Monthly Archives: May 2011

Memorial Day

I didn’t get my run done until early afternoon and by then it was super hot and sunny out! I ran with the dog and she was dead tired by the end of 3 miles.

Overall though, it was a great run. I felt good (albeit extremely warm) throughout the entire thing.

I cooked dinner for the family last night which consisted of grilled chicken for Mom, Dad, and Sister and a grilled portobello mushroom with grilled onions stuffed inside a whole wheat pita with lettuce, tomato, and ketchup for me.

Along with salad:


And potato salad:

For the potato salad, I boiled some potatoes, let them cool, chopped them, added good seasons salad dressing, and about a tablespoon or so of mayonnaise (a little goes a long way!). I then sprinkled with some chipotle pepper before serving. Since I wasn’t eating any, I used regular mayonnaise but it could easily be veganized by omitting the mayonnaise or using Veganaise or Nayonaise.

Anyway, here are some more photos from Sunday at the lake:

Emily ❤

Question: How was your Memorial Day? What is the weather like where you are? It is going to be 90 here today!


Weekend At The Lake

Yesterday, my day started with a trip to the gym and completion of a 60 minute “random” elliptical workout. 60 minutes on the elliptical is a long time but with my earbuds in and CNN on TV it went by pretty quickly.

When I came home I almost ran over a snapping turtle in our driveway! If you’re unaware of what a snapping turtle is, you can read about them here.

They are quite the frightening creature and we don’t like to have them around because of our dog and cats. So with my Sister’s help, because our Dad wasn’t home, we trapped it under a bucket (after it snapped at us which ensued window-shattering screams) until he got home to take it far away.

After that dramatic encounter, we came in for lunch.

I had another salad of romaine lettuce, spring mix, carrots, tomatoes, pinto beans, strawberries, hummus, and balsamic vinegar.

I eventually decided to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies based on the Toll House Cookie recipe to bring to Allison’s lake house.

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies:

1 Cup plus 2 TBS whole wheat flour
1/2 Tsp baking soda
3/4 Tsp salt (less if you use salted peanut butter)
1/2 Cup natural peanut butter
3/4 Cup sugar (half brown half white)
1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 Cup unsweetened apple sauce (I was out so I used water)
1/4-1/2 Cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix wet ingredients, mix dry ingredients, and then combine the two. Using a tablespoon, spoon the dough onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 9 minutes.

With all the people at the lake, these cookies lasted about 10 minutes! And no one knew how healthy they were! 😉

The location of their house is so incredible, it is on a secluded strip of land between Lake Ontario and a pond so it can only be reached by boat or foot!

Hiking to the House


Our Version of Kan Jam


Falling Asleep Wherever There’s Room

Dancing and Singing

Double Waterfront Property

Emily ❤

Question: Are you celebrating Memorial Day today and how so? Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Lentil Rice Burgers

After getting in four miles at the gym, I headed home to work in my garden. While I was outside, I found a four leaf clover!

I hope it brings me luck!

Up next was lunch:

I had a typical salad with an Italian lettuce blend, spring mix, carrots, tomatoes, pinto beans, pasta sauce (I swear it’s good), forty spice hummus, and balsamic vinegar along with some unpictured corn thins.

I then cleaned my car, inside and out because it was much-needed and the weather was perfect for it. After being somewhat productive, I headed over to a friend’s house to watch the UEFA Champions League final.

I was starving when I got home so I snacked on some raw veggies while cooking up something more substantial for dinner. I sauteed some carrots, mushrooms, green beans, parsnips, and onions while lentils and rice simmered on the next burner.

Lentil Rice Burger for One:
3 TBS lentils
1 TBS brown rice
1-2 TBS tomato sauce (or ketchup)
1 TBS vital wheat gluten
1/2 Tsp Mrs. Dash (or other seasonings)
1/2 to 1 Tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)

In a small sauce pan, combine lentils and rice with 1/2 cup water. Let simmer over medium/low heat until everything is cooked, 20-30 minutes. Take about 3/4 of the lentils and rice and process in a blender (or magic bullet or food processor) until crumbly. In a bowl, combine the processed mixture with the unprocessed mixture, add the tomato sauce, seasonings, and Braggs and mix well. Add the gluten, mix with hands, and form into a patty. I cooked my burger on a lightly oiled George Foreman grill but I’m sure it would work equally well on a regular grill.

Besides being cheap and easy, the nutritional stats for this are incredible:
Total Fat 0.6g (1%)
Saturated Fat 0.0g (0%)
Total Carbohydrates 25.5g (9%)
Dietary Fiber 10.2g (41%)
Sugars 3.0g
Protein 14.6g

Well, I’m off to the gym before I head to a friend’s lake house for the weekend!

Emily ❤

Question: Do you ever make homemade burgers? Veggie or non? Favorite recipe? Usually I go for a portobello mushroom burger but I love this lentil rice burger!

It’s Fun To Go To The YMCA

After doing a 20 minute yoga session yesterday morning, I finally decided to get a YMCA membership. My sister and I headed over there to fill out our applications and fork over some cash but it will be well worth it. And actually the deal for college students is awesome, $50.00 for the entire summer!

Once we had set up our memberships, I hopped on the elliptical, set it to “random,” and plugged away for 30 minutes. It was a difficult and sweat inducing workout but I enjoyed the break from strictly running for cardio in the past weeks.

When we got back I cleaned up, ate lunch, and did some things around the house before heading down to the school to meet my Mom to go shopping! We went to TJ Maxx and Lord and Taylor but miraculously didn’t end up buying anything! Then we did some grocery shopping because we were dangerously low on hummus (aka it was nonexistent).

For dinner I made another stir-fry. This one had half a white potato, a portobello mushroom, carrots, parsnips, asparagus, and an onion.

It was huge and took a long time to eat which I loved.

When I settled down to check my email, I was greeted by this:

Sent by one of my favorite people in the world, my Grandma! Thanks for the laugh!

Oh, and last but not least. This Luna bar:

To. Die. For. Seriously it is so good! It reminded me of girl scout samoa cookies! If you like chocolate and coconut I highly recommend this bar.

Emily ❤

Question: What is your favorite brand and flavor nutrition bar?

Muddy Mutt

Yesterday’s run was a 2 miler with the puppy.

It was super hot and muggy out so when we got back who could blame her for rolling around in the mud…

My Sister and I spent about an hour trying to hose her down but she was completely uncooperative. When we finally managed to get her clean we left her outside on her leash so she could dry without getting any more dirty.

But as soon as I went outside to plant our garden she decided she wanted to “help.”

We now have a collar-less dog and a spindle-less section of our porch.

After that whole fiasco was taken care of I came inside for lunch. I had a salad topped with some cold tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, and a couple spoonfuls of cracked pepper hummus.

I also snacked on a few Real Foods organic corn thins.

After that I headed to the bank and then to the hairdresser to get a hair cut! I didn’t take a picture because I pretty much look the same with a few inches cut off. My hair was just getting too long.

Later in the day I had to go into work to look at our new inventory and have a refresher on how to do everything. I think we’re pretty prepared for the big weekend!

Emily ❤

Question: Do you have a dog? Does he/she ever get into trouble? Besides the mud, Cheya ate an entire sandal of my Mom’s a few days ago…

Things I Love Thursday XX.

❤ Seeing my Grandparents yesterday!
❤ US & Denmark Skype dates
❤ Getting plants for the garden
Cute coffee cups
❤ Listing stuff on eBay (it's way easier than I thought!)
❤ Less rain, finally!
❤ Fresh squeezed juice
❤ My LYRFree app
❤ Flying in exciting weather
❤ Dreaming
❤ 7:23 "fastest pace" during my tempo
Repeat stir-fry for dinner last night
❤ Clif builder bars
❤ Baking cookies for people
❤ Roaming around NYC at night
❤ Lady Gaga's new album
❤ Bare feet in the grass
❤ Playing fetch with the pup

Emily ❤

Question: What are some of your favorite things about the past week?

Town Run & Grill Master

Yesterday morning my Mom forgot her phone when she left for work. So instead of running the county roads I headed into town to drop it off and hit the pavement there. I will almost always prefer running in a town or city with people on the sidewalks to come into contact with. Anyway, here are my running stats for yesterday:

Back to my nice and easy pace!

After I came back and showered, I chowed down on some pineapple and made a cross between an iced coffee and frappucino with my leftover coffee from the morning (Gross? Maybe.) before I headed out the door. I blended the coffee with 5 ice cubes, some almond milk, a tablespoon of cocoa, and a little sugar.

I swear it tasted better than it looks!

I then headed over to a friend’s house for a little while before my Mom and I went to Walmart’s garden section to get some plants for our garden! We got a few tomato plants, a zucchini plant, basil, parsley, and probably a few other things. I can’t wait to get the tomatoes and zucchini in the ground! I think I will just re-pot the herbs and keep them in the kitchen for easy use.

Last night I was craving grilled veggies, so I threw a bunch on the outdoor grill for my Mom and me. I used a white potato, a sweet potato, two small onions, three portobello mushroom sliders, and a zucchini.

I also made whole wheat couscous with tomatoes and basil.

Perfect for a summertime meal!

Emily ❤

Question: Do you prefer running on country roads or town/city streets? Have you been grilling lately?