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Back in the Saddle

I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from toughing out something you really didn’t want to do in the first place. That’s what I did yesterday. I didn’t want to run — still sore from Tuesdays Kettlebell attempts. But, I reminded myself that (a) I was going to HH/needed to earn my beers and (b) the half marathon wasn’t getting any farther away. It wasn’t pretty, but I’m so glad I did it. I’ll be lacing up my running shoes again tomorrow (either before or wayyy after my brunch with a few friends).

What I don’t love right now is the pollen. Ugh! I can’t breathe and my throat is sore. I love spring time and the arrival of temperate weather but it really wreaks havoc on my ability to suck in oxygen. I guess I can properly appreciate today’s nasty, rainy weather since it is hopefully washing away some of my nemesis!

I’ll be packing in an early lunch today before heading out to meet up with Aidan and head to Nicole’s baby shower. I’ve got my gift (which I may wrap in a garbage bag to keep it from getting soaked in transit) and I’m excited. I’ve never been to a baby shower before! I’ll have to try and control myself when it comes to finger foods and drinks. My weight has been falling again and I don’t want to mess that up. (This is one of those times when the struggle of giving up cheese for Lent comes in handy – it keeps me from eating ANYTHING and EVERYTHING  I want.)

Speaking of cheese, I have a hot date with Noodles and Co for a huge plate of Mac and Cheese in a week and a day! Anyone want to join me for that? (Or for the run I’ll be doing in an attempt to try and counteract some of that?)

Do you suffer from pollen like I do?

What’s your favorite party finger food? Mine is probably pot stickers or cheesy dips!

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Favorites and Variations

It’s no secret breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. So many things fit into the category of breakfast food and, for the most part, cooking breakfast delights are less intimidating to me. As a part of my goal to cook more, I rolled up my sleeves and got busy in the kitchen this morning.

I made mini veggie frittatas (onion, chive, garlic and spinach) ala Brie and Rachel. Hubs says they’re delicious and I enjoyed them too – I can see these featuring in my breakfast a lot soon. You cook them up in a muffin pan so they’re super easy to pre-cook and take along for an easy breakfast during the week.

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I also wanted something sweet, so I put together those delicious looking muffins you can also see in the picture above. Orange spice banana bread to be exact! I nicked the recipe from our “New Best Recipe” Test Kitchen Cookbook. (I seriously love this thing, and it’s HUGE!) It’s a basic banana bread recipe just adding orange zest, fresh nutmeg and cinnamon. Holy yum! I thought I loved banana bread? I love these even more!

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Hubs and I have a nice, relaxing day planned: a trip to the dog park, a walk, some reading for me/video game playing for him, and then spending some time with good friends later. Sounds like the perfect day to me! Soon I’ll have two Anthony Bourdain book reviews for you guys – I love that man.

To close, I’ll leave you with two gratuitous hound pictures. You guys can see how much he has grown!
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Early December
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Mid-January 2011

(Please excuse my busted, baggy eyes look!)

Buddy says that if you live in Old Town (or nearby) and/or you have a dog, he’d love to meet up and play! Also, Happy Saturday!

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