Tag Archives: Feta Cheese

The Recipe Book

For lunch today, I made a greek inspired pita pocket. It turned out really well, and was even better than I had thought it would be.

Greek Scrambled Pita

 

Ingredients:

1 Wheat Pita 2 Scrambled Eggs
2 Tablespoon Feta Cheese 1/3 Cup Chopped Cucumber
2 Tablespoons Sun Dried Tomato Humms

Yummy.

This afternoon, I took care of some projects that had been calling my name for a while. One of which, was doing something about my WALL, of cookbooks. During the holiday seasons especially, there are some cute little cookbooks that show up at the check out counter at Publix. Every once in a while I grab one. Well, every once in a while has turned a little shelf into these little cookbooks. I decided to trim it down a bit and consolidate them into 1 binder of everything.

IMG_8948

 

I used pocket dividers for each section, so I can easily add in magazine clippings and things like that. I’m always finding things that I want to give a try, and this is going to be a really easy way to keep it all in one spot. It also made my shelves look just a bit more organized!

Only a few more hours until the big race! I’m chugging water at the moment to make sure I’m hydrated enough. I always seem to get extremely dehydrated after running and I’m hoping to avoid that tomorrow.

See you after the big race!!

What have you done in the past to organize something that just seems to take up too much room??

 

 

Too Much Thinking Time

On the way out the door, I headed to the kitchen to throw something together really quickly for lunch. I had bought some pears earlier this week and they are starting to get to the point or “Eat me or else.” So lunch was made around these pears.

I grabbed a large handful of spinach, chopped up a green pepper, and the pear and put it all in a To-Go box. Sprinkled some sunflower seeds and feta cheese on top. Grabbed my salad dressing container and called it lunch! It was actually really satisfying and the flavors went together really nicely.

 

As soon as I got to the office, there wasn’t a moment for me to sit and relax at all.

Oh my way home, I started to think about everything that had to get done before I headed out for the weekend. Between the dogs, cleaning, packing, work, my 11 mile run and a long list of little things, I’m not exactly sure how it’s going to be managed. The long ride really just gives me time to start freaking out about what I’m not doing while I’m driving. It’s slightly miserable.

I ended up stopping off at the post office to drop the Thanksgiving letters in the mail. As I was addressing them this afternoon, I was realizing how many different places these letters were actually going. It was NUTS. So out of the 10 letters that I sent out, I reached 7 different states. Not kidding.

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Virginia

Crazy right?! It just made me think about how spread out we have all gotten and yet I still talk to them on a regular basis. ๐Ÿ™‚

Needless to say, as soon as I got home, I was starving and prepared to make nothing that took longer than 5 minutes. I just didn’t have the time. I had picked up some Cranberry English Muffins that I have been dying to try. So one of those went into the toaster while I mixed up the insides.

1 Can of Tuna 1/4 Green Pepper, Chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
A Dab of Smart Balance Mayo

I topped it with a slice of american cheese and Dinner was served!

 

 

It was PACKED with green peppers and I loved it. The pop of cranberry from the english muffin added a lot of flavor to it. I would plan on putting some dried cranberries into the next batch of tuna that I make. It really added something different to it.

Tonight I’ve got a lot on the agenda, so I’m off to crackin!

 

Does driving give you a time to relax?? Or does it make you think about everything you haven’t done resulting in a mini freak out??

 

Absolutely, freak out.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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?ย 

Chocolate Protein Shake and A Greek Quesadilla with Dipping Sauce

This weekend was fairly calm. Saturday I woke up and got through a 5.5 mile run, which was pretty exciting considering that was the farthest I have run in the past 2 years ๐Ÿ™‚ ย My legs though were DEAD by the end of it. Seriously. My wind was fine for the run, it really was my legs that didn’t seem to have it in them to pump out 5.5 miles.

After I got back, I was starving and needed something cool. It was 90 outside, which can really get to you after that distance. A protein shake seemed right up my alley. And good Lord, did I make a protein shake. It tasted like a Chocolate Shake based with ICE CREAM. Absolute YUMMO.

It really hit the spot. I ended up spending the weekend cleaning for the most part. Just getting some regular chores done that I don’t normally have the chance to do. BOORRRING. But at least it’s all done.

I took Sunday off from working out because my legs were still sore. I was planning on getting a yoga DVD to try out, but never got around to it. For dinner lat night, I had something that did real good things. A Greek Quesadilla with a Yogurt Dip. I am not a big fan of olives, but without them…the quesadilla wouldn’t have tasted so good. It was really quick and easy to make both the quesadilla and the yogurt, but it tasted like I put a lot of effort into it.

 

Ingredients:

2 Wraps 1/2 Cup Cucumber, Chopped
1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese 2 Tablespoons Feta Cheese
2 Tablespoons Sliced Olives

Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

2/3 Cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt 1 Tablepsoon Fresh Dill
1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 Garlic Cloves, Diced

 

Directions:

1. On one side of the quesadilla, fill with all of the ingredients. Top with other wrap and place ย on preheated skillet, or in quesadilla maker.

 

 

 

 

If you are using a quesadilla maker, you don’t need to flip it over and it will take about 4-5 minutes total. If you are using a skillet, you will need to flip it once it gets browned to toast the other side.

2. Mix up all of the ingredients for the dipping sauce in a small bowl.

 

 

 

 

And there you have it! It was really simple but packed with flavor. The dipping sauce really makes the whole dish. It’s perfect for any night that you are starving and just want to sit in front of the TV, relax and eat some finger food. Well, because that’s exactly what I did ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

There were no leftovers. I’ve got to get my butt moving for the day, so stay tuned!

 

What’s your favorite food for a TV night??

 

A Moose, A Train and a Polar Bear

This morning I got up and went for my all time favorite breakfast. An over easy egg on an english muffin. When ever I have this breakfast, I try to think of a new way to mix it up and turn it into something completely surprising…hopefully in a good way. Today, was feta cheese and Pesto. Really something different, but a great combination.

When I got home, I had some leftover Lasagna Roll from last night, still delightful ๐Ÿ™‚ I watched a bit of America’s Next Top Model and headed out for a run. As I was tying up the shoes, I looked outside and realized…it was dark. ALREADY. Shorter days are definitely on their way.

I still went out for the run, because I really need to stay on track with this training. About a mile into the run, I was thinking about a woman I had met on a flight to Boston a few months back. She was originally from the east coast, but moved a few years ago to ALASKA.

My obvious first questions was, “Do you REALLY have 6 months of darkness?!” Yup. They do. That just led into a long conversation about why she loves Alaska and could never see herself moving back. One of the things that really SHOCKED me was the fact that she still went for long runs during those 6 months of darkness. She told me that she would take her dog out on the run, in the middle of the woods because the dog would warn her if there was a moose charging at her and would actually step in front of her. SAY WHAT?!

The last time I saw a moose was this summer while hiking Mt Washington. It was a young moose and was only about the size of a large horse…but they get MMMUUUUUUUCCH larger.

Source

Could you imagine getting charged by THAT? while you are out for a jog. NOT ME. That my friend is a hard limit.

As I’m pondering a moose charging me whilst running, the train tracks up ahead start signaling that a train is going to pass by. Naturally, I speed up, duck under the rails lined with flashing red lights, jump the tracks and scoot under the rail on the other side with a honking train close on my tail. Apparently, trains are NOT a hard limit for me.

After I got off the main road, I was happy enough to have some fairly well lit streets to run along until the last half a mile or so. Then, it went dark. It reminded me quite a bit of running ย in Massachusetts where there were a lot of wooded areas with very little lighting. The only thing that you really needed to be careful of was the occasional car that would whip around the tight corners. I always heard horror stories of friends getting hit while running.

I was just about a block away, staring at the ground picturing my runs that I used to do back in Mass when all of the sudden, BAM! POLAR BEAR!

Source

Well, not really, a white rug thrown on the side of the road that looked like a polar bear. It legit scared me! But seriously?! A polar bear in central florida? What is this?? LOST??

Luckily, I got home and had a fantastic run. It was the first run so far that I really felt like I was in shape and could have just run and run and run.

What would stop you from going out on a run? Weather? Sore Muscles? A Moose Attack? A Polar Bear?