Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New Training

Hi Guys!! So I have some exciting news today.  First, I figured out how to fix the camera on my phone so I can take pictures again :) I don't know why, but if I use instagram it will take and store the pictures, but using my regular camera it won't store them or upload them to my google+ {what I used to do}.  I also found that I can access my instagram pictures online at Pinstagram.  So Yay, problem solved!!
 
Just in case you were wondering,
this is me happy super early in the morning lol
Second piece of news is that I have decided to start a half marathon training plan.  I am using one that I found on shape.com.  They have two to choose from, one is for new runners and the other is for people who already run regularly.  That is the one that I went with since I am comfortable with running 3 miles at a time.  Below is a copy of the schedule that I will be following.  The site is pretty cool, they break it down and explain why you need the different types of workouts and what they will help you will along the way.

WeekSunday
(Rest)
Monday
(Easy)
Tuesday
(Cross Train)
Wednesday
(Easy)
Thursday
(Cross Train)
Friday
(Rest)
Saturday
(Long)
1Rest30 Minutes
(3 Miles)
30-40 Minutes30 Minutes
(3 Miles)
30-40 MinutesRest4 Miles
2Rest30 Minutes
(3 Miles)
30-40 Minutes30 Minutes
(3 Miles)
30-40 MinutesRest5 Miles
3Rest30 Minutes
(3 Miles)
30-40 Minutes30 Minutes
(3 Miles)
30-40 MinutesRest6 Miles
4Rest35 Minutes
(3 Miles)
30-40 Minutes35 Minutes
(3 Miles)
30-40 MinutesRest7 Miles
5Rest45 Minutes
(4 Miles)
30-40 Minutes45 Minutes
(4 Miles)
45-50 MinutesRest4 Miles
6Rest45 Minutes
(4 Miles)
30-40 Minutes45 Minutes
(5 Miles)
45-50 MinutesRest8 Miles
7Rest50 Minutes
(5 Miles)
30-40 Minutes50 Minutes
(5 Miles)
45-50 MinutesRest9 Miles
8Rest45 Minutes
(4 Miles)
35-45 Minutes50 Minutes
(4 Miles)
45-50 MinutesRest6 Miles
9Rest50 Minutes
(5 Miles)
35-45 Minutes50 Minutes
(5 Miles)
45-50 MinutesRest10 Miles
10Rest45 Minutes
(4 Miles)
35-45 Minutes45 Minutes
(4 Miles)
45-50 MinutesRest7 Miles
11Rest35 Minutes
(3 Miles)
35-45 Minutes35 Minutes
(3 Miles)
45-50 MinutesRest6 Miles
12Rest30 Minutes
(3 Miles)
30 Minutes30 Minutes
(3 Miles)
RestRest13.1 Miles Race Day!


I started Sunday, well I guess technically Monday because Sunday is a rest day lol...so only 2 days in, but so far so good.  I ran at the park on Monday and did 3 miles in just over 30 minutes {literally it was 30 minutes and 25 seconds} and then last night I ventured to the gym and did 32 minutes on the elliptical.  It was definitely meant to be because to be honest I wasnt really feeling it all the way yesterday, but I went anyway.  But then I got moving and was flipping through the channels and the Sex and the City movie {1st one} was on TV.  Workout went by pretty fast :)

After the gym I ran over to Walgreens to see if they had the new gym inspired line of Essie nail polish that I have been reading about.  They did!!!  I figured for inspiration I would get the Marathin color

marathin

...did my nails last night.  I feel more motivated already :) 

I think that pretty much sums up all of my exciting news for the day.  Talk to you soon!!





Thursday, August 2, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

foodiepal stamp2 Foodie Penpals

Hi Guys!! So you know the saying "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong"? That has totally been the last couple of weeks for me.  I went to do my Foodie Pen Pal post the other night and ta da! All of my pictures that I took of my box are gone and my camera will not take anymore pictures :(
So I have been trying to figure out what do about my post, I have decided just to talk about it and then link to pictures so you can see what I got because my box was completely amazing this month and definitely needs to be shared :)

First things first, my box came from Jennifer who blogs over at One Cool Lunch {cutest ideas on her blog for things to do with food!} These bees are adorable right??

My package came with pretty awesome pink zebra packing tape around which is a very cool touch that I hadn't thought of.  There was a note inside the box that explained that the contents were an assortment of her favorite snack foods plus some seasonings that she liked.  This was back when I thought my camera was functional {it was taking pictures just not storing them apparently}but I literally had to close a couple of wrappers to take pictures because I couldn't wait to dig in!!  My goodies included  two 365 organic chocolate squares; one milk and one dark.  They were a little melted when the box arrived so I hurried up and threw them in the freezer and enjoyed a couple of hours later.  They were completely amazing!! Even Matt {I shared a bite.  Literally only one though} was like we HAVE to go to Whole Foods and get more of these.  And to top it off, I looked up the nutrition later and two squares is only 53 calories! That is perfect for a craving moment.  Another of the amazing snacks was the bag of granola.  
Lotsa Chocolate - 2 ounce bag
It is from a company based out of Michigan, which makes sense because that's where Jen is from.  The company is called Simply Suzanne and let me just say Oh My! that is some of the best granola I have ever had.  It came in a 2oz bag and for the whole bag has 200 calories.  Andddd even more amazing, the flavor was Lotsa Chocolate.  They also make a chocolate granola flavor that I am scoping out to get with my next paycheck :) Again, I let Matt try a bite...okay 2 on this one because there was more to go around, and he was equally impressed.  Next up we have a bag of pear fruit crisps from Brothers All Natural
Brothers All Natural - Asian Pear Fruit Crisps

These are literally the perfect snack food!! The serving is one bag, which equals 1/2 cup and while it isn't filling, it is satisfying and delicious and another low calorie option, which is very important.  For the one bag, it is only 35 calories!!  Another one that got on my list of things I need to buy.  I also received a Larabar, which is already a favorite of mine.  I usually go for the cookie dough, so I was happy to see that I would be trying out a new flavor: Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte {say that three times fast...its a hard one}
Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte
My bar was much enjoyed after a run last week.  There was another bar in the package that I had seen around in stores, but hadn't actually committed to trying yet.  The company is called Earnest Eats and they make granola bars, fruit bars and hot cereal.  


I received one of the fruit bars which is pictured above.  My flavor was the cran lemon zest and it was/is {I say it that way because I have only eaten half because I am savoring it}completely amazing!! It is just fruit and seeds rolled with almond butter...I mean seriously, what more could you ask for??  I cannot wait to try the other flavors!! Speaking of almond butter, I almost forgot....I also received two packets of Justin's Nut Butter.  One chocolate hazelnut and one maple almond.  I have never tried the maple almond before, but I think that it is definitely my new favorite! It is just the right amount of maple and it is completely amazing...like seriously!

I think that pretty much sums up the snacks that came in my box...but there is still more :)


I was not aware that McCormick had a gourmet line of seasonings, let alone recipe blends.  I haven't had the opportunity to make this yet, but it looks amazing and I can't wait!!  The other seasoning that came is called Penzey's Forward from Penzey's Spices.  It is an all purpose seasoning that not only is delicious, but has a great message on it.  On the side of the jar there is a message that says "Penzey's Forward! is deliciousness dedicated to all those whose kindness opened our world of opportunity.A salt-free suggestion; we repay this kindness by passing on the greater kindness to those who come after us."  I think that is a great message to send out :)

Lastly, there was a pack of Grab and Go eat cleaner.  Which is a resealable bag of wipes to clean fruits and vegetables that you take on the go to eat.  That is a genius idea!! So that pretty much sums up my box.  Thanks Jen!! I absolutely loved everything :)


Here is some info about the Foodie Pen Pal program in case you are interested:

  • On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions. 
  • You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!   
  • The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!  
  • You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)  
  • Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.   
  • Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We've determined things might get too slow and backed up if we're trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 
  • If you’re interested in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
            You must submit your information by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th!

            Monday, July 16, 2012

            Sunday Funday :)



            Hi Guys!! I feel like I haven't written a post in forever.  Everything has just been super hectic lately.  Not even necessarily good or bad hectic, just busy.  I do have to tell you about my day yesterday though.  It was pretty awesome.  I went to the Open Air Market in Baltimore , which I have never been before, but will most definitely be going back :) I went with my friends Lena and Jackie and we had the most amazing time!!  It takes place every Sunday under the JFX in downtown Baltimore. I was trying to take some pictures while I was there, but it was huge and super crowded, so they do look a little chaotic. 




            There were so many interesting vendors there.  I made it out without spending too much money, but did buy quite a few goodies.  Some for me and some for my Foodie Pen Pal so I can't share all details lol.  But here are a few :)


             This place, Curry Shack at the Market drew me in with the smell of their seasoning.  They sell prepared food along with 18 different seasoning blends.  I bought the Ethiopian Blend and I am dying to try it.

            Next we have Dangerously Delicious Pies, which my friend Lena who went to the market with me says they have the best pies in the world.  I bought the Baltimore Bomb Pie {follow link for description} and literally tore into the plastic last night when I got home.  It was completely amazing :) So Lena, I think you were right about their pies! Sadly though I don't have a picture...lol but I can upload one of my half eaten pie at home so you all can see.

            I think though, my favorite thing from the market is the Hummus that I bought {I LOVE Hummus} This place, the Wild Pea has the most interesting flavors I have ever tried.  I bought Sushi, which is wasabi ginger.  Another flavor, which I was torn between was mango curry.  Also completely amazing...AANNND I just took a look at their website, it seriously looks like they have 100 different mixes...I need to try more :)


            Ok so...next up is South Mountain Creamery


            Hands down best chocolate milk I have ever had in my life.  Obviously I bought some lol.  In addition to having the best milk ever, they also have super nice staff there.  The girl that was working at the stand was super nice and helpful.  Made it twice as nice :)  Ohhhh and the other thing I need to mention about South Mountain Creamery is that they do tours at the creamery and you get to feed the baby cows with bottles.  When I heard that, it instantly went on the list of things I must do immediately. 

            Lastly, I bought a container of bee pollen {my first} I have always heard its good for you, but never encountered it in real life, only on the Internet.  Well, needless to say I couldn't resist.  The guy at the stand explained that Honeybee Pollen is a source of many vitamins and minerals and is also a dietary supplement. The pollen stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies and reduce allergic reactions. The pollen contains 25 percent protein as well as 18 amino acids, 28 minerals, and 12 vitamins, which makes this a very healthy dietary supplement. One ounce of honeybee pollen contains only 28 calories and seven grams of carbohydrates.  So I mean really, how could I say no??  It is going in my yogurt today with blueberries, which I almost forgot, I learned that blueberries act as a natural sunblock.  The lady at Dangerous Pies told me that.  Amazing right?  That pretty much sums up what I bought at the market...here are some pictures of some other really cool vendors though...
            
            Biggest Cinnamon Buns I have ever seen in my life...SERIOUSLY

            
            I don't know if you can see it in the picture, but this stand sells hula hoops and underwear....lol
            

            
            This is a bus/vintage clothing store.  Pretty Awesome!!
            So that pretty much sums up the market and the first half of my day...it was only 11 when we left lol.  The rest of the day was less eventful though I promise.  We went to Wegmans in Columbia, which is new I think.  It was GIANT and super crowded.  They did have some good stuff though...we also ate lunch there which was pretty good.  My lettuce in my salad tasted dirty which I hate, but it was manageable.  Again, got some stuff for my Pen Pal :) They had like four huge aisles of organic food there.  Much better than any grocery store around me.  We also decided to cram a movie into the day, so we went and saw Magic Mike.  There are two things to say about that movie...Channing Tatum is amazing in it {not going into detail} and I don't know if it was intentional or not but Matthew Mcconaughey was really good at being gross and I don't think I will ever look at him the same way again.  I mean he has gotten kind of iffy over the years anyway, but this puts him over the edge.  The movie was good though and hilarious.  And there was one man in the theater, looked like he came with his wife.  Anyways lol....after the movie I headed home and had dinner with Matt and Rocky :) Good day, but felt good to be home for sure.

            Sunday, July 1, 2012

            Gina's Foodie Guest Post


            This month for Foodie Pen Pal I sent my package to Gina in Sunnyvale, CA.  She doesn't have a blog currently.  Here is her guest post{first one ever on my blog!} 

            foodiepal stamp2 June Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

            Hi Unleash Your Happy readers!

            I was so excited to participate in Foodie Pen Pals for the first time, and when I took a look at Jenn’s blog I knew I was in for a treat! She sent me some great stuff (some new to me and some favorites of mine)

            Here’s a look at the contents.










            I was immediately overjoyed to see the Larabars and Justin’s Nut Butters, two of my favorite products ever. Meaning of course, they have long since disappeared and were delicious!

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            I haven’t had a chance to try the brown rice chips yet, but I’m sure I will be a fan! I have heard great thing about Utz products.

            The Old Bay seasoning received a warm welcome into my home as I am staying with my parents at the moment, and Old Bay is definitely a staple for them. We have used it multiple times already and it is just as good as ever.

            Admittedly, I was by far most excited to break into the bar of chocolate that Jenn included!
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            The company that makes this bar is called Original Beans. Here’s a little excerpt from their website:
            The people behind Original Beans are coming together across countries drawn by a shared passion for sustainable farming, delicious food, and the conservation of our world’s threatened rainforest.

            The purpose behind the brand really resonated with me, and made me even more anxious to try out the chocolate. Jenn said that this was a personal favorite of hers, and after trying it, I can see why! The bar was 70% cacao, which was great because the darker the bar, the more I enjoy it. It has a smooth and delicious flavor and I have been eating it one square at a time in the attempt to make it last.
            All in all, Jenn’s package made my first Foodie Pen Pal experience an extremely positive one. Thanks again Jenn!

            Better Late than Never...

            Today is my first Foodie Pen Pal reveal day :) ....I know that it was supposed to be yesterday and I had every intention of getting everything up, but I sat down to write last night and literally fell asleep with my laptop.  I will get into why in a little bit, but first and foremost FOODIE PEN PAL!! {I know I'm a dork, but just roll with it}

            foodiepal stamp2 June Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

            This was my first month participating in the "Foodie Pen Pal" Program, and I must say, it was awesome! I am excited to participate again in July

            Here is some information on Foodie Pen Pals:
            • On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions. 
            • You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!   
            • The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!  
            • You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)  
            • Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.   
            • Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We've determined things might get too slow and backed up if we're trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 
            If you’re interested in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
            You must submit your information by July 4th as pairings will be emailed on July 5th!

            This month I mailed my package to Gina in Sunnyvale, CA.  She doesn't have a blog currently so her post will be following mine, which is exciting because she will be my first guest blogger :) 


            I received an awesome package from Amanda over at Adventures of Mommyhood. Check out her blog, it is super cute :)

            Here is a picture of the full contents of my package.
            There is technically one thing missing...there were two chocolate pieces, but I saw them and immediately devoured one of them.  As I was eating it, I thought I should have saved it for my picture.  Oh well, what can you do lol.


            I actually received two packages from Amanda this month. The first came on the 18th of June and it was kind of funny because all that was in the package was the seasoning {pictured above} and the note below that I did not find right away lol.

             
            Once I found the note and realized that it was part of my pen pal package, the confusion subsided and I was really excited.  Although I do have to say, the next week was pretty torturous.  The rest of my package didn't arrive until the following Friday.  I have no idea what the post office did with that box that it took so long to get to me lol. Anyways,  here is the breakdown of my package...




            Everything that I have tried so far from my box has been completely amazing.  As I said before, the chocolate barely made it out of the box before I devoured it {its a weakness}.

            There was a jar of corncob jelly in the box, which I had never heard of, let alone tasted, but I lovveeee corn so I expected it to be delicious and as I found out the next morning on my toast, it definitely was :)



            Another item from my box was a bag of wild rice.  I don't know if the wild rice was really any better than any other wild rice that I have had before or if it was just that fact that I was excited because it came from my pen pal program and was in adorable packaging that made it look super delicious {I love the moose}, but it seemed to be really delicious and possibly the best tasting rice I have ever eaten.  I have only eaten one serving of the rice though.  I am saving it to make the recipe that Amanda sent me, which I am very excited to try.  It is for Cheesy Wild Rice and it looks completely amazing. I am also saving the cornbread mix that she sent to go along with it.

            I just need for it to cool down a little bit before I cook anything.  Our house doesn't have central AC so the kitchen gets VERY hot especially with the oven on.  We generally grill in the summer to avoid a 100 degree house.  Which makes it so awesome that she sent me the seasoning.  I do want to point out that in her note it says that her family makes the seasoning.  That is really really cool and it makes it better that the seasoning is really tasty!  We used the seasoning on some chicken a couple nights after the package came in...and then again on some steak lol like I said before, it is really tasty.  I think that pretty much sums it up.  Thanks Amanda for a great package and for making this a great first month of the program :)

            ...Now onto the reason that I was so tired yesterday.  Matt and I ran a 5K yesterday morning at the Naval Station in Annapolis.  I have been running 3 miles pretty much every other day for like 2 months now, so the 5K is not that big of a deal normally.  Yesterday's 5K was killer....Not only was it super hot at 9:00 in the morning, but the sun was directly over us for most of the run and a lot of it was uphill.  It was not pleasant...see the super sweaty picture below lol.
            After the run, we went over to Matt's dads house for a cookout and some pool time.  So needless to say, I was pretty exhausted by night time.  This is race #3 completed though and while the track was a little on the short side (I think it ended up being 4.5km) my time was 25 minutes.  So I think that even if it were the full 5K, there is a possibility that I would have made it in under 30 minutes {at least that is what I am telling myself}

            That is all for today.  I will be posting Gina's Foodie Pen Pal post right after this one. Make sure to take a look at it :)

            I also want to leave you with this picture because it's the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life...

            Friday, June 29, 2012

            Pinterest

            I just want to take a minute to profess my love for Pinterest...

            At first, I was skeptical to join.  My friend Jackie was raving about it one night and suggested that I join because I would love it.  So I waited a couple of weeks {I am quite the procrastinator} and then decided to take a look at it.  When I went to the site I saw that it was by invitation only, which made me even more stand-offish but decided to request my invite anyway.  I still didnt really do anything with my membership until I started my CSA program back in May.  The farm that we joined with said that they were starting a pinterest page and there would be information about the box that we would be receiving for the week posted on their page.  At that point I decided that I should look into what it was all about.  I am sooo glad that I finally got around to it :) Not only is it helpful with my CSA program {they share what is coming for the week and recipe ideas on how to use the products} but there are so many good ideas and recipes shared by other pinners {correct term?} I have a board for Things I need to try, which there are currently 50 pins on.  I guess I need to get crackin on those, but once I do try them I move them over to my Tried it board and write my opinion on the recipe or project.  A couple of my fave's that I have tried so far are the
            Caprese Tomatoes, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip and Asian Slaw.
            "Want an amazing and healthy side dish. Marinate thick sliced tomatoes with balsamic vinegar for 1 hour. Bake at 350 for about 7 minutes or a little tender. Meanwhile, sauté spinach and garlic with a dash of salt and lemon juice. Put spinach on top of tomatoes and sprinkle with low fat cheese of your choice (I chose Italian blend) and broil til cheese is golden!"Spicy Asian Slaw - Excellent :)
              Made this...it was completely amazing!!  I had everyone taste it before I told them it was made from chickpeas lol 

            I think my favorite part of Pinterest though is that when I find recipes on different blogs or sites, usually I can use the Pin it button and put it into my need to try folder, which leads to quick pull up time when I am ready to use it later.  Anything to keep me organized is definitely awesome and a plus in my book :)

            There are other things besides food on there though.  There are so many people who post fitness quotes and tips that are so motivational to me.  This is a good one that I instantly repinned today...
            progress over perfection   It's the truth. .

            chobani greek yogurt conversion chartOh and one other thing that I owe to Pinterest and the boards that I follow.  I have recently become obsessed with Greek Yogert...particularly honey greek yogert.  I have seen in the past so many things you can do with greek yogert, but I tried using it for quite a few things a couple of years ago and wasnt completely impressed.  So I dont know if it's because of my diet change in the last couple of months or what, but I absolutely love greek yogert now.  I have even started cooking with it, which reminds me, I have a recipe to post that was completely amazing that has a greek yogert sauce.  I will put that up this weekend...Anyways, if you find yourself interested in cooking or mix-ins for greek yogert you should check out Chobani's pinterest page.  It is awesome!!  Here is a conversion chart for substituting greek yogert that is helpful too {courtesy of pinterest of course}


            Now that I have fully professed my love, what are some things you love about pinterest?


            P.S - Another awesome idea that my friend Jackie came up with is to have a pinterest party to try some of the many things in our Need to Try It boards.
             

            Friday, June 22, 2012

            Super Hectic Week!




            Ugg..this has been one of the most hectic weeks I have had in a very long time.  A good week, but a very busy one.  It all started Friday of last week {movie memory fade out}...Work, run, eat dinner as usual...but then I had to go over to my friend Katie's house, she is getting married tomorrow {unbelievable!!}

            Katie and Steve
            I had to pick up my bridesmaids dress at her house, which is no ordinary dress by the way.  It is an infinity/convertible dress.  For those of you not aware, as I was not before the wedding, here is a picture of the dress untied and there are like 100 ways to tie it...so here are some of the ways to tie ...
            Needless to say, for someone completely uncoordinated the dress is very intimidating.  So we worked on figuring out how to tie the dress for a good hour and then we worked on the place cards/favors for a while.  Here is how I have decided to wear my dress.
              
             
            LOL..please ignore everything {hair, horrible tan lines from running, mess in background, etc.} in these pictures except for the tying of the dress.

            Then I realized that it was 11:00 and I needed to get home because I was running a 5K in the morning and had to be up at 5:45.{Perfect lead into Saturday}

            Matt and I ran a 5K Saturday morning at Fort Meade to celebrate the Army's 100 birthday.  That makes race number 2 for me!!  My goal for the race was to finish in under 30 minutes, which according to my ipod I did, but the course was a little longer than 3.1 miles so official race time I did not.  Still happy with my run. I came in 12th of 21 in my age group and 123rd of 223 runners.  Matt killed it though...he finished in 20 minutes and 8th in his age group. 

            After the run, we went on a little shopping trip to the commissary...I really love that place :)  We then headed home to shower and play with the Rock Monster for a while before I had to head down to my moms to pick up my CSA stuff for the week.  Which, by the way, I got some good stuff this week - Green Beans, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, and potatoes.  Some of which got used in dinner that evening.  My mom cooked some steaks on the grill and we had corn, broccoli and a sliced tomato with them :)  That was pretty much it for Saturday...getting up at 5:45 doesn't leave room for much night-time activity lol.  Plus i had a big day Sunday to get ready for {Another perfect lead in}

            Bachelorette Party Day!! I know what you are thinking...who has a bachelorette party on a Sunday??  Due to circumstances and schedules Sunday was the only day available to do it.  Ok, so the plan was to go out on Katie's dad's boat for a couple of hours with some of the ladies and then hit up the Dock Bar after that.  Did you notice that i said plan was? it didn't happen...lol I got over to Katie's house at 11:30, just in time to encounter mass chaos.  Steve had hurt his back a couple of days before and woke up Sunday morning and was having back spasm and needed to go to the hospital.  So Katie, her mom, and one of the other bridesmaid rushed over and met the ambulance and Katie went to the hospital with Steve and was there until 5:00.  Not knowing what to do, we discussed and decided to setup the party in Katie's backyard and make the best of it. 



            Their neighbor had a random train parked in their driveway
            so we decided that we definitely needed a picture of it lol
            So that was the weekend, full of events...I was NOT ready for Monday at all.  Work was a blur Monday because I was so tired, but I did make some delicious spaghetti Monday night along with baked caprese tomatoes :)


            Spaghetti was business as usual.  Whole wheat rotini pasta topped with Classico sauce with some sausage, onion, garlic, and zucchini mixed in.  The Caprese Tomatoes were the exciting part and I get to share the recipe with you and start a recipe pace which is also exciting :)

            I sliced up one of my CSA tomatoes and marinated them in balsamic vinegar and a splash of lemon juice for about an hour.  Then set the oven to preheat at 375F.  While that was warming up, I heated up a tablespoon of grapeseed oil in a small frying pan and threw in a cup of frozen spinach. Once the spinach had thawed, I mixed in half a yellow onion, four cloves of garlic and a tablespoon of fresh basil {also from CSA} and let that cook until the onions were soft.


            While all that was cooking, I lined a baking sheet with foil and layed the tomatoes out and as soon as the oven finished preheating slid them in to bake for 5 minutes.



            After 5 minutes, pulled them out and topped with spinach mix and baked for an additional 3 minutes.

            While they were in for their 3 minutes, I sliced some mozzarella cheese to put on top.  I like thin sliced of cheese on top, that way it keeps it light and makes it so the cheese doesn't become a disaster on the baking sheet.  Put the cheese on the tomatoes and cook until cheese is melted and a little brown on top.  It would have been good to put the broiler on, but my oven has a separate broiler drawer and there was too much going on to mess with that lol.  Here is finished product. 

            Baked Caprese Tomatoes

            - Large Ripe Tomato
            - 1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
            - 1 Tsp lemon juice
            - 1 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil (or olive oil)
            - 1 Cup Spinach
            - 1/2 yellow onion
            - 4 cloves of garlic, minced
            - 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
            - Slices of Mozzarella cheese to top each slice of tomato

            Ok, so I feel like i have shared a lot, so i'm going to shorten up the rest of the week...lol
            Tuesday night after work Matt and I went and helped his dad move.  Wednesday I managed to fit a run in after work and OMG it was sooo hot out, but it felt good to run.  Then quick dinner, hot dogs corn and green beans.  Then last night was my sisters birthday so we went to dinner in Annapolis as Pussers.  They have the most amazing salad there.  Its a Jamaican Cobb salad with a mix of spinach and lettuce, jerk chicken, crumbled blue cheese, bacon, avocados, and their signature ginger dressing.  So delicious :)
            So that pretty much sums up the week...Rehearsal dinner tonight and wedding tomorrow then back to normal schedule :)