Today’s been good eatin’!  I have a clean diet and eat well everyday but meals are occasionally a bit bland or boring.  Today has been delicious!  I started the day off with a bowl of plain yogurt accompanied by half a peach, cinnamon, a few chopped pecans, and chia seeds.  It is an awesome combo.

Lunch was one of my new favorite things.

Scrambled eggs with pesto!  These particular eggs also had loads of chard so they were double green goodness.  Paired with a piece of fresh picked corn on the cob, it made an awesome summer lunch.

For dessert I had a small cup of coffee with vanilla soymilk and a glass of cold nettle tea.

In between meals I did a Kathy Smith yoga dvd.

This is actually the yoga that got me hooked way back when I was 17 or so.  My mom had it on VHS and one day I gave it a whirl. I grew up around yoga but was never convinced (especially not by the Kundalini classes that I tried with my sis and pops when I was 15) until I tried this routine.  It really clicked with my personality and what my body needed at that time and from there my love of yoga has grown and grown.  Speaking of yoga, yesterdays class went really well.  It was SO MUCH FUN to teach again!  I need to get a job.  But first I need to move to Charlottesville.

I also hit the road for a 35 minute run this morning.  There have been times in my life when a 35 minute run was barely a warm-up but these days I am focusing on consistency rather than distance or crazy endurance. 

After lunch I was feeling a bit idle so I decided to make some pear butter with these delectable things.

There is always food processing to do around here in August and I am really enjoying turning the garden goodies into treats for the winter.  It is an abundant year for the pears and apples and they are delicious!  I see more fruit butter in my future because as it bubbles away on the stove downstairs it smells AMAZING.  I added cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom but no sugar is necessary with these guys.

Tonight’s kitchen challenge is pizza making!  I have never actually made homemade pizza all by myself and to be honest, making dough kinda scares me.  But I am up for the challenge!


Yesterday morning started with a great breakfast and a “Quick Fix” yoga session on the front porch.

That brown lump is a half a leftover roasted sweet potato, sooo good!

I am all about the exercise dvd’s these days, in fact I hit the porch late afternoon again for Kathy Smith’s “new Matrix Method”.  I love Kathy Smith, she is classic and yet keeps up with exercise trends and methods.  Her instruction is clear and motivating without being “you can do it” ad nauseam.  This dvd is a mix of cardio, upper body (with hand weights), and legs (loads of lunges) so I am counting it as my cardio dvd and arms for Mission Get Moving.

Yesterday afternoon was spent doing one of my favorite activities, fruit harvesting!  Tate, his brother, our sister-in-law, her daughter, and I went to Morgan Orchards for a picnic and peaches.  I made a quinoa, black bean, and corn salad for lunch

It turned out great.  Into the bowl went,

  • black beans, quinoa, raw fresh corn
  • chopped tomatoes
  • fresh basil and flat leaf parsley
  • salt, pepper, and liquid aminos

Simple and delicious with a good dose of protein (corn and beans=complete protein, quinoa=complete protein) and fiber.

And then it was peach time

I got to snuggle with baby Jean Louise (my sister-in-law’s sister’s baby, our family is not a tree but a forest 🙂 ).

Sophia climbed the tree to reach the very ripest and biggest peaches.  Oh, they are SOOOO good!

Our take home was about 16 pounds, we plan to freeze and maybe make a jar of brandied peaches.

Will and Rebecca took home nearly 40 pounds! They are all about the canning and processing.

I was so exhausted last night I was really excited about vegging in front of the tube.  I haven’t done that in a little while and two episodes of Project Runway and an early to bed were exactly what I needed.

Tomorrow morning we go to Charlottesville to get our house inspected! If all goes well, we will be handing over the check and getting the keys on September 3rd!! I did a little internet retail therapy last night and ordered a new bedding set.  Luckily, we still have a gift card left from our wedding three years ago because we need to buy sheets and towels and little things like that.  I struggle between feeling anti-consumerism and really wanting to shop!  Our motto for building our new home is “Don’t bring anything into your home that is not beautiful or useful”.

I have a long “to do” list for today, including running and yoga so I’d better get to it.

Have a great Sunday!