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hey hey!!! last night my friends (Megan, Meaghan, Phil plus my sister and her boyfriend Todd) went out in Philly (Germantown) to this place called Earth Bread and Brewery

This place was really neat (yes I just said neat haha)….great food and a cool atmosphere.  We decided to each order our own appetizer and then got a bunch of different pizzas to share.

Phil and I both got the Spinach Salad: plum tomatoes, kalamata olives, marinated goat cheese, spiced walnuts and red onion – dressed with a herbed vinagrette

Mary and Megan got the House Salad (Mixed greens with dried cranberries, candied pecans, goat cheese, onions + fruit), Meaghan got the Edamame (Seasoned with lime, salt + red pepper flakes) and Todd got Tapenade (Sundried tomato + kalamata olives with capers, lemon and garlic – served with homemade bread) I didnt take a picture of the Edamame or the Tapenade though

we also got some wine and beer…. my sister and I both got Primitivo and everyone else got beer but I am not sure what kind!!!

I may or may not have felt pretty drunk after just one glass of wine haha woops…havent drank very much in awhile.

Here are the Pizzas:

Mushroom - Tomato sauce, portabello, button and shitake mushrooms, spicy turkey sausage and fresh mozz

Seed - Roasted garlic, pine nuts, pumpkin + sesame seeds and mozz and red pepper flakes.

Deconstructed Pesto - Roasted garlic oil, seasonal greens, walnuts, smoked mozz and roasted potatoes

Molé - Spicy mexican chili sauce, roasted corn + black beans, blackened chicken, jack + fontina cheese.

all the pizza was so good but my favorite was definitely the Molé!!

After dinner we went to get some gelato at Capogiro— I loveee this place!!


It was a really fun night!!!  oh– I recently got a new waterproof digital camera- its the FujiFilm XP10 12MP… after our bike ride the other day my sister and I hopped in the pool to test it out….  It is kind of scary dunking the camera under water- it does not look like it belongs underwater at all haha but it worked!

Gotta make my SPINNING playlist for the night!!! then back to work tomorrow writing parking tickets MUHAHAHAH

have a nice night!!!

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Good Morning!

Yesterday my sister and I headed to the beach for a little while in the morning…it was such a nice day! the water was beautifulll

still working on my biking/running tanlines!!!! it’s getting better–however, a couple days ago it was a pretty gastly sight hahah

after the beach my sister, Mary, and I went over to my Mommom and Poppop’s house for dinner. They recently moved from their house on the bay to out the “woods” as my Mommom likes to say.  It is definitely a big change but their new house is very nice and I think over time they will get used to it.  P.S. Mommom=grandmom…whenever I say  “Mommom” here on my blog everyone always thinks I am referring to my Mother and not my grandmother haha.

Mary and I made homemade Fig Almond Biscotti for dessert.  I have posted this recipe up before but I decided to post it again since it is so good!!! Really now people, make this recipe!  This time we made two changes– added more figs and made the biscotti “mini” instead of large. both changes I liked better.

  • 2 cups  flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • sliced almonds (3/4 C)
  • figs (chopped- do this yourself) (2/3 C)- this time we used a full cup
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the figs and almonds

    Form the dough into a 13-inch long, 3-inch wide log on baking sheet that is either lined with parchment paper, or sprayed/dusted with flour. Bake until light golden (40 minutes) and then let cool for 30 minutes. this time we wanted mini biscotti instead of long/large ones so we cut the batter and half and made two smaller logs- came out better this way!

    Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife (like one you would use for a french baguette), cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool.

For Dinner my Mommom made her staple… Crabs and Spaghetti! She cleans the crabs herself and sautes them in White Wine, Olive Oil, garlic, onion, parsley (I think that is it, right Mommom?) and makes her usual spaghetti sauce and puts the crabs inside the sauce. gives the sauce such a great flavor with the added Crabs.  I love eating crabs…it makes such a mess but it is so much fun eating them!  No one makes them as good as my Mommom does…maybe one day I will be able to master her recipe!  None of the the photos came out too great of the crabs and I didnt even snap one of the pasta…I was too anxious to start eating! sorry…

and for Father’s Day one sunday… my sister and I made my Mommom’s other staple…Rice Pudding!!! alot of people have never even heard of rice pudding before…they say “Rice for breakfast?!” but believe me– do not knock it until you try it…it is SO GOOD.  This picture is just a small portion of the rice pudding…we doubled the recipe and made a huge bowl of it…the whole thing was gone within 10 minutes…yes, we are pigs in our family.

My uncle has this HUGE truck-Ford F650.  It almost looks fake in these photos, doesnt it? I do not know how he drives this thing around…I’d be crashing into things left and right haha…

mommom

not much going on today…visiting my friend (that I havent seen since high school I think!?)- we are gonna go to the beach for awhile- then I am teaching Spinning at night.  Tomorrow I start working in a Doctor’s office…woohoo fun stuff haha….Have a good day!

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hey everyone! sorry its been a little while since I last updated!  so to catch up a bit, ill do a little recap on a few things that have gone on since I last updated….

The Flyers came up short in the Stanley Cup Finals… Hawks won it in game 6.  It was a disappointment, to say the least.  A few weeks ago I had a dream that the Flyers won the stanley cup and I was running down Broad Street with a bunch of people going absolutely crazy….it was awesome.  I guess ill have to wait  for a while to have my dream finally come true… 😦

Last Sunday my family and I went Flounder Fishing on our boat (our boat is named Danimartina– after my sisters and I…Mary, Danielle, and Christina).  I would like the whole world (or blogworld at least) to know that I, Christina, caught the most flounder! This is a BIG deal to me because I am usually the WORST fisherman in my family. WOOHOO!!!

but anyway… we were drifting around for awhile and decided to reel up and head home for the day…only problem was that we were stuck!!!! The water suddenly got REALLY shallow we were stuck on the ground.  on top of that…the tide was QUICKLY moving out and if we didnt do something right then and there we would be stuck there for 6 hours waiting for the tide to come back in.  So my dad told us to jump out of the boat.…hm okay then. so we all jumped out and pushed together (I wish someone would have seen this and took a photo of my whole family out of my boat, in the water, pushing the boat together..hahah).  some guy on a waverunner came over and told us where to direct the boat so we could get to deep water. after pushing for quite some time we were FINALLY free!!!!  It was pretty funny.

uncle art with a Keeper (18 inches or more is a keeper)

Monday night my sister made some broiled flounder….yum yum yum.  Fish always tastes better when you know it was caught by you/your family, doesnt it?  My mom made fried flounder too but I forgot to take a photo.

My sister also made this Cold Pasta salad with fresh jersey tomatoes, goat cheese and basil (plus some other stuff)…she got the recipe from her boyfriend (todd)’s father. I am sure she will post the recipe to her blog soon…it was SO GOOD!

Yesterday was my last day of summer classes!!! I took Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II.…. I cannot tell you how happy I am that it is over!!!  all I did everyday was go to school from 8-4:30, come home and study for my two exams the next day, go to bed, and do it ALL over again…it was starting to get old by the end and I was starting to go crazy!!!!  it was very tough to stay motivated to study in the summer…but I did it and ended up with two A’s…holla!

after I was finished with my last two exams yesterday, my sister and I ran the schuylkill river together. we did 8 miles together and in the last bit of the run we did 20 second sprints. it was a great workout. I havent done a longish run in awhile so it felt good to get some miles in!

part of the schuylkill river--- art museum is in the background---the one with the stairs that Rocky ran up fyi

After the run, we went out to dinner at a place in Philly called Mercato.

We shared the Market Salad: strawberries & bibb lettuce, caramelized red onion, goat cheese, hazelnuts, butter croutons, white balsamic vinaigrette…. it was pretty good….ive had better (movie: Liar Liar haha)… I’ll give it a 7/10 …

we each got the same thing for dinner…Pappardelle with roasted mushrooms, caramelized cipollini, crispy parsnip & arugula, sage brown butter….. this was absolutely AMAZING. we both licked our plates clean. this was full of flavor. loved it.  9/10. I really liked Mercato…the atmosphere inside was so nice!  It was small inside but decorated really nice…very welcoming haha.  and they had the windows open…felt so nice!

We decided to skip dessert and head to our favorite gelato place in philly…Capogiro!

the people that work here are so nice! they encourage you to taste as many flavors as you want…so taste we did!!! I felt bad to keep asking for samples but they didnt mind at all!  They even had Avocado as a flavor! at first I thought it sounded gross for a gelato flavor but the guy said it was pretty good- so I tasted it and it actually was pretty good! very creamy.

I got Fiore di Late (which is like a sweet creme), cappuccino, and chocolate banana. Mary got the same thing but instead of the chocolate banana she got this vanilla banana rum flavor.

Mary with her gelato!

not too much going on today…just have to pick up my car from the dealership (getting service done) and teach spinning at night! have a good day!!!

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Tonight we had some family over for the Flyers-BlackHawks game (for those of you who are not following the playoffs…this is the final round of the NHL stanley cup playoffs—winner takes the cup- tonight was Game 1).  The game was interesting to say the least. The Flyers ended up losing 5-6….laviolette (flyers coach) pulled our goalie (leighton) for boucher in the second period….did not really agree with that decision… what do you think? although it was disappointing to lose Game 1…it looks like the series is going to be a good one and I cant wait to see them back in action on monday.

goofy face

mary and her boyfriend Todd (notice Todd's shirt- he and friend alex made them- they are really awesome...he gave mary and I one too)

I saw a recipe for brownies on  IowaGirl’s blog…it looked delicious so I decided to make it for the game tonight….

In a glass mixing bowl, combine:

• 3/4 cups melted Butter
• 4 squares un-sweetened baking Chocolate*
Microwave Butter and Chocolate until melted (on high about 2 minutes)

Add:

• 2 cups Sugar, then mix
• 3 large Eggs, then mix
• 1 tsp. Vanilla
• 1 cup Flour, then mix
• 1 cup large Walnut pieces and chunks of premium-grade Bar Chocolate (Gently fold in – don’t over-mix)** this is optional…I did not do this.

Stir Sugar into Chocolate until well blended – stir in Eggs and Vanilla, mix in Flour, stir in Nuts and Bar Chocolate. Pour into a 9×9 buttered baking dish and bake 35 minutes or longer and 350° until toothpick in center comes out with fudgy crumbs (do not over-bake).

SERVING SUGGESTION:
Place brownies on an appropriate serving dish. Zap briefly in the microwave oven. Remove. Bury each brownie with a generous scoop of premium vanilla ice cream, then ladle on fresh raspberries or another favorite fresh seasonal fruit.


my mom made a great dinner….marinated pork tenderloin, roasted veggies, grilled lime and cilantro sweet potatoes  and a salad…I thought the salad was pretty so I took a photo haha:
before the game we took the pups on the beach…

hahha so funny!!!

Hope you are all enjoying your memorial day weekend….time to get to bed…. 10K race in the morning!!!

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Fig Almond Biscotti

Last night my sister and I made our parents dinner at my sisters’ apartment in philly.  I’ll share the dinner part with you in another post but I really wanted to share this recipe for biscotti that we made for dessert.  It came out AMAZING…exceeded my expectations.  My dad (the toughest critic on the planet) said it was the best biscotti he ever tasted…I told him that was a pretty bold statement to make but that must have meant that he thought they were good, eh? I’ll have to take a close up photo for the next time I make these…but just trust me on this one…these are GREAT and you should definitely give this one a try…

  • 2 cups  flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • sliced almonds (3/4 C)
  • figs (chopped- do this yourself)- 2/3 C

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the figs and almonds

Form the dough into a 13-inch long, 3-inch wide log on baking sheet that is either lined with parchment paper, or sprayed/dusted with flour. Bake until light golden (40 minutes) and then let cool for 30 minutes.

Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife (like one you would use for a french baguette), cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool.

not complete without some homemade whipped cream and jersey fresh strawberries 😉

enjoy!! hope you are all having a great weekend….and happy mother’s day to all the mommas out there!!


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happy birthday mom!!

As you can see read above…it is my Mom’s birthday!  This morning my mom and I worked out together- (she is trying to get back into working out so I gave her some advice and  taught her some new lifting moves,too!).  I lifted with her and did an awesome treadmill interval (which I will share with you in a separate post).  Then I made my mom and I egg sandwich bagels.  She had an everything bagel with 1 egg/1 egg white, spinach, and cheese. and I had a whole grain flax bagel with 1 egg/1 egg white, spinach, cheese.  bagels from wegmans are mucho delish…whole foods has FANTASTIC bagels as well.  I really liked my whole grain flax.

Then my mom and I went shopping for my cousin’s wedding and stopped at other places along the way.  For lunch we went to Seasons 52 (love love love it there).  My Mom ordered a pork taco flat bread and market veggie soup and I ordered market veggie soup and the organic mixed green salad…plus some of my momma’s flat bread 😉

We went out to dinner for my Mom’s birthday on Sunday night but tonight I decided to cook up a dinner for my mom.  My two sisters, Mary and Danielle, (and my sister’s boyfriend, Todd) came home from Philly for dinner, too!

I decided to make my sister’s creation (something I have been meaning to try for some time now!)

whole wheat pasta shells with spinach, roasted tomatoes, artichokes, and chicken in a white wine reduction

Ingredients:

  • Whole Wheat Medium Pasta Shells
  • Can of Artichoke Hearts (in water)
  • Grape/Cherry Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Chicken
  • Garlic
  • White Wine
  • Dried Basil & Parsley
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash & cut tomatoes in half.  Place on baking sheet and toss with a little olive oil and kosher salt.  Place in oven until tomatoes are juicing–10/15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a deep saucepan, saute olive oil & garlic.  Saute sliced pieces of chicken in pan (seasoned with salt & pepper).  Once the chicken is cooked through, add some wine (1/2  cup?).  The heat should be on pretty high at this point.
  • Add the roasted tomatoes, chopped artichokes, parmesan cheese (about a handful) & dried parsley & basil to the pan.  Allow to cook for a little bit…10 minutes or so.  Add handfuls of spinach and place lid on pan to allow the spinach to wilt down.
  • In a seperate pot, boil water.  Add salt & the pasta shells.  Cook as directed by the package.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain the pasta and place the pasta back in pot.  Add the mixture from the pan and mix all around.
  • Serve and top with grated parmesan cheese if desired!

For dessert…my mom asked for my Mommom’s Famous Rice Pudding (p.s. Mommom=grandmom….many of you guys think I am talking about my Mom when I type Mommom! haha).

I have found that MANY people have NO IDEA what rice pudding is!  The horror!  Rice pudding is a dessert made with rice and milk (plus other ingredients )…it kind of hard to explain (it is sort of like an oatmeal consistency with milk in it) but just know that it is heaven on earth and my mommom makes THE BEST.  I’m not just saying this, either…I have had many many variants of rice pudding…and NOTHING COMPARES to Mommom’s!! butttt I cant give out the recipe…family secret!


yummmm…ate way way too much of this!  oh well haha…have a good night!

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Fig Almond Blondies

This recipe is from VeggieGirl!

She is famous for her blondies and makes tons of varieties….I tried the Fig/Almond variety and they came out AMAZING.  They are honestly so so good, nice and moist.  and very addicting!

• 1 C plain or vanilla yogurt- I used plain FF Stony Field

• 1/8 cup canola oil

• 1/2  cup  organic turbinado sugar

• 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

• 2 teaspoons molasses

• 1/2 C whole wheat flour and 3/4 C Flour

• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

• little bit less than 1 cup slivered almonds (you can buy them this way)

• 10 dried black mission figs, finely chopped

• Nondairy “milk” of choice, added to the batter as needed – I used original Almond milk by Almond Breeze

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly coat an 8″x8″ baking pan with nonstick cooking spray (i actually used a silicone baking pan! worked great- no spraying needed).In a large bowl, add in the “yogurt,” canola oil, turbinado sugar, vanilla extract, and molasses. Mix well.In the same bowl, add in the flour, baking soda, sliced/slivered almonds, and chopped dried figs. As the mixture starts to thicken up/combine, add as much nondairy “milk” as you need (but not too much) so that the batter is mixable.

Pour mixture into the 8″x8″ baking pan (coated generously with nonstick cooking spray).

Bake for about 32-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the blondies comes out clean.

Makes 16 blondies.

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before

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after

p.s.Check out the recipe my sister just tried for Winter Vegetable Chili…looks gooooddddd

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