Weekend Update: That Time I Hosted Ladies Craft Beer Society

You guys. I had people over my apartment. I invited people over!

I guess it shouldn’t be a big deal  – but it sorta is. I don’t know why, but B and I rarely invite people over. Maybe it’s because we don’t have a ton of space. Maybe it’s because I despite cleaning. Who knows. What I do know is I do like entertaining, preparing food and drinks and baking, etc. and that’s pretty much what I did to get ready for this weekend’s Ladies Craft Beer Society. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s a little about our weekend.

The weekend was pretty low key. Friday night, B and I decided to go to the movies and see the Martian. I really liked it. We hadn’t seen a movie in a few months, and this one, in my opinion was perfect. It was funny. It had some suspense. It made me feel good. Yes, I’d recommend it on the big screen. (Sidenote, my dad read the book and liked it. If you like books with a lot of science – they toned down some of the science in the move – you’ll enjoy it)

Saturday morning I got in a short workout, about 5 miles walking/running on the treadmill, while B did some Insanity Max 30. He has been doing the Insanity workouts and while I’m sorta jealous how good  workout he is getting, I am also intimidated by the workouts.

After that, we hit up the Market for a few groceries and then it was time for me to prep for Ladies Craft Beer Society (LCBS). When the ladies came over, we enjoyed some pumpkin beer (Warlock for me!), snacks and then it was time to craft!

I made pumpkin cupcakes.

I made pumpkin cupcakes.

and pumpkin sugar cookies.

and pumpkin sugar cookies.

and tomato zucchini cheese pie.

and tomato zucchini cheese pie. (see to the right – those are pumpkin deviled eggs –  they look like pumpkins!)

cuoghi made mini pumpkin shaped pizzas

cuoghi made mini pumpkin shaped pizzas (and aforementioned deviled eggs)

food setup

food setup

ladies doing their craft

ladies doing their craft

Warlock pumpkin beer and finished cork pumpkins!

Warlock pumpkin beer and finished cork pumpkins!

After LCBS, B and I got some Chinese food with his parents. No pictures, but as always, Wonton Gourmet was delicious. I was pretty full from LCBS, but still able to enjoy some food of course.

Sunday morning it felt so good to sleep in! Right after I woke up (no alarm!), I saw that Mary was planning on running 12 miles so I decided to get in a few with her. I figured I do 6 – 8 and run at least half with her, but I decided to go for 9. It was so gorgeous out, sunny and upper 60s – perfect fall running weather!

9 miles

In the afternoon, B and I did some meal prep and then it was time to see Dave and Anson’s new baby! Anson gave birth on Wednesday to Celia Jane and she is perfect. Isn’t that a beautiful name? So adorable and so tiny. I’m not used to holding infants, but I didn’t freak out too much. Just a little bit.

B, me and Celia Jane Rosenfeldt :)

B, me and Celia Jane :) Me not freaking out about holding a baby

Yes, I’m one of those weird girls that is seriously scared by babies. I know it will go away but they are just so tiny and I’m so scared of hurting them!

Adorable. And tiny!

Adorable. And tiny!

For dinner, we ended up getting lasagna at B’s parents house. I love pretty much all Italian food, so I love a good lasagna :) And gelato and biscotti for dessert!


A pretty perfect weekend. The only thing that would’ve made it better was more outside time to enjoy the great weather – like apple picking or fall hiking. Oh well – maybe next weekend?

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like holding babies? Or do they make you scared?
  • What’s your favorite fall dessert?

Linking up with Her Heartland Soul for this weekend update post.

Pumpkin Hemp Heart Granola

It’s officially pumpkin season here. While fall is not my favorite season, I do love the excuse to make anything pumpkin flavored. Including pumpkin granola. So when I got some Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts in the mail to try out, I knew exactly what I would do with them – make granola!

manitoba hemp hearts

And since I was craving some pumpkin granola, I combined the two – so here you go  … pumpkin hemp heart granola. It’s pretty good.  It’s a little less sweet than the typical granola I make (feel free to add more sugar if you want it sweeter) and a little softer (pumpkin will do that to it) BUT it’s the perfect fall breakfast or snack. I dare you to try it with pumpkin yogurt!

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Pumpkin Hemp Heart Granola

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 ½ c old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 c hemp hearts (I used Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts)
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ c coconut oil, melted  
  • 1 egg white
  • Optional: Dried fruit, such as cranberries, cherries, etc.


  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats and hemp hearts. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and brown sugar. Mix until puree is a little darker and smooth. Add in maple syrup, honey and melted coconut oil. In a separate bowl, whisk egg white. Add to pumpkin puree mixture and mix until evenly combined. Pour over oats and hemp hearts and mix until everything is just wet.
  • Spread onto the baking sheet pat oat mixture down tightly. Bake for about 40 minutes. Check about every 15 minutes and stir if it is starting to burn.
  • Allow granola to cool for 30 minutes on the baking sheet before adding in dried fruit.
  • Store in a covered container, such as a jar. Granola won’t be as crunchy as other granolas because of the pumpkin – but it’s delicious!

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Some questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite pumpkin flavored treat this time of year? Yogurt? Latte? Cookies?
  • Any pumpkin haters out there?
  • Do you prefer dry cereal or with milk? I love dry cereal. I sometimes like cereal or granola with yogurt- but never milk.

For more Meatless Monday posts, check out some of my past recipes or visit the linkups below!

Meatless Monday!

WIAW #34 – An Actual Real Wednesday

I’m excited to bring you a WIAW post that is an actual REAL Wednesday of eats. I know – I typically share Mondays, or Tuesday, or even Thursdays … but here is a REAL Wednesday!

I had a breakfast meeting scheduled in the morning at one of my favorite downtown spots, Restore Cold Pressed. I go there probably too often for my wallet to like, and it was nice to introduce someone new to the juice/smoothie/acai bowl/avocado toast joint. I of course got an acai bowl with granola, almond butter and blueberries. Confession: I saved about half for breakfast another day because they’re pretty big and too good not to savor!


For lunch I was pretty excited – B had prepared some grilled chicken a few nights before for lunches, so I took that with leftover cauliflower, kabocha squash and sweet potato. Such a good meal! I love lunches like this.


Snacks during the day included:

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An apple, grapes and a sweet/salty bar.20150930_140219


For dinner, I had put some turkey chili in the crockpot and it was ready for when we got home. #Winning

I topped it with some cheese.



And dessert was about a serving or so of candy corn. ‘Tis the season!20150930_201753


And that was it! A WIAW Wednesday that’s actually a Wednesday.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like candy corn?
  • What’s your favorite kind of squash?

It’s All About Balance … Beer Drinking, Running and Baby Showers

This past weekend was really all about balance. In fact, I shared everything I did in the title of the post, so unless you really care and want to see some pictures, feel free to just skip to the end and the questions. Sound good?

Anyway, here are a few highlights from the weekend. It’s already TUESDAY so I’m late getting this up, so it will be pretty photo heavy.

Friday morning started with a longish run with Mary. She’s training for a full and wanted to get in 10 miles before the day began. I wanted to get in 8. Got in 9 instead and felt GREAT! Was definitely one of those runs where I felt like I could keep going and nothing hurt. (and then Sunday everything hurt. ugh!)


Friday night started with happy hour (a.k.a. part of the beer drinking) before the Indians game. I was heading to watch the Red Sox play the Indians with a few other Boston College alumni that are local.


Followed by said Indians game. Where they won AND we had club seats AND there were fireworks after the game. Win win win!

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After the game, we decided to meet B’s parents who were at the Hofbrauhaus. Enter some more beer drinking, singing and dancing because that’s what you do at the Hofbrauhaus.


Saturday was a cold, rainy day. Meaning B and I slept in, stayed on the couch, went to the Market, did some crafting and baking and made it out to get soup and dinner. Pretty lazy.



Soupermarket soup! Mexican beef and corn.

A pumpkin I made out of wine corks - sneak peek at the activity we'll be making at our next Ladies Craft Beer Society

A pumpkin I made out of wine corks – sneak peek at the activity we’ll be making at our next Ladies Craft Beer Society


Lamb salad at Aladdins for dinner.

Lamb salad at Aladdins for dinner.

Sunday morning started off early with a run with B, his brother and Mary. Mary and his brother, Kevin, are training for a full in November and had to do 20 and 16 miles respectively. So, we decided to meet them for a few miles along the way. A few turned into 7.3 miles and my ankle (the one I rolled a few weeks ago) hurting somewhat.  But I obviously couldn’t complain because I was running 7 … compared to 20!

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The afternoon included some Browns game watching, a baby shower and dinner at B’s parents house. Which meant both cassata cake AND apple pie in one day. Jealous?

I made this onesie.

I made this onesie.

with Anson, the gorgeous momma-to-be!

with Anson, the gorgeous momma-to-be!

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That’s about it. Some questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite type of cake? I’m a vanilla girl, so I’d have to go white cake, cassata cake AND almond cake. Yum yum yum.
  • Apple pie – do you prefer pie crust topping or crumb topping? Crumb topping all the way!

Linking up with Her Heartland Soul for this weekend update post.

Meatless Monday: Thai Style Green Curry Stir Fry with Freekeh

I have a confession. I’ve been slacking off. Slacking off with meal planning. Slacking off with food prep. And eating some of the same meals over and over again (hint: one rhymes with Bibotle Churrito Coal). Work has been busy. Life has been busy. And I’ve been somewhat uninspired. Which is likely why it’s been a while since I shared a Meatless Monday post, and even longer since I shared a freekeh recipe (the last one was cajun shrimp freekeh) … That’s why when I cleaned out my pantry last weekend and saw the bag of freekeh AND cans of curry paste, I got excited. Inspired. I had one meal for the week planned out! Yes, I got excited over one meal … it’s the little things.

So here you go. Something easy. Quick. With leftovers! And something to hopefully inspire you for a delicious vegetarian meal!

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Thai Style Green Curry Stir Fry with Freekeh

Serves 2ish (Made two dinner portions plus a lunchtime portion for me for leftovers)

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup cooked freekeh (I used Freekeh Foods brand)
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped into thin pieces
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup green beens, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon green curry paste (I used Maesri Green Curry Paste)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Prepare the freekeh according to package directions. I love the Freekeh Foods original because it’s cracked freekeh and easy to prepare and takes only 25 minutes to cook. If you get the whole freekeh (not cracked) it takes a loooot longer to cook. My mom did that once. Don’t make that mistake.
  2. Heat canola oil in a pan on medium heat. Add in garlic and cook for about a minute. Turn up heat to medium high and toss in sweet potatoes and carrot. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until starts to get soft. Add in rest of veggies – onion, pepper, green beans.
  3. While the veggies are cooking, prepare your sauce. In a separate sauce pan, heat up coconut milk with green curry paste. Whisk together or stir with a spoon until green curry is evenly distributed and mixture is thin and light green. If you’re a fan of more spice, you can probably add in some more green curry paste, to taste. A little goes a long way! (And alternatively, if you prefer less heat to your curry you can always add in less paste or more coconut milk)
  4. After veggies are nearly done, about 4-5 more minutes, add in the curry sauce and toss in the freekeh. Stir everything together so that it’s heated through and the sauce is throughout. Avoid overcooking your veggies – I like mine slightly crisp and not mushy – and serve immediately.

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Some questions for you:

  1. Have you ever had freekeh before? How did you prepare it or have it cooked?
  2. What’s the best meatfree dish you’ve eaten recently?

For more Meatless Monday posts, check out some of my past recipes or visit the linkups below!

Meatless Monday!

WIAW #33 – Notsomeatless Monday

Goooood morning and happy WIAW. This What I Ate Wednesday post was Monday’s eats. Yum yum.

If we’re being honest (and that’s what WIAW is all about right?), I would tell you that I had fully intended to have a complete Meatless Monday. It’s been ages since I did, and I had plans to fill the day with vegetarian goodness. I was going to meal-prep on Sunday and have an amazing Monday (and other days this week) of eats.

Sunday meal prep didn’t happen. We did make it to the West Side Market but since we had walked there, we only picked up a few items. And then we watched the Browns game and went to B’s parents house for dinner so productivity went out the window (full weekend recap is here).

So here you go. A not-so-Meatless Monday for What I Ate Wednesday (are you still following?).

Breakfast started with egg whites with hot peppers and some pepperoni in the eggs. B makes my breakfasts and surprised me with the pepperoni (leftover from our pizza night Saturday). So I guess you could say I was doomed for my Meatless Monday from the start? It was very delicious, though AND had some great veggies on the side.


For lunch, I had no groceries. (see above – no meal prep and not much food from the Market …) SO I opted to take a walk with some coworkers to one of my favorite and most-underrated downtown lunch spots – Stone Oven! I picked up Janea’s Salad, which is my favorite. I know I’ve shared it before. It’s chicken, feta, roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, croutons, tabbouleh and great dressing and bread. It is a hearty salad and I ate the entire thing over about the course of 2 hours in between and during meetings. And yes, there was chicken so again, not-so-meatless.


Snacks that afternoon included some fruit and nuts. Yum!




For dinner, I finally got my act together and hit up Heinen’s on my way home from work to pick up some supplies and I made a vegetarian curry dish. It was really good! I stir fried some veggies (green beans from the local farm stand, onion, pepper, sweet potato and carrots) and topped them with a green coconut curry sauce and mixed in some freekeh. I’m definitely going to be sharing the recipe soon – so easy and so good. I even had enough for leftovers for lunch the next day!

green curry over freekeh

green curry over freekeh

No day is complete without dessert. For dessert I made myself a mini ice cream sundae with vanilla maple Arctic Zero. I topped it with some chocolate and white chocolate chips, as well as some peanut butter and a bite of a Take Five.


And that was it! A pretty good Monday – even if it didn’t end up being meatless after all.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you participate in Meatless Mondays?
  • Do you meal prep or plan in advance?

Training Tuesday: Akron Marathon Relay Race Recap

My first relay is done!

This past weekend, I ran the Akron Marathon Relay. I ran with some of my fellow Cleveland Marathon Ambassadors. I’m not going to lie – going into the race, I was pretty nervous. I’d never done a relay before and all the logistics made me uneasy. Where did I start? Did I run with a baton? (a la track and field) What is this slap bracelet I run with? How would I find my other team members? Needless to say, we ROCKED it.

B and I decided last minute to spend Friday night in Akron so we wouldn’t have to drive back and forth twice to go to the Expo Friday and race Saturday morning. So Friday late after work, B and I headed down to Akron for the Expo. I love race expos and it was so great to see the famous Blue Line in real life and feel all the amazing energy at the show!

We had gotten Flaming Ice Cube for dinner and I had my standard pre-race or long-run meal before we headed to bed. I had a 5:15 a.m. wakeup to get ready for!

Relay Ready!

Saturday morning came quickly, as most people in the hotel were also going to the race. I heard doors opening and closing starting around 4:30 a.m. (the hotel had a shuttle to the start at 5:30 a.m.) and I was able to get up, get race ready, and drink some water and eat part of a bagel. My stomach was acting up, which is unusual for me. I rarely have actual stomach issues, but for some reason this morning my stomach was not liking food OR water.

Warning: if you’re not a runner, feel free to not read on. It’s just about running and involves multiple portapotty visits, which, if you’re not a runner (and even if you are a runner) may be TMI.

B and I got to the starting line around 6:30 a.m. so I could meet up with some of my fellow Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Ambassadors. We parked near a McDonald’s and as B grabbed breakfast I had to make bathroom trip #2-3. I couldn’t finish my half of bagel and just really hoped that I would make it another few hours until I had to start.

We made it to the starting line and I had enough time to hit up the porta potty Then, we had just enough time to snap a few photos before it was time before it was 7 a.m. and the race began!

Starting line photo (From Stephani)


I was able to find Jill, Dan and Stephanie, but not Andrew, our first relay runner. I was hoping to find him before we started so I could see what he was wearing and we could discuss the bracelet handoff, but alas, he was nowhere to be found. After the start, it was time to make my way to my start.

We got to leg #2’s start, a few blocks away, and I knew I had like 35 minutes to kill before Andrew got there. I had enough time to hit up the porta potty line twice and decided that it was not worth it to drink any water. I knew I was dehydrated but figured it wasn’t worth it  – I didn’t want to get sick during the race!

I waited for Andrew to come and soon they started to call Bib Numbers. Andrew is speedy, and sure enough, I was one of the first runners to be called. I made my way onto the street and grabbed the slap bracelet as Andrew ran up to me. It was go-time!

The 5.7 miles I ran are kind of a blur. I know that I wasn’t feeling my best. I was feeling slow, sluggish and slightly dehydrated and woozy (likely from so many bathroom trips). I was running with some of the faster marathoners (Andrew runs a 6:45 min/mile pace, so many of the runners were running about that speed too!) and I was getting passed nearly every second. I started the run on an incline and there were rarely any flat spots.


Course elevation – see! No flat spots.

I passed a few water and gatorade spots but didn’t want to stop for water because I felt selfish – after all, I wasn’t a marathoner or even half-marathoner, so who was I to stop for water? Also, I worried that I’d feel sick again and I knew I couldn’t let my team down and slow down to stop for the bathroom! Around mile 3, I knew I had to take in some water, so I grabbed a cup and drank a few sips. Sure enough, I started to feel sick again. I knew I just had to make it to the finish. A few hills and miles later, and finally I saw the sign that we were ready for the relay handoff. I got to the point where I was supposed to meet Stephanie (leg #3), and she wasn’t there. I called her name, stopped for maybe half a second, and she appeared! Finally. I was done.

I made my way to through the crowd in a daze. I was tired, needed water, and felt discouraged. I felt like I had let my team down – I knew I had been going so much slower than I had expected. All of a sudden, Andrew appeared and gave me a high five and brought me a bottle of water. He was so encouraging and enthusiastic – I was so grateful to see him! I think I may have teared up from relief but also just out of feeling his support. And then I spotted B! He had been watching from across the street and also had water and a hug for me. Again, almost teared up – I felt so emotional for some reason.

Just then, Jamie ran by – I was so excited to see her! She is another marathon ambassador and was running the Akron full. She was one of the main reasons we were there as a relay team – to cheer her on!

I snapped this photo of Jamie running by at the finish!

After that, Andrew and I parted ways – B and I hung out and watched some of the finishers and then it was time to meet up with my fellow ambassadors and wait for the rest of our relay team and Jamie to finish! I made my way to the Finishers Festival on the Rubber Ducks stadium field. I felt much better and was able to enjoy a free beer, a few bites of pizza and had a great reunion with the rest of my ambassadors!

Team #ShareCLE

The relay team

Here’s our time – I was Leg #2 (I circled my supposed pace), which was between miles 5.8 and 11.5 – so 5.7 mi. We finished just under 2 hours! (disclosure: not sure that our paces are completely accurate…my GPS had me at around 48 and I turned it on before it was my turn to run)

race time

A few thoughts on the race and my experience:

The good:

  • It is VERY well run. I mean, I got emails nearly every day the week of the race with every single detail that I may have wanted. This was my first relay so I was pretty nervous, but they pretty much spell it out for you from where to be, what your route is, the elevation profile, how do to the switch from runner #1 to runner #2, etc. There’s info for each leg and once I read through the Leg #2 info, I felt much better.


  • The EXPO was great. Lots of booths, free samples, runners and great energy.
my name on the pace car at the Expo!

my name on the pace car at the Expo!

  • The course had great energy! So much entertainment (I only ran 5.7 miles but I passed at least 4 bands/music stations), cheering (they have an official cheer crew too with blue shirts and cowbells all along the course) and fun crowd support at different points. The volunteers made such a difference!
in front of the after party

in front of the after party

  • The after-race party. It was so fun to watch all the runners come into the stadium and cheer on the other members of our team. Plus, there was pizza, beer, and other food and refreshments for everyone.

The not-as-good:

  • My stomach. I woke up in the morning early before the race and my stomach was not happy. Let’s just say that I used the porta potties multiple times before actually starting my leg. I felt a little dehydrated and weak at the start but was super thankful I was only running the relay. I don’t think my body would’ve kept up for much more miles.
  • The hills. My leg started with a slow incline and then I encountered quite a few more hills along the course. Looking at the elevation profile, I may have had it easier than other legs, but it still was rough for me. Especially as I wasn’t feeling optimal to begin with. If I ever decided to run the race outside of the relay, I’d definitely have to do some hill training!

All in all, it was a good experience. I’m so glad I did it. I’m not going to lie – I had some reservations about signing up – I had need done a relay before and I didn’t want to let my team down. But they were all so encouraging and helpful! My phone was blowing up with texts the weeks and days leading up to the race, all with such motivating text messages.

Also, I ran faster than I expected. My goal was to do sub-9 minute miles, especially since I hadn’t done much training and my stomach wasn’t feeling great. But I got about 8:15 min/mile pace. This was thanks to a few things. First, our first runner, Andrew, ran 6:45 min/miles. Meaning, when I started, I was running with so many of the speedier runners. It sucked at first, because they were all passing me – but I’m sure it made me run faster. That, combined with the fact that my GPS wasn’t working (user error – I had set it on “inside run” mode), made me run faster than I expected, especially given the stomach troubles.

Some questions for you:

  • Have you ever run a relay? How was it?
  • What event or race should I sign up for next?
  • Have you ever had stomach troubles the morning of a race? What do you do?