Meal Plan 8.28.16

As summer starts to wind down the harvests are coming in. There are so many veggies I can’t even keep track of them all. These next few weeks are a whirlwind of trying to cook as much fresh stuff as possible, while preserving everything we can. EEEE!! I’m so excited.


Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Monday – Eggplant Parmesan 

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad-2

Tuesday – Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

Lamb Kofta Recipe

Wednesday – Lamb Kofta w/ Green Salad

Thursday – Vegetarian Chickpea Chili

Friday – Fresh Tomato Sauce & Clams

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Black Mountain Hike


Black Mountain 8/20/16– 6.1 mi. RT

Brody and I set out for our second solo hike ever last Saturday. It was supposed to be gorgeous weather, so in order to avoid the crowds on this fairly popular hike we left the house early, arriving to the trail head by 8:00 am.

We hiked this mountain as part of the Fire Tower Challenge, making it mountain No. 5 out of 30. I realize we have a quite a way to go, but so much of my hiking time this year was thwarted by my busted shoulder. It feels really good to get out to the woods again and I can’t wait to get a few more under my belt in the coming weeks.


This hike was fairly easy and provided some great views. While the actual top of the mountain has limited views and an inaccessible fire tower there were plenty of stops on the way up and down to check out the gorgeous Adirondack Mountains and Lake George Below.


We chose to do the whole loop making the hike a little longer but allowing us to walk down by a small lake so Brody could cool off in the water. He seriously loves swimming, and was in the water before I was even able to get to the shoreline. While he was happy just swimming around on his own we took a short break from the hike to toss him some sticks in the water.


We made it back down to the car just before noon, making the whole hike, stops included a little under four hours.

I’m happy to say that even with months of being fairly inactive I wasn’t incredibly sore afterwards. I think this was a good trail to start back on and am looking forward to the next peak.

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Blackberry Pizza with Ricotta & Basil

Blackberry Pizza with Ricotta and Basil

The black berries are coming into season around here. I was lucky enough to have a coworker that has more than he can eat and donated a few to our household. These guys are so big and juicy that we couldn’t get enough. Typically I like black berries all on their own, but I thought it would be fun to play around with them and try them in a recipe.

I stumbled on this recipe and new I had to make my own version. I mean pizza is always a great idea in my book, and then you add in basil and fruit and it’s like it was made just for me.

Blackberry Pizza with Ricotta and Basil

I added this in as an appetizer at our last pizza night with the Shauber’s and it was a hit all around. Not the kind of thing you’d really love as a meal all on its own but it was a fun appetizer that I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed.

Blackberry Pizza with Ricotta and Basil

Side Note: It goes really well with a crisp glass of white wine.

Blackberry Pizza with Ricotta & Basil
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  • ½ a pizza dough recipe (for a 6 inch pizza)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries, halved
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Roll out the dough onto a flowered baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil onto the pizza dough and use a pastry brush to spread it evenly over the pizza.
  4. Spread half of the black berries evenly over the dough.
  5. Top the berries with mozzarella, and parmesan cheese until coated evenly. Carefully spoon small dollops of ricotta over the pizza. Top with the remaining black berries.
  6. Place the pizza in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. The cheese should be melted and bubbly, and the crust golden.
  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle on the basil.
  8. Serve immediately.

Blackberry Pizza with Ricotta and Basil

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