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Getting back into cooking

I love my friends. I really love my friends. I may have the best core group of girlfriends a girl ever had. As we age, we start to assess our friendships, and realize quality is MUCH more important than quantity. I know my girlfriends would do anything for me, they don’t judge, and I can completely trust them. It is really nice. I am enjoying spend more time with all of them, and as I become more comfortable in the house I have lived in for nearly a year, I feel better about having them over to hang out in my space.

I also want to start cooking again. Instead of meeting with my friends and going out to dinner, we are going to swap having dinner at each others’ houses. I am really excited to get back into cooking. I haven’t done much of it lately, and I really enjoy it.

I start my cooking tomorrow night! Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers. My friend, Kara, made them for us last week, and they were so, so good.

Here’s the recipe:

Serves 8

1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 ribs celery, finely chopped (1/2 cup)

1 tbsp. ground cumin

2 gloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)

1 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

2 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved

1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup quinoa

3 large carrots, grated (1 1/2 cups)

1 1/2 cups grated pepper Jack cheese, divided

4 large bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs removed

Directions

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and saute one minute. Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.

2. Stir in black beans, quinoa, carrots, and 2 cups water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Preheat oven to 350′ F. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.

4. Fill each bell pepper with heaping 3/4-cup quinoa mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour. Uncover, and sprinkle each pepper with remaining 1 tbs. cheese. Bake 15 minutes more, or until tops of peppers are browned. Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer stuffed peppers to serving plates, and drizzle each with pan juices before serving.

YUMMMMMMY!

I start week 6 of training tomorrow. Yoga tonight. I had a 10 mile run yesterday, which went a lot better than expected. I only ran three times last week because I was sick. šŸ˜¦ It felt good to finish my long run. Hopefully I am back on track now.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Food/Restaurants, Happiness

 

Hola. Gracias.

Hola! I am back, safe and sound, but not healthy, unfortunately. My first trip to Mexico will not be forgotten, that’s for sure. It wasn’t the best trip, but I didn’t have any expectations, so I wasn’t too let down.

Everyone in our party got sick. Not Mexico sick, but sick sick: ear infections, fever, throwing up, achy. I got the bug on Saturday, and spentĀ nearly allĀ day in bed. The weather was AWFUL that day, so if I was to pick a day to be sick, that was the day.

I managed to do all my training runs, except for a 3 miler the last day. I even somehow managed to run 10 miles on Saturday…the day I was sick. I felt just good enough to run…told myself I would only run as much as I felt like, and ended running the whole 10 miles! I stopped every few miles for water (I ran on the treadmill. It was too stormy to run outside), and I think that’s why I was able to run so long! After the run, however, I got progressively worse, and went right back to bed. Ugh.

All my other runs were run outside, and boy were they hard. It is VERY humid in Cancun. I would say there wasn’t a day where the humidity was less than 80%, and it was hot. My first run there, on Monday…a 3 miler, I ran at 5PM, and it was extremely challenging. I am so glad we don’t have that humidity here in Seattle. It was unbearable.

So, I start week 5 of training today, but I am not up to running, unfortunately. šŸ˜¦ I didn’t work yesterday, spent most of the day in bed, and didn’t go to yoga.

My plan is to go to yoga tonight, and get back on track with running tomorrow, but I am not sure if I am even up for yoga yet. I took Baby H for a 40 minute walk today, and was wiped out after. That is VERY unusual. I guess if I am to get sick, and take some time off from running, I would rather it be this early on in training. It is uncommon for me to get sick, and I am hoping this passes quickly. I don’t like feeling this way.

I know this may sound strange, since I was in a tropical destination in another country, but I am VERY happy to be home. I like my life here, my friends, my family, my routine, our crappy weather…well, I don’t LIKE the crappy weather, but it’s familiar. With all the change that has been going on my life recently, it’s nice having some familiarity. I feel like I do a better job at progressing my life when I have some constant surrounding me. I know my trip to Mexico, and everything that happened there, happened the way it was supposed to happen, and is part of my life progression, too, I just am REALLY happy to be home to my people, my weather, my yoga, and my bed. šŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Children, Running, Yoga

 

Happy Birthday, Baby H!

Today is Baby H’s birthday. He is one today! And, this week, he started walking. šŸ™‚

Today is February 3rd (3!!)

Three (3) days until Mexico!

I am in week THREE (3) of training!

3, 3, 3!!

For the past two days, baby H has skipped his morning nap. So, to break up the day, I put him in the jogger, and we ran around the lake. I only had 3 mile runs the past two days. Running much longer distance while pushing the stroller, would be a challenge. I haven’t tried it yet, and I probably will in the future, but for right now, he has been good company during my short training runs. šŸ™‚

I have a 5 mile run today, and then 8 miles, and 3 milesĀ this weekend. I have to flip-flop my runs this weekend because I will be on a plane Sunday, and we don’t get into Cancun until 7PM. So, my long run will be Saturday.

I am finally starting to get really excited about my trip. I am ready for some sun and sand, and for some time away.

I will be bringingĀ the foam roller with me to Mexico. I continue to foam roll every day hoping for some relief in my hips, but they don’t feel that much better. šŸ˜¦ I notice a little improvementĀ in yoga, but I am still in some pain. I am going to have to get regular massage for a while…I think that is my only hope now. I will definitely look into this when I get back from my trip.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2011 in Uncategorized