Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Funny Man Giveaway

If you want to win a seriously awesome giveaway, head over to Fast Cory. Cory is the second funniest guy I know, and writes a very clever blog about his running and hostess eating endeavors. His funniness has even been featured on Runner's and inspired a cult following of jumping racers. So check him and his blog out.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New York Feast

Tom recently went to New York City with his family. I got to stay home with my sweet kids and play with my sister while he was gone. I decided I wanted a taste of New York, so when he came home I made a New York City feast. The meal was delicious and I almost felt like I was there.

Reuben Sandwiches, Waldorf Salad, Sweet Potato Fries and New York Cheesecake

Now Reuebn sandwiches didn't actually originate in New York. They are actually from the midwest, but I figured any great deli sandwich is New York cuisine. I was especially excited to make the Reubens with my homemade sauerkraut (more on that in a different post).

But a basic Reuben is: rye bread, thousand island dressing, pastrami, sauerkraut and swiss cheese. I grilled the meat, topped with cheese and put on bread with thousand island and grilled the whole sandwich. Oh my goodness they are awesome! 

Tom actually stayed in a hotel just a block or 2 away from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel where the salad originated. I was suprised at how tasty Waldorf Salad is.
The basic ingredients are chopped apple, chopped celery, toasted walnuts, red grapes. Toss those in a simple dressing of mayonaise and lemon juice (I used lime). Salt and pepper to taste and serve over a bed of lettuce. Super delish.

And any meal finished off with a cheesecake is amazing! I use my Grandma Brownrigg's cousin's recipe. I don't think it is actually a New York Cheesecake, because I think those tend to be dry and the Fishers like theirs nice and moist and slightly undercooked.

Llewelyn's Cheesecake

1 package graham crackers, ground finely
1 cube butter, melted
1/4 c sugar
Combine and press into bottom of springform pan. chill

2- 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, room temp
2/3 c sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 t vanilla
Blend well and and pour into crust. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. You want it soft and slightly jiggly. Let sit 15 minutes.

1 c sour cream
2 T sugar
1 t vanilla
Gently pour over top and bake for 10 minutes at 425.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mad Science

I'm very proud of my budding scientists. They both entered the science fair at school and did very well.

Porter's project was about which fruit or veggie makes the best battery. He made made a battery out of 4 fruits and veggies. He used the battery to power an LED light and also tested the voltage of each battery.  

 His hypothesis was a lemon would make the best battery because of it's acid content.
photo by Porter

His project was quite a hit at the fair. He took second amongst 3rd graders.

Eliza's project was about how a plant gets water from its roots to its leaves. It was the perfect project for a 1st grader. She understood the concept, was able to come up with a hypothesis on her own. And it didn't take too long to do.

She put a celery stalk in red water and observed it as the water made its way through the plant. 

My cutie girl took 1st place amongst 1st graders and made it to the district fair. She did not place at the district level, but I think she had fun. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Updated Race Schedule

Here is my updated schedule and results thus far. There are a few additions.
January: St George Half Marathon (1:41:54)
February: Death Valley 10K (44:52), Dam 2 Dam 10 miler (1:17:17)
April: SHAC Sprint Triathlon (1:04:18), Salt Lake City Marathon (3:35:54), Hurricane Half (1:48:20)
June: Utah Valley Marathon, Utah Summer Games Cycling
July: Hurricane Trails River Run (4 mile trail run)
August: Utah Half (half iron distance Tri)
September: LOTOJA (206 miles, 3 states, 1 day on a bike)
October: St. George Marathon, Las Vegas Ragnar (200 mile, 12 person relay)
November: Butch Cassidy 10K (although deep down I want to try the Snow Canyon Half, maybe next year I can convince Tom to change the date of Butch Cassidy), SHAC Turkey Tri
Decemeber: Hostess Half Marathon

There is still room for a few races. Any suggestions?