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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Today was a rest day.  It was much needed after yesterday’s 22 miler!  I also realized today after reading Skinny Runner‘s post that we totally ran past her yesterday.  Not that I’m a creeper or anything.


I gorged on cereal and also had coffee.  Nothing unusual.



During breakfast the cat posed for me.  Also not unusual.

cat 2

cat 1


Tonight’s dinner was delicious and oh so easy.

dinner 1

It was yet again a crock pot recipe.  If you want some good teriyaki chicken that takes about 5 minutes to prep, make this recipe.

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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken


4 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce

1 20-oz can pineapple chunks

dash ground ginger


1. Put chicken in crock pot.  Cover with remaining 3 ingredients.

2. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6-8 hours.  Serve over rice.

crock pot teriyaki chicken


We served it with steamed zucchini that I covered in Parmesan cheese.  Obviously.



And finished the evening off with some ice cream while catching the end of the Oscars.

ice cream



Did you watch the Oscars? What did you think of the winners?


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Salsa Chicken

Today’s Run

5 miles, 50:50, 9:33 pace


A few weeks ago, I saw a recipe for salsa chicken on several blogs including Meals and Miles and Peanut Butter Fingers.  Naturally, I had to try it.

It’s really easy.  Step 1: Put chicken breasts in crock pot.  Step 2: Cover with salsa.  Step 3: Turn on crock pot and leave for work.

Except I didn’t do it before work.  Mat did it because he’s still off work from his hurt wrist.

We made the chicken into tacos.  I topped mine with some chopped tomato, plain Greek yogurt, and shredded cheese.  Refried beans and roasted Brussels sprouts finished it off.



brussels sprouts





This weekend will be my last really long run in LA Marathon training.  It will be 22 miles at the beach with my Daddy.  I can’t wait to get it done!  I need a serious break after this, both physically and mentally.


What do you do when you’re burned out from a certain type of exercise?  Do you take a break or just keep going?

I tend to just keep going.  Right now I basically have to keep going because I’m training.

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Sharing is Caring

Guest posting is awesome.  I’ve had a few people post for me in the past, and I’ve also posted for others.  In fact, just this morning I shared my crock pot lasagna soup and roasted green beans recipes on another blog.  You can go check it out on Megan’s blog The Pink Flour.  While you’re there, please check out the site and leave a comment or two.  Both Megan and I would really appreciate it.  We love getting some comment love!


Crock Pot Lasagna Soup with Roasted Green Beans

Oh boy do I have a good soup for you guys!

bowl close up

I stumbled upon this little gem on keyingredient.com while browsing Pinterest the other day.

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We made a few modifications based on taste and what was easily accessible for us.

gooey cheese

It was delicious.

You’re welcome.

Crock Pot Lasagna Soup


1 28-oz can diced tomatoes

1 6 oz can tomato paste

3 cups chicken broth (we used 2 cups chicken and 1 cup beef because we ran out of chicken broth)

1 lb ground turkey, cooked on stove with olive oil, salt, and pepper

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp dried parsley

1 tbsp dried basil

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cups any variety spaghetti sauce (we used roasted garlic sauce from Trader Joe’s)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 cup water

1 package orechiette pasta

shredded mozzarella cheese


1. Mix diced tomatoes, and tomato paste in crock pot.

2. Add broth, ground turkey, garlic, parsley, basil, onion, 1 cup spaghetti sauce, and salt/pepper.

3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

4. When 30 minutes are left of cook time, add in remaining 1 cup spaghetti sauce, 1 cup of water, and pasta. Stir to combine. Continue cooking on high for 30 minutes.

5. When ready to serve, top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

lasagna soup

Oh but guess what?  That’s not all.  On the side we had roasted green beans with fresh parmesan cheese.


Oh sorry.  A close up?  Well, ok.

green beans close up edited

You’re welcome.

Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan Cheese


1 lb green beans, washed, trimmed, and cut

olive oil

salt and pepper

freshly grated parmesan cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400

2. Combine green beans, olive oil, salt, and pepper in large ziploc bag.  Shake until all pieces are coated.  Let green beans sit in bag for as long as desired (the longer they sit, the better the flavor).

3. Spread green beans on baking pan.  Roast for 20 minutes or until soft but not mushy.

4. Remove from oven and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately.

Edited to Add: I’m sharing this recipe in the Pantry Party!  Go check it out!

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Christmas Movie Night

Today for our day of togetherness we picked watch a Christmas movie.  We chose Home Alone 2.  We watched Home Alone a few weeks ago and have been meaning to watch the second one.  We were also thinking of watching The Holiday, but it’s a longer one and since it’s a weeknight and Mat has to be at work at 5 am, we figured the shorter movie was better.

movie night


While we watched, we had honey chicken from the crock pot.  It was a sauce made with melted butter, honey, mustard, and curry poured on the chicken breasts in the crock pot and then cooked on low for 5-6 hours.  It came out really good!  I’m glad we decided to start eating chicken again.  I love vegetarian meals, but chicken has more protein and provides a lot more meal variety.  We had it with a salad and the last of the whole wheat bread we had frozen (not pictured).



I’m loving the Kraft sundried tomato dressing – it’s what we used tonight.  In theory I want to make my own salad dressings, but time doesn’t allow it.

I haven’t done an update on work or running in a while.  There’s not much to tell.  We have 4 days left until winter break, and I couldn’t be more ready.  In the meantime, I’m keeping up with my marathon training and doing pretty well.  Saturday’s 14 miler was a bit rough, but I made it through.  Hopefully this weekend’s 11 miler will rest my muscles enough that the 16 miler the week after that won’t kill me.  16 is my current max from February, and when I did it then I felt terrible by the end.  Makes me nervous.  :-/

I need lucrative ideas for side money.  Anyone know of anything?

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Our First Christmas Card!

Today’s day of togetherness was to address the Christmas cards.  This is the one we sort of cheated on and chose is specifically on a day where we had time to address the cards and make sure they get out in time.  We’ve actually had the cards for a week, but for some reason Costco didn’t give us envelopes with them so we didn’t have those until yesterday when I went back and asked for them.

I was proud of myself.  I got home from work, folded some laundry, and sat right down to start writing addresses.  I got through all 80 or so cards in one sitting.  Go me!

Mat is almost done stuffing/sealing and then it’s just the stamps and return address labels.  I don’t think we’re going to finish tonight – I need some TV in my life.  We’ve been PLOWING through The Big Bang Theory on DVD.  Seriously the most hilarious show ever.  We both hope Mat gets season 5 for Christmas because we’ll definitely be more than done with the first 4 before Christmas gets here!

The Christmas card mess.

christmas cards


Dinner was crock pot black bean enchiladas with boca burgers.  It’s basically a filling of corn, black beans, onion, and some spices including smoked paprika and then rolled and layered in the crock pot with salsa and cheese.  I plan crock pot meals for Mondays because Mat is off work and can prep it, and that’s what happened today.  He added boca burgers to it for added oomph.


We topped the enchiladas with Greek yogurt, more salsa, and hot sauce.

Last night’s dinner was Bisquick chicken pot pie and salad.  It’s something my mom used to make and is super easy.

chicken pot pie


I need to do a full review of my marathon training so far.  The plan is to organize my life during Christmas break.  It’s been a rough several weeks and I’m definitely in need of a breather!

I leave you tonight with this blurry picture of Oakley, silly as always.



Time to watch Big Bang and get to bed.  Good night!