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Decisions, Decisions

Beautiful people.  Hello.  I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day.  This week is zooming by … I can’t believe that tomorrow’s already Thursday.  Before we know it, a new year will be upon us.  Does anybody have exciting plans for New Year’s Eve?

 

Warm granola with banana, flax, pumpkin butter and soy (Notice the lonely little raisin?!)

B: Warm granola with banana, flax, pumpkin butter and soy (Notice the lonely little raisin?! Very sad.)

 

I would love to hear about your plans, as we are still trying to figure out what to do that evening.  In a perfect world, I would be laying on a beach somewhere, drinking a fruity concoction out of a coconut.  Who am I kidding?!  Actually, that wouldn’t be us … we’d be in some foreign country on a rental moped, driving the wrong way down the road, freezing our arse off because our thorough research told us it would be warm that time of year.  Sounds like a remake of Dumb and Dumber, huh?  Yep, that’s how we roll.

 

Leftovers!

L: Leftovers!

 

Ok, sorry – went off on a tangent again … that tends to happen quite often with me, if you haven’t already noticed. 

I’ve compiled a list of all the great appetizer ideas that I’ve been sent over the last two days.  Now the tough part is going to be narrowing this list down.  I want to make them all … but, if I did that, I would have to charge a cover before allowing people into our house.  Now, that would really rock the boat.  Ha!

Here’s the list of ideas:

  • Baked Brie with Pecans and Brown Sugar
  • Almond Stuffed Dates wrapped in Bacon (x2 ideas)
  • Prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus
  • Goat Cheese Log with Sun-Dried Tomatoes over top
  • Adding pomegranate seeds to guacamole
  • Sausage Bread
  • Spinach Bread
  • Finger Sandwiches
  • Homemade Tortilla Chips with my homemade Guacamole
  • Avocado dip
  • Hummus
  • Artichoke Spinach dip (x2 ideas)
  • Black Bean dip
  • Plus, I received the link to Martha Stewart’s Easy Holiday Appetizers ideas and a link to Eating Well’s Holiday Appetizers as well.

 

Don’t they all sound great?  Hmm … how will I ever narrow it down?  I was able to come up with a few ideas of my own as well …

  • PB Boy‘s Indonesian Meatballs with PB Dipping Sauce
  • White Bean & Bacon Dip
  • Pizza Sticks
  • Hot Artichoke Cheese Dip
  • Jessica‘s Red Pepper and Pesto Torta

I’ve got some pretty hefty decisions to make, if I do say so myself.  These recipes are all great ideas for any time of the year, so I’m very glad that I have them. 

Moving right along to tonight’s dinner …

 

Taste of the Southwest Egg Frittata

With a toasted muffin and fresh pineapple

With a toasted muffin and fresh pineapple

 

So easy to make this light & tasty dinner …

  • 3 eggs + 3 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp. milk (eyeball it)
  • S+P

Beat the above three together in a small bowl.

Add-ins:

  • Chopped onion + bell pepper
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Black beans
  • 1 Morningstar “Sausage” Patty, crumbled
  • Mozzarella cheese

Saute add-in’s in a small amount of oil in an oven-proof skillet.  Pour egg mixture over top and allow to slightly set.  Add cheese.  Place skillet in a 350 degree oven until eggs are completely set, then allow to broil until the top is browned.  Enjoy!

 

Topped with plain Chobani and salsa

Topped with plain Chobani and salsa

 

In addition to my treadmill run this morning, I met a friend at a nearby greenway and we ended up walking for 5 miles.  It was the perfect day for a stroll … a little bit chilly, but the sun was shining brightly.  This comforting dinner was the perfect addition to such an enjoyable afternoon.  I just love breakfast for dinner, or any time of the day, for that matter.

Ladies and gents, it’s time for me to close-up shop so I can spend some q-time with the main man around here.  Have a fab evening!

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Running Bliss

A fellow food bloggie, Coco, asked me some great questions about my running yesterday, which made me realize that I haven’t yet shared my running story.  So here goes …

I started running about 7 years ago – I was not a born runner and actually hated to run up until that time.  I can remember (way) back to my grade school days when I used to walk the required mile run for gym class because I could just not bear to run.  I was always the last one finished and completely embarrassed.  Unfortunately, that embarrassment didn’t encourage me to pick up the pace.

I found my love for running at the same greenway I visited yesterday.  I had started walking there for exercise and one day, out of the blue, I decided to try a slow jog.  I made it a 1/4-mile and was AMAZED!  I had this wonderful feeling come over me.  I walked for the next 1/4-mile and then repeated another 1/4-mile jog.  I did this until I ran a total of a mile.  I was jumping for joy when I got back home and Devin was looking at me as if I had lost my mind.  I didn’t care – I was in seventh heaven!

I decided to challenge myself and, day after day, I went back to that park and eventually worked my way up to a full mile.  Boy, I can still remember how I felt after that run.  I called my dad on the way home to tell him all about my new found love.  I was so excited and it felt so good to hear his encouraging words.  He was a runner back in the day, so he knew.  He just knew.

As my love for running grew, my dislike of the cold winter weather remained, so I eventually convinced Devin that we needed to buy a treadmill.  Winter problem solved.  It is not as enjoyable to me as running outdoors, but if I had to choose between not running over the winter and running indoors … running indoors wins.  

I love running so much that I even ran a 5k race in downtown Charlotte on the morning of my wedding!  To me it was a perfect way to rid myself of the pre-ceremony jitters. 🙂

 

We are lucky to have a room in our house dedicated as our “Exercise Palace” and it holds the treadmill and elliptical machine, plus a TV with DVR.  The DVR has been my saving grace during the cold winter months – I can catch up on my shows and get a great workout all-in-one! 

My life’s to-do list has me running a half-marathon one day … the time is near.  Once I find the perfect one for me – I’m there!

Ok – that’s my story (and I’m sticking to it!)

 

Since running has been at the forefront today, I spent 45 minutes on the treadmill today, watching Sunday’s episode of Brothers and Sisters.  Just love that show!

 

For dinner this evening …

Lox and Bagel Frittata

What looks like sausage is actually the bread cubes

What looks like sausage is actually the bread cubes

 

Technically speaking, I did not use lox, but instead smoked salmon.  My substitute for the bagel bites was one of my homemade rolls, which are very dense and worked perfectly when toasted and chopped into small pieces.

Here are the rest of the ingredients that I used:

  • 1 whole egg, 5 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp. ff buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp. ff cream cheese
  • Sliced mushrooms, scallions and roasted red peppers

Preparation:

Beat together eggs, buttermilk and cream cheese until fluffy.  In an oven-proof skillet, add a small amount of EVOO and allow to heat.  When oil has thinned, add mushrooms, scallions and red pepper; cook for 3-4 minutes.  Sprinkle bread cubes over mixture in skillet, then add eggs and smoked salmon.  Place skillet in a 350 degree oven until eggs are set.

My favorite accompaniment to an egg dish (or really, any dish) is a Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat British Muffin (aka TJ’s muffin, which you will see a lot throughout my posts.) 

Tonight I couldn’t decide on a topping, so I decided to put all of our options out and sample a bit of each –

(L-R) MaraNatha Almond Butter, Org. Strawberry Jam, TJ's Pumpkin Butter and Homemade Apple Butter

 

Mmm … all that goodness makes mouths happy!

I think a nice hot bath is in order tonight since my legs feel a little stiff after two good running days in a row.  Devin’s watching football in the family room, so I think I may hit the sheets after my bath, laptop in tow, to do some blog reading 🙂

Wishing you a great night!

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Fun In The Sun-Day

We had a great time at the fair!  It would have been even better if the weather stayed true to fall, but it felt more like SUMMER!  It was pretty toasty out in the sun and I wasn’t dressed appropriately for the heat.

We ventured through all the barns to see all the animals.  My favorite was the Lion Head Bunnies

That little guy was SOOO cute!  They have a mane of fur that encircles their head, which is why they were named after the lion.  I wanted Devin to stick him in his pocket so we could take him home … Devin didn’t agree.  Bummer. 😛

 

We also made fun of ourselves a little –

For a little action, Devin and I decided to give the bumper cars a whirl.  I think bumper cars are much more fun as an adult when you actually have some concept of driving!  As a kid, I can remember getting my bumper car stuck in a corner and not being able to get it out.  They let us go for a long time, so we really got to have some fun with the cars!

When it came time for lunch, we all walked around in circles, not seeing anything that appealed to any of us.  We were also super hot so the thought of air conditioning led us to leave the fair and head to a local restaurant. 

We went to a place called Ham’s, which reminded me of an Applebee’s or Ruby Tuesday’s.  I ordered a 1/2 sandwich/soup combo … and I must warn you – the pictures are not very appealing at all!!  Just look fast and move on to the better pics of dinner!  Ha!

My 1/2 turkey sandwich on wheat bread with lettuce and tomato

Carrots and celery on the side –

Plus a great bowl of vegetable soup

We headed back after lunch and I ended up heading right back out the door to do the weekly grocery shopping (I was able to plan our menu and make my list during the car ride!)

Tonight we had breakfast for dinner.  I can eat breakfast at any time of the day – no matter if it’s cereal, oats, eggs, whatever – I love it!

I decided to make an egg frittata with a bunch of goodies I found in the fridge/freezer:

  • Morningstar Breakfast Veggie “Sausage” Patties – these are really good if you haven’t tried them!
  • Broccoli
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Reduced Fat Shredded Cheese

I sauteed the veggies in my cast-iron skillet until slightly tender, added the microwaved & crumbled sausage patties and then topped with the egg mixture (2 whole eggs + the equivalent of 3 eggs with egg whites.)  The skillet then went in the 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.  I removed the skillet, topped the eggs with shredded cheese and popped under the broiler until browned.

We enjoyed our frittata with a TJ’s English muffin topped with almond butter and apple butter –

Plus, I made yogurt parfaits with blueberries and strawberries

Everything was delicious!  I wish every night could be a breakfast night!  🙂

Ok, time for me to hit the hay … I am getting up early for a quick run then it’s off to the office for a few hours.

Kitty says “GOOD NIGHT!” –

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