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Rainy Day in the Burgh’

5 Aug

Well good afternoon all! As the title of this post says, it’s actually beyond a rainy day; maybe a downpour in the Burgh’ would be more appropriate!

We need it though; humid, hot summer days do a number on the grass (say’s my dad), women’s hair (says my mom), long-ish runs (says me), and not enough golfers (says Chase). Can anyone be pleased anymore?!

Like I’ve said before, when I’m home, my sole job is to cook. And that I do well! When I was living in Raleigh, I had one person to cook for, and if you look at recipes these days, many feed 4+. Yes I could alter the recipes to accommodate just me but sometimes it was nice to have leftovers (other times I’d get so sick of eating the same meal night after night, I’d vow to never make this again! That never lasted long). Another downside of cooking for one is it takes the gratification out of cooking; when you cook for others, they offer lots of “Oh My Goodness this is delicious”‘s, “WOW!”‘s, “This is the best things I’ve ever eaten”‘s, and/or “Don’t make this ever again”‘s (I accept all!). When the comments are positive, it makes me feel good that I’ve made my family and guests satisfied and I want to do it more and more. But contrary to popular belief 😉 I can’t be that good every time, so even the not-s0-nice comments are appreciated.

 Spinach salad with strawberries, garbanzo’s, feta, avocado, sunflower seeds tossed in balsamic vinaigrette!

Cooking for my family, however, is always something new night after night. Four hungry bellies are more fun to experiment with recipes compared to one! Some of the meals I cooked this past week included:

  • margherita pizza
  • chicken oscar
  • orange roughy in an orange reduction
  • “fried” chicken tender salad
  • quesadillas
  • spinach salad

I have the go-ahead to move into my on-campus housing at Oakland U this coming Sunday! I even have a roommate :). We haven’t virtually met yet but I’m excited to being in the company of another student again. This week I’ll work on unpacking and repacking so I’m all ready for Sunday. And that’d be correct, I haven’t unpacked from moving back to Pittsburgh from Raleigh. 2 weeks ago.

I had the option of moving in on Friday but wanted to attend the Burgh’ Bloggers event on Saturday!

I know some of them virtually but I’m even more excited to meet them personally! See you Saturday ladies!

I’m leaving you with things I’ve been up to in pictures 🙂

Greetings From My Current Home!

26 Jul

I moved back to Pittsburgh last Friday and am thrilled to be able to take a couple of weeks off before heading to Michigan! My dad, mom, brother, and Jagr drove 8 hours to Raleigh, packed my stuff up, and headed back up north for a longer-ish (11 hour) trip. It was 3 hours longer because we stopped for dinner at a quaint sandwich shop in Fayetteville, WV. It was well worth it; the sandwiches were hand-crafted using local ingredients and unique combo’s that we never would have thought to put together! I had a turkey, peach jam, carmelized onion, and blue cheese spread sammy on a freshly-baked French baguette..mouth-watering good.

Saturday and Sunday were spent relaxing with my family; we’re reunited and it feels SO good! I haven’t been home in such a long time and I’m always missing family gatherings, dinners, and random activities that are done on weekends. For instance, my dad and I are HUGE car fanatics (I like to shop, he likes what the actual car does) and it just so happens that the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix was happening in Schenley Park! It’s a car show that showcases both vintage and current car styles and raises funds

“to help provide residential care, treatment, and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh area” (source)

Although hot, it was a great way to spend the day and even got me thinking about Lola #2 ;).

Unfortunately, my parents do this thing called work and the 24/7 bonding time was over Monday morning. But that’s okay- I’m one of those Type-A individuals that can keep myself busy all by my lonesome.

Here’s what I’ve been up to: in pictures!

  • added onto my family’s gym membership. first membership ever! 
  • went to Bartram House bakery for coffee. every morning. *if you’re in the Wexford or McMurray area-you must stop in!
  • attracted construction workers attentions with my attractive get-up while walking Jagr 
  • eating delicious food. daily. that I don’t buy! *when I’m home, my job is to prepare dinner for my parents. I absolutely love my job 🙂
  • enjoying the amazing weather! cool enough to sit outside in the mornings and evenings. I went for a run in 58degree weather and my hands were actually numb-y post-run.
  • am baking again  when I lived in Raleigh, I didn’t bake as much since I’d be the only one eating it. now, since I’m with 3 other sweet-mouthedteethed, dessert every night people, I can bake again and not feel guilty about it going to waste..or me eating it all (whichever comes first 🙂 )

I received an email from Oakland U about moving in and the teaching schedule for the fall! It looks like I’ll be heading (more) north on the weekend of August 10! I’m teaching 4 new-to-me classes in the fall;

Core and More, Cycle, BLAST, and Abs, Glutes, and Thighs. The wheels in my exercisebrary-brain are churning already; I’m hoping Oakland U. participants will like what I bring!

I have lots more to babble about but I’ll save that for the next post; I don’t want to spoil all of the fun!

Healthier Chicken Cordon Bleu

16 Feb

A French-inspired meal that’s easy on the waist line without sacrificing flavor? Prove it!

My take on Cooking Light’s Chicken Cordon Bleu, adding spinach inside the rolls not only adds a vibrant color to the dish, but also provides an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It’s a very good source of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, zinc,fiber, and copper. Plus, it’s a good source of selenium, niacin, and omega-three fatty acids (source).


  • chicken breast (I buy the “skinny” ones, they’ve already been pounded out)
  • 1/2c. chicken broth
  • 3T. melted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2c. Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1T. parmesan cheese
  • 1t. paprika
  • salt, pepper, Italian seasoning
  • thin slices of ham
  • spinach leaves
  • mozzarella cheese


  1. combine chicken broth, melted butter, and garlic in a shallow dish.
  2. mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and paprika in a separate dish.
  3. sprinkle each chicken breast with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  4. place 1-2 slices of ham on each chicken breast. sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top of the ham (remember, you have to be able to roll them!). place a couple of spinach leaves on top of the cheese.
  5. roll each chicken breast up. dip into the broth mixture (both sides). cover with the breadcrumb mixture.
  6. please each roll seam side down on a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. pour the remaining broth and breadcrumb mixture over the rolls.
  8. bake at 35odegrees for ~27 minutes.

Serve with a side of sweet potato fries (2-3 sweet potatoes, cut into thin slices. olive oil, salt, and pepper. bake at 425degrees for ~25-40 minutes (depending on your oven)) and green beans for a delicious yet nutritious French-inspired dinner on the table in under 40 minutes!