Olympic Dessert Biking

August 8, 2008

I feel super organized tonight after servicing and cleaning out my car, organizing things around the house, assembling a new printer I got for my school work (with a copier on it), and cleaning the kitchen floor.

For dinner we made another mystery recipe. We did come across some snafus, but I think I have a good solution to fix the flavor issues. It was good and really filling!

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Pedal Pushing

After some Olympic watching, we were inspired to hop on our bikes and ride to Marble Slab, which was unreachable by foot!! It’s about 3.5-4 miles away, which would make a 7-8 mile hike on foot. But it was an easy 15 minute bike ride!! This might be a bad thing…. :oops:

I decided on soft serve vanilla/choco yogurt with my very favorite topping of all times: Heath bar!! (Probably because it looks like health bar :mrgreen: ) Toffee, heath, butterscotch and caramel are my top flavors, and I just love the crunch of heath (OK, I’ve typed health 3 times by mistake in this post already!) I also got a little coconut in there.

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The husband got a huge sundae! Of course I stole 2 big bites :)

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Attack of the Scum

When we got home I decided the kitchen floor looked gross and gave it a good scrubbing, but mid-way through I realized there is a horrible dirt scum in a few big patches on there and the Method iMop and microfiber scrub was doing nothing to get it up. It was hard to see, but I could definitely feel it with my fingertips so I’m not surprised I hadn’t seen it yet. What do you all do for your floors?!!? Ours are floors are wood slats.) I ended up researching all-natural cleaners and read that a mixture of dishwashing soap and water (very light on the soap) was great for floors, so I tried that and it seemed to work well enough. Most of the scum is up, but this cannot happen again! No wonder I thought the floors were looking bad these days.

I’ve got an early morning tomorrow because I’m spending the day at Girls On The Run training. Then tomorrow night we’re dining with friends! Better get to bed!

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1 VeggieGirl August 8, 2008 at 9:34 pm

That ice cream is so perfectly swirled!!

Eek, sorry about the scum!! :-(

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2 Kate August 8, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Oh, yum! That dinner looks delicious. The ice cream’s not half bad, either…

I usually just use Murphy’s Oil Soap for my wood floors and it seems to work pretty well, but something I want to try is cleaning them with tea. Apparently tea (1 quart hot water with a couple of black tea bags brewed until the water’s room temp) cleans really well because of it’s tannic acid content.

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3 Andrea August 8, 2008 at 9:37 pm

um i totally love that you used the word “snafu”!!!!

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4 yadi August 8, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Kath, I’m so glad to hear that you are involved with GOTR. My daughter is joining a group this fall. She’s so excited. The group also meets on Sat. mornings. I’m looking forward to her participating in this. Are you a coach?

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5 B_Hlthy August 8, 2008 at 9:57 pm

whole wheat fettucinni, eggplant, zuchinni, cauliflower and it looks like feta but I would assume goat cheese…..

I know its tasty even without any seasoning!

I just bought a new printer for school too!! with a copy/scan feature also- I bought it on tax free weekend! I also bought school supplies that weekend like extra highlighters, pens, super cute notebooks ( at $8 a piece! ).. it made me feel like I was back in middle school again!

Yah Back to School time!

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6 LT August 8, 2008 at 10:01 pm

I’d agree with the above ingredients sans the cauliflower plus some chicken sausage….

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7 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Frozen yogurt is the best!

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8 Andrea August 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm

shhhh it’s a mystery because it’s for the cookbook!? ;)

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9 Rose August 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm

I love that bowl… and biking to get frozen yogurt is such a good idea!

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10 melissa sue August 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm

you have wood floor in your bathroom? no wonder you’re getting yukky scummy stuff. if you were asking for my opinion, i’d recommend putting down some flooring over it.

we actually recently redid our bathroom floor for about $30 with mid-level sticky-backed vinyl tiles, a tube of quick sealing caulk and a utility knife. it looks like a dream; i can’t even believe it’s the same room! plus it’s easier to keep clean and less likely to grow stuff on (or worse, in) it.

also, when are the super secret posts going to come to an end? i’d happily buy whatever cookbook you put out, but my dinners are hurting without you! ordinarily, i cook a kath-original recipe at least one night every week. true story.

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11 Jen August 8, 2008 at 10:34 pm

I can guess a few of the ingredients in your mystery dinner; all I know for sure is that it involves pasta so it must be delish :)

I Googled ‘natural cleaning solutions for wood floors’ and found this link: http://www.eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm

Looks like they have lots of good ideas there. I have some kind of cheap linoleum on the kitchen & bathroom floors in my apartment (it’s a rental) so I usually go with a mixture of dish soap/hot water/white vinegar and that seems to do the job.

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12 Ozlem August 8, 2008 at 10:48 pm

I too use Murphy’s oil for hardwood floors. But I am willing to try the other reader’s tea idea. Maybe Sunday :)

I agree can not wait to look through your cookbook. I am intrigued about the stuffed pepper recipe myself personally.

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13 caitlinbo (see bride run) August 8, 2008 at 11:27 pm

arg i hate cleaning floors! we have tile which definitely makes it easier!

your mysteru dish looks great — i cant wait to get this cookbook!

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14 C August 9, 2008 at 4:55 am

That ice cream looks great!

For wood floors, we use murphys oil soap too.

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15 Kath August 9, 2008 at 7:08 am

yadi ,
Awesome for your daughter!! I’m not a coach – that’s what I wanted to do but my scheduled only allows me one afternoon a week and you have to commit to 2 to be a coach. I’m a site volunteer, so I’ll be very involved, just not leading the sessions.

B_Hlthy,
Close but no cigar! I loooooove back to school too :) I got a new binder as well (from Target – pink) and some new pens :)

melissa sue,
No, the wood is just in the kitchen. The scum is just dirt that has been tracked in and caked on. It’s so hard to see on the dark color.

I’ll be done with the recipe development in September, but I’m over halfway through so there are not too many more to come. I do have a year’s worth of archives that you can look through for recipe ideas. If you scroll to the bottom of the sidebar, you can choose the “Dinner” category and see all my dinner’s for the past year or use the yellow search bar to search by ingredients.

Kath

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16 Andrea August 9, 2008 at 8:15 am

I use white vinegar and hot water to clean my house and mop my floors with. When I had hard woods, I used that combo as well. If the scum patches aren’t coming up, you can make a paste out of baking soda and water. Use that to scrub the spots (lightly). Baking soda acts as a light abrasive and won’t scratch anything. Just make sure to wipe it clean a few times because baking soda likes to stick around. LOL I use that combo when I have to get spots off of my tile floors and sometimes my countertops.

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17 Bev August 9, 2008 at 8:46 am

I agree with Andrea. Vinegar & baking soda are king and queen of cleaning and so economical :) Can’t wait for cookbook .

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18 Laurenq August 9, 2008 at 9:04 am

Okay so I am getting a new puppy today and I KNOW this blog is full of creative people so I thought why not ask any of you for suggestions on names that you have heard of or can think of!
She’s a solid white siberian husky with baby blue eyes…I just want something that sounds suitable, unique, pretty, or that I dont sound dumb when standing on the porch yelling for her to come! haha thanks!

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19 Sammie August 9, 2008 at 9:06 am

I recommend the vinegar & water solution, my mom uses that combo to clean all the time. Bonus is it is all natural so it should not damage the finish to your floor. You can also use that mixture as a glass/window cleaner. Good luck fighting the grime!

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20 Kiala August 9, 2008 at 11:34 am

Vinegar and water. It’s the only way to clean wood floors.

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21 Jennifer August 11, 2008 at 10:09 am

Vinegar and Water. It works great. We use it on our hard wood floors, wood laminate floors and tile. It is very cost efficient and of course all natural.

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