Saturday Small Talk

What are you up to this fine weekend? Things are low key around there, and that’s pretty great. We didn’t end up at the beach last Saturday (thanks, Michigan weather), and today doesn’t look too promising either. One of these days, I WILL get my beach day. This is my last weekend before a triathlon, so I’m sneaking in one last long workout before I take it easy next week. I’m getting excited!

In case you miss it this week…Spicy Greek Yogurt Dip and 4 tips for eating on your road trip.

6 ideas to update your rental without ticking off your landlord.

Brilliant ideas for organizing your garage (basement, storage closet, etc…)

If you’ve seen Jurassic World, you were probably wondering what I was: how the heck did she run in those heels!? Science weighs in with an answer.

There’s some ricotta cheese in my fridge. I might turn it into ricotta ice cream with balsamic strawberries.

Dave Ramsey recommends these books for businesspeople and entrepreneurs.

Ridiculously helpful airline/flying tips.

Speaking of, did you hear about the 6 year old who left his stuffed tiger at the airport?

I want to try this easy DIY eucalyptus spray.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie. Yum.

Enjoy your day!

Eating on a Roadtrip without Breaking the Bank

Roadtrips are the best. THE BEST. The journey to your destination is a grand part of your adventure. Traveling by car gives you and your travel buddies some good old fashioned quality time you would never get on an airplane, and you’re free to take in the scenery as you drive by.

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That said, sitting in the car for hours on end can get boring, and if you’re anything like me, when you get bored, you want something to munch on. Anything. Tell me I’m not alone here.

In order to feed my roadtrip cravings without blowing my entire travel budget, I have to plan ahead. Here’s how you can, too.

1. Shop ahead. Buy sandwich or wrap fixings, chips, cans of soda, granola bars, trail mix, etc. You’ll get much, MUCH better deals for these easy travel foods at Costco or Aldi than you will at a convenience store when you stop for gas.

2. Prep before you leave. How many meals will you need on your trip? Can you pack one or two of them to bring along with you? For breakfast, try these pumpkin yogurt muffins or some blueberry scones. For lunch or dinner, sandwiches or wraps can easily be made in advance and stored in a cooler.

3. Think about snacks. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to eat between meals (admittedly, out of boredom). Cookies are always a win–these chocolate chip are my favorite, and these peanut butter cookies are my go-to for traveling with gluten free or dairy free friends. If you’re more health conscious than I, sliced veggies (see #2–slice them before you leave!) and easy-to-eat fruit like apples and bananas are great car food, and  won’t leave you feeling gross after you eat.

4. Pack the car wisely. No one wants to be an hour into their trip, and realize breakfast is buried under 8 suitcases. Think ahead as you pack the car, and make sure the food you need is accessible.

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And then…settle in for a great trip knowing you’re saving your hard earned travel budget for your destination, instead of spending it on snack-sized bags of chips, candy bars, and fast food meals.

What other tips do you have to add to the list?

If you’re interested…7 podcasts to try and how to have an awesome vacation.

Spicy Garlic Greek Yogurt Dip

It’s one of our goals to start eating more vegetables. They’re full of nutrients and all around good for you. And while goals like this one are important, let’s be honest–raw vegetables on their own can get a bit dull and boring. You need a little something to spice them up.

Give this Greek yogurt dip a try! It would work great as a chip dip as well, but please reference the above paragraph. Dip cucumbers, peppers, carrots, celery, radishes–whatever floats your boat! If you’re not sure about the spicy factor, cut down on the amount of cumin and cayenne. If you like this really hot, add some more! This is a fully customizable dip, and you can’t mess it up.

Put yogurt into a bowl, add spices, and stir. Let it chill for a couple of hours before serving. It’s a great dip to keep in your fridge for easy snacking or to double and bring to a potluck or cookout. All in all–easy, cool, refreshing, and perfect for summer.

Spicy Garlic Greek Yogurt Dip

Total Time: 10 minutes

Spicy Garlic Greek Yogurt Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tsp. pre-minced garlic)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbs. chives

Instructions

  1. All add ingredients to a bowl, mix to combine. Adjust seasonings to suit your tastes.
  2. Allow the dip to chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.
  3. Enjoy!
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Note: recipe was adapted from Food and Wine.

Do you like your veggie dip spicy? Or no?

If you’re interested…..making your own salad dressing and sourdough crackers.