Running, Eating & Loving My Way Through Life

Three envelope roast October 26, 2011

Filed under: Beef — RunningEatingLoving @ 10:40 pm

This recipe is so super incredibly easy and it’s pretty good too!

This one comes from Big Oven


-3 lb chuck roast

– 1 packet dry italian dressing mix

-1 packet dry ranch dressing mix

-1 packet dry brown gravy mix

– About 2 cups of water


1. Mix packets and water

2. place everything in crock pot

3. Cook for 6-8 hrs depending on roast size


Spinach Apple Salad October 22, 2011

Filed under: Salads — RunningEatingLoving @ 8:05 pm

I made this the night we went out to Whittier fruit farm for some apple picking. It was pretty good and we would definitely make again.

This recipe is again courtesy of  All Recipes.


2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1 cup diced unpeeled apples

1/4 cup chopped sweet onion – again we left this out

1/4 cup raisins

2 cups fresh spinach

2 cups fresh romanine – we just used spinach


1. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil, salt and sugar; mix well. Add apple and raisins; toss to lightly coat. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Just before serving, combine spinach in a large bowl; add dressing and toss.


Marinated Salad

Filed under: Salads — RunningEatingLoving @ 7:58 pm

My mother in law also makes this all the time and it is my husbands favorite so of course I had to copy it from her. I dont know where she found this so I don’t have a link or picture 😦 I will take a picture of it next time I make it. I think that having photos of food makes it so much more appealing.


3.5 cups corn-drained

2 cups halved cherry tomatoes

1.5 cups cooked rigatoni

1 medium zucchini- halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

1/2 cup olives

1/3 cup tarragon vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1.5 teaspoons dill weed

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper


1. In a large bowl combine corn, tomatoes, pasta, zucchini and olives

2. In a small bowl whisk vinegar, oil, dill, salt, mustard, garlic and pepper

3. Pour over mixture and toss to coat

4. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours


Strawberry Spinach Salad

Filed under: Salads — RunningEatingLoving @ 7:52 pm

I found this salad on one of my favorite recipe sites, all recipes. I have made it kaboodles of times and every time it was delicious. We had tried it with different fruit too such as cranberries, blueberries and dried fruits.


2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1/2 cup white sugar – I think this is WAY too much so I usually use about 1/8th of a cup, but adjust accordingly to your liking

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1 pack of strawberries- sliced

1 pack of spinach

handful of blanched and slivered almonds

1 tablespoon minced onions – we hate raw onions so I leave this out


1. In a medium bowl whisk sesame and poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar and paprika. Cover and chill for 1 hour

2. combine spinach, strawberries and almonds, toss with dressing (remember to stir dressing because the sugar clumps and settles on bottom)



Turkey Tortilla Soup

Filed under: Soups — RunningEatingLoving @ 7:26 pm

My mother in law made this a while back and we just LOVED it.  This recipe comes from American Profile


1 Cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

4 cups cooked skinless turkey cut into strips

28 ounce can chpped tomatoes-undrained

6 cups fat free chicken broth

4 ounce can chopped green chiles- drained

16 ounce package frozen corn

15 ounce can great northern or navy white beans- drained and rinsed

2 tablespoons lime juice

1.5 teaspoons ground cumin

1 tablespoon chili powder

4 (6-8 inch) flour tortillas cut into 1/4 inch strips

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1 cup shredded reduced fat mexican blend or cheddar cheese

1 small avocado, peeled and chopped


1. Coat a dutch oven with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic and saute over medium heat until tender- about 7 minutes

2. Add turkey, tomatoes, chicken broth, green chiles, corn, beans, lime juice, cumin and chili powder. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes

3. While soup is cooking pre heat oven to 350

4. place tortilla strips on baking sheet and bake 10 to 15 minutes until crisp

5. serve soup in bowls and top with tortilla strips, green onions, cheese and avocado


Serves 13

Calorites per 1 cup serving: 209


Whittier Fruit Farm – October 9th 2011

Filed under: Loving — RunningEatingLoving @ 7:02 pm

Today we decided to go out and try our hands at apple picking!

We went to this really neat place called Whittier fruit farm. It is situated on about 40 or so acres full of mature and immature apple trees, along with a huge pumpkin patch. They had this really neat wooden cart pulled by a tractor to take you out to the back of the farm where the pumpkin patch, fiji and another type of apples were located.

We tried to go apple picking a few years at this place right outside of lubbock, but it was uneventful. I think it is too hot there to support something like this. So I was really excited to go out and pick some fresh apples.

He was the best apple picker- he could reach all of the high ones

We walked away with 22 pounds of apples for only 15 dollars! What?!?


Watkins Glen – September 23rd 2011

Filed under: Loving — RunningEatingLoving @ 6:23 pm

Since living in New York we haven’t had much time to go out exploring because Jeremiah is always holed up in the office studying for school. This weekend we decided to go out and explore because he didn’t have any upcoming tests and we were getting cabin fever.  We decided to venture down to the finger lakes region and visit watkins glen state park, which was about an hour and half from our home.

This place was absolutely gorgeous, I can’t believe we live so close to something so cool!

He looks so thrilled

We had so much fun wandering around for a few hours- aside from being splashed by freezing cold water and wearing the wrong shoes. Note to self: don’t wear sandals back here.

We can’t wait to get out again and go explore more of the finger lakes!