Last time around, I was able to run through pregnancy without needing maternity clothes (though this did result in the death of a pair of (old) running tights..). This time, I am concerned that running through the summer months will require some expandable threads - especially since I don't want to kill any of my favorite pricey pieces. I recently saw a post from Healthy Strides for a "For Two Fitness" top that looked too cute to pass up! I decided to place an order for the "Running for Two" tank in royal purple - and it arrived this week. Obviously, the temps had to drop significantly (it is late July and all), so I waited to wear it until yesterday morning's family run to the farmer's market. It is SUPER CUTE and so comfy! I love the color and felt like I was lighter than air on this run. Plus I just felt all bad ass, which is the perfect feeling for conquering a run - especially when sporting a baby bump. My husband pushed the stroller, because let's face it, if I was behind the wheels, I'd have to cross out the "two" and make it a "three" otherwise it's just false advertising ;) In any case, I love the top and know that soon enough I'll fill it out and really test its limits.
|not technically solo|
|there are little feet on the belly!|
|totally unflattering pic but good shot of the bump|
This run ended at the farmer's market where we picked up some staples for this week's menu, which is centered around corn and tomatoes. Deborah Madison provided the inspiration with several recipes from her "Local Flavors" book:
Creamy Corn and Shallots - it's basically what you think. Corn cooked in butter with shallots and a dash of cream topped with a fresh herb. As Madison says herself, "This couldn't be simpler or faster to make."
Corn and Squash simmered in Coconut Milk with Thai Basil - this dish includes tofu, zucchini, sweet corn, thai basil, scallions, and coconut milk and is served over rice. It's technically a stew, which is the perfect combination of these summer vegetables and this unsummery weather we are having.
Yellow Wax Beans with Lemon Thyme and Yellow Tomatoes - another simple dish with beans, veggies, and herbs. And it should be pretty, too.
I'm also going to do another pizza with roasted Japanese eggplant and tomatoes. My homemade crust turned out far better this past week than the previous week, so I want to keep up with the practice.
Last night we got to enjoy my panzanella at an outdoor concert with Baby! Normally, she doesn't stay up late enough to attend the nightly concerts, but it seemed to work out last night (perhaps because she took a three hour siesta following our busy morning at the market?) In any case, she was super fun and had a ball picnicking with us. Re: the panzanella - I think this one turned out so well because I soaked the onions in white peach balsamic vinegar overnight and they were unbelievably delicious. I also used heirloom tomatoes and chopped the cucumbers into smaller pieces. Every little change makes a difference. Baby snacked on a few things and enjoyed some chocolate chip cookies for dessert - she was one happy little concert goer!
Tonight our building is hosting a summer picnic for all residents, so we will be attending because it seems like the right thing to do. We won't have to cook, so that will be a nice break. And Friday we have a date night planned at a restaurant specializing in local, seasonal meals (we've been there twice before (for spring and fall), but this will be our first summer experience.