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Meg’s trip to the 716

Labor day weekend, my college friend Meg came to visit for 4 entire days! We had a very full buffalo bucket list of things we wanted to do and successfully completed them all! Chicken wing festival, clarence center labor day fair, taffy from the fair, chivettas chicken, jim’s steakout, guys sub, walk around elmwood, run through akron falls park, time hortons, walked to canada to see the falls, ate at rainforest café, perry’s ice cream, pizza from mazia’s, breakfast at crappy apple (candy apple). Basically our entire weekend (if you haven’t gathered already) was based around food. All things buffalo!

Here are a bunch of photos from our weekend…

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We had a great visit together and at the end of the weekend Meg helped me make the next big step in my life…

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Cauliflower Crust – Guest Post

Where do I even begin?  Meg Malone, anyone that knows her.. loves her.  We first met as freshmeat.. I mean freshmen at our field hockey physicals.  We’ve remained friends ever since.

meg is the brunette to the left of me

flash back!

being silly with the other freshmeat.. I mean freshmen.

Meg recently started a blog and I get so excited every time it pops up on my Google reader.  We share allot of similarities (the most important ones in my mind) we like ice cream, play field hockey, are way more motivated when we have a goal we are working towards and typically mess up our recipes the first time around…

Hi, this is Meg! While Katie is out soaking up the sun, I am basking in the stifling city air of NYC! What an equivalent level of fun — but in all seriousness, I do love it here.  As I am right now between jobs, I have a lot of free time to explore, which I like to do by doing the completely free activity of running.

Now, if you visit my blog, you will know that I love to eat dessert. Yes, I am training for a marathon and my ice cream rewards help motivate me (and remind me of my beloved Vermont), but what you don’t see written is the large amount of junk I consume in between runs as part of my regular food eating.  It’s not that I don’t like eating healthy — I do! It’s just that my cooking skills are so paltry it is truly embarrassing.

Katie and I both played field hockey together in college, and I fully credit Katie’s athleticism with my ability to do the time mile each year under the required 7- minutes. If I wasn’t pacing myself with her, I probably would have just laid on the track. So, when Katie was looking for some guest blogs I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to rise to the level of healthiness that I associate Katie with, this time on the food end.

In a moment of extreme bravery, I requested a healthy recipe from Katie to tackle for this guest blog. She sent me this recipe and I knew I was in trouble when I saw the words “riced cauliflower” on the ingredient list. What the… To make matters worse, as I began cooking I actually did a search online for “What do a cauliflower florets look like?” which led me here. I was just making sure I was right (and I think the forest analogy to explain florets by user “Aricka” in this Yahoo Answers discussion thread is awesome).

Earlier at the grocery store today, I literally had no idea what makes a good cauliflower. I guess I could have asked, but I also feel like my attempts to buy produce in the city have often been spotty. I actually think I may have picked a bad cauliflower because it didn’t all look the right color once I actually got it home, so I just kind of chopped off parts and threw the rest in the food processor.

I hope this turned out correctly, and even if it didn’t, let’s pretend it did because I also somehow managed to burn the cauliflower while cooking it in the microwave. Yikes, Meg — it’s a MICROWAVE. Alas, even that proves too challenging for me.

I also saw this recipe called for garlic salt. I checked to see if we had any (unlike me, my roommate is a very good cook) and we did not, but we had garlic powder.  I consulted the Internet again, directed to the Yahoo! Answers discussion thread conveniently titled “Garlic Powder vs. Garlic Salt?”  — and the question was actually asked by a user named “Megz” so it was basically reading my mind. Based on what I gleaned from the voted-upon “Best Answer” from user “Old Punk Dad” (no picture provided), it seemed okay to pour half salt and half garlic powder into the spoon and voila, garlic salt (garlic salt?.JPG)

Moving on! The dough was now made and I spread it out on the pan.  It said to cook the dough 15 minutes, but after about 8 it already looked like it was burning, so I made the executive (chef) decision to take it out to put on toppings. Now, I don’t cook any meat-based meals ever because I don’t trust my ability to thoroughly cook them, so sadly I didn’t have any grilled chicken for my pizza. Instead, I went the veggie route, with some sliced green peppers, sliced tomatoes and some extra chopped garlic. It kind of started cooking on top of the stove from the heat, but I still popped it back in the broiler while I finished doing dishes (reason 21394 I don’t cook food… So. Many. Dishes!). When I took it out, at about 6:46 p.m., the inevitable happened — BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. Yes, my smoke alarm went off. Please witness this chat exchange with my boyfriend:

me:  hahaha the smoke alarm finally went off
 Zachary:  well that was bound to happen

Nobody has any faith in me (though clearly I have none in myself either). Also maybe I shouldn’t have been carrying on online conversations while I am cooking — I know I don’t see that happening on Top Chef. Anyway, the smoke alarm had gone off because of me as recently as last week when I was attempting to broil some squash, so I was ready to address the situation promptly. With the smoke alarm issue was resolved and this is what was left to cool on top of my stove.

On to the eating! The thing I am best at! The food itself was actually quite good – probably not really in thanks to my individual preparation of it, but it was an interesting take on dough, and all said and done, it wasn’t nearly as burnt as I thought. I ate the entire thing and in retrospect, I hope serving-wise it was actually meant to be eaten by one person.

All in all, I must say my foray into healthy cooking wasn’t nearly as traumatic as I thought, plus who doesn’t love a few obstacles along the way for storytelling purposes? As I keep following Katie’s healthy exploits on her blog, I will continue to be inspired and maybe, just maybe, I will cook for her sometime when she comes back from vacation (get excited!!!!!).

Seriously, how great is this girl?  If there is ever a blog you need to follow, this witty girl is perfect for you.  Besides, who doesn’t like to talk about ice cream?!

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Getting To Know Me

I saw this questionnaire going around and it totally sucked me in. Anyone else always fill out those questionnaires when they were younger? I loved those — and probably still have a few of ten laying around somewhere — those would be hilarious to read now I bet.

Enjoy everyone!!

1. What did you eat for breakfast?
Today I had an over easy egg on top of gfree bread and about 5 sliced strawberries. Breakfast tends to be made up of… Oatmeal, strawberry smoothie, yogurt and granola, egg whites and turkey bacon and (if I’m motivated enough to make a batch) protein pancakes. I could devour eat pancakes everyday if they didn’t take so long to make!

2. How much water do you drink a day?
Oh jeepers. Water is just about the only thing I drink, besides tea of course. I should really Document it some day, I bet I would impress myself!

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Weight training! And I’m looking forward to the nicer weather to get my blades out 😜 Pretty much anything on the Live Fit trainer I’m loving… Especially legs day.

4. How many calories do you eat a day?
Not a clue! I don’t like to count calories, I find myself (negatively) obsessing over them. I’ve been practicing eating when I’m hungry, stopping when I’m not and making the healthiest choices possible.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Iced Oatmeal Raisin LUNA Bars. I could eat those all day! I also like puréed frozen strawberries, popcorn, sugar snap peas, greek yogurt, hershey’s bliss dark chocolate. … I’m sensing a theme. I <heart3 sugar.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?
Oh gosh, this changes on a daily basis. Today I had guacamole with carrots and tortilla chips. I typically have left overs from my home (yes I walk home for lunch everyday) so generally whatever my patents had for dinner the night before. (I typically miss sit down dinners with the rents and snack when I get home). I always try to get some veggies in!

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
Legs. Legs. Legs baby!! Nothing gets my heart rate up like lunges and squats.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
Elbows in pushups. Ew. These make me want to cry. And not in a good way.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?
Nutella, chocolate, ice cream. Again, I’m sensing a theme…

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
Yes! I take a multivitamin and a calcium pill daily.

11. How often do you eat out?
Eh, honestly not that often. Maybe once a week? I like to prepare my own food, that way I know what went into it. Ps I dot consider going to wegmans after the gym and making my own salad “eating out” – it typically costs me no more then $5 and I make it myself.

12. Do you eat fast food?
Is the occasional chipotle considered fast food? The last time I got fast food was when I was in a pinch and I got a baked potato and frosty from Wendy’s. Besides that, I’m not sure the last time I ate at burger king or mckydees. Gross. Well… I did get a soft serve off the $1 menu recently….

13. Who is your biggest supporter?
Hands down my parents. They have been my biggest fans my entire life Next up Marc, my sister, Swink and Lisa.

14. Do you have a gym membership?
Yes, and unfortuatly I have been unable to get to my gym since my job switch. Time to put that on hold or cancel it 😒

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
I’m such a grandma, I LOVE my sleep. Some days when I’m straight exhausted I find myself passed out in bed by 9 or 10. I aim to get at least 7 hours.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day?
nope, I try to just eat what I’m craving when I crave it. I most definitely need to be smarter when it comes to portion sizes though.

17. Do you drink alcohol?
I never really used to, but lately when I do I most definitely enjoy myself 😉 this girl likes to dance.

18. Do you have a workout buddy?
I have a few! On a daily basis I do LiveFit with Sarah. Marco and I try to coordinate gym times so we can go together (I can always count on him for a pushup contest or playing catch outside). And my mom!! She motivates me so much! We really like to spend time together and exercise 😊

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a Healthy Lifestyle?
my energy levels have sky rocketed! When you stop eating junk, for the most part you stop craving junk.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?
Ate breakfast, walked to work instead of driving an soon ill be headed to the gym!

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