Thai one on

Last night the hubs and I went on a date.

The evening started out with a little wine tasting.

Chateau de pique opened a new tasting room just down the way.

The staff was very nice and informative.

We bought two bottles for tonight’s soriee.

These wine crackers were so good. They tasted like a crunchy sweet biscuit.

For dinner we wanted something spicy and decided on the Thai Cafe in Broadripple.

Starters was the smallest cabbage salad I’ve ever¬†seen. But don’t let the size fool you, it was packed with tons of flavor and crunch, I enjoyed every last bite.

The waiter forgot to bring my glass of Sauvignon blanc, when I politely asked him about it he said they were sold out.¬† boo ūüė¶¬†¬†¬†

The place was crazy busy, I found out later they were even also sold out of dessert.¬† Twas¬†okay, that’s how I judge a good restaurant.

I ordered a glass of white zin instead, it had a pretty pink hue, with nice and light flavors.

It paired well this sweet and sour chicken.

For dessert we walked over to the corner wine bar and ordered the creme brulee¬†and two coffees. I’ve had creme brulee¬†at a restaurant in Myrtle Beach and it was nasty.

That’s another story.

Anyway this one was spot on!

Off to work today.

Have a great December 31st!

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Chocolate for breakfast

Today turned out to be fabulous. I woke feeling a little icky from the wine but after a great workout and sweat I’m feeling much better.

We did lots of fun drills in interval training today.

  • frog jumps
  • crab walks
  • seals
  • stars

and lots and lots of running.

Pre-workout snack:

Nutz over chocolate…I am. Luna bar

Post-work out snack:

  • nanner
  • chocolate ovaltine…I see a pattern
  • almond milk

After helping the little apron clean her room and do some more organizing , I was starving.¬† We’re getting ready to redo and paint her room. In case you’re wondering I’ve been on vacay from work this week. I return tomorrow, but get New Years day off. yeah! Wonder what kind of shenanigans I can get into?

Lunch

Tai chicken wrap

build your¬†own side¬†salad.¬†Didn’t care much for the sweet soy dressing, used the tai dressing instead.

I tried the red velvet cookie on the left. It was light and fluffy, the powdered sugar on top tasted like icing.

I ate most of the mint chocolate cookie…pattern.

and saved the chocolate chip for Mr. Apron.

My body was craving chocolate today, what can I say?

Accident prone

Accident prone

Oh I forgot to tell you about this.

¬†Yesterday as I was walking outside I slid on a patch of ice, fell on my butt¬†and twisted my ankle. Yeah I’m sure it was a pretty site. I’ve been¬†accident prone lately. Just the other day as I was shopping for heavy cream in the dairy aisle, squatted down to get a price check, lost my balance and toppled over. Why do they put the cream all the way at the bottom anyway?

My ankle didn’t feel so bad so I ran on it, twice actually. Man that would really bite if I got an injury do to the ice. As far as I can tell my ankle is fine. whew.

I had this little creation for dinner.

Butternut squash with meatless meatballs, spinach and red pepper flakes. Don’t I repeat Don’t try this at home. Let’s be honest you probably wont like it and feel utterly jipped after you eat it. Do try whole grain crackers with laughing cow cheese. Today!

My good friend Cassie came over bearing gifts of wine.

This bottle is from Madison Vinyards, in Madison, Indiana a quant little town with shops, ice cream parlors, and homemade candy.

 Ummm. It was fruity, not too sweet, and had a nice finish.

I put out a bowl of popcorn with chocolate chips,

and made up for dinner.

Jump start

Jump Start

Rather than waiting till the first of the year I’m getting a jump-start on my Indianapolis mini-marathon training. I’ve done about 4 Indy mini’s and 2 Geist half-marathons. My goal in 2011 is to do both races, two weeks apart. If I succeed I get to be in the “Month of May Club”, have access to an awesome post race tent and earn a nice medal. I’ve tried to do it the last two years in a row¬†but was never able to sign up for the mini before it sold out. I’m not a fast runner, and would happy just meeting or beating my previous times by a few minutes.

I went a three-mile run this morning courtesy of the treadmill. It’s cold outside!

But first I had one of these. A figgy fig.

Three miles took me about 33 minutes with a warm-up and cool-down included.

I came home, made the little apron breakfast, she requested a breakfast burrito just like yesterday’s. Showered and then made myself this awesome bowl of cereal.

  • organic o’s
  • 1/2 granola bar
  • left over fruit salad
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp vanilla yogurt
  • splash vanilla
  • dash cinnamon
  • tbsp peanut butter

It was really good but left me feeling a little empty and unsatisfied. Cereal never seems to hit the spot. I’m glad I waited¬†until ¬†lunch to eat again though

or else I wouldn’t have been able to eat this yummy hugh¬†jass¬†salad.

  • blackened shrimp
  • pecans
  • blue cheese
  • dried cranberrys
  • mandarin oranges
  • lots of green

The little apron and I had lunch with our good friends at O’Charley’s. I was pleasantly¬†surprised at how fresh and clean tasting¬†my food¬†was. I don’t know where you can get strawberry’s these days but those were as fresh as they come.

Of course I had a roll.

I’m thinking a lighter dinner tonight and wine with a dear friend.

But first I promised my hubby I would run two miles with him. Do you have a workout partner, or know someone who needs one? We must take care of the ones we love.

Chia blend

I woke up this morning and decided I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to Christmas.

Thank goodness for The Fresh Market¬†and their¬†Christmas Blend coffee. I’ve become a huge fan of their seasonal blends. Has anyone tried the Holiday Caramel Machiato?

What I was ready for was a 10:15 ¬†Athletic conditioning class.¬†Think gym class for grownups minus the awful gym clothes.¬†We did sets of sprints, pylometrics, push ups, seals, burpees, weights, and¬†high knees, followed by abs. It’s a great way to build endurance¬†and increase speed.

Before the workout I enjoyed 2 slices of Trader Joes sprouted rye toasted with Better n peanut butter, banana and chia seeds.

You may be wondering what chia seeds are and yes they do sprout. Chia is a flowering plant in the mint family native to central and southern Mexico. Chia is grown commercially for their seed which is high in omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and vitamins including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. They become gelatinous if placed in liquid giving oats and smoothies a nice texture. http://shopopensky.com/4673ff20bbd531eaa591359cfd143513/buy/chia-seeds-whole-1-lb-package

Lunch was a breakfast burrito made by moi

For two servings:

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • onion
  • mushroom
  • brocoli
  • 2 low carb tortillas
  • salsa
  • splash of Local Folks Foods smoked red-hot sauce
  • 2 laughing cows
  • salt, pepper, garlic, cumin

and fruit salad prepared by the little apron

  • mango (left over from the tres¬†leches cake)
  • kiwi¬†(also leftover)
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 2 clementines

topped with small amounts of granola, yogurt and coconut.

Twas delish! I also had a simple salad of spinach and lettuce for the greenage.

After lunch we did some cleaning, organizing and errands.

By then I was ready for a small glass of wine and girl scout trail mix. The cook needed a snack.

I meant to make this recipe¬†for tonight’s dinner

 http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000001072188

but didn’t have the steak, nor the lemon¬†nor the pears.¬†Regress I improvised¬†with chicken, and came up with own creation. It was actually very good, and family approved.

Stuffed chicken pita sandwiches

makes 4

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray (natural if possible)
  • 2 chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 4¬†cups of lettuce
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 tbsp gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 pita breads cut in half
  • yogurt dressing (Bolthouse had a good one)

Directions:

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper add to a heated pan coated with cooking spray. Cook each side for about 6 minutes or until done. Remove the chicken from the pan and let rest. Meanwhile lightly coat the pan with cooking spray and cook the onion until tender and lightly browned.  Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring frequently. Cut chicken diagonally into thins slices. Top each pita bread with about 2 ounces of chicken,  a handful of greens, some tomato slices, 1 tbsp  gorgonzola cheese, and 1-2 tbsp Bolthouse Farms creamy yogurt dressing.

My plate with a side of brussel sprouts. I went back for seconds on the sprouts. Recipe coming soon.

After dinner we went to Yogi for a sweet treat.

My bowl consisted of 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 peanut butter. The peanut butter was my fave.

topped with small amounts of

  • berries
  • cocoa pebbles
  • almonds (not very good) left those behind
  • waffle cone bits
  • and mint candy

Going to do some reading

Nite!

Holiday Highlights

A Weekend Recap

Thursday Night was a birthday celebration with Phil, Emily, Joyce, and Jeff.

We had dinner at a place called Woodys Library. The library was built in 1913 and renovated by Andrew Carnegie some years later. The bi-level establishment serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner. The main level is a cozy retreat that resembles the original library design with vaulted ceilings. The downstairs is a neighborhood pub featuring the same menu as the upstairs. Woody features a Monthly Dinner Special consisting of an app (appetizers, salad and entrée) I tried the Holiday wedge.

A big hunk of iceberg lettuce, strawberries, carrot stix, almonds and creamy poppy seed dressing. I was little apprehensive of the dressing fearing it may be too rich, but to my surprise it was nice and light.

There may have been some wings, beer and popcorn after the salad.

We were seated in the pub after all.

Happy Birthday Phil

 

 Do you like my new do? Thank you Platinum Hair Design.

Desert was a cake inspired by Phil and Emily’s pooch Bebe.

 Classic Cakes did an aaaamazing job!

Moist white cake with chocolate ganache filling, and a 1/2 glass of Sun King.

Christmas Eve was a traditional Mexican dinner with beans, rice, tamales and this Tres Leches cake I make especially for the occasion.

But first sledding to work up an appetite.

 Not much happened on Saturday except a pitch in at work.

My contribution was a dish of brussel sprouts cooked with bacon, pecans and pom seeds.

Saturday the fun continued with a trip to the movies. I enjoyed Tron Legacy very much and would love to have the soundtrack. Growing up during the 80’s I never played the game, but the music, now that I can relate to. Saturday night we went swimming and sliding at Caribbean Cove.

It was a winter wonder land of sorts.

 

Our balcony looking over the atrium.

Cozy down comforters and pillows. I slept like a baby.

Dinner was nachos at the hotel restraunt

  My plate with some added green from the salad bar.

I went for a quick three mile run Monday morning at the hotel gym, and then had my own stash of cereal for breakfast.

With banana, chia seeds and peanut butter.

 

 

We worked quite an appetite after swimming and had my favorite easiest lunch…Subway. Yes, I am a subway junkie. Mr. Apron could care less for it but for some reason it always hits the spot without going overboard. I’m a sandwich kinda girl.

Back at the casa we had chicken enchiladas¬†with homemade enchilada sauce. It’s really easy all you do is buy some dried peppers from any ethnic grocery aisle, boil¬†3-4 peppers¬†in water or broth, meanwhile saute 2 tbsp flour with crushed garlic,¬†once done add the cooled ingredients to a food processor and puree. Add salt and pepper to taste.

I can’t think of a better way to end¬†a spectacular¬†holiday weekend.

The fun continues

Yoga was amazing! I feel much better. The class started out a little slow (thank goodness), and progressed a bit faster, just what I needed.

I knew I wanted a salad for lunch, but cold veggies didn’t sound appealing.¬† I made a¬†warm salad with saut√©ed cabbage, mushrooms and zucchini all tossed¬†with 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil and a splash of sesame seeds.

I also had a hard-boiled egg,  a side of crackers smeared with laughing cow cheese, and 1/2 grapefruit.

After lunch we saw a movie, loved the soundtrack.

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¬†Part of our Christmas present this year is a trip to an indoor water park. Were spending the rest of the evening at Caribean Cove and most of tomorrow. Can’t wait to ride with water slides.

Yoga Sunday

It’s a yoga kind of day.

Going to a 9;30 hot yoga class  to sweat, and detox, after a long holiday weekend. The yoga center of Indiana is just amazing!

http://tycyoga.com/

Breakfast was another one of these guys.

oh so simple and delish, and of course

a cup of hot joe. In a pottery mug made by the little apron.

See ya at lunch.

Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas Friends!

Sorry I don’t have any photos today, I’m stuck at work but that’s ok, I work with some great nurses!

Had a blast sledding yesterday, only one small injury.

Look forward to going home tonight and relaxing. Big plans tomorrow evening.

Maria ūüôā

Merry and bright

May your days be merry and bright.

I was doing some reflecting on this past holiday season and discovered that I’ve been unusually organized. I’ve tried so many new recipes, started a blog, and have been spending a lot more time with family. I was trying to figure out where all this time came from and I think it’s because of instead of searching for the perfect gift, or best deal I realize what’s really important. Family. So today instead of doing some grand workout I’m heading out to play in the snow with my daughter and husband. I’m not a big fan of sledding but if puts a smile on their faces it’s so much worth it.

Gingerbread recipe to follow sometime later this week.