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Well my weekend was filled with fun…particularly today!

Saturday morning, I woke up and went for a run on the treadmill since it was raining outside and I am sick.  I wanted to run between 5-8 miles; however, it was pretty tough for me to run 5 miles.  So obviously, I stopped there.  These were some slowwww miles.  But at least I got myself moving again after being sick this week.  I came back to some delicious breakfast.


Oats with milk, raisins, dates, bananas, cinnamon, and honey.  So delicious.

I spent the rest of the day reading.  It was so hard to read though because I kept getting headaches.  Boo to being sick.

Later in the night, Todd called me up and we decided to get dinner at a small Italian restaurant in the city called Porcini’s.  I had been there before, but it has been a few years.

Todd & I polished off a couple of baskets of bread, per usual.  I started off with a grilled squid and octopus dish in a lemon vinaigrette.


Was okay.  I thought there was way too much dressing on this.  I would have preferred just fresh lemon juice.

For my entree, I really wanted their homemade Spinach Tagliatelle with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat, but I had both nights prior to Saturday night, so I decided that I should probably switch it up.  Instead, I went with the Balsamic Chicken.


I thought that this was okay too.  Nothing to write home about.  The potatoes were actually really, really good.  Too bad there were only a few!

Todd & I shared Tiramisu for dessert…one of my favorites.  This was pretty good!  I loveeeee Tiramisu.

SUNDAY was the best day of my weekend.  I woke up and went out for my long run.  I was thinking that I’d be happy if I completed 8 miles considering the way I’ve been feeling…although I really wanted to run more like 12-13.  On my way out the door, Todd told me to just do my best and go for it even if I have to walk it.  Well he might not even remember saying that because he was half asleep, but it really helped me and encouraged me to go out with a bang.  I ended up running 12 miles.  Although they were not the fastest miles ever, I ran them.  It was also SO BEAUTIFUL outside.  A perfect fall day.  I’m praying that I recover this week for the big TWENTY next weekend!!!!  Can you believe it??? Then it’s already Taper Time.  This is Crazy.

Todd took me out to brunch this morning at a place that he passes on his way to work.  A friend of his recommended Todd to take me there.  It was called Terrain at Styer’s.  Their menu constantly changes so the menu on the website is different than what they had when we went.  This place was so neat.  It was a big place with lots of different plants, flowers, pumpkins, fruits, books, cookbooks, soaps, candles, EVERYTHING.  Really cool place.

The atmosphere of the restaurant was pretty cool too.  The ground was dirt and it was located in a neat little Greenhouse.




Hi Todd…


The brunch menu was pretty small and had only 4 items.  However, the lunch menu contained many more items.  I was in the mood for breakfast though & so was Todd.

I started off with a glass of Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice and Todd ordered a Pumpkin Spice Latte (or something along those lines).


I love fresh squeeze o.j.!  I also ordered a cup of Green Tea.


For my meal, I ordered the Oatmeal with Pears & Maple Syrup.


I thought that this was really good.  Although it did not taste like typical oatmeal, nor was it the consistency of regular oats.  I’m thinking there were some egg in there or something?  It was rather custardy I think.  There was also a TON of maple syrup.  I loved the maple syrup in there but I think there may have been just a little too much.

Todd ordered the Pumpkin French Toast.


Todd’s was SO GOOD!  I think I may have liked it more than mine.  It was made with Callah Bread.  It was so light and fluffy and pumpkiny.  Really, really incredible.

We obviously hated our meals…



I loved this little place and definitely want to go back soon.

The area we were in was very nice as well.  Todd decided to show me where he works since I had never been there.  For those of you who don’t know, Todd works for a Mushroom Company called To-Jo Mushrooms.  He has lots of responsibilities but is mainly works in Marketing and Sales.  He loves his job and I can see why.

Todd showed me his office…


The test kitchen…( I would have a ball in here)….



We walked through the Mushrooom Factory (I guess that’s what it’s called) too!




There were SO MANY mushrooms!  They looked really good too.

It was freezing in there and I had to wear a hair net.  haha.  I was surprised about how big the place was.  I was also surprised to see so much work being done on a Sunday.

Here are some To-Jo Trucks!


hahaha I loved going for a little tour.

After that adventure, we went Apple Picking.  I guess we waited too long or something because I was very unsuccessful….


Todd tried really hard, so he was a little more successful…


We both ended up filling up our bags with Apples from the bin that they had provided.  I guess they realized that they would not have many happy customers since their trees were way overpicked.  What a bummer.


It was still fun to spend some time outside though.  And we got to go on a little ride on a tractor.  We also saw goats!


My favorite goat… hahah…


We ended our fun-filled Sunday at the Flyers game.  They lost.  They played horrible.  But we still had fun!  This was my first game of the season so I really enjoyed being there.  We shared a big order of Chickie’s and Pete’s French Fries.  These are the best!  They load them with Old Bay Seasoning and have cheese to dip them in.  Love them.  I also got a soft pretzel.  Love them too.

My cold is still bothering me a lot.  It’s really giving me a headache.  I need to get better!!

I have a VERY long week ahead.  I will be working everyday all-day in the classroom and then I will have class every night until late.  That and a LOT of homework to be done.  I can get through it!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!


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Alright, well there was really no time for updates this weekend because my sister came to visit me.  I know she updated her blog, but I’m just not that good.  haha.

The four words of my post title sum up my run on Saturday morning.  I was able to run with my sister again since she was home for the weekend.  My training schedule called was a cut back week and called for 11 miles; however, Tina’s called for 10 miles.  So we decided on a nice 10 miler.  Before the run, I split a Cinnamon Roll Larabar with my sister.  It was great weather & I was so happy to be running with Tina again.  However, as I set off on my run, my Garmin decided to go through the same issues again and did not start right away.  Maybe I should inquire about that!  Then I was having ipod issues.  I finally got that to start.  But towards the end of the run it kept turning on and off and eventually died.  Not only was the power on my electronics poor, so was my power.  I just never got in to this run.  It was okay…just not an unbelievable run.  We ended up pacing a 7:59, which I’m satisfied with.  My foot also caused some issues…I decided to run through it because the pain was not nearly as severe as it had been.  Hopefully I can figure out those issues with my foot.  Haha this was actually a quite interesting run today, and I was thankful that there was a port-a-potty on our route.

Afterwards, we walked to a nearby fruit/veggie market to pick up some spinach & green & black grapes.  On our walk back we pretty much had demolished most of the grapes we bought.  We then came back to the apartment and made ourselves some Green Monsters.

We ended up walking around and doing a little shopping.  We stopped to snack on some Philly Soft Pretzels.


That is me.  Thanks for the picture Ti…haha.

Afterwards, we went with Todd to visit my Grandmom.

Saturday night I went out to eat with my family & Todd to an Italian restaurant, Maggiano’s.  It was okay, nothing stellar.  But it was a great time.  We ordered a bunch of appetizers.  I really liked the Caprese Salad…Mozzarella Cheese, Tomatoes, Basil, with a Balsamic drizzle.  I also ate loads of delicious bread with olive oil.  For my entree, I ordered Whole Wheat Penne Pasta with Broccoli and Spinach.


This was pretty good but I wish that there were more veggies in there.

Sunday morning, my sister and I met my Mom for breakfast at a diner.  The diner is actually called Ponzio’s Diner (Ponzio is our last name).  It’s an awesome diner, but unfortunately, we don’t own it.  haha.  I ordered a bowl of Oatmeal with sliced bananas and raisins.  I also had some whole wheat toast a not so great fruit salad.


After breakfast, I went food shopping with my sister to get some food for the week.  I was telling Tina about the size of the Honey Crisp apples that I have been eating.  She was in shock when she actually saw how big they were.


haha, I wish you could see how big they actually are.  I love them.  Best Apples Ever.

We then came home and watched the Eagles lose before I had to take Tina to the train station to go back to Loyola.  I’m so glad that she came home for the weekend.  I just wish she lived in Philly with me tooooooo.  I need to plan a time to go visit her in Baltimore.

After I dropped her off, I decided to head home to my parents house since my other sister was on-call at the hospital and I would have been all alone.  I also needed a printer because I was working on my first paper for the semester.  So I went home and worked for a while on that.  I took a break to get dinner, ice cream, & watch the Season Premier of Curb Your Enthusiasm.  I love that show.  The only part I don’t like about it is that it is only a half an hour long.  I want more curb!  But it was good and I’m excited for the rest of the episodes.

This morning I woke up and came back to Philly.  On the way back, I stopped for a smoothie.  I ordered my favorite one, The Chilly Palmer.


I have also been snacking on loads of grapes that I picked up this morning at the farmer’s market & some cereal.

I also am officially finished editing my paper.  I just need to print out the final copy.  I think that it’s pretty decent, so let’s hope!

Today I went to Bikram Yoga. I haven’t been in about a week so it was fantastic.  I love yoga, but do you ever find that some people who practice yoga are a bit odd?  Today there was a women next to me with dark, hairy legs and arm pits.  I bet you can picture exactly what this lady looks like too.  So I was pretty grossed out by that. haha.

Tonight I had class and it went great.  I really enjoyed this class because we did a lot of small group discussions and it was sort of interesting.  I also handed in my first paper tonight, so I hope I do well on it.

I came home from class and decided to use some leftovers from the other night.  When we went out to eat, we ordered about 3-4 appetizers of the Caprese Salad.  I guess there was a lack of communication, but anyway I got to take home the leftovers.  Tonight I made Chicken topped with Tomato, Mozzarella, & Basil over Sauteed Spinach and Garlic.


As I was eating it I thought that it was really similar to a Chicken Florentine type of dish.  It was really good.  I used almost a whole bag of spinach for this too.

Half way through eating I remembered that I had a frozen Raisin & Walnut roll from DiBruno Bros. So I pulled that out and enjoyed that as well…


It was so good!  The raisins were HUGE !

I also want to share with everyone that I made a video of my apartment so you guys can see where I live!  I will include it on one of my upcoming posts, so stay tuned!

Oh yea, today I received my Kashi sample in the mail!  Thanks, AGAIN, for the picture Tina…you are saving me a lot of time here! hahaha…


Have a good night!!!

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Slept like a baby.

So I never updated after breakfast yesterday, sorrrry but I was pretty busy.  I will begin with dinner last night.


Good dinner.  I love plain & simple dinners.  I had a great piece of corn on the cob, an awesome Garnet Baked Yam, and a juicy piece of baked chicken seasoned with Montreal Chicken Seasoning.  Deeeelicious.

Oh yeah, my bed was delivered yesterday.  Last nights sleep was AMAZING.  I slept like a little baby.  So comfortable.

This morning I woke up and had half of a Honey Crisp apple that’s the size of a grapefruit & some Kashi Autumn Wheat cereal before my 7 mile run.  I then decided to do my run on the treadmill.  I don’t know why, but sometimes I don’t mind running on the treadmill.  So I did my run as I watched Regis & Kelly!  Some guy was on the show breaking a world record for the time spent completely (except for his head) immersed in ice.  Crazy stuff…I would go crazy in less than a minute.  He lasted for a while…an hour an forty minutes or something?  Anyway, back to my run…it felt great & I really enjoyed it!

I came back and showered before sitting down to my bowl of Banana-Date Overnight Oats.


So yummy!  I love this combination…so much.


I’m about to go make a cup of Green Tea and eat the remainder of that apple from this morning.  I don’t have class until 4:30, but I plan to go to campus early this afternoon to get some work done beforehand.  See ya tonight!

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Hey everyone!  I hope everyone had a good Monday and good first day back at school for all of you students who started back up today!  The weather here was so strange, it felt like a cool Fall day.  It was very nice & would have been a great day to run, but today was my rest day!  Maybe the temperature will be similar tomorrow.

Well yesterday I ended up meeting my sister, Danielle, to see (500) Days of Summer.  Yes, this is my second time seeing it!  I really love this movie and it has awesome songs throughout it.  Before I met her I heated up some of my leftover Vegetarian Black Bean Chili with Bulgur.


mmm…mmm. Just as good as the night before.  I topped it with slices of Avocado & a sprinkling of Kosher Salt.  Of course, I had a Whole Foods Seeduction Roll on the side.  Can’t beat it!  Some of you asked where to find these in Whole Foods.  It’s right in the bakery with all of the breads!  They make both Seeduction Loaves and Rolls.

After the movie, I hung out with my parents and made an ice cream sundae.


Edy’s Slow Churned Peanut Butter Cup is so good!!!  Especially when it’s topped with a sliced banana!  It was so good that I went back for seconds.


I then watched part of 7 Pounds with my Dad.  It was late & we both ended up falling asleep…typical.  I heard it was a good movie but I thought it was really weird.  I don’t know…we were both really confused about what was happening for a long time.  I guess it just might be a slow moving movie?  Anyone see it?

This morning I made myself a bowl of Hot Oatmeal.


This bowl contained oats, H20, Skim Milk, Banana, Blueberries, Strawberries, Cinnamon, & Honey.  I also finished off the rest of my watermelon.

All mixed together.

All mixed together.

I spent the majority of the day helping out at my Dad’s office doing filing.  It is BORING stuff but it’s a help.

Today I cut open my first pomegranate of the season!  Oh how I have missed them.

My Pom Seeds.

My Pom Seeds.

What better way to enjoy it then to put it in Chobani Pomegranate Greek Yogurt?!


So good!

Tonight for dinner, I heated up a piece of leftover grilled BBQ chicken.  Along the side I made broccoli, baked sweet potato slices, and a nice ear of Jersey Corn.


Awesome dinner!  I bought those sweet potatoes today from a nearby farmer’s market.  They are homegrown there.  Usually they sell normal sized ones, but today they had a bucket of these mini-sized orange yams.

They were so cute so I bought them!

They were so cute so I bought them!

After dinner, I went to meet  one of my best friends from high school.  I haven’t seen Larissa in a couple of years!  We have been trying to get together & it has finally happened!  haha.  It was so great to see her and we talked for a while.  We will both be going to school in Philly this year, so I hope that I get to see her more often!

At the fro yo place, I made a cup of Tart & Vanilla fro yo topped with Reese’s Cups & Peanut Butter Sauce.  As usual, it was awesome.

Hope you all had a good night! 🙂

Don’t forget about my Larabar giveaway!!!!  You have until Wednesday at 11:59!!

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