Hi guys! I know it’s been a long time and I’m not even sure if anyone is still reading but I just wanted to pop in to say hello! We are all doing well and time is passing too quickly. Matilda is already ten months!

We’ve been having fun and are trying to enjoy every minute.

I mainly wanted to stop in to say that I’m finally going to be making some changes around here…I’m in the process of creating a new blog and I can’t wait to show it to you! I may end up just completely scrapping this blog but I’ll redirect you if that’s the case. It’s going to be more food-focused, with more delicious recipes and less boring daily eats and workouts. Even I was getting sick of that! I’ve been making some great meals that I can’t wait to share! The new blog will feature other interests too but just hopefully have more of a creative vibe than Will Run for Food.

Thanks for sticking around and hopefully the new site will be ready to launch in the next few weeks! Get excited.

Hi guys! I didn’t plan to go MIA but blogging just doesn’t seem to work out when we’re dealing with an extra fussy baby. Matilda may be having some acid reflux issues so I’m going to call the doctor in the morning. It’s exhausting for all parties involved!

I just looked over my meals from today and they were all rather brown/beige…not a good thing! I need a nice green juice in my life!

Breakfast was simple but actually something to get excited about…an english muffin (not the exciting part) and Oikos keylime greek yogurt (yup, there it is). So delicious. I’m sure it’s made with whole milk since it’s so creamy but I don’t really care. Winking smile I might need to make a special trip to the store just to restock.

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During a too short nap I threw together a sandwich: buffalo chicken with lettuce and half an avocado.

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I actually managed to get a little work done while she napped, but not nearly enough to get caught up! I have a small bookkeeping business that I run from home and the end of the year is coming quickly! I think some late nights are going to be necessary…

I made an iced coffee for an afternoon jolt, and snacked on some cantaloupe. Have you tried this instant iced coffee from Starbucks? I’ve had it sitting in my purse for months…it’s not very good.

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Dinner was quick and…beige! Waffles with butter and syrup…tasty, tasty!

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I’m ready to crawl into bed! Things will get better, right?? I think I need a nice, long run tomorrow…

I had my standard breakfast this morning, an egg wrap. I’m not usually feeling very creative in the morning!

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Tazo Passion tea sweetened with a little sugar.

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Can you believe I had hot tea? I had to after seeing this:

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So not ready for it! I don’t think it’ll last long, though…fingers crossed.

We hung out at home playing, cleaning and napping. Well, Matilda napped while I ran around trying to get as much done as possible. You never know how long she’ll sleep so it’s a mad dash while she does! I got the floors vacuumed and mopped, as well as some work done. Success!

For lunch I heated up some leftover cashew chicken from last night. I’m still tweaking this recipe but I’ll share it soon! It’s so good, and even better the next day. The cashews soften a bit from the sauce…yum. We had it with rice last night but I skipped it today. I want to make some rice pudding with the leftovers!

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A juicy pear made a great side.

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I had some shrimp in the freezer so I decided to make some shrimp scampi for dinner. I didn’t realize that the shrimp wasn’t peeled or deveined (I’ve only purchased cooked shrimp in the past so I guess I didn’t really read the package) so that was a little interesting! Definitely a first but it was so worth it!

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Between the two of us we polished off the pan! So tasty and very flavorful. Using raw shrimp (rather than precooked) and fresh lemon juice made such a difference.

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I had a root beer as a treat! Smile It’s really weird because before I had Matilda I couldn’t even stand the smell of root beer. I’ve always hated it but now I love it!

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I really should get a workout in…but I really just want to make some cookies instead!

Pasty is something Reid and I both ate growing up. It is a meat and potato pie, though usually an individual hand pie. This is a very basic recipe and you can definitely amp it up…the possibilities are endless! We prefer the simplicity of this dish and it will definitely be a staple comfort food this winter.

It is a really hearty, all-in-one dish perfect for a chilly night. It can be eaten by itself but we always prefer it with ketchup! Try it! It’s delicious.

Pasty

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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

For the filling:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 onion, chopped or shredded
  • 2 medium potatoes, shredded
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the crust, melt the butter and shortening in the hot water. Add the salt and flour and stir to create a sticky dough. Do not overmix. Cover and chill for at least an hour for easier handling.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray a pie plate with cooking spray.

Cook the ground beef and onion in a skillet. Drain. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or so. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the beef mixture with the shredded potatoes and carrots and set aside.

Divide the chilled dough in half. On a well floured surface, roll out dough to fit the pie plate. Lay into prepared dish. Fill with the meat and potato mixture. Roll out the second half of the dough and lay on top. Pinch the edges to seal. Score the top to allow steam to escape. *

Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes, slice, and serve!

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*You can also make individual hand pies by dividing the dough into 4-6 even portions. Roll each one into a circle, put a scoop of the filling in the middle, and fold the dough over to create a half moon. Seal the edges and score the top. Bake as above, though they may bake quicker so start checking them around 30-35 minutes.

Source: Adapted from a family cookbook

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I stayed up way too late last night watching election coverage and I was really dragging this morning. Matilda has started getting up to eat during the night again…I need to change that ASAP! Winking smile If only it were that easy.

Once we were up for the day I made myself breakfast. I wasn’t in the mood for eggs so I had some vanilla bean greek yogurt topped with Kashi cereal, some defrosted raspberries and some mini chocolate chips.

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It was basically dessert. I loved how tart the raspberries were…it balanced out the sweetness of everything else! I am definitely more of a savory breakfast lover but it’s nice to change things up.

After playtime Matilda went down for a nap and I changed into workout clothes. I was determined to get moving today! I did this workout that The Fitnessista posted the other day. It was great! You do it for time and it took me just under 20 minutes…with lots of breaks! I was a mess by the end.

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Totally random but as I was taking that picture I heard a strange noise…I looked out the window and our neighbor’s horses had gotten out and were running around our yard!

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The best picture I could get…it scared me so bad at first. Then they trotted back into their pasture and that was that. Smile

Once Tilly was up we ran some errands and I grabbed Subway for lunch. I got a turkey sub with veggies and oil/vinegar. It hit the spot.

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And a diet coke. Sometimes it’s just necessary.

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Enjoy your afternoon!

What’s on the menu for dinner tonight?

I’m making cashew chicken…I’ve been dreaming of it! I’ll be sure to share the recipe soon…it’s so good. And the leftovers are even better.

Foodbuzz
I'm Ashley. Wife and new mom. Lover of food, running, baking, strength training, fashion, iced coffee, interior design, and photography. Welcome to Will Run for Food, where I document bits of all of the above (and more)! Thanks for stopping by!

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