12 miles

i ran that on Saturday.

farther than i meant to…

i got lost a bunch.

in the same town i grew up in.

which is embarrassing.

let’s not talk about it too much.

May 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

happy mother’s day

so, it’s spring.

which is nice.

did you have a cookout this weekend? did you do something nice for your mom?

mine requested a mexican fiesta in honor of the sunshine. so i made this:

fish tacos with homemade salsa, guacamole, and red sangria

let’s break this one down piece by piece, shall we?

my favorite homemade salsa

what you’ll need:

tomatoes (i like to use all different kinds and colors for different colors and tastes), diced

tomatillos (if available), diced

red onion, minced

garlic cloves, minced

avocado, diced

cilantro, chopped

jalapenos, diced (i like to use 2-3 for some kick)

lime juice

salt and pepper

cumin

mix it all together. season to taste.

my mom’s favorite guacamole

4 ripe, avocados, peeled and seeded, diced

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1 ripe, medium roma tomato, seeded, diced

1/2 cup minced onion

2 chilis or jalapenos, minced

1/2 cup of cilantro leaves, chopped

sea salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

lime or lemon juice, to taste

red (sugar-less) sangria

what you’ll need:

1 bottle of red wine (i always use cheap wine, up to you how good you want to use)

3 shots of brandy, preferably fruit flavored brandy

sliced fruit (apples, berries, oranges, whatever you have is probably delicious), as much as you can eat!

juice from 1 lemon

100% fruit juice (i usually pour in about 2-3 cups of mango, pineapple, or orange blend)

1 small bottle of seltzer or sparkling water

directions:

combine wine, brandy, lemon juice, fruit juice, and sliced fruit in a pitcher. put into the fridge and let sit for at least 3 hours (even longer is better!). when ready, add the seltzer water and serve over ice.

(make sure to eat all of the alcoholic fruit when the liquid is gone…)

U.S. tilapia fish tacos

what you’ll need:

tilapia fillets

olive oil

salt

pepper

lemon juice

tortillas

directions:

(1) heat up the grill to medium heat. coat the tilapia with olive oil on both sides. follow with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and whatever other seasonings you like best.

(2) i personally liked using this grill cage for the ease of flipping without the fishy sticking, but it’s not a necessity. put the tilapia on the grill and cook for ~10 minutes. be watchful though that it doesn’t overcook. finished tilapia will be flakey and the juices will surface and run clear when it’s done.

(3) add to tortillas with plenty of salsa and guacamole.

(4) could this be any easier?

added bonus: skewered shrimp for the tacos

happy may 8th! ❤

May 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

mussels

 How do you feel about mussels? I like them.

(I bet you think I’m going to make a muscle joke now – Good thought, but no.) 

I used to hate them — All bivalves actually.

Thought they were gross. And slimy.

And they smelled like dirty ocean.

Then, one day, I stopped being a baby.

I ate an oyster. And then some mussels. And then some clams.

And since then, I haven’t met a bivalve I didn’t like.

May 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

maturity

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

– Emerson

May 2, 2011 at 9:28 am 1 comment

run run run

so i finally did it. signed up for another half marathon after last year’s disappointment when i signed up, was all ready to go,… and then got mono. oops. try to avoid this if you haven’t gotten it already. it sucks.

anyways, this year will be different!!!!!!!…partly because you can’t get mono twice! (hurray!) but also because it’s going to be great and i get to run it with boyfriend and brother and we get to go right by my parent’s house where i can only assume my adoring fans will be waiting for me with signs of encouragement and lots of vitamin water. i know what you’re thinking, oh my god, you’re so lucky you have fans* when you run your first timed 13.1 miles!!!!!!! it’s not really that big of a deal. but yeah. i have a lot of people rooting for me.**

*fans = my mom. maybe my dad. oh, and my dogs.

** = actually just 4. if you count dogs as people. (i do. i also count cats, whales, and stuffed animals as people.)

so today, in honor of my upcoming race, i ran 10 miles and listened to some new jogging downloads. (i’ll save releasing the names of those gems for a later date.)

didn’t time myself. but it felt like forever, so that’s probably not a very good thing.

if you live in the area and feel like entering a race, you can find info here: http://www.fairfieldhalf.org/index.html

stay tuned for probably more running posts than most of you would like….hope you’re enjoying the spring weather! ❤

May 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm 1 comment

simple bean salad

you know, for those days when you’re too lazy to throw anything else together and the alternative is just eating a loaf of whole foods pretzel bread. which you end up eating anyways. but you also eat the legume salad. so that’s good.

here it is:

can of red beans (or pretty much whatever you’ve got)

can of chick peas

carrots, diced

cherry tomatoes, diced

scallions, chopped

red onion, diced

feta cheese, diced (optional)

garlic, minced

red wine vinegar

olive oil

lemon juice

salt

you know the drill. combine to your liking and enjoy!

May 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

shucks

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”

“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?

“It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf–
I’ve had to ask you twice!”

“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!”

“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because

They’d eaten every one.

happy easter.

April 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment

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