I haven’t participated in Jenn‘s weekly food party for far too long. Here we go with a peak at a day’s worth of yummies.

  • breakfast: tea and steel cut oats with walnuts and chia seeds
  • snack: apple and hard-boiled egg
  • lunch: quinoa with brussels sprouts and butternut squash
  • snacks: grapes, diet coke, (pre-workout) festive Clif Bar
  • dinner: gnocchi with turkey sausage, zucchini, peppers, onions, tomato sauce, goat cheese
  • snack: pop chips with puppy photo bomb
That reminds me, I had a few requests for the butternut squash recipe shown in my last post. Here it is: (Sorry, the gnocchi is not home made!)

1. Heat 2 tsp olive oil over medium heat.
2. Add one small chopped onion and one minced garlic clove. Cook 1 minute or until fragrant.
3. Add 2 cups butternut squash chunks, 14.5 oz chicken broth, 1.5 tsp fresh chopped sage, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp nutmeg.
4. Cook and stir until squash is very tender, about 15 minutes. Then cool 15 minutes.
5. Cream mixture in blender or food processor. Then return mixture to pan.
6. Add 2 cups fresh spinach and 3/4 cup ricotta cheese and cook on low until heated through.
7. Add cooked gnocchi to sauce, sprinkle with fresh parmesan and enjoy!


Making the most of a dreary weekend

It rained, rained and rained some more all weekend long.

Of course, that didn’t stop me from getting my “long” (10 miles just doesn’t feel long but I’d better get used to it because it won’t be going much higher for many months) run done. I had places to be Saturday morning so I set out solo at 6:30 am in cold, windy, rain to get ‘er done. Thankfully I was able to connect with a few of the girls who were starting their run later, and had company for a little while in the middle. The hot shower was calling my name after this one.

After that the hubs, pup and I bundled up and headed to Sunnybrook Park to meet up with my friend Erin and surprise her daughter (GO HAILEY!) who was running the Toronto Women’s 8K. We were able to hop in with her and drive her crazy keep her going for the second half of this soggy race. Congrats, Kiddo! Seeing her smile after the race made me feel warm and fuzzy even in the rotten weather.

We didn’t stay dry for too long because even on a rainy day, Miles still needs his exercise or else he drives Mommy and Daddy crazy in the house.

Our very lean, short haired pup gets cold easily (we ordered him a coat but it hasn’t arrived yet) so we tried a make-shift garbage bag rain coat… which lasted about 5 minutes.

After spending entirely too much time outdoors, it was time for some snuggles on the couch.

And comfort food! Butternut squash gnocchi – to die for.

I still hadn’t completed my workouts for the weekend, so Sunday morning kicked off with 95 [boring] minutes on the bike trainer and Magic Mike lined up for entertainment. It wasn’t soooo bad (the ride or the movie).

Of course the pup needed some more time outside, which was followed by plenty of time on the couch and more comfort food (this time, a roast in the crockpot – unfortunately unpictured).

We were barely grazed here by Hurricane Sandy, but I hope everyone who was hit harder has managed to stay safe and sound. Might be a good day for some couch time and comfort food?

Foto Friday

 Just some stuff…

officially official!

Little S throws the ball “all by myself” for Miles

chia seeds back in my life after forgetting to buy them for weeks.

fell asleep chewing/sucking in his giant bear

festive flavours from Clif

honeycrisp <3

this looks like a comfy bed

big lunch salads rock!

Have a great weekend!


from She Wears a Red Sox Cap


feeling relieved

reading 50 Shades of Grey [perhaps I should be feeling ashamed… ha]

longing for a vacation

laughing as I remember scenes and lines from Pitch Perfect

crying (not recently)

looking for a king-size bed

journaling my daily eats on myfitnesspal

celebrating selling our house

eating steel cut oats with pumpkin, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon

running tomorrow at lunch (already ran this morning)

hoping for a long autumn

anticipating upcoming Ironman training plans

planning everything that needs to be done for the move

drinking water, which is making me cold!

missing daylight after work

listening to the rain

making pumpkin muffins


What are you currently ______ing?

Is this thing on?

*tap, tap*

I didn’t mean to fall off the face of the earth. Selling our house turned out to be a much longer process and more stressful ordeal than we had anticipated. At times it felt all-consuming and I just didn’t have the energy or motivation to do anything I didn’t have to. I am happy to report that it has finally sold (conditionally, but it should clear in the next couple of days and we don’t anticipate any issues.) So now I can finally start packing! We move December 12th.

And I never want to make my bed again! (This is what happens if Miles gets to bed before one of us:)

In the mean time, I celebrated my Birthday and officially entered the 30-34 age group (although I’ve been racing triathlons as “30” all year.)

I was fortunate enough to celebrate over several days with my dearest friends and family. First, my boss treated me to this delight. All Friday afternoons at the office should include chocolate cake, don’t you think?

Juliana graciously hosted me and the rest of our 5am running pack to a lovely (and healthy!) dinner party in honour of mine and two other Birthday in the group this month.

Another night I enjoyed a great dinner out with Kelly and some of my other favourite running girls.

And finally, my Mom threw me a great party where I got to celebrate surrounded by some of my dearest friends and family.

And we almost lit the house on fire!

Awesome collages made by Mom: 

With Chicago and Birthday celebrations behind us and the sold sign (almost) on the house, I guess it’s about time to start packing…