Tomato time

I purchased this tomato plant from Palmer’s Garden & Goods sometime last fall. I realized that the sun pattern changes in the winter and this garden gets very little sun. Fortunately this tomato plant hung in there. Now it is happy and getting its sun; and we are getting our tomatoes. I only had to spray for caterpillars once so far.

Below are seedlings for the next generation of tomatoes. I am not sure they will be ready in time to beat the summer heat. Only time will tell.

Kale Chips

It has been a while since we have attempted to make kale chips. We had an abundance of kale so I decided to take a stab at it.
I loosely followed this recipe.
They were crunchy fun but only lasted a few minutes. I guess next time larger batches are needed.
Note: Check on your kale while it is cooking, mine only required 25 minutes to be fully crunchy.

Running to the Park(s)

Today’s run ended up being a delightful run.
But things didn’t start well.
My next race is scheduled a few weeks from now. The race is a 10K plus 2 miler (about 8 miles or so). I signed up for both races in one day because I needed a distance challenge. In addition I will get another fancy medal to add to my collection (I need to catch up to my husband!!!).
This weekend had my longest run on the schedule (10 miles). Unfortunately I did as little preparation as possible for today’s run. My nutrition has been poor this weekend (some wine may have been involved) and I got very little sleep last night due to staying late at a friend’s house.
I almost bailed out of today’s run.  I forced on my running gear and made it out the door before I could change my mind. I started the course I mapped out in advance. Thoughts of defeat still stirred in my head. About a mile into the run I decided to change the scope of the run. I allowed myself to take all the time I needed to complete the 10 miles.  I came up with the idea to make a photo journal of all the parks that I pass by on my run. This made the run have more of a purpose than  “just a run”. I was able to complete all ten miles and I wasn’t ashamed of my time.
Below is journey through the parks I stopped at this morning.

The run begins through the tree shaded path by Fleet Peoples Park. I apologize that I have no photos of this park but picture if you will the sound of dogs running freely in the background as you are running along the tree lined trail.

After a couple of miles, it is time for a bathroom break and water stop at Phelps Park.

Phelps also has one of these handy book exchanges like the one in Baldwin Park.

The path continues through a neighborhood with tree lined streets and very expensive houses that are very interesting architecture wise. Kraft Azalea Gardens lies along a lake across the street from some of these houses.

Soon after Azaela Gardens I get to run by one of my favorite homes Casa Feliz. I sometimes fantasize about living in this home or some other James Gamble Rogers creation.

Next stop on the run is central Florida’s famous Park Avenue and Central Park. It looks like there will be a Orlando Philharmonic performance later in the day.

I cross a busy Fairbanks Avenue to continue my run through the prestigious Rollins College.

In the distance you will see tennis courts and a volleyball court (or what some of us volleyball players might refer to as a kitty litter court – nasty sand that looks like a litterbox).

After running through Rollins I follow Lake Virginia around into a neighborhood that takes me to Pennsylvania Avenue. On Pennsylvania Avenue is a hidden back entrance to the lovely and free Mead Gardens.

Running once again through residential Winter Park leads me to Blue Jacket Park. Every weekend you can see any sport you can think of being played here.

Finally I reached my 10 mile goal. I take a short walk and end up relaxing to a cool breeze in Harbor Park located in Baldwin Park.

Note: Many of these running routes I discovered from running with my running group last year. The group was great to help with motivation and to meet some cool people. I ended up sort of “dropping out” of the group after my last half-marathon because my body disagreed with the 4:00 am and earlier wake up times.

Zucchini Frittata

I made a very low carb breakfast the other morning. The zucchini frittata recipe that I used was adapted from the Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook. This book was the basis that my husband used when he went on a candida cleanse a couple of years ago. Consequently he was cured of many of his allergies.

4 large eggs beaten until foamy
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (from garden)
1 tsp finely chopped dill weed  (from garden)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp sea salt
couple dashes cayenne
2 cups grated zucchini (slightly drained of juice)
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives (from garden)
1 tsp oil (olive oil) or butter 

Pre-heat broiler in oven. Melt butter or oil in cast iron skillet (or high heat pan) on burner on medium heat. Mix all ingredients in bowl.  Pour egg mixture in pan.  Tilt the pan to distribute the eggs and filling evenly over the surface. Shake the pan gently, tilting it slightly with one hand while lifting up the edges of the frittata with the spatula in your other hand, to let the eggs run underneath during the first few minutes of cooking. When it is browned underneath place the pan in the oven on broil and let cook for 2-5 minutes or until fully cooked or dry and firm on top.

I served it with homemade yogurt topping. 
1 cup plain yogurt  (used fat-free but low-fat is recommended as well)
1 tbsp chopped dill
1/2 tsp garlic powder

It was a nice protein filled breakfast.