Archive for December, 2008

Yesterday we did a lot of cleaning around my parents house.  I got rid of things from middle school and we took care of our Christmas stuff that was lying around. We cleaned up to get ready for the cleaning lady, and then she canceled – bummer!!

After a 5 mile run with Brady, I had a bowl of oatmeal.  It was warm and filling with a huge scoop of almond butter!

Around 5 pm, my mom and I went to the club to take a step aerobics class that I used to do all the time in high school.  It was a great workout and between running 10 miles and step class, my legs are feeling it!  I am so glad to get back into it!  While we worked out, Brady, my dad, Kevin and my cousin’s husband Tom played paddle.

When they got home, we had a huge dinner of make your own pizza.  Our toppings included:

  • artichokes
  • spinach
  • olives
  • chicken
  • shrimp
  • mozzarella
  • feta
  • pepperoni
  • pesto sauce
  • tomato sauce
  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • onions

Here are some pics!



Salad with avacado, tomato, peppers, romaine and spinach.


Whole wheat crust with veggies, feta and parm!


Pepperoni, chicken, black olives, mozzarella and tomato sauce.


White pizza with tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions.


BBQ chicken with shrimp and mozzarella


Pepperoni with veggies and mozzarella

This dinner was so delicious!  I would not recommend it with lots of company because the presentation of the pizza is a little messy when it is all cut!


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This year we are having a New Years Eve Party at my parents house in Cleveland! It will be about 20 people, family and friends. We are planning a competition night with games

Buffalo Chicken Dip (GF) with celery and crackers

Shrimp – in chili sauce with celery (GF)

9 – layer dip with blue tortilla chips (GF)

BBQ shredded chicken (GF) plus mini rolls (not GF)

Meatballs (GF)

Sushi (GF)

Salad (GF)

Corned Beef (GF) with mini rolls (not GF)

Dehydrated Treats – hehe!

Any other ideas! I will post drink menu, competitions and dessert plans!!

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Bootcamp at Papa’s

I am back to posting workouts and weekly plans!  This past week, over Christmas, I did a variety of activities. I tried to make sure I was active for at least 20 min. each day, far less than my normal hour or so.    Between 4 Chirstmas celebrations, traveling between 3 states and not being home, or close to a gym – I think I did pretty well!

On Christmas day, my brother and I worked out in my grandpa (papa’s) garage!  We did one minute circuits for about 40 min.  It was a great workout. My heart rate even got to 167, pretty high for a garage workout.  Here is what we did.  Repeated 4 times.

  • push ups
  • squat jumps
  • mountain climbers
  • lunges
  • jump rope
  • push ups
  • step ups
  • tricep dips (on the steps)
  • jump rope
  • pop squats


My bro…so tough!

Papa thought it was pretty funny that we were actually working out in his garage!  Here he is!


Yah Pops!

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A Christmas Dehydrator!

For Christmas this year, I got Brady (actually I got it for both of us) a dehydrator!  He wanted one to make beef jerky and I wanted one to make dried fruit and other treats like Gina!

To start, we made dried apples, oranges, kiwis, and bananas.  Brady also tried putting in some fillet, but we cooked it too long!  Then we made fruit roll up with 1 bag of berry medley from TJ’s.  Here is the overview…

img_2465img_2467Brady hard at work…after the CAVS game last night (notice the LeBron shirt!)



Berry Medley Fruit Leather!!

img_2476A piece!!

Does anyone have any good ideas and recipes for the dehydrator?!  I am so excited to use it!!


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Sunday to Sunday Recap

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

I love this quote because it is so true! We have had a great time with our families and extended families this week! I am not going to post everything because there is just too much! I know if you have been busy, your google reader is probably as full as mine (418 posts I haven’t read) so at this point, I am just scanning through most of them to get to 0. From now on I will be back to keeping up and posting! One of my new years resolutions is to be more consistent with my posts – we will see how that goes!!
Sunday: Dinner with my parents at their house in Chagrin Falls
Monday: Shopping all day with my mom and dinner with my highschool girlfriends
Tuesday: Errands and picking my brother up (he flew in from Denver) then Brady arrived and we went to a family party.
Wednesday: Christmas Eve Brunch with Brady’s family and Christmasing all day with them
Wednesday night: Drove to Chautauqua to celebrate with my family at my grandma’s house
Thursday morning: Christmas morning with my family and my grandparents
Thursday evening: Christmas with my other side of the family
Friday: Skiing at Holiday Valley
Friday night: dinner with fam and cousins (leftovers!!)
Saturday: shopping and hanging out
Saturday night: Out to dinner with 15 family members
Sunday: my cousin Steph’s baby’s baptism and celebration!
Sunday night: CAVS game with the fam!

Starting now, I am back to regular posts! I missed filling everyone in! I will also post some holiday recipes I used!

I am also to get back on track with eating and working out, although I did manage to workout for a least a little bit everyday. I also started my day with a healthy breakfast, which helped me to be in control all day. The problem was my nights were filled with wine and cookies! Oh well! Now I have a new motivation for working out and healthy cooking!

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Christmas morning brunch consisted of many delicious things, including this coffee cake.

Grandma’s Classic Coffee Cake

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1 c. light sour cream
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • cinnamon and brown sugar for the middle (about 1/2 cup

Mix all ingredients together and put half of the mixture in bundt pan. Cover cake batter with the cinnamon and brown sugar.  Add the rest of the cake mix and bake at 350 for an hour.


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Homemade Lara Bars

I have been wanting to try these for a while now, and I decided they would be a perfect for gifts!  I didn’t really have a plan when I started but I gathered lots of yummy materials.  They included:

  • dried mission figs
  • California dates
  • almonds
  • peanuts
  • nothing but banana (dried banana from Trader Joes)
  • fresh banana
  • unsweetened coconut
  • dried berry mix (cranberries, cherries, blueberries)

I followed a few ideas that I had read about and otherwise I just started blending things up!  They turned out tasting really good and looking pretty similar to the real thing. I can’t wait to try more combinations!


I formed them into balls to see if they would stay.  Then I made them into bars and kept them in the fridge.  I need to work on their presentation!

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