This is going to be a little more than a weekend wrap up. Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of having a wonderful meal cooked for me by my friend’s Brock and John. Brock made the cocktails and collaborated with John on flavor combinations while John did most of the cooking. We started with a mixed greens salad, goat cheese and beets prepared two ways. We moved on to scallops, tomatoes and linguine in a moan-worthy white wine sauce. We ended with a pot de creme with mint, fleur de sel and a raspberry reduction pipped to the bottom. Not only was the food out of this world, we had hours of great conversation and laughter. Nearly finished bourbon cocktail: Pot de creme: Thursday night, Brian wanted tomato soup. So, I decided to throw together some ingredients in the Vitamix and this wonderful, creamy tomato soup was born. It has
I posted that I had updated my running music recently and got several requests for what made my list. What qualifies as good running music? In my opinion, it needs to be a little fun and have a fast beat. I usually aim for 140bpm or more. I am not a fan of angry music. The list still needs a little tweaking and some more added to it, especially now that my runs are starting to get longer. I usually listen to it on shuffle, so I don’t get in a rut. Anyone have any song suggestions?
On Friday night, we went over to Dana and Tyler’s place for some homemade pizza. Tyler makes some delicious pizza. He made an appetizer of cheese pizza that we nibbled on while the spinach, mushroom, and garlic and the pepperoni pizza’s cooked. Dana made a really tasty salad that I couldn’t resist having two helpings of. Tyler made some of the best homemade pizza I have ever eaten. So delicious. I think I ate double the amount of pizza I usually do it one sitting. I think part of his pizza making skills come from the authentic pizza making outfit: Look at one of his beauties: After we started to come out of our food coma, we played a really fun game called Wits and Wagers(?). I think it would be a great family game for the holidays. Saturday, I encouraged Brian to trek out in the snow with me
Does anyone one else have a 3 day weekend this weekend? I’m so excited to have Monday off. Thank you, MLK. One more day to have extra time to make a weekend breakfast. And because it’s an extended weekend, I am giving you an extended edition of the Friday Five. That, and I couldn’t narrow it down to five. I want to eat all of these! For my other savory breakfast lovers out there, these Simple Baked Eggs look divine. I’ve seen a lot of carrot cake themed breakfast items lately. This Morning Glory Oatmeal looked very carrot cake like and delicious. I can just image it with a swirl of warm coconut butter on top! Yum! With your extra time this weekend, it might be nice to make these faux Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars for a nice grab and go breakfast for the upcoming week. This overnight mixed
With today’s extremely cold temperatues, I am fortunate to have a 3 day weekend and not have to go to work today. It’s been a great 3 days. Friday night I made Brian a tuna melt topped with bacon crumbles. I had a veggie wrap that I have been absolutely obsessed with eating lately. It’s lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber radish, olives and giardiniera. So flavorul, crunchy and delicious. Saturday, I went snowshoeing at Northery Island with friends. A great work out and a way to enjoy the somewhat mild weather. But before doing that, I needed a hearty breakfast to keep me full. Multigrain pancakes with cinnamon, pecans and banana: Sunday morning I got up and headed out in the never ending snow to go to the grocery store and pick up some things before the temperatures dropped later in the day. It was absolutely gorgeous out. I have been
After ringing in 2014 with friends, we walked home in the snow. We woke up to more snow. It’s still snowing. I started off the new year with a hot breakfast of and egg, spinach and sriracha wrap, banana and coffee. And a decision to make. To run a 5k or head to my warm and cozy gym. For the past 4 years, I have done the New Year’s Day 5k. The weather is always horrible. Every year, I vow to not do it the next year, but I always end up signing up again. It’s a great way to start the year(theoretically). It was very cold(windchill in the single digits) and snowing sideways yesterday at the start of the race. It had been snowing so much that there really wasn’t a cleared path for the race. There were times that we running single file in the person’s foot steps
When looking at how I want to become a better person and improve my life in 2014, I looked back at the past two years. In 2012, I made a lot of dietary changes. In 2013, I was going to cut back on the sugar in my diet and mix up my workout routine. I’ve actually done a fair job of sticking to many of the dietary changes from 2012 and can’t believe that I cut fake sweeteners out of my life 2 years ago! Last year’s goal of cutting back on sugar had its ups and downs. Once I get away from sugar for a few days, I don’t do so bad. But when I do have it, I want more and more. As for working out, I did diversify my work outs a bit. I have started to retrain myself in running, spent more time on the elliptical,
I didn’t take any pictures of food at Christmas. Can you believe it? We had a really delicious meal of turkey breast, cranberry sauce, the best stuffing recipe I’ve ever made, cheesy hash brown potatoes and green bean casserole. I know it sounds more like Thanksgiving dinner, and maybe it was, but it was delicious! Christmas was pretty much dominated by my adorable niece. She is at a super fun and playful stage where she repeats most of what you say and she is really starting to connect things. She loves books and being read to. Oh, and she gives you a big cheesy smile on command. While making Christmas dinner, my mom and I made sure we had some holiday spirits. On our flight back, we detoured through downtown Chicago and had some amazing views. I hope everyone had as great and as relaxing of a holiday as I
There are 17 more days until Christmas. Is your shopping done? If not, here are some great ideas to help you out. For the person who really loves to create in the kitchen, get them a life changing Vitamix. I use mine almost daily to make everything from sorbets to soups and a lot of green smoothies. I absolutely adore wood serving pieces. I recently got several as wedding and shower gifts and have already put them to good use. They are great for serving appetizers, cheese, bread or even roasts. This is a great one from Williams Sonoma similar to one I have. I ran across Le Creuset’s flame skinny grill pan at Sur la Table. I love that it’s a slightly smaller size and only takes up one burner. How can you pass up all the great colors it comes in? A more budget friendly find at only
I don’t normally promote products, but I saw this and thought it was TOO cute not tell you about. It would have been on my Thursday things post yesterday, if I would have seen it before today. How adorable is this kids infinity scarf? So reasonably priced, too! Go check out all the cute things at HerJoyfulStudio! I can’t get over it! What a great print. Perfect for a boy or girl! Would look amazing on any kid in a Christmas card.