Monthly Archives: February 2013

Full Body Burn

Rita

Well folks, it is only 3 days till we do Rita’s Burpee Mile!  This Saturday at 8am a group of us will be lining up at the Y to cheer Rita on while doing her mile of burpees around the track.  Rita really does know how to turn 51 with a bang!  Each of us will be taking turns doing laps of burpees with Rita to help keep her motivated.  Rita has asked that each of us dedicate each lap of burpees we do to someone or something.  Mine will be dedicated to my grandparents.  They were the people in my life who taught me to always look out for others and help them, that a individual can always make a difference, and so much more.

As for getting through a lap of burpees with the amazing Rita…I already called dibs on the second to last lap.  I know there is no way I can keep up with her in the beginning.  She is a power house!

Here are some fun burpee quotes I found online:

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I died laughing at this one!  Stay with burpees my friend!

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Workout Wednesday 2

I’ve kinda been slacking on my burpee pimpin’, so here is the burpee themed workout that I came up with and did last weekend, or if you are looking for a different burpee themed workout try my Burpee Time workout.  I hope you sweat as much as I did!  I’ve put links to two new exercise moves that I have not shared yet.  The rest are all on the Exercise Term Glossary page.  Remember to stretch when you have finished.  Burpee On!!

Full Body Burn Workout

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Chicken Marsala Calzones with Caramelized Onions

We love making our own calzones and pizzas in our home.  I love it because I know there are no icky chemicals going into our food.  My son loves it, because he gets to create his own meal, and my husband loves it because, well, because he gets fed.  This recipe will make anywhere from 6 large calzones to 12 mini calzones.
Chicken Marsala Calzones with Caramelized Onions

I’m a big fan of chicken Marsala and caramelized onions, so one day a few years back I decided to turn it into a calzone.  It worked!!  I hope you enjoy these calzones as much as I do!

Before you see the step-by-step pictures I have posted to go along with the directions; I would like to take a moment to share something with you. I cannot roll out any type of dough into a circle. I’ve been making calzones, pizzas, and pies for more years than I would like to admit to, but I still cannot roll anything out into something that resembles a circular shape.  I really do not know why.  My sweet grandmother tried so many times to teach me when it came to rolling out pie crusts, but I could never roll my dough out into a circle.  I guess I’m an abstract artist when it comes to rolling out dough.

Chicken Marsala Calzones with Caramelized Onions

Ingredients:

  • 2 T Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 2 large onions sliced
  • 8 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms (regular mushrooms work just fine too)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3/4 c Marsala wine
  • 2 chicken breasts baked and shredded
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • salt
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Asiago cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • water to help seal calzones
  • 1 batch Pizza/Calzone dough

Directions:

Before you begin making the filling.  Make your calzone dough first.  It is a really easy and quick dough recipe to make.

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In a large sauté pan, add the extra virgin olive oil, sliced onions, sugar, and salt.  Allow onions to caramelize on medium-low heat.  This will take some time, so be patient.

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Once the onions have caramelized, add the mushrooms and cook until softened.  Then, add the garlic and cook for a few more minutes.  Once mushrooms are cooked, add the Marsala and cook until the wine is reduced and absorbed into the onions and mushrooms.

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When the wine has reduced, add the shredded chicken breasts to the pan, and combine with the mushrooms and onions.  At this point I like to add 1/4-1/2 cup more of Marsala (sometimes I just pour rather than measure).  I really like to taste the Marsala a bunch in this, but if you don’t leave out this last 1/4 cup.

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The filling for the calzones is finished, so remove the pan from the heat, and allow the filling mixture to cool a little bit while you get the dough that you prepared earlier.  You can make your calzones any size you want.  Just flour your working area and rolling pin, so that the dough does not stick.

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Take some of your dough, and roll it into something that resembles a circle (See what I mean about not being able to make a circle?)  Place some of your shredded Asiago  and Parmesan cheese in the center of the dough.

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Then place some of your Marsala chicken and caramelized onion filling on top of the cheeses.  Finally top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

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With a pastry brush, brush some water along the bottom half edge of the dough.  Taking the top half, gently stretch the dough and meet the top edge with the bottom edge, and press together to seal.

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Starting on the left side of your calzone, fold the left side up towards the top of the calzone.  It should look like the picture above.

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Then tuck the part of the dough you folded up, under the calzone.  Right now you are “really” sealing the dough, so that the inside cheese won’t leak out.

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Tuck and fold the dough all the way around the calzone to complete the seal.  I’m so sorry if I’m not explaining this in the best way.  I made these step-by-step pictures to help fill in where my directions/words are lacking.

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Once you have finished creating your calzones, place them on a cookie sheet, pizza pan, or cooking stone.  Make sure the area is either greased, or you can sprinkle some semolina flour onto the surface (this is what I do).

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Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until the calzones turn golden brown.  As you can see, sometimes leaks can happen.  My son filled his with a bit too much cheese, but it still tastes great!
Chicken Marsala Calzones with Caramelized Onions

Oscar Style

What an amazing night for fashion and film at last nights Oscars!  I had a wonderful time crashing on the couch, eating chocolate cake (copious amounts) and watching the preshow for fashion and then the actual Oscars.  And boy were both shows great!

Seth McFarlane did a good job hosting.  I have to admit that I was laughing pretty hard at his whole “We Saw Your Boobs” song.  I actually still have the song stuck in my head.

Big congratulations to all the winners!  Although I do have to say that Ben Affleck may want to work on his acceptance speeches with his wife before he gives them.  I’m guessing that he didn’t mean to say that their marriage is work.  Poor guy was really nervous.

On to the fashion for the evening!

I’m someone who has zero fashion sense.  After all, I live out of my workout clothing.  That speaks volumes for itself.  However, I love watching all the women in their gowns, and choose which one I like the most.  And here are my nominees:

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Anne Hathaway in Prada.  Did you notice her gorgeous Tiffany necklace? This whole dress was just amazing.  I wish I had an excuse to wear one like it.

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Naomi Watts in an amazing custom Armani gown in gunmetal gray.  I love how unique her dress is!

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Charlize Theron was stunning in her Dior gown and an arm full of diamonds to die for!  Most of all, I love how she is rocking her new pixie cut.  Love it!

As for dresses I didn’t like:

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Jennifer Aniston in Valentino. I’m sorry, but I expect more from her in fashion, and her hair needed to be up, and maybe she should have added a necklace.

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Halle Berry…Sorry…I just could not get into her Versace gown.  It looked like something out of the 80s.  I know I’m probably the only person who didn’t like her dress.  Halle does have one rockin’ bod to pull this dress off and hug her in just the right ways.  I’ll give her credit for that.

What was your favorite dress of the night?

If your looking to get your body into “Oscar” shape, try some of these workouts:

On the Menu

Here is the menu I came up with for us this week.  I’m trying 2 new recipes again this week!  Woohoo!  What is on your menu for this week?  Are you trying anything new?

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Monday:  I’m making my Creamy Crock Pot Potato Soup.  We are still in the middle of winter, and I love easy to make meals that will warm me up.

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Tuesday:  Spicy Black Bean and Rice Burritos by A Bitchin’ Kitchen.  I’m going to add some shredded chicken to our burritos in order to get some extra protein.  This is my new “pin” recipe to try this week!

Thursday:  My son is requesting grilled hamburgers, so we will have that with some sweet potato French fries and fruit.

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Friday or Saturday:  Parmigiano and Herb Chicken Breast Tenders.  This is my son’s favorite, and I always triple the amount of chicken I use, so that we can have leftovers.  Note:  Reheat leftover chicken tenders in the oven so they stay crispy!

Caramelized Onion Risotto

Sunday: Caramelized Onion Risotto by A Bitchin’ Kitchen.  I saw this recipe when I was linking up the the Spicy Black Bean and Rice Burritos on Bitchin’ Kitchen’s site.  I’m a lover of caramelized onions, so when I saw this recipe I had to put it on this weeks menu!   I’m guessing that we will have some grilled chicken and roasted asparagus to go with the risotto that night.

Saturday Shares

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The Love 4 Logan Foundation was created to inform the public of childhood cancer while generating revenue to purchase baby blankets, mobiles, and other items for babies in the NICU and those babies diagnosed with cancer. Through the foundation we are able to express our gratitude to those that helped our baby by helping other babies.

Right now there is a need for blankets.

Per Kortney: Hey friends & family! I am trying to get NEW FLUFFY (no thin flannel or receiving blanket) blankets together to send to Logan’s family to donate. PLEASE let me know if you would like to donate. These blankets can also be HANDMADE, but same rules, must be a warm, fluffy blanket. I found perfect ones on Amazon and they don’t cost much, but mean a lot to the families they are being donated to!

I am hoping for a few handmade blankets to donate to the children’s hospital where Logan was cared for. If you know how to knit or crochet I would be willing to donate the yarn! The blankets should be about 30×45, fluffy & warm. They would need to be ready in the next few weeks. Thank you!

If you would like to help with this amazing cause and/or if you know how to crochet or knit…or know someone else who does, please get in touch with Kortney at photoburpee@yahoo.com and use the subject line “Love for Logan” as soon as possible. Please share this with anyone and everyone!!

You can continue to follow Baby Logan’s journey on her Facebook page at Love for Logan. And most importantly, please continue to keep Baby Logan, her brother and her mommy and daddy and all babies affected by cancer in your thoughts and prayers.

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Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos from Aggie’s Kitchen look beyond delicious!  I cannot wait to make these for dinner soon.

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Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies by Averie Cooks look so comforting and yummy.  I’m trying to incorporate more coconut oil into my baking, so I’m excited to give these cookies a try, and there is no butter or white sugar in this recipe.

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DIY Lavender Bath Salts from Heart, Love, Weddings is a perfect gift to make for friends or yourself.  Plus it is a great craft to get the kids involved in.  If you are reading dads…You might want to make this a Mother’s Day gift/project, or a great birthday gift for mom.  They also have recipes for Herbes de Provence Salt, Citrus Salt, and Vanilla Bean Sugar.

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Check out Amanda’s post about Understanding Muscle Composition on her blog Run to the Finish.  She does an amazing job explaining the need for strength training, and why you should not judge yourself by what the scale says.

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Food, Fitness, and Family has come up with a Lean Legs Circuit that will help tone your tush and legs up.  Go to her sight to get the rest of this Loving Lean Legs Circuit.



We Have a Winner!

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Before I announce the winner of the book giveaway, I would like to thank everyone who commented on yesterday’s post.  I truly appreciate all the kind, motivating, and helpful comments.  It is good to know that there is a light out there at the end of the tunnel, and you have all made me feel so much better about finding a way back into my running game.

Autographed Copy

The winner of the totally awesome AUTOGRAPHED copy of the New York Times Best Seller, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, is Mindy @ Road Runner Girl!!!  Look for an email from me today Mindy, so that I can get your address.  My email address is, andreach2@yahoo.com.

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For part of the Giveaway, I asked everyone to comment on what their favorite book or books are.  Here is what was listed, and I’m so glad everyone shared.  From everyone’s comments I was able to discover some great new books to read!

Since all of us don’t take enough time to just sit down and read, I’m keeping today’s post short.  Instead, I want you to take some time today to pick up a book and read!  Happy Reading!!

Virtual Recap…Can I Become a Runner?

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As you can see from the picture above, I’ve run or walked a few virtual races in the past month.  Except for the the March Against ALS/Shamrocks for Shannon race.  That one is for next month, but I wanted to share a pic of the medal since it already came in the mail.

Last weekend my son and I did the virtual run for Kyle’s Krusade together.  When I told him Kyle’s story and why we were running for him he asked if we could do an extra mile for him.  I just love my kid.  I think it is important for us as adults/parents to teach our children to be humanitarians early on.  I want my son to think about others, their situations, and what he can do to help them rather than waiting for someone else to do it.  My grandparents taught me to help others at an early age, and it has stuck with me thoughout my life.  My son also wants to find more races for kids with cancer, so he can help them in some way.  We have the St. Baldricks Virtual Race race coming up in March to help children with cancer.

In the past few weeks I have also completed the Sandy Hook Memorial 5K , Chilly Cheeks Virtual 5K , and the Northern Lights 5K.  Now, I’m feeling a bit guilty about these “races”, because I didn’t really train or put my “all” into them.  I almost want to put them aside until I can really “run” them and be proud of my times.  I know this sounds pathetic, but I’m not happy with my running time for these races, and I want a redo.  Plus I have quite a few more virtual races this month and the next few months.

Actually, I’m not happy with my running period.  I’m frustrated that I can teach multiple Spinning classes a day totaling over 40 miles, and not be able to run a decent 3 miles.  I know part of it comes from having to run on a treadmill and not outside, but I still need to get my butt into gear.  Maybe I should pay some Girl Scouts to chase me with cookies.  That might motivate me a bit more.

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Since, I’m determined to run my first half marathon this year, and I need help, motivation, and someone to help me figure out my training schedule that will work with all the Spinning classes I teach, I have gotten myself a running coach/trainer.  Jen aka The Marathon Mom is my new running coach!  The poor woman has her work cut out with me.  We begin my quest to become a “happy” distance runner on March 1st.  I won’t lie to you…I’m nervous.  Mostly, I don’t want to let her down, and I don’t want to discover that somewhere along the line I stopped enjoying running (right now it is a chore).  Wish me luck!  I’m gonna need it.

Do you find that running becomes more “mental” than physical for you at times?

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY I have going on for an autographed copy of the New York Times Best Seller, The Fault in our Stars by John Green! Today is the last day to enter.  I could not put this book down once I started it!!  Honestly, it was such an amazing story!