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Ups and Downs

This weekend was an emotional one. It started with dinner for our friends from college at our house on Friday. That turned into a collegesque party at another one of our friends houses. I was the faithful DD.

Then we woke up on Saturday and headed to Wittenberg for homecoming. Brady played in the alumni soccer game and managed to crack his head against one of his best friend’s heads and have to leave the game gushing blood from the egg that had formed. Subs saved the day and then we watched OSU win their game. After that it was time for bar to reconnect to lots of great friends from the past. Overall, it was a great time seeing everyone and being together.

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While Friday and Saturday were great, today was a really hard day. Shortly after waking up this morning I found out my Papa had passed away in the night. It is going to be an impossibly hard week. How do you go about saying goodbye to one of the most respectable, loving, hardworking, and honorable men in the world?
IMG_3275.JPGI don’t think you do. I think you just celebrate the 90 wonderful years he lived with family and friends together. That is what we will be doing this week.

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If you didn’t see my exciting news that I have been dying to share, you can see it here: April Plans!

One thing about being pregnant is you have to watch how much seafood you consume because of the mercury levels in seafood. I wrote an Examiner article about the fish with the most and least amounts of mercury in them.

Check it out: Mercury in Fish

So I carefully pick which nights of the week I want to eat seafood so I spread them out. It’s hard because I love seafood! Anyways, tonight was a salmon night. I was hoping to find a fun and new way to marinate the fish. I wanted something other than soy and ginger because we had those flavors last night at PF Chang’s.

I used an idea from Eating Well which was just a simple salsa plus agave topping. I then created something delicious!

With my new pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s:

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I turned regular salmon into this sweet glazed treat:

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I highly recommend trying this. I am sure it would work with chicken or shrimp as well. It was so sweet and had hints of pumpkin and fall flavors. Brady and I both picked this over the salsa style.

Here is our serving plate for dinner. We didn’t eat it all – but we ate all of the veggies:

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To go with the fish, I broiled some asparagus and some red pepper. I also made a simple salad.

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I topped this with light balsamic dressing that I make homemade and keep in the fridge.

Here is a look of the whole meal:

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Pumpkin Butter Salmon

  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin butter
  • 1 or 2 servings of salmon
  • sea salt

Spoon pumpkin butter onto salmon filet. Spread around with a spoon. Sprinkle with sea salt and broil on high for 8ish minutes or until done!


I can’t wait to make this again. I need to start thinking of more things to use my pumpkin butter in besides oatmeal and toast!

Any suggestions?!

Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday. I am planning (hoping) to get up for working out in the morning. Then it is off to a quick (cross your fingers) day at school and home to get ready for our best friends from college to come in town for Wittenberg Homecoming. It should be a great time!

🙂 Hope your weekend plans are fun!

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This post was written last Sunday night, but I decided to hold off on posting it until this weekend when we have a chance to tell the a few more people we wanted to tell! 🙂

This morning we woke up to 30 degree temperatures. After much debate last night, we decided (I mean, I decided) we should do the run, despite the freezing temps.

We set the alarm for 6:00 am and got dressed appropriately – running pants from The North Face, a long sleeved Nike running shirt and a fleece running hoodie from Nike with hand holes plus gloves and a headband. While I sported this pretty normal cold weather running outfit, Brady decided to get creative. He wanted to wear shorts but he was afraid his legs would be cold so he made some leg warmers:

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These creations were done by cutting the feet out of some old soccer socks. Apparently they worked well!

We headed out the door- luckily my parents were there to drive us and cheer us on along the way.  

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After a month of training for the full marathon, then a few months of secret keeping while continuing to train, Brady, and Baby H set out to do the 1/2 marathon! With Baby H almost 4 months old, I didn’t know how well I could handle 13.1 miles in 30 degree weather, but we did it!

IMG_5865.JPGThe race wasn’t too bad! We never had to walk (probably because we stopped three times so I could go pee, which gave us a nice little break 🙂 and we kept up our pace throughout the whole thing. I saw one girl who had a sign on her back that said “Baby on Board” I chatted with her for a while when we were running together. She was about as far along as I am – I hadn’t thought of the sign thing, I hadn’t really thought about anything but staying warm when I got dressed in the morning.

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After the race!

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We finished the 13.1 miles in 2:20 – and that included 3 bathroom stops! I am blaming that on the baby. 🙂

New goal: Complete the full marathon next October, 6 months after having a baby. We will see if there is any chance that will ever happen 🙂

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Another beautiful day in central Ohio! Too bad it is not supposed to stay for the weekend. After a two hour delay (teachers have meetings for the two hours and kids come late) the kids are wound up all day. They have a different schedule than usual and it seems to throw them all off. We made it through though!

After school I went to the gym and did a quick workout: 25 minutes of intervals on the stepmill followed by 20 minutes on the elliptical. I really could have used a new magazine to make this time more enjoyable, but it wasn’t bad.

I ran errands around Easton after the gym. I stopped a Trader Joe’s for a few must haves: pumpkin butter I have been craving since seeing it on Allison’s oatmeal, and a restock of pb, simmer sauce and wasabi peas.

At 6:45, we met our good friends Katie and Kurt for dinner at PF Chang. Since Katie and I met, our first year teaching 4 years ago, we have always gone to PF Changs to celebrate my b-day. We couldn’t let the tradition die, so we planned a date, which was not easy because Katie and Kurt are both high school coaches and are in season in the fall.

At dinner I got my favorite PF Chang menu item: Veggie Lettuce Wraps

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I ate all of them and was pretty full before dinner even came out. Luckily, the leftovers here are great and I just ordered more veggies and brown rice. I had some and took a nice portion home.IMG_5899.JPG

Dinner was so much fun! Tomorrow is another busy day! I can’t wait to get my hair done after school.

I will be back with a few fun tips on eating healthy, while eating out!

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I am finally getting over the pain that I feel when I walk down the stairs. Nothing else was really that sore, but for some reason my quads were super sore when I walked down the stairs all day yesterday. I guess not running for a week and then running 13 miles will do that do you. I am planning on posting the race recap very soon! Sorry for the wait.

Today was such a nice day in Columbus – it got up to 70 degrees! I was lucky enough to have recess duty today (I never say that!)so I got to enjoy the weather a little bit during the day. After school I had a meeting that went until 5pm then I came home and took a walk (2-3 miles). I was going to run, but I kept chatting on the phone so I just enjoyed the brisk stroll that helped to stretch out my legs. When Brady got home, I talked him into a bike ride before dinner!

It was a nice day for easy, low impact fitness activities. I am hoping to be back to working out more normally tomorrow!

I have been in a dinner rut this week – we had leftovers last night so I didn’t find them worthy of a post- so I decided to try a new sauce I bought at Trader Joe’s this summer. It reminded me a of a recipe I wanted to try from Eating Well magazine.

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The nutrition stats were really good! Sometimes I am discouraged with the high fat and calories in some Indian dishes but this was not the case.

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The ingredients were all simple and readable. Love that!

So in order to fit both of our needs, I made two simple dishes with this sauce.

Chicken Curry Simmer – Brady

  • 100% all natural chicken (antibiotic/hormone free)
  • 1/3 of a jar of Curry Simmer Sauce from Trader Joe’s
  1. Trim chicken then cut chicken into small cubes
  2. Cook in curry powder and water until chicken is cooked.
  3. Add sauce and simmer together

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Lentil Curry Simmer – Ali

  • 1 c. lentils – cooked
  • 2/3 c. organic chickpeas
  • 1/3 of a jar of Curry Simmer Sauce from Trader Joe’s
  1. Mix cooked lentils and chickpeas in a saucepan and simmer!

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As you can see, we enjoyed this easy dish with steamed veggies and bulger.

I am hoping to make some yummy recipes from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan this week!

We have homecoming for Wittenberg this weekend! We are super excited to see our college friends so I need to make them some treats!


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Sunday Night Dinner

I will have the race recap back up this week! But until then, we had some delicious Sunday dinner food last night. After lunch, we asked the boys what they wanted for dinner and they both said spaghetti. This sounded like an ok suggestion (don’t worry, we would let them know if we didn’t like their suggestion) so we went with it! It seemed like a good refuel meal.

During the day, my mom and I shopped while my dad and Brady did leaves and watched football. It felt like a fun fall Sunday because the sun was shining, but it was still freezing cold.

After our shopping trip for: Halloween costume materials, random dinner ingredients, extremely necessary pair of pants, and a few good fall tops, we made it home.

I was starving so we go started with dinner right away. In the meantime, we ordered our favorite pizza as an appetizer. This pizza is basically a very very thin cracker with pizza toppings on top! I pick off the cheese and peps and chow down on the tomatoey cracker.IMG_5513.JPG

We had:

  • chicken and beef tomato sauce – started from a can of tomato sauce and modified to make it our own with seasonings and meat
  • mushroom and squash/zucchini stir fried veggies
  • spaghetti squash
  • fresh ciabatta and whole grain bread
  • Barilla Pasta Plus – angel hair

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My plate:

  • baked tofu for protein
  • Barilla Pasta Plus – angel hair
  • veggies
  • spaghetti squash
  • whole grain bread

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My dad’s plate.

And a birthday plate full of warm bread!

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For dessert we had homemade apple pie that my mom baked! It was devoured before a picture could be taken. Don’t worry, there are more of these in my future!

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This post was written last Sunday night, but I decided to hold off on posting it until this weekend when we have a chance to tell the a few more people we wanted to tell! 🙂

This morning we woke up to 30 degree temperatures. After much debate last night, we decided (I mean, I decided) we should do the run, despite the freezing temps.

We set the alarm for 6:00 am and got dressed appropriately – running pants from The North Face, a long sleeved Nike running shirt and a fleece running hoodie from Nike with hand holes plus gloves and a headband. While I sported this pretty normal cold weather running outfit, Brady decided to get creative. He wanted to wear shorts but he was afraid his legs would be cold so he made some leg warmers:

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These creations were done by cutting the feet out of some old soccer socks. Apparently they worked well!

We headed out the door- luckily my parents were there to drive us and cheer us on along the way.  

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After a month of training for the full marathon, then a few months of secret keeping while continuing to train, Brady, and Baby H set out to do the 1/2 marathon! With Baby H almost 4 months old, I didn’t know how well I could handle 13.1 miles in 30 degree weather, but we did it!

IMG_5865.JPGThe race wasn’t too bad! We never had to walk (probably because we stopped three times so I could go pee, which gave us a nice little break 🙂 and we kept up our pace throughout the whole thing. I saw one girl who had a sign on her back that said “Baby on Board” I chatted with her for a while when we were running together. She was about as far along as I am – I hadn’t thought of the sign thing, I hadn’t really thought about anything but staying warm when I got dressed in the morning.

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After the race!

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We finished the 13.1 miles in 2:20 – and that included 3 bathroom stops! I am blaming that on the baby. 🙂

New goal: Complete the full marathon next October, 6 months after having a baby. We will see if there is any chance that will ever happen 🙂


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