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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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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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Yesterday I was a bit of a slacker and did not update my blog.  I also didn’t take any pictures…except at breakfast!  So I’ll share that with you…

For breakfast yesterday, I had one of my favorites…Banana Date Overnight Oats!

So, now, jumping to today (Friday!).  I would first like to acknowledge that Simply Life awarded my blog with the Kreativ Blogger Award.  Thanks!! 🙂


For this award, I will name 7 things that you don’t know about me and award 7 other bloggers (for them to do the same!)…

1.  I am colorblind.

2.  I have never eaten at Taco Bell.

3.  I am a certified Elementary & Special Education teacher studying now for my Master’s.

4.  I played soccer my entire life until college.

5.  I have never liked Sandwich Meat/Cold Cuts.

6.  I ran my first marathon in Philly (2008) and qualified for the Boston Marathon and will be running it this year.

7.  I would love to open up my own cafe.

I pass this award onto…

1. Too Much Apple Pie

2. The Kitchen of a Runner

3. Taydor Tott

4. Mama’s Weeds

5. Mindful Living

6. Journey

7. Marathon Maiden

Alrighty, now on to good eats!  This morning I made a bowl of Hot Oats.


Oats, Water, Milk, Banana, Raisins, & Cinnamon.  Simple, yet so delicious!


I also had a gigantic Honey Crisp Apple with Naturally More PB! AND I had a slice of Apple Cider Raisin Bread from Wegman’s.  My sister brought home a loaf last night and I had a few slices then.  It’s so good & has huge chunks of Apples in it.  So if you have a Wegman’s nearby, I highly recommend it.  They also make another awesome bread in the fall with Cranberries and Walnuts.  I remember we bought a loaf of that for dinner the night before the Philly Marathon last year and I probably ate more than half of the loaf.  I can’t wait until they start making that this year!

Off to do some work & then I’m headed over to work with the first graders for the day!

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This morning I did not want to get out of bed.  It didn’t help that it was cloudy either.  I got up around 8:30 and was pretty hungry so I ate breakfast right away.  I made a bowl of Hot Oats.


This bowl contained Oats, skim milk, water, chopped Granny Smith apple, Raisins, & cinnamon.


This bowl reminded me of Sophomore year of college.  I used to make this combo quite a lot.  yumm.  I ate the rest of my apple with Naturally More PB.

Today I really feel like I have zero motivation for everything.  I have so much work and reading to do it’s ridiculous.  blah, I’m trying.  I am also really tired and today I’m supposed to run 8 miles which clearly didn’t happen this morning.  I’m hoping I can find enough motivation in me to run this afternoon before I have class.  I really wish I was back in Margate so I could go to the yoga studio.  That’s really something I could use right now…if I had the time!

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I hope everyones Monday went wonderfully!

Today was my last morning that I’ll have free during the week!  I woke up early and went to Bikram at 8.  It was a great way to start the week.  Loved every minute.  I came home and made a bowl of simple oatmeal.


Oats, skim milk, banana, raisins, cinnamon, and honey.

So good!  I also had a nice big, crunch honey crisp apple.  I did work and had lunch for the rest of the day.  Oh yeah, I also made spaghetti sauce for tomorrow night!  I thought I’d do that today since I had time and I won’t have time the rest of the week.  Class tonight was pretty good.  I got my first paper back and I got an A-!  So I’m pretty happy with that!

I came home and made dinner for my sister and I.  BBQ Chicken, Sweet Potato, & sauteed string beans & garlic.


For dessert, I wanted to make Banana Whip, but we don’t have a food processor here.  So instead I had a chopped frozen banana with Naturally More Peanut Butter and a big scoop of Vanilla frozen yogurt.  It was great, but I really wanted a creamy banana whip/PB combo!

I also just tried Newman’s Own Organics Dark Chocolate covered Peanut Butter Cups.  I really enjoyed them!  I think I might love everything Peanut Butter.

Now it’s off to do work for the rest of the night.

Tomorrow I have student teaching with the 1st graders & then I have night class.  Shall be a long, exciting day!

See you laterrr 🙂

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Can’t get enough Fruit!

Today I have a long to-do list.  It is really never-ending and I feel overwhelmed.  This morning I woke up and made a bowl of oatmeal.


Today’s bowl had:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • H20
  • Skim milk
  • 1 gigantic banana
  • strawberries
  • pomegranates
  • honey & cinnamon

Very delicious, indeed!  I also had tons of grapes with breakfast.  I just can’t get those little delicious things away.

I have to go get busy on some of this work.  It really stinks because I have no motivation to do any of it.  At some point today I’ll also be running 4 miles.  I just hope my foot doesn’t give me any problems.  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get that in before or after class.  We shall see.

Off to make tea & do work.

Enjoy your day.

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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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