Sharon's Shenanigans

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Come on Irene! I swear on me knees at the moment…… August 28, 2011

Filed under: HOME — Sharon @ 5:32 pm

I thought Irene was going to be a fun-filled day of scrabble by candlelight and napping between eating non perishable foods but instead I got called into work.  Ya, I know.  That Sucks!

I just got home to find Ron and Penny napping without me.  Jerks.

I did tell him not to drink all the rum because I wanted to have a few Dark & Stormy drinks waiting for me!!

A simple highball-style cocktail, the Dark and Stormy is made with one part dark rum to four parts ginger beer. The smooth, rich warmth of the rum pairs beautifully with the spicy-sweet snap of the ginger beer, and everything takes on a refreshing chill when topped up with ice.

If you want a truly authentic taste, use Gosling’s Black Seal rum and Barritts ginger beer. Both brands are local to Bermuda and purists swear by them. (In fact, many will say that a drink made any other way is not a Dark and Stormy.) But authentic or not, any good-quality dark rum and any spicy, zippy ginger beer will make for a very tasty drink.

Dark and Stormy
makes one cocktail

2 ounces dark rum
8 ounces ginger beer

Combine rum and ginger beer in a highball glass and stir gently. Add ice cubes and garnish with a lime wedge. http://www.thekitchn.com/

I kinda feel a little let down with this storm.  We had no power outage, no evacuation, a few tree limbs down but that is about it.  Now I know some people have had property damage and yes I do feel bad for them, I am not an asshole but I would have liked a little more out of Irene. 

My Newport friends have been posting pictures of the water and it makes me home sick…….you all suck.  Thanks. 

Now back to TV and a snoring husband, enjoy.

 

Cupcake Pies August 17, 2011

Filed under: HOME — Sharon @ 9:55 pm

I know you all have been missing my cupcake posts and I am sorry I have kept you waiting……well wait no longer! 🙂 

Cherry and Blueberry Pie Cupcakes!   Here is what they are supposed to look like;

First you need A TON of M&M’s in Red and Blue.  I bought 2 bags and separated the 2 colors.

I liked that these cupcakes used just a few ingredients and I almost had everything in the house already.

and I pretty much love anything by this chubby little bastard

I had to make the frosting a light brown color so I used a few drops of yellow food coloring and a spoonful of cocoa powder.

These cupcakes a really simple too.  You just need to frost the cupcake and add the M&M’s

The cupcakes need to be covered with a little edge left on the outside.  If there are any spaces you can put frosting on the M&M and fill in the holes.  That will also give the cupcake a little more depth.

Then I filled a piping bag with the frosting and cut the tip of to make the crisscross of the pie shell.

I bought a new tip for the crust of the pie

The crust was fairly easy to do.

I always make a mess when doing cupcakes, this time was no different.

You really need more M&M’s than I actually had.  The 2 big bags only made about 11 cupcakes. 

 

I brought them to Ron’s family BBQ and they were a big hit!

 

Why Not train for it anyway? August 8, 2011

Filed under: Fitness,HOME — Sharon @ 10:49 am
triathalon training plan 
  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Week Tot.
    Swim (med) Run (long) Bike (long) Run (med) Bike (med) Swim (long)  
Week# 1
2011-08-07
Base
 
S: 1100 Yd

22m
R: 2.20 miles

22m
B: 12.10 miles

45m
R: 1.80 miles

18m
B: 9.70 miles

36m
S: 1400 Yd

27m
S:2500 Yd

1h 05m

B: 21.8 Mi

1h 48m

R: 4 Mi

53m
Week# 2
2011-08-14
Base
 
S: 1150 Yd

23m
R: 2.50 miles

25m
B: 13.40 miles

50m
R: 2.00 miles

20m
B: 10.70 miles

40m
S: 1450 Yd

29m
S:2600 Yd

1h 08m

B: 24.1 Mi

2h 00m

R: 4.5 Mi

59m
Week# 3
2011-08-21
Recovery
 
S: 700 Yd

14m
R: 1.60 miles

16m
B: 8.40 miles

31m
R: 1.20 miles

12m
B: 6.70 miles

25m
S: 900 Yd

17m
S:1600 Yd

41m

B: 15.1 Mi

1h 15m

R: 2.8 Mi

37m
Week# 4
2011-08-28
Base
 
S: 1200 Yd

23m
R: 2.60 miles

26m
B: 14.00 miles

52m
R: 2.10 miles

21m
B: 11.20 miles

42m
S: 1450 Yd

29m
S:2650 Yd

1h 09m

B: 25.2 Mi

2h 05m

R: 4.7 Mi

1h 02m
Week# 5
2011-09-04
Base
 
S: 1250 Yd

24m
R: 2.90 miles

29m
B: 15.50 miles

58m
R: 2.30 miles

23m
B: 12.40 miles

47m
S: 1550 Yd

30m
S:2800 Yd

1h 12m

B: 27.9 Mi

2h 19m

R: 5.2 Mi

1h 08m
Week# 6
2011-09-11
Peak
 
S: 1300 Yd

26m
R: 3.20 miles

32m
B: 17.20 miles

1h 05m
R: 2.60 miles

26m
B: 13.80 miles

52m
S: 1600 Yd

32m
S:2900 Yd

1h 16m

B: 31 Mi

2h 35m

R: 5.8 Mi

1h 16m
Week# 7
2011-09-18
Taper
 
B: 10.30 miles

39m
R: 1.90 miles

19m
S: 1000 Yd

19m
R: 0.00 miles

20m
S: 0 Yd

20m
B: 0.00 miles

20m
  S:1000 Yd

39m

B: 10.3 Mi

58m

R: 1.9 Mi

 

Shar-athalon. My mini tri-traning workout August 7, 2011

Filed under: Fitness,HOME — Sharon @ 12:00 pm

So I decided to do a little mini triathalon work out on Saturday night.  I started with a 2 mile run on the treadmill.  It was a 7 min Run/3 min walk with a 5 min warm up.  That portion took about 25 minutes.  Than I jumped on the bike for a 5 mile ride in about 20 minutes.

The swim was next……

I had to figure out how long a mile was in the pool at my apartment.  I was told it was 110 feet long.  So I googled how many feet in a mile.

1 mile = 5280 feet

So that means 24 laps, now I know I will not be able to keep track of that many laps so I needed to make a homemade abacus.   I went to the dollar store and picked up a bag of plastic beads and used 2 plastics cups.  Each lap I moved one bead from the left to the right.  BRILLIANT! 

 

Downward Dog August 6, 2011

Filed under: HOME — Sharon @ 11:03 am

I usually do Yoga in the middle of the living room and whenever I roll out the mat  Penny likes to give me a little lesson on  her favorite posses!

 Supta Baddha Konasana– Perform Baddha Konasana. Exhale and lower your back torso toward the floor, first leaning on your hands. Once you are leaning back on your forearms, use your hands to spread the back of your pelvis and release your lower back and upper buttocks through your tailbone. Bring your torso all the way to the floor, supporting your head and neck on a blanket roll or bolster if needed.

Child’s Pose– Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips.

Corpse Pose– In Savasana it’s essential that the body be placed in a neutral position. Sit on the floor with your knees bent, feet on the floor, and lean back onto your forearms. Lift your pelvis slightly off the floor and, with your hands, push the back of the pelvis toward the tailbone, then return the pelvis to the floor. Inhale and slowly extend the right leg, then the left, pushing through the heels. Release both legs, softening the groins, and see that the legs are angled evenly relative to the mid-line of the torso, and that the feet turn out equally. Narrow the front pelvis and soften (but don’t flatten) the lower back.

Supta Padangusthasana– Lie supine on the floor, legs strongly extended. If your head doesn’t rest comfortably on the floor, support it on a folded blanket. Exhale, bend the left knee, and draw the thigh into your torso. Hug the thigh to your belly. Press the front of the right thigh heavily to the floor, and push actively through the right heel.

Thanks Penny!!  Your sooooo ZEN!!

In other stuff,

anyone that knows me knows I have a LOVE for Iced Coffee.  I usually am not seen without one.  This year I switched from my favorite Dunks to the HoneyDew Mocha Madness!!  DELICIOUSNESS!

If I drink 1 per day $2.50 X 365 = $912.50 A YEAR!! Holy Cow.   So I decided to try a little something different this week and see how it works out.

I brewed some coffee and put it in the fridge and then I picked up some skim milk and a Muscle Milk chocolate Protein Shake.

I get the mocha flavor I like plus a little  added bonus of protein to start my metabolism off and running in the AM.     I found this reusable plastic cup at Target and it is the PERFECT size.

 Coffee + Mocha + Protein = Saving Money!!

🙂 One Very Happy Caffeinated Girl!

 

Just Because August 4, 2011

Filed under: Cards,Fitness — Sharon @ 5:54 pm

Here is a card I made……..Just Because.


Today I worked out with Jef my trainer.

I did~

5 one arm rows 40lb each side (110 total)  (I complained it was heavy and his answer “Your strong stop pretending your not!”)

10 pushups (110 total)

15 squats (165 total)

11 X’s Through

Bench step ups – 10 per leg 2x’s

12 ~ 20 pound ball dead-lift to overhead press 2X’s

Ropes 1 arm waves – 30 seconds 2x”s

1 Arm kettle bell swings 10 each side 2x’s

 

SWEAT!!!

 

 

Day Trip Part 2- Nashoba Valley Winery Tasting and Picnic Lunch August 3, 2011

Filed under: Food,HOME,Travel — Sharon @ 12:10 pm

Nashoba Valley Winery is a really cool winery in Bolton Ma.   Ron and I had been there before in the Fall for Sunday Brunch at the restaurant and then a tasting.  When we went on a sunday in the fall the place was PACKED with people and it was crazy.    It was so different on a monday in summer.  We went at a great time and there was only another 2 couples in the whole place.

The wine building is separate from the restaurant and it is a  wood building with a wrap around porch with outdoor seating.

The building inside is a large great room with wall to wall bottles of wine and a small bar for tastings.

The tasting is really good deal.  You get to try 5 wines and keep the glass for only $4.00

They grow apples, peaches and plums as well as grapes on the property so they make some really different flavored wines.  I tried the Vignoles, Strawberry Rubarb, Dry Pear, Semi Sweet Blueberry and Cyser.

We bought a bottle of Vignoles. From the Website~Produced as a dry wine, our estate Vignoles is rich with tropical notes of pineapple, melon, honey and citrus. A soft and subtle approach finishes with a lingering hint of green apple and a lush display of fruit. 

We sat out on the porch and grabbed the cooler from the car.  There is a great view of the orchards and a perfect grape-vine covering the veranda.


The Vineyard used to only do fruit wines but in 2008 they started their first grape wines.  They also do beer and some spirits including Vodka, Brandy and Gin.

We split a turkey avocado and a chicken salad sandwich.  Paired perfect with the crisp white wine.

Ron enjoying his wine.

I love this place.  We are going back in the fall for some apple picking.(and drinking)  Who is coming with us?