The scale has not been cooperating with my lately...which leads to a lot of negative talk and feelings. So yesterday I pulled out my former favourite pair of Anne Taylor dress pants that I have not worn in almost 2 years and low and behold......THEY FIT! And not just fit, but I could comfortably sit down and breathe. And no gyrations or dancing needed to put them on.
This was not me....though I thought it would be :)
The scale may not have moved but I can fit into pants that I couldn't fit into just 4 weeks ago. I will consider that a win!
Training and dieting are polar opposites. Its hard for me to balance my nutrition with my heavier load of training. Either I am starving or I over eat. Balance is key and I have been struggling to find that perfect balance. Since I got serious in December I have lost a total of 16 lbs, which in retrospect is AMAZING, but I feel like it should be more since my activity level is through the roof.
Long runs, swims, and bikes while dieting are leaving me more tired than normal. This week I plan on adding back in a small snack to help. We will see how that goes after a week or two for my training, weight, and stamina.
I still have 6 months until Beach to Battleship Ironman 70.3 so I know I have plenty of time to dial in everything. But I really, really want to get to race weight by August so that I can dial in my training load. Lets hope the next 15 pounds find themselves a new home in the next 3 or 4 months!
I am very happy to announce that I have been chosen to represent the most awesome fitness clothing line in the USA. InkNBurn. How awesome is that? Being an InknBurn Ambassador is a incredible experience and I am super grateful for the chance to promote a made in the USA brand.
This brand embodies all of the things that I love. Mixing art, colour, and imagery on amazing quality made clothing that is comfortable and stylish. InkNBurn makes me feel amazing. I've tested it out on bike rides, ultras, running, and skiing and it has never let me down. I always get amazing feedback each time I wear one of these amazing pieces. For the first time I have wanted to represent a brand, normally a brand is a brand but in this case the amazing designs and the quality coupled with the amazing team who work hard in So.Cal designing all the way to producing each an every piece are amazing. I had the pleasure of visiting the InkNBurn studio just a few weeks ago with my So.Cal friend. They were working hard to get out many new garments (PI Day, Lucky Charm, Club items) but we were still treated like royalty! We must have been there for 2 hours trying things on and talking about what we loved about the designs! And if they didn't have our size or style on display she happily looked in the warehouse to see if they had it in stock. It was amazing experience! I got to see up close all of the amazing current designs and they are all so much more amazing in person!
Awesome front entry art!
Colour is a big part of my life and how can you look at this amazing InknBurn Miko tights and arm warmers and not feel uplifted and strong?
I can feel the uplifting vibes from this "retired design" tank called Flutter combined with the current Chameleon Sports Skirt? I can feel the fluttery wings of a butterfly lifting me up!
I challenge each and everyone of my athlete friends to try at least one piece. With so many amazing and different designs there is always a new design to choose from and one that may just be that special piece that "speaks and whispers" to you from afar! One piece and you will be hooked. I promise :) So now head over to www.inknburn.com and getting shopping!
This was my first time visiting Fur Rondy as it is called. It is an amazing mix of parade, street fair, carnival, dog mushing, and we cannot forget FUR located in Anchorage, Alaska. This is the 51st year of the Rondy and I was lucky to have a chance to go down to Anchorage to experience it.
Just a 50 minute plane ride from Fairbanks makes logistics easy as driving in the winter in the Sub Arctic can be a pain and down right dangerous if conditions turn bad.
I arrive in Anchorage late Friday night. Just enough time to get a snack in the bar and a quick nightcap at the Hilton. My room was luckily located facing the inlet on one side and the street on the other. WOOOT!! Corner Room baby! This was the view from the side window: A view of the tiny little carnival, which there is no way in heck that I am getting on any of those rickety things!
Saturday was the main event for me, Dog Mushing. Due to the lack of snow, they were forced to shorten the races down from 25 miles to 10 miles and well a reduction of the $$ purse as well :( The Dog races are the 3 day event, and I got to see day to. I love watching these athletes. They are fast and happy. Amazing Athletes they are.
Im honour of these amazing animals I treated myself to this very amazing Husky Hat :) Its cute, warm and fuzzy. What more could you want? And I think I look super cute in it!
I gathered with a friend who was having a birthday and her family at the Glacier Brewhouse for dinner. AMAZING....If you ever make it to Anchorage, Alaska you must eat here. Try a beer and stay for the food. To die for. Also be sure to have the Peanut Butter Pie, its a house specialty.
The night was topped off my an amazing fireworks show. Well my iPhone does pretty crappy taking low light photos, so to share the beauty I am going to share a photo taken by the Greater Anchorage, Inc. Please see www.fuurondy.net to see all of their other awesome photos.
What a great weekend! I am so glad I got to experience Fur Rondy first hand. In the almost 20 years I have lived in Alaska this is a first for me. I know the Rondy is smaller than it has been in the past, but I totally recommend anyone in the area to come on down, spend a day, or a week and enjoy all that Fur Rondy has to offer.
Now that I am home, its back to reality. But most important, back to my fur children!
My continued quest for fresh bread has led me to this wonderful crusty french loaf. I have never been able to free form a french loaf. It always gets to fat and never tall enough.
So, I said enough is enough. I broke down and bought this very economical french loaf pan from amazon.com. It was only 14 bucks and it makes two loaves. This thing was just what I was looking for. My results were just as pretty and tastey as the local bakery would make.
This recipe was only for a single loaf. But it baked just fine with the other side empty. I love that this pan in perforated on the bottom. The bottom crust came out just as cripsy as the top.
Here is the recipe
1 cup warm water
1 package, or 2.25 tsp of yeast
2 tsp. of olive or veggie oil
1 tsp of salt
pinch of sugar about 1/8 of a tsp.
aprox 3 cups of A/P or Bread Flour
egg whites for the wash
Proof the yeast with the water and sugar. Let sit about ten minutes till the yeast gets foamy. Add the oil, salt and 1/2 of the flour. I do prefer my loaves when I add the oil, but in a traditional french loaf you normally do not add oil.
I mix in my Kitchen Aid with the paddle attachement for about 1 minute, then slowly add in the flour a bit at a time, until I get a wet, shaggy loaf. I then move it to the board, and encorporate the remaining flour. Knead about 5 minutes until you get a nice smooth, springy loaf. Place in a oiled bowl, cover let rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
After 1st rise, punch down and knead 2 or three times. On floured surface roll out to about 12 x 8. Roll up on the long side. Pinch the seam closed. Place in pan seam side down. Cover, rise until double, about 40 minutes. Brush with egg whites mixed with water. Use a sharp knife to cut slits about 2 inches apart on the top of the dough.
Place in a 425 oven for about 20 minutes. In order to make a crispier crust you can spritz the bread lightly a few times during cooking with water, or I just place a dish of hot water in the oven with the bread to create the steam needed to crisp.
Funny name, but amazing chicken dish. This dish has a history in my family. It goes way back to the mid 1980’s and a trip to our nations capital, Washington, D.C. We stayed a Holiday Inn in Arlington, VA back when hotels still had good restaurants attached to them.The special of the day was this chicken dish.Im sure it had a real name, but over the years it was forgotten or discarded only to known as the infamous Holiday Inn Chicken.
This is a favorite meal of mine to make when I need comfort food that is not too full of fat. Its great on a cold day. Its like a stew so and its perfect with nice fluffy rice and a crusty roll.
Here are the ingredients you will need, this serves 3-4 depending on appetite!In my house it gets only 3 servings.
3 large or 4 small chicken thighs and one large breast, I skin and bone them, discarding the skin and keeping the bones.
1 medium yellow or white onion
1 green bell peper
8-10 Cremini mushrooms or button mushrooms
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1/8 to 1/4 cup of dark soy sauce
Dash of worcheshire sauce
2 cups water
1 tsp red pepper flakes, more or less depending on your taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil for searing
Prep chicken, reserve the bones and set aside. Heat oil in dutch oven or other large heavy pot. Season chicken with salt and pepper. I like to cut the chicken so that its smaller in size. So each thigh gets cut in half and breast gets cut into thirds or fourths depending on size. Sear on each side till brown. You could also dredge the chicken in flour, this will make your broth thicker as well.Remove chicken and set aside.
Prep veggies.Rough chop onion and carrot. I use about 1 inch chunks. Seed and de rib the green pepper and chop to one inch chunks. If your mushrooms are large half them , small ones are good whole. Smash the garlic and rough chop, no need to finely chop it as it will stew for a while an break up naturally.Lightly sauté in the pot you used for chicken, there should be enough oil left over to lightly sauté the veggies.
Add the chicken back to the pot and add the rest of the liquid ingredients. Add your desired amount of red pepper flakes. Jalapeno would be good here to, just be sure to seed and rib it first.
Here is where the cheesecloth and the thigh bones and breast bones come in. I add wrap these up in cheese cloth and add to the pot at this time.This will make a nice broth along with the chicken pieces. You could use bone in chicken in the stew, but I don’t like this. As this will simmer for a few hours to develop the taste the bones fall apart and you end up with thigh bones and breast bones in the broth, which are no fun when you bite in them. This method allows you to use the bones for flavoring, but makes it easy to remove them at the end for ease of serving and eating.
You could also use chicken broth to add flavor if you don’t want to use the bones to make broth, but I find it makes the dish taste “tin canny” and to salty.
Simmer on the stove top on lowest setting for 1.5 to 2 hours. Near the end of cooking remove the lid and let the sauce reduce a bit. So be sure to go lighter on the salt, so when it reduces it will not be to salty. You can also place in a low oven 300 or so degrees in a dutch oven.
This is best served over rice. Hopefully this Holiday Inn chicken will bring you as many good memories as it brings me!
Chipotle Steak Pizza is my absolute favorite pizza at the best pizza place in Alaska, Mooses Tooth Pizza in Anchorage AK. To bad Anchorage is over 6 hours away, so I cant just call in for take out.
I had this pizza for the first time abut 5 years ago, and it was awesome. I remember the first time I had this, I woke up in the middle of the nite and snarfed down the leftover under the cover or darkness so I didnt have to share any :) My two favorite food groups combined, Pizza and Steak. Heaven on dough :) Its the chipotle spiced sour cream on top that makes this pie stand out. Spicy and good.
Here is my version of the classic.
Here are the ingredients you will need
Pizza dough (i use home made, its the easy recipe that came with my kitchen aid mixer)
Mozzerella Cheese and unsmoked Provolone (optional)
1/4 to 1/2 cups of sour cream (depending on the size of your crust)
chiptole in adobe, half or 1/4 a small can
thin slices of steak ( I like grilled tenderloin)
Parmesan cheese for serving
To make the chipotle sauce:
In a small food processor or blender puree your desired amount of chipotle and sour cream. Blend/process until smooth. Set aside. Remember the longer you let it set the hotter it will be :)
To make the pie:
Roll out the dough to desired shape and size. I tend to make smaller personal sized pies. I use for my pizza sauce some of my red pasta sauce that has been pureed until smoth. Any red sauce, jarred or homemade will work fine. I use about 1/4 a cup for my 8-10 inch pizza. Just enough that it wets the crust. I dont like to much sauce.
Top with Cheese then steak, and then veggies. When dealing with the tomatos, i like to seed them as I dont want all the juice, it makes the pizza soggy. I like to use tenderloin that has been grilled or broiled to medium rare, cooled and sliced thinly. You want the most tender meat you can have, since chewy meat on pizza is not good eats! I use about 1/2 a very small tenderloin for my 10 inch pizza.
After your topping are on, sprinkle with parmesan. Bake in preheated 425 oven for about 14-20 minuted depending on size and what you are cooking on. I used to have a pizza stone, but it broke in half. This time I cooked on foil lined sheet pan. This worked out just fine. Though pizza stone will make a nicer bottom crust.
Remove pie when crust is desired color and cheese is all melted. Now its time to top with the sauce. I like to use a make shift piping bag. Which is a zippy bag with the end cut off (very high tech and fancy). This makes it easier to dress the top of the pie with out globs of sauce. Drizzle sauce on top. As you can see from this photo, I was out of bags and ended up with clumpy sauce, but it was still super tastey. You can also top with finely chopped cilantro (this is how they do it at Mooses Tooth) but I leave it out, as my husband doesnt particularly like the taste. I give this pie a two thumbs up!!!!