Thursday, May 10, 2012
Last Saturday David and I ran six miles, which was really, really hard for me. I'm supposed to be running a half marathon this June, and after huffing and puffing over half the amount of miles as what is in the half marathon, I am sure that I will not be ready to run the entire thing. It is amazing how far one can call after a winter. Last fall I was running ten miles on the weekends with more mileage during the week and now I can barely run six miles. I have a lot of work in front of me!
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Monday, May 07, 2012
We had a great weekend! It was so great that I didn't take any photographs.
On Friday evening we went to David's cousin's graduation party, which was a lot of fun! His cousin lives in a house that reminds me a lot of David's college house. It was really cute!
That evening, we went to First Friday and out to eat at a delicious German restaurant, which was a lot of fun. On Saturday David and I slept super late and then went on a long run. After that, we had lunch outdoors and then went to an art festival outside. The day was perfect and hot, so it was a great day to be outdoors! That evening we went to a friend's house for a BBQ. On Sunday we spent most of the day cleaning amid the storms!
What did you do this weekend?
Thursday, May 03, 2012
I mean, this game was made for a three-year-old, but sometimes we have to celebrate the little wins in life, right?
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Her favorite one, though, is this little gem:
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
My mom gave us a pack of good sausage, so I cut up onion, carrots, celery, and added tomatoes and tomato sauce. I cooked it for a few hours and then at the very end added a touch of cream. The result was so delicious. It was a great Sunday evening dish.
Do you have a favorite spaghetti sauce recipe?
Monday, April 30, 2012
We had a wonderful weekend. On Friday night, we hung out with friends and David's brother came into town to celebrate our niece's First Communion! On Saturday Peter and I ran a 5k and I got my best time in a 5k ever...26:50! I was also the first woman to cross the finish line and Peter and I both got gold medals!
Did you have a good weekend? I hope so!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
My weekend was a ton of fun. I went to St. Louis to visit my friends and enjoyed the company, exploring the City Museum and going down the 10-story slide late at night, Chipotle two times in twenty-four hours, shopping, new pups, and a lot of fun.
Posting will be light or non-existent this week, but I hope to return to normal next week!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
My recipe (that I just have in my head) involves a can of cream of mushroom soup (I know...I need to figure out how to make that from scratch in a timely manner), half and half, milk, and seasonings. When I made this, I had ran out of cream of mushroom soup and milk. I thought that I could sub the normal ingredients for half and half and...get this...chicken broth.
Needless to say, it didn't work very well. David literally had to fish the potatoes out of soup.
Don't worry....I won't be sharing this recipe.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Rach is a vet, so we went to a wild bird sanctuary:
Happy Wedding, Rach!
Monday, April 09, 2012
|An Easter lamb made out of butter|
On Friday we went to St. Louis and picked up my brother from the airport. His flight got in super duper early so we ate breakfast, ran some errands, visited some family, and did some shopping. That evening we headed home and I went to Good Friday church (I don't think you can really call it a mass, right?) with my mom, which is my very favorite church service of the entire year. That evening I hung out on the couch and read a book.
Then, on Saturday, I ran and helped my mom decorate the house for guests. Her side of the family drove in and we all did our traditional lamb cake decorating:
|My cousin's cake|
|Lamb decorating supplies|
Then, on Sunday, we went to church and then to my grandma's for a very delicious Easter lunch. It was such a wonderful weekend! I hope your Easter was just as fabulous.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Anyway, my favorite game was Warioland. It is kind of like a mario game except the player plays Wario, a greedy little man whose goal is to bank coins so that he can end up buying his dream house (what a hilarious end goal for a kid). I've been playing again just for fun and it is so. much. fun.
Did you have a Gameboy?
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
So, I turned to Iowa Girl Eats...one of my favorite bloggers. She devised this recipe for Chicken BLAT wraps. I decided not to make these with the chicken, but rather just with the bacon.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
- David has been studying again and he generally studies in one spot. One time he called Paco and Paco ran right downstairs to David's study area and searched for David even though David wasn't there. It was SO cute.
- Paco now barks and chases at Thorina when he finishes his walk. If Arwen is there, he never barks at her because he tries to be polite to her.
- When I get home before David, he sits and waits for David to get home by the garage door. His little tail wags in anticipation.
Dogs really are faithful friends. Paco is no exception.
Monday, March 26, 2012
I had a wonderful weekend. It was very quiet: after work on Friday I barely left my house, which was completely wonderful. The only things I accomplished was a short list of errands, going to mass, and going to yoga.
On Sunday morning I took a leisurely run through some nearby neighborhoods. I love one in particular because it has a lake and I like to run around the lake:
On this particular morning I saw a lot of wildlife. First of all, I saw lots of geese and ducks ducking into the water and quacking at each other. The geese were fighting about something.
Then, I looked over and saw something strange swimming in the water:
Finally, on the way home, I ran along, minding my own business, when I neared a subdivision entrance. I saw a little furball on the side of the road and grew sad because I figured that someone had run over a cat (it looked tabby). After more consideration, however, I realized that the furball was in fact moving and unballing. Eventually a raccoon head peeked out at me when I was about a foot away from it! I bit my upper lip SO hard to keep from screaming and startling it and ran very quickly away. I don't know much about animals but I do know that I did not want to run right into a raccoon. Luckily, he was too drowsy to do much to me, so I escaped.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
It is sooooo good....I usually don't love butternut squash THAT much (I would class it as my least favorite vegetable, but I really love all veggies), so I never buy it. However, this recipe made me lick my plate. I can't wait to make it again!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
On Saturday we went to the St. Patty's Day parade for a bit, walked around in the sunshine, and grabbed a late lunch. Then we headed home for some resting time, went shopping, had dinner, and then went out for St. Patrick's day fun! It was all such a blast and I had a wonderful time with everybody. Some pics from the day:
|My corned beef and cabbage...in the form of sauerkraut.|
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I pretty much finished cleaning because I am having some guests next weekend. There is nothing like having company to get you to clean your house! It feels so good to have everything so clean, though.
Do you do spring/fall cleaning? I feel like I pretty much have to in order to keep up with the animal fur.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Seriously, people. I try not to be too bossy on this blog, but this stuff, is (pardon my expression) da bomb.
David and I always disagree about Chinese food. I just don't love getting it from restaurants because I enjoy making it at home. David, however, loves nothing more than a hole-in-the-wall Chinese place. This was a stellar compromise because even David said that this chicken was as good as at a restaurant.
Here is the recipe. I promise you will love this!
Sweet and Sour Chicken from Life as a Lofthouse
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
When I was little, my dad made the best beef stroganoff. I loved it on deliciously cozy and cold evenings, when all you want is a little comfort food to stick to your lungs.
We have not been experiencing such nights around here lately, but that doesn't stop me from wanting some serious comfort food. So, a few weeks ago, I decided to make a recipe out of my head but very similar to this Beef Stroganoff recipe. It was SO delicious. Yum! I used heavy cream rather than sour cream, since we never buy sour cream and I thought that it may be a waste of money to buy an entire container for one recipe. It tasted delicious!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Things have been pretty busy around here. David is studying again, which means that he is indisposed 99.9999999% of the time. My work has been getting busier and busier, which is fun because I really enjoy my job, but it all just leads to a pretty busy lifestyle for us.
Because of this, it is really fun to have a few weekends where we are just at home, knocking around, not doing much at all. This past weekend was one of those weekends. On Friday evening, we hung out at home. I caught more than a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix (quick critique: I think that the show is funny and cute but I hear that after about the third season the viewer pretty much wants to know who the mother is and they don't find out). On Saturday, I ran some errands, we went to mass, and that evening I enjoyed a delicious dinner at La Bodega with one of my friends. After that, we had drinks at The Rieger Hotel, which were outstanding. I tried the Blancadora and loved it.
On Sunday, I had lunch with another friend and then Paco and I met up with his friend Leon and we went for a walk together.
My batteries are definitely recharged for the week! What did you do?
Monday, March 05, 2012
I love olives and unfortunately, David really, really dislikes them. Just this weekend we were playing a game like the Newlywed Game with one of our friends and she asked us about the other person's least favorite food. Mine is definitely cheese, so the question wasn't as fun for me, but I guessed butternut squash soup for David (that is the only recipe I have made that he just flat out disliked). At that point, he reminded me of his distaste for olives and I had to admit defeat.
But how could you dislike olives? I think they are one of the better foods on the planet:
- One jar Kalamata olives or green olives (make sure you buy these without the pits)
- one can artichoke hearts
- olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Drain the olives and artichoke hearts. Process them in your food processor until fine. Add olive oil, about 1/4 cup, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve on hunks of bread or with your favorite crackers.