A little heavy on the food

Hello!  It’s been a bit, but that’s OK.  I’ve been busy, so it happens.

I hope you’re having a good week so far!  Personally, I’m spending too much time thinking about how badly I want to take some time off.  All things in good time.

So where to start?

Running

I did another group run for the Sono Half this past Saturday.  My other half was going to do it with me, but he had other stuff to get done and the 8a start time was too late for him.  It was a 7 miler.

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It wasn’t great (and neither is that photo), but I did it!  There was more walking than I’d like to admit, but at least I kept going.  I was last in the group, which I’m totally OK with.  I was lucky that the two people ahead of me were very nice and stopped to wait for me twice.  They are both training for the Chicago Marathon so the 7 miler was just a part of their total mileage.

It got me thinking about running at the back of the pack.  As I said, I don’t care if I’m the slowest or the fastest (hahaha!), but I think that a lot of people do care.  I had this whole thought in my head that the race organizers should try harder to get the slower people to the group runs.  In my mind, these are the people that won’t show up.  Thoughts?

Food (I’ll break this up into vegan and non)

Vegan

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This was a well intended meal, although only half of it came out as desired.  My plan was to do a mushroom soup and then something similar to a BLT but with tempeh or fake bacon.

I had tempeh at home, so I went that route.  I browned it a bit in some olive oil and then seasoned it with the Trader Joe’s Everything mix.  Good in theory, but all the seasoning fell off so it tasted pretty bad.  Oh well!

The mushroom soup was a success.  And again, another Vegangela recipe.  When you have luck with a site, why deviate?  Here’s the link.  I made a few minimal modifications, but nothing worth noting.  It was good!  The other half even liked it!

I also made vegan oatmeal raisin cookies (link here).  Her recipe is for chocolate walnut cookies, but I swapped out the chocolate and nuts for raisins.  I also added a bit of cinnamon.

While they tasted amazing, they looked pretty lousy.

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They are made with coconut oil, which is liquid at high temperatures.  They became incredibly flat and pretty much all joined together on the baking sheet.  So I ultimately said screw this, and just threw them in a container where they morphed into a sort of crumble.  Not a photogenic crumble, but a very delicious one.  These were gone in a couple of days.

I’ll play around with them to see if I can get them to look like cookies, but even if I can’t, they still taste good enough to stick with.

I feel like we’ve been trying every vegan product we can find.  Sunday we tried this.

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The verdict?  Not a fan.  It was odd.  I read the back of the package that it’s some sort of cheese substitute mixed with a fermented soy.  Just odd.  Not disgusting, just not great.

And last on the vegan front, I found the following two snacks that are both quite good (and unique).

Both good and all too easy to snack on.  Maybe i’m better off not having snacks handy. 🙂

Non-vegan

I’m trying, but sometimes it just doesn’t work.

After my run on Saturday I wanted nothing more than an egg Mcmuffin, so I had one and enjoyed every second!  So worth it! (still vegetarian, just not even close to vegan)

Last week I had dinner with some girlfriends and had a delicious jalapeno almond pesto pasta dish (probably had some dairy).  It was so good I told my other half I wanted him to recreate it.  So he went for it.  It wasn’t a match, but it was still SO good!

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That was on a fish day (we’re still eating seafood).  Too bad dinner  was served at 9:30p on a Sunday.  I’m old…and tired.

Lastly, some pizza eye candy.  Yum!

Neither of us ate this, but we heard it was amazing.
Fresh figs, speck, asiago and gorgonzola cheeses.

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Drool away!

Life/wedding/other stuff

  • I’ve mentioned it on here in passing, but I’ve been really tired.  Like really.  I wake up tired and am still having a hard time motivating to do anything.
  • I have a physical scheduled for next Monday and am planning a full blood workup, including B12, which I just read about.
  • I don’t want anything to be wrong, but I’d like a reason so I can fix it. 🙂
  • This Sunday I’m having an invitation stuffing party at my house…with my parents.  It’s gonna be a rager!  😉
  • Dress is in my possession, first fitting is 9/5, so soon.
  • I need a day off.  See, I came full circle.

Hope you’re having a great week!  Feel free to comment about anything mentioned above, I love comments!

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An update in bullets

  • Hi! Good morning!  How are you?  All’s good here.
  • Running – last Saturday I made the decision to do the 6 mile group run.  it was definitely the right decision and it reminded me that I do enjoy a group run.  I will admit I might not have been ready for 6 miles, but I did it.  Mile 5 was tough and I took a quick walking break, but that’s OK.  I also really lucked out with the weather as it was 68 degrees at the end of July.  Amen!  🙂
    • The runs are every two weekends so as long as I’m free, I plan to do the next one on the 12th (7 miles).
  • Veganism – I made vegan mac and cheese
    • I used this recipe, which she claims is the best (Vegangela to the rescue again)
    • Let’s just say that I think I love the original (and cheese!) a bit too much to come around to the vegan version.
    • That said, my other half had just had vegan m&c at a vegan restaurant in San Antonio and he said this version was definitely better
    • We went a little heavier on the truffle oil and played around a bit with spices.  he also added some veggie chorizo which maybe helped
  • T Swift is finally on Spotify!
    • Not much explanation needed.
    • I sent a text to my sister saying that as a result of this big news, my runs will most definitely improve drastically (I kid)
    • I also got to grace my spin class with a T Swift song for the first time since I switched to Spotify years ago.  They laughed at my excitement.
  • Wedding
    • Invitations ordered
    • Dress is in and I will go see it/try it on on Saturday
    • Sh*t is moving along!  CRAZY!!
  • Peace out!  Have a great Wednesday!!!

Happy Friday!

Hello from the land of the sporadic poster!  All good!

It’s Friday.  I’m thrilled that it’s Friday.  I actually had a short week (more on that later) but it still felt pretty long.  I hate how that always happens.

Some highlights of the past two weeks or so…

DC!  I was in DC last week for my “bachelorette party”.  I put that in quotes because it definitely wasn’t your traditional party.  I’m too old for that sh*t.  🙂

DC may be one of my favorite cities, so I was thrilled to have the party there.  We stayed at a great hotel – shout out to the Kimpton Mason & Rook.

I’m still gathering photos so I don’t have a ton to share.  But…there was one surprise guest! (see if you can find her)

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The trip was a bit of the touristy stuff (mainly checking out the monuments) and then good food, friends, and good times.

Sunday night we saw Judd Apatow do standup, which was quite fun.  Saturday morning we went SUPing.  Also very fun, although the heat hit me a bit hard so I spent the last bit on my knees (versus standing).

We ate at some delicious restaurants and enjoyed lots of drinks as well.  The hotel has a wine hour every day at 5p, so you can be sure we never missed one of those!

Running  I’m running.  Probably not where I should be for the half in October but I’m confident that I will get there.  I’ve been having a REALLY hard time waking up in the morning, so I need to figure out the cause and work on fixing that.

I actually ran twice while in DC.  Friday morning on the treadmill and Saturday outside.  For some reason I love the treadmills with the virtual running paths.  I ran through Germany!  It’s the little things 🙂  Saturday’s run took us to the white house and then past some monuments (Washington, Korea, Vietnam).  Love me some DC!

Right now I’m trying to decide between OTF tomorrow or attempting a 6 mile group run.  I haven’t come close to 6, so I’m wondering if it’s stupid to even try.  Hmmm.

Vegan  I was not vegan in DC.  I craved carbs and cheese…and eggs.  Oh well!  I’m back at it now.

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I made this last night.  African peanut sweet potato stew courtesy of Vegangela (again).  As I was making it I wasn’t too sure about it.  It seemed good in theory but I just wasn’t sure it would have enough flavor.  It did!  I added a bit more spice to it, but other than that I stuck pretty closely to the recipe and it was delicious!  Give it a try!

So that’s what’s going on here.  Hope you have a most wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

It’s Take Your Pet To Work Day!

And sadly Minnie is at home 😦

I probably could have brought her in, but I have a hair appointment after work and trying to drop her off first would mean leaving work even earlier.  So instead I will have my own personal Take Your Pet To Work Day another day.

There have been some studies regarding pets in the workplace and in almost most cases they seem to help reduce stress.  I definitely think this is true and have had quite a few requests for coworkers that she come visit again.

I’m two days out from my third half marathon in less than a year.  I never ever thought i’d say that.  This one will be interesting to say the least.

To recap:

1st HM – well trained and ready, but did encounter some stomach issues around mile 7 so I did a little more walking than I would have liked.  Overall though, it was good and I was pleased with my time.

2nd HM – under trained and not ready.  It was an incredibly hilly course and once I saw this I made the decision to walk the hills, figuring it would keep me going for longer.  Stomach issues around mile 6 left me stuck waiting in line for the bathroom.  I finished but it wasn’t pretty and I’m not all that proud of it.

3rd HM – under trained and kind of indifferent.  I was nervous, but now i’m just going with it.  It’s going to be warm.  My plan is to go slow and try to enjoy the experience since this is supposedly a great half with good crowd support.  I was going to skip wearing my garmin but think I should keep it to make sure I don’t go too fast.  If I were well trained my target pace would probably be around 10:15, but in this instance I want to keep it closer to 11.  I also saw that there are 25 band and cheer stations on the route, so I may also try doing some time without my headphones to once again try to enjoy the experience.  There are also 6 sprinklers!  🙂

Any suggestions for going into a race that you really aren’t prepared for?

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And now some random stuff…

Zulily has a “Graphic Imprints” sale going on right now and I’m LOVING some of these designs.

I could post so many that I love.  If you’re interested, here’s the link.

 

I made paleOMG’s spaghetti pie last night.

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Here’s the link.

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The verdict?  It was OK but there’s room for some tweaking.  I didn’t love the Italian sausage that I bought (Jenni-O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage) and I think that played a huge part.  I used more onion than the recipe calls for, added some shredded mozz, and also cooked up some sliced baby bella mushrooms.  For some reason it reminded me of a quiche my mother used to make and while it sounds odd, it’s a good thing.

So the verdict is that I will make it again and see how it goes (with different sausage).  The other half wasn’t a fan however, so it may be dinner for a night when he’s away.  I have the leftovers for lunch and will see how it is reheated.

In case you were wondering, this was my backup recipe in case I couldn’t find the spaghetti squash.

Sausage, Shrimp & Quinoa Skillet from Cooking Light.

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The odd thing about this recipe is that last Saturday night while at a friend’s house I was looking through her Cooking Light and commented that this recipe sounded good.  Then at work on Monday, someone brought me something I had printed and when he handed it to me it was two pages (I only printed one) and the second page was this recipe.  Someone else had obviously also thought it seemed good.

So that’s what’s going on here today.  Thoughts of running and food.

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll drop in next week to let you know how it went.  Enjoy the first weekend of summer!

Monday and the weekend

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This shot of my inbox pretty much sums up my Monday…starting at 1:30 and going until the early evening.

I love Athleta and they were offering an extra 20% off sale.  The loft was 60% off certain styles and I found a dress I liked for a wedding this weekend (last minute, I know).  And then the Gap had 40% so i bought some running capris.  I’m hoping some new workout clothes will be energizing.  hello color!

The rest of the weekend was good, but super busy, so not nearly as relaxing as I would have liked.

I was off Friday, which was great, but I had taken the day to help with One Bro at a farmer’s market, which meant it was another form of work.

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Weather was gorgeous and I ended up running into some friends unexpectedly, which was such a great surprise.

We were hosting a BBQ on Sunday so Saturday was prep work, pretty much all day.  Cleaning up the deck and yard area, grocery shopping, and then cooking whatever I could in advance.

Sunday I was up at 6 and again, non stop prep until the BBQ at 1.  Exhausting.  It was a lovely BBQ with friends and family, but it was exhausted.

One of the hits of the party was the tuna tartare that I made.  It’s loosely based off Ina Garten’s recipe, which is here.  I’m going to work on writing up my recipe and hope to share it in the future.

My head started to hurt Sunday afternoon and it hung around until I went to bed.  Unfortunately I woke up this morning and the ache had gotten worse, so I slept in a bit and took it easy (hence the couch time that resulted in the shopping).

Right now I’m relaxing and trying to mentally prepare for the week.  The half is 4 weeks out so it’s time for high gear.  Fingers crossed!

Hope you have a wonderful week!!!

Weekend recap -dye, food, and wind

Happy Monday!  It was snowing here this morning.  These HUGE flakes.  It was odd.  Now it’s just rainy and chilly.

I miss the weekend already.

Friday night kicked off the weekend nicely.  We went to a bar for a limited tap of a beer called Fuzzy Baby Ducks from New England Brewing Company.  These folks have got the whole supply and demand thing down!  They only offer this beer in small batches periodically.  You can’t buy bottles, only fresh from the tap.  The tapping was at 7p and my 7:22, it was kicked.  Crazy, right?  It’s an IPA, but a lighter IPA.  I didn’t have any, but it’s definitely all the rage! (I stuck with wine.)  After that we had dinner at Mecha, our favorite noodle bar.

Saturday morning I woke up and hit the gym.  I ran about 3.1 miles playing around with pace and incline.  It felt good as it was the first real exercise I’ve done since getting home.  Later in the day I had a much needed hair appointment.  Thank goodness!  It was a reschedule since my original appointment was for when I was in China.

My other half cooked dinner (chilean sea bass, fingerling potatoes, and asparagus) and I made a carrot cake.  It was my first carrot cake ever and I couldn’t have been more impressed with how it turned out.

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I used the King Arthur Flour recipe.  Here’s the link.  I saw it got good reviews, figured King Arthur would do their research and then just went for it.  I didn’t read any of the reviews which is so not like me.  Thankfully it was great!

The icing was really good too!  I’m not always a fan of cream cheese frosting because sometimes it’s just too cream cheese-y, but this was so good.  Next time I may add raisins, but we’ll see (that’s just personal preference).

Let me know if you have a good carrot cake recipe.  🙂

Sunday here was snowy in the morning and then really windy.  We did some errands in the morning and then headed home.  My other half got to working on a nice Sunday dinner when all of a sudden we lost power.  This was right around 3pm.  A rather large tree at the end of the property went down, taking with it some power lines.  Since it was still light out, it wasn’t a huge deal, but as time went on, we realized it probably wasn’t coming back any soon.

The update said it would be fixed by 6p, then that turned to 7:45p, then 9:45p, then finally 11p.  We went out to grab a bite and when we came home we pretty much went right to bed, since what else is there to do in the dark?  Poor Minnie was so confused.

Thankfully the power came back on around 10:40p and the rest of the night was uneventful.

And now it’s Monday which should be my first full week of a normal routine.  Thank goodness!  The posts may be a bit more sporadic for the time being, but i’ll be sure to pop in if/when I have something interesting to say.

Have a great week!

Staying positive

Good morning!!

I’ve spoken to a few people this past week about my upcoming half.  And while a few of them have never done a half, it still surprised me to hear that everyone seems to have faith in me being able to complete it.  Some people said, you can always walk.  Some people said, just do what you can.

Everyone is right.  My goal was definitely not to half-ass the half, but as I’ve said before, it is what it is, and all I can do now is deal with the bed I’ve made.

I haven’t given up though and am still trying.  🙂

I ran 3 miles on Monday at the gym.  Taught spin on Tuesday.  Yesterday I ran 4 miles outside because it was soooo nice out.  Work nearly killed me, so I left early, got home and changed, took the dog out, and then hit the road.

It felt good.  Maybe it was because I was so stressed/frustrated with work, or maybe it was just being outside in nice weather, but it did feel good (after the first mile which wasn’t the best).

The route I did was sort of an out and back.  I’ve run these roads before but never as an out and back like this.    Because I still felt good at 3.3, I decided to go for 4 which made it a slightly stranger route, but left me with about a .2 walk home, which was a nice cool down.

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While I don’t use MapMyRun while running, I do like it as a tool for looking at my run afterwards, especially the elevation aspect.

The image above shows the elevation in terms of grade, which is especially interesting to me as i’ve started to use the incline function on the treadmill at the gym.

The steepest part of the run yesterday was a 3%, which is pretty much inline with what i’ve done on the treadmill (3% or 4% max).  The longest stretch of hill yesterday was a little over 1/2 mile.  While it wasn’t awesome, it overall wasn’t as bad as it’s been (i’ve had to stop and walk part of this hill in the past).  So i’m a little encouraged by the fact that I felt pretty good.

Tonight I’m planning 5 outside again.  No running tomorrow, and then a total of 8 on Saturday (5 in the morning and then a 5K).  I feel like if I can do 8 I can eek out an extra 5 the following week.  Right??

So that’s my running world.

In other blog stuff, I’ve decided to get back to product reviews, like I had done in the past.  Anything from gels/fuels to snacks to meals.  I love trying new products and hope that me sharing my opinion adds a little bit of value to this blog.  Guess we’ll see.

To end with a not-so healthy recipe, here’s a shot of the s’mores brownies I made a few weeks ago.

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This was one of those facebook video recipes and it was really easy.  Put a layer of graham crackers on the bottom of the pan then pour prepared brownie mix over them.  Cover with marshmallows and sprinkle with chocolate chips.  Then bake.  That’s it!

For some reason it didn’t cook evenly which meant that some pieces were fully cooked but others were still gooey, which everyone seemed to love, so i’d say it’s a win (even not fully cooked).  Personally I loved the texture of the marshmallows!

Have a great day!!

 

I suck

Kind of a strong subject line, but that’s OK.  I kinda do right now…at least when it comes to running.

My motivation is non-existent.  I don’t want to run, I don’t want to cycle.  I want to sleep in and be lazy.  Great.  Especially great since my half is 3 weeks away.  Nice.

I’ve spent some time trying to figure out why my motivation is so bad.  I’ve had a lot of thoughts.  Maybe I really don’t like running.  Maybe it’s the weather.  I don’t know.  I think I like running, but if I really liked it, wouldn’t I want to do it all the time?  It’s winter which is tougher, but if it were warm out, would I be raring to go?  It was warm this weekend and I still didn’t want to run.  Am I forcing something?  Getting up early on the weekends (and weekdays) is harder than it’s ever been, so I’m trying to figure out why that is as well.  Ugh.

I.Don’t.Know.

But I do know that it’s not worth totally beating myself up over.  That’s not my style.  I’m stubborn as anything and I do what I want because I want to and I deal with the consequences.  If that means I have the worst ever half, then I will deal with it and hopefully learn from it.

OK, got that off my chest.  My plan is to try to pick up the pieces starting tonight.  Nothing crazy, but hopefully 3-5 miles on the treadmill can happen almost every day.  Fingers crossed!

And so we’re at another Monday.  Yesterday I commented that I thought it was Saturday and when I was told it was Sunday I was sooooo upset.  That’s the worst.

It was a good weekend though.

Friday

Is anyone out there into essential oils?  I actually learned a bit about them when I was in St. Thomas over Christmas.  Friday night I went to an essential oils “class” where people made a bunch of different products using essential oils and other natural stuff.  One of the things they made was an all-natural alternative to Vicks Vaporub.  I was just a spectator since I haven’t officially bought in to the whole thing, but it was interesting…and social. 🙂

Saturday

I had to go to the library to pick up my book club book:  The Invention of Wings.  While there I also picked up the Skinnytaste Cookbook since the chicken marsala was quite good.

My other half was gifted a cheese making kit for his birthday.  We had dinner plans at a friend’s house so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make homemade mozzarella.  Let’s just say we tried.  We didn’t get any curd 😦  (little miss muffet would not have been happy).  In hindsight it may be due to the Lactaid milk that we used, but who knows.  So he ran off to an italian shop and bought the curds, which is essentially half of the work.  So we still kind of made cheese to bring.  But it took a looooong time!

Sunday

Last week we got this great idea that I should make french macarons.  I like to bake and am always up for a challenge (as long as a candy thermometer isn’t involved).  It didn’t work out last week, but I had some extra time on Sunday (while the other half made a BBQ feast).

Here are some photos:

They look (kind of) like macarons, so that’s good.  But boy were they a huge pain in the butt.  Mix, let sit, pipe, let sit.  A lot of sitting.

If you’re curious, this is the recipe I used.  It had lots of helpful hints, but in the end the dough was REALLY sweet, which made it hard to find a filling that wasn’t also too sweet.  After a bunch of trial and error I went with PB&J, which helped buffer the sweetness.

The verdict?  I will probably never make these again.  🙂

They’re not easy and very finicky, but to me they didn’t taste good enough to warrant the time and effort.  Oh well, I tried.

That was the bulk of my weekend.  Ending with a shot of my favorite mush.  Thanks to the warmer weather she finally got some much needed exercise.

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Questions for you…

How do you deal with a lack of motivation?

Do you use essential oils?  How?

Are you in a book club?  Do you like to read?  Favorite book?

Macaron fan?

Loving Friday (as usual)

It’s been a quiet blogging week for me.  Stuff’s just been busy.  It happens.

Here’s what I’m loving this week.

Wednesday

I had the day off on Wednesday.  Because…

Yes, we went to see Live with Kelly and Michael.  This is clearly a perk of living in the NYC area.

A few years ago I miraculously got tickets, but couldn’t go.  At that time you had to essentially enter into a lottery and then they’d randomly mail you tickets.  Unfortunately they’d do that about a week in advance of the show.  I was new at my job then and couldn’t just take a day off, so we never went.  (I even got tickets to the Halloween show, arg!)  Now the process is better and you actually have some control.

I went with my mother and sister and we got there at 7:15 as they instructed and headed to the way back of the line.  We ended up waiting outside for about an hour and fifteen minutes and couldn’t feel our feet by the time we went inside.  We ended up with lousy seats but still had a great time and plan to go back.

From there we hit up another favorite spot…

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Levain Bakery.  Yummm!  If you’ve never heard of them, google them.  While they are a full bakery, I say just go for the cookies.  Do it!  Yes, they are $4 a piece, but it’s worth it.  If you get them, try to wait to eat them until you’re home and then zap them in the micro for 30 seconds.  You can thank me later.  🙂

Then we went to lunch at Jacob’s Pickles, another great spot.  We of course started with some pickles.

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Pickled carrots, green beans, tomatoes, and dills.  I’m not a huge pickle person, but they were good.  I really don’t like carrots, but I figured I’d try them pickled and hope for the best.  Unfortunately I still don’t like carrots.  🙂

I had the Honey Chicken and Pickles sandwich, on a biscuit (of course) and served with (incredibly) cheesy grits.  I tried to take a picture of this sandwich but it was so massive it just didn’t work.  It was. SO. GOOD.  So unhealthy and delicious!!

From there we headed towards Central Park to do some walking and then finished out the day.  By that point I had started to feel my 4am wakeup.  (Alarm was set for 4:45 but my most favorite dog needed the bathroom at 4.  Thanks Minnie!)

Music I’m Enjoying

Joey Alexander – He’s a jazz musician at the whopping age of 12.  He was featured on 60 Minutes a few months ago and then performed at the Grammy’s on Monday.  I like to listen to jazz at work and he’s been my go-to ever since learning of him.

Cake By the Ocean by DNCE – This is a weird one for me.  I like this song but part of me doesn’t like that I like it.  I debuted it in a spin class on Tuesday and actually thought that it worked really well for class.  It reminds me of the Scissor Sisters for some reason.  Going to check out the rest of the album.

Sugar by Robin Schulz – I love the original of this song and am totally feeling this version.  It makes me happy and makes me want to dance (or bop).

Food

Healthy Chicken Marsala – I was tasked with dinner yesterday and was told I should find a healthy chicken marsala recipe.  Found this recipe on the interwebs and while we did tweak it a bit, it was quite good as is.  It’s from a cookbook called The Skinny Taste Cookbook which I’m going to check out.

So that’s about it here.  I got an email that the half-marathon is one month away.  Yikes!  I’m nervous but i’ve also changed how i’m mentally approaching the half.  Originally my plan was to train hard and have a great race.  Given the health issues I’ve been dealing with, I’m now considering it more of a training run.  If it goes well, great, if not, it’s just to prepare me for the Fairfield Half, which is in late June (and I need to sign up for).

Have a lovely weekend!

Any songs you’re currently loving?  

Have you ever been to a live or pre-recorded TV taping?  Not proud of these, but I’ve also been to Springer and the Steve Wilkos show, as well as the Daily Show when Jon Stewart was hosting.

Another soup recipe

I love soup.  I could probably eat soup all the time.  The winter is perfect for soup, but I can also eat soup in the summer…as long as I’m in air conditioning.

On Friday night we ventured out and picked up a rotisserie chicken from Costco (plus some other things).  We weren’t sure what we’d use it for, but they’re such a good deal (and tasty too!).

Sunday my other half springs on me that I’m responsible for dinner (he usually does the cooking).  He said I should do something with the chicken, like maybe chicken noodle soup.  Chicken noodle is not my favorite, so he mentioned avgolemono or chicken lemon rice soup.  Yum!

While I love chicken lemon rice, I had never made it before and therefore I’d need to find a recipe.

Well my friends, I found a wonderful recipe and wanted to share it with you.  I’m still blown away that I actually made this soup because it was GOOD!!

It’s from all recipes, so here’s the link if you’d prefer to go direct.

I made a few modifications and noted them below.

avgolemono

Ingredients

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (I probably used closer to 3/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots (I used about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion  (I used about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery  (I used about 1 cup)
  • 6 tablespoons chicken soup base (I only used 4 tablespoons based on some reviews I read)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper  (I only had black pepper, so I used that)
  • 1/4 cup margarine (I used butter)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cooked white rice  (I used whole wheat orzo instead of rice and didn’t pre-cook it)
  • 1 cup diced, cooked chicken meat (I used the rotisserie chicken.  You can definitely add more than 1 cup for a heartier soup.)
  • 16 slices lemon  (This is just for garnish, so you can omit it)
  • 8 egg yolks  (I used 6 which was plenty.  Some reviewers used only 4.)

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine the chicken broth, lemon juice, carrots, onions, celery, soup base, and white pepper. Bring to a boil on high, then simmer for 20 minutes.  (I added a little olive oil to the pot to start and cooked the carrots, onions, and celery for about 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.)
  2. Blend the butter and the flour together. Then gradually add it to the soup mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes more, stirring frequently.  (At this point I added the orzo so it would have time to cook).
  3. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks until light in color. Gradually add some of the hot soup to the egg yolks, stirring constantly. Return the egg mixture to the soup pot and heat through.  Add the chicken.  (I let it cook for an additional 10-15 minutes so cook the orzo.) Ladle hot soup into bowls and garnish with lemon slices.

Going into making this recipe, I wasn’t too sure about the whole egg yolk thing, but thankfully it was pretty easy to do and definitely makes a difference in terms of keeping the soup creamy.

I order this soup frequently when I’m at a Greek restaurant and felt that this version was just as good (if not better) than those I’ve had.

So definitely give it a go.