or oat-sized pieces.

Add Hot Water and mix. It will  form a large ball.

Cover with plastic wrap… or just cover with a towel like I would…and let sit for 30 minutes.

I ended up placing mine in a Zip-lock bag and refrigerating for two days before I used it…it was fine.  

Divide the dough into twelve small balls.

Roll out one at a time on a lightly floured surface.

Cook in a hot un-greased cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Flip when bubbles begin to form on top.

Serve warm.  And that’s it.

Sorry I didn’t get any good pictures. But it’s pretty self-explanatory.