Hey there, strangers! How was your weekend? Mine was lovely… I spent the last few days relaxing in upstate New York with my parents. Time seems to move slower there; I never felt like I was rushing to catch my breath or finish five things at once. It was a nice change. What did you do?
Here’s a quick re-cap of the weekend chez with Mom & Pop LVP, Do/Don’t style!
DO make Eggs In A Basket out of an open-face grilled cheese sandwich. Thanks for the idea, Kaytee!
DO enjoy pumpkin whole wheat pancakes on a frosty fall morning. The secret to their fluffiness? A little bit of vinegar.
DO support your local farmers and buy apples at the orchard…
…and while there, DO pick up an apple cider donut for your mama.
It will make her happy.
DO top your salads with Red Ants On A Log (celery with Sunbutter and dried cherries).
DON’T feel silly when you squeal with delight after finding holiday teas at your local food co-op, after searching every chain grocery store with no luck.
DO share Holly‘s pumpkin molasses cookies with those who gave you life… albeit grudgingly.
DO cozy up to a mug of Spiced POM Cider…
DO have a nice dinner at Church and Main, a sustainable restaurant that supports local farmers and uses only the freshest ingredients (and DO go home and watch Food, Inc. afterward).
DO drink local Riesling…
…eat wedges of bread…
DO share two appetizers with Daddy-O to maximize tastings, like these bay scallops with parsley pesto over cappelllini...
… and this spinach and arugula salad with candied almonds, parmesan and goat cheese.
DO have the pan-roasted Atlantic monk fish with creamy white beans, celery root, warm baby winter greens & roasted beets for yourslef.
DO share three desserts (warm chocolate cake with caramel sauce, gingerbread crème brulée, semolina cake with roasted apples).
And, in case you were wondering, this is a salsify root:
…this is a celery root:
… and this is a turnip. DON’T worry, these aren’t sea creatures!
Do warm up for your first 6 mile run since your injury with Yoga For Runners.
DO give your knees a break and run on a track.
DO utilize the Lap function on your heart rate monitor; DON’T feel bad for taking a year to notice it.
Total distance: 6 miles
Total time: 59:54
Mile 1: 9:49
Mile 2: 9:57
Mile 3: 10:07
Mile 4: 10:14
Mile 5: 10:03
Mile 6: 9:41
Average Pace: 9:58
DO refuel with a bowl of apple cinnamon raisin oatmeal. Microwave a diced apple, sprinkled with cinnamon, for 90 seconds. Insta-baked apple.
DO enjoy an end-of weekend bowl of Marcella Hazan’s Spinach and Rice Soup.
DO buy packaged falafel based on the brand name alone.
And most importantly, DO take advantage of your boyfriend’s absence to load up on things like Garlic Lovers Hummus and raw onion.
For an added bonus for body and soul, DO a free Lunar Flow practice before bed, with your eyes closed and the lights off. You’ll thank yourself.
What are your most recent DOs and DON’Ts?