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XO
-L 

 

 


Entries in 30 before 30 (3)

Thursday
May052011

A Trip to the Farmer's Market (and a Very Italian Cinco de Mayo)

Feliz Cinco de Mayo Amigos! Is everyone relaxing with a margarita? Yep. Me too. Possibly because I worked 11 hours today? Thats a big yessir. Good thing I love my job.

Switching gears...I checked off another item on my 30 before 30 list this past weekend! Hubs and I visited the Dallas Farmers market for a little a lot of eating, shenanigans and buying yummies for our tummies. We started off with homemade tamales from La Popular- chicken, beef and pork for him, chicken and veggie for me. Holy yum. After stuffing our faces with awesome tex mex, we waddled over to the gelato stand to inflict more calorie damage. I had salted caramel and the hubs dug into green tea gelato. So so dang good. Now, sufficiently full, we wandered the market, checking out flowers, home goodies, and row after row after row of gorgeous produce. After bartering with the cutest, tiniest lady and a couple a scary looking guys, we headed home with our spoils- tons of bright red strawberries, apples, juicy plums, peaches, sweet corn, and grass fed sirloin. Hello Sunday steak night with grilled sweet corn. Loved spending a beautiful day with my bestie.

We have been enjoying our produce all week-and decided to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a traditional... Italian feast. Weird right? Well, we had mexican last night. And I wanted to make a pizza recipe I found with peaches. And our peaches won't be good much longer. And at least I had a margarita to celebrate.

Here are some of my fave recent recipes made with our farmer's market haul:

Chicken, Peach & Gorgonzola Pizza

Pioneer Woman Tomato, Zucchini and Feta Pasta Salad

XO
-L 

Monday
Mar282011

We did it!!!

So, I used to be a "runner" (emphasis on the quotation marks.) Throughout all of the training and long runs over the last several months I never really felt like a true runner. I was just trying, just one of those people who hoped to be a real runner someday. Well, guess what, now I AM a runner. No quotation marks. 

Yesterday, I finished my first half marathon-along with my hubs (whose 1st time it was as well) and my parents (both seasoned marathon veterans.) It was one of the most rewarding moments of my life. To see everyone there together, all for a beautiful cause, everyone cheering each other on, smiling and laughing-it was a day I will never forget. Breast cancer is a horrible disease, and no one deserves to go through it. I have so much respect and love for all of the survivors (one in particular-KJ!) and those who have battled bravely. The thing that got me through the race was thinking of these amazing women. Thank you everyone for your support and love throughout this journey. I couldn't have done it without you!

So, here's what I learned through the training and half marathon experience:
1. If you really commit, and pray, you can do ANYTHING.
2. It is 50% physical and 50% mental.
3. I am stronger than I think I am.
4. Anyone can be an athlete.
5. My husband and parents are the most amazing people in the world (well, I already knew that.) 

Yes, I am still tired. And really sore. But I can't wait for my next run.

XO
-L 

Sunday
Nov142010

The Perfect Margarita (& 30 for 30 Day 6)


Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is having a beautiful Sunday. I certainly am! I got to have brunch this afternoon with the hubs, my bestie Suz, one of my favorite people in the world and her cute sister, brother-in-law and their beautiful baby Brooke- we had an awesome time! We went to The Common Table in Uptown Dallas- very cool place. The brunch was yummy, the place is adorable and the played lots of the Smiths, so we were happy campers. If you live in Dallas, be sure to give this place a go.

And we spent last night at a friends house for couples game night playing Farkle, In a Pickle, and Battle of the Sexes. LOVE game nights.

The hubs and I also had an awesome Friday Night Date Night at home- we made tons of Mexican food, had a True Blood marathon, and I got to mark another thing off my 30 before 30 list. (BTW, I am noticing there are a lot of things involving "30" going on with me right now. Just sayin.) We checked off #17- Make the perfect Margarita. We've been working on the simple margarita for a bit and finally got it mastered. Here's the secret Kreiling family recipe:

Kreiling Simple Margarita:
1 3/4 oz. Tequila
1 3/4 oz. Sparkling Water
3/4 Tsp Agave Nectar Syrup
1 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
Splash of OJ

Combine all ingredients and shake over ice.
Rim Margarita Glasses in salt and serve. Yummo.

Oh, and check out my 30 for 30 Outfit Day 6 (Yeah, I'm totally repeating this shirt again. )

Thats my weekend in a nutshell- how was yours?

XO
-L

 


My beautiful friend Susie- and our delicious brunch.