WIAW: I <3 Cannoli!

I can’t believe I missed last week’s WIAW linkup. In all fairness, I just got back from San Francisco and totally meant to do a WIAW San Fran-style, but I never ended up taking photos. Whoops.

So, for this week’s What I At Wednesday, I bring you LAST Wednesday!

Per usual, my day started with egg whites and veggies, made by B. I decided to also add some turkey jerky to my plate. Weird? Who cares – I gave up meat for lent and have been eating it since ūüôā And it’s almost like turkey bacon, right?

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We had just gotten back from San Fran the day before and hadn’t gone to the grocery store yet, so B and I grabbed lunch together – my favorite salad at Stone Oven! Janea’s Salad- chicken, tabbouleh, couscous, feta, croutons, roasted red pepper and sun dried tomato. YUM.

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And a beautiful pink lady apple for a snack.

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And then, dinner! My friend Andy from high school was in town and he and his girlfriend spent some time at the West Side Market and decided to pick up some groceries and cook us dinner! They made us an awesome meal – Ohio City Pasta with a homemade bacon tomato sauce, broccoli and mushrooms. SO GOOD.¬†What’s better than coming home to friends cooking you dinner – and wine? Not much!

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Oh and because they are awesome, they also picked up some desserts for us from Little Italy!

I had half a cannoli and a 1/4 of the napoleon.

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What a great meal and great day of eats for a Wednesday!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have a favorite salad near you? What’s in it?
  • What are your thoughts on jerky? Like? Hate?
  • Do you have a favorite Italian pastry?¬†I love Italian pastries but cannoli are my¬†favorite. Yumyumyum I¬†could eat them all day long!

Training Tuesday: Not-so-planned week and a sick run

Welp, it was another week of training and not¬†that¬†great of a week. It was the first week I didn’t get in my long run as planned. On the plus side, I DID get to meet some of the CLE marathon ambassadors this week and came home with some fun swag! Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 6.51.31 PM This week: Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 6.17.19 PM Monday: On the schedule – 4 miles. Actual run: 5-ish¬†miles outdoors.¬†B and I were still in San Francisco, so it was great to have a vacation run. We ran through the Golden Gate Park, which is only about 1/2 mile from my brother’s¬†place – how lucky! The park is beautiful and it was a gorgeous day out, there were so many people out and about running, walking, etc.

Loving running in Golden Gate

Loving running in Golden Gate

Tuesday: On the schedule –¬†40 minute tempo run. Actual run: On about 3 hours of sleep on a redeye flight, I somehow managed to get on the treadmill for a tempo run. It wasn’t a great one, but I did it! 20150407_104824 Wednesday: On the schedule – ¬†3 miles. Actual run: 4.8 miles with my running buddies! It was the first time the three of us ladies were back running together and it was a foggy but fun morning run.

So much fog!

So much fog!

Thursday: Rest. Actual run: none! I did about 55 minutes on the elliptical and that was it. I did happen to notice that my shoes were in my issue of Runners World – how cool is that? They’re famous!

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famous shoes

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my sneakers!

Friday: 4¬†miles, pace. Actual run: 4 NOT pace miles. Normally I would’ve done 1/2-1 mile warm up and cool down but today wasn’t great. I knew that today pace would not happen. I kept it up, but still went a lot slower than I thought I would/could – by the end I was just trying to keep up at a somewhat not-so-slow pace (not fast pace). I started to wonder if I was getting sick… Saturday: 9 miles. Actual run: 7 barely moving miles with B. Yup. I was sick. I had to stop and cough about every mile, and was having trouble keeping my breathing up. The good news is I made it about 7 miles, thanks to B pushing me – which is better than I thought I would make it – I thought I’d stop after one! From my instagram (follow me at @koskim!) Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 7.02.42 PM

Sunday: Off day. Actual run: None! I¬†woke up feeling sick and had a slight fever so I stayed in bed most of the day. I ended up catching the Indians game and returning to the couch. So yeah, not much action. Didn’t even break 6,000 steps!

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A questions for you:

  • Do you run when you’re sick?¬†I try to get in some activity – I’m glad I got in some running on Saturday and trying not to be disappointed it wasn’t the 9 I had hoped for/planned. Though, I did have a fever Saturday night so I’m guessing my body was telling me something and it’s okay I didn’t run.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Bean Chili

I don’t know about you, but where I am is JUST starting to feel like spring! This past weekend was gorgeous, it’s supposed to be 60 today … but the past few weeks have been pretty chilly for April! We still have had a few chilly days, a few cold nights, and even some frosty mornings. That being said, I am trying to embrace it. So yes, we’re still eating soups, chilis and other wintry foods. Truth be told? I love chili and hot soup all year round so at least food-wise, I can’t complain.

Looking for a meat free chili that you can set and forget about? Here you go! I made this chili in the crockpot one night when I knew we’d only have 30 min to prepare and eat dinner … and since I like to sit and enjoy a meal, I knew I wanted to spend the 30 minutes eating (and not cooking/cleaning). This was the perfect solution, and even B enjoyed his meatless bowl! Just in time for Meatless Monday, here’s a slow cooker vegetarian chili you can enjoy.

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Bean Chili

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • 1 cup cauliflower, diced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (or even better, homemade!)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed¬†and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons ground cumin (to taste)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper or more (or to taste)
  • hot sauce (I like cholula) to taste
  • Optional toppings: Greek yogurt, cheese, avocado, cilantro, more hot sauce

Here’s what you do

  1. Place all the diced and chopped veggies in the crockpot (squash, onion, garlic, peppers, cauliflower).
  2. Cover veggies with canned tomatoes, sauce, beans and spices (chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper).
  3. Set crock pot on low for 7-8 hours. Add in hot sauce before serving and when plated (or bowled)? add your additional toppings! I love topping mine with cheese and avocado (vegetarian) or just avocado (vegan).

slow cooker butternut squash bean chili in the crockpot

Some questions for you:

  • How do you like your chili? Meaty? Beany? Tons of veggies?
  • ¬†Do you have any good vegetarian crockpot recipes?

Joining this Meatless Monday linkup again!

Cleveland Marathon Race Registration Winner!

Thanks to all of you that entered my Cleveland marathon race registration giveaway – there were more than 30 entries and I’m excited to announce¬†the winner today!

The winner is …

Rachel from It’s a Hero!¬†

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Rachel will receive one race code for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10K, Half-Marathon or Full Marathon events that will be on May 17, 2015.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry – a few of my other Cleveland Marathon Ambassador friends are giving away entries too! Check out their blogs, tweets, Instas, Facebooks, Snaps, etc.:¬†http://www.clevelandmarathon.com/CLEmarathon_Ambassadors/.

AND don’t forget to register by April 14 – NEW this year, you’ll get your name on your bib!

Oh and here are some of the other ambassadors in photo – we met up last night for drinks, food and socializing! Everyone is so fabulous:

If only I were looking at the camera #storyofmylife (photo via Cleveland Marathon)

If only I were looking at the camera #storyofmylife (photo via Cleveland Marathon)

See you on May 17 – I’ll be running the half marathon and can’t wait to see you there!

Thanks to all who entered! I’m so excited that so many of you want to run this race. It’s going to be a GREAT year!

Peanut butter chocolate chip Reese’s cookies

One of my favorite dessert cookbooks is my Magnolia cookbook. There are so many good cookies, cakes, cupcakes, bars, and more – I need to seriously go through and start making more of the recipes! (hmm, a 2015 goal?)

Anyway, I was looking for a peanut butter chocolate recipe and came upon the recipe for peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips. I slightly modified it based on the ingredients I had (basically adding Reese’s and peanuts) and boom – this recipe was born. Seeking something chocolate and peanut buttery? Try it for yourself!

Peanut butter chocolate chip Reese's cookies

Peanut butter chocolate chip Reese’s cookies

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter,¬†room temperature
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 Tablespoon¬†vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped and chilled

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl or Kitchenaid mixer, beat butter and the peanut butter together until mixed well and smooth.
  3. Add sugars and beat until creamy.
  4. Add the egg and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add milk and vanilla extract.
  6. Add the flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, and mix well.
  7. Stir in the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and about half of Reese’s cups.
  8. Roll dough  and drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Using a fork or spatula, lightly push down on the cookies. Lightly press chopped Reese’s on top of cookies before baking.
  10. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until done! Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1-2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool.

Enjoy! Serve with milk ūüôā

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have a favorite cookbook? What is it?
  • What is a good peanut butter recipe you enjoy?¬†These Magnolia peanut butter cookies.
  • Have you ever been to Magnolia in NY? What’s your go-to order?¬†Banana pudding! A rec. from my brother and so so good.

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Easter Weekend in San Fran!

How was your weekend? I know it’s a little late for a weekend update, but I’m still getting over a really great weekend in San Francisco with my family.

My little (but taller than me of course) brother moved out to San Fran last year and it’s pretty hard to be a whole coast away. So, when my parents mentioned they were thinking of going out to visit him for Easter, I jumped at the chance to join them, and B came along too!

Me and Greg <3

Me and Greg ‚̧

We got in early Friday so had the whole day to catch up with my brother, see one of my bffs who lives just outside the city and also get some work done. Oh, and the weather was sunny and in the 60s, so I really couldn’t complain!

cute cafe for work on Fri.

cute cafe for work on Fri.

And they had a garden!

And they had a garden!

Friday started out with a little work, some coffee and getting post-work drinks with Melgar and my brother. My parents didn’t get in until late, so we enjoyed a late dinner before all of us passed out – jet lag!

Melgar!

Melgar!

Saturday was a long but great day. B and I started it out early-ish with a 7.3-something mile run throughout the Presidio and Crissy Field to the Golden Gate Bridge. Stopping to take photos on runs during my vacation is just what I needed. Note to self – there are a lot of hills in San Fran so don’t be discouraged if your “race-pace” run turns into more of interval running.

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We also went for a great hike with my parents. We started through the beautiful Golden Gate Park and then ended with a route through Lands End. My brother had planned the hike for us and it was a great way to see the outskirts of the city, the beach, and great views of the water and the bridge.

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

Oh, and we got Umami Burger. I am in LOVE with their food now – their veggie burger and ahi tuna burger (my mom and I got both and split it) were so good, as were their sweet potato fries. And beet salad. #Stuffed

ahi tuna burger

ahi tuna burger

Sunday was a rest day, but rest we did not. After Easter Mass, we enjoyed some breakfast and then another walk throughout downtown! We started off where my brother lives in the Presidio and then walked to downtown until we got to the Ferry Building. We were meeting up with some of my extended family – my dad’s cousin and his wife – for dinner. Our Vietnamese family style 3-course meal at the Slanted Door was amazing – definitely not what I typically eat for Easter but SO SO good!

salad and spring rolls

salad and spring rolls

Some of my entrees

Some of my entrees

dessert!

dessert!

extended family

extended family

After dinner, we walked around downtown until it was time to meet up with my brother’s friend Phyllis for drinks. We grabbed lounge seats in a really cool place, The Original Joe’s, and enjoyed cocktails and wine. I loved my dark and stormy ūüôā

drinks!

drinks!

Monday was a road trip day! After a 5 mile run and breakfast, we were on a mini road trip.

scenes from our Monday morning run

scenes from our Monday morning run

breakfast at a cute coffee shop

breakfast at a cute coffee shop

We took a car and headed to Pescadero and then Capatola. We enjoyed lunch (fresh fish and pie!) and a short walk while taking in the sights and beautiful water and beaches.

Love the scenery!

Love the scenery!

Brian and Melissa in Capitola

Capitola – colorful in the background!

 

It was a great end to our trip – we got in some walks, some beaches, a lot of great food and quality family time. Even with taking a long weekend, it went by waaay too fast! I can’t wait to do it again.

Some questions for you:

  • How was your weekend?
  • Have you been to SF? Any favorite places?

Training Tuesday: Week 6 (Some San Francisco Runs!)

Reminder: Don’t forget to enter my Cleveland marathon race entry giveaway! There are still a few more days to enter, here.

Let me start by saying that week 6 of half marathon training did NOT go as planned. And I’m onto week 7 and know that this isn’t going as planned either. Whoops.

Don’t worry – it’s not for lack of trying! Week 6 (halfway point!!) I got in a few extra runs and Week 7 is starting the opposite way. It’s mostly because I got in some fun and travel with B and my family to see my brother in San Francisco for 4 days and welp, running fell somewhat by the wayside.

My runs for this week:

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Monday: On the schedule – 4 miles.

Actual run: 5 miles outdoors. It was seasonably cool and windy, but definitely manageable. I had a four mile loop planned, but I ended up taking the long way back because I felt so good. Oh, and I stopped and took a photo about halfway through because it was so pretty outside:

(shared on my instagram - @koskim)

(shared on my instagram – @koskim)

Tuesday: On the schedule – 40 minute tempo run.

Actual run: 40 minutes tempo run. I started with a 30 minute buildup, gradually increasing my pace to 3 minutes at 7.0-7.3, then cool down at 6.5 mph. Total distance about 4.25 miles.

Wednesday: On the schedule Р 3 miles.

Actual run: 6.93 miles at just under 9 min/mile pace. I know, I was just supposed to do an easy 3 but my running buddies weren’t able to join me and it felt so good outside (mid 30s! finally!) and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do a 10K on vacation, so I decided to try to do 6.3 miles, fast. The only issue?¬†I had no idea how fast I was going OR my total mileage. as my Nike + AGAIN stopped working. So, I just decided to run for 60-63 minutes and then map it later and HOPE I made my 10K distance and hope I was going a little faster than usual. I was grateful with the pace (ended up about 8:58) but it was definitely not “race” worthy.

Thursday: Rest.

Actual run: 4.55 miles. I know, it was supposed to be a rest day but I was also supposed to meet up with a friend and run so I figured, why not go out and get in a few miles before my weekend vacation. I got to her place and she never showed up (she overslept) and I was already out AND wearing capris (it was finally seasonable!) so I decided to continue with the route we were going to do anyway.

Snapped a photo of the Terminal Tower, lit up blue, while waiting for my running buddy

Snapped a photo of the Terminal Tower, lit up blue, while waiting for my running buddy

Friday: Rest.

Actual run: 1 mile warmup on the treadmill and 35 minutes on the elliptical before an early flight. I woke up at 3:50 a.m. just to do this РI hate long flights without having any activity in my days!

Saturday: 10K race.

Actual run: 7.3ish miles, running some hills, etc. throughout San Francisco. Not sure what my actual pace was, but it definitely wasn’t 10k pace, but it also definitely was faster/harder than a typical run. It was fun and hard – we stopped and took some photos throughout the run (because that’s what B and I do on vacation runs) but we also ended up doing a few big hills along the way so it was rough – and so good!

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Sunday: Off day.

Actual run: No run at all! Just walked around San Francisco with my family. Got in about 22,000+ steps so it was definitely a somewhat active off day, but no running for me.

on one of our many walks in SF

on one of our many walks in SF

Some questions for you:

  • How do you stay on track when traveling? Are you forgiving?
  • Is it hilly where you are?¬†Notsomuch … and my legs are definitely not used to running so much hills! I’m in pain from those San Francisco hills! It hurts so good though.