Hoge Runs…and Eats!

Just another foodie who loves to run!

Quiet weekend September 11, 2010

Evening blogaroonies!  I hope you all had a wonderful Saturday 🙂

This has been a QUIET day at the Hoge Runs household.  Last night C and I went to Carl’s Jr for dinner, I know…fast food burgers, the horror!  Their french fries are like crack though…yummmmmmm 🙂  After dinner we hit up Costco for our mega-grocery shop and ended up finding some great deals, including a 6 pack of Pur water filters for $41.99 (after an in-store coupon).  At Target, one filter is about $20 and a 3 pack is $37.99!  Not bad Costco, not bad!  When we got home I caught up on the week in celebrity gossip – we subscribe to a number of magazines using maghound.com and I’m so glad we do.  On Friday nights I get Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly and People then throughout the rest of the month I get Vegetarian Times and either Food Network Magazine or Every Day with Rachel Ray depending on which has an issue that month.  Chris also gets 2 “gamer” magazines through the service and we pay $22 a month.  For a magazine addict like me, totally worth it, and much cheaper than buying in the store!  Plus, you can change your subscriptions at any time, and set up substitute choices for off-months so you’ll always get a magazine.  Anywho…yep, we love it 😉

It was a crazy Friday night in the ‘burbs and I stayed up til the late-late hour of 11pm, I know…I need to get that under control 😛  I told Chris I was getting up at 7 this morning and he said no, you’ll get up at 9:30.  Sure enough, I woke up naturally at 6:55 and thought it was too cold to get up (it’s been getting down into the upper 40s at night!) and ended up sleeping til 9:30.  Whoops!  Chris knows me all too well 🙂  When I finally did get up I was out the door in a flash, on a mission to find the perfect wool pea-coat for fall/winter.  I ended up going to 2 TJ Maxx’s, a Ross and an Old Navy.  At TJ Maxx I found the Calvin Klein jacket I’d been lusting over in my size, but they only had it in black and I wanted something fun/that wouldn’t act as a lint magnet.  I wasn’t about to spend $80 on something I wasn’t 100% satisfied with!  At Ross, I found a great Michael Kors jacket in purple but it was a bit on the cropped side and with a more well-endowed upper body cropped = line backer.  Finally at Old Navy I found this little gem, and for only $60!  Looking on-line this evening I saw they also have a navy and a great green color that they didn’t have in the store.  Hmmm….


What do you think?  The color is called “golden gate” and C and I decided it’s like a deep grapefruit/burnt orange, definitely not a true-orange/pumpkin color.  Earlier this summer I knitted a tan/cream colored scarf using bamboo fiber yarn and a matching hat in brown/cream and I think it will look great against this jacket.  I’ll have to post pictures of those projects tomorrow!

The coat hunt took about 2 hours and I then needed to tackle the regular grocery stuff – yogurt, Larabars, milk, etc.  Low and behold when I got home a miracle occurred!  I am a big believer in Saturday naps (or Sunday naps post-long run, obviously) and after we ate lunch (natural un-cured hot dogs, Kettle Chips and apple slices) Chris said “I think we should take a nap.”  Um, come again?  Chris NEVER naps, he’s like a 5 year old who thinks he’ll miss something if he falls asleep in the middle of the day, but I love taking naps together, especially when it’s a perfect 72 degrees outside.  I think it’s just having extra cuddle time that makes me like naps together, we’re always passing each other on the go during the week and it’s nice to have a couple hours with no phones, no work and nowhere else to go.  We ended up crashing out for about 2 hours and now are just chillaxing around the apartment.  I am going to work some more on the throw I’m crocheting for the living room, but need another ball of yarn and the idea of walking downstairs (our unit is 2 stories with a “mud room” and storage room on the lower level then 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms/kitchen/living room/laundry on the upper floor) just doesn’t sound appealing.  Complain, complain, complain, I know 😉

What have you been up to today?  Any big plans for tomorrow?  C and I are contemplating a game of Frisbee golf, here’s hoping it’s another beautiful day and the course is free!  And of course, the true blood finale is tomorrow night, eek!!


Attack of the Mega-Post April 19, 2010

Hi Bloggies – this is going to be a big post…we have lots to catch up on!

Let’s see, where to start, where to start.  How about lunch on Saturday?  Sound good?  🙂

Saturday I made some yummy wraps for Chris and I with some new found goodies from Costco.  My wrap featured a whole wheat + flax Flat Out Wrap, sundried tomatoes (which I rinsed and blotted to get rid of some of the oil they were packed in), gouda and oven roasted turkey breast.  On the side, I made mega-veggies on the Griddler.  First, I grilled some French cut green beans and tossed them with lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper and a little feta.  This is seriously becoming an obsession in our house.  They are SO good!  I also made a sweet side with baby carrots grilled and then tossed with a mix of pure maple syrup, cinnamon and Emeril’s essence.  I think the carrots would have been better had I grilled them and then maybe baked/microwaved them with the sauce so it thickened up a little and the flavors melded a little better.  But…they were still a hit!

And then, I started baking.  Do you ever just have a really intense urge to bake/make elaborate meals?  I couldn’t stop myself Saturday and made 2 batches of whole-wheat dinner rolls (which I neglected to take a picture of when they were pretty in the pan…they’re just not as photogenic when you break them up to put in a tupperware :() and a mega-loaf of focaccio.  Normally, the recipe (from Betty Crocker’s Best of Baking) makes 2 loaves but I knew we’d be using this bread to make paninis this week and wanted something a little thicker. I adapted Betty’s recipe and used 1/2 bread flour and 1/2 whole-wheat flour.  The result is a dense, chewy, flavorful bread.  Love it!

While my rolls were rising I ran out for a quick 3.88M run and came home to a few snacks I picked up at Costco (by the way, LOVE Costco right as it opens on Saturday morning, I was in and out in less than 40 minutes which is a record since I have a need to peruse the whole store when I go in).  I had a small bowl with Sahale vanilla/pom cashews and some dried apricots.

These apricots are great, no added sugar and the only item on the ingredients list I don’t 100% love is the sulphur dioxide added to retain color.  The cashews are HEAVENLY.  They have cashews, dried apples, dried pomegranate, pomegranate juice, sea salt and crushed up vanilla beans.  Mmmm!

Saturday night we were going to rent Crazy Heart, but alas I had my dates wrong and it actually doesn’t come out until this weekend.  Boo 😦  Instead, I caught up on this week’s episode of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge while Chris played video games (surprise, surprise).  This season seems like it will be drama filled and fabulous…what can I say, I”m a sucker for MTV reality shows!

I also started reading a new book series – the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.  I have to admit that I picture the heroine in the story looking like J-Wow from the Jersey Shore 😉  I’ll provide a full book review soon!

I picked up a great deep sided/covered skillet at Costco Saturday morning ($21…score!!) and knew just what to make Saturday night to try it out.  I had seen Rachel Ray make skillet lasagna when I was home sick Thursday and we had all the ingredients on hand for my own version.

First, I browned about a pound of lean turkey in a little olive oil with Italian seasoning, garlic and onion powder, once browned, I drained off the excess liquid.

While the turkey was cooking I made a big pot of pasta, I forget what this cut is called, they are shaped like long s’s and held up really well to the saucy mixture I subjected them too.  This is from an organic brand at Costco.

Once the pasta and turkey are ready, I combined them in my skillet with a jar of pasta sauce (I hate to say it, but we love Ragu in this house…I know it’s not organic, but the ingredients list isn’t a mile long and we both just like the flavor…so sue me ;)) and a small container of ricotta cheese.  Heat this fabulous mix to boiling to be sure it’s heated through.

Once hot, top with gobs of mozarella and either place under the broiler/in the oven or, if you are already using the oven for a massive baking extravaganza like I was, just put a lid on it and let the cheese steam melt 🙂

Oh yes, ooey gooey perfection.

Sunday I woke up and went for my long-run, it was only 6 miles this week but felt like I was running for HOURS.  At the 3 mile turn around I seriously wanted to just sit in the field and make smoke signals until someone came and rescued me (I normally carry my cell phone on LR’s but was thinking “It’s only 6 miles, I can do 6 miles in my sleep”  right…).  I knew I was dehydrated when I started my run, but since we had things to get done Sunday afternoon I grabbed 3 Clif shot blocks (cran-razz flavor, yum!!) and a big bottle of water and hit the trail.  #1 issue?  The stupid !@#@!#@ fuel belt I grabbed, I hate it.  I really do.  It was my very first fuel belt and I have to tighten it about as tight as it will go so the single bottle doesn’t bounce.  I much prefer my 4-bottle belt which fits close to the body with slimmer bottles.  I just can’t handle a bouncy bottle!  Then, my legs felt like lead from hill repeats on Saturday and the sun was blazing high in the sky by the time I got out on the trail.  It was a hilly 6 miles and the last 3 miles I told myself I was going to gut it out no matter how slow I was going (finished at right about 12 min mile pace) and I conned myself into saying hello/good morning/have a good run/ride to everyone I passed for the last 3 miles.  It was so nice to turn some of my negative energy into positive energy…even though I was seething on the inside, I was smiling on the outside.  Fake it til you make it, right?  I also dumped some water on my head at about 4 miles…oh it felt good!  It wasn’t even that warm out…just a bad run.  We all have them from time to time 🙂

Post-run we grabbed Quizno’s for lunch before hitting our storage unit (had to fill out paperwork for a locksmith to come out and cut our lock off as we have lost our keys…boo) and visited Chris’ dad for his birthday.  We also saw my niece Sunday, she’s seriously turning into the CUTEST kid on the block.  Here are a couple pictures from Easter – yes, she’s quite the little Diva and had an outfit change mid-day, she just wasn’t mobile enough in her dress and tights 🙂

We also hit up Safeway on Saturday…for the drum-roll please…much awaited Safeway/Betty Crocker/My Blog Spark giveaway!  I have been promising to share with you for too long and finally made it to the store to cash in on my prize pack 🙂 I received a great sampler pack from Betty Crocker/Safeway Family of Stores and My Blog Spark of a mixing bowl/spoon, oven mitt, baking pan and $25 gift card to Safeway.

I cashed in my $25 gift card for some great goodies – muffin mixes:

Cake mixes:

Gluten free mixes:

and frosting:

I was really pleasantly surprised at the variety of mixes available as well as the price – that’s a load of loot for $25!  I also had enough left on my gift card to pick up some cupcake tins and a bag of organic turbinado sugar.

It just so happened I hadn’t had a cake for my birthday yet and what is a birthday without cake?  Growing up, my dad would always make a chocolate cake with “peanut butter frosting” for my birthday.  The frosting is probably the most unhealthy thing known to man – butter cream frosting + a HUGE gob of peanut butter…but it tastes like birthday to me!  I used my Betty Crocker dark chocolate cake mix and was really happy with the results.  The cake turned out moist and fluffy and just plain good.  I added some chocolate chips and toffee bits to the mix before baking for a little extra something.  This giveaway is to promote Betty Crocker’s Bake Sweet Memories website so it only seemed fitting to bake something that brings back so many memories.

Soooooo good!  Just what the birthday doctor ordered 😉

To go with my cake, I made Chris and I baked chicken paninis.  I baked the chicken with tons of savory spices, sliced it and grilled it on Saturday’s foccacio with sliced gouda.  I topped my sandwich with hot sauce and insane amounts of avocado.

On the side we had baked beans and rice which I steamed with chicken stock and veggies

All together now

Phew…this post IS getting long!

Today’s eats were actually pretty boring…for lunch I made a bowl with rice, avocado and tomatoes (it also had a new chick pea product which I’ll review later in the week) and a pink lady apple.  Dinner was leftover skillet lasagna…love making a huge pot that lasts for days 🙂

And with that…here’s your chance to win your very own gift pack from Safeway/My Blog Spark/Betty Crocker.  You’ll receive a baking pan, mixing bowl, mixing spoon, pot holder and $25 gift card good at the Safeway family of stores.  To enter, just leave a comment below with your favorite food related memory by 5pm Mountain Time on Wednesday April 21st.  I’ll randomly select a winner in my Wednesday night post.  Just a reminder – you do not have to be a blogger to enter, I know my blog sees a lot of non-blogger traffic, feel free to enter!  Everyone (sorry Chris, you’re excluded) is eligible 🙂 Cannot wait to hear your memories!


April 2, 2010

Before I get to my day…have you seen this?!?!?!?  **Insert pre-teen squeal here…eeeeeeeee!!!!!!!**  Eclipse Trailer

Okie dokie, geek out over!  Phew, calming down…

Anyway, going back to this morning, I slept until 8 and was just awake, even though it was my day off!  I got dressed and headed out for a run, it was awful. Today was a good example for listening to your body, the wind was freezing cold and my lungs were not digging it.  So, I listened to my body and called it a day at .88 miles.  Not a great accomplishment, not a speed record, but, I know that slogging out the other 2.12 miles wouldn’t have done anything but make me even more miserable.  So…I came inside and made breakfast 🙂

I don’t think I’ve introduced you to the Keurig, it’s AMAZING.  This morning I made a white chocolate mocha using 1 cup of white hot chocolate and 1 of mocha.

Obviously I made this drink in my favorite mug and topped with a good amount of whipped cream 😀

To eat, I made a not very pretty scramble of eggs, feta, cheddar, avocado and salsa.

Delish, but not very photogenic 😉

After breakfast I went to REI with my member dividend for the year. This year was a big year for our dividend as we bought my Garmin 405 at REI this year. I was able to find my running shoes (Asics Gel 1100 series) and snagged them for only $10 after the 20% off coupon and dividend!  Score!!  They are very cool kicks, white/blue/silver and white/blue striped laces!  Love ’em.  I’ve been wearing the 1100 series for a few years now and have no desire to change…hear that Asics?  Don’t stop making my shoes!!  🙂

And then errands…I hit Costco for staples and snagged 2 Adidas dri-fit tees for $11 each!  Apres Costco I hit up Target and picked up the rest of the groceries and some organizer baskets for the fridge.  It’s so weird, but other than produce our fridge doesn’t have any drawers!  Our old apartment shelf had a lunch meat/cheese drawer and it made the fridge seem so much bigger.  I cleaned out the fridge when I got home and put one basket on the bottom shelf with lunch meat/cheese and one on the top shelf with yogurt.  We go through 10 yogurts a week, so they end up all over the fridge! Then I organized the pantry and feel so much better!  Things aren’t falling over when I open the door.  Phew!

And then it was lunch time! I used a whole wheat wrap from Costco and then added some sliced cheddar cheese and a local/all natural/no nitrate/no nitrite/uncured hot dog, wrapped it all together and grilled it on the George.  yum!!  I had some baked chips on the side with lots of ketchup and mustard for dipping.

I also had a “smooshed fruit” fruit roll up.

After lunch I cleaned the fish tank, did 2 loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen and living room.  It is so much easier to do chores on a Friday off since it doesn’t feel like you’re missing any bit of the weekend 😀

Chris got home around 5 and we debated what to have for dinner, we finally decided just to cook at home and I knew just what to make. Kind of. I had picked up some sweet and sour sauce at the store and went down that path.  First, I put some brown rice, frozen veggies and Better than Buillion in the rice cooker.

While the rice cooked away I got out my Paula Deen “dredging dishes” and set up a coating station.  I cubed 2 chicken breasts and dredged them in egg and plain Progresso bread crumbs then fried the cubes with a little olive oil until brown. When frying cubes like this – make sure not to over load the pan, I cooked our chicken in 3 batches so I could turn and get an even browness on all sides.

While the chicken cooked I made 2 sauces. The first was starring La Choy sweet & sour sauce. The sauce was pretty sweet so I added a dash of Tapatio to spice it up a little!

The second is an old favorite – Panda Express orange sauce and low sodium soy sauce. Mmm!

And here’s the final product!

Chris and I pretended we were in a real restaurant and shared “entrees” 🙂 We both had 1/2 sweet & sour chicken and 1/2 orange chicken.  To drink, we each had an Izze soda.  Chris had grapefruit and I had berry.  These “sodas” are great if you want a fizzy beverage without all the junk in soda. Each drink is fruit juice + sparkling water.

And now it’s sadly time to go pick up the kitchen, again, lol.  It’s never ending.  We’re taping Jamie Oliver’s show to watch later this weekend…really loving his message!

By the way, did you catch Grey’s last night?  We just watched it tonight during dinner…good, good, good!  I did want to smack the one intern who I can’t think of her name…the one making eyes at Derek.  Leave him alone, he’s married, you little tart!!

Ok bloggies, have a fabulous Friday night!


I found it! March 12, 2010

Yay, yay, yay.  I have been lusting over this book for MONTHS.  Seriously, before Amazon even had cover art on-line, I was waiting for this book, and I finally found it tonight at Costco of all places!

Chelsea’s books are NOT for the shy or faint of heart, but if you’re open and brave they are a hoot.  I always tell Chris when I’m in my 30s/40s I’m going to look like Chelsea Handler and/or Jennifer Anniston 🙂 Duh.  Hehe.

In other recent book news, I devoured this one in 3 days on the light rail to/from work.

It was good, it was creepy, and my favorite part was I could not put it down, even though I knew the ending.  I actually guessed the ending after seeing 1 of the movie previews and Chris read a spoiler that verified my guess…but the book surprised me all the same.  I think there were 3 or 4 distinct twists in the book that had me second guessing the movie ending (thinking they had changed it from the book) and the author set such an amazing stage that I really got lost in the story and followed him just where he wanted my mind to go.  I think our trip to Alcatraz this summer helped as I could picture a secluded island surrounded by treacherous currents very easily 🙂  I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a great, suspenseful read.

Next in line (before I dig into Chelsea) is this book:

Robert Leckie is one of the men The Pacific follows and I am really interested to read one of the first hand accounts and compare it to the miniseries.  I know, I’m just that cool B-)…

And, I also picked up this little fun read (for after Chelsea) at Costco…can you tell I’m feeling overwhelmed with all my free time since finishing my topsecret $600 million bond deal on Thursday (where my head has been buried the last 2.5 months)??

Speaking of the bond deal, I was actually invited to a very special happy hour earlier this week with the President/CEO, CFO, and Treasurer of the company.  While my main supervisors’ supervisors haven’t recognized the fact we finished, I am delighted to say the “Biggest Cheese” took time out of his day to have a Coke (I had to go back to work afterward, boo) with me, shook my hand, and congratulated me for keeping the company liquid.  I suppose his thanks outweighs that of a few VP’s, huh? 😉

Other than work, not a lot has been going on lately.  I’ve been running 3-5 days a week depending on my schedule and have a 1/2 marathon coming up on the 11th of April.  It will be my first run as a *gasp* 26 year old!  I actually pulled a white hair the other day, I noticed something sparkly near my part…and sure enough, white as fresh snow.  Yikes!!  I suppose I have been under a teeny bit of stress lately.

Tomorrow morning is a busy day, dropping the car off to get the oil changed, heading to the mall for some new spring work clothes for me and new jeans/tee shirts for C, and making some brownies that will “change my life” from Zesty Cook. Can’t wait to share it all with you!

Nightie night bloggies!


Not ready to go back to work!! January 3, 2010

I am so not ready for the holiday season to be over, there’s such a long haul til our next break from work folks…it’s sad!!  Today I tried to soak up as much relaxation as possible as things are going to get crazy at work over the next couple of months.  Tack on trying to find/buy a house and it should be interesting!

I started my day off with a 5.03 mile run in 1:00:54.  It wasn’t a fast run and I added in a 3 minute walk break in the middle to take off my fleece jacket, take a Gu (as I skipped eating before heading out) and drinking some water.  It was a beautiful morning for a run – I finished my run in a tee shirt!  Love that 🙂

After my run I had a light blue gatorade and 2 slices of whole wheat toast with a little butter and homemade jelly.  I also had a small glass of Naked OJ and Benefiber.

After breakfast I showered, cleaned the bathroom, cleaned/organized our room and Chris and I both started laundry.  Organizing took a while, so soon it was lunch time.  We threw together some nachos made with:

  • Baked “Scoops” tortilla chips
  • Warm queso sauce
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Bean Dip
  • Sour Cream
  • Newman’s Own Chunky Salsa

I also had some broccoli on the side 🙂

After lunch Chris and I split a pack of these new Special K fruit crisps for something sweet, these are pretty good!  It’s like a cracker filled with fruit 😀

And after that…I napped!  I slept for about 2 hours and it was so nice just to relax and snooze with the breeze blowing in the open window…and no coughing!  Fingers crossed I can sleep without a cough tonight as well.

After my nap I watched America’s Test Kitchen on PBS…we have “over the air” cable right now…so we get 3 PBS networks, Channel 2 (Not sure what it’s called now – but it has the Vampire Diaries, Smallville, etc) and Fox.  I’ve been watching a lot of PBS lately 😉 While watching PBS, I snacked on 2 Honey Maid Graham Crackers.

Finally it was dinner time…Sundays are so lazy at our house that meals are the definite highlight 🙂 We debated picking up something at the grocery store for a while (we were both craving BBQ and love the Lloyd’s pulled pork in the deli section of the store) but were good and fixed red beans and rice, as planned.  Chris was on corn bread duty, we love the Marie Callendar’s mix from Costco.  It’s not fancy, but it is SO good!

I mixed a box of Zatarain’s red beans and rice, a turkey kielbasa sausage, garlic powder and cumin, then boiled for 25 minutes and let rest for 5 minutes.  While that was cooking I made a pan of mashed potatoes…totally cheating and using the Betty Crocker garlic potatoes in a box.  I added a little sprinkle of cheese and a dollop of sour cream at the end to make them a little special.  Dinner was served with mashed potatoes in a bowl –

Then add red beans and rice mixture on top –

And corn bread on the side  –

I cannot wait to find a house and get back to making big Sunday dinners again…I’m kind of tired of eating from a box…but I also don’t have the resources/space to do much elaborate cooking while we’re sharing a kitchen 🙂  I’ll try to keep our box meals as exciting as possible though!  😉

And now…believe it or not, I’m watching PBS!  I’m going to fold the laundry and get my clothes laid out for an early morning yoga session and getting back to work tomorrow.  I hope you had a great long weekend and wish you a very happy first Monday of 2010!


Shopping Spree! January 2, 2010

I definitely went on a shopping spree this evening…but first, let’s rewind to this morning!

After coming home from my not-so-fun run I showered and had a bowl of Cascadian Farms Organic Honey O’s, Horizon Organic Skim Milk and Raisins.  After this picture I topped the cereal with a banana.

I also had a glass of Naked OJ with Benefiber.  After breakfast Chris and I went to the post office to mail a couple packages (Steph – you’re package’s in the mail!!) and pick up a package that was sent postage due (Marathon Woman, can’t wait to read it).  We then decided to brave Costco to pick up a few things, it wasn’t as bad as we expected but I really wish people would treat shopping carts like cars – drive on the right side, major aisles get the right-of-way, etc!  Wouldn’t that make shopping less hectic?? 😉

At Costco we got:

  • Celery Sticks
  • Broccoli Florets (a HUGE bag…nom, nom, nom)
  • Personal Pan Cheese & Pepperoni Pizzas
  • Bananas
  • Honey Maid Graham Crackers
  • Rudy’s Organic Honey Sweat Wheat Bread
  • A giant bag of BBQ Pop Chips
  • An organic bagged Ceasar salad kit

We hauled all our goodies home and made a quick lunch of personal pan pizzas (Chris had pepperoni, I had cheese) and a handful of Pop Chips.  I realized that a serving of Pop Chips (120 calories) is 20 chips!  That’s a lot of chips considering these are so airy and filling…interesting!  We always feel like we eat a ton at a time, but realized today we only eat about 10 before we get full of chips…good to know!

After lunch I had a small handful of Skittles – Chris is a good husband and ate all the icky purples.

We have a great arrangement in our marriage where Chris eats the purple skittles and the green Sour Patch Kids.  Is there a color of candy that you dislike? Do you and your significant other fight over the good flavors??

After lunch I took a short nap but kept waking up with my tingly cough, bleh!  I feel much better today but the cough and congestion are still kicking my butt.  And, on top of the cold, I got a cold sore!  I have been loading my lip up with Campho Phenique all day yesterday and today and it’s drying up already.  Do you get cold sores/canker sores?  They’re the pits!

All throughout the day I sprinkled in some cuddle time with our niece, Braeleigh, who was staying with her grandparents while her parents worked today.  She is getting such a cute personality and loves to blow raspberries and smile.

Late this afternoon I ran over to the Boulder Running Company and Lululemon to cash in some gift cards – check out my loot!

I ended up purchasing a pair of Asics running pants at the BRC – they’re a super soft fleece-y feeling material and have a zipper up the calf and great zippered pockets.  At Lululemon I got a new yoga mat that is much thicker and comfier than my old one – it’s black on one side and blue on the other.  I got a matching blue yoga block and a green stretching belt (that doubles as a carrier, still have to figure out that part).  I also got a giant bottle of mat cleaner – the bottle says you can even use it to spray down your elliptical/treadmill after a workout!  Definitely going to put that to use when we buy a house and I set up my gym!  The spray has a really yummy mint smell 🙂

Dinner was a surprise trip to Chick-Fil-A and I didn’t get a picture but had an 8-piece chicken nugget meal with waffle fries and a small fruit punch 😀  The rest of the evening was spent loving on our niece, playing Wii and chatting.

Now we’re winding down for the evening and I need to hit the water – hard, I’m so thirsty all of a sudden!  I also hear a Bryer’s all natural fruit popsicle calling my name 😉

I hope you had a wonderful 2nd day of 2010 and I hope you have a very wonderful Sunday tomorrow!


Come on white blood cells…fight! December 29, 2009

Still sick 😦 I woke up this morning feeling worse than the last couple days, apparently par for the course with this cold.  Ick!  I woke up at 7:45, slept again til 9:30 and then got up and made 3 slices of whole wheat toast with butter and homemade three berry jelly and a glass of OJ.  Doesn’t my OJ look like it has a jack-o-latern face?

After breakfast I went back to bed until noon…the bed wasn’t pretty, but I took a picture anyway as I spent so much of my day there 🙂

At noon I got up and made myself a toasted cheese sandwich with 2 slices of homemade wheat bread and 2 slices of Tilamook colby-jack cheese.  I also had a can of Amy’s organic tomato bisque, seriously my favorite tomato soup.

I also had a Pepperidge farm milk chocolate/caramel cookie after lunch to wash down my cold medicine.  I popped it in the microwave for 30 seconds first to make it “fresh baked.”

After lunch and re-dosing with cold medicine (Mucinex and Excedrin) I took a hot-hot shower with a Sudacare Shower Soothers tablet.  These things are awesome for opening up sinuses, you just unwrap the tablet and drop it on the floor of the shower where the water will hit it and breathe deeply.

I must have taken a super hot shower as when I opened the bathroom door the steam was making the smoke detector in the hall beep!  Whoops 😉

Post-shower I slathered myself in this yummy smelling Tree Hut brand body butter that I found at Costco (4 tubs for $12!!) – all the lotions are paraben free, they’re the first body “butter” I have found without paraben that’s not super pricey.

And then, back to bed I went!  Chris got home around 3/3:30 and I sat with him in the computer room and nibbled on some Rice Works chips and sour patch kids…hey, gotta feed a cold, right?? 😛

Dinner tonight was quick and easy, I made grilled turkey and cheese sandwiches using Udi’s sour dough bread, 1.5 slices of Tilamook colby-jack cheese and a few slices of turkey breast from Saturday night.  These sandwiches were really good, the sour dough crisped up really well and there was a great layering of flavors from the rich cheese, slightly tangy bread, and slightly sweet turkey breast.

On the side we had Annie’s Mac & Cheese and peaches.

Now I’m contemplating some Newman O’s and milk…I really would like ice cream, but it’s a bit too cold to go out to get some 🙂  Tomorrow’s another big day of laundry and my last day of Christmas vacation (before working Thursday and then having a 3 day weekend, hehe).  So, hopefully I wake up feeling better!

Nightie Night bloggies!!  Don’t forget there are still 2 days to enter the Bare Fruit Giveaway!