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!!


A New Friday Tradition September 10, 2010

I have a cranberry orange scone and mega-iced coffee in hand…counting down the hours til the weekend! I have a lot of busy work to get done today and am hoping to head out around 4:30…cannot wait!  This weekend will be busy:

  • Hit up Costco for a mega-grocery stock up
  • Go running for the first time in over a week (I’m not digging the pre-work darkness + there’s a massive, horrible fire raging up the mountain from us and air quality is really poor, please keep the people affected by the Four Mile Canyon fire in your thoughts, the last count I saw was 169+ homes lost to the fire).
  • Try to keep up the daily yoga action
  • Start working on getting the apartment as clean/organized as possible before busy season #3 for the year hits in October
  • And finally…search all the TJ Maxx’s I can find.  I fell in love with a Calvin Klein red wool/cashmere pea coat earlier this week and the TJ Maxx downtown didn’t’ have my size.  Boo.  I must have this coat.  I looked online and found it for $130…folks, it was only $79 at TJ’s!  Don’t worry, it WILL be mine 😉

Grocery shopping will be much easier this mega-shop as we just purchased a deep freeze (not a big one, just a little guy) last weekend.  It was $170 at Home Depot – but we had 2 gift cards + a safety incentive from work, so we walked away with a really nice freezer for about $65!  Love that 🙂  We’re also using the “nanny plan” for dinners.  We stumbled across the Food Nanny on the BYU TV channel and while the nanny herself is a little over the top – the plan is a really, really good idea.  Essentially, you plan out your meals for two weeks using a theme system.  Our theme system is going to be as follows:

Sunday – Comfort Food (i.e. meatloaf, biscuits and gravy, beef stroganoff, pot pies, etc)

Monday – Ethnic (i.e. enchiladas, egg rolls, curry, etc)

Tuesday – Italian (self-explanatory, lol)

Wednesday – Pizza (not just run of the mill pizzas, we’re categorizing pizza as anything on a flat piece of dough and baked, hehe)

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Eat Out

Saturday – Easy/Leftovers/Do-Your-Own-Thing (i.e. eat whatever’s in the house to get a clean jump on the next week)

I really like this as it takes the guess work out of what’s for dinner for the next two weeks, lays out a clear plan of what you need a the grocery store and also with the theme nights – helps provide inspiration for different meals, so you don’t eat the same stuff every week.  I’m going to take all my 2 week menus after we use them and file them in a three ring binder – then, we can recycle old menus over time.  I also really, really like that there’s only full-fledged cooking 4 nights a week, with 2 of those nights being pretty easy (pizza/Italian) to prepare.  Week 1 went pretty good, we did break down and pick up taco bell for dinner one night – but we’re going to blame the crazy neighbors on that (in other news, crazy neighbors seemed to have realized there’s a bar in the complex and went there last night instead of partying on their porch!!)

Since it’s Friday, and that’s something to be happy about in and of itself, let’s start a new happy Friday tradition! A local radio station does something once a week or so called “Tell Me Something Good” and I’m going to steal their idea.  So, tell me one thing you plan to do this weekend and one good thing – it could be something good you heard on the news, a great piece in your outfit, or just that it’s a beautiful day and you’re happy to be living it!  I feel like there’s so much negativity going on right now and even just a little bit of brightness is going to start our Friday (and thus our weekend!!) off right.

Plans for the weekend – True Blood season finale…need I say more??

Something good – Today I’m wearing my favorite gold sandals and I’ve accomplished everything on my to-do list for the week!


*Le Sigh* September 8, 2010


The above “zzz” are me pretending to sleep, it was NOT a peaceful night at the Hoge Runs house last night.  It’s been super quiet/peaceful/friendly/relaxing at our apartment complex for the last 6 months (can you believe it’s been 6 months since we moved in??) but last night, ugh. To start with, I get random bouts of insomnia which just plain stink to begin with.  Last night C was quietly watching an unnamed cartoon with his headphones on and the light from the TV was driving me bonkers.  If it wasn’t for the insomnia bout it would have been cool, so I waited an hour to ask him to turn it off start sighing and tossing/turning loudly. And then, around 11, the noise started.  We apparently have new neighbors across the courtyard from us and they were SO freaking loud!  They were playing random music – everything from techno to Jay Z to Colbie Calliat, had all their lights on, were sitting on the porch smoking/drinking/taking FB pictures (“oh my gosh, this pic is so hottttttt”) and finally at midnight we called the “Courtesy Patrol.”  They’re essentially the mall cops of our apartment complex and sometime around 1 the neighbors either gave up on their mini-party (there were only 2 of them, so weird) or the rent-a-cops asked them to shut it down.

And then, I was awake til almost 2.  Blech!!!  And wouldn’t ya know, I woke up again at 5:30??  Does anyone have any tricks for dealing with insomnia?  I get a random patch of 3-4 days every month or so and absolutely hate it.

A few fun eats from yesterday, as I’m barely hanging on mentally today and can’t carry on much witty banter 😉

BBQ cheeseburger meatloaf for lunch:

This was leftover from Monday night and so.freaking.good.  It was the crunchy corner piece and all the BBQ sauce had caramelized on the edges and was loaded with flavor.  I hadn’t made this meatloaf forever, and hadn’t made it with hamburger for even longer than that, but grass fed hamburger was on sale at Whole Foods this weekend and I couldn’t resist.  The meatloaf contains 3 kinds of BBQ sauce (since we were running low and needed to finish the bottles), Paula Deen’s Butt Massage seasoning (hehehehehehehe), cubed sharp cheddar, bread crumbs, an egg, and bacon.  The bacon truly takes it to another level…mmmm!  Expect to see more leftovers later this week!

Along with my meatloaf I had a spinach, bleu cheese, tomato, carrot, celery, craisin, and candied walnut salad.  For those of you who bring salads for lunch – do you have a way to make the spinach not get slimy by lunch time?  I pack my salad the night before and it’s perfectly dry and crisp (I bring dressing in a separate container) and by the time lunch rolls around my spinach is wilted and kind of creepy.  Suggestions??

And my afternoon snack was a pretty cup of lemon yogurt topped with fresh raspberries, perfection!  I don’t know why I haven’t tried this combo before.

Dinner last night was chicken enchiladas – you’ve seen ’em before, you’ll see ’em again, so I’ll spare you a picture 🙂  Post-dinner I worked on a throw for the couch (pics to come soon as it gets a little bigger, right now it’s kind of like a sad scarf), and we caught up on this week’s episode of The Glades and The Colony.  September is such a crazy TV month – True Blood finale, Dexter premiere, Glee premiere, Grey’s Anatomy premiere, Lone Star premiere, and on and on.  What fall TV show are you most excited to see back?

And with that…have a wonderful day bloggies!  I’m now going to go see about getting a coffee IV set up 😛


You Know What Wednesday Is, Right? July 7, 2010

…Hump Day!!

Oh Will Schuster, I swoon over you and your cheesy lines.  I miss Glee and demand that season 2 start immediately….I’m waiting!!!

I will have to pass the time with True Blood, Hung and come fall – Dexter!

I hope you all are having a good hump day 😉  I started my day off with a cool and crisp 3.01 miles.  We’re having a cold front this week and it was drizzly and 53 degrees when I headed out.  It’s only supposed to be in the mid-70s the rest of the week!  What a nice break from 90s…ick! Remind me of this in the dead of winter when I’m complaining about how cold it is…thanks 🙂

I kicked up a bunch of drama on Facebook yesterday mentioning that I was already looking into our next vacation.  Someone even went so far as to say I need a new job and then I wouldn’t want to be on vacation.  Um, I would always, 100% rather be doing something outside of work, especially traveling, than be at work!  I really have no idea when/where/if we’ll end up taking a 2nd trip this year, but we figure with double-income, no kids and no house…we may as well try to live it up!  We are thinking of taking a short-ish trip over Christmas or Thanksgiving…we want our next big trip to be somewhere in Canada but I’ve been to Canada during the winter for work and don’t think that’s the best idea for a fun vacation.  So the hunt continues 🙂 We like to pay “cash” for our vacations so we start planning 4-8 months in advance and put a little extra into our savings account every week up til the trip so by the time we go our plane tickets/hotel are paid in full and we have a really good budget for eating out/shopping/etc.

What type of traveler are you?  Are you a planner, a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants person, or a mixture?

Back to work – have a great day bloggies!

P.S. Any guesses on what amazing dance Alex will perform tonight on SYTYCD?  He has my bet to win it all…he seems unstoppable!


T Minus 3 days! June 15, 2010

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Hi Bloggies –

Sorry I’ve been so sporadic about posting, there were a lot of “reasons” – C’s birthday, a cold front this weekend, a crazy bad headache last night…but really, I just needed a break.  Sometimes the blog feels more like a job instead of a hobby and when that happens I have to take a step back and remember I’m writing for myself and for my reader’s enjoyment…not to win the Pulitzer 😉

I’ll be popping in and out this week, I’m scrambling at work to get everything ready to go before we leave for vacation Friday morning, trying to finish packing and help C keep the apartment clean after my mondo-cleaning session last week 🙂

Have a great week!

By the way…did anyone see True Blood on Sunday….thoughts??  And the Glee finale last week…thoughts??


Sunday night blues June 6, 2010

I’ve got ’em something fierce.  It’s not that I “dislike” my job, I just prefer to be at home 🙂  Weekends when we have a ton going on just feel like they fly by much too quickly and all of a sudden they’re over, you know?  Friday night we threw together dinner BBQ pizzas on flat out wraps.  Chris’ pizza had pulled pork which I’d made in the crock pot and mine had onions (sauteed in A1…mmmm) and tomatoes.  Both were topped with cheddar, a parm/asiago mix and lots and lots of BBQ sauce.  With a sprinkle of spicy ranch when they came out of the oven for that extra something.

On the side we had corn on the cob:

And one of these, since were going to spend the better part of the weekend with the in-laws 😉

After dinner (and catching up on SYTYCD) we headed over to Chris’ parents’ house to label all our garage sale wares and play with this little munchkin:

We were over there til 9pm and I really can’t remember what I did to stay up til 11 (read?  TV?  really, I’m spacing).  5am came way too early on Saturday but I needed to knock out my long run before hitting the garage sale.  I ran 6.24 miles in about 69 minutes, speed showered and we picked up Krispy Kreme on the way to C’s parents (I told you – donuts = weekend tradition!).  We got all the garage sale stuff out on the driveway and waited.  I realized that the garage sale “business” just isn’t as hoppin’ as it was when I was young.  I remember going to garage sales with my parents in the summer and them being PACKED.  We probably had 10-15 people stop by in the 7 hours we were “open” on Saturday 😦  Some neighbors said in the “old days” the community garage sale had 30-40 houses participating, but this year was less than 20.  I suppose more people are selling things on Craigslist/E Bay now?  We took a break around noon and I had an unpictured bean and cheese burrito at Illegal Pete’s (at this point I was seriously falling asleep and forgot my camera in the car).  After lunch, C and I spent a little more time with our favorite niece until calling it quits around 2.

The sun was super bright and she thought C’s sunglasses were the coolest thing 😉

After a day in the sun I was sporting one sunburned shoulder and one unburned shoulder and crashed out for a nap as soon as we got home.  I actually fell asleep on the floor in the den talking with Chris and then moved to the bedroom with carpet imprints all along my sunburned side.  Ouch!  A few hours later I was slightly more lucid and we ran to Best Buy where I picked up season 2 of True Blood on blu-ray for $39!  Not bad, not bad!!  we tried to think of something fun and exciting to do but C was hungry and I was just plain tuckered out.  We settled on coming home and watching a movie.  First, dinner.  C had another BBQ pork pizza and I made some quick spring rolls.  My rolls contained rice noodles, cucumber, avocado and carrot.  I made a quick peanut dipping sauce with rice vinegar, PB, Sirachi and hot water.

On the side, we split some vegetarian baked beans.  They taste just like regular baked beans, without that darn bacon chunk floating around 🙂

After dinner we rented this movie from “on demand.”


It was pretty good!  I was a little disappointed at the ending, I hate when movies just “end” and don’t tell you what happens next.  It was really gory and had some really creepy moments and Ethan Hawke was pretty easy on the eyes as well 😉

This morning I picked up groceries (hopefully enough to get us through til vacation!!) and we had a repeat of Friday’s dinner for lunch – but today my pizza had onions, tomatoes and mushrooms 😉  We also added a little feta to our pizzas…because fetta makes it betta 😛

And then, it was nap time again.  I was shocked when Chris agreed to take a nap with me, he’s normally anti-nap on the weekends but I think our busy Friday night/Saturday caught up with him.  We’re exciting on Sundays, I know 🙂

When we woke up there was some unpictured Corona action (just one) and then I set to work on dinner.  I made a pot of rice with carrot/corn mixed in and cooked up some chicken tenders from WF for Chris.  I sauteed broccoli, carrots, onion, red pepper, orange pepper and celery in a separate pan for me.  Once our toppings were cooked I heated them up in the microwave with our sauce of choice – teriyaki garlic for Chris and orange Panda Express sauce for me (the Panda Express “at home” sauce…they have it at Costco!).  I also grilled some pineapple – mine went in my bowl with all my other yumminess.

And since then it’s been typical Sunday night “do your own thing until another TV show comes on that we both like.”  Thankfully, True Blood comes back next week!!  We watched a little of the MTV Video Awards – Sandra Bullock looked amazing and really played the night to her favor I think.  C was beside himself when she and Scarlett Johansen kissed!

After our dinners had settled I went to work on a blog favorite – banana soft serve! This has been all over the blog world for months (a year??) now and I am just getting on the band wagon.  Earlier this week I threw 2 bananas in the freezer (peels removed, wrapped in plastic wrap) and pulled them out tonight along with my food processor.  This recipe is so easy it’s ridiculous.

Step 1 – put banana chunks in food processor:

Step 2 – whip the dickens out of it:

Step 3 – eat!

This was so good and I was shocked at how much the texture is like ice cream.  I’m already dreaming up new combos – maybe adding some berries?  A little almond butter?  Chocolate?  The possibilities are endless with a healthy and delish base!  Chris couldn’t believe it was just banana.  No  milk, no ice, no sugar. I did panic 1/2 way through and think it wasn’t working.  Just keep whipping! I actually ended up taking 1/2 of the banana back out and working in small batches, adding a little bit in after each blend.  All of a sudden it took on a whole new texture/consistency and ice cream was made!  This will definitely be a frequent blog guest 🙂

And now, it’s 9:30 and time for us grandmas to go to bed, I hope you all have a GREAT Monday!


Wowie Zowie! June 3, 2010

That’s right…have you seen this?!?!  That’s right, season 3 True Blood MEGA preview!  I cannot wait for next weekend!  I can tell from the preview they are straying from the book series but some things are true to the book and I think it’s going to be a HOT mix.  Lots of time with this fella whom I’ve requested my friend L bring back from Sweden with her 😉

Anyway, girlie outburst over 😉

I definitely made it out for my run this morning, knocked out 4.03 miles before work 🙂  It was a mad dash to the train again today, so hard to get adjusted after a long weekend!  I had a slice of zucchini bread when I made it to work with a tall non-fat hazelnut latte. I am still on my “breaking the ‘bucks habit” kick, but I was about to lose it and needed to get away from my desk and coffee was the perfect excuse.  It wasn’t a bad day, but I spent all day looking for $8,000 in a schedule…blah!!

The day does pass quickly when you’re looking for a needle in a haystack and before I knew it it was lunch time!  I had a repeat of Tuesday’s lunch with some leftover Mexican rice, spicy ranch, a 100-calorie pack of guacamole and salsa with a sprinkle of cheese:

And brought some baked chips and carrot sticks to dip.  Carrots  + guac = heaven!  Hadn’t thought of it before and it was a really surprisingly good mix1

Throughout the afternoon I snacked on some cherries.  No, they aren’t “donut” cherries (hehehehe) I just attacked them with my brand new cherry/olive pitter.  Makes it much easier to nibble on cherries at work!

Around 4 I broke out some veggies and balsamic, I’ll spare you a picture as it was a repeat of yesterday – broccoli and cuc’s.  I needed something sweet so I broke out a homemade granola bar.  I’ve sat it next to a set of post-it flags for size comparison.

And my healthy snack combo must have done the trick because I found the $8,000!!  Finally!! It only took 2 days to find it, I had 2 numbers backward.  Booo!!  I felt really good finding it though, like finding the last piece of a puzzle.

What was your mini-success of the day? I have three, getting up to go running, choosing healthy snacks all day, and finding that darned $8k!

When I got home, our veggie box was here – Chris took a couple pictures but there were so many veggies in our box this week that we had to “fuse” them together in PhotoShop. As Chris said “we’re gonna need a lot of ranch this week” 😉

In our box this week was:

1 avocado

1 head green leaf lettuce

  • 1 bunch chard
  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 6 bananas
  • 6 peaches
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 box of blueberries
  • 2 boxes of cherry tomatoes
  • 9 onions
  • 1.5 pounds of potatoes
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 2 cucumbers

I think that’s it…it was packed to the gills this week. For dinner, I made french toast with Challah – the soft, chewy bread was perfect for French toast.  I added a little vanilla to the egg/milk bath and it was just what was needed to put it over the delicious edge.

I made fried potatoes with diced onion and reheated some bacon from last night for sides.

Yum, yum, yum!  Hit the spot!

Ok…side note – is anyone watching SYTYCD this season?  I was SO excited for All Stars, but they just announced the All Stars aren’t competing?  Hmm.  Boo!!  The actual show is starting now, so I’m going to wrap this up.  Have an awesome Friday bloggies!!