I was so happy to get up this morning and hear rain! It didn’t change my plans but was definitely needed!

Exercise:

I have to admit to feeling pudgy lately. Some is due to the dairy attack, but a lot is due to my time in Robert’s Creek. This morning started off on a good note to change that feeling- a nice hike with my friend Sarah and Kula.

He did spend a lot of time waiting for us at the top of hills and at the bottom of hills. It really does look like he is saying, “geez can’t you two keep up?”

It was a great 5.8km walk and is definitely how I like to spend my days off!

This evening, I really didn’t want to go out, but knew I had to in order to make progress on the 15km mission. I gave myself permission to take it easy and slow and just do a short run as it’s been over a week since I ran. The rain had stopped and I enjoyed my 3.35km run.

This is a start back into my healthy lifestyle. I figure I had better get back into my habits this week so that they are established before we add in kids and work!

Reading:

I finished my NetGalley book today, Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery.

This is the third story in the Happily Inc series. I greatly enjoyed it.

Natalie is the main heroine and I lover her optimism. She brings fun and positivity to every situation and yet she’s not an unrealistic Pollyanna. She has confidence in herself and I love her self-assured statement. Yet she has hidden depths as you can see she sometimes doubts she can be loved as it hasn’t worked out for her in the past.

Ronan is the Moody artist. I have to admit this isn’t my ideal man and much of his struggle just annoyed me. I very much agreed with Natalie that he was still incredibly lucky with his life and why he was pouting, was beyond me.

I enjoyed how Ronan became closer to his brothers and that brought the rest of the family into the book.

I also liked how the book didn’t go as I thought it would. At one point I thought I knew what was going to happen and I was completely wrong. I am so happy that I was!

The book celebrates art which is great and would be of interest to anyone who is artistic or enjoys art. It definitely gave me inspiration to create!

Thank you to NetGalley, Susan Mallery and the publisher for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I of course have started another book that has to be returned Monday instead of doing any of the projects that I really need to get done:(

Cooking:

With the rain, it felt like the perfect day to do some cooking and it would help with getting me back on track to healthy!

I started with making the pesto pasta salad. It was super easy as I just cooked up some shell pasta, added quartered cherry tomatoes, minced garlic and pesto. I had it for lunch and am very happy with the results. Even better I have four servings in my fridge and whatever doesn’t get eaten will get frozen:)

I also cooked up some chicken and made up some chicken Caesar salads as there was Earth Island Parmesan cheese (fake) on sale this week. I had this for dinner and was super happy with it too! I don’t normally like Daiya anything, but I don’t mind the Caesar dressing.

Finally I tried a recipe from me newest cookbook, Deliciously Ella Everyday by Ella Woodward.

I made the Zucchini Banana Bread and am not very happy with it. I have high expectations for my baking now and this is very dense and heavy and didn’t cook nicely at all:(. I will give the book a few more chances, but so far I’m not impressed:(

Well I’m off to do more reading.

Have fun!

AJ

23 thoughts on “It Finally Rained

  1. Sorry the baking didn’t turn out this time, I love to bake when it rains too. Something cozy about that! I made a French dessert yesterday that is like a fruit custard. Everyone liked it, so that was a win!

      1. I need to try it again, I took it out before the center was set, and had to put it back in after it was partially cooled and got a denser layer on the bottom. Now that I know what to expect, I think I can get it right!

  2. That is the worst when you spend all that time baking something, and it doesn’t turn out. Great job on getting out for a run last night even though you didn’t want to at first. I LOVE the look on the dog’s face at the bottom of the hill. Like you said, he is definitely waiting for you all! 😊

    1. Yup Kula did circles around us. His face was even funnier when he was waiting at the top of the hill, but I didn’t get my camera out in time:(

  3. I hate when I bake something and it doesn’t turn out like I expected, I refuse to eat/serve it. I will often have Richard try it to see if I’m just being a baking snob or if it really isn’t up to my level of baking. So I can totally relate to your thoughts!

    love the dog’s expression… let’s go people I hate to wait! glad you are getting some rain, hope it helped with the smoke issues.

    1. Ugh I actually had to throw out the bread this morning as it was as horrible as I thought:(
      I’ll try one more thing from that cookbook and we’ll see how it gors

  4. Looks like that forest was a beautiful place to start your day with a walk … you’re right, Kula does look to be way ahead of you and Sarah. And a run too – wow! Not to mention being productive in the kitchen. I feel like a sloth now. 🙂

  5. What a bummer about the bad turnout for the bread:/ I hate it when that happens.
    I love zucchini bread and I love banana bread (I actually have a post in the works for them both right now haha) but I never thought to try them together!!

    1. It was such a good idea, but I found I didn’t like the texture of either baked good I made from that book. I tried a smoothie and it was good so I will try a few more recipes before I decide what to do with the book.
      Oooo I can’t wait to read about your baking as I love a good bread recipe!

      1. Yeah give it a few more goes I guess! I know I have a bunch of cook books that I went through and marked the recipes I wanted to try. Some ended up being over half the book, so if they turn out nice….I’ll keep the book. Then the ones that it’s only a handful of recipes…I just decided I’ll write them out on cards and donate the book to the library.
        Me too!! I hope you’re able to turn them for your gf/df!

      2. Yup I’m getting a lot of cookbooks so I’m going to need to make a concerted effort to try them out and decide if I’m keeping the books or not.
        I will definitely give it a shot!

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