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WIAW: Home Cooking

Rob has been spoiling me in the kitchen lately!  He’s been on a home-cooked pasta kick in addition to fresh baked bread.  Who am I to say no?  We’ve just been really good at eating at home lately instead of going out.  It is healthier and cheaper so we have been trying!  Here’s a few things we’ve been having lately.

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Homemade Bowties

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We went to Happy Hour on Friday where I had a California burger.

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Does anyone else have a beverage problem?  I always seem to have multiple drinks…

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This is the most amazing donut ever.  Bought at Bagliani’s in Hammonton, NJ.

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In another attempt to save some cash, we got these chicken quarters for 77 cents per pound!  I sort of  followed this recipe from Primal Palate and they came out great!

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Today, there was nothing for lunch but I had 3 pork chops defrosted so I took a few minutes to cook one.  It just lightly floured it and put it in a cast iron pan with butter on medium heat.  It cooked while I washed dishes.  Multitasking!

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I was still hungry after lunch so I took one of Rob’s AMAZING dinner rolls he baked yesterday, toasted it, and added butter.  This.  This is why I can’t give up bread, ever.

Those were the most interesting meals from the week!


To end, here is my workout recap from Bullpen today.  I think I am slowly getting better at Bear Crawls but they still suck.

Warm Up:  Ran 2 Laps (0.7 miles)

Workout 1:  Stretching 

  • Forward Lunges, 20 yards
  • Cross Over Lunges, 20 yards
  • Outside Lunges, 20 yards
  • Reverse Lunges, 20 yards
  • Side Lunges, 20 yards

Workout 2:  Speed & Agility

Do each exercise for 20 yards and Bear Crawl back to start, 20 Yards

  • High Knees
  • Butt Kicks
  • Quick Feet (5 yards) & Sprint
  • Karaoke Legs
  • Some more stuff that I’ve blacked out of my mind or forgot due to lack of oxygen at the time

Workout 3: Strength

Grab a bumper plate and 1 dumbbell

With Bumper Plate (15lb for me), do each move for 30 seconds each for 2 rounds:

  • Jump Squats
  • Forward Lunges
  • Reverse Lunges
  • Around-The-World (30 seconds each side)
  • Hip-To-Hips
  • 10 Burpees

With a Dumbbell (10lbs), do 15 reps for the first round and 20 reps for the second round

  • Squat to Snatch
  • Plank with Rear Delt Fly
  • Side to Side Plank Hops (30 seconds first round, 1 minute second round)
  • Running Plank (30 seconds first round, 1 minute second round)
  • Clap Push-Ups  (I just alternated tapping my shoulder with opposite hand)

With Bumper Plate, 3 rounds of 10 reps each

After Bullpen, I came home and did a little yoga.  I have a few DVDs from Gaiam with Rodney Yee.  I prefer him as an instructor because his voice is mellow and his instructions are clear and concise.  No extra talking in between moves (connect with your sacrum! ::rolls eyes:: )  Anyway!  The AM Yoga DVD that I have has a few different routines including Twists and Back Bends.  This is perfect because my back (and whole body, really) has been feeling tight from the workouts.  I plan on doing one of the routines after Bullpen regularly now.  It felt so good to stretch out my back!

Until tomorrow!

Have you ever tried baking bread or making pasta before?

It is amazingly easy but takes time and some work (kneading the dough).  Trust me though when I say it is all worth it in the end.  The results you get are way better than store bought any day.

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