Ok the title of this post?  Just kinda caught up in the Monday Night Raw we are watching via HULU at the moment… although, it does kinda go with tonight’s blog post.

Dinners have been plugging along lately and I’ve been letting the kids have more input as to what is going into our dinners and how they are served.  We made the one more of the remaining meals from last week’s Fresh 20 menu – Sausages & Black Eyed Peas with Carrot Ginger Soup.



They are not huge fans of carrots so they were not too sure about this soup.  They’ve also never smelled/seen fresh ginger before and made some strange faces when I showed it to them.  Faces reminiscent of those from the lime tasting post.  I think this dinner turned out fantastic.

Sausages & Black Eyed Peas w/ Carrot and Ginger Soup

Sausages & Black Eyed Peas w/ Carrot and Ginger Soup

The soup was very flavorful but the sausage and black eyed peas was missing something… turns out Jeremy nailed it!  He took the soup and spooned it over his sausage like a sauce.  That lead to just combining it ALL together into a hearty soup!  OUTSTANDING!


The “two thumbs up” seal of approval!

My toughest critic - two thumbs up?  You KNOW it has to be good!

My toughest critic – two thumbs up? You KNOW it has to be good!

I’ve yet to make the Coconut Tofu Rice Noodles with carrots, cilantro and fresh lime from this week’s menu.  But have started making things from the Jan. 18th menu.

This menu I was pretty excited about — ok, how many times do you “hear” me say that?? LOL  –

  • Spaghetti Bolognese w/ Spinach Salad
  • Blackend Salmon Tacos w/ Mexican Quinoa Salad
  • Southwest Chili Corn Carne w/ Homemade Tortilla Chips
  • Steak Fajitas w/ Chili Lime Corn and
  • Quinoa Ministrone w/ a Side Salad

As usual – sounds fantastic!  I started with the Spaghetti and when I told Emily what we were having for dinner when I picked her up from school she said, “Dad.  Are you going to make normal spaghetti, with NORMAL spaghetti sauce?”  Me – “Emily – What do you think?” Emily – “Awwwww MAN!”

Bologense ingredients -- sorry Emily :)

Bolognese ingredients — sorry Emily 🙂

Don’t know what it is, but the more ingredients involved, the more fun I have cooking!  The kids are noticing as well and are starting to ask to help more.  Emily and Jeremy ended up shredding the carrots, chopping the onions and pressing the garlic.  We didn’t end up making the spinach salad tho – wasn’t a big hit – I figured that the Bolognese had enough “good for them” things in it, that we could omit it this time.

Extremely flavorful!

Extremely flavorful!

Again - two thumbs :)

Again – two thumbs 🙂

Was only able to get Emily to pause long enough from eating to sneak this picture!

Was only able to get Emily to pause long enough from eating to sneak this picture!

The steak fajitas was up next for our dinner selection.

Steak Fajitas w/ chili lime corn

Steak Fajitas w/ chili lime corn

It was OK — most likely not a repeat dinner, unless I make some changes.  The kids didn’t mind the zucchini in it or any of the other veggies, they REALLY didn’t like the steak I used.  I can’t blame them either.  The seasoning for the steak was AWESOME.  The steak itself — tough and chewy.

One thumb up = make some changes and try again.

One thumb up = make some changes and try again.

Last one I made so far was the Southwest Chili Con Carne w/ Homemade Tortilla Chips.  Jeremy LOVES tortilla chips and when he heard/saw that I was going to make homemade ones – he was sold!

Brushing on the olive oil

Brushing on the olive oil

Very uniform, dude ;)

Very uniform, dude 😉



Baking, flipping, seasoning...

Baking, flipping, seasoning…


BUSTED!  HEY!  Save some for dinner!

BUSTED! HEY! Save some for dinner!

Another double thumb dinner :)

Another double thumb dinner 🙂

Unfortunately, Emily wasn’t feeling so well today.  I know she would have loved to help, but she was out “partying” all night last night.  A friend of her’s from school had a sleep over birthday party last night.  When I picked her up this afternoon, her friends Mom said that they all had a great time.  Swam at the YMCA for 2 hours then came back to their house, played a bunch of games at which Emily kep them all entertained!  Also told me that almost all the girls were so tired that they were asleep by midnight — except for my Emily and one other.  They were up till almost 3am and woke up around 6-6:30am!!!  I let her relax on the couch today to recharge 🙂

As far as running went this week, I only ran about 4.25miles on Wednesday night.  We got to North Chagrin as usual, braved the 11deg F temps and trudged through the snow for a fun, slow run…. I think we were all more interested in hitting the Firehouse this time.

Pre run ...

Pre run …

Beth and Jay

Beth and Jay

Mid run --  WAY overdressed!

Mid run — WAY overdressed!

I guess that about does it for tonight.  Stay tuned tho. I’ve signed up for more races, including the Pilot Mountain Marathon!  After my blog post about the Frosty 50k, Angi from TCTC messaged me and told me about this marathon…. a group of my badass friends and I are making the road trip back to North Carolina — gonna be a blast!  Also,  I do have to give an update about my friends’ son Ryan, HE’S HOME!!!

Hope everyone had a great week!


4 thoughts on “Can YOU SMELLLLLL WHAT!!!!

  1. I need a clone of you to A) cook fabulous things that I can eat and B) run with in the cold! Finding people who will run in sub -10 is proving to be difficult! I don’t get it, it’s not like I’m cold, I’m often too hot as well. I love the pics!

    • LOL. Thanks!
      Its pretty easy to get our group out there and running. Coldest I’ve run in so far was 4deg F – and I don’t even remember what the windchill was, -15 to -20 I think! People usually do think you’d get cold, but like you said – you’re usually very warm 🙂

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