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Tonight was the first night in a while that I have actually made dinner! When the husband is gone I just throw something quick together for myself and don’t spend much time in the kitchen. I picked up some spicy Italian sausage patties on Saturday and I was just dreaming of this sandwich since then! It did not disappoint! We used a green pepper picked fresh from the garden!

Along with a red onion (purchased, not grown, since our onions aren’t ready yet).

I cooked the patties over medium heat for about 4 minutes on each side (I put a little oil in the pan but definitely did not need it!).

Remove the sausage from the pan and put on paper towel to drain. Drain pan if necessary. Add some oil and the peppers and onions. Cook until firm-tender (possibly about 4-5 minutes?). I added some shredded mozzarella cheese at the end and allowed it to melt. Toast some buns and top with deliciousness! Really quick and really good!

The husband and I both agreed that some mushrooms and some sort of mayo would’ve made these even better! Ooh and some garlic! Yum!

I had planned to throw together a salad for a side but as I was making dinner these were pulled from the garden…

We boiled them up and ate with butter, salt and pepper! Delish!

The husband, thoroughly enjoying his potatoes…lol such a goof!


Hi guys! It’s been a while…the husband is back in MN and I am back to running! I’m following Hal Higdon’s Novice plan again. Yesterday I went out for a 2 miler right after work. It has been so hot this week and I was dying! I felt so sick when I got back home…I feel like a wimp! After only two miles too! Oh boy…

Today I decided to wait a bit after I got home from work to let it cool off a little. I ate a whole wheat english muffin with strawberry jam around 6 and set out at 6:30. A lot cooler! I did need a few walking breaks but overall it was a good run! I did 3 miles in about 32 minutes.

Rocking out to my new favorite song (and yes I was doing the hand motions as I was running! :D). I played it three times! Definitely got me moving!

I read somewhere (probably in Runner’s World) that when you feel like you need to stop and walk to do so, but only for about 10-15 seconds. The article stated that this is all your body really needs to recover. It really does help! I count it out in my head and then make myself start running again and I really notice a difference in my energy level. Some people might say that it is cheating to walk some but if it helps in my overall time and energy, I’m all for it! Jeff Galloway’s method is completely based around running/walking combos…

Hal has me running 4 miles this weekend! Hopefully it is a little cooler.

Peace out!

Exciting running news of the day…I registered for the 2010 Applefest Half Marathon! It takes place on September 25th in Hollis, NH. Oh boy! This means that I really need to get my butt in gear and I’m hoping that registering is just the kick I need. I will probably follow Hal Higdon’s novice training schedule again. I used it to train for my first half, the Great Bay Half Marathon in April (race recap here).

It gave me the motivation to start immediately but I had such a headache that I decided to lay low today. I’m not sure what it is but I woke up with it and it has been a dull ache all day. Tomorrow’s another day! 🙂

In other news, I was able to convince the guy in the warehouse at work to give me some old wooden shipping pallets! I have been looking for some old wood and these will be perfect for some projects that I have in mind.

I also moved some things around in the kitchen and propped this mirror up just to see how it would work…I kind of like it! Though it may need to be hung up on the wall…we’ll see how it goes for a couple of days first.

I’m really trying to get our house looking somewhat presentable!!

Oh, and my strawberry jam from last night turned out great! Quite sweet but still delicious!

Enjoy your night! Lets go Celtics! 😀

Today called for some strawberry picking! It has been quite rainy these past couple days but we finally got a sunny break today. I now have strawberries coming out of my ears! 15 pounds later, we have this…

Delicious looking, right? Yeah, I thought so too. And then I tried one…It appears that they soaked up a lot of rain! They taste like water!! Not too pleased with that! They may just need to ripen more but they are not very sweet and the flavor is just watered down. 😦 They looked so good too!

Rather than let them go to waste I decided to make some jam. Hopefully it won’t be watered down too! The four cups of sugar should help. 🙂 Definitely not healthy but quite good. My mom used to make it every summer and freeze it. We use the quick and easy method where you don’t cook the fruit so it tastes very fresh even after freezing. I just used the recipe in the box of Sure-Jell.

Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam


  • 2 cups crushed strawberries
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 packet Sure-Jell fruit pectin
  • 3/4 cup water

*Make sure to measure your ingredients exactly (use a knife to level the sugar).

Combine the crushed strawberries and sugar. Mix well. Set aside for 10 minutes. Stir the packet of Sure-Jell into 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow to boil for one minute, stir constantly.

Pour the Sure-Jell mixture into the strawberries and sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy, about three minutes. Pour into plastic containers; cover. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator for up to three weeks or freeze extra containers. Thaw in refrigerator. Makes about 5 containers (1 cup each).

My helper! The husband is home for a couple of days and will then be driving back out to MN (note the road trip essentials on the counter :)). Prayers for his dad and our family would be greatly appreciated!

And here’s a picture of our garden! Going strong! The tall plants in the back are potatoes!! Not sure what’s going on with them…hmm.


My evening may have consisted of a little yoga! 😉 After we got home from lunch and shopping I was really needing a good work out…and Runner’s World was waiting in my mailbox! Woo hoo! It definitely motivated me to go out for a run.

(I need to work on my mirror self portraits!:)…note the yard sale mirror!)

I set out to run a 3.5 mile loop but quickly adjusted my plan. I didn’t drink nearly enough water today and was definitely feeling it! I used to force myself to stick with my planned mileage even if I was feeling off but I have learned my lesson! After a mile I was starting to get cramps (lack of water!) so I stopped for a minute to stretch. The route I picked today is extremely hilly (what part of New England isn’t) and they kicked my butt today! I decided to just turn around and head back home as I had no Husband to pick me up if the cramp got really bad! Some may call it lazy, I call it smart! 🙂 I have learned my lesson on the consequences of not being in tune with your body!

All in all I ran 2 miles in 22 minutes. I always have to remind myself that the hills play a huge part in my slower pace and to try not to beat myself up over it! They may not be conducive to speed but they surely help strengthen!

Once home I still felt like I needed to do something else so I put on beginners yoga On Demand. I did 30 minutes of the 45 minute program and it was awesome! I need to get myself a mat ASAP though…I love learning the different poses and even tried some balancing poses tonight! Those will take a lot of practice! I also need to work on my breathing but I’m sure that will come as I get more familiar with the poses and don’t need to concentrate so much.

Dinner consisted of a nectarine and a whole wheat english muffin with Justin’s maple almond butter…I was seriously craving it! Yum! I’m still hungry though so I may grab something in a bit…I need veggies in my life!


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