Friday’s Fab Five

Hi there!

How are you? Happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? I am! I am ready to relax tonight before I become super busy on Saturday and Sunday. But I have exciting news! Mike and I are moving (within Milwaukee)! We’ll be closer to downtown and the new place looks Amazing! More to come on that topic… :)

Today I decided to write the Fab Five based on five songs I’m loving lately. I hope you like them too! If you haven’t heard them, be sure to give them a listen and let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend everyone and see you on the flip side!

#5 “My Type”, Saint Motel

#4 “Glisten”, Ethan Keller

#3 “Into the Cold”, Moonrise Nation

#2 “Believe”, Mumford and Sons

#1 “Our Own House”, MisterWives


Bonus Track: “Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes (If you have the Starbucks app this is available for a free download through the app)

Chicken Bacon Creamy Garlic Penne

Hi there!

How have you been? I’ve been busy, busy, and more busy!

Yesterday I was finally able to run to prepare for the Rock n Sole race in June and then afterwards I made Iowa Girl Eats’ Chicken Bacon Creamy Garlic Penne for dinner. Oh my gosh, total flavor bomb here! This dish was amazing, it’s rich and creamy but the sauce isn’t 100% cream, it’s half chicken broth and half milk. We had cherry tomatoes on hand so I used them instead of sun dried tomatoes and no spinach or artichokes but I added fresh broccoli. I can’t wait to have the leftovers for dinner tonight! Oh and I use whole wheat penne too. :) This recipe mimics the pizza from Papa Murphy’s which I think I’ve tried but this is way better.
Chicken Bacon Creamy Garlic Penne

When I went home for Easter I couldn’t believe how much my nephew has grown! He talks more, knows more words and likes to mimic things, like his Dad here:
Jacob and David

This past weekend I was excited that the Pittsburgh Pirates were in town playing the Brewers. I was not excited that we lost the game I went to and won the other two games (which I didn’t attend). But hey, 2 out 3 wins in the series is fine with me! Now we just need to beat them when they play us in Pittsburgh this weekend. I’m happy baseball season has started and I hope the Pens make it past round one in the playoffs.
Pirates 4.11.15

What is new with you? What recipes have you tried recently?

Run with Rachel- Keep Your Runs Fun

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately- I traveled back home to see my family at Easter and took many adorable photos of my 2 year old nephew that I still have to edit and then Tuesday I was hit with an allergy attack. I’m pretty sure it’s allergies- I don’t have the aches/pain/chills associated with a cold so that’s good. If only my sinuses would clear up and I didn’t feel like I was walking through a wind tunnel (ears). Soon though! Hopefully I’ll be right as rain in time for the weekend!

So how are you doing with your fitness/running goals? Are you still staying on track? I had planned to run/walk on Tuesday until I felt sick and instead took a break so that my body could get some rest.

Today I wanted to offer some tips on how to not get bored with your running/walking. Sometimes when running long distances or just going further than you have before seems daunting. Some runners enjoy wearing headphones and listening to music. I’m personally not a fan because I will fidget with the headphones to get them to stay in or switch to the next song which will result in bad form.
Now that I’m walking and running some days (my goal is 2 times per week for 35 minutes for this month), I try to keep it interesting. Currently I run in my front of my apartment and there are a bunch of driveways and mailboxes. So I usually start at a driveway, walk to the next one, and then start running and run from one driveway to the next. It’s the same as interval training. If you wear a watch you could time yourself and after 4 minutes you can run for 1 minute. This is what keeps me from looking at a watch constantly and saying “only 15 more minutes”, “only 10 more minutes”, etc. Otherwise if this doesn’t work try losing yourself in your thoughts about something fun, like an upcoming vacation.

How do you keep your run interesting?
Running ecard


Coconut Almond French Toast

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How are you? I hope your week is off to a great start!

Mike and I tackled some of the recipes I wanted to try over the weekend and here are our thoughts on whether it was a Flip or Flop:

Popcorn Shrimp [Gimme Some Oven]- Flop

This was a flop for us. For me the flavor of the shrimp was hidden behind the breadcrumbs. I love eating shrimp cocktail without cocktail sauce. We ended up using a whole egg and not just an egg white (making it less skinny) and also using flour because I was worried the breadcrumbs wouldn’t stick. As Mike pointed out if you’re going to have popcorn shrimp you’re well aware it’s bad for you and you’re ok with that decision. I certainly like making some things healthier or lightening them up such as a mix of broth and cream in a soup for example but for us this one didn’t turn out as well as we hoped.

Coconut Shrimp

Glazed Pecans [Pillsbury]- Flip

We flippin’ loved these pecans! They were so simple to make. I added a pinch of salt to the glaze to make sure it wasn’t too sweet. You can still taste the nuttiness of the pecans but for those who don’t love raw pecans (me) the glaze gives it some extra flavor and in a good way. I would definitely make these again, they are a great snack and you’re satisfied after eating a couple, if you have self-control to stop. ;)

Coconut Almond French Toast [Food Network]- Flip

I would say this French toast was a flip. We made some adjustments to the recipe. I used half of the half and half 2% milk. We don’t have a food processor so we chopped the coconut and almonds and then made them into the paste. We forgot to add more coconut on top before placing it in the oven. Also, we ended up cooking ours for about 60 minutes, it still jiggled a little when we took it out but it set up after we let it cool. This dish is not too sweet but the coconut almond crust does have some sweetness to it. I would definitely recommend this for a brunch or when you’re having a bunch of people over during the holidays.
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The only thing I didn’t make was the granola but it’s still on my list! It’s possible I’ll make it this weekend when we have family visiting. :)