Change of Plans

Did I move to Florida?  That is what the humidity feels like right now.  We are having some crazy rain storms around here, enough so that my plans to head to DC this evening got crapped.  There is flooding all over the place and more is coming so I thought it is better be safe than sorry.  I was still bummed.

IMG_0227 At least I have Sissy to give me kisses.

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I hadn’t planned on making dinner so I just threw a couple of things on a plate after doing a little computer work.IMG_0223 Leftover roasted broccoli, greens, leftover defrosted bean burger, special toast.

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Veggie burger topped with tomato paste.IMG_0226 Special toast with ricotta, honey and almonds.

IMG_0224 Time to get my sorry butt moving and do some cleaning then shower.  Making lemons out of lemonade!

Meow + Later

LB and Sissy Pants


Amazing Toast

3.41 miles, negative splits, done!

I tackled a few hills today, which were major because I hadn’t run hills in over a month.  I thought about how important running is to me.  It is the only thing challenges me and gives me power the second I step out my door.  The runners high that you get cannot be described it can only be felt.  Biking and swimming are fun but they are not the same.  I am honored that I can run because I know how quickly it can be taken away from me.

After my run I had planned a basic tofu, broccoli and rice dish but when I saw Jenna’s appetizer from her date night I had to recreate!

IMG_0222 Toast with ricotta cheese, honey and chopped almonds.

Wow!  This combination was amazing!  I love this cheese with honey and a crunch of almond.  Try it!

Along with my toast I had a huge salad.IMG_0221 Greens, yellow squash, purple pepper, tomatoes.

IMG_0218 One more shot of the toast…

IMG_0220 Glee time!

Britney on Glee was dancer for Britney Spears, did you know???  That is how she was discovered in the first place!


Back To The Stove

It has been awhile since I have made anything that took time and serious effort.  Let’s be honest, since Nick has left I haven’t really had to think about what to cook because I like everything I buy!

I have been eating a lot of these.

IMG_0206 Homemade cornbread, bean spread, eggplant and avocado.  They were good while they lasted, but I wanted something more.  Something I had to stand over the stove to make, but not for too long 😉

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Spaghetti Squash with Lentil Kale Sauce

  • 1 spaghetti squash baked for 40min at 375 and scooped out
  • 1 head of kale – I used Dinosaur kale this time!
  • 1 can of no salt added deiced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup lentils (uncooked)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Olive oil
  • oregano
  • tomato sauce
  • S&P
  • nutritional yeast

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  1. Bake squash
  2. Cook lentils
  3. sauté onion and garlic in oil in the bottom of a large pot
  4. wash kale, tear and add it to the pot
  5. add tomatoes and sauce
  6. add lentil
  7. scoop out squash
  8. top with sauce mixture
  9. sprinkle with nutritional yeast

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Deliciousness.  I have 3 servings leftover…I guess that is what I get for only having one mouth to feed.

In closing, some Sissy pictures for Katherine!IMG_0210 She does this by herself.  I love her.

IMG_0208 Woohoo Monday is over!

Have a great one 🙂


Great Beans

10min until I have to go pick Nick up from the Bolt Bus!!!!!

I have to get this recipe up first though, Kath knows her bean dips!

IMG_0200 I made Kath’s Bright Bean Basil Dip (with black eyed peas instead of navy beans, a bit of parsley and pumpkin seeds) for tonight’s dinner. – Mom, you should make this with white beans to replace the TJs kind!

IMG_0201 Spread it out on an Ezekiel English muffin.

IMG_0203 Topped with layers of eggplant, yellow squash and then more eggplant – all baked in the oven for 30min at 350.

IMG_0202 I had two of them for dinner with a side salad.

IMG_0204 I miss natural light 😦

Time to go get Sir Nicholas!!!!

Go make some bean dip!


Tastes Like Fall

Nick is coming home tonight!

Our kickball team is 2-0 this season and we have a lot of new players minus our killer 3rd baseman 😉 .

This however, is not the biggest new around here.

It may be 90 outside and we still have the AC on, but when winter squash come into the farmers market I want it!

I made a meal that speaks Fall yesterday to honor the first day of the season.  I liked it so much I had it for lunch and dinner!

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  • 2 pieces of The Bakers yoga bread (made with pumpkin seeds and cranberries)
  • apple cranberry chutney spread
  • cooked winter squash pieces
  • Organic Valley cheddar cheese

All toasted and melty.

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Delicious and filling!  Lots of fiber with the skins on 🙂IMG_0199 I’ve got a spaghetti squash to get to next!

Happy Friday!

Have any good weekend plans?

I think Nick and I are going to try and hit up the Harford County Wine Festival.


Local vs. Organic

Local vs. Organic seems to be a very hot topic right now.

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I know that when I walk into the grocery store (I shop at Whole Foods and don’t feel bad about it.  I never spend more than $100 a week for two people) I am faced with the issue of local food or organic.  More often than not the local produce is not organic and the organic food are from California or South America.  What is a girl to do???

This is my take: Organic food from all over the world uses a ton of resources getting to your plate.  Local foods can have pesticides and can have a high amount of fertilizers in their soils.

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When it comes to the farmers market, I eat everything.  The only fruit vender at the market is not organic, but I can see who is growing the food and I can talk to them about their practices.  When it comes to greens and other veggies I tend to go to the organic vendors because the price is either the same or maybe a quarter more than the conventional.  The meat vendor is also not certified organic but I TALK to the famers and they do not use hormones, preservatives or antibiotics on their cow.  The reason they are not organic is to save the consumer $$$ on their products.  I got their ground sirloin for $4.25/lb.  For me that is 4 burgers, which I think it is good deal.

When I deal with the grocery store I try and buy the dirty dozen organic and all other items conventional.  This being said, if there are peaches that are organic at Whole Foods but they are from California, and conventional peaches at the farmers market, I am going with the market ones. 

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A good ways to save money whether you are buying for organic or local is to buy IN SEASON.  Strawberries are no longer in season people.  It is pear and apple season.  How many varieties can you try this fall?  I am on apple variety number 4 and I am planning on going apple picking in a few weeks (yet another cost saving practice).

It all comes down to a judgment call.

How do you decide?


Eggs Are Awesome

Yay tonight is Glee night!  I am so excited!  This being said I had to be in front of the TV at 7:59pm.  Not a problem unless I don’t get home until 7:15pm!

I high-tailed it to the shower and then slammed the stove!

I knew I wanted eggs, but how to prepare them?

In a basket topped with lots of goodies!

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So what is all that stuff?

From the bottom:

  • 2 farm fresh eggs in 2 baskets
  • ricotta cheese spread – 1/4 cup cheese, 1/2 lemon juiced, chopped fresh parsley, S&P
  • 1/2 an onion sautéed
  • 2 small round yellow summer squash sautéed
  • handful of baby bellas sautéed
  • 4 slices of tomatoes – two per piece of bread

IMG_0195 Totally random and totally delicious!  I honestly had no idea how this would turn out when I start so I was super pumped and I made it in time for Glee!

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Told you there were eggs in there 😉

SO excited for Britney next week!