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April 7, 2010

Hello! Hope you guys are enjoying the giveaway I have going on! I’m excited to have the chance to host it for my amazing readers.

First and foremost I wanted to give you guys the recipe for the yellow squash muffins. These muffins were melt in your mouth delicious. They do have a good amount of butter in them, so you could play around with how you could make these a little healthier but I believe that great baked goods are so delicious because of the butter. This recipe made almost 2 dozen muffins for us. Let me know if any of you try to make these! They’re a great recipe to have on hand.

The weather has been amazing here in Baltimore. Some say it’s too hot, but I will take this any day over rain or snow. It does feel like it practically skipped spring and went straight to summer. For dinner the other night I decided to make a homemade pizza. We had just gotten a few chairs for the deck from my parents so it was the perfect opportunity to eat dinner outside and enjoy the weather. I made half cheese and on the other half I added some fried oregano and basil, onions, mushrooms and fresh spinach. Of course once it was out of the oven I topped it off with red pepper flakes and garlic powder. Nothing is more convenient than Trader Joes 99 cent pizza dough. Β I always buy a few and throw them in the freezer until needed then just leave them out on the counter to defrost.

In the book “Born to Run” They talk about a drink using Chia seeds. I’ve seen them a few times on various blogs and knew I needed to try it.

Called Chia Fresca this is supposed to be a natural type of red bull. It gives you energy and fills you up as well as quenching your thirst.


1 tbsp chia seeds
1 C water
2 tsp agave
juice of half a lemon

I added 1 tbsp of chia seeds to 1 C of cold water and let that sit in the fridge for 15 minutes. Then I stirred them up and added 2 tsp of agave and the juice of half a lemon. Thats it! Stir it up again and it’s finished.

The seeds created it’s jelly like effect from being soaked in the water but they were still crunchy. It does look funny having all the seeds floating around, but I like crunching on them while drinking. I drank this right before I went back to work for lunch and usually after lunch i’m exhausted and tend to have a hard time keeping my eyes open. This actually kept me wide awake and kept me full until it was time for dinner. Not sure if it was the placebo effect here, but either way, it was tasty and a great way to get some great nutrients in from the chia seeds.

31 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2010 7:19 am

    tweeted!! @FoodieDiaries

  2. April 7, 2010 7:20 am

    woops that was supposed to go to your ggiveaway! glad bmore weather is bringing it like nyc has! i want to visit soon and bask in the sun and consume copious amounts of crab cakeeesss πŸ™‚

  3. April 7, 2010 7:31 am

    Chia fresca?! Awesome! I want to try!

  4. Allison permalink
    April 7, 2010 7:34 am

    correction. MY PUPPY.

  5. charmcitykim permalink
    April 7, 2010 7:57 am

    what a cute dog park! Is that in fed hill?

    • April 7, 2010 8:01 am

      Yep! It’s in locust point off of fort ave. There’s lots of little dogs that go too and they also have small dog/ elderly dog hours too. U should take your l pups!! I was nervous for Eden to go but she loves it!!

  6. megzzwinsatlife permalink
    April 7, 2010 8:14 am

    I defiantly want to try those muffins.. Ahhh I can’t wait till I move and I can have a doggie and bring it to the dog park.. major jealously going on over here!

  7. April 7, 2010 9:01 am

    Those muffins do look delicious. πŸ™‚
    And, awww, puppies!

  8. April 7, 2010 9:16 am

    that looks like a great dog park! i’m trying to find one close to howard county to bring my pup, right now. i’ve been to one near annapolis that is fantastic- it’s right on the water!

  9. savoringsarah permalink
    April 7, 2010 9:17 am

    Yum to both the muffins AND homemade pizza. Love it!

    That dog park is too cute, I wish we had somewhere we could take our dogs to play with other pups- we have plenty of room to run where I live, just no fenced in puppy play area. Oh well πŸ™‚

  10. April 7, 2010 9:29 am

    Your homemade pizza looks awesome! Your dogs are so cute – my pup loves the dog park too, I cant wait until it clears up so we can start going again.

  11. April 7, 2010 9:31 am

    Awww – lovely pics, girl!
    Thanks for sharing the yellow squash muffin recipe – looks so good!
    Have a great Wednesday πŸ™‚
    Brazilian XOXOΒ΄s,

  12. April 7, 2010 9:36 am

    love that recipe card!!where did you get it? Those muffins look yummiclicious.

    hooray for the cherry blossoms. i want to seeee them ! I want your pizza, I want ITTT!

    I love leaving crazy comments. Apologies.

  13. April 7, 2010 9:43 am

    new puppies are so fun! πŸ™‚

  14. Sweet and Fit permalink
    April 7, 2010 11:19 am

    i have never heard of squash muffins before, i’ve made zuchinni muffins – but not squash, must be tasty!

    cant wait to see pics of your parents’ new pup!

  15. lowandbhold permalink
    April 7, 2010 11:24 am

    Those muffins look amazing. I agree that butter is so delicious in things like that. Totally worth it.

    We always skip spring here, but I love hot weather so I’m all for it!

  16. April 7, 2010 11:57 am

    that chia drink looks oddly delish.. lol im the same way, ready to drop by mid-afternoon- that might be an interesting drink to try!!
    and YES- bring on the sun!!! finally!

  17. April 7, 2010 12:10 pm

    yay, dogs πŸ™‚ thanks for the recipe!

  18. April 7, 2010 12:17 pm

    That pizza looks super tasty and healthy. Is the dough whole wheat? I love trader joes!

  19. April 7, 2010 1:07 pm

    I need a place for my dog to go run- I’ve tried the dog park but some of the dogs there are just so aggressive. It makes me too nervous.

  20. April 7, 2010 2:21 pm

    You can never go wrong with pizza! And of course, the crushed red pepper flakes are mandatory! πŸ˜€

    I wish my dog could socialize with other dogs – we adopted him almost 10 years ago, but he is just too aggressive with other dogs – but gentle as a lamb with us!

  21. April 7, 2010 2:55 pm

    The chia seeds in your drink sort of remind me of bubble tea! haha That’s definitely a recipe worth trying!

  22. April 7, 2010 5:08 pm

    Hi friend! Isn’t the weather here amazing!!! I wish I could get outside and enjoy it, but this stupid ankle is not letting me do anything these days. Your pizza looks so good-I think that is what is on the menu tonight. Hope you are doing well!

  23. April 7, 2010 7:32 pm

    hahah i also tried the chia seed drink before the marathon (night before I believe it was?) – and I too was not sure if it was a placebo effect but I ran faster than I expected and qualified for boston- either way- im drinking chia seeds for my next 2 marathons (philly and boston) next year haha

  24. April 7, 2010 9:10 pm

    I love chia seeds for energy!! They are great before a workout!

  25. April 7, 2010 9:20 pm

    Hmm, that chia fresca drink is interesting. I might have to try it. I have all the ingredients.

  26. April 7, 2010 9:35 pm

    Ooh look at you making a fancy pants drink. To me, it looks like someone mixed play dough and pop rocks, but if it gives you energy, I say why not give ‘er a good whirl. Perhaps you can make some in THREE WEEKS?!?! πŸ™‚ Big smile goin now eh??

  27. April 7, 2010 9:42 pm

    After such a long winter I’m def ready for spring. Although it feels a bit like it skipped straight to summer for us too

  28. April 10, 2010 11:46 am

    Hey strawberryshortcake!

    Awww Bailey! My friends puppy was Bailey ( he died from parvo soon after they got him) but they have a new puppy now Miley. I want one, I WANT A PUPPY!

    So CUTE! That caprese looks downright awesome!


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