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The scent of basil

I went to the gym this morning and did the New Rules of Lifting for Women: Stage 1:B.

Which consisted of:

  • deadlift
  • dumbbell shoulder press
  • wide grip lateral pull-down
  • lunges
  • Swiss ball crunch

I did a 10 minute elliptical warm up and then did weights. The whole thing took me about 30 minutes. I was pretty sweaty by the time I was done. .. weights always get me more sweaty than I think they are going to!

Again, I was the only girl in the weight room. But I just rocked out to my iPod and did my thing!

A good tip I picked up from Meals and Miles is to take pictures of the moves with my phone camera and then I can reference the moves before I do them at the gym. Such a helpful tip!

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After workout snack: blueberry chobani yogurt with fresh blueberries on top.

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Abby was being cute while waiting for me to be done with my snack so she could lick the container.

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Eventually, she jumped up on the couch, and left a drool spot in anticipation of her ‘morning snack.’

Lunch was leftover Papa John’s pineapple and sausage pizza

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along with lots of watermelon

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and a cupcake – eaten too fast to take a picture! Smile 

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I took Abby to pick up our share for this week’s CSA. The car smelled wonderful on the way home: fresh basil!

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And now it looks so pretty on my counter!

Also in the bag: cucumbers, green beans, corn on the cob, onion, and potatoes.

I picked up the best bread at the Farmer’s Market too – perfect to go with our dinner tonight.

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So chewy and doughy deliciousness

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Scott grilled up spicy turkey Italian sausages.

Tri-colored rotini topped with tomato basil pasta sauce. Sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and some of our fresh basil on top!

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Paired with a fresh salad with balsamic vinegar.

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I think there are cupcakes and a long walk with Abby for our Thursday night plans!

Almost Friday!!! Hope you had a great Thursday. . .see ya tomorrow. Winking smile

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Cookie Cake Celebration

I can’t believe we are already on week 3 of our CSA!

This week:

More lettuce: 2 bags!

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Shelling peas. . . can’t wait to use these in salads again this week!

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More kohlrabi!

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Strawberries – yum!

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Green onions – getting bigger!

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So far the CSA has been working out really well! I am loving all the fresh salad stuff. It is also fun to be getting new to us veggies to check out and broaden our horizons!

Thursday was my very last day of residency. I don’t start my full time family practice job until August so I am looking forward to July and having time to hang out and get some things done around the house!

Scott took me to Red Lobster to celebrate last night. . . I had been craving crab legs (thanks to Pink Runner!)

This was Scott’s first time to Red Lobster! He isn’t really into seafood – only sorta likes fish. . .

He was excited about finally eating the cheddar bay biscuits while they were warm. He has had them leftover from when his parent’s would go to Red Lobster and then bring them home.

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We also had salads. .  .

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And I got my snow crab legs!

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It was a nice dinner!

Scott also surprised me with a graduation present!

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He knows me so well! Smile

We also had cookie cake.

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Have you ever heard of cookie cake??? Oh. My. Gosh. You have to check it out! We get ours from our local Hy-Vee grocery store. I got one for a friend’s bridal shower a few weeks ago. I had to get creative because she doesn’t like cake! So strange, I know! So, I had to find an alternative. I was originally going to get cheesecake but there aren’t any good places in Mankato to get any. So, I got cookie cake because she likes cookies! Normally, the store makes the base with chocolate chip cookie dough, but I requested M&M cookie, because I knew that she would like that the most. Topped with buttercream frosting!

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So good. The cookie is chewy and moist and the frosting puts you into a sugar coma = love! Since the wedding shower, we convinced a co-worker to get one for a graduation potluck at work. Scott ordered one for his works potluck and he got me one for my last day! It is seriously that good! Smile

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CSA Week 2

I am really loving our CSA!

Look at all the things in our bag this week:

Fresh strawberries

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Rhubarb, green onion, asparagus, radishes

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Lettuce

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I am the most excited for this guy. . . kohlrabi – I have never had it before! 

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I broke into the strawberries right away. I learned today that unfortunately because of all the wet weather we have had recently, it was really hard on the strawberry crops in Southern MN, so they won’t get a whole lot from their crop.

I put Scott to work on making waffles. . . unfortunately, it didn’t work out. The waffle totally got stuck to the waffle maker!

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So, we snacked on crumbs – Abby helped!

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And switched to pancakes.

I chopped up the strawberries and mixed then with a little bit of sugar to make an awesome pancake topping. I repeated the same with some fresh peaches.

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Add syrup = awesome dinner!

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Other eats today:

I had another wheat berry salad for lunch. I love the combo of wheat berries, veggies, avocado and balsamic vinaigrette.

Breakfast was a wonderful large caramel skim latte from Caribou – totally made my morning. I also snacked on a peach too. Love the fresh summer fruit!

After work, I ran around the local college for 3.5 miles and then did Shred Level 3 = totally a** kicking! The whole time I kept thinking about the beer I am going to have tomorrow night at the weekend country music festival I am going to with my sister. It really helped! Winking smile 

Tonight: play time with Abby, packing for the weekend, couch time with Scott.

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What was your last dinner disaster?

I totally tried to make rhubarb compote last night = complete fail. I made it way too sweet trying to compensate for the totally bitter taste of rhubarb. . . Thankfully, we got more in this weeks CSA bag, so maybe I can try again??? Or make something else – any good rhubarb recipes?

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Happy Birthday Father’s Birthday

Or as everyone else calls it: Sunday!

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Scott and I started our Sunday with a nice long-er run (for us). .. 6.75 miles! It was pretty humid so I was a hot sweaty mess by the time we were done. But it felt nice to get it done early so we had the rest of the day to hang out.

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Scott’s family (Mom, Dad, brother and brother’s girlfriend) came down to celebrate my birthday (from back in May), his Mother’s birthday (which was yesterday) and Father’s Day. Hence the title of my post!

We hit up the local Pizza Ranch. . . where you know I totally dominated on the dessert pizza – another perk of our long run this morning. Winking smile 

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We came back to our house. Spent some time showing them some of the changes since they had been here last time: newly painted bedroom and newly landscaped corner of the backyard!

Then, presents!

Probably the funniest part of the afternoon was this card from Scott’s Mom:

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Ya. . . I am only 29! We all had a good laugh.. .

Scott’s brother, Adam and his girlfriend, Ashley. . . well probably more Ashley than Adam. . . gave me this super cute cake server from pampered chef. It totally has a pink zebra print heel. OMG cake and pink = totally perfect for me! Smile 

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After they left, we spent the rest of the afternoon working . . Scott studying for his professional engineering exam in October and me working on a paper for a community health project I did during residency.

I may or may not have spent some time shopping online – Bic Bands! and looking up rhubarb recipes to use the rhubarb we got last week in our CSA share!

Dinner was some huge salads full of fresh produce from our CSA share.

The highlight was fresh peas. .. I don’t think I have ever had fresh peas that you had to peel out yourself.

Scott wasn’t too sure about them. . .

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but decided he liked them too. .  Smile 

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I also made some homemade croutons from some honey wheat bread we had earlier this week. . . cut the bread into chunks, sprinkled with olive oil and a little salt and baked in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. I had never made my own croutons before, super easy.

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Our salads had: fresh lettuce, carrots, green onion, peas, radish, leftover steak, cheese, croutons.

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Dessert was a fresh cashew salted nut roll that Scott picked up on Saturday at a car show he went to with his Dad and brother. So yummy.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Love you Dad!

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It’s finally here!

The start of our CSA!

We picked up our bag at the Mankato’s Farmers Market from the Guldan Farm! We finally got to meet Denny & Janice, who own the farm. They seemed really nice!

In our bag this week:

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Lettuce

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Radishes

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Asparagus

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Rhubarb
Peas

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Huge green onions – so big they don’t fit in our veggie drawer!

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After picking up our CSA share for the week, we headed back to the house and took Abby out for a nice loop around the local college campus for about 3.5 miles.

For dinner, I put some of our fresh veggies together for a beautiful salad. In the mix: lettuce, peppers, carrots, radish, and tomatoes.

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Scott fired up the grill and cooked up some sirloin steak fillets I picked up at the grocery store earlier this week.

Paired with honey wheat bread = awesome dinner!

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I can’t believe tomorrow is Finally Friday! So excited. Smile 

Any big plans for the weekend???

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CSA

Right now in MN, where is is currently 19 degrees, it is hard to think about summer. But, now is the time to start thinking about warmer temps, going to the Lake, and fresh fruits and veggies!

Winter. . .

Summer!!!

Usually I make weekly trips to the Mankato Farmer’s Market in the summer. I always have a hard time deciding what to buy and how much at one time. I also know that I don’t pick up some fruits and veggies because I don’t know how to use them. That’s why I am looking into signing up for a CSA.

Community Supported Agriculture, also called CSA.

The following is from the Local Harvest website on CSA.

Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on.Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief…

Advantages for farmers:

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

Some of the CSAs I have looked into also have half share programs, either getting food every other week or getting half the food every week. And they usually come with a newsletter or recipes on how to use the foods they provided that week. And they provide the fruits and veggies that are in peak season for that week. I used the Local Harvest website to find farmers in my area who participate in CSA.

I picked a local family that farms in New Ulm, MN. They have a half share program, which I think will be perfect for Scott and I.

We will get half the amount of food every week, and each box comes with a newsletter that has recipes and tips for how to use the ingredients in the box.

I am now VERY excited for summer and for my first delivery in June! Check it out and see if there is a CSA share available in your area! More posts to come about CSA this summer. Smile

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