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Woah! Woah! Woah! Slow the clock down a minute, can we? This past week has FLOWN by! Once again it’s Friday and I’m realizing that I never shared my veggie delivery from last week; we are still gobbling them up despite my lack of time to share.

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In this week’s bag:

  • macoun apples
  • kale
  • lettuce
  • red cabbage
  • red, yellow and yummy orange peppers
  • spinach
  • chardonnay grapes

Unfortunately, by the time we got the grapes home, they had mold growing on them. And I had to toss them out after I took this photograph. But on the plus side, the customer service at Fields Goods is so good that they’ve already credited my account. I’m not one to normally complain about the quality, I don’t mind small dents or even dirt (they are coming from the ground after all) but mold I am super sensitive to. I’m bummed we didn’t get to add them to our smoothies, but we still have some of the pears from last week left.

No big plans for the other veggies, other than my go-to kale and coconut dish; I seriously will never get sick of that combo. The beau and I have some shopping to do tomorrow night, so I’ll most likely stop at Trader Joe’s for a container of cookie butter to dip the apples in as the perfect autumn snack. Maybe I can convince the beau to whip up a big serving of slaw with that red cabbage. I personally like to saute it up finely with fresh lemon juice and great northern white beans and white sesame seeds. So good!

I have much to share with you all about the hiking trip I took last weekend; I summited all five peaks that I had anticipated reaching. And let me tell you, they were doozies! If you’re keeping track of this bucket list item with me (sorry, the tab isn’t up to date) via Instagram or Facebook, you know that I have ONE MORE MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB! And I’m attempting this final ascent tomorrow morning! Tonight I’ll pack my bag, wash my hiking clothes and eat a healthy meal. I’ll also ask Mother Nature before falling asleep for decent weather. I’m pumped to accomplish this long term goal!

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In preparation, I’ve designed a tee/tank for Paula and I to sport on the summit for photographs; a perk of dating the beau. I traced a sketch of Sawteeth Mountain from 1875 in Photoshop and then added one of our favorite quotes by John Muir. He (the beau) finished the design and printed it out for exposure. Tonight he’s going to teach me how to print with a cool fade effect. You’ll just have to come back to see the final design and our summit photographs!

Have an amazing, jump-in-the-air-to-click-your-heels kind of weekend! Remember to try one thing a day that scares you and tell those who support you “thanks.” And best of luck to my partner in crime on Sunday– you’ll rock this race!

 

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In this week’s bag:

  • green acorn squash
  • arugula
  • yellow, green and dragon tongue string beans
  • broccoli
  • red bell pepper and red sweet aruba cubanelle mux
  • tuscan kale
  • bartlett pears
  • chardonnay grapes
  • gala apples

What a great week of produce! As soon as I got the bag, I messaged the beau and proclaimed my excitement for dinner! At the time I didn’t know what we were having, I was just excited by the options. The result: a creamy acorn squash alfredo sauce!

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photo 1 (2)Leave it to Pinterest, I found this recipe and tweaked it a tiny bit because we didn’t have everything on hand at the apartment. Going into meal prep, I knew we only had half a box of pasta and would have more than enough “alfredo” sauce. So, I sauteed some other veggies up too to add to the pasta and make it a little more filling. We had some leftover mushrooms from earlier in the week and then used half of the kale and a pepper. It turned out great! The beau and I each had two servings and didn’t have any leftovers.

My plan for the rest of the produce: eat it all up as soon as possible because I won’t be home for the next three days to enjoy it! The apples will be coming along with me on my trip as fuel and the pears will continue to be perfect snacks. I’d love to make a bean casserole next week; the beans always hold up good for a couple of days in the fridge. Now those grapes are sweet but have multiple seeds… so they will most likely be enjoyed in a shake. Tonight to prepare for my trip, I’m going to make a big hearty serving of my favorite coconut kale with brown rice. This is my version of carb- loading.

I’m looking forward to many more weeks of squash and root veggies. Do you have any favorites this season? 

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