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Not So Normal Day

Today was ok…

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I started out foam rolling, stretching, and icing.  Yep, no running for me yet.  I think Annie is right, it’s my IT Band.  When I foam roll it, I could cry :( 

I have to get better though!  I have a turkey trot to do with Daddio on Thanksgiving day.  And that is coming up fast!  I’m going to do a recipe series for healthy versions of your favorite Thanksgiving foods, so stay tuned!

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Although my foam roller really hurts….it really helps.  I almost feel like breaking into song….

“Come on baby, make it hurt so good
Sometimes love don’t feel like it should
You make it hurt so good” –John Mellencamp

No?  Ok so maybe that’s just me.

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Have you ever foam rolled???  I like this tutorial from Runners World.  The videos are linked.

The weather is perking up a bit.  We hit 65 today, which is EXTREMELY mild for November.  I know the cold is coming, I’m bracing myself for it. 

It was still chilly this morning, so I made myself a big bowl of oats!

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Topped with vanilla almond milk, brown sugar, raisins, and a dollop of peanut butter (the love of my life!)  Mr Snowman accompanied my breakfast with piping hot coffee from the Keurig.  I’m onto Caribou Coffee now.  Very delish.

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I got my coffee down, and headed out the door for classes.  It was so much easier to get up and ready this morning, as sunrise was at 715 as opposed to 815.  Yes, Purdue is on the edge of the time zone.  We should be central time, but the darn state is confused.  They just recently started going along with the whole daylight savings time!  They’re late bloomers I guess 😉

Oh the best part of my day!?  Free Starbucks coffee!  It wasn’t ready when I ordered my tall coffee this morning, so the nice guy at the register only made me pay for my coffee cake.  He even brought the coffee to me when it was ready.  Thank you Starbucks!

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After class, I headed home for lunch.  I’m on an egg kick right now, so lunch was scrambled eggs with a bit of cheese, topped with Wegmans Southwest Salsa with Blackbeans and corn mmm mmm!  Plus two slices of Virginia Savory bread.  I think I need to open my own Great Harvest somewhere…I eat a lot of their bread.

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What is that you ask???  Its a cold face mask.  What do I use it for?  Getting rid of headaches!  Yes, no pain reliever involved.  I think this crazy weather is causing some major sinus issues.  I won’t complain, I like the mild weather.

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I noticed this when I was taking the trash out!  I had no idea I lived this close to the Lafayette water tower.  The way the sunset was shining off of it with the red in the trees, I had to take a picture.  I can see the Mount Pleasant water tower from my backyard at home, so it makes me feel a teensy weensy bit less homesick.

Later on….

Dinner did not disappoint.  I got hungry a lot earlier though because of the time change. 

Dad thinks I should call this meal “Yankee Pot Roast”…so that’s what its going to be called

Yankee (Doodle) Pot Roast

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  • 2-3 lb roast
  • a bunch of baby carrots
  • 2 large stalks of celery (chopped)
  • 4 small yukon gold potatoes (diced)
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 1 can vegetable broth (hey, that’s what I had on hand)
  • sprinkle of Montreal Steak seasoning
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk soup mix and broth together in the slow cooker.  Place roast in first.  Top with veggies and seasonings.  Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours.  To make gravy, take out roast and veggies once cooked.  Keep drippings and broth in slow cooker.  Add Wondra/Flour (about 2 Tbsp) and whisk.  Allow to cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until thickened.

So, you’re probably asking, why red meat?  Well why not?   Unless you are eating a burger for lunch and a steak for dinner every night, I say enjoy red meat in moderation.  Once a week will not hurt.  To make the eats a little healthier, choose a leaner cut such as sirloin.  I’m not an RD, this is just my philosophy on food and healthy eating.  I do, however, have 4 and a half years of nutrition education…

The less healthy choice I made today were these little babies:

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I thought, PERFECT, tiny cookies to keep my inner cookie monster from raging! 

MAJOR FAIL….They’re almost gone and I bought them on Saturday.  My inner cookie monster comes out even if there is a crumb on the ground from a cookie.  I should have known better.  I think there is always that one food for everyone, that if they keep it in the house, they can’t keep their hands off of it. 

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Just one more. . .

Well Charlie and me are going to go switch between DWTS and the Steelers Game!  Have a wonderful evening everyone 🙂

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Charlie says tootle-loo 😉

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‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season to be thankful 🙂

Today was All Saints Day at church.  Not all of us may be Christian, nor religious, but I believe that most of us find the importance of remembering those who have positively impacted our lives and being thankful for them.  In this way, they have acted as a “saint”.

I love that this religious celebration comes at a time when the whole country is preparing for Thanksgiving and the Holidays.  This time of year is for being with family and friends, and being thankful.  So why not be thankful for our family and friends? 

My family has supported me, cheered me on, taught me right from wrong, led me on a successful path, and loved me with every ounce of their being.  For this I am thankful, and I love them with every ounce of my being. 

I hope today you will reflect on those who have positively impacted your life (alive or passed away) and show thanks.  Gratitude opens up so many doors 🙂

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‘Tis the Season to be Merry 🙂

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I love coffee, tea, hot chocolate, you name it, if it’s cold outside and the drink is warm, its in my mug.  So ‘Tis the season to bargain shop!  I found these two winter mugs for $3.99/each!  The snowman is from Target (one of my favorite stores!) and the red and white one is from Homegoods/TJMaxx (a bargain shoppers heaven for cooking/decorating stuff).  I love to bargain hunt!  Do you?

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Sur la Table usually is not the place to bargain hunt, so I bought $1 cookie cutters to make sugar cookies for Christmas.  A snowflake, a tree, and a snowman will be so much fun to decorate!  Do you bake your own, or eat everyone else’s cookies??

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$1 ornaments!  Total steal :)  I decided to redo my decor for my Christmas tree (it’s been blue white and silver for 4 years – Penn State tree), but my living room is deep orange, so I’m going with the metallics – gold, silver, and bronze.  I think it will make a classy tree!  How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

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I found “Miracle on 34th Street” at Target today for $8.99!  I haven’t seen the original, so I figured for that price, I can watch it and rewatch it, and rewatch it.  But I have to say that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is my favorite all time Christmas movie, but the claymations (ie Rudolph and The Year Without A Santa) always make me read for Christmas.  What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Sorry if you’re not ready for the holidays yet, but it’s coming fast and I just want to enjoy it for as along as possible….2 months isn’t too much right?  That’s still only 1/6 of the year!

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Tis the Season to Eat GOOOOODDDD Food !

Caprese Panini ala Great Harvest

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Ina Garten totally inspired my latest creation.  I had these sandwiches A LOT while I was in Italy and it reminds me of a caprese salad on a sandwich. 

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You need:

  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • pesto
  • provolone or mozzarella cheese (I like provolone better)
  • your favorite bread
  • butter

I used Virginia Savory bread from Great Harvest and it was perfect!  Do you have a Great Harvest near you?

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Spread pesto on both sides, layer with tomatoes and cheese.  Butter the outer sides of your sandwich.

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Use your panini maker and squish and cook until the outside is golden and crusty!  (Squish is a technical Panini term that only the best Panini makers in Italy use 😉 )

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Serve with your fav veggie!  I ate broccolini for the first time with it.  Come back for that recipe later (regular broccoli can be subsituted).

 

HELP !!!

So my running lately has been on hold.  I hurt my knee last week and then ran my half marathon…and it still hurts!  It hurts on the outside and only when I run on it!  Do you know what I did to it?  Can you help me solve the puzzle??  If so leave a comment or email me (you can find my email under About >>Contact Me )