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Catch Up & Pork Chops

Well I am happy to report that due to my week not being as busy as usual I have been able to catch up on a lot of things at work and can now finally see my desk after clearing most everything off this week……………

My Desk

And, despite the fact that I added an extra trip to the gym to my schedule this week I have also not been as busy after work.  Which has allowed me to get dinner on the table before 8pm every night this week………total shocker to my husband believe me, as I usually always have dinner done much later.  =O  Last night I made yet another On Repeat dinner – – – Pork Chops, let me take you through how I make them and just how easy this meal is to get on the table.

Step 1 - Flour Pork Chops

Prior to the above step I cut off excess fat on each chop and also salt each.  The flour mixture contains cajun seasoning as well as some pepper.  I do not use an egg as a binder as my husband HATES THEM so I just flour them, let them sit in the fridge for 20 minutes to set and then flour them again before frying.

Steam Asparagus

I steam the cut asparagus for 10+ minutes while I fry the pork chops.

Microwaved Canned Green Beanas

I chose to microwave some canned green beans last night as my husband doesn’t love aspsargus so I knew he wouldn’t each much of them (just the tips) and that he would need more veggies.   Typically, I am not a huge fan of canned or frozen veggies for that matter and prefer “fresh”, however they are always good to have on hand just in case you need them………plus 1 serving of canned green beans has 2 grams of fiber and some vitamin A.

Roasted Potatoes

The above are frozen roasted potatoes.  I tried my hand at fresh onions and neighter the hubby nor the little one liked them so I got these they love them.  They bake in about 15+ minutes while I am frying the pork chops.

Frying Pork Chops

I fry the pork chops for approximately 5-8 minutes per side in 1/4 cup of vegetable oil until brown and crispy.  And, everything together makes a yummy plate full for dinner…..

Dinner

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Earlier in the day I ate the following:

Breakfast

Lunch

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I also hit the GYM last night.

I did 15 minutes of abs.

And, 30 minutes of upper & lower body “core ” Stability Ball Exercises that included free weights.

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In other news, I did some reading last night in the latest edition of fitness magazine and came across a great article that I wanted to share with you.

November/December 2010

Power Surge: The Hidden Benefits of Exercise

Exercise does your body good almost instantly, research shows. Here’s mega motivation to get slimmer, stronger, healthier — fast!

By Alyssa Shaffer

Instant Benefits of Exercise

We’ve got some happy news that will rev up your workout routine: The moment you head out on your run, launch into your Spinning class, or start your Pilates session, the benefits of exercise kick in. “We see changes in the body within seconds,” says FITNESS advisory board member Michele Olson, PhD, professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University at Montgomery in Alabama. Your heart rate increases, and blood is delivered to your muscles. You start burning calories for fuel. And you get an almost immediate mood boost.

As little as 30 minutes of cardio three to five days a week will add six years to your life, according to research at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Do that plus a couple of days of resistance training and you’ll not only live longer but also look younger, feel happier, have more energy, and stay slim. Ready for some inspiration for getting your move on? Keep reading for our timeline on the quick and long-lasting benefits of regular exercise.

As You Work Out……

Your lungs are getting stronger. When you do cardio, your brain sends signals to them to help you breathe faster and deeper, delivering extra oxygen to your muscles.

Your motivation is at its peak. Thanks to a flood of endorphins, which trigger the classic runner’s high, you feel psyched and energized.

You’re fighting flab. “During typical cardio exercise, your body taps mainly fat for fuel,” Olson says.

FIT TIP: Push yourself to go harder. The more intensely you do aerobic activity and the longer you do it, the more efficiently your body uses oxygen, and this boosts its fat-blasting power throughout your workout, Olson says.

Within One Hour of Exercise…..

You’re protecting yourself against colds, flu, you name it. Exercise elevates your level of immunoglobulins, which are proteins that help bolster your immune system and ward off infection. “Every sweat session you do can help strengthen your immune function for about 24 hours,” says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise.

You’re feeling zen. Mood-enhancing chemicals, like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, flood your brain for a couple of hours post-exercise and for up to a day if you’ve competed in an endurance event, like a marathon. Stress? What stress?

FIT TIP: Do intervals, on the elliptical or the treadmill or while running outdoors, and you may feel even happier. Women who did interval training in a recent study by Olson had a bigger boost in mood immediately following their workout than those who worked out at a steady pace.

You’re blasting calories, even at rest. “For every 100 calories you burn during your workout, you can expect to burn 15 calories after,” Bryant says. If you went on a three-mile run, you would torch about 300 calories, which could mean zapping an extra 45 later.

FIT TIP: To turbo-charge your calorie-incinerating quotient, strength-train at least twice a week. It will charge your metabolism so that you’ll continue to burn calories for up to 38 hours, according to a study from Ohio University in Athens.

You’re hungry. Now that you’ve burned through your energy stores, your blood sugar levels are dropping. Just how low they go depends on how much you ate or drank before your workout and how long and intensely you exercised, says Kristine Clark, PhD, RD, director of sports nutrition at Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

FIT TIP: If you exercised on an empty or almost-empty stomach, you’re probably feeling light-headed or even nauseated or headachy. Your immediate food fix: A high-carb nosh, like a banana or half a bagel, will refuel you and kick-start your recovery. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water with your snack. Intense or long workouts can leave you dehydrated.

 
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I will be MIA over the next 3 days as I am taking the day off tomorrow from work, promise to return with a long post on Monday, have a great weekend everyone!  =)
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After Dinner Walk

Do you ever take a walk after dinner?

I DO!

Dog Walk

I take the dog for a walk every night after dinner (and dishes).

It is usually only a 15 minute or so walk, however it always feels good to get outside.  Especially now that the weather is so much nicer outside than over the summer, when I usually only made it outside for 5 minutes or so due to the heat and humidity.

This is something I only started doing after we got our dog, Peanut, two+ years ago.  At first I looked at it more as a chore, however now I look at it as a way to escape from the confines of the kitchen (where I spend most of my evening hours) into the fresh evening air…………

And, did you know an after dinner walk helps with digestion as long as the walking is slow enough and short enough — no sweating, hard breathing or long distances.

Now, of course this does not count as exercise by any means but in my eyes you can never go wrong with talking a nice walk around the block in the fresh air, as it is sure to help you feel better inside and out.

However, the following does count as exercise:

  • A 60 minute trip to the GYM after work on Monday!

In which, I did 15 minutes of abs (crunches, scissors, sides and leg push outs) and 45 minutes of upper and lower body weight machines.

  • A 20 minute 2 Mile Run before work on Tuesday!

I was a bit sore after my gym workout the night before but the run went smoothly and my knee did not hurt.  =)

November/December 2010

After reading an article in the November/December 2010 issue of fitness I have decided to return to the gym twice a week again for 1 hour after work each day, in which I will do abs and upper/lower body weight machines one day (Monday’s) and abs and upper/lower body core exercises the other day (Wednesday’s).

Why you may ask? 

What did the article say you may be thinking?

It said, “to supercharge your calorie-incinerating quotient, stregth-train a least twice a week“!  “It will charge your metabolism so that you’ll continue to burn calories for up to 38 hours, according to a study from Ohio University in Athens.”

And, since I am going to try my best to not gain weight this Holiday Season I thought it would be a good idea!

Of course I would love to try to lose some weight but if I am REALISTIC with myself and know that is not going to happen during the Holidays!  Just check out my Weekly Weigh In page to see how my attempt to do that worked last year………BIG FAIL.  =(

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My EATS have been very good so far this week but a lot of REPEAT dishes, you know me I am always On Repeat……..

 MONDAY

Breakfast

Lunch

One green pepper + one red pepper = a great lunch!!!

Snack

Ahhhh……….do I spy a Peanut Butter Cookie up there, why yes I do, and it was GOOD!  =) 

Unfortunatelly, for ME, I do not have a picture of the several spoon fulls of batter I ate later Monday evening in front of the fridge.  =O 

 
 

Dinner

 

Had the Montreal Red Chicken

that I made on Sunday for Dinner on Monday, YUM! 

It always goes good with rice and broccoli.

 
 

TUESDAY

 

Breakfast

Coffee

I had a 9am meeting on Tuesday morning that I could not be late for so I just grabbed lunch on the go after I got gas from the 7-Eleven

A medium cup of French Vanilla coffee as well as a banana (from home) and a Pumpkin Muffin was had and enjoyed!  This is the first time I have seen Pumpkin Muffin’s at 7-Eleven and I have to say it was pretty good, very moist and flavorful.

Lunch

Yet, more Stuffed Peppers for lunch, YUM!  =)

Dinner

And, one of my favorite repeat dinners……TACO’s.

Eat Well, Walk Often & Always Smile!  =)

Day of Cooking & Baking!

Laura’s Day of Cooking & Baking did not start until mid-afternoon as I did the following prior:

  • I ran 6+ Mile Run!

 

 

The run took me around 90 minutes to complete, forgot my watch at home so I do not know exactly but I remember seeing 10:20a.m. on the microwave clock before leaving and I got home around noon so that sounds about right.

Overall, it was a good run and I am happy to report that my Knee did not bother me much during the run.  I could feel it but it didn’t hurt by any means.  Afterwards I was a bit stiff and sore but I popped a Advil to help with the swelling and soreness.

Also, seeing that this is the first long run I have done since My 1st 15K Race! at the end of September I was very pleased with my performance even with the amount of time it took me as I wasn’t planning to run it quickly in light of my past Knee issues.  So I decided prior to take lots of walking breaks.  4 in all, each around 2-4 minutes long.  And, I took my time while running and enjoyed the beautiful warm breezy sunny weather outside.

  • Visited the Grocery Store!

Publix

Had to get all the ingredients for my Day of Cooking & Baking, plus I needed to stock up on some items that were low in the pantry and get food for the week as well.

  • Attended to the loads of Laundry I had piling up!

 

  • Ate a VERY late lunch!

Publix Boar's Head Turkey & Cheese Sub

Finally, around 3pm I started getting everything ready for my Day of Cooking & Baking………

Cooking Day - Prep Work1

Cooking Day - Prep Work2

And, than soon after I started on my first dish – Montreal Red Chicken

A recipe that I got from my Mother-In-Law who is from Montreal after repeated requests from my husband for me to make it several years ago.  =)

If you follow my blog you have seen me mention this dish before, however I have never taken you through how it is made step-by-step so I thought I would now on this super easy processing of making this dish that is best served the day after.

Step 1 - Fill Measuring Cups

Step 2 - Dice Onions & Garlic

Step 3 - Brown Chicken

Step 4 - Saute Onions & Garlic

Step 5 - Add in Ketchup & Hot Sauce

Step 6 - Add Sugar

Step 7 - Add Water, Vinegar & Spices

Step 8 - Pour Sauce Over Chicken In Baking Dish

Step 9 – Cook for 1 and 1/2 hours at 350 degrees

ALL DONE!!!

 Here is the recipe:

Montreal Red Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 pieces of chicken (white or dark meat), bone in but skin removed
  • 1/4 pound of butter or vegetable oil
  • 3 gloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup of cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of savory
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley

Directions

  1. Brown chicken on both sides in butter or oil in a fry pan. Then place in a large casserole dish with a lid.
  2. In some butter or oil add onion, garlic, ketchup, hot sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt, water, savory and parsley. Bring to boil and pour over chicken.
  3. Cover and cook at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Service with white rice.
  5. *I usually make 1 1/2 times the sauce, it covers the chicken better!

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Next, I cooked Stuffed Peppers courtesy of Sarah @ Running To Slow Things down who posted about making them last week in stuffed to the gills.

They looked so good that I just had to make them, plus they are vegetarian so that was an added health bonus!  =) 

Recipe On Computer!

I followed the recipe on my computer in the kitchen, don’t you love the internet!

Since I already had my camera handy (and charged – – – unlike me I know) I am able to take you step-by-step through this recipe as well.

Step 1 - Gather Everything Together

Obviously as you can see I in the above picture I prepped everything before hand………..

1st – I diced the onions and garlic.

2nd – I diced the celery.

3rd – I grated the carrots.

4th – I opened up all the canned items and drained the black beans.

5th & Last – I cut the peppers in 1/2 and gutted them.

Step 2 - Cook Brown Rice

Step 3 - Saute Onions & Celery f/5 Minutes

Step 4 - Add Cumin & Mix

Step 5 - Add Spinach & Diced Tomatoes

Step 6 - Mix Everything Together

Step 7 - Add Shredded Carrots, Black Beans & Brown Rice

Step 8 - Add Cheese & Mix

Step 9 – Stuff Peppers & Top w/Tomato Soup
I almost forgot I added an additional step between Step 9 & 10, which was that I added large spoon fulls of Campbell’s Tomato Soup to the tops of each of my Stuffed Peppers
In my original non-vegeterian Stuffed Pepper’s recipe that is made with hamburger instead of black beans and non of the veggies except for the diced tomoatoes…..it calls for this step and I love it as the soup gives them a wonderful sweet and savory flavor so I thought I would do the same with this recipe and I think it helped a lot as the stuffing was really flavorful.

Step 10 - Baked @ 350 degrees f/1 Hour

Final Step - Remove f/Oven & Top w/Cheese & Bake f/15 Minutes

So there you have it, well “them”, don’t they look AMAZINGLY GOOD!!!

They are, I promise you will not be disappointed if you try them, YUM!

Here is the recipe:

Stuffed Peppers
Vegetarian Times, February 2009—plus some minor tweaking

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 T. ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1, 10-oz. package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2-15 oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1-15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 c. quinoa (OR, cook 1 c. dry rice as directed on package)
  • 3 large carrots, grated
  • 1-1/2 c. grated, reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 large red, green or yellow bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs removed

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion and celery, cook 5 minutes or until soft.  Add cumin and garlic, saute 1 minute.  Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes.  Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.

2. If using quinoa: Stir in black beans, quinoa, carrots, and 2 c. water.  Cover, bring to a boil for 20 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.  Stir in 1 c. cheese.  Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
If using rice: Stir in black beans, cooked rice, and carrots.  Stir, reduce heat to low and stir in cheese.  Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Preheat oven to 350F.  Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.

4. Fill each bell pepper half with heaping 3/4-cup quinoa or rice mixture, and place in baking dish.  Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour.  Uncover, and sprinkle each pepper with 1 T. remaining cheese.  Bake 15 minutes more, or until tops of stuffed peppers are browned.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Transfer stuffed peppers to serving plates, and drizzle each with pan juices before serving.

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On to the Baking portions of my day, which was prepped in the late afternoon and actually baked later that evening.

I present to you for your viewing pleasure……..Peanut Butter Cookies that Tina @ Carrots N’ Cake posted last weekMission: Peanut Butter Cookies.

The Recipe

Again, I had my camera ready and waiting to take you through the few steps it took to bake these yummies………

Prep Work - Gather All The Ingredients

Step 1 & 2 - Put everything in the bowl & mix!

Step 3 - Form Into Dough

Step 4 - Form Into Dough "Balls"

Step 5 – Bake @ 350 degrees for 10 Minutes

Than, cool and eat………….

All Done & Ready To Eat!

 Here is the recipe:

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter + chocolate chips (mixed bag)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until batter is blended evenly.
  • Use a tablespoon to portion cookies on a greased baking sheet, approximately 1-2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Do not overcook.
  • Remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool on wire rack.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Well that about covers my Day of Cooking & Baking!

Hope you enjoy the post and will try some of the great recipes, I promise you will be happy you did!

Steak & Pasta

However, I did not eat them both in that order!

1st I had the Pasta for lunch.

Than, I had the Steak for dinner.

Though before I had either of the above I had Raisin Bran for breakfast.

Breakfast

Along with some melon and orange juice

Which I enjoyed while I caught up on some of the blogs listed in my blog roll.  A task that I haven’t had time to do in quite some time so it was really nice to have an hour to do so on Saturday morning while family was doing their own thing.

While I was reading some of my favorite blogs I came across some really yummy recipes that I decided to try my hand at since I just so happen to be going to the grocery store Sunday morning and then would have the afternoon to myself after……..so stay tuned tomorrow for a rather long post on what I made!

Later on in the afternoon around 1:30p.m. my daughter and I met my best friend, Amy, for lunch at one of our favorites……especially during the holiday season…….Olive Garden for lunch!

Olive Garden

Guess I was not the only one who was craving LASAGNA recently as I found out Amy has been as well recently when we spoke on Friday so I came up with the great idea of meet for lunch on Saturday so we could share the dish………which would satisfy our craving but also not hurt our waist lines too much since we were sharing 1 portion!  =)

And, in light of the fact that we planned to split things we ordered bread sticks and salad before the lasagna arrived.

Bread Sticks

I just love their salad!  I always mean to buy their dressing and always forget……=(

Salad

And, finally the main dish…….the STAR of the meal!

LASAGNA

So I finally got my lasagna fix and man oh man was it a great fix I tell you!  I haven’t had their lasagna in a while and all I can tell you is that it was much better than last time I had it from what I can remember.  Just the right amount of pasta, meat sauce and cheese……YUMMY!  I really enjoyed their sweet and savory sauce too.  =)

And, since we split everything I did not feel FULL after as I usually do when I visit Olive Garden or have a heavy Italian meal for that matter!

Upon departing the restaurant we tried to visit the Outlet Malls down the street, however due to the beautiful weather we were having over the weekend it was packed and no parking was able to be found so that joint shopping trip did not happen.  =(

It wouldn’t have been much of a trip though as I had to get my daughter ready and to my Mom’s house for a special belated birthday trip they were taking that night into Sunday so I guess it was a good thing it was so busy. 

T-Bone Steak

Plus, I had to get cracking on the special Steak dinner I would be making for my hubby that night!  Both of us love STEAK!  However, due to budget restraints we can not always afford our favorite…………T-Bone Steak so it is a meal that we only get when it goes on sale, which it did this week at our local grocery store.  =)

I decided to make our favorite sides with it as well………overloaded baked sweet potatoes and corn on the cob!

All together now!

Dinner

It was as GOOD as it LOOKS!  =)

Guess that about covers Saturday! 

As you can see it was a great day for EATS and also was an overall nice day that was spent enjoying the great weather, friends and family………….hope yours was as well.

STAY TUNED – – – for tomorrow’s post titled “Day of Baking & Cooking!

4 Year Wedding Anniversay

My Husband & I (2009)

October 20, 2010 was my husband and I’s 4 Year Wedding Anniversary!!! 

I wish I had a more recent picture to share with you, however the last time we took a picture together (just us with no one else in the pictures) was way back in April 2009!  =O  So unfortunately I only have that one to share.  Guess I best be working on getting an updated photo of us, huh!?

In celebration of the big day I took the day off from work and the hubby already had the day off himself so that worked out great.  We spent the entire day together as the little one was at school all day and then my mom picked her up afterwards so we could go out to a nice dinner.

Our day went as followed:

  • Slept in and talked, after we got the little one-off to school that is, for a few hours.  Finally ate breakfast around 11am while the little doggie watched……

Our Dog, Peanut

  • Got cleaned up and headed out to do some shopping.  We visited – Ross, Marshalls, Sally’s Beauty Supply, TJ Max and Target.  Didn’t find everything we wanted but the hubby did by me these……

Nine West Black Leather Sling Back Hills

  • Headed home for a bit after shopping and then went out to dinner around 6pm.  We had a coupon and craving for Logan’s Roadhouse so we went there.  Not the fanciest place, but we aren’t the fanciest people so it was right up our alley and the food is always good.

Logan's

  • In light of the special day we decided to STUFF ourselves at dinner with the following:

Peanuts

Peanut Shells

Rolls

Onion Pedals

Salad

Steak

As you can imagine after eating all of the above we were TOO FULL for dessert!

  • After dinner we picked up our little one and headed home for the evening.  Unfortunately, we were both exhausted and fell asleep on the couch while watching t.v. so there isn’t much to report on our anniversary evening I am afraid.

The following day I was supposed to return to work, however I woke up with a HORRIBLE headache so I went in very late………1pm+! 

I mention this because I wanted to point out that I used to suffer from migraines/tension headaches almost weekly in my past, since my childhood.  However, ever since I started running regularly I do not get them as often. In fact, I only get them about once a month now and never really bad, which is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G given the fact how bad they could get at times……..sometimes making me sick to my stomach or sticking around for days on end. 

So I am very happy to not suffer as much as I did in the past!  And, I think the main reason I got one yesterday was that I skipped lunch so I went hours (7+) without food (well I did have a banana, but that isn’t much) and that of course is a big trigger for headaches so I should have known better……shame, shame on me………I paid the price for it though believe me.  =(

Excedrin Migraine

Luckily, Excedrin Migraine took it away finally! 

I used to be on prescription drugs for my headaches until they came out with it and I switched as I never get any funny side effects and it always makes my headaches go away!

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Yeah, it is finally FRIDAY! 

Will be off to for the weekend and will return with post for you on Monday……..have a great one everyone!  =)

Do you ever crave cheese!?!

Cheese

I do all the time it seems! 

And, I wouldn’t say that I am a HUGE cheese lover now but I do really like the stuff a lot………like shredded cheese on spaghetti and broccoli, YUM!

Dinner (Monday)

Now, I will tell you that I love, with a capital L-O-V-E……anything Mexican & Italian with lots of cheese like the below!

Taco Dip

Usually I will allow myself most Mexican dishes on a regular basis as I typically add lots of high fiber beans and veggies to the dishes so they are a bit healthier and I don’t feel too guilty eating them on a regular basis, like taco salads and such! 

Taco Salad

However, I avoid most Italian dishes, like one of my favorites of all time Lasagna as much as possible because I could literally finish a quarter of the dish in one sitting if I am not careful so it is best to avoid it most times for me!

Lasagna

Does it look AMAZINGLY GOOD!?!?! 

How could you not want to eat more than 1 serving!!! 

Good Tip – – – only eat “lasagna” at restaurants as this way you can avoid eating more than a serving or two as we all know the serving sizes at restaurants is typically much larger than 1 serving!

Anyway, it was on my mind so I thought I would see if I was alone on this subject.  Do you crave cheese!?!?!

I will add that I DO NOT typically crave “cold” cheese, only “warm” cheese that is melted on dishes, that I crave all the time.

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In other news, I ate the following that did not include cheese on Monday & Tuesday.

Breakfast (Monday)
Lunch (Monday)

Breakfast (Tuesday)

Lunch (Tuesday)

Snack (Tuesday)

Dinner (Tuesday)

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On Tuesday morning around 7am I made it outside for a 2 Mile Run that took around 24 minutes in all and I am happy to report that I had NO KNEE PAIN during or after the run!  =)

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Octoberfest

Family, friends, food and BRATS………

BRATS

That is what my parents annual “Octoberfest” party is all about!  =) 

Every Fall I look forward to the party that is always a really good time filled with great conversation with my family and friends, some I only see a few times a year. 

Plus, there is always tons of FOOD, including lots of Desserts……… 

 
 

Banana Pudding

 

Chocolate Cake

Macaroons

Pumpkin Pie

Now, I did not sample all of the above, but I did have some………..banana pudding and a few macaroons, which were both VERY GOOD!  =)

Prior to attending the food filled fun event I spent my Saturday doing the following………..

  • Sleeping in with the hubby until 9am+.
  • Running 5 Miles in the cool upper 70 degree sunny outdoors for about 60+ minutes.
  • Grocery shopping as both the pantry and fridge were EMTPY!
  • Trying to take a nap before the party and not succeeding as my mind was to full of information that wouldn’t “shut up”……=O

I would love to report that my 5 Mile Run went great, however despite the beautiful day outside it did not as (no surprise I am sure) my Knee started to hurt a bit after the 1/2 way point!  =(  Luckily, it did not hurt badly but enough to slow me down and make my run a not so happy one.  And, it bugged me the rest of the day as well but by Sunday it was fine.

The rest of my weekend was pretty uneventful as I slept in VERY late (past 11am) on Sunday, then did a little house cleaning and some laundry during the day.  Took a very needed nap for about an hour in the early evening (think my extremely busy work/home load is starting to catch up to me) and hit Target with the hubby that evening before picking up dinner on the way home. 

***SORRY FOR THE LACK OF POSTS RECENTLY!  Life is so busy right now and I am struggling to find the time to post but I promise to do what I can when I can as I really enjoy my blog a lot and all the postive comments I get from everyone, thank you!****

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