Random Leftover Abomination Domination.

Today, I did not cook a single new thing.  As I type this, though, I’m abot to go make some muffins, so maybe I should go do that and then get back to you.  Yeah, I think I’ll do that.

Leftover Abomination Domination.

Bahahaha.  Matt should be thoroughly delighted and disgusted all at once at the sight of this one :).  French toast + chipped beef gravy on top of half of an ezekiel english muffin.

More french toast porn to round out the week.  I didn’t add the syrup until the creamed chipped beef was eaten.  I am not a fan of mixed foods on plates!

Next.

Not so abominable, but still leftovers that had nothing to do with eachother until today ;).  That’s penne pasta (der), almost too burnt to be eaten grilled zucchini and Dave’s Gourmet Spicy Heirloom Marinara (I’m in love with it).

Apple.

And even a leftover half of a Larabar (the other half of which was comsumed earlier this week).  Lovin’ the apple pie flavor.

I’ll go make something worth blogging about now :D.  Mixed berry whole wheat muffins!  Until then…

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Colorado and Back

Aaaand, I’m back.  Colorado was wonderful this weekend.  Absolutely nothing went as planned, but things are always more fun that way if you’re willing to look on the bright side ;).  At one point I was actually driving west in the general direction of Steamboat Springs having no idea where I would stay for the night in order to get a decent amount of sleep for the 10k.  Bright side:  it was a gorgeous sunny spring day driving through the rockies. 

On the food side of things,  Saturday started with oatmeal blueberry pancakes and hashbrowns from a bag (bright side: at least the pancakes were healthy).  Ummm, unfortunately it was made in a kitchen that reminded me of the frat houses from college and I couldn’t bring myself to take pictures of it.  Sorry.  But they were exactly like these pancakes from last week, but with frozen blueberries included by request.

Oatmeal Pancakes!

Lunch was a chocolate chip CLIF bar from a gas station because I was still pretty full from pancakes.  So impressed that they actually had these at a gas station by the way! 

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Favorite thing about running races: carbs.  Haha, probably didn’t need to do any major carb loading for a 10k, but it’s a good enough excuse for me :).  Went to an italian restaurant with a patio in Steamboat (did I mention how awesome the weather was?) and started with some mussels and  a salad with sundried tomato vinaigrette. 

Demolished Salad 😛

Then I got a pile of penne pasta with veggies (zucchini, artichokes, tomatoes, broccoli, and onions).  I wasn’t overly impressed with the sauce.  It had great flavor, but it was extremely oily (bright side:  it’s cool, I’ll burn it off while running 6 miles in the morning :))

Sunday morning:  time for the 10k!  I wanted to be able to run the whole thing without stopping to walk and to finish it in an hour.  I came extremely close to doing both.  I walked for about 1/4 of a mile (on the last hill no less! wish I had known it was the last hill!!) and finished in 1:08. 

Considering the first half of the course included some pretty mean hills, I am really happy with that time.  One and a half years ago, I couldn’t even run one mile without stopping!

Before I ran I had a Larabar (first one ever by the way).  It was delicious, although I don’t know if it was really the ideal pre-race food.  It worked for me.  My stomach didn’t hurt or anything, but I’m not endorsing them as a good pre-race snack because I know nothing about these sorts of things…

After the race, I went to The Egg & I and got  a massive omelette with rye toast.

I attacked the rye bread and then remembered to take some more pictures :).  Under the rye bread was another pile

Potatoes!! Carbs... ❤

Omelette was egg whites, diced ham, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms.  All covered in cheese :D.  And a dollop of sour cream – I don’t think I’ve ever had this before, but I think I’ll be doing it more often now!

Kaya was totally praying I would knock this bad boy into her mouth!

Finally, I went to the blogger meet up at Wash Park.  Sad I couldn’t cook anything since I was on the road, but I tracked down a Whole Foods and grabbed some hummus and goat cheese.  Also, I toted these Humbles along from up here in Wyoming.

These are Dangerous (“D” capitalized on purpose guys!).  Purchase and open the bag at your own risk.  The entire bag may make it’s way into your stomach within hours.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Unfotunately, I killed my camera batteries earlier in the day using the flash for the meh picture of my in all of my running awesomeness.  Bright side:  Ashley and Heather were there and snapping away :P.  Hope you check out their blogs to get some idea of the awesomeness that was there.  I was lucky to escape before inducing a food coma that would have prevented safe passage back to Wyoming for work in the morning. 

Hope you all had as wonderful of a weekend as I did!

Here Goes Nothin’

So I forgot my camera again.  PSYCH!  Haha, what am I?  An eight-year-old?  It’s cool, I’m OK with it.  You ready for photo overload?  PS For those of you in it for the food, there’s lots of that past the climbing pics!

But first, this. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!  😀  Here we are at my cousin’s wedding 2 years ago!  On the right, is my other cousin (the sister of the groom).  Happy debut on the blog Leigh Anne ;).

Myself, my Mom, and Leigh Anne

There’s not alotta splainin’ to do, so I’ll insert a few words when necessary ;).  For instance…

Welcome to Vedauwoo.

Kinda cool looking, huh?  It was entirely different than any climbing I’ve ever done before.  It’s called slab.  The rock is a slab.  You picking up on this yet?  There are no holds.  Find a change in relief in the rock, put your foot there and stand up.  Friction is your friend.  Pretty gnarly, really challenging, and super fun!  Here’s more.

Nate's First Ascent of the Day

 My feet while I was belaying Nate…

Check Out the Five Fingers 🙂

 My second route.

Almost to the top…

And then there’s the most photogenic dog on the planet waiting at the bottom…

Insanely Cute

Belaying at the end of day 1.  Another fun shot of  the Five Fingers in action :D.

Belaying

 The Kaya-face and I taking a breather on day 2.

Relaxation at the Bottom of the Wall

Now for the food on the rocks…  I tried my first Pranabars and they were delicious!!  I was so impressed by the ingredients list!  You can kind of see it in the picture, but if you’d never seen a chemical sounding word in your life, you still would have known what every ingredient on the list was!

Coconut Acai Pranabar

Apricot Goji Pranabar

My favorite was definitly the coconut one.  If you like cocnut, you will love that bar.  I liked the apricot one too.  I’m just partial to coconut and and thought that one tasted like it had a bit more substance to it when you bit into it.

More food.  We stopped in Laramie on Friday night to eat at Altitude Chophouse and Brewery before going to set up camp.  Here’s what I had and the beer sampler :).   I can’t remember all of the beers, but there was a chile beer and it was amazing!  I love chile beers.  They remind me of pepper jelly.  I even brought home a gowler of it.

"Cajun" Pizza

Up Close and Personal

The pizza had the nicest doughy crust.  Toppings included red onions, crawfish, fire-roasted tomatoes, and red pepper flakes.  Cheese was mozzarella and asiago.  It was a struggle not to order 5 more, but then I got back to the delicious beer sampler!

Kaya’s ready to go to camp!

Onwards!

And breakfast the next morning at camp…

Cold Pizza 😀

Healthy Addition to Not So Healthy Breakfast Leftovers 😉

And here’s a salad we got in town on Sunday, while our friend, Rick, was getting a tattoo.  It’s a Sante Fe Salad.  Tip alert.  When you’re ordering salads in restaurants, look for ones with super flavorful toppings, so you won’t be tempted to use the usually high calorie dressings that come with them.  This one came with ranch and I didn’t eat a drop of it.  Oh, and make sure it’s got protein (chicken in this case) and some healthy fats (guacamole here), so that you aren’t hungry again 20 minutes later!

Santa Fe Salad

That’s all for the weekend.  Hope you enjoyed all ~20 pictures.  See ya tomorrow, with some eats from today and whatever happens to find it’s way into my mouth tomorrow ;).