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

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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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Missing Vacation and Spicy Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps


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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:

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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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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:

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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!

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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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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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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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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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Recapturing the Beauty…. and Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Pesto and Roasted Tomatoes

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It is so easy to lose sight of the beauty in life sometimes- the little things that make you so happy but get buried under the day to day. And lately, I have a LOT of day-to-day to bury myself in. Driving nearly an hour and 25 minutes each morning to work, working long days, driving that same distance back home, squeezing in workouts and runs, cleaning, cooking, and taking care of life- it is exhausting. 

Don’t get me wrong, I feel extremely blessed. I feel blessed to have found a job, that although extremely far, interests me each and every day. A job that I am WILLING to make such a drive for. And I feel blessed to have a home to worry about. But sometimes, sometimes it’s just hard. Sometimes I just want to be able to get home at a normal hour and crash on the couch with my husband. I don’t want us to have to spend our weekends running errands, cleaning and cooking because we get home too late at night to get any of that out of the way. And I get cranky. Rawr.

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Like Chickens…and Slow Carb Butternut Squash Taco Casserole

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Well Folks, what can I say. I’ve been a neglectful blogger of late. Last week was my birthday- does that cut me some slack? In reality, things have been very busy in the SSR household- busy at work, busy with family, busy, busy.

There hasn’t been a whole lot of actual running (of course therein lies the irony of naming my blog SeeStephRun) due to a nagging knee pain. But I suppose running to and from work, running around with errands, and running just to keep up with life sort of counts too- we’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off! On the actual foot-to-the-pavement front, I am having my leg looked at this week and will hopefully have some answers soon. I am completely sick of my 2 milers!

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What’s Inside: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Baby Spinach and Mushroom


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Since it still feels like winter, I am still craving winter comfort. I’ve said it before on this blog, I love me some Italian deliciousness (maybe that’s why I married an Italian guy?!!?). Garlic bread, delicious gnocchi, ravioli, and of course, lasagna. The problem with lasagna though, is that it’s a heavy, carb loaded meal! At least it was, until I discovered the amazing deliciousness that is spaghetti squash.

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