Dinners at Maggie’s House, North Stonington

homecooked dinners at Maggie's CT

This summer, I lived with Maggie and her parents at their home in North Stonington, Connecticut, while the two of us were in Yoga Teacher Training. Maggie’s mom cooked us so many delicious, homemade dinners! Above is a dish Maggie, Chelsea and I made: pesto pasta made with fresh basil from the garden. We also made a version of the pesto with avocado, which was really good.


We had a salad along with the pesto pasta.


Another night we grilled burgers; Maggie’s family only uses the grill (no stove or oven) during the summer.


One night we helped Maggie’s mom make an amazing pasta salad with fresh herbs, zucchini and yellow squash from the garden, as well as ham, peppers, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.




Maggie’s mom made us lots of great salads; here’s a cobb salad.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Lake Colchuck

Kiyo and I ended our recent road trip by meeting our friends Maggie and Chelsea in the middle of Washington [state].

Good mood food breakfast

We camped out on a beautiful site in Cle Elum, and the next morning, drove about an hour to Leavenworth, a strangely Bavarian-themed town (who knew that real towns can come themed?) for breakfast at healthy café Good Mood Food. Maggie and I both got coffees and toasted croissants with eggs, scrambled with ham and cheese. Our croissants came with small side salads (lettuce, tomato, carrot, quinoa, dried fruit) which were tasty, but the dressing was a bit too sweet for my taste.

WIAW Colchuck Lake

After breakfast, it took us about an hour to find the trailhead for the Lake Colchuck hike. It’s especially confusing because you actually have to begin hiking the Lake Stuart trail, and then about a mile and a half in it splits and the Lake Colchuck trail begins. The Lake Colchuck hike is 8 miles roundtrip and gains 2,280 feet.

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The Washington Trails Association describes this hike as “a trail that even a dedicated couch potato could complete.” Let me just say, that is totally misleading! Chelsea, Maggie, Kiyo and I are all athletic, in our mid-twenties, and us girls all workout regularly. This hike is not for couch potatoes! We did the four miles to the lake in two hours and we were all pretty exhausted by the time we finally got to the lake. Our legs were a bit sore the next day too; but it was totally worth it!

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I brought two of these 750-ml Camelbak water bottles on the hike and finished them both in the first half. Next time I will definitely bring more water than I think I need.

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You know right away when you’ve hit the lake, because the beautiful turquoise waters peek out from the foliage.

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We sat on the cliffs overlooking the stunning lake to eat our lunch. Mine was actually two snacks: a plum and zucchini bread I bought at Good Mood Food. I threw out half the plum, which was rotten, and that was really disappointing because I was pretty hungry at this point.

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Kiyo and I split the delicious zucchini bread, which also had walnuts.

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It was difficult to capture the beauty of our surroundings in a picture, but this was the closest I got; it was stunning!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Yoga Teacher Training [Part II]

Another week, another What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Peas & Crayons! Apologies for the lack of posts lately, but we’ve been so busy and even though I’m home by 6 each evening, I’m so tired I can’t do anything except my homework, eat and sleep.

Tuesday, July 22: Day 8 of Yoga Teacher Training

WIAW yoga teacher training edition

7:20 AM: Wake up

7:30 AM: Pre-breakfast

Again, I had a quarter cup of aloe vera juice with lemon juice and water, as well as three krill oil capsules.

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8:00 AM: Breakfast

In the car on the way to the yoga studio, I had a coffee with coconut milk and a small applesauce. Sadly I forgot this Mojo trail mix bar on the kitchen counter so I didn’t get to eat it! That was really disappointing.

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8:30 – 9:30 AM: Power Yoga

Our first yoga practice of the day went well but I was starving towards the end!

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9:45 AM: Snack

I really wanted that trail mix Mojo bar, but I had to eat what I had in my bag (at least I had backup!), which was a cookies & cream Quest bar.

10:00 – 11:15 AM: Power Yoga

We went right into another practice, which I thought would be exhausting but it actually felt really good, even though it was tiring.

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12:30 PM: Lunch

We sat in a nearby park to eat lunch, which was nice. I brought a big container of leftovers from the dinner Maggie’s mom made Monday night: pasta salad with ham, fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, as well as zucchini, yellow squash, basil and chives from their garden! Food picked from the garden right outside the kitchen just tastes better, and so fresh.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Astoria

WIAW instant coffeeBreakfast: Sorry to reuse some pictures from last week’s WIAW post, but this was the day after and so I had a few of the same things! Again, instant coffee with organic soy milk & stevia…

banana chocolate soy smoothie

Breakfast: I needed to finish up the rest of the soy milk so I also made a smoothie with it: I just used some dark-chocolate syrup and a banana, and it was delicious!

WIAW hummus

Snack #1: six rosemary / olive oil crackers and homemade roasted red-pepper hummus, again.

lemon detox tea WIAW

Snack #2: I had a detox tea and then went to a one-hour vinyasa yoga class.

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Lunch: leftovers! This time it was some homemade honey banana cornbread with butter, and homemade red cabbage cole slaw.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Astoria

Another Wednesday, another peek into some of my daily eats… here’s what yesterday looked like:

WIAW instant coffee

Breakfast: instant Starbucks coffee (ew, but I got it for free so I’ll drink it) with stevia and organic soy milk.

WIAW overnight oats

Breakfast: overnight oats (all ingredients organic):

  • .5 cup old-fashioned oats
  • .5 cup soy milk
  • 4-6 walnuts, crumbled
  • 10-20 raisins
  • 2-3 tbsp. coconut flakes
  • 1 cap vanilla extract
  • .25 tsp. pumpkin spice mix

Combine all ingredients and let sit in an air-tight container overnight. Stir in the morning and enjoy!

WIAW hummus

Snack #1: 8 rosemary olive oil crackers and homemade roasted red pepper hummus.

soft-boiled egg over rice WIAW

Lunch: 1 serving (.25 cup before cooked) brown rice with sweet & sour purple cabbage and a soft-boiled egg, sprinkled with salt and pepper. This was really simple but pretty delicious!

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