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I’m headed to Houston soon but not before I run like a crazy person and take my practice RD exam. This week has been a whirlwind. Let’s take each day individually.

Tuesday: Rebecca and I went to the Cooking Matters class over by Carrollton and Claiborne. A small Baptist church provides its home-like kitchen and dining area for men and women to enjoy a healthy meal after they help prepare. Today we cooked roasted butternut squash with peppers and onions and tilapia en papillote. Meaning fish in paper. We loaded the fish with goodies in the parchment paper wrapping and steamed them in the oven. It was pretty good but I would doctor that sucker up way more. The chef is from Michigan and admitted to liking blander foods, so Rebecca and I both thought the flavors could have been amped up. We also opted to go easy on trying the butternut squash. Let me explain.

While cutting the onions, a younger lady cut her finger. But instead of telling anyone, she continued to use her bloody finger to chop. I witnessed the entire thing go down. So we went easy eating the squash but all I could think about was the blood particles that could have made it in the mixture even after cleaning it up.

We used the extra fish toppings to make a slaw with red wine vinegar, cinnamon and rosemary.

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After coming home early, of course I couldn’t sit still so I decided to use the overly ripe bananas that otherwise would be thrown away. I give you Whole Wheat Cinnamon Banana Raisin Swirl Bread. I understand it is a mouth full but this bread isn’t kidding around. Adapted from this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Eat Live Run.

I killed my first batch of yeast so I had to try again but the second time was a charm! I used 1/2 whole wheat, 1/2 all purpose unlike the recipe (2/3 white, 1/3 wheat). I put the bananas, butter, cinnamon, sugar and raisins in the kitchen aid for a spin and then spread it on the rolled out dough. I know the mixture looks like it left something to be desired but I assure you it was fab!

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My bread trumps Panera Bread’s Cinnamon Raisin by 1 million percent. The banana and raisins were the perfect addition. Next time I will add chopped walnuts. I am becoming quite the baker…but mainly because Roger refuses to bake or cook unless it can be done on a BBQ pit. And I have become familiar with master recipes for baking so adding extra flavors and ingredients is all about the marriage of ingredients and what works together. This bread may not make it too long in the house. So delicious!

Wednesday: I have FINALLY gone for a run. Stupid rain was getting in my way. It felt good to be back hitting the pavement after a week hiatus.

Rebecca and I went in a little later because we would be staying late teaching a nutrition class at the International School on Camp Street. And by late I mean 4pm but the kids were still in school. It’s an after hours program where wellness, arts and sciences are enforced and reiterated to maximize learning. I would venture to say most of these kids are too smart for their own good. We had the 4th grade class and taught the ever classic MyPlate. Well they already knew everything. And don’t get me wrong, I love that they knew it all. BUT they were overly obsessed with coloring the plate perfectly. The colors had to be correct and in the right spot…which drove me crazy because it truly didn’t matter. This is why I can’t be a school teacher.

Anyway it was great and dandy and we carried on our way home afterwards. My mom and I got our eyebrows waxed for Houston…definitely can’t go looking like a wooly mammoth.

Thursday: last day at Second Harvesters! I had a great time this week. We conducted a grocery store store at the Rouses on Vets and helped out in the kitchen before leaving for the day. The tour was great, unlike last time. Rebecca and I took an older couple around the perimeter of the store to show the freshest and most cost effective ingredients available.

Lunch on the Lawn. So much fun!! Dominican (my high school) hosted a young alumnae night where we got to eat our favorite lunch menu items and drink beer while socializing with girls we haven’t seen in forever. Beer and Dominican. Never thought that would happen. Who knew Dominican knew how to order 2 kegs?!

Kallie posing with the keg!

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The lunch group (minus Lindsay and Brianna…we missed you)! Sitting on the floor. It’s the ONLY way to eat lunch!

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Throwback!! Here are some pics from 5(!!!!) years ago at lunch!

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20121130-063107.jpgRalph’s on the Park for our luncheon after Ring Mass and Ceremony!

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Good chicken, crispitos, salad and beer. Doesn’t get much better.

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Beer!

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Lunch group again!

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Maybe enjoying the keg too much!

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With our girl Ruth…you know…the Ruth from Ruth’s Chris. Yep, she’s a Dominican alum!

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Breaking and entering into the art room to pose for pics with beer!

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Stopped at Brocato’s for dessert. Pumpkin gelato and fig biscotti!

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Next week I’m headed to the WIC Clinic in Reserve. And next Sunday is my next half marathon which I’m getting super excited about!

Until next time! Eat Smart and Move More.

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