Archive | February, 2012

Foodie Penpals–Round 6

28 Feb

Hey hey everyone! It’s Foodie Penpals time again. What’s that? You don’t know what Foodie Penpals is? Then you don’t know what you’re missing!

Head on over to the Lean Green Bean and visit the lovely Lindsay for all the details, plus a link up of all the Foodie Penpal posts from February!

This month my package came from Kristen at Mind Your Bees and Trees (super cute blog name, isn’t it?).

She is living in Japan so I received a box full of Japanese goodies! How exciting is that?


                   Veggie Chips 2Veggie Chips

Veggie Flavored Potato Chips

Energy Balls

Homemade Energy Balls

Green Tea

Gotta have green tea, right?!

Japenese Rice Cakes

Japanese Rice Cakes

Cookies 2Cookies

Japanese Cookies


Where Kristen lives – isn’t it beautiful?

So, have I convinced you that you want to join in on this fun? It’s so fun getting packages from different people every month filled with new goodies to try!

Don’t forget to visit Lindsay for all the details!



The Return of Monday Love

27 Feb

Happy Monday everyone! Time to bring back an old favorite of mine, random things I am loving for Monday!

1) Lemon Water. I cannot get enough lemon water. I crave it. Which is funny because Christine wrote a post on this exact same thing last week, go read it, it’s very informative and interesting!


2) Re-making restaurant recipes. I’ve recently re-made Carabba’s Chicken Bryan, Panera’s Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, and I have plans to re-make Ruby Tuesday’s Zucchini “sliders”. Recipes on the soup and sliders to come soon!

3) Newly downloaded music!

Monday Love New Songs

Yes, I downloaded Selena Gomez. I can’t help but move to that song, it’s too catchy!

4) Compression everything. I now own two pairs of compression socks, a pair of compression calf sleeves, and a pair of compression shorts. These have made my life so happy. I’m even running New Orleans in the calf sleeves! The rest of my super awesome outfit will have to remain a surprise though!

5) Tapering and NO MORE TREADMILL! Daylight Savings Time begins on March 11th, and it’s already light enough at night for me to run after work this week, because I’m tapering, so my runs aren’t going to be any longer than 3 or so miles.

6) Race Day Weather – and really the weather for my entire trip. It looks great!

Race Day Weather1

What are YOU loving this Monday?!


Sweat to Street Link Up – A new Sunday tradition!

26 Feb

Happy Sunday evening! I have been running around like a complete maniac all day today – shopping, which fits in perfectly with what I’m about to tell ya’ll.

Remember on Friday I said I want to talk to you guys more about fashion – as in clothes I wear when I’m not running and/or working out.

Let me introduce you to the brain child of Emily, from Family and Life in Las Vegas:

Welcome to Sweat to Street

A weekly Link-Up hosted by:
Wild Things RUN Free (Charlotte)
Family and Life in Las Vegas (Emily)
Running and Cupcakes (Me!)
MCM Mama (Erika)
Boobs, Barbells, and Broccoli (Tenecia)


Sweat to Street has been created as a place to link up your favorite outfits of the week as a new Sunday blog feature. The idea is to have some fun and change it up! We’ve all blogged about out workout fashion, and we should face it – we tend to identify ourselves with fitness and health. But – that doesn’t mean we don’t look good when we get all dolled up and go out (I see you rolling your eyes men. You get all dolled up sometimes too!) So each week we encourage you to post one workout outfit and one outfit you wore that isn’t fitness related.

Every week we are going to feature ONE OF YOU!! That’s right! A blogger who links up will get their time in the spotlight as a fashion model!


From Sweat:

Shirt and shorts: Asics

Socks: Thorlo Experia

Shoes: Saucony Kinvara 2

To Street:

Shirt: Candies

Jeans: Gap

Shoes: Nine West

Necklace: Silpada


Fashion Friday

24 Feb

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! Something occurred to me the other day – I never write about non-running fashion. I’ll write about running shoes, and compression garments, etc. all day long, but I never write about what I wear when I’m not running.

A lot of people will say, “If I could live in workout clothes, I would.” I am not one of those people. I love to get dressed in “real” clothes. My day job requires me to look somewhat professional, and I enjoy dressing up and looking cute on the weekends too!

For my very first Fashion Friday – I’m going to share with you one of my favorite work outfits from this week!

Me Top Half w-HeadWhole Outfit

Top Headless Half

Unfortunately you can’t see the stripes in the pants really well – and I thought I had taken a picture. They’re black, white, and purple. I love to wear a top with striped pants that brings out the color of the stripe.

What’s the other thing I love about these pants? They’re about 7 years old. So anyone that says “Oh, I don’t like Old Navy, they’re not quality, blah blah blah…” Sorry, you’re wrong.

Here’s where I got what I’m wearing:

Headband – Sparkly Soul

White Tank Top – Aeropostale

Purple Top – Gap

Pants – Old Navy

Cardigan – Ann Taylor

What is one of your favorite fashionable things to do, like me matching my shirt to my stripes?


Recipe Makeover: Carraba’s Chicken Bryan

23 Feb

I absolutely love the food at Carraba’s. For a chain Italian restaurant their food is delicious! Recently, I just happened to have everything I needed to create my very own version of their Chicken Bryan, which is my favorite dish on the menu.

From their menu:

Chicken Bryan
Topped with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and a basil lemon butter sauce

Sounds delicious, right? My version was almost identical to theirs – and it’s pretty simple to make!

Chicken Bryan (Modified from Recipe found on CDKitchen, Inc.)


3 Cloves minced garlic

1 minced shallot

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 stick butter

1 1/3 cup lemon juice (this can be to taste, I like to really taste the lemon)

1 cup chicken broth

1 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (marinated in your choice of marinade – I used Annie’s Goddess salad dressing, which is lemony/vinegary/olive oil type dressing)

8 ounces goat cheese

1 pound cooked pasta (of your choice, I used spaghetti)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sauté garlic and onion in olive oil over medium heat until tender. Add lemon juice and butter, increase heat to medium-high. Once butter is melted, add tomatoes, basil, salt, and white pepper, continuing to simmer until sauce is of a somewhat thick consistency, lower heat to keep sauce warm.

While the sauce is cooking, grille chicken until it is approximately 75% of the way done.

Remove chicken from grille and place on a baking sheet. Top each piece of chicken with goat cheese and the sundried tomato-lemon sauce.

Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Mix the remaining sauce in with the pasta, and serve chicken over pasta.


Chicken Bryan

Plated Chicken Bryan

Chicken Bryan Plated 2

Let me know what you think if you make this!


What I Ate Wednesday: Round 2

22 Feb

I loved What I Ate Wednesday so much, I’m back for Round 2! This time it’s actually an entire days worth of eats, and not just a bunch of random pictures dumped off  of my phone. I’m really getting the hang of photographing most of my snacks and meals! Here’s what I had:

Pineapple Green Smoothie

Breakfast – Pineapple Green Smoothie

Apple Cinnamon Chobani

Mid-Morning Snack – My new FAVORITE Chobani Flavor


Lunch – Mixed baby greens with zucchini, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, goat cheese, and chia seeds with a whole wheat ciabatta roll on the side. And my new salad dressing obsession – Annie’s Goddess Dressing

Mini Triscuits & Applesauce

Mid afternoon – Mini Triscuits and Applesauce – A strangely delicious snack!

Take Out Sushi

Dinner – Need I say more?

Go visit Jenn at Peas and Crayons for ALL of the What I Ate Wednesday Love!!!!


Taper (No Treadmill) Tuesday

21 Feb

With Marathon #3 12 days away I have officially begun tapering. YIKES. I’ve written about how taper affects me a few times:

Taking Advantage of Excess Energy

Oh So Hungry! (A Long Story, Advice Needed!)

Let the Taper Begin

And of course, the always not-so-fun

Unplanned Taper Madness (Day 25 – TGIF) 

So far I’m not suffering during this taper, but I did just run a half marathon two days ago, and have been recovering from some sort of stomach something or other.

I do plan on running today though – and I plan on running outside. At least 2, if not 3, of my 4 weekly runs have taken place on the treadmill since November 2nd (I actually titled my Garmin data for that run as “Last Post Work Outdoor Run for Winter” hah!).

That’s 2-1/2 months of treadmilling during the week. That is quite enough for this girl!

Now that I’m tapering and shouldn’t be doing any sort of speedwork – I’m definitely saying goodbye to my old friend, the treadmill.



And welcoming my other friend, the road.



I’m very much looking forward to a night-time, post-work run. Nothing like the road and fresh air to take away all the stress and tension of a day!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!


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