Pizza Beach gluten free beet and goat cheese pizza

Pizza Beach and a 10K in the Park

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. Mine has been lovely thus far in spite of the bar exam prep that looms in the back of my mind no matter what I’m doing… In fact, I’ll have to attend to that later today. But only because I’ve been having such fun, going from dinner at a new restaurant in my neighborhood last night to a 10K in the park this morning. Pizza Beach and a 10K in the park is a pretty great start to the weekend!

 

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Ridgefield Memorial Day parade

From Memorial Day to Wrapping Up May

This May seems like it really flew by, with a highlight reel including the end of law school, time with friends and family, some awesome runs, fun new recipes, and treats while out on the town. On Monday we will be ushering in June, so although there’s still a full weekend left (including a 10K race for me tomorrow!) I figured it was high time for a recap of this month. 

 

 

Law School Graduation

 

On May 6, I took my last ever final exam of law school. After four years of high school, three years of college, and three years of law school, it’s all over. I could hardly believe it when it happened. It felt so surreal. And on May 21st, I graduated! I went through commencement with my family in attendance, wearing a ridiculous outfit and loving every minute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Francois Payard Macarons

Dessert for Days

This Thursday, I’m not thinking about too much too serious (except for contracts law, which nobody feels like thinking about unless they have to!) Instead, I’m thinking about dessert. Of which I eat a lot. While I like both sweet and savory foods, my taste buds definitely tilt to the sweeter side. Most of my oatmeal cakes and muffins could qualify as dessert, except I eat them in the morning and call them breakfast. I eat sweet snacks all day, and I always like to end both lunch and dinner with something sweet, whether it’s fruit, ice cream, or baked treats. Or, more commonly, all three! I try to keep the processed sugars in check, but since I don’t actually eat many processed sugars or carbs other than what I make myself for dessert, I like to say it’s all about balance. For example, my gluten free ice cream cone from Ferris Acres last Saturday – that balanced out a whole day of healthy eats beforehand!

 

Gluten Free Ice Cream Cone

 

 

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Sweet Cream Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream over a Peanut Butter Puff-in-a-Mug

WIAW #12: Brain Food

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Welcome to my first bar prep WIAW! For the next two months, my posts are likely going to feature a mish-mash of eats, because studying for the bar means an off-kilter schedule. I’ve worked out a routine these first few days. The lectures for the bar exam review course are actually available through an iPhone app, so I’ve been listening to the first hour and a half on morning runs or walks and cool-downs/stretching times. Then I come back, shower, eat breakfast or brunch, and finish up the rest of the lecture either at my laptop or while running errands (it’s amazing when you can listen – on the subway, getting a haircut, grocery shopping – as long as you don’t zone out and become a walking zombie!) I’m trying to fill in the lecture handouts and make flash cards for each subject while I do this. I take a late lunch or snack break, get outside, maybe play with Sasha, then do an hour or two of review and practice questions and look over the lecture notes for the next day, cutting off bar-related things by 5:30pm or so. I work best when I break up material into manageable chunks and focus for fewer hours. This may all change when things get more intense, but so far it’s working. It does mean my food is a little boring, because what is easy to grab? Apples and yogurt and snacks you crunch on while working like popcorn. Prepare for a million more photos of Pink Lady apples and peanut butter Greek yogurts, my friends! And also, my laptop and/or study books in the background. 

 

Pre-run breakfast: Just a muffin and some blueberries before my 9am run. I try to keep this small when I’m running 6 miles or less. It’s still strange eating before such short runs – when I first started running, I didn’t ever eat, even before long runs, until I learned my lesson at my first half marathon. But if I am going to start my run later in the morning (after 8am or so) which I’ve been doing to coincide with peak lecture-listening, and also to avoid Ridgefield traffic early in the AM, my stomach actually starts growling en route. 

 

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Gluten Free Ice Cream Cone

Return to Ferris Acres

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my first trip to Ferris Acres Creamery with you. It’s pretty obvious that ice cream is one of my main food groups, so a find like this is just the best thing! It’s the perfect distance from my family’s home in Connecticut – far enough that it won’t be a daily or weekly treat while I’m home studying for the bar exam this summer, but close enough to be an every-so-often sweet surprise. Last Saturday, my dad and I went for another round in honor of my law school graduation. On the actual day, I went to lunch with my parents and all four of my grandparents, but I ended up being a little sidelined on such a special day due to logistics and such (which was okay, because I love my family!) So I was happy to get this little moment of sunshine and sweet ice cream. Also, cows.

 

Ferris Acres Creamery Cows

 

 

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Blackberry Bramble Oatmeal Cake

Rail Trail Ramblings + A Blackberry Bramble Oatmeal Cake

Happy long weekend, everyone! I am spending Memorial Day at my family home in Connecticut. It’s likely that I’ll be splitting time between there and Manhattan for the next few months, because it’s much nicer to study for the bar exam in a big airy house with a Sasha for puppy therapy than in a New York apartment. I’ll be in the city to see friends, get in November Project workouts here and there, and go to Summer Stage concerts and such, but you’ll be seeing a lot more New England summer scenery in my weekly updates and running routes! Last week, I got in a mix of workout lengths and locales. 5 miles on Monday in Manhattan, 6 miles Wednesday, and 8 miles yesterday here. These are just some glimpses from my ramblings on the Ridgefield Rail Trail on a late spring Sunday!

 

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chicken burger with broccoli rabe

WIAW #11: Getting Ready to Graduate

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This Tuesday’s eats were all over the map. I was in the midst of preparing for my law school graduation tomorrow (!!!) so that I wouldn’t be rushing around today to get anything ready. I found time for a lovely morning run yesterday though, and managed to whip up a lot of healthy mini-meals to get me through the day. Whenever I’m looking forward to something, or I’m nervous, I feel hungry but not in the mood for anything major, so it ended up working out okay. And here goes my WIAW!

 

Breakfast: I got up early and let this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cake bake, while I finished gathering up my outfit for graduation and laying it out so I’m prepared. I wasn’t sure if I would need to steam it and didn’t want to leave it to the last minute! I had my meal at 8am and then tied up a few other odds and ends before heading out for a run. 

 

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Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Decadent Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

I shared this recipe in a guest post a week ago on Keeping It Real Food, and figured I’d put it up here as well to make sure you all get the chance to see, try, and taste these treats! I’ve mentioned before that I very much enjoy a piece (or pieces, or truffles, or an entire bar) of good dark chocolate, but that I’m not much for chocolate baked goods. That’s why most of my recipes focus on fruit or peanut butter or plain cinnamon and vanilla flavors, and I throw in dark chocolate chips and such for an extra treat. However, plenty of my friends are chocolate cupcake and cookie lovers. This led to the creation of my Cocoa-Chocolate-Chip Cuppins, and recently, to these gluten free dark chocolate cupcakes. 

 

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

 

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A heavenly dessert ready in mere minutes... a gluten free Peanut Butter Puff-in-a-Mug with peanut butter cup ice cream

Peanut Butter Puff-in-a-Mug

So I’ve been blogging for more than five months now, and in addition to sharing my own allergy-free recipe creations I’ve been exploring the delicious treats that other bloggers have come up with. Some have been spectacular, like when I combined Katie’s ‘growing oatmeal’ trick and Julie’s egg white oatmeal to create a ginormous bowl of protein-packed Snickerdoodle oatmeal! Others haven’t been so successful, mainly because I end up trying to adapt recipes to fit my own unique allergy needs. And there are some things I’ve steered clear of just because they seemed strange, like mug cakes. Whoever heard of making cake in the microwave? I just didn’t think it could work, and besides, I like ice cream way more than cake, so barely ever eat the latter.

 

A heavenly dessert ready in mere minutes... a gluten free Peanut Butter Puff-in-a-Mug with chocolate chip ice cream

 

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