Tuesday, March 30, 2010

5am challenge

So I am going to update y'all on my life.

1. Back to the drawing board. I am studying for my 4th test. I passed 3 out of 4; the one I did not pass was the one I took right after Christmas and missed by one point. It was the hardest test and I kind of wish I really bombed it because it hurt pretty badly to only miss by one point. But live and learn and start over again. I have been re-doing the hundreds of questions and so far I am getting them ALL correct which is quite frustrating and shows I knew my material but the circumstances around taking the test effected me too much and now I need to pay another $250 dollars and take that wretched test again. Errrr

2. I am switching up my exercise routine. I had been looking into trying the P90X videos and just started doing them. Soreness does not do justice to how I feel. The first couple of days if I coughed or sneezed my stomach muscles rebelled. Ouch, but a good ouch. Also, according to the diet guide I am suppose to be eating 1,000 MORE CALORIES than I am currently eating. How is that even possible?! I have upped my calories for now and we shall see how it goes.

3. 5am Challenge. "But the sun doesn't rise until 7am?!" Yes, this is true, and boy do I hear ya. But the thing is when I was down south I went running with my sisters at 5am and my friends went to spinning class at 5am and I thought, hmm, what if I tried getting up and working out in the morning and see how the rest of my day flows? Then I was talking to a friend and he told me about this article about a guy who did his own 5am challenge. My fiend said he wanted to try it out. And, well, we are both slightly competitive and both trying the P90X videos that of course we made a challenge out of it. I am on day 2 of the 5am challenge and day 4 of P90X. This might be a painful month.

4. I am looking at my options for the future and jobs in the City (San Francisco). I have been going there a lot and it reminds me how much I love it there and how I have always wanted to live in SF so I am trying to make it happen, when the timing is right. (Man, I wish I had passed that darn test the first time.)

5. Still a vegetarian, or pescatarian I guess is the correct term.

6. Getting ready to plant my spring/summer veggies. Oh man, I can't wait. Organic vine-ripe tomatoes....sooooo goooood.

That is all for now.

Now, back to studying. :(

Saturday, March 27, 2010

My bff the grocery store

Ok, I just had to share this. You know when you go to the grocery store and you know exactly what you want and what you want happens to be on sale? Well my whole list was on sale! It was crazy. I got amazing red snapper for $3.99 a pound. A bunch of broccoli rabe for $2.50. Artichokes, asparagus, tomatoes, bananas, oranges, it was great! I got out of there with great food for only $25. And there were 4 servings of snapper!

I had a fest last night with the snapper and broccoli rabe (tastes to much better than broccoli) and man was it good, cheap, and healthy too!

What luck! Unfortunately I used my luck on the grocery store and not the lotto ticket my friend and I split. Darn it. Oh well, I will take what I can get. Good Friday night and hopefully an even better Saturday. Have fun!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I am in Southern California

You might have noticed a pattern that whenever I am out of town the posting does not seem to happen. Sorry about that. Honestly, when I actually am home I have the posts scheduled but I just haven't had time to type them up so here goes.

I go to the Banff Film Festival every year with my sisters and I was not going to miss it this year despite the location difference so I headed down south for a few days. We have cooked together, gone running at o'dark thirty, and just had fun enjoying each other's company.

Also, it is funny being home (or old home as it is now). You don't have to look up directions to go places, you know the streets to avoid at certain times, you know where you can walk to the grocery store, and you just fall back into that comfortable flow of life and people. It is just funny the muscle and mind memory of coming back here. I do miss a lot of things but most importantly these two.
I tried a new recipe! I found it here who in turn found it here and each way down the telephone we seemed to make our own variations of the original recipe. Hey, I know what I like. So here is my version. And of course I forgot to take a picture of my actual burger I cooked so there is a pic of the frozen stacks of the ones I will cook later.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger

1 tablespoon oil

1 onions, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 carrot, grated finely

1 cups black beans, cooked

1 baked sweet potatoes, scooped out of skin

1 cup quinoa, cooked

1 cup rolled oats

1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon ground cumin powder

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and lower heat. Cook until lightly browned, several minutes. Add carrot and beans and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat. Mash slightly in pan, until beans are half crushed.

Place skillet mixture in large bowl with remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. If mixture is too moist, add more oats (this varies greatly depending on your ingredients). Form into approximately 12 patties. Cook what you need on a George Forman Grill, in a skillet with a little oil, or in the oven at 350 degrees. Wrap the rest in saran wrap and freeze until needed.

Oh, you would like my opinion on these? Right, that is the point of a recipe review isn't it. Sooooo good. I can't believe I have ever had this combination before but the three main ingredients are some of my favorite and they taste even better together. You MUST try and let me know how you like it.

Friday, March 19, 2010

My trip to Seattle

This past weekend my sisters and I hopped on a plane and met up and Seattle's Airport to go visit my Aunt, Uncle, and cousin for a few days. I am not sure if you are like me, but I actually like my family and spending time with them so I was super excited for this trip and even had a countdown going on my computer.

First stop was to find a place for lunch as we were starving! We headed downtown and settled on Tom Douglas' restaurant Serious Pie as it had been recommended to me and it was on my sister's list of places to try. Let me just say this, yes this place has some great pizza, the Yellow Foot Mushroom was my favorite, but it is all about the desserts here! My sister ordered the panna cotta with rhubarb and pistachios. I was stuffed but she said I had to take a bite and my goodness it was heavenly. It is in on the menu when you go I highly recommend saving room for this small dessert that packs in the flavor. (Later in the trip we also hit up another Tom Douglas restaurant the Dahlia Lounge and scored on their $15 seasonal tasting menu!)

After lunch we then headed to...you guessed it, Pike's Market Place. We checked out the first Starbucks with the original emblem and Piroshky, Piroshky which had a line down the street. The amazing farmer's market and a few other stops. Then back to Bainbridge Island for a family dinner.

We did tons and had a great time with the family. The sisters, cousin, and I even went running together one morning (very early). We perfected our fireplace skills after possibly smoking out our house. We cooked with the Aunt, played dominoes with the Uncle, became a pro at the ferry schedule, and all in all had a nice, fun, relaxing time. I must say, when I got home after the trip I slept like a log.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

View of the Olympic Mountains from our living room window in the morning.

Blackbird Bakery on Bainbridge Island. Their toast was amazing for breakfast!

Pike's Market Place!

Post Alley. The Wall of Gum. Crazy!

Flowers at Pike's Market place. (Can you tell I really like flowers?)

Mora Ice Cream on Bainbridge Island. Soo good!

Ferry ride home.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Think About It Thursday

These quotes all run along the same theme so I am making them on "Think About It Thursday" quote.

"Every man is guilty of all of the good he did not do." - Voltaire

"But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?" - 1 John 3:17

"To do nothing is to do something." - Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pictures from Golden Gate Park

I have just been having an off time shooting pictures and haven't been happy with any lately, but the park is beautiful so it is hard to truly screw up a picture. Hope you enjoy, I know I had a great time and can't wait to go again.