Friday, March 25, 2011

What does....

What do the following items have in common?

They are all part of my lovely weekend I have planned out in Pittsburgh !!!!!

Probably no posts till next week (leaving the computer at home) but you never know what I may post with my spiffy little smartphone :)





Thursday, March 24, 2011

Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash

It never fails, you sign up for your local CSA with plans of making amazing healthy dishes every night....

The reality is you pick up this GIANT bag of amazing food each week, only get through half of it and stand in your kitchen scratching your head trying to figure out what to do with the rest.

That exact scenario has been playing out daily in my apartment with the most GIANORMOUS Acorn Squash ever to enter my home!  It looked so beautiful but what are two busy ladies like us going to do with that thing????

As always I went to the web for inspiration.  I found many vegetarian options but had some ground beef in the apartment I wanted to use up. (Will totally be making the Moroccan Vegetarian option I found soon though!!!!) The winning recipe ended up being a mash of several recipes found on www.allrecipes.com 

I admit I was bit nervous tackling this multi step (not one pot dinner) but the "waste not want not" girl in me took over!  Here is my photo montage of my creation!  I highly suggest you make this or some variation on it.  It was incredibly filling, fun to eat and generally very healthy! (ground beef is good in moderation right?)

What dish has made you nervous to tackle lately?




Post roasting!

Fill your squash, sprinkle with bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and EVOO

TADA!!!  Ooey, gooey deliciousness!!!!!




Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Maritime Girls Walking to Save The Buoys!


Hey friends, 
Today's post is a blatant plug for my upcoming walk and some upcoming events for it.  Thanks for reading, supporting us and hopefully joining me on a few training walks!
 
As you probably already know I have decided to participate in The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for a 4th year! I am lucky to have not had this disease impact me directly but I can tell you in the few years I have been walking, the number of men and women I have met who are directly affected is devastating!

 
This year, a group of alumni from Maine & Massachusetts Maritime Academies (The MMA Buoy Tenders) will be joining together again to walk, fight and raise awareness of this disease.  
We all know that there's strength in numbers, so it’s with great strength that we’ll work and walk toward putting an end to the suffering caused by breast cancer. We each have our reasons for participating - - whether it’s a personal fight with breast cancer, the struggle or loss of a loved one, or a deep commitment to the cause.
 We've each made a big commitment. We’ll spend the next few months training to prepare for a walk that is  a marathon and a half (39.3 miles total over 2 days). Each team member is required to raise at least $1,800 in donations. But because we're in this together, we know that, with your help, we can do it. 
Last year our team "The Buoy Tenders" raised over $7,000 for the Boston Avon Breast Cancer Walk. We want to thank all that donated and participated in our fundraising events and we hope you can join us again this year.
The money we raise will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those that most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures in the Greater Boston/New England Area.

Thank you for your time, help & encouragement!!!
Beth, Steph & Alaina!

To donate & learn more please visit our team page:

We will also be selling T-shirts again this year for $20 – 100% of the sale of the t-shirt will go directly towards the walk.  Please contact us for more details.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

1/2 Marathon Training Update

Why hello there... not sure why I have been so motivated to run lately? Perhaps it is the reality that my first 1/2 Marathon is a little over 10 weeks away!!! (BIG GULP!!!)

I have been trying to run 3-4 times a week.  I am following a training plan I downloaded from Runner's World.com  The beautiful thing about this plan is that it doesn't have you going all out every day until you collapse.  Easy short runs during the week and a nice long slow paced run on the weekend. 

The plan is to mix in Bikram Yoga on the days I am not running to help with my strength and flexibility. I have been averaging around a 12:00 minute mile which for just starting out I am happy with.  My ultimate goal is to be down to a 10 minute mile come the end of May/June.


To keep me motivated and slowly upping my miles, I have signed up for a plethora of races this Spring/Summer!!  Below is a list of the runs I have signed up for. 


Care to join me?


Spring/Summer Race Schedule:

The Somerville 5k - Ras na hEireann
March 13th  - 35 min


Southie St. Patrick's Day Road Race 5k - 32.11 mins! (personal best, I think it was the giant downhill sections!)

Cityrun25



Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Walk - Boston
(2 days 39.3 miles total! WALKING)





10th Annual Harpoon 5-miler  - May 22 (If I get a spot)





Boston Run to Remember 13.1 miles!!!!!


 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ships and Shamrocks

Ok so I may or may not have several draft posts in the works... Life has just taken over and I haven't really had the writing bug the past few weeks.  Here is hoping this post gets me back in to my groove.

This past weekend I went from a ship visit in Chelsea to kicking off St. Patty's day by running the Annual Ras na hEireann USA5k in Somerville.

My Saturday started bright and early with a trip over the Tobin to Chelsea.  One of our ships was in port dropping off road salt (hopefully for next winter!).  I will gladly admit I LOVE when ships come into town and I can be on board within minutes from leaving my apartment!

The weather was amazing! It was a perfect day to check out this ship who recently left a shipyard period for repairs and cosmetic upkeep.
Good morning Boston!
Anyone have a lime?
Arr Arr Arr (Please say in your best "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" voice!) Big Engine!!!
Walking this a few times counts as my gym time for the day!
Smile! The latest in Shipyard Sheik Fashion!


After a lovely day on the ship I called it an early night because I had the race first thing on Sunday!

Alaina met me at the house and we were off on the Red Line to Somerville.  I am pretty sure by the time our train arrived in Davis Square the WHOLE Train was there for the race.

Our Running crew and our super excellent bag keeper Karen! (Thank you soo much Karen!!)
Not that my face is still beet red from running or anything!
Alaina sporting her pre-race excitement (this was her first race!!!)
A not so caffeinated me humoring the camera girl....
Sligo Pub - My un-official finish line!!!
And we are off and running!! (Actually this is right after mile 2)
With over 6000 runners the Finish line was a bit congested......
After a very tasty Harpoon Ale we tried to discreetly make our way out of Sligo (we failed miserably at that!)over to Gargoyles on the Square for Brunch with the Boston Brunchers!
Say Cheese!!!!!  ~ Boston Brunchers

AMAZING Bloody Mary!

Fresh donuts with a blueberry Bailey's sauce!!!!
Huevos Rancheros with beans and tortilla.  YUMMY!!



I am not really a sweet's person when it comes to breakfasts.. I love salty and savory dishes So I went with the eggs and salsa.  My egg was perfectly cooked and the beans had just the right amount of spice to them.

The restaurant was packed when we arrived so it did take a while to seat us but the coffee and tea self serve area made the wait do-able. I will give kudos to the staff though, they were gracious and attentive throughout the afternoon.  It was also wonderful to finally put faces to many of the wonderful ladies I follow on twitter!

Overall it was an amazing weekend in town!  I am looking forward to a 2nd race this weekend in Southie before the Parade! 

Anyone else running or coming in for it?

Monday, March 7, 2011

2 weeks in snapshot

Hello friends!!!

The past two weeks have been a wonderful but insanely busy time.  Between work, ski trips north and life in general I have not had a chance to keep you all in the loop.  I thought I would catch you up with a photo montage and then come back later this week and fill you in on my training, upcoming races and new recipes I have been trying!

Enjoy!!!
mmm Bacon!!!
I may or may not have tried to lick the plate clean!

What is keeping you busy lately?

Also, anyone running the Ras na hEireann U.S.A. 5Km this Sunday in Somerville?  Hope to see you there!