Running, Food & Holiday Cheer

 

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This weekend was a great one, particularly in the food department! The weather in Denver has hit record highs for this time of year… highs have been in the 60s, which means both of my runs this weekend were in shorts and a tank top. What? It’s December!

We also tried to get Harper in the Christmas spirit. Cute photos ahead!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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And Eve!

Good morning, friends. I’m finally back to work today after taking Friday and Monday off to spend with my parents who were visiting for opening weekend of Love/Perfect!

Since I have a show tonight on Valentine’s Day,  I surprised the man last night with a tasty chocolate dessert I’ve been wanting to introduce to him for a while…

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Weekend Snapshots

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It’s Feelin’ Like Fall

(…except for the heat.)

This weekend left me with that rare sensation of true relaxation. Life has posed lots of ups and downs lately, so to be able to let go of the stress for a short while is quite the achievement, I’d say.

Here’s a little photo recap (of course, it’s mostly food).

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Feast Your Eyes! A Tour of Food From the Past Few Weeks

Feast Your Eyes! A Tour of Food From the Past Few Weeks | THE REAL LIFE | food, recipes, meals, vegetarian, whole foods, cooking, healthy eating, fitness, eating

NOM NOM NOM

I think it’s safe to say I eat well. But you haven’t seen half of it, because it’s been a busy past few weeks here at The Real Life:

  • working a full-time job, and it’s event season!
  • spending a week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • training for and then running the Colfax Half Marathon
  • going to ~20 hours of Grease rehearsal a week
  • trying to blog regularly
  • …and maintaining a healthy life balance… or something like it.

In all the hustle and bustle, a lot of truly delicious culinary creations have gone unrecognized. Here, we have food-photo overload. Enjoy!

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Pre-Race Days: The Colfax Half Marathon

PRE RACE DAYS! What I did two days prior to my Colfax Half Marathon race | running, fitness, marathon training, goals

UP & AT ‘EM

Good morning, loves! I’m up early on a Saturday morning.

About this time (7:30 am) tomorrow, I’ll be halfway through the Colfax Half Marathon!

I’m feeling a little nervous but mostly excited and ready, especially after eating all the carbs, going to the Race Expo to pick up my bib, and visiting the grocery store for a few more fun pick-me-ups.

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Your Mouth Will Water Looking at These Instagrams

FOODIE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW: Here, HungryBetches lox bagel with cream cheese and avocado

RUNNING = HUNGER

Happy Monday, loves!

It’s less than 2 weeks until the Colfax Half Marathon. I’ve been running a lot of miles. To give you an idea of how much my training has escalated, my mileage goal for the month of January was 38 miles. My mileage goal for April was 60… and I ended up running 78.

78 effing miles, folks. Do you know what that means?

It means I’m hungry—ravenous. So let’s feast our eyes on this food porn together.

BRACE YOURSELVES (and make sure you’ve eaten first).

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James Beard’s Zucchini Bread

James Beard's Zucchini Bread Recipe

A SNACK TO FANTASIZE ABOUT

This past Saturday, I had my 10-mile long run scheduled… except, after a beautiful 70-degree week, Denver got hit with a ton of wet snow. Boo.

Instead of running laps in beautiful Wash Park, I was stuck in the gym. On the treadmill. Running 10 miles. The. worst.

I decided that I needed something warm and delicious to motivate me to finish strong. A zucchini bread recipe was the obvious choice. Check out James Beard’s recipe below!

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Easter Bunny Bread: An Italian Family Tradition?

Easter bunny bread recipe: sweet, lemon bread, the perfect Easter tradition!

A SWEET, WHIMSICAL, LEMONY DELIGHT

Growing up, this delicious lemon Bunny Bread was a staple at our Easter Sunday brunch (post-egg-hunting, of course). It’s a tradition in our family, one that my Italian-immigrant grandmother started. But it’s far from an Italian tradition! The recipe was borne of Grandma’s desire to fit into American culture (and probably clipped from Good Housekeeping). It still had familiarity, though, as lemon bread is also a common Italian baked good. And boy, is it delicious.

Here’s the recipe. Mangia!

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