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….

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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!!

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What to do with a 1 pound onion May 30, 2010

Don’t you love Sunday night when it’s not accompanied by the dread of Monday morning?  I have 2 more days off on my long weekend and plan to soak up all the good fun I can!

I realized yesterday I forgot to share breakfast with you…holy yum.  Donuts have become a weekend tradition in our house.  I know, they aren’t “health” food by any means, so I’ll probably be banned from the blogging community.  But really, how can you say no when your hottie hubby brings home a box of warm yumminess??

After breakfast yesterday we cleaned up and headed out to our massage appointment.  We both had an 80 minute hot stone massage at Elements using 62% off coupons I’d purchased from Groupon a few weeks ago.  Seriously…heaven!  I had had a Swedish massage before and was worried that the stones would be uncomfortable as I generally feel hotter than people around me and it was 85 degrees outside but really, I was so relaxed I dozed off a few times!  It started off like a normal massage, but once I was good and greased up (that sounds horrible, but really the only way to describe it), the massage therapist started using the stones instead of just his hands and it was so relaxing.  I read before our appointment that when performed correctly a hot stone massage is as effective at relieving tension as having 5 massage therapists working on you at once because the heat of the stone relaxes your muscle so the therapist can really work out the kinks.  And boy, did he.  My upper back was FULL of knots that he managed to work most of the way out and my calves even had small knots in them!  I always have sore inner calves after a run and now really see that I need to be more diligent with my foam rolling because today my calves are just plain sore!  I seriously recommend looking to see if there’s a Groupon website for your area, we’ve scored some great 50%+ off deals (we went to a fondue dinner a few weeks ago for 50% off…heaven!).

After our massages we rolled ourselves home to make a game plan.  We realized we both were hungry and spicy pork at Illegal Pete’s sounded divine.  Chris got a carnitas quesadilla and I got a carnitas burrito bowl.  My bowl had a little rice, black beans, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and green salsa.  And of course, buttery, melt in your mouth carnitas.  So good!  My bowl came with chips on the side which Chris and I split and used to eat the guacamole off my bowl 🙂

Sorry for the blurry picture, I’m still getting used to my new camera phone and can’t quite get the buttons down 🙂

After lunch we hit up Sam’s Club as I received a $25 gift card from MyBlogSpark and General Mills.  I wanted to see what kinds of healthy items we could purchase at Sam’s Club and we managed to find some good selections.  with my gift card I bought:

A loaf of sunflower wheat bread:

A giant bag of Craisins:

Three boxes of Oregon Chai concentrate:

A box of fruit pops (made with real sugar instead of HFCS):

And a big ol’ bag of glazed walnuts that we are currently obsessed with on our salads:

As part of the sample pack from My Blog Spark and General Mills, I also received a big box of Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars:

Chris and I have tried Nature Valley products before and they are very convenient to toss in your purse/lunch bag and go, but I am a bit disappointed in the ingredients list.  I have started making our own granola bars at home using local honey, organic peanut butter, and toppings (pictures to come when I make a batch tomorrow) and after tasting how good they taste, I just don’t think you “need” extra stuff like “High Maltose Corn Syrup” in a bar. I’d definitely suggest these bars for a quick snack and convenience food, but for Chris and I, I’ll stick to making our own 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised at the number of healthy items we were able to find at Sam’s, we have both a Sam’s and Costco membership and typically buy our food stuffs at Costco as they have a larger Organics selection and purchase our non-food items at Sam’s.  We probably would have found even more items if it hadn’t been so crowded…who’s idea was it to go at 1 on a Saturday anyway…. 😉

After Sam’s Club we hit up Wal-Mart and bought some new pots for my orchids, I’m hoping to transplant them tomorrow and will post pictures!  One took a horrible fall down the stairs earlier this week, so we’ll see if she pulls through.

And then, it was nap time.  Obviously!  I was still super relaxed from my massage and zonked out for about 2 hours.

After nap time, I was ravenous and set to work on dinner.  What to do with a 1 pound onion? Onion rings, obviously!  I totally winged it and threw some flour, Emeril’s Essence, salt, pepper and garlic powder into one dish and eggs + milk in another.

I ended up only using 1/2 of the onion last night so I made onion “strings.”  I mixed up the egg and flour mixtures and dredged each onion first in egg then flour, then doubled up for an extra crunchy coating.  Then, fry-daddy Chris ran the pan of oil and cooked the strings to golden perfection.  Alton Brown would have been proud as the strings didn’t turn out oily at all meaning we had our oil at a good temperature.

These turned out so crunchy and delicious.  If only I could figure out how to make the Bloomin’ Onion sauce!

To go with our strings we had our leftover burgers from Friday night.  Mine featured some tomato and avocado from the veggie box + Billy Gomer’s BBQ sauce and a sprinkle of mozarella:

All stacked up and heading for my belly:

On the side we had mega salads because they were just so good Friday night.  Mine contained all the usual suspects, from the veggie box – red leaf lettuce, carrots, tomato, cucumber, and from the pantry – croutons, glazed walnuts, craisins, and olives.

Such a good, good meal.  We were both going on and on about how delicious it was.  After dinner last night I settled in and read this week’s People Magazine (Um, Fergie’s drama?!?!? Scandalous!) and this month’s Food Network Magazine.  I got some great ideas for summer treats!  I also saw in people that Robert Pattinson is going to be in the movie adaptation of Water for Elephants.  I loved that book!  It seems to have very mixed reviews though amongst people who’ve read it, so I’m interested to see how it plays out as a film.

And then…at 9:15, it was bed time.  Because I’m just that cool. This morning we woke up at 8 with big plans to hit the local farmer’s market and ate donuts in bed for breakfast.  We got to the farmer’s market and realized a) there were really no vendors in a teeny area and b) it didn’t open til 10.  Boo!!  We have big plans to check out the Boulder farmer’s market throughout the summer as Boulder is a pretty earthy community and MUST have a better farmer’s market than our suburban neighborhood.  We passed the rest of the morning pretty uneventfully and then it was time for lunch.  We picked up some AMAZING ham at Whole Foods and I knew an omlette was the perfect ham delivery device.  I made a 4 egg omlette with ham, swiss and a teeny sprinkling of cheddar which we split.  We each had 2 slices of challah toast on the side and split some apples with almond butter (becaause what’s a food blog without almond butter, really ;)). This is Chris’ “1/2” of the omlette, but his looked more artfully prepared than mine did 🙂

And then, believe it or not, I conned Chris into taking a nap with me. It was a perfect temperature in the bedroom and we didn’t have anywhere to be so we both zonked out for a few hours. After our nap we took a 3 mile walk on a nearby trail.  There was a great breeze and the trail was empty, it was really nice just to enjoy each other’s company.

And now, it’s time for dinner.  Do you ever have those days when it feels like all you do is eat?  I am so there today, the time between meals just flies and then it’s time to cook, eat and clean up again 🙂

If you’d like a chance to win a box of Nature Valley Trail Mix bars and a $25 gift card to Sam’s Club (you must have a membership to use the gift card or know someone who has a membership and is willing to take you with them) leave a comment below with your favorite summer food or activity.  I am really digging on big salads this summer and really like anything outside this time of year, walking, running, hiking, sitting on the porch 🙂

Have a great “Second Saturday” night bloggies!!

 

Entertainment Update February 22, 2010

Just got my People dose for today (thank you daily email!!) and wanted to pass along these stories –

**Cute alert** – http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20346012,00.html

**Gasp…shocker…not!!**  – http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20346016,00.html