Rundown of My Independence Day

Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! I actually got the day off. 
We did not have any cook outs, swim parties or boat trips planned for today. We just took it as it came. 

The morning started with my usual cup of coffee, breakfast and blog readings. Nick headed out for his usual 5 mile morning walk. After about thirty minutes, I text him to let him know that I decided to walk with him. We always walk together in the afternoons but since I go to work, I dont get to enjoy the week day morning walks. So I met him up the street and we continued walking for another 45 minutes. We talked about our plans for the day and plans for our future. We always talk about the things we want to do in life while we walk. We enjoy our moments together.

After lunch, we decided to head up town to the fourth of July festivities. We cant stand it long in the crowd we have in our town, but we like to see whats going on. I like seeing everyone dressed in patriotic attire. I like to see the kids with excitement and awe in their eyes. I captured some kids playing in the town fountain. 

There were hot dog eating contest, hot pepper eating contest, and pie eating contest. There was music and vendors. Lots of vendors. 

Craft Vendors, artist and food vendors were spread uptown to down town and even behind the town. There were also rides for the kids. 

I wanted an ice cream cone but the lines were too long and the prices were too high. We found the Mayfield truck giving away free samples and that worked just fine. A bite was just enough to satisfy my craving. 

We made a complete round of the town then headed to the mall and a few other stores. I was not shopping for anything particular. We were mainly just walking around to get more exercise......I mean, I had to walk off that big bowl of Ice cream I had. Haha.
I did end up purchaseing some new house slippers since I ruined mine today by wearing them outside to cut some flowers.

Later, the sky darkened as a storm rolled in. We headed home. We couldn't grill out now since it was raining and by the time we would buy meat, potatoes and gas for the grill, it would be cheaper to just go out. So we got cleaned up and headed back out to Logans Steak house. My favorite. 

We decided not to go back uptown to watch the fireworks (Party poopers). Instead, we got comfortable on the couch and I in my new slippers. We settled down to a movie on tv. Relaxing and listening to the booms and crackles of the fireworks going off in the distance. 
We will probably hear them until 3 in the morning and the rest of the month!

According to my fitbit, I walked 19,141 steps and 8.47 miles today. 

It's to bed early and back to work tomorrow. It's nice to get a day off in the middle of the week. Sometimes we just need a break. Or maybe I'm getting old.


Microwave Cookies

Here I go again with a quick single serve recipe. I promise all my post are not about food. I just have the munchies. But not the after a doobie kind of munchies. I have a sweet tooth more than I should! 

I find myself searching around until I figure out an easy single serve recipe. That way I dont have sweets hanging around in the kitchen all week.

Or maybe it's because I have ran out of Nutrisystem snacks and I need a replacement. I will have a new shippment of Nutrisystem foods coming in a couple days. I love that stuff and dont usually have to search for other foods to eat. They are always at my grab!
Anyway, back to the cookies.

You ready for this?

Oatmeal cookies you can make right in the microwave in less than two minutes!

Let me warn you, these are good but not as good as keebler or Nutrisystem for that matter. But they are satisfying, lite on the calories and actually a pretty healthy alternative. 
Try if for yourself!

Mix All-
1/2 Cup- Quick Oats.
2 Tsp- All purpose Flour.
1/4 Tsp- Baking powder.
1Tsp- Brown Sugar.
Pinch-Cinnamon. (Ok maybe a little more than that).
1/2 Tblsp- add ins (nuts, raisins or chocolate chips). 
1/4 Tsp- Vanilla.
3 Tblsp- Milk (I used 2%).

Place on a microwavable plate and pat into a big cookie or two small cookies.
Microwave on High for 70 to 75 seconds.
Let cool (it can burn you).

At 230 calories and 10 grams of Protein, these cookies are perfect for breakfast so grab a cup of coffee. Its equivalent to a bowl of oatmeal with toppings.
*the recipe is ONE serving weather you make one large or two small cookies.