Tuesday, March 1, 2016

RSBC Finale

It wasn't a grand finale, but looking back over the month, the challenge definitely moved me in the right direction.

Run: 13.4 miles

Bike: 29.6 miles

Swim: 0 miles. 1 swimsuit acquired!

Cook: I discovered how easy and tasty (not to mention cost inexpensive) it is to make sauerkraut at home.

Thank you, Christy and Kara for hosting!


Thursday, February 25, 2016

RSBC week 3

It's been a slow week. My mileage is about the same as last week:

Swimming: 0 (I am determined to have swimwear by the end of the month!)

Biking: 29.6 miles

Running: 8.9 miles

On the positive side, my homemade sauerkraut was delicious! It's been on the counter all this time (9 days). I tried some 3 days in, and it was good, though very mild. I ate more yesterday and it had much more flavor. Such an easy thing to make and feel good about! I'm going to make another batch and try to always have some on hand.  $.42 for a head of cabbage and the  caraway seeds are already in my pantry.

I didn't make yogurt this week, but I have all that I need ready and am about to embark on my first yougurt-making. I'll report on that next week.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

RSBC 2016: Week 2


My beautiful baby sauerkraut, only a few minutes old

Running total: 5.8 miles  (20.4 to go)

Bike total: 26.3 miles (85.7 to go)

Swim total: 0 miles. (2.4 to go) Not one of the swimsuits I ordered in the first batch fit, but another shipment of swim wear is coming in this week. My fingers are crossed.

For the sauerkraut, I followed the recipe here. I only started it today, so I can't comment yet on the flavor. I will say that the "raw" sauerkraut was delightful.

As we finish up week 2, I'm wishing there would be another challenge in March. I'm feeling motivated and having a great time. Who's with me?

What is RSBC?

Monday, February 8, 2016

RSBC 2016: Week 1


I'm thrilled to be back doing the Run Swim Bike Cook Challenge, which includes running 26.2 miles, biking 112 miles, and swimming 2.4 miles in February, plus a weekly cooking challenge. Let's dive right in to my progress in week 1. (See what I did there?)

I run with a friend outside on Saturdays, and I've started running a mile on the treadmill when I go to the YMCA. My total for this week in running is 5.2 miles. 

I hope to fix the flat on my husband's bike soon and take it for a spin on the trails. Meanwhile, the YMCA has upright and recumbent stationary bikes. My biking muscles are undeveloped, and I recognize the burn that I haven't felt since I was on bike as a missionary on the southwest coast of France 20 years ago. Total for this week on the bike is 4.3 miles. 

My swimming total is 0 miles, but I did order a swimsuit from LandsEnd.com. I wonder if I lie on my belly on the piano bench and flutter kick and make arm circles if that would be worth anything besides a laugh for my kids?

For the cooking challenge (something with yeast), I made some raised waffles, following this recipe from the smitten kitchen. Here's a shot of the finished product, unadorned by syrup or berries. I'm not convinced that my yeast is still good; although it smelled yeasty, my mixture didn't grow much overnight. Still, my kids were delighted to have waffles for breakfast, and it's hard to go wrong with maple syrup. Next time, I think I'll try this recipe for Liège waffles that Christy suggested.


It's not too late to join the challenge! Do as much or as little as you feel like. Check out the original post (link at the top) for details.

What new things are you trying this year?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Menu for the week of 10/28


It's going to be a busy, busy week around here. I'm starting with Tuesday, since that's where we are. Happy Halloween, everyone!
Dinner in a Pumpkin is an annual meal. 

Tuesday: broccoli cheese and bacon soup, crusty bread (pain d'epi?)

Wednesday: dinner in a pumpkin, green salad

ThursdayHalloween cheeseburgers, veggie skeleton, sweet potato fries,  mini monster pudding cups

Friday: pizza night

Saturday: bbq pulled pork in the crockpot

Sunday: sandwiches (ham, salami, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, avocado) , carrots sticks, cucumber slices

Do you have something fun up your sleeve for Halloween dinner? More dinner ideas at Menu Plan Monday, hosted by the Organizing Junkie.