Shame Game.. and Cilantro and Lime Tilapia Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw and Adobo Yogurt Dressing


Yikes, this summer is flying by and I feel like it is leaving me behind a bit. I have to admit, it has been a really hard transition coming back from vacation. Only two weeks away should not have thrown me for quite so big a loop. And yet it has.

Running, oh my old friend running. I admit, I have been slacking here. I already wake up at 5:30 to go to work so it is hard getting up even earlier to hit the pavement! Wahh wahh wahh. Quit whining right? I am sick of my own whining so I am making a change. I am announcing it here because let’s face it, shame and accountability work wonders on me. Now I will feel obliged to get my butt out of bed earlier because I will feel like someone is aware that I should be- even if no one really is.

And the funny thing is, I miss it. I NEED to get out there. But seriously, 4:30 is UNGODLY.

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Slack… and Roasted Eggplant Lentil Salad


Summer is all about easy living. Well outside working hours, I suppose. During the winter and spring, my kitchen was prep central every Sunday. However, as it grows warmer, my will to spend an entire Sunday prepping lessens. Also, let’s be real, I tend to prep “cold weather” foods- lasagna rolls, casseroles, hearty soups and stews, etc. During the summer, hand me a salad and some grilled meat/fish. A cold drink doesn’t hurt either. Preferably a dry red or something with a twist of lime.

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Missing Vacation and Spicy Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps


Well we are home and somewhat back to our regular life. Pathetically, jet lag is killing us far more than we ever anticipated. Three days out and we are still waking up way too early (4am-ish) and finding ourselves sleepy.

However, it’s great to be home and great to be back in my own kitchen. That said- the views here at home just don’t stack up to sightings like this:


Believe it or not, this is a real live puffin. We spent an incredible evening in Latrabjarg, at the famous bird cliffs. The puffins were so incredible and were more than willing to come right up to us. It was amazing! Shot by my husband on June 15, 2013.

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Trip in Brief: Reykjavik to Höfn


Reykjavik; June 6 2013. I am obsessed with the color.

So far, this has been the trip of a lifetime for Greg and I. Hope you are ready for a photo heavy post- I don’t do this often so indulge me. 🙂 And I promise, as soon as I am settled, I will have some yummier food posts! When we return, in addition to getting back to posting recipes, I plan to post more information about our trip and itinerary.

In brief, our first few days took us to Iceland’s capital- Reykjavik- and down around southern Iceland.

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Icelandic Noms Part II

As I mentioned in our last Icelandic Noms post, we’ve mostly been cooking on our own. It has really been simple items- sandwiches, yogurt and granola, fruits and cheese, etc. Later this week I plan to try making something a bit more involved- we already snagged a disposable grill!

We’ve been hitting up Icelandic supermarkets along the way to fill in many of our breakfasts and lunches and even most of our dinners!

Generally, our meals have looked like this:


Lunch along Skotufjordur, Westfjords, Iceland. Simple but filling. And seriously who cares what you are eating when you have this view!

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Icelandic Noms: Part I

When we decided on Iceland, I thought that it wouldn’t be a “foodie” vacation.

We decided from the start that it wouldn’t be financially feasible for us to eat out three times a day for two weeks-I keep planting that hundred dollar bill tree but the damn thing won’t grow! So we planned to eat out as little as possible and instead buy and make our own food. However, we’ve still managed to have quite a few AMAZING meals since we’ve arrived. Of course we haven’t been eating as lean as we usually do, but hey it’s vacation and since we’ve been hiking most days for several hours, I’m not concerned.

Starting with the really fun stuff- the meals we’ve had at the various little holes in the wall around this country. Every tiny place offers incredible presentation!


This AMAZING salad was topped with bits of feta and sundried tomato. The restaurant is called Talisman in the tiny, sleepy fishing village of Suðureyri in the Westfjords. DELISH.

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Iceberg Right Ahead!

First off, sorry for disappearing! It has taken us a bit longer than planned to gain internet access on our vacation- this post has been waiting a week to go live!!! But we have it courtesy of the nice folks at Síminn!**

The last few day have been the most incredible days I’ve ever experienced! Greg and I are having the time of our lives in Iceland! And yes I know- blogging on vacation is crazy but we have lots of long drives, so I’m not missing out! 🙂

If you had asked me a year ago if I was up for a vacation packed with hike after hike, up hills, along cliffs, along river beds, behind a waterfall, or even up a glacier, I would have laughed. For one, I physically wouldn’t have been able to. Two, and for me even more importantly, I didn’t enjoy activity or the outdoors all that much.

I am so thankful that’s changed because now I’ve been able to experience all this!!




In front of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, June 7, 2013



Behind Seljalandsfoss- yes BEHIND! It was an incredible, but slippery hike on a path behind the falls. Thank goodness for waterproof gear!



We hiked up to a smaller waterfall next to Seljalandsfoss as well. Ignore the obnoxiously large bulge in my jacket. It is hard to look awesome in so many layers! Also, this was the trip of crazy hair and no makeup. #lowmaintenancehikes

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Crazy glacier walk up the Virkisjökull glacier in Vatnajökull National Park. Not pictured: our crampons (spikey shoe caps) and ice picks! More on this, and the camera on Greg’s head, later.

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Virkisjökull in all it’s glory

**Siminn kindly provided me with a USB 3G plug in to grab internet access along with a bit of free data. However, Greg and I have purchased our own additional data and were NOT asked to mention Siminn at all. We wanted to though because they were SO incredibly kind and helpful!

Stay Tuned…

The last week has been a bit out of control but it is finally here! It is vacation time! I am planning some really fun, different posts over the next couple of weeks… So I haven’t completely checked out! 🙂

Stay tuned..

All Hail Breakfast


 Ok so it’s confession time. I don’t cook most nights of the week. GASP. I mean seriously- between driving nearly three hours a day for work, working 9 or so hours AT work, and barre and runs- I just can’t. I really enjoy sleep. And reading. And relaxing.

I’ve made no secret here that the last few weeks have been crazy for me. G and I have been gearing up for a big vacation, which has meant a lot of extra hours working to ensure we each leave our workloads in a good place before we escape (more to come later I promise).

The thing about eating healthy is that it doesn’t have to be a chore. Not everyone loves to slave over a hot stove (I guess I am a freak?). The thing is- you don’t always have to.

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Are You There Mother Nature? It’s Me, Stephanie….and Garlicky Lemon Zucchini Topped with Feta


Well I hope some of you had a much warmer, much sunnier Memorial Day weekend than we’ve been having.

Seriously, it’s just cruel- we had eagerly looked forward to a weekend of warm runs, ice cream and hikes. Instead, we’ve been huddled inside working while it is cold and rainy outside. In all fairness, the sun DID make a small appearance today but it was still too damn cold to call this the unofficial start to summer.

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