Ok, I’m the biggest slacker! So sorry! I haven’t written since Wednesday and I have no real excuse. And now I have a lot to catch you up on. Bear with me.
Wednesday I revealed I was getting to train with Kelly’s Keith. I have been doing my version of strength training for about a month by making up routines I mixed and matched from various health mags and online. It was working. I think. I felt sore on occasion and thought I could already see a difference. Since I was just introducing weights into my workout routine, anything probably would have been beneficial at that point. After about a month of doing the same basic thing, I decided to bring out the big guns. Enter Keith. Professional help. Thanks Keith!
My first session on Wednesday was all on my lonesome, but on Friday, the hubby joined me and we got in a whopping workout. It was funny because Keith had us doing some various walks with the band around our ankles in the beginning and my legs were BURNIN! Then he said “ok, that was a good warm-up.” Warm-up?! Uh-oh. Haha! 🙂 It was awesome! I am LOVING weights! I also loved the time with the Jensen. We are going to try for 2 days a week with Keith and then I’ll do a third day on my own.
Friday night after getting our health on with the workout, we decided to continue the trend into dinner. We had seen a yummy salad recipe on Regis and Kelly’s Fireman Challenge. The Smokin Pear Salad sounded perfect for a warm summer night and after a grocery run to grab the ingredients, we fired up the grill. Who am I kidding? Jensen fired up the grill. There is no “we” about grilling. I’m plan to give it a try soon. Eventually. I’m sure learning to turn the knob to”ON” shouldn’t be too difficult, but somehow I’m intimidated.
salt, pepper, granulated garlic to taste
1 pear, firm but ripe
1 big clove finely minced garlic
½ C olive oil
1/3 C balsamic vinegar
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp white sugar
1 med red onion, very thinly sliced
1 large head butter lettuce, washed and torn
1 C crumbled blue cheese
1 C candied pecans or walnuts
¼ C dried cranberries
Garlic Bread (I didn’t make the bread)
1 loaf French bread
½ C butter
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
2. Slice pear in half, and core.
3. If making garlic bread, slice loaf in half long ways, melt butter and add minced garlic, then brush garlic butter mixture on bread.
4. Place chicken, pears face down, and garlic bread crust down on a hot grill.
5. Cook chicken until firm and juices run clear.
6. Cook pears for one min, just until grill marks show.
7. Cook garlic bread until grill marks show, about 5 min, then flip and cook 2 min butter side down.
8. While the above ingredients are cooking, prepare dressing and salad.
9. To make salad dressing; mix minced garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar in a bowl. Whisk with fork until emulsified.
10. Throw sliced red onion into dressing bowl.
11. Place lettuce in large bowl. Add blue cheese, nuts, and cranberries if needed.
12. Slice the grilled pear into 1/8″ thick slices and add to salad.
13. Remove chicken from grill, thinly slice.
14. Add dressing with onions to salad and toss.
15. Top salad with chicken. If making garlic bread, slice and serve on the side. Enjoy!
Since I was only making it for two, my dressing was 2T olive oil, 1T balsamic, a small clove of garlic, a dash of salt and pepper, and 1/4t sugar. I topped my salad with 2T of the bleau cheese and 1T each of the cranberries and regular (not candied) pecans. We have a HUGE bag of pecans from Costco, so we went with plain pecans. Saved us some on the sugar content, too. The final touch was the best part. Grilled pear and chicken. Smoky and warm on the cool salad. Perfection! Too good to grab a pic before devouring. Woops! Oh and I had it again for lunch yesterday thanks to the hubs grilling extra chicken for future use. Again, too hungry for a pic. I have one chicken breast left, though, so there will be one more salad. One more chance. I’ll get a pic this time.
Yesterday, post run and yoga, Jensen and I cleaned our closet. I’m talking taking EVERYTHING out, putting up new shelving, and re-arranging. It gave me the prime opportunity to widdle the wardrobe down to the essentials and faves. Some of that suff I’ve had since college. 10 years ago! I’m admitting now I’m a bit of a pack rat, but the husband’s gentle nudging and sometimes more direct making-fun-of 🙂 (since we share a closet and I was taking over) turned into 4 bags of clothes, shoes, bag, etc for Goodwill. It was all in all a good day of hard work, refreshing purging, and ended with my favorite beer, Smithwick’s (it’s really a toss up between that one and Bellhaven) and my favorite burger at Crown and Anchor.
I actually went for the full on beef rather than my usual veggie this time. I was in mood for the real deal. Yum! We took a load off on the porch and it actually wasn’t too hot since we went a bit later. This is one of my favorite places in all of Austin.
Today will be cleaning up the mess that was left behind after yesterday’s closet project and a Goodwill run.
Hope you had a great weekend! One more day to go. Enjoy!