Archive | November, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays

30 Nov

Unseasonably Motivated ♥

28 Nov

This morning I feel like I turned over a new leaf.  When she♥ got up for class, I told myself: “Just go back to sleep…”  And then, after laying there for a few minutes, it hit me.  Every other morning, I listen to that little voice and then for the rest of the day I kick myself for not going to the gym.  (Mornings are the only time I can devote to working out!)

But not today, people!  Not today!  I jumped out of bed, got my running clothes on and hopped in the car.  When I got to the gym, it was PACKED.  Feeling slightly entitled, I said to myself “Hmph!  People are probably feeling guilty about eating too much over Thanksgiving.  Boy am I glad I didn’t over do it!”  I know, I know, my subconscious is a little snobby.  The cardio equipment is on the far end of the gym and I was so worried there wouldn’t be a treadmill.  It rained all day and I was dreading the thought of having to run in the rain (even if it is unseasonably warm in Western PA).

And then….

As if the stars aligned for my workout, my favorite treadmill was open.  YES!!!

Or so I thought.  Apparently, it’s no lie that if you don’t run for a while, you literally almost have to start over.  I kicked my incline up to 4.5 and told myself to power walk as hard as I could.  Things were going fine until an older gentleman hopped on the treadmill next to me and immediately started jogging one speed faster for me.  My snobby subconscious simply wouldn’t stand for it.  I immediately jacked up the volume on my iPod, kicked up my speed, and dropped my incline to 1 (Snobby? Maybe; Interested in shin splints? No).  Now granted, I was not jogging fast.  At all.  And I was only able to go a mile and half because I had to pick her♥ up from class.  But I did manage to outpace my neighbor.  It’s the small victories.  🙂

After spending the last several hours rearranging the apartment so that I could be on the computer AND watch the football game (not as easy as it sounds)…I get to end my night the best way I know how 🙂

With my lovebugs ♥



Thanksgiving 2011

27 Nov

She♥ and I had one hell of a Thanksgiving weekend!  We attended three, yes THREE, Thanksgiving feasts.  Having been “out and about” since Wednesday, I wasn’t able to sit down and collect my thoughts until right now.  (Also, I am using this blog post to procrastinate from doing research – oops!)  The two dinners we attended on Thursday were amazing, but I have to admit that the last one was my favorite (sorry Mom!) only because I was able to hang out with my foodies.

My sister-in-law/sustainabil-a-buddy purchased a turkey from Ifft’s Turkey Farm in Evans City, just north of Pittsburgh.  I don’t know why, but there’s something very fulfilling about knowing that your meal was sourced locally.  It felt like I was taking part in something bigger than myself, helping my community AND I was able to eat my meal knowing that I wasn’t putting harmful preservatives or hormones into my body.  Next year, I’d like to set a goal of trying to source all of the vegetables locally.  This won’t be hard at all, it will just require an alarm clock and an iron-clad grocery list.  🙂

But, let’s be honest – when it comes to food, a picture is worth 1000 bites, so let’s get to the good stuff!!

I don’t want to brag, but my sustainabil-a-buddy AND my future mother-in-law are amazing cooks.  And these pictures are intended to make you jealous! 🙂

This sage butter was rubbed all over the turkey and in between the skin and the meat…

Needless to say…it was worth it!

My mouth is literally watering just writing this post.  But, its important to remember that Thanksgiving isn’t all work and no play.  So once the turkey is in the oven and baking itself into the above mouth-watering piece of heaven, we washed out the brine bucket and enjoyed ourselves for a few minutes 🙂

Then, we had to get back to work because this feast wasn’t going to make itself!

There was bacon and jalapeno stuffing AND shiitake and squash stuffing.  The bread for the stuffing was purchased at Cellone’s bakery, located in McKees Rocks in Pittsburgh’s West End.  The squash was purchased from the East Liberty Farmer’s Market Cooperative.

Roasted beets

I sauteed the beet greens in olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper…

There was green bean casserole (of course)…

And sweet potatoes to die for…

I am so thankful that I was able to spend Thanksgiving with so many of my family and extended family members.  ♥♥♥  Even though attending three separate gatherings in three separate cities was stressful, it was incredibly rewarding and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Weekend Recap

22 Nov

Saturday morning

My sister-in-law and I got up bright and early to go to the East Liberty Farmer’s Market Cooperative.  I was worried that there weren’t going to be a ton of vendors because its late in the season, but then realized that they are open year-round! Taking pictures while at the Farmer’s Market = FAIL!  I was too distracted by all the samples, people, meats, cheeses, vendors, well pretty much just everything.

I can’t leave you without some kind of image, so here is one I found online…

I will be taking pictures of the delicious treats I purchased 🙂

Favorite find – The Greek Gourmet had a plethora of hummus to chose from which were only 3/$10.  HELLO!  You know it was hard for me to stop at 3!  We decided to go with two sweet potato hummus (for Thanksgiving munchies) and one buffalo hummus.  I was a little nervous about that one, but luckily we were able to sample freely and I realized that it is amazing.  I will definetely be purchasing the smoked white bean hummus next time.

I also purchased an organic pork tenderloin and entire bone-in turkey breast that I am excited to feast on after Thanksgiving.

Saturday night

Babysitting the kiddos on Saturday night was amazing…it’s odd not seeing people everyday because when you finally do see them, they look so different!  For example, CJ♥ looks like he has grown a whole foot and CO♥ looks about two years older in the face.  I can’t wait to be done with school so we can move back home and see them everyday!

We decided to see Jack and Jill, Adam Sandler’s new film, late Friday night.

The movie was hysterically funny – the previews don’t even do it justice.  I was literally laughing the entire time…well almost the entire time.  Sitting down the aisle from us was a young boy with his parents.  By young I mean around 4.  Now, by the time the movie started it was already 8:30pm, so immediately I’m thinking to myself  “Is this kid going to be able to sit through this entire movie?  I mean, it’s not even a cartoon.”  Talking wasn’t the problem, though.  This child sounded like he had whooping cough.  Bad.  Every two or three minutes he was hacking and coughing so loudly that I couldn’t even pay attention to the film.  Soon, everyone in the theater began whispering about the poor child who is clearly sick and how horrible his parents are for not taking him out of the theater.  Pity for the child soon turned into a shared anger towards the parents.  I kept thinking: Are they really just going to sit there and feed him Pepsi?  He is clearly not feeling well, its clearly past his bedtime, and you are clearly irresponsible parents with no respect for the FULL theater of people you are sitting in who are trying to watch this movie.  Well the answer to that is yes.  Three quarters of the way through, people starting making loud comments like “Are you kidding me?” which were directed at the rude family.  I was absolutely apalled that people are that selfish.  Not just because they ruined a movie for over a hundred people, but because they did it while illustrating what irresponsible parents they are.

Ok, enough complaining!


Sunday was spent with my parents and siblings, watching football and talking food.  My childhood neighbor is an avid fisherman and had dropped off some rainbow trout that he caught and smoked at home.  My mouth waters just thinking about it, which is a shame because who knows when I will be eating it again!  Football Sundays with family, smoked fish and micro-brewed beer from North Country Brewing Companyin Slippery Rock??

North Country Brewery, Slippery Rock PA

What more can a girl ask for really?  ♥


Well Hello Ross!

18 Nov

Happy Friday everyone!

Last night, we had the opportunity to meet Ross Matthews, (omg. omg.) former Tonight Show intern & panelist on Chelsea Lately.

He is hysterically funny, super bubbly, and all-around fabulous.  He gave an amazing speech on not giving up on what you want.  Mostly he talked about learning how to own your flaws and make them work for you.

And guess who else was there…

Salvadore ♥   These two have been together for three years and are adorable together.  Check out Ross’s website to see if he will be speaking near you – I highly recommend going out and hearing him speak.

I’m not sure if he’s all ready a part of the “It Gets Better” campaign that supports gay youth, but he should be in charge of marketing!  He did what a lot of people aren’t able to do – get people to laugh with you, as opposed to at you.  All while wearing pink socks 🙂

She♥ and I will be visiting family today and tomorrow, so if you are dying to know what I’m up to make sure you follow me on Twitter: @MichelleSFTS


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