Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Getting in my "fun-day"

I survived, the weekend that is. It was actually pretty Laborious but hey, that's what happens when your a contract employee as well as self employed. haha! I did manage to carve out a "fun-day" this weekend. Gotta follow my home girl Cyndi Laupers to have my "fun-day, my I don't have to run day" (well, the Bangles originally sang it but I like Cyndi's version better!).

So Sunday I took advantage of sunshine, new friends, new finds, and new experiments. Yes, I am a geek, fun to me is experimenting in the kitchen. It all started off with a point to point run (ya, did end up running, sorry Cyndi). The hubs and I did the point to point drop. I love this, he drives to the gym with his bike in the car and rides from there. I then get to run to the gym (4-5 miles), lift weights, and pick up the car from the gym to drive home.....GENIUS!! Such a great day to get out for a run or ride. Then I got home and flavored up my second batch of kombucha. Get excited!
This time I brewed it with a lemon ginger tea and added a little mango juice to my bottle. Lemon Mango Flavor rocked!

I also made a pomegranate flavor, which the hubs liked a lot! Okay okay, enough "booch" talk, lets get to the best part of the day. A fun meet up at the Whole Foods Headquarters downtown with these lovely ladies.
Dorry and her fiance (Billy "Bee") were in town for a wedding and I was thrilled to get to meet with her. I also got to me Lauren who was just about to take off back to Cali for school. We had a great time hitting up the juice bar and chatting away. I think Billy loved being the only guy with 3 girls as well. Lucky guy, eh?

Dorry, Lauren, and Myself. Check out the weirdo staring us down in th background. haha!
After some good social time, it was back to the kitchen..........

A few weeks ago I was contacted by CSN stores about reviewing one of their products. I was thrilled because I've actually been dying to get one of their dehydrators. I decided to go with the NESCO dehydrator and Snack machine.

Well, its arrived Saturday, just in time to play with it on Sunday! My first trial experiment was really with anything I could find in my freezer and fridge. This what I came up with.

Frozen okra from my friends garden and frozen tropical fruit
I thawed them out for a bit, sliced them up,and threw them on my trays. In the dehydrator they went on 135F for 6 hours. Another experiment where I had to wait, at least it was only part of a day, not weeks like kombucha!

frozen produce ready to suck air, haha.
Anyway, 6 hours later and I had some yummy snacks! This dehydrating thing is FABULOUS! Love my NESCO, it was super easy to clean and very quiet while dehydrating.

Okra chips and chewy dried fruit!!
Can't wait to try out more recipes. The hubs is begging me to make fruit roll ups. I'm down with that!

Well, its pouring down rain and I watching re-runs of Glee. Life is good! Hope you carved out a fun-day this weekend.



Eden said...

Bloggie meetups are the best. you feel like you know these people for years!
I was thinking about getting a dehydrator, but I honestly think I prefer "wet" food. I think it would be fun to play with though. I also would love to try to make my own jerky! I would try it with salmon or ahi tuna. is that gross? maybe your hubs will like a "fish roll up".

Abby said...

Fruit Roll-Ups sound like a great idea!! Send me some!

When I come to Austin we'll need to have a bloggie meet up!

I still can't believe that we haven't met in person!!! THAT ISN'T RIGHT!

Bre said...

fruit roll ups would be a brilliant snack for rides! do it do it do it, then post the recipe :) they would be brilliant anytime, but I think a fruit roll up would taste a lot better than most of the other training food...:)

Dorry said...

I love your gym/run/bike plan with the hubs - genius! Totally noticed the creeper in the background of that picture as well. Billy was definitely one lucky dude. :)

Love the dehydrator. Now I want one!

Alisa said...

It looks like you made the most of your day off anyway! I consider kitchen-time downtime too.

rhodespedal said...

You have just made me want to buy that little dehydrator! How big is it? It looks a lot smaller than other dehydrators I've looked at before.

My weekend fun-day was more like a fun-weekend. Bachelorette Camping trip, BBQ, then an engagement photo shoot!

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

You all must get one! My dehydrator has about 6-7 racks or trays, so it looks small but stacks a lot of food. It is awesome.

Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said...

I'm so excited that you got a dehydrator! This way I'll be inspired to use mine some more. ;-)

Viviane said...

Your weekend sounds awesome, a perfect mix of husband-time, friends-time, workout-time and food-time!
A dehydrator seems like such a great kitchen tool... homemade fruit roll-ups? YES!
Hope you have an equally fun Wednesday :)

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

I am totally with you on enjoying kitchen time. I got to do that yesterday. I've only ever dehydrated tomatoes and that was in the oven. I keep seeing all these fabulous raw cracker recipes out there. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

And I hate to say - but I thought it was the Bangles who had the fun day/run day song - Manic Monday? Or did Cindy do one too?

Lauren @ WWoB said...

Omg, y'all l i v e in a state of triathlon! I love it!! Bahahaha the drop is awesome.

And it was so lovely meeting you!

Shannon said...

how aweseome!! i've been wanting to try and play with a dehydrator :) and you're making me so jealous with more and more kombucha!

Viviane said...

You mean you make banana soft serve with your dehydrator? You must show us how!

Penny Lane said...

I love the Idea for driving the car to the gym so you can run there and you both still get your workouts in! I can't wait to get a dehydrator! I have so many Ideas floating around for chips, and fruits.

Just another manic monday, I wish it was fun-day. That has been my theme song for the last two weeks.

Kelly said...

I so want a dehydrator! I love dried fruits and veggies but they're so expensive. Can't wait to see what else you dehydrate. My dried food favorite is figs!

Kelsey said...

haha the weirdo was like "hey, is this the hot girl convention.. lemme see.. do i have a chance with these girls?"

.. the answer, sadly, is NO!!! haha

ps. i just got ur package 10 min ago!!! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH FOR THE TEA! im freaking out waiting for the damn tea pot to finish boiling so i can have some <3 <3


Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

oooh what a great machine you have tere!!!

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

oooh what a great machine you have tere!!!

rhodespedal said...

You have just made me want to buy that little dehydrator! How big is it? It looks a lot smaller than other dehydrators I've looked at before.

My weekend fun-day was more like a fun-weekend. Bachelorette Camping trip, BBQ, then an engagement photo shoot!