A LadyFingers Morning

Well, this post is going to have a theme, and that theme is LadyFingers! (Truth be told, it’s one of my very favorite themes.)
In my very first post about LadyFingers Private Chef and Catering and Diane, who IS LadyFingers, I mentioned that she is a total inspiration and CrossFitting force.  I admire her dedication to staying in good, strong shape and she is positively devoted to CrossFit.  Love that.
She’s also working on rehabilitating a wonky knee that has kept her from running and a few things we do at the box, so to help it get stronger, for the last several weeks she’s been going home after her 6am workout and climbing a set of municipal steps that are right around the corner from her house.  74 steps total and she does at least 6 ascents (444!) every weekday.  She threw out an invitation on Facebook to anyone who wanted to join her each morning at 8:30 am and has gotten friends and neighbors on the bandwagon!  Today I joined her.

There are a few things I’d like to say about this whole steps endeavor.  First, I think it’s fantastic that she’s created this daily event that’s open to anyone. Nobody is obligated to do more than they feel comfortable with doing, but rather it’s a really great way to get a community started with fitness.  It’s free, easy, and in the neighborhood.  Second, because there is a standing invitation for her friends to join, it’s built-in motivation.  Who doesn’t want to spend a little time in the morning with a friend chatting and getting healthy?  Even if you don’t have something like the steps in your neighborhood getting your friends to join you in a workout is a great way to keep the momentum and excitement going.
This was my second trip to the steps and we had a great time talking about today’s CrossFit WOD, Mad Men, and food as we marched up and down.  In fact, we were so into what we were doing, I didn’t even pay attention to how many ascents we did.  Eight maybe?  Not sure.  But what I am sure of is that Diane and I got to chat for a bit and we definitely worked up a sweat which is how I like to start a day!
Post stair climb we went back to her house (a 60-second walk from the steps) and I was fortunate enough to get a tour of the LadyFingers garden.  I LOVE gardens.  I’m not lucky enough to live in a place where I have a yard or even a balcony for a few pots so I live vicariously through others’ gardens.  To me, there is no better way to feel connected with the food you put into your body than to grow it yourself.  You know it’s fresh, you know where it’s been, you know how it’s been handled, and you cared for it yourself!
Obviously we are very early into gardening season so some of Diane’s plants haven’t even been put into the ground yet.  Something that really impressed me is how many herbs lasted through the winter and are still thriving.  Check out these photos!

(Beautiful culinary thyme)

(Gorgeous chives that Diane just cut back because they were flowering. YUM!)

(Getting ready to be planted – three kinds of tomatoes, two kinds of peppers, and a variety of herbs.)

(Diane and her pots where many of the herbs will go.)

The recipes Diane and I have shared with you for the last several months have always featured fresh herbs that came right from her backyard.
I promise to keep you updated with the growth of the LadyFingers garden throughout the summer and fall, and I want to strongly encourage you to plant something for yourself this year. If you are garden inclined, plant one.  If you have a black thumb instead of a green one, buy a little herb plant and give it another shot.  Getting up close and personal with your food is the very best way to really care about food.  There isn’t a better way to cherish your food or body.
And speaking of LadyFingers and her yummy fantastic food, this Sunday, April 29 at 5:00 pm we will start our live tweet festival while we make this month’s dinner!  AND! We will be hosting the winner from last month!  I am so excited. This morning we finalized Sunday’s menu and let me tell you, you’re going to be jealous of our April winner.  The meal is going to be fantastic!
Here’s the scoop on how you and a guest can get invited to May’s dinner:
1. Become a fan of First Comes Health AND LadyFingers on Facebook (both!)
2. Follow both First Comes Health AND LadyFingers on Twitter.
3. Follow our tweeting this Sunday starting at 5:00 pm.
4. Successfully answer a trivia question about the meal on Monday April 30. We’ll randomly draw from the correct responses and award someone the opportunity to join us at the LadyFingers table in May.
So, now it’s your turn to share.  Let me know in the comments or on Facebook how you and your friends get your sweat on together.  Share photos of your garden or share your planting plans with me!  And don’t forget to tune in to Twitter to win an invite to May’s dinner for you and a guest.  You will NOT want to miss out!


  1. Diane D.
    April 26, 2012 12:15 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful post! I can’t thank you enough for the kind words about me and my LadyFingers garden!

  2. Megan
    April 26, 2012 9:58 pm

    Are thyme and chives perennials? What else would be in Chicago? I was so excited when I realized my sage came back this year. And my mint is supermint and is taking over my backyard. I’m ready for mint juleps derby day!

  3. Jake
    April 29, 2012 3:46 pm

    Hey Diane…
    I’ll take that step challenge, but I only do a set of 88 2X or 3X/wk…sooo, my challenge is to ThINK about you while I’m doing my climbs!
    Jake(Jill’s Dad)

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