I have just a few random things worth sharing this fine Saturday evening. Hope you don’t mind.
I attempted a sweet spaghetti squash pancake yesterday. It was not successful.
It tasted good, but was not the best pre run meal. really, not the best at all.
10 mile treadmill run at the gym
A LONG trip to Costco which included standing in the return line for quite awhile to return peanut butter.
The wait was worth it. We got $9.99 back and put it towards our pretty hefty bill. By the way, I bet pushing that Costco cart burns more calories than pushing a stroller. Don’t you think?
Want to see my special skill?
Yep. That was fun. I even picked up a couple passengers for the front seat.
After all that excitement, the boys wouldn’t nap. I got desperate for a pick me up and created this beauty.
A microwaved sweet potato topped with cinnamon, Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice, almond butter and my favorite cocoa powder mixed with coconut butter to make that dark chocolate goodness.
It was divine.
STUFT Daddy and I had date night last night so I dusted off the crockpot for the occasion. I made some crockpot chicken and mushroom pasta.
I’m pretty sure the last time I used my crockpot was when I posted the recipe for this. Oops.
Instead of whatever cheap whole grain penne I could find, I used a special new pasta that was sent over from Mara’s Pasta.
Look at this cute little box we got.
I cooked up the Farfalle.
I have to say, this pasta was good and felt gourmet. I usually just buy whatever is on sale, but this was pretty darn tasty. Definitely “date night” worthy.
The boys even gobbled it up.
No pictures of the burnt veggies that accompanied it or my favorite wine that also was part of the evening. My phone and camera were in the back room once we put the boys to bed. That’s part of the date night rules around here.
This morning I was greeted by a not to enthusiastic Kitty
and a little “Christmas decorating” that Joaquin had done.
I bet you can find these “decorations” somewhere close by if you want to copy us.
I taught boot camp, scarfed down a Cappuccino Larabar and banana for a quick snack
and then went for a 16 mile run.
The ones we got were the Aspire Zero ones. Supposedly you can wear these socks for a week and they won’t stink. I’m not about to try that though. I did notice that they didn’t seem as gross or sweaty after my run as my other no show Road Runner Sports socks. That was pretty cool. I’m not sure how much of the compression I felt in my foot so I’ll have to wear them again to test.
I do have to admit that I’m a little biased when it comes to socks. My loyalty is with Pro Compression. I love their compression socks. I really want to try out the Pro Compression low trainers for days when I don’t want a full calf sock. I better get on that.
I was slow and not very motivated, but it was the only chance I had to go for a long run so had to take advantage. I told myself I was going to run 16 miles. I ran 8 miles and just when I was feeling like I was over it I found this cute little path.
Once I got home and showered I recovered a little like this.
Loads of cinnamon roasted kabocha squash.
Some just plain.
Some all doctored up with low calorie peanut butter frosting, cocoa powder mixed with coconut butter and Naturally More peanut butter.
I always leave the pieces with the most peanut butter and chocolate goodness for the last couple of bites.
Does anyone else do that?
while sporting these.
Oops. That’s all I’ve got for now.
The boys are up so we’re off to “Santa’s house” (the mall) to stock up on some Bath and Body Works hand soaps. I think they’re 6 for $20 right now.
Here’s a couple of other things to leave you with.
My favorite SunButter is giving away FREE sample packs and a coupon just for leaving a comment on their blog. How cool is that?
Click here if you’re interested.
Also, my favorite granola company Love Grown Foods has a brand spanking new product coming out later this month. They’ve got a little sneak peak here and will be posting updates on their Facebook page (including chances to win some free products). I can’t wait for it!
Hope you’re having a great weekend!
What are you up to?
Oh and here’s STUFT Daddy’s picture for the day.
These birds were in the tree by our patio. If anyone knows what they are, Andrew would be really impressed.