Saturday, July 31, 2010

Chickpea (Run)Blondie Bars

The chickpea brownie recipe was inspiration for these white chocolate & raspberry blondie bars. The variations you can make with the chickpea base are really quite endless.

Chickpea (Run)Blondie Bars

1 16oz can chickpeas (garbonzo beans) drained & rinsed
4 eggs
3/4 c packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 c white chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
8 oz frozen raspberries
granola for topping

Heat the berries and a sprinkle of the brown sugar in a sauce pan over low heat.

Crush the berries with a spoon and set pan aside

Melt the chocolate in a double-boiler (or in the microwave).

Once melted, remove pan from the heat and set aside.

Add chickpeas, eggs, vanilla to the food processor and give it a whirl.

Add in the remaining brown sugar, baking soda, and melted chocolate. Whirl some more.

Pour ino an 9"x9" pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Use a butter knife to swirl in the raspberries.

Top with granola (Bear Naked "Fit" Triple Berry Crunch granola pictured here).

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes (or until a tothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean).

Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars and serving

The Chickpea (Run)Blondie Bar captured in its natural habitat

Why use chickpeas you ask? Check out that fiber content. Plus fewer calories and a lower glycemic index.


Go enjoy some dessert ya'll!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Organizing a 10K Race

It's awful quiet here. I'm enjoying a little "me time" this week :) M's up in NY with the kiddo, working with the race commitee for this year's 10K.

For a self-proclaimed non-runner, there’s one race through the streets of his home town that M pours his heart and soul into every year. His father was one of the original organizers in 1977, and ran the show for many years. The race has grown to over 7,000 participants since then, draws elite runners (Ryan Hall holds the course record), and has been featured in Runner’s World magazine as one of the top 100 races in the U.S.

My inlaws are full of stories about the race- like spending hours putting together swag bags, having to eat dinner on TV trays because their entire kitchen table was covered in piles of completed registration forms, and having to take the dog to the vet because he ate some of the bibs and safety pins…. etc, etc. It was always M’s job to help his dad hang the posters around town.

When M’s father passed away, it was Uncle Rick who took over the show. Now he’s gone, so it belongs to his sons and nephews this year. They’re determined keep it in the family, so M is in NY this week working with the rest of planning committee. M will be in charge of staging the start of the race (it was his dad’s idea to institute the wave starts, so he's most interested in that part). He's also busting out his old design skills to create this year's t-shirt.

He means well, bless his little heart

I often wonder what M’s dad was like. As I’ve mentioned before, M doesn’t talk about him much. It’s a shame we never got to meet. I think we would have gotten along really well.

Do you have any special traditions for honoring the memories of loved ones?

If you've ever organized or volunteered at a race, have any tips to share?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

35, and if You have a Spare...

Whew, it was hot as Hades this week! How are you holding up in this heat?

I hit 35 miles this week ya'll. The majority was on the treadmill, and each session was around 9min/mi pace, but I got it done!

I ventured outside for a short run this morning. You can see by the look on Em's face she wasn't too approving.

She's like "Yo mamcita, eres loca", said with a little Rosie Perez attitude. (We're teaching her some spanish at home. It might be getting little out of hand.)

She was right. I started feeling woozy about two miles into it, and finished up on the treadmill instead. Somebody tell me when it's September, so I can run outside again.

In other news, my boss had me submit a proposal explaining why I should be able to telecommute. It's now going to the program director for consideration. This would be EPIC for our family if it were approved. For starters, I'd be able to spend a lot more time with M and our family up north, and basically we'd have freedom to travel anywhere as long as there's an internet connection.

Prayer's a powerful thing. If you could spare one for some chick you "know" from the internet I'd appreciate it. This would be a major opportunity for our family.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Dave Matthews Band + Home of

the Mets = an unforgettable night

We've been excited about this for MONTHS...

We've traveled to at least one DMB concert a summer since we started dating. With one exception, we had to settle for virtual Dave last year.

Our friends Sean and Kristine. Being "financially savvy" as we like to call it.

$7.75 for a 12oz bottle of Bud Light inside. Robbery.

I wish every state required this. Although they got it wrong here. Beverages consumed at concerts contain no calories. It's true.

Something for everyone

Hope all you Dave Matthews fans got your fix this year. No more concerts til 2012.

Psst....notice something different about runblondie? She ain't a blondie anymore! I've gone BRUNETTE for the 1st time in my life. It's kinda hard to tell since my hair's pulled back (and there's not a stitch of make-up on my face....I'm really putting it all out there folks).

I don't think it suits my completion or my personality, but I'm giving it a whirl. It's amazing what an effect hair color has. Something doesn't feel right about it.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Fact: Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets.

Fact: I eat berries. Me. Berries. (and cherries) Like 3 times a day. They’re so good this time of year.

Fact: I’ve been very diligent about exercising everyday this week. Awake at 4:30 to get in 35 minutes (~4 miles) on the treadmill, and 35 minutes on the elliptical before work. Still upping the mileage before I pick-up speed on the runs. I lost a lot of fitness during my hiatus.

Fact: I’m leaving for NY this afternoon. MIL is going to watch homegirl, so I can have a night out in the city with my friends.

Fact: I’ll see ya’ll again next week. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Going to the Chapel

Saturday started off with my longest run since the beginning of May.

It took me 55 minutes, and I followed it up with some elliptical work for 15.

The only thing about this treadmill I'm no so crazy about is the blinding blueness of the display. I use my towel to protect my retinas from being scorched.

Saturday night I got to attend my first wedding in Atlanta! Weddings vary by region, and I was excited to check out the "tradition" here.

Me like cake.

M couldn't trade his trip like we thought he'd be able to (what's new), so the girls were on our own. I'm used to epic long sit-down dinners at NY weddings (cross your fingers that the bride and groom put a lot of thought into the seating chart), which made me hesitant about bringing the kiddo. The bride and groom insisted (they're airline peeps too and sympathetic to the plight). After struggling for a week to find a babysitter and still SOL, I was not one to argue.

The reception was at a nice country club. It was very pretty and the couple was too cute.

I felt like there were a bazillion pictures being taken all night. Apparently I didn't take that many though. Sorry, this is the best I got. I don't neglect cake.

I was surprised there were only hors d'oeuvers, drinks, and cake. Is that a standard southern reception? I don't think we could have lasted though a full meal anyway. Me and my little dancing queen had time to hit the dance floor, but still made it home early enough to prevent her inner tasmanian devil from emerging.

Yes ma'am, we had us a good time.

What's your vision of a "traditional wedding"?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Finding the Love?

Newsflash: I hate swimming. Especially lake swimming.

I love our view. Quite serene isn’t it?

But you'll never see me step foot in there. What is that at the bottom and why is it so slimy? ew ,ew, ew

Peer pressure from our party guests (ok, and a couple drinks) convinced me to go in for the first time in the two summers we’ve lived here.

It wasn’t so bad. Having water shoes and a floatie helped.


I really want to like swimming. It’s the perfect form of cardio, but I can’t find the love. I hate the feeling of water in my nose and ears. Plus, lakes skeeve me out, and so do public pools . They’re like being in a giant dirty bathtub. The ocean, equally as dirty and filled with the creepiest of crawliests, doesn’t bother me for some reason. Go figure.

Yes, I’m a weirdo like that. Let the ridicule begin....NOW

What’s one activity you want to like but just can’t? If you’ve come to love an activity you formerly hated, how’d you do it?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

I like to Move It, Move It

35 minutes here

Then 25 minutes here

Yes ladies and gents, I'm getting back in the game.

You may have wondered why it's been so quiet here on the running front. Thanks to a family friend who was able to pull some strings, and our fortunate flight bennies, I was able to seek treatment at a well-respected heart center "up north". The cardiologist I saw there was phenomenally fantastic (one superlative would not suffice). I had acute pericarditis (the asthma diagnosis was just a nifty bonus). Uncommon in an otherwise healthy 29 year old, it took a highly trained eye to figure it out.

We'll never know exactly what triggered it, but the follow-up tests I had this week showed that it's no longer active. Best news of all, I got the all-clear to resume normal activity. I'm so glad to be rejoining ya'll. I hope you'll have me back.

Happy 4th everyone!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Our Wedding Anniversary

Through the years...









and still going strong.

Love you Babe!