Monday, April 30, 2012

Lemony, garlicky, olive oily salad dressing

I made cupcakes today. Raspberry lemonade cupcakes, actually. (recipe coming soon!) I really only needed the zest from the lemons, and I didn't want to waste the rest, so I scoured the Internets for a recipe that would take most of the juice. Found it!

So good! Let me break it down for you, just in case clicking an outside link is too taxing on your poor, overworked hands. ;)

3 garlic cloves, mashed with a fork
salt (the recipe says 1 tablespoon, but that sounded like a lot to me, so I just added and tasted along the way)
black pepper (again, taste along the way. I like pepper, so I added quite a bit)
1/2 cup lemon juice. (recipe calls for Meyer lemons, but I'm not a lemon snob, and just used whatever the kind was I had bought at the good 'ol Wal-Mart in small town, Nevada.)
1/2 cup olive oil (I feel like every ingredient needs a sidenote, so in this one I'll let you know that we brought back something like 30 liters of hand-pressed olive oil with us from Sicily. It'll be a sad, sad day when we run out of that precious stuff.)

The recipe has actual steps, but here's what I did. Added everything to a bowl and whisked. Easy peasy.

The true verdict will be tomorrow, when I test it out on my lunchtime salad.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I've been feeling a bit ho-hum about running lately, when suddenly, I got a ping for a Groupon from a local Reformer Pilates studio, The Concrete Lotus. Kismet! I bought a super discounted five-class pass, and went to my first session on Wednesday. I've always been the type of person who needs to sweat during my workouts, and prefer high-impact, so I was a bit wary of Pilates. Because of that, I signed up for a 30-minute Spin/30-minute Pilates class. Gotta say - I loved it!! I was going to update this blog that evening, but my arms were too shaky (read: I could barely lift my arms to brush my teeth!), so I'd say it was challenging!

Yesterday I ran my first 5K since my daughter was born. It was TOUGH!!! Right as I turned the corner to head to the finish line, I got that feeling in the pit of my stomach. You know the one - I thought I was going to toss my cookies in front of everyone. Token and Amelia were clapping and I tried to smile at them when all I was thinking was, "don't puke, don't puke, don't puke." I zipped off to find a secluded pine tree and dry heaved my heart out. Ugh. I blame it on the heat and also on one water station. And maybe a smidge on the fact that I didn't train whatsoever. ;)

Afterward, we went to brunch at a cute little place called Squeeze In in Truckee, California. The place was packed, so I knew we picked the right spot! Amelia had pancakes in the shape of a bear, I had egg whites with a bunch of veggies, and Token got the "Racy Tracy" omelet, in honor of his not-so-racy Tracie. ;) We cruised around Truckee for awhile (very cute little town!!), then decided to drive around Lake Tahoe.

We got to one section along the way called Emerald Bay. I have to tell you: I have seen quite a few stunning landscapes and overlooks in my lifetime so far, but none of them made me tear up like this one did. It was so incredibly beautiful.  (note: not my picture. I didn't have my camera!! Shocker!)

I've been thinking that I need to recap some of our vacations. Last summer, we did a bunch of stuff: Malta, Ireland, Paris, Rimini, Munich, Amsterdam... I'd like to get my thoughts down, along with some recommendations for anyone out there reading that might be planning a trip.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

An outlet!

First off - I got a job!! However, it doesn't really allow for much writing, which I need as an outlet, so I'm going to try and dust off this poor, lonely journal and get back into the swing of posting regularly. I may try to see if I can take on some freelance work, too. We'll see!

Things here are going well. Northern Nevada is so windy in the spring. It's pretty crazy!! Because of that, I haven't been running as much as I'd like to, but I did sign up for a 5K series. The first race is next weekend. I'm sure it'll be my worst race ever due to lack of training, but oh well - I'm out there doing it, right?

Amelia is as cute as ever. She makes up songs for absolutely evvvvverything, and it's adorable. "Amelia time to eat dinnnnnnner...." and "Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your haaaands!!!!!!" Man, that girl is cute!

What's a blog post without a picture? Here's a recent one from our Easter weekend up at Northstar at Tahoe. That place is amazing. I can't wait until the summer when we can hike!

I'll be back soon!