Apple picking at Smolak Farms 2009 + lack of planning = bad food choices

I can’t believe the weekend has come to an end… and that also means I officially have 6 days left until the B.A.A. half marathon!! At advice of an athlete co-worker, I resisted the urge to do another double digit run this weekend and ended up doing a 9 mile run on a VERY rainy Saturday morning. The run was pleasurable because I found a new running buddy – Kirstin! Over the past few days I met FOUR people that are running the same Boston half as I am, and finding Kirstin could not come at a better time. My beloved running buddy Molly was out of town, and I thought I’d have to do a long run on my own for the first time in months. Maybe it would have been good given that I’ll likely run the race on my own (and certainly there will not be any chatting even if Molly does end up running by my side!) but the rain was so miserable on Saturday morning that I was extremely happy to have someone else there. Kirstin and I felt pretty hardcore running in the rain. Random strangers commented on our dedication as we were flying by them. That’s right!! 😉 We averaged around a 10 minute mile again (chatting really slows you down but makes the experience so fun that I think it’s 100% worth it!). I hope to do better on the actual race day. We’ll see :)


When I received the Nature’s Pride bread, french toast was the first thing that came to mind. Unfortunately during the work week such breakfast appeared to be out of reach, so I decided that Sunday’s breakfast had to be french toast. Amazingly, this only took minutes, so perhaps you’ll be seeing french toast for breakfast on weekdays soon :)

I was disappointed to find out this morning that we ran out of milk. Nooo, I have to have french toast today!! I improvised, and whisked 1 egg with some cranberry juice and cinnamon powder for dipping. Perfect! I couldn’t really taste the cranberry juice but it seemed to add more body to the egg than I’m sure water would. Toppings included TJ’s nonfat European Style yogurt, local fresh raspberries, the last of the nutty topping and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.


This really is a great way to start a Sunday morning! 😀


And then I was off to apple pick!!! Man, I was excited about this one. I haven’t been buying apples just in anticipation of this trip. I wanted these to be my very first apples of the season. So glad the rain held off (actually the weather was absolutely gorgeous to everyone’s surprise!). We ended up going to the same place as last year (can’t believe I was blogging then!!) – Smolak Farms. Let the apple picking adventures begin…


We were at first disappointed with the apple selection. It seemed that they were all GONE. We purchased our bags and were ready to fill them, but the apples were hiding. Oh here they are… 😀



I look pretty hardcore with my rain boots and the reaching stick, no? 😉


After stuffing our bags with delicious apples (you better believe I was sampling the goods while picking!), we went to the farm’s store. I was absolutely starving by this point (it was probably 5-6 hours after breakfast?) so the baked goods looked particularly appetizing. I was convinced to try my first cider donut, but they didn’t have any warm ones and I was told the cold ones “were not worth it”. Too bad, I was ready to be blown away. Have you ever had cider donuts?



I ended up buying a giant pumpkin whoopie pie (which I ate on the car ride home) and a small apple cider (saved for cooking later in the week).


Oh did I mention who I went apple picking with? Jeez, my manners…

From left to right: Kelly, Rebecca, Shannon, moi, Katy, Lauren, Kerstin, Nicole. Kelly’s boyfriend and Kerstin’s husband came too. They were awesome at climbing trees and helping us reach for those high up apples. Good sports 😀


After a fun time of apple picking, the only thing I wanted was… FOOD! Katy and I were both starving at this point, so we hit up a local pizza joint, Bostone Pizza, for a few slices (did I just say that a pizza place on Newbury street was a local joint?! I love our new condo location!!!!!)

Potato bacon chicken ranch + spinach slices (I ate 1/2 of each)


This is their best seller for a reason – creamy, rich, delicious perfection. It could use more veggies though (and I’m not counting potato as a veggie!) 😉


The spinach slice was actually very spinachy. Kind of fun. Still no health food, that’s for sure :(



I was lazy, so I had some leftover bi bim bop with tofu and edamame from Friday night for dinner (I know, I haven’t posted about that one yet…).


+ strawberry cheesecake (which reminds me – last day to enter the cookie mix giveaway!!)


I also ate a bunch of chocolate covered almonds and salty sommersaults. Basically I was tired and had no desire to go grocery shopping to make a healthier dinner, and then I was bored and ate a bunch of junk. Poor planning = bad food choices. 😳 Tomorrow is a new day!

I am still not even close to being done telling you about my weekend. It was so action packed and I loved every minute of it, including some relaxing at home while my husband was away, even if it included a few unnecessary snacks :) I’m not gonna lie though, I could definitely use a day of relaxation after this weekend. Do I really need to go back to work tomorrow?!! 😉

Have you ever gone apple picking or any other fruit/veggie picking? What’s your favorite? I really loved blueberry picking but today’s apple picking really got me in the mood for fall so that made me very happy :mrgreen:

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