Recipe: Mashed Parnsips

Good morning!  How are you feeling today?  Did you stay up late watching football?  Drink too much?  Eat too much?  I didn’t.  I went to bed at my usual, reasonable hour because, well, I like sleep.  I like it way more than I like football!  So, I hope you’re not in a food coma because I have food for you today!!!  I have a quick and delicious side dish for you, Mashed Parsnips.

Take a break from mashed potatoes and try mashed parsnips instead.  I love parsnips, so I’m always looking for ways to prepare them and feed them to my family.  I want them to love parsnips, too.  So far it’s working on at least one child………..

Mashed Parsnips #recipe #sidedish #veggiesBefore I even took a bite of mashed parsnips and a bite of meatloaf Pumpkin had pretty much eaten her entire scoop of parsnips!  I can’t blame her.  They are deliciously sweet.  They were a perfect compliment to the meatloaf and a nice change from mashed potatoes. 

If you’re looking to add a little variety to your life try these mashed parsnips!!!

Mashed Parsnips
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  1. 2 lbs parsnips, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
  2. 2 tsp salt
  3. 3 tbsp heavy cream
  4. 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  5. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  1. Add the parsnips, 1 tsp of salt and parsnips to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain the parsnips.
  2. Transfer parsnips to a food processor. Add remaining salt, cream, butter and nutmeg. Process until smooth.
Adapted from Whole Foods Market
Adapted from Whole Foods Market
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Friday Fitness: At the YMCA

Friday, we meet again.  It’s been an interesting week.  The YMCA was offering a no joiner’s fee for the month of January, so after crunching some numbers I decided at the last minute to join the Y on Sunday.  On the last day of the promotion.  Pumpkin’s dance class didn’t work out and both girls want to take swim lessons.  It’s costing me more to pay for Cupcake’s gymnastics class per month that to join the Y and for Pumpkin to take swim.  So, I’ll be pulling Cupcake out of gymnastics at the end of February and both girls will start swimming lessons at the Y in March. 
And we get to take advantage the other benefits of the Y, like open swim, the fitness center, free classes and Cupcake can still take a gymnastics class (though she wants to try soccer).  I’m excited!  And lots of my friends have Y memberships, too, so we can do fun things together!  Yay!

So with my new YMCA membership I tried some new things this week!

Saturday – MRTT group run.  8.14 miles (10:07 min/mile).  I was hoping to do 10, but I was feeling the effects of my DietBet.  My energy levels weren’t what they should be.  8 was all I could do.  But we had an awesomely large group of ladies out and that made me super happy!!!Group run

Sunday – rest.  And by rest I mean run a thousand errands, including signing up for a Y membership.

Monday – I went to my first class!  There was a new class just starting that day called Group Power, so I popped in.  It was great!  It’s a 1-hour, high rep weight training class, using adjustable barbells and choreographed to music.  It was a lot of fun and hard work!  I’ll definitely pop into that class again!

Tuesday – 4.0 (9:30 min/mile) miles to celebrate a 4-0 birthday.  Not mine, but one of my MRTT friends.  I was happy to help her celebrate!  We dropped the kiddos off at childwatch at one of the Y locations that lets you run outside.  After our run I did a little strength training before heading out.

Wednesday – The Y has a cool program called ActivTrax, which customizes workouts based on your fitness level and goals.  I met with a staff member to go through the set up process and did a fitness test and got started.  I warmed up with a 1 mile treadmill run (9:50 min/mile) and went through my recommended exercises.  It’s a total body workout, but there’s typically a focus.  That day’s focus was chest.  And there’s always an abs workout. 

Thursday – 5.60 (9:13 min/mile) miles with some MRTT girls.  I was supposed to do a tempo run, but it’s really hard to miss a group run.  So I did a little of both.  We ran the first 3 miles together and then a super speedy friend helped push me (and she pushed my stroller) for two speedy miles and then a half mile cool down.  My splits were 10:16, 9:35, 9:50, 8:03, 8:19, 9:10.  Tempo run success!!

Friday – Due to all the fun I had during the week I was really behind on work.  I was up early this morning to work and even though I found out my deadline had been pushed to tomorrow I couldn’t convince Pumpkin to go to the Y today.  So I had to settle for 30 minutes of cardio and I went ahead and finished my work. Now we can spend the afternoon with friends and relax this evening. 

And hopefully my legs will be fresh for tomorrow’s long run!


Have a great weekend!!!

Sew a Baby Lovie Blanket

I have a super cute and quick sewing project for you today for those sweet little babies.  Today I’m going to show you how to sew a Lovie Blanket for baby!  These make great gifts for baby showers!  And if you have an embroidery machine you can personalize them to make them extra special.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketYou just need a little bit of two minky fabrics and some trim.  Here I used a satin ruffle trim. 

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketFirst up is cutting your minky fabric.  You’ll want to cut both the front and back pieces 16″ x 16″.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketThen find something round to use as a guide for rounding the corners. I used the lid from a salsa jar.  You can either trace then cut or use a rotary cutter.  Do this to all 4 corners on both pieces of fabric.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketIf you’re going to embroider the lovie now is the time to do it.  Once you’ve done that it’s time to baste the trim in place lining up the raw edges.  I recommend pinning or clipping the trim in place because both fabrics are pretty slippery!  Make sure to leave a little extra trim at the start/end points.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketSew the trim all the way around, overlapping the ends.  I used the stitch on the trim as my sewing guide.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketNow we’re ready to sew the two pieces together.  Line the fabrics up right sides together, with the trim in between.  Pin or clip like crazy!!!  If you’ve never sewn minky you’ll want to take this nice and slow.  Minky is slippery, but minky on minky with satin in between is super slippery!!!  Sew all the way around the square, leaving a 2 inch opening for turning your fabric.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketFlip your lovie blanket right side out, then topstitch all the way around the edge to hold the fabric in place and close up the spot you left for turning.  And you’re done!

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketI love how this purple one turned out, but these lovies aren’t just for girls!

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketBaby boys like them, too!  Just swap out your satin ruffle for some satin blanket binding! 

Momma will love the personalized gift and baby will love the soft textures and comfort that comes with it.

Friday Fitness: Back in Training

I decided this week that maybe I should look at a calendar and figure out a training plan for my spring half marathons.  Turns out I should have started already!  Whoops!  The good news is I’ve kept up the mileage on the weekends so I’m not behind.  But I started reading Run Less, Run Faster and I wanted to try the training plan in it to reach my new PR goal.  So I had to get to work.

On Saturday we had our group run.  Luckily we didn’t get the snow that was predicted, but the snow from earlier in the week hadn’t been cleared or melted.  We had a snow run.  It was a first for some of the girls!  I didn’t really have a running plan, but my girl Kara was looking to make it her longest run ever so I stuck with her for 7 miles.  And she knocked it out of the park!!(10:45 min/mile)

Snow run!

And on Sunday I rest.  And I was super lazy.  My Fitbit step count was pathetic!

Monday I woke up before kiddos and did a HIIT workout and a weight workout.  And I figured out my half marathon training schedule.

And on Tuesdays I run.  I really should have run on Monday because the weather was nicer, but I like to stick to my schedule.  The plan was an interval run.  A 3x1000m interval!  That’s a heck of a way to start!  (I’m already 2 weeks behind)  I was supposed to do 1 warm up mile, followed by 3 9:28min/mile intervals with 60 second recovery.  I was running with the stroller, so I didn’t quite make the mark, but I got pretty darn close!  1 (9:55 min/mile) 2 (8:38 min/mile) 3 (8:34 min/mile) 4 (8:50 min/mile)

Interval runI also chased Cupcake around the skating rink for almost 2 hours that night which was a pretty good cardio workout!

Wednesday I did 25 minutes of HIIT (so many burpees!!!).  And I got 15 minutes on the step machine.

Thursday was my first tempo run.  Again, I was stroller running.  Again is was so windy!  I ran 6 miles on the hilly bike path (9:48 min/mile).  My target pace was 9:36.  Not too bad!!  Especially when I had to push the stroller up a pretty decent hill!

Tempo runI turned off my alarm clock this morning after being up with the toddler 3 times last night.  But after I sent Cupcake off to school I hit the step machine for 30 minutes and I’m off to do some push ups and crunches before I hit the shower. Nothing too strenuous since tomorrow is long run day!!  And it’s supposed to be a nice day!

I hope you had a great week!!!  I’ll see you next week!

Frozen Banana Bites

So I have this love affair with chocolate.  I love all things chocolate.  Except white chocolate, which isn’t really chocolate at all.  I super love dark chocolate.  And I wanted a chocolatey snack that would keep me from eating a whole bag of chocolate chips in one sitting.  So I made Frozen Banana Bites.

Frozen Banana Bites #healthy #treat #dessertThese are so easy to make and give you a dose of sweet with a dose of healthy.  They are a perfect little treat to have on hand when you need something sweet but don’t want a calorie laden dessert.  Remember, I signed up for a DietBet after all!

Frozen Banana Bites #healthy #treat #dessertI started with 3 bananas.  Cut them into 1″ slices and put them on a baking sheet and freeze.  Once they are frozen, grab some chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips) and melt them in the microwave.  I used about 1.5 cups for the 3 bananas.  If the chocolate is a little thick add a bit of oil to make it a bit more smooth (I prefer coconut oil).

Frozen Banana Bites #healthy #treat #dessertThen dip them one at a time in the chocolate, making sure to coat all sides.  Move quick because the chocolate will start to firm up on the frozen bananas.  Place them back on your baking sheet and freeze.

Once the chocolate is nice and solid transfer to a covered container to enjoy later!  Of course you sneak one first.  😉

Happy snacking!!!

Frozen Banana Bites #healthy #treat #dessert

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