stone mountain adventure

by purelytwins

Howdy luvs!

How is everyone? How was your weekend?

Our weekend went by really fast but it was perfect. Mainly because we got to surprise our grandfather for his 90th birthday!

We had a wonderful weekend filled with laughter, love, surprise, fun activities, food and lots of desserts. Oh and a little wine too.

Let’s begin shall we.

Here are some highlights of a few of our eats and activities over the past few days.

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plantain bread bacon sandwich

Our special guest that we mentioned we were super excited for… was our mom. We made her our basic plantain bread with a few tweaks.

We made a sandwich of it with bacon along with some coconut oil spread on the bread. Delicious. She loved it.

Here is what we did for the new plantain bread:

2 plantains with 1 banana and 1/2 avocado blended with 2 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Baked in a coconut oiled pan at 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

eats one

Before hitting the road down to the Atlanta area we enjoyed some yummy eats like brownies, arugula with grass-fed burger and homemade kombucha. And made up some goodies for the trip. We made ourselves more plantain bread and some paleo coconut flour cupcakes.

plantain banana avocado bread

Made a new creation with our plantain bread —> plantain bread with avocado and banana. Just like the one we mentioned above.

dinner out

Enjoyed a lovely dinner out on Thursday night with our mom and Gary’s parents who were in town.

After a glorious evening it was time to get ready to hit the road the next morning.

car ride plantain bread

Enjoyed some plantain avocado banana bread in the car. Followed by some starbucks coffee.

A few hours later we made it to Stone Mountain, GA. We met up with the rest of our family to get ready to surprise our grandfather.


Checked into the hotel and it was time to get the show on the road.

arrival eats

But first it was time to eat some lunch.

We enjoyed some perfect fit protein mixed with coconut yogurt along with plantain dipped in roasted tahini. Delicious!!!

twins dressed upWe got all dressed up and ready for the party.

joy bug

Our niece was ready to party it up.

wine cheers

Wine cheers.

family dinner time

dinner with cupcakes

90th birthday party

A great birthday celebration.  The surprise went perfect! It is truly amazing to think about being alive for 90 years! Oh how much our grandfather has seen and done in those 90 years. We are so blessed to have him still in our lives. We love you grandpa!

morning planks

The next morning we got up to do our #purelyfitlife power program plank builder workout in the hotel room.

michelle push ups

Love our bodyweight workouts.  Even in hotel rooms you can make time to squeeze in a short workout 🙂

south carolina peaches

Yum… local south carolina peaches from a family friend.

coffee and food

twins at stome mountain

Time to play at the park.

lori gary at stone mountain

family outing time

lori playing golf

We enjoyed our family time at Stone Mountain Park. Great times. Rained a little but we still managed to enjoy ourselves! We’ve been to Stone Mountain before as kids so it was fun to go again since we do not really remember it.

smores desserts

Mid-afternoon sweet treats. Yes please.

dinner views

Last night out with the family on Saturday we all got ready for another dinner out.

salmon dinner with coffee drinkWe enjoyed some fish with asparagus and a irish coffee with a little real whip cream.

breakfast brunch

Our last morning together we all enjoyed a nice brunch before we all hit the road in our separate directions. Saying goodbye to family is always hard.

twins stone mountain climb

Hiked Stone Mountain before heading out of town.

gary and lori hike up

more atlanta views

Beautiful views of the Atlanta area on top of stone mountain.

stone mountain view

After that it was time to stop by Gary’s brothers house before making our trip back to Charlotte.

smores biscotti eating

Yummy treat in car ride. YUM.

green juice in car

Also sipped on a green juice, thanks to whole foods.

jax in parkArrived back in Charlotte safely. Then it was time to play with this little guy!

Our family adventure to Stone Mountain in Atlanta was great. Everything went very smoothly. It was a fun place to go for families. Even though there was not much sun we still had a great time. Love planning out family vacations — especially if a surprise is involved.

raw dessert

We indulged a lot over these past few days… mainly with sweets.  But we did not worry too much about that as we knew today we could get back on track with our normal eats. Plus it was a birthday celebration that was worth living in the moment for.  A weekend we will not forget!

Twins question: Do you like surprise parties or celebrations? What was your weekend highlight? Enjoy anything new lately?

till next time,







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Brooke July 15, 2013 - 9:44 am

Hi, Ladies! What brand of coconut yogurt do you eat? Love you guys!!

purelytwins July 15, 2013 - 12:25 pm

well the brand in the stores around we live is So Delicious. We don’t eat it a lot but every now and then we get some to enjoy as we like it.

Meg @ A Dash of Meg July 15, 2013 - 10:18 am

wow so much to say about this post! you won’t believe how many times i thought about your plantain bread this weekend hahaha i really need to just buy a plantain and make it! i have sweet potatoes though, so i can make that version you developed!

those peaches look amazing, too! i love fresh peaches that are so juicy they run all down your face and arms haha!!

everything looks amazing and i am so happy you got to celebrate your grandpa <3 i am celebrating my grandpa today as it has been 6 years since he passed away <3

purelytwins July 15, 2013 - 12:26 pm

thanks girl, and thinking of your grandpa!!

sara @ fitcupcaker July 15, 2013 - 10:57 am

omg what a weekend!!! Ive never had a plantain before…also ive been inspired by your planks 🙂 Thanks

purelytwins July 15, 2013 - 12:26 pm

thanks Sara! yay for plank inspiration 🙂 HUGS

Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut July 15, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Wow so much going on here!! I don’t think I’ve even had a plaintain before…it’s like a banana right? So like banana bread??

Meg July 15, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Good on you girls for indulging every now and again. I also had lots of sweet treats (my fertility fudgesicles and some paleo brownies) because it was so hot outside (hummm perhaps not as good of a reason as a 90th bday!). I think it’s actually good for the metabolism to change it up every now and again! Can’t wait for the new recipes!

purelytwins July 15, 2013 - 3:44 pm

yes we feel it is good for the metabolism too 🙂

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 15, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Sounds like an amazing trip! So glad you all got to celebrate the life of your grandfather together! I hope you have an incredible week ladies!

Lisa July 15, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Sounds like such a fantastic weekend for you girls!
And that’s amazing you got to celebrate with your Grandpa – he sounds like an amazing man.
I definitely love surprise parties and celebrations, they’re always a ton of fun to attend.

The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) July 15, 2013 - 4:45 pm

he looks so good for 90! mmmm peaches <3 i'm ready to go blueberry crazy since july they are in season! love surprises too!

McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped July 15, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Sounds and looks like it was a great time! I love the plantain bread 🙂

Chris July 16, 2013 - 9:57 am

Happy birthday to your grandpa! Great family times you had.

What is the recipe for the paleo cupcakes you had?


Cathy July 16, 2013 - 10:36 pm

I live very close to Stone Mnt. I would have LOVED to have come and met y’all that day!!!
I was born and raised here in Georgia. We live out near Athens.
Let me know the next time you head out this way and we can climb the mountain together!!!

amanda jewell July 16, 2013 - 10:45 pm

Looks like a fabulous weekend! With lots of delicious eats! On my way to airport this morning, I ate brought my container of tahini and a banana and did the dip thing too! #winning

Calee (@chimes) — life + running July 17, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Hmmm… I keep seeing this plantain bread situation you’ve got going on over here and am curious. You sold me with avocados. Bananas and I don’t get along, but if they’re cooked they’re okay. So I may have to give this a try. Has to be better than gluten!


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