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chocolate peanut butter frozen yogurt

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt

  • 2c. plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2c. peanut butter
  • 3T. cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • splash of vanilla
  • sweeten to taste (I used stevia because we were out of honey, but I think any kind of sweetener would work – sugar, agave, honey, etc.)

Mix the ingredients well.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.  Put the mixture in a prepared ice cream maker for 10 minutes on low.  Serves 4 (… or 2).  Dance for joy.


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friends and first stroller run

Saturday I was supposed to run the Nutri-Run 20K in Fort Wayne with Kimberly.  Because March has been a hard running month for me between my knees and a stomach bug, I just met up with Kimberly post-race for fro-yo and baby sharing.

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I can’t say I was sad I missed the race considering it was sleeting and super windy, but I am super proud of Kimberly for running it and having an awesome time.  She’s amazing and I love sharing life with her - talking about our toddler boys, running, and just “getting” each other.

Speaking of friends who “get” you, Sunday we got to have breakfast with our good friends Joel and Rachel. It was a bit of controlled chaos, with two carseats and three booster seats between us as we navigated eggs and conversation (plus one diaper issue and a spilled drink) but it was so good to see them face to face and catch up a little!

Sunday it was gloriously sunny and warm out, so it was time for Kate’s first stroller run!

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I’ve run 5 times in the month of March, so the run was a little painful, but it did feel really good to get out.  I managed 4 miles while my little beauty snoozed in front of me.  Talk about a supercute view!

It was also my first run with my Garmin Forerunner 10 – a Christmas present from Dave that I’ve been really excited to try out, but it’s been too cold to get outside with it!  I love the watch and it’s super simple, which is perfect.  I’m looking forward to a lot more runs with it!


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catching up

Things going on lately:

- Dave and I recently found out about an organic food distributor from our friend.  It’s kind of like a CSA, but you go online and pick what you want in your box, and then you go to a certain location on Tuesday mornings and pick it up.  You don’t have to order every week or order certain items, but you do have to order at least $30 worth.  They have a great selection of veggies and fruits, too.  For our first order we’ll be receiving:

  • cauliflower
  • onions
  • leeks
  • romaine
  • spinach
  • bell peppers
  • grape tomatoes
  • pink lady apples
  • strawberries
  • pears

The prices are, of course, a little more expensive because it’s organic, but were really modest compared to prices I’ve seen at Kroger or the co-op.  I don’t think we’ll do this every week, but I’m guessing probably once or twice a month, as needed and depending on prices of items.  It’ll be fun to try!

- Kate had her 4 month appointment last Monday.  She’s 12lbs. 6oz. and 24.5″ long.  She’s about average for height and small for weight, but not disturbingly so.  Still, because Leo was so small we will carefully watch to make sure she’s gaining consistently and doesn’t fall off the growth chart like her brother!  I’m also not pushing her to drop nighttime feedings yet (even though I would love the sleep) to make sure she’s getting enough milk.  Yesterday she discovered she can stick out her tongue, so her general mode right now is either with her tongue sticking out (and a silly grin) or her entire fist in her mouth.!

- Dave and I try to find ways to keep Leo involved with chores, partly to teach him to help out but also because he really loves “jobs.”  Right now he helps dust (really just follows Dave around with a rag) and he likes to help me unload the dishwasher – I give him containers, measuring spoons, spatulas, etc.  Recently we added in sweepering – he uses the small hand vac after meals to help clean up under his chair.  He also helps put away laundry (carries it to his room) and put dirty laundry in the washing machine.  And, of course, he is responsible for cleaning up his toys, which honestly can easily kill 45 minutes of the day because he is so slow to clean up.  Turns out the toys he got out and then had no interest in are suddenly very fun and interesting when it’s time to clean up.

-Good luck to Kimberly this weekend at the Nutri-Run 20k in Fort Wayne.  Originally I was going to be running this race with her, but then my knees hurt.  Then I was going to drop to the 10k but then I got the stomach bug that wouldn’t quit.  I’ve run 4 times in the month of March, so instead of running I’m going to get fro-yo with Kimberly post-race.  Win!

What’s going on with you lately?


Dirty Girl Mud Run

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I’ve added another race to my calendar and it’s different from any other race I’ve ever done.  I’m going to be an ambassador for the Dirty Girl Mud Run!  Dirty Girl Mud Run is the largest women-only 5K mud and obstacle series in the country.  But unlike other mud runs, Dirty Girl Mud Run is all about empowering women and having fun All obstacles (10-12 in each race!) are optional and all fitness levels are invited to participate.  I love this – that it’s about hanging out with friends, getting dirty, and having fun and not about competition.  If you’re going to be climbing in mud it should be just for laughs!  Basically Dirty Girl just wants women to have fun together and do something unexpected.  I’m especially excited because I’ll get to do the race with Kimberly!  (Bonus: Dirty Girl also has a philanthropic side and supports Bright Pink, which works to educate women on breast and ovarian cancer.)

Dirty Girl has races all over the country, so find the one nearest you and check it out.  Kimberly and I will be slinging mud at the Indianapolis location in May.  Want to sign up for a race?  Use the code BLOGFRIEND and get $10 off your registration at any Dirty Girl Mud Run location!  Let’s get muddy!

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brown rice veggie bowl

I’ve got lunch for you.  Or dinner.  Or maybe even breakfast.  Whatever meal you want, but bottomline: make this.

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I was inspired by Molly Wizenberg’s recent posting on her blog and decided to modify it a little bit for my own lunch.

First, trim up a head of cauliflower and then slice it thinly.  Some of it will stay in big chunks and other parts will crumble and either way is okay.  Add a sliced onion and also some broccoli (I used defrosted florets – about a head’s worth).  Slather with olive oil and spread it out on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  Roast at 425 for about 30 minutes or longer – you want the cauli and broccoli to start getting brown and crispy and the onion to caramelize.  Pull it out and top it with shredded parmesan, then roast it again for another 5 minutes or so until the cheese is melted and a little brown.  Serve it on top of brown rice.

Here’s my secret to brown rice: prepare it as normal, but add some olive oil and salt to the water before you boil the rice (or in my case before you set the rice cooker).  The rice comes out perfectly chewy-tender.  I swear, the olive oil addition is definitely worth it for the added plumpness and softness of the rice.

I’m pretty sure this would be good hot or cold, fresh from the oven or next-day leftovers!

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