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Snow Day!

Hi friends!  Thank you for all of your sweet comments on the reunion.  It really did feel kind of like a movie 😀

(wine tasting at Belhurst Castle)

So, after a disastrous THREE hour commute to work yesterday and an additional foot of snow predicted today, I declared a self-imposed snow day today.  My car (Rav4) is fantastic in the snow aside from the problematic feature of the windshield wipers freezing up, which is an issue when I thereby can’t see.  Yeah.  Didn’t want to do that again. 

After sleeping in until a leisurely 10:00 A.M., I sat down at the kitchen table with my coffee and oatmeal and got to schemin’ about lunch.  This is the easiest “recipe” (really, you’re just throwing things together) and it is so so delicious.  In fact, I think it may be my new default lunch!

First, gather your ingredients.  You can get creative- this is my third time having this wrap this week (and it’s only Wednesday!) and each wrap has been different). 

Assemble the veggies.

 Spread on the “spreadables” (goat cheese, mango salsa, garlic hummus and artichoke tapenade) and pile on the veggies.

Fold the wrap (yes, I had to google “how to fold a wrap”) and enjoy!

Veggie Packed Lunch (or dinner!) Wrap

Ingredients:

  • handful of button mushrooms, chopped
  • handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • handful of baby spinach
  • goat cheese (enough for one wrap)
  • hummus
  • salsa
  • artichokes, chopped
  • Delicious artichoke tapenade from Trader Joe’s
  • wrap of your choice (I like the sun-dried tomato wraps)

Directions

  1. Lay wrap flat and spread on hummus, goat cheese and salsa
  2. Add veggies
  3. To wrap, fold the top and bottom of wrap first.  Then, cover the middle with the sides and you should be good to go!

Easy, delicious and filling!

What else does a snow day entail?

A form of cross-training that I think a lot of us are familiar with these days:

Shoveling!  Poor Mr. B- he so desperately wants to be outside with me but as soon as his little body hits the snow, he starts shaking uncontrollably!  I haven’t shoveled in a while- man, it is a really good workout!

After that, I still wanted to get a run in.  Unfortunately, my gym was closed because of the weather.  My brother’s wasn’t though and they just gave me a free seven-day pass!  Awesome!  It probably has something to do with the fact that my brother pretty much lives there 😉

I got a nice quick three miles in doing what is becoming my favorite interval workout:

  • Quarter mile @ 5.4
  • Quarter mile @ 5.7
  • Quarter mile @ 6.0
  • Quarter mile @ 7.1
  • Repeat!

I also got to try out some of my new lululemon duds.  Bri, sweet husband that he is, got me these pants and this top for Christmas.

Honestly, I really like this ensemble. It took me almost a mile to get to that point though.  The pants kept riding down, which was really frustrating.  However, after a little sweat they fit perfectly!  I’m glad too because I want to get a lot of wear out of these pants!  Has anyone else had this happen with a lululemon crop?  I have a few other pairs of pants from them that fit perfectly so I was surprised by the riding down issue.

I have some pretty exciting blog stuff coming up- Julie is going to be doing some design/transitioning work for me and I am stoked!  I added a recipe tab (though I still have a lot to add!) and am looking forward to some fun changes!

So, was today a snow day for you?  I am ready for winter to be overrrrrr.  On a bright note, Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow, which means early spring!  Woo!  I don’t really buy it but I’ll take what I can get :p.

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A Productive Day and a Delicious Recipe

Hello everyone!  I hope that you enjoyed Veteran’s Day and took some time to reflect on those who served and are currently serving.  I know I have 😉  Today has been incredibly productive- I wish I could have every Thursday off!  The day started with a vet appointment for Mr. B- he had his annual checkup.  The poor little guy is such a champ.  I held him when he got a shot and he didn’t even whimper!  I had to stop and get him special treats afterwards, of course! 

After the vet I headed out to get a 4 3.3 mile run in. It was a gorgeous day out today!  The weather has been a little schizo, seeing as how it was snowing buckets on Monday and I had to go back inside today to change out of my cold gear and into a long sleeved tech tee and shorts without gloves!  Although, taking off the gloves was a bad idea since I had to cut the run short- my hands were FREEZING and I was back at my house 😉  It was a great day to run though- it is cheesy but the cold air really made me feel alive! 

After the run I got to making one of the most delicious recipes I think I’ve ever made, courtesy of my friend Nicole.  I’m kind of obsessed.  Then I accompanied my dad to Fleet Feet to get him fitted for a pair of running shoes.  I am running his first 5k with him in two weeks, yippee!  I should have known better than to think I would come out of Fleet Feet empty-handed.  Nope, I walked out with this: image

A Brooks running jacket!  She is gorgeous.  I justified it because I had a $25 gift card from the store (love the loyalty points) and it fit like a glove .

Look, it even has a special spot inside for your ipod! 

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Okay, I’ll be honest.  What really sold me was the thumbhole!image

Yes, I’m obsessed!  I can’t wait to run in it!!

After coming home from the store I hurried over to a glorious hot yoga class.  Today’s class was much better than yesterday’s if only for the fact that the creepy guy wearing only tiny shorts that gyrates his hips in circles while staring at himself in the mirror to “warm up” before class  (seriously.  I wish I was joking) wasn’t present.  It was awkward last night, to say the least!   Did you have today off?  If so, what’d ya do? 😀

Okay, so on to one of the best recipes ever.  It is a little intensive but I promise you it is worth it, especially if you like risotto and cheese.  I had it for dinner tonight and it is one of the best risotto dishes I’ve ever had, if I do say so myself 😉

Risotto Caprese

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cups arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 pound fresh mozzarella
  • 3 heirloom tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the stock to a gentle simmer and maintain over low heat
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and sautee until soft, approximately two minutes.  Add the arborio rice and stir until each grain is well-coated, approximately three minutes.  Add the wine and stir until completely absorbed.
  3. Add the simmering stock to the rice a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly.  Once the liquid is completely absorbed (but never completely dry on top), add the next ladleful and stir, repeating until only 1/4 cup of stock is left.  Reserve the stock.
  4. Cut the fresh mozzarella into 1/2 inch pieces.  When the rice is tender to the bite but slightly firm in the center and creamy looking, remove from heat and stir in reserved stock, the mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.  Season with salt and pepper and enjoy.

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This is so cheesy and delicious.  This recipe is definitely a keeper (even if your arm is sore from all of that stirring) ;).  Do you like risotto?  Have you ever made it?

Have a great evening friends- it’s almost the weekend! 😀

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Chopped(!) & A Day of Eats

Hi!  How is everyone doing on this ridiculously hot and humid lovely Thursday?  Yesterday was great.  I started out fairly tired because I stayed up late reading The Help.  Then I kept myself up thinking about it.  Which repeated again last night.  The book is that good!  I’m about halfway through and I love it. 

Anyway, yesterday I dragged myself out of bed for a slooooow two mile run.  It was a beautiful morning; cool, slightly breezy, with the sun shining but not all up in your grill, know what I mean?  For whatever reason I just couldn’t get going.  I suppose I’m used to running in the afternoon but still, it was a little disconcerting.  I have a three-miler on tap today with my running buddy Melissa (not at our normal shady route, gulp) so I’m hoping it will go a little smoother. 

Then, I chopped 6-7 inches of hair after work.  I had been meaning to do so since the wedding (which was oh, four months ago) and just never got around to it. 

It’s a lot shorter but I like it.  Aside from the fact that it isn’t really wash and go- I’m going to have to start using a blow dryer again 😉  Do any of you have any product recommendations for short-ish hair- pomade/texture type stuff?  I’m not even really sure what I’m looking for- I’m a little out of my element. 

Last night brought hot yoga.  Our regular instructor was back.  Thank the high heavens.  He is British, and instructions coming from a British accent just sound easier.  Orrr it’s just in my head.  In any event, it was a fantastic class and I felt myself going deeper into the poses.  I even attempted toe stand for the first time in that class (I’ve tried it in Bikram once, but never in last night’s class- he is too strict!) 

So, this isn’t a food blog, but I wanted to share with you guys what I typically eat/drink on any given day.  Wednesdays are fun days because I always have sushi after yoga- I don’t get home until 9:30 so I need something quick and light.  So, here is what I take in on a typical Wednesday:

My day starts with a mug of coffee on my hour-long commute into work.  It makes the commute a lot more bearable.  I use organic half and half and either two teaspoons of REAL sugar or one tablespoon of agave nectar.  It varies depending on the type of coffee I make. 

Then it’s time for breakfast:

Raspberry chobani greek yogurt (my favorite flavor, although the flavor and brand varies based upon what is available) and a cup of organic granola (flavor varies as well, yesterday’s was maple brown sugar.  I usually eat this around 9:00 A.M.

Around 10:00 A.M. I am hungry again. 

Luna bar to the rescue!  My favorite flavor is chocolate peppermint stick.  Yum.  At this point I also take my fish oil tablet:

Then at 11 it’s lunch time!  Normally I’ll have leftovers if I’ve cooked but I was out of town this past weekend so it was one of my favorite Amy’s meals:

Margherita pizza!  Love this lunch.   All day long I’m guzzling water from this bottle:

My lululemon sigg I love running water bottle!  It’s 32 ounces and yesterday I had three of those plus 10 oz from my handheld during my run plus a bit from a fourth fill.  I typically drink at least 100 ounces a day 🙂  I also tried some coconut water yesterday during yoga (unphotographed), but I didn’t like the flavor (mango-peach) so I didn’t finish it. 

Around 1:30 it was snack time. 

Organic granny smith apple with a tablespoon of mighty mapes peanut butter.  Love that stuff!

Snack numero 2 was around 4:30:

 I had this amount times 2.  I love cashews.  They may be my favorite nut (TWSS!)

And then after yoga I had a delicious dinner:

A salad with Annie’s raspberry dressing, little bit of feta and some walnuts (sometimes I throw blueberries on there if I have them), edamame with a bit of salt and tempura shrimp sushi.  Deeee-ricious!

Lastly, before bed, I make sure to have some dark chocolate.  Oh yes.  Sometimes red wine accompanies it (okay, most times) but not last night. 

And that, my friends, is what I eat on any given day.  Probably more than you ever wanted to know about my eating habits.  I don’t count calories and I try to include fruits and veggies, but I’m a work in progress.  I almost feel like I’m constantly eating and I’m never hungry (except when it’s time to eat, of course :p )  What do you typically eat on any given day?

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!

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The Accidental Pescetarian and Some Honeymoon Pics!

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday. My legs are STILL sore from my hill workout on Sunday. I guess that means I really worked hard? Haha. Yesterday I took a much needed rest day. I could probably still go for one today but I have my normal vinyasa yoga class, which will probably help work out the kinks.

Things have still been pretty hectic ’round these here parts, so I haven’t composed a proper honeymoon recap yet. I’m not really good with recaps or reviews I think- I get impatient! Anyway, here are some of the pictures (we [Brian, aka Mr. Camera Happy] took over 600!).
At the indoor(!!) luau. We were bummed that it was indoors but apparently the weather called for rain. It didn’t seem as authentic, although the performers were amazing. One of the dudes pulled me up onstage to do some sort of Polynesian dance, which was hilarious.

Hiking the Kalualua trail. The trail was SO beautiful. I didn’t pack my hiking boots so my running shoes are now stained with red dirt. It adds to the hardcore-ness, right?


Double rainbow!!! We took a catamaran cruise to the Napali coast, which resulted in some of the most amazing photos EVA. Like this one:


Beautiful sunset!
So back to the topic currently on my mind- FOOD. This past weekend I was thinking and I realized that I had not had ANY meat, all week. This wasn’t intentional; it was simply how my eats worked out for the week. My standard day of eats is typically:
Breakfast: Greek yogurt/granola/coffee
Snack: Bar of some sort (Larabar, Luna bar, Kashi bar)
Lunch: Amy’s Cheddar or Southwestern Burrito/Amy’s cheddar veggie burger
Snack: Apple/PB
Snack3(if heading to gym): half a bar
Dinner: Random. It depends on if I’ve meal planned for the week. Last week I had haddock, sushi, and Annie’s whole wheat mac n cheese with peas and edamame on the side, among other things.
Snack: glass of wine/piece of dark chocolate
-I also drink at LEAST 64 oz of water
As you can see, there is no meat in there! I realize a lot of the foods are processed but I do try to incorporate fresh foods into my dinners, which usually results in leftovers. What do you typically have for lunch?
Anyway, yesterday I decided I was due for steak. I had steak, one clam casino, sweet potato fries and zucchini/squash. I felt so gross afterwards! I probably only had three ounces of steak and it was sitting in my stomach like a brick. Blech. This morning I still felt nauseous! I love a great cheeseburger, but this experience has me contemplating seriously cutting red meat out of my diet. Currently the only meat I do not eat is pork. I think the transition to a non-red meat diet could be difficult but after analyzing how I’m feeling this morning coupled with how awesome I felt last week, maybe it won’t be! What’s your eating style? What has influenced your eating habits?
Thanks for your tips on running hills! And Wendy, the juicer is NOT difficult to clean. The pulp is virtually dry so it’s super easy. However, I don’t know if I would call it dishwasher safe. I also don’t mind handwashing dishes, so that is something to take into consideration.
Have a great Tuesday everyone!

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