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Hi guys! Sorry for being MIA for a while…I’ve been here and there…did you watch the Royal Wedding? Sick of hearing about it? πŸ™‚ Well, I was up at 5 a.m. yesterday to watch and I loved every second. So romantic! And now I’m done, I promise. πŸ™‚

My dad and I signed up for another 5K and it crept up on me! I haven’t really been running as much as I would’ve liked but I figured I’d run it anyway and see what I could do. I woke up this morning around 7:20, a little later than I had planned, and quickly got everything together to meet my dad at 8:00. The race wasn’t until 10:00 but it was about 50 minutes away.

I grabbed an egg and cheese bagel sandwich and an iced coffee for the road.


I wasn’t sure how the iced coffee would affect me since I hadn’t drank it before a race yet (though I drink it almost every day) but it was fine! I wouldn’t have tried it out for the first time if the race was longer but I figured I could still finish a 5K even if I wasn’t feeling that great. I’m a risk taker, what can I say? πŸ˜‰

The race was a 10K and 5K in Manchester, NH. It was very well organized and there was plenty of parking, always a plus! We didn’t register soon enough for t-shirts but ended up getting some after the race so it worked it. We picked up our packets and hung out for a while. It was around 50 degrees and partially overcast so it was a little chilly at first, but perfect for racing.

I was hoping for PR (under 30:32) but was really wanting to come in somewhere around the 27 minute range. Since my runs have been inconsistent I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be.

Well, I finally got my new PR! It was an awesome course with a few small hills but nothing major. The weather was perfect for running and I was feeling good. I probably started out a bit too fast (the first mile was around 8 minutes) but then, I always do. I don’t have the official time and I forgot to stop my Garmin (as always!) but I think the clock was around 27:50…hooray!

My dad and I (can you tell that we’re related? ;)), after the race.


He ran an awesome race and came in a few minutes before me. Can’t wait to get the official results!

We hung out for a bit and then headed home. I had a ton of water and a banana, and then a date at home. Love these!


Time to find some lunch and look for our next race! Did anyone else race today?


Hi friends! Another glorious day! I didn’t get a workout in today but that’s ok…it was a busy one!

I decided to try something new for dinner tonight and was really excited!


Tempeh! For those of you that aren’t familiar with it, tempeh is a soy product (like tofu) made with fermented soy beans…this one is made with millet, brown rice, and barley as well. I love trying new things and have seen this around for a while so I decided to go for it…


Since Reid is more of a “meat and potatoes” type of guy (though he will usually try whatever I make) I decided to try my hand at tempeh bacon for TBLT’s. I searched Foodgawker and with this recipe in hand, I started slicing.


Ingredients for the marinade (not sure why the salt is there)…




And pan fried.


I think the liquid smoke was what threw me off at first and after trying it I can confirm that this was a major fail. The texture was fine but it just tasted disgusting. We will not be repeating this. πŸ™‚ Reid opted for a turkey sandwich instead but I decided to give it a chance in sandwich form.


A tempeh BLT with a side salad with mixed greens, feta, strawberries, and these maple walnuts (my new love).


After a few bites, the tempeh was discarded…I just couldn’t do it! At least we gave it a fair try…and I would still like to try it prepared in a different way.


The salad was devoured…yum!

Off to run some errands! Enjoy your evening!

Hi guys! I hope your week is going great so far!

We have finally hit spring in New England and it’s so refreshing! The winter was such a drag and I finally feel like I have some ambition again to cook and bake…I can’t wait until our garden is planted and growing some fresh veggies.

I took advantage of the sunshine after work and went out for a quick run…I planned to go for three miles but then realized my iPod was dead so it was quickly shortened to a 2.25 loop. The extra .75 mile would’ve been unbearable without some tunes! πŸ˜‰

I completed 2.25 miles in 22 something, with an average pace of 9:49. I chose a loop with a major hill and I absolutely crushed it! It’s right at the beginning of the loop so it slowed me down a little for the second half but I was still proud of myself for pushing through it…it’s the little challenges! I’m hoping to finally get a PR at Saturday’s 5K…I’m not familiar with the course but I’m hoping for something flatter than the last one!

Once home I stretched and started on dinner. I bought some wild Alaskan salmon filets and needed to use them up…I love salmon!!


I didn’t follow a recipe but just kind of threw it together…I first seasoned the salmon with sea salt and crushed black pepper. Then I cooked them in a little olive oil over medium-high heat, 2-3 minutes on each side.

The salmon was moved to a plate (over a bed of fresh spinach) and some mushrooms were thrown into the same pan. Once sautΓ©ed, I added some teriyaki sesame sauce and tossed to coat. I only left it in the pan long enough for the sauce to warm up and then spooned it over the salmon. I put a bit too much sauce but other than that they were really good! Served with a side of rice pilaf (from a box).


I really wanted to try a citrus or maple glaze but Reid claims he doesn’t like either…I think that a maple pecan crusted salmon would be amazing with the spinach…actually, I know that it would be incredible. I will have to try it next time!

I have some banana walnut bread in the oven! Can’t wait to have a slice for dessert!

Enjoy your evening!

Hi friends! I have the day off of work for Good Friday so I’m getting some things done around the house before we head to a church service at 2:00.

I woke up not feeling the best and figured a warm bowl of oats would make things better. I made the standard banana oats (1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup milk, pinch of salt, dash of vanilla, 1/2 banana and a tablespoon of chia seeds) and topped them with some walnuts and a new topping…Biscoff spread (like the cookies)!


I saw this at the grocery store and had to grab some… and it’s actually amazing. I keep finding myself with my fingers in the jar. πŸ™‚ Definitely won’t keep this stuff around too much. While it’s great on it’s own, I really didn’t like it on my oatmeal. It was just off for some reason.


Finally using my oatmeal bowls for oatmeal!


I feel much better now! πŸ˜€

And because I forgot to take a picture before of Reid’s finished stonework, here it is now:




After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, i thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.       John 19:28-30 KJV

Hi guys! I had the day off today so I got to sleep in a little bit. It’s funny how “sleeping in” means 7:00 now…am I finally growing up? πŸ˜‰

We planned to do some P90X at 7:30 but I really was not in the mood for it and knew that I wouldn’t put in an honest effort. So I decided to skip the workout and get on with my day. Sometimes you just have to roll with it!

I cleaned up a little and threw together some breakfast. No, that’s not dog food, but rather Kashi honey roasted oat cereal (milk added after). It kind of tasted like pet food on the first bite (not that I would know what it tastes like) but wasn’t too bad after a few more bites. A huge orange was enjoyed on the side.


I decided to head to the mall to look for some Easter clothes for Reid and meΒ (Reid and I? I always forget which one it is) so I quickly showered and headed out. It was so windy today! It was almost blowing me off the highway…

A successful trip! I got an outfit for Reid, as well as a few random shirts, and a few items for myself.


A striped boatneck long sleeved shirt from H&M, a black dress from Gap, and a mint green sweater and skinny leather belt from J. Crew…all on sale, of course.



I also picked up this bag at J. Crew…it was on mega clearance and I just couldn’t pass it up. I’ve been wanting a larger cross-body bag for a while but this one might be too big…I really want to be able to fit my SLR in my bag! It would definitely fit in this one…


It’s hard to get a picture of it but the top folds down more…it has two small handles (the studded parts) on top so you can carry it that way too. I’ll have to wear it around a little more but it might be going back…

On the way home I grabbed my favorite sandwich from Twelve Pine…the smokehouse panini (turkey, spinach, cheese, apple, candied pecans, and spicy mustard on wheat). I really need to just make this at home already.


Some cheddar bunnies were nibbled on the side because I’m like, five.


A delightful lunch! It was eaten a bit late, though, so I probably ruined my appetite for dinner…oh well. Ice cream will always work. πŸ™‚

Peace out!

Any favorite panini combos that I should try?

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