Essence of a New Day

This is the beginning of a new day.  You have been given this day to use as you will.  You can waste it or use it for good.  What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.

I’m Joanne and this is my running partner Shane:
My Best Buddy...Shane. He is 17 mos. old in this picture

My Best Buddy...Shane. He is 17 mos. old in this picture

Creativity can be expressed through food.  I don’t believe in diets.  I believe in life style changes.  You have to want to eat healthy and exercise in order to achieve success in maintaining the body you want and to feel good about yourself.
Exercise Habits:  Weights and aerobics to maintain bone, muscle, and cardiovascular health.


A RRCA Certified Running Coach:   Email me at applecrumbles1@yahoo.com if you are interested in running. I will help you discover the joys of running whether you want to lose weight, run for a longer distance, improve your speed, or finish your first race.

Certificate in Sports Nutrition:  Tips and diets for better athletic performance.   As defined by Wikipedia:

Sports nutrition is the study and practice of nutrition and diet as it relates to athletic performance. It is concerned with the type and quantity of fluid and food taken by an athlete, and deals with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, supplements and organic substances such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Although an important part of many sports training regimens, it is most commonly considered in strength sports (such as weight lifting and bodybuilding) and endurance sports (for example cycling, running, triathlon).


Custom cakes and cookie trays are baked for local customers and delivered to their door.  Winner of the 2011 California Raisin Bread Contest for the 26.2 Mini Loaf (aka Marathon Mini Loaf) created for athletic endurance.  See more details at www.facebook.com/runforendurance or Email: applecrumbles1@yahoo.com

The Apple Crumbles kitchen was inspected by the NYS Department of Food Safety employee before I engaged in Craft Fairs and sold to the public.  In New York State there is an exemption from Article 20-C (license for processing food) for small scale production of non-hazardous foods (baked goods, candies, cookies) .  This enables home bakers to sell their products provided general clean health standards are met.

My Bio:

A passion for living a healthy lifestyle and sharing that passion with others.

Offering discussions and facts relating to food safety, nutrition, healthy food alternatives,  product evaluations, cookbook reviews, and restaurant reviews.

Creating recipes which are nutrient rich, healthy and tastefully rewarding.

Over 69 credits in Baking Science.

16 CEC’s for Road Runners of America Running Coach Certification.

4 CEC’s for Sports Nutrition Certification.

Bachelor of Science in Marketing and M.S. degree in Management Technology.

On blogging:  I like to exchange recipes, talk about running, offer and get exercise tips and motivations .  I want to hear about it, talk about it, laugh about it!

MY RACES: Halfs and Full Marathons.  A 3 Time Boston Qualifier as of 2012.

First Half Marathon: The Skunk Cabbage April 11, 2010 1hr 54 min 50 secs.

Second Half Marathon: Hall of Fame May  23, 2010 1 hr 51 min.

Third Half Marathon: Delta Lake September 20, 2010 1 hr 48 min.

I continue to run half marathons on a regular basis. For race recaps, simply search “half marathons”.

First Marathon: WineGlass Oct. 3 2010 3:46:51, pace 8:39 Boston Qualifier.

Second Marathon The 115th Boston Marathon, April 18, 2011.  3hrs 47 min and 14 sec.

2011 Races:

1/1/11: Completed Hangover Run, 10K @8:23 per mile

2/5/11: Didn’t Run. Injured Beer and Chili Run, 10K (last year 55:36, pace 8:56)

2/19/11: Dasani Half Marathon, Myrtle Beach, SC  – Results: 1:49:22 chip, 8:20 pace. First year running it. Great event.

3/5/11: Heart Run: 18 mile course (last year, pace 9:21 for 10 miles– stopped for photos and had fun).  THIS year (2011), 9:38 ave. for 30K with injury and the flu. Not so fun, but I did it.

4/2/11: Fort2Fort, 10K (last year, 50:37) PR’d! 2011, 1st in Age Group. 47:14, pace was 7:37

4/9/11: Skunk Cabbage Half Marathon (last year, 1:54:50, pace 8:46) Too close to Boston. Chose not to go.

4/18/11: AH! The BIG ONE! Boston Marathon.  Training plan can be found here: Boston Training.   BOSTON RESULTS: 3:47:14, Pace: 8:40

5/22/11: The Hall of Fame Half Marathon and a NEW PR: 1:46:51, 8:09 pace

7/10/11: Boilermaker 15K (last year, in 2010 was 1:14:07, pace 7:57)  A PR for the Boilermaker 2011: 1:13:01, pace 7:45

7/30/2011: Roman Runners Honor America Days Parade Run: A 5K PR!!! 22:56, average pace 7:23.

8/19/11: Turning Stone 5K Run , Fun run with Ted.

8/21/11: Turning Stone Half Marathon:  1:50:47, average pace 8:28

9/10/2011: ARC Half Marathon: 1:47:57, average pace 8:15

11/20/11: Philadelphia Marathon , 3:51:35, average pace 8:50

Will be running Boston 2012. Goal in mind? Yes. Trying to get through a New York winter training season and STILL keep my motivation.

End of a quote by George S. Patton. US Army AND a 1912 Olympian.

“…You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going”.

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  • At 2008.11.17 00:00, runningwithfood said:

    Hi Joanne – thanks for checking out my blog! I would be honored if you added me to your blog roll! 🙂

    You have so many great recipes that I can’t wait to check out!

    As for gingerbread bagels, sounds like a great idea to me! I don’t have a recipe, but I will be on the lookout. If I find one, I will be sure to pass it on …


    • At 2008.12.17 03:58, Jacob said:

      Good WorkFavorite Site Ever! I just Bookmarked

      • At 2009.01.14 01:04, Juliet said:

        Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. I’m honored to be linked to. Your blog looks awesome. I’m going to look around! 🙂

        • At 2009.01.14 06:15, Mike Burlingame said:

          Feedback on Applecrumbles

          I visited your blog, Applecrumbles located at http://applecrumbles.wordpress.com/ recently. I must say, I’m quite impressed by the blog’s content. In particular, I really liked http://applecrumbles.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/words-from-the-wise/.

          Good job!

          I’d like to know if you’d be interested in having me as a guest writer for your blog. I am a features writer working with MiracleFruitPlus.com. I’d like to write a free 300 to 400 word blog entry for you. I have a few years experience and would really enjoy writing one or two guest blog entries for your blog.

          If you’d like to take me up on my offer, please send me a topic and a quick outline of what you’d like the article to say. Please give me as much detail as possible so I can make the blog entry meet your specifications as much as possible.

          In exchange for this free blog entry, I would like to request a linkback to MiracleFruitPlus in the body of the blog entry somewhere using the title tag “miracle fruit.”

          I look forward to your response

          Best Regards,

          Mike Burlingame

          • At 2009.01.18 14:41, Larry said:

            Hi Joanne,
            I found you through Kat Flinn’s site. Very good stuff! I started a blog for the same reason as you … place to write, exchange food ideas, ramble, and find interesting sites in the process. I’ll check back regularly. My blog’s right off my website.

            • At 2009.03.27 18:17, Heather said:

              Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am new to all this so if you have any advice that would be wonderful.

              Have a wonderful day~

              • At 2009.04.08 14:49, s. Stockwell said:

                We were interested to know were you are because you said there was a sticky toffee pudding ice cream?? we have never seen this…best, s

                • At 2009.04.12 06:05, Shirley I. said:

                  Thank you for your kind comments – if you made the cauliflower quiche, I hope you enjoyed it.

                  My husband and I live in London and our son is living in Toronto with his partner. We love Canada, and visited Montreal this year and thoroughly enjoyed our trip – it’s a lovely city.
                  Kindest regards, Shirley I.

                  • At 2009.06.09 02:00, sunita said:

                    Hi Joanne, great to know more about you and this lovely space of yours 🙂

                    • At 2009.07.16 02:01, junmomin said:

                      hey joann

                      since we are on the subject of food.. check this out if you will and your comments. just started a blog greattribalcuisine.wordpress.com mainly because so much of the healthy cuisine of this part of the world needs more attention.

                      Black lentils and chicken

                      North East India is relatively unknown to pretty much most of India, let alone the world. It’s a mystical land of dense jungles, pretty valleys, roaring untamed rivers and great wildlife. The people who inhabit these lands belong to the mongoloid stock although their specific anthropological origins are so vast and different. The different language, colour, food of these lands would be enough to keep a blogger like me engaged for decades!!!. So, i have decided to focus on the food and cooking styles of these lands. They are unique, simple, tasty … and in these days of our techno crazed, cholesterol building, artery clogging food habits will seem …distinct… so go ahead and scroll down

                      This is a great dish to have an idea of tribal food from north east india. Its basic but yum when done right. Free range chicken works best although spring chicken will also do. Use cuts of leg, chicken ribs, etc . Chicken breasts not preferred as they are too tender and would turn rubbery when cooked for long with the lentils.


                      500- 750 gms chicken with bone, 200 gms black lentils (kaali daal in hindi), 100 gms ginger julienned, 2-3 chillies, cooking soda( sodium bicarbonate), 2 onions julienned. Soak the lentils overnight in water, use this water to cook the lentils later.


                      Heat oil in a wok. Saute the onions and the chicken and keep stirring till the chicken gets lightly browned. Make sure the flame is medium.

                      Put the black lentils in a pan with about 3 cups of water ; add the ginger and chillies.Let it simmer till the lentils are tender. If you are using a pan with a closed lid, it will take around 45 ins;Alternatively you can pressure cook it for 20-25 mins.

                      After the lentils are cooked add the chicken to the lentils and bring it to a boil; Add about a teaspoon of the cooking soda. The broth will simmer to the top.dont panic!!. Just lower the flame and it will settle down to a simmer. Simmer the dish for 10 mins before serving.

                      Enjoy with rice.

                      • At 2009.07.30 19:38, Rachel said:

                        Hi Joanne! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I’m looking forward to reading yours!

                        • At 2009.08.03 23:34, Becky said:

                          So very impressed with your blog. Just started myself and yours blows me away. I love to cook also and in the same vicinity as you. Your photos, and layouts are eye-catching and fun. The recipes are the best; I just love local cookbooks. Keep writing as you have a new reader!

                          • At 2009.08.20 09:17, ann said:

                            Hello, I just stumbled upon your blog at fuel my blog site and I love it. Maybe you could take a look at mine since mine is similar to yours and give me a few pointers to enhance the blog. When I read that you were from Utica, I thought that meant Utica, KY not Utica, NY I live near Utica, KY. Anyways, how can I subscribe to your blog? I love cooking too and sharing the moments. Keep blogging!!!!

                            • At 2010.01.03 17:49, Nick Matyas said:

                              Happy new year2010.
                              this is outstanding blog for comment.
                              awesome writing.
                              Thanks a lot


                              • At 2010.05.06 03:27, Amy said:

                                Hi Joanne!
                                Thanks for stopping by my blog – reading yours and seeing the recipes you have put up makes me think we have a lot in common! I eat mainly vegan but will do an egg (if I get them from my in-laws who keep their own very happy and healthy chickens) or very rarely a bit of fish… I absolutely love tofu and beans!

                                • At 2010.06.04 12:25, Sarah said:

                                  I love your blog and am so excited to keep reading! It’s really nice to have a fellow food/lifestyle blogger with a full time job, sometimes I feel like I’m the only one!

                                  • At 2010.07.29 12:24, Heather said:

                                    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ve added you to my google reader – your recipes look great!
                                    Can’t wait to read more about your running, too. You go girl!

                                    • At 2010.12.07 21:54, Mike Burns said:

                                      Love the blog Joanne, i’m going to bookmark it. Nice pictures.

                                      • At 2011.01.14 11:44, Becca said:

                                        Look at you go!! Awesome! Look forward to exchanging recipies and tips as well. The way I figure it, if I read enough running blogs about people faster than me surley I’ll get faster 😉
                                        PS LOVE the name of your blog!

                                        • At 2011.09.11 08:01, chopinandmysaucepan said:

                                          This is very inspiring. I wish I could road run again as I have done a few half marathons but I find that my knees hurt too much now. So I’m confined to do my training on a cross trainer which seems to work perfectly and I go for long walks instead.

                                          • At 2012.02.23 18:39, Nate said:


                                            Thanks for the follow and I wish you the very best in your training. Beautiful site.

                                            • At 2012.06.05 11:38, Anna @ hiddenponies said:

                                              I loved reading this! I love your positive attitude and many interests…I’ll be checking back often 🙂

                                              • At 2012.06.19 20:42, Jennifer Cote said:

                                                Just stopping by to say hi, Joanne! Saw your Blueberry Muffin post, thanks to Foodbuzz. Congrats 😀

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