What I’ve Been Up To Lately

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Relishing every moment with this precious boy. He’s sitting up all by himself better and better each day.

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A new client gro (lower case) just held its grand opening. It’s located in Matthews, just beside the Siskey Y. I seriously wish it was closer. I could eat their quinoa bowl with chicken or steak every. single. day.

Oh yeah, it’s a Greek restaurant, and it’s sleek, modern, and healthy. They make their own Greek yogurt and I am in love with their PB&J grōgurt.

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One of my favorite things about nice weather is walking to dinner on a random weekday night.

We put Elliott in his stroller recently and walked to 131 Main where I almost always order their Thai Steak Salad. I love a good cold noodle dish and this is one of my favorites. However, I always forget to order the dressing on the side. They can be a little heavy-handed.

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I absolutely adore this photo of Elliott and my brother, Wess. We went
To Cabo Fish Taco a few weekends ago to celebrate my sister in-law’s birthday. It’s always so much fun to get together, especially now that babies are in the mix. That’s me in the background of the photo holding my nephew Grayson.

Unfortunately, this little family outing resulted in all of is getting sick with this awful stomach bug that has been going around. Elliott had it for three days and he was so pitiful. Luckily,
I felt off all that week but never had a full fledged version of it. I don’t know how a sick mother takes care of a sick baby. Thank goodness, we’re all better now.

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I went to my first Mardi Gras party a few weekends ago.

We took the opportunity of a night out to also go to dinner at one of our favorite places, Customshop. All of their pasta is so incredible!

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Something I’ve been meaning to blog about for a while is baby food. Elliott has been eating purées since he was four months old. I absolutely love making his food. It’s so incredibly easy. Pictures above is what I can bananacado — banana and avocado, which is one of his favorites.

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Welcome Baby E

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Name: Elliott Scott Davis
Birthdate: August 24, 2013

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August 25, 2013 · 12:56 pm

Baking makes everything better

Can I just title every Sunday “Sundays are for baking Part IV”?

After Diana’s brunch, Brad and I swung by the mall to buy one of those wallets you can hide under your clothes to evade the Italian pick-pocketers.

On our way home, I felt really bleh.  I almost felt hungover…tired, slight headache, generally blah feeling.  Maybe my 10 mile run took more out of me than I thought.  I’m not sore at all (which is freaking amazing!), but I just felt off.  I know that I was not dehydrated.  I drunk so much in the past two days.  I made at least five trips to the ladies’ room during my bridesmaid luncheon because I had drank so much water.  Brad suggested that I might be over-hydrated, but I didn’t think so.

When we returned home, Brad continued working on my blog.  We’re slowly getting everything sorted out.  Can I just say that he’s so incredibly sweet to do all this for me?  I can’t wait to release the new look.  I’m crossing my fingers it’s before the wedding, but it might end up being later this month when we return from the honeymoon.

When my soon-to-be mother-in-law visited this weekend, she brought us a bunch of beautiful little pears.

You know I can’t stand to see anything go to waste, and with us going to Italy on Sunday, I had to do something with these pears.  I thought about freezing them and decided against it.

Instead, I decided to have a pear baking extravaganza.  It was either this or a nap.  Baking trumps napping any day for me.

Before baking, I snacked on a La Croix and a mini chocolate coconut date truffle.

See how tiny in my child-size hand?

Not  the best photo.

Pear Crisp

3 cups chopped pears

2 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/2 Tbsp. nutmeg

5 servings of Stevia

3/4 cup oats

2 Tbsp. cold real butter

Place pears in casserole dish and mix well with spices and Stevia.  Top with oats and cut cold butter into small slivers to top oats.  Bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour.

And next…

Pear bread

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup spelt flour

1/4 cup ground flax seed

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp.  baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

2 1/2 cups shredded pears

10 dates, pitted and pureed in food process

1 egg + 1/2 cup egg whites (4 egg whites)

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix all dry ingredients well.  Mix wet ingredients and all fruit.  Add wet ingredients to dry and stir well (I used my kitchen aid stand mixture because the dough was so thick).  Grease a bread pan with cooking spray and pour bread mixture into pan.  Bake on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes or until you can pierce the center with a knife and it comes out clean.

Baking made everything better for me this afternoon.  It even made me feel good enough to do an easy 30 minutes on the elliptical + 2 circuits of arm and shoulder exercises.

In other news, I’ve caved and bought the Nike Tempo Shorts.  I bought these in pink and yellow.  As much as I love Target and think their workout clothes are super inexpensive, none of their shorts fit the same consistently, even the same brands.  The Finish Line is running a great deal on these shorts and so is Nike.com.  I couldn’t resist.

Do you have any favorite workout clothing brands?  Do new workout clothes encourage you to workout?  It does for me! 🙂

I’m going to be buying new running shoes soon and am thinking about switching from my trusty Aasics so I would love to hear what shoes other runners swear by as well.

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Just call us the welcome wagon

This afternoon, Diana hosted a Welcome to Charlotte brunch for Katie, another food blogger who just moved into the area.  I volunteered to bring something easy because I knew that with my bridesmaid luncheon and wedding preparation activities on Saturday, I would not be able to fit in baking of any kind.

I stopped by TJ’s to grab some orange juice, champagne, pomegranate juice, and sparkling water at 11:45 am, only to be reminded by the “No alcohol yet” signs that NC has the lovely “no alcohol until 12 pm on Sunday” rules.  Apparently skipping church is bad, but skipping church and drinking is doubly sinful.  I actually made it to church and TJ’s just in time to be inconvenienced.

As a result, we showed up late to Diana’s, but not too late.

I immediately made friend with her super cute and friendly Corgy, Bailey.  He’s such a good boy.

The spread was incredible.

After chatting a while we helped ourselves.

Katie’s breakfast quinoa…and the recipe….

I definitely have to make this.  I love quinoa.

We make all new Charlotte food/health/fitness bloggers pose with their food.  Just kidding.  Only if their food is delicious. 🙂

My plate: veggie and cheese flatbread, bite-size broccoli cheddar quiche, green monster muffins, chickpeas, melon cubes, Katie’s breakfast quinoa.  Diana made almost all of the food and it was so delicious!

I had sparkling water with OJ.  After my headache last night, I was in no rush to give my head any excuse to hurt again.

Katie, Brittney, Katy (visiting from Orlando), Caitlin, Diana!

There was also plenty of hilarious YouTube video watching.  We watched my favorites “Rusty the Narcoleptic Daschund” and “Charlie Bit Me!”.  We also watched some hilarious Corgy videos and one about a crazy goat that sounded like he was screaming “What?” like a person.  YouTube can easily entertain a group of people for hours on end.

Finally, we cut into Brittney’s gorgeous blueberry pie (recipe here).

Brad and I split this piece, but accidentally stuffed our face had two bites before I snapped a photo.

We had a great time at Diana’s.  She was such a great host.

If you’re a food/health & fitness blogger, you should move here.  We’re a fun bunch. 🙂

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Technical difficulties

We’re experiencing technical difficulties as Brad has been working on my site.  We’re completely revamping the whole look and moving it onto our server, so if things look a bit odd, please don’t give up on us.  For now, I’m using the old domain name www.foodiefresh.wordpress.com.  But we’ll be nixing the wordpress portion once again soon.

Gotta make this quick! We’re going over to Diana’s house in a minute for a welcome to Charlotte party for Katie.

After my shower yesterday I ran actually I drove down to South Charlotte to run a few errands.  By the time I got back, it was 4:30 and I needed a snack.

I grabbed some Kashi cracker crumbs, pretzels, and cottage cheese, plus a La Croix raspberry.  I’m loving these so much right now.

Dinner was leftover pizza from Hawthorne’s and a quick salad of romaine, tomato, red onion, and tomato vidalia dressing.

We stayed in last night because we have soooo much coming up next week with the wedding being on Saturday.  It’s a good thing too because I developed a headache around 9 pm.  I was an old lady and went to bed at 10:30 on a Saturday night.

But…woke up feeling glorious the next day.

I made peaches and cottage cheese oats for two.  Look new placemats!  They’re a wedding gift from my friend Jane, who I used to teach 5th grade with in my past life.

Hers…

His…Brad later added some jam and quite a bit of cinnamon.

He says my oats are the first “real” oats he’s ever eaten.  “Real” in the fact that they’re not instant.  That makes me feel nice. 🙂

And we’re off!

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Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

I had an awesome 10 mile run this morning!

I started off with a thin slice of Dakota bread with some PB & banana and even had enough time for coffee.  I like to drink coffee before long runs because I drink it every morning and I don’t think you should do anything too outside your regularly scheduled programming.  However, sometimes before early races, I don’t have time for coffee.

Like I said, the run was great!  I ran with Jen and it was wonderful to have someone to talk to for 10 miles.  As we chatted, the time just flew by.  Before I knew it we had covered 5, then 8, then 9 miles! The last mile was a big hill, but we got through it and pounded out the last few tenths of a mile on flat terrain.  It was great!  The weather was just perfect.  A little humid but the temperature was only in the 70’s.  Such a nice change from the high temperatures we’ve been experiencing early in the morning.

My face gets really red when running.

When I returned my sweet guy made me this green monster for breakfast #2.

1/2 frozen banana

1 scoop chocolate Amazing Meal

1/2 scoop chocolate whey protein

1 cup frozen spinach

1 cup almond milk

5 mint leaves

It was delicious!  I’m experimenting with putting mint leaves in my smoothies.  I think I’ll try more next time.  I don’t want it to be too minty so I’m trying it a little at a time.

Coffee #2 was a must! Have you heard that coffee might possibly help muscle recovery after runs?  I first heard about it in a Runner’s World article, which you can read here.

After getting ready, it was time for my bridesmaid luncheon.

I held a luncheon in honor of my bridesmaid at 300 East in Charlotte.   They were really easy to work with.  Picking my menu was super easy because I love their simple but delicious food.  Their pastry chef even called me personally to give me a consultation on what she could do.

The Menu

Appetizers:

Hummus plate with veggies and pita chips

Housemade Pimento Cheese with crackers and veggies

Guacamole with salsa and tortilla chips

Entrees:

Sonoma Salad ~ Red Potatoes, Avocado, Grape Tomatoes & Dijon Dressing over Baby Greens, with Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shrimp, or Lump Crabmeat

Fig and Prosciutto Pizza ~ with Gorgonzola & Grilled Fruit

Grilled Chicken and Pesto ~ with Roasted Red Peppers and Provolone on Focaccia

Grilled Portobello Sandwich ~ Gorgonzola, Arugula, Red Onion, Tomato Salad & Sherry Vinaigrette on an Onion Roll

Special Drinks:

Peach Bellinis, Mimosas, Honig Saugvignon Blanc

Dessert:

Key Lime Pie with Raspberries and Raspberry Sauce

I had a great time picking out this menu! 🙂

The table with one of the bridesmaid’s gift and a photo of me.  My aunt found this photo of me a few days ago.  I was two years old and it was taken at her bridesmaid luncheon 25 years ago.  If you could see it more closely, you know notice that I used to be a blonde!  Funny, because my hair is almost black now.

Some of the girls and my family before everyone arrived.

While appetizers were passed around, I had a club soda with a splash of cranberry juice.  I also drank a full glass of water to rehydrate.  Don’t worry, I enjoyed myself.  I soon switched to a peach Bellini.

The bridesmaids’ gifts were a necklace and earring set I handmade.  I took a class to learn how to make the “branch-style” necklace, but made each necklace differently.  The one pictured above is Candace’s set.  I used sterling silver wire, hooks, and chain, topaz, Swarovski crystals, and mother of pearl.  The earrings are mother of pearl to match.  I’m really proud of these necklaces because I have never done anything like it before.  It was really important to me to give them something nice and something that reflects myself.

My (3rd) cousin Marie and wedding director, my grandmother, and my aunt.

A candid photo of the table.

My cousin April, Brittney, and my sister-in-law Jen.

I somehow missed taking shots of the apps, but let’s move on to the entrees.

I ordered the Sonoma Salad with shrimp.  I always eye this salad, but have never ordered it.  I’ll pretty much eat anything with avocado on top.  I also had a glass of the Honig at this point in the meal.  I chose this wine because Brad and I visited Honig winery on our day-long trip to Napa.  It is our top recommendation to anyone going to Napa.  Small and intimate, they give you a lot of attention and we absolutely love d it.

Candace (my matron of honor) ordered the fig and prosciutto pizza, as did a lot of people.  If you try 300 East, you’ve got to try this.  It’s one of my favorite things on their menu.  Salty sweet combos are always my favorite!

I had about 1/2 of my key lime pie.  It was the perfect balance of sweet and tart.  Scrumptious.

300 East is so cute!  I love the fireplaces with iron fronts, all over the old house turned restaurant.

Just the bridesmaids (and me!): April, Ashlyn, Candace, me, Jen, and Brittney.

Two shots of the whole group.

I had a really nice time talking to everyone and involving Brad’s mom and grandmother into getting to know the women in my family and my friends.  Each of my bridesmaids are so special to me, so honoring them and the commitment it takes to be a bridesmaid was very important to me.  It was also really nice to have a wedding festivity that didn’t center around me.  I prefer to be the hostess way more than the guest of honor.

300 East was a dream to work with.  The food was perfect and the staff was extremely helpful and hospitable.

After the bridemaid luncheon we all hit up this super cute consignment boutique around the corner, called Sweet Repeats, which has really swank, barely used stuff.

It was a great day to celebrate with the women I love! 🙂

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Hawthorne’s Pizza

Two weeks ago when Brad’s mom and grandma was in town, we did Customshop for dinner.  This time we wanted to go out for pizza.  Brad wanted to try Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar, a popular pizza place in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte.

It was slightly muggy but pretty nice outside since the sun was starting to go down, so we asked to sit on the patio where it was quiet and we could talk.

Brad and I both rocked our aviators. 🙂

This lady will be my mother-in-law in 7 days.  🙂

Brad and grandma in matching brown t-shirts.

Studying the wine list.

I went with the Friday white wine special (haha, I typed whine instead of wine), a Sauvignon Blanc.

We ordered two 18″ inch pizzas: one veggie and one basil and tomato, both had 1/2 pepperoni per Brad’s request.

I had one of each…

…sans pepperoni.

I liked the veggie more than the basil and tomato because it had marinara, while the basil tomato had no sauce.  I much prefer marinara and lots of it.  I usually request extra, bur our waiter never made it back to our table.  The pizza was delicious and I think the carbs will be well-spent.

I spent the rest of the night wrapping my bridesmaids’ gifts, with which Brad was so sweet to help me, blogging….and now…

I’ve got to head to bed stat, because I’m running 10 miles with Jen tomorrow at 7 am!

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