Sunday, June 5, 2011

Lovely Weekend

I have to say, that this weekend, while still a normal Friday to Sunday weekend has been quite lovely! 

Friday, I had a lovely Girl's Night In at one of my dearest friends RSB's house! We sat outside on her new patio, drank a glass of wine, and then began to make the best sandwich I have probably ever had! In fact, I'm not sure if you should even call it a sandwich; it was more of an artisan masterpiece. 

What did we make you ask? 

Portobello-Prosciutto Burgers
Photo Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman

We wanted something amazing, quick, and delicious, so, we headed over to The Pioneer Woman's blog. This night we were looking for something light but that still filled us up, so we headed over to her Cowgirl Food section. We browsed a few recipes until we came across this beauty. We didn't even have to say that's what we both wanted; we were both speechless and salivating. So we headed to the grocery. 

We changed the recipe up just a little bit because of personal preference (left out the aioli but added Boursin cheese instead) and Publix ran out of basil so that was omitted. Oh! And we changed the Kaiser roll to a Onion Egg Roll! It was sooo gooood!!!

We also include fruit salad which consisted of cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, mint and a lil splash o' OJ. 

After a few episodes of International House Hunters, we called it a night because we had to be up early the next morning because we were participating in.....

National Learn How to Row Day!! 
Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Rowing Club

I am not going to sit here and tell you that Kate Middleton had no impact on me wanting to learn how to row because that would be an obvious and blatant lie! There are a million women out there who are wondering "What does she do to maintain her figure, not to mention, snag a Prince!" 

But in all seriousness, for a while I have been wanting to find a sport that I can participate in and that I truly enjoy and when my mom drove past the river one day and saw a sign for National Learn How to Row day, I felt it was meant to be! 
From about 9 to 11:30 am, we spent 15 minute increments, give or take, learning different aspects of the sport. We started with a tour of the boat house and learning all the terminology used in rowing. Then we watched a video and practiced learning how to row; the movements that your body has to make and keeping in time with everyone else. Next, we headed down to the river where we practiced rowing; getting used to how it feels once your ore hits the water and how your body needs to react to it. Finally, we headed out onto the water. We got into a barge, which is similar to  a pontoon boat but has been adjusted for rowing equipment; there is no chance of flipping over in this boat which makes it a good boat to learn in. 
RSB and I were split up into different groups but we still enjoyed learning something new and spending a little time outside! 
I feel this is going to be the beginning of a beautiful relationship; me and rowing!

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