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Two Left Feet

I don’t know if this is just me, but whenever I go shoe shopping and find those perfect pair that I’m really excited about. I bring those darlings to the check out counter and the clerk usually take them out of the box, checks the sizes, checks the feet and puts them back in the box to ring them up. At that moment when they are fishing through the box of shoes, I usually get slightly annoyed thinking, “What you think I stashed something in there??” or “You really think I tried them on and have two left feet??” or “I’m trying to mess with your inventory and get two different sizes out the door here?? WELL. I will no longer get annoyed at that moment.

I went shopping on one of my trips to New Orleans, and picked up a great pair of shoes on sale. I went to slip those babies on yesterday when I realized, I travelled 1200 miles with two left feet.

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What…am I going to do with these…

Soooo…if anyone has two of the opposite foot in a size 8, in this shoe…I’ll trade you!!

So unfortunate.

Yesterday also started my, let’s get serious about this easting healthy for your wedding deal. I started my day off with some Raisin Spice oatmeal topped off with sliced banana.

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After munching down breakfast, my day took me to the Fall River area, where FUN FACT: Emeril Lagasse is from. I stopped into a few client’s offices and swung back to my favorite bakery in the area, The New Boston Bakery.

It’s a cute little bakery that has everything from sandwiches, to soup and salad, to yummy bakery items. I picked up some treats for my next meeting and ordered one of the best salads I’ve ever had. This salad made me glad there wasn’t any bread around to ruin it.

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It was so good that I didn’t even put the poppy seed dressing on it. The salad was filled with fresh mango slices, strawberries, onion, goat cheese, and pecans. I asked that it be topped with some tuna salad for some protein. Yummy.

 

After meeting up with a coworker, I headed home and took the rugrats out on a 2 mile run. I hadn’t run outside in a while, and with the weather begin so nice, it was time. Bacon is great for some longer runs, but I wasn’t sure about Oreo. I was wrong. She out ran me. The wind was blowing leaves down the street at us, and Oreo looked like she was playing a video game running side to side down the street pinning every leaf to the ground. HILARIOUS.

Dogs and I, were exhausted.

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Have you ever done something that makes you regret getting annoyed??

 

 

I Did Something GREAT for Dinner

WELL…that lovely thought of high school got me to thinking about marching bands in movies, then cafeterias in movies and then the crazy lunch ladies in those movies and THEN the sloppy joes. WHY in almost all of the high school cafeterias were the lunch ladies ALWAYS serving sloppy joes?! Mine never did?! Not once did a sloppy joe show up on that menu?! Is it just to make high school food look terrible?? I remember having a plain bagel that I just ripped into tiny little pieces and dipped into my little cream cheese tub. Nothing like Sloppy Joes.

All this thinking about Sloppy Joes led me to…Sloppy Joes! DINNER!

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Cups of Frozen Crumbles (or 1/2 lb of Ground Beef)
5 Ounces Condensed Tomato Soup 1/2 Cup Medium Salsa
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar 2 Hamburger Buns

Directions: 

1. In a small saucepan, start to heat up the crumbles over medium heat. After they are mostly defrosted, add in the condensed tomato soup, sugar, and salsa. If you are using ground beef, you are going to want to defrost it, cook it all the way through and then drain it. Then, you will add in the sugar, condensed tomato soup and salsa. Both of them should simmer, covered for 5 minutes.

 

Just put that sloppy mess on a bun and call it  a Sloppy Joe!

 

I obviously made it with the crumbles and I’ll be honest…I think I like sloppy joes with the crumbles better. It absorbs the flavor a bit better and you don’t have the grease to deal with. They also cook faster…because you don’t have to cook them…just warm them up. But these sloppy joes were some of the best I have ever had. Sorry Mama C.  🙂

As a side dish, not that it really needed it, I made a broccoli salad. Also, very simple and easy to whip up.

 

Ingredients:

1 Head of Broccoli. Chopped 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Diced 1/4 Cup Red Onion, Diced
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/2 Cup Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar 1 Tablespoon Sugar
Salt and Peppr To Taste

Directions:

1. In a medium sized bowl, add the broccoli, tomatoes, onion and cheddar cheese.

 

2. In a small bowl, Mix the yogurt, vinegar and sugar.

 

3. Lastly, Pour the sauce on top of the veggies. Mix them up. Top with the sunflower seeds and BOOM! Broccoli Salad!

No one ever said that broccoli salad was difficult, but with the sloppy joes and the broccoli salad you have a great well rounded meal for 3 people.

I am so happy with how both of these came out. BUT, now, I am really full. And I feel like a little Rollie Pollie. YUP. So I’m going to roll myself over to the couch, put on a goodie and probably do some more work…MER,

 

What was your cafeteria food like?? Veggies?? Sloppy Joes?? Bagels and Cream Cheese?? Unmentionables?!

 

Bagels and cream cheese it was for me. But the most memorable thing about the lunch room in high school was the cookies. We had these chocolate chip cookies that were legit to die for. They sat in the corner, with one lunch lady guarding a whole stack of trays of cookies. I always joked about buying the whole rack and rolling it over to my seat, sitting down and just doing some damage.

The farthest I ever got was a tray…but no worries, I shared them…well…some of them…:-)

Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

Give me some spice tonight! This morning was a hectic one. I practically ran out the door, coffee in hand. Grabbed some Pita Pit for lunch…yummy. And raced home in hopes I could get some additional stuff done. Looks like there’s just not enough hours in the day…

But for dinner! I decided to really turn up the heat with this spicy Mexican Pasta Salad. I automatically knew that I wanted to do a pasta dish, but when I started, had no idea I would cook this delectable guy up.

 

 

Ingredients:

2 Cups Whole Wheat Penne Pasta 3/4 Cup Frozen Corn
1/2 Cup Non-Fat Greek Yogurt 1/3 Cup Hot Chucnky Salsa
3/4 Cup Black Beans, drained 1 Medium Tomato

Directions:

1. Boil the pasta and when it is about cooked, add in the frozen corn, stirring occasionally. While the pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, mix the greek yogurt and the salsa.

 

2. When the pasta is cooked, mix the pasta, chopped tomato, corn and black beans in a medium sized bowl. Top with the dressing.

 

 

And you are done! It’s really that easy! Some other topping that you can consider putting into the pasta mix as well:

1/2 Cup Cubed or Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 Chopped Zucchini
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice 1 Tablespoon Cilantro
1 Medium Chopped Green Pepper 1 Medium Chopped Red Pepper

 

Let your mind go wild, or just throw in what you have sitting in your fridge. If you aren’t a huge fan of spicy foods, substitute a mild or medium chunky salsa instead. I love spicy foods, so hot salsa it was. The pictures don’t do the pasta much justice. Pasta with a cream sauce is really difficult to make pretty!

This meal will probably take you about 20 minutes to make, and you can get a good 4 servings out of it. Definitely enough for some leftovers for me.

I didn’t end up getting my butt to the gym this morning and my knee is feeling a bit off today…so I did a quick elliptical workout. It really made the time go by fast.

To break it down…It’s 30 seconds for the resting steps at resistance 8 and 10. Then 1 full minute for the high anaerobic resistance at 14.

Now for some tea, and a but more computer work….MER.

What’s your favorite type of pasta?? Is it spicy, cheesy or tomatoey???

I’m a big fan of all types! Not really an answer but I can’t seem to get enough of raviolis!

Shipyard Brewery and A Whole Lot of Veggies

Yesterday was a bit of, MER. I got up and went for a run with Brent. It was a nice little jog but the air was really humid making it quite sticky. As soon as we got back, I had a conference call to jump onto so I sat down in front of the computer. I was chugging water like crazy when BREAKFAST ARRIVED. A cool Chocolately Protein Shake. Brent wouldn’t tell me what was in it, but I’m assuming that it was a take on my previous chocolate protein shake, but with some blueberries in it 🙂

 

It was yum. After the conference call, I jumped in the shower and headed off to Melbourne for work. For lunch, I threw together a salad really quickly. It actually came out really well. On it, I put Feta cheese, fresh raspberries, sliced almonds and croutons. For the dressing I used Catalina Dressing and put it in a small container on the side.

 

 

Just before getting to work, I stopped at publix to pick up a few snacks for the afternoon. Whenever I am starving and don’t want to swing by a fast food joint, I end up at the grocery store. They have a deli that you can order sandwiches from, but the supermarket also has some good options for snacks that are truly healthy. I grabbed a bowl of fruit and a veggie platter….for myself. I either really wanted some veggies, or was still dehydrated from the run this morning.

 

 

 

I had both trays sitting out on my desk at the office, and when a few people came in to meet with me, I could see their eyes darting towards the tray thinking it was a little strange. Nooow, for dinner Brent and I went to the Shipyard Brewery in Winter Park, just north of Orlando. We had never been and drive by it all the time.

Shipyard makes some fantastic beers and we just had to give a few more of them a try. As soon as the word pumpkin beer came out of the waitresses mouth, we both jumped right on it. I have a HUGE fan of pumpkin beers. I am so glad it is back in season. They have two different kinds of pumpkin beer. The Smashed Pumpkin and the Pumpkinhead Ale. The ale was described as a much lighter beer, and the Smashed Pumpkin a much heavier beer. I am not a huge fan of those really heavy beers, so she definitely scared me away from the Smashed Pumpkin.

Brent ordered the smashed pumpkin and I got the Ale, with a pumpkin cinnamon sugar around the rim….of course.

 

 

The ale was a bit too light for me. The Smashed pumpkin really gives you the pumpkin flavor. It was absolutely unbelievable. For dinner, I got a white flatbread because they really didn’t have many options for vegetarians. The flatbread was really cheesy and delicious.

 

Brent ordered a meatball sub, which looked really really good. We both ended up taking home half of our meals, because that really was enough to fill us up. Well, that and the chocolate cake that we split!

 

I would say that the food here is good, but it’s definitely not the reason that you come to the Brewery, clearly. While we were there, we were talking about how we don’t have that regular watering hole, if you will, like we used to in college. When you just needed a beer after work, to relax and hang out with some friends, we all used to head to Nichols in Hamilton, NY. You were always guaranteed to have a great time but most of all you just got to relax. Leave everything at the door.

I could see Shipyard being just that. It has so many great choices of beer that there is no getting bored. The pumpkin beers were obviously amazing, but there are so many other options that just need to be tried.

 

We may just turn into regulars at this place. Who knows?! We could one day be a part of their mug club!

 

 

Overall, a great way to end a night! Now, enough talk about beer this early in the morning!

 

Do you have a favorite bar to just unwind? 

Taco Salad and a Half Marathon!

This morning, I didn’t end up getting to the gym because sleep sounded like a much better idea. When I got up, I sat down at the computer and before I knew it, it was 8:30 and I was starving. I REALLY didn’t feel like spending anytime, even five minutes, putting something together, so yogurt, granola and blueberries it was.

It was actually pretty darn satisfying. I headed out on the road to Melbourne, visited some accounts, ventured over to Longwood and met a few new faces then headed home for the day. By that time it was already 3. I was about to gnaw on the steering wheel if I didn’t get anything in my stomach ASAP. Seriously.

When I got back, I pulled together a Taco Salad (while munching on some dried apricots). The girl….was hungry. I ended up using some crumbles for the ground beef instead because I am sticking to a vegetarian diet. But definitely feel free to put the meat back in the Taco! I honestly don’t think its that different though…

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Crumbles or Ground Beef 1 Crushed Hard Taco Shell
1/2 Tomato, chopped 1/3 Cup Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 Cup Romaine LettuceTaco Seasoning to Taste 2 Tablespoons Catalina Dressing

Yummo. Needless to say…I devoured that. It was really really good.

This afternoon I was looking around online at road races in the area because Brent and I are currently signed up for the Autumn Rock N Run 5K next weekend. As I was perusing, I came across a half marathon in December. A half marathon has always been in the back of my mind as one of my life goals. This one just seemed to be starting me in the face. It was exactly 3 months away, leaving the perfect amount of time to train and was close to home.

So I called Brent up, to ask “what are your thoughts on running a half marathon.” I was expecting to be laughed off the phone. Instead, I got an enthusiastic “Yea! Let’s do it!” I’m in. SAY WHAT?! “Look, whoever you are, put Brent back on the phone.”

There was no persuading, no hey this could be fun, no nothing. Just yea! I’m in! Now, the terror sits in. We are doing a half marathon. It’s happening. In 3 months.

I googled a couple of training programs, just so I have an idea of what I should be doing. I found Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Program for Novices. I am going to try to follow this as closely as possible and hopefully get in great shape for running my half marathon. This is the PDF version that is up on the site:

Half Marathon Training

So there you have it, my next fitness goal laid out.

I know there is still room in the 5K this weekend so there is still time to sign up! If you’ve never given one a try, now is the time! It should be a great morning for a run!

Now I guess it’s time for me to actually hit the gym today seeing that I have 13.1 miles ahead of me!

Any tips for training for a halmarathon?