December 14, 2007

Busy Week

It's been a very busy week! Not so hot for training, but I did get some "other stuff" done:

Sunday: 7 mile easy run and a mega shopping spree at Penzeys. If you like spices, this is the place for you! Definately sensory overload, but lots of fun - and I found a few new recipes to try :)
Monday: Finished X-Mas shopping, got all the gifts wrapped & mailed. It took All. Flippin'. Day.
Tuesday: Strength training.
Wednesday: Easy 3 miles on the treadmill. I would have gone longer, but new flooring was being installed at our condo complex and I got kicked out of the exercise room.
Thursday: B-Day celebration.

Tried a new roasted sweet potato recipe:

Cut up a sweet potato into bite size chunks.
Mix a pat of butter, some olive oil, garlic powder, Lawry's seasoning salt, black pepper, and Chesapeake Bay seasoning (from Penzeys of course). I don't like to measure - I wing it.
Stir the sweet potato chunks into the seasoning so that they're coated evenly.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.

Served with a New York strip steak and a blend of asparagus, pasta, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, shrimp, and balsamic vinaigrette. Washed it down with Summit Extra Pale Ale.

I normally don't like sweet potatoes, but this was pretty good! I'm having more tonight with salmon.

I also picked up my new snowshoes from REI this week, but haven't had a chance to try them out yet. Snowshoeing sounds more interesting than running on the treadmill right now...perhaps I'll give it a go on Sunday.

Gotta go lift weights and get a run in.......


SteveQ said...

The crew at Penzey's know me pretty well (how many people ask for a lead on Tahitian vanilla?); while I buy a lot from them, it should be noted that the quality of some products,particularly the smallest containers of any spice, is questionable. I've bought mahlab and galangal just to see what they're like... where else would one find things like that?

Mindi said...

MMMM. I love Penzeys. Old World seasoning and Greek seasoning are my favorites. And their double strength vanilla is fantastic.

Kel said...

Steve and Mindi - I highly recommend checking out the Vietnamese cinnamon!

Never heard of mahlab or galangal - what are they like?

I like Greek seasoning too. I don't bake sweets, but a tiny bit of vanilla goes good in a nice creamy stout ;)

Mindi said...

What, may I ask, is mahlab and/or galangal?