Monday, October 31, 2011

Greek Salad

The other night I made Greek Salad to accompany the other Greek inspired dishes that were prepared for my soon to be Mother-in-laws Birthday.

I love salads, but usually when I make my own I end up hating them.

That was not the case here, thank goodness. 

I loved this salad and plan on making it again in the near future (which means today).

What you need:

3 large plum tomatoes, seeded, and chopped
2 cucumbers, coarsely chopped (some peel and seed the cucumber.  I did not)
1 Green bell pepper, seeded, and coarsely chopped
1 red onion, peeled, and chopped
Approx. 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup pitted black olives, chopped (optional)
6 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh garlic(or more), chopped 
2 teaspoon red wine vinegar (I always add extra)
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (or, if your like me, more)

First, chop all the vegetables and toss together in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together all the salad dressing ingredients.  Taste before serving and add additional salt, red wine vinegar, or lemon juice as you see necessary (I like extra red wine vinegar).  Mix salad and dressing thoroughly.  Add the feta cheese last, tossing lightly.

Inspired by this recipe

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Monday Motivation

Image via Pinterest


If this doesn't motivate you, I don't know what will.

I may not be a yoga addict, but this is amazing.

Her strength and concentration is inspirational.

And you know that the only way she got to this point was through discipline.


Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday and a Happy Halloween!
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

When Good Runs, Go Bad...

Today I decided I was going to push myself.  I haven't completed a run longer than 6 miles since last winter...yes, LAST winter.

Today, I was going to run at least 8 miles.  At this point in my training speed isn't really important to me, especially in longer runs.  I just wanted to cover 8 miles on my own two feet.

So, I pulled on my favorite running shorts, double layered my deodorant, downloaded some new jams and was off- slow and steady.

Well, after about 1.5 miles I started to feel like a had to use the toilet.  No, not number one, but number two.  Any other runners out there can understand how awful this feeling is, especially when there isn't a toilet in sight or an acceptable place to pull over and do your business.  I would have settled for bushes, but not even this was available.

The stubborn person I am decided to keep running, rather than turn around, run home, do my thing, and leave again.  I knew that if I stepped through the front door, I would not be leaving again.

Besides, no pain, no gain.  Right?

Anyway, I pushed myself forward.  At the half way point a bug flew in my eye (which is kinda funny since this happened to Aaron two days ago).  I could not get this stupid thing out!

And it hurt! I tried to find it and pick it out, but luck just was not on my side.  That bug was there to stay until I got home.

Thankfully, right when this happened I got to turn around.  I was on my way home! The hardest part was over!

I was wrong.

First, I almost twisted my ankle.  Thankfully this didn't really happen, so no biggie.

After about five and a half miles I took a nose dive into the concrete. My first reaction was, shit! I hope no one saw that.

Thankfully no one was walking or driving by to witness such a sloppy runner.  I didn't have to deal with the, "Oh man, I saw that! Are you ok?  That looked pretty bad!". 

That is the worst.

After I made sure no one was watching, I did notice that my knee and elbow were indeed scratched up.  Just add these to my list of scares covering my body.  Aren't I getting to old to fall all over the place?

Anyway, I made it home in one piece which is really all that matters.  I ran about seven miles and walked about one and a half.  Despite the problems along the way, I feel great (at least I will once my eye stops hurting).




But, not all was bad...

I'm loving the changing colors.  So pretty.

This horse is always so friendly.  Every time I run by, he'll come run over to me to say hi!

I have never seen a horse caution sign like this.  I like it!


The rest of the day I plan on watching, Masterpiece Classics:  Downtown Abbey.

Don't judge.

Do you have any terrible (or great) running stories??
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Sunday Sayings



I love this because it is so very true.

If yesterday you did not live the life you see yourself living, try again today.

No person, out of the 7 billion on this Earth, is perfect.  We all make mistakes and fail to reach the standards we have set for ourselves.

With each new day we are all given another chance.

Thank goodness.

And thank you, Buddha, for reminding me that perfection is not important.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Green Friday

This weeks Green Friday is another pretty easy way to reduce energy usage.

And, it is something we can all relate to.


Green Friday Tip#2

Do not pre-rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.

Source here

Yes, I know, this totally goes against everything I was taught growing up.   But, you read correctly.

Apparently rinsing dishes is a complete waste of time, energy, money and water.  Just imagine how much of all these precious resources we could all save by avoiding this useless step.

I don't know about you guys, but you don't have to tell me twice.

It is recommended, however, to scrape chunks of food and bones into the trash.

What about old dishwashers?

Well, according to website found here "People with any age dishwasher can feel comfortable knowing they don't need to pre-wash dishes before washing them in the dishwasher." 

Obviously, pots and pans with burnt on grease and food may require some soaking and scrubbing prior to washing, but for the basics (cups, plates, silverware) rinsing is not required.

According to the same website,  "An energy-efficient dishwasher uses up to 5 gallons of water to wash an entire load of dishes. Washing dishes by hand while letting the water run can use up to 27 gallons."

Furthermore,  "You use more electricity rinsing dishes off in the sink than the dishwasher uses to wash the whole load."

So, give it a go.  See what happens.

Source here

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Everyone, Meet Mikey...

...also known as, Conquistador.

Mikey is a 16.1 hand, Hanovarian Warmblood.

He is ginormous- not just in height, but also in width.

I will be riding him from now on because I decided that 10 years off a horse is 10 years too long.

I fell in love with horses when I was a little girl and started riding regularly in 5th grade.  When I went to boarding school my Sophomore year of high school I had to give it up, or go to a different school.  Nearly a decade has passed and I have missed having horses in my life.  I have missed the smell of horse poop.

Horses are a passion that will be with me for the rest of my life.

So, I decided to start riding again.

I have quite a bit of training ahead of me- certain muscles aren't loving that they haven't been used for so many years.

But, i'm back in the saddle.  For now, that's all that really matters.








He loves his food.  But, who doesn't?

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Vegetarian Lentil Loaf with Checca Sauce

This recipe entered my life a couple years ago while running on the treadmill at my University gym.  Those were the best workout days- running while watching The Food Network.  Whoever decided to put on that channel out of the billion others is a genius.  Before long, I had run 10 miles and I had dinner planned.

Anyway, this vegetarian dish is beyond amazing.  It is a little labor intensive, but well worth it.  

Aaron begs me to make it all the time.  Since it does take a little time to prepare, I now make two batches at the same time.  Sometimes I freeze one loaf, or in this weeks case, i'll just eat it the rest of the week.

It is healthy, filling and packed full of healthy starches, making it is especially great for runners.

It can be baked in a meatloaf pyrex dish or any casserole dish.


What you need:  

Checca Sauce: 
1 pint cherry tomatoes (approx. 2 cups, or 12 ounces)- I ALWAYS buy more.  At least double this.
3-5 Scallions (white and pale green parts only), coarsely chopped
1 head of garlic, chopped
3-5 chilis (optional)
8 fresh basil leaves (or more, depends how much you love basil)
2 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Lentil Loaf:
1 cup lentils (type does not necessarily matter)
4 1/2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups uncooked short-grain brown rice, rinsed well
2 white or yellow onions, finely chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
2 celery ribs, sliced and chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup frozen corn kernals
10 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves (approx 4 cups), or 1 package frozen spinach
1/2 cup sliced almonds (optional)
1 cup mushroom
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded parmigiana cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp chipotle powder
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tomato, sliced



Directions:

Checca Sauce:  
Combine the scallions, garlic, basil, chilis and oil in a food processor.  Blend well.  Add the cherry tomotoes and pulse the mixture until the tomatoes are coarsely chopped, be careful not to puree the mixture.  Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Lentil Loaf:
1.  Place the lentils in a large saucepan filled with cold water.  Bring the water just to a boil over high heat.  Carefully drain the boiling water and rinse the lentils.  Let aside.
2.  Meanwhile, in a heavy large saucepan, over medium heat, bring the vegetable broth to a boil.  Add the rinsed brown rice and return to a boil.  Decrease heat to low, cover the rice, and allow it to simmer undisturbed for approx. 10 minutes.
3.  After 10 minutes, add the lentils, onion, carrot, celery, and bell pepper.  Cover and continue cooking without stirring until the rice and lentils are tender and the liquid is absorbed- approx. 30-45 minutes.
4.  Turn off the heat, sprinkle the frozen corn over the rice and lentils and let stand, covered, for approx. 5 minutes.  Uncover and fluff the rice and lentils with a fork.  Cover and let stand for 5 minutes more.

(By this point, nearly all the liquid should be absorbed.  If there is still liquid, continue to cook on medium-low until water evaporates.  Too much liquid and you will have a runny loaf!)

5.  In a large skillet, cook the spinach over medium heat until the spinach wilts, approx. 3 minutes.  Drain and squeeze the excess liquid from the spinach (ALL LIQUID).  Transfer spinach to a work surface and coarsely chop.

6.  In a large bowl, mix the spinach, lentil and rice mixture, mushroom, egg, mozzarella cheese, half the parmigiana cheese, sliced almonds, basil, salt, pepper, chipotle powder, and approx 1/3 of the checca sauce.  Mix well.

(I always add the eggs last, so that I can taste the mixture without having to consume raw egg)

7. Grease a large loaf pan or casserole dish.  Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan.  Arrange the sliced tomato in a row over the lentil mixture.  Sprinkle casserole with remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.

8.  Bake uncovered at 350F for approximately 30-45 minutes (or longer depending on oven).  It should be heated through, with cheese on top starting to brown.


Depending on how much liquid was in the loaf prior to cooking will determine how "firm" the loaf is held together.  Either way, it will taste the same... Delicious!

Serve with the checca sauce that remains (and I always add some lowfat sour cream).

Note:  I usually add more cheese and vegetables.  I hate following recipes.  So, if you like this after the first try, next time try playing with the recipe.  The original doesn't call for mushroom, bell pepper, sliced almond, or chipotle seasoning.  In the future I may even throw in some eggplant.

I was not going to add this photo because it's not really arranged in a way that was meant for photos, but  whatever.  This is what my plate looks like when I eat... And, I ate it all!

Original recipe found here

What are your favorite vegetarian recipes?
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Monday, October 24, 2011

A Less Serious Post: Motivation Monday!



Such as,

Take a bubble bath,
Enjoy a glass of wine,
Read a good book,
Call an old friend,
Paint something,
Give yourself a manicure,
Watch a good movie,
Meet friends for dinner,
Make your own dinner,
Go on a long walk,
Go for a long run,
Go for a short run,
Do absolutely nothing,
Hug the dog,
Cuddle with your cat,
Light a candle,
Dance,
Sing,
Etc. Etc. Etc.


So, do something for yourself that will make both your mind and body feel good.
You'll thank yourself for it later.

What will I be doing?
Cooking the most amazing vegetarian recipe ever.

Recipe tomorrow...




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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Life Changes...

Starting tomorrow I will be going vegetarian.

Most of you could probably care less, and I don't blame you. 

But, this blog (for me) is more than just fashion and wedding planning.  It is about my life and the changes that come with each new day.  In many ways it is a journal/scrapbook wound into one.  I blog for me.  If I inspire others, even better.


Anyway, back to meat...



I have had periods throughout my life where I have given up certain foods- beef, pork, cheese, fish.  But, these periods have always come and gone (except fish, I still don't eat fish unless I know exactly where/how it was caught).

I am not giving up meat for dietary reasons or because too many hamburgers will inevitably make anyone fat (unless you are blessed with a super powered metabolism).

I am giving it up because,

1.  The meat (chicken, beef, pork) that I can afford is born and bred and killed inhumanely. No animal should suffer because they taste good and I want to eat them.  No animal should live in their own filth for the short duration of their miserable lives, stuffed with unnatural hormones and die, in most cases, slowly.  

In case you didn't know:  
chickens are killed first by hanging them upside down by their two legs (if they're lucky), a process called shackeling.  This, as you can imagine, is very painful.  Then, the crippled birds' heads and bodies are then "...dragged through a splashing electrified water trough called a “stunner.” This immobilizes the birds and paralyzes their muscles. Finally, the paralyzed but fully conscious birds' throats are cut.  Now, unfortunately many times their arteries are not severed thoroughly enough to insure a fast death.  All the birds, still alive, bleed to death still hanging upside down.  Those that do not die in the 90 seconds designated for bleeding out, finally die by drowning in pools of blood or are boiled to death in the scalding tanks of water all the chickens find themselves in.

If you want more information, please visit website here

I will not go in to detail on how other livestock is killed, but if you are not aware and would like to know how the meat you are eating got to your plate, there are some amazing documentaries out there.  Such as, 



2.  I am giving up chicken, pork, beef, etc. because they require an intense amount of natural resources to be raised, killed and transported to the market.

3. I will never eat FISH again.  Please, please wake up!  The fish are disappearing.  Our oceans are nearly empty.  Our children and grand children will never know what Tuna tastes like because we enjoyed our sushi a little too much.  If you need fish in your diet, please start asking questions about where/how it was caught.  We are killing the greatest resource we have.  The greatest treasure in the world: our Oceans. 

Please, watch these documentaries. At least know what is happening to OUR world.

(Such as, I had no idea clubbing of baby seals still happens every year.  How many? Over 400,000.  For what?  Vanity and power.  Do you know what the word CLUBBING means?)


4. I am giving up all meat because I can live a healthy and happy life without it.  I do not need to give high ranking government officials my money so they can continue their selfish quest for more.


One day, if I can afford to have my own farm with my own livestock, I will start eating meat again.  At least with my own livestock I will know they lived a life without suffering and died in the most humane way possible.  If I cannot obtain this, it will be ok.  I will be ok.

This is obviously something I am very passionate about.  And if I had bigger balls, I would go join the Sea Shepard myself.  Paul Watson is my new hero, and smarter than most give him credit for.  Since I don't have big balls, I am doing what I can.  If it opens just one persons eyes, then I will have succeeded in doing something.

Please think about it.  

I will not judge those that don't care.  I will not banish those people from my life who eat all forms of meat.  That will get me no where, and make me a much more miserable person.  

All I ask is that you think about it.

Netflix has all the movies shown above on streaming.  You can also find them online or download them.


For anyone that read this entire post, I thank you.
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Sunday Sayings



Originally, I was going to post something else.  But for today, I decided to go with a slightly lighter subject and save the other for a different day.

Basically, Eleanor Roosevelt said it perfectly...

Life is about decisions, some right and some wrong.

As intelligent human beings, we have the ability to weigh our options and pick the path we feel in our heart to be best.

In the end, we will be criticized and judged and lectured on how we could have chosen better.  Because no matter what all decisions have opposing players.

But, this is your life.

Stop worrying about what other people with think- how they will judge.

This is something I have struggled with my whole life.  However, I am slowly learning that no matter what, I can't make everyone happy.  I can't achieve everyone's approval.

So, why not make myself happy?
Why not approve of myself?

What better end could possibly exist?


Happy Sunday Everyone!  Hope you've all had a great weekend!

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Should We Decide Not to Elope...

...Then we would like to get hitched someplace outdoors,
under a tree,
with the breeze in our hair,
as the sun kisses our cheeks.

I can't think of anything more romantic than an outdoor wedding ceremony.

No matter what happens, our wedding ceremony and reception will be simple.  Nothing too over-the-top.  Nothing tacky and overly expensive.

I don't see those things when I think of my wedding day.

We love the country- the outdoors.  We want a wedding incorporated within nature.

So, after thorough browsing through Pinterest and Tumblr, these are a few examples of my ideal wedding ceremony.

This is pretty much what I think of when I think of our wedding.  Maybe substitue chairs for hay bales, and throw in some mason jar flower arrangments, but I am in love with the simplicity of this ceremony spot.

Ceremony nestled among the Redwoods.  This would be lovely.
Lovely wedding ideas found here

Loving the lace fabric covering the bales.  Also love that they are fitted and tied.

Since we'll have a small wedding, this would be possible.  Gorgeous.

I'm kinda in love with this, especially if the reception took place in the barn that's in the background.  The only thing that may make this better is if the barn were red.
Find this idea here

Not really a fan of the concrete, but beautiful nonetheless.  Probably a vineyard wedding, something I also love- unfortunately, most nice vineyards come with a large price tag (at least in Napa/Sonoma, etc.)

This great wedding found on this amazing blog



Gorgeous.







Baby's breath.  Lovely.  And last time I checked baby's breath didn't cost an arm and a leg.  Even better.
Amazing Wedding Planning site here

Draped fabric. So dreamy.


As you can see, big trees and hay bales are involved.

I have fallen in love with the idea of bales of hay used as benches.  Cover them with some pretty cloth or blankets, and you have the perfect seating area.

A big tree is essential.  The tree is everything.


(Tracing all these photos back to their original source was impossible.  None of these photos were taken by me.)
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Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread

I love quick bread.

My favorite are those that taste like cake- pumpkin, banana, cinnamon- packed full of chocolate chips.  But, making these all the time is dangerous-I often lack self control after 9pm.

So, today I decided to make Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread from my favorite food blog, found here.
Over the past year or so I have made dozens of recipes found on his blog and have not once been disappointed.

This bread may lack the sugar overdose that I sometimes love, but it is delicious, and a much healthier alternative.  Now, when I eat half a loaf in one sitting I feel a little less guilty.

Sometimes, I'll smear on some butter or peanut butter after a long run.


What you need:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup oil (I used even less)
1 egg
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large apple (peeled, cored and cut into bite size pieces)
1/2 cup pecans (I used walnuts so I could avoid the market)
1 handfull rolled oats




Directions:
1.  Mix the brown sugar, maple syrup, yogurt, apple sauce, oil, egg and rolled oats together in a large mixing bowl.  Set aside for approximately 10 minutes.
2.  Mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate mixing bowl: both flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3.  Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  Mix well.
4.  Add the apple pieces and walnuts.  Fold entire mixture together.
5. Transfer the entire mixture into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.  Sprinkle the rolled oats on top.
6.  Bake in a preheated 375F oven until cooked through completely, approximately 45-60 minutes.  Oven times will vary.






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Friday, October 21, 2011

Green Fridays!

Starting today is Green Friday. 

Every Friday I will be posting one way to help out the environment a little.  This is a topic that is in need of more attention, so why not start here?

These are tips that I plan on integrating into my own life.  Whether you chose to do the same it up to you.


Green Friday Tip#1

Since it's the first week, I'll make this one easy.  In fact, many of you may have done this years ago.

Change your light bulb

Super easy.

Rather than using the regular light bulbs we all grew up with, switch to the compact fluorescent bulbs.

According to the Consumer Energy Center, "A single 20-watt compact fluorescent lamp used in place of a 75-watt incandescent will save about 550 kilowatt-hours over its lifetime. If your electricity is produced in a coal-fired power plant (like 20 percent of California's electricity is), that savings represents nearly 500 pounds of coal not burned, which means that 1,300 pounds of carbon dioxide and 20 pounds of sulfur dioxide will not get into the atmosphere."


It is true that these light bulbs cost a little more than the regular bulbs we're all used to.  But, in the long run, you'll actually save money with lower energy bills.

Plus, you'll be helping our environment!  

So, give it some thought.  Every light bulb counts!



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It's the little things...

Aaron surprised me this morning with this lovely flower.

To some of you, this lone flower may not mean much.  You may be thinking, where's the bouquet?

But, for me this flower means everything.

Whether it was free, doesn't matter.  Whether he had to make a trip to the store doesn't matter either.

He saw this flower, and thought of me.

That's all that matters.

So, although the man in my life isn't always making grand, romantic gestures, it's little surprises like this that tell me everything.

He loves me...





Hope everyone has a fantastic Friday!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sandwich Delight

Remember that veggie sandwich I was talking about the other day in this post?

Well I made this veggie goodness, and it was so amazing I decided to make it again for dinner last night.

I really want it again tonight, but decided to take a day off and eat something else.

Unfortunately, when I find something I love, I tend to eat it over and over until i'm sick of it.

...I would be really sad if that ever happened with these sandwiches.

Now, you may not know something about me (yet), so I'll give you a heads up...

I have an obsession with soup and sandwiches. Seriously.

In my world, there is nothing better than hot soup or a stacked sandwich for dinner.

I hope you like these things too, because you'll be seeing a lot of them on this blog.

Anyway, this sandwich had the works:

Cucumber, avocado, sprouts (which is a must have), tomato, pepperoncini, mushroom, red onion (another must), and cheese.

You could add sliced red bell pepper, but I prefer my sandwiches without (and I love bell pepper). You may also want to throw a couple pickles on there too, but I feel the pepperoncini gives it better flavor.

A tablespoon or so of Dijon mustard and very thin layer of mayo is all the condiments you need. The flavor should come from the veggies.

Finally, a last, but very important part of sandwich making is the kind of bread keeping your masterpiece together.

Crap bread gives a crap sandwich.

Obviously, find something you like.

But for me, sliced bread with seeds and nuts and whole grain makes such a difference in the final result.

Finally, put it together, and enjoy!




Thankfully, these veggie sandwiches aren't too heavy...

Finally one dinner favorite where I don't feel like i'm going to bed with a brick in my stomach.

I see many of these sandwiches in my future!


Am I missing something? Let me know!
I would love to hear about your sandwich favorites.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Pound Cake

The other day I made pumpkin pound cake.

It was pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

They whole family agreed. It was gone the next day.

What you need:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup canola oil (I didn't have this, so I used olive oil. Tasted the good to me)
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
11/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree (or about 1 1/2-2 cups homemade pumpkin puree)
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

First, in a large bowl, combine sugar and oil until blended completely. Add eggs, one at a time- blend completely between each addition.
In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, ground cloves, salt and pudding mix.
Add dry ingredients to egg mixture alternating with the pumpkin puree. Beat well after each addition.
Transfer to a greased bundt pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes (it took min 1 hour 15 minutes).
Check periodically with a toothpick.
Remove from pan and cool completely before dusting with confectioners' sugar.

One day i'll get a better camera and have beautiful food photos. Until then, use your imagination :)


It was a total hit around here. It was out of the oven for 5 minutes and a piece had already been cut out (thanks Aaron).

If you like pumpkin stuff, you'll love this.


Adapted from recipe found here
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Motivation Monday

For many people, Mondays are rough. It's the start to another work week. Another week of early mornings and uneventful nights.

That is why I am starting Motivation Monday.


I couldn't think of a better Monday motivator than Fauja Singh- the oldest man to successfully complete a full marathon.

Yes, you heard me right.

Mr. Singh, an apparently young 100 year-old man, completed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon yesterday.

Although he finished last and it took him over 8 hours to complete the 26.2 miles, HE DID IT.

I can't even say this.

Photo here

He credits his heath to a "life without alcohol and smoking, a vegetarian diet of curries and tea, and daily exercise. He walks or runs up to 10 miles a day". (story found here)

So everyone, if he can do it, so can we.

Photo here

Thank you Mr. Singh.

You are an inspiration.

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10 Things That Make Me HAPPY Right Now

1. The perfect weather
2. The Mulled Cider candle burning on my side table
3. That I will finally start horseback riding again on Wednesday
4. Pumpkins, and pumpkin food
5. The vegetable sandwich I plan on making myself for dinner
6. Manicured nails done by me for free
7. Moose being extra cuddly today
8. Tea time, anytime
9. Cashews and Almonds
10. My recent obsession with mud rooms


Found on this lovely blog
Photo found here
Photo found here although i'm unsure its original source

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