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Busy and Fun


So this past weekend was jam packed-just the way I like it. I am the type of person that thrives off of being busy. Yes, some may call me an over planner, but I love looking at my calendar and seeing a weekend full of fun things planned. I do best when I am running around from one activity to the next-perhaps that will come in handy down the road when I have kids!! 🙂

My Friday night was spent whipping up cheese fondue for all the lovely guests at the restaurant where I work. I didn’t get home until 1:30am which means I was working (between both of my jobs) for 17 hours! I am not really sure HOW I manage to do it, but I do! My 1:30am bedtime meant my 7am alarm was NOT a welcome sound. I drug myself out of bed to meet my sister for our final long ride before City to Shore next weekend.

It was a rough ride. There were quite a few hills and I was very tired so the 40 miles we rode felt more like 400 miles! But, we finished and I am hoping I have the stength to make it through next weekend!

I came home and crashed for a few hours before getting ready to head out and meet some blog friends for dinner in Northern Liberties. At the suggestion of Lauren a group of us met for dinner at Cantina Dos Segundos. We all had a great time chatting and I had what was probably one of my all time favorite salads for dinner! You can check out the praise it got on Sabrina’s blog (she obviously loved it too!).

(photo thanks to Ashley)

I honestly loved getting to talk with these girls; being in a smaller group makes the conversations more personal and they tend to flow better. I can’t wait for our next meet-up!

I was in bed by 10pm (on a Saturday!?!) because I had a 5am wake up for some 1/2 marathon volunteering! I worked with some other BOMFers providing hydration for all the runners! I believe there were 18,000+ runners–it was insane! I think we all had a good time though.

It was such a fun experience; even though it was a madhouse for about 2 hours it was totally worth it!

As soon as we were done cleaning up I ran to my car, changed clothes and headed out on my own run! I had 6 miles to do and I did just that! It wasn’t a fast run or anything but it was GOOD. I definitely felt strong and happy when I finished. At this point I was ready to drop but I still had one more thing to do-eat cupcakes!! 🙂

Lisa, Sabrina and I met at Brown Betty’s Dessert Boutique in Northern Liberties

(Thank you Sabrina for the photo!)

We all chose a cupcake and shared – the Sweet Potato cupcake with Spiced Buttercream Frosting was so good! It reminded me of fall — my favorite season. After an awesome couple hours spent chatting with Lisa and Sabrina I said my good-byes and went to B’s house for homemade fish tacos and couch dwelling :). Perfect way to end a great weekend!

I have a 5am wake-up for my BOMF run so this girl has got to get to bed. Catch ya later!



Lauren’s Bachelorette Party


Finally Back!!
I felt a little lost all of last week without my computer, but I have to admit, it was slightly refreshing to not be jumping on the computer right after work! I have a bunch to catch up on and want to start with last weekend’s bachelorette party fun!

My former roommate Lauren is getting married in October and on the 21st was her bachelorette party! It was a full day event including a visit to the spa, dinner in the city then out for dancing and drinks! We all got hotel rooms and stayed over so we didn’t have to worry about driving! It almost felt like a mini-vacation in Philly!

It was a gorgeous day and we pretty much had the entire spa to ourselves. There were mimosas, muffins and bagels and we all enjoyed cake after our treatments! Lauren’s MOH made really cute T-Shirts for everyone too! I obviously took a ton of photos so here is a handful from the afternoon!

After a very relaxing afternoon at the spa it was time to head downtown to check into our hotel and start get ready for dinner! We had some down time so we all took naps, then enjoyed some wine while getting ready! We may also have had a photo shoot, I definitely took a lot of pictures; here are a few!

Dinner was at Tequila’s, located in the Center City area of Philadelphia. Since we had a large party we arranged for a Prix Fixe menu that included appetizers, an entrĂ©e for each person, dessert and open bar for everyone. Tequila’s is an authentic Mexican restaurant and has been open in Philadelphia for 24 years! Being a Mexican food lover, I have had my fair share of Mexican so when I say this was some of the best, I mean it. Everything was fresh and delicious. The staff was so accommodating, making sure I had appetizers and a meal with no meat in it. Our server brought out a vegetarian plate for my entrĂ©e and I think a lot of the girls were pretty impressed with what they came up with!

On the plate there was a LOT of cheese and because I had eaten so many appetizers, I didn’t make it through a whole lots of this. The guacamole was awesome though, as was the rice and stuffed poblano pepper!

I think it’s safe to say the bride-to-be had a great time at dinner too. The staff even surprised her with a shot and sang to her!

I think we were all in a bit of a food coma so walking around the city in search of the perfect place to dance and have drinks definitely helped! We stopped in a couple different places and had a great time!  (no pictures because I took my camera back to the hotel after dinner). All in all the party was a huge success! Lauren had a great time thanks to her amazing MOH Beth who did a fantastic job planning everything.

I am so excited to be a part of Lauren’s big day in October (did I mention I’m a bridesmaid?!). I won’t have to wait long though to celebrate some more; her shower which is just a couple of weeks away!

I hope everyone made it through this hot and humid Monday. I’ll be back soon to tell you about some delicious goodies I’ve been eating and this past weekend at the beach!


Spamps Sushi Night


On Tuesday night I went out with my roommate Stephanie and a couple friends to  celebrate Stephanie’s birthday.

We decided to try out Spamps’ Tuesday night “Buy One  Roll Get One Free” deal.

We were also pleasantly surprised to learn that they had $5 glasses of wine as well – score!!

We decided since the sushi rolls were BOGO to choose some of their specialty rolls we might not normally get since some were almost $20! I don’t remember the names of all four rolls but they were all delicious!!

After devouring our rolls the four of us decided to order a couple more rolls to share. We were pretty let down when we found out the sushi bar had run out of rice!! I took that as a good sign, meaning everyone loves their sushi.

To make up for it our server brought out dessert-on the house. It was the perfect birthday treat – it was rich and chocolaty and just plain awesome.

We ended up having a great time! We got a little goofy and took some fun pictures but it was just what I needed.

If you are ever in Conshohocken, definitely stop by Spamps for their Tuesday night sushi special. Definitely worth it!

Happy Birthday Roomie!

Question: What is your favorite sushi roll?

My current favorite is actually a vegetarian roll with mango and avocado in it from Whole Foods!


Cooking Club Part Duex


It’s good to be back! OK so I didn’t actually go anywhere, just took a breather from blogging-I’m back now and ready to get up to speed. I went to the gym after work–ran 2.8 miles and biked 4.5 miles. I haven’t actually been inside my gym in over a month — I’d much rather be outside!! I just grabbed a quick shower and am sipping on this beauty while I write:

Fleur De Lehigh – Philadelphia Brewing Company. I really like PBC’s different beers. This one in particular is gingery with lots of citrus flavor; perfect for summer! OK so lets rewind a bit, shall we?

Last Thursday was the second meeting of the cooking club (Girls Bite Out!)  my friends and I started and our theme this month was Phillies Tailgate. This month I was in charge of dessert, while Meghan made the main dish and Lauren took care of the side dish.

Since we went with a Phillies theme we served both mushroom and chicken cheesesteaks, homemade crab fries with cheese sauce and with a little inspiration from Sabrina, Philly Soft Pretzel Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Meghan did a phenom job on the cheesesteaks-I LOVE mushrooms and along with some peppers and cheese, this cheese”steak” tasted like the real thing!

In case you started scratching your head when you read Crab Fries, let me explain. If you are from the Philadelphia area you definitely know what I am talking about. In case you aren’t, crab fries are something that are sold at Phillies baseball games. They are fries covered in Old Bay seasoning, served with a thick, cheesy sauce.


Our fries didn’t look quite like the ones above but tasted just as good! And they were baked-SCORE!

This was a VERY rich a decadent cheese sauce–something that would probably cause a heart attack if eaten daily 🙂 .

Last but not least, dessert! Back in April when I saw this post on Sabrina aka Rhodey Girl’s site I KNEW I had to make it. I was waiting for the perfect time and last week was it! You can check out the full recipe on Sabrina’s blog but trust me – you need to make this.

To go along with our awesome meal I bought a case of PBO variety pack — my favorite was their Kenzinger flavor.

So there you have it! Another successful GBO Cooking Club! We already have a date set and theme planned. Look out next month to see what we’re up to!

Gotta run-going out for sushi to celebrate my roommates birthday! Happy Birthday Steph!!

Miss Cranky Pants


I had grand plans of telling you all about my weekend filled with friends, puppies and awesome Italian food. OK I actually still plan on telling you but not right now. I had to be up at 4am today so that I could make it to Philly by 5:30 for a Back On My Feet Run. BOMF welcomed their 9th Philly team today and it’s an all women’s team! It was awesome getting to be a part of it. You can check out the full story here.

But that’s not what this post is all about. I am rightfully naming myself Miss Cranky Pants today.  I think the 4am wake up on just 6 hours of sleep has done me in. I was a whiny complainer once 5pm rolled around. I cancelled my plans to go to boot camp because aside from physical and mental exhaustion, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to be around me right now. 🙂

So what’s a Miss Cranky pants to do, all alone with no plans on a Monday night?? Cook of course! I swear, cooking is therapy for me. Now don’t get super excited, for dinner I had roasted sweet potato rounds with BBQ and ketchup.

Nothing glamorous, but it’s what I wanted. It’s what came AFTER that put a smile on my face!

Last week I tweeted out for help on how to use the plethora of tomatoes from my garden that were slowly taking over my fridge. Alexandra from Running Just as Fast as I Can came to the rescue with a super simple idea – roast  tomatoes in the oven with olive oil, onion and garlic, then blend! I almost cried with happiness over how EASY that sounded.

So I figured that the ONLY way to pull myself out of an incredibly bad mood was to get to work.

Super Simple Tomato Sauce

  • 3 large tomatoes (beefsteak?? They came from the garden)
  • 2+ Tbs Olive oil
  • minced garlic (to your liking)
  • salt, pepper and dried, minced onion

Combine all ingredients into a baking dish, making sure the tomatoes are coated on all sides.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, or until tomato skins separate from the tomato. You will notice that the juice from the tomatoes creates a nice “puddle” at the bottom of the baking dish.

Place tomatoes into blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into storage container. I opted to keep mine accessible for this week but Alexandra did comment that it will freeze well.

I ended up having 1/4 of a roasted tomato as part of my random dinner and wow was it good! I am super excited to incorporate my sauce for dinner one night this week. I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out!

Thanks again to Alexandra for the great idea/inspiration.

And on that note, I think I will console myself with a frozen fruit bar and an 8pm bedtime. 🙂


Sunflowers and Ravioli


Hey Hey!

Is it just me or do Mondays seem to go fairly quickly? Call me crazy but I think they do. Anyways, my Monday was accompanied by a headache which was lovely–I think it might be allergies that are making me feel kind of cruddy.

Before I get into the random title of this post, I wanted to give an update on my Summer TO DO’s. I have to say I haven’t been doing too well, but vow to cross off at least a couple more in the next month!

Stephanie’s Summer TO DO’s:

  • visit the Philadelphia Zoo
  • take a tour of Troeg’s brewery in Harrisburg
  • go on the Philadelphia Ride the Ducks tour not gonna happen after this:
  • have a sunset HH on the beach – DONE!
  • tube down the Brandywine River
  • Phind the Phanatic Scavenger Hunt
  • plan an all day bike trip at VF National Park
  • Center City Sips! – DONE!
  • make ice cream and fro-yo at  home
  • get my mom to drink a smoothie with spinach in it
  • have Sunday brunch in the city
  • get a puppy (long shot but I had to slip it in there!!!)
  • make pasta sauce from my home-grown tomatoes!
  • go to the Bashful Banana Cafe for some Banana Soft Serve – DONE!

Now about those sunflowers…Remember this picture from this post awhile back?

I went back to the same restaurant where that picture was taken a couple weekends ago and look what it had become!

It got so big!! PS-do you like my dress? I kind of love it-I got it from a surf shop last summer and it’s such a comfy dress for hanging out down the shore.

Now onto the Ravioli’s–Agnolotti actually! The awesome folks over at Buitoni provided me with a coupon to try one of their Riserva pastas as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program. I was immediately attracted to the Wild Mushroom Angliotti because I love “mushies” so much. Paired with some zucchini and salad, this was a very simple meal to put together.

We decided to go with a mushroom marinara sauce on top of the pasta which was a good choice. They were extremely tasty-cheesy with that meaty mushroom flavor I love. A couple bites did seem kind of salty but I wasn’t complaining-I ate them slowly because I didn’t want them to be gone!

The salad was very simple and had my favorite summer salad topping-FRUIT!  I love it all; apples, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. You name it I’ll eat it on a salad. For this salad I tossed some mixed greens with EVOO, peaches and a few dashes of garlic and pepper. YUM.

It was an awesome meal and left me totally satisfied, which says a lot because I usually crave something sweet after dinner. I have the peach to thank for that 🙂 .

Before I go, I wanted to share this quote I read recently and really enjoyed:

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

-Maya Angelou

And on that note, back to work!


Starvin’ Marvin


Yes I know, you’d think I haven’t eaten all week by the lack of food photos on the blog! I have been eating plenty, I promise! I actually have been eating a random mix of things such as:

Tofu dog with Laughing Cow cheese and mustard on Eziekel toast.

Along with a side salad with blueberries and blueberry vinaigrette.

In the mood for buffalo wings?

How about a sunshine burger on romaine with a homemade yogurt, laughing cow and hot sauce “Buffalo Sauce”?

The flavors were there and that’s what made this random lunch so good!

I am pretty sure though that my favorite meal this week was my dinner tonight, adapted from Monica’s recipe over at Run Eat Repeat! I give you, Pineapple Salsa and Black Bean Cous Cous with Avocado!

This recipe was SO easy and delicious! Into my creation went:

  • 1 jar of Trader Joe’s Pineapple Salsa
  • 1 cup of whole wheat cous cous
  • 1 can of black beans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed

The cous cous takes 5 minutes to make and once it was fluffly all I did was dump in the beans and salsa and that’s it! I ate this warm, but like Monica mentioned in her post, it can be eaten cold too! I have a lot left over so it will make the perfect addition to a salad tomorrow!

This week seemed to fly by but also drag on at the same time! I’m excited tomorrow is Friday-I’ve got a 30 mile ride planned for Saturday morning! Have a great night!