Questions of the Month: July

Even though it is so easy to microwave a sweet potato, whenever I take the time to slice it up, toss the wedges in olive oil and salt and roast them in the oven, I am always glad I made the extra effort.

sweet potato wedges roasted

The sweet potato wedges stole the show this evening.

We ate them with roasted broccoli and pork, but I only went back for seconds of the potatoes.

pork broccoli sweet potatoes

Now it’s time for the return of a long lost blog feature!

Questions of the Month: July

In March I started “Questions of the Month,” figuring it would be a neat monthly feature on the blog where I could answer some questions I received repeatedly that month. Well, the feature died a month after its debut because I completely forgot about it until a reader emailed me last week asking me if I planned to bring it back.

It’s back, baby! Let’s get to it!

  • What kind of harness do you use when you take Sadie on a walk or run?

We use the Gentle Leader Easy Walk harness for Sadie and I cannot recommend it enough.

easy walk gentle leader harness

It goes around her belly and shoulders, leaving her neck free and doesn’t seem to bother her a bit. If Sadie tries to pull, the harness  basically makes her walk around in a circle. I makes walking or running with Sadie a lot more pleasant!

  • I wanted to ask you about what made you want to run your first half marathon and what running base you had when you began training. I’ve been running (short distances) for several months, have run a few 5Ks, and running a half marathon is the next thing I’d really like to accomplish! Based on the running-related posts that I’ve read, it seems that we are pretty similar when it comes to running… .I’m not a natural runner at all, but I really enjoy the workout is gives me!

I got into running when I graduated from college. I found myself craving a new challenge in my life and began looking into running races, thinking that running a 5K would be a neat accomplishment.  I made it my goal to run the 3.1 mile race non-stop in August 2007. After that race, I ran a 10K and started training for my first half marathon in October using Hal Higdon’s novice training plan. I completed my first half marathon before the end of the year.

Blog posts related to half marathon training include:

savannah rock n roll half marathon

  • What is your favorite kind of peanut butter?

I am not a peanut butter snob by any means. I typically buy Skippy Natural because it is inexpensive and tastes like the peanut butter from childhood without the crazy ingredients. Justin’s Nut Butter and Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter & Co. also make a mean jar of peanut butter.


  1. Corinne says

    I have another question that I’ve been wondering while reading your blog. I know that you always workout in the morning before breakfast.. do you eat a small snack beforehand or are you able to do a workout on an empty stomach? Working out right after I wake up is sometihng that I would love to do, but I find I have to eat breakfast first. Thanks for your input!


    • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers says

      hi corinne! for me, it totally depends. i cramp up really easily and typically need to avoid eating 60 min. before a workout to prevent cramping. since we wake up at 5 a.m. and head straight to the gym, i’ll often go on an empty stomach b/c i’m not about to wake up at 4 a.m. just to eat. plus, i’m not hungry then anyway. on the weekends i always eat before working out b/c i have time to digest and when i wake up later, i wake up hungry. during the week i’ll eat something light at 5 a.m. before a workout sometimes if the workout is a strength workout that i know won’t make me cramp up like running intervals might. such a long answer, i know!


  2. Tiffany says

    I use that harness on one of my dogs, too. It works well most of the time, but sometimes he fights the resistance when he sees another dog!

    My other dog is a Dachshund, and his stubby little legs slip right out of if. Oh well!


  3. Kim says

    I was raised on Peter Pan. I mean, my mom and sisters would go through the largest jar in < a month.
    But now I am all about either making my own, or Jif Natural. (I do not discriminate against creamy or crunchy. Peanut butter is beautiful in any form.)


  4. says

    I love walking our dog in her harness… definitely better control and doesn’t choke her!

    Also just wanted to say that I ran a few 5Ks but never anything longer and I finished my half just fine. Just gotta put those miles in and train smart!


  5. says

    There is absolutely nothing better than a sweet potato baked in the oven for an hour or so. I agree, microwave does the trick but I think I would rather have a true baked sweet potato than dessert (and that is saying A LOT!)


  6. says

    Just wondering what sold you on getting a Vizsla. My husband and I are talking about breeds of dogs we would love to get, and a Vizsla has been at the top of my list for a while. My husband had never heard of them until a few months ago when we started talking about it, and he’s still not convinced. We’d like a dog we could take out for runs and enjoys being outside, but isn’t crazy-hyper all the time.


  7. Liz says

    I love roasted sweet potatoes! I typically make them at least once a week for dinner. I also enjoy roasted red potatoes with rosemary or roasted carrots. Basically any vegetable is better roasted!

    The Skippy natural PB is pretty tasty, but my favorite is Smucker’s Natural Creamy…yum! It’s the perfect combo of roasted peanuts & salt 🙂


  8. tara says

    best breakfast is an egg white omlette (or scramble) with roasted sweet potato wedges, YUM and soo filling! keeps me satified until lunch!


  9. Jentry Nielsen says

    Wow those potatoes look so delicious! I do love roasted so much more, but most the time I am too hungry to wait around for that and just pop in the microwave! ha
    I usually buy Skippy Natural too! We get chunky and creamy everytime…I never know which one I’m going to be craving in the moment! ha


  10. Brittany says

    It’s nice to hear that you aren’t a natural runner. I have never been a fast runner and I have never even ran more than a mile straight so I have nowhere to start from but I have always wanted to run a 5K. From your story I gathered that you didn’t do any training before your first 5K? I looked up the Hal Higdon plan and the plan for the 5k looks pretty good so I am thinking I might try it but I think I am just scared of failure…



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