Twas’ the night before…
November 11, 2011

With less than 12 hours before I run my FIRST Half Marathon, the butterflies are beginning to arrive!

Last night I picked up my Registration packet and Bib Number ~ # 9602! Let me just tell you – walking into the Race Expo last night was like walking into a Runner’s Paradise. Shoes, snacks & athletic gear flooded the entire inside. First up ~ I signed my name on the Runner’s Poster!

As far as all the goodies & prizes, I was SO overwhelmed!

26.2 ~ Hmmm maybe next year I can buy that mug?

For dinner tonight it was PASTA PASTA PASTA. 🙂

After reading a gazillion recipes…I basically concocted my own list of ingredients. Ultimately it came down to ~Fettuccine with turkey sausage, chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, and FETA ~ gotta have that cheese!

Hope you have a great weekend! I’ll catch up with you after this weekend’s festivities! 🙂

I’m off to enjoy a scrumptious, calorie packed brownie…or two…before gettin’ my ZZZZ’s!


Pasta & Pepperonata
April 27, 2011

Last night’s dinner was a Pasta & Pepperonata. Okay fine…I just happened to see the recipe on the back of the bag of pasta before boiling the noodles. But it turned out we had all the ingredients so I was up for the challenge!

Along with my spiral noodles, the sauce consisted of tomatoes, veggies and some spicy seasonings.

Pasta & Veggie Mixture:

  • 1 large red pepper diced
  • l onion, sliced
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Along with these ingredients I added some crushed red pepper (chili) flakes for more of a kick. After mixing the pasta and noodles, I topped it with Parmesan cheese.

Keepin’ it healthy! It was very tasty, needless to say I left room for seconds. Stephen and I have been cooking dinner for the past week and we are excited to dine out tonight! Hope your ‘hump day’ is off to a good start! 🙂

Flea Finds!
March 16, 2011

Over the weekend we passed by a flea market with tons of vendors. It’s basically like I’ve just struck a gold mine in my opinion 😉 I found some gorgeous hand-made hair pieces to add to an up-do style. We’ll see if I can pull that style off. I also got some vintage feather earrings in the brightest blue. Crossing my fingers that my suitcases will be able to fit everything come this fall!

Last night for dinner I made an eggplant pasta, using the eggplant I bought yesterday at school. Along with my eggplant, I cut up some onions, garlic, peppers, and a can of tomatoes to add to my pasta. It was really tasty! Sadly we did not have cheese because I was hoping to make an Eggplant Parmesan – but there’s always next time!

And for a sweet treat after dinner, I warmed up my home-made apple turnover with a little vanilla icecream.

Definitely the perfect way to end my day! Today I had a run-in with the GYM. Not always my favorite place, but thank goodness my Ipod was charged to get me through my work-out! I made it a point to go work-out today since I’m dining out tonight with a few girls from work. The plan? Mexican Food! Needless to say I’m excited 🙂

“The Sweetness of Doing Nothing”
February 18, 2011

Today is a school holiday and after you read this post, you will see how I took full advantage of my day off. My day was spent on the couch in comfy clothes, comfort food at my reach, and a DVD player full of chick flicks & Disney movies. As I prepared for a full day, I ended up becoming completely inspired by Eat Pray Love, only to rewind back over numerous scenes and lines that I love from this movie. The vibe I get from watching this movie is all about inspiration and letting go of your guilts (Food included!) in life.

With that being said I took a quick break for lunch! Grilled PB&J Sandwich, YUM.

Oh my word, I may not be able to go back to eating room temperature PB&J's!

Okay, back to the movie. Let me just say one of my favorite scenes is when Julia Robert’s character Liz, eats spaghetti in Italy, as a woman sings opera in the background. I think I have heard that same lady sing in my head when I sit down to dinner occasionally (for the sheer fact that I’m excited to eat).

Here are some Inspiring & Hilarious – yet SO TRUE Quotes that I love from this Movie:

  • “We call it “dolce far niente”, the sweetness of doing nothing.”
  • “Maybe you’re a woman in search of a word.”
  • “I’m so tired of saying no and then waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before, counting every calorie I consume so I know exactly how much self loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese, I’m just through with the guilt.”

    Indulge in life!

By the time the credits were rolling, I had written several pages of notes on this movie… (Never mind the fact that I was asking myself if I had ever been this dedicated on any school documentary in college). In the end, Liz (Julia Robert’s character) figures out her word is “Attraversiamo” which means “let’s cross over”. While I’m not on a journey exactly like the one in the movie, I feel like I can relate in some way (never mind the love for food) as I am taking a year to experience a different culture, lifestyle, and way of life in Thailand (not to mention my first time leaving the States). I love the idea of having a word that sums me up – until I figure out what my word is, I don’t mind being on the search for one!

After listening to all the Italian music, language and talk of pizza & pasta throughout the movie – you would think I would be cooking something with an Italian flare tonight! But I already have plans to make a Pineapple-filled Chicken Fried Rice, just like this one I ordered a few nights ago!

Here we go folks! I waited to put this post up until after I had made my Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice! So good!

First? Scooped out my Pineapple!

Next? Sauteed my onion, garlic, chilis, carrots, & cashews!

Everything put together! I added my chicken, fried egg, rice & soy sauce...YUM.

This is definitely a dish I plan on fixing again! I searched the internet and combined various ingredients to make my own version of chicken fried rice. Delicious! T.G.I.F! 🙂

Were you inspired by the movie/book EAT PRAY LOVE? Do you have a WORD that sums you up or are you still searching?

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