West Philadelphia, Born and Raised.

Greetings from Philadelphia! What a fantastic city this is. We got in around 5pm and only got to explore a little, but it is so cool being in a city with so much history. Just thinking about all the events from history books that took place in the same places I’m looking at is totally… 

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White Bean Chicken Chili Simmering on a Clean Stove

IMG_3662.jpgRemember when I mentioned yesterday that we did some chore rearranging? Well part of that was me taking over kitchen duties. For our entire marriage I've cooked and the Husband was assigned the duty of cleaning up the kitchen. Which sounds all well and good, but the truth is, I enjoy cooking and no one enjoys doing dishes. So the divvy wasn't really all that fair. Plus, it was hard for the Husband to get motivated to keep the kitchen. . .
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Spontaneous Kitchen Organizing

IMG_3587.jpgApologies for the lack of posting today. We decided to embark on a spontaneous and epic kitchen reorganization that ended up taking all day. So much so that I just remembered Zumba started 33 minutes ago. Oh well. We have so many gadgets, dishes and small appliances and they just weren't working in the precious real estate of our little apartment kitchen countertops. So shelves were purchased and things were reorganized and I am MUCH happier. We also had a. . .
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Protein-a-thon

IMG_3478.jpgI did exactly what I promised I was going to do today—spent all day on the couch. It was pretty glorious. I watched not one, not two, but three romantic comedies. And really only got up to make food and take the Puppyface potty. She also enjoyed the chillax day and open windows. I did manage to get up at some point (between movies) to make pumpkin dip. Pumpkin dip is one of my most favoritest fall recipes. There was. . .
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Green Juice Cold Care

IMG_3469.jpgGood morning (or almost afternoon) friends! What a beautiful day we have here in the Midwest. The windows are open and the sun is shining. I woke up this morning, after 10 glorious hours of sleep, and still felt exhausted. Boo. But refused to miss my run. Pre-run had a misshapen piece of toasted with some PB, jam and chia seeds. During digestion, I pulled together a new 3 mile play list. I think I'm going to do this each. . .
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Pita Pizzas

IMG_3397.jpgI hate to even type this. But I think I might be coming down with something. Yeeesh. I've just been so terribly wiped out recently. Sure, I've upped my exercise routine with my 10K training, but I'm making sure to get enough sleep and fuel properly. There is no reason for me to be so tired! I got 8 1/2 hours of sleep last night, had a calm day at work AND today is my rest day on my training. . .
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Zumba did me in.

IMG_3358.jpgHoly crapoli! I headed to Zumba tonight for my crosstraining. It was a packed class, which made it super fun, and it really pumped up our instructor and she kicked our bums. Normally, I burn right around 600 calories for an hour long class. This is what my heart rate monitor said after class. Lucky sevens! Yawn. I was already exhausted pre-class, now I feel like I could pass out at any second. Fortunately, while I was cha-chaing and sambaing,. . .
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Hockey and Clam Chowder

IMG_3321.jpgHappy hockey season, my friends! I'm parked on the couch watching the Chicago Blackhawks first preseason hockey game. It feels like it was just yesterday that the Hawks were winning the Stanley Cup. Hockey's off season is incredibly short. Hockey is on a whole lot in our house during the week, so I'll try not to bore you with it a lot. But for now, go Hawks! Fall is in full swing (see above discussion of hockey) and soup season. . .
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DAS BOOOOT.

IMG_3269.jpgHey, we had black bean burgers for dinner. They were delicious. Because they had lettuce, tomato, onions, avocado and mustard on them. And cheese. Always cheese. And hey, a side of sweet potato fries (tossed with olive oil, montreal steak seasoning, cinnamon and hot sauce). Hey look. Beer! In a boot! DASSS BOOOT! (Recovered three of these boot mugs from a cabinet at my grandmother's house last fall. After all, I am German.) Little pour was mine. Which I couldn't. . .
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