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Goodbye May, Hello June!

Lots of fun stuff happening lately!

First off – donuts. Oh how I love donuts! The DC area is getting in on an Outer Banks beach vacation treat: Duck Donuts! These were excellent! I can see what everyone is talking about when they rave about these!

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The annual PBS Memorial Day Concert on the lawn of the Capitol Building was awesome as always! 

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If you have never been to Harper’s Ferry, VA/MD/WV, I highly recommend it! All 3 states converge at this beautiful spot and there are historical sites, outdoor adventure activities, and much more!

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I am trying to eat more veggies at lunch, I get tired of a typical salad and then realize that I end up in a rut of eating basically nothing green at lunch for weeks at a time! So this is the #summerofsalads that are of a non-traditional variety! This tasty combo below lasted the whole week and was so yummy! Strawberries, broccoli, almond slivers, get crumbles, chickpeas, and a poppyseed slaw dressing. 

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Last week I had the pleasure of getting to attend a VIP pre-opening dinner at Arlington’s new Tupelo Honey Cafe! Usually I hate Facebook ads, but seeing the ad was what led to getting on the list for this event!  I know this is a popular chain throughout the south and I can see why! Every single thing I ate was so tasty! Can’t wait to go back again!





Last weekend I said goodbye to May with another year of running the Virginia Wine Half Marathon. It was hot and humid but luckily overcast! 





I love you, wine!



And wine tasting back at one of my fave wineries afterwards was a largest way to celebrate a great run!

Oh! And last but certainly not least! A HUGE thank you to everyone who shopped my Stella & Dot eBoutique in the month of May! Thanks to you, we were able to make a donation of $400 to Nepal earthquake relief !

That’s all for right now! Be on the lookout for another post very soon, I just finished a really great book that I can’t wait to share about!

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Spring in DC just got even better! 

One of the best parts of DC, in my opinion, is the fact that we get 4 solid seasons. I love them all! A couple weeks ago I shared my cherry blossom adventures and I didn’t think it could get much better than that! But it did. A friend invited me to join her on a short trip out to a tulip farm, and let me tel you, it was nothing short of magical! Only 45 minutes from DC you can find a glimpse of heaven at Burnside Farms. You can pick flowers to buy and take home or just walk amongst them and enjoy the scenery. We just wandered around and marveled at it all. So fun!

Then we headed to a winery that was only about 10 minutes away — this winery is now at the top of my list. Every wine we tried in the tasting was awesome. Usually I get through a few wines in a tasting but don’t enjoy them, but for real, every single one of these was a winner! Also, as if the delicious wine isn’t enough to convince you, how about the fact that they have this awesome made-to-order Sicilian style pizza that will blow your mind? Quattro Goombas is where it’s at, friends. And they’re opening a brewery too very soon!

Blueberry Avocado Muffins

Happy Monday! I had such a glorious weekend that started with a sunrise run in DC with a friend and we ended it right in time with the light of the new day waking up the cherry blossoms that were just starting their blooming cycle. God is so good and in the hustle and bustle of life it’s so easy to overlook the glory of newness around us. I’m so glad we got to enjoy these beautiful trees – it always seems like such a DC tradition to see the blossoms and battle the hordes of tourists (and photographers with tripods….oh my gosh, SO many tripods!) before we are really ready to acknowledge that spring is officially here.

After the wonderful morning, I headed up to Maryland for a fun afternoon of painting and wine with local girls from my larger Stella & Dot team. I was not feeling motivated by the pre-planned picture, so I dug into my phone for a photo from the morning and let the cherry blossoms inspire me!

Speaking of cherry blossoms, I have been enjoying local sweet blossom-inspired treats these past couple weeks….yum

And yesterday was just a relaxing day. I even got to soak up some sun on my porch while reading a book. I now have a VERY faint tan line. Yay! I’m ready for my pasty white winter legs to get some color! Then yesterday afternoon I got inspired to make some healthy muffins for an easy weekday morning breakfast. I am totally obsessed with avocado as I’ve said several times now. So these totally hit the spot – they don’t really taste like avocado, but I love knowing it’s in there! I made some extra muffins to take down the street to my wonderful friends who just brought their brand new 1 day old baby home yesterday!


Blueberry Avocado Muffins

Ingredients

Muffin

1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour (you can use white flour, or a combo of both if you don’t like all whole wheat flour)

1/3 cup flaxseed meal (feel free to leave this out and just increase the flour measurement to a total of 2 cups)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 ripe avocado (seeded and peeled)

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1 cup plain green yogurt (I used slightly more than a cup just because I got 2 single-serve containers of yogurt that were 5.3oz each and didn’t want to waste any)

1 1/2 cups blueberries (I used fresh, but frozen is always an option), rinsed and dried

Streusel

1/4 cup whole wheat flour (again, white is fine)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup dry oats (quick or old-fashioned)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line muffin tins with paper liners

2) In a medium bowl, combine flour, meal, baking soda and powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3) In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the avocado on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar and mix until smooth. Next add egg, beating until well combined. Add the vanilla and yogurt, mixing until just incorporated.

4) Add half of the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, beating until just combined. Repeat with 2nd half

of dry mixture. With a spatula, gently fold in blueberries.

5) Fill muffin liners with a heaping 1/4 cup of batter.

6) To make streusel topping, in a small bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Using a fork, cut in butter in small pieces and continue to mix/mash with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle onto muffins and press slightly into batter. Bake muffins 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Makes 14-16 muffins

Nutritional Info (14 servings)

Calories: 189, Fat: 5.7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 224mg, Potassium: 82mg, Total Carb: 33g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 17g, Protein: 6g

Pool barre

On the phone with my mom after work last night discussing my evening plans….
Me: Mom, I’m going to do barre at the pool!
Mom: You’re going to a bar at the pool? Good for you!
Me: noooo, a b-a-r-r-e class. At a rooftop pool in DC.
Mom: oh, well that would be fun too, I guess.

Hahahaha. I could’ve used a trip to the poolside bar after last night’s barre class. I tried my first one last Tuesday at a studio in Arlington called Lava Barre, and wasn’t sure I was into it enough to become a real follower. But then a friend wanted me to join her in going to the weekly rooftop poolside class that this studio just added to their schedule for the summer, so I bought a pack of classes (last week’s I tried for free) and we made the 4:30pm drive over the bridge into DC to make it to the hotel it was at by 5 (not fun!). The class was way more enjoyable than the last one was. I also loved being outside, enjoying the view, being amused by the expressions of pool-goers as they stared at the group of us 7 girls doing pliés, leg lifts, and lots and lots and lots of pelvic tucks. Haha! The hour passed much faster, the breeze was fabulous, and I am definitely feeling the soreness today. I have to say, when I feel like I’m in good shape with lots of running, lifting lots of weight in Crossfit, and doing yoga as often as I can, it is SO humbling to realize how easily I want to lay down and cry after standing in a second position plié for a few minutes with one heel up and pulsing an inch up and down. Or just doing arm weight lifting. Or old school glute work by being on all fours, lifting a leg at a time behind you and poking the sky with your toes. I think I took for granted how well-rounded my muscles were in all my years of dancing. After I moved to DC post-college I only made time to take a drop in class at a studio once in awhile. But maybe a barre class mixed into my other workout routines will help round out the very targeted strength and toning that I have missed all these years.

I’m curious if other people are on the barre kick?? It is so popular here! I think I might try to find some barre-type workouts online that I can do on my own when I don’t feel like paying to go to a class.

Here are some pics from last night:

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