Coffee & Confessions

I’m glad you’re here.

Enjoy your morning, afternoon, or evening coffee

while I share my latest confessions.

Confession #1

First off, I confess I don’t even drink coffee! I love the way it smells, but the taste, not-so-much. So, I’ll be enjoying my favorite hot drink, a chai latte.

Confession #2

Remember that 11 mile run I blogged about last week?  The training run I didn’t want to complete? The one where you gave me all kinds of encouragement?  Well, you would think all that encouragement would be enough to get me through my last long training run, but it wasn’t. I confess, I skipped, passed over, disregarded my 12 mile training run this past Sunday. It’s so not like me to do so, but I did.

Confession #3

Not only did I skip my long run on Sunday, but I confess that for my dinner on Sunday I ate one two soft pretzels and enjoyed a glass of wine with my soft, doughy, salty pretzels. Such a strange combo, I know, and topple it with a whole bunch of empty calories and a few tons of carbs-not the best choice for sure. But, I confess, it tasted oh, so, delicious and I would probably do it again if we ever allow those soft pretzels to enter our house!

Confession #4

To make up for the fact that I skipped my long run on Sunday, I decided there was absolutely no way I was ditching my 4 mile run on Monday. With that being said, I was determined to run those 4 miles as.fast.as.I.could! No excuses! And that I did. I’m pretty sure they were the fastest 4 training miles I ever ran! (It must have been those pretzels!) Since I ran those 4 miles and I ran them fast, I decided I needed a little pampering afterwards. I thought it would be perfect to treat myself to a pedicure at the salon home.

Confession #5

I confess, I’m not one who enjoys decorating for the holidays anymore. It’s kinda a bummer, I know, but I just don’t get too excited about it. However, I kept driving past the local farm market and this giant pumpkin smiles at me every time inviting me to stop, so I did. I decided I would purchase a few three pumpkins and place them by our front door. Yes, three pumpkins are a bit lame, but it is what it is.

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Confession #6

I made dinner on Monday! This is a big hoopla for anyone who knows me personally because I despise cooking and the kitchen. This is partly because Matt is an excellent chef and cooks all the time and partly because I’m lazy when it comes to eating. I could pretty much care less. I didn’t do anything too wild now. Just broke out the crockpot and made Minestrone soup. It’s an Olive Garden copycat recipe and it was quite tasty! Matt even said so himself. And we have plenty of leftover soup for the rest of the week! I must confess, I’m pretty proud of myself!

Confession #7

And last but not least, I confess that this little nugget melts my heart. I could just give him kisses all.day.long. Isn’t it silly how happy a little ball of fur can make me!

I hope you enjoyed your coffee, and thanks for hearing my confessions.

What confessions do you want to share?

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SOL

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Let’s Chat & Have Some Coffee Too

If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that I am in week eleven of my half marathon training. My training plan is a twelve week plan so that means another race is around the corner.  The first weekend of May I will be running 13.1 miles in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh.  I ran the marathon last year and it is truly an awesome race and a fantastic city.  I do not have any more races scheduled this year, but I will let you know that there is a very strong possibility that I will be training for a full marathon (26.2 miles) in the fall.

If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that  Matt and I have started a new tradition on Friday nights.  Let’s just say I call it “Fresh Fish Friday.” A new seafood store opened in our area right before Christmas and Matt has made it part of his routine to stop in on Fridays and bring home a great catch. When he arrives home, he whips up fabulous meals. I’m not going to lie; the man is an amazing chef! Our dinners have included salmon, halibut, soft-shelled crabs, and clams.  I’m also trying to enjoy, or should I say eat, oysters. Not too sure about them yet, but I’m trying.

If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that I just finished the book The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  I have to admit that I started this book some time ago and just could not get into the “reading zone.” You can guess what happened; I abandoned it. I did, however, keep hearing rave reviews about it, so I gave it a second chance.  And, boy-oh-boy, am I glad I did. I absolutely loved it!  There are so many wise words sprinkled throughout, and I’m a huge fan of books in verse.  Now I’m anxious to get my my hands on Booked by the same author. In the meantime though I’m actively reading Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, 59 Reasons to Write by Kate Messner, and Poetry Mentor Texts by Lynne R. Dorfman & Rose Cappelli. Oh, and just so you know, spell check thinks Lynne’s last name is Doorman and Rose’s is Cappella.  I love technology!

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If we were chatting over coffee this morning, I would share…

that Matt competed in a sprint triathlon on Sunday. His race recap will be posted shortly. Maddie just turned twenty and I don’t know where the time has gone. We have two more days of PSSA testing this week. The weather has been down right perfect here in Pennsylvania. And last but not least, I’m wondering what you would be sharing over coffee this morning!

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In the Kitchen with Amy

When I visit my grandmother we like to watch a show on QVC called  In the Kitchen with David.  My daughter has even caught me watching it at home and she subtly reminds me that I am too young to be watching such a channel.  She’s so sweet, but she’s right!  Anyway, one of the products that the darling host David repeatedly promotes is the Vitamix.  Topple that with the fact that my friend Holly owns a Vitamix and loves it; well, I thought it would be perfect for me, the kitchen lovin’ girl that I am.

If you were to talk to me about the kitchen, you would find out that there are a few gazillion reasons why I love abhor cooking, but I can honestly say that the Vitamix is working on repairing that relationship.  I am proud to say that I have successfully mastered one recipe, and that my dear friends is Simple Tomato Soup. I am all about “keeping it simple” and “less is more” so this makes the mark!  The recipe is straight from the official Vitamix Simply Fresh cookbook.

Simple Tomato SoupVitamix

Simple Tomato Soup
Vitamix

Here are the ingredients from the Simply Fresh cookbook:

  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 small stalk of celery
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup of half and half
  • salt & pepper to taste

It’s oh so easy, and it’s oh so yummy!  There is no chopping, dicing, or sauteing.  You just throw everything in the Vita, and voila, you have the perfect soup!  What’s even more amazing is that the soup is pipin’ hot when you pour it out of the Vitamix. It makes a tasty addition to my healthy lunch.

Lunch Is Ready!

Lunch Is Ready!

I’ll eventually attempt to make different soup recipes and I’ll be happy to share my kitchen success!  Thank you, Vitamix, for making my kitchen experience a positive one!

That’s all the kitchen news at my end!

Happy Cooking!

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Sunday Celebrations

Even though Frankenstorm is headed our way and people are in panic as they scramble around for last minute necessities, life goes on as usual here at our house.

The first celebration is that my daughter passed her driver’s test this morning!  I guess that is a celebration…for her. It leaves me with a ton of mixed feelings, but that’s just part of being a mom. As I sit here and type, she is headed out on her own for her first solo trip.  I really shouldn’t worry; she’s headed to Target, and we have driven there millions of times during the last six months.

Found on Pinterest, of course!
Thanks, Sondra 🙂

The second celebration is that we are celebrating my niece’s birthday this afternoon. She’s my youngest niece and she turned ten last Tuesday.  It’s hard to believe she’s ten already.  Before we know it, she will be driving too!

For the celebration my sister-in-law asked me to bring Mac & Cheese.  Since the only Mac & Cheese I make is Easy Mac, I suggested that I bring this baked ziti dish that:

  • I can actually successfully make on my own…AND
  • Tastes yummy!

If you remember back to my earlier post called Love It or Loathe It?, you will recall the battle that I had with the deviled eggs…and lost!

When I collect recipes I have two requirements. It has to be simple and the final product has to taste yummy!  As soon as I read the words chop, saute, or brown I’m finished.  That recipe will not be added to my collection!  My baked ziti recipe, however, makes the mark.  Here are six ingredients that you need:

Baked Ziti Ingredients

All you need to do is cook the pasta and mix the cheeses and sauce together.  Then place in a 13×9 baking dish.  Before it’s ready to go in the oven, this is how it will look:

Ready for the Oven

Then bake the ziti in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes.  Your ziti is then ready for your enjoyment. Here is the link for the original recipe:  Creamy Italian-Style Ziti

Well, the oven timer is beeping and the garage door is opening.  That means the I didn’t burn the ziti and my daughter returned safely from her first driving adventure. Two more things to celebrate! Life is Good!

I Hope You Enjoy Your Sunday!

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Love It or Loathe It?

Two weeks ago we visited Nissley Vineyards and attended an open-air lawn concert with some friends.   The evening air was cool and the weather was quite delightful.

This was the first concert we went to at the vineyard, so I didn’t know what to expect. The band that was playing was called Uptown band and they sang a wide variety of music.  There truly was something for everyone’s listening enjoyment.  Groups of people gathered around tables embellished with candles and flowers…ours was lacking the flowers, however the candles were a nice accent. The evening was relaxing and a great way to spend time with good friends!

But, let’s talk about the food!  Each couple brought an item of their choice to share, and of course, there was an abundant amount of cuisine.  I decided we were going to bring tomato caprese sandwiches to share and Matt was going to make them because, well, I pretty much am a disaster in the kitchen and his cooking, well, it is magnificent.

Since I’m new to blogging, this really isn’t a picture of the sandwich he made.  It’s just one I found on Google images.  The key though, according to my chef, is crusty Italian bread, fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil.  Don’t forget the mozzarella cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper.  All of which we had.  And they were oh so good!  A perfect summertime food!

But, we didn’t take just the sandwiches.  At first I thought there was going to be just four of us, and then I found out that there was going to be a total of twelve people.  Twelve people!  Okay, I decided that we needed to bring something else.  I hated to ask Matt to prepare something else so I decided that I would make an item to take along.  My usual standby is brownies, but I remembered my mom telling me that deviled eggs are usually a good choice because they are easy to make and there are no leftovers.

Surely I could do this! So, I googled a recipe for deviled eggs, (yep, I need a recipe for deviled eggs), and got out my trusty old automatic egg cooker.

Now my egg cooker only makes six hard-boiled eggs at a time so I made two batches.  I usually love this little egg cooker, but not this night.  That’s because I managed to burn myself from the steam that comes out of the top of the cooker.

First of all, Matt couldn’t believe that I used an egg cooker to make hard boiled eggs and second of all, he couldn’t believe I burned myself.  Really!  Not only was that a disaster, but so was getting those eggs out of the shell.  The eggs were broken and torn, and I even think some had tiny, tiny pieces of shell stuck on them.  Everyone needs a little extra roughage, right?  Oh well…what was I to do?  My deviled egg tray has slots for twenty-four deviled eggs so all those bad boys were going on there no matter what!  Well, needless to say, I was quite frustrated. I never did use that recipe because Matt ended up making the filling for the eggs.  Sadly enough, this is a typical, typical kitchen experience for me.

So…

Nissley Vineyards: Love It!

Preparing hard boiled eggs:  Loathe It!

Food for Thought:

What is your experience in the kitchen?  Do you love it or do you loathe it?