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Training, Trails, and 86 in July!

28 Jul

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having as good of a day as I am. Today I pulled myself out of bed at 7:45, ate some toast with Apple butter (yummy!) and packed up my bike for a ride. In about one month I’ll be participating in a sprint triathlon on August 26th and my training started a couple weeks ago. Actually training is supposed to be 10 weeks, but even with the couple weeks I have been working out, its going to be crazy hard. I can do this! (that’s been my mantra lately) I found a trail right by my house and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. It’s only 3.3 miles from trailhead to trailhead, but its runs along the Meramec River so the scenery is really nice. I managed to do around 14 miles which really wasn’t so bad since I literally haven’t ridden a bike in 10 years. I remembered why I loved it as a kid though. Brought back some good memories. Please tell me other people used to put baseball cards on their wheels to sound like a motorcycle…. no?


Meramec River Trail map

This was a really fun trail found right at highway 141 and highway 44 in Fenton, Mo in case anyone is interested. I was also pleasantly surprised with the temp today; only up to 86! This is a cool spell for us since its been in the 100’s for the last month and a half. It just feels so nice out! I even washed my car…. A rare occurance for me.

Well I’m off to enjoy the rest of the weekend; some projects, some relaxing, working out with my trainer and Grants Farm with my family. Sounds like a perfect weekend. Have a good one!


Heat Wave!

1 Jul

It’s the 4th day in a row of over 100 degree heat. The pup and I got up around 7:30 yesterday to go running, and it was still crazy warm. After we ran I let him swim a little bit in the creek at the park; that was pretty funny. Looks like its going to be over 100 for the next week too…. Yuck. Hopefully everyone else baking in this heat is keeping cool. Here are a couple of ideas to keep you cool:

  1. Visit a museum
  2. Go bowling
  3. Go see a movie
  4. Go shopping (yeah like I need to encourage some of you to do that!)
  5. Visit an indoor ice skating or roller skating rink
  6. Go play bingo
  7. Visit the library
  8. Take a class at a local community college (I took a pottery class at nigh and it was great!)
  9. Visit a pottery store (one of those ones that you paint the pieces that are already made and they fire for you. Some of them you can have a little party; bring food, wine, etc. I did that with some friends for our little monthly party and it was a really good time.)
  10. Go to a casino

These were just a couple quick ideas I had. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Florida Vacation

20 Jun

Well I had every intention of posting something on Monday and Wednesday, but I just ran out of time. I headed out to Florida for a national volleyball tournament. We did pretty good today;2-1. We have to get back to it tomorrow. Today we went to the outlet mall when we got done because it was raining, but yesterday we did this:


Just relaxed for w little bit at the pool with a beach. So relaxing. ūüôā I’ll try to write Friday, but I make no promises. Since this is finally the end of our season, I will begin writing quite a bit more, so get ready for it! Enjoy your week!

Monday Munchies: Yakitori Shrimp with Veggies

4 Jun

Well my computer is messed up again… So frustrating. Sorry this is late! I also swear that I cook regular old food, but apparently most of what I cook is not from the US. Oh well…


This was really yummy and simple to do. I cooked this when the man was coaching, so I just made 1 portion. So here we go:
1.5 tbs soy sauce
1.5 tbs dry white wine
1 tbs white sugar
1 tsp flour
1 tsp teriyaki sauce for a little extra zing
Spoon of diced garlic
Varity of veggies
Whole grain rice
Lemon juice

Add olive oil to pan and begin to heat, then add diced garlic and sautee. Add veggies and begin to sautee. Add sauce (that you mix on the side) and keep cooking. Add shrimp and cover for a few mins. Enjoy!!

Monday Munchie Guest Post: No-Bake Peanut Butter Treats

7 May

So this week is a cheat; I got my sister to write this week’s post. Here’s my “Monday Munchie” from my oh so talented big sister Theresa (AKA B). Take it away B!

Because I have a serious sweet tooth and I live in a house of salty snackers, whenever I can I¬†¬† volunteer to bring desserts¬†to get-togethers. The theory is that I’ll have the satisfaction of creating and sampling a dessert, but I won’t be able to eat the entire batch like I end up doing every time I make something for my own home…

After looking on the internet for 20+ minutes to find a new recipe to try, I realized I was running out of time so I ended up modifying several recipes to fit what I had on hand. The result is very tasty, versatile (perfect for using up aging or ‚Äúexpired‚ÄĚ ingredients) and unbelievably easy to make. If you can use a microwave, you can make this dessert!

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar¬†¬†¬† (more or less depending on personal taste. These are very sweet and rich!)
  • 1/2 cup+ chopped roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups crackers, crushed¬†(I used graham crackers the first batch and stale oyster crackers the¬†second time. I think some crushed pretzels would be a great add-in here too and am considering trying rice krispies at some point to lighten up the bar.)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used mostly semi-sweet with a sprinkle of milk chocolate chips)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter¬†(you can also use shortening for thinner chocolate if you prefer)

Directions: Combine first 5 ingredients and press into (9×9) pan (but pan size would really just depend on how thick/ thin you want the bars. I used a mini muffin tin this past time but I don’t think the aesthetics of mine were worth the extra time.). Melt chocolate chips and tablespoon PB (double boiler or microwave in bursts is fine too). Spread chocolate over top of bars and smooth. Place in fridge to set (at least a couple hours). Cut if necessary and store in fridge or freezer (can be eaten frozen too, yum!). I have no idea how long they last because they’re only around¬† here for a few days. Hope you enjoy them if you give these a shot!

Some of you may have noticed that I used a water bottle to close up the chocolate chip bag up above. I saw this idea on Pinterest at some point and have been using it ever since on a variety of packages. I love up-cycling and this idea works very well. Sometimes depending on the contents, the water bottle top allows you to just pour out the item too!

 I have to say that these things are SOOO good. I had to stop myself from eating about 10 at once!. Thanks for sharing sis!

Go Blues!

30 Apr

So I tried to get on my website to get todays Monday Munchies post ready and for some reason it wouldn’t let me. So instead of food, you get pics of another passion of mine; St. Louis Blues hockey!! The hubby and I are at the 2nd game of the 2nd round of playoffs. 3 words for you: let’s go blues!!!


Let’s bring home a winner folks!!!

In all seriousness, I will post some of the other fun stuff I actually did this weekend this week. Have a good Monday and go Blues!!!

How to get white linens whiter?

16 Feb

There is something that I need your help and since you were all so helpful with my onion issue, I come to you again to ask your help.¬† The husband and I enjoy the crisp, clean feeling of white linens and towels. Totally love it. Now, the problem is that with these white lines comes stains… especially when you have a little puppy that has dirty feet. Ive tried bleach and not only does it not work, but I’m told that it ruins the actual fabric as well. So the question is….. How do I get them whiter?!?!

Please help!

Snow Day!

13 Feb

Happy Monday!

Today is the first day that it’s actually felt like winter because there is snow on the ground! Now, I’m not a big fan of snow honestly, but there is something amazing about the sense of quiet that comes with the snow. Is that just me that thinks it’s quieter when/during it snows? I love it though. So while I don’t have a whole ton to say today because I was pretty much locked all weekend in a gym coaching, I wanted to start everyone’s weekends off with some “snowy” photos I took in Colorado¬†2 years ago¬†that really help bring home the season (because let’s face it, snow in St. Louis isn’t as pretty as this :)).

View from our condo
Ski lift

 Have a great week and enjoy the snow!


Case of the Mondays?

23 Jan

“Does somebody have a case of the Monday’s?”- Ah Office Space; what a great movie.

Has anyone actually ever asked you that? If you were (and there was something called the Mondays… ) you would be as soon as they asked you I’m sure. Even if no one asks you that ridiculous question, Mondays can be the roughest days of the week in my opinion. You come into work and you have work piled up from the weekend (for those over-achievers) that worked over the weekend), anything that can go wrong does go wrong, and the week looks daunting knowing you have 4 more days to get to the weekend. How am I combating this one might ask? Yoga!

About 3 weeks ago I started taking a yoga class in the workout room at my work. I haven’t taken an exercise class since college when I was in a bit of a workout craze. It’s just an hour-long¬†session from 12-1 on Mondays, but it’s so very worth it. Something that yoga has taught me is to be aware of myself (body and mind), and to breathe. I don’t know how many times a day I actually just stop myself and take a couple deep breaths. Sometimes it’s because I’m stressed, annoyed, about to scream, sometimes it’s just because I’m getting tired and need to get myself re-energized.

I know it’s maybe a little crazy to believe that after only 3 classes I feel better, but honestly I do! It’s just a great way to calm myself, stretch and strengthen my limbs and back. And just feel better! Now… I haven’t fully brought this calm new me to the volleyball court when I’m coaching, but I’ll get there :).

So think now on Mondays embracing a new calm, taking some deep breaths, and just enjoying the fact that you were given yet another week to live.

Have a great week!

Onions Make Me Cry

11 Jan

Happy Wednesday everyone! As you all know, I like to cook. I use onions in virtually every meal I make b/c I love them. Up until about 2 years ago, I never had any issues with my eyes watering because of onions, but once I got Lasik (which was amazing), things have changes. My eyes water and burn incredibly bad EVERY time I try to cut one. I’ve tried lighting a candle, holding my head over steaming water (tried that one last night and it worked pretty well actually), I’ve tried wearing giant sun glasses to keep the oils from getting in my eyes; all to no avail.

What’s the trick here? What am I missing??!! How can I continue to use one of my favorite veggies when it’s literally painful to do so? What other tips am I missing?