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Saturday
Dec122009

“mom” for the weekend

I was up bright and early to get a good workout in, before leaving for Melissa’s house in Colorado Springs [about 1hr from me].  I ate 1/2 a banana so I wasn’t starving while working out.

It was 7deg. when I left for the gym…eeek!

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Workout!

  • 25min treadmill – 1/2 hill walking 4mph @8% incline – 1/2 running 6mph @2-3% incline
  • 20min elliptical with arms
  • quick ab workout

When I got home I was in a hurry to shower + pack + make something to eat!  I chomped on a deeelicious pear.  My sis [in law] left me a cute note this morning.  Happy Hannukah, if you celebrate!!!  [I was raised Jewish, and had a Bat Mitzvah when I was 13.  My dad isn’t Jewish, so we always did all of the holiday.]

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Got all ready and made a PUMPKIN green monster for the road!!  It rocked but not as much as the first one.  My can of pumpkin was low [only about 1/4 cup] and I didn’t use enough cinnamon.  Oh well, still really creamy and tasty! 

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Jake is the best baby I have ever been around.  Seriously…he is so calm + happy.  He is content just hangin out on the floor, on his playmat, or in the his excer-saucer.  I had him on my lap facing me for at least 30min tonight too and he was just babbling away as I talked to him.  He only fusses [a tinnnny bit] if he’s hungry or sleepy. 

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His famous HUGE grin.  He makes this face all the time.  Like I said…he’s a really happy baby!!  I think our dogs are needier than Jake is, haha ;)

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Snack time for me!  Stonyfield plain yogurt [1cup?] and Bob’s Red Mill muesli.  I know you’re supposed to cook this stuff, but it was yummy uncooked on the yogurt.  I just bought it for the first time and am super excited to make it for breakfast tomorrow!!

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Bottle + nap time for Jake!

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I’ve always heard, when the baby sleeps, the mom is supposed to sleep too…so that is what I did, hehe :)  Then I woke up and had this coffee drink!  It tasted a little “tinny” from the can, so I poured it in a glass and it was much better.  The flavor was great and not thick/syrup-ey or too sweet, like a lot of the Starbucks cold coffee drinks.  I would buy it again for sure.

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Melissa was totally awesome and had me make her a grocery list for the food I wanted this weekend.  I found 2 recipes and she got everything I needed…Including a HUuuge butternut squash!

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love.it.

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She told me to help myself to some of their wine. Not a problem!  I had the shiraz and it was tasty!

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The view out of Melissa’s kitchen window.  Awesome!

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The view out of Jake’s window.

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I had to wake him from his 2hr nap so he could eat.  I didn’t want him getting off schedule!!  Sleepy kids are so so cute. 

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Dinner for Jake!  fruit + rice cereal + veggies

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nom nom nom

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A little messy but not bad at all!!

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all.gone.

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While Jake was taking his little evening nap, I made dinner.  I’ll post the recipe tomrrow.  There are minimal ingredients and it was a really easy recipe.  It was also SO yummy!!!  I wanted to make it while I was here, because Chris, Pat + Nat do not like butternut squash.  Had to take advantage while I was away :)

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Ricotta dollops on top + sprouts on the side.  I’m excited for the leftovers for lunch!

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Off to bed…gotta be ready for Jake bright + early!!

~Ashley  

Wednesday
Dec092009

green pumpkin

Short-ish post today.  Chris + I spent another 4hrs in our car, driving around Denver, street by street looking for a place to live.  It hasn’t been the easiest!!  There really aren’t many places available that allow dogs and would actually be good for dogs.  We have a few places that we’ll actually be walking through tomorrow.  Fingers crossed that they’re nice!!

Since I had an open can of pumpkin, I thought another bowl of pumpkin oats was in order for breakfast.

You guys know the routine..nothing new here, except for the fact that I have my very own clear glass mug now!!  Natalie got me one at work the other day and I’m pretty excited :) Ohhh the little things.  I enjoyed oats + coffee from the clear mugs.  I love seeing what I’m eating + drinking the whole way down!

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I sliced a little extra banana on top.

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Pumpkin-ey delicious!!

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I busted my arse at the gym today.  Incline workouts are INtense!

  • 45min incline workout, between 8-11% incline @ 4mph  [ran a little bit too 3% incline @ 5.8mph]
  • ABS!! I love the decline bench for ab work!!
  • little free weight action

When I got back from the gym I had 1 thing on my mind.  GREEN MONSTER – I don’t even know how I thought of it…but all of a sudden I was thinking “I wonder if I can make a pumpkin green monster??”  Well, I would soon find out the answer was most definitely YES.  I really didn’t think it would be good so I wasn’t even measuring. 

This is approximated a tad, but really close and I’m sure it doesn’t have to be the exact same!  Pleeease let me know if you try this!!!

Pumpkiney GREEN Monster

  • 1/2 banana
  • handful ice
  • ~1/2c. vanilla unsweetened almond milk [any milk will do]
  • ~1/3c. pumpkin puree
  • 1 container Stonyfield Pumpkin Yogurt [if you can’t find this use vanilla]
  • 2-3c. spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • cinnamon/ginger/clove

First I blended everything except the spinach, avocado, and spices.  Yellowy-Orange

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Pumpkin stuff!

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Add spinach + avocado.

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THEE prettiest color of green.  This was soooo creamy + smooth.  I want another, right now!

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I tasted it and realized I had forgotten to add spices!  I would say about 1/8-1/4t cinnamon, few shakes of ginger + cloves.  Stir, taste, and add more according to your taste.  I have made some good green monsters, but this was just ridiculous.  It also gave me a huge burst of energy and was so cleansing after a hard workout.

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Please give it a shot!! :)

When we got back from apt. searching we were staaaarving!!  Had a snack and then started making dinner.  Nothin too crazy but still delish!

  • cubed butternut squash + roasted @425* until nice and brown
  • pan sautéed brussel sprouts + kale
  • boiled some noodles
  • browned some fresh breadcrumbs + garlic to throw in the pasta and veggies

[Melissa – Pasta + breadcrumbs just got a facelift!! hehe]

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I REalllly liked the tiny cubes of butternut squash.  They got super crispy but creamy on the inside.  I only tossed them with olive oil + sea salt and they were perfect! 

I just ordered our holiday photo cards online.  It took me waaaay too long, haha.  My eyes are totallllly sick of staring at the computer screen.  Night blog peeps!!

~Ashley

Oh yah! 1 more thing…I get to play “mom” for the weekend!  I’m babysitting cutie-pie Jake all weekend while Melissa + Matt are out of town for Matt’s new job.  I’m really excited!!  I’ll still be blogging if I can…baby first :)  I hope it warms up a bit so we can take some walks.  It was about –10* this AM but warmed up to 19*.  I’m sure I’ll get some good photos of the baby adventures this weekend…stay tuned!