Tuesday, July 15, 2014

full moon | race | lake time | baking up a storm = a summer weekend

the moon was amazing this weekend! i loved seeing it in the west early saturday morning on my way to the race.
i was not expecting to feel or do well after being so very sick all week, but i felt pretty good saturday. i ran the 8 mile distance and came in second again. the same woman beat me!  dang it. i have one more chance to beat her next month on the 11 mile. will i succeed? she's a cool cat. also, i look stupid.

sun ray on ma lip:)

saturday afternoon i went with the neighbors to east canyon state park. they brought their kayaks and we swam, paddled and soaked up some sun. too bad o didn't feel good enough to go with us. we ended the day with burgers and sweet potato fries with sand between our toes.

my post race lunch // i made zucchini and summer squash noodles and threw in some red onion, red pepper flakes, pink sea salt, sun dried tomatoes that i roasted in the oven, salmon and avocado. i also made a smoothie for o and i with fresh apples, oranges, apricots, strawberries, peaches, dates and a splash of tangerine juice and kefir. 

i really love to cook breakfast on sunday morning with some ella fitzgerald singing in the background and then we eat it out on the porch. i made a gluten free/dairy free quiche. for the crust i just mixed a little cornmeal, brown rice flour and coconut oil and then layered some thin slice zucchini on top and baked it for a bit while i mixed up the egg part // egg, flax milk, spinach, red onion, fresh dill, red pepper, tomato...it was quite tasty. i just ate the last two pieces for breakfast this morning when i got home from the track where coach vickie tried to kill me:) speed drills. ouch.

sunday afternoon i did a little gluten free baking. i made this citrus polenta cake that i love and these vegan brownies that i also love.

i used kefir in place of the buttermilk in the polenta cake because kefir is the only dairy i consume and it worked beautifully. i used honey instead of refined sugar, olive oil instead of butter and sweet brown rice flour instead of almond meal. i also mad a glaze with honey, powdered sugar, fresh squeezed lemon and orange juice and poured it over the cake about 5 minutes after taking it out of the oven. it soaked it right up and made it even more fabulous than ever! especially the next day because the lemon and orange zest in the cake became all plump with the extra fluid. it really turned out like a dense, wet pound cake:)

^^i have made also made a vegan version of the cake before. i just used applesauce in stead of kefir or buttermilk and flax eggs instead of regular eggs. super easy.

guess who we got to see for an hour last night? they were headed back through salt lake on their way from oregon to p town so we had a quick bite together. yay!

hope your week is off to a good start lovers!



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