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Another Blogger Brunch and Dehydration

Saturday started off right.  I awoke without my alarm clock, mosied down to the kitchen and decided to make myself some steel cut oats. 
I love steel cut oats because they’re nice and chewy, but they take a lot longer to cook than normal rolled oats, so I don’t make them that often.
Into the pot went 3/4 cup oats and 3 cups water. 
Cooked for about 30 min.
I added maple syrup, almond milk, some Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, and fresh strawberries.  Yum 🙂
Then it was off to hot yoga with Katie.
We met Emily there and did 90 minutes.  The place was packed mat to mat.  I can’t remember if I’ve done a 90 minute class there before or not, but wow, I was soaked to the bone after! 
After yoga we hurried to Emily’s as she hosted a brunch.  She and Casey are leaving Charlotte later next week and she wanted to get together one more time for some blogger food and fun.
After a much needed shower, I joined the fun downstairs.
Emily’s dogs really wanted to be involved in the fun.
The bloggers:
Kelly posed with her scones.
Emily made a giant fruit salad
and millet salad
Diana made roasted chickpeas
Kate made banana bread
I made the blueberry pie.
Also, Whit made an awesome avocado, tomatillo dip, which I somehow didn’t get a picture of!
EVERYTHING was awesome!
Later Katie and I went back to her house so that I could meet her cats, as I’m going to cat sit while she’s away next week.  Stew finished the remainder of the pie.  And since we were on a pet tour, we decided they would stop in at my house and meet Clyde and the bunnies.
Clyde and Stew hit it off.
Even Katie seemed to like him 😉
After hanging with Stew and Katie for a bit, I settled in on the couch to unwind.  And started feeling REALLY crappy.  I knew I was kind of dehydrated from yoga.  I had water at Emily’s, but probably not enough, and never had my Gatorade (I’d packed one, but forgot to have it at brunch).  I got a headache and got really tired.  I took a nap, but still felt crappy when I woke up.  I had planned to go out Saturday night, but it became apparent I was not in good shape to go anywhere and cancelled.  😦
I made some mexican soup.
In the soup:
one small onion
green chiles
roasted red pepper
1/2 zucchini
can of diced tomatoes
2 cups of water or stock
can of corn
can of blackbeans
a couple shakes of cumin and chili pepper.
Topped with cilantro, cheddar, and non-fat plain yogurt.  Served with tortilla chips.
I sauteed the onion, peppers, and zucchini in a little EVOO for a couple minutes, then added the spices and everything else and simmered about 20 minutes or so.
I felt better after a bowl of soup, but still not right.  Lesson learned- HYDRATE!

August 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm 4 comments

Welcome to Charlotte Bloggie Brunch!

I awoke this morning and got right down to business on making PIE.  Specifically BLUEBERRY PIE.  I was invited to a bloggie brunch welcoming Katie to Charlotte at Diana’s house.  A couple years ago I was big into baking pies.  One summer I got on this pie baking kick and was making apple, peach, blueberry, etc…  I was even given a pretty pie baking dish and recipe book by some people who visited us and noticed my pie fetish…lol! 
These days I keep my pie baking to a minimum though.  For some reason when I was trying to decide what to bring to this event, blueberry pie popped into my head and there was no stopping me.  The only thing to consider was what recipe to use.  I did a variation of a couple.  I wanted to try an almond crust, but I love the filling in my family recipe.
Here it is:

Brittney’s Blueberry Pie
The crust:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling out dough

1/2 cup finely ground blanched almonds or almond flour (i ground slivered almonds in the food processor)
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 to 6 tablespoons very cold water

6 cups of fresh blueberries (washed and dried)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar (also known as “white satan”) 
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of cut up butter

First, cut up your butter in to smaller cubes and freeze for about 10 minutes.
Then pulse the dry crust ingrediants together in a large food processor or mix in a bowl. 
Add the butter and pulse (or cut with knives or pastry cutter).  Add several tablespoons of COLD water until you can form a dough.  Seperate dough into two halves and shape into discs.  Chill in fridge.
Set oven to 400.
Wash blueberries and dry.  Mix them with all the filling ingredients except the butter until thoroughly covered. 
Roll dough out and place half in the bottom of the pie pan.  Dump filling in.  Dot the filling with the butter pieces.  Roll out top dough and crimp to the bottom dough.  Make cuts in top pie crust to ventilate.  Line edges of crust with foil (they cook quicker so they will burn if not covered).  Place pie in oven and cook for 25 minutes.  At 25 minutes, reduce oven heat to 350 degrees then cook for another 35-40 minutes.  Remove foil from edges for the last 15 minutes. 

While baking I had this chocolate cherry smoothie:
Then it was off to Diana’s for brunch!
I was greeted by Bailey (so was everyone else!)
In attendance were Kelly, Katy, Diana (hostess with the most-ess), Katie (guest of honor!), Caitlin, and I.  Also, Diana’s husband, Kelly’s husband-to-be, and Katie’s boyfriend. 
I’m pretty sure I don’t have any pictures where bloggers aren’t holding cameras…lol!
We had quite the spread:
Mimosas (Kelly)
Breakfast Quinoa (Katie)
Fruit (Caitlin)
Blueberry Pie (me)
And Diana made:
Two different flatbreads
mini frittatas
Green Monster Muffins
It was all DELISH!  I know it seems like I have a different bloggie event every day now, but these girls are so fun, we’re just having a blast getting together 🙂

August 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm 8 comments

Greenapple and Oranges

So, here’s a little update on my knee.  Obviously Sunday’s bad run had me totally down about the whole running situation.  It’s been almost two months since my half marathon, and about a month since the knee got bad enough for me to stop running.  I want to get back out there!  Almost everyone I know is training right now and I miss running a lot.  Three people I work with have been to this guy Dr. Greenapple.  All of them are runners and triathletes and they said the guy is pretty progressive and had them running within two weeks of visiting.  They also take our health insurance (I always have issues with that!).  I made an appointment and saw him yesterday.  Things went well.  I told him my loooooooooooong story (seriously, it probably took me 20 minutes to explain everything).  He listened and took notes.  He examined me.  His conclusion made a lot of sense and we went right into some treatment and scheduled more.  I’m really encouraged.  I’m HOPING to be back out running in a couple weeks.

I rushed back home after visiting Greenapple, to make dinner for Greg and I.  He’s been away about 5 days this week, so I was really happy to have him home.  I had offers to meet for yoga, but I really just felt like he and I needed some quality time together.  Which leads me to something I wanted to discuss.  For any new readers, I’ve been with my husband for 8 1/2 years now and we’ve been married over 4 years.  When people ask me about being a pilot’s wife, I say that I’m used to him being away and I’m used to him being home.  Both seem normal to me.  A lot of the time I say it’s kind of nice to have the time he’s away to myself.  You probably notice that I fill my time with various athletic activities, dinners, and social events.  I’ve also been known to give the piece of advice to a new pilot’s significant other to “get a life” (well, I try to put it more eloquently than that).  I just mean that a pilot’s wife needs to be really independent and be able to entertain herself while her man is gone.  I think that can also mean to not plan everything around the pilot being home and drop everything just because he’s home.  But, I think recently I’m guilty of not allotting enough time for my husband.  I’ve gotten so into my social activities, sports, and extracurricular activities, that sometimes I feel like I really only spend a couple hours a week with Greg if he’s only home on weeknights.  I don’t know that that is enough, and I want to try and prioritize spending time with him a little more, while still maintaining an active social life.  Do you guys have trouble balancing the things/people in your life? 

Ok, on to dinner!  I REALLY wanted to try making MILLET!
I actually twittered about it wondering if anyone had a good recipe.  No response 😦  So I just decided to wing it.  I toasted the Millet for about 4-5 minutes in a dry pan (this was 1/2 cup).
While it was toasting I brought 2 cups of liquid (I used 1/2 water, 1/2 veg stock) to a boil in a sauce pan.  I dumped the Millet into the water and covered it to cook on low for about 30 minutes.  I ended up deciding to add some sauteed onion, some orange zest and orange juice (like 1/4 of an orange worth), and just a touch of dried rosemary (like maybe 1/4 teaspoon).  I added these things in the last 5 minutes of cooking or so to meld in. 
I also steamed some zucchini:

Then I got to the “meat” of the dinner.  Greg LOVES orange chicken at a Chinese Restaurant.  At least, he used to when he ate meat more often.  I have always thought it was gross, with the “mystery” chicken under the deep fried/candy coating.  I’m more of a chicken with mixed vegetables or broccoli kind of girl.  Anyway, while at the place where we can’t spend less than $100 Costco recently, we saw this sauce.  Yeah, it’s not very nutritious, but it gave me an idea.  Tempeh would be good cubed with a little of this on it to simulate “orange chicken”.
And my idea was right!  I used very little, like maybe a tablespoon?  A little went a long way and created a nice gooey crust on the tempeh.  Success 🙂  I think I actually could make my own healthier version of this with just some orange juice and brown sugar (maybe some corn starch to thicken it slightly).  Since I only used a very small amount I think the overall health of this meal was pretty good though. 
All together…
Greg loved it and said we should have this meal once a week! 

On a totally unrelated note, I just heard about this website: Cats that Look Like Hitler! 
It’s good for a laugh if you are need… 🙂

July 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm 1 comment

6 ways to Sunday

My Sunday ended up being a little more busy than my Saturday.  I started the day with brunch at Zada Jane’s.

(yeah, this is pretty much the worst picture ever taken…  Good close-up of the no parking sign on my walk over though!)  
I met Chloe and Sarah and we sat outside.  For once it wasn’t that humid in Charlotte.  It was warm, but not too bad.  This was my first time eating at Zada Jane’s.  Brunch is kinda hectic there, but we didn’t wait too long to be seated.  The menu was impressive, but I immediately gravitated towards the amaretto french toast.  It was good, but I actually make a pretty mean french toast myself and I don’t know if I could say it was better than mine…  I didn’t necessarily taste the amaretto.  I might have to try making this at home sometime.  I like the idea of adding it to the batter 🙂

Post brunch, I went back to Chloe’s for another round of acupuncture on my knee/leg.  This time it didn’t go as well as last.  I couldn’t relax (perhaps two cups of coffee at brunch didn’t help??), and this time every time she was inserting the needles I was feeling the actual needles a lot more and it kind of hurt.  One in particular above my knee did not feel good at all, and I ended up asking her to take that one out.  I sat for about 40 minutes or so.  Again, it may be too soon to tell, but I didn’t think this round felt all that good.  Uhhhhh….  At least hanging out with Chloe was fun.  We actually talked a lot about books, since I was perusing her book shelf while she got out her acupuncture supplies.  We have read a lot of the same books, Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, Khaled Hosseni, etc….  We also recommended some books to each other.  Any book recommendations?  I have a STACK of books to read, but I can always add more to my list!  Right now I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love.  Just finished the Italy chapter.  I want to get the book read and then go see the movie when it comes out.

After acupuncture it was time to get on with some errands.  Upon leaving Chloe’s, I remembered I was close to the Healthy Home Market.  A healthy grocery store that I’ve passed about 800 times and have never gone in.  This time I went in!

Since I wasn’t going strait home, it did limit what I would buy in terms of produce and cold things, so I mainly scoped out the interior aisles.  I ended up getting some macadamia nut butter to try (I’m basically on a quest to try every kind of nut butter…), two packets of Amazing Grass (I’ve been hearing about this stuff everywhere), and a packet of Vega powder.  The big canisters of Amazing Grass and Vega were like $40!  I figured I’d try the packets and see how they are.
After Healthy Home Market, I proceeded to the South Park Mall.  I was there to buy wedding presents for Kelly.  Mission accomplished, but I can’t say what I got, as Kelly reads my blog!  While at South Park, I did take a slight detour into Banana Republic and Ann Taylor Loft (my favs!) and came out with a dress, skirt, and tank top.  All were on sale, so it’s ok, right!?  
Leaving the mall I noticed the new Yoforia was open and had to drag myself out of there, as by this time it was after 4pm, and my brunch had definitely worn off, so I was starving!  I was carrying some heavy bags and the line at Yoforia was long though, so I decided to just go home and whip up something.  
Something ended up being a round of bok-choy stir-fry this time with leftover Quinoa.  I really really love this stuff…  🙂  So gingery and yummy…
Later on I took Clyde for a walk.  While walking I was thinking about the abundance of oatmeal we have from Costco and how I’ve never made my own granola.  When I got back, I decided to make a batch of peanut butter granola.  I used this basic recipe. I did sub out about half the honey for Agave syrup though.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

I tried a couple spoonfuls after it came out of the oven and it was pretty yummy.  Clyde seemed to like it too (he pretty much likes anything PB flavored).  It didn’t seem to really clump all that well compared to store bought granola.  I may play around with that again in the future if I make more.  Have you ever made granola?  Any suggestions or good recipes I should try?  I think this will be a great topper for yogurt and banana soft serve.

July 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm 7 comments

Acupunture, Bloggers, and Guacamole…Oh my!

This week is actually flying by!  Can’t believe it’s more than half over already.  I guess the three day weekend helped a lot.  Yesterday I managed to get in to work on time despite the late night drive back from Charleston the night before.  In large part due to COFFEE!  This is actually a good work week for me because I have two days of training out of the office (today and tomorrow), so I really only have to be chained to the desk two days this week, which is a nice change 🙂
Knee update.  My friend Chloe offered to do some acupuncture on my knee after I told her my story.  Now, I am actually a huge needle wus.  I have been known to cry when getting shots or having blood taken.  However, acupuncture doesn’t really scare me.  I guess because I know they aren’t completely penetrating and going into my blood stream and taking anything out or putting anything in.  You know?  Anyway, I went over last night and let her stick lots of needles into my “bad” leg.  It was interesting.  She did about 10 needles in various places on my leg.  You feel kind of a warm throbbing sensation around the needle.  Once all the needles were in, I sat for about 20-30 minutes while we chatted before she took all the needles out.  That was it.  She said it might take a day or two to feel the result and that I might need another round, maybe this weekend.  I’m kind of regretting that I did the Jillian Michaels NMTZ on Monday, because I’m kind of sore from that and it’s hard to tell what is what right now.  So we’ll see.  In the meantime, I’m still planning on taking it easy on the leg. 
Tonight I had a running and walking date with some of my fellow Charlotte bloggers.  I love hanging out with other bloggers 🙂  I met Jen, Kelly, Jessie, Lauren, and Caitlin for a run/walk in a local park.  This was my first time meeting Caitlin and she was really nice!  I’m looking forward to hopefully doing a doxie playdate with her so our pups can meet sometime.  Jessie and I walked, since she also has knee issues and the other four ran.  Eventually Lauren decided she’d had enough running and decided to walk with us, so we three walked and chatted.  Later we all met back at the cars and took a couple pictures, like all bloggers do…

On my way home I stopped for some groceries.  I picked up an avocado, tomato, and cilantro and plotted a batch of guacamole.  Which I definitely made.  And consumed. 

Okey dokey, it’s past bedtime and the puppy is whining for me to spend time with him.  Off I go!

July 8, 2010 at 2:22 am 5 comments

Home for 12 Hours

Yesterday Greg did something I don’t remember him ever doing before in the eight and a half years we’ve been together (we’ve been married a little over 4 of those years).  He flew home in the morning just to hang out at home for the day, and then left in the evening!  He was itching to see Clyde and I, and wanted to nap in his own bed, and do some things at home. 
I was happy to see him when I got home, and got to work on dinner.  I decided to make Italian style stuffed peppers with Quinoa.  I used two large peppers, an orange and yellow and cut them in half.  I placed them in a casserole dish with about an inch or two of water and microwaved them for about 5 minutes before flipping them and cooking them another 3 or so to soften them.

Meanwhile, the filling was going.  I did 1 cup of Quinoa cooked in 1 cup of water and 1 cup of Veggie broth. 
I also made a mixture of onion, garlic, veggie crumbles, a can of diced tomatos with their juice, some spinach, and some chopped artichoke hearts, seasoned with dried basil and oregano.
Once done, I drained the water from the peppers and put a little EVOO in the bottom so they wouldn’t stick.  I mixed the Quinoa with the veggie mixture and heaped each pepper half with the mixture.  I then baked the peppers at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, adding a slice of provolone to each pepper and cooking for another 5 minutes or so. 
The finished product…
My plate… 1/2 plus 1/4 of a pepper. 
We also had salad with lettuce, spinach, carrot, feta, sundried tomatos, and balsamic/EVOO:
Baxter had some carrot peels:
Then after 3 short hours home with Greg, I drove him to the airport…
He looks excited to go back to work, right?
Well, at least we got to have a homecooked healthy dinner together.

July 3, 2010 at 12:57 am 2 comments

Blueberries and Tennis

Sunday morning I asked Greg what he felt like for breakfast and he said, “something with blueberries”.  I was kinda feeling like oatmeal so I brainstormed for a minute and came up with an idea. 

Blueberry Pie Oatmeal (seriously, it tastes like blueberry pie!)
-1/2 cup blueberries
-1/3 cup oats
-1/3 cup plus splash milk (I used vanilla soy)
-splash of water
-about a teaspoon (heaping) of Naturally Nutty Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter or almond butter
-a hit of Agave syrup or maple syrup.
You can also add a pinch of cinnamon.

Cook til blueberries break open and oatmeal is purple!

So I have a tournament tennis match on Tuesday night.  And I really haven’t practiced.  I begged Greg to hit the courts with me, and he agreed to!  He might be up for husband of the year after letting me drag him to a baby shower, fancy dinner, and tennis in 95 degree heat all in one weekend… 
Off we went to the courts!
We lasted about an hour out in the HEAT!  Greg was great.  At the end when I said we could stop he told me to take my ball bin and practice serving for a while.  Thanks coach Greg! 
I feel like I got some good practice in.
We went home and had a well deserved lazy afternoon.

June 28, 2010 at 10:10 am 1 comment

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