fnpn : week in review

Pizza of the week: Homemade pizza with green peppers, onions and a touch of Italian sausage. And a salad. Made with Tofu Caesar dressing and a giant pile of spinach. It is so nice to be back in my kitchen. Best thing I ate or drank this week: One of the three green monsters I… 

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new year’s goals 2011

Now that Christmas is over, it is time to turn our attention to the new year. A lot of people scoff at the idea of new year's resolutions. They say, if you want to make a change, do it now. Don't wait for a new week or a new month or a new year. For the most part, I agree. Everyday is a chance to change your world. But, I can't deny the appeal of a freshly minted calendar year.. . .
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hyvää joulua and happy boxing day!

IMG_2959I hope you all had the merriest of merry Christmases. And if you didn't celebrate, I hope your Chinese food was awesome! We had a really fantastic Christmas celebration, starting off with a Christmas Eve gathering with my husband's extended family.  The food was awesome. We had meatballs, spinach dip, shrimp, scallops and bacon-wrapped sausages (which I ate about a billion of). Plus suolakala sandwiches (the first of many Finn foods you'll see in this post). Salted salmon on rye. . .
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canada, oh canada. it’s great!

me canadaGreetings from the Great White North! There is a whole lot of snow and a whole lot of cold in Northwestern Ontario right now. Although all my Canadian family members keep asking me why I am bundling up so much. Saying it is "so mild" right now. Riiiiggghtt.. That's why I'm wearing two pairs of gloves. :P Yesterday morning started off with a totally abandoned Indianapolis airport. Two days before Christmas, I figured it'd be swamped. Thanks to a super. . .
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confessions of a healthy lifestyle blogger : part 3

Previous "confessions" posts : part 1 and part 2 1. I've existed pretty much solely on Christmas cookies and alcohol over the past few weeks. Even those of us that lead a generally healthy lifestyle struggle over the holidays. I'm not worried about it.2. The most exercise I've gotten in the past few weeks is walking on the moving sidewalks in the airport. See a theme emerging?3. When I get overwhelmed I tend to revert to my childhood and use. . .
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cold-fighting breakfast

IMG_2690-thumb.jpgI'm so glad everyone enjoyed the christmas recipes! That is all I have to post...for now. You might just see a Christmas adult beverage recipe coming up later this week, though.Bad news : Babyface and I both have a full on cold. I get sick almost EVERY Christmas break. I've determined that my mind says to my body "Hey! Just wait a few more weeks and you can get sick." In college, my sore throats would start immediately after my. . .
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christmas recipe #4 : cinnamon rolls with mocha maple icing

IMG_2064-thumb.jpgDo these really need any explanation beyond their title? Yeah, they are amazing. Eventually, I want to try making these walk more on the healthier side. But for now, enjoy the full white flour, butter-filled recipe. This not a quick recipe. So don't plan on waking up tomorrow morning and making these for a weekday breakfast. But they do freeze excellently. I froze mine fully baked and iced and when I was ready to serve, brought them to room temperature. . .
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family christmas 2010.

IMG_2324-thumb.jpgFor quite a while, my family has held our Christmas celebration the week before Christmas. We are the definition of a blended family and between step-parents and parents-in-law, having our Christmas early has always allowed us to avoid any scheduling conflicts. We just got home from a wonderful weekend filled with wassail, too many stuffed mushrooms and at least pound and a half of chocolate fudge. Enjoy some photos. I'll be back tomorrow with the much-discussed cinnamon roll recipe. And. . .
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fnpn : week in review

IMG_2249Pizza of the Week : Homemade whole wheat crust with various veggie toppings. Eaten with my family for our week-early Christmas celebration. Best Think I Ate or Drank This Week: Cinnamon rolls with maple mocha frosting. Recipe coming tomorrow. Best Workout of the Week: Guh. None. Does running around like a maniac getting Christmas stuff done count? Best Deal of the Week: My brand new winter coat. Purchased specifically to take to Canada with us next week. It hit -35°. . .
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christmas recipe #3 : mini feta, mushroom and spinach quiche

IMG_2052-thumb.jpgQuiche is a bit of a strange animal in my world. When I think of quiche, it doesn't really sound all that life-changing. Sure, it is good. But for the most part, I just think of it as a really time-consuming omelet. And then I eat quiche. And I'm quickly reminded why it is so worth the time. Fluffy, butter, and totally customizable. Here is one of my go to quiche recipes. Here, I'm making bite-sized mini versions for a. . .
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christmas recipe #2 : the ultimate rolled sugar cookie

IMG_2190-thumb.jpgIs there anything more Christmas-y than sugar cookies covered in brightly-colored icing and sugar sprinkles?Okay, maybe Gingerbread men, but sugar cookies are certainly up there, too. Baking and decorating sugar cookies have become a bit of a tradition in our house around the holidays. For some reason, I always forget just how much this recipe makes. Don't plan on sharing? Then I'd plan on freezing or halving the recipe. We have lots of loved ones to spread these around, so. . .
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christmas recipe #1 : puppy chow

IMG_1879-thumb1.jpgFirst things first. If you live in B-town, run (don't walk) to Bloomingfoods and buy yourself a honey sweet potato scone. It was epic. And life-changing. And even though I don't consider myself a baker, I have a desperate need to recreate it. Heck, the ingredients are SO SIMPLE. And speaking of epic. Yesterday was. I feel very accomplished though. All that cooking was a super heavy weight on my (aching) back and it was nice to cross those off. . .
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the christmas baking game.

IMG_1838.jpgToday was the day. Today, it was time to conquer my Christmas cooking and baking list. And I'm exhausted. Enjoy some photos, recipes to come. P.S. I somehow seriously tweaked my back this week. Half marathon training is taking some days off. And I'm living on a heating pad (when I'm not making cinnamon rolls, that is).

wii crosstraining : we cheer 2.

we-cheer.jpgAny good training schedule has built in days for crosstraining. Typically the definition of crosstraining is any type of varied training other than the sport you usually focus on. If, like me, you are training to run a half marathon you might bike or swim or walk for your crosstraining. Or, if you are even more like me, you cheer. Sure, I'll hop on the rowing machine or elliptical at the gym for crosstraining, but a lot of the time,. . .
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