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Home safely

25 May

Home sweet home! We arrived home safely in Toronto last night, and after my sister picked us up and we had a late dinner together, we finally got home to our house shortly before midnight. Since I am typing this late Tuesday night (technically Wednesday morning), I’m going to keep this short (that and the fact that I don’t want to blabber on in my tired condition).

I seriously enjoyed myself every minute this vacation….maybe a little too much at times. I’m feeling a little “rounder” (in spots that I would not like) right now. BUT, my mom says I am not allowed to complain about the weight I have gained on this trip, so I guess I can’t go that route! Smile with tongue out


I had a “last supper” of vacation before getting back on track with my mom and sister. We shared chicken wings, pizza and a salad. Not healthy really by any standards, but it was tasty. I’m ashamed to say I ate half of that pizza, 2 chicken wings, and some salad. The thing that scared me is that while I was eating it, I was having feelings of the “old Hilary” – eating things, enjoying the taste, eating more unhealthy food, but at the same time not wanting to eat it, and feeling powerless to stop, just eating it because it was there. I know I can’t (and don’t want) to go back to that person, so maybe those feelings were a good reality check after a week and a half of less-than-healthy choices.

So today I’m starting fresh. Number one on that game plan is a LONG run, followed by a healthy breakfast (whatever I can scrounge up without groceries first). After work today, grocery trip with LOTS of fresh veggies (and local asparagus…yay)! And I CAN’T WAIT to get back in my kitchen creating healthy, delicious food for myself.

I will keep you posted on my progress….wish me luck!


Grand Canyon: Chews and Views

24 May


If you’re reading this, it means that it’s Tuesday, and the last day of my vacation….sigh. It’s been a great one – great food, great times, and at the grand canyon – great views! To mark the end of this great adventure, I thought I’d share some snapshots of the Grand Canyon portion of the trip.

We left Las Vegas on SatIMG_1396urday morning to drive to the Grand Canyon (about a 4 and 1/2 hour drive). On the way there, we stopped for lunch in the town of Williams, Arizona, at a restaurant called “Pancho McGillicudy’s” that appeared to be a cross between Mexican and an Irish pub. I’ll admit, my hopes were not high. But it was actually SO good (and way cheaper than our Vegas eats). Of course, Pancho started with chips and salsa. My mom and I each got the lunch special – that MASSIVE burrito for only about $8. The meat was grilled outdoors, right in front of us (I had chicken, she had beef), and it was filled with black beans, rice, cheese, avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo and more. It was really fresh-tasting, with lots of cilantro. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat all of that monster! Winking smile









In between lunch and supper, we saw the views above (and more)! Gotta love the Grand Canyon – hard to take a bad photo.


Supper was at the historic El Tovar hotel inside Grand Canyon National Park. I had some bread with the fancy monogrammed butter, part of my mom’s salad, and BUFFALO STRIP LOIN!




It was good, nice and tender with a fig sauce. Really, it just tasted like a good steak. If I didn’t know any better, that’s what I’d think it was. Didn’t eat much of the mashed potatoes. If they’re just plain, mashed potatoes don’t really do it for me.

After supper, we saw this:










Continental breakfast at our hotel was surprisingly awesome. I had all of the above (I never would have imagined such a great fruit selection at a continental breakfast). Made a nice mix of cereals – raisin bran, fruit loops and granola – 3 things I enjoy, but never have. There was also a ton of other hot stuff – boiled and scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, oatmeal, toast, pastries…it was great!


….Grand Canyon hike.






…up close and personal with a squirrel.


Canyon hike snack break.






For a vacation lunch, how can you get better than an ice cream cone (butter finger and cookie dough…YUM!) and then a pretzel, enjoyed outside, in front of the grand canyon?!?!






After lunch, how about a Grand Canyon Helicopter ride? Okay!









Supper at the hotel restaurant was surprisingly good. I enjoyed some of the bread and started with soup (vegetable with meatballs). Soup was good, not anything too special, but tasty nonetheless. IMG_1483








For my main course, I ordered something I enjoy but rarely get to eat – duck! I like duck ‘cause it’s all dark meat (best part of a bird). You just have to scrape off the thick skin/fat. It came with a IMG_1484delicious fruity sauce, a great selection of fresh, still crisp veggies, and mashed potatoes with smoked gouda and chiles – all delicious! I ate all the veggies, but left some of the potatoes and duck behind (it was hard though – they were tasty)!


We shared a piece of chocolate/banana/Bailey’s cake for dessert. Wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but it was GOOD!



So, all in all, it’s been a great vacation, full of lots of food and fun. I’ve enjoyed all my splurging, and tried not to stress to much. I won’t lie though, I’m looking forward to getting back to my usual, healthy eating….my body has been craving fresh fruits and veggies in a serious way!

What do you do to get back on track after vacation?


P.S. While I have been posting all during vacation, what you’ve seen on here is NOT all that I’ve eaten (although it would probably be better if it was). Depending on what’s going on this week, I may post more bits and bites from my photos…we’ll see how it goes!

Wynn-ing Big

22 May

Our hotel in Las Vegas, the Wynn, was awesome. So awesome, and so much to eat, drink and do, that I just couldn’t fit it all in to all of the posts I wrote. To that end, here’s a post of some of my (mostly food, but some other) highlights from the Wynn that I haven’t previously mentioned.


Mini desserts. The Lakeside Grill, where we went on our first night, has a selection of mini desserts – you can pick just one, or get 3 for a set price….so delicious and so much fun! See those truffles in the back? Champagne truffles covered in chocolate-coated popping candy! Isn’t that so much fun?!


This is how you control everything in your room. That’s right: lights, curtains, temperature, room service…all in one spot, beside your bed. I’m going to miss being able to open and close curtains with the touch of a button….sigh!













IMG_1295This is what they feed you on a conference lunch buffet (and that’s only the stuff I took)! Amazing salads, toasted crostini with ricotta cheese and other spreads, meats, cheeses and bread for sandwiches, tomato basil soup, fruit salad, panna cotta and biscotti (plus a bunch of other stuff, which I resisted) for dessert….YUM!











They have amazing (if expensive) mocktails. As someone who doesn’t really enjoy or drink alcohol on a regular basis, I still like to indulge in a “special,” “fancy” drink. While at the Wynn, I had an exotic sparkling lemonade, a tropical dreams smoothie, and a Wynn signature fruit punch – all delicious! Funny story: I had to show id to get in to the outside cocktail area where I ordered my fruit punch!

IMG_1290Beautiful flowers are everywhere! Seriously, they do an amazing job at this one! I can’t even begin to imagine what their flower budget must be, but they really do make the hotel look lovely. Not only are there arrangements everywhere, but there are also flowers growing in the lobby!

Now do you see why I enjoyed it there so much?My mom and I both agreed it’s the nicest hotel we’ve ever stayed at. We probably never would have stayed there had it not been for her conference – so thanks, CI, for introducing us to the Wynn.

I’m not sure when this will be posted due to internet issues. I’m typing this on Saturday night from the Grand Canyon – we saw a great sunset tonight. How has everyone’s long weekend been?