Sunday, September 16, 2012

London, A New Recipe & Last Day of Larabar Giveaway!

Good evening Beautiful,

I know I say this every week, but I can’t believe the weekend is already over. It’s making me a bit sad. It’s been somewhat of a whirlwind weekend starting on Friday night. I did absolutely nothing on Friday. I got home from work around 5:45, I got into bed and slept until almost 9 o’clock. Whoops. I was awake long enough to have dinner and I passed out for the night at 11 and slept until 8am Saturday morning. Obviously, my body was telling me I needed rest and boy did I listen. It felt faaantastic. I used to hate taking naps as a kid… I was not the smartest, I wish NOW I could have a nap every single day of my life, they are one of life’s greatest things. Ever.
Saturday was an amazing day. I woke up, got 4 loads of laundry done, dishes washed and the condo cleaned before noon. Then C and I went out to run some errands and decided to hit the gym while we were out and about! We worked out for about 45 minutes. I ran for 35 minutes and managed to put in a good 5.5km. Then we made our way home and got everything ready for the 2 hour road trip to London, ON for my old roommates birthday party (the Thigh High and Bow Tie party – remember?). We got there around 6, had some dinner and the shananigans started. I got ready, I wore a strapless black dress with an all-black bow tie and neon yellow shoes. Here are a couple of photos from the evening…
Birthday boy

Bowties!

DJ C

Me and Elyse! An avid blog reader :) Strapless dress makes
me look naked, I'm not naked FYI.
Today, I’m not feeling so hot. We drove back to Toronto and got home about 2pm and I slept until 5:30… which helped, but I can guarantee you that I won’t have trouble sleeping tonight!
My goal this week was to run 30km. Unfortunately I fell one run short of that goal, BUT I did manage to do a total of 24.4km in total this week, which I think is still pretty good! The 10km Zoo Run is now officially less than 1 week away, and both Michelle and I are a bit nervous that we’re both going to be slower than the other. It’s a bit humourous actually. I’m fairly certain that we’ll be good running buddies because so far we seem to run at around the same pace, but we’ll see! I’m sure if one of us is faster than the other, we’ll still run together!
The CIBC Run For The Cure is about 2 weeks away now and we have a total of 8 people on our Sweat Pink team and we’ve raised almost $700! Our goal is to hit the $1000 mark and I totally think that’s doable. I have a couple of people who promised they’d donate to the cause so I’m going to be bugging them this week for some money (ha!). If you want to donate to the cause, here is the link for our team!
Everyone would be thrilled if we could make it to the $1000 mark! J Thank you in advanced for your support! I’m super excited for this run because it’s Jenny’s first race ever!! I think it’s a good one because it’s totally laid back and it’s not even timed. I wonder if she’ll catch the running bug? J
I’ve now officially signed up for another run in October. The Toronto Women’s 8km Race which is sponsored by my work, GoodLife Fitness. I’m running this race with 2 of my bosses, my one boss has been running her whole life, she’s the one that got me to train and run for the half marathon and my other boss is easing her way into the racing scene again! I’m super happy to be running it with these gals!
Tonight I tackled a new recipe, paleo cream of broccoli soup. It took me about two hours, start to finish to do it, but maaaaan is it GOOD! It also made a bajillion servings so I have it to eat all week while C is away for work. Score! I bought an app last week on my iPad called Nom Nom Paleo (she also has a blog if you google it!) and it did cost $5, but it’s an amazing app and totally worth it, because it gave me this great recipe! Here is the recipe:
Ingridents
-          1.5 lbs of broccoli
-          4 leeks, cleaned and trimmed
-          1 large onion
-          3 medium shallots
-          ¼ medium apple, diced
-          2 tbsp coconut oil
-          1L organic chicken broth
-          1 tbsp curry powder
-          Kosher salt
-          Freshly-ground black pepper
-          1 cup coconut milk
-          Garlic
Directions
  1. Wash all of your veggies.
  2. Trim and chip the broccoli into roughly the same sized pieces.
  3. Chop up the onion, shallots, leeks (the white and green end only), and the onion.
  4. Use a really big pot and melt the coconut oil in the bottom. Add the leeks, onions and shallots and sauté them until they are soft. You can add in garlic here too if you prefer! I used about 3tbs of minced garlic.
  5. Once those are soft, add the broccoli and the apple and the chicken broth. The original recipe said if the broth doesn’t immerse all of the vegetables, to add water, and I did, but I probably wouldn’t next time.
  6. Crank up the heat and bring the soup to a boil, then lower and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until all of the veggies are soft.
  7. Add in your curry powder and the salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Turn the stove off and let it cool slightly, then use an immersion blender to blend the soup. I don’t own one of these so I made a huge mess and scooped the mixture into a normal blender and poured the blended soup into another pot. I don’t recommend it, just go borrow the immersion blender from a friend if you don’t have one. J
  9. Add the coconut milk after it’s all been blended and mix it into the soup. Bring the soup back to a boil for a few minutes and then turn it off and serve!
This is how mine turned out!

It’s super good, I would highly recommend it. I will be making it again since the weather is getting cooler and I am a huge soup lover!
Do you have a favourite soup recipe? If so, send it to me! I would love to try it out!
How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting?
One side note – you have 1 more day to enter the Larabar giveaway! Click here to enter for your chance to win 16 different kinds of Larabars! (I know you want to!).
Stay sweet.
xoxo

5 comments:

  1. looks like it turned out great! i am going to have to try it out!

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  2. Hmmmm. And I've never eaten a leek.
    Should I start!?:-)

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  3. looks like a great new recipe!! happy monday and spa love!

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  4. That soup looks AMAZING!! Can't wait to try it!! And I love the pictures from the party - looks like it was a fantastic time! You look lovely! Audrey would be very proud (I am a HUGE Audrey fan as well!)

    Keep resting - I'm sure your body was just too worn out from the week, hence all the sleep! Xo!

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  5. Looks very tasty,worth to try but i am sure it is also very healthy because of broccoli,onion,apple...

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