Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Pleasures

Fall is officially here! Except for today, we've been having wonderfully cool weather. I can't wait to wear hoodies, sweaters, and boots! Another plus is all the yummy pumpkin flavored foods/beverages....and also soups.

Tonight's menu: Shrimp & Tortellini Soup with homemade garlic croutons


1 can condensed tomato soup
1 can evaporated milk
1 can diced tomatoes (I used Basil, Garlic & Oregano flavored)
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup of the reserved pasta water
1 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp fresh parsley
1 bag of medium shrimp (31-40 ct...I think they lie)
1 pkg of tortellini (I used the 3 cheese flavor)
Salt, pepper, and Italian Seasoning to taste

Cook tortellini for half the regular cooking time. In another larger pot, add tomato soup, diced tomatoes, evaporated milk, and broth. Bring to a boil. Add the uncooked shrimp to the boiling liquid and cook for 5 minutes. Add the Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and  tortellini. Use the reserved pasta water to thin it out if needed. Simmer for 30 minutes.

A loaf of bread in my home could last forever. We don't make a lot of sandwiches here. Typically I will freeze half the loaf, and use the other half for the occasional PB&J sammich. The rest I'll use for breadcrumbs (in my Magic Bullet of course) and also, tonight I made croutons to go with the soup.


2 slices of bread
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 450. Cut bread into bit size cubes. I sprayed with EVOO. Sprinkle generously with garlic and italian seasoning. Bake until brown, turning a couple times. #delicious


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Have a Thing & Puppy Sleepovers

After twenty-ni twenty-something years of life I've found my "thing". I've never really had the coordination or fearlessness to play a contact sport. My natural reaction when a ball flies at my face is to duck or run the other way while screeching like a girl. Not really a good thing.
With 2 races under my belt, I've realized, with a little help, that running may be my thing. This excites me because I never though I'd find something in the sports area that I'd be semi-good at. I say semi because I was told my time wasn't that great. However, the person that said this gets winded getting off the couch. I took it with a grain of salt ;)
It never occurred to me that I may have a competitive bone in my body, but when I'm out there it feels spectacular weaving in and out of the slow-pokes and pushing ahead. Maybe one day I'll actually beat them all. Not likely, but a good dream anyway. It is always a plus to be rewarded with wine/beer at the end of a race. The race I just signed up for is the Philly Beer Run. Nothing like a frosty brew at the end of a run!

My longest race so far has been a 5k. Eventually I would like to work my up to a 10k and even a 10 miler. I'll leave the Half to my Runner Sister. The last race's mile time according to the race records was a 9:06; my device said 8:58. I'll stick with that number and aim to beat it next time.
Bunching shorts and wedgies.

Now that it's getting warmer out I'll be wearing my fitted shorts. I always seem to have a problem with them riding up the middle. Anyone have any solutions? I was told to try BodyGlide Anti Chafe-Balm. So far my thighs haven't ignited any fires, I just want the shorts to stay where they're supposed to be.

After Saturday's race, Lulu, her friend Miley, who was spending the weekend, and I all cuddled up and took a lovely 3 hour nap. #expertcuddlers Afterwards, we spent a little time outside- me throwing the ball for Lulu while Miley chilled on my lap. On Sunday we went to watch Papi/Uncle Danny's soccer game, where they also met up with friend Hamlet.
Here are just a few pics from the weekend :)

They liked to watch me do my  hair & makeup

Gal pals

Enjoying the view

Lulu, go get the ball. I'll stay here.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Blue Skies

Blue skies smilin' at me...

Nothin but blue skies do I see

Never saw the sun shinin' so bright

Never saw things goin' so right

Noticing the days hurrying by

When you're in love, my how they fly.

Happy Friday! :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

P90x Torture & A Good Cause

I continuously find myself getting bored with my workouts...I've strayed from my typical Jillian Michael's workouts and started P90x this week. The one con I've found is that the workouts are 2-3 times longer than JM's. I'm only 2 days into it and have only been able to get half way through the videos, primarily for two reasons: 1) my legs/arms turn to jello, 2) I need to stuff my face and sip on some delicious wine.
 I had planned on doing half of the plyometrics last night before going out to dinner with my lovely ladies. By the time I was done I was gasping for air and sweating like no other. 

The best part of the whole scene- my lovely bf was watching/yelling at me while eating Taco Bell. #rude

Today I'm so stiff, sore, practically immobile from Day 1's Arms & Back, Ab Ripper X and last night's Plyometrics. Can't wait to see how tonight's Arms & Shoulders, Ab Ripper go. I may lose a limb. My goal is to get at least 3/4 of the way through it before collapsing. #makingprogress

Considering my inability to complete the videos so far, I'm thinking of making it a P180x and repeating weeks until I can get through the whole thing. It's a great workout and this way my hope is that I won't become bored so quickly. I also need to take it a little light this week if I'm going to be able to complete a 5K on Saturday. Speaking of which... 
The Animal Welfare Association is hosting a 5K to raise money for animals. The AWA is an organization dedicated to eliminating animal suffering, promoting the importance of the human-animal bond and improving recognition of the role of animals in the well-being of people. AWA has been 'caring for animals...benefiting people' for over 60 years. It offers a wide variety of services and programs including animal adoption, low-cost veterinary clinic, foster care, pet therapy, humane education, rehoming support and so much more! My goal is to raise $100, so please, any & all contributions are welcome and extremely appreciated.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Good Food, Great Friends, and One Serious Hangover

Last week was my boy’s birthday. He wasn't nearly as excited about this as I was. I may have gone a little crazy trying to get him on the same page as me. Because it was the first real gathering we were having in our new place, I frantically cleaned all week and tried to find a place for everything that was in the last few boxes I was hiding in the spare bedroom. The birthday boy’s request was to have friends over for dinner and cake. On the menu: crab mac & cheese, pulled pork, spinach, and strawberry cheesecake (not one ounce of chocolate- boggles my mind). Recipes are at the end of this blog J

I had to work the day this was all occurring, so everything was prepared prior- including opening presents…again, I was way too excited for this to wait. I was prepared to do presents at midnight, so technically his birthday; however, my old man was already falling asleep at 9:30pm. I had to lure him awake with gifts (& a milkshake). Among his gifts: Ray-Bans, Javier Hernandez t-shirt & toy (for the kid in him).

Ray-Bans :)
& then he fell back asleep
Thursday rolled around and I was extremely happy with myself for having everything basically prepared for when I got home from work and was actually able to sit and relax for a bit before everyone started arriving. In the end it was a success….I’m thankful for everyone that came to celebrate & hope they enjoyed themselves as much as my birthday boy and I did.
Uncle Danny & Ryder (most popular guest)

Making a wish <3 

Crab Mac & Cheese: I couldn't find manchego cheese so I substituted with a colby & monterey jack blend.
Pulled Pork: Pork loin in the crock pot with about 1/2 c. of chicken broth & 1 bottle of bbq sauce on low for 6-8 hours.
Spinach: fresh spinach, chopped, and sauteed in minced garlic & EVOO

I made Chicken wrapped Asparagus this weekend:
Topping: 1/2 c. mayo, 3 tbsp brown mustard, chopped fresh basil
Pound chicken breasts out to 1/4 inch. Cover with shredded mozzarella cheese and 4-5 pieces of asparagus (pre-cooked in the microwave 1 1/2-2 minutes) and wrap up tightly, placing the seam side down in a baking dish. Spread some of the topping on the chicken   and sprinkle with breadcrumbs, pressing into the topping. Bake on 425 degrees for 25 minutes. #delicious I paired this with bow-tie pasta with fresh tomatoes & basil and a spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese in a balsamic vinaigrette. I received a leg massage (ran 3.2 miles that day in preparation for a 5k on Saturday) after dinner. #itwasthatgood #winning

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Home Sweet Home

First, I'd like to say that I have the best boyfriend for doing the most of the move. Anyone who rents a truck, makes 5 stops, and carries all the furniture (+ the help of some wonderful friends) into our new apartment, all while I'm at work, gets an A+++ from me! Now finding a place for everything that was brought from 2 different houses into a 2 bedroom apartment was not necessarily an easy task, but I accepted the challenge (& won!). 

The first weekend was consumed with unpacking and getting Lulu accustomed to her new environment. My baby does not welcome change with open arms. Elevators are a non-starter for her. She put on the brakes at first sight of the monstrosity. Thankfully her tiny lil 5 lb body glided very easily. She also had to endure a change in potty habits. Since we're on the top floor, walking her just didn't seem like a good idea to me. We bought a turf potty for her. I'm not sure who this was worse for, the boy or Lulu. She peeked through the door with her sad eyes, and he buried his face in a pillow unable to look at the level of patheticness. After several days of holding it in, she finally mastered the concept. The clapping and praising was endless (at 8 am). #ProudMommyMoment

It's been about 3 weeks and the last box has finally been unpacked. I can finally rest...until I need to start obsessively cleaning, cooking, etc...Having a place where you can only blame yourself (& the boy) for a mess is exhausting. I'm obsessed with Clorox wipes and 12 am vacuuming. #wackadoodle

Here are some pics :)

The first meal was prepared Day 1 at 12 am ;)

This view has been altered to include a new 55" LED Toshiba & stand. #boys&theirtoys

Lulu approves of the new couch

Master Bedroom

Cannot wait until the rain stops and I can enjoy this!

In love with this view #sellingpoint

While it hasn't all been up's (obviously a huge adjustment), there is no one I'd rather come home to then him. <3 

My boy's birthday is tomorrow and I'm (super excited to say the least) looking forward to hosting our first real gathering with friends. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Crib


dining room

dining room again


living the left of the couch will be the door to the balcony

master bedroom

your room when you visit :)