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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A few of my favorite things (Octobber) edition

Nov 18, 2014

food + drink

All things green/red chile in Santa Fe, the Elote corn, here, a righteous first pour over experience here, stellar indian meal at Haveli, lunch at Urban Chestnut (hearty green salad was on.point), and a coffee date at Northwest Coffee.  

October was a top notch month on all things food it is sooo hard to choose.. 

From my kitchen: Sriracha Chicken and Cheesy Cauliflower.


Run -- Nicole Scherzinger


Marry Me


Gone Girl


Running MO Cowbell half,  my first marathon, taking the hounds to the dog park (I'm totally a helicopter, btw), celebrating three years of blogging, traveling to Santa Fe and Detroit.

Finding out I'm not allergic to shellfish -- PRICELESS.

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Monday Musings

Nov 17, 2014

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  1. OREO.
  2. Yep, totally inappropriate and I'm including this in my next baby shower gift. Can't. Stop. Laughing.
  3. Pizza, Pizza.
  4. Metamorphosis: the making of a drag queen.
  5. Fantastic read on children and marriage.
  6. On non PR races...
  7. My sole news source -- everything else gives me nightmares
  8. Cheerleader, workout
  9. Sistahs! I for one, will be first in line on opening day. (thanks Jennifer!)
  10. Fifty Shades of Grey official trailer

What are YOU musing about this Monday?

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A few of my favorite things (September) edition

Nov 14, 2014

food + drink

Comet Coffee
Take away from Mai Lee
Murphy's Ice Cream (Ireland)


Nick and Knight, One More Time -- the concert was awesome!


Madam Secretary


These Girls (full review, HERE)


First 22 miler with this gal, the Spoon concert, Ireland, running my first virtual 5k, women rock 13.1 and an epic Bachelorette weekend in Chicago.

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MOre, Cowbell

Nov 13, 2014

Somehow, I thought it'd be a great idea to get in one last (training) half before my first full marathon, so one week post Women Rock 13.1 (also known as my Bachelorette weekend), I ran the MO Cowbell half marathon. 

I've completely lost my marbles.

Packet pick + Qdoba lunch date with Amie

The expo was efficient (despite long lines to get your bib) and had load of vendors, they even gave out cowbells.

Did you know the race was named after an SNL skit

Because my travel calendar has turned my organization a bit topsy-turvy, I glanced at the course map (turn-by-turn is even cooler) the week of, what is my problem?? Thankfully, there was only one "hill" around mile 11 or so, and my treadmill incline game had been on point so I didn't fret too much.

Race day it was pretty chilly/windy, and by the time I parked (Amie hid a spot for me, thanks girl!) and got to the porta potties -- the line was LONG. Learning a lesson from my bladder the week before I decided to stick out the line and use the restroom before the race, not during.  As luck would have it the race began while we were still in line, can't win them all...

We started about five minutes or so behind, and I'll be honest, the fact we weren't elbow to elbow like normal at the start was refreshing. That feeling of "oh crap I'm late" was another story. 

The course was fairly scenic and new to me because I don't get out that way much, it rained slightly once we got to New Town, but tapered off and it was fine. The hill was brutality, it just.kept.going. It wasn't as hard core as Hospital Hill, but that steady incline to the top definitely woke me up -- I'm fairly certain it was over a mile and a half of gradual incline. 


Crossed the finish line in 2:26:00  (results + photos, HERE)

Slacked on photography this go round, thank goodness for FREE race photos...

Amie and I dressed alike and didn't even plan it, great minds...

Her parents greeted us at the finish -- cheerleaders are the best.

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