Hey Look, It’s a Farm.. And Squash and Fennel Pasta Primavera


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It’s crazy how much you miss out on when you stay inside, lying around and watching tv.

Early Saturday morning, after an even earlier barre class (who doesn’t love a 7:30am shake fest?!?), Greg and I decided to grab a coffee and take a short walk before a long weekend of catching up on work. Yes, sometimes we work weekends. We are gearing up for a major vacation and want to get ahead (more on the vacation later). Not the most fun weekend ever but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

We normally walk a path near our home because it is nearby and short and we can be lazy even when we are being active. This weekend, however, my ever observant husband mentioned a random path not too far from our home that he spotted while running a couple weeks back and suggested a short walk there to start the day. So we went looking for it… And stumbled upon this gorgeousness.

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Finding Balance and Slimmed Down Chicken Tikka Masala

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It’s been a tough couple of weeks around here, and I must admit that this little blog has definitely suffered. I cannot promise that this next week or two will be better, but I am trying.

Believe me, I am sure you are sick of hearing it, but I cannot say it enough- my biggest struggle is finding balance. Balance in work, life, fitness, etc. I have always had stress, but one thing that has really changed for me is how I cope with it.

In the past, comfort food was my go-to cure for stress. There were too many nights in law school in which me and my husband nursed major indian food-induced food babies on the couch with a good movie. We would gorge ourselves on spicy goodness, rice, and naan- and then just lie there. The food was always incredible, the overly full feeling, not so much.

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I LOVE MONDAYS…. and Slow Cooked Tomatillo Lime Chicken

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Most people love the weekend and hate Mondays. But lately, I have been loving my Mondays. I know- clearly I have spent too many hours in the car. I must be losing my mind.

I get all the Monday hatred- starting the work week can be rough. But for us, Mondays rock. They are our no fitness class, no errand running, no plan evening. They are our US evening. For the last few Mondays, we’ve gone on runs or taken nice long walks. Tonight’s walk was the best yet- a nice long walk along a rail trail where we spotted birds, ducks and even a bunny! LOVE. Love love love.

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Just Grab a Cookie Already!

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I guess by now that it is no secret, guys. I REALLY enjoy decadent food. I mean I do it within reason (see past posts with healthy recipes :-P), but sometimes in life, you just need a deliciously decadent chocolate chip cookie.

There was a time in the not so distant past, where I would worry about everything that I ate. Now- the phrase “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips” makes me want to stab my ears out. Because it’s not necessarily true, right? Sure, if I was eating heavy meals three times a day followed by dessert and snacks in between I would have a problem. But when you are an active, healthy person who regularly eats light, healthy, yummy meals- have a cookie when you want a cookie.

I vaguely circled around this idea in my last post but I think it bears repeatedly loudly and clearly: I think when it comes to diet and fitness you need to live freely to live happily.

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I am a 1950’s Housewife…. and Spicy Beef Enchilada Roll-Ups

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Hi my name is Stephanie and I am a 1950’s housewife. I double and triple recipes just so that I can stockpile meals in my freezer. I mean I PREFER fresh food- who doesn’t? But with a long commute, we rely on our stockpiles often.

And sometimes, all that crazy housewife cooking mania pays off.

Case in Point: This past weekend, we were able to escape to NYC for a wonderful visit with friends. It was a beautiful, sun soaked weekend made even better by fantastic company and several TO. DIE. FOR. meals. Thai food, burgers at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, and one of the BEST Italian dinners I’ve had. So much delicious food. And for those of you wondering  whether I worried about calories, I can tell ya with a big old smile: no, I did not. At the end of the day, one delicious weekend celebrating life with friends and enjoying copious amounts of good food won’t blow an otherwise on track diet.

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An Ode to Spring and Blueberry Lemon Muffins

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I can’t say it enough- I adore spring. If I had to choose an overall favorite, I have to admit that fall is my true season love, but spring and I, we have our own secret love affair too. Seriously, if you have ever endured a New England winter, you will understand the pure joy that those first few warm, sun soaked days of spring cause.

Along with warmer weather, comes a craving for “spring flavors.” Don’t get me wrong, I still love my winter comfort foods- and I have been known to make chili in the middle of the summer- but spring screams lemon, fruit and fresh veggies to me.

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See Steph Run… seriously!

There is no way around it- injuries stink. As I’ve mentioned here, I’ve been slowly but surely self-rehabbing my leg from some knee/IBT strain. It’s been frustrating, limiting, and painful. I know, I know, I am far past the point where I should have seen a doctor. I actually made appointments twice and had to reschedule due to work. However, I’ve been stretching more, running less and foam rolling often. Someone recently asked me why I bother running if it puts such a strain on my body. It’s a fair point- running does put a lot of strain on your joints and muscles. So why do it?

I run for a lot of reasons. I run for the love of the sweat, I run because I love to feel my heart pounding. I run because I love to be outside.

I run because I can. For so long, I thought I couldn’t- it really is a bit of mind over matter. After years of thinking “I have asthma, I can’t ever be a runner”, I’ve learned to control my breathing. And I love it.

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Reflections, Something Sweet, and Chocolate Drizzled Macaroons

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I have to be honest, I wanted to blog all weekend. In fact, I have a back log of recipes and photos just waiting for my attention. But I wasn’t sure how to proceed. I suspect a lot of people in my home state feel like that right now. Even though I was blessedly not directly impacted by the events last week, my perception of my hometown, my feelings associated with it, are altered.

So this weekend, after spending Friday glued to the news as the most unbelievable display of heroism by our first responders unfolded before our eyes, we tried to find balance again. After seeing so many families torn apart, I admit I clung to my husband. I felt a need to simply be close. It helps, honestly.

In the interest of pure transparency with anyone reading this, I will admit that going back to posting recipes seems odd. But normalcy is good too. This weekend, normalcy came in the form of sweetness- nothing wrong with fro yo for dinner, right?  After everything we’ve all seen this last week, I think we could all use a little sweetness right?

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No words.

Frozen.

I keep trying to say something here.. but what can you say? I am thankful my family and friends- so many at the Marathon- are all ok. But I am heart broken for all those who were hurt. For the girl from my hometown who was killed. I cannot wrap my mind around Monday’s events. I do not understand- but who really can?

Pray for Boston, pray for the world. The Boston Marathon is the very best of humanity- perseverance, comradery between competitors. It is an event that is the very essence of Boston, of New England. It’s just.. unspeakable.

 

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New Beginning….

I started this blog part of the way through my first challenge. At the time, I thought taking part in the Barre N9ne 60 Day Challenge would be a “set” way for me to shed some weight and tone. Now that I’ve completed 2 challenges, I realize that this wasn’t a temporary program that has come to an end. Instead, this is only the beginning for me.

Over the last 120 (or so) days, I feel like my life has changed. I’ve always been Type A. I’ve always been stressed (hey- I am only PARTIALLY to blame. I honestly believe the pressure of law school would destroy even the most zen personality). However now, now I have found my release. I thought working out more and eating better would simply change the way I looked. I couldn’t possibly have grasped the emotional impact.

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