Thursday Thoughts – I am what I am

Hello, hello!

So, I totally dreamed about running last week.

I’ve never done that before.

Not even once.

I mean, I’ve had those nightmares where I’m trying to run but it’s like I’m slogging through the thickest mud ever and I can barely move but that’s not the same thing.

This was joyous and free and FUN!

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I guess I’ve solved my potential identity crisis – I am DEFINITELY a runner!

(seriously, like I didn’t REALLY know that down deep inside. sheesh.) ;)

In fact, the desire for me to get out the door is pretty overwhelming these days.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to.  The doc says I need to wait and I’m going to wait.

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I might even add a couple of extra weeks to the wait just to be safe.

That’s how important it is to me.

I don’t want to run on my foot until it’s ready to be run on.

But, boy oh boy, do I want to run!

I’ve even, and don’t everyone start yelling at me at once, started thinking about what 50k I might want to train for.

*ducks head*

Stop throwing things!  I’m not going to run until I can and then I’ll take it slow! I’m not talking about running a 50k in a couple of months from now.

Maybe Springtime – are there any 50ks (boy, that word looks weird but I refuse to make it ‘s because it’s most definitely not possessive!) in the Spring or are those mostly Fall races?  I’ll have to research! I definitely want to run the one that I can’t next month.

I just can’t imagine my life without running.

It’s been such a big part!

It’s given me so much and I love being outside and seeing the world (or my cute little town, even though there are bears). :)

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And, I’m definitely going to be doing a CrossFit Endurance training plan once I start back up.

I really enjoy the blend of the two sports.

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My running definitely benefits from CrossFit and my CrossFit workouts benefit from my running – hello, endurance! :)

I feel a little bit like I have a new lease on life, as silly as that may seem, and I cannot wait (but, I will. patiently, even.) to get back out the door with my running shoes on.

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Talk to me: Do you dream about the sport you love? Are you a good patient? Are you patient?

- jennifer

Tasty Tuesday – Korean Beef Bowls

Hello!

Happy Tasty Tuesday!!!

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Make sure you head over to Lena’s page to check out all the other Tasty Tuesday yumminess, like her Single Serving Sweet Potato Casserole! Hello, Fall!! :)

I have a recipe worth sharing with you today, too. Whoop!

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I found it in a Pampered Chef cookbook when I was at my folks’ house this past weekend.

Sidebar – did you know I sold Pampered Chef for 4 years? Seriously. That’s why I own EVERY. PIECE. OF. STONEWARE. known to man. Let me know if you need to borrow a piece. ;)

I stopped because it was just plain difficult to “restart” my business every time we moved. I tried but…..I’m really not an outgoing person and cold-calling people to book a party was not my favorite thing.

Anyway, I saw the recipe and it sounded like it was right up our alley.

The bonus was it was listed as a “20 minute recipe.” Oh yeah, I’m totally down with that.

You know that I had to adjust it a little, though.

I can’t remember the last time I followed a recipe exactly as written. I’m not even sure I know HOW anymore!

But, either was, this will definitely become a staple in our house. Delicious, easy, quick, and healthy – can’t think of anything wrong with that!

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Korean-style Beef Bowl
Makes 4 servings
Adapted from The Pampered Chef

2 green onions, sliced (whites and greens)
1 pound skirt steak (you can use flank if you can’t find skirt but it may adjust your cooking time)
4 garlic cloves, pressed (or 2. that’s what the recipe called for. we like garlic.)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil (I used fiery toasted sesame oil from Harris Teeter. Mmmm…spicy!)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or regular or what you have. not confectioner’s.)
1 teaspoon olive or coconut oil
1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
2 medium carrots (or 8-10 baby carrots, which is what I used)
2 cups mung bean sprouts

1. Thinly slice green onions, reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish (if desired) and place remaining in large bowl.

2. Cut steak crosswise into 2-inch pieces and slice into thin strips, cutting against the grain.. Place in bowl with green onions. Press garlic over beef, add soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper, and sugar, and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

3. While beef marinates, cook rice according to package directions.

4. For vegetables, peel carrots and discard skins. Continue peeling carrots to make long ribbons and place in ice water until ready to use. If using baby carrots, cut into matchsticks. Don’t cut your fingers. That’ll hurt.

5. Add oil to large (12-inch) skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add beef to skillet in a single layer and cook, without stirring, for 2 minutes or until beef is brown. Stir; cook an additional 3-4 minutes or until no longer pink. If using matchstick carrots, add to pan during this stage. Remove from heat.

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6. Fluff rice with fork. Divide among serving bowls and top with vegetables and beef. Garnish with reserved green onion tops, if desired.

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7. Om. Nom. Nom. Don’t expect leftovers. :)

BIG news and some weekend shenanigans!

Hello, hello!

First things first – I have BIG NEWS!!!!

I found out on Friday that I’ve been selected as one of the new FitFluential Ambassadors!!!

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I’m so excited!!! I got the email while I was still at work and I totally let out a Whoop! and did a happy dance at my desk. EEEPPP!!!

Okay, back to calm….. ;)

Normally, I’d be telling you Sunday food prep stories today but I’m mixing it up a little!

Cuz I didn’t food prep.

I wasn’t home to.

I went to visit my G-ma. :)

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one day, I will learn to take a decent selfie. :/

She’s 94 (and a half!) and most definitely the coolest lady on the planet.

She lives with my folks a couple hours north of me and I try to get up there whenever I can. Travelling wears her out and my folks are pretty busy so it’s easier for me to go to her.

We talk, we share stories, sometimes we just sit in silence – it’s all good. Being near her makes me happy. I especially love kissing the top of her head. Her hair is so soft!

While I’m there, I get to cuddle with these two love bugs! #bonus

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Another bonus about going “home” (I still think of that as home even though I haven’t lived there in 25 years and it’s not really home – home is where my sailor is.) is that they have a Potbelly Sandwich Shop nearby!

The last time I had a Potbelly sandwich was last year when we went to Chicago for Thing 1’s boot camp graduation!

So, don’t you go judging me for that dozen bag of cookies. I was WAY overdue for one of their cookies.

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Besides, I actually only ate one (even though they’re like CRACK) because I got them for G-ma since she didn’t go with us.

The Potbelly’s happens to be pretty much next door to the Wegmans, which I don’t have near me either.

One is scheduled to open in Norfolk in 2015, though!

I love going to Wegmans!  I can find things there that I can’t find down here. Mom always tells me she’d be happy to send me a care package if I tell her what I want. :)

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Good gravy, I love that pecan butter!!! And, even though I recently found Chia Bars down here, I had to grab some anyway. The apple cinnamon flavor is the bomb!

Now, those Epic bars. I’ve never tried them before – actually never seen them before either – but they sounded interesting. There was this guy in that aisle browsing other bars, etc and he told me he’s tried them and they’re not bad. He said he prefers the lamb but, yeah, I’m not trying that one.

(and don’t sit there judging me for not eating lamb because of Lambchop and cute lambs but still eating meat – I know where beef and bison and chicken and bacon come from, I just try not to think about it. Otherwise I’d never eat. :/)

Anyway, he said they’re not tough like jerky and they kinda have a granola bar texture/consistency to them.

I was going to try them anyway but it was nice to get someone else’s opinion, too. :)

Then, we got back to Mom’s house and, after a bit, I went to grab something out of my purse and I discovered these!

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First of all, I am a SLAVE to the mellowcreme pumpkin. I both dread and love halloween because of those pumpkins. I will eat them until my teeth hurt and then I will eat more. I cannot help myself.

So, I had seen these in the store and purposefully avoided them.

Imagine my surprise when I found this container in my purse!

The first thing I thought was, “OMG, did I steal these?! I didn’t even TOUCH them!!!”

Maybe I had an out-of-body experience and stuffed a container in my purse?

Or…..maybe Thing 2 and her boyfriend (who came along with me) had bought a container and sneaked it in my purse when I wasn’t looking.

Ha! Got a pretty good laugh about that.

But, now I’m stuck with a full container of those silly pumpkins and they are just DEMANDING to be eaten.

My teeth will probably fall out.

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What?! Can’t remember the last time I saw gas for less than $3.00/gallon!!!

Talk to me: What did you do this weekend? What holiday food do you secretly love and count the days until you can eat it all up dread?

- jennifer