Two Lives, One Lifestyle


BlueCheese/Garlic/Onion/Butter/Egg Sandwich by Katie
October 5, 2010, 10:22 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Eggs, Katie

In our house, everyone knows that when I offer to make breakfast, they should say yes.  I might not be a great writer or a great job-finder or a great dancer, but I will throw it out there that I make some dang good egg sandwiches.  This morning was multi-grain bread with egg, sauteed onion, a bit of Dubliner cheddar (the bright yellow is yolk, not cheese), and finally, blue cheese garlic butter.

Blue cheese. Garlic. Butter.

P.S.-  Unless you attract other blue cheesy garlic oniony lovers, refrain from kissing post-breakfast.



What’s For Breakfast? by Katie
September 18, 2010, 8:00 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Eggs, Katie

On Saturdays (okay everyday while I’m not employed), I like to check out the vegetable drawer for breakfast.  Sneak a serving or two in first thing. Use up leftovers or those on-the-out vegetables before you go shopping again.

Pull out all your vegetables and figure out what order to put everything in the pan.  If you do it all at once, you might end up with burned or soggy vegetables.  If using mushrooms, add them first since shrooms get schweaty.  Check out the sweat on the side of the pan above.

After the shrooms sweat it out, add peppers, onion, broccoli, or anything else.  Maybe you have some already cooked leftovers (cubed sweet and white potatoes), add those next along with tomatoes.  And some leftover deli ham or some crumbled bacon..

While everything warms up, whisk together your eggs (those yolks have SO many nutrients and remember dietary cholesterol ≠ blood cholesterol!), turn down the heat a notch and pour eggs over the vegetables.

Cook it until the eggs are set to your liking and you’re starting your day pretty balanced- vegetables, fiber, protein, fat.  Uh, then try to take an appetizing picture of eggs.  It’s not easy.



Egg McGrownUp by Katie
July 27, 2010, 8:19 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Eggs, Katie

Sometimes, we have to act like grown-ups.  And when it comes to food, that is usually not a bad thing.  Wheat toast spread with smashed avocado on one side, a few pieces of sharp cheddar on the other, with a fried egg and briefly fried tomato in the middle.

This would be great with some bacon, or some hot sauce, or maybe some spinach.  What classic do you like to update?



Strawberries and Cream* by Katie
July 13, 2010, 9:47 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Katie

*Not quite cream… but the title worked.

All winter, I could eat oats everyday.  Now? There is no way. I hate sweating when I’m just sitting there, eating. My hair sticks to my neck and my shirts get ruined (yeah I sweat a lot..).

Oh wait, I was talking about food, oops.  Fruit and Greek yogurt is my summer breakfast lover.  My favorite fruits to eat this way are strawberries and peaches.  In-season fresh strawberries don’t even compare to the middle-of-winter guys!

A little honey drizzle on top.   What’s your go-to summer breakfast?



In The Middle… by Kelli
July 8, 2010, 7:37 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Green Monster, Kelli

Morning friends!  Can you believe its already Thursday?  I love 4 day weeks!  This morning I woke up for an early workout in my home gym.  Today I wanted to focus on legs, abs, and sprints.  I completed the following workout in about 45 minutes

Legs, Abs, Sprints

Warm Up

5 minutes @ 4.0 to 4.5 mph

Legs

1 minute wall sit

1 minute of lunges

30 seconds of squats

Repeat x 2

(total: 5 minutes)

Sprints

1 min @ 4.0 mph

30 secs @ 7.0 mph

1 min @ 4.0 mph

30 secs @ 7.5 mph

1 min @ 4.0 mph

(total: 4 minutes)

Abs

20 seconds crunches

20 seconds push throughs

20 seconds reverse crunch

20 seconds right oblique

20 seconds left oblique

20 seconds crunches

10 seconds bicycle

20 seconds crunches

10 seconds bycycle

20 seconds reverse crunch

(total: 3 minutes)

Repeat Cardio

Repeat Legs

Repeat Cardio

Repeat Abs

Cool Down

5 min @ 4.0 – 3.5 mph

Phew!  It was quite the workout.  My legs felt like jello afterward, but it was a gooooood feeling.  I am really loving having my own gym.  I get to create workouts that incorporate several different areas of fitness without worrying about “hogging” an area of Golds.

After my workout I sat down for a lovely Green Monster.  I made this one with 1 cup almond milk, 2 cups spinach, 1/2 cup frozen mango, vanilla protein powder

Notice that mess in the background?  That brings me to the “In The Middle” aspect of this post.  In light of Caitlin’s recent post where she celebrated being in the middle of a move, I decided to celebrate being in the middle of renovations.  Instead of being stressed about the state of my house, and worrying about how on Earth we are going to get so much done, I am going to celebrate it…

This room will one day be a den.  I picture a room with no TV, over stuffed couches and chairs, books, magazines, and an all together zen feel.  But right now it is in the middle of our renovations.  It has become the “plunk place”.  Everything that is not organized or just not done yet, goes in this room.  We are in the middle of saving for new furniture, and in the middle of creating a calming atmosphere.

This is the living room.  In the middle of being painted.  In the middle of being decorated.  Just in the middle.

One room that is not in the middle of being changed is the three seasons porch.  I am happy to report that, with a recent furniture purchase, this room is very close to being done.

I really love this end table that I found at Pier 1.

Much of the house is in the middle of being turned into our home.  It is being turned into the place I look forward coming to after work, the place I will spend relaxing weekends, and the place I will want to invite friends to for long girls weekends.  This will be the home where (God willing) I will bring my first child.  This will be the home where I celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and everyday life.  So instead of being stressed out about it, I have decided to enjoy the process of turning this 4 bedroom, cape cod style, brick house into my home.



HEAT WAVE! by Kelli
July 7, 2010, 6:48 am
Filed under: Biking, Breakfast, Eggs, Food, Kelli, Lunch, Workout

If you live anywhere from Washington D.C. to Boston on the east coast you KNOW what I am talking about!  The Hartford area is seeing temperatures we have no seen in about 10 years!

Yes, that says 80*.  At 6:30 this morning.  Last night our bedroom got so hot the Husband actually slept in the basement since it was cooler!  Because of the extreme heat I do not think I will be cooking a lot this week.  Meals will consist of Green Monsters, sandwiches, and cool salads.

This morning, however, I did decide to cook.  I woke up STARVING and decided on an egg white omelet.

My breakfast consisted of

1 Egg

2 Egg Whites

1/2 green pepper

White onion

1 cup spinach

2 Tbsp shredded cheese

Oh man, this made my kitchen HOT!  At the same time I was making some mushrooms to put in a veggie wrap for lunch

I packed up all the ingredients so I can put together the wrap at my desk:

Portobello mushrooms

Green Pepper

Artichoke Hearts

Sprouts

Avocado

Hummus

Should be a good day 🙂  I am off to work!  I am enjoying a bikram class after work today.  Although, with this heat I could probably just do some poses in my backyard and get the same effect!



Cracking Up by Kelli
July 1, 2010, 10:37 am
Filed under: Bread, Breakfast, Food, Kelli, Pizza

Happy July, everyone!  Can you believe its July?  I sure can’t!  This summer is flying by!  I really just want time to stop or slow down for a little while so I can enjoy the gorgeous weather we have been having in New England lately.

So last week I found out I have a cracked molar.  After experiencing a lot of pain on the left side of my mouth I decided to make a dentist appointment to see what was up.  Turns out one of my fillings had broken and caused my very back left molar to crack in three places (think of a peace sign without them middle piece!).  My appointment to have the tooth fixed was this morning and 3 hours, $600, and some pain later I have a whole back molar again. I really love my dentist.  Dr. Erikson does a fantastic job and he even provides those airplane neck pillows for when you are going to be the chair for a long time!  I was in the chair for close to 3 hours, so I was very grateful for that pillow!

Before heading to the dentist I made some pizza dough for the dinner I have planned for tonight.  I combined 1 cup warm water, 2 Tbsp honey, and active yeast in a bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes.  I then combined the yeast mixture, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour, salt and pepper in the Kitchen Aid Mixer (best wedding present EVER)

As it mixed I slowly added about 1/4 cup more of whole wheat flour.  Here is an action shot!  I used the “sport mode” on the husbands camera!

After letting the dough hook do its business for about 5-7 minutes I rubbed olive oil over the whole thing, covered and put in the fridge.  Now it will raise and we will haev homemade pizza for dinner!

While the dough was mixing I decided to make some breakfast.  My dentist appointment was going to go right into my normal morning snack time, and I knew I would not be able to chew for a while after getting the molar fixed.  So I decided to make a protein packed hearty breakfast to keep my full.  I decided on Eggs In A Basket!  This is an old favorite of mine. First you tear a whole in the middle of some whole grain bread and let is toast on the griddle for a little while on both sides.

Then when the bread is somewhat toasted, crack the egg so that the yolk lands in the hole.

I don’t know what it is about this breakfast that I love so much.  It would be easier just to make an over easy egg and throw a piece of bread in the toaster, but this is way more fun.

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!



Snooze by Katie
May 25, 2010, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Coffee, Eggs, Katie

I’ve been hoping to try Snooze for over a year now.  Every review from media to friends has sung high praises, and what initially caught my eye was the pancake flights (like a wine flight, with pancakes…. yes, I know!).  The Denver locations are notoriously crowded though- there are tales of up to two hour waits.

Finally, after much build-up, I tried Snooze at the newest location in Fort Collins.  It was perfectly timed following a 2 hour run and an ice bath.  Overindulgence, yes please!

Since I’m giving up the drink for 2 weeks prior to the marathon, I ordered a Bellini- peach puree and sparkling wine.    Behind my lovely tall glass is John’s beer-mosa.  Orange juice and New Belgium beer.  Don’t be skeptical! It was delicious, and possibly better than a mimosa (or I’m just sick of mimosas after bottomless varieties last weekend).

I ordered the Barbacoa Benny for breakfast:

Sope Style” with slow roasted, shredded Niman Ranch Beef atop our house black beans and homemade masa cakes plus poached eggs, smoked cheddar hollandaise, cotija cheese & salsa fresca.

I loved the masa cakes and smoky, tender meat.  The hashbrown cake was equally delicious- soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, without much greasiness.

And perfectly poached eggs.  Or should I say egg.

A funny thing happened when I poked my fork into the second egg.  It was hard.  Hard as an egg shell.  And it wasn’t just a little piece, nope, it was a half of an intact egg shell.  Obviously I called over the waitress and basically showed her the shell to which she basically said “WTF!?” and whisked it away to the kitchen.  She apologized, brought a new Benedict, and took it off the bill.  I was honestly confused and laughing more than grossed out.  I mean, an egg shell is totally less gross than a clump of hair or band-aid or cockroach.

Then the manager came to apologize and thank me for being so gracious. Then the chef came out and apologized and gave us 2 free meal cards! We did go back on Sunday morning, and they covered everything including John’s drink and my coffee (also try the coffee by the way), plus the sample pancakes we ordered.  I suggest the strawberry rhubarb.  Since I was really not upset, it was an amazing show of overwhelmingly good customer service in my opinion.

All in all, I want to go back again to try everything (hint, hint CO bloggers).  Have you ever found something nasty or wrong with your meal at a restaurant?  Did they do a good job of apologizing and replacing your food?



French Toast Sandwich by Katie
May 19, 2010, 11:40 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Katie

My favorite breakfast growing up was French toast.  My mom said she craved it and ate it nonstop when she was pregnant with me, which I always found pretty interesting.  Eventually, I determined it was not exactly a balanced breakfast so it fell to the wayside.  Then a few weeks ago, Caitlin made a delicious non-syrup-doused version I’d had on my mind ever since.

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I changed it up just a bit and added peanut butter and made the whole thing into a sandwich.  I folded it up in foil since it was kind of flimsy and

  • Little pat of butter
  • 2 (small) slices of wheat bread
  • 1 egg
  • 3 TBSP unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • cinnamon + nutmeg
  • 1/2 a banana
  • peanut butter

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  1. Dip the bread in egg and milk (obv)
  2. Slice and caramelize the banana (cook it till browned)
  3. Spread PB on one slice, smoosh banana on the other
  4. Make a sandwich (take a picture if your camera doesn’t die)

From my view, this is a pretty balanced breakfast: carbs, protein, fruit, healthy fats.  What’s not to love?  I’ll admit that buttery, syrupy French toast is incredible but not the best for everyday unless you love a mid-morning sugar crash.  All morning I kept dreaming about how delicious my breakfast was… I want it again!



Why You So Obsessed With Me? by Katie
May 5, 2010, 10:01 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dessert, Eggs, Katie

Last Saturday I had a perfect egg sandwich at Masterpiece Deli and everyday since, I’ve been obsessed with trying to match it.

  • Step 1-  Pat of real butter in the pan (a little bit goes a long way)
  • Step 2- Add some diced veggies or spinach (optional)
  • Step 3- Two eggs (keep those yolks! nutrients people!)
  • Step 4- Pop whole wheat roll/bread/English Muffin in the toaster
  • Step 5- Flip eggs, add slivers of thinly sliced cheese (again a little goes a long way!)
  • Step 6- Remove bun, top with eggs, and enjoy

If you’re thinking- uh what?  Eggs in butter with cheese? I don’t think so.  But use some real butter and full fat cheese, and the amounts you use are so small compared to the flavor it brings.  And that fat will keep you full.   I haven’t been reaching for a mid-morning snack all week.   I’ve been having huge salads with lunch and dinner so I’m not worried about getting my veggies.

Other obsession: homemade fruit on the bottom yogurt.

Just take a scoop of frozen fruit, top with plain/ Greek yogurt, and pack it up for later.  The frozen fruit works well because it gets so juicy when it thaws.

This is one of those things that is so simple (and cheap if you buy a bulk bag of fruit and bulk tub of yogurt), I don’t know why I’ve been buying the mini containers of it at the store.  It’s been my afternoon “sweet” this week.

Back to work, just wanted to show some of my repetitive but delicious eating habits when my schedule is busy!