I am doing my first C25K today, not yesterday…not sure what I was thinking as we had a cookout with friends last night and I don’t think running with all four girls would be very productive when trying to follow a program. I will post my torture reportprogress post-run.
A food post! Yes, a real food post…with a recipe! I still am cooking and baking, but I guess feeling un-inspired. I am going to try harder in the weeks to come to get back to posting more about what we eat and more frequently. So running and food. I guess it’ll balance out, right?
We had a cookout with friends last night and while I didn’t try too hard to find healthy foods (a hot dog just sounded so very good), I did the best I could while satisfying my family’s cravings for smore’s and dogs. I am going to try to get my friend D~ to share her recipe for this layered salad thingy she makes with cornbread in it. Fresh veggies, a sour cream and mayo dressing, cheese, and crumbled cornbread, It is so very good.
She also made bacon bread…oh my goodness was it good. I am not sure it can be made nourishing, but it is one of those things that really, why try. It isn’t somthing you would eat everyday, but it tasted so good that you could. It was a savory answer t Monkey Bread’s sweetness. I’m hooked!
Rather than buy chip dip, I usually mix my own (somehow rationalizing this in my head that it makes the chips healthier to be eating them with a fresh dip instead of the ones at the store with ingredient lists a mile long.) Next time I will pay closer attention to what I put in it, but it usually includes: dill (lots of dill), garlic, finely minced onion, and salt all mixed in sour cream. You can add some mayo to make it thicker, but I really like it better in just the sour cream.
Fresh fruit is always a good idea, I managed to forget mine at home in the fridge.
Then my favorite, Lavender Lemonade. Here is the honey version, and this is my old recipe for the sugar version:
- Heat 3 3/4 cup of water to dissolve 1 1/4 cup sugar over medium heat.
- Steep 1 1/2 TBSP of driend lavender for 20 minutes in this mixture.
- Juice lemons to get 1 1/2 cups of juice. Place juiced halves in sugar water to extract a bit more of the tart juice.
- Strain both into a half gallon jar, adding water to fill jar, Cool.
- Serve iced with a sprig of fresh lavender as a garnish (would be nice to have lavender blossoms frozen in the ice cubes as well.)
We made a great evening of it. Went geocaching and found all three we targeted. It sprinkled just a bit while we set up the fire. It was cool, so the fire felt great, the food tasted wonderful (and filling.) Best of all, the company of good friends is priceless. Their older twins (teenagers now!) ran my girls to bits…or was it the other way around. We set off a few fireworks, burned sparklers, and pretty much just watched the evening go by.
Happy 4th of July to everyone. What an amazing country we call home.