Thursday, April 16, 2009

Strawberry Bread/Real Housewives of My Neighborhood

Hope your week is going well. Thank you all for your sympathy on my laptop! Unfortunately, since I work mostly with spreadsheets, a Mac is not really an option (I'm a PC!). They're supposed to get it fixed tomorrow. The upside to all this is I have been "forced" to work from home for two days. This allowed me to get in two morning workouts- yesterday I did a full Body Attack practice at home (we have a launch next week) and this morning I did 1/2 hour of Body Attack, 1/2 hour run outside. Hooray!

Last night my neighborhood had a "ladies night" get together aka- a real housewives party. They have one about every month. It is basically appetizers and wine and chatting. Since I don't know anyone in the neighborhood yet, I did a quick half hour run in/out. All of the ladies were VERY nice and I am excited to get to know them more. I brought a platter of chocolate chip sweet bread and strawberry bread that I made based on this Joy of Baking recipe (I used egg whites instead of eggs and less sugar than what was called for). Both breads turned out really well, or so says my taste tester Josh (I may have to save some of the strawberry bread for after clean month so I can try it!).

Last night I also made a little veggie dish for din din based on this 101 cookbooks recipe (I subbed brussels for the asparagus).
Very yum!

Weekend plans??

46 comments:

burpandslurp said...

ah that's too bad about not being able to have Mac. I love my Macbook, and can't imagine life with PC now!
anyway, seems like you're really doing a good job on clean eating! I love all the recipes in 101 cookbooks, esp that brussel sprouts look very very very good!!

VeggieGirl said...

Fabulous bread, vegetable dish; and hey, I hope to see a new season of 'Real Housewives' with you in it, haha ;-)

lesley said...

Your bread looks SO delicious, Erica! (as always : )

Forced to work at home??? However will you manage?!? ; )

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

delicious bread!!!
just question about mac. I use mac and I'm so happy about it. I also work with excel a lot, so why you find it not possible to work with mac? (just curiosity)

Veggie dish looks delicious~~ ^_^

K from ksgoodeats said...

YAY PC!! We've got to stick together ;) So here's the deal - since I'm sick of Michigan weather, I'll move where you guys moved to and when Bravo comes a callin' we can be on the new season of Housewives (I can just be that token single girl they have every season ;) ).

Thanks for the link to that recipe! It sounds good!

Jane Beall said...

That's a great bread recipe - thanks for sharing :)

FoodsThatFit said...

Strawberry bread!!!!! YUMMM! Totally reminds me of spring :)

So, I am totally addicted to The Real Housewives....what a fun theme to have a neighborhood get together for.

emilydh211 said...

the get together sounds like it was quite the success, and all of the baking looks so good.

As for weekend plans? I am going to Nashville tomorrow for a job fair. AH! I hope to get a teaching job from, but we will see :)

Dawn said...

I lost one computer to a crash and lost all my work. I now backup every other day. But now this computer is slowly on its way out, I am going to get a Mac next as I hate pc's, since they always die. I know you can't get a mac. I am making banana bread as I write this and wishing I threw some strawberries in it. I love 101 cookbooks too.

Lisa said...

I love anything with strawberries. Hope you get your computer problem straigtened out.

Danielle said...

I'd rather have a PC anyway, I'm a PC too!
Great bread! and I agree with VeggieGirl and think ou should be on your own season of The Real Housewives!

HangryPants said...

Your ladies night sounds fun and both breads look delicious!

Alison said...

good looking bread.

I love Heidi's recipes. That spring panzanella looks great!

ttfn300 said...

love the strawberry bread! will you come be my housewife? lol. not sure why you can't get a mac just b/c of spreadsheets... they still have excel!

Krista said...

A neibourhood get together sounds like a lot of fun!!

lilveggiepatch said...

That looks SO good. I think I've had every kind of fruit bread except strawberry, but it sounds delicious!

This weekend I'm going to be working my tush off, but it's also our "Springfest" so hopefully I'll get to go to that, too.

Pearl said...

gosh. now i wish i was your neighbor :)

elise said...

im a PC too...thats so cute about your neighborhood real housewives activities. did you know any of those people before or did you just meet them through this? i wish our building were more friendly. maybe its just nyc in general, but peeps arent so neighborly here.

nick said...

Wine, chatting and hors d'Ĺ“uvre? I am not a woman, and I don't live in your neighborhood, but, um... I kinda want an invitation.

That strawberry bread looks mighty tasty.

Sarah w. said...

yay for getting to know the other wives in the neighborhood! that strawberry bread sounds delish!!!!

lizzy said...

Yummy veggie dish! i really like that you are showing all the great foods you have been able to eat even while maintaining your super clean guidelines, your awesome! hope your having a great thursday!

Sweetie Pie said...

Computer issues are the worst! I hope it gets straightened out soon.

The breads both look so good. I love quick breads, and I think the strawberry one sounds awesome!

I'm going to my five year law school reunion in Williamsburg this weekend..., but I'm really going to do a bit of shopping and eating! :-) Williamsburg is pretty good for both of those things. I hope you have a good one!

Diana said...

you are seriously the queen of sweet bread! the housewives get together sounds like total fun :)

Greg C said...

I love anything with strawberries in it. The U-pick placed are open now. They had a few at the Charleston Farmers Market but I think they came from Florida. Nice blog. I'm not sure how I found it.

shelby said...

Strawberry bread sounds delightful!!!

Lori said...

What a fun event with your neighbors. That strawberry bread sounds so good. I'm waiting for strawberries to come on around here so I can make some.

Esi said...

You can still do spreadsheets on a Mac! I am telling you, it will change your life :)

Strawberry bread looks so good!!!

Diana said...

The strawberry bread looks great! I wish I could be the taster! :)

Not much doing this weekend - leading another training run on Saturday morning, and then probably just relaxing and letting myself breathe a bit! I've been going at full warp speed lately!

Hope you and Josh have a nice one!

I Run for Fun said...

Wow! Your bread looks so good! I cannot stop the salivary glands. It's nice to have such friendly neighbors.

Man, I am so impressed with your clean eating...when presented with food like that, I cave!

Priscilla said...

Whoa, that bread plate looks awesome.
I am excited to see Hannah Montana with a friend and then friends over Sunday for the day with my family. Can't wait.
Have a great Thursday Erica!

The Blonde Duck said...

That strawberry bread looks really good!

I really like that your neighbors do that. I've been thinking about talking to my lady neighbors and setting up something like that. I think it'd be fun!

Trish said...

the bread looks fantastic! :-)

Sara said...

I'm a pc as well :) Can't quite make the switch...

Those breads look great! A ladies night with the neighbors sounds like fun.

Good luck with the launch! I miss all the BTS classes my old gym had...which one do you like teaching the most?

Maria said...

Glad you had fun! The bread and veggies look good! I still am sick haven't eaten much all week. I really really miss cooking, baking, and working out. This is the worst!

thresholdofgreatness said...

I love 101 Cookbooks!

I'm glad you're meeting your neighbors! I always thought it would be fun to have a bunch of friends close by like that. They get together like that here in my mom's neighborhood, but they're all like 60. :)

Sharon said...

Bread looks amazing! And that vegetable dish looks scrumptious!

Heather said...

those breads sound yummy! glad you have a friendly neighborhood :)

bakergirlcreations said...

The breads look wonderful. It sounds like a nice neighborhood :)

ChickPea said...

Perfect looking bread! Erica=domestic goddess.

Plans this weekend include a date tomorrow afternoon and a 5K on Saturday!

burpandslurp said...

hey, just wanted to leave my utmost appreciation for your sweet comment! thanks!

glidingcalm said...

your baking is sooooooo beautiful!!!

happy Friday Erica!

bhealthier said...

WOW! strawberry bread! looks awesome!

my fiance (!!!!!!!!) and I are going to a baseball game tonight after our evening workout, then tomorrow we are tailgating for a football game ( his alum.), and then sunday I have a coffee date with a new friend/group member for my project.

busy- seriously! Its nonstop- its the power of the ring I think.

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Erica,
Your breads look beautiful, and how fun that all the neighborhood girls get together once a month. Chris and I are the youngest ones on our street...sometimes we'll throw the ball around in the front yard, and I know our neighbors are thinking...Where are their parents?

Angela@spinachtiger said...

The strawberry bread sounds great. Do you ever bake with agave. That is something I'm learning through trial and error.

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

that bread looks amazing!

Elyse said...

So glad all of your neighborhood housewives are friendly--I'm sure you totally wooed them with your yummy food. What delicious-looking breads!!