Monthly Archives: March 2015

BBQ Salmon BLT Salad & Sore Legs

Hola! I hope everyone can share in the sentiment that comes with a short week… so let’s just call this Tuesday – Wednesday.

Yesterday was a busy Monday.  After I got done with work I came home to let the little Beester out and play a pretty intense round of ball while waiting for Kris to get home from work.


I bought a Pure Barre Groupon last week and I was looking forward to going to my first class today, but to be honest my legs were too freaking sore.  I went to buffaloBARRE on Saturday and having never done a barre workout before coupled with a few weeks of slacking – my legs could not deal.  We’re talking – sore to the touch, almost limping when I stand up – sore (embarrassing).

So instead we all went for a short run around the neighborhood.


Someone can’t handle being excluded…


B’s favorite place to be in the entire world is right between Kris and I.  You think I’m kidding… but she squeezes right between our legs if we even hug each other.

After the run I made a super yummy salmon salad.  I don’t think I’ve chosen a recipe yet from Iowa Girl Eats that we haven’t marveled over for the entire meal.  The recipe wasn’t overly difficult or time consuming either which was a major selling point.


After the dinner clean-up I made a cup of mint tea, watched some of the Voice, and hit the sheets!


Today on the agenda –

1. Work (happy closing to all of my fellow Accounting nerds out there)

2. 6 mile run.  I hope the weather is going to be nice today, I can’t handle another snowy, rainy day!  On a side note, I’m fairly convinced we are living in an arctic tunnel – holy crap that wind is cold.  Imagine a beach breeze… but in Alaska.  That’s what our neighborhood feels like.  I’m sure I will be appreciating this flat ground when summer rolls around, but right now it’s just painful.

Have a great Tuesday (basically Wednesday)!


Easter Eggs and A Long Run

Happy Monday!  Sadly, another weekend has come to an end.  Yesterday we started the day drinking coffee and lounging around. Those are the exact ingredients for a great Sunday morning, just incase you were wondering.  Around noon we got ready and headed over to Kris’ aunt and uncle’s house for a delicious lunch!

But first… I ate jelly beans.  A lot of jelly beans.


After lunch we headed out to check out an open house, came home to continue our house searching efforts online, and then hit the road for a long run.  Finally!!! My legs were still extremely sore from my first barre experience, and I was feeling a little post lunch coma coming on but I finally convinced myself that if I am going to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon the first week of May then I had to start getting long runs in.

I started the run thinking “It’s cold out. 7 miles is so excessive. I don’t know why I do this to myself”,  and then “if I can just make it 4 miles then at least it will be a good workout”, and finally “this isn’t so bad, basically only a 5k left”.  And that’s how I finished the 7 mile run.

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Dinner was baked chicken breast with rice and cream of mushroom soup.  Kris was nice enough to take charge in the kitchen while I showered, recovered, and boiled some eggs for our Easter eggs!!

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This morning for breakfast I had a whole wheat English muffin topped with almond butter and a banana.


Have a great Monday!

A Snowy Saturday… at the End of March

Good morning friends, I hope your weekend is going well!  Ours has been busy but relaxing at the same time.

Yesterday I was up bright and early driving Kris insane with my early bird sleep schedule (what else is new).  For breakfast I had a slice of Ezekial bread toasted, topped with the last of the Justin’s Vanilla Almond butter and a banana with coffeeeee.


I planned to try my first barre class, so when I went out to  my car I was surprised to find that it was buried in a late March snow (I know this shouldn’t surprise me anymore, but for some reason I still remain hopeful every morning that Spring is actually here).

I went to a place called buffaloBARRE for my first encounter.  The instructor was super friendly and the women in the class were all very welcoming.  I bought my first pair of barre sticky socks, grabbed a mat, some bands, and a few weights and before I knew it I was squating and plie-ing my little heart out.  The lighting was dim and the music was perfect for the setting.  It was almost relaxing (minus that pesky feeling that your leg muscles are on fire).  Let’s just say that today I am definitely feeling it.


For lunch I had leftover sushi from Friday night’s dinner, which for some reason I did not get a picture of.  I guess I just wanted to devour it more than I wanted to snap a picture.  Then we got to the unpacking/cleaning/organizing/fun stuff.

I would say it is a pretty big improvement from yesterday:


After I had enough of that for one day, I had a snack consisting of Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss cheese, tortilla chips, and a mango.  I absolutely love mangos.


Then when I went out to do some shopping I couldn’t resist these bad boys.  These were always the best jelly beans we got growing up.  Feeling a little hungry and a little homesick, there was really no resisting (darn it, Target).


Since it has been so cold and miserable here (and I can’t emphasize enough… it’s supposed to be Spring!!!), we decided to make a batch of chili and cornbread for dinner.

I used this cornbread recipe with only one modification – I used a little bit less than a cup of sugar. I couldn’t bring myself to add the entire amount… and no one even missed it!

And this chili recipe that I adapted back in the fall.  We added an extra chipotle chili this time though and my mouth was feeling the burn.


I topped the chili with sour cream, shredded cheddar, and a sprinkle of green onion.


And just incase you never heard of this fancy little hack… I always put my green onion in a glass of water after I buy it so that it will re-grow 😉


After a while it starts to thin out and I just toss it and start over, but it’s definitely nice to get a couple uses out of it.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Week 1 in Buffalo

This week was nothing short of madness.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I think the easiest way to share the madness is via some snapshots…

We ate lots of sugar cookies.  I finally finished icing a batch of Easter sugar cookies and I’m slowly polishing off the entire batch.  Not much thanks goes to Kris… sugar isn’t his thing so it leaves me and B with ALL of the sweets.


We celebrated small successes… like B partially ending her hunger strike. (partially.)  I’ve never met a dog that refuses to eat before, it’s so strange and stressful.


I woke up super early everyday to make time for a healthy breakfast.  We had some ripe avocados to use up so I started mashing avocado on toast and sprinkling salt and pepper on top…. it is heavenly.  I’m officially addicted.


We fried up some ground venison, mixed it with marinara sauce, and put it on top of spinach and roasted spaghetti squash.  It was delicious.  Mostly thanks to Wegman’s marinara sauce. (Side note – it would have been better if I would have cooked the spinach)


Lots of wine was drank.  Even though I am really enjoying the new gig, everyday is rough when you are just starting a new job.  So much to learn = so much wine needed.


Leftovers were packed for lunch:


Kind bars were consumed daily.


Why is it so hard to control food intake and know what “normal” feels like when you are in the midst of a transition?  I have been so hungry and so exhausted when I get home.  Hopefully this weekend I can get a jump start on getting back on track.  But when your entire house looks like some variation of this:


It’s hard to be hopeful that the weekend will consist of anything but organizing and unpacking.  Tonight we are going out to dinner for some sushi and quality time.  Have a great weekend!

Today I Started a New Job…and Ate All the Pizza

To begin this Monday, I think it’s only right that I share some weekend events from our first few nights in Buffalo…


Saturday we packed all of the things we could fit into 2 cars and hit the road.  By the time we got to our apartment and unpacked we were exhausted.  So we ordered a pizza and ended the night watching some House of Cards… on our fancy new tv stand:


(yes, I have a stuffed animal German Shorthair Pointer, and yes it was important enough that it didn’t get left for the movers. it’s totally normal)

Sunday I woke up nice and early and discovered that Spring in Buffalo means snow showers…


Breakfast consisted of coffee with an asiago bagel that I found when I was cleaning out the freezer (it was delicious)


The rest of the morning was spent running errands, which is when I discovered my new found love for Wegman’s.  Kris tried to tell me multiple times how much I would like Wegmans, but I couldn’t bring myself to admit anything was better than my beloved Market District in PA.  This is just one of the many selling points… a Trail Mix Bar.  yeah.  it’s real.


We spent the rest of the day getting everything in order and had lunch at Kris’ parent’s house and dinner at his aunt and uncles (we really didn’t have to do too much to fend for ourselves).

Today began bright and early so that I wouldn’t be late on my first day of work.  So naturally, I didn’t sleep well at all last night.  I heard one of the radio talk shows say that it was a balmy -6 degrees with the windchill.  Spring has officially sprung.


On the bright side, my first day went smoothly, everyone was super nice to me, and I even got pizza for lunch.  We went to a delicious pizza place and I got the mozzarella and arugula.  So good.


On the way home I just barely made it to a gas station


I swear I’m a mature, responsible adult.  Wouldn’t that have been a story for a first day on the job.

Anyways, I made it home planning to do a workout… but then the leftover lunch pizza and wine were calling my name.


Besides, who doesn’t indulge a little on first days?

Time to play with the Beester and relax.  I hope you had a great Monday!

Moving Day – The Closing of a Chapter

I know I have been terrible with posting this week but life has just been so darn hectic.  Tomorrow we are officially making the move to Buffalo, NY!  These past 2 weeks have been a complete whirlwind and working out and planning meals has been nearly impossible.  I’m hoping to regain some sense of routine and normalcy next week.

But in the meantime, here is an update of the past week (or two)…

Lots of lunches, wine, and emotional goodbyes

My last day of work was Wednesday and it was very difficult for me to say goodbye to my coworkers who have become my good friends and pack up my desk.  I am a person of routine and any big life changes are usually very difficult for me.  The good thing is I have been so busy that I haven’t had too much time to panic about it.  The bad thing is I am really going to miss my job and my friends and I’m afraid I will be having some serious homesickness.  My coworkers sent me off the right way though with lunches just about every day, an awesome happy hour, a myriad of thoughtful gifts, and even a homemade cake!


It’s always so sad to start a new life chapter, but so wonderful to know that you have cultivated friendships that won’t end when a new chapter begins.

A few attempts at training for the half marathon

I hit the road one measly time so far this week for around 3 miles.  Yikes.


But it was a beautiful day to get out with the B-ster.  Too bad I woke up this morning to more snow (I guess I should get used to it, huh?).


More phone calls than I’ve made in my entire life

Moving your entire life, leaving a job, preparing for a new job, finding a place to live, and selling your house are no simple tasks.  I think I have made more phone calls and done more paperwork this week than I have in my whole life.  Thank goodness for Kris; I don’t know how people do all of this by themselves.

Packing, cleaning, planning, panicking

Tomorrow Kris and I are moving our necessities to the new apartment and the moving company will bring the rest next week.  Even though I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, there is still so much to do!  Every once in a while I find myself getting to the point of overwhelmed-ness that I just feel paralyzed.  But luckily I’ve been able to snap out of it and keep moving.  I’m looking forward to being settled and getting back to my routine.  The half marathon is only 6 weeks away!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

A Weekend of Fun & Back to the Madness

Happy Monday!

I hope your week is off to a great start.  We had a fairly unproductive weekend and it felt great.  We finally found an apartment on Saturday, so I won’t have to be homeless when I start my new job in the Great White North next Monday!  But other than that we took some time to relax and celebrate any Irish roots that we might have.

Friday night Kris came home from Buffalo, we ordered a pizza, and I passed out (per usual).  Saturday I woke up bright and early to go for a run, but it was a bust.  It was cold and wet and I was not running at my best, but I guess a bad run is better than no run.  Around noon we went downtown for some Pittsburgh St. Patty’s day festivities with friends:


It was a long day of green beer but we had a great time.  We got to meet up with a decent number of friends including my brother as we made our way around The Burgh throughout the day.

Yesterday there was a fair amount of laying around and recovering.  I baked some sugar cookies (that I have yet to ice) and we grilled some jalapeño cheddar chicken burgers for dinner with avocado and watermelon:


OK – I didn’t eat that whole bowl of watermelon in one sitting (close though).  There is plenty to make a few watermelon salads this week.  I am on a mission to have a bare fridge by Saturday so that we have less to pack.  We shall see how it goes!

It is supposed to be a beautiful day here in Pittsburgh and I’m hoping to get in a nice long run with the B-ster and a visit to my parent’s house.  Have a great day!

Wednesday Happenings

Yesterday was another busy one.  I don’t know where the day went.  It went a little something like this:

6:30am – Wake up, get ready for work, take care of the Beester, eat breakfast & watch the news

8:30am – Make it to work, drink coffee, try to focus on work and not the fact that we don’t have anywhere to live yet in less than 2 weeks

12pm – Lunch at Chipotle with a few friends/coworkers. I got the “salad” with no dressing.  Which is pretty much just a chicken bowl with a little more lettuce.  I didn’t snap a picture, but here’s the run down: lettuce, brown rice, chicken, add peppers & onion, all kinds of salsa, add guacamole with a small sprite.

1pm – Back to work

3pm – Have a cup of green tea with a pomegranate blueberry & pistachio Kind bar

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5pm – Leave work, come home and have a handful of tortilla chips with white bean hummus, berries, and lime water


5:30pm – Reheat leftovers from yesterday’s dinner


6pm – Meet with a realtor about selling my house

7:30pm – Take the Beester for a short run (while trying to beat the sun going down and immediately regret getting the hot salsa at Chipotle)


9pm – Take a quick shower, get in bed, read some Wild, pass out.

This morning for breakfast I had a small glass of OJ with a slice of Ezekiel bread & Justin’s Vanilla Almond butter (plus a little bonus piece – and everyone says the end slice of bread is bad)


I also had some leftover coffee from the pot I made on Monday.  When I make too much coffee I stick it in the fridge so I can put it on ice when the need arises.  This morning is that morning:


And now i’m off to work!  Have a great day!

Grilled Chicken Thighs, Coconut Rice & Roasted Asparagus

Happy hump day! This week is flying by.  I feel like I haven’t had a moment of free time, but  I suppose that is to be expected when you’re moving your life in two weeks.  Last night I took some time to make this delicious dinner though.

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Coconut Rice & Roasted Asparagus


– 1 pack boneless, skinless chicken thighs

– Grill Mates Chipotle Pepper

– 1 can coconut milk

– rice

– asparagus

– mushrooms

– olive oil

– salt & pepper

Step 1: Marinate the chicken thighs for approx 3-4 hrs.  I mixed the packet of seasoning with some olive oil and water in a large freezer back then added the chicken thighs.


Step 2: Grill chicken thighs for approx 6 mins on one side and 4 minutes on the other

Step 3: Follow instructions for rice, replacing water with coconut milk

coconut rice

Step 4: Preheat oven to 425. Toss asparagus (and mushrooms if desired) in olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Bake for 15 minutes.


Step 5: Enjoy!


I also snacked on some raspberries and blueberries while I was cooking.


This morning breakfast consisted of a slice of toasted Ezekiel bread with Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter and a small glass of OJ:


Have a good one!

How Dropbox Saved My Photos

Lately I had been having this pesky little problem where I couldn’t even update my phone because I didn’t have enough space.  Which led to not being able to update or download certain apps, getting a message that I had no more space when I went to snap a picture, the list goes on and on.  In my mind, the solution to my problem was inevitably going to be getting a new phone when my contract is up in April.  However, this didn’t actually solve the problem… sure, I would get a blank slate without having the delete any of my pictures.  But what are the chances I would ever dig out of old phone and find the pictures?  I had to find a way to save all of my pictures and free up space on my phone.

That’s when my brother told me about Dropbox.  I am probably the last person on the planet to find out about Dropbox… but just incase I’m not – Dropbox is an app that you can upload and save photos and files.  You can back them up and access them at anytime.  Once the initial setup is complete, you can set up dropbox to automatically backup all of your photos which is an awesome feature.  Dropbox is a free app that gives you 2.0 GB of free storage, but if you would like more space you can subscribe to pay for it.


So I uploaded all of my photos, did a lot of deleting on my phone, and that’s how Dropbox saved my photos (no pun intended).

I have been failing miserably at my half marathon training lately.  Now that the weather seems to have finally broke (I hope), it’s crunch time for me.  I began the week yesterday with a run that kicked my butt.  I know it doesn’t take long to get back into shape, but it is painful.  Especially when you live in an area where hills are abundant.


I also notice a huge difference in how I feel when I’m running when my diet is on track (which it hasn’t been lately).  I have found myself succumbing to quick, unhealthy fixes when I’m feeling hungry and stressed out (which seems to be more often with the move coming up in 2 weeks).  So today, I need to get back on track!

Breakfast is 1 slice of Ezekiel bread with Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter and 4 clementines:


Have a great day!