Lately

October 24, 2014

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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!

Breakfasts

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!

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Have you seen these in Whole Foods?

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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.

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

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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.

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Eggs, toast with jam, a grape arch.

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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).

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Lunches

Back to the apple orchard!

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

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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!

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Apple picking was fun for about 5 minutes

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

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

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And we came home with plenty!

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Dinners

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

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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.”

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

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

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

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Served with Hardywood’s Bourbon Sidamo. Amazing!

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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.

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2 days till my birf-day!!

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

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Apple Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich

October 23, 2014
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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
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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
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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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Weekend

October 20, 2014
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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
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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
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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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