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Monday, August 31, 2009

Fabulously Low Fat Mac & Cheese!

My friend Sarah made this amazing baked Mac & Cheese. I decided to make a Low Fat version and it’s equally amazing and it’s ready in 30 mins!


1 can of Cream of Cheddar Soup (In with all Campbell's soups at the Store)
1/2 box of any small cut pasta (Shells and Rotini work best...I use Multi-Grain/Whole Wheat)
1/4 cup Skim Milk
1 Tbs of Light Butter
2 Egg Whites
Salt and Pepper
1 bag of 2% Milk Reduced Fat Shredded Cheese (I like the 4 cheese Mexican Blend)
1/4-1/2 cup of Bread Crumbs (Optional) I have no preference sometimes I use them, sometimes not.

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees

In a bowl combine cheddar soup, milk, egg whites, salt and pepper...stir until gooey consistency.

Cook Pasta as directed then drain, add to baking dish and mix in butter to coat pasta.

Pour cheese mixture over should sink through to the bottom without mixing.

Sprinkle bread crumbs on top (if using)

Then add shredded cheese on top. Depending on how much pasta your 1/2 box makes, add cheese as you like to cover the top of the pasta to the edges.

Bake at 350 Degrees for 20 mins covered with Foil....I then take the foil off and bake for 5 more mins to make sure cheese melts on top.

Yields about 4-6 servings if cut into squares

Enjoy :)

PS. This isnt my photo. I forgot to take one last night when I made it, but its very similar!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday Shopping

Well it's a very rainy Saturday in Boston. I went out to go to the Apple Store to see why my iPhone WIFI wasnt working. The guy Paul was really nice and gave me a new phone even though he wasnt supposed to!! Next I stopped by my favorite clothing store Anthropologie. One day when I'm rich I'll buy all my clothes there :). I didn't find any clothes I liked that were under $100 haha but I did find this awesome rug on sale to put next to my bed. Its a little smaller than I would have liked but I think it goes well with my new comforter. Next was a pair of Rain boots. I've gone almost a year without them so I decided it was a good day to purchase a new pair, considering its a monsoon out there. They are a cute Zebra print!

Friday, August 28, 2009


It has sure been a crazy year for Celebrity deaths...most recently Ted Kennedy which is a big to do since I grew up on Cape Cod. Tonight they announced DJ AM has died of unknown causes (drug overdose speculated). Although I do not know a lot of his work, I hear that he is very well respected within the music community. The crazy thing to me is that I had a chance to see him DJ at Pure which is in the Ceasars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. I went there for Spring Break my senior year of college and he happend to be spinnin' the night we went. I hope that he is in a better place now. I took the below photo in March 2007.


A few days ago I bought a new pair of Nike Running Shoes. I also decided to get the Nike+ system. Its a chip that goes into your sneaker and a piece that plugs into your Ipod. It tracks speed distance and calories burned. It transmits your information to so that you can track ytour progess. It is $29. I think this will be an excellent training tool for my 10K.

My First Run!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cabot Cheddar Minis

For all of you that know me well and not so well....I love Cheese! It is my favorite food in the world. I will eat it on anything. For the record, the past few months I have tried to only eat it with one meal. Some days I am successful other days not so much. Another disclaimer is that at home I always have reduced fat cheeses. This was until this little bit of heaven was found at Whole Fods. I was snooping the cheese section (of course) and I came across these Cabot Sharp Cheddar Minis. It is 3/4 oz and the NI is 80/7/0 with 5gms of Protein. It is the perfect addition to a piece of fruit or after you eat a sandwhich. They are 59 cents a piece. On the Cabot website you can buy a box of 100 individual packages for $44.99. That is a lot of money for cheese and wayyyy too much temptation for a cheese binge. In any case you should check them out because they are delcious!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 is the new file path to my blog!

Christmas In London

My Mom and I are going to London for a week December 20-27th. I am super excited because I have wanted to visit London for awhile. We spent last Christmas in Paris which was amazing. As I was researching things to do I came across Afternoon Tea at the Ritz. Doesn't this look amazing? We are going on Dec 23rd!

At Christmas The Ritz becomes more magical than ever; a spectacular Christmas tree takes pride of place in the lobby, cascades of lights hang from the rotunda above.

Christmas Afternoon Tea
Enjoy a special festive afternoon tea in the spectacular Palm Court on selected dates over Christmas, which will include a glass of Champagne along with our traditional choice of several varieties of tea, finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, jam and clotted cream and a range of delicate pastries. Your tea will be accompanied by carol singers.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women

I just signed up for my first 10K race. The past two years I ran in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 3.5 Mile races. After successfully running 5 miles this weekend I decided it shouldn't be too hard to tack on another 1.25 miles by October 12, 2009. I am super excited to take on this challenge!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

5 Miles!

This morning I ran 5 miles at the gym. Can't say the last time I got that far without stopping once. Usually 3 miles is my max! I'm thinking of signing up for the Tufts 10K women's run in October...I've done 2 5Ks before but well see.

I'm off to Meet Melissa and Brian for Dinner at Temple Bar. I've never been but here its great :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy 2 Year Anniversary

Today is my 2 year anniversary at work. Ironically my department is battling one of the biggest challenges in years today. I will definitely need a well deserved celebratory drink tonight. Time Flies!

Jazzy Friday

Yes it is finally here...everyones' favorite day of the work week! I don't have much planned this weekend YET but I am trying something new tonight. Brittany decided it would be fun to go to a jazz club for some drinks. We will be smoking cigars and drinking scotch on the rocks for sure....JK. I'm not sure which place were going to but we know there are a few in the city somewhere. So cheers to you all and happy Friday :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hmm what to have...

So tonight I am going out to dinner with some girlfriends to the Grafton Street Pub in Cambridge, MA. I have been to this place before and it has great food and a nice atmosphere.

Im probably going to get....
Pan Roasted P.E.I. Mussels - pernod, lobster stock and scallions, grilled toast and a small house/ceasar salad!

Should be great!

UPDATE: They did not have mussels:( I had a cheeseburger and some mixed greens (NO FRIES!)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Workout Ephiphany

So I just got back from my total body conditioning class. I am offically off my three week "probabtion". Olyver, the witty hard ass instructor, says that you have three weeks before you really have any idea what the hell youre doing and hes right. After the first class every muscle in my body hurt up until a day before the next class. Last week a few different muscle groups hurt, but only for 2 days. Now who knows whats in store for tomorrow. But the great thing is that tonight I felt more confident with the moves and I was amazed that I was actually acheiving something without laughing at myself. So my point here is that acheiving anything comes down to the simple fact that the more you do something the better you get at it. Even a 3 year old knows that. Just something struck home tonight when I realized that exercising is just another facet of life. It needs to be built into my life just like going to work in the morning. I think back to all the wasted months of avoiding the gym and Its a shame. But the past is the past. Now I have changed for the better and I have a healthy obsession with working out and it feels great. I can't wait for the day when I have perfected this class and I see a new person walk in with that same nervous look I once had. I will smile to myself knowing that I worked my ass off (literally) to get to this point.

My New Favorite Breakfast

1 cup of non fat plain yogurt
A handful of fresh/frozen mixed berries (blueberries and raspberries mix well)
1/4 cup of Bare Naked FIT Vanilla almond crunch granola

Mix and Enjoy!

Getting Stronger, Burning Fat

Over the past few months Ive beeng kicking up my gym routine a lot. I try to go everyday, but I've been averaging 5 days a week. I am starting to see and feel results for sure. Here is a copy of my workout routine if you're looking for a schedule. I belong to the Boston Sports Club in Allston and I love it!

This is what I shoot for:

MONDAY: 1 hr of Spinning
TUESDAY: 30 mins of Cardio (Running/Eliptical)& 1 hr of Yinyasa Yoga
WEDNESDAY: 30 mins of Cardio (Running/Eliptical) & 1hr Total Body Conditioning Class (Includes: 30 mins of pilates/abs, 15 mins of arms, 15 mins of legs)
THURSDAY: 30 mins of Cardio (Running/Eliptical)
FRIDAY: 30 mins of Cardio (Running/Eliptical)
SATURDAY: 1 hr of Spinning
SUNDAY: 1 hr of Spinning

Brunettes Have More Fun

I decided to dye my hair dark for the fall. I didn't think the blond highlights really suited my coloring/eyes. It just got too light. Right now it is much darker than my natural color but it should fade out soon. I do really like it :)

Happy Hump Day Everyone.....few more days to go till the weekend.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Is it 11/20 yet??

While Im on the subject of Twilight this is pretty cute...

Amazing Fish Tacos

A few pieces of fresh cod
1 lemon
olive oil
bunch of fresh cilantro
1 tsp of cumin

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Take a big zip lock bag and squeeze the entire lemon in(remove seeds)
Add fish and drizzle with olive oil until it is covered
Add the cumin and cilantro
Marinate for 20 mins in the fridge

Then bake for 20 mins at 350 and Voila amazing fish to add to tortillas with all your favorite fixins!

My Favorite Things

A little bit of everything

Emily introduced me to her awesome blog. I figured it would be fun to share thoughts, ideas, findings....heres to a little bit of everything!