Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie


It's that time of year.   There is an abundance of rhubarb and strawberry picking is right around the corner.   I know in the southern states, their strawberry season has probably already happened but us in the cooler northern states have to wait.   It's worth the wait though.  I picked up my first batch of strawberries yesterday from a local farm stand and they were amazing.   Katelyn and I finished off half of them in a matter of 30 minutes.

  Just like it was meant to be, I was given some rhubarb from my in laws neighbor yesterday evening.   I knew exactly what I was going to make.   Strawberries and rhubarb go hand in hand.   One is sweet and the other is tart.   They compliment each other so perfectly.   Especially as a pie.   If you have never made pie before, this is a great start.   It's extremely easy and you can't mess it up.   Same goes for this pie crust.   It's sooo easy and so much better for you than the store bought crusts.   The taste of the fresh crust can not be matched by any mass produced product either. 

Ingredients for Pie Filling:

2 pints of Fresh Strawberries
2 Cups Chopped Rhubarb
1 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup of All Purpose Flour
2 Tbs. Butter
1 Egg Yolk
1 Tbs. Sugar
1 Recipe for Pie Crust (below)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium sized bowl combine the flour and sugar and whisk to combine.   Add in the chopped rhubarb and the strawberries and stir to coat.   Let sit for 30 minutes.   This will allow some of the juices to come out.   It will help to keep the pie from being too runny once it is done baking.

Once the filling has sat for 30 minutes, pour the ingredients into the pie crust.  Cut up the butter and place on top of the pie filling.

This pie does best with a lattice top (instructions below).   Once you have the crust on top, pinch the sides to seal the edge of the pie.

Take the egg yolk and brush the top of the pie with it.   Sprinkle the remaining sugar onto the egg yolk.

Place the  pie on a cookie sheet to prevent over spilling of the pie onto the bottom of your oven.   Place the pie into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown and bubbling.   Let the pie cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing or else your pie will be runny at first.  

Ingredients For Crust:

2 1/4 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 Cup Chilled Shortening *
6 Tbs. Cold Water

*If you do not want to use Shortening, you can also use butter right out of the fridge.   It will work just as well.  

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour and salt.   Whisk to combine.

Add in your shortening and fork or pastry blender, combine the mixture until it is crumbly.

Slowly add in your water and continue to combine until it forms a dough.   Take all the dough and form a ball.  Split the dough in half and make two separate dough balls.  You can chill them for later use wrapped in plastic wrap or you can use the dough right away.   

To roll the dough out, take two pieces of parchment paper and place one part of the dough in the middle.   Roll until it will fit a 9 inch pie pan.   Peal off the top piece of parchment paper and flip over into the pie pan to remove the other piece of parchment paper.  

Take the other piece of dough and roll between the two pieces of parchment paper.   Once it is large enough to cover the pie, cut long strips out of it to make a lattice top.  To see how to do a lattice design you can watch a video on YouTube here.    I was too lazy and didn't even take the time to do it the right way and it still turned out beautifully.  





I couldn't wait at all and cut the pie to early.   This is what my piece looked like.  It might not have been pretty but it was amazing tasting.  Now that the pie has completely cooled it does not run when cut. 



Monday, May 28, 2012

This is...

Life has been happening lately and I have had less time to post.   I know most of you do not care if I post regularly or not so it really hasn't bothered me too much either.   This is life lately:

This is where I ran this weekend.   It was really hot and humid already at 9:00 am.   I ended up taking a few walk breaks because of how warm I felt.   


This is embarrassing.   No makeup, sweaty, no shower...and yep...I'm freckly.  Thanks for those genes mom.  I hope you're not seeing this first thing in the morning.  I'm sorry. 


This is the cake I made for my nephew Logan's birthday this weekend.   Yes, he's 6 and loves the Ghost Busters.   He's a cool kid.



This is my baby showing me how she can ride with no training wheels.   It was an awesome moment. 


This is kids, ages 2, 3, 5, and 6 all getting along with the same activity.   It may never happen again.



This is plain and simple cuteness:


This is a real sign at a zoo here:


This is the end. 
P.S. I look like a man without any makeup on.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sprouted Vegetable Sandwich



I don't know about you but I love sprouts.   I love Brussel Sprouts, Bean Sprouts, and Alfalfa Sprouts.  Whenever a sandwich has alfalfa sprouts added to it, it completes me.  This sandwich completes me.   I may be guilty of having two of these yesterday.   Not that it's a problem or anything since there is nothing bad for you in them! 

Ingredients:

1 Ezekiel English Muffin (Sprouted Grain) *
3 slices of Cucumber
2 slices of Tomato
1-2 Tbs. Garlic Hummus*
Sliced Onion
A bunch of alfalfa Sprouts

*Feel free to use any English muffin you have.  I enjoy the flavor of Ezekiel English muffins a lot!  Also, feel free to make your own hummus or use any variety you have on hand.

The possibilities are really endless with this.   You can add any veggies you would like or have on hand and I'm sure it would still be amazing.  

Directions:

Toast your muffin.   Add hummus to one side of the muffin.   Place your veggies on top and enjoy!




Monday, May 21, 2012

My hatred for birds still exists.

This weekend was a great weekend.   It was sunny and warm.   Very warm actually.   The Green Bay Marathon about 45 minutes from me was actually cancelled after two and a half hours because of the heat.   Apparently people were dropping like flies.   Even though they called it off and said any of those that finished after the cancellation wouldn't have an official chip time, many still kept on keeping on and finished with strong times.   Congratulations runners.   I had race envy. 

What better to do with race envy then sign up for a race and then get your running shoes on and go for a run.   Unfortunately it was insanely windy last night.   I constantly am complaining about the wind so I need to just shut up about it but it still is surprising when nearly every run is with gusts of 25+ mph. 

I haven't done more than 6 and a half miles since my half marathon a month ago so I really wanted to get a good run in.   I am still dealing with IT band pain but it has been better lately so again I really wanted to test it out and see where I am at.  I set off to do 8 miles.  I would do 4 miles out and then 4 miles back.  Simple enough.

Of course it never goes as planned though.   The wind...it was hard.   I'm not going to lie.   I still averaged around a 9:30 pace though for the first 4 miles.   When I turned around though I had terrible digestive issues and didn't know what to do.   I was 4 miles from home.   I figured I was about a mile from my sisters house so I started running that way.   I gave her a call and asked if she was at home....she wasn't.  Crap.   So I figured I was really close to a park and ran that way to see if their restrooms were open.   They weren't.  CRAP.   So then I ran backwards and found a gas station.   I walked in like a criminal and felt weird just using them for their restroom.

Back to running I went but I was still have having lots of stomach cramping.   I ended up running and walking from about 6 miles on to get through it.

About a mile from home I was just slowly jogging along jamming out to music when I felt something hit the back of my head.    I turned around and saw this: 


There were actually TWO of them, swooping down at me again.   I am really surprised I didn't crap my pants then.   They didn't hit me again but my hatred for birds has not changed.   I think birds are so gross.   I can't stand them.   I actually get the shivers just looking at the above picture. 

When I got home, I had stomach issues all night.   I did try the Gu chews for the first time on this run so I wonder if that is what caused it.   Who knows. 

Oh and I also had IT band issues again from mile 6 to mile 8.  It sucked.  Back to the Chiro on Tuesday again. 

The best part of this run?   I am testing out some new running clothes (more on that later) and apparently they make men want to wave and honk at you.   I had a record breaking run of 2 waving guys, and 4 car honks.   The two separate guys that waved at me were young....like 18ish.   One was on a moped.     I'll take that ANY day. 

Have you ever been attacked my these Red Wing Blackbirds while out? 

Do you love or hate birds..or not really care?


Friday, May 18, 2012

Sprigs Coverup Winner!

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Thank you to those that entered :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Three Bean Salad


Here's a quick little recipe that I made today that I wanted to share.   I didn't take any of the standard pictures I normally take because I was being lazy it's just that easy.  It takes a few simple ingredients that most people have on hand and makes a great side dish, main dish or something to add on top of some leafy greens, like I did for lunch today.  

Ingredients:

1 Can of White beans (any kind you like will do)
1 Can of Black Beans
1 Can of Garbanzo Beans
1/2 Onion
1 Red Pepper
1 Pint Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
1 Tbs. Basil
1 tsp. Ground Mustard
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar

Directions:

In a strainer, combine your canned beans.   Rinse and place into a bowl.   Dice the onion and red pepper and add to the beans.   Cut the tomatoes in half length wise and add to the bowl. 

In a small sauce pan, combine the oil, sugar, vinegar, ground mustard, and basil.   Stir to combine.   Heat over medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved.  

Once the sugar is dissolved, pour over the bean mixture and stir to coat.   Refrigerate for at least 3 hour before serving.  

The longer you let it sit, the more liquid the beans will absorb and the more flavor the bean salad will have.  



Monday, May 14, 2012

The Good and the Bad of Mothers Day

The Good


I got up nice and early.   I was able to enjoy a cup of coffee before Mike took the girls to the park.   I knew exactly what I was going to do with my free time.    I decided to take a chance of encountering a loose bear in the area and run my favorite trail.   I headed out and took it easy.   I had time and I didn't need to rush. 

Awesome Photography Skills


I came home and the girls had me close my eyes before stepping into the house.   They had surprised me with flowers that I can plant and watch grow through the years.   They did this last year and I now have two beautiful perennials to enjoy and watch grow, just like I can with my girls.




The Bad

I ate too much.   I started off the day right with a banana before my run (which I need to stop doing, it just doesn't agree with me) but then we went to Mike's parents and I had chips and dip.   Then we went to my parents and I ate about a quarter of a cookie cake,  ham, bread, a couple different salads, chips, a beer, and the list goes on.   This puts me in detox mode for the day. 

Frozen Banana, Frozen Strawberries, A little Spinach,  Vanilla Protein Powder, Chia Seeds and Almond Milk.



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sprigs Review and Giveaway!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Sprigs.   You may remember a while back I did a review and giveaway for their Banjees and they were just checking in and letting me know they have a new affiliate program.   They also wanted to see if I would like to do another review and giveaway.

  I signed up for their affiliate program immediately because I love their company and their products so why not try to earn some money toward their products.  If you are interested in also signing up for their affiliate program you can do so here

To review and giveaway they sent me two different items.   They said I could choose which one I would like to keep and which one I would like to giveaway to one of you. 

First they sent me the Crochet Hooded Cover Up



This dress/coverup is so CUTE!  I love it!   I had dreams of wearing it this summer to the pool with the girls.   It retails for $68.00.

The second item they sent me is their Organic Infinity Scarf.


This scarf is by far my favorite scarf.   It is so soft and the color is amazing.   It's so awesome that I actually picked to keep the scarf over the coverup.  It just so happened that I was looking for a scarf to wear one day and I knew it would go great.   I will absolutely be buying more too because the material is that great.   These will run you $30.00 each.

I love the originality of their products.  They are also made of high quality materials.    They specialize in a lot of yoga type apparel but also have things for every day and any athlete.   You can check out all of their items here. Please do!   You will love their stuff! 

Giveaway:

Would you love to win the Crochet Cover Up?

The dress is a size MEDIUM.  It is just like the one picture above.   I'm sure if you aren't a size medium, you know someone who is and would love this coverup!

All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know you would love it! 

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Contest will remain open until May 16th at 8pm CST.   A winner will be selected by Random.org. 

Good Luck!

I received one free product from Sprigs in exchange for my review.   All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.  



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Everyone tells me to rest but I say No No No

To be completely clear, my chiropractor has not told me to rest and I'm going with it.   I am able to get some miles in but not high mileage like before my ITBS starts to act up.   I am feeling a bit depressed about my running right now.   I feel like I just can't gain any miles and I'm constantly thinking about my IT band when I'm running.   I'm trying so many new things that I don't even know if I would know what helps once I solve this issue.  

I have tried to forefoot to midfoot strike.   I have the Brooks PureCadence and stopped using them while I was training for my half because I noticed they sort of hurt my ankles since I wasn't used to them.   I decided I would wait to break them in until after my half marathon.   Here we are now, post half, and I have tried them out.   I first went on my treadmill at home barefoot to feel what my stride was like when running barefoot.   Very different indeed.   Then I went outside in the Brooks and went for a run in them.   I focused so hard on how my foot strike was.   I felt like I was a deer prancing in the woods.   No lie.   That was the exact thought that came to my head when I out there running.  Is that how it should feel? 

I have been foam rolling like a maniac.   I have this one spot on my leg that I hit and I'm not sure if it's a ligament or if it's a ball of tissue but it hurts like a mofo to roll over and it moves and I am just not sure what it is.   I have been told to hold on that spot for 30+ seconds to try to break down the tissue (if that is what it is) and I feel like I'm either going to throw up or pass out when I sit on it.   It doesn't hurt so good.  It just hurts.

I have been icing.   I have a bag of peas in my freezer that everyone knows not to touch.   It's been frozen and thawed so many times it would be hazardous to consume.  

Dr. Tony is doing ultrasound therapy on me now.   I've had 3 sessions of that.   Not sure if it's working or not.   I still have pain after 4 miles when I'm running.  

I have tried ITBS bands for my leg.   A couple different kinds.   They don't seem to work at all for me.   More of a distraction than anything.   I gave them a shot on a few runs and ended up taking them off after I started feeling the ITB pain because they annoyed me that much.  

What else can I do?   I know what most are going to say...Rest it.   I tried that for one week.   Laugh if you want but that is all I could manage to do at this point.   I don't feel like running with it is making it worse.  And Dr. Tony has not told me to stop running.   He has actually asked me what my race schedule is looking like and I have to say each time that I don't have one because I need to get my ITBS to go away.  

With that all that said, I did go for a run today.  I am on the search for some more trails in my area and I found one about 15 minutes from me that I never knew about.   One problem that online doesn't tell you is that it's hilly.   Really hilly.   I was burned out after about 1 mile of hills.  



Then you get out of the really hilly area and it goes to some street areas.   I kind of felt unsafe.


Then it got a bit worse and went by some truck yard and some random apartments.   I felt so disconnected from everyone.   No one was out there.   I felt even more unsafe. 


Finally I got to go back and my energy at this point was at a zero.   Then some random dude from behind passed me.   First person I had seen out in that stretch.   That poor unsuspecting guy became my game.   I decided that I was basically going to chase him back to my car.   I needed something to encourage me.


It worked for the most part but then my IT band started to get cranky so I slowed it down a bit and walked some of those hills.


In the end I only did about 4.5 miles.   They were hard miles.   I'm glad I did them but they did not come easily today.   No run seems to come easily to me right now and it's depressing to me.   Just a few weeks ago I did 13.1 and now 5 makes me want to quit.  


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Three Things Thursday - The Kid Addition

I took this picture last night.   These are the most important kids in my life.   I will get this custom framed eventually.  

Katelyn, Kenzie, Logan, Aubri, Austin <3
Back story on the picture.   To get all of the kids to run into this field we had to lie and tell them we hid something in the field and the first one to find it gets to keep it.   The little ones just followed along.   Logan was so mad at us for lying so we took them all the DQ as the treat.  End of Story.


We had several thunderstorms come through our area last night.  Lots of rain and lots of lightening and thunder.   Kenzie doesn't do well with thunderstorms so she came and slept in bed with me.   This is her idea of sharing a bed.


That same little girl graduated from preschool today.   She had her kindergarten orientation this week as well.   It's all going so fast.   There were days I thought they would never get to be this old. 


And just because this is a blog mostly about me (narcissist)...I finally had a picture taken of me.   Thanks Staci.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies


I love these cookies.   I know some people aren't a fan of an oatmeal cookie but to me they make the cookie better.   I like the chewiness of the oatmeal.   It gives a cookie more depth and texture.   Sadly, these didn't last long in my house.   Mostly because I gave them most of them away so the temptation wasn't there.  Since I took a week off of running, I can't afford to have anymore of these considering I haven't taken a week off of sweets.   My hunger is still there, working out or not.