Thursday, August 30, 2012

Running Just as Fast as I Can

It is just a year and four months since I had fairly invasive foot surgery. A year ago the thought of running around the block would make me laugh out loud. So while running a half marathon is the first thing on my list of 30 before 30 it may be the most intimidating task on the list.  While I want to knock it off the list this fall I know running 13 miles this fall is not realistic. I feel like right now I need to focus on getting in shape and gaining muscle, and then can focus on how far I am running and then lastly the time in which I am running it. So here is my goal - in the Spring/Summer of 2013 I would like to run the half marathon.  If someone in Boston wants to be my running buddy let me know.  In the mean time I am looking for some good running music for my short 3 - 5 mile runs. Any suggestions on music or starting to train for a half marathon is GREATLY appreciated!  

B and I are on vacation right now so I do hope to do some shorter runs along the boardwalk along with some waterskiing, biking, and swimming. Pictures to come! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

From the window to the wall

Today’s post does not really count as crossing something off the list, however it is a step. I have a lot of pictures! I go to weddings, parties, or long walks and come home with hundreds of photos. This past summer two of my bestest friends got married which meant that I was extra excited to take pictures. One of my 30 before 30 is to do something with all the pictures I take. Well I did something with a few of them, but it does not count because it’s not for me.  B feels like I have to do something with the pictures that I can appreciate for it to count.

The window all taped up and ready to be painted
Earlier this summer B and I went on a trip to Maine and went into an antique shop. I saw this really cool old window frame that needed a paint job and some cleaning. I also remember seeing on Pinterest taking old window frames and using them as pictures frame. So I did just that. I got a 6 panel on window frame.

After a few coats of primer, some white paint and lots of Windex it was ready to become art. I decided it would be a gift for my friend Tam. I took some of the pictures I took at Tam’s wedding and placed them in the window. For now I just taped them because I have other pictures to show her incase she wants it to go horizontally or if she doesn’t like the pictures I selected. I want her to love t since it will hang on her wall.

It looks great! Now I need to find more of these old windows so I can make for friends and maybe a few for me!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Recipe 1 of 100

This week marked the return of B (the Husband) from camp. Yes my husband still goes to camp, yes it was 11 weeks of being a Bachelorette and YES, I did not cook at all while he was away. So this weekend after getting a ton of tomatoes along with other fresh veggies from a friend’s garden I knew I needed to get back into the Kitchen. I decided I would make a tomato sauce that I could freeze and have for busy nights once school is back in session. 

Here is the thing; I have never been so good with directions. So when I found a recipe for tomato sauce I just started cooking. Well there was a catch. I was supposed to prep the fresh tomatoes so that it would easily become a sauce. So while I still do hope to try this amazing tomato sauce I found I instead made up my own Salmon recipe with a fresh tomato sauce. May I just say that it was DELISH! Even B, who does usually like tomato’s or anything healthy, loved it. 

What you will need:
The sauce:
3-4 cups of fresh tomato’s chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1 Medium onion, peeled and cut into quarter’s
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
3 Garlic Cloves minced
2 tablespoons of Fresh Basil

Wash the tomatoes in cold water and chop. Put them in the sauce pan on medium heat and cook for 8 minutes. Once soft, use an immersion blender to break up the big chunks. Do not over blend. Just a few a pulses will do. If you do not have an immersion blender you can take a wooden spoon and mush the large pieces of tomato.  You almost want it like a fresh salsa texture. Not huge chunks, but not liquid. 

Once done, add the remaining ingredients (expect the basil). Cook uncovered at a slow simmer for 45 minutes. Taste and correct seasoning to your liking. Take out the onion and save it. It is yummy with the salmon. Add chopped fresh basil.

The Salmon:
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (if your market will skin the salmon for you – GO FOR IT)
10 Fresh Basil leaves
Half a lemon juiced
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
2 Garlic cloves minced
Salt and pepper

Pre-heat oven to 400 Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.  Put Salmon skin side down. Put lemon juice, cayenne pepper, garlic, salt and pepper on top of the Salmon. Top with the Basil leaves.  Cook for 10 – 13 minutes.  Remove from oven.   Discard the basil leaves.

Once you have put the salmon on the plate, cover with the fresh tomato sauce/compote. Place the onion on the plate as well. They are so YUMMY!  

I made sauteed squash/zucchini and well as corn on the cob with the meal.
Only 99 recipes to go!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The List: 30 Things to do before I'm 30

Welcome to my blog. In just over two years I will turn 30! While I by no means think this is old, I look at it as a time to reflect on the things I would like to do/accomplish in the next 2 years. So I made a list of Thirty things to do before I am 30. One of the things on the list is to start a blog. So here I am.

I will blog my adventure, accomplishments and challenges as I tackle this list. There were things on this list that I have accomplished like doing a 30 day yoga challenge, skydiving, and getting into a good gym routine which forced me to think about new milestones. So here is my list. It is not complete on purpose. I will add the last 10 in the coming weeks but did feel like I had to get  a start on it. 2 years may seem long but this list is going to take time and energy to get through this list.

30 Things to do Before I’m 30
1. Run a half Marathon
2. Spend one week without the Internet
3. Take a 14 day vacation somewhere I have never been
4. Cook 100 new recipes
5. Teach a Challah making class
6. Start a blog
7. Write a business plan for my future event planning company
8. Do something with all the pictures I have taken!
9. Take a photography class
10. Go on a vacation with my sisters and mom (sorry dad and Ben)
11. Guest blog on at least two sites
12. Learn to Surf
13. Join a Dragon Boat team in the city I live in
14. Have a four pack - yay for my future awesome abs!
15. Go to Calgary
16. Go to the Ballet
17. Own a really nice pair of Pajamas
18. Grow my own tomatoes
19. Buy a piece of furniture at a antique shop
20. Paint - not sure what, where, or why, just gotta do it!

I promise the next 10 are coming!

So today starts the journey. I look forward to including friends and family as I conquer this list.