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Oh my word I have so much to tell you about this weekend! Unfortunately I don’t that much time. I really want to to get to bed at a decent hour tonight as I’ll be waking up at 5 to squish a workout in before work. I have such a busy week ahead of me it may be my only chance!

So let’s start with Friday. I took the day off to run some errands and get ready for Little Guy’s party on Saturday. On my list of things to do was a visit to a new local farm that runs a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture.) Once I got there I fell in love! Here’s how it works (at least at the farm I joined)…. You pay a yearly fee and then pick up your share of the crops weekly until the end of the growing season. All the produce is grown on that farm. What a great way to get things that are in season!
Not to mentioned picked that day!

Visit the Flying Plow Farm CSA page for more info or search LocalHarvest to find a farm near you!

This weeks share was amazing! sugar snap peas, snow peas, shelled peas, broccoli, cabbage, butter lettuce, basil, parsley, radishes and a few things I never heard of! I actually had to label them in the bags so I wouldn’t forget what they were…


Mizuna


Yukina Savoy


Tat Soi


Kohlrabi

All these new things came at the perfect time for this weeks BlogToLose challenge! ;) I’m also so excited for the challenge of coming with ways to use all this produce. Especially for GreenLiteBites.

I’m sure I’m forgetting some. I didn’t have time to takes lots of pics. I had a houseful of guest on the way and I needed to get ready. Both my parents and the husband’s parents were on the way.

Saturday was the big day. Little Guy’s 5th birthday party. His actual birthday is still a few days away but we wanted to have a get together with his friends and have a big family dinner at home.

At the party we had all the classics, pizza, chips and of course cake…

…but dinner was my meal. Remember all those greens I mentioned earlier. Well they all went into this amazing salad!

I also made a pork loin, creamy mashed potatoes, Vidalia Roasted Radishes, and roasted broccoli. It was such a healthy light meal and everyone seemed to love it. I barely had any leftovers. More and more, nothing makes me happier then cooking a healthy food for people. It just makes me smile. :)

So Saturday ended with me, the husband and all our parents on the couch watching a movie. It was nice but I had to head to bed early for a 7 mile race Sunday morning. And what a race it was!

I headed down to the city alone. It was just too early to get the whole family out there with me and sometimes the logistics are tough with kids. This isn’t the first event I’ve done alone and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Sometimes I like flying solo. It’s hard to explain but it makes me feel independent and in a weird way, courageous.

So the race was 7 miles around the harbor in Baltimore and let me tell you it was h, o, t, HOT! I was dying after the first mile! and I went downhill from there. I think I may have taken more walk breaks in this race then any other. There was one stretch, about 1.5 miles, where the sun was directly in front of us with NO shade anywhere in sight.

Here’s the chart from my Nike+.

It only measured the race at 6.62 miles. This is the most it’s ever been off at an event and I’m wondering if it had anything to do my walk breaks. Honestly, I don’t care. I’m not a stickler for the distances. Either way I finished it about 1:09 but I’m not sure of my official time as they haven’t released the results yet. Notice the huge dip at the end. I actually forgot to turn it off after I crossed the finished. It took me awhile to catch my breath and get some air.

My favorite part of the race was the watermelon wedges they gave away at the finish. Nothing ever tasted so good! It’s was so cold and refreshing, the perfect post race snack.

Once I got home it was time to cook again. I made a huge breakfast for the family. Eggs, bacon and banana pancakes. Then the Husband and Grandfather went off to play golf leaving Grandma and me to play with little guy and all his new toys. It was fun. :)

All in all it was an AMAZING weekend. I did overdose on pizza and berger cookies. Right now my stomach actually hurts from being too full. Not a big deal. Tomorrow I resume "normalcy." Whatever that means. Unfortunately, I don’t feel ready for the week. My house guests cleaned me out in the food department but I’m going to do the best I can with what I have. Maybe I’ll make a mid week trip to the grocery store but really, I’m not sure I’ll have the time. I have work, little guy has a doctors appointment (follow up for his eye), a house inspection, bank trips, Ugh! How am I going to get it all done?!? I do have lunches made, backpacks packed and workout clothes on. So I’m as ready as I can be for tomorrow morning and that’s all that matters now.

So… how was your weekend? :)

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  • erika

    I was in a race once where the measured wrong…

  • erika

    sorry, where THEY measured wrong… the people that set up the race…. maybe your tracker was right.

  • evilwoman

    Sounds like a great weekend Roni! Awesome birthday cake! Happy, birthday Ryan.

  • http://www.paulawannacracker.blogspot.com Paula

    You are super roni… So much fun packed and activity in one weekend. That’s just awesome. Live every moment.

  • http://lookingforfeet.blogspot.com Mad Woman

    Wow what an awesome weekend that sounds like! I spent the weekend with a massive head cold that put the kybosh on all my workout plans. However! I put a lot of thought into your challenge and am currently investigating leeks. Woo! Enjoy your week!

  • http://kyree90.wordpress.com/ Arlene

    Sounds like you had a great weekend.

    I went to a chili cookoff Saturday, where I was one of the judges. Sunday, I hit the local farmer’s market, took the dog I’m sitting for a 30-minute walk and then took my dog, who’s not eating the way she used to, to the vet.

  • http://darnfitness.wordpress.com Reinaldo

    I loved that CSA idea. Actually, it kinda blew my mind. I live in a zone that is primalary an agriculture zone. Big time. This town of 300.00 people kinda grew inside all the crops. I would love if my town could somewhat help the local farms around us with a monthly fee and work together for organic food.

  • Stephanie

    I do not know the other thins you got at the farm but you can do lots of different things with Kohlrabi. You can just cut it in stripes or wedges and eat it with or without a dip like carrots. Kids usually like it very much. You can cook it and serve it with a white sauce. Goes great with potatoes. Or you add it to the potatoes when you make mashed potatoes. You can fry it… Another great thing: You take two slices, put a slice of cheese in between and fry it in a pan. It is also great in a vegetable soup.

    We eat a lot of Kohlrabi in Germany. I didn’t know that it is not so popular in the U.S….

  • http://katharinapradel.blogspot.com katharina

    Your post just made me smile!
    When I saw the word Kohlrabi I realised that there is no English but only a German word for it! (;
    I LOVE KOHLRABI (;
    We eat it raw – Cut like fries and dipped (;,
    or shredded as a salad. Or you cut it like fries and boil in salted water
    for a short time,meanwhile prepare a white sauce (melted soft cheese with milk,starch,salt,pepper,nutmeg)-once the Kohlrabi is al-dente mix with sauce and serve with mashed potatoes and “Fleischküchle” (; (South German fried meatballs: 3-4 people/soak an “old” white bun/egg roll from yesterday in water.mince 3 gloves of garlic and 1 big onion in very Small pieces, fry it and set aside.wash and cut a bunch of parsley. Put 1kg of ground meat – we normally use 1/2 pork,1/2 beef – in a large bowl, squeeze the water from the egg roll, take it apart and add it as well as Garlic,onions,parsley,a spoonful of mustard,1 big egg,1 teaspoon salt,pepper,nutmeg and knead it by hand.
    Then take a handful, form small balls and fry them.
    Here’s a pic with potatoe salad: http://www.tueschmecker.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/fleischkuechle.jpg

    enjoy! (;

    lovely greetings from over the ocean
    Katharina

  • Julie

    We love kohlrabi as well, just slice and eat with a little salt!!

  • http://www.dietgirl.org shauna/dg

    Cannot believe the wee man is five already! Happy birthday to him!

    Those veggies all look fab, can’t wait to see what you cook up with them :)

    Re the kohlrabi, this recipe might be a good jumping off point for your creativity – it’s a kohlrabi slaw and very quick and easy: http://www.dietgirl.org/dietgirl/2006/05/mighty-sputnik.html

  • http://incrementalimprovements.blogspot.com Tish

    I’ve twice forgotten to turn my little nike+ off–both times I remembered in the car, on the way home! It does make for a sort of “flat line” look at the end. Good for you for getting out there and doing that on a busy weekend!

  • http://www.doingaone-eighty.blogspot.com Helen

    CSA is really popular down there. My daughter lives just outside of DC and also bought a share a couple years ago. This week she is home and brought all her goodies with her so we get to eat them! Her farmer allows anyone who has bought a share to go for a final picking at the end of the season. She usually goes with some friends and they clean up!

  • http://brandishealthyjourney.blogspot.com Brandi

    Nice work getting up and getting that race in!! I tried runnin on Friday in the 90 degree heat and let me tell ya…OUCH!!

    You are a brave brave woman :)

  • Brandi Wilson

    When you run 2 or 3 miles in the AM is that your only workout that day?? I have just started running, I have completed 2 5K’s and I can run up to 5miles. My pace is slow. I can run at a 5.5 to 5.7 on the treadmill. I just wonder if that is a good enough workout for me?? I feel like I need more cardio or something after I do only 2 to 3 miles? I have at least 35 more lbs to lose.

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    Brandi – I usually run 2-3 and then do weights. In my opinion that is more beneficial then cardio-ing yourself to death.

    I also don’t wonder if my workouts are “good enough” I do what I can when I can and that’s all. Once I cross the line into that type of thinking (like I have to something or minimums or whatever) it’s not fun anymore. Again.. that’s just me.

    Are you weight training at all?

  • http://laurajane.wordpress.com Laura Jane

    Sounds like a fun weekend! The stuff you got at the CSA looks cool. I actually looked into something like that before where they will drop off at my workplace. However, it was over $700 a season (so more than $100/month), so I decided not to. If I find one that’s more affordable, I’ll certainly try it.

  • Krista S.

    This post was so inspirational that we joined a local CSA farm today! I’m so excited. Ours is not as affordable as yours (darn it anyway!), but still less expensive than the organics at the grocery store. YAY.

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