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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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Since I have been running around a lot lately, I decided to sleep in today and have a relaxing morning instead of setting out on a run.  I woke up and made a warm bowl of oatmeal.


Oats, Raisins, Strawberries, Banana, milk, cinnamon & honey.


Yum.  I also had a delicious Honey Crisp Apple with cinnamon and cup of Green Tea.

After eating, I walked over to the high school and spent some time there for my fieldwork.  On my walk home from fieldwork, I decided that I was going to make dinner tonight so I stopped at DiBruno Bros. for some ingredients.  I had in mind a Pasta & Chickpea Soup by Jamie Oliver from his book Jamie’s Italy.  This is a little excerpt from Jamie:

It can be argued that this is both a soup and a pasta dish but I think it leans slightly more toward being a soup — so I’ve put it in this chapter! Its cousin, pasta e fagioli, is a thicker, redder bean soup, but I think that this simple, delicious dish, which uses chickpeas as its base, is what Italian food is all about…

Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas) Serves 4.

1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 stick celery, trimmed and finely chopped (I used 2)

1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped (I used 2)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves picked and finely chopped

2 14 oz. cans of chickpeas (my cans were 15.5 oz.)

2 1/4 cups of chicken stock

3 1/2 oz Ditalini (small pasta)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Optional: handful of fresh basil/parsley, leaves picked and torn (I used Basil)

I also added some fresh lemon juice using 1/4 of a lemon.

1) Put the finely chopped onion, celery, and garlic into a saucepan with a little extra virgin olive oil and the rosemary and cook as gently as possible, with the lid on, for about 15-20 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft, without any color.

2)Drain your chickpeas well and rinse them in cold water, then add them to the pan and cover with the stock. Cook gently for half an hour and then, using a slotted spoon, remove half the chickpeas and put them to one side in a bowl.

3)Puree the soup in the pan using a handheld immersion blender. If you don’t have one, you can whiz it up in a food processor instead, then pour it back into the pan. Add the reserved whole chickpeas and the pasta, season the soup with salt and pepper, and simmer gently until the chickpeas are tender and the pasta is cooked.

4)At this point, if the soup is a little thick, pour in some boiling water from the kettle to thin it down, and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve drizzled with good-quality extra virgin olive oil. Lovely sprinkled with some freshly torn basil or parsley. A real treat.

Here are some of the ingredients I used–plus some garlic:





The soup came out very good!  I can’t wait to make it again.  It came out much thicker than I thought it would, but I actually enjoyed it thick!  If you wanted to make it thinner, I would suggest pureeing less of the chickpeas.  I can see why Jamie Oliver had a hard time classifying it as either a soup or pasta dish.  Also, this recipe says that it serves 4.  However, Todd & I finished off the pot of soup!  Yes, that is 2 15 oz. cans of chickpeas!!!  Crazy.  But so good!!  We also enjoyed a great multigrain loaf with this.

Between the amount of hummus I consumed last night & at lunch today and this soup, I think I am on Chickpea overload!

So enough of food and onto other news.

Instead of running today, I decided to spend time stretching and strength training. I really need to spend more time stretching and using my foam roller!  I also haven’t incorporated any strength training lately & it was nice to do that.  So my 5 miler will be moved to tomorrow morning before I teach the 1st graders.  ALSO, after teaching, my parents and I are taking a trip to visit Christina for the night!  I’m very excited!  If I don’t get around to posting tomorrow, I’ll be back on Saturday for some cool updates!

It’s almost the weekend!

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So, you know how I said I was on a search for Chia Seeds and I found them but they were muy $$ at Whole Foods?  Well, I was thinking about ordering them online but then I came across a Chia Seed Giveaway!!  How great!  So I’ll take a stab at that and if all else fails, I will probably order them online.  So why don’t you head over to Loves Veggies & Yoga to enter…and if you win, you know who to give them to! haha.

Today during my travels, I picked up some delicious rolls from an Italian Market called DiBruno Brothers.  They have so many great things there…fresh meats, fish, cheese, sandwiches, soups, pasta, sauce, chocolate, desserts, EVERYTHING.  But I only got rolls. haha.  I got some that were called Steel Cut Honey and then some Raisin.  The Steel Cut Honey was delicious so I bought an extra for my dinner tonight.

Today I bought a new sweater from J.Crew.  I also bought a pair of pants from Ann Taylor.  I ALSO drank a Green Monster.


Class was okay tonight.  I had a hard time thinking because my allergies have been bothering me so much for the past couple of days.  They always get to me around this time of the year.  So I spent a lot of the class blowing my nose and sneezing.  haha.

I came home to something I have been looking forward to all day.  My leftover pasta from the other night (Homemade Whole Wheat Fettucini, Broccoli & Spinach in Tomato Sauce).  haha…it really was good!  I added some extra broccoli & spinach.


I topped it with Parm and also had that yummy Honey Steel Cut roll in the side.

Tomorrow I think I need to buy some allergy medicine because I hate this feeling.  I’ll probably spend the rest of the night doing work.  Maybe I’ll make some overnight oats for tomorrow!

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