February 24, 2009

MS Bike Ride Update

Just found out that the 2009 MS Bike Ride has been moved from July to August and it's not going to work out for me to ride this year because of another commitment. I'm viewing this news as a challenge to myself to "stay in the saddle" as they say and continue riding as much as I can this summer.

The Dolce deserves time out on the road and I'm going to give it to her! I'm planning on switching to clip less pedals, so that will provide for some interesting rides out on the roads. I'll definitely start off on the Loveland bike trail with the clip less pedals, then at least when I fall, I don't risk falling into oncoming vehicle traffic!

My employer, Local 12, is having a team again this year for the ride and it is a great event to participate in if anyone is interested. Please send me an email and I can hook you up with the team captain for more details.

They say Spring is just around the corner, and I have to admit, I can't wait for the warmer temperatures & the chance to get back to some outdoor activities. Here's to hoping those temps get here sooner, rather than later!

February 17, 2009

Brunch Recipe

A few weeks ago, I purchased 2 rolls of Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations (With one roll, I made the Bacon & Cheese Tartlets for a party, which turned out great!), so since other roll had been sitting in the fridge, I decided to search for a new recipe using the pastry dough....

I came across a blog called Our Best Bites, which has some great recipe suggestions. I've added a link to the blog on the right side of the page. Here's the link for their recipe called Easy Breakfast Crescent Braid. I made this over the weekend and thought it turned out great! I changed a few ingredients to adapt to what I had on hand...and came out with a tasty Veggie brunch dish.

Here's my take on the recipe...

1 Roll Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations

Scrambled Eggs (whisk together 3 eggs & a few splashes of milk, I undercooked the eggs since they'll bake more in the oven)

1 Red pepper, 1 Green pepper, 1/2 carton of fresh mushrooms (slice & dice veggies and saute in pan)

1/2 Cup chedder cheese (shredded)

* Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, and fill the center of the dough with the egg/veggie mixture...

* Fold each side of dough to close in ends of pastry roll...

* Use a pizza cutter and cut strips into remaining sides of dough...

* Fold over dough strips, alternating each side, to hold in egg/veggie mixture...

* After dough is folded up into a tight braid, bake in the oven at 375 degrees for around 15-20 minutes.

* Let cool for a few minutes ... I served mine with some skillet fried Red Skin Potatoes for breakfast.

February 08, 2009

Fun in the Snow

Over the past few weeks, the 'Nati has been hit with some snow and ice.  Also know as "Winter"! Thankfully, as I type this post, I see the sun shining and all the white stuff melting away (yah!).  
I did snap a few shots of Ella enjoying the snowy conditions!  Enjoy....

February 02, 2009

I'm registered...

The date is set for my 5k run...
Sunday, March 29th, the 2009 Heart Mini-Marathon & Heart Walk.
The run starts at 9am, with the starting line at 5th & Main St in downtown Cincinnati.

Anyone wanna join me? My work, Local 12 news, is having a team and all are welcome to join! Let me know and I can get you in touch with our team captain. Registration for the 5k is $40 per person and proceeds go towards the American Heart Association.

Today, I'm starting Week 3 of the C to 5k program. This week starts with the 5 minute warm-up walk, then 2 repetitions of the following: jog 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, jog 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes, then a cool down walk for 5 minutes.