Posts tagged ‘beer’

April 18, 2011

Broomcycles

Perfect day for a little running.

I met up with my roommate and the 2-year old she cares for. We staked out our spots mad early only to be overrun by Lasell College kids. 7000 cowbells ringing out of unison? Eh, no thanks.

Once we moved down the road a bit we had a prime viewing spot (even if the wind threatened to take all of us down).

I was too distracted with the little guy and searching for people I knew to snap many runner photos buuttt…Hey, Kara!

The little boy could not get enough of the wheelchairs, hand cycles, and millions of official vehicles. “BIG truck! BIG motorcycle!”. My favorite exclamation came when he called the hand cycles “broomcycles”. Something about witches and bikes in the sky…It’s a story time thang, I guess =) (And a wayyy better name if you ask me!).

I have to give a shout out to my longtime buddy who, as I mentioned earlier today, ran the Annecy marathon in FRANCE yesterday and ran Boston today! 2 marathons, 2 continents, 2 days. How wild is that?! Congrats, PMR!

After running some late afternoon errands, I headed to my parents’ for the first BBQ of the season. On the menu? BISON BURGERS!

I rarely eat ground beef (or any beef, for that matter) and find turkey burgers to be a bit slimy – bison saves the day! Low in fat like turkey but with the meatiness of beef. And raised conscientiously!

We mixed about 3/4 of a lb of meat with a 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and some garlic powder. Dad took care of the expert grilling =)

A slice of provolone on top with spicy mustard and ketchup and served on a whole wheat bun from Whofie. Great way to kick off spring =) And grilled veggies? I could eat grilled veggies for dessert. Charred onions, caramalized carrots and peps? So. So. Good. We got my dad a grilling basket a few years back and he makes veggies in it all summer long.

He and I also split a UFO white – it is a schoolnight, after all 😉

See those little charred bits? And how soft and wrinkly the peppers get? Okay, I realize soft and wrinkly don’t generally characterize delicious food but take my word for it. You want your grilled peppers that way.

I was famished and even though this dinner totally hit the spot, dessert was calling il mio nome…

Incredibly fresh fruit salad and a vegan ginger cookie to get my sweet fix. My parents and I are hooked on this cookie; we might just wither up and die if Whofie ever stops making them.

Back to the real world tomorrow but it’s a bit more doable after such a fabulous day in the sunshine.

Check out this neat video if you’re a bike nerd (or just a nerd).

Balancing Bikes

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April 9, 2011

Because it’s Ladies’ Night…

Remember that scene from the wedding singer?

I’ve been singing this song ever since my roommates and I decided Friday night margaritas were definitely in order.

The lighting in the restaurant was terrible and my pictures even worse. Nasty food pictures may make my stomach turn more than anything else so I’ll spare you the gory details. I ended up having a nice cold glass of Allagash White with a slice of orange, not a ‘rita! I always love the idea of ‘rita but I only like the frozen variety – with all that sugar, I figured a beer was a better call. It definitely hit the spot!

My girlies and I also split a plate of nachos with the best guacamole we have ever had. We could not stop taking little tastes trying to figure out what the mystery zing was at the end of every bite. They definitely added lots of garlic, which is unusual for guac, but that secret something is still eluding us. Guess we’ll just have to go back 😉 Restaurant nachos are definitely not an everyday or even every week kind of food but some weeks just call for the girls to get a little crazy. Besides, my beer would have been lonely with out a snacky friend to hang with.

I bought room darkening curtains a few months back and even though they usually work wonders, I think the long week of early wake-ups ruin Saturday mornings for me! Despite not getting into bed until 11:30 last night, I was still awake at 6:30 with breakfast on my mind. Maybe it’s because I knew this was waiting…

I taught a spinning class last night and that always leaves me absolutely ravenous the morning after. Beer (even just one) just adds to the rumbley tummy! Fresh, fruity oats were calling my name.

Today’s Bowl

In the pot:

1/2 c. rolled oats

1/2 c. unsweeted vanilla Almond Breeze

1/2 c. water

1/2 sliced banana

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 egg, stirred in at the end

On top:

1 large teaspoon raw almond butter

sliced kiwi (!!!)

a few slices banana

sprinkle Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Granola

SB’s House Blend on the side!

Have you ever had raw almond butter? Most almond butters feature roasted almonds but let me tell you, raw is something special. It’s almost like cookie dough in flavor! Can’t go wrong there =)

I realize most of my posts have featured oatmeal and it reminds me of a comment I read on KERF the other day. A reader said that Kath posts waayyyy too many pictures of her oatmeal – nobody needs that many and they are her least favorite part of KERF. Of course this led to a slew of people defending not only the wonders of oatmeal but the need for thousands of photographs of this miracle breakfast. I have to admit, I’m an oatmeal photo junkie. Beautiful photographs of oatmeal pull right on those heart strings.

A friend once told me to never apologize for the smell of my tuna fish sandwich and I think this advice probably holds for photos of oatmeal, too! You won’t be seeing this lady quit the oat photo shoots any time soon.

Have a great Saturday!

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