100 for Boston

I have not put together a post in a while and that is largely in response to the fact that Boston is still on my mind.  Two weeks ago we were all reminded of our humanness.  We remembered that we are all fragile and that this life is fleeting.  We were reminded to be grateful for our lives, our families, our friends, and our limbs.  

Boston

The Boston bombings last month really got me thinking about how grateful I am for my health and the physical ability to be active.  It must be heartbreaking to wake up after surgery to the reality that your body has been changed forever.

NBC recently did a story about OEF and OIF veterans who lost limbs as a result of IEDs.  These veterans helped the Boston bombing victims simply be relating to their experience and giving them hope for life after loss.  It was moving to see just how close these veterans and survivors became even after only having met briefly.  The human spirit is an INCREDIBLE thing folks.

veterans visit boston victims

Every time that I have felt sorry for myself or felt like I didn’t have it in me to tackle a challenge, I reminded myself of the resiliency and hope of the human spirit.  Sometimes we accept limits or boundaries to what we are capable of achieving.  The truth of it is, with the right attitude and mindset, you can do damn near anything you want to do!

In that same vein I have decided to challenge myself in honor of those being challenged today as a result of last month’s events.  I plan to run 100 miles by the end of summer.  This means between the end of may and the beginning of August, I plan to run a total of 100 miles. If you are interested in challenging yourself or just looking for away to honor Boston, run with me!  Check out our facebook group and join us in the 100 mile challenge.

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Peace, love, and praying for Boston,

The Hungry Wife

Pacing with pals and roasted veggie penance.

Some days I have great ideas for a post, I gather and edit pictures, and then sit  at the computer with coffee and a purpose.  Two hours later I completed nothing…except for three games of Murder, She Wrote (yes, this actually exists).  God help me if it isn’t one of the most addicting games for the computer.  In any case, I am well intended but easily distracted thus I haven’t posted here in far too long.

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Last month Stuffed Husband and I participated in the Crescent City Classic 10K for our first time ever!  This race is one of  the biggest races (possibly THE largest) in New Orleans.  This year was the 35th anniversary in fact.  We really enjoyed sharing this race with two of our favorite running buddies.

Scooter and JenJen

Scooter and JenJen

One of the most wonderful parts of racing is building a community of running pals.  Stuffed Husband and I are lucky enough to have friends like this.  Scooter and JenJen are two of our favorite friends to celebrate holidays and milestones with so it makes sense that we would enjoy racing and post-race celebrating with them.

Pacing buddies.

Pacing buddies.

Often we splurge after races.  When I say splurge I’m not talking an extra serving of a light meal or just indulging in dessert.  Nope.  We go all the way.  I’m talking cheesy tater tots, fried catfish, beers, and MORE beers.

Matt double-fisting it

Matt double-fisting it!

Naturally, I have to work on balancing out my post-race gorge fests with lighter fair as the weekend goes on.  Next time you need to lighten things up to pay for your dietary sins, try tossing veggies in olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Pop them in the oven for 20 minutes at 450 degrees.  Divine, I tell you!  

Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veggies

Roasted vegetables are great as a side, with whole wheat pasta, in a wrap, or on a salad.  So much flavor and SO little guilt.  Here’s how I topped off a salad with mine.

Salad with roasted veggies, Tempeh, and roasted tomato.

Salad with roasted veggies, Tempeh, and roasted tomato.

Do you have a quick recipe you use when you need to lighten up your next meal? I would love to hear about it!  Maybe you have a pacing buddy who you love to indulge with?  Tell me your favorite part of having a friend to put away miles with or why you prefer to run alone.

Peace, love, and pacing pals,

~The Hungry Wife

I.F.B.C. 2011 blew mah mind. Period.

Most things in life that make me happy involve chocolate, ice cream, chocolate ice cream,  puppy kisses, and/or stuffed husband kisses.  I’ma sucker for a sweet tooth.  This weekend the International Food Bloggers Conference did more than make me happy by fulfilling my insatiable sweet tooth. It down right  BLEW MAH MIND!

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Chef John Folse, a New Orleans staple, cooked up some tasty corn soup that was so good I swear I sang out loud after a taking a bite…or nine in a row.  He offerred a brilliant presentation and shared the history of corn in cooking.  Corn, corn, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. With butter, with cream, with salt, even steam… I digress.

It must be said, Louisiana men (chefs included) know where it’s at.  Just ask their wives.  Ya heard?

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Saturday’s three course dinner was…well, it was a mouth-watering, toe-tingling, amazing.  I was still full from lunch when I arrived but I honestly could not help myself.  Lump crab meat, truffles, Duck foie gras…aye ya ya.  I can still taste the watercress caviar.  Why did it ever have to end???

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1. Ignore the heinously poor quality of my picture of THE Chef John Besh.  It was dark, I am still crossing fingers and toes that I will get a DSLR for my birthday, and … I don’t even need a third reason. Get off my back. 

 2.  Isn’t he precious in his sweet linen suit.  sigh.

Chef John Besh was an absolutely unforgettable speaker.  His passion about food and about the restoration of the city of New Orleans was so alive in that room, so fragrant. It was intoxicating.  With four different restaurants in the great city of cafe ole, beignets, and bourbon, Besh knows how to make a southerner feel good.  I was able to record a one minute video of the king of fresh creole.  As soon as I figure this gosh darn thingie ma bopper out, you too will get to watch the video on a never-ending loop until your husband tells you to turn that thing off.

Thank you to those who continue to encourage me in my blogging endeavours.  I am thrilled, blessed, honored, and, as always, hungry.  The time you take to read my rambling thoughts means more than you can know.

Peace, love, and proper southern gentlemen~

The Hungry Wife