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Foodie Friday : Roasted Zucchini and Squash

October 21, 2011


This is a perfect summer dish… Or winter dish wishing it was summer. I adapted this recipe from Joy Bauer’s cookbook. You can feel free to modify any of my recipes to make them your own Smile 

What you need:

1 summer squash

1 Zucchini

1 medium sized tomato

Cooking spray

1 clove garlic (minced)

Salt/ pepper – to taste

Juice from 1/2 a lemon

2 tbsp olive oil.


What you need to do:

1. cut your zucchini, squash/ tomatoes into thin slices.

2. spray bottom of round baking dish (I used a pie dish) with cooking spray.

3. over lap veggies in whatever order you’d like in the baking dish.

4. in a mixing bowl, mix together olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. add a pinch of salt / pinch of pepper

5. Pour mixture over veggies.

6. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.


This tastes great with grilled chicken


How to Not let You get the Best of… You

October 20, 2011

Alright… lets be real for a minute…

Someone found my blog the other day by searching “ being stressed”

do they know me well or WHAT!

I’m an up tight individual. I’m the first person to tell you that probably.

I’m hard on myself, I expect perfection all of the time, and I want things done when I want things done… ie yesterday.


Actually, I’m surprised HB has stuck around as long as he has. He’s a keeper.


I think as long as I feed him he’s happy…

Anyway, What I’m here to tell you today is how not to let you get the best of…. well you!

Come on. we all know we’re our own biggest critic.

I wear lots of hats as a Nurse, patient advocate, friend, fiance, sister, daughter, and fur momma.

Here’s how I deal.

1. When the going gets tough… make a list.

– Find your favorite pad and paper and jot it down. Everything. Then go from there. This helps you tackle one thing at a time. (what a segway!)

2. remember to focus on one thing at a time.

– One of my ex boyfriends (thank you Evan) told me once, that I cannot keep obsessing over the big picture and that I would lose sight of the task at hand. He’s right. That’s why I started making lists, and then checking things off one thing at a time. You’ll drive yourself to drink if you keep obsessing over the big picture!

3. Sleep!


Most important. obviously.

4. Exercise


Find a release for yourself. Whether it’s running, yoga, kick boxing, pilates, cross fit or whatever. If you find time to expend your nervous and anxious energy, you’ll feel much better. Seriously.

5. Remember to eat well.


obviously this means eating lots of fro yo.

Really though. It’s important to keep your eats in mind when you’re stressed. 9 times out of 10 you want to go to the cupboard for chips and candy when you’re stressed, when in reality you should eat square meals with snacks.

And most importantly…

Remember… you are NOT Wonder Woman


Although I bet you wish you were as cool as me! (Caitlin if you’re reading this I’ll NEVER forgive you! ❤ )

Just kidding.

But fer seriouz. Keep yourself in perspective, you cannot do everything. There are only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week.


What other ways help you to reduce stress in your life?

Wedding Madness Wednesday : The Bride

October 19, 2011
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Okay, I’ve introduced you to HB, you’ve read about our proposal and our story.

I guess I should acquaint you a little better with my story!


That’s me.

I grew up in a small town called Fulton, NY. Its 30 miles north of Syracuse, right in the middle of the Lake effect snow belt. It’s cold, it snows in feet and is not pleasant really about 8 months of the year.

I have the most awesome family. My mom and dad have been married for 30 years, and are still together.


My sister is 16, she’s driving, and she’s dangerous. I love that girl more than life itself. she has no idea.

When I was younger I knew that I wanted to be a nurse. I went to Elmira College for 4 years. I have my Bachelors of Science in Nursing


When I graduated from college, I knew that I didn’t want to stay in NY. I applied for nursing jobs all up and down the east coast. Georgetown, Duke, UPMC, Florida Hospital. Vanderbilt. I was offered a job at all of those hospitals, but decided to take a job at Duke.

I’ve been down here for 2 years plus some change and I love it. I don’t know if I’ll ever go north again.

I love to run



I’ve done a few halves, several 5k’s and a marathon. I completed my first tri this summer.

I’m proud of my accomplishments. I’m looking forward to going back to school when HB finishes his CRNA.

Got anymore questions? Ask away!

Three Truth Tuesday: I am a Coffee Addict.

October 18, 2011

It’s Tuesday! You know what that means? You guessed it. It’s that time of the week where I share three randoms about myself and you get to do the same!

Truth 1:

I need at LEAST one cup of coffee to even function in the morning


No joke… it’s bad. In fact, if I ever had to have any kind of surgery… I’d have to be put on some sort of migraine medicine because that’s what happens to me when I don’t have coffee for one day.


Truth 2:

Uh, unless I’ve had my one cup of coffee for the morning. Don’t even talk to me.


It’s not pretty. Trust… or ask my mom. She’ll tell you.


Truth 3:

I am not naturally a morning person. I am not naturally a night owl.


In fact, if I had a choice as to what hours I could work, I’d choose to work 11a-11p. Think about it. It’s perfect! You get home by midnight, are in bed by 1 or so, and you can sleep in until 9am. To me, it’s the perfect hours. Too bad that things don’t work that way where I work. boo.


Okay, now it’s your turn! Tell me 3 randoms about you! Ready? GO!

30 Day Challenge Week 2

October 17, 2011

Week 2 success!


(lol at HB)

Even though I only ran a total of 10 miles this week (working the overnight shift is killing me) I think that this week was a success. I was able to stick with my Mini goals for the most part, and I have been eating healthier, sleeping more, and running some longer runs as part of my norm.

I did manage to get two four milers in this week! Who would have thought that running four miles would become part of my normal training in the week.

It feels good to run like that and feel awesome after a run instead of like I’m dying.

Y’all… I think I’m getting my mojo back!


and THAT I am excited for!

This week wasn’t a big week as far as numbers were concerned, but huge as far as mental strides were.

I’m starting to feel better, and have a bit more respect for myself than I have over the last few months.

Lets face it. I need running like a fish needs water.

Until next week!

Monday Mini Goals

October 17, 2011

I’m happy to say that I shattered my mini goals for last week!

I did get 7 hours of sleep each time I went to bed, either after work in the AM or in the PM.

The only exception of me not bringing my lunch to work was the other night (I don’t usually eat a big meal during night shift because I get really nauseated and 80% of the time sick to my stomach around 3am. Never fails) I just happened to be Starving and have a pounding headache. so I went down to the cafeteria and got some food to eat.

I did also make it to all of the runs that I could with my respective running friends. With the exception of one… I meant to go, but laid down for a minute, which turned into 3 hours… Whoops.


Lets move on to this week.

This week I want to

Do my best to not be frustrated at situations I cannot control

At work especially… I hate to say it when I work night shifts…. small things that are not in my control really frustrate me. Confused patients who can’t comprehend the word No, Interns / Residents who won’t listen to me when I know that I’m right, Bad neighbors next door to me, etc. This week, I want to just focus on being the best Nursie that I can be, and not let the miscellaneous BS bother me. After all, Residents are only on our floor for a month at a time, I’m bound to have a 9o something patient who is pleasantly confused, and Everyone has a bad night once in a while… it’s inevitable.

Run every day while I’m in Florida.

Brian and I are going to the Sunshine State on Friday morning after I get off of work for 5 days of RnR, and our friends Katie and Matt’s wedding in St. Petersburg! While I’m there, I’d love to run every day that I can. It’s sunny, gorgeous, and shorts and tank top weather still! I’m just glad that I’ll have a running buddy while I’m down there



Spill it. What are your goals for the week? What are you looking forward to for the weekend?

Foodie Friday: Basil Gnocchi

October 14, 2011


Serves 4

What you need:

6 white potatoes peeled

4 egg yolks

1/4 cup basil

salt / pepper to taste

1 1/2 cup flour plus more to dust


What you need to do:

1. Cube your potatoes up and boil them until tender.

2. Drain and cool potatoes. Transfer to a mixing bowl and mash until there are no lumps.

3. fold in egg yolks, salt/ pepper, basil

4. sift in flour and kneed until dough forms (should NOT be sticky!!)

5. on a floured work surface, split your dough into six equal sections. 

6. Roll out your dough until it is 1/4 in in diameter.

7. cut your dough into bite sized pieces.

8. In a pot of boiling salted water, place your gnocchi and let cook until they float.

9. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce and parm cheese and enjoy!!