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Just Plain Indulgent!

10 Reasons I Want to Go To Blog School

#1 – I ate a pickle for lunch today. My sandwich was made on whole wheat bread and I had them hold the mayo. Does anyone care? As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I feel like I have some great knowledge to share with the world, but do people really want to know what I ate for lunch?

My half-eaten, but entirely yummy lunch!

#2 – See that section in the upper left called “Quotables”? My vision was that I’d rotate in a new food/health/inspirational quote every week, but alas, after my designer set it up for me, I never figured out how to change it! So, that quote has been there for about 18 mos. In that time, I should’ve/could’ve posted 72 quotes. Silver lining? I still have plenty of quotes squirreled away for the next 18 mos….like this one!

#3 – This sad, broken coaster from Woodford Reserve. We went on a tour of Woodford Reserve back in May. I jotted notes the whole time and planned a super-fun recap post (that never was). The coaster broke on the way home and I thought that just maybe the kind folks at Woodford Reserve would send me a new one if they saw my amazing post (but they didn’t. because it is the post that never was).

Sad coaster that never got to see the bottom of a drippy glass:-(

#4 – I have approximately 62 (o.k., not approximately) ideas for future posts logged in a Word doc and in a Google Drive doc, but that is where they sit. I want to finally share my tips for how we use a whole bag of baby carrots from Costco before they go bad and my yummy recipe for an Apple Pie a la Mode smoothie!

#5 – Of the 62 aforementioned ideas, at least 23 are out of date since I came up with the ideas back when the topics were actually timely!

#6 – I want to redo my blog navigation. I know exactly how I want it to be. Problem is, I’m stuck with this pretty org-chart looking thing.

Nice right? Would be nicer if it wasn’t a static image!

#7 – See that funky looking icon off to the left over there? I think it used to be a cute little chocolate-dipped logo that said “Archives”, but somewhere along the way I must have messed up the HTML. Perhaps when I was (unsuccessfully) trying to figure out how to change the quote in #2?

#8 – One of my biggest pet peeves is wasting time. One of my favorite sayings is this one by Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines. I’m calling myself out as a class-A hypocrite because instead of “doing things” with my blog, I’ve been working on my “strategic plan”….for far too long. Please help me stop the madness!

#9 – I’ve been ignoring the yellow bar at the top of WordPress that tells me Version 3.6 is available because the warning to “back up my database and files” both scares and baffles me. Is that bad?

#10 – It’s back-to-school season and I’m a little jealous of all the kiddos and their fancy school supplies…I want to go back to school too! And, although it is all virtual, you better bet your bottom dollar that I’m still going to pack a lunch in my newly acquired Bento lunch box! And, don’t you want to know what a nutritionist packs in her lunch? It’s not all pickles and sandwiches, you know!

 

Blog School is a 6-part virtual program created by Rita the Blog Genie. Registration is open now through September 9, but she is giving away 3 free scholarships! If you want a scholarship to Blog School too, all you have to do is follow these instructions to enter Blog School’s Scholarship Giveaway! But, please don’t make your entry better than mine because I really want to be one of the top 3 people!

Note: This post is an entry to win a scholarship to Blog School. I have not been compensated in any way for writing this post and, let’s be real, we’ll all benefit if I win!

 

Holler for Apples

 Yummy

It’s apple picking season! A couple weeks ago, I took Hailey apple picking at Apple Holler in Sturtevant, WI. We took a tractor ride to the orchards and picked collected Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonathan and Honey Crisp apples. I say collected instead of picked because by the time we arrived at 3:00 pm the open section of the orchard was picked clean, but they had plenty of harvested apples to choose from in crates. Unfortunately, due to heat and drought earlier this year, the apple crop was much smaller and the growers need to carefully manage which orchards they open for picking and when they open them to the public.

Wagon Ride

We were slowly but surely making a dent in our haul and apples can keep for up to three weeks in the refrigerator. However, I was starting to fear for the quality of the ones that were left, so I decided to bake an apple crostata for this weekend’s Purdue Homecoming tailgate (Boiler Up!). I spotted the inspiration for this recipe in a Food & Wine San Pelligrino ad, but I ultimately decided to make Ina Garten’s version after looking around at other recipes. I simplified it further by using a premade pie crust because I haven’t yet found the time to perfect the art of pie crust. (I could only find 9-inch premade pie crusts and the recipe called for a 12 inch crust. I forgot to scale back the apples and topping so I had some left over.)

Apple Crostata

The final product was delicious and bursting with the favors of fall. And, best of all I love that a day of apple-picking fun was extended to a house filled with scrumptious smells and lip-smacking kudos from hungry tailgaters.

Anyone have any recommendations on making a perfect pie crust?

Indulgent Holidays?

…so says the sign that hangs on the wall at my Grandpa’s house. As I read it I smell chocolate chip cookies baking, I see an iced oatmeal cake waiting to be sliced and there’s candy from the Easter Bunny in every corner. All this begs the question, how do indulgence and wellness fit together on a holiday?

In reality, the answer is in your hands – how indulgent do you want to be? Depending on where you are on your health journey, you may want to allow yourself fewer indulgences than someone else. The MOST important thing on special days is that you take the time to enjoy every minute with the people you love. If part of that enjoyment comes from eating delectable foods that evoke memories and make the day complete, then by all means do so.

Here’s a few things to keep in mind will help you enjoy the day even more:

  • Start your day with a nutritious breakfast. I’ve heard too many people say they skip breakfast to “save room/calories” for the big meal, but this is setting yourself up for an afternoon of grazing on snacks until the actual meal comes out. Fill up at breakfast with a protein food (eggs, yogurt, nuts), a whole grain food (oatmeal, whole grain bread) and fruit so you don’t spoil your appetite for the big show!
  • Research shows that you get the most enjoyment out of the first x bites of food. Serve yourself a small portion of delectable dishes and decide after enjoying a few bites if you really want more.
  • There’s no need to fit in a strenuous workout on a day that you could be spending time with friends and family, but why not suggest that the whole gang go for a stroll around the block to help digest your meal?

And, of course, don’t forget that a holiday lasts a day…not a week. Wake up tomorrow and put a little extra focus on wellness without one bit of guilt that you truly enjoyed today.