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I am finally getting around to write a post!  This week has been very, very busy.  I can’t believe it is already Sunday.  There is no time for anything !

Friday night was a lot of fun.  After teaching first grade, I picked up Christina at the train station.  I invited my parents over for dinner so Christina and I went to DiBruno Bros. to pick up some ingredients.  We bought some awesome cheese, my favorite being one called Primadonna.  We served this with grapes, crackers, red & white wine and some multi-grain bread.



For dinner, I made Filet Mignon, steamed Brussel Sprouts, and Sweet Potato gnocchi in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce.


haha the meat looks so tiny.  This was an awesome meal.



Lots more gnocchi was eaten!  DiBruno Bros. makes homemade sweet potato gnocchi, so that is what I used.  I made my own sauce for this…which was real easy!


I was SO stuffed after this meal.  SO filling but so good!

I was so happy that my parents came over.  We had a great time.  They even brought my dog, Andie!

Saturday morning was a big day for Christina and I…and the reason she came home for the night!  We had our 20 mile run.  Saturday was the peak of our training and we taper from here on out!  I was pretty nervous about this run.  My runs had not been so stellar since I had been real sick about a week ago.  My 19 miler while I was sick wasn’t really a run to remember either.  But towards the end of this week, I began to feel much better & I have been coughing much less.  During the run, it pretty much rained the entire time.  It wasn’t a hard rain though, so it wasn’t too bad–actually pretty refreshing.  The temperature was pretty warm too.  Our 20 miler was awesome.  I really had so much fun running.  During the last mile of my run, the song 99 Red Balloons came on my ipod.  I don’t know what it was but this song just pumped me up and I felt really good!  I think I actually sang out loud when no one was around.  We did it and we both had great runs.  Not quite positive, but I believe our average pace was around an 8:15.

After grabbing snacks and candy (It was HALLOWEEN!), showering, and all of that, we went out to a restaurant down the street called Parc. I had never been there before, but I walk by it everyday on my way home from school.  I always eye up the delicious looking bread basket as I walk by…


It was DELICIOUS!  I especially loved the Raisin Walnut Bread.

We shared the Yogurt Parfait….


Really good fruit, yogurt, and granola.

We both ordered the Oatmeal Brulee


One word…DELICIOUS.  I tried to eat this slow to savour the deliciousness.  I didn’t want the bowl to end.  The top was crispy & caramelized just like creme brulee.  The raisins were so plump!  We said how it reminded us of our Mom-Mom’s Rice Pudding.  I DEFINITELY need to attempt to recreate this.  I have some ideas of how to in my mind already.

Last night, I met up with Todd and Kevan to watch the Phillies game at a bar down the street from Todd’s house.  Unfortunately, the Phillies lost.  They play again tonight, so we shall see what happens.  I did order a great meal there though….Grilled Apple Cider Pork Loin, with Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Mash, & Green Beans.  Sorry I didn’t take a picture!

I have a busy day of paper writing.  I have a pretty big paper due tomorrow and I haven’t started…oops!

I think I am on candy overload…I just keep going back to the candy bowl!  It’s a good way to distract me from doing work.

Back to eating candy and writing papers! Adios.

p.s. my legs are killin’ me today!


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I had such a great weekend.  Last night Todd and his roommates had an Oktoberfest party.  There were tons of people there and it was a good time!  I got to see a lot of great people who I haven’t seen in a while.

This morning, Todd & I slept late and then got some brunch at The Devil’s Den, right down the street from his house.  This was my first time there and I loved it.  I forgot my camera so there are no pictures, but I can assure you it was delicious.  I ordered a Yogurt, Granola/toasted nut, fruit parfait.  It was topped with some type of cream too.  I really liked this and the granola blend was awesome.  It came with homefries & a big blueberry scone.  Real good!

The rest of the day was spent running errands with Todd.  He is going to Baltimore for a couple of days for work so he had some things to do.  I did manage to spend some time reading, but not nearly enough.  That means I’ll be playing catch up this week.  Today during our adventures, I did make one AWESOME purchase.  I’ll tell you about it at the end of the post!

Todd came over for dinner tonight and he actually KIND OF helped prepare dinner.  haha.  We made Broiled Wild Alaskan King Salmon, Broccoli & Brussel Sprouts, & a Salad (Baby Spinach & Arugula mix, strawberries, raspberries, candied walnuts & pecans, balsamic/olive oil/salt/pepper) I just realized right now we forgot to put the feta cheese on the salad!  hahaha oh well.  It was still great.



My plate. Plus more salad.

I really, really enjoyed this dinner.  It has been a long time since I’ve had salmon and I loved it.  I love simple yet delicious dinners like this!

After dinner, I enjoyed a Pumpkin Spice Biscotti that I bought from the place we had brunch in Baltimore with my sister.


So good!  I’d like to make some biscotti again.  I made some pretty great ones last Christmas.  I really liked the flavor of the pumpkin and spice though.  Maybe I will attempt to make some when I find some free time!

Now…on to the newest excitement in my life…


Yes, I bought a juicer!  I just stuck all of the parts in the dishwasher so it’ll be all ready to use tomorrow morning.  I am so excited to begin juicing!  haha.  I went to the food store to stock up on some fruits and veggies to make some delicious (hopefully) juice!! wooo hoooo.  I’m a dork!

I’m going to watch some of the Phillies game, read, and hit the sack!  No teaching tomorrow thanks to Columbus Day.

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Today was a busy day.  I spent my day in First Grade then went straight to class and got home around 8.  I prepped some dinner and did work while it was cooking.  Dinner was Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary, Marjoram, Sage, & Thyme, Brussel Sprouts, & a Sweet Potato.


This was so good!  Simple, fresh, and delicious!

Sorry this is going to be a quick post but I have an unbelievable amount of work.  It just stinks because I have no time to get it done.  By the time I get home, I eat, do some work and then I need to sleep.  Then I’m gone for the day again.  There needs to be more hours in the day.

Well I have to go do work & fold laundry.

Tomorrow Todd comes back from a Food Show in California (He works for a Mushroom Company).  He said he got me all kinds of goodies, like an avocado slicer, dried blueberries, and other cool things.  Very excited to see them!  We are also going out to dinner tomorrow night at Pizzeria Stella.  It’s a new Stephen Starr restaurant in the city–they have cool pizzas, appetizers, wine, etc.  Very excited to try it out!

I will leave you with a funny story from first grade.

Today in first grade, my cooperating teacher was telling all of the kids not to stick their fingers in any holes on their faces because it’s germy.  One of the boys who always picks his nose, raised his hand and seriously asked, “Well, how am I supposed to pick my boogers?”  hahahaha cracked me up.

Have a good night.

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