Archive | September, 2013

Help Save Christmas!

27 Sep

CHRISTMAS!!!

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Yeah.  I said it.  Yes, I know it’s September.

BUT!!

BUT.  But…there is a really good reason for me bringing up Christmas so prematurely.  A fellow Pittsburgh blogger, Cassie, has something amazing brewing for Christmas this year!!  She is playing Santa for 3 families in need by raising money from a super awesome spinathon.  Yes, spinathon!  On November 10th.  How cool is that?  And also, by having people like me and you and us purchase items off of the Amazon Wishlist she’s compiled.  She is going to have everything shipped to her house until it’s time to make the big drop!

Who are we helping?

3 different families, from some of the poorest neighborhoods in Pittsburgh:

1.  A cancer patient with no family to speak of, no support system and no money.

2.  A single mom, working  hard but struggling in her minimum wage job to provide a good life for her daughter.

3.  A single mom with 3 kids – 2 of which have special needs.

How can YOU help give the gift of Christmas this season?

Just hop on over the Amazon Wishlist Cassie set up, it’s full of toys and essentials like cleaning supplies and paper products.  For less than $20, you can make someone else believe in miracles this year.  OR  Spin!  This is Cassie’s 2nd “spinathon” to raise money for an important cause.  Again, Joy To The Spinathon will be held on November 10th, 2013 in Harmar, PA.  Get your spin on for a cause or sponsor a spinner!

If you’ve never read Cassie’s blog before, I strongly suggest you pop over and say hello to her!

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Coming To Terms

26 Sep

I can’t even say that my absence has been well spent.  Well spent on working, yes.  But working isn’t what I write a blog about.  I would even venture to say that I’ve been avoiding you.  And avoiding this:  I will not be running The Great Race on Saturday.

I just can’t.  And not like I just can’t because I don’t believe in myself.  I can’t in that I haven’t put my shiny new running shoes on for over a month.  I can’t in that I’m not one of those people who can unintentionally step away from running and then just pick up right where I left off.  I’m also not the kind of person who can admit defeat.  But, here I am.  Coming to terms with the fact that my 2013 race season has ended and it was the year of the 5K.

The year of the 5K wasn’t a bad year.  It was actually my best year ever.  2013 is the year I started running.  Training for and running two 5Ks is nothing at all to be ashamed of.  In the Ole 5K, I surpassed my estimated pace goals by 2 minutes and shocked myself completely.  I learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined.

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In the John Thompson 5K, I placed third in my age group (I still can’t believe that), despite the fact that I had no idea how much more difficult a trail race is from a street race.

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I really feel like I ruled in 2013.   And oh, yeah:  I also whelped a litter of puppies, flipped a friggin’ house, helped run a professional association, not to mention opened a new facility and picked up a ton more work at Changin’ Time.

2013 has been a year of huge personal and professional accomplishments.  2013 has also been a year of coming to terms with the fact that I can’t do it all.  And I have to be okay with that.  I have to take pride in what I have been able to accomplish and use my experience to develop realistic goals of the future.

Captain’s Log

9 Sep

Update from home base.

Ninth of September.

Year: Two thousand and thirteen.

Feels like I’ve been a shut in for days.

Work continues to flood in faster than it can be translated into output.

Send coffee.

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Cheddar Quinoa Cakes

2 Sep

Last night, I ventured into the dark space that has become my kitchen.  With our schedule being so hectic lately, it hasn’t seen much use.  But last night, the reclamation began.

I started by dusting off this bag of quinoa in my pantry:

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And ended with these amazing little cakes:

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Cheddar Quinoa Cakes with Pesto (Pin-spired by SpoonForkBacon)

  • 2 c. cooked quinoa
  • 2/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 T. corn flour
  • 1 T. pesto
  • 1/2 T. EVOO
  • salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Heat up oil of your choice (I used canola oil because it’s what I had on hand) in a pan for about 5 minutes.  Then, form the mixture into patties and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes each side.  I flipped mine when they turned a nice golden brown color, but the timing will change depending on the oil you are using.  Since I had to cook these in 2 batches, I placed the finished ones on a cooking sheet lined with paper towels in a 200F oven.  They stayed warm and I was able to absorb the excess oil.  Super easy!

I garnished with a mix of pesto, olive oil, and a dab of mayo.

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