Al Fresco Weekend

Jamie Oliver’s “Mothership Tomato Salad”

Doesn’t this salad look delish? I can assure you IT WAS. I saw Jamie Oliver make it on his show recently and immediately downloaded the recipe so we could have it. (Recipe here) We had it with a dinner of grilled veggie quesadillas yesterday — what a wonderful and healthy meal.

Trails at Orion Oaks



We also got plenty of exercise this holiday weekend. Aside from trapping chipmunks (see below) and doing other yardwork, we went hiking and biking. On Sunday we hiked at Orion Oaks park in Lake Orion. As this was our first time on these trails, we didn’t know what to expect as far as woods or open meadows. Turns out they have a lot of open meadow trails there, and since it was a hot day (mid 80s), we only lasted about 90 minutes. We decided to go back another day to explore other parts of the trail system.

On Monday we biked the Polly Ann Trail north of Lake Orion. This time we waited until around 5 pm to start, hoping the heat wouldn’t be as bad. It was a good thing we did that, because the parts of the trail we rode were mostly open to the sun. Along with the hills, that made for a good workout. We rode for 90 minutes that day too. I wish we’d been able to fit in some kayaking too, but we’ll make sure to get on the water next weekend. Summer is just too short here in Michigan to let any weekend go by without some kind of outdoor activity!

Baby Cardinal (click to enlarge)

Bird News: We’ve got baby cardinals in the yard! Yesterday we saw the parents feeding two babies near the feeders. This was the best pic I got of one of the babies. (I went outside in an attempt to get a better photo, but they took off whenever I went outside. So I had to settle for a picture through the window.) Just love the baby birds!!

What’s that? You want to see my newest hummingbird photo? Sure! Isn’t she adorable?

Notice her tongue sticking out…click to enlarge


P.S.  By the way, I’ve just started updating my blogroll over there on the right sidebar. Thought it would be nice to share some of the blogs I subscribe to — who knows, maybe you’ll find one there that you enjoy too.

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