Monthly Archives: August 2010

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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