Thursday, July 24, 2014

Morning Circuit

There's a new me in town, a new me who wakes up early and works out!! Between my work schedule and wanting to spend time with my family after work it finally hit me that I'd have to wake up early. And guess what?! I don't hate it. Waking up earlier to go to work is one thing, but to go run, I'm not minding it at all. I don't have my run looming over my head all day and I'm not worried it's going to be too hot.


This morning's workout consisted of a little circuit. Not much to it but no brain function needed for early in the morning. Conveniently my road (little dirt road - I am in Vermont remember?) is 0.1 miles down and back. Down below is what I did 3 times for a trial run. I'm sure I will add more exercises as well for variety this was just a starting point.

What time of day do you like to work out?

Have you ever tried early morning?


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Saturdays

Summer Saturdays in Vermont usually go a bit like this for our family: I go for a run when we wake up, breakfast somewhere, a trip downtown for the farmers market & other random errands. Today was no exception, I started off with a 4 mile run before it go too hot out. I'm terrible at running in the heat, so the earlier the better for me. I was rewarded with this lovely sight halfway through my run.
I wanted to keep going but we had business to take care of and I am definitely needing some new shoes. I have been running with Brooks Adrenalines since I got fitted for running shoes but I am thinking of switching it this time. Not sure what I'm going to look at yet, I'll see what is recommended.
After my run we had our Saturday morning breakfast, today was an egg sandwich from a little restaurant in town. Their secret (that's not so secret because it's on the menu) is maple syrup on it. Really brings out all the flavors in the sandwich.
Then it was onto all of our fun stuff until a little two year old of mine decided to throw a tantrum at the farmers market. She was overtired and perked up once she saw our friend and her new baby. Thankfully that got M out of her funk (for the most part).
She carried the basket of goodies while we walked around for awhile. It's so impressive to see how big this farmers market has gotten. When we first moved up here 5(!!!!!) years ago it was about 7 booths. Now there are at least 30 on any given weekend selling all sorts of goodies! Here's our haul:
On our dinner menu tonight is pesto & mozzarella paninis with cucumbers and raspberries on the side. Last week when we had the pesto M wouldn't let me wipe her off with a towel after dinner, she licked the pesto off her arms.. It's that good!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Favorites #1

Hey blog world - it's been a long time, but I'm here to kick off my return with some of my favorite things!

Mason jar lids

themasonbarcompany these lids from the mason bar company are awesome. I can drink my iced coffee without worrying about any of my outdoor friends getting in and my iced coffee spilling!

These sunglasses from sunskis - the lenses on these are amazing, I don't squint at all wearing them and the polarized lenses really brighten everything up. A dark thunderstorm doesn't look so bad with these sunnies!

This milk from Kimball Brook Farm in Vermont. We normally buy Stonyfield whole milk, but you can tell the milk from Kimball Brook Farm is from happy cows. It is so fresh and creamy you might mistake it for half & half!




Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thai Peanut Chicken Salad

I found two recipes on Pinterest the other day that I wanted to combine to make my mason jar salads for the week! One had the chicken marinade I wanted and the other had the sauce and dressing recipe I wanted.

To start, I marinaded 1.25 lbs of thin sliced chicken breast in extra virgin olive oil, rice vinegar, sugar, lime juice, garlic and cilantro for 5 hours.

While the chicken was doing its thing, I made the peanut dressing. Since I was putting this into mason jars and not eating it right away, I didn't want my lettuce getting all soggy so I combined recipes for the dressing and sauce.

I whisked together 1/4cup freshly ground peanut butter from my local health food store, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce and 2 tbsp soy sauce. I wanted my dressing a little tart, if you would like it sweeter, add a little honey.

Once the chicken was done marinating I cooked it on a grill pan, it only took a few minutes on each side. After allowing it to cool I chopped it into bite size chunks.

Then I layered my mason jars, sauce on bottom, chicken, carrots and cabbage. Now when I go to eat all I have to do is dump out my jar onto my lettuce! No lunch prep for the rest of the week!