October 24, 2014


Coolest dude in the orchard!! We’ve been here and there and everywhere these past few weeks. I skipped a Lately post so I’m a bit all over the place today!


Just your run-of-the-mill whipped banana oats with a dollop of yogurt, granola and sunbutter! I really like the yogurt on top – it’s kind of like frosting……ok it’s nothing like frosting, but I still like it!


Have you seen these in Whole Foods?


Oats with chia seed explosion! Kind of like a single serving of overnight oats minus the yogurt. Chia, oats, apple – ready to eat! This would be perfect for a traveler who needs a quick and cheap breakfast and passes by a grocery store. Spoon included! You could eat it cold, but heated up it was great.


I served it with some of the baked apples I made plus almond butter and granola on top. Texture heaven!!


The next day I tried to replicate it myself – I soaked chia and oats in milk and then added cinnamon, vanilla and more baked apples in the morning. It was good, but not as good as the original! I will keep trying.


Eggs, toast with jam, a grape arch.


And finally, a pumpkin pie smoothie in a bowl! Nature’s Path granola is my favorite of all time (well second to Cville Cluster, which is just a category of its own).



Back to the apple orchard!


Karen and I took Mazen up to Carter’s Mountain to go apple picking and apple picnicking!


He had apple and PB&J and Karen made us egg salad sandwiches with Terra chips. She grates her hard-boiled egg for the perfect egg salad consistency – I must try her method soon!



Apple picking was fun for about 5 minutes



But then M just wanted to run up and down the mountain


In the end he liked choosing apples from the bins much more.


And we came home with plenty!


My next lunch was a big salad at home – quesadilla on the side made with a local blue corn tortilla stuffed with a slice of cheese plus greens with beans, hummus, peppers and feta cheese.


Another day we went to the bakery for lunch and I had a turkey + cheese salad.


Quesadillas are my favorite lunch of late : ) I get these tortillas at the city market and 5 minutes in my toaster oven makes a perfect quesadilla! Served with peppers and grapes.


And finally – salad with eggs on top and a Popeye roll on the side. Blue D’auvergne is back!




^^ Would you expect anything less this time of year?


This actually was supposed to be a recipe, but it just didn’t turn out like I had planned. Too thick for soup, but too soupy for pasta. If you’re curious, it was 4 cups of squash and pumpkin puree with 2 cups of chicken broth, 1 can of white beans, 1/2 tsp of salt, some garlic and fresh rosemary. Plus 3 cups of rigatone. All cooked together into a “stoup.”


Matt had homemade pizza waiting when I got home from Boulder – food never tastes as good as it does post-airplane ride!


We made the Cook Smarts classic beef chili one night and it was amazing!!


Another night we did Cook Smarts’ lo mein noodles with chicken. Another winner and chicken dinner!


Served with Hardywood’s Bourbon Sidamo. Amazing!


And finally our last Cook Smarts meal this week – white bean and sausage soup! Loved all the parsley on top. It’s soup season y’all.


2 days till my birf-day!!

(That’s for you Hugh David, Lydia and Kirsten!)


Apple Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich

October 23, 2014

Popping in for some chit-chat this morning. And to share this amazing sandwich I had for breakfast!! First off, I can’t even tell you how much I love Survivor right now. My two friends Hillary and Ellen and I are OBSESSED. Like so obsessed we get together 4-5 nights a week to sip hot tea […]

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Guest RD: Will Travel For Food

October 22, 2014

Katy, the registered dietitian behind Have Fruit Will Travel, emailed me about a guest post – from South America! She is in the middle of a year-long globe trotting adventure with her husband. We agreed the ideal topic for Katy would be to write about how she is finding healthy food to eat across the […]

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Celebrate Food Day!

October 21, 2014
Food Day 2014

I care about real food. I’m sure you do too. Did you know that this Friday, October 24 is Food Day? Food Day is on a mission to inspire Americans to change their diets for the better and improve our food policies. Created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day […]

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October 20, 2014

We had the most beautiful weekend!! Brilliant blue skies, colorful falling leaves and perfect warm-but-jeans-friendly temps. (Also, look at our kale garden exploding in the background!) I changed my beachy tablescape to a more spooky setup. Loving the change! The plate in the middle is owl shaped : ) Friday night we had the neighbors […]

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New Finds

October 17, 2014

It’s been forever since I’ve done a New Finds post! I’ve been keeping a list of things to write about – so it’s a long one! Beach Town Posters I read about Beach Town Posters in one of my magazines – I think it was Coastal Living – and knew they would be the perfect […]

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What’s UP?!

October 16, 2014

This post is sponsored by Jawbone. Rewind back a few weeks when I set some goals inspired by my new Jawbone UP. Those goals were to: But most of all, I wanted the Jawbone to act as a reminder that it’s the everyday moments that add up to good health. So how’d I do? I […]

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