Posts Tagged ‘eating’

  • Pumpkin Bandit

    Date: 2010.10.26 | Category: eating | Response: View Comments

    Today I went to the store to buy pumpkin – mass quantities of pumpkin.

    When I reached the checkout with 8 cans, the cashier told me that there was a pumpkin shortage last year and that they can only sell 4 cans at a time.

    I thought the shortage was over – but maybe they don’t get people running in and buying quite so much.  Maybe it was the disappointment written all over my face when they said they were going to pry the cans out of my hands, but I managed to leave with the amount I wanted.  (I did not clean them out of pumpkin – not even close.)

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    I think I’m going to be set for a while, huh?  One of the reasons I  so much pumpkin was to make pumpkin butter.

    I used Angela’s recipe for pumpkin butter, which is adapted from the Smitten Kitchen.

    Pumpkin butter is not the most attractive thing, but it sure tastes good.

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    Here it is cooling

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    I had to test it to make sure it turned out, of course!  I had it on bread with peanut butter.

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    It turned out really well. 

    Speaking of peanut butter, I accidentally discovered the easiest way ever to mix your natural peanut butter.  Natural peanut butter separates, so that the oil comes to the top.  In order to get the butter spreadable, you need to mix it really well.  The process is kind of messy and annoying – getting the bottom mixed in is a little tricky.  I even got a peanut butter mixer a few years ago to help, and it does work well.  But I discovered an even better and faster way when I realized colder temperatures were making my peanut butter even harder to stir.  I microwaved the glass peanut butter jar for a minute, and took it out and stirred it really well.  I put it in the fridge and I’ve had the most well stirred and incorporated peanut butter ever.  You can thank me later ;)

  • Black hole of money

    Date: 2010.08.27 | Category: miscellaneous, Uncategorized | Response: View Comments

    Hello :)

    Yesterday after work I needed nut butter.  We had been out for 24 hours and this is a huge problem.  Whole Foods is conveniently very close to where I work so I stopped off there. 

    MISTAKE.  Do you have certain stores in your life that are black holes for money?  Whole Foods is one of them — so is Target and Walgreens.  I can’t leave those stores without an armful of stuff I didn’t intend to buy when I walked in! 

    I wandered around in Whole Foods when the purpose was to buy nut butter and cream of tartar.  Two things.  I left with a very heavy bag — three kinds of nut butter (SSHHHH. I know!), arrowroot, cream of tartar, an apron, chicken sausage, pumpkin seeds, and Artisana Cacao Bliss Coconut butter.  After leaving, I realized I also needed cream cheese.  Isn’t that always the way?

    I took pictures but I forgot to bring my adapter thingy into work so pictures will come later.  Oh fine, here is one:

    That’s the Cacao Bliss stuff.  I also was looking for some Garlic Gold, but didn’t see any.  I think our Trader Joes has it. 

    I saw the arrowroot, debated buying it, and figured I could use it in something.  The jar says it’s used as a thickener.  Anyone have any ideas on how to use it?

    I am a member of Healthy Living Blogs!  It’s a resource of all healthy living blogs where you can search for blogs by country or state, which I think is a really cool feature.  Here’s more info:

    Healthy Living Blogs is a new resource for the health blogging community. Created by Lindsey of Sound Eats, HLB is a site designed to enhance the positive community of the healthy living blog world. Bloggers and readers can explore the site and find more blogs to love, bloggers in their area, and forums to deepen healthy discussion and support. If you’re interested in having your site listed on HLB, simply send the following information to healthylivingblogs@gmail.com and check the site out for yourself!
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    It was really easy to join!

    Last night I cajoled Mark to go to the gym with me.  I have no trouble motivating myself to run, but going to the gym is kind of a drag sometimes.  We did some weights and walking on the treadmill.

    I used to think that walking on the treadmill would not be a good workout.  This is false.  I think I learned from Angela that walking on the treadmill can really kick your butt.  As long as you keep the pace brisk and jack up that incline, I can get my heart rate as high as it is when I’m running. 

    Last night I only did 15 minutes but kept my pace between 3.8-4.0 and the incline at 8, 10, and 12%.  Also, it makes a huge difference if you hold onto the machine.  My heart rate drops about 15-20 beats per minute if I’m holding onto the machine.  This means that I’m cheating myself out of a harder cardiovascular workout — pump those arms!  I look like an idiot, but I’m getting a good workout.  Walking fast on an incline builds leg & butt muscles better than running.  Walking fast is challenging and builds muscle partly because walking becomes inefficient at a certain speed.  Have you tried walking on the treadmill

    Hope you all have a good weekend!

  • What did you have for dinner?

    Date: 2010.08.23 | Category: miscellaneous, Uncategorized | Response: View Comments

    This month’s issue of Marie Claire had a really interesting article showing what women around the world eat in a day.  The women varied from a tribeswoman in Namibia, a girl who works at a theme park in the U.S., to a woman in Venezuela, to a woman in India who drinks her urine in the morning as a cleanse.  The article showed the calorie totals of their day, the womens’ heights and weights, and a picture of them in front of the food they ate in a typical day. (Unfortunately they didn’t give a sneak peak of the article on their website so you’ll have to run out and see it for yourself!)

    It was certainly a loaded article – but I found just the facts really interesting.  The food some of the women ate was stuff I had never heard of, so I found that interesting.  Plus, there is something inherently interesting about reading & looking at what people eat!  Am I preaching to the choir right now or what?

    For the longest time, my dad has always asked me what I ate for dinner whenever I called at night.  Well, Dad, now you can even see the pictures!

    I wasn’t feeling well this afternoon or evening so my princely husband cooked me dinner.  He made me an omelette and turkey sausage. IMG_2384

    It was really good :)  Thanks honey!

  • All the rage

    Date: 2010.07.28 | Category: eating | Response: View Comments

    There was a weird appearance of tabbouleh around the blog world today!  I saw it here and here. I don’t know how to explain it.  I do know how to eat it.

    For breakfast I had the usual, a yogurt and frozen berry mix.  Then I got hungry around 10 and ate half a cucumber.  I was hungry!

    I decided to take a break from work and go to Border’s and I got a flavored coffee.

     

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    And then came the tabbouleh – which is Middle Eastern salad with bulgur, chopped herbs like parsley and mint, tomato, onion, lemon juice & olive oil.  Mine came from a box!  :)  I mixed mine with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.

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    And ate it with a nectarine and (unpictured) wheat thins.  Nectarines and peaches are so hard to eat!  They’re so juicy that I make a huge mess, not to mention, I feel like I’m slurping fruit. 

    The fun part about blogging meals is that when I don’t have a mirror, I can easily check to see if I have something in my teeth:

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    Yep.  Looks like there’s something in there.

    My run today was a fail.  I got into work early hoping I could leave early, and my boss was 25 minutes late to our meeting.  I left an hour later than I intended, and because I had no afternoon snack, my blood sugar was pretty low.  I thought that I had blown it and couldn’t run.  But I talked myself into trying.  Sure enough, my legs felt like lead and I felt light-headed.  I only did about 15 minutes.  I’m sure it will go better tomorrow morning, but a bad run can feel defeating.  I haven’t had a bad run in a while so I suppose I was overdue ;)  I’m glad that I at least tried.  Here’s to a run tomorrow!

    I’m having coffee with a friend later although I think I may just get a smoothie since I’ve had my share of caffeine today.  Maybe we’ll work in a walk too.

  • Peaches with Blue Eyes

    Date: 2010.07.26 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: View Comments

    Hello & happy Monday.

    I’m not sure what “the case of the Mondays is” (Who says that? I think you’d get your ass kicked saying something like that, man) but I think I have it.  I have been really tired and copious amounts of caffeine hasn’t fixed it.

    Also, ice cream does not fix it.  You can’t see it, but I’m rolling my eyes at  myself.  I should put a note on the freezer to that effect.

    On a different note, when I was little, I constantly confused nectarines and peaches.  Today, while eating a nectarine at lunch (and reading wikipedia), I discovered why.

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    (those are nectarines, at least according to the sticker)

    The nectarine is a cultivar group of peach that has a smooth skin. Though fuzzy peaches and nectarines are regarded commercially as different fruits, . . . they belong to the same species as peaches. Several genetic studies have concluded in fact that nectarines are created as the result of a recessive gene, whereas a fuzzy peach skin is dominant.[7] Nectarines have arisen many times from peach trees, often as bud sports.

    So, the only visible difference is the lack of fuzz.  Genetically, they are like peaches with blue eyes.

    Let’s talk race training.

    Training plans I’ve previously used include the Furman Institute plan (FIRST), to made up, to Hal Higdon.  I have been looking for a good half marathon plan, and have been disappointed.  In the latest issue of Runner’s World, there is a plan to get you in shape for a 2:00 or less race.  Looking at the plan, all of the long runs are 1:30 over race pace.  There is very little speed training, and a few medium distance runs at race pace.  The rest of the runs are quite slow.

    The Furman Institute plan includes one speed training run per week.  While doing it, I didn’t necessarily enjoy it, but I did like pushing my limits that way.   The FIRST half marathon plan also had long runs much slower than race pace.  What I would like to do is to run my long runs at race pace.  I know that there is wisdom to training below race pace – avoiding injury/burnout/overtraining.  But I’m starting to be part of the “train slow, you race slow” school. I just don’t pick it up that much more on race day.

    Honestly, I am not even sure how close I stuck to the planned pace for long runs during marathon training – I think when I got to double digit runs, I disregarded pace a little.

    I have a plan printed out, the next step will be to add it to my Google Calendar.  This worked well for my marathon because I could see my workout anywhere I went – on my iPhone.

    But first, I think I might take a nap.

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