Happy Saturday bloggies! I hope you've all had a wonderful first 1/2 of your weekend...mine was super-productive. Sadly, the productivity did not include my training run. :( I've been bummed about it all day. The hubb and I had the alarm set to go, but my honey was feeling under the weather so we postponed our long run 'till tomorrow. I'm crossing my fingers that the ice they are predicting tonight will not happen so we won't be deterred again, especially since the hubb is feeling much better tonight. :)
Breakfast: Instead of going for a run I made an indulgent breakfast, Eggnog French Toast with cranberry "ketchup". Yummy! No butter or syrup, just cran ketchup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
This was easy, I just combined:
1/3 cup eggnog
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
Whisk it all together, soak your bread in the mixture (I used whole wheat), and brown in a nonstick skillet until both sides are golden.
For those of you that would like the cranberry "ketchup" recipe, leave me a comment on this post *letting me know specifically that you want it* and I'll email it to you. Its SO GOOD! You all will love it. Erin let me know that the recipe is straight from a cookbook so we can't publish it because of copyright issues.
After breakfast I rushed off to a morning hair appointment then ran crazy errands all day. I think I visited nearly every single store in Charlottesville. The traffic and crowds were insane!!! I'm glad to have accomplished everything on my list today though so that I don't have to go back out in the madness tomorrow...
Morning Snack: I grabbed this while standing in a check-out lane at Target. See what happens when you forget to pack your snacks...you wind up with overly-indulgent Chocolate Drizzled goodness. Its actually a tiny, one-portion bag...and I ate the whole thing.
Next time I'll remember my larabar...
Lunch: I never expected my errands today to take 6+ hours, so come 2:30 I was STARVING! I stopped in my favorite gourmet specialty food store, Feast!, and grabbed a prepared sandwich. No picture, I inhaled it far too quickly. It consisted of local chevre, artichokes, arugula, sundried tomatoes and olive tapenade on a baguette. I assure you, it was tasty.
Afternoon Snack: When I FINALLY got home I grabbed a yogurt out of the fridge...I'm still in clean-out mode and want to finish all perishables before we leave town on Tuesday. I'm so very spoiled after discovering greek yogurt...this regular was way runnier than I like.
Dinner: We needed something quick and easy. The hubb ordered a pepperoni, onion and black olive pizza, of which I had two pieces minus the pepperoni and the crust. I also made a leftovers salad with napa cabbage, broccoli slaw, celery, hearts of palm, alfalfa sprouts, dried cranberries and light ranch dressing.
And a glass of cabernet.
Oh! While I was out and about today I found a few exciting things...
FINALLY! The holiday-flavor Clif Bars, PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE Larabars, and a Cashew Cookie Larabar!!! Yay! Now I feel like I'm part of the club! :)
The hubb and I have been busy this evening with Christmas prep as is typical these days. Here's one of our activities...Homemade Marshmallows! They are going in gift boxes for friends and family. I'll post more about them tomorrow when they are finished.
Have a fabulous Sunday!
I'M SO GLAD ITS FRIDAY!!!!!!! Is it just me or was this the longest week ever?!?
So I just discovered Run To The Finish's Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge and am super-excited to participate! I'm a few days late, but luckily I have a blog so I've got a good record of my exercise so far this week (although it doesn't amount to much yet...). Here's my count so far...
12.10.2008: run 2.7 miles = 2.7 points
12.10.2008: abs for 15 minutes = .5 points
12:11.2008: yoga for 50 minutes = 1.7 points
Total HBBC Points = 4.9
Its a bit of a slow start, but I'm hoping this challenge is just what I need to kick my exercise up a notch!
This morning the hubb and I continued our new Friday morning breakfast tradition, meeting our friend Amy at our favorite breakfast spot, The Bluegrass Grill. This morning I felt like something salty instead of sweet, so I decided to go with a veggie omelet.
Breakfast: Veggie Egg White Omelet with green pepper, green onion, tomatoes and black olives (no cheese), topped with salsa. Hashbrowns and the AMAZING honey wheat bisucuit on the side. I only ate 1/2 the potatoes and 1/2 the biscuit with a packet of strawberry jam on top. And a cup of coffee, of course!
Lunch: Leftover Butternut Squash, Kale + White Bean Soup and a handful of Kashi crackers.
Snack: A banana and 1/4 cup of Melissa's Trail Mix, plus a chocolate covered pretzel...I just couldn't leave him out! :)
Dinner tonight was quick and easy. Grocery day is tomorrow which means we are LOW on produce...as in we don't have any. We briefly thought about take-out but then I remembered that I picked up some pre-made ravioli at Trader Joe's on Tuesday...perfect dinner in a pinch! I also found some frozen spinach in the freezer...I've never cooked frozen spinach on its own, just put it in sauces etc, so this was a new experience. I just steamed it for 8 minutes, then sauteed some garlic in Earth Balance and added the spinach to the pot. It was just...ok.
Dinner: TJ's Portobello Mushroom Ravioli with TJ's Vodka Sauce and steamed spinach on the side. Also, a GIANT glass of TJ's Shiraz...it was a TJ's kind of night!
I told ya...BIG glass of wine. It was a frustrating day at work, what can I say?!?
Dessert: I made a sweet snack bowl with Annie's Honey Bunnies, TJ's pumpkin spice granola and 3 gingersnaps. It was a little dry (obviously) so I added a few spoonfuls of unsweetened applesauce after I snapped the pic.
Tomorrow ends Training Week #7 with a 3 mile run!!! I can't believe we've already finished 7 weeks!!! Crazy. I think the weather will be decent so the hubb and I are planning to meet the group at the UVA track. However, if group one is still run/walking on the track we're going out on the road on our own for several reasons. #1) We are planning to run the full 3 miles after our fabulous 2.7 mile run Wednesday. #2) Running 3 miles on the track sounds like the most boring thing EVER, except for maybe running 3 miles on a treadmill...!
What are your weekend plans? I'm hoping to finish my Christmas shopping/making!!!
Brian and I park about 1/3 of a mile from our offices every morning. The walk to work is short and pleasant, but forces us to pass our favorite C'ville breakfast spot, The Bluegrass Grill. The restaurant serves down-home breakfasts and is famous for their house-made baked goods, especially the honey wheat biscuits. I dream about their biscuits. Its impossible to get a table on the weekends without waiting an hour, so we don't get to go very often, but every morning as we walk by we say "we need to get up early one day and go before work". After 6 months of talking about it, today was finally "one day". We invited our good friend Amy to join us so it was the perfect start to a Friday morning, good food + good company.
Breakfast: Short stack of Honey Wheat Pancakes with fresh strawberries, real maple syrup and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. It was AMAZING. I ate almost the whole plate. :) Surprisingly these puppies stuck with me from 8am until 1:30pm!!! I thought for sure that I would be starving by 10.
Lunch: Because I knew I'd be having a large, not-so-healthy breakfast I decided to keep lunch simple and satisfying. I had a baked sweet potato in the fridge so tossed it in a bowl with 1/2 cup edamame and sea salt sprinkled on top. Perfect.
And two more of the Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies from my co-worker...
Snack: Nothing! My lunch was so late that I didn't need one.
Dinner: Miso soup and pan-glazed tofu. I wanted to use some of this guy in the spirit of this week's BSI...
I used my favorite recipe from Moosewood for Miso Soup with Tofu and Shitake Mushroom Broth.
And pan-glazed my tofu using this method, but with the following glaze.
1/4 cup water (usually this would be veggie broth, but i'm out)
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
And a lovely glass of cabernet.
Dessert: 1/2 cup fat free french vanilla Stoneyfield yogurt, 1 small pink lady apple and a handful of Annie's Honey Bunny Grahams.
Does anybody have any big weekend plans? I am going to be a knitting machine...my goal is to start and finish a scarf this weekend that will be a Christmas gift. I went to the yarn shop today during lunch to pick up a blend that I'm really excited about! I finished a scarf last night that is also a Christmas gift, but I can't show it because I don't want to ruin the surprise for the recipient! :)
Have a great night!
PS: Kelly over at groundedfitness is giving away a danskin vest...check out her blog to see how you can win it!