Thursday, April 30, 2009

Where have I been - out and about. Tuesday night I went to the wrap up party for the running clinic - long night - it was nice to visit with ladies that you have spent 13 Tuesdays with - and be able to have normal conversations with them - instead of the usual panting, swearing, sweating... 

Wednesday - long day - went to post last night and couldn't get on the net - something was up - it's been cured. I thought that I was starting to have a little withdrawal and then realized that just vegging in front of the tv was a good idea.

Today is my Grandad Mitchell's birthday. He was a wonderful man - and I miss him so. I am picturing him with my grandma and my dad having a wee nip of scotch and clapping his hands as he beats them both to a game of cribbage. 

What I have to report:
- I have signed up for the Oak Bay 1/2 Marathon on May 24th. Don't worry - I think some of you just said 'oh $hit - good luck with that one C' - I am on a relay team - 4 ladies - so we all only have to run 1 leg of it. 2 of the runs are under 5 K, 1 is 5.1K and 1 is 7K. I will 'not' be doing the 7K - well I hope that I don't have to. I am on a team with two Sole Sisters, that I don't know, and my friend Tracy - who is definitely Sole Sister worthy. I am really looking forward to it - it will give me something to keep running for. And I'm not going to lie, it kind of sounds cool to me to be part of a marathon. 

- CANUCKS just scored - Demitra!!!!! Wahoo - Canucks 1 Chicago 0. 
There will be lots of hockey for the next little bit - and I love it. Chris is pumped that his team is in round 2. He gets a bit 'involved' during games, especially the play-offs.

- Tomorrow we're going fishing. We are so excited. Chris and I bought fly fishing rods 2 summers ago, and have not got a lot of use out of them. For Chris' birthday last September, I bought him a fishing charter down the Cowichan River - so we are going to drift down the river and hopefully learn a lot. The day is supposed to be full of sun - so what more could we ask for.

- Our front yard got a facelift yesterday. One of Chris' Kung Fu students (well he's on a hiatus right now) has a landscaping business - so he came by to do a nice spring clean up for us and give the garden some love - adding some gorgeous bark mulch. It looks awesome. Sigh. 


We had  a cherry blossom in the corner of our yard, but it was 'deteriorating' - our neighbour actually called the city to complain. I am sad that it is gone - it was beautiful. I have a really hard time when trees are cut down - I am sure that they can feel it.


I haven't really been cooking to much.  My new thing lately is just protein and then vegetables. I stopped eating red meat probably 18 years ago. I never really like steak or roast beef - loved hamburger, but that was about it. Then they were saying at the time that red meat wasn't good for you. So, I stopped and didn't touch it at all until maybe 2 years ago - when I would try a piece of Chris' steak. Well, my hiatus from red meat is partially over. I have been cooking up some steaks for Chris and have had one for myself. I am not going to become a full on meatlover - but I think that from time to time, I may cook one up for myself.

Tonight I made steak, brussel sprouts and and a salad with avocado, tomato and yellow pepper - dressing is a quick pour of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some kosh and pepper. A super easy dinner, made in about 20 minutes.

Steak Sims Style
So you don't really need to barbeque to have a good steak. This is the easiest recipe, and the flavours are incredible. I am not really knowledgeable of cuts of meat - but these steaks that I have made - are baseball cuts or medallions.

Pre-heat oven to 400.

Pat your meat (what??) with paper towel and then drizzle one side with a very very small amount of olive oil. Then sprinkle with Kosher and pepper (ground pepper is the very best) - massage the s&p in and then do the other side. While you are doing this, heat your skillet over medium to high heat - ideally use a skillet that can go in the oven. I have my trusty cast iron, and it works well. Place the steak in the pan and cook on each side (top and bottom) for two minutes each side. Cook the sides as well. Once all of the sides have been cooked - place the pan in the oven for 8 minutes.

After 8 minutes, remove from the oven and cover with tin foil and let sit so those juices tender the inside - about 10 minutes.

If you aren't a steak eater, or if you only like bbq steak - I would encourage you to give this a try.  Let me know if you try it and love it.

Ok friends - I have to finish watching the game - run to Safeway with Chris to pick up some fresh Halibut that a friend brought him - make some lunch for our adventure tomorrow and sleep. I am trying not to get too excited about packing a lunch - oh man - it's hard though. 

Loves to all. 

C.

PS - I forgot to take a picture on Sunday - these are the lovely flowers that my mom sent to me to wish me good luck on my race. She is always thoughtful and generous. Thanks Mama.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Eggsalent Eggplant

Hello Monday.  Oh wee Monday -you  came far too fast this week. 

I am recovering from yesterday. One sore left shin and a sore right thigh. But other than that, it's all great. I guess it's the pain that goes with the thrill of finishing. I confirmed my time - 1:23:23 - I am happy with that - when I become an 'elite' runner - I will worry about the time. Good one - elite runner. That's good humour in the running circles - well not really, just between Maegan and I. 

So, started this morning with a trip to the dentist. I dislike having my teeth cleaned, very much. I know that it's nice to have teeth cleaned, but the process of it all, I dislike very much. I think the lying upside down with my head tilted back, and the flouride is yuck. 

Ok - I am running behind here, just realized that. Not sure where the day went - so just going to add a new fave that I will definitely make again. I looked online for an idea, and just twisted it up, and it turned out pretty good.

Eggplant Parmesan 

I love eggplant! I love the colour of it - the beautiful colour that nature creates - do you ever think, how does that happen?? Amazing.

1 eggplant* - thinly sliced into rounds or lengthwise
1 zucchini - thinly sliced into rings
2-3 eggs
1 cup of bread crumbs - I used panko this time, but would probably use whole wheat next time
1 bottle of pureed tomatoes - probably around 2 cups (600ml) - the one I used had basil in it too - love this stuff.
Shredded mozzarella - just pick the amount you want - I used low-fat and it was really good.
Parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup

*I cut this into the thin rounds - but I may try cutting them lengthwise next time, as breading the rounds, took quite some time.

Pre-heat oven to 400.
Prepare two bowls - one with the bread crumbs and one with the eggs. Line baking sheets with parchment paper - so much easier to clean. Dip the eggplant and zucchini into the beated egg (I used one egg at at time - you may need more than 2 eggs) and then dip the vegetables into the breadcrumbs. Once they are all done - bake them in the oven for 10 minutes - 5 minutes each side.

In a baking dish, pour 3/4 cups of the tomato puree. Cover the tomato puree with one layer of the eggplant, you may want to add a few extra to do another layer - just depending on the size of your dish and how much zucchini and eggplant you have. Then add 1/2 of your shredded mozzarella and 1/2 of the parmesan. Then repeat this again with the tomato puree, zucchini and if you have any eggplant leftover. I then added a bit of the remaining puree and then topped it with the cheese. 



I baked this for 35 minutes - when the cheese was nicely browning. 

Chris LOVED this. He rated this a 5!!!! He said that he doesn't like eggplant - but he loved this. I would love you to try this and let me know how you liked it -  and if you altered it in any way.

I hope you all had a great day. I am still planning on posting pictures of some of the meals that we had in Mexico - and my thoughts of what I think that the recipes are. Stay tuned.

Tomorrow is a run-free Tuesday. Don't worry I won't go into withdrawl. I will be celebrating our Tuesday run - at a wrap up party - should be a good time. 

Think positively, smile like you mean it, be good to yourself and others. 

Enjoy.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Running for my life - Race Day!


Race day - running Sole Sisters' style.

Everything went really well. 10 K came and went. Not that easy, I must add. Early morning start - downtown with all the ladies in our group warming up in the midst of all the runners and onlookers. 

Among 13000+ runners, we waited patiently while they sang 'O Canada', and then as the countdown started - the runners slowly, very slowly, started to walk towards the starting gate. It's all very exciting - loud music playing, people on the sidelines passing on words of encouragement and the anticipation of starting the run as you approach the giant 'START' sign. 

I started out rough - dreading the minutes for the 10 minutes to be over. I went with my run plan that I wanted to - 10 minute run 1 minute walk. I kept this pace until the 5 k mark, when we were starting an uphill run - managed a 5 minute run, then walked for 1 and finished the 10 mins. That happened again at the 7 k - and then again at the 9. The 9 K was the killer. The hardest one of all. I couldn't do the 10 minutes - I made about 3 walked for 1, and then made myself run about the last minute and actually hardcore sprinted for about 40 seconds at the end of the race. Hardcore sprinting = thought I would die. 

It was very rewarding to cross that line running. Running. Just what I said that I was going to do. I feel really excited that I actually committed to this and did it. I will do this, I can do this, I am doing this.

Highlights of the entire race: Starting, seeing my mom on the race and having her call out my name - it was so awesome to see her there, running beside Margot - without her I wouldn't have done it, running through the pain*, seeing friendly faces and lots of 'sisters' running and the best, finishing. Finishing - seeing my time in the lights. I am not sure what my time was - I think that it was 1 hour and 20 minutes. But, it could have been 1 hour 30 minutes - the clock looked a little wonky - here's hoping to the 1 hour 20 minutes.

*Not a highlight - had the sorest boobies when I was running - felt like someone was pulling me by them as I ran. Sorry if TMI but had to share. 

Jules was inspired by all of it today - and I am already signing her up for the clinic next year to walk it - she's going to do it. She may not know it yet, but she will.

After today's run, I had tea with my neighbour, hung with the pups and napped on the couch - probably only 10 minutes - but it felt good. A little walk with Chris and the pups - dinner - and that is pretty much all that I could handle for today. 

I hope that you all had a great weekend. I have other stuff to report from the weekend - but will leave that until tomorrow.

Rest well.

Enjoy!


Friday, April 24, 2009

Smile like you mean it!


Yesterday - all about The Killers. Not killer bees, or serials, just good old fashioned rockers. They played in Victoria last night and put on an amazing show. AMAZING. I have loved them from the very first time that I heard 'When We Were Young' and 'Mr. Brightside', but last night it turned from love to more than love - not in freaky stalkerish sort of way - just pure bliss and love. Brandon Flowers, well not just him the band was fabulous too, kept us entertained the entire time - he was so charismatic. He was so fun to watch. I didn't realize that he was so lovely - very handsome.  We had great seats - right next to the stage - it was a great girls night out.

I just needed to add a bit tonight - just winding down from a long week. Lots of fun and excitement for the weekend - nothing but good thoughts - prepping myself for a long and healthy run on Sunday. Busy day of errands, dog walks, house cleaning and a wee bit of rest in for tomorrow - and maybe a little shopping.

Weekend is here - soak it all in - you only get one a week.

Loves.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Dear Earth, I love you. Today I tried to treat our Earth well. I drove to work (not good for earth) - but, I drove the car - which is better on gas. I went to Winner's after work, and forgot my shopping bag (I bought a new cutting board and a square cake pan - went in looking for a hat and didn't find one) - but, I went to Zellers after and didn't get a bag there. I had a cold water shower this morning to preserve energy - no I didn't - I thought it sounded good to say that. In truth, Chris and I do our best to recycle as much as possible, use recyclable products, we never leave lights on, keep the computer off when we're not using it, buy local and other stuff. Today was interesting to me - b/c I was really conscience about what I should have been doing more so than usual - so hopefully I will keep thinking that way. 

Today's blog is dedicated to Tulum. I feel that our amazing earth has incredible things all over it - and if it is protected it can actually be preserved and last for a very very very long time.

Tulum is one of the Mayan's sites that we visited. I'm not going to be pretend that I am a history buff and fill your brains with facts about the site. To be honest, when we were there, it was so hot, that I didn't really concentrate on what the tour guide was saying. Chris did though, so if you have any questions, ask him. The tour was probably very similar to my days in a high school history class - oh dear - if only I paid attention. I did pay attention to an American mother spazzing at her teenaged daughter - who paid for the tour (was on our bus and asked me if I wanted her to move her bag from the only two seats left on the bus - uh ya!) and then just through the gates told the tour guide they were leaving and taking a cab back to the resort. Hm. And the daughter kept asking for a number and the mother was yelling 'I can't find the number' in a strong Jersey accent. Ok - just thought - how come I can remember that so clearly but can't remember anything about Tulum - except how to spell it. Oh well.

I do know that they can trace Tulum back to about A.D 564. Tulum in Mayan means 'wall' - and the site or city - is surrounded by a wall. The site is on the ocean, overlooking the most amazing blue waters. It is unreal to me that these stone buildings are still standing. That the colours that they were once painted - red, blue and yellow - can still be seen (very light). I really loved it all. I wish that I could remember some of the facts - b/c it is really amazing the practices that the Mayan people used then are still in use today. 

I just find it amazing that these stone buildings are still standing. I thought about it today - not only were the materials used - obviously very basic - stone and a cement that they made from grinding rock and heating it and then adding water, but that the land around the site is respected and protected to maintain the buildings. Will my house be standing hundreds of years from now? Will the materials weather the weather? Anyways, just thoughts I had today. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this site - I recommend it. Just be sure to bring your sun screen and wear a hat. 

Here are some pics from the visit. 


Tulum resident


One of my favourite buildings - if you look on the corner - there is a face carved into the stone

Tonight's dinner - feels like forever since I cooked - pork tenderloin, rice, roasted zucchini and peppers and a mushroom sauce made with shitake mushrooms and white wine. 

Pork Tenderloin Sims Style - made with the mushroom sauce. I chopped about 10 shitake mushrooms in thick slices, and thinly sliced a small onion. I sauteed the onion for about 8 minutes. I added the mushrooms with a few white mushrooms that I thinly sliced and cooked for about another 10 minutes. I added 2 tbsp of butter and then threw in probably 1/2 cup of white wine. Just before serving it all up I added 2 tbsp of fresh chives. This was a great accompaniment to the pork. The roasted veggies were done with just olive oil and some kosher and pepper and cooked on a baking sheet in the 400 oven with the pork.


My friends - I am calling it a night. I hope that you all took care of your earth today - and yourselves. I want to thank everyone who emailed me about their 'reality' - you are all the best - you know who you are.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Running for my life - part 9.

Part 9 - Mexican style. I lied, I don't even know what that is really. But since I am dedicating this week's blog to my interpretation of an all-inclusive in Mexico, I tried to tie in my running series.

Week 9 - I missed two weeks - I missed 9 minute runs 8 times and a 10 K. I had high - HIGH - hopes of committing to at least 3 runs while I was off - that didn't happen. Chris and I did make it to the gym one day - there was only one treadmill - so we did the bike for 45 mins and then I ran for about 15. For me, it was way too hot to run outside. Chris did one morning - he was pretty hot when he was done and he was warm too. Ahahah. 

Tonight's run - was kind of a wrap up. 10 minutes 4 times. It went surprisingly, really well. I thought that I would die b/c of being off for 2 weeks, but it was the opposite. 40 minutes, a great night out with a bunch of lovely ladies - a great way to end the clinic. Sunday is 'game day'. 10 K. I am actually looking forward to it. My strategy is to stick with the 10 and 1. It is going to be a good morning - a good race. I am sad that my friend Maegan won't be joining us all - her knee is still hooped. I will miss her so. 

Now, let's talk cervesa mode*. Slowly coming out of it. One of the things that Chris and I were both excited about was sipping Corona's with lime on the beach. Pretty much picturing the Corona commercials - enjoy an ice cold one in the sun - while I squirt a lime at him for watching the LADIES on the beach. We were a little surprised that they didn't have any Coronas. It was all Dos Equis  - which was actually pretty good. We both enjoyed them - more than once - know what I'm saying... 

Chris' new hat 
Very close to our 'daily activity' grounds - was our 'local'. Pretty sure Chris was best friends with the bartender* by the end of the trip. It was a close jaunt to pick up some cold ones during a busy day of lounging. 

Such a fun place to visit - Lorenzo is the one closest to us - he always remembered our favs
We enjoyed a lot of different beverages. We weren't hard core party-ers when we were there - that's not really our style. But we did enjoy lots of different drinks and loved every minute of it*. One of my favourites was called the 'Ticket to Fly' - not sure exactly what was in it - four different shots, some strawberries and made into a slushy sort of drink. Two of those and I was 'livin the dream'. We treated ourselves to a couple of Pina Colodas, one or two Caesars, and then a few specialty drinks. One was a lime drink - fresh lime with a little bit of sugar water, tequila and something else. So refreshing. 

Lime specialty drink at the Gran Taruga Brazilian restaurant 
We both aren't tequila fans, but one night Chris gave it a go*. Had 5 shots during dinner - became very entertaining - and brought some good stuff home with him.

That's the face that Chris makes after a tequila shot
We didn't come home alcoholics - but I am pretty sure that anyone could really have a hard time detoxing if they took full advantage of all the bevvies you could have during the week. In the end it was just a treat to indulge and try new things.*

Double-fisting Ticket to Fly
We are planning to have a little Tequila party* - Don Julio style - in the next couple of weeks. I may try one.

Alright friends - just winding down - happy with the run. Happy that our Canucks have kicked butt on their series. GO CANUCKS GO!!!

*Please drink responsibly.

Enjoy!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mexican Fiesta!

Hello my friends. It seems like forever since I have written. I wanted to wait a couple of days after I got back to really take full advantage of (what I am calling) 'cervesa mode'. I didn' t actually really drink lots of cervesa's while away - but I'm guessing you all know what I am talking about.

The trip was fantastic. We really relaxed. Hardcore relaxing. Didn't spend too much time thinking about anything really, except first thing in the morning - which was - we need to get to our loungers and reserve them for the day - and towards the end of the night - which was - what can I throw on for dinner so that I won't sweat to death. It was hot - but trust me, I'm not complaining.

This week's blog is dedicated to - My interpretation of a week long all-inclusive in Mexico.  I decided to put in 'all-inclusive' b/c I want to talk about the amazing people that made us feel so comfortable - they all work so hard - and we really appreciated them.

Our travels getting to our week long paradise, was long - about 14 hours from the time we were up to the time that we stepped into our villa - I love that - all the buildings were called villas. The trip was relatively easy - we were 'tricked' when we stepped through the doors to the 'outside' world and the Cancun airport - we were led to a guy at a booth - we thought he was part of our tour company - and then we realized he was trying to sell us tickets to a bunch of different excursions. We got past that - endured the bus ride to the resort - and got all tucked in to our room. At first, since we we didn't have an ocean view, that the toilet plugged and that there were red ants all over our bathroom floor, I was a feeling a little negative - but by breakfast the next AM after a great night's sleep listening to the ocean, the wind blowing through the palm trees and a king size bed - I knew that we were in a good place. 

Villa steps 
The first day - we found what would be our 'day time activity' for the next 5 days. The activity was a pair of loungers under what we were calling a little 'cabana' - with an amazing view of the aqua blue water, with white sand as the carpet - a bar so close that we could get there in one minute - an amazing environment to read good books and soak it ALL in. 


Upward view from our 'daily activity'

Amazing view - not sure who the lady is - it's not Chris - haha
For those who know me - I love the 'suit'. I don't particularly love how I look in the suit, but I love being in the suit, the ability to jump in the water at any time. The suits I brought with, were great - and the summer dress to throw over top was the best - a definite must have for future trips.

The first night was a feast at the buffet. I didn't love our buffet - but I did love the desserts. Whatever - I was on holidays - and took full advantage of saying 'I'm on holiday' each time I had the sweets. 

I spent a week of not thinking of anything - except stuff like - what should we have for dinner. Should I have another 'Ticket to Fly'? - that was a very lovely drink that I partook in each day at the beach - yum yum. And now, I am back to my life that was here before we took off for the week. I don't want to say 'back to reality' b/c what is 'reality'. I remember a friend said that to me after my dad passed away - 'it's time to get back to reality' and although I know that she wasn't trying to be rude or insensitive in any way - it made me so upset. I thought what is 'reality'. Anyways, I have always avoided saying that. So... we are back - back to work, back to running for my life (oh god I will need help getting through the run tomorrow night), back to making dinner, back to walking the pups... 

I am late tonight - ready to sit down with Chris and watch our taped 'Rescue Me' - great show. Chris and I spent 10 days together - fabulous - and now we are back to our 24 hours again :(

I hope that you are all well - see you tomorrow. 

Enjoy! 

Friday, April 17, 2009

Ola!

Ola my friends! Come stai?

We arrived home safe and sound and well rested. We are happy to be home - in the sense - that it is always good to come home - but we are still wishing we were there. It was amazing - we loved every bit of it. It was so beautiful, hot, sorry - VERY HOT, and extremely relaxing. I have lots to tell you - can't wait to share pics, stories and try some of the dishes that we had.

Here are a few pics:



I hope you are all well. We have an afternoon of eating pizza, watching a movie, prepping for the Canucks - GO CANUCKS GO!!!! - having a visit from my sister and nephews and just a bunch of nothing.

Loves to all.

Enjoy!





Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Keep in touch!

Hi friends, just getting ready - packing it all up - sorting the house - prepping for the pups. Up early this morning - doing bedding and ironing. IRONING! Embarrassing story, but true - mom bought us an ironing board when we bought our house - and until yesterday it had been in the shed, still in it's packaging. I am not much of an ironer. I usually use the kitchen counter with a towel. Chris wanted his shorts ironed, and the good 'soon-to-be-wife' that I am, I wanted to make sure that they were ironed. NOT. I did have a few things that I needed to iron, so of course would do his too.

I really want to know what you did while I was away, what you cooked and anything exciting - so post some comments. 

Chris and I are both really excited - and will be excited to share our stories and pictures when we return. 

Loves!

C. 

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Getting there...

We're almost there - almost ready to pack up the truck, head to Van for the night and jet set off to for our holiday. I am super excited. Chris says that he will be on Tuesday - I think that he is excited now. I think this b/c of things that he is saying, like 'I'm going to be exotic on our trip and try lots of different drinks', and 'I'm going to be wearing 'aqua shirts' in the pool' - which by the way - he will not, or 'I am prepared for any sort of attack by banditos'. It's going to be a great time - lots of laughs I'm sure.

Today - up early, tidied up the house - big walk with my neighbour - we call her 'beside yard Barb' (because we have a back yard Barb too) - a nice long walk in the beautiful weather. Then, I prepped myself and took off to find some damn swimming grubs. It actually wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be. I first went to Old Navy - got some nice thing there - a top, a pair of shorts, a nice dress that I can wear over the suits when going to the beach - not actually wearing it as a suit, and a bathing suit top. The bottoms were a little too revealing. Then I went to Zellers - got two suits there. I'll put them on and take a couple of pics so that you can see them. NOT. Whatever, can you imagine?

We just got home from dinner. We went to the Med Grill and had a great dinner - 4 course meal, only $17.99. It started with an Antipasto skewer - which had an olive, tomato, pearl onion, zucchini and then some different salamis with a small baguette with melted cheese. It was pretty good actually. Then I had a salad with pears and pecans and organic greens. The main course, Chris and I both had ravioli - so good. And for dessert a flour-less chocolate torte. So delicious. It was a nice night.

Ok, off to make lunches - I cooked a couple of chicken breasts, I have some tomatoes and cheese and peppers and am going to make some sandwiches on a small baguette that I picked up yesterday.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend - we'll chat tomorrow.

Enjoy!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

4 days and counting

Happy Saturday. It's been a good one - fast, but good. I was up early - 6:42 to be exact. Thanks Magnumson.  I headed out nice and early with Jules to Superstore. Just in case you're not aware - that place is dangerous. I went to get everything that we needed for our trip - stuff like shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, advil... all stuff that we have at home, but we have all travel sizes now. Anytime you can buy clothes, to makeup to tomatoe puree, in the same place is too tempting.

Jules and I went for our pedicure. The place is in the Hillside Mall - ProfessioNail (I think that's what it's called) - cheap - in an out in less that 45 minutes. I got a very very pale pink - not shimmery at all - very natural looking. Jules got a pink that we thought would be a light pink, it turned out to almost be like a cross between a neon pink and orange. Not her fave - but in the end we had nice toes. FYI - I really dislike feet - the first part of summer when people bring out their toes that have been hibernating all winter, I admit, gives me a bit of anxiety. 

I did a little shopping after the pedi - shopping pretty much equals a degrading shopping experience. Oh well - Chris got some great shirts to take with us, and I got a couple of skirts. Tomorrow - the $h*t will hit the fan, when I have to try and find a bathing suit. I looked today, and couldn't find anything. I'm serious, there are crap bathing suits out there. Not just for 'plus size' - which I hate that term btw, but for regular ladies too. I found some bathing suits that looked like they were dresses in the absolute WORST patterned material. I often wonder who is designing this material? I think that someone is sitting there, and thinking - ok, well the bathing suit is going to look crap so let's make the material even worse. I was really disappointed. After leaving, and feeling badly for myself - which I really can't - hot chocolate and toast for dinner throughout university and lack of exercise helped me get here, not anything else - I thought, I should design bathing suits for all women. Then I remembered that I don't really have any 'design experience' and I don't really know how to use a sewing machine. Years ago, I wanted to do custom made bras and lingerie for women - I should have done it. My brother said that he would be the 'measurer' - haha so funny. Anyways, who knows, maybe I will think about this. Why not? I think that everyone wants to look good in a bathing suit - but more than that, feel good in a bathing suit. 

Sigh.

The dogs had a nice walk today, we treated ourselves to Green Tea Frapps - no syrup - from SB's - did a little cleaning, perfect day.

Dinner tonight was delicious and full of colour. Colour is so good in your menu. The more colour (natural) the better. Tonight's dinner had red, yellow, green and orange.

Baked Halibut Sims Style

I made 3 halibut steaks - so the ingredients that went with would have been enough for 4.

3 halibut steaks
1 yellow pepper - cut into thin strips
1 red chili pepper - chopped into tiny pieces
20-25 grape tomatoes
1 lemon
Kosher and pepper

Use 1 piece of tin foil for each piece of fish. On a piece of aluminum foil large enough to make a pocket - place the fish. Season with kosher and cracked pepper. Squeeze fresh lemon - I used a half a lemon for 3 pieces - use more if you like. I then added the red chili pepper. Then added the yellow pepper and tomatoes. Added a bit more kosher, then drizzled with olive oil - not very much at all. Fold the top of the foil over and then each of the sides - to seal all of the goodness inside. Bake in a 400 oven for 20 minutes.

                                     
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                                                    After                      
The colours were lovely.

I served this with mashed yams - boiled cut yams until soft - drained and mashed just like mashed potatoes. Added a bit of butter and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese.

As well, we had baby bok choy. I added the bok choy to the cast iron skillet, added 1/2 cup of chicken stock and heated, covered at medium heat for about 7 minutes.

Tomorrow we have a wedding dinner to go to. Chris' boss went to Hawaii for their wedding, so there is a get together to wish them - congratulations. I'm sure poor Chris will get lots of slack from everyone about when he is getting married. Rightfully so :) I showed him - 
www. harlings.com - to check out rings that I may like if we were to get engaged. A friend at work has had this jeweler in their family for years and years. 

I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend - and getting out there for some lovely fresh air. Tomorrow is supposed to be 17. Whoop whoop.

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Why do I have a cell phone?

That is the question that Chris is always asking me. I have a cell phone - use it fairly rarely, have it on vibrate almost all the time, and therefore almost often miss Chris' calls when he attempts to reach me. He really doesn't like it when I don't pick up. He pretty much freaks out. Ok, well not 'freaks' but voices his frustration. I guess I can kind of understand - I remember the night that I was stranded at the gas station b/c I locked the keys in the truck and tried calling him over and over and over again at the studio and the phone ringer was off. Buh! $H*T. That was not a fun night. Ok, so back to Chris. I think that he would like me to have it glued to my hand so that when he does call I pick up right away. Gluing would hurt though. Oh I know, maybe I could get one of those chain things that people use for their glasses to keep around their neck. Or better yet, one of those ear headsets that you keep attached to your ear at all times - I find them really irritating actually - especially when someone is talking on it, and you can't see it b/c  you are on the other side of their head and can't see the 'phone ear' so you think that they are either talking to you or themselves. 

Just in case you were wondering, Chris isn't one of those freakos that phones all the live long day - just when I say I am going to be at a certain time, and then I am late. So really, that doesn't happen often, b/c he teaches most nights. Oh my, the fun phone times.

Home from getting my doo done. I love it - Dulce always does a great job. No more roots, lots of healthy hair. She is so fun to spend 3.5 hours with (ya, it's always a long appt - ok so no wonder Chris called 6 times in 7 minutes - hello stalker boyfriend) - she has a new baby, Alexis, who is so lovely. She made a beautiful Philippine dinner - chicken adobo - she makes it for me every time - so good. I will make it soon and post. Mine never turns out as good as hers.

Now, the weekend is so close. It will be a busy weekend of lots and lots of stuff to do to plan for our trip. I'm taking Jules for a pedi on Sat, cleaning, a little shopping, and more and more. Oh, and I am doing a run tomorrow night. Not sure how far I will go, but I will make it happen.

Have a great weekend all. 

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Running for my life - part 8.

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I just clued in that the 'part' of this series is also the amount of time that we are running. Last night we ran 8 minutes. 8 minutes - 7 times. 56 minutes! I'm a little shocked that I actually accomplished that. It was a great night. There were a few highs and lows of the night. Let's start with the Highs.
Highs: I finished. I ran 55 minutes and 40 seconds. 20 seconds were dedicated to walking up an incline and I just needed to catch my breath. It was a beautiful night for a run - when we went into warm up, it was dark and spitting rain - when we left on our run, the sun was out. I ran in the front of the group - I worked hard at staying there. I loved it - even though I didn't really feel like going. And the best high of all, Mena came. We were all listening to a guest speaker and she came up at the end to surprise us all. It was very emotional. I began to sob. I was so excited to see her - and still am emotional about it now. She has been through so much in the last 27 days and I was so blessed to see her. She is so encouraging and inspirational - and even though she has been through probably the hardest thing that a parent has to endure, she came back to give us encouragement. To me, she is full of hope. I heart her. 
Lows: I felt like I had to do 'something' the entire run - god  if that doesn't make you run, not sure what does. Sometimes 10 minutes felt like an hour. And sometimes 2 minutes into the run, I thought I was going to puke. I decided to wear a new jacket - so our first night 'out on the town' - meaning we ran on the main roads, and the damn jacket kept riding up - so the fuscia tshirt that I had on was full on glowing to the world and the bottom of the jacket was right under my boobies. Note to self: don't wear that jacket again. 

I've had lots going on - busy couple of days. Today I was at part 3 of a leadership training course. It was good. Lots accomplished. I left with lots of questions that came up - not just that affect leadership in the workforce, but life in general. Who are you being? What do you stand for? What are you proud of? Find it - Live it. I think that these are such good questions - and things that we should all ask ourselves. I think that these are going to be areas that I dissect over the next little while. It's important to know who we are and what we stand for, right?

So our dear little Magnum (that's him - right there - the look like he is saying 'oh what are you talking about?), seems like he is forgetting that the inside of the house is not his biffy. Two times
on Saturday - nice one Mags. Then yesterday, I called home before Chris went to Kung Fu - and he seemed totally irritated - apparently Magnum had done a jobbie on our bedroom rug and Chris didn't see, so stepped in it and tracked it throughout two rooms. He was so mad. I found it funny - only b/c it didn't happen to me. Thankfully it was all cleaned up when I got home. I am really hoping that this is 'out of his system' before Dog Nanny, David, comes to stay with them. 
                                                                                                                      
Exciting news - Chris got us tickets to U2!!!! Our friend Heidi, got the word on pre-pre sales - so she hooked us up good, and Chris took care of bidnid. It's the same day as Callum's birthday, so hopefully we will celebrate his day on the weekend before or after. 

Last night was a Subway night. No cooking. After a run - it was late - so easy dinns it was.

Sunday night I made Chris' favourite - Chicken Pot Pie - so as promised, here is the recipe.
This is a low fat version, that I took from my fave magazine, Cooking Light. I didn't follow it to a T tonight, I couldn't find the magazine, but I think that this is pretty close. 

Chris' Favourite Chicken Pot Pie

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts - cooked then cut in small cubes
6 small red potatoes - cut and boiled - cut into small bite size pieces
3 carrots - sliced
1 onion - chopped
1/2 cup corn - I buy organic frozen and that way I can pull out what I need, when I need it
1/2 cup peas - same as above
3 tbsp flour
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup to 1 cup of Chicken stock
1 square of puff pastry
1 egg

In a medium sized pot, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and saute your chopped onion for about 8 minutes. Once the onion is starting to look lovely and golden, add your carrots. Cover and continue to cook for about 3 minutes - keep an eye on them - don't let them burn. In a measuring cup, add flour and then milk and whisk with a fork to make a thick - paste (not sure what to call it really) add kosher and pepper. Add the thicken paste to the onion and carrots. Stir it all together. Keep it on a low heat, to prevent burning. Add chicken stock - gradually. Add the stock to form a gravy consistency. Add the potatoes, corn and peas, chicken and mix it all together. To season, I like adding poultry seasoning, fresh chopped rosemary, and sage. For the pastry, so easy. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to a thin layer - ensure that it is large enough to cover your dish. I always use an oval shaped, low sided casserole dish. Place your chicken mixture in to the dish and gently cover it with the pastry. Whisk an egg and brush it on with a pastry brush to cover the entire pastry. It doesn't have to be put on thick, brush on lightly. In the center of the pie, with a sharp knife, cut small slits - I cut them in a circle - to make almost like a star. 

Bake in a 375 oven for about 30 minutes. The pastry becomes golden and the smells from the herbs is delightful.


Give this a try. I will post Chris' other Chicken Pot Pie recipe - the easy method - another time. Chris rates this a 5+ everytime.

So, my friends, I need to go make dinner. It will be gnocchi with asparagus, tomatoes, probably mushrooms and spinach and chicken. 

What are you making for dinner?

Enjoy!