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This weekend was such a tease! For one, it was beautiful spring-like weather in the middle of February.  We all know that there just has to be a snow storm on the horizon!  And on top of that, I had so much studying I needed to do that we had made no plans to get out and enjoy the weather.  So I sat inside with my books and notes, watching sunshine-deprived neighbors walking around outside and playing with their dogs in the grass.

Sigh…

Now that I have you all feeling sorry for me, I’ll show you why you don’t have to pity me…

I put away all of my notes on bacteria and viruses to enjoya show I have been loooking forward to seeing for years!  It was a perfect Christmas present.  Thanks Dave!  This was probably the most artistic show, with the most beautiful choreography and costuming that I’ve ever seen.  Story-wise and music-wise, there are other shows I like more, but from the standpoint of staging this show, I was beyond impressed!   The way the brought the animals to life required such creativity.  I was in awe!

Any other musical theater fans out there?  I think my favorite shows are Mamma Mia and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Both shows have such energy and the music is invigorating and fun!

In addition to our night on the town, I also managed to eat pretty well too!  My Friday night pizza did not disappoint.  I have been using Chebe products to make my pizza dough.  But this week I was craving the polenta crust I discovered when I first went gluten-free.  This polenta pizza I topped with peppers, artichokes, spinach, and soy crumbles.  Perfection!

I have been on a real spinach kick lately, adding it to anything I can think of!  Here I mixed it in with some egg beaters that I put on 2 slices of gluten-free bread with tomato and Laughing Cow.  Great combination!

I also made a huge spinach salad with cottage  cheese (its mixed with salsa, which is why its read!).  A favorite meal has become a big salad paired with squash.  Goes together so well!

And because I hadn’t had enough spinach in the last 48 hourse, I added some more to my shirataki noodles tonight.  Along with some crispy baked eggplant (dipped in egg and crushed rice chex cereal)!

I have put away my microbiology notes for the night.  Time to join all my boys on the couch for some Olympic updates and a date with our DVR!

And before I go, a reminder to check out Kristen’s giveaway of Newman’s Own goods at Change of Pace.

Have a great end to the weekend.  I hope it was beatiful and warm wherever you are…and that you got to go out and enjoy it!!

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Today was just what fall in New England should look like!  It was beautifully sunny and just brisk enough to want a light sweater.  I call it “sweater weather,” and every year I am ready for it.  The knowledge that winter looms around the next corner, kind of puts a damper on fall for me.  But other than that, I just love this time of year!

This afternoon we headed to Honey Pot Hills Orchard in Stow, MA.  I had been there before several years ago, but I don’t remember it being quite the operation that it is now!  I would be curious to know how many people come through there on a typical day.  Today was packed!   But it kind of added to the excitement.  We have gone apple picking together every year and it is a tradition I really look forward to.

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One of the things I remembered about this orchard was that you are allowed to climb ladders into the trees.  I have been to other orchards with big signs that tell you to keep off the trees.  But since I’m a big kid (and my sweetie is an even bigger kid!), we like to climb trees!  The best apples are at the top too…

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We came home with a 23 pound bag of apples (we weighed it on the scale when we got home)!  I have one baking in the oven right now and am so excited to eat it.  It was a labor of love because I do not own an apple corer and I almost lost a finger or 2 trying to cut out the core.

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I will not be sharing this beauty!  Dave ate 4 apples at the orchard and is not feeling so well right now.  I am cutting him off!

We made a couple other stops today as well on the way to the farm.  I am almost done collecting data for my statistics project on the farming methods of local farms.  But I need a few more  to make the results statistically significant (look at me throwing around statistics terms!).  We stopped off at Verrill Farms in Concord which just reopened it’s main store after it was destroyed last fall in a fire.  What a beautiful new building…and brimming with a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, and jellies.

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I collected my data there, and then we stopped at another little farm (it was actually called Small Farm!) we passed on the way tot he orchard.  It was so cute, we pulled over and picked up some corn.

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IMG_1546It was really that small!

I came home and studied statistics for a little while (percentiles, z scores, and box plots, oh my!).  But I was distracted by my excitement for dinner.  I read Nicole’s blog this morning and knew I needed to recreate the quinoa dish she mad.  Not only do I love quinoa, but there is so much you can do with it!  I had never thought to put ricotta cheese in it.  Thanks, Nicole!

I made mine with an Italian twist…ricotta, artichoke hearts, spinach, diced tomato, garlic and Italian seasoning.  I also through in some butternut squash because I needed to use it up.  I will probably leave that out next time, as it didn’t really fit with the rest of the ingredients…but it didn’t matter, this was goooood!  I topped it with some parmesan cheese.

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Not the greatest photograph, but trust me, it was delicious!  I can smell my baked apple and I can’t wait to eat it, so off I go!

My brother is coming up tomorrow afternoon to spend the night and to tutor me in biology.  if you don’t see me tomorrow, it’s just because I have my nose in a book or two!

Do you have a favorite fall tradition?

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Today was another winner!  Definitely cooler than yesterday (I had on a sweater, jeans and socks for most of the day!), but it was sunny and very relaxing.

Since it was a bit too cool to want to swim, we headed to the Shining Sea Bike Path in Falmouth.  I have never seen so many bikers!

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I think we were just about the only walkers out there.  We heard a chorus of “On your left!” the whole way.  We walked down to the ocean and sat for a bit.  I was finally warm enough to take off my sweater.

Looking contemplative!

Looking contemplative!

The Falmouth coast (Surf Drive)

The Falmouth coast (Surf Drive)

We probably walked about 3 miles, and by the time we got back to the car, Dave was thirsty!

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I’ve told you how Dave is not a big fan of food and doesn’t get too excited about eating…. This is true.  But there are certain things that he yearns for!  One, is a Slurpee from 7-11.  He makes it with a very specific ratio of Coke Slurpee to Cherry or Banana-flavored Slurpee.  (The other obsessions are Dairy Queen Blizzards, Toll House cookie dough, Honey Nut Cheerios….and you may have noticed the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls!)

We spent the rest of the afternoon in the backyard hammock.  I started out like this:

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But very soon after this picture….

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I was fast asleep.  There is nothing like a good nap!!

I woke up to work on dinner preparations.  I bought some pizza dough to make calzones.  It has been years since I have made these, but boy, oh boy, was I happy with how they turned out.

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Ricotta, mozzarella, and parmasan cheeses, mixed with garlic and Italian Seasoning.  For my mom and me, I added spinach.  For dave, I added pepperoni.

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Rolling out the dough...

Ready for the over: 350 degrees for 30 until golden brown

Ready for the over: 350 degrees for 30 until golden brown

With some marinara sauce for dipping:

This is Dave's plate with the added Crescent Rolls!

This is Dave's plate with the added Crescent Rolls!

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I will definitely be recreating this!

I have to be very careful with cheese because my tummy issues require me to avoid rich, full-fat cheeses.  A calzone made at a restaurant would have me doubled over in pain.  So I made these with fat free ricotta and mozzarella, and regular parmesan.  Even Dave said that they were rich and delicious!

Tonight will probably involve more ice cream, more reading, and more family!

I can’t believe tomorrow is Monday already.  I would like to do today all over again.  I’ve read some of my statistics reading and some biology.  I hope I am ready to go on Tuesday…. Back-to-school nerves are setting in!

Have a great night everyone!

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