Archive for March, 2015

Southern CA Business Trip

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

I just returned from a work trip to Southern California. I got to meet some awesome colleagues I haven’t had the opportunity to work with previously and we got to meet some amazing prospective students!

It’s nice to be home (Figaro especially appreciates it!)

Never. Leave. Again.

I’ll post some foodie pics soon. Figaro is in serious need of some attention, and clearly that is a priority!

Winters Ride … Like Visiting An Old Friend

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

It’s time for some serious bike work, but first, a ride.

Downtown Winters

We would all love to have some rain, but I am hoping it can hold off until I’m done with my ride today because I am not dressed for rain!

Lake Solano Park, looking towards Lake Berryessa

It turned out to be a beautiful, but a little breezy, day. I lucked out – I rode into the wind on my way out towards Vacaville and got a nice push on my way back to Winters.

Lake Solano Park, looking towards Winters

Oh, dear … I have never dropped a chain quite like this. It was really stuck!

Old Chain + A Bad Shift = A Mess!

Yep. Definitely time for some bike work. I’d better not tempt fate … time to cut this ride a little short and head back to town.

My Colnago will be all clean and sparkly and new-feeling just in time for my 2015 Napa Valley Tour de Cure ride! Please help me to reach my goal – you can make a donation here.

Gearing Up

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The Napa Valley Tour de Cure is just 6 weeks from tomorrow.

Six weeks?!

Please help me to reach my goal of being a Champion! To make a donation, please click here.

I got a little 65-mile training ride in today on the American River Trail. I took a wrong turn past Nimbus Fish Hatchery and ended up on this side of the path, near the Aquatic Center.

American River Trail, near the Aquatic Center

The water is so low right now. We really need rain, but I was thankful for some nice cycling weather today.

American River Trail, near the Aquatic Center

I haven’t been on this side of Hazel Road very often the past few years, but I used to live and ride over this way almost daily.

American River Trail, headed back towards Nimbus Fish Hatchery

I’ve got to make the most of this weekend and this beautiful weather because the next few weeks are going to be crazy hectic busy with too many other things. Thank goodness for the trainer set up in the living room which makes grabbing a quick workout in the morning possible!

I broke out my special ride treats for today …

I pretty much love Honey Stinger anything on a ride or hike.

I am excited to have some work done on my Colnago this week – new gears, chain, tires, and all that stuff.  The guys at Mike’s Velo City in Winters will get her in perfect shape for the big day!

Poached Rock Cod

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The day started on the bike trainer … just a quick 30-minute session. Then work. Then traffic. Then a quick ride to Old Town Sac and back. Then a super healthy and yummy and light dinner …

Rock Cod Poached with White Wine & Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes & Fennel Seeds, Asparagus & Green Beans, & Sprouted Rice. Healthy, light, comforting, and delicious. This picture does not do it justice!

Shout Out: Velo City Bicycle Center

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

I am so happy that Mike’s Velo City in Winters works on Campy components.

I need to replace a bunch of stuff on my Colnago. I love my Campy shifters, but I’m learning it can be hard to find shops that have the equipment to work on them. I don’t want to go back to the shop where the bike came from (they’ll remain nameless) because they’ve been pretty rude and elitist when I’ve go in there.

The guys at Velo City in Winters have always been really nice and very helpful whenever I’ve gone in there. A few years ago I took my Trek in for a tune up and they did a great job. They’ve helped me out a few times in the past few years when I’ve been out on a ride and something stupid goes wrong with my bike. They fixed it, they charged a fair price, and they have always been really nice about it. This is the kind of local shop I love to support.

Cooking Demo!

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting some very lovely young ladies and had the opportunity to do a cooking demonstration for a local girl scout troop. It was so much fun! These young ladies displayed wonderful teamwork and enthusiasm. It was truly a joy to meet them and their moms.

We made teriyaki chicken, stir steamed mixed veggies, and rice. The young ladies did a wonderful job preparing and cooking a delicious meal.

The one thing I forgot was my camera, so I don’t have any good pictures. Next time!

Someone is Pretty Excited about Breakfast

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Need an official taste tester?

Steel Cut Oats with Greek Yogurt, Blueberries, and Pecans

This should fuel me through a few miles: 1/2 cup cooked steel cut oats, 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 12 dried blueberries, and 8 pecans.

I accidentally bought “regular” Greek yogurt yesterday, rather than my usual fat free, so I’m going to have to be even a bit more mindful about portions on this. It’s good, but I’d still rather have the fat free because it’s got twice the protein and about half the calories. I’m not a fat-free diet advocate (we need healthy fat in our diets), but I’m not a big fan of too much dairy fat.

Yeesh … did I screw up this challenge already? Not to worry … I have a feeling that my furry friend here will be happy to help me finish this yogurt.

New Challenge Begins …

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

The new challenge begins … officially tomorrow. Each morning as I work out on the trainer, I’ve been watching lots of You Tube videos about these challenges. I’m learning some things I didn’t get right on my previous challenge (duh, instant oatmeal*) and getting some ideas on how to better come up with my own plan that will work for me. I’ll keep working on recipes and ideas and posting them. Part of this challenge for me is to make sure I’m blogging. I get so busy with work that sometimes the last thing I want to do is to come home and use a computer.

* That said, I will always keep some organic instant oatmeal on hand, especially at work, because it’s a lot less unhealthy than a lot of other options. … like running to the Coffee House and grabbing a scone.

It’s a lovely day outside and I’m thinking it’s time to head out for a ride. It’s training time! The 2015 Napa Valley Tour de Cure is just 8 weeks away. I am very far away from my fundraising goal. Please consider making a donation to my ride. It’s a great cause!

Vegetable Lasagna

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

There are lots of ways to make vegetable lasagna, but this is one of my favorites.

Simply take your favorite lasagna recipe and make a few modifications. Don’t have a favorite recipe? Then just use the one that’s on the box of lasagna noodles and make a few changes:

  • To your tomato sauce, add shredded carrots, eggplant, fresh fennel, and zucchini; add sliced fresh mushrooms and chopped fresh tomatoes.  Saute the vegetables just to soften a bit, then add the sauce and simmer until the flavors combine – at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours. If you have a few fresh basil leaves, that would be great, too. Just tear them up a bit and add to the sauce while it’s simmering.
  • Use ground lean turkey instead of ground beef or fatty sausages. For a little extra flavor, add some crushed fennel seeds and red chile flakes. while you’re cooking the ground turkey. I like to cook the meat in with the tomato sauce, but some recipes call for the meat to be added in a separate layer.
  • For the cheese filling – substitute fat free cottage cheese for ricotta cheese, add spinach.
  • Use reduced fat cheeses, and go easy on the amount of cheese you add – you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t miss it! I put most of the mozzarella on top just to give it the illusion of cheesiness.

These simple changes will lighten up your lasagna. It’s also a great way to get vegetables to those who don’t care for vegetables.

Your sauce will be chunky - full of lean ground turkey and healthy vegetables!

So I guess it is true … you can have your lasagna and eat it, too!

Enjoy a lightened up version of lasagna!

Coming Soon – Vegetable Lasagna

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Coming Soon ... How to lighten up your favorite lasagna recipe ...