Barley Love & a Birthday

Since barley basically blew my socks off in my breakfast bowl yesterday, I cooked up another batch of the healthy grain to include in my lunch today.

Healthy Grain

I added cauliflower and broccoli (roasted with olive oil and garlic salt), fresh spinach and a wedge of Laughing Cow light original Swiss cheese to round out my meal.

Barley Veggie Bowl

Thursday Lunch

The nutty taste of barley really appeals to me, though I think my favorite thing about the grain is its texture. It’s chewy, with an al dente pasta-like consistency that makes my tongue do a little happy dance.

All-in-all a filling, nutritious and delicious lunch.

Happy Birthday To…

My dad!

Me & My Dad, 1987

Happy birthday to my wonderful father.

My dad is such a fun, loving, hard-working, family-oriented, slightly intense πŸ˜‰ and passionate man and I feel so blessed to be his daughter.

Getting a Lesson in Sea Creatures from My Dad

Daddy, I wish I could be with you on your special day to eat a piece of marble cake and sing you happy birthday! I love you so much.

Oh, and I called today to schedule an appointment to get my car detailed over Father’s Day weekend when I’ll be home with you in St. Pete, which I thought would make you happy. πŸ™‚

Father/Daughter Hug On the Night Ryan Proposed

Happy birthday!!!

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16 Responses

  1. I love the last paragraph. SO cute. πŸ™‚ Reminds me of something I’d tell my dad.

    Happy Birthday to your dad!

  2. Awww, you guys are too cute! It sounds like you and I have very similar relationships with our Dad’s. I’m definitely a “Daddy’s Girl” and I’ve always said there’s nothing wrong with that! πŸ™‚

  3. Haha love that your dads birthday and father’s day reminded you about car maintenance.

  4. Happy Birthday to Papa Peanut Butter Fingers!

  5. I love the old time beach pictures! Classic! Happy Birthday to your dad! He and I are birthday twins!

  6. Happy Birthday to your dad!! I’m definitely on the barley bandwagon now too – can’t get enough!!

  7. That was so cute. Happy Birthday to your dad!

  8. Happy Birthday Julie’s Dad! πŸ™‚

    That was so sweet to read!

  9. That is so sweet. Happy Birthday to your dad. I wish I knew what it was like to actually have a good relationship with my dad!

  10. Such a cute post πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday to your Dad.

  11. Adorable! It’s great to see a happy, healthy father/daughter relationship. You’re one of the lucky ones!

  12. Your father is very lucky to have such a gret daughter πŸ™‚
    Happy Birthday Julie’s dad

  13. I loved reading this tribute to your dad! So sweet. The pics on the beach are adorable! πŸ™‚

    I’ve never cooked with barley, but your posts are inspiring me to give it a try!

  14. obsessed with those pictures- truly!! Nothing like father & daughter πŸ™‚


  15. I LOVE barley, I order it in restaurants all the time, but I have never cooked with it. your salad and photos are inspiring me to make my own, is it easy as rice or quinoa?

    happy birthday to your dad! your photos are awesome, I love the last one especially… πŸ™‚

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