Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter Leftovers: Creamy Ham and Egg Salad

I don't know about you, but we still have a fridge full of leftovers from Easter that we're trying to work through, including 2 dozen hard-boiled eggs and a whole tupperware full of ham. One of my favorite snacks so far in this pregnancy has been hard-boiled eggs. I make a big batch at a time and store them in the fridge to snack on throughout the week. It's a great source of protein and a super convenient grab-and-go.

Last night, I took some of the eggs and ham I had leftover and threw them together to make a salad. It took all of 5 minutes to put together, and Brent deemed it delicious. I added a few scoops of the ham and egg salad on top of some mixed greens to make it a meal, but I bet this would be just as good sandwiched in between a bulky roll with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and red onions....okay, that's getting added to my must-try list this weekend.


Creamy Ham and Egg Salad
Serves 2

Ingredients:
3 hard-boiled eggs, finely diced
1/2 C diced ham
1 celery stalk, finely diced
3 Tbsp light mayo
1 tsp mustard (yellow, grainy, or dijon...I used yellow)
2 tsp sweet relish
Dash of paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine. 
  • I recommend to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving so the flavors combine. 
  • Serve on top of mixed greens or as a sandwich. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Special Announcement

 

Words cannot describe how completely blessed we are to be expecting our new addition this year! Let me tell ya, it's harder than I thought carrying around this big secret that is so exciting and life-changing while going about every day as if nothing has happened! "Baby Mo" (Mo = short for Morse) will be greeting the world around Halloween...a little pumpkin baby!

So far, I am absolutely LOVING being pregnant. I have been very lucky - no nausea, sickness, mood swings, pains...nada. And really, besides one week very early on where I was hit with weird food cravings and some minor aversions, my appetite has been totally normal.  I've been able to keep up with my workouts, which has really helped to maintain normalcy. While my pace is naturally slowing down as my pregnancy progresses, running is my time to reflect on everything, and I have enjoyed it even more than I did pre-pregnancy. I have my first 5K of the season coming up this Sunday actually - pretty exciting!

I've been keeping a weekly diary of my first trimester, so more details to come in a later post!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Recap

Yesterday's Workout:
4 mile run


We hosted Easter on Sunday and had a blast with it. We may have had enough food to feed an army and won't need to cook all week now, but that's ok! It always ends up that way after holidays, doesn't it? We had our annual Easter egg hunt, and since it was 60 and sunny out, we were able to hide half the eggs outside for the hunt (six dozen eggs later...) And naturally, Jasper was right in the middle of it all, grabbing the low-lying eggs and making us chase him around the yard with them hanging out of his mouth.










And look! I didn't totally fail on the cupcake decorating like I half expected I would. The bunny bums were a huge hit! Also, here's the step-by-step instructions for how I folded the napkins into bunnies - leave it to Martha Stewart for that!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Good luck, runners!

Yesterday's Workout:
45 minute kickboxing workout

I'm sitting at work anxiously awaiting the start of the Boston Marathon. One of my coworkers is running on behalf of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old who lost his life in the bombings last year, so we will all be following him during the race, cheering him on. You can watch the live race coverage here beginning at 9:30 EST. Best of luck to all the runners this year, enjoy very moment, and have fun crossing that finish line!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Only in New England..

Yesterday's Workout
5 miles
Stretch, stretch, and more stretch!

On Monday, it was a gorgeous 75 degree day. Tuesday, I got home to see my magnolia tree blooming its beautiful white flowers, suggesting that spring had officially arrived and was here to stay.


...This morning, I wake up to this.



I don't want to talk about it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Easter Menu

Yesterday's Workout:
3 mile run with Jasper
Biceps/triceps 


Let's talk food. Brent and I will be hosting our first holiday in our new home this weekend, and we're super excited about it! Our family is pitching in with some delicious dishes, and together we've come up with a pretty fantastic menu for Easter.

Appetizers
Antipasto - It's an Italian staple...salad topped with olives, cured meats, cheeses, and lots of peperoncini (it's Brent's fav!)
Deviled Eggs - We're coloring 4 dozen eggs on Saturday (yikes!) so we'll have plenty to eat after. I'll be keeping them pretty simple - can't go wrong with a classic deviled egg filling, but I like to add some crumbled bacon and chopped chives as garnish.
Chips and Dip - Nothing fancy, but it's always on the table at my mom's house before our Easter meal....Cape Cod chips and Heluva Good French Onion dip...no substitutions.

Dinner
Ham -  Luckily, my mom is bringing her famous ham. I have no idea how she does it, but I need to get the recipe. Ham is one thing I've never attempted cooking before, and it's a little intimidating.
Pineapple Bake - I have to confess, this is my ultimate favorite dish on the table at Easter. This is the recipe my aunt uses. It's by no means diet food, but it's friggen delicious. I usually take a tupperware full for leftovers to have as dessert for the week after Easter. It's my happy place.
Baked Ziti - Ally learned this recipe from her mom, and it's the best I've ever had. Ziti smothered in layers of marinara, ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella? Count me in.
Grilled Vegetable Medley - Don't get me wrong, I'm a veggie lover, but on holidays, it tends to be dish that people forego in order to save room for the good stuff. We're keeping it easy this year and just sticking to a few grilled vegetables: zucchini, summer squash, carrots, red bell peppers, onions.
Corn on the Cob - Because why not?

Dessert
Brownies - My brother is actually a really great cook/baker. I kindly demanded requested that he make his brownies for dessert. I see a brownie sundae in my future.
Coconut Cream Pie - I'll be honest, as much as I love coconut, I'm not the biggest fan of coconut cream pie. It's a little *GASP* too sweet for my liking. But the ladies in my family love it, so my uncle is bringing it along.
Easter-themed Cupcakes - I'm more excited about these than I probably should be, but it's not every day I get to decorate cupcakes. I'm sticking with a simple confetti cupcake with buttercream frosting. The fun isn't in the batter though, it's in the creativity. I found a super cute idea on Pinterest...there's a decent chance this could turn into the biggest Pinterest fail ever, but I promise to post a picture regardless.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Recipe Recommendation: Key Lime Pie Bars

Yesterday's Workout: 5 miles
*in between every 10-minute segment of the run, I completed an upper body strength circuit with drop-sets
1.5 mile walk with Jasper


Don't get me wrong, I am TOTALLY loving the weather we are being handed lately, but I can't help make note of how weird this time of year is. I drive into work with my winter coat, scarf, gloves, and heat on because it's 29 degrees out, and by the time I'm on my way home from work, I have all the windows rolled down, jacket off, sunglasses on, blasting country music, cruising in the gorgeous 65 degree sun. Like I said, weird.

On a totally unrelated note, I made these amazing key lime pie bars the other day and have to do everything in my power to stop myself from opening the fridge more than once a night to steal a "quick bite" after dinner - it's a messy cycle, my friends. Also, I have no idea how Averie was able to cut these bars so nicely for her photography. I let mine sit overnight in the fridge to better set, and I struggled to get a knife cleanly through the crust. So after my failed attempt at cutting them into bite-sized bars, I left the entire dessert intact and just have at it with a fork. Probably not the best decision I've ever made because the pan is now half gone and it's only Thursday. They're too damn good to resist though. Plus, they have lime in them; limes are green; salad is green; so basically these bars are salad. There, I said it.