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Summer goals

Published on May 31, 2012, by in Update.

I feel like I have been a lazy bum lately. My laziness has inspired me to set some goals. When I first started making the list, all the goals seemed to be geared toward all of the foods I wanted to make and eat this summer. After looking over the list, I would have to run a marathon every week to not weigh 400 pounds by the end of the summer. Time to rework the goals. Guidelines: To complete goals by Sept 21, 2012(the last calendar day of summer). 1) My first goal is to complete 3 half marathons this summer. Notice I didn’t say run 3 half marathons this summer. I actually have a half marathon in 2 weeks. Unfortunately, I have fallen off the training wagon. If I was able to run the whole thing, I would be really amazed with myself. I don’t think I will be

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Memorial feast

Published on May 31, 2012, by in Recipes.

This is the type of meal we eat when I’m allowed to roam free in Whole Foods on a hot day. New York strip steaks were on sale for $12.99/lb. We bought a steak that was a little over a half pound and split it. I also had some shrimp at home. I marinated them in garlic, avocado oil and crushed red pepper.  I put them on the cast iron grill pan after the steak had finished and was resting. They had awesome flavor. Surf and turf. I used my cast iron grill pan to cook some asparagus and corn while I roasted some fingerlings in the oven. I topped the fingerlings with some soy-based Cesar dressing we had gotten at City Farms. So delicious. Washed it all down with some strawberry lemonade that I had left over from making popsicles. Not a bad meal, if you ask me. So

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Favorite snack

Published on May 30, 2012, by in Update.

Jewel was having a $1.99 sale on watermelon this week. I bought one. I bet I will eat the whole thing myself by the end of the week. It is so good I can’t stop eating it. Can’t stop. Sweet and juicy! Chomp!

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Basil down! Basil down!

Published on May 30, 2012, by in Update.

This is what I came home to yesterday… In high school some other students and I volunteered for a bike race called the Snake Alley Criterium in my home town. We were assigned the job of corner marshal. The only job we had was to wave our arms up and down and yell “Biker down! Biker down!” if a biker fell. Not hard, right? Well, guess who got the fastest corner on the race and got to use her arm waving skills? Yep, me. I just remember this guy skidded out so bad that he made a nice large hole in the butt of his spandex and had a big hunk of freshly skinned butt cheek hanging out. How does this story come into play? When I saw that my basil had blown out of the window sill and landed on the ground, I had the urge to yell, “Basil

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Glimpses from the holiday weekend

Published on May 30, 2012, by in Update.

On Friday night, we went to Cafe El Tapito. A place I had been dying to go for about a year. Too bad it ended in a major disappointment. Plantain enchiladas with mole sauce: Made a veggie scramble and smoothies for breakfast: Transplanted some veggies: Got heat blisters. Gross: Ate homemade popsicles: Had some surf and turf: Took a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond to get a new drying rack. It’s very bad ass: Drank homemade strawberry lemonade in a frosty mug: Work a few shifts at Rush: Cooled down with an ice cream bar: Not bad. Not bad at all.

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Quick breakfast

Published on May 29, 2012, by in Recipes.

Preheat oven to 300F or turn on a toaster oven to 300F(what I did at work). Beat 2 eggs. Add a handful of torn up spinach. Cut 5 cherry tomatoes in half.Mix with eggs. Lightly oil a cake pan. Pour egg mixture in pan.Top with garlic salt(optional). Bake for about 10 minutes. Have this for breakfast. Top with avocado. Deluxe. Who says you can’t have a good breakfast during the week. I made and ate this at work.

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Pots and plants

Published on May 29, 2012, by in Update.

In the beginning of March we had a week of amazingly warm and sunny weather. The beautiful weather had me itching to get my potted garden going. Instead of just buying plants and potting them this year, I decided to start my own plants from seed. Look at the beauties in April: In April I applied to be part of a community garden in hopes of getting a plot to plant all my fruits and vegetables. I found out that there were a lot more applicants than last year and I was 2nd on the waiting list. I haven’t heard anything since and the lady with park district isn’t returning my emails of inquiry. A very frustrating situation. So, the plants that I started so long ago are outgrowing their containers and even some are starting to die. I decided yesterday that I need to bite the bullet and plant

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Good morning

Published on May 28, 2012, by in Update.

Knowing that it would be another scorcher today, I planned ahead. I made my coffee last night and refrigerated it so I could have iced coffee this morning. Coconut macaroon iced coffee. Mmm. Enjoy the holiday and stay safe!

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Popsicles-the perfect heat relief

Published on May 27, 2012, by in Recipes.

Summer heat has finally hit Chicago just in time for the holiday weekend. Could there be a better way to cool off after potting vegetables outdoors than having an ice-cold popsicle? Probably not. Too bad that isn’t how my day went. I came in from the heat to make the popsicles. Now I just have to wait a few hours for them to freeze before I can eat them. They will be worth the wait, though. Strawberry lemonade popsicles. A little sweet. A little tart. Ingredients: country time lemonade mix water 8oz strawberries I roughly chopped all the strawberries except 3. I nicely diced them in 1/4 inch pieces and set to the side. Put roughly chopped strawberries, powder to make one quart lemonade and 32 ounces of water in the blender. Pulse until lemonade combined and strawberries pureed. Put a few of your nicely diced pieces of strawberry in

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Triple berry pie

Published on May 26, 2012, by in Recipes.

Summer is here! Berry season is upon us! Let’s make pie! I made two triple berry pies to take work in honor of a birthday. They were delicious. The quality of pictures in this post are exceptionally poor. My apologies. It was almost 10pm when they were finished baking and no natural light was to be had. Ingredients: 7 cups of berries( I used blue, black and strawberry) 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch juice of half lemon zest of 1/2 lemon 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 frozen Marie Callender’s pie crust Let’s just start off by saying that I don’t normally use a premade pie crust. I was on a time crunch. So, I did a little research and read where Marie Callender’s had the best frozen pie crust. They are a deep dish pie crust with a buttery flavor and flaky texture. People were

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