Archive for January, 2010

Best of January 2010

First I made some resolutions. Cuz that’s what you do in January. (I even checked in on them)

I had my first race of the year! The Resolution Run 5K on Jan 1st.

resolution run

Filled you in on my foot saga.

broken foot

Read and reviewed some books: Eat, Pray, Love,

eat pray love

In Defense of Food,

in defense of food

Julie & Julia

julie and julia

Introduced Did You Know Tuesdays

And made some great recipes: croque monsieurs,

croque monsieur

spinach pear salad,

spinach salad

stuffed shells,

stuffed shells

blueberry crepes

blueberry crepe

Experimented with new foods: bok choy and purple sweet potatoes

bok choy purple sweet potatoes

Made a training schedule…and starting training for the Tobacco Road Half Marathon!

running trail

As far as running goes, I’ve run 48.22 miles!

Can’t wait to see what February holds!

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January 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm 11 comments

Frozen Yogurt in the Freezing Cold

Well it was quite the adventure getting to work this AM but I am made it. I wonder how they choose what roads to randomly partially plow.

Getting out in the snow was definitely worth it……because……

NC finally has a frozen yogurt bar!!!!!! The grand opening is tomorrow, but they had a special preview day today….with FREE FRO YO!!!! Have you ever heard sweeter words?!

And now the worst picture in history:

fro yo

(I stopped by on my way home from work and forgot my camera—I went the cell phone route but I can’t download those, so I took a picture of the picture on my phone. I know, I know. But look at that goodness!)

I wanted to try as much as possible, so I did a squirt of the peanut butter frozen yogurt, the cookies and cream, and the tart pomegrante. I was fully expecting to like the pomegrante best, but the PB was prettttty darn good. I tried a couple of toppings- sprinkles, coconut, brownie, snickers, heath bar pieces, pb cups, and a gummy worm for good measure.

I think my favorite combo was the pomegrante with the coconut! And the PB plain or with chocolate sprinkles.

I can’t wait to go back!! I might be in trouble with this right around the corner, taunting me on my way home everyday!

Anyways, on to more boring things like regular old lunch. I had the other half of my polenta casserole. Pretty good again!

I might as well deem today as leftover Italian day, cuz I’ll go ahead and ruin the surprise for you- I’m having stuffed shells for dinner.

January 31, 2010 at 3:01 pm 6 comments

Good Ol’ Sunday Morning

It was just a good ol’ oats kinda morning.

oatmeal 

Nothing fancy. Just oatmeal, wheat germ, flax, cottage cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, unsweetened coconut, and PB. I’m low on PB, better restock! I also experimented with stirring in some chia seeds today. To be honest, I didn’t even know they were there- couldn’t taste them at all.

I’m SO glad I decided to do my long run on Friday. We’re still covered in snow, with a nice layer of ice on top. I certainly don’t have the right running shoes to attempt to navigate what we have, and honestly I don’t really want to try- I’m pretty sure with my coordination and clumsy affinity, I’d fall on my butt and break something in the first 100 yards.

So my breakfast isn’t too exciting (although completely comforting and hit the spot!). I’m still thinking about those delicious blueberry crepes from last night. I need to get some more berries ASAP!!! You need to try these.

January 31, 2010 at 8:26 am 6 comments

Good Ol’ Sunday Morning

It was just a good ol’ oats kinda morning.

oatmeal 

Nothing fancy. Just oatmeal, wheat germ, flax, cottage cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, unsweetened coconut, and PB. I’m low on PB, better restock! I also experimented with stirring in some chia seeds today. To be honest, I didn’t even know they were there- couldn’t taste them at all.

I’m SO glad I decided to do my long run on Friday. We’re still covered in snow, with a nice layer of ice on top. I certainly don’t have the right running shoes to attempt to navigate what we have, and honestly I don’t really want to try- I’m pretty sure with my coordination and clumsy affinity, I’d fall on my butt and break something in the first 100 yards.

So my breakfast isn’t too exciting (although completely comforting and hit the spot!). I’m still thinking about those delicious blueberry crepes from last night. I need to get some more berries ASAP!!! You need to try these.

January 31, 2010 at 8:26 am 6 comments

Stop Looking at Me Swan

Haha sorry, I’m watching Billy Madison. Such a good movie!

I’m so glad I went on a shell baking frenzy last weekend- it made dinner tonight super easy. I just popped a dish of the frozen shells in the oven for an hour and forgot about it until delicious smells started filling the house.

 stuffed shells

It’s about as close to having someone cook for me as I’m gonna get. 😉 I definitely love the addition of the Neufchatel cheese- it makes the filling so creamy and rich-tasting without sitting heavy in your stomach.

stuffed shells

Since dinner was a cinch, I had time to some experimenting in the kitchen for dessert, and boy was I ever happy with the outcome. Best dessert of the year. (Ok, that’d be more impressive if it wasn’t January.)

Blueberry Cream Crepes!

Crepes

1/4 cup buckwheat flour

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 small container fat free yogurt

1/8 cup egg substitute

1/8 cup almond milk

cinnamon

splash of agave nectar (optional), but recommend if using buckwheat flour)

Mix ingredients together. Refrigerate for 1 hour. (Let’s bubbles dissipate and prevents tearing when you cook them!)

Filling

1 small container vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Oikos)

cinnamon & agave nectar to taste

Topping

Fresh blueberries (I had a little less than a 1/2 pint- would work with frozen too)

1 T sugar (the real deal here;))

1 t agave nectar

1 t cornstarch

splash of water (I actually used Crystal light lemonade just because I had it)

orange zest

 

Heat topping ingredients in small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. I smashed up the blueberries a little with the spoon once they had heated up. Simmer over low heat while you prepare crepes.

To make crepes, spoon small amount of batter in small pan. Be sure to coat well with non-stick spray, butter, etc. Use back of spoon in a circular motion to spread batter thinly. Cook 1 minute, flip, cook 1-2 more minutes. Set aside on paper towel. Makes about 4 crepes.

crepe

Spread filling down center of each crepe. Wrap crepe around filling. (Use an extra dab of yogurt to help hold crepe closed.)

Top each crepe with blueberry mixture. (I went heavy on the topping and only had enough for 2 crepes…it was good without it too.) Top with a little more orange zest and cinnamon. (Optional).

(The blueberry mixture itself would be awesome over ice cream.)

Eat like there’s no tomorrow.

Seriously.

blueberry cream crepe

blueberry cream crepe 

Amazingly good. Proof dessert can be healthy.

My only wish: I had more blueberries to make it again tomorrow 🙂

 

Hope you all enjoyed your Saturday!

January 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm 9 comments

My Favorite Running Gear- Winter Edition

The husband finally woke up around 11 (I’ve never been able to sleep like that) and I finally got to enjoy those delicious cinnamon buns! (Thank goodness I had a snack first!)

 cinnamon buns

cinnamon rolls

Then I did a little studying and it was time for lunch before I knew it!

I made myself another wrap-pizza. So. Good.

 wrap pizza

pizza wrap

Whole wheat tortilla, Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese, spinach leave, turkey, black pepper, and mozzarella. Popped in the toaster oven for about 8 minutes or so.

And some RiceWorks chips.

riceworks chips

 

In light of the cold cold coldness outside I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite winter running gear.

It’s all about the layers. First, a C9 DriFit T-shirt. (You know how I love Target and C9).

I like this shirt for the bottom layer in the winter because it’s long enough to tuck into my pants and keep cold gusts of wind out.

  C9 workout shirt

Next up my Nike half zip running shirt. I love this shirt so much I wish it stayed cold longer. It’s the softest material I’ve ever felt. The zipper is great for letting a little air in once you get warmed up. (Plus I found it at the Nike Factory Outlet which was an awesome bonus).

running shirt

I usually throw a jacket that’s a little thicker on top of that too. Especially (definitely) if it’s raining. This is a mega-old C9-er.

runningjacket

On the bottom I usually wear these C9 (again) running tights. They have zippers at the ankles so they’re easy to get on and off, but are still tight enough to keep the cold air off my legs. They’re also lined with some super soft warm material. The little pocket on the hip is perfect for my keys too.

running tights

Last but definitely not least, my winter running essentials. My hat, headband, gloves, and RoadID.

hat and gloves 

I cannot function if my ears or hands are cold. I wear the Nike headband/earwarmer ALL the time. It has to get pretty warm before I ditch it. When it’s super cold, I also wear the C9 hat. It’s cool I guess because it has a slot for you pony tail, but I think it’s awkward so I just wear it like a regular hat. I think the gloves are self-explanatory. They’re….you guessed it…C9. (If another running company wants to start selling stuff across the street from my house I’d be happy to start spending my mortgage their instead of on C9.) And the RoadID is just a smart, safe idea. Mine has my name, address, some phone numbers to call, and my allergies. Better safe than sorry!

 

What’s your favorite winter running item?!

January 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm 16 comments

Snow Day!

Well, we got real snow after all! Probably about 6 inches so far, and now it’s doing a nasty freezing rain – sleeting thing. I decided to wait a little while to go in to work just to make conditions a little better. So instead I’m enjoying my “snow day” morning!

 snow 10

snow '10

The husband told me last night if it snowed he wanted to celebrate with cinnamon buns, so being the good wife that I am, I listened. (Except I cheated with the help of Mr. Pillsbury). Only problem is he sleeps forever so I haven’t been able to put them in the oven yet!

 cinnamon rolls roll

cinnamon roll

I decided to tide myself over with some Kashi Honey Sunshine.

honey sunshine cereal

I love this cereal 🙂 It looks like it should be a kids’ cereal but still has a healthy taste. Yum. Plus, those cinnamon rolls never fill me up. This way I can enjoy them without eating the whole pan 😉

Then I made some latte – style coffee with Fresh Market Christmas Blend. (I hope I finish this bag before the next holiday comes around…haha) My mom sent me a tip that was written on the inside of her Dove chocolate the other day- to mix a little cinnamon in the coffee grounds before you brew. I decided to give it a try (even though my coffee already has cinnamon in it)! Yum! I could actually taste it! (and I LOVE cinnamon.)

coffee foam latte

 

I’m a little bummed though, I was hoping to watch some Today Show action since I was actually home in the AM for once, and it was pre-empted by local news snow-coverage. 😦 Oh wellll.

 

How do you spend snow days?! We rarely get them so I really want to go play in it, but it’s so wet and yucky right now I think I’ll wait.

January 30, 2010 at 9:44 am 13 comments

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