Mar 212016
 

Think they’re ready?? 😉

Saturday was such a nice day in Portland! 65 and sunny! It was so nice out and I was feeling a bit stir crazy and sick of laying on the couch watching Netflix…Michael suggested we go check out the new food cart pod in Happy Valley so we went there for lunch. There were a bunch of different carts and several looked appealing. I definitely want to go back and try some others. I ended up going to the Hot Box BBQ cart and it was SO GOOD!

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I got the pulled pork sliders–2 of them. The Classic was pulled pork with pineapple, BBQ sauce and coleslaw on it. So delicious. The other slider I got was the Volcano–my FAVORITE! It came with homemade jalapeno pepper jelly, crispy onions, and sriracha mayo sauce that was to die for. It was just the right amount of spice and I absolutely loved it. So yummy.

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Just the right size, too. Loved the buns and they were slightly crispy. I can’t wait to go back and get another one of those Volcano sandwiches! Michael went to a different cart and got a rice, black bean, chicken and avocado bowl that came with homemade tortilla chips (they were great). We sat outside with Bella and ate our delicious lunches.

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After lunch we went out to Powell Butte for a nice long walk in the sunshine. It was my idea. Michael kept asking if I was up to it. But I was ok, just slow. The weather was perfect and even though I’m not in “hiking” condition right now I knew it would be an easy enough one to do because it’s not too steep, part of it is paved and it’s close to home. Bella was SO EXCITED!

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I feel bad — the weather has been so terrible all winter long and then towards the end of the pregnancy I was just not feeling myself physically and was really limited in what I could do so hiking was one of the first things we stopped doing. Which sucks because Bella loves it so much. I’m really looking forward to doing more of it this spring/summer.

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We did a very slow stroll around Powell Butte park and took a few breaks. Bella got to run around and sniff everything and there were tons of dogs and people out enjoying the nice sunny day. It just felt really good to be outside getting some Vitamin D.

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We ended up doing 2.5 miles in one hour. I burned a little over 200 calories. That was my workout for the day!

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The rest of the day was kind of uneventful. Laundry, House of Cards on Netflix and then a spontaneous invite from friends to go out for Thai food. I didn’t really feel like hanging around the house so I agreed to the dinner date, even though I probably should be taking it “easy” and staying close to home!

We went to Siri Thai and it was a really nice place. The food was good, the service was good and there wasn’t a huge wait for a Saturday night.

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It was really nice to go out with our friends and their kids, eat good food and get out of the house! 🙂

Feb 292016
 

Lately

So a little while ago I got a jar of black strap molasses because it was supposed to loaded with iron and for whatever reason I was still anemic even though I was taking both a prenatal vitamin that had iron in it AND an iron supplement. I was trying to eat more iron rich foods and the molasses? So not for me. 🙁 I tried it a few times in my oatmeal and just did not like it at all. The flavor was not something I could get past.

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I decided to give it a try in baking. I found this recipe and it sounded really tasty so this weekend I finally tried it! It was rainy and stormy and seemed like good baking weather.

OATMEAL MOLASSES CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

From: http://www.persnicketyplates.com/oatmeal-molasses-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), room temp
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
  • 12 oz (1 bag) chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli baking chips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, or a large bowl, add the butter, sugar, eggs, and molasses (which should all be at room temp). Mix until smooth using the paddle attachment or a hand mixer.
  3. In another large bowl, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk together (or you can sift it).
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough onto your prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2" in between.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown with the centers almost done. You want them to be chewy, not crispy.
  8. Let cool on the pan for about 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Notes: Betty Crocker recipe passed along from a family friend
http://www.110pounds.com/?p=49566

The cookies were super easy to make and took maybe 15 minutes to prep. I baked each batch for 10 minutes on the dot and that worked well. They came out chewy and not crispy or too raw.

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The cookies were FABULOUS. I am partial the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and these were so delicious. There was a HINT of the molasses flavor but for some reason it didn’t bother me in the cookies–it added to the richness of flavor instead of being off-putting for me. I definitely recommend this recipe. It’s really delicious, easy to make and they came out perfectly!

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This weekend I also had a lunch date with my friend Erika. We went to Pizzicato. I was craving a slice + a salad! I really like their pizza. Since I’d had a small breakfast and went swimming before lunch I was kind of famished when I got there so I ended up getting two slices of pizza–cheese and the puttanesca (artichoke hearts, tomatoes, basil and kalamata olives) — so good!

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The lunch special comes with a salad and we both got the Arugula and Pear salad (it’s one of my favorite salads). It’s arugula and spinach with pear, gorgonzola and candied walnuts. Lunch was perfect and hit the spot on all my cravings!

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We hung out for a few hours talking and catching up. Last time I saw her was at my baby shower but it was so busy and chaotic it was hard to talk about too much so this was nice….just getting out of the house and catching up with a friend.

In Due Time

I signed up for two 5k’s! Yahoo!

Damn, it’s so weird to see old photos of me! This was two summers ago:

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Crazy.

So yeah…I signed up for two 5k’s–one in August and one in September. Michael signed up, too. I was so happy I was able to run two 5k’s last yearboth while pregnant. One race was with Michael (his first) and one was with my dad. They were both cool experiences and I’m really excited about doing it again this year.

I am not putting too much pressure on myself in regards to training because obviously, things will be different this year. Once I’m cleared to exercise again by the doctor I’ll start training slowly. Lots of walking with the babe and eventually get back to running. I will probably do the Couch to 5k program again.

That was my weekend. How was yours?