Finally, the weather is getting nice… I’ve been itching to get on my bike (outside)! The trainer was getting so old… I haven’t been outside on my bike in over 4 months!
Jeez- and I was only riding it twice a week… if that! Yesterday JB and I went out for a ride after a quick emergency trip to Fritz’s Bike Shop down the street. He had to pick up a new crank- thankfully, with new ownership- Fritz’s came to the rescue! They’re rebuilding inventory to make it THE go to bike shop. We were also talking to the new owner Aaron and he mentioned they’ll be starting group rides soon too! We’ll be looking forward to that. I picked up some tape while we were there- I’m going back to white to match the seat, cages
We planned to do about 30 miles- I said something flat… (ha!) Let’s be honest- you just can’t do flat around here. Starting the ride with our usual Brattle street climb was a real eye opener- my legs were on fire, my throat was dry and my heart was racing. Boy I felt out of shape. Once we got going it felt so good to be out there though. I envied my endurance of last winter as we rode outside for the whole thing. 30 miles later- we were done, and my legs were done too. I’m just excited it’s time to ride again! (and my Strava obsession has begun…)
Last night we planned on taking a ride out to Greene Rd… in the pitch black. Why? to see what it’s like if we decide on that plot of land, to see if there’s lights, to see how I felt. No there’s not many lights, and I didn’t feel as creeped out as I thought I would! Thank goodness. We saw 3 deer in the road on the way back… thats something we don’t see in Worcester!
While we were out that way- we headed to The Angler for dinner. This place is the BOMB. Our dinner was amazing. I got the marinated swordfish chunks with mixed vegetables (which weren’t mushy and loaded with butter) and sweet potato fries. JB got the maple glazed salmon with garlic spinach and sweet potato fries. Honestly I would make the drive here- rather than going to the Sole in Worcester for seafood, it’s that good.
It’s Sunday. You know what that means! Time to make lunches, wash the cars, do some laundry, cut JB’s hair, prepare for dinners, and everything else! Oh yeah- Happy Easter!
What are you excited about this spring?
Wondering what to make for dinner tonight or this weekend? Try this Sausage Kale soup:
I found this recipe a while ago in one of my Whole Living magazines and threw it in my recipe book and yesterday I was browsing through it wondering what to make for supper. This one caught my eye, with a side salad and a grilled cheese.
- 1 T. EVOO
- 1 Lg. yellow onion
- 4 cloves garlic minces
- 1/8 t. s&p each
- 3/4 Lb sausage o your choice, casing removed
- 1 Lg. sweet potato, cut into small bite size chunks
- 4 C. low sodium chicken broth
- 3/4 C. small pasta shells
- 2 C. water
- 2-4 C. roughly chopped mixed greens of your choice (kale, swiss chard, spinach)
- parmesan for topping
- In a large pot add in onions and cook for 5 minutes, add in garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in sausage and mash up into small bite size pieces- cook through- season with s&p. (here you can drain off the fat once it’s all done cooking, or continue…)
- Add sweet potatoes, broth and 2 c. water and bring to a boil. Add in pasta and cook 3-5 minutes less than what the directions say on the packaging then reduce to a simmer and add in your greens and serve when pasta is done and greens are wilted.
- Top with a little parmesan cheese.. serve with a grilled cheese and enjoy
It’s quick and tasty, I made ours with gluten free noodles, frozen kale and a spicy sausage so you can really use whatever you have on hand. We have a bunch of sausage from our CSA I wasn’t sure what to do with… now I know: SOUP!
Hey- Are you a Starbucks fan? They are having a BOGO from the 15th-18th from 2p-5p. Just an FYI
Green Tip: See what you can do with your old magazines? I was going to buy a pool noodle… until I saw this for my boots. I was sick of them flopping over.. Cool hu?
….Have a great weekend! Hope you’ve got something fun planned
That Sunday is going to be relaxing?
I always hope that- but it never happens. I’ve got to start making it happen more!
This morning I decided to make some muffins. I made some ‘gluten free’ corn muffins. Sticking to a “diet” is one thing, so we’ve just adjusted the Paleo/Gluten-free thing to eat what makes us feel good. I dont’ want to call it a diet because that just sounds so… so… negative. I’ll just call it clean “primal” eating
Here’s how you make these corn muffins made with almond flour:
mix dry mixture together in bowl:
- 1 c. almond flour
- 1 c. corn meal
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 T. baking powder
add in wet mixture:
- 1/4 c. EVOO
- 1/4 c. Coconut oil
- 1 Lg. egg- beaten
- 1/3 c. honey and a extra to glaze tops
- 3/4 c. almond milk
heat oven 375, bake for 15-20 minutes..
while they are still warm, take a little honey and top each muffin with a basting brush..
I always remove them from the baking cups so they don’t get soggy from the EVOO and Coconut oil. These would be perfect for a thanksgiving side… just sayin’
Bike ride. Groceries. Lunch prep & eggs. Laundry.
time to finally… relax Happy Veterans Day!
Have a great week! Hope you got outside this weekend and enjoyed the nice weather. JB and I went for a hike up little Wachusett this Saturday.. I just have to show you this picture of Sly. Sometimes I think he wants his picture taken-
On our way home we stopped by a few lots of land and I think Sly made a new friend. Not really- this cow was NOT happy we stopped. She actually followed us and stood there staring at us.. kinda creepy actually.
Not sure when or how life got so busy, but this guy keeps me in check…
Justin’s Birthday was low key- just how he likes it. Brownies and ice cream after dinner with the family Because that’s all that really matters now is family.
I made some paleo pumpkin pancakes, and some more monkey muffins this past weekend for him too
Why? so I can freeze it for later
Freezing pancakes and muffins is one way to make it easier when don’t know what to eat on a rushed morning.. just grab and go. I actually had two this morning heated up in the microwave and they were just as good as Sunday morning and no I wasn’t rushed.. I just wanted to have them because they were good.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 c almond flour/meal
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 c + 2 T canned pumpkin
- 1/4 c almond butter
- 1 T honey
- 1 t pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients together, not over mixing it. I used a 1/4c. measing spoon and poured them onto a hot pan with some coconut oil..
On medium heat cook through until they are brown on each side. serve with some bananas.. a little syrup, and breakfast sausage if you have it
I’m really beginning to enjoy baking and cooking with almond flour. It’s so much more nutritious than regular and even whole wheat flour I find. I made a pizza crust using almond flour not too long ago and it was awesome, and so easy! no waiting for yeast to rise, and no rolling out dough. I’ll share that with you soon- so stay tuned!
Have you tried almond flour yet? thoughts?
What’s for breakfast? Craving something with pumpkin?
- 1 c. vanilla almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1/3 c. natural canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
- dash or two of pumpkin pie spice
- 1 t. ground flax seed
- 1 scoop plain unsweetened protein powder (optional)
- sprinkle of xanthan gum (to thicken-optional)
- 3-4 ice cubes
Place into your blender in that order…
It’s a perfect combo of sweetness to fill and start your day
As for today, I’m slurping my smoothie, finishing up some laundry then heading out to do some shopping. Perfect rainy day for it
I’m on the hunt for some boots! Anyone have any suggestions? I haven’t had much luck with those riding boots lately, they’re always too big in the calf, not enough support or just look awfully funny on me. I know there’s some out there…
Who knew fire hose makes such a fun dog toy!
I rode this morning 1/2 way into work with Justin, it was nice to be done with my ride by 8:30 am… and the rest of the day to… RELAX?
With the day off I decided to make a nice big dinner for us. Nothin’ like the smell of chicken roasting in the oven for when JB get’s home
Here’s what you do:
Wash and pat dry the chicken.. Marinate it in lemon juice with S&P for a few hours, depending on the size of your bird- just wing it with the juice. Stuff the lemon in the cavity after too if you want.
Once you are ready to cook, drain the juice, pat it dry and season with S&P, and some Thyme. Tie up the legs, and put it on a rack, breast side down. Bake it at 450 for 15 minutes.
Then lower the heat to 350/@20MIN/Lb, flip it over and slather on some honey. Again, just wing it, I just drizzled it over until it was coated. bake it covered for 1/2 the remaining cooking time. then the last 1/2 of the cooking time uncover it, and baste it once in awhile with the juices from from pan.
Cook until juices run clear
Serve with a side salad, and some roasted acorn squash and you have yourself a meal
Looks like Justin is home..
Oh- when you buy whole chicken’s make sure you keep those giblets! Your dog will love them- just boil them up and keep them in the fridge for a special treat!