Fantastic “Friday” Five: Citrusy black beans, Cookies 2-ways and Garden planning

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

Happy Sunday everyone! Yeah, that’s right – I’m still doing a “Fantastic” post even though it’s not Friday. It’s my blog and I can cheat if I want to. Here’s what I’ve especially enjoyed this week:

#1: Black beans and salad with balsamic vinaigrette

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I love love LOVE making black beans from “scratch”, and Elise’s recipe from Simply Recipes is my absolute favorite way to prepare them. I served them with warmed corn tortillas, corn bread, and a fresh salad made with local lettuce and tomatoes. We’ve been using a fabulous balsamic vinaigrette from Chinese Grandma. Make this dressing. And make those beans. Uh oh, now I’m getting bossy… Continue reading

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Fantastic Friday Five: Fiddleheads, Chocolate treats, and Running with kids

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

Life has intervened lately, so the FFF has taken a little break… But it’s baaa-aaaack! And chock-full of a couple weeks worth of fantasticness. Enjoy. :)

#1:  Fiddleheads!

This comes a little late as fiddlehead season is pretty much done here in Maine, but I didn’t want to leave them out of a well-deserved spot on the FFF!

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The Fantastic Friday Five: Curried quinoa, Kale salad and SPRING!

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

The good and the bad. It’s been a good week around here for lazing and catching up on life planning… school vacation week for me! (I’m a teacher, not a student, but vacation is even more welcome when you’re an adult!) And the bad. If you are not living in a hole (or the Central Maine woods?), which I assume you’re not if you’re reading this, you know that the bombings at the Boston Marathon have been very unsettling and heartbreaking to us all. I live only an hour and a half north of Boston, and I know many people in the area. I’m also a runner. But no matter what bad there is in the world, the good is better, and I felt especially proud to be out running this week and seeing others do the same. There’s a race I’ve been not wanting to do (I’m an infamous cold-feeter when it comes to races), but I’m going to run it tomorrow. Because I can, and nobody can stop me. Now allow me to share some of the fantasticness of the week with you… Thank you, as always, for joining in! :)

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The Fantastic Friday Five: Beet cake, Brunch, and Ballet

The Fantastic Friday Five is a (new!) weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, and more!

Sooooo here we go! I’m trying out a weekly feature in addition to recipe posts, because sometimes there are things I want to share that don’t necessarily merit a full post. I’m hoping this also kickstarts me into more regular posting, on any topic. Enjoy!

#1:  Beet bundt cake for girls’ night

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Photo by juice jam & joy (see original post here) – We ate the cake before taking a picture of it… mine had mini choco chips on top…  :) Continue reading

Forty (miles) in February

I know there’s been a lull lately in my posts on here, and one reason (excuse?) is better than any others: I’ve started running again, and I have a new goal for this month. Please excuse me as I interrupt the regularly scheduled cooking posts for some background about the runner in me… (And stay tuned for some tasty pasta dish posts coming up very soon!) Continue reading