Friday, March 29, 2013

Lenten-Friendly Recipe Week: Final Post


 Happy Good Friday!

 I'm blogging today from Beach Plum Bakery, the cutest coffee shop & bakery around!  I absolutely love this place, and have been visiting since I was a little girl.  This shop sells award winning muffin tops, and my Mom and I would frequently visit during the summer months. This morning,  I decided to take advantage of their delicious food, iced coffee and internet access.  Eating here reminds me so much of summer, I can almost feel  it coming!

Their welcoming sign, minus the lush summer landscape!


  Seeing that it is Good Friday, I have two more Lenten- Friendly recipes coming your way that are sure things!  Both of these recipes have become staples in my monthly repertoire, and I so excited to share these fool-proof beauties with you!  I love fish, especially grilled, but this time of year is tricky for that in MA! I have fallen in loved with these two staple fish recipes this winter.
Walnut Salmon:
1/2 c walnuts
1/3 cup panko (you can use all varieties of panko)
Blend this in the immersion blender until fine.
1lb salmon brushed with lemon juice (If you don’t have it I have used cooking wine before and it worked well)
Press the nuts mixture into the salmon and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes
Drizzle with syrup for added pizzaz

Parmesan fish topping:
 I like this fish topping for more a of a protein packed meal instead of the traditional breading with butter
1/2 c parm cheese
3 tbs plain greek yogurt
2 TBS lemon juice
several shakes of Old Bay Seasoning
1 TBS minced garlic
* Makes enough for 1.5 lbs of fish. I have used haddock, cod and tilapia with this in the past.
-bake fish for 12 minutes brushed with the lemon juice.
-take out and spread cheese mixture on top
-bake for another 4 to 5 minutes, or until flakey
-enjoy!

Imagine a World Without Hate


Today was one of my favorite days of the school year: The ADL Youth Congress!!

  As well as a middle school teacher, I also wear a couple of "advisor" hats.  Many people think teachers partake in these activities for extra money, although these people are CLEARLY not in education.  If you are, you know that the money from these "extras" ends up being peanuts by the time the work is done!  That being said,  I love being the ADL Peer Leaders and being their advisor.  Today I was lucky enough, along with two co-advisors, to bring 21 middle school students to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Castle, for ADL's  one hundredth year of service.  The Anti Defamation League spreads awareness and education, working towards equality for all. Out of the 21 students we brought, three of them were facilitating a lesson to a group of students at today's event; therefore we needed to report at the hotel QUITE early.  Which translated to.... I needed to board the bus at 6:20 :(  I made it sucessfully, and the early wake up call was well worth it.
  ADL, as usual, had many speakers and presentors.  Today we were lucky enough to listen to Ernest Green from the orgial Little Rock Nine.  In fact, my students were lucky enough to grab a photo! Both Green and senator, Joe Kennedy, encouraged students  to make the change, and that you are never to young to start something.  To embrace our ever changing society because we are the generation that will have the most time with all issues at hand, such as marriage equality, education and technology; and lastly to share your thoughts via to  larger crowd by utilizing social media.  Ernest Green actually encouraged the 1,000 students present to "live tweet" his entire speech!  My students of course jumped on the opportunity to use their phone without being rude!  The words of both Kennedy and Green rang through my head as the day; what can I do to make the change I'd like to see?
  As the least political person on the planet (or one of them), the question is almost intimidating!  But I was inspired, motivated and determined to take some sort of action by the end of the day.   Below is the trailer for today's event:

Today was one of my favorite days of the school year: The ADL Youth Congress!!

  As well as a middle school teacher, I also wear a couple of "advisor" hats.  Many people think teachers partake in these activities for extra money, although these people are CLEARLY not in education.  If you are, you know that the money from these "extras" ends up being peanuts by the time the work is done!  That being said,  I love being the ADL Peer Leaders and being their advisor.  Today I was lucky enough, along with two co-advisors, to bring 21 middle school students to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Castle, for ADL's  one hundredth year of service.  The Anti Defamation League spreads awareness and education, working towards equality for all. Out of the 21 students we brought, three of them were facilitating a lesson to a group of students at today's event; therefore we needed to report at the hotel QUITE early.  Which translated to.... I needed to board the bus at 6:20 :(  I made it sucessfully, and the early wake up call was well worth it.
  ADL, as usual, had many speakers and presentors.  Today we were lucky enough to listen to Ernest Green from the orgial Little Rock Nine.  In fact, my students were lucky enough to grab a photo! Both Green and senator, Joe Kennedy, encouraged students  to make the change, and that you are never to young to start something.  To embrace our ever changing society because we are the generation that will have the most time with all issues at hand, such as marriage equality, education and technology; and lastly to share your thoughts via to  larger crowd by utilizing social media.  Ernest Green actually encouraged the 1,000 students present to "live tweet" his entire speech!  My students of course jumped on the opportunity to use their phone without being rude!  The words of both Kennedy and Green rang through my head as the day; what can I do to make the change I'd like to see?
  As the least political person on the planet (or one of them), the question is almost intimidating!  But I was inspired, motivated and determined to take some sort of action by the end of the day.
ADL's trailer for today's event

Question fo the day:  What would you do to change the world you live in( big or small)?
I spend my day with hundred of students.  I want them to feel safe in their learning environment, but also comfortable in their own skin.  This is quite the feat for a middle schooler developmentally, but with bullying, teasing and torturing on the rise, it is important to me.

Sites that may interest you:
ADl's Site

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lenten-Friendly Recipe Week: Day 2

Finally a fishy (sort of) success!
   I concocted an original Lenten -friendly recipe today and was successful!!!  Thank goodness! And for those of you who read on a daily basis, this is not a planned recipe for the week.  Yesterday was a bittersweet day, although many pieces of food fortune came my way, I experienced a bump in the road come the afternoon.
  We had an after school meeting that concluded around 3:30.  I also was hosting a few of my ADL Peer Leaders, who are presenting at the annual youth congress this week,  to prepare materials for the event.  After the girls finished their posters, I gathered my materials and realized my jacket was missing.  I have had this problem before with this traditional black North Face fleece, because students mistake it for their own, and take it home.  Today's problem:  My keys were in the coat pocket!
  After searching most classrooms and lost and found bins in the school, I aborted the "find coat now" procedure and sought out a ride home. My two friends, Elise and Beth, graciously offered to drive me, and to pick up Tucker on the way.  Such great girls!  Elise ended up driving me and grabing Tucker.  Tuck and I made it home around 5, and I was starving.  Of course I was planning on getting home much earlier, and making a croc pot dish.  I postponed this meal for later in the week, and started concoting an orginal dish.


Quinoa to the Rescue!!

 The ingredients are as follows:
Parmesan quinoa scramble
  Ingredients:
1.5 c cooked quinoa
1/2  97% fat free chicken or veggie broth
1 bag baby spinach
a crown of broccoli
1/2 c parmesan cheese
15 shrimp (cooked) or 2 breast of chicken (sauteed) for a non-lenten option.
3 tbs garlic
3 tbs margarine

Instructions:
-Cook the quinoa
-Sautee chicken
-Add veggies and margarine, sauté
-Add quinoa, chicken both and cheese
-Turn the burner down to low and mix all together

MMMMmmm Good! (this is before I added the shrimp)

I LOVE this recipe!  It was quick, nutritious and delicious!  Not to mention, it fits in nicely with this weeks Lenten -friendly recipes.
This has nothing to do with my concoction, but I wanted to share my gorgeous floral view from the dinner table!  I love the color combination with this piece of wall art.  If only fresh flowers didn't die!


Enjoy it , vary it, and let me know how it turns out!

xoxo,
Jeanie

Questions of the day:
  What is your take on quinoa? 

Some people despise quinoa, but I welcome it into my kitchen!  The thing with quinoa is,  it doesn't hold a lot of natural flavor, so you need to pair this grain with other flavorful ingredients. It also cooks up quick, is convenient and nutritious; god knows those three aren't found together too often!
Quick + Convenient + Nutritious =  Welcome, stay a while!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lenten Let Down

Fishcake fail!

  As I mentioned in my previous  posts, I have been searching for some new fish-friendly recipes to accommodate some Lenten restrictions for this week.  I also have been reading a lot about supermarket circulars, and am trying to base my meals around sale items.  This week, haddock was on special for $4.99 a lb!!  Although I also plan to observe a meat-free Good Friday (not that I'm devout, but I try to avoid meats on Fridays), I was planning on trying out these fish recipes ahead of time in INSPIRE  you folks. The menu I composed for my week ahead is as follows:
Monday:  Potato and Haddock Fish Cakes with Homemade Tartar Sauce
Tuesday:  Slow cooker Caribbean Chicken
Wednesday: Almond encrusted Haddock
Thursday: Pretzel Chicken with Homemade Honey Mustard Drizzle
Extra recipe if need be....Italian chicken in the slow cooker served with quinoa.

This afternoon's workout summary:
8 squats with weight
shoulder press (40 total lbs)
side plank 45 seconds
repeat 3 x

Shoulder mobility
one leg elevated glute bridges
repeat 3x
 
Treadmill running 4 miles at 7.0 speed and a slight incline


  I started out on my fish frenzy last night after the gym. I was tired and hungry, which is not a good cooking combination for me! I planned to make potato and haddock fish cakes to spice up white fish in general.  The recipe was as follows:
 Ingredients:
4 potatoes cooked, peeled and mashed
1 lb haddock poached over mik, and flaked once partially cooked
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
1egg
2 TBS olive oil

Directions:
-After masking the potatoes and flaking the poached haddock combine both ingredients into a large bowl.
-Add parsley and minced garlic
-mix throughly
-add 1 egg for consistency 
- Form into patties 
- place olive oil in frying pan.
-cook the patties for 2 minutes on each side.

The outcome:  BAD!!!
  These fishcakes are in some serious need of some spices.  We tried to eat them, because I did take the time to make them, but they were quite bland.  I think in the future if I am brave, I will make them again and add some Italian seasoning, and double the garlic.   The tartar sauce called for Greek yogurt, relish and horseradish.  It was VERY spicy, and could clean your sinus right out.  I made a small amount and decided against it, before even trying the patties. We tried adding salt, pepper and old bay and dipping them into ketchup.  These spices and sauce helped, but did not make them worthwhile..  All in all, we ate something else.
  The only reason I posted this recipe was for HELP!  Perhaps someone else will have better luck with varying the ingredients to add more flavor.  But until then, I will not eat this again.
  On the plus side, I did find a great new blog this morning that happened to post about quinoa burgers yesterday!  I am hoping to make these Lenten- friendly burgers later this week or next, and am hopeful they will end in a better outcome!
  xoxo,
Jeanie
Question of the day:  What is you "go to meal" when recipes don't turn out right?
This is tough for me.  I HATE when recipes fail, and it always leaves me feeling very down.  It stinks to put time and good food into something. all for it to turn out poorly.  However, I always turn to some kind of egg and veggie scramble.  Breakfast for dinner is quick, nutritious, and delicious ;)

Sites you may be interested in:
Happy Being Healthy This is the new blog I found this morning.  The gal behind the blog is a mother of 5, and she blogs about healthy living, just like me.  She has some great kid's lunch ideas, as well as the burgers I plan to make featured in her last few posts.
Passover Recipes Yesterday, Julie Fagan,  of Peanut Butter Fingers, featured a guest blogger who provided some DELICIOUS Passover friendly recipes.  One of them is a spaghetti squash Kugel that looks incredible.  I figured I would share this for those who are looking for Passover friendly food.

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Taste of Spring

Ahhhhhh Sunday.  One of the better days of the week!
  This Sunday, in particular, I was excited to meet up with my Mom on the Cape.  My mom and I meet up frequently on the weekends because both my Dad and mark tend to be working; and let's face it we're best friends.  We had planned for Sunday for the entire week, until Saturday when she broke the news that my dad was off, and that the had an appointment with the cable company between 11 and 3.  Gee thanks Mom!

  To accommodate my Mom's busy schedule (sense my sarcasm), I puttered around the house a bit, and finalized my lenten themed recipes for this week's blog post, graded some students' blog posts and went to the grocery store.  Tuck and I headed down to my parents house around noon..  My mom made a delicious lunch of Turkey burgers, homemade guacamole, fresh melon and cut veggies.  She knows me too well! 
   After the cable technician left, the three of us headed to Chappaquoit Beach because the tide was perfect for walking.  During low tide, the beachfront doubles in size at Chappy, and makes for a great walking trail.  If you walk all the way to the end, you can see Black Beach, a beach only accessible by boat, that is on my top ten favorite places list.  I didn't know the tide would cooperate today, so when my dad told me, it was a pleasant surprise 

  

   

Upon arriving, Tucker was in HEAVEN!  He ran, swam, chased, leaped and pounced through the sand and ocean.  This dog was made  to be by the water, literally (ha hah).  I'll give it to him though..... this was pretty breathtaking.  My parents and I walked to beach until about 4, and then headed home.  The day was filled with hope that the snow will eventually stop, and that spring with grace us with her presence here in New England.  Below are some of my favorite snapshots from our adventure today.  I don't typically include this many photos in one post, but these were truly stunning, and I just HAD to share.


Playing  
Playing x 2




Deep sigh.. I love this one!

Gorgeous.





Air Tuck!


Best pals!






 As you can probably tell, the beach is where my soul goes to unwind and simultaneously recharge.  I am now motivated for the week to come.

xoxo,
Jeanie (and Tucker)
ps.. Many of you have messaged me asking about Tucker's eye.  Thanks so much for your concern.  As you can see, his energy level is more than normal!  The eye itself is still a bit wet, but the meds are working well.  Thanks again!

Question of the day:  Where do you go to unwind/ recharge? 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Date Night: CBS Scene

Mark I and I met at Patriot's Place for a much needed date night.  He was working nearby, and my afternoon birthday party wrapped up just in time.

  After browsing Open Table for restaurant options, we decided on CBS Scene because we figured we could watch the March Madness games with ease!  Our reservation was at 8:30 ,and we were seated right away (score).  We each ordered a light beer to sip on while we browsed their extensive menu. 

Mark ordered seared scallops over a bed of parmesan risotto.  I went for the grilled vegetables, hummus and goat cheese wrap, and added grilled chicken.  The sandwich was served with fries, which I was unaware of  when I ordered. 
Doesn't this look delicious!
 I won't lie Mark and I each had a couple, but most were thrown out.  I am specific about french fries.  I like certain restaurant's fries, but these were't my favorite.  It was great to catch up on life tonight, and simply be on a date.  This is something we need to work on: making it a point to make date nights to spend time together.  We were diligent about this over the summer, and Wednesday's were "our" night. Nothing interfered and we had a blast.  I'm hoping we recreate this tradition  once Mark's busy season is complete.  Hello date nights!
  The CBS scene was incredible!  Upon walking in there are wall to wall projection, flat screen and massive TVs.  This is the IDEAL venue to watch a sports game.  Each booth is also equipped with an individual TV and speaker.  While we ate we watched Gonzaga lose, which caused quite the uproar  in the bar area ( I had them in my bracket too ;( ).  I will definitely venture back to CBS Scene.  The food was  delicious, the menu offered MANY options ( both healthified and not),  and our service was on par.  I had some of the house-made lemon hummus in my sandwich and it was quite good.  Next time I go, I may order the hummus plater appetizer to enjoy more of this hummus.  The hummus platter was served with pita bread, veggies and olives for dipping.  Mark decided next time he wants to try the nachos because it seemed like every table was ordering  this dish.  ;)
Happy Sunday!
xoxo,
Jeanie

Question of the day:
Where is your favorite date night spot?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mornings with Mark!

This morning was a pleasant surprise!
  As I mentioned before, Mark's work schedule has been VERY crazy lately, leaving little time to spend time just the two of us. I am typically really at good at being alone and fending for myself, but this week it started to bother me.  Although Mark is working again this week, his homeshow started later than expected leaving us the a few hours this morning to chat, spend time with the dog and make breakfast together.  This also means I skipped my second favorite yoga class of the week, but it was worth it!
  Breakfast:
  We decided to make a veggies and egg/egg white scramble with whatever we had in the fridge.


Our "scramble" veggies.  We mixed these with 4 eggs and three egg whites.
Mark then added all the ingredients together and served a delicous and protein packed brekfast.  I washed this town with a cup of coffee and ationed myself at the computer while he got ready.  I decided to seek out some decent white fish recipes for the blog and to eat this week becasue fish is on sale.  Not to mention, I feel that white fish is all to tradionally served with white wine, butter and crumbs and wanted to branch out a bit.  I found some good recipes, so stay tuned!


My Workout:
  Since I skipped yoga and got a bit carried away with my white fish recipes, I had not a tremendous amount of time to  workout before a bridesmaid gathering and a bithday party at 4.  I decided to run for time at the gym; something I haven't done in a while because I was focused more on distance.  Lets just say I felt it!  I ran 4 miles at 7.8 speed with a slight incline.  I was actually sad to leave beause I was watching one of the many Bring It On movies.  Nothing like a poorly made teen movie to get me hooked!  I then got off and did an ab yoga sequence and some push ups and dips.
Yoga sequence:
down  dog
to high plank
to low plank
back up to high
knee to nose
knee to left elbow
knee to right elbow
repeat x 3

Arms:
10 push ups
10 TRX dips

So Handsome!
NIce and tired!
I returned home to an excited pup!  As opposed to walking Tuck ,which can get mundane although relaxing at times, we ventured into the backyard to play a little "tennis".  This translates into me hitting the ball and him fetching it, and repeating this process about 25 times or so!







 Ok, off to my bridesmaid gathering/ birthday party!
Happy Saturday,
Jeanie

Ps...
Hummus from Lebanon as promised:
1 can chick peas rinsed
3 TBS tahini
1/2c lemon juice
1 clove garlic minced
2 TBS water
Grind in immersion blender
add salt to taste ( I added about 2 tsp total)

Friday, March 22, 2013

TGIF.... and a sick pup!



 Happy Friday!
  I was very excited for it to be Friday this morning, so excited that I almost forgot to wake up!  My Iphone died over night, leaving me sans alarm this morning.  Luckily for me, I awoke at 6:04 and started running around frantically to "get ready".  I put the "get ready" in quotes (air quotes as my students say), because this term needs to be used very lightly.  I have been VERY lazy this week and for the past couple, when dressing for work.  Getting ready this morning consisted of showering and brushing my wet hair/teeth, assembling the wet locks into a bun, throwing on my casual Friday school sweat shirt and vacating the bathroom!
  In my haste this morning, I noticed Tucker had a not-so-good looking left eye, so I made a mental note to call the vet. Even though I was late, I made it to school  with time to spare and began my day.  Due to the snow and a week filled to the brim with standardized testing, all four of my classes are in  different places.  Today started a two-day game of catch up.
  All day long I was eager to get a workout in.  I was planning on watching Say Yes to the Dress while pedaling away in the elliptical or running on the treadmill.  I thought about this countless times today and was mentally planning my attack........Does anyone else have these visions while working?
 This all changed around 1:15 when I started feeling a bit sick. I had my typical Friday afternoon headache, with a sore throat that just wouldn't quit.  I made a tea, filled up my Camel Bak a third time and hoped.  I was feeling worse come 2:40 when I departed  school. By the time I made it to pick up my furry friend, I was feeling awful.  I also realized I forgot to call and make an appointment for Tucker's now totally green eye.  gross and whoops!
  We ended up heading to the vet around 5 ,and they did a variety of tests on Tuck's eye that involved green dye.  He amazes me sometimes.  The vet poked, prodded, wiped and squirted both of his eyes countless times, and he just laid there; content with life.  He also scored some big time treats afterwards, which will be his last for a while because he weighed in at 73.3lbs!!!  This is the most my main man has ever weighed!  I had the vet check his ribs and waist to ensure he wasn't overweight ,and she  assured me he was more than fine.  I get paranoid about that sort of thing.  I want this pooch to live a long healthy life; therefore I do my best to offer his a vast variety of fitness opportunities and healthy treats!
Thanks Mom!


Upcoming weekend events I'm excited about ....
-My second favorite yoga class of the week  Saturday's at 8:30
-Dinner with Mark!  This first dinner we have eaten together in weeks, due his  long hours at work!
-A lunch/ walking date with my Mom on the cape this Sunday.  She is another one I haven't seen in ages.
All in all, It will be great! 

Questions of the Day:
What plan are you entertaining this weekend?
Do you have a favorite workout specific for the weekends?


xoxo,
Jeanie
ps... I am trying another authentic hummus tomorrow for a get-together I'm attending.  I will make sure to post the recipe ASAP.  This one is from Lebanon. ;)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

BRAVO for Bananas Foster Slow Cooker Oatmeal!

As promised, I went to town last night making the bananas foster slow cooker oatmeal I found yesterday on Hidden Fruits and Veggies!  The recipe is a cinch and shockingly enough, since this recipe is vegan, I had all the ingredients!  After about 10 minutes of prep work, I covered the slow cooker, turned it on low, and went to bed.
  I awoke to the most delicious aroma permeating my house!  I knew from that moment, this recipe would be a keeper.  The instructions stated that the oatmeal would form a brown film on top, and that you would need to stir before serving.  I did that, and then scooped it into 4 portioned tupperware pieces to bring to school this week.  The recipe also suggests whipped cream, nuts or other toppings.  I decided to give a dollop of vanilla greek yogurt a shot.  This was a great move, and added protein to the dish, which was an added bonus because one serving yield a measly 4 grams.

Bananas Foster Slow Cooker Oatmeal ( Copyright Hidden Fruits and Veggies)
Author: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c steel cut oats
  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk (regular milk would work too)
  • 3 c water
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 1 + tbsp cinnamon (additional to taste. I go up to 1 tbsp + 1 tsp)
  • 2 bananas
Instructions
  1. If necessary, spray your slow cooker (crock pot) with nonstick spray. ( this is def. necessary)
  2. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Break the bananas up as you add them or with a spoon. Stir until well combined.
  3. Set on low and cook, covered, for about 8 hours.
  4. Uncover and stir well. The oatmeal will look very dark on top and may have an extra dark layer. Stir well. Some oatmeal may be stuck to the sides, scrape off and mix into rest of oatmeal (this oatmeal is still good, and in fact my favorite part).
  5. Top with additional bananas, more almond milk, chocolate chips, or any other toppings you desire.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 175 Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 37g Fiber: 4g Protein: 4g

A couple downfalls to the MOSTLY spectacular breakfast option:
1. As warned in the recipe, this will stick to the pan, but the liners create too much moisture leaving the oatmeal wet.  I have two solutions:  use a liner and then add more oats in the end, or soak the pan and deal with the mess.  This time I went with the 2nd option.
2.  There isn't a ton of protein, so I do think the greek yogurt topping is an added bonus.
3.  This oatmeal is brown and possesses a chunky consistency, not ideal or suitable for photographing!  I'm sorry I do not have pictures, but it just wan't that picturesque.  On the other hand, the taste will be worth a thousand words!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

a perfect end to a crazy day....

 For those of you who reside in MA and either have school-aged children or work with school-aged children, you are WELL aware that its MCAS week(s)!  Today was day one of the Reading Comprehension MCAS for my district, and we had a snow day yesterday.. PERFECT TIMING!  
  Needless to say, I woke up as early as possible, scraped off my car and headed into work.  For the most part, my students worked hard and were diligent while testing,  but I was bored STIFF!  Come 2:30, I couldn't wait to stretch out my limbs at one of my favorite yogas classes of the week:  Wednesday @ 6pm Open Doors, East Bridgewater Studio.  The  instructor, Colleen Finn, has the BEST play list, allowing me to whole-heartedly "veg" out while twisting and contorting my body into all kinds of moves.

  Tonight she even placed a cold rock on my forehead while in savasana,  completely cooling and realizing my warm face.. Wahoo!
a cool rock + ADELE+ a well-deserved savasana = a GREAT end to a hectic day!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Another snow day....

When life gives you lemons, make pancakes (hmm....that doesn't sound right)!
  School was called off again today, due to inclement weather.  I woke up, showered, had my coffee and then got the call.  Lets just say I was less then enthused! But I have been trying all morning to think SUNNY thoughts, even though I know I will be working until a hot and sweltering June 26th!
  Since I had the time, I read my usual fit blogs more closely,  and found some great recipe ideas for this week;  starting with this morning's pancakes.  I am in love with a banana protein panackae recipe via Carrots N Cake, so I browsed her recipe page to broaden my pancake horizons.  I decided to make a traditional pancakes recipe and add fruit and other toppings to "spice" them up a bit.  The recipe is as follows and my alterations are in parenthesis

"A Really Good Pancake Recipe" (with some added protein) adapted from Carrots N Cake:

 Makes 8 pancakes
Ingredients:
I love pancakes, and I'm so cute!!!
  • 1.5 cups flour (The recipe called for "all purpose" but I didn't have enough, so I mixed with whole wheat and they came out just fine)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt (I omitted this. I typically do when baking)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 cups vanilla soy milk ( I did not have vanilla soy, so I mixed coconut, plain almond milk and a little vanilla for taste.)
  • 3 oz low-fat Greek yogurt (I once again was short plain Greek yogurt, but had enough vanilla flavored so that went in the bowl)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp canola oil (I used vegetable)
Directions
  • Heat and Spray pan
  • Cook each pancake for 3 minutes each side
  • I added toppings while they were cooking.  I used blueberries and chocolate chips for Mark.
 I have to say, these pancake really helped brighten up my gloomy mood!  Now, off to grade student blog posts and try to make this day off as productive as possible. 
xoxo,
Jeanie

Questions of the Day:
Who made the BEST pancakes you've ever had (it can be a restaurant)?  What do you think is their secret?

Websites that may interest you:

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Bedford Half Marathon #3 Race Recap

One word comes to mind when I think about yesterday's race.... anxiety :(

I definitely let anxiety get the best of me yesterday, and I would be lying if I said I didn't regret that fact.  That being said, I am proud that I finished and  proud that it was a personal best for me on this course and distance.  However, none of these positive thoughts were running though my mind while out there. Figures Huh?  But that's the great thing about running, and many other aspects of life, personal reflection can take you a long way.  I am aware that I let my race anxieties, my fear of injury, failure and defeat impact my performance, which single-handedly sucked the fun out.  That was silly of me, and I know that for future races.


From the beginning...
  Saturday was a mixed up day from the start.  Mark was working the entire weekend at the Boston Flower Show, selling Maui Jim Sunglasses and decided to go out Saturday night to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Although I was hyper sensitive to him leaving, it would be wrong my me to tell him he couldn't go ( and for those who have met Mar- that would have gotten me no where and FAST!).  So I spent my morning around the house catching up on laundry, composing a shopping list and swapping around winter/spring clothing.  Around noon I ordered take-out food for Mark and his friend, and drove it into The Seaport Area of South Boston, where the Show was located.  This probably wasn't the best idea, seeing that this area of the city is VERY populated with St. Patty's day patrons, but  a little traffic never hurt anyone (insert joke here).  The show was actually really interesting to see, and the flower displays are true works of art.  I met a business owner who sells dog collars, leashes and belts at local craft fairs/ shows.  I first same in contact with them at the Falmouth Street Fair and love their products.  I purchased  two collars, in addition to the one Mark brought home Friday night for Tucker.  I am excited for him to be such a dapper young pup this spring!
  On the ride home I had to make a quick return at Kohls and stop at the Grocery store, which took longer than planned.  I arrived home around 7:30 and quickly fed the Tuckster.  I wasn't hungry when I came home, but told myself I MUST eat dinner.  I knew I was anxious and had been feeling it all day, but no dinner before a race is never a good plan.  I bribed myself with my favorite meal: Boxed Mac and Cheese to try and "find" my inner hunger.  I also boosted up the recipe by adding Greek yogurt for a more protein packed pasta dish.  Sadly, this was a failure.  I had a few bites, and then wrapped up the macaroni for a later date.  

  I headed to bed around 9 and tossed and turned til about 10:30.  I then awoke at 2am and 4am, finally getting up around 6:45.  I ate my typical run-day breakfast of Honey nut Cheerios with walnuts and almonds and water.  I usually have a banana as well, but those were still green- Yuck!  I walked tuck quickly before leaving, and headed out to Brian's, where we were all meeting, to drive into the race.  
  The thee of us arrived in New Bedford around 9:30, and there was virtually NO line for number pick up.  This is much different than in past years, and we had LOTS of extra time before the race- bummer! 

After a few trip to the bathroom lie, we found ourselves on the starting line with ZERO personal space. This is a large pet peeve of mine during races:  Why do people feel the need to stretch while on the starting line?  It  put those around you in such an awkward spot while you contort your body into intricate and space sucking positions! Soon, the gun went off and we were on our way!
  I felt okay for miles one and two.  Miles three starts the first of a two-mile hill climb.  The first part of the hill I felt good but my stomach started feeling funny.  I quickly dismissed the feeling, blaming it on the hill, and continued on.  At the top of this hill, you run on the crest for a bit, and then climb a much steeper hill.  This was the hill that got me.  It was around mile three or three and a half and I was getting quiet warm and my stomach was definitely nauseous.  I remember thinking to myself as I passed  approached the four mile marker... "I am going to be sick on this race.  What should I do about that?".  I decided to take water and have one of my Swedish Fish at mile four, which was much earlier than planned.  At this point I was desperate to feel better, and this was my new-found solution.  The water and fish did not work, and my body temperature was still climbing.  Around mike six I stopped again for water, and gave in to the "sickness" between miles six and eight. I also took off my lulu in hopes that I was simply over heating?    Not my proudest moments by any means!  I called mark through my headphones at mile 8 and asked him to talk me out of it.  I knew I wasn't ill, and I had simply MADE myself sick with worry.  He is always really good at bringing me back to reality so I was hopeful he would in the case too.  
Well it worked and I started to regain composure and focus.  In fact miles 8-11 were GREAT!  I felt strong, and my mile splits were between 8:27 and 8:35 (right on the money and will make up for miles 6 and 7 which were both almost 16 minutes respectfully.  talk about sad when you hear that from the Map my Run Coach!).  With mile 12 comes another hill,  and my hips were QUITE tight.  I knew I wasn't moving fast but I just told myself to keep on moving because any movement was better than none.  I called Mark again for encouragement during this last mile, which wasn't as helpful but still meaningful. The last .2 miles or so are flat and FILLED with spectators.  I saw my time and was instantly motivated to start sprinting, so I did.  On the whole, it was far from fun which is unfortunate, but it's done and I beat my previous times by almost five full minutes!
Official time: 2hrs 7minutes  58 seconds

 In the future, I need to be more confident and less anxious.  This seems easy to do, but won't be and I know that.  I also think one more long run would've helped me feel more confident in the distance to reassure my muscles, but more so my mind.  

Now.... on to a fun St. Patty's day dinner with my two favorite boys!
They are just TOO cute ;)


Questions of the day:  
Do you get nervous for races?  If so, what calms your nerves?

id you do a race for St. Patty's day?  If so, which one and how'd it go?