Monday, November 30, 2009

My week in running: Nov 23 – Nov 29

Total weekly mileage: 15.9

Total POTM #1 from Nov 23 – Nov 26: 8.42

Total overall POTM #1 (Nov 1 – Nov 26): 43.27

  • A 2nd POTM Challenge has started from Nov 27 to Dec 25!

Total POTM #2 from Nov 27 – Nov 29: 7.02

Total overall POTM #2 (Nov 27 – Dec 25): 7.02

Total HBBC this week: 25.90

Total overall HBBC to date (Nov 23 – Jan 3): 25.90

    HBBC Rules
    1 Point per mile (run/walk/snowshoe)
    1 Point per 3 miles biked
    1 Point per 30 minutes of weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, stretching or abs
    1 Point per 15 minutes of another form of cardio (i.e. kick boxing, aerobics elliptical)
    1 Per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and veggies

11/23 – 3.01 / 40:16 / 13:23 avg pace

You guessed it – still suffering from a mild case of shin splints on the left leg. Boo Shin, Boo. Other than that – it was a pretty good run. Lots of walk breaks to rest the shin. I hope I feel better in time for the 5k on Thanksgiving.

  • 1 – 12:35
  • 2 – 13:26
  • 3 – 14:09

HBBC Daily Points = 4.01 pts

  • 1 pt per mile (run/walk/snowshoe) = 3.01 pts
  • 1 pt per day of 7 servings fruit/veggies = 1 pt (grapes, celery, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, frozen corn, frozen peas, apple, broccoli) *having a raw lunch is surely going to help me get this point every.single.day*

11/24 – rest was the best decision for today, I need to ice my shin and get better before the 5k on Turkey Day

HBBC Daily Points = 1 pt

  • 1 pt per day of 7 servings fruit/veggies = 1 pt (grapes, celery, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, frozen corn, frozen peas, apple, broccoli)

11/25 – 2.27 / 38:23 (walk only)

Thanks to the HBBC we got in a nice and easy 2+ mile walk tonight! My shin didn’t hurt, but I tried jogging a few times to test it out and it was screaming in pain. We’ll see how the 5k goes tomorrow :(

HBBC Daily Points =3.27 pts

  • 1 pt per mile (run/walk/snowshoe) = 2.27 pts
  • 1 pt per day of 7 servings fruit/veggies = 1 pt (celery, grapes, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, apple, broccoli, banana)

11/26 – Run to Feed the Hungry 5k

Garmin Time (3.14 miles) – 33:41 (new PR)!!!

  • 1 – 10:53
  • 2 – 10:43
  • 3 – 10.47
  • 0.14 – 1:16

Official Time (3.1 miles) – 33:41 (dang, I was SO ON my Garmin clicking AND that's almost 3 full minutes of my previous PR from just last month)!

HBBC Daily Points = 4.14 pts

  • 1 pt per mile (run/walk/snowshoe) = 3.14pts!
  • 1 pt per day of 7 servings fruit/veggies = 1 pt (banana, celery, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, apple, broccoli, green beans)

11/27 – cross train & strength @ the gym / 2.02 miles / 38:37 (walk only)

Walked to & from the gym (and a couple loops around some courts) = 2.02 miles total

HBBC Daily Points = 7.02 pts

  • 1 pt per mile (run/walk/snowshoe) = 2.02 pts
  • 1 pt per 3 miles biked = 1 pt (4 miles on the stationary bike @ the gym)
  • 1 pt per 30 mins of weight lifting, pilates, yoga, streching or abs = 1 pt (40 mins weights @ gym)
  • 1 pt per 15 mins of cardio = 2 pts (30 mins elliptical @ the gym)
  • 1 pt per day of 7 servings fruit/veggies (celery, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, apple & smoothie with spinach, strawberries, bananas, mango and raspberries) = 1 pt

11/28 – unexpected trip out of town late last night for a family emergency; our 5 mile run was postponed

11/29 – 5.00 / 1:05:36 / 13:07 avg pace

  • Check out My First Five Miler post!
    • Warm-up: 0.26 / 4:33
    • 1 – 11:42
    • 2 – 14:09
    • 3 – 13:21
    • 4 – 14:02
    • 5 – 12:20
    • Cool down: 0.20 / 4:02

HBBC Daily Points = 6.46 pts

  • 1 pt per mile (run/walk/snowshoe) = 5.46 pts
  • 1 pt per day of 7 servings fruit/veggies (banana, edamame, smoothie with banana, raspberries, mango & spinach, apple, green beans, zucchini, apple, celery) = 1 pts

Miles for November

November 2009 – 52.50

11/1 - 2.00
11/2 - 3.00
11/3 - cross train & strength
15 min elliptical
15 min bike
walk 1 mile
11/4 - 3.00
11/5 - cross train & strength
15 min elliptical
15 min bike
walk 1 mile
11/7 - 4.00
11/8 - cross train & strength
15 min elliptical
5 min stair climber
15 min bike
11/9 - 3.00
11/10 - 2.00 treadmill
cross train & strength
10 min bike
11/11 - 3.00
11/12 - cross train & strength
15 min elliptical
15 min bike
11/14 - 4.30
11/15 - cross train & strength
20 min elliptical
10 min bike
10 min yoga :)
11/16 - 1.64
11/19 - 1.16
11/20 - yoga
11/21 - 4.29
11/22 - 1.46, cross train & strength
21 min bike
(jogged/walked to and from the gym)
11/23 - 3.01
11/25 - 2.27 (walk only)
11/26 - 3.14 (Garmin mileage)
Run to Feed the Hungry 5k
11/27 - 2.02, cross train & strength
20 min bike, 30 min elliptical
(walked to and from the gym)
11/29 - 5.46
11/30 - 1.75

Miles for October

Oct 2009 - 33.52


10/2 - 2.88 (C25k - W6D3)
10/4 - 3.1 (C25k - W7D1)
Cowtown 5k
10/8 - 2.4 (C25k - W7D2)
10/11 - 2.37 (C25k - W7D3)
*new shoes
10/12 - 2.00
*knee pain
10/15 - 1.1
*Garmin!!!
10/16 - 2.41 (C25k - W8D1)
10/17 - 3.02 (C25k - W8D2)
10/18 - 5.18 cross train / bike ride
*1st Garmin bike ride
10/19 - 1.56 (@ 4:30am)
10/20 - 30 min cross train / stationary bike
strength, stretching, yoga
10/21 - 3.05 (C25k - W8D3)
*Garmin @ park
10/22 - 30 min cross train / stationary bike
strength, stretching, yoga
10/24 - 3.26 (C25k - W9D1)
*hills in Santa Maria
10/27 - 30 min cross train / stationary bike
strength, stretching, yoga
10/29 - 2.37 miles (C25k - W9D2)
10/31 - 4.00 (C25k - W9D3)
C25K GRADUATE

Meal Plan Monday (Nov 30)

Meal Plan Monday Everyday Button

Monday – leftovers (still have some leftovers from Thanksgiving …)

Tuesday – Chicken Tortilla Soup (that I froze from the batch I made a few weeks ago)

Wednesday – Spaghetti with semi-homemade marinara sauce

Thursday – Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas

Friday – leftover pasta

Saturday – Apple, Onion & Sausage Stuffing with grilled veggies

Sunday – Chicken & Rice (hopefully in the crock pot, I need to search for a recipe)


Have a great week!

To see more Meal Plan Mondays head over to Org Junkie!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My First Five Miler

Today’s 5 mile run was my farthest distance yet!  I’ve been pumped up for my first five miler for a couple of weeks now … but, I don’t remember what its like to run without pain as I’m still having some shin splint pain in my left shin.  I’m not going to lie … it was a TOUGH run.  I took a lot of walking breaks for shin pain relief and because my legs just felt tired and heavy today. 

5.0 / 1:05:36 / 13:07 avg

  • 1 – 11:42
  • 2 – 14:09
  • 3 – 13:21
  • 4 – 14:02
  • 5 – 12:20

The weather was perfect --- we went in the early afternoon and there was no wind (it was windy here in the valley the past couple of days/nights) and the temperature was perfect.  I started out strong in mile one but started talking walking breaks & stopped to stretch during mile two (and forgot to stop my watch).  Mile three and four were about the same, I just keep going, stopping to walk as much as my shin needed.  Mile five was good, I thought I was going to make it without any walking breaks but I ended up with a rock in my shoe and had to stop to get it out and then walked.  I finished strong and I’m super stoked to have my first five miler behind me AND I’m looking forward to my next one. 

Now, I’ve got to go ice my shin some more :)

Project 365: 09.01.09 to 09.15.09

09.01.09

09.01.09

Lucky the kitty – chilaxin!

 

09.02.09

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Popcorn – my favorite “dessert” when I’m trying to be “good”

 

09.03.09

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More grass growing in … starting to look good :)

 

09.04.09

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Massive fast growing summer time grass with massive tall weeds

 

09.05.09

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Homemade microwave potato chips

 

09.06.09

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Spent the weekend watching movies with my love

 

09.07.09

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15 mile bike ride on the American River Bike Trail

 

09.08.09

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Spreadsheet for Fall TV – yes, I watch A LOT of TV

 

09.09.09

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Zucchini cakes – sooo good!!! 

 

09.10.09

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New haircut, keeping it short :)

 

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I ride this while I watch TV after work

 

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Looks stormy out

 

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Sacramento Valley Aids Walk & Run

 

09.14.09

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Been trying to spend some quality time with my stability ball lately

 

09.15.09

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Homemade sushi

Friday, November 27, 2009

Run to Feed the Hungry 5k Race Recap {2009}

The Run to Feed the Hungry is my favorite race!  It’s such an amazing feeling to be racing with such a large part of the community supporting the Sacramento Food Bank.  This was our 3rd year in a row participating in this race (my 4th time overall) and this year my sister-in-law and one of her friends joined us (they just finished the Couch to 5k Program).  It was a GREAT race.  The weather was perfect, the warmest its been for this race since I’ve been participating in it.  This year they changed the start time and the courses.  The 10k runners started at 8:45am the the 5ker’s at 9:05am.  I really liked the new course --- it seemed faster & easier (even with a couple of rolling hills) than the old course.  AND the finish line was not at the top of a long hill anymore.  We lined up at the 8 minute mile marker and for once this race didn’t seem as crowded as it usually does.  That might have something to do with that, for once, we were early and not running late to the race.  We even got a prime parking spot on the CSUS campus because we got there about an hour early! 

  • Mile 1 – 10:53
  • Mile 2 – 10:43
  • Mile 3 – 10:47
  • Last 0.10 (0.14 according to Garmin) – 1:16

Total = 33:41  (a new PR)

My shin has really been bothering me for a couple of weeks and I really had no intention of getting a new PR a this race … let alone shaving almost 3 minutes off my last PR from just last month.  I felt good the whole race,  the first mile was nice and easy (even at such a fast pace for me).  It was nice to have three other people I was trying to keep pace with.  The second mile seemed to go by really quickly (still at such a faster pace than I’m use to).  Mile 3 I had a little struggle with, and had to slow down to a 12+ pace, but picked back up and finished strong.  My shin pain came and went, I think the brace helped, but I’m still anxious to try out the shin sleeves I purchased (they should be here some time next week). 

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I’m looking forward to the next few weeks … we’ve got 5 miles scheduled for tomorrow at the park, a fun run 5k the following Saturday followed by 2 additional miles at the park (to get our 5 for the week for the 1/2 marathon training, and our 1st 10k on 12/12.   AND we are already planning our races for 2010 …

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday: The Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’ll be starting our day with a 5k to support the local Food Bank --- its a HUGE event in Sacramento and they are expecting over 30,000 participants this year!  It’s my favorite race!  I’m so excited.  After the race we’ll be heading home to bake & cook the day away …

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Today, I’m thankful for:

  • The little things
    • Four day weekends & paid holidays
    • An amazing husband who spent his day off work cleaning the whole house AND doing all the laundry
    • The beginning of the holiday season
    • Looking forward to our Disneyland trip in just a couple of short weeks
    • 1/2 marathon training, POTM, & the HBBC for keeping me motivated
    • Looking forward to my shin getting better (even if its screaming in pain right now)
  • The not-so-little things
    • My amazing family, both near & far, whom I miss & love dearly
    • Creating new memories & traditions with my husband on our first married Thanksgiving
    • My health & my husbands health
    • The Run to Feed the Hungry and being apart of the community today and helping to support a local food bank

 

Thanksgiving

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 

P.S. – I’m still LOVING Google!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

I’m a BIG fan of Chicken Noodle Soup and I’ve been wanting to make home made Chicken Noodle Soup for quite some time and since I’ve grown very fond of using my crock pot I decided to search out a recipe to try.  This recipe did not disappoint.  It was really good!  AND, it made enough for three dinners!!!  I can’t wait to make this again! 

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Source: About.com: Southern Food

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 lbs of chicken pieces (I used one large chicken breast, cooked it whole and shredded it at the end when I added the noodles)
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (I omitted because (a) I don't like a lot of added salt and (b) I don't have any seasoned salt)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I used kosher salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 leek or small onion, chopped (I used a white onion)
  • 1 carrot, chopped (I used a couple of handfuls of baby carrots and chopped them up)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped (I used dried parsley and I only used like 1 TBSP)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram or basil
  • 1 bay leaf (I had to omit because sadly, at the last minute, I realized I didn’t have any)
  • 6 ounces of noodles (I used 1/2 a bag of no-yolk egg noodles I had in my cupboard)

Directions

  • Place all ingredients except noodles in the crock pot (like I stated above, I used 1 large chicken breast and cooked it whole then shredded right before I added the noodles).  Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.  Remove chicken (pieces and/or boneless breast, depending on what you used) and bay leaf (if you had one to use) from pot; take meat from bones, dice and return to broth (this is when you would take out the chicken breast and shred it), and add the noodles.  Cook for another hour or until noodles are done (about 1/2 hour on high).  Or, cook the noodles separately and add them just before serving. 

VERDICT --- we’ll definitely be making this again!  So much better than canned soup.  Now that I’ve got a crock pot and all these recipes piling up (and leftovers  in the freezer) I doubt I’ll ever buy canned soup again …

Monday, November 23, 2009

Meal Plan Monday (11/23): Thanksgiving Week

Meal Plan Monday Thanksgiving

I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving and a short work week!

Monday – leftover Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup

Tuesday – Mexican Pizza’s

Wednesday – pasta with semi-homemade marinara sauce

Thursday – Thanksgiving

Crock Pot Turkey Breast

Green Bean Casserole

Zucchini Gratin

Scalloped Potatoes with caramelized onions

Cornbread Stuffing

Homemade Apple Pie

Friday – leftovers

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday - leftovers

To see more Meal Plan Mondays head over to Org Junkie!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge

Amanda over at Run to the Finish is hosting a Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge!

The challenge will run from Nov 23 to Jan 8.

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HBBC Rules
1 Point per mile (run/walk/snowshoe)
1 Point per 3 miles biked
1 Point per 30 minutes of weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, stretching or abs
1 Point per 15 minutes of another form of cardio (i.e. kick boxing, aerobics elliptical)
1 Per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and veggies

Amanda will also post additional posts/questions were additional points can be earned through the challenge.

Go over to her blog, check out the post, and sign up!  Everyone needs a little extra motivation during the holiday season!

My week in running: Nov 16 – Nov 22

Total weekly mileage =8.55

Total POTM so far = 34.85

11/16 – 1.64 / 25:33 / avg pace 15:34 (lots of walking)

After a great run on Saturday and some cross training on Sunday at the gym, we headed out for a 3 mile run tonight and it was quickly evident that my shin splint (that I THOUGHT had healed) was still going to give me some problems. About 1/2 a mile into the run I had to stop. I tried some stretching and walking for a few minutes and then attempted to run again but realized that it was just not going to happen. So, we walked back home. More rest and hopefully I’ll be okay for the 5k on Thanksgiving.

11 /19 – 1.16 / 20:40 / avg pace 17:47 (mostly walking)

By today I had no pain when walking or jogging in place so we decided to go for a run. Bad idea. The pain was worse than Monday. We stopped and walked home.

11/20 – yoga (~40 mins)

I rented a beginner’s yoga DVD from Netflix and it arrived today. This was actually a WONDERFUL way to unwind from an long and stressful work week … and get nice and limber to prepare for a run tomorrow. The DVD is a little elementary and boring, but at least we are getting the basics. We’ll probably send it back after about a week and get another one. I am definitely beginning to LOVE yoga.

11/21 – 4.29 / 59:59 / avg pace 13:51

I woke up earlier than Jon and I had no pain again (I iced Thursday night & Friday night) so I popped a couple of Advil, woke Jon up, called my sister-in-law and told her to meet us at the park, and got ready to run. I wrapped my leg with an ace bandage and started off strong but soon the pain was back. I did a lot of run/walk intervals and was able to finish all 3 laps, 4.29 miles. We were suppose to do 5 miles today --- but I’ll just adjust our training plan (thankfully we have the time/flexibility in our 1/2 marathon training plan for this). I iced as much as possible today (between running errands and a Girls Night In party) and I hope that my shin will feel better tomorrow.

  • 1 – 11:17
  • 2 – 14:10
  • 3 – 15:04
  • 4 – 15:24
  • 0.29 – 3:32

11/22 – cross train & strength @ the gym

Today we decided to POTM and be green and run/walk to & from the gym for our cross train/strength session.

  • To the gym – 0.72 / 9:45 (1/2 walk, 1/2 jog)
  • At the gym – 21 mins on the bike (4 miles) then strength training
  • From the gym – 0.74 / 12:16 (mostly walking)

Totals = 1.46 miles and 43:01 mins of cross training

I still have some slight shin pain so I’ll spend the day icing. I’m DETERMINED to get better ASAP!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Eight Months

Today is our eight monthiversary!

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Photo by Debbie Brown Photography

Friday, November 20, 2009

Project 365: 08.15.09 to 08.31.09

Yikes!  I’m super behind on posting my Project 365 photos!

 

08.15.09

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This was the “favor” from my sister-in-law’s first bridal shower (tea bags & a tea light candle – super cute)

 

08.16.09

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Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes, yum-o!

 

08.17.09

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Rearranged the living room

 

08.18.09

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Our wedding photo album

 

08.19.09

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Our backyard

 

08.20.09

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Zucchini from my garden

 

08.21.09

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David Cook at the California State Fair

 

08.22.09

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My sister-in-law’s 2nd bridal shower

 

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Green bell pepper in my garden

 

08.24.09

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Zucchini bread

 

08.25.09

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Lucky the kitty enjoying the nice summer breeze through the open front door

 

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Our wedding photo

 

08.27.09

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NEW grass growing

 

08.28.09

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Went to visit my friend Linsey and her buddy Sampson

 

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My father-in-law’s new fountain, a gift from my sister-in-law for everything he did to put their wedding on

 

08.30.09

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Tomatoes from my brother-in-law’s garden

 

08.31.09

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Chocolate craving

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Crock Pot

My mom gave me this recipe and I finally made it a couple of weeks ago!  It turned out so good, I can’t wait to eat the leftovers that I froze … and then make it again and again and again …

Debbie’s Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Crock Pot

Source:  MY mom; original source: unknown

Ingredients:

1 to 3 frozen chicken breasts (thawed or frozen will work & I say 1 – 3 because my mom uses 3 mid size frozen chicken breasts and I used 1 HUGE frozen chicken breast)

1 1/2 cup salsa

1 can whole black beans

1 can diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted, yum!)

2 14oz cans of chicken stock (I use reduced sodium)

2 tsp cumin (my mom doesn’t use this much as she doesn’t like it, but I love the flavor cumin adds to everything)

2 garlic cloves

cilantro

SPECIAL ADD-INS (optional):  onion, 1 can of corn, peppers, any favorite vegetable (I think zucchini would be great)

Directions:

If you are going to use frozen chicken breasts, that is fine.  If not, defrost before starting (I put my chicken breasts in plastic bag then in a bucket of cold water and in no time they are defrosted and ready to go!)

Pup all ingredients into crock pot, keeping the chicken breast(s) whole and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.  Remove the chicken from the crock pot and shred with two forks, return the meat back to the crock pot and stir.  Serve topped with crumbled tortilla cheese and shredded cheese.

Yum-o!

I forgot to take a picture … so, you’re going to have to make it (trust me, you’ll really like this) to see what the finished dish looks like :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My 29th Birthday Celebrations

A couple of weeks ago I celebrated my 29th birthday (or, as I like to call it, my I’m-gonna-stay-28-forever birthday). We started my birthday weekend with a road trip to Santa Maria to visit my cousin Farina, her daughter Taeyah, and my college roommate Ryan (who is now my cousin’s boyfriend). We headed out of town in the early afternoon and arrived just in time for a home cooked chicken chow mien and chicken fried rice dinner around 9pm. I lived with Ryan for a couple of years while we both attended CSUS --- and he has been dating my cousin Farina for a few years now. They started dating after Ryan had already moved back to Santa Maria, after graduating from CSUS. They have been living together in the house Ryan bought for almost a year now. Farina was the maid of honor in my March wedding and her daughter was one of my two flower girls. We had a great weekend! After a super yummy dinner we hung out and caught up then headed to bed --- the 6 hour drive is tiring! On Saturday, Jon & I got up early and did a 3+ mile run then in the afternoon we did some wine tasting around the area and finished off the day with a sushi dinner – all of our favs!

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Sunday was a pretty lazy, relaxing day … we headed down to Avila Beach and hung out … in the afternoon Jon & I went over to their local Best Buy and purchased a new computer (our laptop had been overheating and shutting down, it’s over 6 years old, so it was time for an upgrade – and just in time for Windows 7)… and later in the evening we headed out to a small, intimate Italian restaurant for dinner. The food was really good, Farina picked out a very nice sparking wine, and they surprised me with a birthday cake! I had been talking about wanting a birthday cake all weekend!

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Monday was my actual birthday … Ryan had to return to work and both Farina & Taeyah had school so Jon & I got up early, said our sad good-byes and hit the road around 8am. My favorite part about road trips is that Jon drives … and I get to read! On the way down to Santa Maria on Friday I was finishing up a love novel I was reading by Nora Roberts and on the way home I started re-reading Twilight again. We got back into Elk Grove around 2pm, set up our new computer (yay), did some errands & unpacked, then headed out for dinner with Jon’s family for my birthday. After dinner, just the two of us came back to our house and had (more) cake (that we had picked up at the grocery store that day – in hindsight, I think I might need to start baking my own birthday cake because that caked was.not.good.not.even.a.little.bit).

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We spent Halloween weekend in my home town to celebrate my birthday with my family! We drove up on Friday afternoon and got to town just in time to have a visit with my grandma’s best friend, Zelma, who was visiting my grandma – who was in town to visit all of us! I’ve known Zelma my whole life … my grandma use to work for her when I was little at the snack bar at our local bowling alley. After visiting for a little while, my mom finally arrived home from work and we all loaded up in to a couple of vehicles to heat out to a Chinese dinner at our local Chinese restaurant. We use to go out to Chinese every Friday night with my grandma & step-grandfather when I was growing up – the restaurant has seen many changes over the years, but the food is still good. On Saturday, the hubs & I got up early and did a 4 mile run around my old ‘hood. After our run, we headed up to my dad’s house for a visit & lunch … and I got the opportunity to set my dad up on Facebook! After our visit, which Mr. Husband slept through most of, we headed back down the hill to do some errands with my mom & grandma. For dinner I cooked up a batch of chicken enchilada’s and for dessert my mom bought me a Tiramisu cake from Raley’s – it was sooo good.

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Sunday was a relaxing day – we got up and did a short 2 mile run then hung around my mom’s house until it was time to head home.

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I had the opportunity to create lots of great memories during all of my separate birthday celebrations and I got some great gifts (my Garmin from the husband, a sewing kit and lessons from Jon’s sister along with a super cute scarecrow for my yard decked out with a personalized cardboard sign {that scared the CRAP out of us when we came home from dinner on my birthday and found it in our yard}, multiple Home Depot gift cards in multiple denominations – we will definitely be doing some more painting around our house before the end of the year – perfume, a candle holder, and a cute little slim wallet – perfect for going out). I have a pretty AMAZING family & I love them dearly :)

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