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see the resemblance to ROCKY BALBOA? haha while perusing through the marathon photos on the Philadelphia Marathon marathon website– I found this lovely picture.  I remember taking it… I was approaching a Photo station- there were signs and even a speaker telling me I was approaching it (I believe so anyway haha) and so I decided to do the classic “rocky” pose.  I told the guy next to me to pose too– he did not. oh well…

For dinner tonight- I made Spaghetti Squash Primavera– a recipe I found from Meg’s blog!

cut a spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds. place face up on a baking sheet and bake for an hour or until soft.  Saute (in EVOO and garlic) a yellow onion, 2 zucchini, 3 small red bell peppers, a yellow squash, 1 jalapeno pepper , and S&P.  Add to the spaghetti squash.  Top with your choice of sauce- marinara, primavera, etc. and sprinkle with parmigiano reggiano cheese ;)

since I was only cooking for me tonight I did not use as many veggies and such…

Sorry for the short post but I have tons of work to get done!  I did ZERO WORK over break and now I am paying the price haha….its the week before finals and things are getting nuts around here ahhh!  one a better note- my best friend Joe (who has been studying in Australia since July) is visiting tomorrow for the entire week…cant wait to see him! wish he picked a better week though haha

GOODNIGHT!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Sorry for being a bit MIA for the past couple of days…have been keeping pretty busy…I will be updating sometime soon.  I am down the shore enjoying the holiday with my family! Hope you all have a safe and happy thanksgiving!!!


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Good morning bloggers!  First, THANK YOU for all of your sweet comments about the marathon!  I am still so excited about it!  When I crossed the finish line I remember thinking to myself “Wow I just ran my first marathon” and a tear or two may or may not had been shed haha.  It really is a rewarding feeling- being able to accomplish something that you have been literally working your butt off for for 18 months!  and it is even a better feeling having the support of all of you guys.  Really means a lot to me 😉 here are some more pictures:

nah I do not look cold or scared OUT OF MY MIND AT ALL!

some ballerina dude my dad snapped a photo of...funny thing is---he probably kicked my butt! haha

Mary getting ready to go!

Well….I not only have one but TWO great meals ahead.  Proceed with caution my friends.

BUFFALO BURGERS

The first meal, that I made last night, is Buffalo Burgers. I first heard mention of Bison/Buffalo from Matt’s blog and then my sister tried them out last week and absolutely raved about them.  She told me that they tasted like your regular beef burger but are SO much better for you.  Check out the stats:

Impressive, eh??? So yesterday, after I left my sisters’ apartment in Philly, I went to whole foods and stocked up on some supplies:

I got 1.3 lbs of Ground Buffalo for my dad, mom, and myself.  Into the buffalo I mixed a little bit of EVOO, salt, and pepper.  I cooked the burgers on a grill pan that we have….of course you could also just go outside and grill them but it was drizzling out and I was much to lazy and incapable (I am still limping) of walking those long 200 meters to the grill haha.  Make sure that when you cook the burgers (or cook any type of meat for that matter), NOT TO PUSH DOWN ON THEM OR FLIP THEM MORE THAN ONCE! by not touching them too much- you keep all of the juice inside…and the taste is amazing! a tip I learned from Bobby Flay and my sister.

Served with Onions, Sprouts, and Tomato:

I made the burgers with Sauteed Carrots and String beans (EVOO and garlic)

and Old Bay Fries!  To make these, I slice up baking potatoes to “matchstick” size and place them in cool water and into the fridge (to help them get crispy in the oven).  I then sprinkle old bay seasoning on top along with some EVOO and placed them in the oven @ 400 degrees.  Make sure none of the fries are touching (this way they wont get soggy).  Periodically check on the fries and move them around.  They take about 45 minutes to cook.

ALL TOGETHA NOW!

Verdict? AWESOME!!!  buffalo is my new favorite meat (or one of them anyway!).  It truly tastes like a burger but its SOOO much healthier for you.  this is a must try.  Thanks Mary…and Matt!

PUMPKIN WAFLES

NEXT up… ULTIMATE PUMPKIN WAFFLES – do you believe that this a whole blog devoted to this recipe?  When I saw this…I knew I had to try it!

1/4 cup light brown sugar
• 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
• 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
• 2 tsp. ginger
• 1/4 tsp. cloves
• 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg*
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup milk (I used skim but the recipe called for whole)
• 1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
• 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and warm

*Grated and lightly packed into the spoon, use 1/2 tsp. Grated and loosely scooped, this is about 1 tsp. of nutmeg. If you have to use pre-grated, dried nutmeg, use 1/4 tsp.

DIRECTIONS

1. Lightly oil the waffle iron with vegetable oil, and set it to the desired temperature.

2. Combine brown sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl. Whisk together to break apart the cornstarch. Add the remaining dry ingredients, and whisk to blend.

3. Separate eggs: yolks go in a medium sized bowl and whites get set aside in a smaller bowl.

4. Add pumpkin and milk to the egg yolks. Whisk to blend and set aside.

5. Whip egg whites with a hand mixer on high until stiff peaks form – about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. Set aside.

6. Pour melted butter into the yolk/milk/pumpkin mixture. As you pour, whisk to combine.

7. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix them together until just combined. A little lumpiness is fine. That will smooth out when the egg whites are added.

8. Slide the whipped egg whites out of the bowl and onto the mixture you just prepared. Gently fold them in until no white bits are obvious.

9. Once the waffle iron is heated, you’re ready to pour the batter! In my Presto FlipSide waffle maker, cook time is exactly 2 minutes 30 seconds.


VERDICT….. GREAT!  These were really great!!  My mom and Dad even liked them too.  When you get my dad to admit that something tastes good…you know it tastes good haha

Today my mom and I are going shopping (@ the mall and then to philly ;)).  Should be a fun day!  Tonight Mary is coming home…we are either going to make dinner here or go out somewhere– looking forward to it!  Have a nice day everyone!

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Hey everyone!  Well… I DID IT! I finished my first marathon! The whole journey- from training to the actual marathon day was just an amazing experience.  Lots of hard work, dedication, and discipline ….but in the end…when all is said and done…it was completely worth every bit of effort I put into preparing for this race.  Well…enough of that.  Here is the race recap:

On Saturday my sister and I went for a slow 3 miles run at home and then headed the Expo:

We first go our Bibs/bag/shirt and then ventured around the room to various vendors.  It was tempting to buy everything but I only ended up buying some Sport beans (for the race), a pair of running gloves, and THE STICK:

I am sure a lot you of know what this is… but if you do not….its basically like a Foam Roller… a deep massage for your muscles…to increase flexibility, endurance, improve strength, accelerate recovery time, and to prepare muscles for activity (yes I got that from the website…can you tell? haha).  Anyway—it really makes your muscles feel fantasticcccc.  I have a foam roller but honestly…its a pain in the butt to use and its hard to get each muscle well.  This is much more convenient…and I will definitely be using it a lot to try to “Accelerate my recovery”

My sister and I took a picture under a fake finish line:

After the expo, we stopped at DiBruno Bros on our walk home to get some things for dinner….and here is the finished products:

cinnamon raisin nut bread

sauteed carrots and string beans (EVOO plus TONS of garlic)

baked sweet potato fries

roasted chicken with lemon and a rub of some sort from DiBruno bros

my plate (well my first plate haha)

After dinner, we settled down to a little bit of Rocky…yes we are THAT cool. and no I absolutely did not put the song on my ipod and get unbelieveably pumped up to the point that I almost started punching the air during race.  haha actually I did… but I did not actually punch the air…that would have been a bit weird. but one part of the race did have a photo station (and they had a loud speaker letting you know that you were approaching it) and so I threw up my arms like rocky…hopefully it came out good!

We went to bed early and woke up at 4 AM to eat, went back to bed for 45 minutes, and woke up to get ready.  I actually had a dream during the night that I was running in the race.  I woke up to find myself lying in bed. No where near the start or finish of the race.  that was a major let down let me tell you hahaa…. Once we were ready…we went downstairs, grabbed a cab, and went to the starting area (the art museum- the stairs that rocky ran up in the movie for those of you who do not know Philly).

the Race:

the course:

Mile 1:  8:10.89 Mile 14: 8:21

Mile 2:  7:48.33 Mile 15: 8:11

Mile 3: 7:51 Mile 16: 8:17

Mile 4: 8:07 Mile 17: 8:18

Mile 5: 8:05 Mile 18: 8:18

Mile 6: 7:53 Mile 19: 8:29

Mile 7: 7:50 Mile 20: 8:39

Mile 8: 8:15 Mile 21: 8:15

Mile 9:  8:09 Mile 22: 8:35

Mile 10: 8:25 Mile 23: 8:49

Mile 11: 8:03 Mile 24: 9:05

Mile 12:  8:08 Mile 25: 9:08

Mile 13:  8:02 Mile 26: 8:52

Mile o.2: 7:43

OFFICIAL CHIP TIME: 3:39

and that means…

I QUALIFIED FOR BOSTON!!

just made it, too.  As of now, registration is closed but supposedly there is talk that they may reopen registration for a week or two?  I guess Ill have to keep a look out for it (which means I will be on the boston marathon page every single day haha).  Anyway…I am very happy with my time!  I definitely should have started out slower but that is just something I can work on for next time.  I knew I was going way too fast in the beginning but its hard to MAKE yourself slow down. You are feeling good and you are excited….and both of those combined make it extremely difficult to slow down!!!  Also- I hit a MAJOR WALL at the twenty mile mark…the last 6 were KILLER. Cardiovascularly, I was fine.  But my legs just did not want to go any more.  I was having all sorts of pain. They felt like lead bricks.  At one point I even prayed to my grandmom (outloud … but do not worry no one heard me haha). I was able to stick with it and run along until I finally made it to the finish line (oh by the way… those last .2 take forever to complete… you think you are “right there”…chyeah righttttt).  My oldest sister, Danielle, was on her bike following me for the last 6 miles…it was definitely awesome to have someone next to you encouraging you etc.  so thank you very much, danielle!  I am in a good amount of pain today.  I cant really walk very well without looking like an old lady.  My sister and I took our dog for a walk today in Philly and she wanted to run SO FAST and we were just limping along trying to pull her back…it was quite the scene haha….

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My sister, Mary, finished in a time of 3:44. She faced lots of problems (which you can read about on her blog…lets just say that she was on the toilet for the majority of the day haha) but  she was able to push through it and finish the race without having to walk.  I will tell you one thing…I do not know if I could have done it!!  Her time was still AWESOME but last year she finished in a time of 3:33 (her first marathon too… crazy  haha) so she was not THRILLED with her time but she was also not upset with it.  very good attitude about it.  Anyway- I wanted to make mention of her on here because yes I did “beat her” but (a) any other day she would kick my butt haha and (b) I HONESTLY would NOT have even made it to the start line if it was not for her.  I truly look up to Mary.  She teaches me so many things on how to train properly, how to eat/fuel properly, how to avoid injury, how to cook up good food ;), how to recoperate from injury….the list goes on and on. Without her I would have been honestly LOST…and absolutely, no question about it, would not have done as well as I did out there today.  So thanks, Mary, for being such an awesome sister…I love you!!

and the pictures… (official ones are not up yet!!!):

Right before the start of the race....nervous and wondering why I signed up for this haha kiddinggg

my family after the marathon!

mary and I!

Well-now its monday. still got a bit of a runners high going on andddd  I am home for thanksgiving now!  My college goes until Tuesday but I took my Biology test early on friday (instead of tomorrow) and now I am home for an extended thanksgiving break 😉 woohoooo!!  Hope you all have a nice monday!

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Good evening!!  I am back home, FINALLY!!  It has been a LONG week with lots of studying and little sleep.  I better make sure I get a good night’s rest tonight and tomorrow night for the race!  Cant be tired at the starting line! haha  Tomorrow is the expo…I am so excited for it!  Before my sister and I go to the expo, we are going for a nice and easy run with some people from the runnersworld forums.  Very excited to meet them!

This morning I tried something I have wanting to make for a long time now… baked and bruleed oatmeal 😉

courtesy of Kristin- Iowa Girl!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup each of old fashioned oats, skim milk & water
  • 1 banana (1/2 mashed, 1/2 sliced- for the top)
  • splash of vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon
  • raisins & chopped walnuts
  • cinnamon sugar (for the brulee- I used a mixture of brown and regular sugar)

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375. Combine ingredients from oats to walnuts, and pour into an oven safe dish.

2. Arrange reserved banana slices on top and bake for 25 minutes.

3. Remove dish from oven and sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar. Place under broiler until golden brown. Serve immediately or store in the fridge overnight and heat up in the morning.  I made this last night and in the morning I stuck it in the oven while I got ready.  It was nice and hot and ready to eat when I sat down for breakfast 😉

I give this 2 thumbs up!  AWESOME.  okay…not AS awesome as the one I had at Parc in philadelphia– but honestly- I was really surprised at how good this actually came out!  I will definitelyyyy be making this again in the future!  The one thing I would like to try (a suggestion from my sister) is adding egg whites to it- to add some extra creaminess.

Tonight- we made a carbo dinner!!!  Before heading out of baltimore I stopped at the Belvedere Market and got a real nice loaf of whole wheat bread:

and here is the dinner all prepared….

okay…must get some rest now…have a nice night!!

-Christina

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Good evening all! Today I went to the baltimore zoo for my Biology of Mammals lab…it was so much fun!  The chimpanzees are so cute- one little guy was playing with a swing rope and carried it high up on a ledge so that he could swing back and forth- and then his father was playing around with him trying to knock him off the rope…so funny/cute.

I also ran my last 4 miles in baltimore today (well last run before the marathon anyway haha).  It went very well…beautiful weather once again.  I timed the run perfectly…as soon as I finished the sun began to set and it got pretty dark… I do not like how it gets so dark so early now!!  anyway…the only run I have left is a easy, slow 3 miles before the expo on saturday!  My sister and I are running it with Emily (a runnersworld forum/blogger friend- although we have actually never met!) and I believe there will be some other runnerworld forum people there, too…excited to meet them!!

onto dinner…

Baked Chicken Parmesan

whisk an egg in a bowl, place a piece of chicken breast in the bowl and coat with the egg.  Pour some bread crumbs in a separate bowl and transfer the egg-coated chicken to the bread crumbs and coat the chicken.  Place the chicken on a glass baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes @ 400 degrees.  Take out of the oven and top the chicken with mozzarella cheese and place back into the oven for about 5-10 minutes (or until cheese is melted).  Meanwhile, heat the sauce (canned or homemade) in a saucepan.  Pour the sauce onto a serving plate and place the chicken on top.  I served my meal with a Whole Foods roll and sauteed broccoli (EVOO plus lots of garlic).  But obviously…. you can also serve this with pasta!

I used whole wheat Wegmans bread crumbs and Muir Glen Organic Tomato sauce (I was a bit lazy tonight and did not feel like making my own sauce…but I must admit I do enjoy some jared sauces! especially this one)

The chicken after coating with the egg and bread crumbs (and before placing in the oven):

and the finished product…

This meal was great…just what I was craving 😉

anyway… I am in the library now…I am supposed to be studying for my Microbiology quiz tomorrow but clearly I am not…so sadly I must leave you.  1 quiz and 1 test away from going home for thanksgiving break (early one for me ;)) and the marathon!  3 days!

Oh and check back on Friday night for my next update…I will be attempting to make Iowa Girl’s Baked and Bruleed Oatmeal!!

Have a nice night,

Christina

P.S. please keep my Mommom (grandmom) in your prayers…she was just admitted to the hospital last night due to heart complications.

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Good afternoon!  Today is such a wonderful fall day!  I have been looking for ways to use my extra ricotta cheese (I have it around for when I I make my Whole Wheat penne sweet potato & ricotta dish).  So today I woke up and made a “recipe” I saw in Women’s Health Magazine for Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast:

French toast always makes me think of my Grandmom- so this meal instantly put a smile upon my face.  My grandmom used to make her famous french toast for her 6 grandchildren whenever we would stay over her house- it was delicious.  Even though she is no longer with me- her spirit lives on in every aspect of my life… including…french toast 😉

Anyway- I really loved how this came out… I have come to the realization that I absolutely LOVE ricotta cheese!  I thought that this would taste “dry” without maple syrup but it was not dry at all. I guess with the ricotta cheese/honey/egg mixture- it did not need syrup.  In addition to adding the sliced almonds between the slices of bread…I sliced bananas…solid choice I must say!

I used Yoga Bread from the Baker– have any of you guys seen this bread in stores?  It is absolutely delicious!

whole wheat flour, water, cranberries, whole rye flour, wheat gluten, cold pressed corn oil, yeast, cultured wheat flour, wheat bran, oat fiber, sea salt, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, millet, flaxseed, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, barley malt, vinegar, natural enzyme

and of course the pictures are not as beautiful as in the magazine but what can you do?  still tasted great 😉

and just incase you cant see the recipe in the first photo…. here is how I made it:

spread about 1 T of ricotta cheese on a slice of bread.  Drizzle with honey and add sliced almonds and sliced banana on top.  Spread another tablespoon of ricotta on a second slice of bread and top with the first slice.  Whisk a mixture of 1 egg, 1 T milk, and cinnamon together and soak the “sandwich”.  Cook over medium heat on a nonstick griddle until bread is lightly browned on both sides/the cheese has melted.

Enjoy!!

off to run 3 miles and study…hope you are all having a wonderful day!

-Christina

p.s. 4 more days till the marathon!

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