Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Weekend

I spent a lovely time at my parents' home this past weekend celebrating Easter:

Even had a sighting:

My parents' pup, Bella:

I attempted to make cadbury egg brownies for the blog but they were an epic failure.  The candies melted in the brownie when the recipe promised they wouldn't.  Whatever - more of my favorite candy to spare:

Because I'm 90% vegatarian, my fam serves crabcakes instead of the traditional Easter ham (with asparagus and twiced baked potatoes):

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend as well!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekly Workouts & Meals

Hi friends!  Happy Friday to you!  I thought I would occasionally post my meals and workouts for the week.  As I've alluded, I'm 95% vegatarian.  It is not a political stance, just a texture thing.  I was a strick vegetarian for 4 years but over the past year I've noticed my body craving protein.  I usually try to add in a fish to one meal a week.  This week tended to be pasta heavy, I do try to limit it but it's a fav as you will see!  I do measure everything so if it's a pasta dish, I stick to one cup cooked pasta and bulk it up with about 1.5 cups cooked spinach.

Here are my dinners:
Sunday:  tofu italian sausage, roasted broccolli & whole wheat pasta with tomato basil marinara

Monday:  refried black beans, sautéed onion & tomato on a corn tortilla

Tuesday:  PB&J (this is my grad school meal)

Wednesday:  Grilled Cheese & roasted brussell sprouts 

Thursday:  Sardines (don't knock it 'til you try it!), spinach & whole wheat pasta

Friday:  pizza night!

Saturday:  out

Sunday:  15 min walk on treadmill, 30 minutes weights, 15 min elliptical

Monday:  off

Tuesday:  35 min elliptical

Wednesday:  trainer:  we did boxing drills for an hour and I am still feeling it 2 days later

Thursday:  off

Friday:  Spin

Saturday:  plan to run with 20 min of yoga


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Review: One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell

I just finished reading One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell.  Now, this book is not new.  It was published in 2008.  Full transparency:  I think I bought this book in 2008 and am just now getting around to reading it six years later.  And so is my life!  Full of good intentions.  I have a bookcase full of unread books and in following with making 2014 my year, I've challenged myself to read as many books that I own as opposed to those that I now buy on my ereader. 

I digress!  Let's just say that I had high high hopes for this book.  Even though I never read the Sex and the City books, like every other thirty something woman out there, I loved the TV series (season 5 is my favorite, by the way).  The author's witty bantor in Sex and the City is what drew me to read this novel.  I thought that would be the case in "One Fifth Avenue."   Unfortunatley, it wasn't.

The book took me a bit to get into.  I'm someone that gets lost in a book that I like, ie "The Light Between the Oceans," "Gone Girl," and "Something Blue" (have to show a well rounded list!).  What I'm not a huge fan of is a book that has too many characters to keep up with.  One Fifth Avenue is about the occupants of an extremely high end building in New York City so obviously there were plenty of characters to get to know.  I just wish there weren't as many.  I found myself getting attached to certain characters, like Billy Litchfield, and just wish he was brought up more often.

What I did like was how this book gave the reader a behind the scenes look at the New York elite.  It's a true tale of the grass is not greener on the other side and I did find it refreshing that Bushnell played that notion up in the novel.  

So I didn't hate it, but didn't love it.  I think if it was a bit more Bushnell-esque with the sarcastic and quick humor it would have been a love it book. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend Recap

I keep my sneakers right by the door to remind myself to go to the gym.  It worked!  I went to spin yesterday and did some weight training today.

Picked up these super cute flats at Gap Outlet.  I think they were $15 - love that price!

I went to bruch at this lovely restaurant in Warwick RI - The Treehouse.  It was adorable.  My friend and I felt like we were actually insude a treehouse.  The ambience is eclectic and incredibly unique.  The owner was so welcoming and gave my friend a flower for her birthday and even serenaded her.  It was just lovely - I highly recommend it if you in the area.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Butter Beans & Roasted Tomato Pasta

like to give myself little challenges, ie my current FitBit challenge with my coworkers.  It keeps life interesting :). My newest challenge involves working through my stack of cookbooks.  It’s so easy to buy a cookbook with the best of intentions, cooking maybe a couple of dishes then let it collect dust for a decade.  This was the exact case with my "College Vegetarian" cookbook that my mom bought me for my new place after college (she had little hope for my cooking skills back then!).  Since I'm in my (early!) thirties now, I'm a bit more confident in my cooking attempts.  I do tend to cook the same thing day in and day out so I gave myself the challenge of cooking one new recipe a week from my cookbooks - ultimately making my way through all them.  I even write little notes (like hated it, didn't use this spice, etc).  I thought I would share my cooking attempts on the blog.

First up:  Bean & Tomato Pasta 

Adapted from "College Vegetarian Cooking" by Megan Carle and Jill Carle

Here's what you'll need for 2 serving:

1 Tbl. Olive Oil

Can of butter beans

Can of roasted tomatoes (the recipe calls for fresh tomatoes, I'm cheap)

1 Tsp. chopped garlic (used jar instead of cloves, just as good)

1 cup whole wheat pasta

Salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese for seasoning 

Step by Step:

1.  Rinse your beans then drain for a good 10 minutes.

2.  Add 1 Tbl. Olive oil to a frying pan and sautée the tomatoes.  Meanwhile, boil water and cook your pasta - this dish comes together fast!

3.  Add in the butter beans and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.

4.  Add in the pasta, mix together and serve.

So easy and so good.  The butter beans are meaty and add a great source of protein.  I loved this dish!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekend Recap

Hi friends!  I hope you had a lovely weekend!  Between writing a horrid paper for grad school I was able to workout with a BFF and enjoy some long walks in this warm Boston weather.  (Warm = 55 here!).  

Gym selfie!

My BFF from high school joined me for Zumba Friday night.

Spring in the city.

It's the little things!  This heart cappuccino just made my Sunday.

What I bought:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.  I mean, the name?!?  Genius.  

What I Didn't Buy but am considering:

Heart this Tory Burch tote just can't justify it at this time - sadness.