The Post that Almost Didn’t Happen

I actually started this post two days ago, but right before I could even finish it up, the big wig told me to go home since the snow was starting up again. We were expected to get this blizzard, but meterologists predicted incorrectly. It’s not the first time. They have a tough job. So here’s the post I started… (it will be all over the place, so bare with me).

There’s a blizzard coming to town and we’re scheduled to get 2-3ft of snow by Wednesday morning. I’m finishing up last minute things in the office and sending myself some documents in the event that I’ll have to work from home the next few days. I’m pretty sure we’ll be closed tomorrow. Wednesday will either be regular or delayed opening. I’m playing that by ear as I am sure it will be difficult to get out of the house with two little ones.

Blizzard 2015

Blizzard 2015

While they’re saying this is EPIC and a historical storm, I’ll wait to see what it really brings. The kids snow suits are ready though and P bought extra shovels and lots of salt. I didn’t go crazy at the supermarket — In fact, I pretty much stayed away from the supermarket. I didn’t want to get caught up in the craziness.

Weekend was good. Basically the usual: run errands; run/workout; time with the kids; cooking and laundry. Friday night we celebrated my sister’s 37th Birthday. It was two weeks ago but we all had busy schedules. After drop off, I stopped at Target to pick up a few things and then we came home and I baked my girlfriend’s Nana’s homemade chocolate cake. Best cake ever!!!

4-Layered Cake

4-Layered Cake

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I picked up Lili, cleaned up and we waited for everyone to come over. I started cooking around 5:30. She requested Mexican food. So I had a nacho platter, chicken queadillas and beef and bean burritos.

Happy 37th Birthday

Happy 37th Birthday

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We had some snow on late Friday night into Saturday. So we stayed in.

Breakfast at the Bar

Breakfast at the Bar

Working Out

Working Out

Those two are so ready for their own yoga tot studio. Love them.

Anyway, the next day we had breakfast and then Lili and I read a book together. ‘Farmer Dale’s Red Pick-up Truck’.

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After we read books, we have started a whole “to-do” after we read. We ask her questions about the book and then we ask her to draw a picture of what the book is about. This book was good because it was animated and colorful. with lots of animals. It’s such a great way to help your child with reading comprehension skills as well as fine motor skills. At her age, they need to be learning to use crayons/pencils far more often so it’s a good way to get her to practice using her tiny little hands.

P woke up shortly after we finished so she explained to him what the book was about and then he had a late breakfast with S.

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The rest of the day I was pretty lazy. I did get workouts in but sad to say, no laundry. We followed the weather throughout the day and knew we’d be getting off at some point. So we prepared a bit. P did run out to get more salt. I knew we had enough food for the week.

So, Monday came. I spent some time at my dad’s house and then we headed home as the snow started to come in. I cooked dinner and then we called it a night.

Yesterday, we woke up to snow, but not a “blizzard”. We got the call that we would not be in (snow was still coming down). We probably could have had a delayed opening but really, nobody was going to be in. Lili’s school had canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday — we got the call later that night that school was back on. Sucks for teachers, but I was kind of happy because she had missed Monday and yesterday. I hate for her to be out of school for too long.

We played in the snow.

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I cleaned and did four loads of laundry. P had to work from home so he really did not spend the day with us. It was just crazy busy with the kids and I. We did work on Lili’s valentine’s day cards and when I started dinner, P watched the lentils for me while I ran on the treadmill. As soon as I got off, lentils were ready.

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So.freaking.good!!!!!

In running news, I’m still running — working out. My sister signed me up for a 10k and I’m looking for a good half to PR in. I need to get more races on the board to get motivated.

How’s your winter training going?

What do you do with posts that are unfinished? Do you ever finish them or toss them?

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Winter’s Back and a Recipe

3.43-Mile Run – COMPLETED

Well, even though spring began last week, it appears winter isn’t quiet ready to make its exit.  It’s a tad cold and possibly some snow, but I don’t think anything that will accumulate.  It will most likely be more of a messy and annoying commute tomorrow. I’ll probably have to push myself out the door for a run today. I did the same yesterday. I honestly did not feel like going, but I convinced myself. It was WINDY but I tried to stay in the sun as much as possible.

Easy Run

Easy Run

So last night, I picked up Sebastian at my in-laws and hung around for about half an hour before parting ways.  I had to pick up Lili at Kidz Village.  It’s one of those indoor, funplex jungle gym places.  My sister took my niece and Lili.

Cousins

Cousins

My sister had to bring Lili out the door and she was definitely upset that it was time to leave. She really did have a wonderful time though.

Big Girl

Big Girl

We headed home, ate dinner, gave kids a bath and put them down to sleep. They both went down to sleep pretty easy. I was tired myself but for some reason, stayed up with P to watch the game.

So, quick recipe for my girlfriend, Keyri, on the Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars. I modified this a bit so I’ll put in parenthesis what it really calls for and what I used instead will be in bold. I got this recipe from my boss who found it in Health magazine.

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars

Ingredients:

Cooking Spray
1/2 cup of whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup of creamy or chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup of egg whites (2 large eggs)
2 TBSP of fat free Greek yogurt (2 TBSP of cannola oil)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup of barley flakes or 1/4 rolled oats/1/4 cups of chia powder/seeds
3/4 cup of cranberries
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions:

1. Preheat over to 350-degrees. Spray a 13×9 inch baking pan part w/ cooking spray. (I have the individual pre-cut brownie pan which I absolutely LOVE).

2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar and peanut butter until well combined. Beat in egg whites, greek yogurt and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Add rolled oats, chia seeds/powder, cranberries, peanuts and 3/4 cup of chocolate chips, stirring to combine.

3. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and firm to touch.

Pop in the Oven

Pop in the Oven

Cool completely on wire rack.

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Mmmmmm

4. In a small bowl set in a pan of simmering water, melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. With fork, drizzle chocolate over bars. Cut into 24 bars.

Each bar is 170 calories. Get the recipe and nutritional facts here.

Do you follow recipes to a T or do you modify?

Chia/Flax seeds? Do you love or hate?

Do you have a favorite energy bar that you make?

I’m ready for this day to be over. I know, only an hour has gone by. 😦 Hope everyone stays warm. Come on SPRING.

And the training begins…

1:00 PM: 3-Mile Run – COMPLETED

Happy Monday. I am officially back to training mode. I had two weeks of ‘base’ training — it went okay. I missed some runs here and there, and I’m sure there may be times when I will have to miss a run at some point (you never know what can happen with two kids under 3 + working a full time job + other family obligations, etc.) but I will try to stick with most of what’s on schedule. I am originally scheduled for strength today, BUT we may get some snow again and I prefer to run outdoors than on the tread, so I’m already tweaking the schedule. Of course, I didn’t realize how cold it was today.

1st Run

1st Run

I still run with my pepper spray when I’m running alone.  Did I tell you the first time I test-tried it? I was in the bathroom stall at work, pregnant… HAHAH. What a mess. Orange stuff came out and my eyes… oh, my eyes.  Don’t worry… I was okay! The last song on was “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” Now, I can’t stop whistlin’ it.

The weekend was good. It started on Friday morning when we woke up to no power. It worked out okay though. I took the kids to Barnes & Nobles to read books and play. We also had breakfast at the cafe.

Building & Reading

Building & Reading

Baba & Momma

Baba & Momma

After, we headed over to Jacquie’s house for a bit. I just got the call from our electric company that the power went back on.

The rest of the afternoon, we just hung out at home. Pedro was easy and did not have to make him an elaborate dinner. Ahhhhhhh… I felt like I had the day/night off. I gave the kids a bath and to bed they went.

Saturday, I woke up somewhat early and fed the kids. I did a few things and then Tamar and I finally met up for a run. We were both preoccupied in the AM and it was good because the weather warmed up by 11. It felt like SPRING (minus snow on the ground!)

Running/Training Friends

Running/Training Friends

Great times. We got to catch up on the last week and we talked about the upcoming week and figuring out each other’s schedule. When I got home, the kids were going down for a nap. I showered and tried to put them down. Then I came out to eat lunch. Sebastian had a hard time napping so I hung out with him while Lili slept. When she woke up , we thought about what we should do, but ended up just staying in. I did have to cook dinner though… HA. Once the kids went down, P and I watched two episodes of Breaking Bad and then I called it a night…

Yesterday hurt a bit. Lili had an awful night. I was moving back and forth from our room to the baby’s room. Just exhausting. I am a zombie between the hours of 1AM and 6. We woke up around 7ish but stayed in bed and Lili woke up around 8. We hung out before getting our day started. I made pancakes for Lili, we played, I showered, P showered, I fed the baby and then Lili and I headed over to the grocery store. Celeste was coming over for a cookathon. What’s that about? Oh you know… just preparing foods for the week.  We talked ahead of time to see what dishes we should make.  I told her I was preparing a lasagna for Monday’s dinner w/ my in-laws.  They’re leaving for FL tomorrow and I knew they’d be busy with the kids today and also they don’t want to do food shopping.  So I offered to do prep everything.  Since there would be 1/2 ground beef-1/2 ground turkey in this recipe we decided the other two would be a pork and chicken dish.

Groceries

Groceries

We wrote down our lists — very efficient (for the most part).  We decided to start with the lasagna since that would be more work.

Cici & the Lasagnas

Cici & the Lasagnas

While she browned up the meats, I started to prepare one of our breakfast options for the week.

Eggs White Poppers

Eggs White Poppers

We baked egg whites, turkey sausage and cheese into the pan for 15-17 minutes.  We divided them in half and figured, two for breakfast is perfect.

We put the lasagna away so all we have to do today is bake covered for 55-minutes, then uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.  Voila.  All done. Dinner #1 is done with leftovers for the week.

We started dinner #2, which I won’t post because it looks like dookie.  We did a pork loin with an orange and BBQ for the slow cooker.  I put mine in a slowliner bag and into a ziplock.  Cici has hers ready in the crockpot.  That one was pretty quick.

The next dish was the chicken dish.  I have to say, this one I’m excited for.  It’s like a pasta chicken dish.  We had to cook the chicken first,

chickenadd some veggies and tomato sauce and top off with some mozzerella cheese.

Chicken in my Tummy

Chicken in my Tummy

When this dish was cooking, I started to cook some dinner for us, but P didn’t want the dinner I was making, he just took some of the chicken from this dish and ate it with rice instead of pasta.  Two things about my husband: He’s not crazy about chicken + He’s not crazy about pasta.  What do I think? That’s just CRAZY!!!! I’m going to eat this on Wednesday for dinner. Just popping it in the oven for about 20 minutes to heat up.

Pasta Chicken w/ Veggies

Pasta Chicken w/ Veggies

Anyhow, dinner was ready by 7:15. At that point, we had been cooking for over 4-hours!!!! We sat down and ate.

Tortilla

Tortilla

And then we split the leftover in half so that we could have some extra food for the week.  Love this for leftovers. I eat it cold or warm or whatever.  SO GOOD!

When that was done, we did one last thing — no, not clean up — but we prepared one jar of oats for two days of breakfast.  I did apples and she did peanut butter banana.

Oats in a Jar

Oats in a Jar

Above is an old picture as I forgot to take a picture yesterday. After this one was done, we called it a night and I walked Cici out.  It was great being able to cook and catch up on life.  It was the best ingredient in the recipe.

After walking her out, I gave the kids a bath,

bathtime

bathtime

put them down to sleep,

Goodnight sibling kisses

Goodnight sibling kisses

Bottle Holding!

Big Boy Holding his own Bottle!

washed all the dishes, prepared Lili’s breakfast and lunch, folded three loads of laundry and put them away then relaxed for a minute before calling it a night (probably around 12:30)!!! EXHAUSTING!!! But I’m so glad things are ready.  When I dropped off the kids, I gave my MIL the instructions for the lasagna and so we’ll be able to eat around 6:15.

Have you ever adjusted your training schedule due to weather?

Have you ever prepared foods for the entire week??? This was my first time and it was actually FUN (except clean up — but even that wasn’t so bad).

I Be Domesticated

6:45 AM: 3.6-Mile Run w/ Lili in Jogger + Tamar – COMPLETED

I’ve been in a cooking zone the last three days. I’m not sure how I’ll be today, but yeah, a few months ago, I started writing out all the family recipes (including some of my own that I just googled and got online that turned out to be in the rotation)into a moleskin. I love moleskins. So far, I’ve got 41-recipes and a hand cramp. I’m hoping to fill it in to the max so that I can eventually pass it on to my children.

Family Recipes

Family Recipes

From my mother’s Tortilla Espanola to my dad’s Chicken Arrozcaldo — this book is going to be in the family for years and years to come. While writing out the recipes, I flipped through to see what I could make for dinner and decided on Shepard’s Pie for Pedro. It’s my MIL’s recipe and I haven’t made it in awhile. I don’t eat it — so I looked through for something for myself and decided to try my dad’s Chicken Afritada. YUM. At first I was hesitant with the Shepard’s Pie because it was so hot and humid and I hate to use the oven in the house — but yeah, it would only be on for like 40-minutes at most. So whatever. Plus, I kind of want to have leftovers at some point this week with the long weekend.

Here are the recipes:


Shepard’s Pie

Ingredients:

-8 medium potatoes
-garlic, salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 onions diced
-butter
-1 egg
-cheese shredded to your liking (we use mozzerella)
-1 tsp of baking powder
-1/2 to 1 lb. of ground beef (or split it with turkey ground if you want
-1/2 red pepper and/or green pepper
-1 cup of green peas

Shepard's Pie

Shepard’s Pie

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees.

2. In big pot of water, boil peeled and diced potatoes with salt and garlic cloves (you will discard garlic cloves after). About 35-40 minutes.

3. In another frying pan, sautee in olive oil, green and/or red peppers, onions, 1 garlic clove finely chopped, until sweet and soft. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the ground beef and cook until brown.

4. When potatoes are ready, smash potato, mix with egg, 1/2 tsp of butter and mix well. Add the baking powder as well.

5. Distribute into a pan (I usually use the standard pie dish, but I only did half the recipe yesterday so used a smaller pie dish) half the potatoes. Then put all the groundbeef mixture on top. Sprinkle shredded cheese and then extend the rest of the potatoes. Place pats of butter around the top and then sprinkle with layer of cheese.

6. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes or until top of pie is golden brown.

7. Let sit for 10-min. before serving.

Half a Pie left.

Half a Pie left.

Pedro did damage to this pie. At least there is enough for leftovers.

While that was baking, I made my dad’s Chicken Afritada.

Chicken Afritata:


Ingredients:

-1 garlic clove diced
-1/2 onion diced
-1 tomato diced
-olive oil
-chicken – either cornish hen or thighs and wings – a bit of skinned
-8 oz of tomato sauce
-4 oz of water
-1 TBSP of Worchestershire sauce
-1 TBSP of white vinegar
-1 tsp of soy sauce
-chicken boullion
-pepper to taste
-hot dog (optional)
-white potato peeled and diced
-1/2 green pepper and red pepper diced
-1 TBSP of hot sauce
-1/2 packet of sugar

Chicken Afritada

Chicken Afritada

Directions:

1. Cook 2 cups of white rice in cooker (I did one because it’ll just be me).
2. On low fire, sautee in a pot onions, garlic and tomato for about 3-minutes in olive oil.
3. Add chicken and brown both sides (about 10-minutes).
4. Add 8 oz of tomato sauce and 4 oz of water.
5. Add worchestershire sauce, vinegar, soy sauce and chicken boullion — DON’T STIR, but close lid for about 25-minutes.
6. After 25-minutes, add hotdog and cook for an additional 15-minutes with lid on.
7. After 15-minutes, add white potatoes and cook for an additional 15-20-minutes.
8. Add green and red peppers. Let simmer for an additional 10-minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.
9. Drizzle a tad of hot sauce and splenda.

Serve over white rice.

Mmmm… I ate two servings. HA. Let me tell you, it put me right to sleep. I really wanted that ice-cream sandwich for dessert but Lili wanted me to stay in bed.

I did somehow manage to wake up without my alarm at 5:55 AM. Lili was half-asleep and I whispered to her if she wanted to come run with mommy — and boy, she got up instantly. We got ready and were out the door by 6:40. As I turn the corner, I see Tamar. YAY. So happy for her to join us, mainly because I needed her to take over with the jogger. It was good. We did an out-and-back and to the bagel spot to pick up breakfast.

Morning Runs

Morning Runs

The town I run in has the cutest benches around. They have quotes painted on them. How incredibly awesome and amazing are these benches???

Anyhow, anybody have any great plans this weekend?

How do you organize your recipes? Online? Write them out?

I’m running a 5k about half hour away with Lili in the jogger. I just got the OKAY from my OB/GYN to run — for fun, of course. Then BBQ at home and watch Twilight Zone Marathon. I’m going to try to go to pool one of the days. Maybe shop?

Hope everybody has a fantastic holiday weekend.

Low-Key Weekend and a Mission

12:30 PM: 3-Miles Easy – COMPLETED

5:30 PM: 3.3-Mile Run w/ Tamar – COMPLETED

We had plans on Friday to visit Krista and Isabelle but Lili was incredibly cranky from the heat. So we ended up just getting home and P surprised me with some bubbletea (well half-surprised me). I was so tired I slept at 8:30 without dinner, but I needed sleep like you wouldn’t believe. From all the coughing I’d been doing, it was so needed. My sleep pattern, however, sucked. I kept getting up and finally slept on the couch until I heard a teeny tiny voice crying, “mommmmmmy!” So I picked her up and brought her on the couch with me. I got up at 6:30 and ran 3-miles and then tried to get Lili settled before I headed off to work. I haven’t worked a Saturday in forever and now I remember why. E-X-H-A-U-S-T-E-D.

I ended up getting home close to 2 and that was the end of it. I ate and did not want to do anything else. I honestly just watched Lili play and tried to be more active, but yeah, P helped me out with that — he entertained her for most of the day.

Yesterday was much better. Well, after I had a mini-breakdown with P and told him that I need to run and nobody’s around so he has to just let me go on my own. It took him awhile to budge and just as long as I carry my pepper-spray, he’s fine with it. I totally understand why he’s paranoid and I promised that for the most part I will have someone to run with. Tamar coincidently reached out saying she really wanted to run with me this week so I’ll be going this evening and Pedro said he’ll pick up Lili. It’ll work out perfect.

After the whole itty-bitty meltdown, I got Lili dressed, showered and we headed out for some morning errands.

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We practiced our smiling technique and it looks like she’s nailed it. We did the food shopping. Pedro and I had this HUGE talk the night before about getting him on the road to healthy. I know, I know. There are a handful of those posts — HA, but after telling him about my girlfriend (that I worked this past Saturday) and her SIL who died at the young age of 46 from a heart attack, it just snapped that he really needed to get himself on track. He’s gotten out of hand, so we’re on a mission.

The plan: I’m going to have to really pitch in and help him. I’m willing. I’ve thrown out all the junk that he would eat and even got rid of his ice-tea mix. It’s just WATER from this point on. So yeah, I knew it was going to be a big prep day/night, but I also wanted to do something fun with Lili since I was out of it the day before. As soon as she napped, I headed out to the craft store to pick up a few things. When I got home, she woke up, we ate lunch and then started on the project. I was able to slide out while she was napping to pick up some materials for her and myself (I have some projects I want to do on my own — post on that soon).

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Homemade paint. I don’t know if I’m crazy about the mix though. It’s 1/2 cup of corn starch, 2 TBSP of sugar, 1 tsp of salt and 3 cups of water. Mix in pot over medium to high heat and continue to mix till smooth. Then pour into bowls or container and add food coloring. I feel like it was too drippy.

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We made grandfather’s day gifts for Father’s Day. It was fun. We cleaned up after and then she played a bit while I started the ham. I made the ham in the slow cooker.

Recipe:
I kind of just mixed the recipe up when I realized I didn’t have ginergale.

Slow Cooked Maple Ham

Ingredients:

Ham bone-in (though it was TOO big and I cut it up into pieces).
1 cup of apple cider
1/4 cup of brown sugar
6 garlic cloves
1 TBSP of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg

Directions:

Press the garlic cloves into the ham and coat with brown sugar.
Mix other ingredients in.
Cook for 3-4 hours on high.

I ended up saving some of the gravy as dressing.

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The ham came out really good. Hopefully it’ll taste good for his lunch sandwiches. He was also talking about this Spanish food that we eat at our favorite restaurant, so I found a recipe that I thought might work and tweaked it a bit.

Caldo Gallego (I used this recipe but modified a bit).

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups white beans
1 ham hock
Salt, pepper, and sweet paprika powder
Generous 1 lb (500 g) potatoes, peeled and diced
Generous 1 lb (500 g) turnip tops, alternatively spring or savoy cabbage, rinsed and coarsely choppped
2 chorizos, cut into pieces
*optional Chicken Boullion (extra flavor)

Preparation:

Bring the beans and the ham hock to a boil in 8 1/2 cups/2 liters of water.

Season with the salt, pepper and paprika, and simmer for about 1 hour.

Remove the ham bone and add the potatoes, vegetables, and chorizo.

Continue cooking for another 30 minutes. (However, check if the potatoes are nice and soft).

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I ended up having to cook it longer, but in the end it, it was close to perfection. Pedro’s only requests were to finely chop the turnips and less salt — oops. He told me it needed me more salt and I think I just kept salting it. HA. At least it wasn’t too bad.

I had intentions of getting a strength workout this morning but I had a list of “to-do” a mile long. I exaggerate. However, I did want to prep Pedro’s breakfast and lunch. So I made him an egg white, turkey bacon and cheese on whole wheat and prepped his ham and cheese. Snacks are pretzels, yogurt and an orange.

Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks

Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks

After that was done, I had just enough time to workout, but realized I needed to pack my breakfast and lunch and PREP dinner since I’m meeting Tamar for a run. So potatoes were peeled, my lunch bag was packed and dishes were washed. By that time, it was time to hit the shower.

Pedro’s plan: Pick up Lili. I should be done running so he’ll get himself together. 45-minutes on the treadmill and watch GAME 7 of the NBA playoffs by 8:30.

My plan: SHOWER and play with Lili. Then start dinner, put a load of laundry in, fold a few loads, give Lili a bath, feed her, eat dinner with P at 8:30.

Do you meal prep for the week? Do you have a weekly menu? or do you wing it?

Pedro and I sat down yesterday and listed 5 goals. Stay tuned in next post on his goals. We’re hoping for a good amount of weight loss this month (even though it’s a busy month of birthdays and Father’s Day).

Back in the Saddle

12:00 PM: Spinning (19.6-miles) – COMPLETED

5:30 PM: Run – PENDING

Yes, you’ve read that right. After so much research on where to take spinning classes, I finally bit the bullet and tried out Flywheel Sports (which happens to also have a FlyBarre). I tried so hard to find something affordable with convenient times and unfortunately, there aren’t much “lunch” time spin classes or early morning at the time I can make it (with having to drop Lili off and getting to work on time). So yes, it is very expensive, (just to give you an idea, 1 ride is $32. They have a few deals, in fact, a deal I’m thinking of taking, 10 rides for $295. Yes, still expensive, but I miss spinning and need something other than running when I’m pregnant!). I haven’t done a spin class in, gulp, almost two years. The last one I took was June of 2011, when I was about 38 weeks pregnant. I remember how much I loved spinning during that pregnancy so I was looking forward to it.

Dusting off my spin shoes.

Dusting off my spin shoes.

I actually convinced my boss to come and take a free class with me and had extra clothes. I always carry extra clothes these days, especially since I have a run planned after work. So, what did I think?!? I’m definitely joining. They cater to you like you wouldn’t believe. Giving you extra bottles of water, towels, etc. Hey, you’re getting your money’s worth.

On another note, I tried a new recipe yesterday; well, it’s more of a side-recipe. Garlic Romano Sweet Potato Fries a la Betty Crocker.

Ingredients:

1 lb. sweet potatoes
2 TBSP olive oil
10 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp sweet Hungarian Paprika
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp fresh grated Romano cheese

Directions:

Cut potoates into 1/4 inch-thick strips. (I peeled the potatoes first). Transfer to a gallon size resealable plastic bag. Add the olive oil, garlic and paprika. Shake well and combine; let stand 30 minutes at room temp.

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Heat over to 400-degrees.

Spread potatoes in a single layer on foil-lined baking sheet (i used a pan and sprayed with Pam Olive Oil). Bake for 25 minutes. Carefully turn the potatoes; sprinkle with cheese and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until brown.

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Remove from oven; turn over again and let sit for 5 minutes.

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They’re so delicious!!! I ate them with chicken. I was missing some greens though — whoops. I need to add that in.

Oh, and yesterday, I ran with Kristina at lunch then headed over to Trader Joe’s. It’s my last run with her before her BIG race on Saturday. She’s running the 50-mile North Face Challenge. Eek. I’m so excited for her. A month and a half ago, she ran the last 13-miles of the Shamrock Marathon with me. I wish I could join her for the last 10-miles, but Bear Mountain is way too dangerous for a 5-month pregnant chick to be on (and YES, I got the NO from my OB/GYN!). So we’ll be spectating.

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Have you done an ultra? Crazy trail races? I mean, these trails are insane. All rocks, steep inclines, you really can’t be afraid to FALL. Wish her luck!!! I know she’s going to do amazing!