Posts tagged ‘Farmer’s Market’

SWE Fall Ball and Saturday Morning

Today has been a super-busy day, so this is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit down and blog!

Fall Ball!

The dance last night was so much fun, and Wendy did a great job planning it.  We held it at the Overture Center this year, which was a much better location than the hotel ballroom we’ve used for the past 4 or 5 years.

IMG_3540The “bouncers” with Sally and Jenny D.  Wendy, Jenny G, Kelley and I are the four furthest to the right in the picture; don’t we look like the most threatening bouncers ever? 😉

Actually, security turned out to be a pretty easy job.  We didn’t have anyone who needed to be escorted out, so we pretty much signed people in and gave them their raffle tickets.  People-watching at an engineering formal dance is pretty entertaining!

IMG_3543Part of our Big Sib-Little Sib family!  Don’t we all look cute?

IMG_3545The Hoyt Street girls, with me once again serving as “substitute roommate.”  Somehow, whenever I hang out with these ladies, just one of the four roommates is missing.  Since I spend quite a bit of time with them, I’m considered the “substitute roommate.”  🙂

I wasn’t that hungry when we left for the dance.  I had a quick Almond Butter, Pumpkin Butter, Apple Sandwich on my way out the door.  My assumption that it would hold me over until I got home was wrong.  Lucky for me, Katie was generous enough to share her Uno’s leftovers with Jenny and I, so we enjoyed some White Wine Pasta.

Giving in to Cravings

Want to know what I recently learned?  If you have a craving, it is best to give in to it.  You’ll stop trying to replace what you’re craving with something less-satisfying.

For the past few days, I’ve been craving Greenbush Donuts.  I don’t like donuts really.  Except for Greenbush.  They are the exception to the rule.  Baked fresh every day, they are perfectly sweet and flaky, without being overly so.  I only crave them about 3 times a year.  Including this past week.

On the way home from the dance, I convinced Kelley and Jenny to stop at Greenbush.  Craving satisfied. 🙂


I had a quick bowl of Kashi GoLean Crunch with Vanilla Soymilk before the Farmer’s Market this morning.  And by “quick,” I mean, “I had so little time for breakfast that I couldn’t even take pictures of it.”  I’m sure you’re all imaginative enough to picture my breakfast. 🙂

I bought a HALF BUSHEL of Hungarian Wax peppers, some of which will be featured in dinner tonight.  And throughout the week.  Actually, throughout the winter.  I’ll be freezing whatever we don’t eat this week for use in warm winter-y dishes, like soups and casseroles.  Yum!

I’ll be back later with details about the Madison Food and Wine Show, where Dan and I spent the afternoon.  It was so much fun!  And we may or may not have come home with 7 bottles of wine… 😉


October 24, 2009 at 5:46 pm 2 comments

Dear Dane County Farmer’s Market

Dear Dane County Farmer’s Market,

I love you.  Only by coming to you can I get both a 5-mile walk and this amount of produce (all grown in Wisconsin, mind you):

IMG_3024for just this:

  • 4 bell peppers             = $1.00
  • 4 summer squash      = $1.00
  • 3 peaches                    =$3.50
  • 1 cantaloupe               =$1.00
  • 1 butternut squash    =$1.50
  • 1 pumpkin                  =$2.00
  • 2 eggplants                 =$2.00

Grand total… $12.00.  That’s right, $12.00.  I will miss your bounty of produce come winter, Farmer’s Market.

Sincerely,  Julie @savvyeats

Dan’s mom is visiting today, so I came home after the Farmer’s Market to shower, bake banana bread, and clean!  Okay, the banana bread was perhaps not a pressing need, but the bananas were starting to attract fruit flies, so I wanted to use them.  Pronto.

I used Kath’s recipe, minus the walnuts and chocolate chips.  Delicious with a little bit of almond butter, by the way!

We decided to go to Bluephie’s in Madison.  This is the place that makes the chocolate chip cookie dough egg rolls that we are serving at our wedding instead of cake.

I decided to go a healthier route than the eggrolls today. 🙂   IMG_3025A cup of white bean-vegetable soup (without the crackers)

IMG_3027The southwestern crab cake salad. Minus the goat cheese it was supposed to come with.  I ate one of the two crab cakes and about half the veggies — saving the rest for later!  It was my first time trying jicama, which I’ve been wanting to try since reading about it here.

And finally,

IMG_3026An orange tea.  Unsweetened. And sideways, apparently… :-/

Don’t be fooled by the beer glass, it really is orange tea!

I was still a little hungry when we got home, so I gave in and had some of my banana bread.  With almond butter.  Perfect dessert!

IMG_3028I am abnormally excited to go grocery shopping today.  Really, I am. I’m so excited to try some new recipes (Pumpkin Curry Soup?  Recreating Squash Curry? Falafel?), and want to get the ingredients I need for them!  Grocery shopping is my favorite errand ever!  Based on the comments on Kelly’s post, I’m not alone 🙂

September 19, 2009 at 2:22 pm

The Little Things #2

It’s Friday!!  The little things that are making me happy today:

1.  Getting the proportions right on pumpkin oatmeal:

IMG_30182.  No longer having class at 7:45 AM on Fridays.

3.  Gorgeous weather.

4.  Watching the much-anticipated Bones and Fringe season premieres last night.

5.  Getting to re-stock on produce at the Farmer’s Market tomorrow morning!

6.  Dinner with friends tonight.

7.  Getting to wear my cute fall clothes!

8.  The sight of Kelly’s adorable breakfast.  That picture makes me smile.

What little things are making you happy today?

September 18, 2009 at 9:38 am 2 comments

A delayed post

I don’t know what was up with my appetite yesterday, but I was not hungry at all.  So I apologize for the lack of dinner pics (I did finally eat dinner around 9:30, but it was just 2 bowls of cereal and I forgot to take a picture).

After my classes, I split a PB&J Larabar with Dan, and we took off for the library and Trader Joe’s.

IMG_2923We biked 2.7 miles to the library to pick up some books, then 3.3 to Trader Joe’s, then home.

I’ve been trying to do meal planning to cut back on grocery costs.  Money-wise, it seems to be working.  However, I’ve overplanned, and now have ingredients for three meals that I still haven’t made!  So I’m making those this week, and therefore only had to buy about 5 things at Trader Joe’s… 🙂

For some reason, I wasn’t hungry for lunch until 3:45 or so.  IMG_2916I had a little bit of plain greek yogurt left, so I mixed it with some olive oil, lemon juice, and a little bit of dill weed to make my own tzatziki dip.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the dip, but it was worth a shot.

IMG_2917An Ezekial whole wheat pita with spinach hummus, carrots and zucchini.  And while I liked the taste of the pita, it kept falling apart on me.  Maybe I just got a bad one?


More carrots and zucchini on the side.

I decided to make PB & Chocolate Chip cookies for Dan, since he ran so many errands for me this week!

IMG_2925I’d be lying if I said that 2… okay, 3… of these didn’t end up in my mouth when they came out of the oven.  I had to make sure they tasted good before I gave them to Dan, right?  😉

In an effort to ramp up my flagging appetite, I did another 10.0 miles on my bike.

Distance: 10.0 miles

Time:         36:27 minutes

I topped it all off with some upper body strength training, at which point I was FINALLY hungry.  I had two bowls of Basic 4 + Strawberry Yogurt Burst Cheerios + Raisin Oatmeal Crunch with skim milk.

This morning, I got up early to meet Kim at the Farmer’s Market.  On my way out the door, I grabbed one of my PB Granola bars to eat on the way.  Yum!

I’m spreading out my lunch/snacks today so that I have things to much on while I study.  First up, this delicious bowl of Oikos, golden raspberries, a touch of honey, and a few tablespoons of granola…


A HUGE thank you to Kath’s post for helping me discover the Digital Macro setting on my camera — my food pictures will look so much better now!  I knew not to use a flash, but the pictures were still looking blurry.  The pic above was taken on Digital Macro.  Compare that to this:

IMG_2928And you can see how much of a difference it makes!

Off to study… yay?

September 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

Welcome to My Blog!

Today started off amazing-ly…

BreakfastTwo slices of whole-grain bread, toasted and topped with Dark Chocolate Raspberry Peanut Butter from P.B. Loco.  I’m so sad they’ve gotten rid of most of their retail locations–their PB is amazing!

Kelley, Jenny and I jogged to the Farmer’s Market this morning.  I’m still a new runner and therefore very slow.  At the beginning of the summer, I was running at a 15:00 pace, and typically run a 12:00-mile now.  Today, though, I think I was subconsciously trying to keep up with Jenny because she was always just a few paces ahead of me.  In doing so, we managed to run the 2 miles in just under 22 minutes!  I’m definitely getting there… 🙂

It feels so good to be back in Madison getting produce in Capital Square!  There were some fantastic cherry tomato and pepper dip samples, too…

Naturally, I had decided that it would be too annoying to run with my water bottle, so I didn’t bring it with me.  I was ridiculously thirsty the entire time we were there, so we stopped at Starbucks on the walk back for a pumpkin spice soy latte.  While I waited for my coffee, I downed a huge glass of water.


I can’t believe I never knew how much better these are with soy milk instead of skim. Delicious!

Today’s Farmer’s Market trip was highly successful:IMG_2797All these veggies (+ strawberries) for a mere $14!  I have no idea how this stand still had good fresh strawberries, since they are bordering on being out of season, but I’m not complaining.

For another $14, I got:

IMG_2798Locally made honey, a mini loaf of coconut bread, and three packages of some amazing pasta.  The pasta is made in Wisconsin with an ingredient list of approximately 6 items.  I am particularly intrigued by the asparagus one… I’ll report back once we’ve tried it.

Today’s lunch was a bit late, but good nonetheless.  IMG_2814The salad contained:

  • Romaine
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion, which was way too strong and I ended up giving a lot of it to Dan.
  • Little bit of shredded Jack cheese
  • Ground “beef” (aka, ground soy), cooked with taco seasoning.
  • A yogurt-honey-lemon dressing I made just before serving.

It was good, but missing something I can’t quite put my finger on yet.  Or maybe it is that I’m not used to the fake-meat yet.  This is Day 7 of my 30-Days-Without-Meat experiment….

Off to a tailgate, then watching the Badger Game at Kelley’s!

September 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm


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