I love apple picking! I also love the I will be able to do it several times this year. Because the Jewish holidays have been on weekends in recent years, I’ve only been able to go once a season (or not at all!). This year will be different though. I love the entire atmosphere of apple orchards; it just says “autumn” to me!
We went to a farm called Tougas Family Farms, which we went to last year and fell in love with.
We picked the peck, which amounts to about 10 lb. of apples! It’s the perfect time to have a surplus of apples since Thursday is Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and we eat apples and honey (and lots of it!) to signify the sweet new year we anticipate. Anyway, they had several varieties ready for picking, such as Cortlands, Macintosh, Gala, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Ginger Gold, and Fujis. One thing I love about apple picking is tasting all the different kinds!
We prioritized and decided to go with a couple Gala apples and several Honeycrisp and Ginger Gold. I’d never had a Ginger Gold apple before but it fits my criteria of sweet and crisp.
We found out that Dave’s height (he’s a little over 6’0″) comes in handy for picking the high-up apples!
This was the perfect day to spend a beautiful day outside!
I’m strong, but I’m willing to let him do the heavy lifting (those apples are heavy!)
Once we got home, I was still a bit hungry, although I’d sampled many apples. I’m not sure if it was real stomach hunger, but I decided to eat anyway. At first I had some Kashi Warm Cinnamon Oat cereal mixed with Fiber 1 and some Almond Breeze. Everything tastes better in a mug.
I had a craving for chocolate, too, so I also indulged in a vitamuffin with chocolate pudding, walnuts and 1/2 small sliced banana.
I also danced with danger by eating some Edy’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream light ice cream out of the carton (this should always send up warning signals to me), a whole wheat pop tart, and crackers with guacamole and hummus. I was able to stop myself pretty early before it became an all-out binge. Even still, I felt pretty disheartened and decided to get myself out of the kitchen. We worked on some crossword puzzles outside in the beautiful weather and I practiced the piano. Towards the end of my playing, I decided that I wanted to give running another try for the day. I got all my gear on and headed out for another 6 miler.
This one was a much bigger success! I didn’t try to push myself as hard as I did this morning, but I must say that all the food bouncing around in my stomach didn’t go over well. I was able to make it through, though and was glad that I did! I ended up running 5.85 miles in 57 minutes. So all in all, I ran about 8 miles today!
I am sure that some of you out there are horrified that I ran while my stomach wasn’t at the top of its game, but with the PMS I’ve been experiencing in the last few days (sorry gentlemen readers out there!) I needed my exercise. I’ve felt so moody and snacky and the best medicine for that is exercise. I’m already feeling the benefits 🙂
After arriving home, I decided that I definitely didn’t need any more food, especially after my run made me feel the indigestion. Instead, I took three tums and am calling it a night. Dave had made dinner for us, but I’ve decided to put my serving in a tupperware and eat it for lunch another day.
I have posted the recipe here, though. I am off to pack my bag and get ready for tomorrow. Good night!