Tags: 50 States 50 Vegan Dishes, baking bonanza, blueberries, blueberry, blueberry ginger pie, blueberry pie, celebrate vegan, dynise balcavage, flour cornstarch, ginger, ginger blueberry pie, Maine, Maine blueberry pie, pie, pie crust, sugar, urban vegan, vegan, vegetarian, Visiting Maine, Wikipedia
Strawberry season has filtered out, and now it is time for blueberries!
It also is time for Wonder Vegan to go on a diet, and so that meant it was a baking bonanza at my apartment.
One of these items was blueberry pie.
According to Wikipedia, the earlier settlers ate it and using wild Maine blueberries truly makes the dish. It IS the state dessert for Maine after all!
While I didn’t have wild Maine blueberries, I used Dynise Balcavage‘s recipe for blueberry pie with a slight modification in her filling: ginger. I once before baked Balcavage’s recipe when I was taste-testing for “Celebrate Vegan.” I wanted to put a summer twist on it, and everyone at the CSA agreed that it was delicious. They said they never thought to add ginger and it was a bit of spunk that fit well.
Tags: CSA, flowers, fresh, Goldfinch Farm, natural, organic, photo, postaday, sunflower, weekly photo challenge
Tags: Catholic, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Father, Fr. Dennis, Home, music, NOVA Studio, our song, Pennsylvania, photography, pictures, priest, Red Lion, St. Joseph, wedding, York
No. 1 — On Sunday we said goodbye to one of our priests at St. Joesph’s, Fr. Dennis. Father was a hoot, always so personable and just a great evangelizer. He truly will be missed, by the hourlong wait we had to say goodbye! Yes, there was a line, and it was still long when we left. Father was going to marry us next year, and we worried that because he was running a hermitage, he would no longer fill that role. WE WERE WRONG! We can request to have him be our celebrant. This makes me a happy Catholic, because I want someone we have a connection to and that will be loving and inviting during our wedding, as many of our guests are of other religions or none at all. (Not that the other priests at St. Joseph’s aren’t great; they are amazing, too! We just have a relationship with Fr. Dennis.
No. 2 — Meeting 2 with another photographer, NOVA Studios. They were awesome, too, and do a lot of work for a great deal. Now on to one more photography studio and then the final decision!
No. 3 — Trying to find “our song” has been a pain. How can you find a song that you both like, has the right lyrics AND wasn’t a song between you and your ex? Plus, it needs to be a slow tempo, right? Well, not for us. Somehow Jamieson and I stumbled upon Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros a long time ago and fell in love with the group’s song “Home.” It is a little bluegrass, a little hippy, a little love. I love this song. He loves this song. It is our song.
Tags: baking, baking bonanza, basil, blueberry cake, blueberry pie, bonanza, frosted blueberry cake, garlic scape, jambalaya, lunchboxbunch, pesto, photos, pictures, vegan, wordless, Wordless Wednesday, zucchini cakes, zucchini pancakes
Tags: 100-miler, 40-miler, bicycles, bike, bike ride, bikes, celebrations, Fourth of July, house-less, Independence Day, July 4th, July Fourth, kid-less, sun, sunburned, sunburnt, sunscreen, The Revolution baseball, York city, York County Rail Trail
No. 1 — I forgot the sunscreen! It actually looks WORSE than this and definitely feels worse. We decided to head out on a 40-mile bike ride on Independence Day, and once we got on the York County Rail Trail, I remembered that I forgot to put on sunscreen. That nagging feeling for an hour as we tried to get ready? Yup, it was that. Now I am paranoid about skin cancer, especially since I saw this video a while back.
No. 2 — I have decided to head out on a 100-mile bike ride. Yup, I am crazy. I am increasing my mileage per week by 10 miles until I reach 100. I am contemplating going from 80 to 100 and skipping 90 miles, but we will have to wait and see in the coming weeks. I am currently at 40 miles (see above.)
No. 3 — Fourth of July was pretty low-key. We went on the aforementioned bike ride, did a few errands, got some food and watched a few fireworks from our porch. (The Revs stadium is nearby.)
I mentioned to Jamieson that in years past, I would have a family barbecue, and we would swim all day and then set off mini-fireworks. He said the same. Now that we are on our own, but kid-less and house-less, it is pointless to do these things unless we are invited to one. So, we did what we wanted to do, on our day off together. And that sounds perfect to me (except the sunburn, of course.)
Tags: Body Combat, bootcamp, cycling, David Sedaris, Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls, Max Brooks, recap, running, World War Z
Stats for June 2013:
Miles ran: 9.5 miles
Miles biked: 71.55 miles
Yards swam: 0
Miles on the elliptical: (a few that I didn’t record)
Calories burned: 8831 (lots of Body Combat and bootcamp)
Number of workouts: 14 on dailymile; 14 on MyFitnessPal
Current book: “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls” by David Sedaris; and “World War Z” by Max Brooks
Current healthy snacks: Salad
Current song: Body combat music
Current splurge: Carbs of all kinds.
Current triumph: Kicking butt at Body Combat
Current goal: Figure out my body weight issue/if I am insulin resistant
2013 To Do List:
Complete an indoor triathlon — Tri to Help completed 2/23
Complete my first half marathon — Completed 4/28! (2:31:30 was my time)
Complete my first outdoor triathlon — Pass
Start lifting again — Boo.
Lose 33 pounds by Dec. 31 — Down 13; 20 to go
Less carbs, more protein (55/30/15) — Heck no.
Save 10K for the wedding — Completed!
Save 1K for emergencies — Next on my list
Get a grip on my spending — Fail