Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Apple A Day by Katie
October 11, 2010, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Apple, Baking, Dessert, Katie

I have a lot of apples, approximately 100.

Apples with yogurt and crunchy cereal things.

A pie I promised to some Boston friends and forgot… so I guess I will have to return to Boston.

Applesauce. Way more applesauce than anyone with a full set of teeth needs.  Feel free to stop by my freezer for a container or 8.

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I’m Back! by Kelli
March 1, 2010, 9:06 pm
Filed under: Apple, Dinner, Food, Kelli, Lunch, Run, Spinning, Workout

Hey bloggies 🙂  I’m back!  I am feeling 1 million times better today!  I have an appetite and energy!  Which are arguably the two things that make me , me!  Here is my weekend in a nut shell…

Saturday:

I slept in!  And when I say slept in I mean really late.  I’m talking sleeping in after late night college drinking late.   After coming home Friday at noon from work because I was sick I slept all afternoon.  Then woke up when Stephen came home and went back to bed until the next morning.  Crazy.  This is what I need to do when I don’t feel well though.  I know my body well enough to know that if I sleep like crazy for a few days the sickness never gets too bad.  But if I dont have an opportunity to sleep like that I will get a fever, stuffy nose, bad cough, the whole sha-bang.

Saturday afternoon we met our realtor to see some houses.  I was pretty excited, but was met with some dissappointing houses.  I never realized how little some people take care of their houses!  One house did NOT have a stove!  INSANITY!  I actually really like that house, but the more you looked at it the more you realized it needed some work; new roof, new siding, :::ahem:: a stove, and they had 4 cats so all the carpet would need to be ripped up and replaced due to Stephen’s crazy allergy.  All in all, we learned a lot about what we don’t want (ie: kitchens need stoves).  We are looking at two more houses this week and a few more Saturday, so the search continues.

I did not have much of an appetite this weekend due to the sickness, but I did spy a rice krispie treat at Starbucks while house searching that looked mighty good.  I gobbled it up on the car ride.

Saturday after house hunting we went out to dinner with Stephen’s family.  I got a nice green salad (unpictured, sorry!) but really was not that hungry.

Sunday:

Sunday was supposed to be my group training run.  Needless to say that did NOT happen.  My alarm went off at 6:30 but I really was not up to it.  When I finally peeled myself out of bed at 9 I went for a nice easy 3 mile run.  My legs felt good, but I was just SO run down from being sick that I could not go any farther.

Later in the day Sunday we helped Stephen’s sister, Elizabeth, paint her new office.  She is a private counselor and her practice just bought a new office space.   I felt like I did not do much painting, to be honest.  I kept feeling so tired and the paint smell was really bothering me.

Hubby is so handy 🙂

After painting we went to an amazing place to celebrate Elizabeth’s birthday!  Grant’s in West Hartford center is probably one of my favorite places to  eat in CT.  They have a seasonal menu and everything is always amazing.  In the summer there is the cutest outside eating area, and West Hartford center is a really gorgeous outdoor shopping area so the environment is amazing.  I had the scallops over butternut squash.  Even though my appetite was not was it normally is I really enjoyed this.  The scallops were cooked PERFECTLY, and the sauce was rich and flavorful.

After dinner we went back to Elizabeth’s to enjoy red velvet birthday cake (OMG) and presents!  She got some great gifts!  We got her the bamboo blinds she wanted for her office.

Elizabeth is almost 9 months pregnant and looks amazing and so healthy.  I can’t beleive our nephew will be here so soon!  In just about a month we will get to welcome him to the world 🙂  I can’t wait!  Her husband, Jon, got her a baby food maker.  Its pretty much a steamer, dehydrator, and food processor all rolled into one.  I was pretty excited about it and can’t wait to have a little one to make homemade organic baby food for 🙂

Today:

After another night of 10+ hours of sleep I woke up feeling SO much better!  I was REALLY hungry and dove right into the last of my PB puffins.  Yummmmy.  I headed off to work and was honestly happy to be there.

Since I didn’t wake up in time to make a nice lunch I headed to Subway for a 6 inch sweet onion chicken sub on 9 grain wheat bread with a side of apples.  I was so hungry, and the sandwich went right to the face 🙂

After work I headed to spinning.  I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get all the way through class, but it was worth a try.  After a 20 minute arm work out I hopped on a bike to get ready for class.  My legs felt good, but I decided to take it somewhat easy.  I didn’t want to over do it and feel back to being really run down tomorrow.  Class was great and I made it all the way to the end.

My egg puff dinner is waiting for me so I better go gobble it down 🙂  I hope you all had a wonderful Monday!!!



Friday Favorites by Katie
February 26, 2010, 5:08 pm
Filed under: Apple, Breakfast, Coffee, Katie, Lunch, Salad

Since it was Friday, I had a little fun with my oats and added unsweetened coconut and butterscotch chips.  I was adding butterscotch chips all the time for awhile but I forgot about them!

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Friday also meant it was Starbuck’s day!  I had a misto with one shot of SF Vanilla. It’s my current favorite, I’ve been hooked for awhile.

Later, I snacked on a honeycrisp.  I look like such a good little [grad]schoolgirl with this picture.

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I forgot leftover pasta for lunch and had a meeting at 1, so I couldn’t really leave! Uh oh! Thankfully, someone always brings some pretty decent bagels to our meetings… no picture though, as someone was presenting.

Since a lonely bagel is not enough for a lunch (or balanced at all), I stopped by Whole Foods for the salad bar!  It’s been ages since I splurged on this.

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In my takeout box:

  • Baby spinach
  • Mixed greens
  • Beets
  • Red onion
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes (I swear they are under there)
  • Artichokes
  • Roasted asparagus
  • Crumbled hardboiled egg bits
  • Small scoop of lemon pepper tuna
  • Broccoli + tomato mixture

Wow, that’s a lot of vegetables!  I used a tiny bit of this citrus misto dressing but with roasted (i.e. oily) asparagus and the tuna salad, I didn’t really need much at all.

Off to Denver!  Do you have any special Friday indulgences ??



Flyin By… by Kelli
February 23, 2010, 7:38 pm
Filed under: Apple, Breakfast, Dinner, Food, Kelli, Run, Workout

Hey all!  Wow this week is flying by.  I know its only Tuesday but the past two days have flown and I think the rest of the week will too!  i have been super busy at work, which is why I have had no time to post!  Here is a quick montage of my food over the last two days…

*Sunday dinner: Pork tenderloin (slightly burnt.  don’t judge)

*Monday lunch; roasted brussel sprouts with walnuts and parm cheese)

Throw all that together, add in 2 green monsters for breakfast, and a few pumpkin pie yogurts as snacks and you have a few days of delish and healthy food 🙂

I have other exciting news.  Stephen and I have officially contacted a realtor and are in the process of trying to find a house to buy!  I could NOT be more excited!  It is so nice to be at this point in our lives financially and emotionally.  We are looking at the first round of houses on Saturday!  Woohoo!

I am off to do my easy 4 mile run as part of marathon training!  Have a great night!



SHOES! by Katie
February 5, 2010, 7:51 pm
Filed under: Apple, Katie, Lunch, Marathon, Pizza, Salad, Shoes

Oh wow, what a day so far.  I woke up at 5 AM to make sure I got everything in and it looks like I will be missing out on a workout again.  I usually work out in the afternoon and Friday afternoons are always busy, not sure what I was thinking by making yesterday my rest day.  I’m over it, marathon training kick-off starts tomorrow, I’ll get in plenty of workout time soon. 😉

Lunch was at the desk, some leftover pizza and a mega salad with mixed greens, spinach, tomato, avocado, a few crunchy garlic chip thingies, and balsamic.  Pictures can be deceiving but this salad was huge and it took forever to eat.

Later after a meeting, some resume advice talk, editing and printing TNT letters, packing for Denver, and hitting the road, I crunched crunched crunched on an apple.

Before I pulled out of Fort Collins, I stopped by Runner’s Roost to pick up the one thing holding me back from running lately: NEW SNEAKERS!!!

Aren’t they pretty?  They were out of stock and backordered and so the color was random- I was told they were going to be hot pink, but lime green works.  Who cares?!  I’m ready to train!  Every once in awhile while I worked on letters for fundraising I would write the distance and suddenly get butterflies for a minute.  So excited but so nervous!

Alright, I’m gonna go hang out with John and stuff envelopes WOO HOO!



Back to the Food: The Good and The Bad by Katie
February 4, 2010, 12:22 pm
Filed under: Apple, Dinner, Green Monster, Katie

That was a fun interlude, now back to the eats and other news from yesterday.  Please note the addition to the side of the page :D!

Good: 1/2 and apple + Kefir + Bees Knees for a snack yesterday

Bad: Taking a lifting class that turned out to be slow, boring, and barely felt like a workout. To her benefit, the instructor was really sweet and seemed nervous, maybe she just started teaching.

Good: Finding a sample sized packet of amazing Grass Chocolate Green Super Food on sale.

Bad: The nasty Green Monster I made after the gym- almond milk, spinach, frozen small banana, above super food.  The first one I ever made was divine.  This one tasted like eating a tree. And obviously, I know what that tastes like.   In comparison to last time:

  • almond milk instead of Kefir
  • added way more spinach
  • added the Amazing Grass

It had way too much texture and smelled and tasted like sludge. I choked down about half.  I have no idea what my mistake was, but please enlighten me if you have a clue!

Good: The turkey and brie I made for dinner! And the spinach + tomato + Goddess salad.  There was a restaurant in our college town that made a sandwich I was thoroughly obsessed with: toasted turkey and brie with cranberry chutney.  After I saw Jenna’s similar sandwich the other day and realized I had all the ingredients, I decided to make one ASAP.

Step 1) Warm up turkey in the pan

Step 2) Add brie and melt

Step 3) Toast bread (or english muffin as I used)

Step 4) Spread previously frozen leftover cranberry sauce from the holidays on bread

Step 5) Smoosh it all together and feast!

Step 6) Eat a salad to get some veggies and be surprised when you love it almost as much as the sammy

Alright, this girl needs to get to work and stop blogging (but it’s so much more fun!). This quote sums up today perfectly:

“I Try to Take One Day at a Time, but Sometimes Several Days Attack Me at Once”



Chipotle versus the Grocery Store by Katie
January 30, 2010, 2:53 pm
Filed under: Apple, Breakfast, Dinner, Katie, Wine

I SO should have posted this last night, whoops!  Friday night dinner:  Chipotle.  John and I are trying to eat out less or at least more cheaply because it obviously gets expensive.  Also, restaurant week in Denver is coming up and we want to try some $$ places we would normally never go to.  During restaurant week, restaurants offer meals at either $52.80 for two (Denver is 5280 feet high- Mile High City) or $26.40 for one.

I mentioned last weekend that I dislike cooking at John’s house.  He lives with 3 roommates and 2 dogs so it is rarely very clean.  If you own a dog that sheds like crazy, then take on the responsibility of vacuuming or sweeping regularly!  Anyway, the main reasons I don’t like to cook there:

  • Dog hair everywhere plus it is an old, dusty house.  Every time I pull out pots, pans, or mixing bowls, I need to wash it all before I start cooking.
  • Lately it has been really cleaned up, but usually there are piles of dirty dishes (no dishwasher)
  • Minimal lighting and heating- it’s dark and cold in there!
  • The basics are missing- John has some olive oil, some salt, and a few staples like canned tuna and sauce and pasta.. then a bunch of snacks.  No vegetables, no meat in the freezer, nothin’!

Ok, so you are probably like “Aw stop whining- spend 10 minutes cleaning and wear a sweatshirt if you’re cold!”  That is what I try to tell myself too, but my biggest cooking issue is the lack of ingredients.  If we want to cook anything, we have to buy everything.  I’m thinking the two of us should brainstorm our eats during the week and I can bring spices, vinegars, oils, etc. down and just make one trip together to buy vegetables, meats, or other specific ingredients.  Any other suggestions?  Do you prefer cooking in your own kitchen? I think it definitely makes spur of the moment meals easier!

We took a step in the right direction though and got take out chipotle and a $10 bottle of wine.

Vegetarian burrito bowl with rice (they totally skimped on this), black beans, peppers and onions, corn salsa and spicy salsa, guac, and a little cheese.  I always say “just a LITTLE cheese please” when I order at Chipotle or they basically start tossing fist-fulls of cheese all over the whole thing. I like my cheese but not in amounts equivalent to the beans!

Before Chipotle, we thought about buying ingredients to make burritos at home.  I was interested in comparing the cost of this.  Obviously, we could make more burritos out of buying the ingredients at the grocery store, and I would at home, though I’m not sure if John would use all the leftover products!

Chipotle– carnitas burrito and vegetarian burrito bowl: $15

Sunflower Market (estimates!)– burrito wraps ($2), some type of meat ($4), cheese ($2), lettuce ($1), salsa ($2), guac or guac making ingredients ($4), pepper ($1), onion ($0.50), taco seasoning ($1.50), beans ($1.50), rice ($3): $22.50

So initially we spent less. Let’s be honest though, I would have bought other unnecessary things if I walked into the store, but we would have been able to each make probable two burritos plus leftovers of other ingredients.  Which I would have to bring back to Fort Collins or John would have to use (doubtful ;)).  Interesting little analysis.

Our $10 bottle of wine, it was fruity and bold.

Now that it’s so late this AM, I’ll just cover breakfast now.  One Chobani container with a big spoonful of PB stirred in- TRY THIS- topped with a microwaved apple + cinnamon and a tiny bit of granola I had left (it was literally a TBSP I think, boo).

The Greek yogurt plus peanut butter combination was like some sort of peanut butter mousse or something- see swirls below.

I’m off to buy new sneakers!!! And then go for a run of course.  I’ve been holding out until my pay day!