Ah-Choo.

With the seasons changing, so has my immune system apparently because I have gotten sick.

Before I delve into what that may mean, let’s do a little re-cap:

It was my birthday last Thursday and a fabulous one at that. Over the years, I have often celebrated my birthday with tons of people over the entire month of October-leaving my actual birthday feeling somewhat insignificant. So this year, I knew I wanted to keep things low-key. I didn’t want to plan anything for myself and instead spend some quality time with my quality loves.

Work treated me to a yummy lunch at Nolen Kitchen and then I got a surprise cubicle makeover 🙂 Thanks to all my family, friends and co-workers for making me feel so loved~

Cupcakes and candy for Halloween and my Birthday have been circulating the office more often than I like to admit

For my birthday dinner, Chris took me to Mickey and Mooch where we feasted on seared tuna, jumbo crab meat, crab cakes, filet and mashed potatoes. I stuffed myself and relished in the guilt free birthday dinner.

The weekend was pretty low-key. While I have enjoyed Halloween for many years, the reasons behind my celebrating have certainly evolved. When I was a kid it was all about the love of the candy. In college, it became about dressing up with friends. Now-I honestly didn’t want to spend the money this year so it became about scary movies with my soon-to-be hubby and passing out candy. Unfortunately for us, there wasn’t any trick-or-treaters 😦 Now I am stuck with bags of candy I’m trying to refrain from eating.

This brings us to Sunday afternoon where I realize that I am sick. All the Therflu in the world couldn’t make me feel better and while my fever went up and down that night-Monday morning came too quick. I decided to take a personal day-which I hated. I decided to make the best of it and I slept until 11:30. After sleeping in for so long I was starving so I made some quick french toast for 1. For an awesome how-to on this quick breakfast, check out Healthy Tipping Point.

Of course I put it on a Halloween paper plate, to make myself feel a little better.

After breakfast I watched a movie off On Demand (Just Wright) and fell in and out of my coma. By dinner I was starving so I instructed Chris on how to make what was on our meal plan. Walnut-Crusted Chicken with a salad. It was easy and so moist. I wish I had leftovers for today’s lunch.

Walnut-Crusted Chicken

Recipe by Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole-wheat bread, dried
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • 4 chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Lemon slices, for serving
  • Seasonal green salad
  • Directions:

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a food processor, combine bread, walnuts, and Parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Process until fine breadcrumbs form. Transfer to a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat egg white until frothy.

    Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dip each breast into egg white, letting excess drip off, and then into crumb mixture, pressing to adhere.

    In a large nonstick ovenproof skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned, 1 to 3 minutes. Carefully turn chicken over and put skillet in oven. Bake until chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes.

    Serve chicken with lemon slices and green salad.

    After Dinner was some ice-cream, leftover walnuts and some chocolate syrup. YUM.

    Now back to what  getting sick means for me and the upcoming race…

    I’m officially passing on the November 6 Dowd Y Half-Marathon. This is a decision I have been struggling with for the past few weeks and while I feel like a quitter, I’m trying to rationalize that I’m just trying to listen to my body. The bottom line is that I’m not prepared. I can only run a solid 8 miles and I just don’t feel that is enough and time is out. Instead of giving up all together I have decided to run Thunder Road instead. In a way, I’m excited about it because it’s a bigger race with more participants. I’m still bummed about not meeting my goal but such is life, sometimes you have to re-evaluate.

    Lastly-I just want to give a HUGE shout-out to my San Franscisco Giants! They won the World Series last night and I could not be more proud!!!!!! Wish I was in the city to celebrate, but will be home for Thanksgiving 😉

    Photo courtesy of Dad.

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    3 responses to this post.

    1. Posted by Kendall Moore on November 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

      YaaaY!! So glad you like cycle now 🙂 It’s amazing!

      Reply

    2. […] Chris really wanted walnut-crusted chicken. I made it a few weeks ago and you can get the recipe here. Because I knew how to make this I got to work on the sides. I have been craving a different veggie […]

      Reply

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