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Friday Favorites #22

Happy Friday friends! I’m currently in Rhode Island. We’re heading to Block Island, a little island off the coast, later this afternoon to join the rest of my family. We’re all planning on competing in a 15K race tomorrow!

I’m proud of myself for getting this Friday Favorites up two weeks in a row. It was a busy week, a little all over the place. Here are some of the highlights and some favorite reads at the bottom.

Mud Run

I went for a fun little run in the mud this week. The greenway had mud pits everywhere that were tough to avoid. After my first splatter, I said the heck with it and just ran through the puddles rather than around them. I felt like a little kid enjoying the excitement of mud puddles.

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Food Competition

I think I’m going to do a whole separate post on this because it was so amazing. We basically did a Chopped cooking competition with our friends – women against men. The ingredients we had to use were pork chops, asparagus and basmati rice for the entree, and rice krispies and whipped cream for the dessert. Each team had to make 4 of each, for each person to try and vote on. Here’s what the women (winners) came up with:

A sherry vinaigrette mushroom, asparagus cheesy risotto with seasoned pork, and janagold apple sauteed in balsamic vinegar, then pureed on top.

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And for dessert, bourbon apple crisp (made with oatmeal and rice krispies) topped with whipped cream.

Hiking & Apple Picking Day Trip

Last Sunday, we planned a super fun day trip from Charlotte. We left around 9am with some friends, and headed to a small hiking trail near Hendersonville, NC (about two hours from Charlotte).

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After the hike, we went to Stepp’s Orchards for some apple picking and apple cider donuts.

We picked galas, earli fuji’s, janagolds and mutsu’s. I am loving the variety of sweet, crunchy and a little sour. I’ve been eating 1-2 a day, but I’m starting to collect allll the apple recipes to make.

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Then, we stopped at Sierra Nevada Brewery for a late lunch before heading home. Sierra Nevada is like disney world for adults. It’s huge. You can do beer tours, sit on the back patio, and they have a fabulous menu. The estimated wait was over 2 hours, so we put our name in expecting to wait, but spotted a table for four in the seat yourself area, so we got seated right away. Love when that happens!

We started with duck fat fries, which were oh-my-god amazing, you guys. If you ever have the chance….so much flavor.

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Then, Ed and I split the lamb BLT and the grass fed burger. Ya’ll know I love my burgers, and this was one of the better ones I’ve had.

Sierra Nevada

Sneak Peak for the Home Show Weekend

On Tuesday night, I was invited to Chef Alyssa’s kitchen for a sneak peak of the cooking demonstrations she’ll be doing this weekend at the Home Show. She does cooking classes on a regular basis in the Charlotte area, and sadly, I haven’t been able to attend one yet. After tasting everything on Tuesday, though, I’m signing up soon! We had a make your own quinoa bowl (I added peppers, cucumbers, beets, figs, and rosemary olive oil and strawberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing), lamb burgers with lemon yogurt and tomato jam, and crepes with ricotta cheese and tomatoes.

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For dessert, we finished with with sweet potato funnel cake (we actually fried it ourselves), topped with cinnamon brown sugar and candied bacon. It was out of this world good.

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Around the Web


Does cooking boost or reduce certain nutrients via NY Times –> I shared this on my facebook page earlier this week. Alot of clients ask me if cooking increases or decreases nutrient content. It really depends on the nutrient. Vitamin C, for example, is water soluble and susceptible to oxidation through heat and light. So, cooking will reduce the Vitamin C in foods like spinach and tomatoes. On the other hand, cooking can activate certain enzymes and increase things like antioxidants.

What Does Putting Weight Loss on the Backburner really mean? via Whats for Eats <– I love the literal analogy the author described here. Basically, weight can be on your radar (i.e. on the stove), but doesn’t have to be the forefront.



8 No Sugar Added Recipes for Runners via Women’s Running

Tips for First Time Track Runners via Women’s Running

3 Ways to Turn Setbacks into Running Success via Runner’s World


Apple Pie Bars via Paleo Running Momma

Kiwi Chia Pudding Bars via Abby Langer Nutrition

Blender Pumpkin Muffins via Kiss in the Kitchen

Flashback –> Quinoa Chocolate Chip Apple Crumble – Great way to use those fall apples


What do you have planned for the weekend? Everyone please be safe! With Harvey and now Irma, please be extra careful.

Have you ever done a race with your whole family?

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  1. I miss mud runs! I ran in the rain twice last week but it was on the sidewalk so I didn’t get too messy. Just wet mixed with sweat (so I don’t have to shower right?)
    I love it when I go to a restaurant and we get seated right away, but I also don’t really care if we have to wait. I go out so infrequently that when I do I am with people I want to spend time with and talk to, so it’s no big thang 😉 Some restaurants also will come out with drinks or food for the people in line. That’s the best!

    1. I’m with you – if you’re with a good group, the wait isn’t too bad (unless you’re starving)! One reason I try to never show up anywhere starving 🙂

  2. Geez louise I had just finished my bowl of dessert and then halfway through this post I had to go back for another bowl… the food in this week girl!! Knocking’ it out of the park, as usual.

    This chopped competition with friends sounds SO fun. The ladies’ creations are incredible. I’d love to know what the men came up with. And who ended up winning….

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend with family!!

  3. The cooking competition sounds like so much fun! I’ve been resisting fall, but seeing those apples (and the cider doughnut too, obviously) is helping push me in the right direction. So is that link to pumpkin blender muffins.
    The quinoa salad is beautiful!

  4. The cooking competition sounds amazing; I LOVE watching Chopped. I hope your race goes well; I’ve never done a 15K distance.

    Also, apple picking is something I would love to do; I did it once at my grandparents! 🙂

    1. Thanks Emily! It’s a good halfway point between a 10k and half marathon. Apple picking is soo fun, I would go every weekend if I could!

  5. I love these Friday Favorite posts!! Thank you for all the fun stuff and links! Travel safe back to NC!