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!!



Sunny Sunday: Platte Half And The Rockies by Katie
April 11, 2010, 8:24 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Races

John and I woke up bright and early for a role reversal- he was running this morning.  The Platte River Half Marathon was this morning and John ran as the last leg of a relay team.  The relay was available for teams of three: 2 five milers and the last person ran 3.1 miles.

Before heading out I fueled up with an egg + egg white sandwich and fruit.  I knew it would be awhile till I ate again since I was the relay team shuttle car.

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We all cheered Jenny (John’s roommate’s girlfriend) on at the start of the first 5 mile relay leg. It was too hard to spot her for a picture though as the crowds went past.

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I did get a picture of the crazy fast race winner types. The two girls in the sports bras finished as the top 2 females.  No big deal, they were running 6:00 minute miles or something.

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Then we hopped in the car to drive down to the relay exchange point.  Andrew took the ankle bracelet timing chip from Jenny and was off!  Here he is finishing his five miler.

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Go, John! He had a 5k to run and this former track star “trained” with 2 runs this week.

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Well he kicked butt- John finishing his 3.1 miles in 23 minutes! He seriously needs to do more races.  And train for them.

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I took over 100 pictures of random runners, I was really wishing I was on that course!  Sitting and watching made me want to run that much more.  Super sprinter:

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My Team in Training running buddy Judi finished in under 2 hours!  I hope that’s an indication of our marathon capabilities ;).  From watching this race, I realized I need to get some funky shorts to run in.  It’s so much easier to spot people.

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Some runners grabbed their kids to finish the route, which was adorable.

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This lady was definitely in the 60 or older bracket and she ran by with a bikini top on.  Jenny and I laughed but then realized she had better abs and a better rack than us (the non-movement of her girls leads me to believe they were not the real deal). So instead we just cheered her on, hoping to look that at her age. Plus she finished around 1:52. Total props to her, there is no way I could run a half in a bikini top OR that fast.

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After the race and some snacks borrowed from John’s bag of food schwag, we headed to a Rockies game!  This weekend was the home-opener weekend plus 70* weather.  I loved their beer du jour designation.

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The gorgeous weather brought out a packed stadium.  I like going to baseball games just for the people watching, sun-bathing, and beer drinking opportunities.  But I also really do like baseball, I promise.

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I grew up as a Yankees fan (who’s gonna hate on this first?!) and the Rockies games remind me more of the Rochester Red Wings games I grew up going to.  The ticket cost is a bit more reasonable too.  How roided out does Giambi look?

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When Matt Daley took the pitcher’s mound, I took about 40 pictures since he’s a Bucknell alum!!  I’m really impressed with my zoom too.

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In the end the Rockies won and I left with the first-of-the-season sunburn!  I know I shouldn’t be too excited about sunburn but I was SO white.  We’ll definitely be frequenting some more Sunday afternoon baseball games this season!

After the game, I was starving.  Since ballpark food isn’t gall-bladder-removal recovery friendly, I had John stop at a Chipotle for me.  Mmm, a burrito bowl salad with chicken and black beans.

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Between 2 afternoon beers and being outside ALL day, I have a feeling I’m going to be in bed early.  I’m actually excited for work because on Friday I finally got my computer model results to match the experimental results better than I could ever imagine!!  Basically, this means 9 months of work culminated into a meaningful, THESIS FINISHING result. It’s my baby, literally, after 9 months of labor.

What did you do all weekend?



Adjustments by Katie
April 6, 2010, 8:08 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Eggs, Katie

Hey world!  After a few days of eating lots of soup (I always loved this really basic soup when I had strep 239847 times as a kid),

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And drinking a lot of juice (I can’t keep this in the house! I’m a grape-juice-aholic!),

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Plus lots of crackers, jelly + english muffin halves, a few fruits and veggies… I’m finally getting back to some normal semblance of eating. I’m off of the pain meds but still sore- really sore when walking- and just trying to pace myself. Tomorrow, I’m going to go back to my office since I just sit at a desk all day and sitting and laying down feel fine.

Monday morning I had cantaloupe, strawberries, and an English muffin half with jelly (I know that’s a really small breakfast for normal; my appetite is just not 100% still).

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A few hours later, I made a mushroom/broccoli scramble with 1 egg + 1 egg white.  On Saturday I made an egg white only scramble and it was just gross and falling apart- big time fail.  I’ve been cautiously adding back fats following many forewarnings from the surgeon and nurses. Eventually, I should be able to return to normal eating though for right now my body is adjusting to digesting fats.

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On the side of the veggie filled eggs (weren’t my best work), I had really simple mashed potatoes that John and I made on the weekend- just potatoes, garlic, and 1% milk.

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I was a little bored during the day so I did a photo shoot of my roommate’s cat, Kitty.  There are seriously over 40 pictures…  She was totally working it.

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Kitty just celebrated her 15th birthday and says to contact her agent.

Since the eggs went over so well, I got adventurous and pulled out a snack of yogurt.  Then I realized this yogurt is 0% fat which seems utterly impossible based on how creamy it was!  The vanilla flavor had just a tiny hint of vanilla, but not sweet in any way.   Usually vanilla is associated as a sweeter flavor but the yogurt is definitely quite tangy.  I approve and so does my update digestive system.

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For dinner I made a little burrito with seasoned lean ground turkey (cooked it/ate it on Sunday night too), tomatoes, lettuce, corn, and a tiny sprinkle of cheese!  Yay cheese! And it seemed to agree with me.

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After finishing a book late-night, I slept in a bit and woke up with no appetite.  I decided I should eat something so I went with a bowl of cantaloupe.

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Then there were some Kix (um, there were also some Kix at some point yesterday as I recall, and just now again- darn cereal!).

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I’ve been really bored with my food intake though and wanted to try something new for the next meal (well more like snack. Lots of snacks.)- almond butter! I used maybe a tablespoon and some of Heather’s jam on top of an English muffin.  It tasted so good.

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About an hour later, I decided to try a really small portion of frozen leftover curry.  I can’t stress enough that this wasn’t spicy in the least and full of just vegetables, made with light coconut milk.

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Well one of the above two culprits left my stomach very angry.  Who is to blame, I’m not sure. Sigh, trial and error and patience.

I just had some dry Kix for a snack and hopefully I’ll get an appetite for a real dinner soon.  Now I have so much catching up to do on your lives!



Monday Meals by Katie
March 29, 2010, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Burger, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Lunch, Run

Monday morning started out with nausea and extra laying in bed trying to think happy (non-throw-up) thoughts.  Don’t worry, it’s definitely my gall bladder and not anything else that causes morning nausea. 😉

Much later than usual, I had a simple just egg + egg white omelet and toast with Heather’s jam.  Thankfully, it sat very well.

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For lunch I heated up leftover curry chicken and brown rice from the weekend.  I used to hate leftovers growing up but I’ve come to appreciate them so much cooking for one.

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About an hour before I wanted to run, I had an afternoon snack of toast and honey.  Great Harvest whole wheat is so soft and tasty.  Since I don’t usually get through an entire loaf very fast, I store it in the freezer.  Nonetheless, it toasts up like fresh, soft bread.

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I tried some new socks out for running.  The ones I usually wear are reinforced in the arches and causing major blisters. These Nike ones are super thin and low on the ankles- both pluses for me!  And no blisters formed! Right now on my arches there are blisters on top of blisters but no new ones today.

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My socks were great but my run was just so-so.  The first 2.5 miles felt great and then my stomach started to act up in addition to side pains.  Usually the old Gladys gall bladder doesn’t bother me unless I’m eating but maybe she was angry since the surgeon was poking and pressing her all morning in the consult.  I walked the last mile and it was a rather lovely, enjoyable almost 70* night.  The sun was setting over the mountains so really, who can complain about that??

Post-running and shower, I toasted up a head of kale rubbed with oil and vinegar, sprinkled with salt. Before:

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After- shrunken down and crunchy.  I looove them.  I shared with my roommate and Jorge and they seemed to like them too.

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For dinner, I tried a Dr. Praeger’s vegetable burger on a sandwich thin.  I liked it but didn’t love it… maybe they will grow on me?  The sweet potato fries were clearly delicious.

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So does anyone else think Dr. Praeger is kind of a creeper in this picture??

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I’m enjoying some pinot grigio with my roommate now and off to bed soon.  What’s your favorite veggie burger? I should probably just start working on my own recipe… though my mushroom cream cheese burger is pretty delish!