Desserts All Day

I had an early wake-up call on Saturday – 5:28am to be exact. Yikes. I didn’t actually get out of bed until 6 o’clock though. I stumbled to the kitchen to make coffee and discovered that I was out of coffee filters. And milk. $%^&!! Hmph. I settled on some green tea instead. I thought about having a chocolate-fig vita top, but was worried that the fiber would make my run unpleasant, so I saved it for afterwards.

Tea and vita top

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what to wear when the weather gets colder. I’m going to do a separate post about this soon, but until then, I took a photo of what I wore for my run yesterday. The weather was windy, dry, and about 40 degrees.

I wore: 3/4 length spandex tights, a tank top, half-zip running pullover, and gloves. Whenever I dress for a Autumn/Winter run I plan on being a bit chilly for the first mile or so. Once I get going, I always warm up, so I try not to overdress.

Running clothes

When I left for my run it was still dark out, so I stuck to well-lit paths for the first few miles. Once the sun started to rise, I headed to the reservoir for a while. I think I only saw one other person on the whole 1.5 mile loop. That’s pretty rare for New York City! I guess that’s what happens when you go running at 6:30am on a Saturday morning…

I really focused on picking up the pace for the last 15 minutes or so of my run and finished the 6 miles in 49:10 (about 8:10/mile pace).

I ended my run at the nearby Dunkin’ Donuts for a latte lite

latte lite

I stopped at my apartment for about 5 minutes and then hightailed it to Port Authority. With about 4 minutes to spare, I made the 8:30am bus headed to my hometown in Pennsylvania.

Breakfast was some leftover apple crisp (last bit!) and a vanilla chobani greek yogurt.

apple crisp

Snack on the bus – 1/2 olympic granola bar. Love the super short ingredient list and crunchy flax seeds in this!

olympic granola

Once I arrived in Pennsylvania, look who was waiting for me!!

Don’t front like you don’t like hugs, Kiwi.


Lunch was kind of random: super ripe banana with peanut butter and jelly

banana, pb, jelly

And a cupcake with a cup of milk. Yes, I am a real person. Sometimes I eat cupcakes instead of vegetables 🙂


Mom and I did some errands and when we returned around 3pm, I was ready for another snack (more random-ness): cottage cheese, pineapple, and teddy grahams

cottage cheese

After a bit of a nap, I woke up with some time to spare before dinner. The weather was a bit chilly, but perfectly Autumn-ish. I thought about going for a walk, but the crisp air just begged for a run. I ran an easy 4 miles around the neighborhood and admired all the creative Halloween decorations. One house parked a real hearse in their drive way and decorated the yard with strobe lights and cob webs. P.S. my hamstring/IT band felt AWESOME on both runs today. Yay!

Next up: I cooked dinner for the fam. Shhh, don’t tell them it was healthy!

macaroni and cheese

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese


  • Ronzoni Smart Taste elbow macaroni, 1 box
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • 6 oz reduced fat cheddar (I used Cabot 75% reduced fat cheddar)
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat cottage cheese
  • 2 cups reduced fat milk
  • 2 Tbs bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp canola or olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 9″x13″ baking dish
  • Prepare the macaroni in a large cooking pot, according to package directions
  • While the pasta is cooking, combine pumpkin and milk in a small saucepan until simmering
  • Remove pumpkin mixture from heat and add shredded cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined.
  • Combine the cooked macaroni and pumpkin-cheese mixture together in large pot and then pour in to the baking dish
  • In a small bowl, combine the tsp of oil, breadcrumbs, and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Sprinkle this on top of the macaroni dish.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the top is crispy. Makes about 8 servings.

My family couldn’t guess that the secret ingredient was pumpkin! The orange veggie adds a healthy dose of fiber and vitamin A without compromising the taste of the ooey-gooey mac ‘n cheese.

pumpkin macaroni and cheese

I had some of my pumpkin mac and cheese with a side of stewed tomatoes.

pumpkin macaroni and cheese

Later on in the evening, I headed to my friend Mark’s house for a little get together. Back in high school, we used to go to Mark’s after cross-country practice for snacks and swimming.

Now that we’re all grown up we partake in wine and cupcakes 🙂

I had a glass of Chardonnay and some caramel covered Granny Smith apple slices. It was necessary – I hadn’t had any green fruits or veggies yet today!


Mark entertains

I returned home around midnight and may have had a small slice of Caramel Apple Walnut Pie from the local Sanitary Bakery. Ahh. This crust is so flaky that it melts in your mouth. I’m sure it’s full of shortening and trans fat, but.I.don’!!

caramel apple walnut pie

What a lovely day. Two runs + Kiwi the cat + dessert all day long + wine with friends.

What is your favorite type of dessert? Obviously, I love them all. Well, except for cream pies. I don’t care for those.

  • I think cupcakes need a spot on the food pyramid 🙂
    My favorite dessert is anything light and cakey

  • Kristin

    ^ I agree about the cupcakes!

    ..I’d say my favorite dessert (besides cupcakes, of course) would have to be ice cream. I eat a little everyday! 🙂

  • looks like a fun day!

    I think ice cream (coconut milk, please) would have to be my favorite dessert. but speaking of cupcakes, today is national chocolate cupcake day! I will be celebrating 🙂

  • holy crap girl – work out those two runs! how did you find the motivation? perhaps if you tell me, i can find it too 🙂 glad you had/are having a fun weekend at home!

    ice cream is my fave dessert, hands down!

  • Ellen Collis

    Pumpkin mac n cheese–YUMM! I never feel guilty when I eat a cupcake…they are just too good. And what brand is that zip-up? Really cute, and the color looks good on you!

  • Oh ice cream is my favorite dessert, no doubt.

    Love your pumpkin mac n cheese idea!

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  • I really like your blog! I just came across it. I am an avid runner and definitely a foodie—but not in the sense that I”m a stickler for haute cuisine. No, I come up with crazy inventions (I love the pumpkin mac and cheese idea as well as the teddy grahams with cottage cheese)–in fact, that is kind of what my blog is about. Anyway, I really like the conversational-ness of your blog and the great ideas you come up with to eat. Eating should be enjoyable, esp. when we’re all sorts of hungry from running

  • I cannot wait to try this….