Two Lives, One Lifestyle

Iced Coffee and Milk by Katie
October 10, 2010, 9:09 pm
Filed under: Coffee, Katie

Every morning, the leftover coffee goes into the fridge for afternoon iced coffee.  BUT first, add sugar while the coffee is still hot and it will dissolve much easier than when it’s on ice.  The way half-and-half looks pouring over the ice and coffee just makes me want to take a picture. So I did. Coffee or tea for you? What’s your afternoon vice?

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?

Weathering a Weekend by Katie
March 21, 2010, 2:05 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Coffee, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Run, Snacks, Wine

Between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, the weather went from this:


To this:


Saturday was equally chilly but sunny and today, Sunday, it is already in the 50s.  Just one last storm I suppose!   Friday morning was a boring morning getting things done at the hospital and not being allowed to eat until almost noon.  I’ve always had some digestive issues but it’s been really bad the past few weeks.  It’s never been pegged on anything until now- my gall bladder is looking suspicious!  Friday was filled with non-pictured leftovers and going to bed super early so let’s skip onto Saturday shall we?

I started my day with a nice 7 AM run on a snow covered trail.  The run was for 2 hours, 15 minutes and with stopping for gel and water at the turnaround, and again for water on the way back in, I ran about 13.5 miles (splits were around 9:30 plus the stopping and a few slow spots where we were literally in 6 inches of snow)!  Here is how those miles went:

  • Mile 1:  Why oh why did I do this???? (This first mile must have been covered with extra snow from drifting, plus it was 17*.)
  • Mile 2-4: Okay I’m warming up, this isn’t so bad.
  • Miles 4-6.3: Oh hey stomach, nice of you to join me, why are you so angry at me?  Just make it to the half way point.
  • Miles 6.3-9.9: I think I just time traveled, how did that go by so fast???
  • Mile 10-12:  I need new socks. I’m fading a little, maybe some musical inspiration will help.
  • Mile 12-13.5: This is so hard I can’t do it, I want to stop… yikes getting worked up and almost crying is really bad for breathing, okay deep breaths, stop being so dramatic, think of all the people that would love to be able to run and can’t. I’ve got this! Running through snow is kind of bad ass right? Oh my gosh, I’m so tired, my feet are so cold, alright! I see the end of the trail!!!

Basically, I didn’t know I could experience that many emotions in 10 minutes.

After getting back, I immediately had a big bowl of banana PBJ oats.


It warmed me up from the inside.  After the long runs everyone says things like “Don’t you feel so accomplished!? And now you have the rest of the day to do whatever you want!”  After a long run like that, all I want to do is stretch, ice, elevate my legs, and nap.  Plus I’m so exhausted by 9 PM I’m ready for bed! I do feel accomplished but it definitely interferes with my weekend.

I’m pretty sure my regular argyle knee highs (what? not everyone has those?) are just like compression socks.  They felt great on my legs.


I napped for a little bit and then John and I did some grocery shopping and had snack time (we waiting till 4:30 to break out the wine ;))- Blue Moose salsa, guacamole, and some Irish Porter Cheddar.




John joined Mondo Vino’s monthly wine club this past week.  This entails 2 bottles (a red and a white) each month for 3 months at $75.  Plus, other select bottles are 15% off and all bottles are 10% off.  This French Chardonnay wasn’t as buttery as many chardonnay’s but did have some oakiness.

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For a late dinner, we wanted sushi.  For some reason, the guac made me think of wasabi and then sushi obviously came to mind!  Both places we tried were at least a 30-40 minute wait so we wandered around the Highlands area to Bang!

From the street front, you can see the kitchen.  We walked down a little alleyway to the entrance in the back.


The inside was decorated with funky art and paint colors.


After we ordered, they brought some bread and nice, soft butter!


I ordered salmon over jasmine rice, with a cucumber salad and a wasabi sauce (around the edges).


The salmon was very well cooked and delicious.  I ate every bite (well not all the rice, there was more than enough of that).


Afterward, I attempted to go out like a young, fun person in their 20s but ended up driving people downtown instead and going to bed at 11 ;).  Sleep sounded so much better.  I think I’m getting a cold (hm maybe it’s these extreme weather changes!?) so it was for the better.

While John slept off his night of fun, I got a bunch of work done at Common Grounds.  Wow, this coffee is STRONG.  I’m typing so fast!

I also enjoyed a egg,cheese, tomato bagel sandwich once I determined John wouldn’t be up at any morning hour.


Now that it’s in the high 50s, I think I’ll get outside and enjoy this weather!

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!


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.


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.


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 ??

Taco Time by Katie
February 12, 2010, 10:27 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Coffee, Eggs, Katie, Lunch, Snacks

Last night’s dinner inspired this morning’s breakfast tacos.   First up, I sauteed a little tomato, onion, and a bunch of spinach.  To that I added 2 eggs + 1 egg white and cooked it through.  After I dished the eggs up onto 2 corn tortillas, I added salsa, avocado, and Greek yo. I’ve used almost this whole jar of salsa on tacos.  I don’t really like it as a chip dipping salsa, but it goes great on eggs.

The finished product.  This had lots of good, balanced components like veggies (fiber), eggs (protein), avocado (fat), Greek yogurt (more protein)… but it didn’t make me feel full.  I don’t exactly feel hungry but I could eat a little more.

I’m going to hold off on a snack though since it was Starbucks Friday!!! Woo hoo, I love looking forward to this treat, and it saves me a ton of dollar bills not going all the time on a whim.  I ordered a misto with 2% milk so that might hold me over a little while.

I packed a snack of half an apple, half a banana, PB, and a little bit of Kefir (~1/4 cup?).

And lunch today is leftover mushroom bourguignon, which I can now spell without checking but I still struggle with saying it.

Enjoy your Friday!  Today is a rest day and I’m looking forward to my first Team in Training group run tomorrow morning.  I’m also VERY excited about the  CO blogger meet-up tomorrow night!  I’m not big on Valentine’s day, so we will probably go out to brunch or dinner and treat each other.  Simple and enjoyable.  I would be so much more excited to get a bouquet of flowers or a small gift on a day where it is unexpected and took some thought (with no incessant reminders from the radio/TV/stores).  On the other hand, I’m not a scrooge about it or anything so celebrate away everyone that loves it! 🙂  What are you looking forward to this weekend??

Butternut-a-licious by Kelli
February 9, 2010, 8:10 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Coffee, Dinner, Food, Kelli, Original Recipe

Hey bloggies 🙂 How is your Tuesday? Mine is going wonderously. I can’t believe its almost over!

Tuesday started out with my new fave cereal; PB Puffins! With almond milk and a nanner 🙂

I packed up my eats this mornin and was on my way

Some Amy’s soup, two clementies, and trail mix

I also brought some of my new favorite chair tea! The vegan chai I tried yesterday made another appearance today in a nice to go mug to take to work

Work was rather boring today. I am waiting on a lot of information from clients and I have a feeling that its all going to come at once and I’m going to get slammed. Boo 😦 Since I did not have much work today I decided to come home for lunch. I relaxed a bit and ate my soup from the comfort of my couch 🙂 I love when that happens!

Today was Day 2 of marathon training and we had to run 40 minutes. Luckily the hubby came with me for my work out! I was stoked 🙂 He was on the eliptical next to my treadmil while I ran for 40 minutes at about an 11:30 min/mile pace. My heart rate stayed below 180 for most of the run. At one point it went to about 185 and I slowed down to a 12 min/mile pace.

When we got back from the workout it was time for dinner! I made a lovely butternut squash soup while the husband cooked up a little beef. I ended up having about half a bowl of soup with 3 oz. of beef on the side. And a large scoop of rocky road for dessert!!

It is supposed to snow 13 inches here tonight into tomorrow morning! CRAZYY!! I brought my lap top and some work home in case I need to work from home due to the snow. I’m really hoping I can’t get out of the driveway! There is nothing better than working in your pj’s!!

I hope everyone had a wonderous Tuesday!

Marathon Training is Here! by Katie
February 7, 2010, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Coffee, Katie, Lift, Run, Shoes

I finally made it to the gym and tried out my new sneakers!  I ran for 30 minutes at ~9:50 pace.  This is slower than my typical pace for a short distance but it’s officially training time so I am trying to aim for a pace I could consistently do over time and many more miles.  Also, my heart rate tends to get pretty high and I would like to work on lowering it so I don’t put too much stress on it.   For the marathon, I want to aim for 10 minute miles, which I think is doable.  I am working on making a training schedule spreadsheet which I will post- feedback and tips welcome.

My beat up old sneakers, duct-taped together so the padding on the heel doesn’t come out.

Soles torn up by rocky hike adventures this past summer.

After the run, it was back and biceps day.  I’m going to try to stick with upper body lifting as long as I can unless I am too exhausted or short on time.

  • Seated Row: 3 x 15 @ 40 lbs.
  • Lat pulldown: 3 x 15 @ 50 lbs.
  • Stability Ball Ys and Ts: 3 x 10 of each with 5-lb. dumbbells
  • 21s: [7 lower half, 7 upper half, 7 full] x 3 with 10-lb. dumbbells
  • Stability Ball Back extension:  3 x 12
  • Crunches on a ball with a 12-lb. weight over my chest: 3 x 15
  • Hammer curls: 3 x 15 with 12-lb. dumbbells

After the workout, I stopped by Starbucks for coffee- I have been drinking it everyday for probably the past 3 weeks and didn’t yesterday.  It popped into my mind as a possible contributor to yesterday’s headache?  I also had some pumpkin yogurt (so obsessed) with a sprinkle of granola.

Backtrack… breakfast was banana oatmeal.  I asked John if he wanted an egg sandwich or oats for breakfast (he had to work this AM so I made him breakfast) and was pleasantly surprised he said oats.  For the two of us:

  • 3/4 c. oats
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 egg white
  • cinnamon
  • PB and flax seeds and butterscotch chips

John’s roommate’s dog Truck was patiently watching in case I dropped anything. He is too cute; a German Shepard and lab mix:

Alright, time to shower, lunch, and make some Super Bowl snacks.  My aunt made gumbo in recognition of New Orleans.  I’m in charge of dessert- not sure what I’ll do yet!

No use crying over burnt pork… by Kelli
February 3, 2010, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Bikram Yoga, Coffee, Kelli, Slow cooker, Workout

Hey all 🙂  When I last left you I was trying to decide on breakfast.  I ended up making an egg sandwich

1 egg, 2 egg whites, a ton of spinach, and some shredded provolone.

All wrapped up in a whole wheat pita with some hot sauce 🙂

I packed up my roasted veggies for lunch, and some trail mix for a snack.

This trail mix was extra special because I topped it with some vanilla yogurt dipped pretzels!  Yum!

It was a crazy day at the office.  Luckily I got to slow down enough around 1PM for some veggies and a little gchat with miss Katie 🙂

After work I headed straight to Bikram.  I really like Bikram, but I mostly like it because of the way I feel when its over.  During the class it is 90 minutes of pure struggle.  Sometimes (like last Saturday) I can get centered and go through the postures in an almost meditative state.  Other times (like tonight) I struggle, breath heavy, and basically look like a giant red balloon falling through all 26 postures.  I know that each and every struggle means the body is changing and improving and will do better the next time.  The good thing is that I feel great now that its over!

This morning I put a pork roast in the crock pot.  It was supposed to cook for 8 hours on low, and Stephen would take it out when he got home (prob 8.5 hours later).  Well, there was a little change of plan!  Stephen ended up having to go to Albany for business all day and didn’t get home until 9 (around the same time i dragged my sweaty butt in from yoga).  Not getting home until 9 meant that the pork was in the crock pot for a good 12 hours.  It was burnt and pretty dry to say the least!

But we were so hungry that we still ate it!!  The pork actually tasted ok, which leads me to believe  that if the recipe would have gone as planned it would have been very tasty!!  This is not the last time we will be meeting pork roast, I’ll be back…

Eggs are Back & in a Wrap by Katie
January 29, 2010, 1:37 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Coffee, Eggs, Katie, Snacks

FRIDAY!!!!!  My BlackBerry serves as my alarm clock and I usually just leave it on all night. Any early morning (AKA from East coast friends) emails or texts usually don’t wake me up, just my stupid steel-drum-tropical-tune alarm.  This morning, I heard it buzz and sat up and started stretching.   I got out of bed and went to check my email and finally realized it was 1 AM.  Usually if I wake up pre-alarm I think “YES! I still have 20 more minutes!” but today I thought, “YES! Five more hours!!!”  The weird part is I felt totally rested and ready to go.

By 6 AM, I jumped out of bed so hungry.  I wanted to get to work early so I made a breakfast I could eat on the run.

First: Sauteed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red pepper, and artichokes.

Next: Added eggs and a sprinkle of smoked gouda.

Then: Wrapped it in a La Tortilla Factory WW tortilla and foil.

Last: Eat it in the car while the windows defrost.  It was so foggy today!]

I stopped in at Starbs for a grande misto with one shot SF vanilla.  Since I made my own coffee all week, I thought I would indulge in the best stuff on earth (sorry, Snapple) since it is Friday.  I might make this a routine treat for Friday.  Here is my coffee helping me out with research-

During the morning, I also snacked on a Kind bar- it was so tropical!

I have a research group meeting around lunchtime and I think they (the professors) are bringing food for all of us (the students).  I have some leftovers brussels sprouts, too, or I will get lunch after the meeting.  See ya later!