Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pictures as promised

I was never able to get my camping pictures loaded to my computer, so I have to use my husbands computer because he was able to get them.

I have been off work this whole past week, just spending time with the hubby. We went camping, went to the Reds baseball game, hung out at the pool a few times, met his mom for lunch, visited with some friends, went roller blading, running, watched movies and just hung out. He's so great :) The fun continues this weekend. Right now he's golfing, but then we have an engagement party, then a suprise birthday dinner for a friend. Tomorrow is church and then a wedding in the evening (praying for no rain because it's outdoors). Monday is back to work :( Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job, but it's been very nice getting to spend so much time with Chad.

Yesterday we ran 6 miles. Normally I wear my knee brace on anything over 3 miles. Yesterday my legs were feeling pretty good so I decided to skip the brace. Throughout the whole run and even after, my legs felt perfectly fine. Today my left knee/leg is a little sore though. I wonder if I will always have to wear my brace?!? When we first got to the park and were stretching, this little pug dog was running around. I thought it belonged to this girl but then she ran off and the pug stayed. He ran over to us and we pet him for a minute and looked to see if he had any tags but there were none to be found. He ran off and we continued stretching. As we started our run, Mr. Pug was back. He would run with me for a minute, get distracted by something, realize I had run off and then run really fast to catch back up. I could hear his little legs coming up behind me. This happened for a little over a mile. I knew there was a water stop at a mile and a half that has a doggy fountain and I planned on stopping to give him a drink. Prior to reaching 1.5 Mr. Pug was distracted by a ditch filled with dirty water. He wanted to stay there and relax so I didn't see him again. I hope he found his owners :(

Okay, so as promised, here are some pictures from this past weekend / week...

And some from the Reds game...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hiking & a new recipe

With the extended weekend we just had, my husband decided to plan a last minute hiking adventure. We left Saturday morning and went to Red River Gorge and came back Monday afternoon. It was a nice little getaway and didn't take too long to get to :) Pictures soon! I decided to take a few vacation days this week to spend some time with the hubby. After the hiking trip, we gave our cars a MUCH needed wash. I've been wanting to wash mine for quite a while now but with all the rain we've had, it was pointless. Yesterday we spent some QT with a bunch of friends at a MLB game then watched a movie. We watched 127 Hours. Ewww, I had to turn my head towards the end of the movie. Blood makes my tummy turn. Overall it was a good movie though. The rest of the week will consist of hanging out at the pool and having lunch with the in-laws. I need to make some time for running this week. It went from raining all day to being sunny and scorching hot in a matter of days. To get anything under 80 degrees I'd have to get up at 5 or 6 and I don't know if I want to do that on my days off ;)

The latest edition of Clean Eating Magazine is GREAT!!! There are so many recipes I want to try! I made one last week and have another planned for this week. There is also this amazing-looking cherry pie recipe that will be made very soon! I have to substitute the cherry's for a different fruit though; the hubby isn't a big fan of cherry's.

New Potato and Turkey Skillet
From Clean Eating Magazine

Olive Oil Cooking Spray
1 lb ground turkey breast
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1 lb new potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
Pinch dried thyme
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth (I used about a cup to make it more moist)
1 lb Swiss chard, thick stems removed, leaves chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
Pinch red chile flakes, or to taste
Juice 1/2 lemon, plus 4 wedges for serving
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (I used regular shredded cheese bc I don't like feta cheese)

One: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Two: Coat a large (at least 12-inch) over-proof skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium. Add turkey, season with salt and pepper and cook, breaking up meat with a spoon until no pink is visible, 5-6 minutes. Transfer turkey to a large bowl returning skillet to heat.
Three: Add potatoes and thyme to hot skillet and season with salt and pepper. Transfer skillet to over and cook until lightly browned and tender, about 20 minutes, stirring once. Carefully return skillet to stovetop on medium-high heat (leave oven at the same temperature). Add broth and bring to a simmer. Add chard and stir just until wilted. Stir in tomatoes, rosemary, chile flakes, lemon juice and reserved turkey. Ensure broth is simmering and transfer skillet back to oven. Cook until tomato skins burst, about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Divide mixture among 4 bowls and top evenly with cheese. Serve with lemon wedges.   

I will post pictures of my extended weekend / week off shortly.