Find The Light

November 16, 2010


Definitely a day to hit up the indoor activities. It’s been pouring all morning. I hear there’s sunshine on the menu for tomorrow though!!

Karen is a trooper for trying out group exercise. She joined me for a cycle class today. She made it through half of the class and then slipped out for some track walking. She said there will be a next time, and she is also willing to try BodyPump too!

The cycle was was DIY, so I was not a huge fan. I need to be challenged and guided. If I wanted to make up my own workout I wouldn’t have come to group exercise… but thankfully I was experienced enough to make up my own workout and got a pretty good one in. My legs are tired!

Before I left I had a crusty Turkish fig (LOVE these!) and a date


Home. For. Lunch.



I made a cheddar + peach jam sandwich


With fruit and veg (and a tsp of almond butter for the veg)

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And a mug of leftover lentil soup


I think I ate too fast because my stomach is all in gas knots right now!


What’s a food blogger to do when it rains?


Find the light –>


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1 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Oh peach jam and cheddar sounds simple yet delicious for a sandwich! It’s raining here in DC too and has been ALL day. boooooooooo.


2 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm

“MAIL TIME” <— said in my best Blue's Clues' character voice :)

Cheddar and peach jam sandwich sounds good to me!


3 kelly November 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm

haha, I still say “Mail Time” like that too! :)


4 Lily's Health Pad November 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I’ve had some interesting instances “finding the light.” Let’s just say my apartment neighbors think I’m wacky!!


5 Sabina November 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Check out Ashley’s (on The Edible Perspective) paper towel idea for adding light to photos. Also, Ashley ( on (never home) maker) posted recently about making your own light box. Both are great, easy, cheap options for dealing with low light situations.

I’m discovering that I now suffer from stomach-in-knots from eating too fast. :-/


6 Natalia - a side of simple November 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Mmm cheese and jam sounds delicious right now! I’m baffled that they would have a group exercise class where you “do what you want.” I thought the point was to workout as a group under instruction. Otherwise, isn’t it just like going to a crowded gym?


7 Allison K November 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I love getting the mail!


8 Lauren at KeepItSweet November 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm

your cheese and jam sandwiches always look so good! i don’t know why i don’t try that myself


9 kate November 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I know exactly what you mean by needing to be guided from time to time!


10 Jamie @ Food in Real Life November 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Looks like a warm and comforting meal. I need to make some lentil soup, ASAP


11 Honey B. November 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Oh I am so not a fan of when they leave you up to your own devices in spinning class. Good reminder to eat slow, I wish someone could sit here and remind me every time I eat. You can eat the healthiest thing in the world but if you shove it down too fast you get a stomach ache. Grr.


12 Sarah November 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm

It must feel good to eat homemade after all of that traveling!


13 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm

That would have bothered me too. I like having the guidance and push from a teacher in a class.


14 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Glad your mail finally arrived.

Rainy days are so beautiful in their own special way. Your rainy leaf photos are serene.


15 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

prettiest.lunches.EVER :)


16 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

The cheddar and jam sandwich sounds so good right now!


17 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) November 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Hilarious! I find myself grabbing at the smallest ray of sun when I’m trying to take pictures on rainy days or late in the afternoon. Glad to see I’m not alone!


18 [email protected] November 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Lentil soup is THE BEST lunch on a rainy day…just ate some myself on this SUPER rainy DC day!


19 Lisa Fine - lisasfoods November 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I love cheddar and jam sandwiches, or Swiss and jam. The combination of salty and sweet and savory is just right.

We’re having a cloudy and rainy day too, which is sad because I was hoping to take some photos today, but our house is quite dark. Have you ever used a light box?


20 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

“Here’s the mail it never fails, it makes me want to wag my tail – when it comes I wanna wail MAAAIIIIIILLL”

Wow, I’ve babysat way too much in my days


21 Jen November 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Cheddar and peach jam?! YUUMMMMM!!!!!1 Oh man, I can’t wait to try this one!



22 Kiran November 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I’m always struggling for natural light instead of the orangey type that I get when I shoot at night. I love cooking and baking late in the evening. A habit I might have to change soon I think 😉


23 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Man do I love getting mail! Especially when there’s lots of it! I might not be saying this when I have to start paying bills and such! Right now, that’s mom and dad’s job :)


24 Stacy November 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Love that you “found the light!” I do that all the time – I refuse to use the flash!


25 NJMOM November 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

My gym is starting the Bodypump classes in Jan. Are they worth signing up for?


26 Kath November 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Yeah, I liked the one I went to a lot


27 Camille November 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Ah, I have such a bad habit of eating too fast. I need to work on that :(
Hope you get your sunshine!


28 [email protected] November 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I have been eating a lot of peach jelly lately… not with cheese though… yet. :)


29 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) November 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm

If I showed up at a spin class and it was DIY, not sure that I could make it through the hour… As you said, isn’t that why you go ?! What a bummer!


30 Sophie November 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm

It’s been raining a lot here too! I’m ready for some SUN. :-)


31 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I’ve never tried a cycle class..they intimidate me!! (because of things just like that!)


32 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm

It is so great that your mother-in-law is working out with you. I wish mine would work out with me!


33 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I had the same problem with finding the light this morning! It’s been rainy here as well..and unfortunately the only surface I can take pictures on is my desk way away from any windows. 😛


34 the salty girl November 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

it’s all about the lighting!!! :)


35 kristine November 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I hope the rain goes away!

New to your blog and love it! Excellent work!


36 Simply Life November 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm

oh your lunch looks great and I always love these “behind the scenes glimpses”!


37 Jen November 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Hate to say it but that rumbly feeling is probably the lentils -especially if you only cooked them 20-30 minutes like your recipe said. I like lentils but my tummy sure doesn’t!


38 Dana @ my little celebration November 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I heart cereal and soup in a mug : ) It makes me happy.

Lovely post, as always.



39 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm

i love turkish figs too. they’re almost date-ish?!


40 Heidi - apples under my bed November 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Lovely shots. I must try jam and cheese sandwiches. I have never tried a cycle class – I’m no a huge fan. I think I would need to be guided too – what is the point of DIY classes? haha.
Heidi xo


41 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 16, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I love getting mail. I always eat too fast as well! I must learn to slow down.


42 stacey-healthylife November 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm

DIY, what a lazy instructor, that doesn’t even make sense. Boo to that instructor.


43 Cara Craves... November 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Love inside days, gives me an excuse to be lazy!


44 Christine (The Raw Project) November 16, 2010 at 6:40 pm

The lentil soup looks great! And I always eat too fast also and keep trying to remind myself to slow down.


45 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

My stomach is always in knots after eating legumes! Too bad I love them so much. 😛


46 Rachel S November 16, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I’ve just been getting back into cycle classes in the past few weeks and I love it! I’m with you though on the more structured classes–I need someone telling me what to do and pushing me to work hard.
Loving the “swingin’ Christmas” channel on Pandora that you recommended earlier–it really has put me into a better mood!


47 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) November 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm

The window never fails! Love the photo of the leaves


48 Hannah November 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

You’re like my old boss who always put jam with cheese :) At the moment I’m loving cheddar and chilli jam… one day I’ll try your SWEET jam version :)


49 Lorin November 17, 2010 at 1:05 am

I seriosly love everything you make. I can’t wait to be able to go to the farmers market here in San Luis Obispo and make my own food! I am a freshman in college here, so it’s dorm eating for me, though it isn’t too bad. I miss my rolled oats though, I have to make instant now. Anyways, once I get a kitchen again I will try to cook more!


50 Allison November 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Guess what I had for lunch today?? Organic Valley Raw Sharp Cheddar w/ homemade peach jam on whole wheat bread 😀 After visiting your blog daily I sometimes end up making such similar foods.

Salad from today looks killer good.


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