The morning switch off! I go for a run and then Andrew heads off to the hospital.
Emilee and I did the same loop as the day before and when I finished I realized we did the loop at the exact same average pace as the day before too.
The girls woke up and then they joined me in a group stretch. Skye does a great job mimicking whatever moves we are doing.
The library has a free craft for kids each week so we made it over to that. Brooke made a craft and Skye attempted to eat every bead in the room.
Afterwards my nieces and nephews came over to play. My sweet niece in the middle just had surgery a few days ago to have her feeding tube (that she has had since she was a baby) taken out. She ate a full meal at my house and it is just a miracle to see how well she is doing.
My oldest niece came over too and watch out Marie Kondo… My niece is the best organizer out there. I find her organizing things around my house all of the time on her own. She sees something that needs to be organized and she goes for it.
The rest of the day was full of kids and an early bedtime because it’s time to get in some mile repeats!
When I got the Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow cookbook there was something in the very beginning that really made me think.
“Cooking is hard work.” I have told myself this a million times which is one reason over the years I have done everything I can to avoid cooking;). It is a lot of work. The shopping, the preparing, the time in the kitchen during Skye’s hardest time of the day (that 5-6 pm time is rough)… it’s hard work.
But right next to that it says, “Running is hard work.” I know that running is hard work but I still do it because I know all of the benefits that I will gain from doing it which makes the work fun for me.
And this is what is motivating me to get in the kitchen more lately because look at all of those benefits. Cooking has been way more fun than usual lately because I want to have things that are easy for Andrew to take and eat at work. It makes me feel good knowing he has something delicious to eat on his really long shifts because he really doesn’t have time to go to the cafeteria.
Some of the yummy foods we are eating lately (all of the below items are from Shalane’s cookbooks except for the last one)!
The Thai Quinoa Salad has already been made a few times. I can keep a big tub of it in the fridge and eat it all throughout the week.
The recovery quinoa has to be my favorite though and I love to add rotisserie chicken to the mix too.
I’m also making a batch or two of Superhero muffins each Sunday. The apple carrot ones are way too good.
I’ve made a lot of these for Andrew to take for his breakfast.
The homestyle mac and cheese has been a hit over here too. The Turkey Trot Meatballs have definitely been our favorite though along with the Marathon Lasagna!
I’m finding some things that I can pack up for Andrew that he can freeze at work and eat whenever he does get a chance. These burritos are so good and the recipe makes a ton of them. They last in the freezer for a month.
I’ve been keeping a few of the burritos at home too for my bfast or lunch. Using the leftovers once we ran out of tortillas to make a big bowl of it is really delicious too.
A few random thoughts about this stuff:
*I’m loving the Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbooks and finding that I enjoy cooking more from a cookbook vs a website. For some reason I like using a cookbook more than a screen (probably because I use my computer a lot during the day)… I would love to hear your favorite cookbooks that include recipes that don’t take a year to make but are really good.
*I’ve decided to avoid cooking during Skye’s hard hour at night. It just makes everyone involved frustrated. I am trying to prepare a lot on Sunday and then make things during her nap and stick them in the fridge until it’s time to put them in the oven.
*Another motivation for cooking more is that it is getting harder and harder to take the kids out to eat:). I still want delicious food so now I need to do it myself ha.
GIVE ME COOKBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS! I need things on paper to really follow through with a goal:) Are you good at organizing things? Does it bother you when things are not organized? What’s your relationship with cooking? Do you enjoy it?
-I’m enjoying it more lately and one of the many reasons I am loving it is because it means I always have something (superhero muffins and leftovers etc) ready for when the hunger strikes!
What’s your run or workout today?