Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shrimp Bread and running

The other night I made this shrimp bread by sauteing shrimp, zucchini, leeks, and tomatoes in olive oil.  I made a little sauce out of chicken broth.  Then, I toasted part of a French loaf with olive oil and some basil. 

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

Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

 I thought that this was really interesting: "It is only adults who ever feel threatened."

Purple potatoes

I found these at HyVee a few weeks ago.  Have you tried purple potatoes yet? 

Monday, May 07, 2012

Our weekend

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

Best achievement ever.

This game was SO hard, mostly because I didn't have the patience to win, but after many, many minutes of trying to get these tiny rings on the stakes I finally prevailed! 

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

Little Arwen

Arwen loves playing with kitty toys and I love indulging her, which is why you can find approximately nine toys in your line of sight at any given place in our house.

Her favorite one, though, is this little gem:
It used to be covered in tinsel but as a result of all of the loving and playing its fur has disappeared onto our floor.  She often loses it under furniture and when I look under the furniture to find it, she meows and meows and purrs and purrs. 
I bought her a few new tinsel toys but this is still her favorite.  I find it so endearing that she loves a little ball of fuzz so much. 

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Spaghetti alla Bolognese

I love making a really great and slow-cooked pasta sauce, but I really can't stand to have a pot on my stove all day long because somehow it all comes out burnt.  Because of that, I decided to make a bolognese sauce in the crock pot. 

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

Our weekend

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!

That afternoon I ran to yoga and then we went to David's sister's house where we hung out and began the festivities for the First Communion.  The next day was the big event:
After it was over we celebrated some more by eating some delicious food and enjoying each other's company.  Overall, it was a much-needed relaxing weekend for me, which was great! 

Did you have a good weekend?  I hope so!