Monday Mentionings: November 21

Good morning friends! Happy Thanksgiving week, for those of you traveling or having family and friends travel, be safe and enjoy your time with loved ones!

Last Monday night, I went with Chris to the recording studio that his band has been using to record a song, to hang out while they finished something up.  Afterwards, we wanted ice cream, and I asked Siri where to get some ice cream, and the response she gave is below.  Weirdo.

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Tuesday, after work, I made a yummy and easy dessert for Friday’s “dip food day” that we had at work.  It was a cherry cheesecake dip, and it went over great! Recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Greek yogurt cream cheese, softened.
  • 10 oz. non-dairy whipped topping.
  • 1 c. plan nonfat Greek yogurt.
  • 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling.

Instructions:

  1. Beat together cream cheese and non-dairy whipped topping until well combined.
  2. Mix in greek yogurt and sweetened condensed milk until combined.
  3. Spread into dish.
  4. Top with cherry pie filling.
  5. Chill until ready to serve.
  6. Serve with graham crackers or vanilla wafers.

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Thursday night, Chris’ band had a show in Westport.  They did great!  I can’t wait to see them play again Dec. 10 (here) and Dec. 17 (here)! If you’re in the KC area, you should come out and watch!

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Friday, it got COLD! It was like 60 or 70 degrees all week, then a huge cold front came in, and it was in the 40s Friday.  Saturday morning, it felt like 24 degrees, but Chris and I went out and had a beautiful and chilly run anyway.

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Later, we ran a few errands, and also visited The Container Store (for the first time ever)! It was such a great store, we will definitely be back.  After errands, we saw Dr. Strange, which was pretty good!

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I’m really excited for Kristen and Thayne to fly in, and Chris will also join us to make the trip home!  Happy Thanksgiving!

4 Favorites

I have 4 of my favorite recipes to share with you today! They are all quick and easy, they are all relatively healthy, and they are all easily changed if you want to tweak them to your own style!

The first two recipes are for protein bites.  I have used the first recipe for several months, and recently came across the second recipe, and tried it out.  I like both, and they have different tastes, so I wanted to share both with you today. Photo Jan 05, 5 24 45 PM

protein bites

I came across this recipe for Protein Bites from Bethany’s blog, several months ago.  I have been making these every week or two for several months.  I first used almond butter and though it was tasty, I have gone back to peanut butter because for a while there, James was eating them like candy, and almond butter is expensive! Feel free to experiment with the kind of nut butter, and if you want any “add ins” like chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chopped walnuts or slivered almonds…  I typically put in some chocolate chips and a handful of chopped walnuts.

oatmeal protein bites

The Oatmeal Protein Bites are very similar to the Protein Bites, but there are quick oats included.  This recipe is from Hungry Runner Girl.  I added a bit of vanilla, and did not put in the flax seed.  I have only made these once, and they did taste a bit dry after I chilled them, I may add a little more honey next time.  Feel free to tweak the recipes, add in chia seeds, a different sweetener if you don’t like honey, a different nut butter, or different “add ins.”

I try to eat a protein bite when I leave for work in the morning, and then usually one or two before I run in the evening, since I don’t eat dinner until later.  You can see below, the “smooth” one is the regular protein bite, and the “flaky” looking one is the oatmeal protein bite.

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The next recipe is one I’ve only tried a couple times, and it might not sound good right off the bat, but I encourage you to try it, you may find you like it, as I did!

My dad found a recipe online, add an egg to oatmeal for a protein filled, filling breakfast.  I made a gross face when he told me about it, an egg in oatmeal? Gross! I tried it, fully thinking I would take a bite or two and throw the rest away.  The egg, when beaten in with the oatmeal, makes it fluffy and more filling! You could tweak this and add fruit or granola, or even put a dollop of yogurt on top.  I typically cook my oatmeal about 20 seconds longer, because I always add a bit more water to mine, and my egg has cooked perfectly each time.

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The last recipe is a mish-mosh of random things I threw in a salsa-type mixture once, and I love this as a snack or a dinner.  I use a couple cans of beans, some corn, ground beef, salsa, and rice.  You can add in or switch out anything you’d like.  Once, I didn’t have any corn, so I left it out.  Another time I used two cans of black beans and no kidney beans.  You could use ground turkey or even chicken.  I love this as a meal, it’s filling, and when I use whole grain tortilla chips, it’s relatively healthy.  I’ve put it in a soft taco shell before, and I’ve even eaten it with a spoon on occasion.

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I try to make sure to always have protein bites on hand, if I’m hungry and there are bad choices around, I’ll typically make the bad choice, like a candy bar or chips… but if there is a healthy alternative, like a protein bite with a bit of sweetness, or a spicy salsa mix, it can curb my hunger and get me to my next meal without going off the deep end.

Do you have any fun, easy, healthy snacks you have on a regular basis?  I’d love to try them!  What kind of “add ins” would you add to my recipes?

Thursday Thoughts: September 25

I feel like this week has flown by.  My parents were here over the weekend, and now, it’s Thursday already!

With the cooler weather, Jasper has been so cuddly, chirpy, and playful.  I love this time of year, and apparently so does Jasper!

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I made my grandma’s famous Macaroni Corn Casserole Sunday night, and have been noming on the left overs all week.  She always made it for holidays when I was growing up, and I liked it, but it was never my favorite… but over the last few years, I’ve just LOVED it, and was craving it a few weeks ago, so I made it for the first time! We also grilled steaks on the George Foreman.  Delicious little meal!

Grandma’s Macaroni Corn Casserole:

1/2 cup margarine
1 cup dry macaroni (elbow)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can creamed corn
1 can undrained whole kernel corn

Melt margarine, and mix with remaining ingredients.  Pour into 2 quart casserole dish, and bake, covered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, then stir, and bake uncovered for an additional 30 minutes.  Serves 6-8.

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This week, I found the best tacos ever.  The. Best. Tacos. Ever.  EVER!  A little hole in the wall mexican/burger/gyro place near where I work called Burger To Go and/or Cancun Fiesta Fresh, in downtown KCK.  Not really sure what it’s called, since there are 2 signs.  For those of you who are in or around KC, it’s at the corner of 7th St. Trafficway and Central.  They sell burritos and tacos, burgers, gyros, and other random food.  I tried the taco, and OH my gosh, amazing.

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Also this week, my new Altra Running shoes came, and I took them out for a quick mile on Monday! I will do a review of the Altra Torin’s once I’ve run in them a bit more.  The zero-drop philosophy and foot shaped toe box has intrigued me for a while, I’d heard good things about Altra.  A couple weeks ago I had the chance to try a pair of Altra Paradigm’s at the KCRC Groupies run, and definitely felt a difference from my Saucony Kinvara’s.  I researched more about Altra Running online and decided to try a pair of Torin’s, which have a little less cushioning than the Paradigm’s, but still have zero drop and the wider toe box.  Check back soon for my review and comparison.

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Tonight at the KCRC Groupie run, we tested Garmin watches.  I have a Garmin 210 (the white one), and love it, but was really excited for the opportunity to try the Garmin 620 (the black one).  It was really cool and had lots of techy features.  It was probably a bad thing that I tried it, because now I want one!  Tonight was also my 4th run in my new Altra’s, and I’m really enjoying them so far!  My September Run Streak is almost over, tonight’s run put me at 25 days in a row of at least a mile, and I’m over 60 miles for this month, which puts me higher than the last couple months.

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Have you ever drastically switched running shoes, or switched brands? Do you use a running watch? Do you love all the techy features and get reeked out like me?  Have a great weekend!