Rainbows, Weddings, Running and Cabbage

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It just has to be a good sign when you’re driving out of the driveway and a rainbow appears right in front of you.

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It was Monday, October 18th, the day that most runners mark on their calendar with a specific time, 9 AM.  That is the date and the time that registration opens for the Boston Marathon.  I know that most runners mark the date and the time because from 9:02 am until 11:12 am, I was trying to register.  FINALLY, I was able to put my application in, get a confirmation number and now await the verification of official inclusion in the 2011 running of the Boston Marathon (apparently that could take a few weeks).  There will be some pretty intense training during the winter months here in New York.   And the Farmers Almanac says….

Northeast U.S.
Long Range Weather Forecast for October 16th – December 15th

Includes New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington D.C.

October 2010
16th-19th. Showers, then clearing.
20th-23rd. Rainy, milder.
24th-27th. Thunderstorms, then clearing.
28th-31st. Fair, then showers.

November 2010
1st-3rd. Fair, cold.
4th-7th. Stormy, heavy rains, possibly mixed with wet snow. Icy glaze for some areas.
8th-11th. Fair.
12th-15th. Rain, then clearing.
16th-19th. Increasingly cloudy, with rain and (over mountains) wet snow.
20th-23rd. More rain, wet snow, then clearing, colder.
24th-27th. Unsettled for Thanksgiving, with light snow, then clearing.
28th-30th. Mostly fair.

December 2010
1st-3rd. Snow, rain Northeast Mid-Atlantic.
4th-7th. Mostly fair, cold.
8th-11th. Light snow New England. Cold showers Mid-Atlantic States.
12th-15th. Fair.

How many times did the work “rain” appear in that forecast?!!! Ok enough of that…too depressing.

Ted and I are on a plane and off to Florida on Thursday.  It’s Pam and Heman’s wedding this Saturday and the majority of the family are gathering to celebrate.  We’re all pretty excited and very, very happy for the lovely couple.  My parents are driving from South Carolina to see Pam married.  I’m so excited I get to visit with Mom and Dad for a day.  I won’t see them again until Christmas.

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But before we go, there was body work to be done:

Wednesday workout:  Beginning with back and shoulders (free weights and cables)  which completes the weight workout for the week.  No telling what kind of weights the hotel will offer and usually it’s not a huge selection so best to complete that phase while still at home.

Shane and I went on  a 7.00 mile run.  This was my longest run since the marathon.  Everything felt pretty darned good.  I will admit my legs got tired and everything on my lower body began to ache.  Those are what I call “funny” pains.  They don’t hurt a lot but they make you aware of that part of your body e.g. top of foot, bottom of foot, etc.      

A side dish to hold you over…

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Smothered Cabbage – because there is all sorts of other ingredients mixed in with that delicious leafy green member of the mustard family (YES..the mustard family).  Serves 4.

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  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 small head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 a large onion, rough chop
  • 12 cherry tomatoes cut into quarters
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup veggie broth (or white wine)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Romano cheese

Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Add the cabbage, pepper strips, and onion.  Saute for 8 minutes over medium heat. 

Add the cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper, and minced garlic and continue cooking for about another 5 minutes.

Deglaze with 1/4 cup vegetable broth or white wine. Reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes.

Top with Parmesan Romano cheese and serve.

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Just wondering…

Do you watermark your photos?   Yesterday I discovered a couple of sites that used my photos for their recipes.  They sourced the photos (thank you guys!) which was very nice of them.  This left me wondering how many of you  1. watermark you photos?  2. don’t like other people to use your photos?  or 3.  Could care less if someone uses your photos, sources them or not?

Joanne

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