weekend wrap up

Long weekend wrap up/Sunday Supper

This past weekend was a whirlwind of food, and family, plain and simple.  We holed up in our little family nest and made memories to hang on to over this next year of separation.  I’ll write this wrap up, mostly in photos, because I really want to go snuggle on the couch with my tribe.  I also have a recipe to share, but we will get to that a bit later.  ❤

First day of Winter run with my friends!
These ladies continue to love me, even when it’s not easy to do


Running friends can always make me smile
Many of my running friends
My girls baked Christmas cookies since I had to work Christmas Eve
First course of Christmas Eve dinner was a baby arugula salad with shrimp dressed with a blood orange vinaigrette
Pan seared scallops with tri-colored potatoes
Checking to see where Santa was located
Letter to Santa
Priceless smile from my mini while opening gifts
Hubby got her a necklace to wear while he’s away…#allthetears
Prepping Christmas Dinner
Bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese!
I think he approves…
Dinner is served!
Check out my pup, praying Daddy drops that bone on the floor!!  LOL
Bowling with our new Xbox!
Someone takes her bowling very seriously, LOL
Hubby’s awesome form!
Smoothies to start my week out right tomorrow!
Homemade beef stock with the bones from our prime rib. It is currently simmering on my stove, and it smells AMAZING in here.
My first attempt at Dim Sum
Bamboo steamer that I got for Christmas
I used my new mortar and pestle to add ginger, garlic and pink peppercorns to my dipping sauce.  YUM!!
I lined my steamer with bok choy leaves vs. using oil
Dinner is served! 

I adapted my recipe from HERE, omitting the jicama, and using 1/2 lb. of ground pork and 1/2 lb. of beef along with 1 cup of finely chopped cooked shrimp. I served with my yummy Asian dipping sauce but you can serve with the suggested plain soy sauce or chili paste.  Serve with your favorite rice/rice noodle and veggie for a complete meal!  Enjoy!!

This weekend I am linking up with Holly and Tricia again for the Weekly wrap up!

How was your week?  Get anything exciting for Christmas?


❤ Michelle


Pan seared scallops with roasted red pepper puree and turnip chips

I haven’t felt much like writing lately, or cooking, or running, or, well anything else for that matter.  Post marathon blues I am sure were settling in, but I decided to slap the blues in the face today and start my week out right.  It’s my day off today, as I had weekend duty Saturday and Sunday and I wanted to spend time with my girls.  We don’t get ‘time’ to really have quality time together very often, so we spent the afternoon in the sun enjoying the break Mother Nature decided to give us after a VERY wet summer here in Chicagoland.

Since turning 40 a couple years ago, I’ve struggled a bit with the changes my body is going through with the whole pre-menopause thing…but last week my sister reminded me gently that I need to embrace ME, and remember all the hard things this body has done.  I’ve given birth twice, ran 3 full marathons, and have ran countless miles!!!! Somehow, she’s a lot like my Mom…nearly ALWAYS right. 😉

So today, as we sat outside on our deck, I looked over at my daughters and smiled.  I excused myself, went upstairs to my bedroom and changed out of my unflattering one piece suit and donned a bikini I bought a couple years back.  I came back outside and both my daughter’s faces lit up.  “You look amazing, Mommy!!!”  I just smiled.  Sure, I have an extra few lbs. I’d like to lose, and my saggy tummy/pooch is more prevalent since turning 40…but so what. I decided leading by example was much more important than a few physical flaws, and that teaching my daughters to love themselves trumped my silly insecurities.

My youngest wanted to have a photo shoot, so here’s what she came up with:


After our fun afternoon, I decided to start the week out right with some weights.  I did 3 sets of bicep curls, triceps extensions, side bends with weights, 50 pushups, and 100 v-ups.  I’ll finish my sit-ups tonight!

Quick, yet great work out!
Quick, yet great work out!

Next, it’s time for dinner!  On my days off, I like to make a bit fancier meals for my family not only for their pleasure, but to constantly practice and perfect my skills as a Chef wanna-be.

Pan seared scallops with roasted red pepper puree, turnip “chips” and baby bok choy salad that’s dressed with a lime/soy vinaigrette.


1 lb of fresh scallops that have been patted dry with a paper towel, and seasoned with salt and pepper.

In a non-stick pan heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and a pat of unsalted butter to medium high heat.  Sear the scallops on both sides, turning after 3-4 minutes.  Be careful to NOT burn, yet NOT overcook.  Drain the scallops on a paper towel.

Turnip Chips

2 turnips, sliced thinly at an angle

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 shallot, sliced

Kosher salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes

The leaves from 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme

2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 325 degrees, and mix all ingredients in a bowel.  Transfer veggies to a baking sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with cooking spray.  Roast for about 40 minutes until the turnips are ‘crisp’ like a chip.

Red pepper puree

Char 2 red peppers on all sides on your burner (this can be done in the oven, too…this process just speeds things up a bit).

7-13pepperTransfer the peppers to a baking sheet, add 6 cloves of garlic, and season with kosher salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Roast in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Let peppers cool, and peel off the charred skins.  Place the peppers and garlic into a food processor and add salt and pepper to taste.  Also, add a teaspoon of smoked paprika.  Puree on high until blended, and the strain out the mixture into a bowel.  Set this aside for plating time.

Lime and soy vinaigrette

Juice of 2 limes

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon of low sodium soy sauce or Tamarin (gluten free soy sauce)

Pinch of kosher salt and pepper

Drizzle in about 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, and mix well with a whisk.  Taste for seasoning, and serve over baby bok choy and shallots that have been thinly sliced and seasoned with salt and pepper.


Dinner is served!
Dinner is served!

Are you self-conscience about wearing a bathing suit?  What’s your favorite ‘fancier’ meal?

Have a great week, y’all!!!!

❤ Michelle