Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Swiss Chard on an Organized Post!

In compliance with the title, I'm reporting on today (so far, anyway).

Running: 7.3 miles on the treadmill, but more like 6.5 real miles (see my post on Hold on, Treadmill for a good explanation of my cheating runs). By the way, Jeff very sweetly bought and installed a chin-up bar for me after we found out that the one I had bought wouldn't work in our doors. I have decided to get buff. Or at least be able to do ONE chin-up. So after running, I eyed the bar, grabbed it firmly, and jumped up into a chin-up. I'm all about cheating when I exercise. One of these days I'll be able to do it correctly, without any jumping.

Recipes: Neat how the food follows the exercise, although in real life food is definitely the first priority. I just run so I can eat. Dinner tonight is an experiment (i.e., I'm making this recipe up as I go along).
Swiss Chard Wraps a la Stephanie -
Cook and crumble 1 lb. sausage (drain), 1/2 diced onion, and 4 cloves pressed garlic. Stir in a small can of chopped olives.
Cut off thick stems and rinse the leaves of a bunch of Swiss Chard (grape leaves would work, too). Spoon some of the sausage mixture into each leaf, lay a bit of mozarella cheese across, roll up burrito style, and pin with a toothpick. Steam for a while (how's that for exact?) until warmed through and leaves are softened.
Sticking to the Greekish theme, serve with tomato wedges and cucumber slices, pita bread, and we're having cottage cheese w/peaches, too. (Okay, so I also made rice - I have to offer SOMETHING I know the kids will eat!).

LATER: Update on how dinner went over - Believe it or not, the kids LOVED the chard wraps. I was floored! Jeff had four, Samuel ate it without complaining, Oliver said it was the best food ever, Eleanor asked if we could have it again for breakfast, and on 3 out her 4 bites Charlotte didn't gag. Success.

Reading: Dang it, nothing yet (unless you count reading to my girls). BUT!!! I did listen to my scriptures while I ran. This is my favorite way to multi-task. I was actually trying to figure out a way that I could run on the treadmill, listen to the Book of Mormon, and fold laundry at the same time. I'm still working it out in my head. I do have great plans to read in bed tonight. Knowing me, I'll make it through two lines before I zonk out. Is zonk a word?

Ruminations & Family combo: No thoughts in me yet. No deep thoughts, anyway. I did have a nice day, though. I slept in until 7:15 - WOW, got everyone off to school & work, sent Charlotte with Grandma, and went to the Temple. It's only 1/4 mile away. How amazing is that? Spent the rest of the day playing with my girls, running, and folding the laundry - but not while on the treadmill.
We built a fort and had our reading time under the table, so that's memorable. I made dinner, which is also memorable. Now we're off to my boys' Cub Scout Pack meeting (also memorable? We'll see...).


  1. Those chard wraps sound lovely. I haven't made those before--I've only made charred wraps and I don't think those were "memorable" for the same reasons yours were. Running while hearing the echoes of prophets past in my ears is one of my favorite things! Somehow, I seem to get more out of both when I multi task that way. ( When you figure out how add the laundry folding, let me know how you do it!) LOVED the post! (Sigh)

  2. Your recipe sounds delicious. Please keep me posted on the multitasking thing. That would be amazing, and I would be seriously impressed.

  3. If I could put 2 laundry baskets (one full, one empty) on 2 high stools on either side, I could pull out an item, fold it, put it in the other basket, and repeat. See- totally feasible. The only problem I can see is that I like to hold on with at least one hand on the treadmill bar. I can't fold laundry one-handed. Maybe if I slowed my running...but that kind of defeats the whole point of my runs. I'll keep thinking. :)