French toast with a drizzle of hickory syrup, eggs, & mango.

I love you brinner. French toast with a drizzle of hickory syrup, eggs, & mango.




Nothing says PA like the farm show

2014 marked a special visit to the PA Farm Show–the first with our little one.  She was completely delighted as you can imagine.  We missed last year’s show. It was shortly after our little one was born and I just wasn’t up for it.  I was sad about it though because it was the first time we missed the show since moving to PA.  You can check out pics from our past visits here and here.

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IMG_7898Hubs does most of the cooking around our household. Thank GOD! If it were left up to me, our diet would be a heavy rotation of pb&j and tuna fish. Yeah, I might throw in a grilled cheese or blt on a special occasion, but well, it would have to be a really special occasion. That being said, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. Specialties really. One of them is risotto. Risotto is comfort food to me. I’ve learned that the key to good risotto is constant stirring. The stirring is essential to develop just the right amount of creaminess because after all, if it ain’t creamy, it’s just rice. But beyond the stirring, risotto is a forgiving dish. You can put anything in there and it will come out delicious. I love an asparagus and mushroom risotto. I saute the asparagus and mushrooms separately with a little bit of bacon finely chopped. The rice is cooked with a little white wine and stock. Once the rice is sufficiently creamy, I add the vegetables and seasonings, and finish it off with a little grated parmesan (the real stuff, not the powder in a plastic container…yes, it makes a difference). So good.


That’s right. I went running in 11 degree weather.  Two degrees warmer than yesterday.  Who’s a bada$$ now?

Today’s run: 2.26 mi., 19:55

So, how did I do it?  A very wise animated character once said, “Ogres have layers.” Plus I downloaded a few new songs to my playlist. Oh Pharrell. Get me out the door 3-4 days a week and you can blur my lines any day. 

Besides I needed the run.  Saturday’s high is predicted at 50 degrees.  Whew!  Time to shave my legs and break out my bikini! And after a year of breastfeeding, I could probably actually take that run in my bikini. So, so sad.

Things are as busy as ever at our little house in the country.  Looking forward to visiting the PA Farm Show this weekend.  Will be exciting to take a little one this time around.  There’s nothing like a butter sculpture that says quality family time.  Also looking forward to stocking up on PA made maple syrup.  Mmm…that made my mouth water.  Maybe french toast for dinner, err… Yeah, I’m rambling now. 

Have a good one, y’all.

You’re in the vortex, baby

You're in the vortex, baby

Time to pull out my super sexy long undies.

At last

At last

At last, we meet again, my love.

How is this possible?

Taking stock of my running in 2013.  I always love to look back at my races and miles come year end.  Before that though, I managed to squeeze in two quick runs between the holidays.

12/28, 2.26 miles, 21:16

12/31, 2.22 miles, 20:42

The cold weather is surely putting a damper on my running these days, but that seems to be the way it goes for me every winter.  Treadmill is not a word we say around this house. And with another snowstorm getting ready to blanket the Northeast, there likely won’t  be any running in the near future for me either.

So, miles logged in 2013….drum roll, please: 168.72. I’m pleasantly surprised.  I struggled after having the baby to get back to my regular running routine and my first race of the year ended up being my only race of the year. Despite that, I still managed to log more miles than I did in 2012 (153.02 miles).

How is this possible? In looking back at 2012, I found my running tapered off in September. I was around 7 months pregnant at the time.  I loved running during my pregnancy, so I was pretty disappointed when it started to become uncomfortable for me in later months. I was looking forward to getting back to running in 2013, but have to admit it wasn’t easy.  At the time, I really felt like I had a good pregnancy and labor. No one tells you though what your body will be like after pregnancy.  I’m fortunate that I didn’t struggle to lose weight after welcoming my little one, but I was really surprised by stress on my ab and pelvic muscles. For months I felt like I couldn’t pull myself up with my abs. My muscles felt strained doing everyday tasks.   I still don’t feel completely recovered even a year later, though things are much improved.

I was expecting to see lower mileage for 2013, so I’m feeling pretty good all considering. It was an adjustment this past year to get used to running with my jog stroller. I always felt like I was cutting my runs short. I definitely feel a new appreciation for all those mamas out there pounding the pavement with jog strollers.  I managed to carve out some running time for myself this fall when my little one started daycare. Those few miles each week make such a difference in my daily life.

Not entirely sure what’s ahead for me in 2014. I’d love to do another half this year.  I’d also like to get in another great trail run this year.  Only time will tell.