I burnt the granola a bit but I’m still eating it.

I’ve been thinking about making granola for about a month now. Before I lived with Aaron I would never have the stuff in my house because it’s addictive and I’d eat bowls and bowls of it instead of nutritious things or just other things in general. However, since we live together now, I’ve been buying Aaron granola because he likes to make parfaits in the morning. It’s kind of expensive to buy so I finally decided to try to make it myself.

I made muesli a few weeks ago and this is pretty much the same thing but coated in sugar and baked. mmm.

I found a recipe from Cooking Light magazine and just changed up a few of the ingredients. My adaptation is below. I would say cook for only a total of about 20 minutes because I left mine in for 25 and it tastes a little burnt.

That will not stop me from eating it though.


Power Granola!

Adapted from MyRecipes – original here

Yields 2 large mason jars + 1/4 cup


4 cups oats

2/3 cup chopped pecans

2/3 cup chopped slivered almonds

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2/3 cup orange juice

1/3 honey

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

3 teaspoons canola oil

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking spray

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 300°.

Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.

Combine orange juice, honey, maple syrup and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.

Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto 2 jelly-roll pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries and raisins. Cool completely.

Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


I love mason jars! (Our wedding centerpieces were in them!)


I also made a crustless quiche for dinner Monday night. It was yellow squash/onion/red bell pepper and goat cheese with 4 eggs and egg whites. I’ve made it twice now and pretty much made up the recipe as I went along. I think I’m going to write it down though and post it when I post about the brunch that we had this past weekend.

It’s THAT good. Or maybe it’s just the goat cheese. Aaron and I are loving goat cheese lately.


I also made a completely random soup last night (Wednesday) for dinner. It was supposed to be cabbage soup but I forgot the cabbage until it was pretty much done cooking so I just tossed a bit in until wilted at the very end. Basically, I just wanted to use our awesome new dutch oven.

It’s beautiful and red and weighs a million pounds.


The soup contained

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • a few carrots from my coworker’s son’s garden
  • an onion
  • can of kidney beans
  • diced tomatoes
  • vegetable broth
  • cabbage from the farmer’s market
  • GARLIC, salt and pepper

It was pretty delicious, served with leftover cornbread and quiche:



And since I had TONS of cabbage leftover, I made a mayonnaise-less cole slaw.

It contained:

  • cabbage
  • shredded carrot
  • apple cider vinegar
  • honey
  • salt & pepper
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • raisins


All together:


A whole lot of fiber in that meal…

Alright off to eat broccoli and yogurt with tons of granola for dinner then watch Glee!


Too much squash did me in.

Good Morning!

I didn’t get around to posting last night because I fell asleep at like 8:30! I was exhausted yesterday for some reason. I woke up naturally at 5 AM…with already over 8 hours of sleep.

These pictures are actually from Wednesday but I pretty much ate the exact same things Thursday so it doesn’t make much difference. Wow, the words definitely aren’t flowing this morning. I can’t seem to put sentences together yet…

Wednesday morning I went to the gym before work and did 3 miles at varying speeds on the treadmill.

1/2 cup oats for breakfast with PB, TJ’s High Fiber cereal and about a tablespoon of cinnamon under there. I hid it under the cereal because it’s kind of a ridiculous amount. I ate the apple around 11…

At lunch, I walked over to the Strip District which is about a mile walk and got a few things. I found another kabocha squash at the Asian grocer!!! Also, that peanut butter sucks. Not good at all. It was on sale though and we’re still in a pumpkin shortage I guess so I made due with butternut squash puree.

I also picked up a chobani and ate it with some butternut squash puree when I got back to the office:

I got home and roasted the squash! Soo excited. Those things are good. I ate way too much of it though and felt ridiculous full then decided to have cereal afterward…bad move. Oh well. I didn’t eat ALL of this but probably about half…. The original squash was a three pounder. Oh you eat the skin too. Fiiiiber.

Thursday morning I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the sort of elliptical/stepper thing then got to work and had oatmeal for breakfast, did an hour long yoga class at lunch that was ridiculously intense and I couldn’t do half of the poses then had a sandwich and MORE squash for lunch..

Okayyyy I have to go or else I’m going to miss the bus.



Ring #2 & Mancakes

Hello! The rest of the weekend looked something like THIS.

Aaron came over and made pancakes.

Serious business:


Not so serious:




Sick and wanted veggies for lunch:


Saturday evening, I went over to Aaron’s house and watched him assemble a futon while drinking green tea with a fan blowing on me so I didn’t start sweating. THE FEVER! I had to look presentable for dinner with the FUTURE IN-LAWS. WHAT? Diane & Jeff!

There are two articles of plaid and two instruments visible here:

For dinner, we drove A LOT into the Northern parts of PA and eventually made our way to the back woods of Mars, PA and then toward Grove City which is A DIFFERENT WORLD than Pittsburgh. We had dinner at the Iron Bridge Inn which was packed on a Saturday night but also quite enjoyable. The company may have been what made it most enjoyable. Also, Future Mother-in-Law got me/us a book about Real Food. She knows me already! Maybe she stumbled upon ye blog.

Anyway, I had a salad consisting of field greens, apples, cranberries, candied pecans and shrimp with raspberry vinaigrette. It was pretty delicious. Aaron wasn’t too fond of his entree but I bet he enjoyed the French onion soup. We’ll just assume because he didn’t actually say so. So that concludes Saturday night.

Onto Sunday. Church then my very last group then grocery shopping then pushing the limits and going for a run. My fever was gone! My body temperature was back down to 97ish and I was feeling pretty good .

I wore a hat & took a picture. Serious face:

4 miles! The weather was great. I ran 2 miles then stopped in Giant Eagle and had some water at the water fountain then ran another mile then walked a minute then ran the last mile. My legs felt kind of weird after not running for an entire week! Overall my body felt okay. I’ve definitely lost some endurance over the last two weeks or so but I’m not trying to keep up the ability to run 10 miles during the Winter. Not so possible in Pittsburgh unless I was more hardcore and also purchased things like Under Armour and managed to get over my whole, “if it’s below 50 degrees, I’m not running outside” thing.

So running isn’t going to be my main form of exercise going forward. I’ll talk more about my new plan soon.

Sooo the Garmin hasn’t made an appearance recently.

Sweaty and…scared or something.

MONDAY! Back to work after three days off + the weekend! I managed to get through most of my e-mails and urgent matters and then Aaron picked me up from work. We went straight to Leechburg (trip #3) to SIGN THE PAPERS! We went over the contract, discussed some wedding details and signed. We’re officially booked for June 26, 2010! Yayayayayay.

Also, I have a new ring. Pretty, huh???

I won’t go into details about why I’ve had two rings so far because it’s a LONG and personal story. All seems to be well now though.


Breakfast= pumpkin oats with peanut butter

Lunch=tuna on an Arnold’s Thin and a spinach salad then for dessert… pumpkin cake courtesy of Andy. Thanks Andy! It was delicious.

Stuck to the foil! The frosting was great though.

Afternoon snack was yogurt with an oats n’ honey bar and then….SPIN CLASS. It’s probably been a year since I’ve taken spinning. I’m going to be SORE tomorrow. It was great though. It was an hour long and I was DRIPPING sweat by the end. Awesome!

I got home, ate dinner, showered, then Aaron stopped over to say goodnight. He just left now so I’m getting to bed! 10:53 PM.


Optimism & Pink Tank Tops

It is Tuesday. I started writing this blog post about a half an hour ago and got completely sidetracked by looking at old pictures on the computer. I included a lovely one at the end of this post too…

First read about my boring meals!

Peanut butter oats with Kashi h2h + a pear for a morning snack. Pears are so good! Need to buy them more often. I think it’s currently pear season.


The morning went quickly at work then I went for a walk with a coworker to the Strip District. I changed into my sweet blue and pink pumas (with tights & work clothes) and we ventured out. We probably walked about 2 miles total. The weather was great outside today!

We got back into the office and I had lunch. BIG salad:

  • baby spinach (pretty much an entire bag)
  • 1/2 apple
  • craisins
  • broccoli slaw
  • almond slivers
  • blue cheese
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • honey
  • black pepper


I don’t really have anything exciting to report to you today. I walked home from the bus stop with a bus riding friend who I’ve known for over a year now probably. He was dressed casually and I commented and he said he was laid off Friday. 😦 He works for a non-profit and was laid off due to budget cuts. I feel very sad for him. He seemed to have a positive attitude about it though! We discussed that there must be a reason for this and maybe him being laid off was just what needed to happen to force him into a change that he might not have made otherwise. Anyway, I hope it all works out for him.

Little poem that I liked:

A crowd of troubles passed him by

As he with courage waited;

He said, “Where do you troubles fly

When you are thus belated?”

“We go,” they say, “to those who mope,

Who look on life dejected,

Who meekly say ‘good bye’ to hope,

We go where we’re expected.”

– Francis J. Allison

On a lighter note…

Gina & me circa 2004

Have a nice evening!

I sit in a cubicle so you don’t have to.

Good Evening All!

First of all, TWO blog posts in one day??! Who am I?


It’s Wednesday night. I woke up kind of tired this morning and had like three cups of coffee throughout the morning…. Plus oats with peanut butter and Barbara’s Multi-Grain cereal.


When did I start thinking it was cool to take pictures of myself sitting at my desk at 8 AM?


I had a couple of carrots in the morning for a snack:

No I did not eat lunch from a styrofoam plate. Oh my. I’m sorry environment.

I had steamed spinach with broccoli slaw and a leftover piece of pizza for lunch today. I actually had the EXACT same thing yesterday. That’s all of the leftover pizza. I’m pretty sure it was even better cold and a couple days old. Really.


After work yesterday, I decided it would be a good idea to go for a run. Um well I shouldn’t have because I caused my brush burn to start bleeding again and now it’s not looking so hot. I just wanted to go for a run so much because today… it’s like 42 degrees and raining. My running outdoor days are getting quite limited. Thumbs down to Pittsburgh weather.

So the Garmin wouldn’t pick up and keep a satellite signal so I have no distance stat and the pace is WAY incorrect. I ran a total of 45 minutes so I’m going to estimate it was about 4.5 miles. It was a great run! I took it easy and my legs felt fine. I guess two days of rest was enough for my muscles…not enough for my brush burned skin though.


I got home and made an egg wrap and roasted kale with pasta sauce on top. There was also mustard, spinach and broccoli slaw in the wrap.


That wrap is an Ezekiel Sprouted Grain wrap. As I was roasting my kale, I was reading the back of the wrap package. It said this:

We discovered when six grains and legumes are sprouted and combined, an amazing thing happens: a complete protein is created that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs. There are 18 amino acids present in Ezekiel 4:9® Organic Sprouted Whole Grain bread.

Then I broke out my Bible, turned to Ezekiel 4:9 and it says this:

“Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it.” — Ezekial 4:9

Interesting, EH?

Spring rolls are not egg rolls.

It’s Thursday! I’m loving working about a block from my apartment. I’m home for lunch right now!

Sooo last night, after work, I got home, did some laundry and then Aaron came over for dinner around 7ish. We made spring rolls and peanut rice! The spring rolls had marinated baked tofu, shredded carrot, broccoli slaw (pre-made from TJ’s), red bell pepper and basil or cilantro. Aaron assembled some too. Please notice the one in the top right hand corner of the plate that is falling apart. Haha.

The rice was just long grain white rice to which I added peanut sauce and then roasted and unsalted peanuts. I also mixed together a dipping sauce of sweet chili sauce, low sodium soy sauce, canola oil and rice wine vinegar. It was pretty good. We put some on the rice too.

The table:


Spring roll close up:


My plate plus I had another serving of rice:


After dinner, we just hung out and chatted a whole bunch. I think I got to bed around midnight.

This morning I woke up around 7 had some coffee and then made peanut butter out of the leftover peanuts:

I ate a bunch with half a banana then set off on a run. It was another bad run. I’m not sure what the problem is. Maybe the humidity? I’m not sure but it was definitely hard. I was planning on doing 5 miles and just gave up. I was covered in sweat. I ran in Oakland again today. I kind of like going that way. I was also curious to see if anything was going on in Oakland with the G20. Nothing as of 8 AM this morning. I’m told there are TIbetan Monks doing a peace walk today in Lawrenceville. I’ll report back if I see any monks.



So I got back from the run, showered and got ready and then headed over to my temporary office in Bloomfield for work. It’s pretty slow because half of the city seems to be off for the G20.
I walked home from work for lunch (!) which is the most amazing thing ever…and then made a salad sort of thing.
  • 2 leftover spring rolls
  • broccoli slaw
  • leftover tofu
  • carrot
  • leftover rice
  • plus egg whites
  • plus grated mozzarella cheese

It was GREAT and really filling!


It doesn’t look like a lot but that’s a pretty big bowl.


So I left the office at 12:10, got back here, made lunch, ate lunch, uploaded photos and completed blogging and I still have 20 minutes left!! This is amazing. Seriously.

Alright I’m off to relax for a few minutes before heading back down the street.

Have a nice day!

Pittsburgh welcomes the G20…with boarded windows, barricades and an abandoned city.

Hey look! Bowie in a moment of niceness!


Really he’s evil.

So Monday. Hey. First day of work for the week. I have the weirdest feeling about this week. I feel like it’s a short one when really, I have to work all 5 days. I get to change it up Wednesday, Thursday and Friday though because of the G20. I’ll be at a class Wednesday morning then working in Bloomfield the rest of the week! So excited.

So breakfast this morning was oats with peanut butter and TJ’s Twigs + frozen mango (blue container) for my morning snack + not enough water throughout the day.


I’m listening to an Alicia Key’s song right now called Superwoman and it’s empowering me. Just saying.

LUNCH! Egg sandwich with spinach and sriracha (bottle #2 is almost gone) & spinach salad with baby bell peppers.


Hey G20 Pittsburgh welcomes you.. with boarded windows.


I used to work in that building.

Sooo I got home from work, bailed on my run with Andy and got this in the mail. Granola sample! I’m not sure why I got it. Anyone else get this?? Poison?? No. Maybe.


That’s about it for today. I didn’t post dinner but it involved more kale than most people eat in a year.

Even when I’m a mess, I still put on a vest with an S on my chest. Oh yes, I’m a superwoman.

Really Alicia Keys?? lol