R&R-style Long Weekend

After my long run Saturday morning, we kicked off the weekend with our first ever trip to Whole Foods. A new store opened about 45 minutes from here and we hadn’t made the trip to check it out yet. I was lucky enough to win a $50 gift card last week, so this was the perfect excuse to see what the fuss is all about.
We perused the store leisurely, checking out the selection of healthy goodies and tasting some samples along the way. It’s much more fun to shop with free money. 🙂


I picked some items that are not available at our usual stores or that I wouldn’t typically buy. We came home with a decent haul, all for just $0.70 thanks to the gift card.

  • apple cider
  • chocolate almond milk
  • pumpkin puree
  • chocolate soy milk
  • dark chocolate peanut butter
  • white chocolate peanut butter
  • hummus “cocktail” – caramelized onion
  • hummus “cocktail” – greek olive
  • fancy cheese – hubs’ pick)
  • Clif Bar (nothing out of the ordinary)
  • Taste of Nature bar
  • salted chocolate caramels – definitely saving these bad boys for post-race next weekend

I put the canned pumpkin to quick use in the kitchen, starting with a mini batch of pumpkin cream cheese. In theory, it sounded great; in actuality, I  wasn’t a fan. It turns out I don’t like the taste of raw pumpkin at all. I tried adding more cream cheese and honey to offset the pumpkin taste, but it was still a no-go.
On the other hand, I love the taste of cooked pumpkin in baked goods. Mmmmmmmmmm.
that’s more like it!
These are a fall staple around here and didn’t disappoint this time around. Dangerously good…
And finally – Pumpkin Spices Oatmeal Pecan Cookies (+ raisins). These are much lighter on the sugar and fat, and still super tasty.
Hubs and I took advantage of the glorious weather on this holiday Monday and went for a little drive to do soak up the falll scenery and do some trail and country road running.

Aside from the shopping, baking and some running and biking, I did a whole lot of relaxing this weekend. I didn’t change out of yoga pants except to run and got all caught up on TV – feels good to kick start race week with some quality R&R. 
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24 thoughts on “R&R-style Long Weekend

  1. we just got a trader joes and that is where i have been going, but man those shots made me miss my whole foods, might have to go there. i have pumpkin butterscotch cookies in my head to bake this week

  2. "It's much more fun to shop with free money." <- Always true, but especially in Whole Foods! Free tasty treats?? YES. I'm not a raw pumpkin fan either – I've tried it in oatmeal & yogurt mixes, and it is NOT my cuppa' tea. Baked goods are where its at. 😉

  3. Not sure I could walk out of WF with only $50 worth of stuff, but I'm pretty sure that's because the one near us has a fabulous selection of beers. In fact, I've been known to go to WF and leave with nothing but beer and sausages.

  4. We have a Whole Foods here in Minneapolis. I only shop there once in a while because there is a natural foods store closer to where I live and work. Glad you got a nice haul!Those pumpkin treats look fantastic! I will have to make some for my husband and me… our kitchen will smell fabulous!The fall colors are so gorgeous!

  5. Hi, I'm Hanna from Finland and have been reading your blog for awhile now. Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe =o). I'm new to running. I've ran one half marathon two years ago but didn't fall in love with running. But now I will and I'm training for another half which is in December.

  6. I love Autumn, my favorite season and I love seeing beautiful Autumn pics like you posted. I love weekends like this! Good for you for relaxing and enjoying it.

  7. That is certainly quality time and sounds like you took full advantage of it. Those muffins look super. Great country photos. Looks like some nice trails out there. Have a good week!

  8. Such a gorgeous weekend in this part of the country!!I'm a little jealous of your Whole Foods experience. I am convinced that stores like that take so long to come to Quebec because it means translating all their corporate information to French…

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