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November’s End

Hi. How was your last day of November? Are you as excited for December as I am?

I had a casual, uneventful day. I got to school a little before noon, anticipating another dreadful microbiology lecture, to find a note on the door: “class cancelled”. It’s ridiculous the little amount of actual class time I’ve had this semester. So, a Plan B was in order…I enjoyed my AB&J sandwich a little earlier than planned and headed to the g.y.m. I may have popped a few dark chocolate covered espresso beans in the locker room for a burst of energy : )

(whole wheat bread, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, apricot jam)

Monday’s movement:

  • 30 minutes strength conditioning & stretching
  • 30 minutes treadmill (15 walk/15 run)
  • 30 minutes stationary bike + 30 Minute Meals

I had even more time to waste before my next class at 4:00pm, so I moseyed on over to Starbucks and had a double take of yesterday (iced decaf 2% latte).

After class, I had no choice but to go grocery shopping (unless I wanted a granola bar for dinner). I’m not sure why, but TJ’s shelves were empty. They were out of several things that were on my list. I think I’ll survive without Raisin Bran.

I felt my day was a bit carb-heavy, so I made a salad for dinner to try to balance out my eats:

(baby lettuces, avocado, red onion, pumpkin seeds & chevre + olive oil & balsamic

…and a beautiful pumpkin persimmon)

I found this treat at TJ’s. It had my name on it: “The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar“.

Ok…I love dark chocolate, but 85%…that’s a little too much cocoa. I think 75% is my max. I have no doubt that this bar will be gone in a couple days though : )

Happy December Eve!

~ Hillary

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November 30, 2009 at 8:10 PM 6 comments

Almond Joy

It’s hard to believe I actually have to go to class today. It feels like I haven’t been in ages. What classes am I taking? Ha…just kidding!

I slept like a rock last night, but I still did not want to get out from under my cozy covers this morning. So…I stayed in bed and pondered about breakfast possibilities. I am in desperate need of a trip to the grocery store, so it was slim pickings.

Oats to the rescue:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 4 dried apricots
  • chopped raw almonds
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of light vanilla soy milk

I am actually looking forward to going to the gym today – a break in my routine was much needed! I’ll let ya know how it goes…

Happy Last Day of November!

~ Hillary

November 30, 2009 at 9:09 AM 6 comments

Back to the books…

I am ashamed that I did not perform to the best of my ability at all as a food blogger today (a.k.a. the camera wasn’t used). I was planning on going for another run with the gals this morning before hitting the road, but it was a lot easier to keep pushing the snooze button.

My dad offered to make potato pancakes for breakfast, but I turned down his nice gesture for another bowl of bran.

Nothing new: 1 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup oat bran, 1/2 banana, pecans, brown sugar & cinnamon

I’ll have to learn how to become a better traveling foodie, but I didn’t think my snacks were photo worthy anyway. If you’re still interested, today’s random eats consisted of:

  • oat bran (above)
  • apple (from our tree) & cheddar
  • Toasted Nuts ‘n Cranberry Luna Bar & 2 satsumas
  • Starbucks iced 2% latte & 6 dark chocolate covered espresso beans
  • 1/2 can Walnut Acres Organic Maple & Onion Baked Beans & 2 tofu dogs
  • Candy Cane Lane Green Tea & 2 Dove peppermint bark dark chocolates

After packing, driving 4 hours, and then unpacking…I’m pretty pooped. Organizing (physically and mentally) for the next couple of weeks, and then I plan to crawl into my feather bed A.S.A.P!

Good night all,

~ Hillary

November 29, 2009 at 9:01 PM Leave a comment

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Please pardon my late post. I was just having too much fun decorating for the holidays. I had Pandora blasting the Christmas tunes and a cup of hot Candy Cane Lane tea in hand. I worked up a sweat climbing up and down the stairs into the attic bringing down the precious boxes that had collected dust since last year. Decorating for Christmas has been a beloved activity of mine since I was a little girl. I can remember staying up into the late hours of the night with my mom putting each ornament in exactly the right place on our freshly cut Silver Tip tree. We usually sipped egg nog and had Daffy and Donald Duck singing Christmas songs – I think that’s still my favorite Christmas CD to this day : )

I’m glad I (finally) got around to warming up the house with a few festive decorations. I am excited for my dad to cut down our tree next weekend with the rest of the fam. It really isn’t Christmas without the refreshing scent of pine from a twinkling tree.

Anyway, to the eats…

Lunch was Thanksgiving leftovers: round 2.

(roasted winter squash, beets, red bell pepper, garlic, parmesan, parsley)

After folding laundry, a coffee visit with a girlfriend, and an errand with my mom, I made dinner for the ‘rents:

Taco Salads:

  • romaine & butter lettuces
  • organic black beans
  • cheddar cheese
  • avocado
  • tomato
  • red onion
  • chipotle-lime (low-fat) ranch
  • salsa
  • flax seed tortilla chips

It’s been a truly wonderful week at home. I’m anxious for the next couple weeks of final papers and exams to fly by, so I can continue to enjoy “the most wonderful time of the year”.

Warm wishes to you and yours,

~ Hillary

November 28, 2009 at 10:48 PM 6 comments

Eat. Live. Run.

Mornin’ to ya!

Today began with a frosty 75-minute r.u.n. with the lovely ladies. I’ve really enjoyed the longer runs this week around my quaint town. I’ll miss my running crew when I head back to school tomorrow : (

I was a bit stumped about what I wanted to whip up for breakfast this morning. I wasn’t about to have another bowl of bran, but I wasn’t in the mood for something heavy either. (I think I’ve indulged enough this week!) Then I remembered Kath’s easy recipe for an oatmeal pancake.

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • cinnamon

topped with: other half of banana, pecans & real maple syrup

I’ll just say that I will definitely be making this again (maybe with quick oats next time). Without flour and just egg whites, it is super light (unlike your typical “cakey” pancake).

Going to go make the most out my last day at home. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

~ Hillary

November 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM 2 comments

Candy Cane Lane

Now that Thanksgiving is over and fall is quickly turning into winter, the Christmas reins are untied and I’ve turned up the holiday spirit knob to 100%! I ripped off the plastic wrapping of my box of Candy Cane Lane Green Tea first thing this morning, and toasted up a piece of Harvest Bread – mmm…mmm, good!

Celestial Seasonings is going green: “Our unique pillow-style tea bag is the result of our commitment to doing what’s best for the environment. Because these natural fiber tea bags don’t need strings, tags, staples or individual wrappers, we’re able to save more than 3.5 million pounds of waste from entering landfills every year!”

I enjoyed a relaxing morning (no, I did not get up at 4:00am for any remarkable sale shopping) – rising late, taking a break from exercise, and sipping tea with the rain tapping on my window.

Later in the afternoon, my mom and I fought the blustery wind outside and joined the shopping madness at Target. We weaseled in and out of the Christmas isles, finding a few final touches to add to our homemade crafts. I got a Tazo Joy Tea at Starbucks, and then we headed over to our friend’s house for a little post-Thanksgiving catch-up.

Like almost everyone else in the United States, leftovers were on the menu for dinner tonight. My dad turned his creamy garlic parmesan mashed potatoes into crispy potato pancakes. I topped mine with a bit of sour cream and chives. There was color in the form of one of my dad’s classic salads, of course : )

What really made my day was receiving our first holiday card in the mail (someone’s on top of it!). I anxiously await for the mail every day during the month of December, as I love nothing more than seeing red and green envelopes peaking out between the stacks of catalogs in our mailbox.

To the start of another beautiful holiday season,

~ Hillary

November 27, 2009 at 8:15 PM 1 comment

ThankFULL

T’was another day full of many things to be thankful for…

I ended up spending the majority of the afternoon baking in the kitchen with my mom. Between the two of us, we made three pies and two tarts – that’s a lot of flour & sugar. I did not get around to climbing into the attic to unveil the boxes of Christmas decorations, but since my travel plans have changed, I’ll be able to conquer that task activity this weekend.

Back to the baking. Check out my mother’s lovely pies (she’s done this once or twice):

2 Apple

1 Pumpkin

Our usual Thanksgiving group was thinned out this year (just 10 of us), but there was still enough food to feed an army.

I enjoyed a glass of homemade apple juice (really, everything is homemade in this family) as a pre-dinner “spirit”:

It’s tradition to have a green salad as a starter. This year was no different:

(mixed greens, satsuma, red onion, walnuts & simple vinaigrette)

Can’t forget about the homemade rolls. I managed to contain myself to just one this year:

Satsuma place “cards” are another commonality in our family:

My plate…yep, just one : )

  • Turkey
  • Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Roasted Winter Squash, Beets & Garlic
  • Broccoli with Parmesan
  • Cranberry Sauce

I couldn’t get enough of my aunt’s amazing veggies!

I often forget what I have to be thankful for, taking too much for granted. Today I was reminded about the things I am thankful for:

my mother, my father, my brother, family, supportive friends, running, clean air, education, my health and the health of my family, delicious food, a warm house, coffee, old pictures, sunshine, mornings, rain, hugs & laughter…

Hope you all were able to share the day with those you love.

Many Thanks,

~ Hillary

November 27, 2009 at 1:38 AM 7 comments

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