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The month of May flew by. As a member of Sweet Melissa Sundays, I committed to baking at least one designated SM recipe per month. So, there it was, May 29th, and having not touched a mixing bowl and leaving early the next morning for a conference, I had painted myself into a corner. Twas time to bake.

The recipes both for the filling and the dough were easy, although it took me quite a bit of time, primarily because I lack organizational/cleaning skills in the kitchen.  When I wear the apron, the kitchen becomes a disaster area, the ingredients performing double duty as principal actors in the recipe and as culinary soldiers, declaring war on my kitchen. Flour on the counters, butter smeared on the cabinet doors, egg shells laying in a pool of yolk, dishes, spoons, and measuring cups on their sides, having long surrendered.  A sore site for eyes. Mainly my husband’s.

The oven timer signaled the pie was ready at half-past midnight. Too late to sneak a taste (ok, I probably would have had I not had a generous slice of Lucas’s famous orange cake at Brittaney’s BBQ), but I did have a small bite this morning while packing a piece for the road (or air, if you will).  The custard filling was flavorful: the vanilla and coconut (I used unsweetened as it was all I had on hand) were standouts. The crust did not disappoint, although, with an entire stick of butter, it had no right to do otherwise. It wasn’t the crumbly, salty and otherwise tasteless crust that I associate with pies, rather it was firm and buttery, like a shortbread.

Check out the Coconut Custard Pie recipe at I Dream of Baking, posted by this week’s SMS host, Ruby.

 

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Around the ‘hood

Fitness:
-15 minute ab class
-50 minutes Zumba class
-45 minutes Body Pump class

Food:
Breakfast: Whole grain toast with 2 tbs of crunchy peanut butter
Lunch: Leftover chicken tacos
Snack: 4 caramels; a small apple; small cup of cereal with soymilk and raisins
Dinner: Steamed cauliflower in a tomato cream sauce, sauteed veggies, brown rice

My parents were in Austin last weekend. Saturday morning, we walked to our local bakery for breakfast. Here are some of the sights along the way….

…..”Hyde Park – R.I.P”?

I love this little farm-house-like home.

Mom rocking the holey jeans….

Now this is a storybook home. Straight from a fairy tale!

Fork you!

The bakery….

Le Menu…

My breakfast:

That’s all, folks!

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Green Heart:
The muggy morning tempted us to hop in the car to get from point A (home) to point B (Thunderbird Coffee). However, in the spirit of Green Heart, we hopped on our bikes instead. Do I like arriving at a coffee house wet with sweat, wiping my face down with a napkin as I ask the barista about their specialty coffees? Not really. But it’s best to reduce when you can, and we could, so we did!

Fitness:
-60 minutes cycling (leisurely pace)
-ran 5 miles

Food:
Breakfast: A glass of fresh juice to start the day. Later, a hot mocha and a big ol’ cranberry muffin. Uh-oh.
Lunch: Whole grain toast topped with a tbs of crunchy peanut butter and drizzled with honey. Veggies? No where to be seen.
Dinner: Lucas made delicious chicken tacos…spelt tortillas with diced chicken, yellow and green onions, red peppers, and refried beans. I also had a side of brown rice mixed with olive oil, parsley and garlic.
Dessert: I need to bring back the Challenge. Lucas and I “shared” an alfajor, although I think I ate most of it.

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Happy Birthday to Me

My birthday was in February. But I am still reaping the benefits of having been born….

For my birthday present, my sister Erin and her husband Mike gifted me with a dinner made by a personal chef. This personal chef just so happens to be a personal friend of mine, which makes it all the better. Food prepared by hands you know, main ingredients are love and care.

A couple of weeks ago, Kate prepared my wonderful birthday feast. On the menu:

-Olives, roasted tomatoes, fresh mozarrella

-Spring salad w/ sweet lemon shallot dressing

-Mushroom, Spinach and Scallion Tart

-Scorpio Full Moon Pie

-Organic Riesling

We picked up our dinner at Kate’s and took it for a relaxed picnic in the park. Perfect.

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Heaven on earth

Mood:
A-

I had a great morning! Woke up at 8:30 (albeit reluctantly), biked a few blocks to the bus stop and took the #338 downtown to meet up with Jan, Peggy, and Ashley at Whole Foods! Good conversation over breakfast tacos ($1.79) and coffee ($1.59). Gotta love breakfast at WF! Afterwards, Peggy and I rode our bikes home. I’ve never been much of a cyclist, not even in a casual sense, but when I do make the effort to hop on that bici, it’s fun! And Green Heart approved!

Food:
Breakfast: Breakfast taco (spelt tortilla topped with scrambled eggs, a couple of strips of bacon, and cilantro)
Post breakfast: After my bike ride home, I finished off half of a medialuna filled with dulce de leche. Not a good idea, but there it was…looking all desirable with dulce de leche oozing out of its sides.
Lunch: An argula salad with grated carrots and cabbage, chopped cucumbers, and half of a hard-boiled eggs. Lucas and I also shared a square of his famous pizza from last night (see below).

So, this…


Was necessitated by this….

….and this…

Let’s talk about this a little more…

Lucas’s pizzas are, without a doubt, worthy of worship. Last night, he prepared five different types of thin-crust pizzas: arugula, basil & tomato, blue cheese (my favorite!!, onion, and provenzal (olive oil, parsley, garlic). Heaven on earth? Quite possibly.

Fitness:
Will I run or won’t I? If I do, it will be a 35 minute jog.

Green heart:
I took the bus to WF, and rode my bike back home.

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Fitness:
I ended up running 5 miles. I usually like to run without music so I can clear my head, but today I took my Ipod with me and I have to admit it makes the run go by so much faster!

Food:
Snacks: A bite of a cookie cake I had made for Lucas’s birthday (the pre-challenge me would have had a nice slice); a small apple
Dinner: A salad of shredded carrots & cabbage, spinach leaves, chopped celery, brown rice, tossed in olive oil, salt pepper, and topped with a few chunks of mozzarella cheese; a small glass of Champagne
Dessert: I am pondering a couple of tablespoons of raisins & chocolate chips. Just to satisfy the sweet tooth (challenge-friendly!)

Good night!

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I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump. Gone are the days of posting thrice daily. Quite frankly, it consumes precious time and energy, and let’s face it: it’s not exactly the most interesting material.

But I can’t just give it up. I still want the message of my blog to be out there: live well, eat whole & organic, and be as green as you can be. Maybe the direction of the blog will change, in fact I’m pretty sure it will, but for now, I’m forging ahead. I just might not cover as much distance as I did in the previous months. We shall see.

Food:
Breakfast: Two fried eggs with mozzarella cheese and two slices of toasted baguette topped with olive oil, parsley, and garlic
Snack: Two whole carrots; raisins
Lunch: Whole grain toast with crunchy peanut butter, one slice topped with Jan’s jam and the other topped with honey

Fitness:
Friday….went to the gym and later ran 4 miles after work
Saturday…..soccer game. We didn’t have any subs, so I played the whole game. This old lady was tired!
Sunday….plan to go on a run. 4 to 8 miles, not sure yet.

I’ve put on at least 5 pounds in the past few months, exercising less and eating more sweets.  Ellen, what gives? I have no good excuses. So I’ve created a little challenge for myself. I was going to call it the Lose Weight, Look Great Challenge or something like that, but that’s lame and overdone, so I’m going to call it like I see it….

The “I’m-28-and-have-not-had-kids-so-if-I-can’t-look-hot-now-when-will-I-ever?!? Challenge”.

I don’t want to get all crazy with a diet. I just can’t do diets. Don’t like them, don’t support them, especially for someone that is not technically overweight. Basically, I’m focusing on two things: I am trying to make my exercise more consistent and frequent. Everyone thinks I work out all the time, but that’s not true. Maybe 3 days or 4 days a week? Time to step it up. The second thing is cutting back on the ice cream, chocolate, etc. So far, so good. (It’s day 3 of the challenge).

Wish me luck!

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