WIAW: Some Holiday Eats

Happy Holidays!! I had such a wonderful time visiting family in New York and celebrating FW’s first Christmasukah. He’s 6 months old now – woweee! – but still too young to really know what was going on. He did have some fun eating the paper that gifts came in, though. Speaking of eating, here is a bunch of holiday eats for today’s What I Ate Wednesday. Instead of just one day, here’s a sample of some of the great food I had during the holidays.

Breakfasts were a spin on what I usually have – some oats with dried fruit, brewer’s yeast and this time topped with my mom’s granola.

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Lunches were leftovers … so no real food pics except trust me – see what we had for dinner and picture that for lunch 🙂

Of course there was plenty of snacking, including appetizers each night like fruit, cheese, nuts, hummus and baba.20161225_174328

Now onto the meals. We had ham one night for dinner. Lasagna. Chicken rollatini. All of those are sadly unpictured. But another night,  we feasted on a giant turkey breast.20161223_184312

And butternut squash. 20161223_184453

Oh, side dishes included pasta and noodle pudding. Because you can never have too much pasta 🙂20161224_193537

We also had this beautiful chicken one night. It was so good, I’ll have to make it sometime soon!img_20161222_194137_615

Don’t worry – while I was incredibly lazy for most of my trip, I did get in 2 walks and 2 runs. Doesn’t FW look so happy to be with me?

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After dinner, I often had tea. And sometimes an after dinner drink 🙂20161225_205031

And of course- dessert! We feasted on cookies and cake each night. My favorite? orange cake (not pictured) and the ginger shortbread cookies and these gingersnaps. I have a thing for ginger.  20161224_205137

Yum…is it bad that I miss those holiday eats already? My mouth is watering reliving them for today’s What I Ate Wednesday!
Some questions for you:

  • What is your go-to holiday cookie?
  • Did you travel for the holidays?

 

2016 Running Recap

Wow, what a year. 2016 has come and gone and probably been one of the most eventful years that I can remember – and not for running reasons. The Cavs won the playoffs and we had an amazing parade in Cleveland to celebrate. The Indians were in the World Series and I attended the last game! Oh yeah – and FW came into our lives and made it all that much greater.

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Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a sappy post about being a mom – it’s about running instead. 2016 was a pretty good year running wise. I did take it much easier this year than in the past – I didn’t even break 1,000 miles (for reference, in 2013 I had more than 1,500!) BUT it’s not like I didn’t have reason. I learned that running while pregnant is HARD. Oh, and I had to take several weeks off after giving birth and I’m just now getting back into the swing of things (meaning I’m back at 25ish miles a week since I’m not training for anything). Oh, and running on little sleep with a baby that wakes up a few times a night still is also HARD. BUT, that being said, I still ended the year with about 875 miles.  Here are some highlights from the year:

Returning as a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador.  Once again, I was an ambassador for the 2016 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. This was my first year not running the half since I did the race, but seeing as I was going to be just about 9 months pregnant during the race, I decided to do the 5k/10k challenge series. In all honesty, when I made the decision in January/February to not run the half, I wasn’t so sure about my decision. I thought for sure I’d be able to keep up with training and run – slowly – a half marathon without a problem. BUT I am SO glad that I ended up doing the 5k/10k instead. As I soon learned, running was a lot harder during pregnancy and after doing a 5k my body was as sore as if I’d done a 10 miler.

Here’s a recap of my experience during the races – I finished the 5k just under 10 minutes/mile and ran the whole 10k. It was slow – yes – but I was so glad I did it! And I got to share my experience with my other amazing ambassadors.

I did a 5k race at 39 weeks pregnant. This was unplanned – I was sure the Rite Aid Marathon races would be my last before FW, but at the last minute B and I decided to do the 5k that was part of the Transplant Games. It ended up being hot and humid, but B ran (well he practically was walking because I was so slow 🙂 ) next to me and brought water for me.

I ran throughout the pregnancy – including the day before FW was born! I ran on and off throughout the pregnancy, including 1 mile the day before FW was born. I slowed down a lot after about 8 months – my last 5+ miler was at 8 months pregnant – but I kept moving and walking and hobbling through runs as much as I could. Even on the days I couldn’t run, I would take long walks with B before work. I’m convinced that this helped me have a pretty incredible labor.

I’ve been able to return running – and run with FW! I was lucky enough to heal pretty fast and started running again at around 4 weeks postpartum. We have a running stroller that we were using about once a week when it was nice out, but since it turned cold/icy/snowy (yay for Cleveland winters!), I’ve been sticking to running on the treadmill while FW sleeps in the mornings. And, I completed my first official race – a 5 miler Turkey Trot – and even though it was by no means a PR, I still ran faster than I had run the race a few years ago! I can’t wait to try using the stroller again in the spring and even run in a race with it!

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I ended the year INJURY FREE. This is always something to celebrate. Yes, my heel bothers me if I don’t massage it with a golf ball nearly every day, but no stress fractures or major pain or other issues to deal with. I will be thankful each and every year that this is the case.

To read more about my running this year, check out ALL my running-related posts.

Some questions for you:

  • What’s something you’re proud of that you accomplished this year?
  • What should be a running goal(s) for next year?

WIAW: brinner and bacon! (and the worst dinner pic ever)

Happy happy Wednesday! I know I’m usually cheering for the middle of the work week, but today I’m off!! That’s right- I’m off for the holidays and will soon be with my family in NY and I can’t wait! Our days will be filled with holiday goodies, snacks and of course, wintry delicious meals. In the meantime. Here is today’s What I Ate Wednesday – yesterday’s meals. Featuring breakfast for dinner and BACON!

Admittedly, the day wasn’t the healthiest. Or at least it didn’t start off that way- because I started the day with a gingerbread cookie! I just made these and they are so so so good!! Here is the recipe.

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Lunch was some egg white oatmeal with brewer’s yeast and flaxseed for BF-ing,  plus some fruit salad.

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And some delicious crunchy peanut butter. Yes, I ate more than just that spoonful 🙂

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For dinner I had a GREAT brinner and beer. And the photo was awful!! I’m so sorry – but instead, imagine a holiday beer – Shiner Holiday Cheer – and eggs, egg whites, spinach, nitrate-free bacon and toast.

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Aforementioned awful blurry photo. If you blur your eyes it almost looks normal! 20161220_194426

And cookies!! B brought home some cookies for work and I tried a few. My favorite were the coconut macaron and that green tree sugar cookie. 20161220_192101

There we go – another What I Ate Wednesday. Some questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite holiday beer?
  • How often do you do brinner?

Disclaimer: Stemilt sent me some complimentary Skylar Rae cherries, and I loved them. All views are my own. 

Homemade Gingersnaps

I know, I know. When was the last time I posted a recipe?! This blog used to be all about recipes – but suddenly it’s become about eating, weekends, relaxing, being a mom and running. In all honesty, I haven’t had much time to bake lately. And when I do find time to bake, finding time to write down the recipe is waaaay last on my list.

BUT when I made these gingersnaps, I knew I had to share them. They were easy and so perfect to make now – right before the holidays – and any time of year! They’re quick to make, make enough to share (mine made about 33) and the best part – they taste great! I’d never tried to make gingersnaps before because I know I can always buy them if I want; but I highly recommend you make these. I’m so excited to bake them again and try different add-ins next time – candied ginger, dried cranberries, etc.

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Homemade Gingersnaps

Here’s what you need:

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus 3 Tablespoons for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet. (Or use a nonstick surface, I like to use my silat and they don’t need greasing)
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 c. sugar. Add in egg, molasses and honey and continue to mix until combined.
  4. Slowly add in flour mixture to sugar mixture.
  5. Roll dough into small, Tablespoon-ish size balls. Dip balls into the 3 Tbs. granulated sugar and place onto baking sheet. Bake until light brown, 12-14 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.
  6. Enjoy! Makes about 30-36 cookies.

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Some questions for you:

  • Are you a ginger fan? Yes! I love everything ginger. ginger tea. pickled ginger. gingersnaps. gingerbread. ginger candy. yum yum yum!
  • What’s on your holiday baking list?

Things That Make a Wintry Weekend Great

I love me a good weekend. A good weekend with nothing really planned so all there is to do is relax, be semi-productive, and enjoy the company of family and friends. And that was just what we had in store for this weekend – nothing planned going into the days, but plenty to keep us busy Saturday and Sunday. It ended up snowing and icing so we didn’t get to spend much time outside, but we kept warm and had fun indoors.

It ended up being a GREAT weekend. And here’s why:

Fresh flowers. From Urban Orchid. I love fresh flowers and B and FW surprised me with a wintry bouquet that I’m loving:

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Brunch with friends. I didn’t get a picture of the food, but FW got to try some new toys out while he was there!

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Reading. B and FW read a little on Friday night and I love watching them read together. FW is finally (sort of) getting interested in books!

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Adopting a family during the holiday – and dropping off the gifts. B and I organize a local adopt a family program during the holidays each year and this year I was there for the drop off. I’m so grateful to be able to be part of a great tradition!

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Some running. It was cold and super icy, and I ended up only having about 20 minutes or so to work out on Saturday so I got in a short, quick run. 20161217_145800 20161217_164029

Colorful sandwiches. I mean, look at those veggies. Almost too pretty to eat! Love me some Herb & Twine.

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A new local grocery and butcher shop in the neighborhood – everything was so fresh and looked so good!

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Wintry homemade meals. B made me lamb shank and root veggies (from above said new grocery store) and it was SO good!

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Tree decorating with B’s family. It’s feeling like the holidays!

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Some questions for you:

  • Did you get outside this weekend? Was it super icy near you?
  • How excited are you for the holidays?

I’m linking up with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.

WIAW: Vitamin C!

Happy hump day! That’s right it’s WEDNESDAY. Which means it’s totally time for What I Ate Wednesday.  (and no, it’s not Friday yet)

Today’s eats are from Monday. I’ve been fighting a cold coming on for the past few days and have been trying to get rest (unsuccessfully), take it easy (semi-successfully) and up my Vitamin C. So on this day I had TWO oranges! Well, one orange and one tangelo. Stay tuned…

Breakfast started with some egg white oats. I’ve been adding some brewer’s yeast and flaxseed to mine lately to help with my milk supply. Not sure if it’s working, but they tasted good! Oh and of course-  said tangelo.

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Lunch was part leftover salad from Stone Oven (their Janea salad has tabbouleh, chicken, feta, roasted red pepper, couscous and amazing croutons – I’m hooked!) and part sweet potato that I roasted.Plus some fruit salad (a mini pear and thats right – an orange!) and baby carrots.

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I had a late work meeting so around 4 p.m. I decided to have some mixed nuts and a few of these boobie balls. Or energy balls – whatever you want to call them. This batch has mini chocolate chips and M&Ms in them – perfect for an afternoon sweet fix!

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Since I had a client meeting that started at 5:30 p.m., B was on daycare pick AND dinner duty. He made me dinner of runny eggs, beans and spinach – and it hit the spot.

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Yes, there’s a baby in the background!

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Oh, and I ended the day with some chocolate. B had picked up a box of chocolates from a local chocolatier over the weekend and I couldn’t help but dive in. YUM!

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That was it for my What I Ate Wednesday eats! I hope that I start to feel better soon – this vitamin C better do the trick! Since I’m still bf-ing, there’s not much in terms of cold meds that I can take.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any tricks to fighting or shortening colds?
  • Do you have a favorite nut?

Wintry Weekends (One Sentence Per Photo)

And just like that, we blinked and it’s mid-December now! Here’s how our weekend went, one-sentence-per-photo style.

Friday nights that start with beer and wine (and this ceiling view) are pretty awesome.

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And it has been too long since we had homemade pizza.20161209_210626

Starting him on reading young (the book ended up in his mouth one second later).

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These are actually pretty good.

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Look who FW met for the first time!

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Sushi on weekends is always a great idea.20161210_192826

And it’s that time of year – Christmas pageants – this one, with my niece!

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And that about sums up our weekend. Some questions for you:

  • Have you tried the new M&Ms? What is your favorite kind of M&M? My favorite will probably always be peanut butter!
  • What’s your favorite children’s book?

Per usual, I’m linking up with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.