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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.

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

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

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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…

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

We shared the Yogurt Parfait….

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Really good fruit, yogurt, and granola.

We both ordered the Oatmeal Brulee

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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 am very sorry for being MIA for the past few days.  I was really feeling terrible and did not feel up to much of anything.  I had a fever around 101 degrees.  Last night I got tons of rest and I woke up feeling the best I’ve felt in days!  I was thrilled about that.  Since it is FRIDAY and I have not ran since last SATURDAY, I thought it would be best to go for a run.  I ran about 5 miles.  I was kind of out of breath and I ran these sort of slow.  I guess I should expect that after not running for so many days and for still being kind of sick.  My fever is now gone but I still have a stuffy nose.  I don’t feel fatigued and horrible like before though.

Today I bought the new ipod shuffle…in PINK!  haha I usually don’t go for the color pink, but why not?

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They are so tiny!

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I had the old ipod shuffle…but after using that for about 2 years of running it is only causing me trouble.  It works when it wants to.  So it’s about time for a new one.  I’ll probably load all of my songs tomorrow.

Tonight, I made the best dinner ever for Todd & I…Fusilli Pasta with Roasted Pumpkin and Plum Tomatoes.  I saw a recipe for this in my local newspaper the other day and knew I needed to try it.  Let me tell you, it is so much better than I imagined it would be !  I can’t wait to make it again.

Fusilli Pasta with Roasted Pumpkin and Plum Tomatoes

Serves: 4

6 cups peeled and cubed sugar pumpkin or butternut squash

2 medium yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced

2 1/2 Tbl olive oil

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

4 plum tomatoes, diced

1/3 cup fresh sage leaves or 1 tablespoon dried rubbed sage

12 ounces whole wheat Fusilli (or other spiral pasta)

1/4 cup grated parm chese

Directions:

1) Heat oven to 450 degrees.

2) On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the pumpkin with the onions and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spread the pumpkin in an even layer and roast until the vegetables are beginning to brown, about 15-20 minutes.

3) Stir in the tomatoes and sage, then roast, stirring once, until all the vegetables are browned and tender, about 10 minutes longer.

4) Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta.

5) Drain pasta.  Toss with remaining 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil.  Add the roasted vegetables and toss gently to combine.

6) Serve.  Sprinkle with Parm Cheese.

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*Note: This is not a pumpkin that you typically buy for carving/decorations.  This is a cooking/sugar pumpkin.

It did take some time to cut through this pumpkin.  I was thinking next time I could probably cut it in half and roast it in the oven for a couple of minutes to soften it up and then cube it.

These pictures do this meal no justice whatsoever…

DSCN1869My first serving of pasta, some salad (spinach, pears, feta cheese, candied pecans/walnuts, evoo/balsamic vinegar/s&p), Seeduction Bread.

I actually ended up not even hardly touching my salad…I went back for thirds of the pasta though…

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This recipe is not to be missed.  I highly recommend that you give it a shot.  The parmesan cheese on top made ALL OF THE DIFFERENCE.  I would say it is completely necessary for this dish.  In my pictures, I had not added the cheese yet.

Another plus of making this dish…I got to roast pumpkin seeds !!!!  woo hoo!  Love these things, so tasty.

Well this meal was a huge plus side of my week.  That and the Phillies advancing to the World Series!  Can you believe it??  Two years in a row.  It was complete mayhem here.  Unfortunately I was feeling really sick that night and I had to leave Todd’s early…but they set off fireworks and celebrated on Broad Street.  I came home to my apartment and listened to the city go crazy for a few hours.  I don’t think there was a millisecond when I didn’t hear the sounds of a car horn for at least two hours.

Considering I have only ran one time this week, I am going to push my long run (which is only 13 miles this week–cut back week) back until Sunday.  It actually works out better since tomorrow it is supposed to rain !  Instead, I will do a shorter run tomorrow–probably 5-8 miles…on the treadmill if it’s not nice outside (I don’t want to get more sick!).

Tomorrow I plan to get a ton of work done.  Sunday Todd and I have a fun day planned!

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