Fall CSA Week 4

Hey everyone!

I hope that everyone is having a great weekend thus far.  Despite the rain, we are going on… damply, ha.  My ma and I had a wet visit to the Mathews Farmer’s Market this morning.  Luckily, a few vendors stuck it out and they each sold something different, from plants to produce to soap to meat.  We got some brats, breakfast sausage, and soap.  The produce looked tempting but the CSA has kept us in stock of produce!

Before we address the produce, did you guys see my Instagram picture of these beauties??  Ohhhhhhh my goodness!

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One Direction Spin Workout

Hey everyone!

Today’s post is my second cycling workout!  I’m really excited to finally be sharing this workout with you.  Partly because I feel a little guilty about completing the workout a few times already and not sharing it with you all.  And also because fitness is a big part of my life so I am glad to finally get another post written to fit that category.

The title for this workout is a little cheesey but accurate.  At home, I have the luxury to have a indoor bike.  And you’re always facing “one direction” – see what I did there? 😉  And I also made this workout to fit the number of songs for a One Direction album to get things pumped up.  Continue reading “One Direction Spin Workout”

Fall CSA Week 3

Hey everyone!

Thank goodness for Instagram.  Otherwise you all may think I’m gone off the side of the Earth.  Grad school has certainly taken up my energy so I’ve had to take away time spent on writing blog posts.  So I’d love to hear back from you all what kind of posts you like or what you would rather not read.

In the meantime, I really love putting together my CSA blog posts!  So here’s another one from our last pick up at Cullipher Farm.

Fall CSA Week 2 Recap

  • Heirloom tomatoes: I’m not sure where these went, really.  Ha!  I just know that I had two by the end of the week so I’ve stuck them into the freezer for a stew later this winter.  The other three I think went to my dad…?  Hopefully he made them into delicious mater sandwiches.
  • Eggplant: One was chopped up and roasted into chunks for salads or a veggie side.  The other was chopped and we made it into an impromptu curry.  (I’d be glad to share the easy recipe, if anyone is interested!)
  • Potatoes & String Beans: We roasted the taters with other veggies at 400 degrees with olive oil, salt, and seasonings.  This was a vegetable side dish one night, leftovers, and we made it into a vegetable & meat scramble of sorts for another dinner.  These two pans of vegetables last my mom and I longer than we thought they would.
  • Peaches:  I’ve had so many peaches at the end of this summer…..  But they are still so delish!  I have yet to get tired of them 🙂  They’ve been the best fruit at breakfast or for a snack.
  • Watermelon: We just sliced that up the other day, no lie.  We’ve had SO MANY watermelons, too.  So I’ve brought home half of the melon for M to enjoy because my mom and I are about watermeloned out.  But this one was still delicious.

Fall CSA Week 3

This may be one of the most colorful boxes yet!


This needed to be eaten pronto or be sauteed into something scrumptious.  I’ve had Kath’s Smoky Maple Lentil Salad printed and hanging on my frige since forever so we made that for dinner one night.  It was DELISH!  Definitely going to become a go-to for dinners and lunches.  The best part about this meal is that it has made the best leftovers for lunches.


ALERT:  THIS IS AN ENTIRELY NEW VEGETABLE TO ME!  Who woulda thunk that there’d be a vegetable out there that I didn’t know about??  Not that it upsets me – I have been so excited to find something new!  The best part about this veggies is that it really does taste like mashed white potatoes when you put a pat of butter on top!  Whaaaat!?  Yeah, I’ll be getting more of these beauties if they aren’t in my box tomorrow.  But I failed to take a picture of the final product so that will be fixed soon.  Just go find yourself one if you can. 😉


These have been my go-to snacks with guacamole.  But they were thrown into a breakfast scramble (my parents made breakfast without me 🙁 I see how it is) on morning.  I have one left for snacking.


They’ve been great snacking apples.  For lunch one day, we made grilled cheese sandwiches with apple slices inside.  I’d be glad to share the “recipe” if anyone wanted it!


I’ve frozen this bag of lima beans for later.  Some recipes that looked yummy were this soup, this casserole, and this dip.

So if you can’t tell I’m most excited about the squash.  Actually, everything in our box excited me.  I am not tired of any of these vegetables and fruit.  All of the dishes we made with them were delicious.  Feel free to ask any questions or contact me if you want to know of any more ways to enjoy this produce.  Always love to share favorite recipe ideas.

Hope your Monday is going well and you have a terrific start to the week!


Your turn!

??  Have you ever seen the mashed potato squash??

??  What winter vegetable are you most excited about??

Race Recap: Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

Happy First Day of Fall!

If you read my last CSA post you know that I have been dreading the end of the summer. But here I am! Trying to be optimistic about what I do love about fall: winter squash, crock pot meals, the wood stove, and Thanksgiving with my family. And to celebrate the start of the season, I baked apple bread for my classmates to help us make it through our loooong day of classes. Procrastination? Yup! 🙂

Back to the purpose of today’s post about the last race I ran. A few weeks ago, I ran my “first official” half marathon with the best running buddy ever!

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Pre-workout Stretching

Good morning!

How is everyone? OK, now I’ll pretend you said, “Super duper, Ruth!” Or I hope so, at the least. 😉

Hopefully, your week is starting out better than mine. Because right now, I’m blogging from my Kindle. Not that that is a bad thing as my Kindle is wonderful. But I’m blogging from my Kindle because my “u”, “y”, and “h” keys aren’t working…. Hmmm…

Any who! Enough about how technology and I don’t mix well and more about stretching. I’ve been wanting to post my favorite stretches for before and after working out for a while. My aunt has actually been my motivation to type up this blog post. She and my grandfather will be running a marathon (woot woot!) Since I’m the only one in my family who stretches (I’m looking at you, Grandpa!) she asked about my favorite stretches. Hopefully this will help you, Aunt C, or anyone looking to shake up your stretches.

I love stretching because it feels great and makes my muscles happy. Since I workout early in the morning, stretching also helps my body wake up. But most importantly it helps to protect you from injury.

My favorite pre-workout stretches are a mix of yoga moves and dynamic stretches. Yoga is one of my favorite ways to move no matter what day I’ve had; it settles my mind and stretches my muscles in different directions. Dynamic stretches are moving stretches that warm up the body. So after a few sun salutations followed by dynamics stretching for a few minutes, I’m ready to work!

Whenever I stretch before the workout, I’ll flow through the yoga sequence until my body iis awake and happy. Which is usually between three to five times. For the following dynamic stretches, I’ll complete 20-30 reps on each side.

Sun Salutations A

Sun Salutation A is the first flow of moves that I do. This video  is a great instruction video for the flow. If you need to check out more info on each pose within the flow sequence, make sure to check out other links through Yoga Journal.  Downward dog is what I really like to hang out in the longest.

Jumping Jacks



Regular jumping jacks are always in my routine. I also vary them up by crossing my arms in front (versus above your head).


To do knee ups: bend one knee towards your upper body. Return foot to floor. Lift your other knee to your upper body. I “hug” my knee in by bracing it with my hands. It’s a lot like marching. If you’re feeling truly  already feel free to pick up the pace into high knees.

Side Lunges


To do side lunges effectively just be sure to don’t let your knee go past your front toes when your leg is bent. These sides will help strengthen your legs.

Walking Lunges or Reverse Lunges


If I have enough space, I’ll do walking lunges. If I don’t have much space to pace around in or I’m trying to be quiet while everyone  still sleeping, I’ll do reverse lunges.

Cross-body Punches


This is one exercise I like to do to help warm up my upper body. Except do it without the weights for the warm up.

Butt Kicks


I like these towards the end of my stretching. It starts to get your heart pumping and wakes up my calves.

So those are my favorite dynamic to help warm up before a workout. I hope that you enjoyed this brief post and it gave anyone who was looking for some guidelines some ideas.

And don’t worry – I’ll do a  up blog post with my favorite post-workout stretches. Later this week, there’s a post coming with a recent race recap!

Have a great Tuesday!


?? Do you stretch before or after or both??

??Whats your favorite stretch before a workout??


Fall CSA Week 2

This is the last week of summer.  By now, y’all are all tired of me pointing out that the summer is over and that my heart is broken.  It will take me a long time to get over the fact that Fall is about to begin this week….  But winter squash will get me through!  😉

Cullipher FarmWhere: Cullipher Farm’s Princess Anne Farm Stand

Cullipher FarmLast week, I mentioned that I’ve changed my pick-up day to Tuesday.  Therefore, the pick-up location changed to Cullipher Farm’s stand on Princess Anne down in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach.  Tuesday’s are my only day available to pick-up the CSA box but that means I just have to sacrifice 40 extra minutes.  That is a bummer compared to the 15 minute round trip drive to pick up the CSA at the First Colonial Farm Stand.  But oh well.  Becoming a member of the CSA with Cullipher Farm brings such incredible happiness and fulfillment that it’s ridiculous and I don’t expect anyone to understand. Continue reading “Fall CSA Week 2”

2016 Mathew’s Market Days

Alas, the end is near for many farmer’s markets.  Yes, this is truly a side thought.  My last post should have given you the brief impression that I didn’t want summer to end.  Well, I really don’t want farmer’s markets to end!  I love going to the Shore Drive Farmer’s Market when I’m in Virginia Beach.  The Mathews Farmer’s Market or the Irvington Farmer‘s Market are the places to go if you’re on the peninsulas.

mathews market days 2016Although we aren’t saying goodbye to the Mathews Farmer’s Market (the last is on October 29th) Mathews hosted a bigger market last weekend.  Mathews Market Days was held in the center of town from September 9 – 10th and was awesome! Continue reading “2016 Mathew’s Market Days”

Wrapping Up Summer of 2016

Wrapping Up Summer of 2016

I am too sad to write how the summer is winding down.  Secretly, I will admit to you that I love the hot weather and the opportunities it provides to get outside.  And to compensate with ice cream!  🙂

So as you already know, I’ve been absent from this corner of the web – eep!  It has proven very difficult to find time for reading chapters and chapters and chapters, managing family time, managing time with M, trying to look ahead into assignments for each of my classes, and then remembering that I have a blog.  I feel terrible – kind of.  It’s been a quick and sudden process of learning how to balance.  So it’s exciting that I am allowing myself an hour to procrastinate and write up this post as quickly as I am able.

With less words than I’d like, today’s post will be full of pictures from the final weeks of our Summer CSA with Cullipher Farm and the FIRST week of the Fall CSA. Continue reading “Wrapping Up Summer of 2016”

End of Summer Round-Up

End of Summer Round-Up

With the beginning of the school year comes the end of summer.  That may be the saddest sentence ever to appear on my blog!  However, as many are apt to point out, the changing of seasons is nice.  It’s nice to have variety despite how hot the summer has been or how much I dread the cold weather looming in the winter.  Virginia’s four seasons are not on the edge of the specturm so I’m happy to have a little bit of everything every year.

Before I share some pictures from throughout the summer, I should apologize for being absent from the blog for almost two weeks.  But sometimes life moves WAY too fast for you to fit everything into one day.  And sometimes I need a break from looking at a screen.  We all need breaks and my family vacation proved the perfect time to take a break before starting graduate school.  So here is a simple blog post to catch up on the two weddings I attended this summer and our newest family members!

Wedding Round-Up

B & DJ weddingMy first wedding (there were only two so don’t get too excited) was in central Virginia.  Driving back through mountains gave me a pleasant feeling as I have not done so since driving north from Mississippi and when I drove to and from Virginia Tech.  The wedding was held in Lowry, Virginia in the beginning of July.  While we made a trip out of the car drive from Virginia Beach, the highlight was definitely attending the wedding! Continue reading “End of Summer Round-Up”

Graduate Q&A

Graduate school posts are coming to the Ruth’s Corner of the Universe!  These are to be casual yet informative posts as I start graduate school in the fall of 2016.  While these posts are to help me ready myself for the adventure ahead, I hope that this helps others who may be looking into different graduate schools or are curious about graduate student life.

Entering Graduate School

As I researched various graduate programs after graduating from Virginia Tech in Spring 2015, I was mostly directed to school websites.  Which is fine and dandy, however, I was hoping to find bloggers or individuals not particularly biased to a particular program who had written about their experiences so that I could read a more personalized account of what to expect, what you should do prior to beginning classes, etc.  For those who want to become an RN you have SO many resources out there about bloggers who frequently discussed their medical training and timeline, such as Kath over at Kath Eats Real Food.  Becoming an RN was not what I was after so I was left to base my research on school websites.  But I’d like to change that!

At the end of August, I will be starting classes for graduate school!  I will be attending William & Mary at the School of Education for Marriage & Family Counseling.  My hope is to post blog posts as a glimpse into a counseling graduate student’s life for others who may be curious about becoming a counselor.  I have taken a year off from school so these graduate school posts are as helpful for you as they are for me! Continue reading “Graduate Q&A”