Del Ray Farmer’s Market

25 07 2011

First and foremost, I need to say CONGRATULATIONS EMILY!! YOU ARE AN IRON WOMAN!!! What an incredible feat. She rocks.

Anyhow, I was going to write up my race report for today, but the results aren’t posted online yet 😦 I’ll tell you that I had a good race, I didn’t get lost, and I didn’t die on the run! Stay tuned-  you’ll get the full recap on Wednesday!

That being said, I still wanted to share something with you all, so I thought I’d take you along with me to the Del Ray Farmers Market!

The nice thing about racing on Sunday was that I got to take off on Saturday. No getting up at the crack of dawn to beat the heat and get in a long ride for me! Instead, I did one of my favorite things: I went to the farmers market! Take a peek at some of the delicious things I saw:

I think this pic of the tomatoes is my favorite from the day:

mini eggplants!

I may have bought one of these delicious homemade blueberry doughnuts. Thanks Victoria for helping me rationalize this purchase as “fuel” for my race 🙂

Don’t you want to just dive into these tomatoes? Or, maybe that’s just me?

I hope you all had a fantabulous weekend!

Question of the day: What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend (Besides sleep!)?

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Cuteness overload!

11 03 2011

Happy Friday everyone! I had to think about what day it actually was before writing that. Being on vacation, I forget what day of the week it is! Anyhow, Chloe is en route back to DC now and I head back tomorrow. Boo for vacation ending.

Oh, I told you that I was visiting someone very special to end my vacation. Well, that person is my cousin and her 2 month old baby!

Introducing Baby Laila!

Isn’t she just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I think I’ve said, “Oh my goodness, she’s sooooo cute!” like 50 bajillion times since I’ve arrived.

She’s super photogenic too, which isn’t surprising, since her mom is a professional photographer.  Check out some of her mom’s work here: Tara Molles Photography.

Today,  I get to watch Tara in action! She’s got a  shoot in the afternoon, and then afterward yours truly is having a photo shoot of my own! I’ll be decked out in my tri gear and hopefully I’ll be able to work the camera just like little Laila;). I’ll let you know when Tara posts some of my shots on her blog.

I saw another cutie while I was here:

That’s Buster, my Aunt and Uncle’s 6 month old pup. My Aunt and Uncle live about 20 minutes away from Tara, so we went over their place for dinner. My Aunt made a yummy home-cooked meal for us:

Corned beef (just in time for St. Patty’s day!)

Mashed potatoes

Carrots

Corn bread

And of course, sweet tea. I am in the south, y’all;)

I haven’t had corned beef in AGES and this one was delicious! She had two crock pots going all day with two different corned beef recipes. One was pretty traditional, and the other had some orange flavor to it. I really liked the orange one; it was a creative twist on a classic. Shoot me an email if you want the recipe!

For dessert, she served this:

Holy deliciousness! This was like a chocolate chip cookie but in brownie form, topped with a chocolate glaze.  It was really sweet, but soooo good!!

Clearly, I enjoyed it.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is the recipe for you! (Passed on to my by by Aunt, who got it from a friend. Thank you!!)

Ingredients:

Cake:

2 cups brown sugar

2/3 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

12 oz chocolate chips

Chocolate glaze:

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup cocoa

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

How to:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream together brown sugar and shortening. Add the eggs and vanilla until blended well.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

Add the dry ingredients to the we ingredients.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into a greased 13 x 9 pan and bake for 25 minutes.

While its cooking, make the chocolate glaze:

In a small pan, mix and heat sugar, butter, cocoa, milk. Bring to a rolling boil for 1 and a half minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Poke holes in warm cake and pour glaze over it.

Serve warm. Maybe even top with some vanilla ice cream;-)

Enjoy!*

*Disclaimer: I am not responsible for a sugar rush or cavities that may result from partaking in this deliciousness.

 





I like to photograph food.

22 02 2011

Somebody help! My jar of peanut butter is on its last legs!  There’s barely enough there to spread on a piece of toast. What do I do?

My favorite way to finish the jar is to make some Oats in Jar (OIAJ). I think Kath may have coined the term…I wonder if she’ll be trademarking it someday:-)

I made myself some steel-cut oats with bananas and chia seeds, and layered it with some fresh strawberries and coconut flakes. Topped with some almond butter (love my nut butters!) and Crofter’s jam. Great way to start my day.

My pictures are a work in progress folks. I’m currently taking an Introduction to Digital Photography class at the Washington School of Photography. Like Chloe, I get all those group email deals, Groupon, Living Social, Buy With Me, etc. and that’s how I ended up taking this class. Living Social had a super deal sometime last fall to take the intro class for $99. I saw this deal a few weeks after my mom had given me her old DSLR, which I hadn’t really touched because it was kind of intimidating. I did some reading online about how to use the camera, and I thought I understood well enough to go shooting, but all the photography terms- f-stop, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance- bounced around in my head and I would just get frustrated. I’m going to give a shout out to Ashley here, whose series of posts on photography basics were super helpful and cleared up some of my confusion.

My class is 4 weeks long, and we meet once/week. This past Saturday was our third meeting, and we went on a Photography “field trip.” The great thing about living in the Nation’s Capitol is that there is never a shortage of things to photograph! We all met at Union Station, then walked over to the Capitol building and the US Capitol Visitor’s Center, and then headed to the Supreme Court. Though it was SUPER windy, it was a great day for taking pictures. The sun was shining in a cloudless sky, and it was in the 50s! Not bad for the middle of February, especially considering that there’s snow on the ground this morning!

I often take living in DC for granted; in my 5 and a half years living here, I’ve done very little of the “touristy stuff;” this was probably my 3rd or 4th time getting thisclose to the Capitol, my first time in the Visitor’s Center, and I don’t think I had ever been on the steps of the Supreme Court building. This. must. change. Especially now that I’m working on my photography!

Anyhow, here are some of my favorite shots from my field trip.

You’re probably asking yourself, um, why aren’t there more pictures of the Capitol; isn’t that one of the best things to take pictures of? Well, I realized today that I struggle with composing pictures of buildings or landscapes. Though my instructor taught us the basic principals of composition, sometimes I just don’t see it, or maybe the subject matter doesn’t speak to me. The subject matter that does speak to me though is food. Would you expect anything else?

So, I went home and made something I’ve been dreaming about for weeks, ever since I saw this blog post. I’ve been following Emily from The Daily Garnish for about a year now, and she always has creative recipe ideas. When the Project Food Blog competition was going on, I anxiously awaited everyone’s posts, especially Emily’s. I made her Harvest Root Vegetable Pie from the competition, and finally had the time this weekend to make her Indian Naan Pizzas.

I followed her recipe exactly, except I took a shortcut and bought Paneer instead of making it from scratch. I only made her second pizza, the garam masala tomato sauce one. But man oh man, was it GOOD! I think this is my new favorite pizza! I made four individual sized pizzas, and I had to resist eating all of them. I added a side of Tasty Bite’s Madras Lentils for some protein, and enjoyed my evening eating pizza and watching How I Met Your Mother. Do yourself a favor and make this pizza tonight. You’ll thank me later.

Before...

 

Yummy deliciousness after

 

All this talk about pizza is making me hungry. Glad I have leftovers!

Question of the day: What is your favorite kind of pizza?

P.S. Quick shout out to the Wheaton College (my alma mater) Women’s swim team: CCIW conference champs! Congrats Ladies!