Juice Fast – Day2

“Fasting is the greatest remedy– the physician within.”

Philippus Paracelsus, one of the three fathers of Western medicine

 

“Due to [the] effects of fasting, a fast can help you heal with greater speed; cleanse your liver, kidneys, and colon; purify your blood; help you lose excess weight and water; flush out toxins; clear the eyes and tongue; and cleanse the breath.”

James F. Balch, M.D., in Prescription for Nutritional Healing

 

 

“I often observe in the fasting participants that by four days of fasting, concentration seems to improve, creative thinking expands, depression lifts, insomnia stops, anxieties fade, the mind becomes more tranquil and a natural joy begins to appear. It is my hypothesis that when the physical toxins are cleared from the brain cells, mind-brain function automatically and significantly improves and spiritual capacities expands.”

Gabriel Cousins, M.D. (psychiatry)

Thought I would post some great quotes I found. Still going strong and feeling better already. I’m not going to post all my juices, but I’ll try. An interesting note, I’m on Day 2 of my juice fast and somehow I found the energy and want to rake the entire yard, sweep and clean up leaves from the entire back porch, mow the lawn, and then I went in and cleaned both bathrooms and put up like 6 loads of laundry. ? ! ? !  Yep-sure did!

A juice containing: A huge bunch of Kale, Spinach, Carrots, Celery, an Apple, a piece of fresh ginger and some lemon and orange. Yum!

 

The juice below is usually what I start off with in the mornings. It’s a sweet one, I then alternate through the day with sweet, green, sweet, green. But actually, they are all sweet since you can come up with your own concoctions.

A juice containing 1 apple, 2 pears and a piece of fresh ginger!

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December Juice Fast

I'm ready! Don't mind the sweet potatoes and squash, you can't juice those!

Yes! A juice fast in december, why not?! Except I’m not going hardcore like last time. I figure this time I will eat mostly raw, semi-vegetarian and include juices for at least the next two weeks to get my energy back up. I’m thinking maybe 75% juice and 25% raw/vegetarian-somewhere around that type of goal. Last time I think I successfully did a juice fast that lasted 6 days and I learned so much about me, health and what food really can do for you. If interested, this was my first post on my juice fast from the first time, it contains so much helpful information if you are interested in doing one:

https://inpursuitofrealfood.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/juice-fast-applepearjuice/

I’ve been thinking about this for several weeks now with everything I ate and drank around Thanksgiving and thereafter. I also feel like that aided in my lower levels of energy and feeling really good. Juice fasts for me are a way to cut back on my coffee and alcohol intake and basically cleanse my system- reboot it. I don’t really do them to lose weight, you will lose your ‘alcohol gut’ your carrying around, maybe 4-5 lbs and get rid of bloating and begin to feel much better throughout a weeks time. If someone really wanted to lose weight you would have to do a month-long juice cleanse in my opinion.

I will go over the basics again though. This link: http://www.doctoryourself.com/juicefast.html is where I got a huge amount of information and it’s what I will outline below.

Juice Fast

  • You need a juicer to make juice! (not a blender)When I say “juice”, I mean fresh vegetable/fruit juice. You cannot buy freshly prepared vegetable juice in any store at any price… unless they literally juice the vegetables right in front of your eyes and you drink it down before they make you pay for it! Any juice in a carton, can or bottle has been heat-treated and was certainly packaged at least a few hours ago. Even frozen juice is not fresh, then, is it? This means that you will need one essential and somewhat expensive appliance: your own juicer.

What to juice?

  • You can juice almost anything you can eat raw. Vegetables are best, especially carrots, cucumbers, beets, tomatoes, zucchini squash, romaine lettuce, sprouts, celery and cabbage. You may juice fruits also, naturally. Freshly made raw apple, grape, and melon juices are delicious.It is wise to peel vegetables that have been sprayed or waxed, such as cucumbers. Sprayed fruits are also good to peel before juicing. Carrots and other underground vegetables often do not need peeling. Instead, give them a good scrubbing with a nylon-bristle vegetable brush while rinsing under tap water. Beets are the exception. Since beet skins are very bitter, it is wise to peel beets before juicing. A hint to save time: dip the beets for about 20 seconds in boiling water and then peel them… it’s much easier. 
  • This is the list I started with : http://jointhereboot.com/reboot-program/recipes/juice-recipes/  They have added many more since then, but basically what you really want to go for are the GREEN vegetables and fruits. You want to get some green into each juice. If all you juice are strawberries, red apples, mangos and pineapple- you aren’t getting what you really need to do a successful juice fast.  

What juices are best and taste best?

  • CARROT juice is tasty and popular, and two glasses of carrot juice per day are highly beneficial. There is no need to peel your carrots if you first scrub them well with a tough brush. Carrot juice is very high in vitamin A. The vitamin A in carrots is actually “provitamin A” or carotene. Carotene is completely non-toxic, no matter how much you consume. The worst thing that can happen if you drink a huge amount of carrot juice is that you will turn orange.
  • CELERY juice is very tasty, but a bit high in sodium. Use small amounts of this juice to flavor the others. Juice celery leaves and all for the most benefit.

    Peel cucumbers, zucchini and beets before juicing! They have a waxy coating applied to them that might make your juice taste bitter.

     

  • CUCUMBER juice is remarkably tasty. It tastes rather different than a cucumber itself. Perhaps you will find that the taste reminds you of watermelon. Peel cucumbers before juicing to avoid the waxes applied to their skins to enhance their shelf life in supermarkets.
  • ROMAINE LETTUCE or BEAN SPROUTS will make an especially nutritious juice with a taste that is well worth acquiring. This “green drink” is loaded with minerals and chlorophyll.
  • ZUCCHINI SQUASH juiced up tastes better than you’d ever imagine. Peel first, and enjoy. You may well be the first on your block to be a zucchini-juice fan. It also keeps the juicer from clogging on higher-fiber vegetables.
  • BEET juice is, traditionally, a blood-builder. In days past, herbalists looked at the blood-red beet as a tonic more so because it worked, rather than any color similarity. Beets must be peeled before juicing. Beet skins are very bitter. The beets, on the other hand, are quite sweet and make great juice. They will also permanently stain your juicer, so don’t try to remove that color by washing. More important, beet juice will color your bowel movements.
  • CABBAGE juice was used by Garnett Cheney, M.D. to cure bleeding peptic ulcers back in the 1950’s. (Cheney, G. (1952) “Vitamin U therapy of peptic ulcer.” California Medicine, 77:4, 248-252) Dr. Cheney’s patients drank a quart of cabbage juice a day and were cured in less than half the usual time… with no drugs whatsoever.  More recently, the American Cancer Society has urged people to eat more of the cabbage/broccoli family of vegetables because of their protective effects against cancer. There may be something to this cabbage juice idea. It certainly couldn’t hurt to try it.
  • TOMATOES are easily juiced. Do not juice the leaves, vines, or green tomatoes. Only the red, ripened fruit is good for you. Yes, the tomato is a fruit. A fruit of a plant is essentially a seed-containing structure that can be picked without killing the plant.

Juice- Kale, Cucumber, Carrots, Lemon & Fresh Ginger

What juices taste best in my opinion?!

  • green apples
  • green pears
  • celery
  • zucchini
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • spinach
  • swiss chard
  • oranges
  • lemons
  • beets

Things I found, although KALE is seen in almost every juice, I found it hard to actually get a considerable amount of juice from, it’s so dry! Maybe it was my cheap machine, but the amount of KALE I would put in seemed like a waste for the amount of juice it made.

Green veggies that actually juiced easily were: swiss chard, spinach and collard greens, celery, cucumbers, zucchini and romaine lettuce!

2 very important notes about juicing:

1- Your juice will taste the best if you drink it right after preparing it. I mean within moments! Fresh juice contains a great amount of raw food enzymes and vitamins, many of which are easily lost as the juice sits. So don’t let it sit! Drink it right down, with the thought that this is unbelievably good for you.

2- When doing a juice fast, don’t let yourself get hungry! Always be ready to make a juice when you feel hungry. You’ll be subject to strong cravings and temptations, not to mention headaches and nausea. Don’t let yourself be hungry ever during a juice fast- drink as much juice as you want!

My first juice- A huge bunch of Kale, 1 cucumber, 3 carrots, 1/2 lemon & a piece of fresh ginger. YUM!

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Hearty Mixed Bean Winter Soup

Sometime when the temperatures dropped again last week I made this soup. I’ve had a bag of mixed beans sitting in my pantry since last year that I was finally able to use. These are very inexpensive too I might add- 99 cents for a huge pot of soup maybe 6-8 servings. My husband needs and craves some kind of meat, so I did buy one of those packages of ham trimmings that would normally make your classic “beans and cornbread”.  Another item, that is very inexpensive at $2.87. This soup packed immense flavor, texture and that warm, cozy feeling you get inside when it’s not outside. If you’re in the mood for it, try it!

Hearty Mixed Bean Winter Soup

  • 1 pkg. mixed beans
  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 1 pkg. ham trimmings, chopped
  • I sprinkled in a good helping of thyme, sage, curry, cumin, cayenne, garlic
  • 1/2 c. flour (mix white and wheat flour)
  • 2 c. broth (I used water and my 1/2 c. leftover stock from the thanksgiving turkey)
  • 1/4 c. white vinegar
  • 2 T Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 1/4 t pepper

1- Soak the beans in a pot with a lid with 2 inches of water over them overnight. (at least 6-8 hours)

2- When ready, rinse the beans in a colander under cold water until clean. In a pot on med heat drizzle in olive oil and saute chopped onions until almost translucent. Add in chopped ham trimming and cook until edges are brown and carmelized. Add spices and stir.

3- Pour in flour and stir mixture until no crumbs are left. Pour in broth and bring to a boil.

4- Add more water if needed, season and let beans boil gently for at least 2 hours. Stir occasionally so the bottom does not burn. I set 30 minute timers to check on the mixture, each time I checked on it I turned the heat down. Enjoy!

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My energy the last two days…

The past two weeks, my energy has dove down, down, down and I know it’s the weather. (And maybe that turkey) For the past two days, I have guzzled this drink I found in the all-natural/organic section beginning at around 1-2pm. It has helped, even healthy energy drinks aren’t great for you, the amount of caffeine still makes me crash. I don’t think I’ve had any type of “energy” drink in almost a year. But, I needed to try something different, the amount of coffee I’m consuming is doing nothing. Oh, and this drink tastes really good!

I was also running so much I decided to take a break from running last week and go back to some P90X and weights. I’ve been so tired and my mood has been questionable, but I know it’s just “winter”-even though it hasn’t even begun yet. It happens every year, for some reason, I am really affected by this season. No sun = a not happy me. For years I tried to remember to take St. John’s Wort during the winter months, it helped some. So now that I’m not in my young 20’s, I think I might try some SAMe or St. John’s Wort again. I really dislike pills, but I know just having it my system will make me feel more like myself through these next few months and even more excercise. I mean just this last month we’ve had cold temperatures, wind, rain, sunny days almost in the 80’s, rain again, freezing temps, sunny the next day with a front coming in. I mean crazy weather, and I know thats really affecting me. Yesterday it was such a nice day, really hot, it got up to 77 degrees upstairs in the house, within hours it was raining and windy and the temp dropped to the 50’s overnight?!?!?!?!

St. John’s Wort

Originally from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, St John’s Wort can be found almost everywhere now. Billed as a natural anti-depressant, it has been proven to combat the secondary effects of depression, such as sleepiness, dry mouth and weight gain. Available in capsule form, many people find the herb to be very effective in treating SAD, especially when used with luminotherapy. Flavanoids in St John’s Wort and other active elements like hypericin and xanthine, block the monoamine transporters and serotonin receptors, which make you feel down. But be careful, as studies have shown that it can stop some contraceptive pills from working properly – check with your doctor if you’re not sure. 

SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine, SAMe)

SAM-e is a compound that’s made naturally in the body and plays an important role in normal bodily function. A synthesized form of SAM-e is considered a supplement in the U.S., but SAM-e has been sold as a prescription drug in parts of Europe for decades. Its scientific name is S-adenosylmethionine. SAM-e is also known as ademetionine and SAMe.

Why do people take SAM-e?

SAM-e has good evidence as a treatment for osteoarthritis pain. Some studies have found that oral SAM-e is as effective as NSAID painkillers, such as ibuprofen and Celebrex. SAM-e takes longer to act than drugs do, but it also has fewer side effects than NSAIDs.

SAM-e has also been used to treat depression for many years. Some studies have found that SAM-e might work as well as tricyclic antidepressants in relieving symptoms. However, many of these studies were flawed or too small to be conclusive.

Other uses of SAM-e have not been studied as thoroughly. There’s some evidence that SAM-e might help ease the pain of fibromyalgia and spinal cord damage caused by HIV. SAM-e may also help control cholestasis — a buildup of bile in the liver — particularly in pregnant women during the third trimester. One trial suggested that SAM-e might be helpful for adults with ADHD. However, more research needs to be done.

Some people use SAM-e as a treatment for other conditions, such as liver disease, Alzheimer’s disease, pain, migraine, and bursitis. We don’t know the potential risks or benefits of these uses.

How much SAM-e should you take?

There is no established ideal dose of SAM-e. For depression, many studies have used between 400-1,600 milligrams daily. For osteoarthritis, 600-1,200 milligrams daily of SAM-e divided into three doses is common. Ask your doctor for advice. Sometimes, the dose of SAM-e is increased gradually over a few weeks. This can help reduce side effects such as restlessness or anxiety.

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Whole Foods Weekend

This past weekend we finally escaped out-of-town, just two hours away. The focus of the weekend was finding a certain wine/wines, but since I’ve never been to a Whole Foods, that stop was a must. Finally, I know what all the hoopla is about.

It would be great if one moved to my area, that has been a rumor for the last several years. I do have a Trader Joe’s a short drive away, but I must say I’m not too impressed with them. Most of their “freezer section” is junk food and they don’t really offer much more than your regular upgraded grocery store with a ‘natural & organic’ section, however their prices are wonderful. Usually the only items I get there are cereals, breads and dips and sauces. Back to Whole Foods talk…

As we pulled up, I could tell this was one HUGE building for groceries. I was in for a treat. Is that wierd, getting excited over a grocery store and food- rather than diamonds, shoes or chocolate?! Well, that’s me. Just the doors to the place were impressive, they were open to the outside and at least two stories high. The first thing that greeted me was a tower of green packaged water shaped like a christmas tree. Cool. But as I entered and we walked throughout the store, I gotta say I was impressed. There were so many “bulk” bars where you can bag whatever you need instead of buying a whole box of something. Any kind of bean you can imagine, various kinds of quinoa, an array of mushrooms (including some I saw for $200 a pound. Okay?! Everything was impressive, the meat sections- if you like meat. The cheese section was really impressive, I’d go back and spend time there. Coffee sections were awesome, the dessert section- awesome, the bread section-> even awesomer!! The wine section- pretty freaking impressive, especially the wine bar! (watch out Starbucks) The beer section- simply something to be in awe of- I just loved looking at all the designs. You could sample anything throughout the store and we did including wine and some of that amazing cheese. The food bars were great, you could definitely feel a sense of community and meeting spot. People eat at Whole Foods for lunch- nowhere else. Why would you go to Wendy’s or KFC when you have a Whole Foods? There were at least 4 very long buffets offering all kinds of foods. Chris got some kind of asian meat dish, which he said was the best he’s ever tasted. None of that oily, salty, sugary mess you get when you stop at a local chinese restaurant. And I had a huge box from the vegetarian bar, a huge array of lime thai noodles, rice and chick peas, quinoa and veggies and a beet salad that was the best thing I ate!! So good. We were impressed, this is more than just a grocery store. The calender for the store had all kinds of things scheduled including a 10K, cooking classes and other events. After our bellies were full, it was off to seek wine at more stops along the way back home.

I think we stopped at 3 additional wine shops before we found several bottles. It was a pretty good day. Unfortunately, I did not bring my camera and did not even feel like taking photos, just wanted a relaxing day. But, I will post a few:

My energy for the day a Synergy drink. They are usually close to $5 where I buy them, but at Whole Foods they were $2.99. I choose the Cherry Chia this time. Chris pointed out to me while making gag noises that the drink was gelatin like in nature. It was, it was kind of chewing drink and it wasn’t really liquid, but that didn’t bother me. I much more like to focus on what great things I’m putting into my body.

This is what the side of bottle said: “Often called:  ‘runner’s food’, chia is a nutrient-rich superfood that provides sustained energy for your body. Packed with more than 8 times the Omega- 3’s found in salmon, this small seed has big nutritional value. With more antioxidants than blueberries and more fiber than oatmeal, see for yourself why chia brings new life to our GT’s Kombucha.”

Chia Seeds

  • Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
  • Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.
  • Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the “chia gel” can hydrate the body.
  • Reduce your blood pressure: There’s evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
  • Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
  • Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
  • They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and don’t need to be ground up.

And my snack for the day! I love this brand, but I confirmed I do not like Carraway seeds or rye bread for that reason.

We did come home with several different bottles including the Chardonnay below. Very good, I was surprised, and it made my day. If you’re a fan of the gentleman below, then you would go on a wine adventure too, like we did.

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Turkey Pot Pie

Yet another way to use all that leftover turkey. Pot pies really aren’t that healthy, because of the crust of course. But, I always have it at least once in the winter, it’s just THAT good! And, to be honest I really don’t eat all the crust, but I do like a piece of crispy, brown pie crust with every bite! So, I’ve been making this recipe forever and never looked for another one because it didn’t need to be changed! It’s from a very old Betty Crocker cookbook I don’t use anymore except for a handful of recipes I look up every now and then. Of course I made a lot of changes to it, but this is the original recipe:

Chicken Pot Pie

  • 1 pkg. 10 oz. frozen peas and carrots
  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 1/3 c chopped onion
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 3/4 chicken broth
  • 2/3 milk
  • 2 1/2-3 cups cooked cut-up chicken
  • Pastry for a 9″ Two crust pie
  • 2/3 c shortening
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 4-5 T cold water
  • Process in a food processor

So, this was my version::

Turkey Pot Pie

  • 1 T butter & 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • A handful Portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 can 14oz peas and carrots
  • 1 pkg, 10oz brussel sprouts (the store I went to didn’t have any fresh ones!??)
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 1/4 pepper
  • 1/2 flour, 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat
  • 1 3/4 c chicken broth
  • 2/3 c evaporated milk
  • Pastry for 9″ 2 crust pie

Pastry for pies, I do two separate mixes in my small food processor

  • 1/3 c shortening
  • 1 cup flour, 1/2 white & 1/2 wheat
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2-3 T ice cold water

I also usually do a butter crust, but either one isn’t great for you. This is a dinner enjoyed once, maybe twice during winter for us.

Melt butter and drizzle olive oil into a hot pan, saute veggies (onions, garlic, celery) until translucent, add mushrooms near the end. When done, pour flour in and stir until no crumbs remain keeping med heat on. Add chicken broth and milk and bring to a boil for 1 minute, stirring. Stir in turkey, peas, carrots and cooked brussel sprouts. Remove from heat. Heat oven to 425 degrees and bake for 35 minutes. Enjoy!

 

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Turkey Chili

Chili, just one thing you can do with leftover turkey. This recipe is very similar to the chili/bean soups I’ve been posting lately, but this one is a new one! I just can’t get enough, especially when it’s cold outside. Recipe below.

Today has been a hum-drum, stare at the wall, bored kinda day. I was not in the mood to do anything but sleep, this weather is a downer. What did I need? A good long run. It took me forever to dress, find my ipod, fill my water, retie my shoes approximately 5 times, eat some peanut butter, find my Glee gum(aspartame free gum), find my watch with a timer, dig out a sweater cap incase I froze and then finally trudged out of the house with a bad attitude. Everyone is already ‘crazy xmas driving’ so it took awhile to get to the park, the roads are packed now with the crazies. Today was a brisk day with little wind at about 54 degrees when I stepped outside. That temperature and condition I can still run in. I really don’t enjoy the wind, but it was doable. I did 5+ miles today in 45 minutes. The first time around was difficult and if I could whine and moan while running, I’m sure I did (in my head.) It was hard to push through, but once I warmed up and hit about 20 minutes of running I got a huge energy spike. This always happens with me. I thought I might go around once today but once I did one round the energy hit and I had to go again. I couldn’t wait to get home, I had a HUGE bowl of chili and 5 pieces of my favorite bread!

Turkey Chili

  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 flour

Saute all vegetables until onions and peppers are translucent on med to med-hi heat. When those are done pour in flour and stir until everything is incorporated.

  • 3 heaping T of cumin ( I love the stuff- you might want to add only 2 T)
  • 1 t curry
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 thyme
  • 1 T hot sauce
  • 2 cans (14oz) chicken broth (or water, whatever is on hand)
  • 1 cup additional water
  • 2 cans white northern beans (pour into a colander and rinse good)
  • 2 cans black beans (pour into a colander and rinse good)
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 1 1/2-2 c chopped turkey
  • 1/2 c shredded pepper jack cheese

Heat until all ingredients are incorporated and heated through, approximately 30 minutes of simmering. Finally, add 1 1/2 – 2 cups chopped turkey. When it’s done, turn off heat and remove off burner. Add shredded cheese, optional. Enjoy! (And yes, like I said I’m bored today and restless so I’m playing around with type in my photos. I am a graphic designer after all!)

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Thanksgiving Eats

Thanksgiving:  The event that some Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” and was celebrated by the Pilgrims to give thanks to God for guiding them safely to the New World. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days, providing enough food for 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The feast consisted of fish (cod, eels, and bass) and shellfish (clams, lobster, and mussels), wild fowl (ducks, geese, swans, and turkey), venison, berries and fruit, vegetables (peas, pumpkin, beetroot and possibly, wild or cultivated onion), harvest grains (barley and wheat), and the Three Sisters: beans, dried Indian maize or corn, and squash. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.

Can anyone guess where I copied that definition from? 🙂 As I write this post I’m enjoying leftover turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes with pecans and a rice/veggie side.

This year, I really wasn’t feeling thanksgiving (food). I declared to my husband that I think I might go vegetarian this year. It didn’t happen. I didn’t feel like cooking a turkey and making all that food to gorge on like gluttons. We actually went to a friend’s house for thanksgiving and brought several veggie side dishes and stuffing. I made a creamy broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, mushroom veggie dish, a stuffed sweet butternut and stuffed savory acorn squash and a huge stuffing dish made from herbs, apples and a mix of pumpernickel, rye, wheat and cinnamon breads.  We both had fried turkey for the first time ever, which was amazingly good when compared to what I thought fried turkey would taste like. So we had a really relaxing day filled with good food, wine, football and conversation. And did I mention 4 pies?! Or maybe 5? I had to try every one and of course so did my husband. Keep in mind, we didn’t really gorge like gluttons- or at least I didn’t. But, everything had to be tasted! Leftovers were sent home with us including a sweet potato dish anyone would kill for.

The next day though I was wishing I had cooked something, so we did trudge to store bringing a 17 lb turkey home to defrost. I roasted it the next evening and we’ve had leftovers ever since. I also had to make a sweet potato dish like hers with pecans (too good), and I also made 12 pumpkin muffins again, complete with a vanilla buttercream and cream cheese icing. My guess, it will take a long while to break tradition, or begin a new one especially with no plan. But, all in all, it was very good and we’ve been running off everything we’ve eaten. Including a pumpkin pie I had to make. That’s one thing with me, thanksgiving is NOT thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Really a pumpkin pie is all I would need to MAKE thanksgiving, well, along with some alcohol also.  So I thought I would share some random photos from the last week…

Our random runs have been two 3.5 mile runs and one 1.5 run in the park this last week in the evenings.

We had friends over, this is not just between 2 of us! 🙂

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Acorn Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

Yes, more soup! I wanted to try another one like the pumpkin soup weeks ago. I’ve been enjoying this for the last week or so. It was much milder in taste when compared to the kombucha/pumpkin soup, but still satisfying. I added coconut milk (leftover from a curry dish) this time since I’ve spotted tons of similar recipes with that in it and also a huge blend of spices including the pumpkin spices. This soups base was basically one huge acorn squash and 4 sweet potatoes. It was made the same as the others, the squash and potatoes were roasted and then processed in a food processor. The next day I blended the entire mixture in a blender for a smooth creamy soup.

And, as far as running, my husband is still running with me. Monday was a quick 3+ miler. I notice I really take an extreme amount of motivation when the weather gets colder. I just don’t wanna leave the house! I suspect as it gets colder I’ll be making regular visits to the gym.

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Weekend Food

This weekend was filled with good choices (well,besides drinks). We ate out at one of our favorite Mexican places Saturday night. I had one of the addicting vegetarian enchilada plates. So good!! This plate consisted of three enchiladas made from corn, peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, spinach and squash all drenched in a green spinach sauce! Too bad I didn’t take a picture, it looked like they had some experts come in and show them how to plate things better because I have never seen a plate come out looking like that?! I might have to go back just for the photo. They had a great design makeover on their menus as well, new photography and graphic design. We stayed longer to watch the fight since it came on tv and I had to stay to watch Benson Henderson. We missed the big fight, but we found out later it lasted a little more than a minute.

Then Sunday we made it to Buffalo Wild Wings (which I had never been too yet) for football with a bunch of friends. This place was packed with people and loud, I was really surprised. Really great atmosphere if you’re looking for volume so you can scream along with everyone. And the guys sure did scream, it was fun. We were standing at first because it was so packed and shoulder to shoulder with people moving through dense crowds. Everyone else got the wings of course, (it IS Buffalo Wild WINGS) but I opted for the grilled chicken salad. The chicken was really good and chopped up nicely in really small chunks. The salad was awesome and huge! I was surprised at how tasty it was, and not cheaply put together with iceberg. This salad boasted romaine, spinach, red cabbage, rocket, mustard and arugula with fresh-baked croutons- you could tell these weren’t out of a bag! The drinks were really watery, so i don’t think I would get drinks there ever again. We had ordered 8 drinks between us and- nothing?! So I’m really not sure what exactly was in them? Long island and coconut rum flavored water? Why not, if you can flavor anything nowadays, I’m pretty sure that’s what it was. haha!

Later, we played darts and finished off some wine and ate again! I made some quick mexican pizzas that were so gooey good. I baked some corn tortillas doused in olive oil and lemon juice until crispy. Then, sautéed some onions, garlic, black and white beans and herbs and then topped it with romaine, cucumbers and sour cream. Pretty fun weekend!

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