For my one year anniversary, my husband Sean took me to Ft.Lauderdale, Florida! It was such an amazing trip and very relaxing! We purposely spent most of the days laying out, eating out, and simply do a whole lot of 'nothing' except for spending time together! Our hotel was right on the beach, which was perfect for the sunny and beautiful days we were blessed with.
My 'eats' were definitely different considering we stayed in a hotel room. There was no fridge or means of cooking food, but I managed to find something relatively healthy, yet tasty, just about everywhere we went!
For breakfast, I brought along some protein cereal and protein bars. I paired what I brought along with a light-n-fit yogurt and coffee. There were a few mornings that we enjoyed the hotel's breakfast buffet, where I got an egg-white omelet made for me ...(talk about service!) and had some fruit, cottage cheese, and yogurt on the side! Let's just say I may have overate (just a bit!) considering it was $20 per person-- and I wanted to feel like I was getting my money's worth! Oh the danger of expensive buffets! :)
Here's a shot of one of my delicious Egg White Omelets! :)
For lunch (almost every day) we ate at the pool-side restaurant at our hotel. It was beautiful, breezy, and had delicious food! I tried a different salad every day! Here was the wonderfully tropical-type atmosphere! They even had a 'beachy' soundtrack playing that let you know you were in paradise! :)
It was connected to a pool-side bar where I ordered iced-coffee!
Here we were, fresh from the airport, trying to 'smile' while waiting for our food! :)
I'm pretty sure we were both about to 'crash' after waking up at 5 am (and I worked until midnight the night before)...and after traveling all morning!
On the first day I had an amazing Mango Salsa Chicken Salad! This salad had a delicious-juicy mango salsa over lettuce with cucumbers, grilled chicken, and a crispy 'shell' that I crushed up and sprinkled over my salad. (I think I only used one, considering they were definitely huge and one was more than enough (...and one is enough when they are deep-fried!)
On a different day I tried a Chicken Cesar Salad, with freshly made Croutons and loads of Shaved Parmesan! (I ordered the dressing on the side and dipped my fork in...This thick and creamy dressing is a danger zone for many Cesar salads!)
I also had a wonderful Greek Chicken Salad for lunch one day! This was by far my favorite! It had cucumbers, tomatoes, red pepper, grilled chicken, and the most delicious Feta Cheese I think I've ever had!
You think I like salads? :) :) I do!!
We spent most of the days laying out, enjoying the amazing pool!
And the beautiful beach!
We SOOO enjoyed being Beach Bums!
Sean Looking like a Surfer! :)
We tried to make a sand turtle...And it got washed away after about an hour of sweaty work! :(
We also had access to a Private Spa and Pool! It was very relaxing..Just what we both needed!
We also spent some of the day shopping! One of my favorite Pass-Times...Who Knew!?! :)
For dinner, we generally went 'out on the town'...My favorite dinner was at The Cheesecake Factory. I love the beautiful architecture and decor in this restaurant!
I ordered the Asian Chicken Salad! Woo Hoo! We all know I love this kind of salad, but this one was especially wonderful with all of the 'finely chopped' veggies! :)
These salads are enormous...and yes...I enjoyed every last bite all by my little self! :)
Sean got the Pepperoni Pizza!
We LOVE Cheesecake Factory! :) Too bad there are none near us in Michigan!
One of my favorite desserts was good old Coldstone Ice Cream! Nothing new or special, but there is something marvelous abou the Sinless Sweet Cream with Strawberries, Graham Cracker Crust, and Whipped Cream! Oh and don't forget the cone on top! :)
Sean got his usual...The French Toast Ice Cream..Which I love to re-create for him (as a healthier version) at home!
We spent most of our nights strolling the beach, and enjoying God's beautiful masterpiece!
God has been SOOOO good to us...EVERY SINGLE DAY...And honestly, it is only because of Him that we are able to enjoy the many blessings of this life together! He is working on us every single day, making us better people, and mates for one another. It's truly a remarkable thing how He uses us to sharpen and refine one another! :)
Now that i'm back, it's time to get caught up with life! I'm off to another busy work-week...But I can honestly say I feel refreshed and ready for it! :)
Oh...And I am hoping to get that cookie recipe up this week so stay tuned!!!