Friday, August 20, 2010
While growing up I always felt that my parents word was the ultimatum. This notion might have been based on a childhood perception, which I will gladly admit to, but I never felt that they were consistent in their action as they were with their words. Now that I am a parent I realize that my parents were only doing what they thought was right. As they say, they were doing the best they could with what they had on hand. Nevertheless it always irked me......That being said, I realized if i expect certain things from my daughter I have to "show" her how it is done. I felt like I would be a fraud if I stressed to her the importance of facing fears and giving something your best shot if I make excuses at times to get out of things I am afraid of.
A prime example of facing one of my fears was on Tuesday. Through my husband's paper we were invited for a once in a lifetime opportunity to take a boat ride on Lake Mahopac. Now if you do not know Lake Mahopac you do not understand how beautiful and what kind of opportunity this was. Being on the lake and seeing the houses that are hidden from the road was breath taking.
I would like to declare that I am not a fan of boats and tried REALLY hard to get out of going. I had a terrible experience on a boat when we were in Ireland which has made me hesitant to go on one ever since. Then, I thought about Sarah's philosophy.......I did not want to miss out on a unique opportunity because of fears. I went and had a wonderful time.
Thank you Sarah for motivating me to face my fears. I am not disappointed that I did it.
Pictures to come.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Bean has been teething so she has sucked all the the energy out of me. At least the horrible mood has an explanation. The tooth did break through and soon we will be able to see the top middle one. I can't believe that in two weeks she is one. Where did the time go? One minute she was a newborn and the next she is entering toddler years.
Now for some adventures in eating......A recipe that I have been meaning to make is one from Kelsey at The Naptime Chef. By the way, have you guys read her posts on Babble? If not, you really should visit her over there. Okay, back to the subject on hand....Baked Tomatoes with Parmesan and Herbs. Tomato have been a staple at the farmer's markets these days. When Bean and I went for our weekly trip some beautiful beefsteak tomato were calling my name. This was the prime opportunity to make a delicious side dish that can be used for a variety of main entrees. The steps to make this dish were very simple and it uses staple ingredients in my pantry so it was easy for me to prepare without having to run to the grocery store as well. My summary of the process in pictures is below, but if you visit Kelsey's blog she has a webisode that details the process of making this wonderful side dish.
Health, Happiness, Hamstrings makes The Naptime Chef Baked Tomatoes with Parmesan and Herbs.
5 large tomatoes
1 cup EVOO
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (recipe calls for freshly grated, but I had already grated on hand)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (recipe calls for plain or panko, but I had Italian herb plain bread crumb
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
I followed Kelsey directions:
Her directions called for preheating the oven to 350 degrees. I wasn't going to be cooking the tomatoes until later that day so I started by cutting up the tomatoes:
Next I scooped out the seeds. Since I didn't have a grapefruit spoon like Kelsey suggest I used the next best thing on had.....one of Beans spoons. Was the perfect size and made it a breeze to get in the crevices. Then, nestle the tomatoes with the cut side up in a baking dish.
I drizzled the olive oil like she says and patted to make sure the tomatoes are nicely coated.
Then, I mixed the Parmesan, bread crumbs, and parsley. I patted even amounts into each tomatoes. Since I wasn't going to make them until that evening I covered them with plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator until dinner time. Here is what they looked like:
Since Kelsey's recipe indicates it take about 25 to 30 minutes to bake. I preheated the oven while I gave Bean a bath and put them in the oven while I read Bean her bedtime books. About 30 minutes later I opened the oven and this deliciousness greeted me:
I served the tomatoes with grilled chicken and of course a staple in this house Roasted Eggplant.
Enjoy your day blog friends. Mr. Man, Bean and I are off to lunch. Naptime Chef thank you for a fabulous summer recipe that utilizes staples at the farmers market and pantry (at least my pantry).
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Since Mr. Man hurt his back I wasn't able to run with Jen nor work out with Neil. It is amazing how routines are built and suddenly you feel all out of whack when can't follow them. Mr. Man did go to the chiropractor and who said it would be a month until he feels and relief. Poor guy.....he is so uncomfortable, but has been putting on a brave face and nevertheless accomplishing a lot.
Now for some eats. Once again I made a batch of roasted veggies before leaving for the day. This mix included eggplant, kale, bussel sprouts, and peppers. Instead of goat cheese I topped it with feta. For breakfast I had a big bowel of white peaches. Lunch was the roasted veggies. Dinner rest of veggies and sundried tomato & asiago chicken sausage. For Mr. Man I made pasta with Barilla tomato sauce.
To end my not so great day I knew it was time to pull out a favorite. You've got that right, Edy's Slow Churned Rich & Creamy Fudge Tracks ice cream. How can you complain when you have chocolate and peanut butter in the mix.
Now to introduce a new tradition on Health, Happiness, Hamstrings: Wordless Wednesdays. Wordless Wednesday will appear every Wednesday and consist of a picture that says enough in itself. Please feel free to post what words you think of when you see my post. Since I have to be wordless I will rely on you to fill in the blanks.
Good night blog friends!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Since Mr. Man pulled out his back I wasn't able to run as much as I would have liked. Not being able to bend over and watching an almost one year old isn't the best combination. Therefore running was not in the equation. After not running since Tuesday (had a GREAT run/training session with Neil Deanut of All Out Fitness) I did accomplish a nice 2 mile run this morning. Keeping to my 15 min mile and maintained a steady heart rate, which I was happy with. In the short time I have been running I have noticed that I get more out of my runs when I use my heart monitor. Goal is to push my run to 2.5 miles to get a higher calorie burn.
Now for eats......On Friday I was reading a blog post by Ashley of the edible perspective where she made a simple roasted veggie dish with couscous. My mouth was watering as I read the combination of flavors (Turn back the clock just 4 months ago you would NEVER hear me saying these words.--I almost told Mr. Man to call a search and rescue crew because someone has taken over his wife). Because I didn't have all of the ingredients that Ashley used in her dish this allowed me to make my of version, which I define to be the perfect blend of flavor.
Lauren's Couscous & Roasted Veg (adapted from Edible Perspective)
~1 pint cherry/grape tomatoes
~5 brussel sprouts
~4 stalks of dinosaur kale
~couscous (I used one box of Near East Couscous)
1. Preheat oven to 450
2. Cut up veggies (keep tomatoes whole) and coat with EVOO then sprinkle with salt (I had kosher on hand, but prefer sea) and pepper. Roast for approx 20 minutes
3. Add in chopped kale. Roast for another approx 10 minutes
4. Cook whatever couscous you have on hand according to the directions.
5. Combine in a bowel and top!
juice of lemon to taste
Great post Ashley! This was truly the perfect blend of flavor.
(Since Mr. Man "stole" my camera I wasn't able to take pictures)
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
You brought tears to my eyes. I admire your philosophy on parenting and will save this post in a special place to remind me of the important of fostering a healthy body image in our children. I too have a little girl who I can't believe is turning one at the end of the month. One of the biggest things I have taken away from your post is the concept of being an actress. You are right and until now I didn't know how to explain what I hope to do for my daughter. Slowly for me my acting is becoming believing and I know she ultimately deserves this. Lastly, your post-it "Two little girls think you are beautiful. You should too!" is going on my bathroom mirror (obviously a little adjustment two is actually one in my case).
My best to you!
Thank you Sarah for inspiring me to change my ways and give my daughter a gift I longed for.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
After the workout I made Carrot and Granny Smith Apple juice for myself. Mr. Man and Bean joined in on the vitamin action finishing every last sip of my con caution. Bean couldn't get enough of her juice, which was music to my ears. After the juice I was off and busy until lunch. Today was a salad with raw spinach, chicken breast from last night, goat cheese crumbles, cucumbers from Aunt Lori's garden, and finally peppers (finished the bag). On the side I had three figs that Bean and I picked up at the grocery store yesterday.
Dinner was another grilled chicken breast from last night. Since Mr. Man had started his business I no longer have the luxury of a grill master. That being said, before the summer started I made sure he gave me a crash course. It was my turn to take a shot at it. Thought I would start off with something simple.......Purdue Perfect Portion Chicken in the Italian style. On the side I made roasted eggplant.
This is the method I use to make roasted eggplant. The end result is perfectly moist, yet crunchy veggies:
1. Preheat oven to 450
2. Cut eggplant (my choice these days are Italian eggplant) into 1/2 inch slices
3. Coat eggplant slices in EVOO
4. Add seasonings of your choice (tonight I did fresh garlic and sea salt)
5. Back ten minutes on each side.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful has requested bloggers to write about body image. Please visit her blog so you too can give your perspective on an important topic.