Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sweat and Stew

Being sick last week really put a damper on my exercise schedule, but there’s really no sense in pushing yourself only to make yourself feel worse…I’ve learned over the years. 

Finally, after more than a week, I had my energy back on full blast and I wanted to break a sweat!  What better than hot yoga?  Tuesday night I hit up my nearby Prana Power Yoga for a nice sweaty 90 minutes and I felt stronger than usual!  Must of been all that rest ;)

Then tonight I was able to do a nice 2mile run outside before getting back to Body Pump.  Oh how I missed Pump :)  Once again the run felt great, I really needed that…although I was a bit shaky at Pump, esp. on the squats!

This weekend goals:

  • Longer run (5-6mi)
  • Body Pump on Sunday

Love being back on schedule :)

I received a lot of great soup and stew recipes last week (thank you!), and I can’t wait to dive into them as the temperature drops here in New England. 

Here is another one that is sure to make a re-appearance, this comes from the lovely Giada!

Beef and Butternut Squash Stew


I remember flagging this one in my cookbook a long time ago, and it came to me as I was staring at the beef in Trader Joes!

I already had a butternut squash at home and I love the flavor of fresh thyme in wintery dishes. 

This one had fresh thyme and rosemary…both of which are still thriving in our garden!

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Giada’s Italian element comes through with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes.


This dish comes together quite simply, and leaves a lot of room for your own additions.  I followed the recipe this time, but in the future I’d like to add more veggies…maybe some carrots, and other root vegetables! 

I also read some of the comments others made on the recipe and a few people used a crock pot, another great idea.


The sauce wasn’t very thick, but a big chunk of fresh bread would take care of that.


I completed my Autumn dinner with a pumpkin beer in a glass with a cinnamon sugar rim :)



Anyone have a great costume for this weekend?  This is actually the FIRST time I am not dressing up or doing anything!  I’m actually kind of happy about it :)  I do love to get dressed up, but I hate thinking of and then buying a costume.  I swear no matter how cheap I try to make it, there goes $40-$50 for a one-night ensemble. 

I am looking forward to trick-or-treaters though!


  1. Normally I don't gravitate towards beef stew, but this one sounds amazing! I love anything with butternut squash and the sundried tomatoes sound very unique. I have that book, I'll have to take a further look!

  2. This sounds great! I actually have that cookbook, so I'll have to tackle that recipe one of these days. I am still trying to find my favorite beef stew recipe. Maybe this could be it!

    And I'm glad you're feeling better!

  3. SO glad you're feeling better and getting into yoga, pump & running! The stew looks fabulous. My Mom used to make a beef stew for us when I was growing up and it was one of my favorite meals. Not dressing up over here either- but can't wait to hand out candy to all the kiddos

  4. The stew looks great! I need to look through my cookbooks more often - I have so many saved recipes from the Internet that I forget about all of the others.

    This is the first year I'm not dressing up as well... actually it's the first year I won't be partaking in any Halloween shenanigans. John and I are heading out the Berkshires for a mini vacation :). Even though we're now out in the 'burbs, I doubt we'll get trick-or-treaters considering we're in an apartment complex. I'll miss all of the Halloween fun :(.

    There's always next year!

  5. I've done a pumpkin and beef stew in the crockpot and loved the flavors! I'm sure I'd enjoy this combination as well...

    Glad to hear you're on the mend and I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Love, love, love pumpkin ale! It tastes like fall in a glass!

    I was Paula Deen for my office party - I just taped a bunch of butter wrappers to my shirt, I gave out goody bags and said in my best southern accent "love and best dishes from my kitchen to yours!"

    I won a $50 movie gift card! :D

  7. i've tried that one and it is pretty yummy :) glad you're feeling better! i'm so glad to be back to body pump (or my gym's version) too!!