Single Serving Peach Crisp

Single Serving Peach Crisp

Single Serving Peach Crisp

Why, hello there! Long time, no see. I’ve been kinda M.I.A. over the past few months, haven’t I? Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with me not wanting to write here (oh, do I want to write here!). It has everything to do with the fact that I am drowning in produce to preserve! I don’t think I quite realized how much my life was going to revolve around blanching, chopping, canning, freezing, and drying food when I signed on for the 1000 Jar Project.

I will write a big post with all of my thoughts about the 1000 Jar Project when the preserving season is over, but I’ll tell you right now, I’m feeling conflicted about the whole thing. When I go down into my basement pantry and see hundreds of jars of healthy produce waiting to be used throughout the winter, I get giddy. But when I have to skip going to the park with my kid because I have three bushels of ripe tomatoes sitting in my house? I get a little stabby.

We live in a day and age where we don’t need to preserve all of our own food for the winter, so canning is just a fun hobby for the vast majority of us. And like all things in life, our hobbies need to be approached with moderation or they stop being fun. I’m pretty much the queen of taking my hobbies, blowing them out of proportion, and sucking all the fun out of them.

Peaches

Thankfully, the canning season is starting to wind down. I’m done canning tomatoes (I have a few more on the vine that I plan on freezing). And right now, I’m working on the second-to-last big fruit preserving push of the season—peaches! If I had to pick one crop that I would be sure to preserve each year, it’d be peaches. They are such a fleeting crop, and when they are ripe and coming off, they can’t be beat.

We have a low-spray fruit orchard about 10 minutes from our house where we can get peaches for a whopping $1 per pound. The trees are bowing over with fruit, and the picking is fast. Too fast. As in, we always go in with a pre-determined limit in mind, and end up getting way more than we bargained for. It took us about seven minutes to pick 150 pounds of peaches last week. We had planned on getting 50 pounds. See what I mean about blowing things out of proportion?

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friday freebie: endurance potato ricer [closed]

potato ricer

–Entries on this contest are now CLOSED. Thanks for participating!– As we chatted about yesterday, Thanksgiving is coming up at a super rapid clip and boy, do I have a kitchen gadget to give away today that will make your life so much easier! The amazing folks at BigKitchen.com are partnering with BTHR again to… 

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weekend warriors.

office

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an almost perfect 10.

me 10

So, guess what? I ran 10 miles yesterday. In fact, due to a little miscalculation (more on that later) I actually ran closer to 11. 10.84 to be exact. And I entered double-digit mileage with a smile on my face! It was like a whole new world compared to my problem-ridden 8 miles. This was… 

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me run sign

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my big fat greek yogurt showdown.

chobani

Before the holidays, I was contacted by the fine folks at Chobani asking if I’d be interested in sampling their products. I love Greek yogurt and we eat yogurt almost everyday in our lunches, so I replied with an emphatic, “yes!” I love how popular Greek yogurt has become over the past few years. For… 

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the transfer of power : money and marriage

budget

One of my written goals for 2011 is to have over $10,000 in savings by the beginning of 2012. In fact, it was so important to me, that I listed it at the top spot on my 11 goals. What I didn’t write about was one major shift the Babyface and I made to make… 

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fnpn : week in review

warrior dash

Pizza of the week: Pizza is delayed until tomorrow, but I can show you my super classy carry-out dinner! Much classier on a plate. Best thing I ate or drank this week: Chocolate chip almond butter cookies. And I keep eating them. Best workout of the week: Doing some speedwork on the treadmill at the… 

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