(And that’s the second time I’ve used a fruit-related song reference as a post title in the last week. Sweet.)
Everywhere I turn lately on the interwebs I’m seeing gushing posts and tweets about the cool weather, Pumpkin Spice lattes, yay-fall-is-here and blah blah blah.
But it was 96* here today. I am kind of crying inside. I love fall and right now I feel like I’ve been cheated. I survived a summer of record breaking heat in NYC only to move to the South and continue dealing with it. And like Rachel, I am kind of over hearing about how everyone else is enjoying fall!
One upside, though? Summer fare is still bountiful! No, we have not yet caught squash-and-stew fever down here. We’re still knee-deep in corn and berries. And peaches.
I suppose that’s a silver lining. Because I love peaches.
I also love big-ass salads, and there is nothing better than a ripe peach in a big-ass salad.
You’ll all have moved on to gingerbread or something, I suppose, by the time it feels cool enough here to care about pumpkins. In the meantime, enjoy a crisp autumn run for me, please? Because I almost melted on my run today.
Today’s EAT: The hubs was working late tonight. Poor hubs. I kind of like being on my own for dinner sometimes, though. It’s fun to just eat whatever the hell I want and indulge my cravings at the moment!
Tonight I was craving dates, so I pilfered some of my BAS fixins’ and made a little appetizer:
Medjool dates, goat cheese, pancetta. I shuddered with pleasure while eating them, and I’m getting aftershocks looking at the pics now. Such a perfect combination of flavors.
Then, on to the BAS!
On tonight’s plate: spring mix, pancetta, sliced peaches, goat cheese and homemade croutons. I kept the dressing simple – just a little balsamic and honey – to offset the rich and fatty pancetta. Surprisingly, the croutons were the star of this salad, though! And they took less than five minutes to make. I just cubed a hunk of fresh baguette and fried the pieces in olive oil and a little salt.
I think I might go back and have more dates for dessert. 🙂
Today’s DRINK: I wanted a nice, mellow red wine to sip with my salty salad, and I got lucky with this pick!
Well Red organic red table wine. Cheap at TJ’s. Simple and tasty. Not the most complex wine, but perfect for a weeknight salad!
Today’s RUN: No, I did not do my long run today. The water was shut off in my building and I didn’t relish doing a long run in the morning and then not being able to shower all day. I’m currently shooting for Thursday for that 20 miler.
I did venture out for a run this afternoon, though. It was hot. I ran slow. I think I did around 8 miles. Meh.
Because it was a boring running day, how about an embarrassing pic from the high school cross-country era?
Courtesy of Facebook and one of my old HS teammates! Apparently I decided to bring the hotness big-time on this trip to Foot Locker Regionals in California my senior year. I mean…the bandana? The giant yellow vest? The sweatshirt around the waist? WTF is happening there?
Tomorrow, I’m stuck at home waiting on some furniture delivery (hooray for a couch!) so look forward to a scintillating report on my treadmill run. I know I am.
Today’s QUESTION: What were you in HS? Prep, jock, nerd, other? I would say I was a nerdy jock who hung out on the very outer edge of the prep/popular crowd, but looking at these pictures I’m going to simply categorize myself as a fashion disaster.