Saturday was my birthday – don’t you love it when your birthday lands on a weekend? Me too! Since I love the mountains I planned a day to Lake Tahoe for the family! The mountain temperatures are cooler, the air smells of pine and the lake is beautiful. We started off with a few photos while everyone was looking fresh! Katy and I got haircuts this week from a new stylist-she did a great job!
Tahoe here we come…
First stop was the Tahoe dam in Tahoe City. We got to talk to the water master so that was pretty cool.
Some people just had to go to the next highest cliff!
I planned an easy hike so we would be clean enough to go out for a nice lunch at the West Shore Cafe. The patio is right on the lake and there is even seating out on a pier. We enjoyed a lovely view from our table.
You can drive your boat right up to the pier and drop off your passengers for lunch.
Katy went with the fish and chips.
Tom and David went with burgers and yes there were even more fries! Needless to say, after lunch everyone was sleepy from all that grease and carbs!
I saved room for dessert but nothing on the dessert menu appealed to me! Can you believe it? A birthday with no dessert! This has to be a first for me. After lunch there was more sight seeing including this amazing water fall.
This is a view of Emerald Bay and the only island on Lake Tahoe.
Sorry for the poor quality of this photo ( it was taken through the windshield) I wanted to show you how much snow there was on the mountains. There was even one ski resort open on Saturday and we saw people skiing!
It was a fabulous day spent in the mountains which is one of my favorite places to visit. My dream would be to have a summer home in the mountains. I love the forest and the cool temperatures. There is bike riding, hiking and water adventures to enjoy. I wouldn’t want to be there in the winter though-I don’t like the snow!
About a year and a half ago I started the process of straightening my teeth with Invisalign braces. I have finally graduated to retainers and I am enjoying having straight teeth for the first time in my life! My teeth are straight but in the process of moving my teeth I had some gum tissue loss on my lower jaw. Unfortunately tomorrow I have to have surgery involving a soft tissue graft. The surgeon will be taking a skin graft from the roof of my mouth -ouch is right and attaching it to the area in need! At my pre-op appointment they told me that day 3 or 4 post surgery will be my roughest day. They made some special retainers for me to wear that will help keep my teeth in alignment as well as cover the palette where the tissue graft will come from. They said to expect a lot of bruising (since I am fair complected) and swelling. Oh joy! I’m really not nervous but I know it’s not going to be pleasant and I just look forward to having this all behind me.
I will be on a softer high protein diet for a while. I am thinking protein smoothies, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, nut butters and Greek yogurt. With my Blendtec blender we can toss just about anything into it and have it come out smooth. I don’t know what affect this will have on my weight. I know I won’t be able to exercise for a few days and that alone usually equals weight gain for me. Perhaps the caloric restriction will help counter that – I will just have to wait and see.
Since there won’t be a lot of cooking going on here this week if I feel up to blogging I will be hosting a giveaway and doing some product reviews!
I am going to stock up the freezer by making some home made frozen yogurt today and perhaps some strawberry ice cream or strawberry coconut ice cream and make a grocery store run for soft foods. Then clean my house and tie up a few loose ends. I am a bit of a neat freak so I like everything in it’s place and a place for everything. When I don’t feel well, I can’t stand for my house to be out of order-in fact I think it makes me feel worse if things aren’t clean and organized. Does clutter bother you?
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Help me out and give me some of your best high protein soft food ideas.
Have any favorite smoothie recipes you care to share?