Project Food Blog, #6: Going The Distance

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The year is 1986.

My hobbies include playing in the snow, baking with my mom, and trying to be just like my older sister Kristi.

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Life is good.

It is the middle of a long winter in Riverview, New Brunswick and we have just been pummelled with a snow storm. I would stay outside all day long, hour after hour, bundled up with layer upon fuzzy layer with just my excited eyes, red nose, and big grin peeking out through my scarves and hat.

Clearly, I was born to be an endurance athlete, don’t you think?

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Don’t answer that.

The year is now 1992.

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My hobbies include building the world’s most awesome snowmen, baking cakes in my Easy-Bake Oven, and rocking a wardrobe full of neon clothing and snap bracelets. Life is good.

Despite my love for the great outdoors, there was one small catch.

My mom couldn’t get me to come inside to eat!

‘Just a bit longer, pretty please, with a cherry on top?’ fluttering my eyelashes encrusted with icicles.

It is now 2010.

My hobbies are about the same, in addition to taking too many pictures of my food, writing about my day to day baking high jinks, and running.

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I am a vegan and unlike my younger self, I now understand the importance of fuelling properly for endurance activities.

This is the tale of a couple who fuelled a day of hiking with all-natural energy foods.

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Won’t you join us?

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For the recipes, please see attached PDF document.

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In tote, was a delicious lunch brimming with healthy energy foods to fuel our 7 mile hike!

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Eric observed, ‘Well at least we know if we get lost we can survive on this food for a month.’

He obviously doesn’t know me too well if he thinks I could make this delicious food last a whole month!

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It was time to road trip and see some gorgeous Ontario Fall foliage along the way.

Finally, we arrived!

I had a plan. If I saw a Rattlesnake I was going to throw it a truffle and run like hell.

We searched for the perfect spot.

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The park was packed with hikers and it was not easy to find a picnic table complete with perfect photography lighting (I joke, I joke).

Finally, it was time to feast…something I had been dreaming about all week long.

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Our main dish consisted of Protein Power Vegan Chili packed with kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans, walnut burger crumbles, and chunky vegetables.

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I had a giggle fit after seeing Eric eat his chili with my teeny tiny spoon! What a sport.

The chili was comforting, chunky, with a bit of a spicy kick.

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And was perfect for a chilly Fall day outdoors.

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Alongside, Herbed Garlic Knots.

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The garlic knots were great on their own, but even better when dipped into the chili.

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For a side, I made Stacked Caesar Salads with eggplant bacon and homemade croutons. I thought stacking the salad was fun for a packed meal.

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Yum!

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To wet our whistle, we sipped Pumpkin Spice Lattes made on the stovetop with almond milk, spices, espresso, pumpkin, and vanilla extract.

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The lattes were comforting, warm, rich, and fragrant with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

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To say I was excited for dessert was a bit of an understatement…

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I saw a picture of a Cake in a Jar online and I thought it was a fun idea that would pack well! I put a fun twist on them by making Cake In A Jar Parfaits.

The flavours:

  • Butternut Squash Apple Streusel
  • Triple Layer Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
  • Decadent S’more with homemade graham cracker crumble

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Damn. Good. Comfort. Food.

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My favourite was the Butternut Squash Apple Streusel. The cakes were still warm from the oven and incredibly moist unlike any other ‘normal’ cake I have ever tried.

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Mmmmm.

After lunch, we were bursting with energy and ready to tackle the trails! We dropped off our cooler in the car and were on our way.

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We brought along homemade Raspberry Vanilla & Pumpkin Apple Spice fruit leather.

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Can you guess what athlete’s superfood is hiding in them?

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Chia seeds!

Chia seeds are great for hydration and contain healthy fats, iron, calcium, protein, and antioxidants.

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I also made a ‘box of truffles’-vegan energy truffles, that is- made from dates and nuts.

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The flavours:

  • Chocolate Kissed Peanut Butter
  • Brownie Bliss
  • Pecan Pie Delight

I could not pick a favourite!

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These would make fun and unique Thanksgiving or Christmas gifts, wouldn’t they?

My happy customer inhaled several. ;)

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And finally, Spiced Apple Pie Chips

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Cinnamon is not only great for maintaining steady blood sugar levels, but it also contains Iron and Calcium.

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All in all we hiked about 7 miles and had a grand old time, even despite the damp and cool weather!

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Thanks to the endurance lunch, Eric still had energy to carry me to the car!

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Life is good. ;)

This is my official entry for Project Food Blog Challenge #6. Voting begins at 9am EST on Monday October 25th. If you enjoyed this post I would greatly appreciate your votes in carrying me into the next round! Click here to vote . Thank you!

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Candice @ ChiaSeedMe October 24, 2010

Love this post Angela! I honestly cannot choose which of yours I’ve liked best – they are all so unique and wonderful. I especially love the salad on a stick – so creative!

You look beautiful in these pics btw:) Good luck!!

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Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats October 24, 2010

Those cakes in a jar look fantastic!

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Nicole (Picky Nicky) October 24, 2010

All I can say is that the world could use several more Angela’s :)

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Kat October 24, 2010

Wow-what a great post! The food looks delicious!

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MarathonVal October 24, 2010

This looks amazing Angela! I think this would have taken me about 3 months to put together. The best of luck with voting!

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Sara October 24, 2010

Seriously you outdo yourself every time! Great job, again!! :D

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lindsay (goodiesgalore) October 24, 2010

eric is one lucky man.

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Angie October 24, 2010

AMAZING post! I’m guessing you’ll win reader’s choice again. I wish I could be as creative with food as you are.. sigh. You’re a healthy foodie inspiration. Thank you!

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Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook October 24, 2010

what an awesome post!!! :D I really want a bite of those chocolate candies!

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Sarah October 24, 2010

To say you outdid yourself would be an understatement!

I absolutely love how this post (and so many others) are just oozing with your enthusiasm and excitement. It’s contagious! I’m off to try your spiced apple chips…

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Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition October 24, 2010

I have never been so excited to read a post! EAch food you made looked better and better. What an amazing journey you’ve been on- and I see it in your smile. You do glow now! And you guys are adorable together : )

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Heather October 24, 2010

OMG, the truffles!!! Are the recipes for them on your site and I’m just overlooking the link? Must make them now. Now! Or soon. Please post the recipes or help my inattentive self find where they are.

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carly October 24, 2010

THIS IS AN AMAZING POST!!! Angela, you put so much thought and creativity into your posts– not to mention culinary talent. I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment before but whenever I need cooking inspiration I visit your blog. Thank you for all your hard work, and best of luck with the project food blog competition :)

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Allison October 24, 2010

Looks so delicious!!!!! I’m rooting (and voting!) for you to win!!!!!

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Stacie October 24, 2010

I feel like a broken record, but if you really like the record why stop playing it right? What do I mean? Below is a repeat of things I’ve said before, but feel it deserves repeating!
–You will get my one and only vote tomorrow
–Thank you for the awesome recipes in a pdf file! Really?! This can’t be real! People will pay good money for that!
–Thank you for sharing all your hard work with us.
–You and Eric are so cute together!!!
–Thank you for being an insipration for all of us and kudos to your for following your heart in life and career!

Can’t wait to vote for you tomorrow :) You are the best!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 24, 2010

Stacie you rock! Thanks for putting a big smile on my face.

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Leah @ Why Deprive? October 24, 2010

Wow! Everything looks so amazing, and I love all the scenery shots!

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Balanced Healthy Life October 24, 2010

You did such an amazing job on this! I can’t believe you have enough time to cook, bake and prepare such an awesome meal!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 24, 2010

Thank you!
As for finding time, my posting frequency has gone down since the start of this challenge…lol. Something had to give I guess! I figure if it is hopefully better quality it is worth it, right?

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 24, 2010

Such delicious food on a hike? I never would have imagined!

This post is perfect, Angela- you have my vote! :)

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Lindsay October 24, 2010

Wow this looks like an amazing picnic. I never get to go on picnics anymore because I work weekends and I dont have anyone to go picnicing with during the week, but I will most definitely be trying these recipes out during the week at home!! :)

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Vanessa October 24, 2010

Congrats on another adorable and yum-inspiring post! I’ll continue to vote for your delicious and healthy eats :o)

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Therese October 24, 2010

I absolutely LOVE this post (and not just because my house currently smells like apple pie as I have apple crisps in the dehydrator…)! You’ll definitely be another reader favourite here! I want to go on a hike with you!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 24, 2010

enjoy those apple chips! Im obsessed with them.

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Hope October 24, 2010

Wow, this is out of this world!! Soooo many new ideas for me to try!!

Totally gets my vote!

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laura October 24, 2010

cake in a jar! –sounds fantastic ;)
beautiful pictures, ahhh i cant believe its almost winter.

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AnneWF October 24, 2010

What a wonderful post. This is my favorite post to date. The new layout of photos, the writing, the subject, the whole kit and kaboodle. Thank you for the smiles and the great foods. I want the recipes please. You have my vote too!

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Halley (Blunder Construction) October 24, 2010

CIAJ + a box of chocolates?!? Unprecedented! There are so many fine details packed into each and every dish, and your presentation of each is so fabulous. It’s inspiring and mouth-watering all at once!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 24, 2010

CIAJ…haha love that. and thank you for your kind comments :)

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Janae Jacobs October 24, 2010

WOW!! Those garlic knots look soooo good. I am also pretty sure I could eat those energy truffles for the rest of my life and be content:) Beautiful pictures! I am voting for you!

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Leah @ L4L October 24, 2010

Angela, I love this. I loved seeing you incorporate the recipes from the past week! You’ve got this in the bag! Errr…. cooler!

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Gina October 24, 2010

Your posts are nothing short of amazing! You definitely deserve to win this competition! I’ll be voting for you tomorrow :)

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iga@thedelishdish October 24, 2010

what a creative picnic!! i love the ceasar bites…so cute!

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Kyla October 24, 2010

Wow! Everything looks incredible! And you’re right, life is good :)

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 24, 2010

Very impressive post! I loved the pictures – they are incredible!

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 24, 2010

You totally deserve to win project food blog! Your posts continue to impress and amaze! I want to go on a hike with you and eat this delicious feast.

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Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 24, 2010

Truly magazine-worthy photos, AND awesome food! Can’t wait for these recipes, they look great!

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Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher October 24, 2010

lovelovelove this post!
seriously.
talk about vegan food lovin’ :)

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Bridget October 24, 2010

Ange you are killing me! This is AMAZING! Just when i think you’ve done your best post you blow me away with your next post.

You deserve a standing ovation for this one :)

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Danielle October 24, 2010

Absolutely amazing, as usual!! I seriously look forward to every one of your blog posts (especially the PFB ones) and I have never seen someone with such passion and attention to detail!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 24, 2010

Wow, you totally outdid yourself this time! I hope you win!

This post really makes me miss our GTA hiking trails! There isn’t anywhere quite as good here in London.

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Andi Murray October 24, 2010

All I can say is, WOW!

You are amazing..!!!

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Amy @ be.you.ti.fully, a.musing October 24, 2010

You did all that AND went on a 7 mile hike?! You are a TROOPER!
Those desserts-in-a-jar are going on my “to bake” list!

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Ida October 24, 2010

Your creativity in the kitchen blows me away! I love all the fall colors too.

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