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3 Days Worth….

………….of Baking, GrillingRunning, Shopping & Wrapping Gifts!

As you might imagine it was quite a busy 3 Days (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) for me this past weekend. 

I too Friday off so I could do some shopping so let’s start there.

Orlando Premium Outlet Mall (International Drive)

My husband and myself ventured to International Drive in order to do a day of shopping while our little one was at school.  We hit the Orlando Premium Outlets while there and looked for some Christmas Gifts as well as a jacket for my husband

Our shopping venture took us to other stores around the outlets, including Bass Pro Shop across the street.  This store was massive.  A man’s dream store, as I confirmed from all the men inside.  I can honestly say I have never seen so man men in one store in my life. 

My husband finally found the jacket he was looking for and I got a few things on my list as well.  Another trip will need to take place later this week but only for a few odds and ends luckily.  I think I might hit the mall that time so I can take in all the decorations and enjoy a nice lunch, a holiday tradition for me.  Just doesn’t feel like the holiday’s without doing both.  =)


Next, let’s review grilling as I did just that on both Friday and Saturday nights for dinner.

On Friday night I made Brown Sugar Bourbon marinated pork chops on the grill for dinner along with roasted potatoes and corn on the cop

The meal was super yummy.  The pork chops came out perfectly.  I grilled them with only one layer of charcoal and let them sit for approximately 8 to 10 minutes per side on the grill until they were all crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.   ***Sorry for the lack of pictures, it was a busy/tiring day and I completely forgot.


On Saturday night I made Mahi on the grill along with a baked stuffed crap cakes, fries and green beans on the side for dinner.


This was My 1st Official Attempt At Making Fish and not just on The Grill, AT ALL!!!

It all started when I was walking by the seafood department at Publix and found Mahi on sale for $6.99 lb.  I confirmed with my husband that he liked this kind of fish (he does, though he pointed out it wasn’t his favorite) and then I proceeded to ask the kind lady behind the counter to wrap it up for me and also her advise on how it should be cooked.

Once I got home I followed her instructions by doing the following:

  • Coated the fish with olive oil plus lots of blacking spices for fish.
  • Grilled it for approximately 4 to 5 minutes per side until it the meat was white and flaked off on the edge with a fork.

And, the below was born!!!

Mahi on the grill!

I also got stuff crap cakes that I baked 1st for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and browned on top of the stove after.


French Fries

While baking and grilling my fish picks I also fried up some french fries and nuked some canned green beans for the sides.

For my 1st attempt at this dish I was very pleased and will make again as it was extremely tasty!!!

As mentioned above this kind of fish is not my husband’s favorite.  He prefers the Gulf of Mexico fish like Red Fish, etc.  However, those are not easily found in Orlando.  Only at local fish bait shops by the Gulf so we had to settle for Mahi.  Though next time we will splurge on Red Snapper, which was $14.99 lb.


Let’s not forget the running I did over the past 3 days!

On Friday morning, after I sent my little one-off to school for her final day before Winter Vacation, I headed out for a run on what was chilly but sunny morning.

I ran 4+ miles (think around 4 and 1/2 but didn’t map it) in approximately 55 minutes.  I was not trying to go fast by any means on this run.  I just wanted to go out for a nice hour-long run and enjoy the fresh air.  And, that is exactly what I did.  =)

I also ran just under 3 miles on Sunday morning, however it was quite a different morning on this run.  The sky was covered in grey clouds and it was much colder out than on Friday, plus it was a bit foggy as well.  The run was completed in exactly 30 minutes as I had to get home by 10am.

Also, before I forget I ran a FAST 3 miles at the Gym on Thursday after work…..the reason I wanted to mention this to you for two reasons:

  1. For the 1st time I ran more than 1 mile at 6mph, I ran it for 3 whole miles!  =)  Now I will point out I started the run at 5mph and upped it to 6mph during the 1st mile and then during the last 5 minutes of the 3rd mile I ran between 6.1mph to 7.5mph to finish. 
  2. I almost fell face down on the treadmill during the last 10 seconds of my run!  Why you may ask?  Because my long sleeve t-shirt that was hanging on the side of the treadmill fell off and under my feet so I slipped on it.  Luckily, I caught myself before hitting the running treadmill with my face below.  =O

My week ended with 13 miles in all

Not to bad in all, however this week I will be aiming for 15+ in light of all the EXTRA EATING that will surely be occurring…………….


Finally, onto baking and gift wrapping that took place all day on Sunday!  Most of the day was spent baking (and cooking a little) and the rest wrapping gifts.  I started after my daughter left with her grandma for the day and my husband went to work at 10a.m.


First, I headed to Wal-Mart to grab a few last-minute items needed for the day, then I grabbed a coffee from Dunkin Donuts on my way home and next I made myself some breakfast.

DD Medium Hazelnut Coffee



Second, I started by getting all my ingredients together so I could start the process of making Chocolate Covered Peanuts as it would take 3+ hours to make.

All the ingredients.

Then I looked over the recipe one more time and began to follow the super simple instructions.

The Recipe

Next, I chopped up all the chocolate so it was in smaller pieces for adding to the crock pot.

Chopped chocolate chunks

Last, I added all the ingredients to my crock pot that was set on low.

Everything in the crockpot

And, I set it for 3 hours and waited……….

Timer set and waiting.......

About an hour later I lifted the lid to stir everything up and then in hour two I did the same thing again.

All stired up

Just before the 3 hours were up I switched the crock pot to low as I knew it was ready to start dropping spoonfuls on wax paper, which I did.

Spoonfuls of yumminess!

Last, I let them dry.

Drying spoonfuls of yumminess!

As you can see the recipe makes A LOT, so there is plenty to give away and keep for yourself to eat!  =) 

I gave away to containers full to my mom and mom-in-law last night and the rest went into a large and medium container that I put in the freezer for keeping (I of course sampled a few while doing so).

What I love about these is they freeze wonderfully, which keeps them out of site (and mind) but when you want one all you have to do is take one out and a minute or so later it is ready to eat.


Big Pot of Chili

Third, I made a big pot of chili to go with the chilly weather outside!  I followed my favorite recipe from Paula Dean’s son Jamie’s recipe, here it is for your viewing pleasure………..Jamie’s Chili.

Not only is to full of three (3) different kinds of beans but it is very yummy and filling.  Plus, my husband loves it so it is a super easy lunch for him.


 Fourth, I made one of my favorites……..Pumpkin Bread!  =)

My slice after baking! =)

It was super easy to make as everything (minus the eggs, water, oil & Pecans) including the recipe came in one box……..

All the ingredients and baking items

I wipped everything together, starting with the wet ingredients and then added the dry.

Wet ingredients, whipped together

Dry ingredients, mixed in with the wet and Pecans on top

I than poured it all into the baking containers.

All poured in

And, baked at 350 degrees for 60 minutes until them came out like this……

All Done1

All Done2

And, that is how you make Pumpkin Bread (super easy) and VERY YUMMY!!!  =)  I gave the two smaller loafs to my mom and mom-in-law and kept the bigger one for home.


And, finally, LAST, but not least I was able to get some gift wrapping done after all of the above!

All the gift wrapping items together now.......

Everything wrapped and under the tree!

And, on that note I will end this VERY long post that I hope you all enjoyed…………I will try to do a little post before the holiday, however if not I hope you all have a great and very Merry Christmas!!!  =)



I guess I could have titled this post……..”long over due”, since I am long over due on posting these days, however I felt that exhausted was more fitting as that is truly how I am feeling these days!

Especially, the past 2 weekends.

I have literally felt like I was ready to bed by noon over the past 2 weekends, which I tell you isn’t so great when you have a lot of things to do. 

Like grocery shopping, laundry, house cleaning, cooking, running, etc. on our To Do List.

Luckily, for me I woke up early on both days thanks to the “time change” last weekend and the 6am sunrise that came with it that gave me lots of time to check things off my list. 

However that also made me more exhausted and by the time I finished my list and had time for fun I was TOO TIRED to do so!  =(  As all I wanted to do is take a nap.

Hopefully, I will be able to make it to the long Thanksgiving break at the end of next week so I can relax over the 5 days I have off during that time.  Can’t wait, honestly!  As, I plan to spend as much “quality time” as I can with my family and MYSELF………=)


Despite my exhaustion I still managed to make it to the gym and run over the weekend.

The gym was hit on Friday night after work for about 60 minutes.  While there I did the following:

  • 15 minutes of Abs
  • 30 minutes of Upper & Lower Body Weight Machines
  • 10 minute 1 Mile Run (5mph to 7mph)
  • 5 minute Cool Down Walk (3.5mph to 2.5mph)

Than on Sunday morning I went for a run while the sun was rising.  I ran a little over 4 miles in just under an hour.  And, I am happy to report once again that I had NO Knee Pain………=)  I think my single leg “leg extensions” at the gym are finally paying off.


Well I may not have had time to post over the past several days, but I did find the time to take as many pictures as I could have what I have been eating so take a look………

Breakfast (Thursday)

Lunch (Thursday)

Dinner (Thursday)

Breakfast (Friday)

Lunch (Friday)

Dinner1 (Friday)

Dinner2 (Friday)

Breakfast (Saturday)

Whole wheat pumpkin muffin (made last weekend) warmed in the microwave with a little butter, YUM!

Coffee (Saturday)

Lunch (Saturday)

I love chili with LOTS of cheese and saltines, YUM!!! 



Tea (Saturday)


Cinnamon Rolls (Saturday)

 ……..the most AMAZING Cinnamon Rolls I have ever had!!!

My Mom-In-Law gets them from the Fresh Market and they are as good as they look I swear.  Believe me, I am not a  huge cinnamon roll girl but these are GOOD.

Dinner (Saturday)

Blurry pizza was for dinner…….just kidding! 

We had The Works pizza from Papa John’s for dinner.

Breakfast (Sunday)

Lunch (Sunday)

I was craving a chicken sandwich and the Tendercrisp sandwich from Burger King hit the spot!

Dinner (Sunday)

And, what better way to end the weekend then with a nice BIG T-Bone Steak and lots of great sides!


Guess that about covers things up through this week!

I will do my best to post as often as I can, but given my current schedule and the up coming holiday I may go a day or more without posting……sure you will forgive me and know how it is.

The Loop


I finally run what I call “The Loop on Sunday, 4/25/10!  =)  

Basically, I ran a 6.33 mile loop that started and ended just outside my neighborhoods entrance.  I have been wanting to run this loop ever since we moved into our new place last June, but had not been ready or had the guts to do it until yesterday.   

It was not a planned run, as I was only going to do a 4 mile run over the weekend but when I missed my run at the gym on Thursday and then my usual Saturday morning run as well I decided to go for it to make up the miles I had missed!   

So you can imagine how happy I was to actually complete it and also to run it none stop a/k/a no walking breaks.   

The entire run took me approximately (did not have a watch on me so I used the kitchen clock and had to account for walking before & after my run75 minutes at a 11:50 pace.   

Overall, I was surprised how “easy” the run was, even during the last mile in which I had to tell myself a few times to keep going and that you are almost there!  Which, I that was pretty good considering I had not run that long of distance in 5+ months.  

Of course, as you can see from my pace I was not running fast by any means and my plan was just to finish the loop and do it non-stop if possible.  Also, there were 2 large overpasses that I had to climb so I knew I needed to conserve energy for those.  Plus, it was getting warm (80+ degrees) and the sun was shinning brightly so I didn’t want to over exert myself either, especially since I didn’t bring water along.   

What is the longest you have ever ran?  

I believe I ran 7 miles at the end of last year while training for an upcoming 10K however, I was exactly sure so to date it would be yesterdays run of 6.33 miles!  =)  


A bit a NIBBLING occurred this weekend, check out what I nibbled on below:  




A bit more nibbling occurred then I would have liked, however my long run luckily helped burn off some of those extra calories I consumed……=)  


 Here are the rest of my EATS:  

 FRIDAY, 4/23/10  

Blueberry Coffee




SATURDAY, 4/24/10   




SUNDAY, 4/25/10  


Since I had breakfast so late (11:30am), due to my long run I kinda skipped lunch and had the below instead……….a strawberry, banana, pineapple & orange juice smoothie around 4pm.  



Dinner ended up being a recipe all my own!   

My hubby expressed trying a chicken penne dish with veggies the other day so after viewing several recipes I found online I printed two from and decided to put my own twist on them.   

Mainly because my hubby does not like cheese or cream sauce of any kind so I had to find a recipe that did not include either of those, which can be difficult and I wanted something that had some flavor and wasn’t to bland as some of these type of dishes can be.  

I came up with the below that I will call Balsamic Penne Chicken & Veggies.   

I used previously cooked white breast chicken, high fiber penne pasta, red & green peppers, a sweet onion, cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh basil and minced garlic.   

I marinated all the veggies and the cooked chicken in a the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basis and garlic that was mixed together in a blender for about 30 minutes prior to cooking.   

Dinner Prep1

Dinner Prep2


The end result is above and came out pretty tasty I might add.  My tomatoes got a bit over cooked and the chicken pulled apart a lot, which my hubby doesn’t like to much, but overall it was a success and I will make again.   

Not to bad for my 1st ever attempt at my own recipe!  =) 


I also did a little bit of cooking on Sunday, 4/25/10.  I made homemade chicken broth and chili


  • 3-5 lbs bone in Chicken (Split Chicken Breast)
  • 3-4 Quarts water
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Minced
  • 1 Carrot Chopped or 1 cup mini carrots
  • 3 stalks Celery cut up
  • other seasonings to taste
  1. First, we are going to put the Chicken in a large pot.
  2. Cover it with water, I used 4 quarts.
  3. Throw in a couple stalks of celery, carrot, garlic, salt, pepper, and whatever other seasonings you like.

  5. Cover and let cook on medium, medium low heat for about 2 hours.
  6. Remove Chicken from pot and set aside.
  7. Strain Broth over a large bowl.

  9. Discard veggies.
  10. Place broth in Containers, Jars, whatever you have handy. You can keep the broth in the refrigerator for up to a week, OR you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Remember to cool in the Fridge before you place in the freezer.
  11. Now for that Chicken you set to the side.  It should just fall of the bone.


Chili (Step 1)

Chili (Step 2)

Chili (Step 3)

Chili (Step 4)

Chili (Step 5)

Chili (Step 6)

Chili (Step 7)

Chili (Step 8)

Chili (ALL DONE)


My weekend was pretty busy, as always!  =O  

Here are some of the things I did

  • Spring Carnival at my daughter’s school on Friday night!  The kids had a really good time and I went home with some homemade cookies (pictured above).
  • My daughter had her friend spend the night so on Saturday morning we planned to go to the pool but since my daughter couldn’t due to her fractured pinkie we went to the park instead for a few hours and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  I cleaned a little around the house before going.
  • Grocery shopping was of course done after the park as the fridge was EMPTY and then it was home for a quick-lunch (pictured above).
  • Later that afternoon on Saturday I dropped my daughter off at grandma’s so she could go to the movies with the other grandchildren and my mom.  I then went home and spent the evening ALONE with my hubby!  =)
  • Sunday morning involved my loop run of course, which I am still super happy to have done!  =)
  • Lots & lots of cooking took place on Sunday afternoon, as mentioned above.
  • Then I passed out on the couch around 9pm as I was EXHAUSTED after my long run!  I woke up an hour later and watched a little tv before heading off to bed finally at 11pm.




In light of the fact that I did not properly “refuel” after my long run yesterday and paid for it throughout the rest of the day by having low-energy and tired I wanted to share with you the below article.

Many runners remember to fuel up before their daily workouts, but many more often forget to replenish their bodies with necessary nutrients after they’ve completed their runs. Though recovery may seem optional, especially after shorter workouts, runners’ bodies need adequate food and fluid replacement in order to restore muscles and maintain performance. To prevent injury and sustain a healthy running routine, runners should make recovery a priority by ingesting the right foods and drinks after working out.