Saturday, December 10, 2011

CSA Veggies and Holiday Fun

I’m feeling much better. Thank you for all the well wishes. I think I finally learned to rest when I am sick! I didn’t work out at all for three days and then just went for short walks for a few days. In the past, I forced myself to work out even when I was quite sick, and looking back now, I realize what a bad idea that was…

We got another CSA box. Here is what we got and what I plan to do with everything. As I said before, for me the key to successfully using all the contents in our CSA box is to plan how to use everything right away. Otherwise things tend to get “lost” in the fridge.

  • Apples – I think I’ll make some mini apple crisps
  • Pears – I’ll use one of them in Gina’s Pomegrante & Pear Salsa and the kid will eat the rest (they are his!)
  • Mandarins – lunches
  • Oranges – lunches
  • Bell peppers – stir fry
  • Broccoli – I’ll roast it with some other veggies
  • Lettuce – salad
  • Baby Bok Choy – stir fry
  • Fennel – I’ll roast it
  • Turnips – I think I’ll try “Smashed Turnips” – we’ll see how it turns out…
We also had some holiday fun. We went to the Holiday Lights at Gilroy Gardens (which is free if you have a 2012 membership). It was a lot of fun.

Questions: What are you up to this weekend? There is more holiday fun coming our way. We are invited to a tree trimming party and also plan to check out Christmas in the Park in San Jose (we really enjoyed it last year). What are you doing to stay active this time of the year? It’s a busy time. My goal is to move every day, be it a walk, some yoga, or a workout at the gym. I think it’s important to remember that you can do a lot in just 20 to 30 minutes a day. I often work out at home first thing in the morning these days to save time, but I try to keep the intensity up. For example, the 30 Day Shred is a great way to start the day, and it takes just 20 minutes. If I have a little more time, I like to do Jackie Warner’s workouts, The Dailey Method workout DVD, and various workouts on Exercise TV.

Be well,


  1. now that it's winter our CSA has been over for a bit of time and I miss it seeing your pictures! have a great weekend!

  2. oooo those are all awesome produce! :D Love it. And I really enjoy working out and being active. It helps me feel physically awake and pumped, so I always try to keep at it through the whole year no matter what. Of course, the intensity and type of workout constantly changes, but it's always a consistent long term journey. :) Don't know if this makes sense! haha. And I hope you get 100% better! Have an awesome day.
    And your son is so cute!! I think I've said that before, but it's probably more so b/c he's mixed hehe.

  3. Love the Christmas snapshots. I've never been to the Christmas parkin Gilroy, looks terrific with Charlie Brown & the gang.

  4. Anonymous12/10/2011

    greta said.....
    deine CSA-Box ist immer super sortiert,mit soviel Vitaminen und Mineralstoffen bist du bald wieder 100%fit.Gehe heute nach Wienhausen zum Weihnachtsmarkt,Einen schönen Sonntag!

  5. I am actually planning to make the pomegranate salsa today at work. Sundays are super busy so I like to do a fun recipe.

    I love Exercise TV, and especially Jillian's 30-day shred series. In fact, I'm doing one of those videos this morning before work (Nick refuses to run with me because he says it's too cold...what a baffoon!!).

    I'm glad you're feeling better Andrea :)

  6. Anonymous12/11/2011

    so glad to know that you are feeling better! giving your body a proper rest is very important, good that u did that! :)
    christmas fun looks really good, I bet the toddler was really happy about it.
    this weekend I was busy doing some home decoration project, a party last night, meeting a friend for brunch today and another dinner tonight! love thr busy weekend! :)

  7. @Simple Life: Hope you are having a great weekend!
    @Ellie: Thank you! :)
    @Fresh Local and Best: Yes, the Holiday Lights at Gilroy Gardens are a lot of fun!
    @Greta: Hoffe Du hattest viel Spass beim Weihnachtsmarkt!
    @Gina: I'm sure people will enjoy the salsa! And Exercise TV is so convenient, especially when it's cold, raining, snowing, etc.
    @balancejoyanddelicias: Wow! You were busy! But sounds like fun stuff! :)

  8. Anonymous12/11/2011

    i love your goal of moving attainable and healthy andrea. also love what you plan to make with your csa goodies!

  9. So glad you are feeling better! I agree, it's good to just get some rest when you're sick. I am in Colorado right now for a ski vacation-one of my favorite ways to get exercise!

  10. Baby bok choy is on my grocery list this week, too! I have a block of tofu I need to use, so a stir fry is also on our menu :)

    I really admire how dedicated you are to planning your meals and exercise. I know it's not easy, but you make it look like it is! I'm glad you are feeling better!

  11. What a fun time!
    I love what you have planned with your CSA.
    Loving the idea for roasted fennel! Can't wait to see it.

  12. So glad you are feeling better Andrea. Love the pics of the holiday park. Have a wonderful week.

  13. @Kalli: Thanks! Have a great week!
    @EA: Have a wonderful ski vacation!!!
    @Lara: Planning and sticking to it is easy except for the times when it's not! ;)
    @Kristen: I'm also looking forward to the roasted fennel (a vegetable I did not like at all when I was younger!).
    @Roz: Have a great week, too!

  14. flip side of the weekend.
    and now want me some miniapple-crisp, too.
    busy one here for sure.
    filled with movement (fighting crowds counts right?) and familytime.


  15. DVDs are a good idea as is planing your CSA box. Have you tried Ina Garten's lemon roasted broc? It's worth making.

  16. I want to make Gina's salsa too - yum! And roasted fennel...that sounds amazing! I've had fennel several ways (love it!), but never roasted.

    This time of year, I am so glad I have a full home gym in my basement. We've saved for that, and it is getting its use! I love being able to get in my workout without battling the freezing temps! Ohio has gone from mild to bitter cold rather quickly this year :(

  17. @MizFit: You should make some mini applecrisps. They are super easy! :)
    @Lauren: I'll have to check Ina's recipe! Thanks for the tip!
    @Nicole: Glad your home gym is getting good use! Stay warm!

  18. Andrea, sorry to hear that you were sick, but glad that you are doing better :-)
    The CSA box look great...and the pictures of your boy are just precious.
    Hope you have a wonderful week and feel better!

  19. That looks like a great time. Did you ever get to Winchester Mystery House? I need to try Gina's pear and pomegranate salsa too. Sounds so good.

  20. @Juliana: Thanks! Havea great week, too!
    @Melinda: We didn't end up going to the Winchester Mystery House as we realized that the tickets we won were for the scary part and not recommended for children under 13. It's still on my "list!" :)

  21. The lights are beautiful! And I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better. No fun being sick ever, but especially not at this time of year...

  22. The pictures look beautiful!

    I love how you planned to use everything in your CSA Box, that way you will actually use everything!