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?



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!



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?



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!



7 Mile Run on the Windsor Locks Canal Trails by Kelli
April 12, 2010, 6:23 am
Filed under: Eggs, Kelli, Run, Workout

Hi All!  I hope you had a lovely and restful weekend and are ready for your week.  I slept in this morning, per usual, and am currently boiling two eggs for breakfast.  Hard boiled eggs have been my go to breakfast lately since they are fast, easy, tastey, and full of protein!!  I also did the PILE of dishes that had acumulated this weekend that just never got done.  This makes me feel very accomplished and I don’t think I should have to go to work 😀

Yesterday I went on a 7 mile run on the Windsor Locks Canal Trails.  I have had a lot of issues with long runs lately.  I have had trouble finding a nice pace, my hip hurts, lots of “negative nancy” thoughts creep into my head such as “Why are you even trying?  This is never going to happen.”  It has been very disheartenting and I had no idea how to stop it.  Yesterday there were no negative thoughts, I found a nice pace after about a half mile, and my hip felt great (possibly because of new shoes!!) The trail was BEAUTIFUL and goes right along the Connecticut river.  There were lots of families out ofr bike rides, and other runner enjoying a jog along the river.  It was a very zen run and there were lots of positive thoughts a-flowin 🙂  Here is the breakout of my run:

Mile 1: 11:25

Mile 2: 11:23

Mile 3: 11:37

Mile 4:  11:43

Mile 5: 11:41

Mile 6: 11:55

Mile 7:  11:57

I was happy with my pace and felt good the whole time.  I think one of the problems lately has been that I start out every run too fact, at a 10-10:30 min/mile pace.  When comparing myself to MYSELF and no one else, that is way too fast.  I don’t know why my body cannot go faster, I really don’t.  I train HARD and push myself, but really no matter what my pace does not go down.  I am ok with it though.  I love to run and I don’t go out there and hit the pavement to prove anything to anyone else.  I run because I think it is incredible that my body is strong enough to run THAT far without walking.  Its a great feeling 🙂

I hope you all have a great Monday!!  On the books for me is work (boo!), 4 mile tempo run at Golds, and GROCERY SHOPPING!!  I never got around to doing that last week!  OOPS!  Currently we only have eggs, a bag of carrots, and some almond milk!!  HORRIBLE!!