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  • Amy K. 4:54 am on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Almond, Frittata, Leek, Mushroom, Next Family Chef,   

    Quarter of a Cent 

    One things I love about having a birthday around Thanksgiving is having family around and a WHOLE week home from school!

    The birthday kicked off on Saturday. My mom and sister and I went to get our nails done. I chose the very appropriate “Quart of a Cent-Cherry” πŸ™‚

    This morning we went to church and came home for brunch

    My mom made an AMAZING blueberry oat scone, which I crumbled on top of some greek yogurt with fruit.

    My brother, Tony and I whipped up a Mushroom, Leek and Swiss Frittata

    We sautΓ©ed some mushroom and leeks (chopped and frozen from TJs, Love!), added in a pinch of rosemary and sage. About a cup of swiss cheese and 9 eggs. Cooked it partially on the stove then finished it up in the oven. It was thrown together, but it was so good!!

    For my birthday celebration, we had our second annual Next Family Chef competition!

    It is a combination of Top Chef/ Next Food Network Star/Iron Chef. Last year mom took home the win with a Caramel Baked Brie

    Everyone chooses a food group as their inspiration:

    • Mom: Dairy
    • Dad: Meat
    • Kay: Seafood
    • Tony: Fruits and veggies
    • Me: Nuts and legumes
    • Charlie: Grains

    We had $10 each to go shopping with at the DeKalb Farmers Market

    We cooked in two waves: Me, Charlie, and Kay in the first. Mom, Dad, and Tony in the second.

    Our table scape for the tastings πŸ™‚

    Action shot!

    My ingredient: Almond

    Dish: Pumpkin Pancakes with Pumpkin Pie Almond Butter, and Maple Cinnamon Whipped Cream


    Charlie’s ingredient: Quinoa

    Dish: Quinoa with Olives, Feta and Balsamic Dressing in a Lettuce Cup


    Kay’s ingredient: Lobster!!

    Dish: Puff Pastry Cup with Sauteed Lobster and Brie Cheese

    Dad’s ingredient: Ham

    Dish: Ham with Scrambled Eggs and Tortilla Chip

    Tony’s ingredient: Banana

    Dish: Fried Banana with a hint of Coconut, Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

    Mom’s ingredient: Milk

    Dish: Raspberry Bavarian Cream

    Pictures set up for voting. Voting categories included: taste, originality, and plating

    And the winner is….

    The Birthday Girl! With my trophy πŸ™‚

    I think they were nice to me on my birthday. I will post the winning recipe this week.

    It was a WONDERFUL birthday and a fantastic break. Now back to Athens and back to school. 2 and half more weeks!!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.


     
    • Cam 2:24 pm on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Nice post. I hope to pick up a trophy next weekend too!!

    • Lauren 2:28 pm on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How fun! Looks like you had a wonderful birthday- cannot wait to celebrate again! Everyone did so well with the cook-off and it all looks yummy…but my vote would have to go with your Dad’s- tortilla chip added a nice touch. πŸ™‚

    • OliePants 5:59 pm on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love fried bananas! What a great birthday celebration!

    • thefitacademic 1:30 am on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I know what you mean about a birthday near a holiday! My birthday is New Years Eve, so I get “off” of work/school every year & can always spend it with family – so nice!

  • Amy K. 2:20 am on November 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Iron Bowl,   

    Run and Gobble 

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Tuesday my dad and I went to the expo for the Atlanta Half Marathon. My brother and I signed up for the half and my parents are doing the 5K.


    Afterward we were wandering around the mall were able to snap a pic with Santa!

    Hahaha so sneaky! πŸ™‚

    The pre race/ pre thanksgiving carbo load came in the form of pasta salad

    My go to pre race breakfast, it gets me out of bed in the morning πŸ˜‰

    Traffic was TERRIBLE getting to turner field for the half marathon start (it’s Atlanta after all, it should have been expected!)

    My brother (who didn’t run the race, injured) dropped Erica and I off near the start because we were so late. I ran about a mile to get to the corral just as the last of my wave was taking off. I forgot my water bottle when I jumped from the car so I was dependent on water stations. My water bottle is kinda like my safety blanket, I was sad not to have it!

    It was hard to get into the race because of the rocky start. After I ran my first 3 miles all around 7:30, I decided that I needed to slow down if I actually wanted to complete this race! The combination of hills, heat, and the fact that I ran 16 miles 5 days ago = I was hurting. But I enjoyed the course and finished in 1:49:40. I am very happy with that!

    The Finishers! Go Mom and Dad!! 3.1!

    Found the Starbucks (LOVE) and headed home for naps and cooking of Thanksgiving Dinner!

    The Menu

    • Turkey two ways: fried and grilled
    • Mushroom fig dressing
    • Mash potatoes & gravy
    • Cranberry relish & the jellied version (tradition)
    • Brussels sprouts salad
    • Rolls
    • Sweet potato chips
    • Pumpkin bread pudding

    I made a cheese ball for pre dinner appetizer. It’s the first one I have even made!

    No surprise that pumpkin was included in this meal πŸ™‚

    Table scape!

    We are using the leftovers for panini sandwiches tomorrow, my favorite way to use up leftovers!

    I have big plans to wake up early and work on some papers, grr grad school. Then in the afternoon…

    Iron Bowl! War Eagle πŸ™‚

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

     
    • Chad 4:13 am on November 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Way to go! 13.1 will get anyone ready for a beast feast. nice spread. WAR CAM EAGLE!!!

  • Amy K. 4:02 am on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: High Museum, post run snack, Woodfire Grill   

    Friendship and Fatback 

    Yesterday began bright in early! We are home for our Thanksgiving break so I met Lauren for our 16 mile long run!

    We ran the Suwanee Creek Greenway. It was a 4.5 mile trail that we looped until we had enough milage. It was a really beautiful run through the woods. I love all of the fall leaves!!!

    Fuel during the run came in the form of Cherry Pie Larabar. It was good but I definitely prefer the peanut butter and jelly!

    To refuel after the run I brought along the ingredients for my favorite post run snack. Thick slice of WW bread, sunflower seed butter, greek yogurt, banana and agave πŸ™‚

    Home, shower and off to….

    Dali at the High Museum in Atlanta! Where I got to see this painting ↓


    So cool!! It was smaller than I thought it would be

    My brother Charlie πŸ™‚

    We had reservations for Woodfire Grill at 9:30. Kevin Gillespie is the executive chef and was on Top Chef (my favorite show!) I tried to go for my birthday last year but it was right after the season ended and reservations were booked for 2 months!!

    We went to Shout across the street from the High for appetizers of calamari and hummus to hold us over until 9:30. We then went to the bookstore to look for books, sip some coffee and chat until our reservation.

    I enjoyed perusing the travel section πŸ˜‰

    Onward to Woodfire!!

    Our friend Jake (right) was kind enough to plan our adventure and make the reservations for us.

    Woodfire: Any dietary restrictions?

    Jack: No.

    Woodfire: Are you celebrating any special occasion?

    Jack:….Friendship!

    Woodfire: Thank you, click!

    Hahaha, this gave us the theme for the night but also banished us to the upstairs tree house πŸ™‚

    Our beautiful centerpiece, the decor was simplistic and organic.

    Right away we were brought bread πŸ™‚ Sourdough and focaccia with an herbed butter (which we wanted to order a lb of to take home, it was oh so good!!)

    We all chose to order the 5 dish tasting menu. They had three options: Original, Pescetarian, and Vegetarian. I chose the pescetarian option and shared bites with Jake who ordered the original.

    We began with a palate cleanser: a local radish, butter and compressed diced cucumber. mmmm cleansing πŸ™‚

    Woodfire Grill is all about slow food and local ingredients, therefore their menu changes daily, really cool!! With the tasting menu they presented us with each dish and described what was in the dish. We had no idea what was coming up next. This made it a really fun culinary adventure! Only downside, no menu so its hard to remember what was in each dish!

    The first dish was two lightly fried laughing bird shrimp. There was some ginger and cilantro micro greens in this dish which made it absolutely amazing! I think everyone agreed that it was our favorite of the night!!

    Scallops!! My favorite seafood πŸ™‚ Seared on a bed of shredded brussel sprouts and squash. Everything was perfectly cooked, loved the seasonal ingredients!!

    Palate cleanser #2. Chilled watermelon juice. Cheers to friendship!!!

    My next course was beet risotto. I LOVE beets! It was topped with chanterelle mushrooms and arugula. The risotto was perfectly cooked, you could really taste the earthy beets and mushrooms.

    Meanwhile, the boys enjoyed smoked pork loin, pork belly and a pork and bacon hash. Kevin has a tattoo of a pig so you would expect that it would be included in the meal some how! As you know I not a big meat person but I enjoyed it! The pork belly was more fat then meat but it was cooked so that it melted in your mouth. Try everything once!!

    While enjoying this dish, my brother had a few questions:

    Charlie: How is this different from fat back? What is fat back? So this is not fat back? Where do you buy fat back?

    Me: Stop saying fat back!!

    Hahaha it was so cute! Another reason that they banished us to the tree house!

    My next dish was sea bass on top of red cabbage with brown butter sauce and pomegranate molasses. mmmhhhmmmm. It was tasty!

    The boys enjoyed sous vide lamb on turnip puree with candied turnips and beets. It was SO good and SO tender

    Jake was explaining how sous vide is cooking in a vacuum sealed bag, submerged in a temperature controlled water bath, so that it is evenly cooked and does not lose any juices.

    Blank stare from my brother.

    I explained to him the abbreviated version: Food boiled in a bag πŸ˜‰

    For the finale, mascapone cheesecake with a chocolate crust, chocolate sorbet, dotted with white chocolate and cranberry sauce. I love anything cheesecake! The tartness of the cranberry balanced the sweetness of the dessert. Homerun πŸ™‚

    Jake did tell them that it was my birthday coming up!

    Good to the very last bite!

    Dinner began around 10:00, dessert was served around 12:00! It was such a well orchestrated meal. And such a fun evening of good food with good friends.

    To Friendship!!!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

     
    • Susan 2:15 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Your brother is sure a good sport!!!

      • Amy K. 2:37 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hahaha he is!! He gave us a lot to laugh about πŸ™‚

    • Chas 2:16 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday!!
      I’m going to have to look for watermelon juice this week…

    • Jake 3:36 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Best post! I think the little captions of our conversations are the best.

      • Amy K. 4:23 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It was tough! Good conversation and good food is hard to recreate πŸ˜‰ And I just realized I spelt sous vide wrong..oops! Thanks for setting up a fabulous night!!

    • Erica 1:37 pm on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      For those of you who are still dying to know what fatback is:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatback

      I agree with Jake, the captions for this post were hilarious! A night to remember…
      See you soon for 13.1

    • Aunt Kay 1:04 am on November 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What a gourmet meal!! I’d love to go there sometime when we are there. You have certainly learned how to describe scrumptious food. Have a Happy Birthday! Love, Aunt Kay

  • Amy K. 4:06 am on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Auburn, breakfast, coco nibs, coco powder, , ,   

    Most Important Meal of the Day 

    Today I had the toughest test of the semester, so I began the day with a breakfast a few weeks in the making..

    Return of Overnight Oats in a Jar!

    Almost empty sunflower seed butter jar + pumpkin overnight oats = best breakfast to brighten your morning!!

    • 1/3 cup oats
    • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
    • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
    • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
    • 2 tbsp cottage cheese
    • 2 tbsp pumpkin
    • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

    MMMMMMMM!!!

    A good outfit you can help you take on the world! Today I wore my new vest my mom got me πŸ™‚

    I had a little surprise waiting for me at my car, so cute!!

    I was suppose to go for a 8 mile run today but it gets dark so stinking early so I had to cut it back:

    • Distance: 6.12
    • Time: 51.30
    • Pace: 8.24

    After my run I had one of my new favorite treats…

    Coco Greek Yogurt

    My friend Lindsay from OHI-typ-O, gave me this recipe.

    • Plain greek yogurt
    • Your favorite sweetener (I used Sun Crystals, I am trying to decrease my Splenda consumption, I don’t like stevia it has a chemically taste to me. This is half stevia half sugar, so far so good!!)
    • 1 tbsp coco powder
    • 1tsp coco nibs

    I mixed the coco nibs into the yogurt, finding them is like finding a little cocoy surprise!

    After my test I went on a Trader Joes shopping spree! Because I can now that we have one in Athens!

    I could count on my hand the # of frozen dinner I have made over the past year, but this was really good!

    Its nice to have an easy, quick dinner option!

    I will leave you with pictures from our Auburn weekend!

    Roomie Julia. Her first trip to Auburn!

    We got our picture taken with Gene (kinda), AUs football coach!

    Toomers corner the morning after AU beat UGA. Its an AU tradition to roll the oaks at Toomers corner after a victory!! War Eagle!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

     
    • Salah 2:07 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      sooo jealous you have atrader joes….I want one here in Texas sooo bad. Preferably Austin πŸ™‚

    • Cam 2:42 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Right on War Eagle!!
      Let’s get another W at Alabama.

    • ohitypo 7:07 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1) I am totally trying that Sunbutter/Oatmeal thing! Looks amazing….
      2) I love that you tried the cocoa greek yogurt πŸ™‚ It is so delicious
      3) I miss your face

    • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun 1:53 pm on November 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I must say I don’t get the whole TP tradition thing. LOL I was so bummed to miss watching that game. Even though we lost, I was still glad to see it wasn’t a TOTAL slaughter. Hahaha.

      You look so cute in your vest!

      • Amy K. 6:28 pm on November 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Haha thanks! I don’t know the whole story either but you got to love random school traditions!!

    • Peggy 5:28 pm on November 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve wanted a Trader’s Joe here in Louisville for way too long! Definitely jealous!

      • Amy K. 6:33 pm on November 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Until a few months ago they said they were not going to open one here!! There’s hope πŸ™‚

  • Amy K. 3:43 am on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fall, frozen yogurt, leaves,   

    Tiny Chocolate Leaves 

    It was an absolutely BEAUTIFUL fall day today.

    The leaves are finally beginning to change colors around Athens..

    Even though the temperature was in the 70s!!

    All the leaves inspired me to get a little creative with my after dinner treat πŸ™‚

    Little chocolate leaves to sit on top of my bowl of frozen yogurt!

    I used mint leaves, stem side up because it leaves the best imprint!Β 

    Melted a Dove dark chocolate in the microwave

    Spread the chocolate onto the leaf using the back on a spoon. Then place in the freezer for at least an hour.

    When they are hard, simply peel the leaf away from the chocolate. The chocolate had a nice, subtle minty flavor!

    I enjoyed mine on top of a bowl of chocolate peanut butter frozen yogurt, yummmm!!

    Right now I am in the middle of a full blown cold, grrr. I don’t think there is ever a good time to get sick, but if there was…this is definitely NOT it!

    Marathon training has been temporarily put on hold. Today I did walk about 2 miles to and from class. Β I also went for a 2.5 mile run just to get out and move around. It was a little rough but hopefully tomorrow I will be able to have a better workout!

    I dug up the rest of my sweet potatoes. They are so twisty πŸ™‚ and HUGE! I can’t believe I was able to grow these in our yard. I guess this means that they will grow just about anywhere!! I will have to dream up something fun to do with this last batch.

    Any suggestions?

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

     
    • Chuck 3:59 am on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Cold squash soup??

    • Susan 12:52 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      WOW – those are so twisted – adds character – perhaps something chopped??

    • Kay 2:28 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      CUTE idea with the mint-chocolate leaves!!

    • ohitypo 7:44 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You are too creative! love the idea…

    • Meri 8:40 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sweet potato/squash quesadillas (with or without cheese to bind)with salsa on top is my fave!

      Beautiful fall pictures!

      • Amy K. 1:49 am on November 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        MMMM love that idea!! I never think about quesadillas but they are great for leftovers and random ingredients! Thanks!!

    • Susan 6:36 pm on November 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What a creative idea! My husband loves chocolate and mint and I can’t wait to try this! πŸ™‚

    • Salah 12:13 am on November 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hmmmmI bet those leaves tasted amazing!!! I want to try it now!

  • Amy K. 2:36 am on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Marathon de Paris! 

    Translation…

    Im going to Paris!!!

    I have wanted to go to Paris for as long as I can remember and I have wanted to run the Paris Marathon since my first marathon.

    And now its official, I am actually going!! I can not imagine a better way to see the city then running around it with 40,000 runners from around the world and 250,000 cheering spectators!!

    While I am interning at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta this Spring, I will be staying at home and saving up my pennies πŸ™‚ AND I will be returning to my seasonal part-time job at Williams Sonoma (20% discount=dangerous!!).

    The plan is to continue training after the Disney Marathon, and a mere 4 months later I will be on the streets of the Champs Elysees! WHOA!!

    Auburn Adventure!

    For my dad’s birthday we got him tickets to the Auburn v Chattanooga Game.

    The day began at Starbucks (of course!) and the Holiday cups are back!! My sister got the peppermint mocha and I enjoyed a little sample cup of it! It tastes like the holidays! MMMMMM πŸ™‚

    Tailgate food included my moms chili with macaroni noodles on the bottle and a little cheese on top, THE BEST!!

    Me, sister Kay, Dad (Birthday Boy!), Mom πŸ˜‰

    It was an absolutely beautiful day on the Plains!

    It was homecoming and organizations had their floats up around campus. This one was made out of tissue paper!!!

    We enjoyed an AU shaped pretzel in the stadium while we cheered the Tigers on to a 62-24 victory over Chattanooga!

    It was such a fun day and everything worked out so well! Unfortunately I have been battling the beginnings of a cold, grrr! I am off to rest and recover!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

     
    • Mike 3:13 am on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      A great day indeed! Looks like Auburn all the way this year. Look out Paris!!

    • inmytummy 1:06 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, a Paris marathon! That’s awesome.

  • Amy K. 2:42 am on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Eat YOUR Veggies. If You Can. 

    Yesterday was exciting. I finally picked my poblano pepper πŸ™‚

    This little guy has been growing FOREVER! I was not sure when to pick him, but when he started to turn red, I thought now might be the time πŸ˜‰

    I have tried a poblano before… at some point….

    I wasn’t really sure what it would taste like or how spicy it would be. I decided to make something for dinner that included him, my front yard sweet potatoes and some other veggies I had sitting around.Β 

    Turns out he was VERY SPICY!!!

    I roasted the veggies and threw him in with the mix but removed before I ate them. This gave a tinsy bit of spice but was still edible!

    Lauren tried a bite, she usually likes spicy things. She agreed that it was more then a little intense!!

    The rest of my veggies were fabulous: My sweet potato, brussel sprouts, parsnip, and zucchini roasted with a little olive oil, salt and peppa!

     

    On the side I had some left over quinoa with acorn squash and cottage cheese ← This made the dish!!

    Today was my 4 miler (more or less):

    It has been raining all the day long and freezing! It stopped long enough for me to run 3.5 miles in 30.20 mins. I followed up with a little weight lifting, which I don’t usually do but trying to get back in the habit of!

    When I got back I was in the mood for something warm and comforting, and I wanted to use up the rest of my roast veggies too.!Β 

    Roasted Veggie Stuffing

    • One thick slice of bread (I used Great Harvest Dakota bread, highly recommend!!)
    • Roasted veggie leftovers
    • 2 tbsp cottage cheese
    • 1/2 cup egg beaters or 2 eggs
    • Whatever seasoning you choose. Done!Β 

    Preheat oven to 350. I cut the bread into cubes, sprayed with cooking spray and seasoned with Lemon Pepper seasoning. Then bake in the oven until golden and toasty!Β 

    To my leftover veggies I also added some chopped onion and green pepper (both frozen, don’t worry about defrosting they will warm up when baked!). Mixed in cottage cheese, egg beaters, salt and pepper. Fold in the bread last and let sit for a few minuets to absorb some of the liquid. Put in an oven safe bowl and bake for about 30 minuets or until browned and firm.Β 

    It was so filling, just what I wanted! Perfect for leftovers, you can add anything you have on hand. The bread was the best part though! The Dakota bread has some nuts and seeds in it that gave such a good flavor and texture to the stuffing πŸ™‚

    This got me so excited to Thanksgiving!!!Β Β I can’t wait to start the search for Thanksgiving recipes!

    This year my brother and I will be running the Atlanta Half Marathon Thanksgiving morning and my mom and dad are participating in the 5K!! I want to tape the Macy’s parade because I went to the store when I was in NYC this summer! It gets me so excited for the Holiday season!!

    Tell me: What is your favorite thing to eat for Thanksgiving, or what exciting plans do you have for Thanksgiving this year?

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

     
    • Tony 3:06 am on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t wait for pretzel salad this year

      • Amy K. 3:45 am on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Pretzel salad is the best!!! If that is the only dessert we have I would be a happy camper..and that’s saying a lot πŸ™‚

    • Kay 3:11 am on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are going camping for Thanksgiving again this year, but will be back in time for the Iron Bowl! One of my favs every year is the stuffing!

      • Amy K. 3:47 am on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Iron bowl!!! Ahhhh I can’t wait! We will try and save some leftovers but tell Tony the pretzel salad may not make it πŸ˜‰

    • Lauren 3:20 am on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That pepper defiantly had a kick to it!

      Your dinner looks Yum-O…I will need to give it a try.

      I will be heading to the booming metropolis of Leland, Mississippi for lots of good food and family time!

      • Amy K. 4:07 am on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hahaha that sounds like an adventure!! So I’m thinking that you need to bring that new little puppy on a roadtrip to Athens. Such a cutie!!!

    • Abby 1:49 pm on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      White or dark meat. Doesn’t matter to me!!
      Uhh… hold the cranberry sauce please…

      • Jenny 1:41 am on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I must say my favorite is topping a chunk of stuffing with cranberry sauce. SUCH an addictive combination…mmm…and then then topping off the meal with desserts galore that my grandmother and I make!

  • Amy K. 4:35 am on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    The Things We Do for a Test 

    Because of upcoming tests I have:

    1. Sacrificed social events
    2. NOT watched football games, or at least had them on mute πŸ˜‰
    3. I have spent countless hours at coffee shops in my own little study bubble. Going inside when it is bright and sunny and coming out to torrential downpours

    I mention this because on Meghann’s blog today she talked about how races are on Sunday and most people are back in the office working on the Monday after a marathon.

    My journey back from the 2006 Chicago Marathon was an epic adventure that just shows what an ambitious college student will do for a test.

    After finishing the race, I met my parents at the art museum by the finish line.

    Me and my training buddy Brendan with our parents!

    I then jumped into the car and they drove me right to the airport. I changed out of my marathon clothes in the airport bathroom. My parents were driving back to GA so I was flying solo. I then jumped on the plane, a mere 2 hours after completing the marathon and flew back to Atlanta. I then got in the car and drove the 2 hours it takes to get to Auburn University!

    At the time, I didn’t really think anything of it. I can’t remember what the test was or which class I was taking. But looking back at that journey, I better have gotten an A!!!!

    The Disney Marathon falls on a Sunday as well. New this year, they are giving a free park pass to marathon runners to come back on Monday. My internship is suppose to start that Monday, Im going to see if Β can do a little negotiating πŸ˜‰

    Did I mention that I GOT the INTERNSHIP at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta?!?! I will be working with the Childhood Wellness Program. Woo Hoo!!! Im super pumped!

    I mixed things up today on my 4 miler:

    • Distance: 4.40
    • Duration: 38.18
    • Pace: 8:31

    I decided to run the neighborhoods around my house. Not only are the house too cute but I got to run on the street and not sidewalk (almost no cars) AND not breathe in all of the car exhaust. I WILL be doing this more πŸ™‚

    I have been looking for something to make as a “thank you” for a friend. I came across this recipe on Angela’s blog and knew that it was getting the call!

    Apple Streusel Cake in a Jar

    adapted from Oh She Glows

    Makes 4 cakes

    • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp of AP flour
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (its finds its way in everything!)
    • 1 apple peeled and chopped
    • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
    • 1 tbsp oil (I used canola)
    • 1/2 cup pecans
    • Streusel topping: 1 tbsp flour, 2 tbs turbinado sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbs butter

    Preheat oven to 350. Sterilize 4 mason jars. In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients. Β In a medium size bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Add wet to dry, mix well and then stir in apples. Mix together streusel topping and get ready to assemble! First spoon 3 tbsp cake batter into jars. Then top with 1/2 tbsp of streusel topping and some of the nuts. Then spoon another 2 tbs of batter and top with more streusel and nuts. Fill all of the jars. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 mins or until cake bounces back when touched.

    I made a small one for quality control πŸ˜‰

    These are seriously delicious!!!

    They are AMAZING when still hot from the oven, so I baked one and brought the other two over uncooked. Just pop in the oven for 20-25 mins πŸ™‚

    A special shout out to my precious puppy back home in Roswell, ABBY πŸ™‚

    She is recovering quite well from surgery this morning. She had a tumor removed from her paw. Looking pretty good at 16 years old!!!! Can’t wait to see you this weekend!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

     
  • Amy K. 1:16 am on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Over the River & Through the Woods 

    The weekend began Friday on a fabulous note, the GRAND OPENING of TRADER JOES!!

    I enjoyed more samples then my hands could carry πŸ™‚

    The store was packed! Definitely proof that TJs is way over due in Athens!

    I went for my 13 mile long run Friday afternoon. I was sad to delete my time from the Athens Half!

    I did my run around Roswell Park. I did the 3 mile loop 4 times and then the 1 mile loop.

    Not a big fan of multiple loops and there are a few pretty significant hills, BUT I LOVED having gravel and dirt to run on.

    13 Mile Long Run:

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    I went shopping at Whole Foods and was totally freaked out by this guy! hahaha

    A Pinkberry opened near our house and guess what was the featured flavor..

    Yummy yummyΒ Β β™₯Β pumpkinΒ β™₯

     

    Before the AU game we surprised my dad with his birthday present, tickets for the AU v Β Chattanooga game in Auburn next weekend!! Need to start working on the tailgating menu πŸ™‚

    Speaking of tailgating food…

    Mom made this amazing caprese appetizer! Isn’t it beautiful?! Grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, shredded basil, EVOO with a little S&P

    My sister made this delicious and HEALTHY chicken corn chowder with home made corn bread…I think they are trying to entice me to come home more with amazing food πŸ˜‰ Maybe she will share the recipe??

    This morning I met my friends in north GA to go for a hike at Panther Creek Trail. It was a 7 mile hike

    Ranger, Laura, Mallory and me!Β 

    Ranger was so sweet! He would run ahead, then run back to us, then race ahead again. He was enjoying the water and the oh so many smells!!

    I was so excited that I got to finally get some use out of my hiking boots!!

    It was such a fantastic day! We all wondered why we don’t go hiking more often. This trail is about 1:20 from Athens, totally worth it!!

    Happy Halloween Everyone!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

     
    • Dad 2:39 am on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the Bday surprise game tickets!
      Can’t wait to see the eagle soar.
      War Cam Eagle!!

    • Mom 2:41 am on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      And yes we are trying to entice you home with all your recipes and ideas!!!! Glad you liked the salad bites-just made it up!!

    • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun 5:06 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Panther Creek is one of my favorite trails to hike!

      Sounds like a fabulous weekend. πŸ™‚

    • Kay 2:08 pm on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you liked the chowder! It’s become one of our favs..

      Chicken Corn Chowder

      2 tablespoons butter
      1/4 cup chopped onion
      1/4 cup chopped celery
      1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (I use 1 1/2 or 2 :))
      2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
      3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
      2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I use a rotisserie chicken)
      1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels (about 3 ears)
      1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
      1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
      1/8 teaspoon salt
      1 (14 3/4 oz) can cream-style corn

      Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and jalapeno; cook for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook until thick (about 10 minutes).

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