You Could Sell This in a Restaurant

I was all about being a house-wife today—cooking, cleaning, baking, laundry, etc. But I honestly enjoy these things, so I didn’t mind.

As soon as I got up, I had a small breakfast and then got to cleaning the bathrooms and washing the sheets.

Here are a few of my favorite cleaning products I used today.

Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner

I really like this natural toilet bowl cleaner. It does a very good job of removing stains, and I especially like the mild, natural scent that doesn’t smell chemical-y.


Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I was only recently turned on to this item, but wow! What an amazing product. It removed so many marks, spots, and stains on our walls, doors, railing, and other various items around the house. I don’t know how it works, but it is an amazing product.


Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish

We have several stainless steel appliances in our kitchen, and I cannot stand the fingerprints, streaks, and spots that show up on them. I love how well this spray cleaner works. I spray it on, wipe off with a clean rag, and then buff with a second cloth. It leaves everything sparkling clean with no streaks.


After cleaning for a solid hour, it was time to head out for my run. I did a 20 minute tempo run and completed 7 miles in under an hour. It was so sunny and warm—perfect weather for a run. Afterwards I lifted weights at the gym for 30 minutes. I made sure to complete the strengthening exercises for my glute and hamstring because I felt a little pain from my hamstring the last 0.5 mile of my run.


My afternoon snack was this Luna Fiber bar. Honestly I wasn’t impressed. It had the texture of a heartier Nutri-Grain bar, but I wasn’t a fan of the flavor.


Tonight’s dinner far exceeded my expectations and could seriously be served in a restaurant. I first learned about this dish from Tina’s blog post. She raved about it, so naturally I wanted to give it a try as well.


I did change a few things to the recipe:

- I made my own pie crust instead of purchasing one—partially because I’m cheap, partially because I knew mine would probably taste better, and the ones at the store had ingredients I didn’t recognize. It did take me a while though; I used this recipe from Simply Recipes for a Perfect Pie Crust.

- I used 1 teaspoon plus a dash of dried thyme instead of the fresh herb. (Once again because I’m cheap.)

- I also used 1% milk instead of the half-and-half. (Trying to save on a few calories and because I didn’t want to buy another ingredient I might not use.) DSC_0013

I cannot tell you how delicious this was. Even Craig was thoroughly impressed and went back for seconds.

Check out the original recipe on the Whole Foods website: Mushroom and Gruyere Quiche. DSC_0014


What is one of your favorite cleaning products?

What item do you make that could be served in a restaurant?

Marathon Monday

I love working at a running store because ‘Marathon Monday’ is not a foreign term. The marathon, how people did, who the winners were was all the buzz at work today.

I didn’t watch any of it on TV since we don’t have cable, but I caught up on all of the news via Facebook and the web. Somehow my coworkers got their faces posted all over the news.

Monica made the USA Today’s web photos.

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And Jerry and Tom were interviewed by CNN. Way to go guys!

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I couldn’t get the actually video embedded, but here’s the link if you want to check it out.

Marathon Monday will never have to same ring for me. . . . . .

My run didn’t come close to the distance of a marathon, but I did cover 5 miles this morning with an pace of approximately 8:30. Even though it was a little chilly with temps in the upper 30s, I am taking every opportunity to wear shorts this spring because I am sick and tired of (multiple pairs) pants.

Running in my incredibly dirty shoes. This is why I never buy new shoes in the spring.


Breakfast was a bowl of oatmeal eaten on my way to work because I would have been late otherwise. I also had this protein bar, which was quite disappointing. I was not a fan of the texture (pasty) or the flavor (lacking a good mocha flavor and no distinct cherry flavor).


After work I had to go to the grocery store to get food for the week. Then it was a quick-prep meal because I was hungry. Craig said he wanted BLTs, so that’s what we had. (I was glad because that is what I was craving as well.)

My plate was a little random with half of a BLT sandwich (with homemade bacon), a scrambled egg for additional protein, and some grape tomatoes. DSC_0011

After I cleaned up the kitchen and did a little house work, Craig and I took the pooch for an evening walk. It got up to 60*F here today, which is rare for this time of the year. Of course everyone said it was “hot,” while I was still wearing my thinner winter jacket. DSC_0029

Tomorrow I have the day off and a lengthy to-do list, so I hope I can get it all accomplished.

Things I’m Loving Lately

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

I have tried other self-tanners before, but they always leave streaks or looks fake. After a recommendation, I picked up the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse at Sephora for Maui and was blown away how awesome this worked. My skin looked bronzed as if I had spent weeks in the tropics. I did end up with a few minor streaks, but with more practice at applying it, I think I will be able to avoid them.


Caress Body Wash

I am kind of picky about the body wash I use. I usually just pick a body wash based on the scent, and I am a big fan of the Caress Passionate Spell scent.


Flavorful Salads

I don’t always make the best homemade salads, but I found some flavorful toppings to add on, which really helped boost the flavor of my normally very plain salads. I used Annie’s Green Goddess dressing, which is definitely a winner.

Spinach + sauteed tofu + red pepper + hard boiled egg + avocado + homemade croutons


PROBAR Products

I tried a PROBAR a while back and don’t remember being hat impressed, but since starting at Skinny Raven, everyone has been raving about the PROBAR products, so I picked up a couple of my own. This Core protein bar was so delicious; the mint chocolate flavor was spot on. I would definitely buy this again.


Running with Friends

Now that I work part-time and often go into work later in the morning, I have time to meet up with friends for runs! This has really helped when I was feeling unmotivated to run. Joanne and I completed a run in the morning sun, so odd compared to the countless runs I used to do in the dark.



Running in General

After my bout of lacking motivation for running, I have been getting back in the groove and feeling much more excited about my daily runs. This morning I covered 10 miles in 1:24.


Pocket Fuel

I had never heard of Pocket Fuel until I started working at Skinny Raven. I tried this pure caffeine energy gel and wow it gave me a burst of energy! I only took half of the packet since I can be really sensitive to caffeine. It tasted like straight espresso with only a slight vanilla flavor.


Spending Time with Craig

Our time together has been a little more limited since I occasionally have to work Saturdays—the nature of retail. So last weekend I went to Craig’s final curling tournament of the season. Craig has been curling the past two winters and last weekend he had his year-end tournament. I watched one of his games and his team ended up taking 1st place in their bracket. (He is one of the sweepers—in the ball hat.) DSC_0003

Simplehuman Garbage Can

Really random, I know, but I absolutely love our garbage can by Simplehuman. The best thing about it is that it does not slam down after you take your foot off the opener. Instead it slowly and quietly closes. It is so great! Our realtor actually bought it for us as a house-warming gift. It is pretty pricey at over $100, but I would definitely pay that for it.



Favorite blog post: 22 Things You Need to Know About Minnesota Before Moving There

A shout-out to my home state—especially #4, #7, and #20.

Another fun read: Bad Yogi Zen


And finally. . . . .a GIVEAWAY!!

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You can also receive 20% with the promo code: MARATHON in honor of the Boston Marathon this weekend.

How ENERGYbits helped me have the best race season ever!

The rest of my weekend will be spent celebrating Easter/Pascha with friends and family. If you are celebrating Easter as well, I hope you have a blessed Easter and remember that Easter is not just about the Easter bunny, candy, and colored eggs but instead the hope of eternal life. I am sure I will be enjoying a lot of delicious food including lamb and Greek pastries (We go to a Greek church.) as well as reflecting on all the things that I have to be thankful for. Like no snow this year!