Archive for August, 2011
I’ve always wanted some Keen sandals. And now is the time to buy! They were on sale @ New England Backpacker for 58 bucks! I’m in love, they’re more supportive than flip flops and frankly I think way cooler ~
After a dentist appointment this morning, and Physical Therapy, I was planning for a bike ride with my new Hammer Jersey and socks!
..oh and Heed! Can you tell I really like Hammer products? Did a pretty easy 22 miles, averaged 15.2 MPH. HR 142. My knee was a little troublesome at some points, but I pedaled through.
So dinner last night was kinda random. Wasn’t very hungry, and JB was out mountain biking, so I made this rather odd but yummy mixture up: cottage cheese, strawberry applesauce with strawberries. my new go to snack/meal! I know you’re probably thinking, what kind of dinner is that?! But try it- it’s super filling! I also got regular applesauce to top with apples, and pear applesauce to top with pears.. you get the picture?
Off to bed very very soon. Work 3a-3p tomorrow in the good old E.R.. then it’s off to the Cape for the Holiday Weekend, the last “Official” weekend of the Summer!
BOOOO. Fall is my 2nd favorite season though, so it’s not THAT bad. Pumpkin beer anyone?
Have anything planned for Labor Day weekend?
Green Fact. 20-40%- Number of gadgets the average American keeps on stand by, that suck up energy even when turned off. Televisions, computers, electric toothbrushes, phones, radios are more all use up energy and money when they aren’t even in use.
I’ve finally Decided! to go with the Noyz by Rudy Project. They’re going to look like this.. but with a charcoal Rx lenses.. and all white frame
Today I had a brutal 8 hours of class. GROSS! we are going to all electronic charting at work. It’s going to be quite the learning curve for everyone, not sure how it’ll be when it’s crazy busy, but we’ll see. So today we got an intro to all the stuff.. and I could barely sit still!
So you can imagine what I did once I got out??
I ran! just 21 minutes.. but feeling better and better, knee’s are still feeling good.. a little sore, but still 99.9% better than before!
Got home from my run, and opened up the mailbox.. and got another package from Pete! He sent me a t-shirt from Iraq with his regiment emblem on it.. very awesome Definately wearing this tomorrow @ class (yes class again! but only 4 hours this time, thank goodness!)
After going to order my sunglasses, JB and I stopped at CHIPOTLE for some eats.. some yummy yummy eats…
Inside is pure bliss.. I could barely contain myself to take this picture because I was so hungry!
just looks like a blob of dough.. but it’s what’s inside that makes it so delish, if you have never had Chipotle, then I could recommend going, either today, tomorrow, better yet- RIGHT NOW!I got the chicken burrito with brown rice, black beans, corn, medium salsa, guacamole, lettuce, and a little cheese.. As for the rest of the night… waiting for Intervention to come on.. I love Monday night T.V! what’s your favorite T.V. Night?
green fact. 137: the number of plant, animal and insect species lost every day to rainforest deforestation, equating to roughly 50,000 species per year.
Went for a quick run in the HURRICANE yesterday!.. it wasn’t much of anything.. just a little rain! Did a whole 17 minutes and the knee’s felt good, just weak from not running! But I can now say I ran in a Hurricane.. or I guess it’s Tropical Storm Irene! haha.. what a joke- I’m just happy we didn’t lose power.. because I did just do groceries! Post “Hurricane” run…
5am-ish Saturday @ work looking out over the lake.. the calm before the storm: Pretty cool hu?
Sunday I had planned Crock Pot Sunday!.. BEEF BARLEY STEW:
also saute one large onion in the same pan.. then deglaze the pan with a little beef broth to get all the goodness off the bottom..
add 6 c. low sodium beef stock or broth to crock pot.. add in browned meat, onion, also 3 chopped red potatoes, 2 stalks of chopped celery, 2 cups of chopped carrots, 2 bay leaves, 1 T. worcestershire sauce, 1 t. pepper, 1/2 t. onion, garlic powder, basil and parsley. Cook on low for 9 hours total. When there is one hour left.. add 3/4 c. Barley to the stew.. right before serving- top with fresh parsley and serve in a bread bowl.. or just a reagular bowl.. it will still be amazing
If you like it a little thicker.. remove some liquid into a small bowl.. add some cornstarch, mix well then add into crockpot!
Mouth watering yet?
YuMMMMmmmMMM So comforting on this Sunday Rainy night after a long weekend at work What’s your favorite crock pot meal?
I often get asked why do I eat so healthy? & how much time does it take to prepare my lunch bag? and my answer is.. it’s cheaper to pack my own, quicker than the cafeteria, and I like to eat more healthy stuff than less unhealthy stuff! Here is a peek at my typical lunch bag for a 12 hour work day.. I usually get to eat it all, but there are days where I come home and it hasn’t been touched! So there’s breakfast which I have around 530/6am: plain Chobani with 2 T. flax seed and mixed fruit. @ around 9:30/10am I’ll have some more fruit like watermelon or an apple. Then lunch is 1145/12-ish, is my usual salad with some protein and tons of water. Then around 1:30 I’ll have another something like carrots and hummus. I
always usually make my lunches all at once, and then the night before throw everything in my bag in the fridge (obviously I’m not getting all this ready @2am!). It’s easier, cheaper and healthier!
Give me all the grief you want about my lunch bag.. but I never go hungry! Today I had a meeting for work all day. It was for the Planetree mission that is trying to take off at UMASS. It was really a great meeting, opened the doors for some great opportunities and.. another committee to join We’ll see how this goes. I’m all for patient-centered care, so I wonder how this is going to fly in the ER. They put on a pretty awesome lunch too, catered by the Struck, I had the Mediterranean veggi sandwich.. it was full of grilled eggplant, summer squash, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomatoes.. and smeared with hummus.. soooo good!
Tonight for dinner: Spaghetti Carbonara NOM. NOM. NOM…
So.. about this HURRICANE! it’s suppose to hit this weekend.. and I’m working Suppose to hit hard Sunday afternoon, right when I get out! Just great. Tomorrow is a day off to prepare! going out to buy a few batteries for the big flashlight, and gotta mow the lawn (maybe!), and get a package out to Dave and Pete! and bake some cookies?… Yep.. stay tuned for those!
green tip. Reduce the strain on your freezer by keeping it full, it runs more efficiently!
Because he couldn’t remember where he left his beer!
Tonight I cooked a whole chicken.. on the grill.. beer can style. Super simple & super tasty!
I had a 3Lb whole chicken in the freezer that I didn’t know what to do with.. and then it hit me.. BEER CAN CHICKEN!! we used to make it pretty often years ago, but then stopped. Not sure why because it is SO GOOD!
I used a rub on the outside.. but you can just use a little salt and pepper and it’s still good. Here I used equal parts salt, pepper, onion powder, chili powder, and garlic powder. Smother the Bird in EVOO, cover it in the seasoning..
then place the chicken on the beer can.
Grill indirect heat for an hour and a half (if using a charcoal grill put a drip pan underneath)..until the juices run clear.
made some of this new stuff I got from Trader Joe’s too.. it’s a blend of couscous, orzo, baby gabanzo beans, and red quinoa.. soo good! it’s like a cross between pasta and rice- nice for something new
So can you feel it? Fall is in the air! The days are beautiful and hot, but the nights are getting chilly.. I can’t believe the summer is almost over Well I can actually- living in New England we have about 2 months of nice weather so it flies by.. ugh I really want to move!
The biking has been going really great! On Saturday I rode 25 miles.. Sunday was 38 miles and today I did 27 miles! I had a P.T. appointment yesterday and told them my progress on the bike, the next step now is to get back running! I’m really hesitant, about it though I told them. I don’t want to hurt my knee again and start at square one and not even be able to bike! So.. after some stretching and quad stuff.. I attempted the treadmill. Yes I ran. and ran. 10 minutes total (wow i know!)- and felt actually pretty good. So hey- it’s a start.
after today’s bike ride I made this killer chocolate banana recovery smoothie. I’ve been having chocolate milk after my rides with one scoop of NOW whey protein.. but as I was riding I was thinking about how I can make it better. (does anyone else think about what to eat when they are done with a workout?!)
1 cup F.F. milk
2 T. hershey’s chocolate syrup
1 small frozen banana
1 serving NOW whey protein
3 ice cubes
blend until smooth..