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Grillin and Chillin

So a while ago, no seriously like back at the end of April, a lovely bottle of BBQ sauce showed up at my front door courtesy of Foodbuzz and the fact that I am part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program.  Dar and I actually happened to be making ribs at the time, but we’d already purchased some BBQ sauce for that purpose.  I figured I’d get around to using it eventually, and eventually just so happened to be last night.

After a random grocery shopping trip I threw some chicken in a tupperware with the sauce and stuck it in the freezer for future use.  I pulled it out yesterday when the roommates fired up the grill.  I also prepared an ear of corn on the cob my absolute favorite way. (Sidenote, after re-reading that post I realized I never soaked my ear of corn in water, oopsies).

The roommates added their goods and pretty soon we had a full grill going on the back porch.

My verdict on the BBQ sauce?  I really liked it, typically I’m not a fan of BBQ sauces because they’re too thick and tangy, but this one was sweet and thin, much more my style.  Although I can see it making a much better marinade as opposed to an actual sauce.  I brought the leftover chicken today for lunch to incorporate into a BBQ chicken wrap, pretty pumped.

Can’t beat charcoal grilled, bbq chicken in the summertime, although I do miss the ease and size of my big gas grill back home in PA.

I compensated for my weekend of booze, hot dogs, and hamburgers by getting back in the gym yesterday during lunch.  Nothing crazy, but better than nothing.  33 minutes on the elliptical followed by my triceps and chest workout.  My triceps are definitely getting stronger, as I increased weight on my tricep push downs, chest press is standing still at 40 lbs though.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, try not to be too depressed.  At least next week is a holiday week and therefore a short one.  I’m trying to ignore the fact that this time last year I was preparing for my week long vacation in OBX.  Sigh.

College Weekend, and Halloween Themed Recipe

Well, this weekend flew by, and here we are at Monday again.  I was on the go all weekend, and didn’t sit down on my couch until yesterday at 5:00 pm.  Let’s go back and start with Friday’s activities.  After a stop at the beer distributor on my way home from work, where I picked up one of the last two cases of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale in stock, I came home, put on my apron and immediately got cooking.

 

looking like a dork

With a beer for drinking enjoyment while I cooked.

Punkin Ale!

For dinner I was making my mom’s traditional Shepherds Pie, with an untraditional twist of my own.  Here’s the link for the actual recipe,  ingredients and amounts. Instead of a layer of mashed potatoes on the top, I was going to use mashed sweet potatoes.  I peeled and cut the potatoes, and boiled them in some water for about 25 minutes.  While they were boiling, I combined some brown sugar, milk, and butter in a small sauce pan to add to the potatoes once they were mashed.  Once the potatoes were done and out of the way (kept warm in their pot with a layer of milk drizzled on top) I got to preparing the rest of the meal.

 

onions and garlic sauteing

add the ground beef

1 Tbsp of flour

Worcestershire Sauce

red wine vinegar

add a bag of frozen corn

combination of spices

stir and combine for a few minutes, transfer to casserole dish, top with mashed potatoes

25 minutes later in a 425 degree oven, you have this

let sit for five minutes and serve

Using the mashed sweet potatoes added such a different flavor to the dish.  The sweetness, along with the savory ground beef and onions went so well together.  Not only was I a fan of the flavors, but I was kind of obsessed with the fact that my dinner was Halloween themed in color.  Orange sweet potatoes, yellow corn, and the brown from the ground beef.  This may have to be the official meal of Halloween :).

After dinner, friend Chris came over again and we sat watching the Yankees game, they lost, and I shed a tear or two but sucked it up and started my countdown until opening day 2011. I went to bed immediately following the final pitch, so I could get up and do my 10 mile training run before heading out to Villanova.

Th run started out really well.  Saturday morning it was a chilly 37 degrees, so I broke out my capris, and long sleeve to keep me warm for the first few miles.  Miles 1-6.5 were over before I knew it, and I was moving a long at a great pace.  When I saw my split after mile 5, I actually had to tell myself to slow down because I knew I would burn out.  Unfortunately, right around mile 6.5 my IT band really started to tighten up and cause that old familiar pain in my knee.  I still had 3.5 miles left to go, so I knew in order to get back to my house still walking, and capable of finishing the rest of my training I’d need to back it down.  From that point on, I implemented a stretch/walk/run plan when I felt my knee start to hurt, and you can see below how it affected my pace.

I still managed to finish at a 9:50 overall pace, which I am pretty happy with considering the last time I ran 10 miles was Broad Street 2009 and I finished that in 1:47 and change.  So my second ever 10 miler was about 9 minutes faster than my first, can’t feel bad about that!  My legs however can feel bad, and man do they.  They are still very sore today, and I think I need to take my foam roller to my calves and IT band.

After an ice bath, hot shower, and quickly getting ready, I hopped in my car and headed out to Villanova to meet up with my sister, Alex, and friend Erik for the Villanova vs. JMU game.  I got there are 1:15 and immediately set up in the tailgating parking lot for a day of fun.

 

drinking games

sisters

JMU fans

puppy loveee

❤ family

I’m borderline obsessed with owning a bulldog someday and dressing it up in a JMU football jersey, so when I saw that cute little girl above chillin at a tailgate nearby I almost stole her.  Alex told me that if I stole the puppy though, that someone else would probably really miss her, so I settled for some puppy kisses and pictures with her.  Sadly my camera died at the end of the tailgate, so I have no other pictures from the weekend, but we went to the football game, JMU lost (booooooo), and then we hung out at my sister’s apartment resting for a bit before heading out for the night.

Our night involved drinks and dinner while watching the Phillies game, mug night at Erin’s Pub for the end of the Phillies game (another loss boooo, most boring World Series in history this year), and then a few games of beer pong at one of my sister’s friends houses.  It was fun to pretend like we were back in college, and Alex and I didn’t feel too old or out of place since it was Villanova’s alumni weekend.

Yesterday, Alex and I backed up our things and said goodbye to my sis and Villanova to head home for some football watching.  We stopped at a bar on the way so we both could watch our respective teams play (him the 49ers and me the Eagles) and sadly both our teams lost, but we were able to enjoy a delicious lunch of nachos, chicken tenders, and french fries.  Alex was on a train at 6:30 and back up to New York, and I spent the rest of my night on the couch watching a Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s marathon.

It was a fun and eventful weekend that has definitely left me struggling today, but it was worth it.  I can’t believe this weekend is Halloween already, so it will definitely be another busy one!  Happy Monday!

September?

September, is that you?  Aren’t cool 70 degree temps and breezes supposed to accompany you?  What is this 97 degree nonsense?  Also, if you could please keep Hurricane Earl away from my friend’s wedding on Friday, that would be great.  Kthxbye.

I kicked September off with a bang and stopped at Starbucks this morning for a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Funny though, I ordered a non-fat and the barista asked if I wanted whipped cream.  Wouldn’t that pretty much defeat the purpose of ordering non-fat milk?  Thank you for asking, but no I would not like whipped cream.  With the first sip of pumpkiny delight, I was whisked back to memories of football tailgates, pumpkin picking, beerfests, Uggs, and sweaters.  It was fantastic.

Pumpkin Spice

Last night, I finally got back into my routine and hit the gym for a run.  Since I’ll be traveling again right from work tomorrow, I really needed to get a run in last night and another one tonight.  I did 5 miles at a 9:05 pace and felt relatively comfortable during it.  Well, that’s not completely true I hit mile 3 and realized I had to pee, so I quickly darted to the bathroom and knocked out the last 2.  Also, thanks for all the positive feedback about the 5k I signed up for.  You all really boosted my confidence!

Dinner last night was probably one of the most random things you will ever see me eat.  Just about the only things in my fridge were a zucchini and corn, so I made a veggie wrap with some humus and mac and cheese.

veggieful

mac and cheeeeese

The wrap was good, but I actually would have enjoyed it more without the humus.  And well, the mac and cheese speaks for itself.  That’s always delicious.  I wrapped my night up with the season finale of Make it or Break it and The Rachel Zoe Project.  A pretty good Tuesday if I say so myself.

Tonight will involve another run and packing for my long weekend in DC.  I’m still trying to decide what to wear.  I originally planned to wear the same dress I wore to the wedding last weekend, but after it left cuts on my rib cage and me looking like a pregnant lady in some pictures I’m rethinking it.  Sigh.  Not that I have anything else to wear, so I’ll probably end up wearing it.

Ok, happy Wednesday all.  So close to the long weekend!