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Chicken Noodle Soup

When I was really sick last week, Phil made me a “survival kit.” One of the things in it was soup. I never got around to eating it when I was sick but decided to heat it up for lunch today. It looked really plain and boring when I put it in the pot to heat it up so I cut up some carrots and threw in some green beans to add a little color and nutrients to the meal.

I had a piece of toast on the side and it made a very satisfying lunch!

Happy Thursday!

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All About Autumn

My Sunday was all about Autumn. The weather was a perfect fall day. I was able to wear many of my fall favorites and spend a ton of time outside.

Two of my friends and I spent the afternoon apple picking. I have been wanting to go apple picking since the first signs of fall appeared. I was so happy when we decided to go. I now have 10 pounds worth of apples sitting in my fridge.

10 lbs of apples equals a lot of baking!

But before the baking began I completed a 7 mile run. And let me tell you, it felt great. I am running at 15k on Sunday with a friend and I figured running 7 miles would be a good number to end on the week before the race. A few short runs this week and I’ll be golden!

Now back to the good stuff. Baking with apples!

The first thing I decided to make was apple crisp. I resorted to good ol’ Pinterest and found an apple crisp recipe that I had all the ingredients for. Perfect!

Using this apple crisp recipe (minus the nutmeg because I didn’t have any) I turned these:

Into this:

Obviously topped with some vanilla ice cream. Is there any other way to eat apple crisp?! All I can say is that it was a hit! Between me, Phil, and his roommates the whole entire batch of apple crisp disappeared.

Another batch will be made in the near future. Along with an apple pie perhaps?

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4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

My sweet tooth has been out of control lately. After polishing off a bag of milk chocolate chocolate chips I still wanted something sweet. I had all the ingredients for cookies, but without chocolate chips to include in a recipe the next best option was to make peanut butter cookies!

I typically use the following ingredients in my peanut butter cookies.

Not tonight my friends! Tonight I stumbled upon a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies from Paula Deen (thanks Pinterest!) that called for four ingredients. I was sold.

It took me about 10 minutes to prep these cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

First, preheat the oven to 350°. Throw all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

Roll into 1 inch balls. Place them on a greased baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes and enjoy!

By baking these, you may find out that your fire alarm in your apartment works. Whoops!

Off to get cozy and read. I am 1/3 of the way through Hunger Games and I can’t put it down!

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Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Yesterday was a great day. Work went by quickly, I had an awesome work out at the gym, and then got to spend the evening with some boy that I kinda like. 😉

I mentioned in my previous post something about a “surprise” dinner. I knew Phil and I had plans to hang out and I like making dinner for us (cooking for two is better than cooking for one). I texted him asking for suggestions and he responded with “surprise me.”

I did not like this response. If you know me at all, you know I’m terrible at making decisions (thanks mom!) so when Phil left this in my hands I’m sure he thought I would come back to him begging for an idea.

For once, I proved him wrong! I’ve been craving spaghetti and meatballs for a while now so I chose to make that for dinner and stuck to it! Okay, that is a lie. I almost made us BBQ chicken pizzas instead, but I am happy I stuck with an Italian dinner!

I present to you, spaghetti and turkey meatballs!

When Phil walked into my apartment he still didn’t know what I had planned on making. I told him dinner was almost done and he responded with, “what did you make? did you make spaghetti and meatballs?”…apparently he is a mind reader. Or we were just craving the same thing for dinner. 🙂

Dinner was delicious! I used angel hair pasta, garlic and herb pasta sauce (Prego, duh), and parmesan cheese. I made the meatballs from scratch. Here is how!

You will need:

  • 1 package (about 1lb) of ground turkey meat
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/3 of a cup of Italian bread crumbs
  • olive oil
  • baking dish

Prehead the oven to 350°. Put a tablespoon or two in the baking dish (pending the size). Mix the meat, egg, and bread crumbs in a mixing bowl (use your hands to mix)! Roll the meat into balls, about 1 inch in size. Place them in your baking sheet leaving space between each one and throw in the oven for 15 minutes. Take them out and flip them over, cook for another 10 minutes. (This makes about 18 meatballs. Freeze the leftovers!)

Now that I’m drooling over last nights dinner, lunch can’t come soon enough!

P.S. BOSTON TOMORROW!!!! 😀

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Granola

I’m not as crafty as other bloggers out there who make their own granola (maybe someday) but for now, I am good with buying a box at the store. I introduce to you Trader Joe’s Mixed Berry Granola.

I was hesitant to buy this. Normally I buy the plain granola but they were all out when I went to Trader Joe’s. I guess that is what I get for going at 8:30pm on a Sunday night!

But to my surprise, this stuff was delicious!! I threw it on top of some plain yogurt, also from Trader Joe’s.

Makes for a perfect (and very filling!) breakfast or lunch!

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More veggies, less sweets

I have been overloading on the bad foods lately. Because of this, my goal for the week is to eat more veggies and less sweets/dessert. I just might have one of the biggest sweet tooth’s on the planet so this is going to be very difficult for me.

My apologies ahead of time for no pictures. I understand this makes for a boring post.

For dinner tonight I made a burrito! I used a sun dried tomato wrap and in it I included brown rice, tomato, onion, lettuce and cheese. On the side I had a few baby carrots. This is the point in the night where I normally walk over to the cabinet and indulge in one too many oreos. Not tonight my friends. I have a pint of raspberries in the fridge that I plan to turn to if the sweet tooth takes over.

Today’s Work Out

My work out started with 5 minutes on the elliptical to warm up and then straight into an arm work out. It looked like this:

  • Bicep curls, 20 reps @ 12.5 lbs
  • Shoulder press, 15 reps @ 10 lbs
  • Tricep extension, 15 reps each arm @ 5lbs
  • Overhead tricep extension, 15 reps @ 15 lbs
  • Lat pull down machine, 15 reps @ 27.5 lbs
  • Repeat

Before my cardio I also did 50 crunches and 100 side bends (50 each side) with a 25 lb weight. Once lifting was over with I hopped on the stair master for 10 minutes (at level 10) followed by a treadmill work out. I started at 7.0 pace and every two minutes I increased by .1 until I got to 24 minutes (just over 3 miles). Then I walked for 1 minute at a 4.0 pace and a 5 minute cool down at 3.0.

Great day in the gym! Great day of no dessert! (I really don’t see this lasting more than a day).

Time for Monday Night Football! 😀

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Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Two of my favorite things: Buffalo Chicken. Mac and Cheese.

I have been seeing recipes for this dish all over the blog world lately. I knew I had to make it myself at some point and finally committed to doing so.

I found that most of the recipes I came across called for a ton of ingredients that I didn’t have in my kitchen and didn’t want to buy just to make this meal.  This led to me just omitting them all together. I used this homemade mac and cheese recipe a while back and loved it so much as is that I knew it wouldn’t let me down.

Here is my modified recipe. (at least 4 servings)

  • 2+ cups of pasta
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb of chicken
  • Frank’s Red Hot
  1. Cook the pasta as you normally would. Same goes for the chicken. While the pasta and chicken are cooking preheat the oven to 350°.  It is important that the pasta is done cooking by the time you finish making the cheese sauce (it will take about 5-7 minutes to make the sauce).
  2. In a sauce pan melt the butter. Once the butter is melted add the flour, salt and pepper. Stir constantly until it is all mixed together and starts to bubble a little.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the milk. Put the pan back on the burner and bring to a boil. Stir constantly for 1 minute.  Then add the cheese. Keep stirring until it becomes a creamy, cheesey sauce!

At this point your pasta should be strained and back in the pot. Add the cheese to the pasta. Stir well. Put the mixture into a baking pan (8×8 or 9×9 pan recommended).

If you want mac and cheese as is, then throw it in the oven and you’re good to go! If you want buffalo chicken mac and cheese (which is highly recommended) mix chicken and hot sauce in a separate bowl. Let it sit for a minute and then add the chicken to the top of the mac and cheese. Put in the oven and let cook for 20-25 minutes.

Hope you all enjoy this recipe! I definitely did and will many times in the future.

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