Nov 27, 2014

Turkey Trot, 2013

There are many things to be grateful for, here's hoping you have a abundant and blessed Thanksgiving. 

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Everyday, Ordinaire: October

Nov 26, 2014

Running Lafayette Park with Amie

Dog Park 

The lone hill along the course -- brutality.

Getting our engagement photos -- they were wrapped like a present! She gets me.

Hello, Santa Fe...

Running my first MARATHON!

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Monday Musings

Nov 24, 2014

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  1. On accepting a coworkers friend request -- slippery slope, for sho.
  2. I wouldn't touch this doughnut with a ten foot pole, and my spirit animal is a doughnut...
  3. Hunger vs. Cravings -- self sabotage? I got that on lock.
  4. Do you have what it takes to be a London cab driver? I sure don't, I can barely make my way home without getting lost.
  5. Life after debt.
  6. Breakfast that curbs your cravings? Tell me more..
  7. If this isn't the most efficient use of space, I know not what is.
  8. Inspiration, via The Mindy Project.
  9. Becoming a Victoria Secret Angel.
  10. On staying motivated -- lists and/or reward. I've always been a list maker, giving rewards a try may be just the shake up I need to reignite my fire. 

What are YOU musing about this Monday?

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Gone Girl

Nov 21, 2014

On our last trip I found myself without a book to read, so I grabbed an old favorite, Confessions of a Shopaholic (her newest book just came out and I'm dying to gobble it up).

The thought of buying a book at the airport (so expensive, don't) crossed my mind, but nothing really grabbed me. 

As fate would have it, I began chatting with a woman at the conference who happened to be reading Gone Girl, so each day she'd give me the scoop, about how twisty-topsy-turvy the plot was.

On the last day, she gave me the book.

I jumped in head first, devouring it in pieces, ooh and aaahing at the plot twists (so many!). Then I went and did the silliest thing -- saw the movie. 

Halfway through the book.  

I know, the horror. My OCD was in knots when that life choice. In my defense, it was $5 movie Wednesday so I HAD to. Frugality made me do it.

Did I enjoy the movie? Sure. It was entertaining and fast paced. And $5, let's not forget that.

The book was better, far better (isn't that always the case?). Clearly worried (prior to seeing the film) I'd abandon the book, satisfied (enough) with the movie, I decided good or bad, I'd finish the book. Boy am I glad I did! It was fantastic, my heart is still pounding in my ears, and I spent the last 40 minutes of my lunch break hovered over the book lost in a story so twisted even my brain movies are no match. 

So go, read the book, grab a glass of wine and enjoy. Its a wild, wild ride. 

Have you read it? Seen the movie? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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What's cooking?

Nov 19, 2014

So many yummy things -- I'll get right to it.

Banana Cake with Nutella frosting -- hot diggity damn it fantastic.  I made myself sick on that icing.

Sriracha Chicken -- I used breasts, one pan (stove top only) and marinated for three days (because I'm lazy, not for any technical purpose, and they turned out phenomenal.  Paired with Cheesy Cauliflower  (subbed rice milk and parmesan) and Green Beans to create a memorable dinner last Sunday.  Mark got seconds, which equals a winner in our house.

 Had a Sweet Spinach Smoothie for breakfast this am. Filling, but jury is still out if I "love" it.

Cincinnati Chili -- lots of flavor. Loads.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes -- not a fan of cottage cheese, LOVE these pancakes

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (subbed maple syrup from molasses and pre-toasted pecans in the oven then cooled before adding to batter, did not add finishing salt) -- failed to read the recipe through, so the waiting period was unwelcome, but it is what it is.

Flourless Fudge Cookies -- another episode of "Marcia doesn't read instructions" so cookies turned into a pan of brownies. Still delicious, could have cooked through a bit longer.  A tad too gooey for me, next time I'll cook longer and see if that helps.

Summer Cake -- made twice, crazy easy and super yummy. 

Pick Me Up Smoothie -- yummy and refreshing.  Will make again and again.

Crock Pot Taco Chili - silly easy to make,crock pot for the win!

 Tracy Anderson Chili 
3 - 10 oz servings

1 1/2lbs ground turkey
3 cups Chopped Fresh Tomatos
1/2 Jalapeño, minced
1 large Zucchini, diced
1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
3 tbsp roasted garlic, minced
3 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp paprika
Cayenne Pepper, to taste

Spray pan with cooking spray, add garlic. Saute and add zucchini. Cook for about 3 minutes then add bell pepper and jalapeño -- sautee until tender.  Add ground turkey, combine all ingredients, stirring constantly. Add cumin and paprika. After meat is completely cooked, add tomatoes, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Banana-Oat Energy Bars - via runners world
303 calories a bar

3/4 cup chopped Walnuts
2 Overripe Bananas
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
3/4 cup Flour (can substitute up to 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour)
3/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 cup Dried Cranberries

Pre heat the oven to 350. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Spread walnuts on ungreased baking sheet and toast in oven for 5 to 8 minutes

Mash bananas in mixing bowl. Add oil, sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix till smooth

In a separate bowl combine oats, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda. Add the banana mixture and stir till just combined. Fold in walnuts and cranberries careful.

Pour mixture into pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

French Toast (original post, here) -- I've subbed eggnog for milk, holy smokes. Try it.

Want more? I file my recipes in the Pinterest board labeled Keepers and 
Test Kitchen respectively. 

What have you been cooking lately?

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