Holidays · Life · Ruby · Running · Weekly Recap

Summertime in the Golden State

So either WordPress changed it’s website or I’m in some strange “new post” area that I’ve never been before…we’ll keep our fingers crossed that I can figure out how to publish this post without anything weird happening! 

I’ve been home for a little over a week now and I’ve had a few lazy days and a few jam packed days. After getting home last Monday I crashed on the couch in the summer heat and immediately Miss Ruby decided she needed to cuddle with me, because that’s what she does.

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Of course my mom had to sit and snap a bunch of pictures because Ruby was so determined not to fall off the couch and keep herself on my lap. She’s 50 lbs and doesn’t realize that she might be a little too big to crawl on top of people….

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She crawled on me the other day when I was trying to drink my coffee and read. Nothing like having a fur ball laying on top of you when it’s hot!

Anyways, my brother and I went to a San Francisco Giant’s game last Thursday and unfortunately had to watch our team lose. 

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I don’t even know when the last time was that I was at a baseball game in SF but I was SO excited to be back! One thing that did bother me was the cost of food. I know that food costs are going up nationally but it was actually ridiculous how much food cost! We spent almost $20 on lunch which consisted of a hotdog each and an order of garlic fries to split. Ballpark food has always been pretty expensive, but this was a whole new experience. 

I still had a lot of fun though!

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The weather was perfect that day! I was good about sunscreen and didn’t make my coast sunburn any worse! 

On the 4th of July the plan was for me to go on a long run early in the morning and then we were going to head off to the East side of the Sierra Nevada’s around 9:00. My long run was supposed to be 10 miles and a few miles in I knew I was going to be lucky to make it that far cuz I just was not feeling it at all. I stopped a few times to stretch because my legs felt tired (I took a Body Pump class last Tuesday and it killed my legs). I felt like I was pushing myself so much and my times were getting slower and slower, which was really frustrating.  Finally, I hit the 8 mile mark and thought if I could make it another mile that I would be good. I kept my route close to home so I had the option of cutting it short.  

I was tired and got a little sloppy and was running on a really uneven section of sidewalk that’s all broken up by tree roots. I mis-stepped and somehow twisted my leg, leaving my knee in pain. I tried to keep going but the pain wasn’t going away. I stopped and called my parents, both of who didn’t answer, so I had to keep pushing to get closer to home. Finally I got ahold of them when I was down the street from their house so I just sat down and waited for my dad. I was so upset and couldn’t stop crying. We had a day hike planned for the next day and I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen anymore. 

Luckily, after I showered and wrapped it there wasn’t too much pain and it didn’t swell at all. We were able to do the hike and I experienced minimal pain during the 7.7 miles that we ended up walking. 

The East side of the Sierras are absolutely beautiful!

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Ruby came with us and had a blast swimming in all the lakes we passed!

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Of course Margaritas and Mexican food were necessary after a day of hiking! 

I’ve not had any worsening knee pain and took 2 days off doing any kind of physical activity. I was going to go to Body Pump this morning and then do some cardio after, but when I woke up at 4:30 am (the class is at 5:00 am) I felt sick and decided to go back to sleep. I woke up again at 7:45 and decided to try a short run. My knee felt great but I still felt super sick and had to stop after a mile because I thought I was going to throw up. I was a mile away from home so I did a 2 mile run total and it felt horrible. 

Now I’m sitting in my room feeling like death. I have a headache and my stomach is upset. Honestly, I’m a little worried because I have about 30 mosquito bites since we forgot the bug spray on our hike and a few of them are really painful. Hopefully I don’t have West Nile! 

I got the email this morning saying I can schedule my RD exam. WHAT??????

I listened to my Inman’s Review lectures on my 10 hour drive home but I haven’t studied at all besides that. I have a lot of options for test dates so I think I’ll aim for mid- to late-August.

I can’t believe it’s really happening! I’m going to be a dietitian!!!!

I have orientation at my job starting next Monday. Maybe I’ll feel like posting before then…we’ll see. 

Casserole · Holidays · Vegetarian

Enchilada Casserole

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I grew up with my mom calling this dish “taco lasagna” but now I’ve seen it called “enchilada casserole” more and more.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, obviously I had to make some Mexican food for myself 🙂

This is super easy to make, much easier than enchiladas, and it has the same flavors.

I made this vegetarian but you can cut back on the beans and add some chicken if you would like!  This would also be really good with some olives in it…somehow I managed to totally forget about those little guys!

Enchilada Casserole

Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups red enchilada sauce
  • 16 corn tortillas, halved
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained (or fresh corn! I used the kernels from 2 cobs)
  • 6 scallions (green onions), thinly sliced
  • 3 cups shredded Monterrey Jack or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1/2 cup loosely-packed chopped fresh cilantro

Directions: 

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Pour about 3/4 cup enchilada sauce in the baking dish, and spread until the bottom of the dish is coated. Top with a layer of about 8 tortilla halves so that the entire dish is covered. Sprinkle evenly with 1 can of beans, 1/2 cup corn and a fourth of the green onions. Then sprinkle with about 3/4 cup shredded cheese.
  3. Repeat with a second layer of tortillas, then sauce, then beans, corn, green onions, and cheese. Then a final layer of tortillas, sauce, beans, corn, green onions, and cheese.
  4. Conclude with a final layer of tortillas and sauce (reserving about 3/4 cup of cheese to add partway through baking).
  5. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, then bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove pan and remove aluminum foil. Sprinkle the top of the enchiladas evenly with the remaining 3/4 cup of cheese, then return to the oven (uncovered) and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  7. Remove pan and cilantro and remaining green onions. Serve warm topped with sour cream and some avocado.

 

Holidays · Life · Running

My First 15k: The Shamrock Run!

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I finished my first 15k and it went great!  At a little after 7:45 this morning I headed onto the course for the Portland Shamrock Run, a run that sells out every year and has a field of 35,000 total participants for 5 different events.  This was by far the biggest run I have ever done but it was so much fun!

I was more than a little nervous about the course going into this run.  It goes up Terwilliger in Portland, which is curvy and hilly.  I spent way too much time inspecting the course map and elevation changes and made a solid effort to include some hills in my training runs.  Luckily, hills aren’t hard to come by here!

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When I lived in Portland it was impossible for me to go on any sort of run without facing a hill or two…or three.  They don’t scare me, I just know they have the potential to wear me out.  Fortunately, Terwilliger is a slow climb.  For about a mile we had a gradual climb and I ran the slowest mile of my life, 10:00 flat, but I felt really good when I made it to the top of that hill and wasn’t worn out.  There was a surprise downhill that I wasn’t anticipating and then another mile of steady, gradual climb.  Once we were a little past 6 miles it was all downhill, literally.

I think it was a combination of conditioning, diligently eating my energy chews, and a salt pill that really kept me strong through the climb.  Honestly, the downhill was so much more painful!  My hip flexors and my back were not having it and I was so desperate for flat ground.

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I crossed the finish line in 1:25:54 which is a time I was so happy with!  I didn’t have to walk at all and I felt great at the finish!  After finishing I collected my medallion (which doubles as a bottle opener) and grabbed my free smoked salmon chowder sample.  I was the only one in my group running the 15k so I hung around and waited for the rest of the girls to finish their events.

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I think I’ll definitely do this run again next year!  The distance was perfect, the course was beautiful (both a mix of downtown Portland and the forest on Terwilliger), and it felt really great to run a race again.  I’m kind of wishing I would have signed up for the Corvallis Half Marathon again this year but I know I don’t have time to train for it.  I’ve got the Eugene Half Marathon in July so I have that to look forward to!

Dietetic Internship · Food Service · Holidays · Running · Weekly Recap

Week 22 Recap

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This week was insanely busy!  It started with me sporting my sorority badge to my rotation, because Monday was National Badge Day.  I’m so proud to wear the symbol of my beloved Chi Omega when I get the chance!

Tuesday was my Mardi Gras meal!!! It was such a HUGE success.  I was a nervous mess all day though.  In and out of the kitchen helping with stuff, making decorations, hanging decorations, and then visiting residents in the dining room to get their feedback.

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The crepe paper flowers I made were by far my favorite decoration.  I also made fun facts sheets for all the tables which I think added a nice touch to the dining room!

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My menu included shrimp jambalaya, Cajun chicken, red beans and rice, collard greens with bacon, whipped yams, quartered beets, and corn bread.

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The biggest success by far was the Cajun chicken, which was a new recipe I introduced and was SUPER nervous about.  I’ll share it with you guys soon because it’s amazingly delicious!

Once the meal was over it was a huge weight lifted from my shoulders! The rest of the week was full of lots of busy work.  I’ve managed to complete quite a few of my smaller projects and my wellness proposal that I’ve been working on.

I have my presentation on sugar on Tuesday that I’m really nervous for and then a huge green dining project and then I’m done!  I actually kind of want to cry because I feel like I have so much to do, but I know I’ll get it all done.

I went on an 8 mile run this morning and I ended up with a pretty bad headache this afternoon, probably from it, hormones, stress, and the weather changing all combined.  Luckily I’ve gotten it under control so I’m going to be able to work more on my presentation tonight!

I’ve got a full week and then the Shamrock Run next weekend! My roommate is going to be gone all week, I’m sad 😦

Hope you’re getting a touch of spring! We surely aren’t here.  Got a little tease yesterday and then back to rain today.

Gotta love Oregon!

Dessert · Food Network · Holidays · Pears

Pear Crisp

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Yet again, I absolutely fail at food photography.  I think I’m just lazy and I’m too eager to eat my food so I just snap a quick picture, eat, and then take the time to look at the picture and realize how horrible it is.

So here is the most delicious dessert I’ve ever had (that isn’t chocolate, because that’s in a league of it’s own) and all I have for everyone to look at is this pathetic picture.  Luckily, this is a Pioneer Woman recipe so her website has lots of pretty pictures of the recipe!

Pear Crisp

Slightly adapted from  The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients:

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

  • 6-7 whole Large Pears (Bosc Work Well)
  • 2/3 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup Pecans, Very Finely Chopped
  • 1 stick Butter, Melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel, core, and dice pears. Place into a bowl and stir together with 2/3 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. Stir together. Drizzle melted butter gradually, stirring with a fork as you go until all combined.
  4. Pour pears into a baking dish; top with crumb topping.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  6. Place pan on top rack of oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.
  7. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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The pears get all bubbly and delicious and the topping browns and the pecans totally take the dessert past normal crisp and make it ridiculously fantastic.  I used a lot more pears and slightly increased the pecans from the original recipe and I liked having more pears inside because they didn’t get overwhelmed by the topping.

Overall, this was delicious and easy to make.  PERFECT for a holiday meal, especially since pears are in season!

Enjoy 🙂

Beaver Football · Chocolate · Cookies · Holidays · Ruby · Weekly Recap

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  I know I was beyond thankful to be home this year.  I drove home on Monday and the ten hour drive seemed to take forever because I was so anxious to get home!

I got greeted by a happy puppy as usual and I made it home in time for dinner so I got to have a chicken tostada from my favorite Mexican restaurant almost immediately.  I was a happy happy girl!  If there is one thing I really miss about my home town it’s the authentic Mexican food that is so easy to find.  I love Mexican food, I could live off of it.

After a full day of driving and a full belly of food I ended up going to bed fairly early.  I was exhausted!  Before I went to bed my dad told me he would be going to Body Pump at the gym at 5 AM and asked if I wanted to join him.  My first thought was no way because of how early it was, but then I thought about how much I love Body Pump so I told my dad I would set my alarm and then see how I felt in the morning.

At the ungodly hour of 4:30 AM, my alarm went off and I got up.  I threw on some workout clothes, pulled my hair up, and cut up a pear for my dad and I to eat on the way to the gym.  I was definitely glad that I forced myself to get up once I got there.  Body Pump is such a great class!  It totally kicks my butt but it helped me lose weight fast after college so I can testify that it really will change your body if you stick with it.  I love the challenge of it.  When it starts to get easy all you have to do is increase your weight and the challenge is back!

The instructor that taught Body Pump also teaches spin classes, so even though there wasn’t a class being offered at 6 AM, she told us if we wanted we could “congregate” in the spin room and she would put on music.  So my dad and I went and did a makeshift spin class after Body Pump.  Holy cow, I thought I was going to die!  My legs were on fire!

After a morning of working out I spent the rest of the morning relaxing.

Someone thought I could use a cuddle buddy, apparently…

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She’s not supposed to get on the couch.  She listens so well…

My mom put me to work picking lettuce from the garden so I picked a ton!  We’ll have plenty for the rest of the time I’m home.

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So much lettuce!

The Beavers played in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve night so we made a quick meal of leftover frozen lasagna and then watched the Beavers win! It was great to relax and watch a football game with my dad.

Christmas morning started early, I got up a little after 7 and we ended up starting presents around 8:30.  We had quiche for breakfast, as usual, and then all sat down to unwrap presents.  My grandma came over around 9:15 to join us.  I think the best part of the day was watching Ruby unwrap her presents and prance around with them.  She is just too cute sometimes!

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She got so spoiled.

I got a ton of chocolate like I usually do, not complaining at all about that!

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My parents are totally feeding my chocolate obsession haha.

Once presents were done I got going on some gingerbread cookies.  My dad had some dough that he bought so all I had to do was roll it out, cut out the cookies, and bake them.

I’m not the best at decorating cookies, they all looked  a little bit silly…

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They tasted good though!

After we stuffed ourselves with Christmas dinner, complete with ham, scalloped potatoes, peas, rolls, jello, pear crisp, vanilla ice cream, wine and coffee, it was time to do a million dishes and then crash on the couch for the rest of the day.

I’ve been eating leftovers for the last two days so I’m really excited to go out to dinner tonight!  I’m a little tired of ham and potatoes….

 

Breakfast · Eggs · Holidays

Christmas Quiche!

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Merry Christmas everyone!  Christmas is almost over here and I’m relaxing on the couch watching Bridesmaids.  Today started early, as it usually does, even though I’m 23 and my brother is 21.  Since we’re up early and eager to get to opening presents we always plan a quick easy breakfast.

Of course, as the years have passed, Christmas morning has become more relaxed and there isn’t the same urgency to open presents as soon as humanly possible, but with an afternoon of cooking ahead the last thing we want to do is cook breakfast!

Quiche has always been our Christmas morning staple and it seems like every year that we’ve tried something different we end up wishing that we had quiche.

So yesterday afternoon, my mom made quiche.

That’s the great thing about it! You make it the day before, refrigerate it, and then microwave individual pieces the next morning.

You can’t go wrong with a simple breakfast!

Christmas Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 1 store bought pie crust

Custard:

  • 1 cup fat free half and half
  • 2/3 cup egg beaters
  • pinch of salt

Filling:

  • 6 slices bacon
  • handful of spinach
  • 2 tbsp green onions
  • 1/2 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Precook pie crust following package directions.
  2. Cut the bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and cook until crispy. Drain on a paper towel.
  3. When the pie crust is slightly cooled, put the bacon, spinach, onions, and cheese in the empty pie crust.
  4. Make the custard and then pour it over the filling.
  5. Cook in a 375 degree oven for 35-45 minutes or until the egg has set.

Cool slightly before eating or store overnight in the refrigerator for the next morning.

You can really put anything in quiche so go ahead and put whatever you want in it.

And if you haven’t tried quiche you should.  It’s amazing and I’m obsessed with it.

On an unrelated note, I made the most delicious dessert today.  I will share it soon!