Running fast & some Paleo Beef Stew


Happy Wednesday!

I saw this on Facebook today. Cracked me up!

can you see friday

So, I jumped both feet into my 8 week marathon training plan yesterday.  Knocked out a quick 7.28 miles. I honestly didn’t mean it to be so quick but … well, it was cold! I had to run fast! 🙂


Actually, I pretty much just went out on an “explore” and checked out the running routes around my house (preliminary testing for those early morning runs once I find a J.O.B.) and then headed up to the park.

I took the long way to the park and was a little afraid I was going to overshoot my mileage.  Luckily, there are 2 routes once inside the park and I took the short one back.  I could have done more but – it’s an aggressive plan and I didn’t want to overdo it.

So, I overdid it when I got home by finally getting all the boxes in the bedroom unpacked and rearranging the dresser drawers.

This is what I looked like by dinner time:

owie back


So, I tried to stretch some while I was making dinner.

And  do some pistol squats.

Because, those seemed like a good idea.


Not so much.

But, dinner was a GREAT idea!

My sailor unpacked my cookbooks while I was unpacking the bedroom boxes and arranged them all on my cookbook bookcase.

Yes, I have a bookcase for just my cookbooks.


some cookbooks not pictured. 🙂

I need another one because it’s stuffed.

Or less cookbooks.


Anywho, it was pretty chilly yesterday so I was in the mood for a stew of some sort.

But, not one that would take forever to cook – which I normally love! – but, well, I didn’t have time for that.

got no time

I found a recipe for a beef and vegetable stew in my Paleo Diet Cookbook.

So, a little about me and beef stew.

I WANT to love beef stew.

I try so hard to love beef stew.

I’ve tried quite a few different recipes and they all smell just so good while they’re cooking but, when I get to the finished product, I’m always a little disappointed.

Everyone else always loves it but there’s something about the texture and doneness of the meat.  Yes, doneness is a word.

But, I keep trying them because – well, apparently, I’m a glutton for punishment.

And, sometimes, I find a gem in the coal mine that is beef stew recipes.

And, this one, my friends, is a sparkling diamond!





This was SO GOOD!

It doesn’t require all day to cook and I think that’s a major part of why I liked it so much.  The beef cooks just enough.

Plus, it has butternut squash in it.

I ❤ butternut squash.


Beef Stew with Vegetables
serves 4

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds chuck steak, cut into cubes
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
4 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a cast iron skillet over medium flame (I used my Dutch oven). Add meat to skillet and brown evenly on all sides, for approximately twelve minutes. Remove from skillet.

2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, onion, and garlic to pan. Saute for 5 minutes. Toss in carrots, celery, and squash and saute for 5 additional minutes.

3. Return beef to skillet. Pour in broth. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Add bay leaf, rosemary, and oregano. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with black pepper.

4. OM. NOM. NOM!

Question: How do you feel about beef stew? Do you have a favorite recipe?

– jennifer

Home. And our first dinner – BBQ Baked Beans with Sausage

Good morning!

It’s so early.

so early


I would really prefer to still be sleeping.

But, I woke up.

We officially became homeowners yesterday!!!


Of course, we don’t have our furniture yet so we’re living off the stuff we have in our little camper.


Which includes air mattresses.

That, of course, deflate slowly as the night goes on.

The house has hardwood floors.


BUT! I love my house!!

It was so nice to cook in a real kitchen last night!

OH! So, yesterday, I caught a glimpse inside one of the hotel rooms near ours when the maid was cleaning and we were getting all of our crap out of our room. That room had a full on (okay, so it was miniature but still) stove with 4 burners (4!) and AN OVEN!!!  That is so unfair!!!  All we had was that 2 burner stove and a microwave.  They had an oven!!! Yes, it’s water under the bridge at this point but … still.  An oven would have made those 11 days a whole lot tastier! 🙂

Anywho, I got to cook in MY kitchen last night!

I pulled the pots, pans and utensils from my camper and got down to business.

It was awesome.

I made BBQ Baked Beans & Sausage from Eating Well.


It was delicious!

I couldn’t find plain chicken sausage so I used Johnsonville Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese sausage.


Interestingly enough, this was the first time I’ve ever cooked with collard greens.


Note: if you are not sure how your family will like the collards, use less than the recipe calls for. Trust me.

Or, you could also use kale, if you prefer.


We had leftovers because we’re not football players.

And, we all chowed down on the corn muffins I made.


I only have small plastic containers from the camper.

So, I have 3 containers of leftovers.


Question: Would you believe I haven’t even had a cup of coffee yet?!?!

– jennifer

A Hungry Runner is 1! So, I made pumpkin brownies. :)


Happy Sunday! Hope everyone has had a great weekend so far. 🙂

It’s a pretty special day for me. A Hungry Runner is 1 today! Can you believe it?!


I can’t believe I’ve been blogging here for a year! And, to top it off, this is my 200th post!


It’s been an amazing year and I’ve loved every minute of it. 🙂

So, I thought I would share my top 3 most popular posts of the past year – the ones you guys have looked at the most.  This makes me really happy because it means I’m giving you good stuff!  🙂

And, drumroll please…..

1. Blueberries!  First up – blueberry muffins!

2.  Saturday Things. Oatmeal Pancakes!

3.  Green Bay Booyah!

Okay, so, the fact that Green Bay Booyah is one of my top 3 posts on a day that Green Bay ran Booyah all over my Redskins is wrong on so many levels. :/  Oh, irony, you funny funny thing.

But, I’m stoked (and surprised) that it made the top 3!  It really was delicious and, if you haven’t tried it yet, fall is coming and it’s a PERFECT dish for a cool fall weekend day.  You should definitely try it if you haven’t already!

Speaking of fall, that means PUMPKIN!

Do you love the Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks?  I’ve never tried one but apparently they are a big deal.

I decided I needed to make some brownies to celebrate today.

Pumpkin Brownies.

Oh yeah.


Pumpkin Brownies

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 11 x 7 x 1-1/2-inch baking pan with nonstick foil or spray with nonstick spray. I used a smaller pan because I wanted a thicker brownie. Just adjust your cooking time. 🙂


2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and salt until combined. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, pumpkin, all of the eggs, and oil on medium speed until combined. Reduce mixer to low, add dry ingredients, and beat until well-mixed. Fold in chocolate chips by hand.

4. Pour evenly into prepared pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until it tests done in the center with a wooden pick. Cool cocoa pumpkin brownies to room temperature before cutting to serve. Or, don’t. I didn’t. Just don’t burn your mouth. 🙂


5. Gobble them DOWN!

Question: What’s your favorite recipe with pumpkin?

– jennifer