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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Why I don’t love running. And some fast food.

IMG_3223.jpgI don't love running. In fact, if I'm being perfectly honest, on most days, I'm not even sure I like running. Yes, I ran a 5K in May and yes, I am currently training for a 10K. Why? Because I like the idea and possibility of running. I like the potential of having a life-changing moment while running. Or, conversely, I like the potential of having no moments at all. Total stillness through movement. Have I achieved any of this?. . .
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Will Travel for Food : Charlevoix, Michigan

IMG_2952.jpgWe were fortunate enough to spend a week in lovely Charlevoix, Michigan (in fact, I'm writing this from the passenger seat as my husband drives us out of town and back to our very landlocked adobe in Indiana). Us landing in Charlevoix for our vacation was pure happenstance, a search on VacationRentals.com brought up this adorable one room cottage right by the waters of Lake Michigan. We mailed a check and were booked before we ever opened a single Firefox. . .
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Will Travel For Food : Traverse City, Michigan

IMG_2335.jpgThe idea for this series was born while the Husband and I were driving down the Old Mission Peninsula taking in the mile-after-mile of vineyards and cherry orchards. We had just spent the day skipping through eating establishments in downtown Traverse City, having bites at each, and decided that this was the ultimate way to travel, the ultimate way to experience a region's flair—through food (and the occasional spirit). Thus Will Travel For Food was born. I wouldn't expect a. . .
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Whole Wheat Graham Crackers

Graham CrackersOnto the second part of my talks about the perfect s'more. If you missed the first part of the series, you can check out how to make corn-syrup free marshmallows here. Today, let's talk about the graham cracker. Just like we did with mallows, let's talk about the problems with store-bought grahams: HFCS, again! Although not as prevalent as with the mallows. They are crumbly. Which, I assume, some people like. We are not those people. Uh, they taste like. . .
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Homemade Corn Syrup Free Marshmallows

S'moreAfter my camping trip last week, I promised you folks a three-part series on the perfect s'more. Well, I'm not one for disappointing. Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing really wrong with your typical store-bought s'more ingredients. After all, any s'more is better than no s'more. But I thought there would for sure be a way to improve on this campfire masterpiece. In order to show you how I went about it, I'm going to write three posts.. . .
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Cherry Trees and Grapevines

IMG_2592.jpgGosh, do I have so much to show you today! We had a simply fantastic time on a little day trip over to Traverse City, Michigan. It'll have to come at another time though because I am totally wiped out. I do, however, have a few preview pictures to show you. Enjoy. More tomorrow.       And tonight's sunset is brought to you in part by big boats. Because I like big boats, and I cannot lie.