Month: June 2012

My recipes of the month!

Recipe of the Month: Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Portobellos

Holy buckets of food love, people. I have fallen deeply in love with this recipe, AND, both the first and second time I have made it was for company, not just my good-hearted boyfriend. How about that? I’m getting daring in this third month.

This recipe has had rave reviews from everyone I have made it for and who has tried it thus far, so I hope you guys enjoy it too! On an equally as happy note, this recipe has a very low difficulty level (heaven forbid we complicate things).

I was secretly blessed while doing my shopping for this dish because it calls for “4 mushroom caps”, yet Meijer only sells them in packs of 5 that I could find. Turns out that both times I have made it, I have had enough “stuffing” for 5 or even 6 mushroom caps, just a warning. Also keep in mind that I am terrible at measuring, so this could be just a user error. The rest of the shopping list is very straight forward, but I would recommend getting the pitted kalamata olives. It really makes “finely chopping” them much easier.

There is no step for clearing any stems you may have on your mushroom caps, but I had to do a little trimming to make for a flat surface. Once the oven was ready to go, I sprinkled salt and pepper over the caps and slid them in there. You can actually go easy on the salt. I have found that there is more than enough flavor between the mushroom, olives, and cheeses, but it depends on your taste. Same goes for the pepper.

My mushrooms were good to go after 20 minutes, but this probably depends on your oven (other tricks I am learning… GET TO KNOW YOUR OVEN AND ITS TEMPERAMENT. *Not temperature.)

20 minutes is just enough time to chop your spinach, shred your Parmesan, chop your olives, and mash it all together. As far as the marinara sauce, I used the jar kind, but feel free to use which ever kind you would like.

As stated before, I have found that I have plenty of “stuffing” for more than 4 caps, probably up to 6 depending on how you stack it, but after putting the marinara onto the caps I just spoon the mixture on top, sass it up with some more Parmesan, and pop it back in the oven for another 10 minutes.

What comes out is tender, cheesy, hearty, yet healthy goodness. They are SO good!

Find the entire recipe at

Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos Recipe



An email to my boyfriend:

that spawned from me trying to improve my mood by perusing Pintrest.

Subject: “I swear I’m not totally obsessed…

Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring

don’t think i am one of those girls who just wants to get married and is obsessed with it and dropping hints… that is not it at all! but i found this on pintrest and it is beautiful and i love it, so i wanted to share it. just like a picture of a puppy that is up for adoption… yes i want another puppy in the future, but not now, but you should at least have an idea of what kind of puppy i would want.. i’m just saying.

i like antique puppies…
love you “
I know what you are all thinking:  He is a lucky man
And success, my mood improved!

Not having the best of weeks…

I don’t know how else to put it other than I am struggling.  My weight doesn’t seem to want to budge (in fact, it has crept up a few pounds), and it is just deflating.

I pulled up my official race photos from my last half-marathon and was almost instantly brought to tears.  I hated what I saw.  It was one of those moments when I felt embarrassed to be me, to be walking around looking like this every day.  

I get mad at that, and then I get even more mad because I just don’t get it.  I understand that everyone is different, everyone is built different, and we all gain and lose weight differently, but I try SO HARD.  I lead an active, healthy lifestyle, and it seems that even maintaining my current slightly over-weight figure is hard.  Losing seems IMPOSSIBLE!

On Saturday alone, I took a group coaching class at the gym (a.k.a. a total ass kicker), rode my bike and then swam laps.  This was after more bike riding and a killer strength training session on Friday.

I run a very fine line between keeping a healthy mind-set about it and sliding into a very negative and unhealthy mind-set.  At the end of the day, I will always do right by my body and not jeopardize or compromise my health, but it is a struggle to keep my head up about it.

On today’s agenda, I have a bike ride, a run, and a strength training session at the gym.  The workouts will help make me feel better.  And next week, I will be at my cottage all week where I can run, bike ride, and swim to my hearts content.   It is such a relaxing place where I can refocus and get some positive energy flowing again.

One thing that I struggle with in regards to this whole thing is that I am in the bestconditionof my life but not in the bestshapeof my life.

So, today I will try and focus on the fact that I am healthy, I am strong, and hopefully soon the rest will fall into place.