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Thanksgiving Weekend

Good morning! I hope that everyone enjoyed their long weekend and had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know that I did! My weekend actually wasn’t a long weekend since I worked my normal schedule on Friday but everyone had that “holiday-long weekend energy” so it was fun. Here’s a little recap of the weekend’s festivities: 

Thursday (Thanksgiving) began with the Thanksgiving Day 4 miler road race here in Portland. My time was 33:10 even with a pit stop to tie my shoes! They came untied and I was so mad! That has never happened before and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be paranoid about it in every race here on out. 

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After the race I came home and made my dish to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. I made the Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook. It was a hit! 

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Around noon we headed over to my parent’s house to have Thanksgiving dinner with my parents, aunt, uncle, and cousins, and my grandmother. It was a delicious feast! Here’s a look at the menu:

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On Friday I was up bright and early to go teach a few classes at LLBEAN and the YMCA. Afterwards I went shopping at the Anthropologie black friday sale with my mom and then later in the day Angus and I went out for drinks and to the tree lighting with his mom and step dad. Later we met up with my friend Alex for drinks and thought we were going to be home for a late dinner and then ended up staying out until 11! 

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Saturday I was up early again to go to the Y to meet a friend to do the FMFW training workout that we missed on Thursday because of the holiday. The training is getting hard! Afterwards was breakfast at Local Sprouts and then some Christmas shopping in the Old Port. A pretty low key day!

Sunday was time for adventure! Angus and I went to Pleasant Mountain (Shawnee Peak) for a hike and bike adventure. We left our bikes at one side of the mountain, drove to the other, and then hiked up and over the mountain back to our bikes, and then rode them back to the car! I’ll probably post a longer blog on this at some point because it was really fun and also close (about an hour) to Portland! Here are a few pictures to get you started 🙂 

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Urban Ski Adventure

Today was the first major snow storm (or really first snow storm in general) this year. The gym was closed which meant snow day for me and Angus didn’t go to work either. Spent the morning eating pancakes and lounging around before heading out on this awesome snow day ski adventure. I have never skied downtown during a snow storm so today seemed like the perfect day to make a big loop. We were hoping that a bar might be open that we could stop in but EVERYTHING was closed. I think Subway was open but that was it.

Here’s a map of the route:

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The first stop was at my parent’s house to see this adorable pooch. He loves to eat snow so I fed him a bowl of snow before we headed out on our loop.

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Heading downtown via Back Cove:

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Made it to Monument Square! Blizzard in full force.

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Exploring the streets of the Old Port. Looking for a bar or somewhere cool to stop. No luck.

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Heading back home via Congress Street and the giant hill on Deering Ave. No traffic!!!!

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Yup, that’s a snowmobile you see in the picture below.

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Adventure complete! Home sweet home 🙂

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Ski Weekend

What a week it has been! Last weekend we traveled to Twin Mountain, New Hampshire for a weekend of skiing. Good food, good friends, good skiing. On Friday Angus and I took advantage of Wildcat’s 2 for 1 ticket prices and went for a Valentines Day ski in some fresh powder. And wind. Probably the windiest day I have ever seen on the slopes. After skiing we went out for a romantic pizza dinner at Flatbreads in North Conway complete with tons of screaming (excited for vacation) children running around.

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Saturday all of our friends arrived at the house and we went to the Mount Washington Hotel for chocolate skiing. Chocolate skiing is something I’ve done just about every year since high school and it was always amazing! Long ski + stops to enjoy homemade chocolates is probably the best situation I can think of. This year the chocolate ski was organized by someone else and it was LAME. There were hardly any chocolate stops and everything ran out. AND it was more expensive than year’s past. We complained and got our $ back and some free trail passes to come back another time. Squeaky wheel gets the grease!

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On Sunday we hit the slopes again but this time at Cannon. It was warmer, not as windy, and a perfect ski day! When we got back to the house we enjoyed some drinks and a delicious feast of soup and grilled cheese.

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By Monday my legs were pretty toast but we had those free tickets to go back to the nordic trails at the Mount Washington Hotel. Angus and I went for a fast and chilly skate ski and hit the road to go back home to Portland. After a fabulous four days of skiing I’m now teaching bunches of spin classes this week and MAN do my legs want a break! I would also like a break from commuting in the snow. Snow is great on the trails but not on I95.

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Snow Day Fun & How to be a Sushi Chef

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Winter is BACK! Even though I have nearly every Wednesday off, I’m always up for an excuse to take a day off to do fun things and a snow day is certainly a perfect excuse. Angus wasn’t working today either which made it even better! We kicked the morning off with an almost private “group” exercise class at the Y and then went to the Front Room for a delicious post-workout brunch. Afterwards we went to Whole Foods to stock up on everything we needed to make our own sushi. I had never made my own sushi before so some extra time on a snowy day seemed like the perfect time become a homemade sushi chef. Whole foods has all of the supplies you need to make your own sushi and all of the ingredients you will need as well. It’s super convenient if you’re into one stop shopping. Maybe hannaford has the stuff too- I’m not sure. It’s relatively simple to make and the only “equipment” you need is a bamboo mat and some cling wrap. All of the “weird” sushi ingredients (like seaweed and sushi rice should be right there in the same aisle.) Then you can get creative! We made rolls with crab, avocado and carrot, as well as some salmon avocado rolls. Delicious! It’s a little bit of a learning curve with rolling up the sushi but once you get the hang of it it’s a piece of cake! I can’t wait to try again sometime soon 🙂 Want to give it a try? Take a look around this website to get started. Have fun!!!

How To Grow Your Own Green Onions and Basil

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Did you know that you can grow your own green onions and basil simply by putting the roots in a cup of water? It’s true! So far I have saved about 6 bucks by growing my own green onions and I’m excited to continue to watch the savings grow! The basil is a little trickier and I tend to kill my plant every once in a while (it takes A LOT) of water.

So, here’s how you do it… put the little white parts of the green onions into a mason jar and fill about 2/3 full of water… the green parts will grow back! Chop them off when you need them and put the white ends back into your jar and watch the onions grow again and again!

For the basil: buy one of those basil bunches from the grocery store that have the roots still attached. Here in Maine “Olivia’s Garden” basil is the kind you’ll want to buy. Stick your basil in a cup and fill 2/3 full of water and your plant will start multiplying and getting bigger! Beware: you’ll need to water this one quite often or it will die.

Put both “plants” on a sunny windowsill and enjoy your little indoor garden!

Thanksgiving Weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It’s hard to believe that it is already December. Man, time flies! Angus and I had a fabulous holiday weekend filled with fitness, food and fun. Here’s a brief recap of the holiday:

On Wednesday it was pouring rain all day. Angus got home from work early and we went to the Y to get a good workout in and then stopped by the Corner Room for a happy hour drink and some snacks. When we got home I got right to work in the kitchen making my pumpkin whoopie pies for Thanksgiving dessert. (Yes there was pie too, of course!) photo copy 12

We started the Thanksgiving holiday off with a brisk 4 mile run. I opted out of the Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler race so we did our very own “turkey trot”. The run was followed by a late afternoon “dinner” at my parent’s house. Delicious!

On Friday we ventured up to Acadia National Park with my friend Alex and her boyfriend, Jeff. We went for a chilly little hike and then enjoyed some well-earned hot chocolates in Bar Harbor.

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Saturday was my first day teaching at Quest cycle. After class Angus and I took a walk on the beach and went down to the Old Port to check out the sales for Small Business Saturday and I FINALLY got a Sea Bag. I am so excited for it and it’s my new bag for all my spin/gym stuff.   photo copy 10 photo copy 11

Now I’m enjoying the last day of my mini-vacation. Tomorrow it’s Afterburn at the BA bright and early at 6:15 a.m. and then I’m teaching a lunch time spin class at IDEXX at noon! Only 5 more days of waking up at 5 a.m.! I’m sad to leave everyone at the Body Architect but also very excited to start my new adventure with Quest Fitness!