Archives For October 2014

Pumpkin Carving & Blending

October 30, 2014 — 1 Comment

It’s here. It’s here. It’s almost here. That’s right—I’m talking about Halloween!

Have you carved your pumpkin yet?

I must admit, although Andrew and I picked out our pumpkins weeks ago, they are still sitting patiently on his porch, ready and waiting. It appears carving will be happening tomorrow on Halloween, just in time for the ocassion. Better late than never, right?

Despite our tardiness in carving these particular pumpkins, the past several weeks have been quite pumpkin-filled.

Earlier this month, Andrew assisted me on a festive backyard photo shoot for a guest post I wrote for the Oiselle Blog—Bird is the Word, titled “Fall Fuel Favorites for Plant-Based Runners.” Since I opted for a slightly more serious photo to accompany the post, here is an outtake from that session.

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Backyard Beet Salad

October 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

Since I can’t seem to stop talking up autumn harvest, I figured it’s only fair that I dedicate a post to a root vegetable I’ve been slightly obsessed with lately—beets.

I wish I could say I’ve loved beets since day one, but it wasn’t until adulthood that I came to appreciate these bright, vibrant roots. 

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Why do I love them now? Beyond the fact that I adore their rich taste and color, beets are incredibly good for you. As I noted in a guest post I contributed to Oiselle’s blog last Monday, “Fall Fuel Favorites for Plant-Based Runners,” beets are an athlete’s best friend. Beets get your blood pumping and energy flowing. Both the roots and the greens are packed full of health-boosting nutrients.

Thankfully Andrew loves beets as much as I do. Over the past few weeks we’ve been snagging giant beets from the produce stand every chance we get. I even packed some in the car with me Friday and brought them home to Pensacola so I could share the beet love with my family.

One perk of being home is getting to take over my mom’s kitchen again. Yesterday, I decided to whip us up my rendition of the beet salad Andrew made for me last week. Fun fact: He actually remade this beet salad yesterday too, back in St. Augustine. Clearly our minds and hearts are synced even when we’re geographically apart.

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Last Wednesday, Andrew and I hopped in the Jetta and headed toward St. Petersburg, Florida. The mission of our trip was to deliver a painting to our friend Brian. The painting is a portrait of Brian and his girlfriend Ashley that Brian commissioned Andrew to paint in honor of their anniversary.

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Pretty incredible painting, right?

Rather than simply packing up this work of art and mailing it, we decided to make a meaningful day trip out of it. Seeing a friend you haven’t seen recently and getting to provide him with something heartfelt that is a surprise for the woman he loves is a beautiful thing.

While proper vacations may demand an increased amount of time, funding and energy, day trips are a fun-filled way to take a day off from your normal routine, feel as if you are on vacation, and make it back home in time to sleep in your own bed, all without breaking the bank. Although I’m not sure day trips actually need any defending, here is a rundown of our day trip to St. Pete, coupled with reasons I think day trips should be a regular part of existence.

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The temperatures are dropping. The energy levels are on the rise. The leaves are beginning to say goodbye to their treetop homes and gracefully make their way all the way down to the ground. This can only mean one thing—it’s fall y’all.

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As a native Floridian, nothing excites me quite like the arrival of my favorite season. I have plaid shirts, tights, jackets, and a scarf for every single chilly day to prove it.

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