Memorial Day Hike

Since sleeping in is basically unheard of in this household, we were up bright and early on this lovely holiday.

Ryan, my sister and I started our day with an easy and delicious breakfast by Van’s.

Van's French Toast Sticks

The Van’s cinnamon French toast sticks were a hit all around. All three of us enjoyed the crispy sticks topped with syrup.

Memorial Day Breakfast

Since we wanted to take Sadie hiking before the real heat of the day set in, we changed into our hiking clothes and hopped in the car.

While on our way to Weikwa Springs State Park, I drank a strawberry smoothie made with ice cubes, frozen strawberries, strawberry protein powder and ice cold water. I wanted a little protein in my belly to keep me full on our hike.

Strawberry Protein Smoothie

When we arrived, we decided to do a large loop, which we figured would take us around two hours to hike.

Sadie, Leslie & Ryan

Ready for Hiking

The Hiking Gang

Not even a half of a mile into our hike, we came across a deer!

Though he ran before I got a chance to snap his picture, I did manage to capture a little of his hiney!

Find the Deer!

We also stumbled upon a small tortoise, which Sadie wanted to make her new best friend.

Sadie + Torty


Hot Dog

I wore my Garmin on our hike to see exactly how many miles we covered.

We ended up hiking just shy of six miles in a little less than two hours.

Hiking Stats

After a morning full of activity, we were ready for a filling lunch.


To me, Memorial Day = BBQ time!

Ryan threw some hot dogs on the grill which we enjoyed with cucumber and sliced green and red pepper.

Memorial Day Dog


My Plate

After lunch, we headed out back to soak up some sun and read our books. We didn’t last long though because it is H-O-T!

Now it’s time to run some much-needed errands, including a trip to the grocery store.

Question of the Afternoon

What’s your favorite food that’s traditionally served at a BBQ?

I love corn on the cob and watermelon. Yum!

27 Responses

  1. I love corn on the cob and watermelon too! I also enjoy a side of coleslaw provided it’s not made with toooo much mayo. I’ve never been a big mayo fan.

  2. Those cinnamon sticks are vegan?? Awesome! They look fantastic. 😀

    The hike looks like it was so much fun and absolutely gorgeous! We don’t have too many hiking trails around here (that I’m aware of) but I’m tempted to find one anyways.. once the neverending rain clears up.

  3. That French Toast looks sooo good!!! I used to eat frozen French Toast sticks when I was younger, now I’m really craving some!!
    I like grilled corn on the cob, big salads, and turkey burgers!

  4. turkey burgers and grilled halloumi cheese!

  5. I love corn on the cob, but also love hot dogs. I think they are gross and only eat a few a year – but so good!

  6. Just had a couple of peanut butter fingers and thought about you!! This weekend has been full of junk eating, I am ready to get back to my healthy lifestyle…thanks for being an inspiration!

  7. Love the picture of the 3 of you- with Ryan holdin Sadie- so cute 🙂
    My favorite food at a BBQ has to be my aunt’s macaroni salad (b/c she makes it w/ tuna fish & barely any mayo)- delicious! And I LOVE watermelon.

  8. Hot Dogs and burgers are my favorite thing to eat at BBQ’s!!! Hebrew Nationals are my favorite hotdogs!

  9. That hot dog looks sooo yummy! I saw those French toast sticks in the store, they looked good. I’ll pick up a box when I see them again.

    My favorite BBQ foods are hamburgers and hot dogs. I like them both equally. 🙂


  10. I had GRILLED corn on the cob last night. It was wonderful! It really added a new dimension. I believe that I will be having it many times this summer! It was great without any butter too!

  11. What a cute “J” cup! Where did you get it?

  12. Oh, I so want to try and make french toast sometime soon! I love hiking; I can’t wait until our end-of-the-summer trip to the mountains!

  13. Andrew loves those french toast sticks!!

    My favorite foods served at a cookout are baked beans and potato salad – if it’s made right! 😉 Oh and watermelon and corn on the cob are pretty amazing too. Sorry couldn’t pick just one!! 😉

  14. I love, love, love corn on the cob. It is one of my favorite veggies of all time. I’ve made it the past two days…. 🙂

  15. Those are the same toppings I put on my hot dogs and burgers!!

    You guys are too cute 🙂 I would love to go hiking…wish there were places at my backyard….must move…hmmmm.

  16. Looks like you guys had a total blast!! Love Sadie and the turtle.

    My favorite bbq foods are deviled eggs and hot dogs!!

  17. I love pasta salad and grilled chicken, yum! Looks like a fun memorial day!

  18. I love anything on the grill, definitely corn on the cob, & pasta salad. Jay makes some pretty sweet bbq chicken wings on the grill that are good too. Today I actually had a delicious veggie burger off the grill! I like them cooked in the oven or micro, but on the grill…totally different taste! SO GOOD!!

  19. I have always wondered how those Van’s french toast stick taste! I’m sooo glad it has your approval because it totally just made it on to my grocery list. 🙂 Thanks girlie! Van’s should hire you to market their products for ’em. hehe

    Hiking is soo much fun with great company! You guys seemed to have a lot of fun and yay for seeing a deer!!!

    My favorite bbq food probably guacamole. hhehe And i love anything with spicy mustard on it! Veggie burger, mushroom burger, bbq chicken or tofu…*drool*

  20. darn it…i saw those french toast stix today at the store but decided NOT to get it..

  21. I love the freshly cut fruit and veggies that I didn’t have to do myself!

    I’m not a huge fan of really anything else at BBQ as I don’t want any grilled cancer food!

  22. […] Julie and Brandi, I woke up today feeling like going for a hike. So, at 10am, Dmitri and I geared up and […]

  23. SALSA! I love salsa on everything- salad- veggies- you name it. I also Love Sweet potato fries

  24. Sadie and her friend 🙂 I miss Boomer being younger. An hour max and she is worn out. Of course being the loyal girl she is she’ll keep going but I know her limits.

    I LOVE baked beans!!

  25. I really love hotdogs and burgers. I’ve been thinking about hotdogs and haven’t had one in ages. a real one anyway, I usually stick to Yves veggie dogs. maybe this weekend?

  26. food- looks amazing! love the french toast sticks, that reminds me of being a kid so much. & hot dogs are classic memorial day food

    hike- amazing! i love the idea of going with your dog and fiance for a hike- so cute. the pictures are beautiful 🙂

    I looove when my mom grills chicken sausages/turkey burgers- yummm


  27. […] signaling the entrance. This was very different from Weikwa Springs, the state park where we usually take Sadie hiking, where people greet you and there’s a bunch of people everywhere enjoying the springs, hiking and […]

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