Here comes peter cottontail!

Dear cats and kittens,

You’re about to embark on a post not related to training whatsoever, other than the fact that I mentioned that I ran.  Don’t worry, I have every intention of telling you about my CEP compression socks that I bought and a training plan I was looking into last night.

So…here is the training part.  I ran 30 miles this past week.  Thanks to all of you who commented or talked to me in person about my poofy foofy run on saturday, because I should in all actuality be proud of myself for having run 30 entire miles in one week!  This saturday we drop down in mileage again and will only run 12.  Isn’t that funny to hear/say?  I only have to run 12 this weekend.  Pffft.

After my 16 miler, I made the worst decision possible and drove directly to my parent’s house in upstate NY.  This was a terrible decision because I just ran in the rain, for 2 and a half hours, and did not stretch properly OR shower before sitting in a sitting position for 3 hours on the road.  Owwwww.  My butt hurt so much the next day!  Regardless, it was a quick but happy trip home.  Me loves me family!  I wish I had had a little more time, but I already gave go mom go the heads up that training is taking precedence this year.  She understands, mostly because the living room is being done and there was ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE to sit except for in the kitchen or laying in my parents bed.  Just imagine 3 adult children and 2 adult parents laying in a communal bed together.  I mean…it happens, whatever.  How else were we going to watch a movie that I couldn’t stay awake for?

Before we had a party in the USA, my mom made a spinach lasagna and treated us to NY wine from a winery in her hometown!  Here is an aeriel view of the meal. My mom suggests using precooked lasagna for nights when you want to throw together a semi-quick meal although it does take about an hour to cook.

Ok, and here it is in another angle.
And lastly, here it is on my plate!  Thank goodness I had leftovers for today and tomorrow’s lunch!
Here is my brother enjoying his lasagna.  He still looks like Jeremiah Johnson.  
And finally, here is the FAMOUS go mom go, daddy-o, and brother indulging in deliciousness (my sister was at a concert)!
 Lastly, here is a picture of me rocking my Chilly Half Marathon superstar shirt.
 The next morning, we woke up early to head to Church for Easter service.  Sadly, the eggs we had made for cracking (you know when you color hardboil eggs and you hit them together to see who’s cracks first?  Apparently its called Egg tapping and its a real thing.  Read about it on Wikipedia here! Its kind of like when you leave your shoe out on St. Patrick’s day and the leprechaun puts peanut butter in it.  Apparently my family is the only one with these traditions???) were left out all night thanks to, ahem, Daddy-o.  So instead, my brother and I threw them into trees and our garage to make them burst.
As for my easter basket….I GOT AN ELECTRIC ToOTHbrush from the EASTER BUNNY!  Yes, he still visits me at the age of 27.  I will never stop believing in him and Santa.
This is a picture of me on the way to church, showing you my pretty teeth. Fitflosser probably loves me for getting an electric toothbrush.  My dental hygienist is always yelling, YES, yelling at me to get one.
Oh look, here is a shot of my sister and I.  She’s sitting on the computer and I’m kissing the chocolate easter bunny I gave her.  She didn’t love it.  She will also probably really love that I put up this picture.  You can see a close-up of THE courtney sister of all-time in my I love Courtney post.
What a wonderful time with my family.  I misses them, and it was good to see my grandparents on Easter day as well.  I didn’t get a picture of the entire family because I forgot my camera existed between taking pictures of my teeth and my sister on the computer.  
A highlight of the day was when a spider fell on my grandma’s neck in the middle of dinner.  No offense grandma, but I’m glad it wasn’t me.  
Happy Easter yesterday, nerds!  Anyone else have super awesome holiday plans this weekend?

Kosher for Passover recipes!

Listen kids.  I’m not Jewish, although I can be for the right man, wink wink. Hahahha. Just kidding!  But seriously, I have a lot of friends who are, and like to keep kosher for passover.  Some bend the rules throughout the rest of the year, but being Kosher for Passover and making sure no rising bread enters their mouths is a big priority this time of year!  So, because I hung out with Jewish Baby Snake and her Jewish beau, we partook in some kosher recipes and treats!

This recipe is entitled: “We can’t cook, but we have to keep Kosher for Passover Pizza”

The ingredients include:                    Matzo- however much you like
                                                          Kosher Pizza Sauce
                                                          Cheese
                                                          Any other Kosher ingredient you can think of

First step is to cover a cookie tin with aluminum foil and break up the matzo into pieces

Get your kosher tomato sauce ready!  Just pour it on top of the matzo!
If you’re feeling a little….crazy…you can add artichoke sauce instead.
Top it all off with cheese and put it in the toaster oven for as long as you fancy! Basically, until the cheese melts. 
Take it out. 
ENJOY!
For some dessert make yourself some Kosher brownies!!!  I didn’t make these, I just ate them.  THEY WERE OUT OF THIS WORLD!

I found a recipe from a Kosher Blog here!
Happy Passover my loves!

Will you be my passover valentine?

Bring brong brong.  Those words mean nothing other than being a simple utterance of someone who has lost their mind.  12 hour work day, bing-GO.  Its ok, I guess I’ll switch this crosstraining/weight lifting day with Friday’s rest day.  However, tomorrow!!! I will be attending a track session with my coach and her running team.  I can’t wait to see how they will kick my butt with professional coaching on speed work.

Right here, is the one thing that keeps me motivated in my office: Mr. Winkle.

 
Tee hee hee.  Isn’t he so cute?  Also, kind of in love with Little Freak by Usher and Nicki Minaj.  And today I listened to the entire Coyote Kolb album, Massachusett while working on a report, and its holla dolla good. 
Anyway, let me get back to the title of my post, which was about my activities following my four mile run yesterday: A fake Seder put on by Baby Snake.  Seder is a ceremonial tradition among the Jewish culture that celebrates the first night of Passover.  Here is Lauren’s rendition of Passover, correct me if I’m wrong, Baby Snake.  The Jews were oppressed for a long long time, then they were unoppressed thanks to Moses getting them the heck outta dodge, aka Egypt, after Pharoah tried to take everyone and their mother’s baby first born son.  They traveled through the Red Sea, into FREEDOM.  Passover is a week long celebration of being a free man and woman.  The name “Passover” is from the Bible story in which God’s tenth plague, death of a first born, was about to go down.  Instead, if they sacrificed a lamb and rubbed the blood on the door, the angel of death would pass over their homes.  Let my peopleee GOOOOO.
Although passover isn’t until the day of the Boston Marathon (April 18th), Sara wanted to get her friends together before she headed home to celebrate the holiday with her family.  

Below, we have the traditional arrangement of symbolic foods on a Passover Seder Plate. Two types of bitter herbs,  Charoset (a mixture of nuts, cinammon, and apple), Karpas (another bitter herb, usually parsley), Zeroa (roasted lamb bone), Beitzah (egg representing sacrifice), and the the afikomen (matzo, unleavened bread). 

Yes, these egg matzos are kosher for passover.  Did you know that jewish people eat matzo during passover to symbolize the time when they needed to flee Egypt?  They didn’t have enough time to wait for their bread to rise, so they took it in an unleavened form.  Hey, they needed to eat on their long journey.

Sara, aka Baby Snake, and Melissa mid-singsongsung.  Sara printed up silly songs about passover.  We sang them silly songs.

Here is a Kugel קוגל , which was made with artichoke hearts, leeks, and matzo.  Kugel is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish, similar to a pie or casserole, using matzo as a base because you need to stick to the motto of no rising bread.  Hoollaa.

Next we have one of my favorite dishes from passover; Matzo ball soup.  Yum Yum Yum.  Sara told me that the recipe consisted of water, vegetables, a hollowed out chicken (bones and all), salt, and matzo balls! YUMMO!  She gave me extra to bring to school today and eat it I did.

Here is a traditional dish served at passover: Brisket with potatoes.  Sara fancied her recipe up by adding pineapples.  Most people find it delicious.  Actually, everyone does, except I hate energy dense meat, aka anything heading in the red meat direction.  I don’t chide it because of its caloric prowess. I  really just don’t like the taste of it.  Case in point, I used to chew my mom’s home cooked steak until it was a fine paste.  After a solid ten minutes of chewing, I would excuse myself from the table so I could spit it into the cat’s litter box.  Sneaky and smart!  I bet that story made you want to eat this Brisket.
Lastly, we have some sort of chocolate, almond concoction, similar to a macaroon.  No LEAVENED bread!  Got it!  This dessert was actually HAMAZING!  Since AMANDA is now an avid reader of my blog, maybe she can provide me with the recipe to post.  Eh, eh?  
OH…and here it is.  Thanks to Martha.

This was my attempt at being artsy, where it looks like Olivia is eating the food, but in all actuality, it is no where near her mouth….exceeepttt for the time I hit her in the tooth with the cookie in my attempt to make it look like she isn’t close to it. Ahahah, fail!
A great night was had by all.  Especially when it was time to find the afikomen (matzo) that is usually hidden for children to find and win a prize.  Except we were all in our mid to upper twenties looking for a small piece of matzo that Nick hid in a ridiculous location i.e. on one of the blades of the kitchen fan.  The prize was a free pizza stick from Dunkin Donuts, or something similar to a pizza stick.  Well, it was actually just the coupon to take to DD.  Congrats to whoever ended up with it, as it was passed around many times before finding a lucky recipient.
Also, a big shout out to Sara and Tal for putting this Seder on.  Its good practice for when you have to actually host a bunch of your relatives for a real Seder.  Not that this wasn’t real, but, ja’know what I mean.  Me lovies you!
Off to watch Real Housewives of Orange County on my computer!  I don’t get cable and can’t wait for the season to end to watch it, so I purchase each episode weekly.  Whatever! Its awesome!