Archive for March 22nd, 2009

After the French Toast wore off, I headed out for a run because

  1. our company had left
  2. Brady and his brother and dad were at the NCAA games for the day in Dayton
  3. it was 65 and sunny
  4. the only workout I had yesterday was yard work

I ran an unplanned 7 miles and felt strong! I think it was the combo of having nothing on my to-do list and the weather!

I quickly showered and went to Easton to meet up with Jen (my gf who I do my cookie business with) and Megan (a friend and sorority sister from college who just got engaged 🙂 and is planning a Sept. wedding)! We talked wedding and favors and saw her beautiful ring!! Then I shopped around and didn’t buy ANYTHING!

When I got home, I was starving! I put together my own Buddah’s Feast, like at PF Chang.

Ali’s Veggie Feast

  • 1 can lentils seasoned with bay and onion
  • 1 med. zucchini cut into pieces
  • 1 med. squash cut into pieces
  • bunch of asparagus
  • 1 c. cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 block of extra firm tofu
  1. Broil the asparagus- sprayed with EVOO and with salt and pepper
  2. Make quinoa as directed – 1 to 2 ratio quinoa to water
  3. Stir fry zuc, sqaush, lentils and tofu together with salt and pepper. The lentils have the seasoning!

Ta da…a great veggie complete protein!



Am I turning into a vegetairan?


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This morning, after a good night’s sleep, I turned the oven to 375 and threw in the breakfast strata I made yesterday in preparation for our company. It was so easy! I love when you can pre-make something so it is ready with no work when you need it.

For breakfast I served:

  • Fat Free French Toast Strata (a first time for this, usually it’s low-fat)
  • Orange fruit salad : oranges and cantaloup
  • Spicy sausage (no pic, sorry I wasn’t really interested in this)

Before being baked:


And after:


Fat/Sugar Free French Toast Strata

  • 1 1/2 cartons of Just Whites (egg whites)
  • 1 brick of fat free cream cheese (this melted much better than I thought)
  • 1/2 c. sugar free syrup ( or more if you would like)
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon (lots!)
  • 2/3 c. skim milk
  • 1 loaf or close to it 100% whole wheat bread
  1. Cut bread into cubes – like 1/2 in. by 1/2 in.
  2. Place cubes into sprayed baking dish you are planning on serving in
  3. In a bowl, mix egg whites, syrup, milk, cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Cover the bread with the mixture.
  5. Cut cream cheese into little pieces and place throughout the dish.
  6. Cover with foil and keep cold in the fridge.
  7. Let dish set for 10-12 hours/overnight at least so bread is soggy.
  8. Bake at 375 for about and hour or until egg is cooked throughout!
  9. Serve hot with syrup!


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I can’t even remember what we did Friday night, it seems like so long ago. But at the same time, the weekend flew by!

Yesterday morning, we woke and headed straight outside to work on our to-do list. The list wasn’t too long and consisted of cleaning out the garage and cleaning up the front yard (getting rid of leaves we missed that were hidden by the snow!). I felt like we were in the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie because each time we did something, we felt the need to do something else. So here is what happened, it all began around 9am yesterday morning after Brady had an omlet and I had AB banana toast!

  • cleaned out the garage, got rid of boxes, put away tools …
  • raked out front gardens and bagged leaves….
  • ripped out 3 bushes from front gardens and chopped up…
  • raked out all bed in backyard and bagged leaves…
  • raked out veggie garden to prep for planting…
  • borrowed neighbors rototiller and ’tilled garden…
  • raked out leaves that were down the side of our deck and discovered a new gate we didn’t know existed…
  • hooked up our new Bose outdoor speakers that I gave Brady for a wedding gift last June…
  • broke up all sticks from our recent big storm and put them in a huge bin for kinling for fires…
  • sanded and prepped our little grill table (where we put the food before it goes on the grill) for repainting…
  • baked the neighbors cookies to thank them for letting us use the rototiller
  • vacuumed the entire house because we had tracked so much dirt in from the yard work
  • washed the white tile kitchen floor because it looked like a mud bath (don’t ever put white tile in a kitchen…or anywhere for that matter!!)
  • showered because we were GROSS!

Here is a pic of our cleaned out beds:


And notice one of the new speakers on the right – Brady did a great job hiding the cord under the deck!

And the cookies for the neighbors….


Then after our super speedy clean up:

Brady’s cousins (twin guys our age) and their wives came over after a wedding in Columbus! They live in Cleveland and so they stayed the night. The wedding was in the afternoon so they arrived around 7pm. By the time they got here we were exhausted! They weren’t starving so we just threw together some snacks:

Veggie Plate with Sabra Hummus:


Chips with fresh salsa:


Spinach/Romaine salad with strawberries, apples, goat cheese and almonds:


Pizza made of thawed bread dough:


We relaxed, ate and watched basketball. Lights were out here by 11:00 pm last night!

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