Fall is fully upon us! Brr, it got cold! Nothing like running a 5-miler in the zoo with the cheetahs to keep you warm. That and fun family and friend gatherings to get in the soon-to-be holiday spirit. What did you do this weekend? Continue reading
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Among my many wonderful traditional Thanksgivings over the years, there have been a few notable ones that were decidedly less traditional. While they weren’t Norman Rockwell inspired, they were special times shared with friends and family and I still remember them so I put them up there among my favorites. Read on for some weird Thanksgivings, more tips for this Thanksgiving, and a a game to put on your daughter’s Christmas list this year. Continue reading
We’re doing Thanksgiving a little different this year. Typically we go to my husband’s family’s house for the day for a big family meal. It’s loud, it’s chaotic, there’s drama, there are relatives there that we haven’t seen since the last year’s Thanksgiving.
Busy fall weekend of fun! I feel exhausted on a Sunday night but somehow rejuvenated and ready to go to face the week ahead. What did you get into this weekend? Continue reading
Squeezing in one last big hill run this weekend before next Saturday’s Zoo Zoom. Couch to 5k went so well I figured I’d tackle an 8k. Ack! So, a big bowl of pasta tonight to fuel me for 5 miles tomorrow.
And a wine tasting to pair with said pasta: an upcoming Shrimp Pasta recipe (that’s Cappelini con Salsa di Gamberi e Aglio to you). Place your bets: Soave or Pinot Grigio? And place your bets on whether I’ll be sweating Soave tomorrow morn. Continue reading
This summer, my husband has been working late 2 nights a week. I’ve been trying to keep my cooking time really short on those nights so I can play with my 2-year-old as much as possible. Here are 2 recipes that worked really well recently:
- Store-bought Spinach-cheese Ravioli with Pistachio-Mint Pesto: This one was really good. The Cooking Light recipe called for fettucine, but ravioli was on sale that week and my son is not a huge fan of pasta anyway. He’ll eat ravioli, though – he loves the cheese filling, and anything that gets spinach into his belly is a win as far as I’m concerned. I shelled the pistachios the night before and put all the pesto components into a bowl so when I got home from work I just had to toss them in the mini-food processor and boil the ravioli. The one change I made to the pesto recipe is to cut out the salt – I figured the ravioli is already salty enough and the Romano cheese adds saltiness too.
- “Southwest” Chicken Caesar Salad: Rotisserie Chicken, romaine lettuce, bottled caesar dressing (we like the Simply Dressed brand), toasted wheat baguette. Leftover black beans and corn were a last-minute addition. My son really enjoyed the chicken, toast, and corn.
Do you have any favorite super-fast meals?
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What a difference a year makes. I can’t believe it’s been that long since my the last post.
We’ve been cooking like crazy over here. I literally mean cooking like a mad woman trying to shovel tons of food at two starving gremlins. Just. keep. feeding. them. Make. no. sudden. movements. Continue reading
As you may have guessed from my sporadic posting over the past few months, I’m finding that having 2 young kids, a full-time job, and a blog doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for the best part of life: living! I hope to jump back on and post now and again, but for now I need to take a little break and spend some time playing (and cooking) with these little ones!
In the immortal words of Tigger: TTFN!
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!