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Will Run For Food…and Drinks

December 11, 2011

It is no surprise to many of you that I LOVE food. I love fresh delicious food. I try to eat organic and least processed when possible. The only foods I really despise are mustard, wasabi, horseradish and liver, other than that, I love everything.

Unfortunately I am not like my fiancee who is only +/- 5 lbs no mater if he is exercising or not. So with my love of food (and wine) comes a “love” of exercise. When I say “love” it is more of a love/hate relationship. I love how I feel during and after a good workout but really hate preparing and the beginning of a workout. Also, I am never motivated to exercise unless I have a goal. In saying this, I have gained a few lbs since my half marathon in October and really need a new goal.

My new goal is the Hyannis Half Marathon! I am following a 12 week program and have 11 more weeks to go. Today I just finished week 1 with a feel good 4.37 mile run under 11 minutes/mile. Today was brisk in the 40s but sunny! As I was turning the corner to the street my house is on, Hello by Martin Solveig & Dragonette came on – awesome! Add this song to your running mix!

After my run, I try and eat protein and carbs within 30 minutes. My breakfast/lunch consisted of eggs, swiss cheese, spinach in a fresh pita I got at the farmer’s market yesterday…yumm! I love this coffee mug.

Now I am off to the YMCA for some yoga to stretch out – I <3 structured stretching!

Happy Sunday!

My Kitchens. From Marblehead to Whitman to Hingham.

December 4, 2011
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Marblehead

Our first apartment had the tiniest kitchen. No cabinets and really no space. Instead of cabinets we used an old bookcase. The counters were very deep so we could still put our appliances out. We had a counter that stuck out that was used as the prep area. The ceilings were slanted on half of the kitchen – we bumped out heads a lot. But for a first kitchen it was perfect and full of character, we loved our first place.

I also made lots of yummy treats in that kitchen!

Whitman

The last apartment we lived in had an amazing kitchen. Granite countertops, gas range, millions of cabinets, wood floor. We also had a pantry closet that spoiled us! I loved that kitchen.

We made some delicious food in Whitman.

Hingham

Our new kitchen is a galley kitchen with character – yes we are back to character. Lots of windows, enough counter space. We bought a few standing cabinets to use as a pantry and have a awesome butchers block cart from Scott’s sister that fits perfectly. Our new place and kitchen feel more like home than our last place – warm (since our landlord heats our basement!), friendly and inviting. Although it has less space than the last, I LOVE it!

I am starting to cook crave worthy meals here too!

I guess is doesn’t matter what your kitchen looks like as long as you can cook yummy meals!

Pumpkin Meatballs!

November 18, 2011

Okay the Pumpkin Mac & Cheese was amazing!!!!

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I had a 1/2 a can of pumpkin left over so I decided to make Pumpkin Meatballs :)

I used ground beef and mixed in eggs, milk, pumpkin, salt, pepper, spices, panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. I should have added onion and garlic but last time I cut up an onion, Scott and I were crying for hours (I was also being a little lazy).

A few nights ago I ate the pumpkin meatballs with penne pasta and butternut squash pasta sauce – delish!

I have also started frequenting the gym again and realize that I really miss spinning! Although my whole body was sore after my first day back, it felt good!

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Right now I am in Memphis, TN and getting ready to board a plane back to Boston! Beautiful sunset!

It Has Been a While

November 13, 2011

A lot has happened since my last post in March. I stopped blogging, we ran the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, we moved and got engaged!

On Food & Blogging

My job is very demanding – I love it but it takes up a lot of my time. Basically I stopped cooking and stopped blogging. But recently I have had the urge to cook and to start writing about my adventures in the kitchen. It became evident today when I was chatting with a dear friend who is writing a blog and I realized that I missed chronicling what I cook and talking about myself! Since we moved into our new home I have managed to make some yummy dinners – Root Veggie, Money Bean, Spinach Soup and Greek Baked Pasta with Swiss Chard, Rigatoni, Onion, Parsley, Mint, mixed with Feta, covered in Bechamel sauce and baked with grated Parmesan cheese on top. Tonight I am making a recipe that looks delicious Pumpkin Mac & Cheese – thanks Annsley!

On Fitness

September 30th, 2011, Scott and I ran 13.1 miles through Disney World! We made it and were able to enjoy our vacation afterwards without any injuries!

We had a lot of fun in Disney World. We were there during the Food & Wine fest and got to eat and drink around the world in Epcot! We also went to Universal Studios and got to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter = Awesome!

Other than training (ish) for the half marathon I have not been on a fitness schedule of any kind – time to whip my ass into gear so I can fit into a wedding dress!!

On Moving

We LOVE our new home (apartment)! We moved from Whitman to the heart of Hingham – I can’t tell you how happy we are. Only a block from the ocean and a short walk to bars, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, a cheese shop and a theater…plus all of the grocery stores have beer, wine and liquor! We are also right down the street from the Hingham Shipyard with even more restaurants and shops! Loving it here!!

Places we have enjoyed so far: Stars on Hingham Harbor; Zendo Asian Bistro and Lounge (thanks for the Groupon Mom!); Brewed Awakenings; Crow Point Pizzeria

On Getting Engaged!

Okay so the best news of all…Scott proposed!!!!

Scott asked me to be his girlfriend in Disney World during a trip with friends after we graduated high school. Seven years later he proposed during a hike in the Blue Hills – the proposal was perfect!

We want to get married with in a year – I think I would go CRAZY if I had too much time to plan our wedding! We are slowly figuring out the details, but planning a wedding is a lot of work!

Here are some fun things I found on Etsy: Alternative Guest Book; Cute Wedding Cake Toppers; Fun Photo Props

Now What

Didn’t I say I was making Pumpkin Mac & Cheese?! Anyone want to come over for dinner?

Don’t Stop Me Now

March 28, 2011

I was driving home today and my mp3 player, playing my book on tape, ran out of batteries. Devastated, I took out my iPod and turned on my Spin-a-thon playlist. Best ride home EVER! You know the songs that just pump you up, make you sing and get you energized? Let me share my three favorite songs for spinning and running (and I guess, driving home).

This song always gives me that extra push! Just having the word stronger makes me work harder.

Don’t act like I never told ya!

You also need some Queen in the mix!

Queen’s, Don’t Stop Me Now is one of my favorite workout songs. You can’t quit at ANYTHING while you were listening to this song!

I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva, I’m gonna go go go, There’s no stopping me!

Sometimes when I am pissed off or stressed out, running helps. The perfect song for running while you are pissed off is Cee Lo Green’s F*** You, ahem, Forget You.

This song really gets me riled up. I cannot run two seconds without singing!

And although there’s pain in my chest, I still wish you the best with a…Forget you!

What songs really pump you up?

Have a wonderful week!!!

Yoga and Onions

March 1, 2011

Happy March! Only 12 days till daylight savings and 20 days till Spring!

This past Sunday was very relaxing…

I finally got a full 10 hours of sleep. Once I got up, I had a lazy morning just sitting around the house reading – I am still reading the series A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin (so good!).

I attended community yoga at the Whitman Wellness Center, only a 1 minute walk from my home. I really enjoyed the class, I also thought it was great that the $5 class fee went to the instructor’s charity of choice.

After yoga, I went home and “researched” recipes for dinner. I wanted to make something nice for Scott and decided to make Honey Roasted Onion Tart as an appetizer and Pork Chops with ShallotsMashed Sweet Potato and Parsnip, and Roasted Broccoli and Carrots as the main course. I got a quick run in before I headed out to the store to pick up a few ingredients.

Once I got home I started cooking, first starting with the Onion Tart. This was sure to be a winner – two of Scott’s favorite foods: onions and bacon.

While the puff pastry was thawing, I cooked the bacon, then the onions. I followed the recipe exactly until I got to the crème fraîche. I substituted crème fraîche for ricotta – tart turned pizza (I could not find crème fraîche at the store and gave up).

I must say, the tart…pizza was quite delicious.

Oh that flaky crust!

Okay on to the main course.

The Mashed Sweet Potato and Parsnip side dish was easy to make ahead of time – boil the ingredients and mash them up. Then, I roasted the Broccoli and Carrots in a 400 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes.

While the broccoli and carrots were in the over I started the Pork Chops and Shallots. I followed the recipe seasoning the meat, cooking it stove top, then in the oven. While the pork chops were in the oven, I started cooking the shallots.

Oh yes!

Everything finished cooking at the same time – the Pork Chops with Shallots, Mashed Sweet Potato and Parsnip, and Roasted Broccoli and Carrots – a delicious success!

What did you do this weekend? What are your plans for next weekend?

I Ran and Conquered

February 14, 2011

Yesterday I ran in the Patty Kelly 5 mile race. I was nervous about not being able to find the motivation to run and this week I stepped it up. I laced up my sneakers and ran. I was worried I was not going to be able to make the 5 miles. The last time I had run that distance was Thanksgiving! BUT I made it, I never stopped, and I conquered the 5 miles. The post race chili and Blue Moon was a nice way to recover…YUM.

I just registered Scott and I for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. This year Scott got his wish – we are going to Disney World and I got mine – we are running a half marathon together. I am so jealous of all the couples you see running together and I could never get Scott to run with me, he just doesn’t find it fun, but he finds Disney fun :)

Here is a little bit about the race from the website:

DISNEY WINE & DINE HALF MARATHON
Saturday, October 1, 2010
10:00 p.m.

Start: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Finish:Epcot® World Showcase
The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon will be run on a brand new half marathon course at the Walt Disney World® Resort, and it will be run at night!  Where else can you run a half marathon at night?  Running through theme parks and world-class Disney entertainment along the way will make the miles fly by, but what could motivate you more than finishing inside Epcot® to an exclusive after-hours party inside the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival?

This race experience will be the ultimate “Runner’s Night Out”. Mark your race calendars now for the race weekend with a party you don’t want to miss!

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon features:

  • Nighttime half marathon
  • 13.1-mile course through Walt Disney World® Theme Parks
  • Disney Entertainment on-course
  • Exclusive After Hours Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival for participants and their families
  • Event Weekend Transportation from the Event Host Resorts only

Each participant’s Disney Wine & Dine Half Marahon registration includes:

  • Champion® Race tech Shirt
  • Half Marathon Finisher medal
  • Official Race Program Guide
  • Goody Bag
  • Personalized Bib (Must register by August 1, 2011 for name to appear on bib)
  • On-course and Post-Race Refreshments
  • ChronoTrack D-tag timed race
  • Personalized results website
  • Access to the exclusive after-hours Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
  • One (1) Complimentary “Taste” and one (1) Complimentary “Sip” at the Finish Line Party

I am SO excited! I am also excited about the day trip we are going to take to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando (nerdy, I know, but I love it).

I have to tell you about one of the best breakfasts I have had in a long time: leftover wild rice, sauteed mushrooms, cooked with 2 scrambled eggs. It would even be a great dinner side dish. SO GOOD!

Have you ever ran in a destination race? What destination race have you dreamed about?

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