Archive for July, 2009

I am so making these!

The Cooking Photographer: The Clone Wars er I Mean The Cinnabon Clones.


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Ensalada Mexicana

Today was a boring day with food, but a rather enjoyable day at work oddly enough. When I got to work, I heard the news from a co-worker that her and her boyfriend got the apartment they wanted. It’s been a struggle for her finding the right place because her boyfriend is soo picky and he always found something wrong with every single place. She told me that they had already looked at 14 apartments! That is crazy. She has just been really stressed lately and she was so happy today that she got accepted for this really awesome place. It literally put me in a good mood for the whole day! I was so happy for her and she totally deserved it. Her new apartment is right near my parents house so I will have to visit her on trips back from New York. Also, today was a rather easy day at work, so I can’t complain much. I feel lucky to have awesome co-workers, I love them all and will miss them dearly when I move.

I must share my amazing salad that I made last night for dinner, it literally had everything, but the kitchen sink on it. The BEST salad I have ever consumed.


  • SpinachCIMG4652
  • Red and Yellow Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Kidney Beans
  • Corn
  • Two kinds of goat cheese
  • Hommus
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

I think that is is it, hmmm it seemed like there was more to it than that.

Anyway, it was amazing. I totally prefer my own salads over any restaurant salad, I know what makes a good salad great! Lately I have been all about inventing my own meals, I really gotta get on top of writing them all down though.  I have a section under recipes for my own stuff and I have yet to add anything. I need and want to get that started.

I’m being bad tonight and eating fast food. I don’t know why, but I am going to feel guilty afterwards  : (  I hate it and I don’t even know why I decided on it. I will just have to fit in an extra hard workout tomorrow.

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Oats in a Jar

I got this idea from a few of the blogs that I read and I knew I had to try it. I made oatmeal and put it into a just about empty almond butter jar. In my oatmeal I had a banana, honey and cinnamon. I then scooped it into the empty nut butter jar and ate it right from there. Yum! It was good. I scraped the sides of the jar and got delicious bits of almond butter. You should try it!




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I have been abnormally tired for the past two days and it is killing me at work. I woke up this morning and was fighting with myself in my head on whether or not I was going to run my planned 3 miles. I decided just to do, but was considering going to the gym to use the treadmill because it was already almot 80° outside. I brushed my teeth, washed my face and go dressed after that point I felt so much better and completely ready to run. I quickly changed my mind about the treadmill and decided to brave the sweltering weather. It was pretty damn hot. My first mile was fast and I didn’t really start to feel tired until my last mile. IT. WAS. TOUGH. I had to stop twice to take a walk break, and it was only 3 miles! Just goes to show how much the weather really does effect you.

  • Distance: 3.12 Miles
  • Time: 29:18
  • Pace: 9:23 / mile

This was breakfast:

CIMG4637Chobani Greek honey yogurt with pumpkin flaxseed granola, a banana and some fruity pebbles!

I also had a piece of toast with Teddie Super Chunky peanut butter on it. Like I said, I’ve been so tired for the past few days and I’ve decided to go to bed early tonight and sleep in tomorrow. I’m also going to skip my run that I had planned, I really need a day off from all exercise. I really haven’t had had one in a long time. Skipping my run will most likely cause me not be meet my monthly mileage goal this month. It was 70 miles and I think I will be under by 3 or 4 miles. It kind of sucks, but I don’t care too much because it’s for a good reason. I NEED the rest, mentally and physically. I am aiming for 75 miles in August, I’m really hoping I can meet that!

For dinner I made a ham and cheese panini.


Deli ham with super sharp cheddar cheese and spinach thrown onto the George Foreman grill. It was as simple as that. On the side I had carrots and a wedge of cantaloupe. It was good and satisfying!


I also had a glass of wine with it. The kind from the other day: Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc – I like it! It’s a good kickoff to my newly found hobby of wine tasting. Think I will finish the rest of the bottle tonight, good night!

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Smoked Meat: Montreal vs. NYC – The Atlantic Food Channel.

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Recently I’ve decided to try and get into wine. I started reading ‘the Idiots Guide to Tasting Wine’ and I also learned a lot from the blog, Eat Live Run. Jenna featured several posts about wine for newbies and it was quite interesting and very informational. I would like to buy a bottle of wine weekly and continue to try different kinds. My first choice was a Sauvignon Blanc. It took me a while to pick one out, but I decided on one from New Zealand that had a pleasant description.



I did some major grocery shopping tonight so now I am broke until pay day! I really don’t mind spending money on food though, I definitely prefer buying real groceries than a bunch of frozen cheap stuff just to save a little cash. I decided before I left what I was going to make for dinner: A home made pizza with chicken, tomatoes and spinach. I ended up cooking the chicken with some garlic and it just made it that much better.



  • Whole wheat crust
  • Casa Visco jarred pizza sauce
  • a bunch of baby spinach
  • a whole bag of 2% mozzarella
  • garlic chicken
  • tomato slices

In the oven for about 12-15 minutes at 450°

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8 Mile

It was soo nice out yesterday, yet I stayed in most of the day : (  Derek and I didn’t get out of the house until 4:30. We ate dinner at his parents house, which was really good. We had grilled swordfish, green beans, corn and salad. Derek’s mom always makes really good complete dinners. For dessert we ate a lemon cranberry scone with berries and whipped cream. It was delicious and satisfying.


Derek’s friend from work was having a bonfire to celebrate his divorce, kinda weird I know, but there’s no reason not to celebrate what makes you happy. We had some time to kill before we headed over there so we decided to hit up Target. Wandered around there for a little while before I stumble upon this:



It’s a camelbak, except Nalgene brand. I knew I had to get it right when I saw it. I’ve been needing some kind of ‘water carrier’ recently because I have been extending my long runs and its tough to go without water for so long, especially in the heat. I tried it on and it’s very light weight, (well w/o water) and it didn’t stick out too much on my back. I bought it and couldn’t wait to use it today on my 8 mile run! What great timing, I knew there was a reason I pushed my run back til today.

We headed over to the bonfire and there was a good amount of people already there. There were KILLER mosquitos everywhere and I was miserable for the first half hour. I had shorts and sandals on, which was not smart on my behalf. Surprisingly I had a really good time. I drank three beers, talked to some cool people and stood in front of the fire all night.


Got home around 1 am and into bed around 2 am. I woke up this morning around 10:15 to cloudy skies : (  What happened? I thought it was supposed to be mostly sunny and in the 70’s today. I was a little bummed, but as long as it wasn’t raining I was going to get out there and run my butt off. I ate a piece of toast with some peanut butter and filled up my new camelbak and was ready to attempt an 8 miler for the second time. I mapped it all out on Friday night and my route was a little silly because it was all over the place. It’s tough when you have such a long distance to map out, I was going to have to run up and down side streets and do a couple loops just to rack up the mileage.


Before my run, happy and ready to get out there.

I packed a GU to eat halfway through, which is supposed to be taken with water, which I was glad to have. It took me a little bit to get used to the camelbak, but after the first mile or so I felt more comfortable. It was funny to hear all of the water sloshing around on my back, I kinda felt like a dork. I just figured anyone who would be making fun of me is someone who most likely can’t run 8 miles, so they can back off, haha. It was SO HUMID out, I felt like I was swimming. The first half of my run was pretty good, but the last few miles I started to get really tired and HOT. I kept talking to myself to keep going. The sun did end up coming out, but it was at a point where I did not want it . I actually wished it would’ve started to rain, it would’ve given me some relief. I did not want to stop, I wanted to be able to RUN the whole way. The last mile was literally hell, I felt like I was hallucinating, it was so difficult. Let me tell you though, I would NOT have made it through that run without water, there is no way. I’m happy I spent the $40 on the camelbak, it was a worthwhile purchase and I will definitely get a lot of use out of it. It will only be used on my long runs, but its a nice little present to myself to keep me motivated.

I should’ve taken an after picture when I got back from my run because I probably looked like I was ready to die. That was, without a doubt the toughest run I’ve ever had. The only downside to the camelbak is what it did to my back. I needed to have it tight so it would’ve bounce around all over the place, but it was brushing up against the skin on my back because I had a thin strapped shirt on. Next time I will wear something with more coverage or will have to get some Mole skin to cover my back up.


This hurt like hell in the shower. I had marks like this on both of my shoulders.

  • Distance: 8 Miles
  • Time: 78:54
  • Pace: 9:51/mile
  • Calories Burned: 800 (estimate)

I sure did need a good breakfast after that. I made Derek and I some egg sandwiches that were sooo good!


  • 2 Eggs
  • Raw Milk NY Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tbsp of hummus
  • Ray’s NY sesame seed bagel

This was apparently a New York inspired sandwich, how appropriate!

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