Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Curried Scallop Kebabs

Oh the deliciousness!

I have an obsession with scallops. They're kind of my go-to seafood. They're super simple to cook, and quick too. You really cannot go wrong ordering them at a seafood restaurant because, really, how can you mess them up?! (Provided they're wild caught, of course)

I don't have a picture of this recipe because it was way too delicious to let stand on the plate for a photo, but I guarantee you they look as delicious as they taste.

Curried Scallop Kebabs
2 lbs Sea Scallops (Wild Caught)
1 Zucchini (sliced in 1/4-1/2 inch thick rounds)
1 Yellow Squash (sliced in 1/4-1/2 inch thick rounds)
Dozen Grape Tomatoes (or more)
2 tsp Curry Powder
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
2 tbsp Olive Oil

  1. Skewer all the ingredients and brush with olive oil.
  2. Mix all the spices in a small bowl and sprinkle over the skewers.
  3. Grill those beauties until cooked (about 5 minutes per scallop side)!
I let my scallops char up a little bit for some extra flavor. To tell the truth, I have a rogue flame in my grill that decides what to char, regardless of my preference. (I could use a grill for Christmas. Hint, hint, Mom!)

Monday, July 9, 2012

My First Marathon (WOD)

So remember last week when I was waxing poetic about the year so far and I said that I had changed my goals and that I no longer had interest in completing a full marathon? Well, that changed the same day the post went live.

I completed my very first marathon last Monday... a marathon WOD, that is.

Ok whatever it isn't the same thing. Except I'm pretty sure this 40 minute workout, 60 minutes for some people, was more intense than running a full marathon. I can certainly say it was more intense than the half marathon I ran in just over 2 hours.

So what all did this mammoth of a WOD (workout of the day to those of you who are unfamiliar with CrossFit) entail? I'm glad you ask, because I'm about to tell you!

2 Rounds for Time of:
26 Toes to Bar
200m Run
26 Box Jumps (24 in. for men, 20 in. for women)
200m Run
26 Kettlebell Swings (1.5 poods for men, 1 pood for women)
200m Run
26 Walking Lunges
200m Run
26 Push-ups
200m Run
26 Sit-ups (with ab mat)
200m Run
26 Air Squats
200m Run

That's about 1.75 miles uphill in addition to all the strength workouts for those of you keeping track.

Now I will admit, I did not do the workout as prescribed. I did 11 Toes to Bar in the first round and finished with knees to elbows, then did knees to elbows on the second round. I also did push-ups on my knees in the second round. Annnnnd I was also having problems with my shoulder so I did only .75 pood instead of 1 pood, but scalability is what CrossFit is all about.

Nevertheless, this workout kicked my butt.

I finished first in my class with a time of 40 minutes and 15 seconds. My hubby followed me, completing the workout as prescribed (he's a rock star) in 51 minutes and 17 seconds. We both went back out on that blasted hill to help one of our fellow gym members finish out her last 200 meters.

That's one of the things I like most about CrossFit is the camaraderie. The CrossFit gym has become like a second family. We see these people more often than we see our own families, so I suppose it makes sense. Everyone in the gym is always encouraging, never disparaging. We constantly push each other to do more, congratulate each other on our successes, and console each other on our failures. It's an atmosphere that you cannot appreciate or understand without being a part of it.

And thus I leave you with this little bit of inspiration and insight to CrossFit:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

On Independence day, we celebrate the birth of our nation and our Independence from the motherland.

I celebrated our independence by baking this beautiful trifle recipe from The Urban Poser.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Mid-Year Monday

Congratulations, folks! We have made it half way through 2012. Now, I don't want to get you too excited, but that means that there are only 175 days until Christmas! Be still my heart!

With that exciting news out of the way, I thought it might be nice to do a mid-year reflections post to see how closely I have followed my New Year's declarations that I made back in January. For those of you less inclined to click sketchy links in blog posts, here's a quote from my New Year's Reflections post:

In 2012, I will run my first half-marathon and my first marathon if all goes according to plan. I intend to run more, read more, and stress less. I am determined to spend more time with family and less time stressing over work. Much less time stressing over work. I will nurture my relationship with God and spend more time in Church and worship. I will be a better version of myself. The best version I can be.

Let's see how I've fared:

In 2012, I will run my first half-marathon and my first marathon if all goes according to plan. I intend to run more, read more, and stress less. I am determined to spend more time with family and less time stressing over work. Much less time stressing over work. I will nurture my relationship with God and spend more time in Church and worship. I will be a better version of myself. The best version I can be.

I did in fact run my first half-marathon back in March. It was a great success if I do say so myself. I hope that it isn't the last one I ever run, because I'd really like to crush that two hour time given the chance to do it again.

The first marathon hasn't happened, nor do I intend for it to happen. Having trained all through the winter for a half-marathon gave me some great insight into the time commitment and effort that goes into training for these great events. It is also a heck of a lot of stress on the body. I gained weight. I was constantly sore. And did I mention the time commitment?

Unfortunately, the marathon goal, like so many others, has fallen by the wayside (anyone remember when I wanted to go to culinary school?). I am not necessarily disappointed by this, though. This goal has been replaced by CrossFit, which, if you know me at all, has taken over my entire life and has encouraged many changes in my life for the better. How can you be disappointed by that?

Moving on.

With the new job, comes a sigh of relief and the ability to breathe easier. I no longer have to stress about office politics, finding work for myself to do, and proving myself among my peers. The new work environment has been positively uplifting thus far, and the quality of life that has been gained in simply a week from the lesser commute is a blessing.

Spending more time with my hubby and puppy and less time in the car contributes to the completion of my next goal. But even further, I have seen my in-laws on several occasions this year, met some of hubby's extended family for the first time this spring, and have seen my friends on a fair share of occasions and even have plans for a west coast visit later this year. I flew to Florida to spend time with my own family during a particularly trying time with my grandfather's brain tumor, and I have made plans to visit both of my sisters later this month in their respective locations. This has been a great year for fostering existing relationships and growing new ones, with the new family I've gained both in the gym and in church.

Which brings me to my next goal. So far this year, I am proud to say, my husband and I have been regular attenders and contributors at the Church of Christ. Though we attend on the regular, we have yet to make the commitment of joining. Baby steps I suppose. Luckily, the minister married us in October and knows the hubby likes to make well informed decisions, and when he makes a commitment, he makes it for life.

Notice how I sort of skipped over the part about reading more? Well, I haven't been breezing through as many novels as I would have hoped, but I have substantially grown my blog roll, especially in the regards to healthy eating and living. I finally finished the Harry Potter series and am currently in the middle of four separate books. New goal: Finish these four books by Christmas (which I must remind you is only 175 days away!).

All in all, 2012 has been a fantastic year. My family and I have been incredibly blessed. I thank God daily for all the ways He is working in our lives and pray that He continues to use me to carry out His plans.

I am very excited to enter into the second half of the year and move closer to, you guessed it, Christmas.