Farm Tour

in theory farm

There are times for watching TV and eating pizza at home…and there are times to get out explore and learn new things.

A few weekends ago, I roped my sister (who was actually excited about it, too) in to going to a few farms on the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour.

Although we just went to a few nearby, it was great to visit some farms, learn new things and get more connected with the wonderful farmers around us.

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Oh Happy Day!

Happy Day

No matter what type of day we’re facing, let’s make it a happy one.

Make yourself a delicious puffy apple pancake or treat yourself to a locally-made pastry.

Walk a new trail.

Plan a spontaneous girls night with friends.

Enjoy today, no matter if you’re off work or on the clock.

Let’s make it a happy day!

(And if you need to bust into singing that “Oh happy day” song from Sister Act, I’m totally cool with that, and in fact, I’m already way ahead of you.)

Cool Days Are Here

Shakshuka

Have you noticed?

Is it happening near you?

Have the fall, cool winds come blowing in? Are the leaves crunching under your feet? Are you in the mood for tea and pumpkin bread? Oh- well, who isn’t?!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve really been craving warm, comfort foods, and I’ve been utilizing my cast iron skillet a lot to get me there.

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Getting to Know You

Tell me about yourself

Hello, out there!

How is your Monday going? I hope well.

I wanted to take a tiny break from the recipes to get to know you…yep- you out there!

Believe it or not, I’m not even sure who you are. And I would love to know! It would just make my day, in fact.

Would you humor me by helping us get to know each other some more by leaving a comment and saying hello?

To help me get to know you, please leave a comment with:

1. Your name

2. What state (or country) you live in

3. Your favorite think fruitful recipe, one you’ve made or one you would like to make

Feel free to also let me know if there’s anything you really like on the blog or anything you would like to see in the future.

Consider this a fun blog party where we learn a little bit about each other. Sorry I can’t provide digital drinks and snacks, but let’s hope we can do that in person in the future…and thanks for reading!

What’s On My Mind

Do you ever have one of those hours, days or weeks, where there are just so many things swimming around in your brain that you’ve got to let some of them out?

Don’t be embarrassed if that happens to you daily, I think a lot of us are guilty of that. Well, I’ve decided to start sharing a few of things (hopefully filtering the boring bits) that are on my mind. I figure Saturday is the best time as any to get some thoughts out of our mind and make room for new ones!

A year in burgundy

—Jason and I watched this documentary on Netflix this past weekend and were swept away on a beautiful, wine-filled journey to France. The documentary really made me want to take Jason to France. I’ve been a few times, but he has never been. We were planning on going this year, but we ended up moving and using our money for that. Here’s to hoping that if our finances work out we can plan a trip for 2015! I’ve never been to the French countryside and would love to go (Jason even has family there), but we also wanted to visit London and Oxford. So many decisions!

—Life and eating is all about balance. Balancing the brownies with the kale, work with fun, exercise with Netflix binges. I really loved what this blogger had to say about not apologizing for splurging and eating “fatty” foods occasionally (warning: there’s a bit more language than I use, but I really like her point).

—It’s fall and while everyone is on their pumpkin latte trains, I’m excited to be trying out my first fall/pumpkin beers. So far, Harvest Time from Big Boss Brewing (right here in Raleigh) is a winner! Full of spices, light and perfect for the changing seasons…and they even sell it individually at Trader Joe’s! Also, tea! Trader Joe’s has a wonderful fall-inspired Harvest Blend Herbal Tea. If you’re into tea, read about how a love of tea and the origins of the word spread around the world!

What’s on your mind this weekend? Any trips you’re planning or new beverages you’re drinking?

Putting the Cake in Pancakes

choco chip pancakes

You just never know where you’ll find your next best recipe, do you?

It might be from one of your favorite food blogs. It might be inspired by something you see on TV. Or it could be ripped out of a magazine in your doctor’s waiting room.

chocolate chip pancakes

It’s always a good idea to keep your eyes open for new food inspiration because you never know when it will strike.

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Cooking the Books: Pork With Green Chili Rice & Beans

pork with green chili rice and beans

Cooking the Books is a monthly (or so) series on the think fruitful blog where I share a recipe from a favorite cookbook or magazine.

If you’ve been around this blog for awhile, you’ll know that I don’t post a ton of meat recipes.

We eat mostly vegetarian during the weekdays (and love to eat local meat when we eat out), mainly because it’s cheaper and touching raw meat is not my favorite thing.

Even though I’m a true veggie lover at heart, I do have a soft spot for pork (I mean, bbq, come on).

The other day, I remembered how inexpensive pork tenderloin was and set out to make this Real Simple recipe that I had been saving for a few months.

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Simple Saturday: Ultimate BLT

ultimate blt

If there’s one thing that summer is still giving us, it’s fresh tomatoes.

Let’s enjoy them while we can and make some seriously good BLTs with them. You in?

There really isn’t a wrong way to make a BLT, as far as I’m concerned, but here are just a few ideas for making your sandwich rock!

ultimate blt

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Beer & Brownies

stout brownies

It’s really hard to say no to brownies. Am I right?

They’re one of the most perfect desserts on the planet.

Personally, I grew up eating my mom’s fudgy brownies (made with a hint of coffee- thanks Ina Garten). Then when Jason and I started dating, we fell in love eating just-warm-from-the-oven box brownies with ice cream beside one another on the couch watching Planet Earth.

stout brownies

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Cooking the Books: Perfect Fish Tacos

fish tacos

Cooking the Books is a monthly (or so) series on the think fruitful blog where I share a recipe from a favorite cookbook or magazine.

Even though I may not have written it down, I had a mental summer bucket list, and making local fish tacos was on it!

Although I’m ready to move on to fall’s cooler weather and layering scarves and sweaters, I’m trying to get all that I can out of the end of summer’s foods.

When I decided to finally make some fish tacos, I started by getting really good local fish. Again, it’s still hard for me to believe that I can buy actual fresh fish, yeah for that! I got some beautiful tilapia from Locals Seafood. If you live around Raleigh, you can get their fish several days of the week and on Saturdays at the State Farmers Market!

fish taco

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