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WIAW #29 – Finding my Groove

Good morning, ladies (and gentlemen? I don’t really know who reads this, after all, but I do know that it’s typically only ladies that comment…so thereladies it is) How are we all doing?? We’re spectacular! And by we, I mean me. And I guess technically my little honey bear who is chatting up a storm in her lil’ sleeper next to me as I type this. EmGosh she’s adorable.

Anywho, I’m so pleased to be participating in What I Ate Wednesday, this week, brought to you by Jenn at Peas and Crayons!! Emma and I are really starting to get in a groove, which is making finding time to take pictures of my food (heck – make and consume my food, too) much easier to do! Though everyday is still a little different, we’re really starting to get in a nice routine. At 15 weeks (3 months…baby age is so weird), I couldn’t be happier!! Here is how my yesterday went.

I woke up when the hubby was up yesterday, right around 5:00am. I woke up Emma, who had been snoozing since about 10:00pm and my milk makers were ready for her breakfast. She ate from one side for about an hour, then I pumped the other and had a banana. You all know what a banana looks like, yes? Because I did not snap a photo of it. Oopsies!

Emma usually falls back asleep for an hour or two after her breakfast, and since my MIL didn’t have to go in to work until 9:30am, I took advantage, strapped on my running shoes, and headed out into the cool autumn air!! I find there is no time I enjoy running more than on a nice fall morning. I love the sound of the leaves crunching under my feet and the scent of fires burning in nearby fireplaces in the air. Ah, bliss. Two and a half miles of it yesterday. Not bad, considering I ran three miles (farthest post-baby) on Saturday and was still pretty sore from it. Once I got home I even had time for an AM shower and to make myself a nice post-run breakfast!

Breakfast: Eggs and potatoesssssssss. Whenever I make baked potatoes, I always always always make extras.It requires minimal effort, since I’m already baking potatoes,  AND it means I can make breakfast potatoes in no time at all the next morning. This here is my favorite combination: 1/2 of a potato with some diced bell peppers, lots of granulated garlic, and even more Franks Red Hot! I saute the potatoes and peppers in just a tiny bit of olive oil until the potatoes start to get crispy and the peppers soften over medium heat. Then, I sprinkle (it’s actually more like a downpour) in the hot sauce. I  crack two eggs on top, pop a lid on it, and let it cook until the eggs are set. If I’m feeling really crazy I sometimes add a handful of shredded cheddar cheese on top, too. Yesterday I was feeling super crazy and topped it with some scallions and even more Franks Red Hot. Ugh. Once I get going on a Franks Red Hot kick…it’s hard for me to stop.

breakfast potatoes and eggs I also had my giant mug of English Breakfast Tea while Kelly and Michael was on since Emma was still snoozing.

tea for meSnack: By around 11, the hubby comes home for lunch, and I needed a snack. While I heated up his lunch for him (because I am the best wife, ever) I munched on a little pumpkin chocolate chip cookie I made Monday night. I’m still working on the recipe, but I hope to share it soon!

punkin cookieLunch: I always try and get a bit of laundry done midday, and yesterday I succeeded! Then it was time for more food. I had some leftover pulled pork from dinner Monday night, so when in doubt….I just make a quesadilla! Pulled pork, some shredded cheddar, and green onions. Plus leftover frozen veggies from the night before…I mixed in extra edamame for good measure. I love leftovers, man. Who’s with me?


pulled pork quesadilla I had just a few errands to run yesterday afternoon so the little lady and I went out for a few. I made a pit stop at Barnes and Noble to pick up the latest issues of Runners World. Once we got home, I plopped Emma on my lap and we enjoyed our magazine together while I sipped my first Pumpkin Spice coffee of the season!! Yummmers!! I also wound up snagging a handful of trail mix before dinner. Wegmans had a “Trail Mix Bar” and my recent obsession is a combination of dry roasted almonds, honey roasted peanuts, pumpkin seeds, annnnnnnd dark chocolate chunks. Love it!

pspice and magtrail mixDinner: Have you ever just had one of those nights where you knew no matter what you made for dinner you just wouldn’t be happy with it? That was me last night. I wound up throwing together a quick pasta with chicken, white beans, spinach, garlic, and lemon. I’ve made it before and loved it. I really just wasn’t feeling it last night, though. I guess that’s kind of a good thing when I think about it though…it stopped me from going back for more!

pastaAnd that, my friends, is all she wrote! After dinner the hubs and I sat down to watch some Once Upon A Time on Netflix (My latest obsession. I can’t wait for the new season to start!) and Emma snooze/ate from 7:30 until 9:30…then she just snoozed. I decided to join at about 10:00!


So…what is your favorite time of the year to run outside??

Do you have a favorite pre and post run routine?

Lastest TV obsession??

Croque WHAAATTT?!?!

I refuse to believe today is the last day of November (or Movember – for those many mustachioed men out there)! Seriously, can someone please tell me where all the time has gone?!

I haven’t posted since AUGUST!!!



(Gosh I love that guy. Hehehehehehehehehehehehehe.)

I’m beyond excuses at this point. Seriously. So let’s just get past that part.

It’s crazy for me to think that the last time I posted on here I was enjoying my breakfast outside on my adorable little balcony with Q in tow  and now, if I’m lucky, I’ll sit cuddled under a blanket on my giant couch trying to keep Q monster away from my food long enough for me to eat it.

Thanksgiving has come and gone – I do hope your Turkey Day was as delightful as mine. (Note: I got the thumbs up for brussels sprouts from a 7 and 10 year old. I rock!!)

Though I haven’t been posting – that certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking!!! I’ve been cooking up a storm in my class!!! (Of course, it is a culinary class…so obviously I’ve been cooking in it…but…ya know)

Some of the things I’ve been making lately???

Stuffed Pork Chops!!

(&& roasted asparagus with parmesan, garlic, and lemon. That sauce on the pork, beeteedubs is the apple onion gravy I’ve shared with ya’ll previously! My classmates and chef totally enjoyed it 🙂 )










Roasted Poblano and Parmesan Soup

(with tomatillio salsa fresca and crispy tortilla stripsprobably my new favorite soup of all time. for serious. )










Chile Rellenos with Creamy Tomato Sauce

(gee wiz, is it obvious how much I love chiles!!)







Sure, I’ve totally been driving myself a weeeeee bit crazy with the schedule I’ve been following all semester…but deep down…I know it’ll all be worth it in the end. And at least for now, my taste buds have been pretty flippin’ happy!

Now, I couldn’t come on here and post these tantalizing (though taken on my cell phone so poor quality) photos without sharing a recipe with you!! The recipes from my class are not of my own creation, so I’ve elected to leave them out. But what I will share with you is a delightfully comforting recipe that’s my take on a french classic – Croque Monsieur (or Madame)!!!


The Croque Monsieur is named for the french word “croquer” which means “to crunch.”  Essentially, it’s a fancy ham and cheese sandwich. Taditionally, the croque monsieur uses gruyere or emmental cheese and thick slices of ham on hearty slices of french bread. It’s griddled in butter, like a grilled cheese, and then it’s topped with decadent, creamy Mornay sauce and popped under a broiler until it’s bubbly, brown and DELISH! To make your Monsieur a Madame, top the finished product with a fried egg!!! ( I originally assumed it became a Madame with an egg because, well, ya know…I don’t think I need to go into detail but you get it I’m sure. BUT I WAS TOTALLY WRONG!!! A Croque Madame is called a Madame because the fried egg on top looks like a ladies hat. WHODATHUNK?! Silly, French people!)

Anywhosers, I think that’s enough French for one day…on to the recipe!!

Croque Monsieur (Madame)

(makes 2 sandwiches)

  • 4 thick slices french bread
  • 4 thick slices ham (whatever kind you like, really)
  • 6 oz gruyere cheese, grated
  • 4 oz parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 cup milk (anything but nonfat for this recipe!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch nutmeg
For the mornay sauce, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium sauce pan. Add the flour and stir until all of the flour is moistened and a medium thick paste forms. (This takes about 1-2 minutes. Congratulations, you just made a roux!)
Slowly whisk in the milk. Gently bring this mixture to a bubble, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 4 oz gruyere and all of the parmesan cheese. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Set aside.
Construct each sandwich with ham and cheese. Melt remaining butter in a large, oven safe skillet. Gently toast the sandwiches on either side.  When both sides are toasted, top each sandwich with mornay sauce. Place under a broiler until the top begins to brown and bubble.

















who loves runny yolks?! i do!!

Healthy Eats for New Years

So this time around, like every couple out there I’m sure, Johnny and I decided our collective New Year’s Resolution is  to exercise more often and eat healthier. Wish us luck!

We started running together this week, and I’ve been at it in the kitchen making healthy meals for us! I’ve got hard boiled eggs on hand for a quick breakfast or snack, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator, and homemade pita chips that are absolutely to die for and a great partner for healthy dips like hummus!

The star players of last nights dinner were lean, protein packed pork with whole wheat spaghetti complemented by the flavors of metabolism boosting red pepper and exotic curry and sesame. I prepared a take out favorite with a twist that couldn’t have been simpler to make and was absolutely guilt free!

Curried Sesame Pork Lo Mien

  • 1 lb. lean pork chops, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (fresh or powdered),divided
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 lb. whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 package frozen, shelled edamame, defrosted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Scallions for garnish

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornstarch, soy sauce, and half of all the spices. Add the sliced pork and marinade for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta to package directions. Drain, and stir in 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Set aside.
Heat a wok or a large frying pan over high heat. Add about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add the pork, reserving any marinade in the bowl, and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Remove the pork from pan and set aside in the bowl with the reserved marinade.
Add more oil to the pan if necessary and add the zucchini and peppers, stirring constantly, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove from pan and add to pork.
Add a small amount more oil if necessary and add the egg to the pan, scramble.
Add the pasta to the pan and mix it around well.
Add remaining sesame oil and spices. Mix well.
Add the pork, veggies, and reserved marinade.
Add the edamame and remove from heat. Taste, and season further with soy sauce or spices as desired.
Serve sprinkled with scallions and enjoy!

    **Remember folks, this recipe is just a guideline!
    Please feel free to use whatever spices and vegetables you like!
    This recipe would be great with chicken or tofu too!
    Whatever you choose to do will be equally delicious and healthy!
    Make sure you let me know how your version turns out!**