yummy noodle bowls.

after visiting wagamama in boston, michael and i have been wanting to experiment by making our own asian noodle bowls.  tonight was my first attempt and i have to say that i loved them.  here’s the recipe – downsized from a rachael ray recipe to feed two people.

asian noodle bowls

  • 6 oz. fresh linguine noodles
  • 3 chicken tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1.5 c. snow peas, cut in half diagonally
  • 4 green onions, sliced diagonally into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 handfuls angel hair cabbage
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 quart veggie stock
  • small handful cilantro


add noodles to boiling water and boil for 3 minutes.  heat up veggie stock to boiling and add bite-sized pieces of chicken, poaching for 5 minutes.  drain noodles and divide into two large soup bowls.  top with raw veggies, dividing them equally between the two bowls.  when chicken is done, divide chicken & the broth between the two bowls.  cover tightly with foil and let steam for 5 minutes.  top with cilantro and slurp away!  i seasoned my bowl with a bit of salt, pepper, and soy sauce.  yum.


oh, norah.

we had quite an eventful morning today before 7:30am.  michael is amazing for taking on the challenges with a super sweet attitude.

first, we let poodle norah out to go to the bathroom.  she can be incredibly energetic in the mornings and bounded inside and into my lap as soon as michael let her back in.  i immediately noticed that she smelled unusually terrible.  apparently, she had rolled in her own poop.  sick.  michael whisked her to the bathroom to give her a bath.  i decided that it was probably about time to go ahead and wash the pillow & pillowcase that is in her crate – giving her a fresh, clean start to the day… which leads me to our second event.

i was having coffee with a friend in our living room this morning and michael poked his head in (after drying norah)… he wanted to know if feathers in the washer are normal when washing a pillow.  i said yes, if it’s only a few.  he said that it looked like the water was yellow.  friends, norah’s down pillow had completely exploded in the wash!!!  thankfully we have a front-loading washer and michael saw before the feathers tried to drain and caused massive plumbing problems!!  we opened the washer and scooped all the feathers out with a strainer i got with my wok set.  gross.    i guess i will be buying norah a new pillow today.

ideal sweetener.

i went to h.e.b. with my sister when she was in town and as we walked down the baking aisle, she pointed out the new no-calorie sweetener that she recently purchased.  it’s called ideal no calorie sweetener and i decided to buy a box of 50 packets.  so far i really like it!  no aftertaste, that i’ve noticed.  i used to like splenda ok, but then got the point where i didn’t like it in my coffee anymore.  i’ve been using just plain sugar in my coffee for the past several months.  i’m glad to find a new no-calorie alternative!  guess i’ll find out how i end up liking it for the long haul. 🙂


michael & went to the gym early this morning.  it was actually nice enough outside, but we wanted to do different things, so we decided to go to the gym and each go at our own pace & do our own thing.  it was such a hard run!!!  the gym was too warm and too humid!  you would think that an established, nationwide gym like gold’s would have it down to a science as to how to keep the humidity level perfect… or at least bearable!  i was completely drenched by the time that i left.  horrible.  does any one else have this same experience at your gym?  i actually think that a lot of people think that if you sweat more you’re working harder.  i prefer perfect climate and working as hard as i can on my own.

a half?

i’m thinking of trying to run a half marathon soon… like maybe in february.  originally i just started training to run the capitol 10k in austin.  and i’m already registered to run that race on march 29th!  but lately i’ve been thinking that i might like to challenge a half marathon sooner than later.  thoughts?  

my hubby found a website tonight that i think is going to be a new fave.  www.cookstr.com.  a feature that i love is that you can search for recipes by the chef!  i loooove nigella lawson and am really hoping to own her cookbook nigella express soon.  

we’ve had a pretty relaxing day today… helped with the 3-yr-old sunday school class at church for the 8:30 service, attended the 10:15 service, and then came home for some leftovers.  my sister bekah was still in town, so we enjoyed hanging out for a bit before she drove back to austin.  she gave me a tea bag of bigelowe’s eggnogg’n tea and i’m in love with it!  soooo sad that i haven’t been able to find it in waco.  i do have the pumpkin spice tea, but there’s just something about that eggnogg’n…

we’re getting ready to watch the 24 movie!  can’t wait!  it’s been a long two years since the last season of 24.

where to begin?

our trip to nyc/boston was awesome!!!  i truly am blessed with the sweetest husband on earth.  seriously. he planned this trip for my birthday weekend and it definitely was a memorable weekend!  there’s too much to say about our trip, so i’m going to recap the highlights.


  • our hotel was 2 blocks off of times square.  a-mazing.  one of my favorite features of the hotel was coffee, hot chocolate, & hot tea available in the lobby 24 hours a day.  yes!
  • levain bakery – THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE IN NYC… which may mean, the best chocolate chip cookie in the world!
  • walking through central park.  i’m in love with central park.
  • going to the Museum of Modern Art.  so many famous paintings… super cool museum… special van gogh exhibit… all for free because i work at a museum.  how awesome!
  • going to rockefeller center and seeing the ice rink and the tree being assemble – there were guards surrounding the tree… pretty cool.
  • mike’s pastries in boston… the best cannoli in the north end!
  • wandering around harvard.
  • having a whole foods connected to our hotel!
  • going to flour bakery in boston and eating the most phenomenal sticky bun. ever.



going to flour bakery in boston.

going to flour bakery in boston.


today i went on the best run ever!  i couldn’t believe it.  all week i’ve been struggling to even go four miles, but my goal for my long run today was eight miles.  i’ve been intimidated at the thought of running eight miles.  and scared that i really was just going to hit a wall.  all day yesterday i focused on drinking tons of water.  this morning i woke up early and went to the gym, equipped with seven gummi bears and a big bottle of water.  i don’t know if it was the temperature of the room or the fact that i covered up my mileage/time with my towel or that i was not thirsty, but the time flew by and i was energetic the whole time!  i loved it.  i’m reminded again why i love running.

new york, here we come!

tonight we’re driving to dallas to spend the night with friends so that we don’t have to wake up too early to catch our 6:30am flight to New York City tomorrow!  i’m SOOOO excited about this trip!  a) it’s to celebrate my 27th birthday – and i love my birthday! and b) it’s going to be so fun to be on vacation with my hubby!  i haven’t been to nyc before, so i’m anticipating many new experiences, sights, and tastes.  on saturday we’ll be taking the train to boston and will be there for a couple of days.  i’ve been to boston before and can’t wait to show michael some of my favorite spots!

one thing that i’m really looking forward to is getting to go running in central park!  i’m planning on running once in nyc & once in boston… mainly just for the experience.   my dad gave me my birthday present last night – a new ipod nano to replace my old ipod mini!  look at the difference in size!ipod2ipod1

i used it this morning for my run and it was amazing. 😉

get ready for great pictures from my trip when i get back!