20 August 2014

grilled maple bacon peanut butter and jelly sammich

Two recipes in one week? Before you know it, this will be a food blog!

LOL. Just kidding. Mama ain't got that kinda time.

Today's post is thanks to the awesome folks over at Peanut Butter & Co. who sent me two complimentary jars of their Mighty Maple Peanut Butter and two jars of their Rip Roaring Raspberry Preserves. Take those two and what do you get?

A peanut butter and jelly sammich, of course!

Except. See. Well. That's kind of boring, amirite?

Don't get me wrong. I lurve me a good ol' fashioned pb&j. But, y'know, we're all adults here so I decided to go a little bit crazy.

That's right.


True story, growing up we never really ate bacon. We were more sausage people, at least as far as I can recall. Over the past few months, however, I've rediscovered bacon and ohmygod. Like. I can't even. Keep in mind I was vegetarian for almost seven years. I missed the whole Bacon Movement that happened with, well, basically bacon everything. And, not having really been a big bacon eater, I never quite got it.

I get it now.

(I partly blame BC. We were at brunch once at this restaurant with seriously bad ass bacon and he ordered it and offered me a piece. I don't think it's something I would have decided to seek on my own.)

So now we have peanut butter + jelly + bacon.

But then, well, I decided to get even crazier.


Just look at those beautiful, beautiful grill marks and that melted peanut butter and jelly. The maple flavor paired perfectly with the bacon and I actually made this for breakfast one day and it with the carbs and protein combination it made a fantastic start to my day.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

18 August 2014

honey roasted chipotle almond crusted tilapia with blue diamond

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds 

So, okay, the first thing I have to tell you is that I sort of did this a little backwards in that I cooked the fish first. Now that I'm eating meat again I'm trying to expand my horizons and -- never having been a big sea food fan in the past -- took a chance and purchased a bag of tilapia fillets from the grocery store. I baked the fillets unseasoned or anything and only after I took them out of the oven did I realize that they were kinda, well, bland and needed a bit of flavor.

Now, I'm a Blue Diamond Tastemaker and just the other week they sent me samples of two of their flavors from their honey line of products.

The Honey Roasted Vanilla I immediately turned into nut butter but I wasn't quite sure what to do with the Honey Roasted Chipotle. But then, see, I had these tilapia fillets that needed just a bit of something and....


I went on the hunt for recipes and while most call for a whole host of seasonings, as long as you're using one of the many Blue Diamond flavored almond varieties you probably won't need anything else to add flavor. That means this is a ridiculously easy recipe and one that is also super yummy. I pan-fried them this time around but next time (and oh yes, there will be a next time. Probably sooner rather than later) I may try baking instead.

Honey Roasted Chipotle Almond Crusted Tilapia 

2 eggs
1 cup almonds
8 tilapia fillets 
1/4 cup flour (I was out of all purpose so just used whole wheat)

Beat the eggs in a bowl. Set aside.

Use a blender or food processor to grind the almonds. Spread out in a shallow dish.

Dust the tilapia fillets with flour then shake off excess. Dip the tilapia in the egg, then press into the almond mixture.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook tilapia in melted butter until golden brown on both sides. Serve.

I paired mine with green beans and some corn on the cob and made for a delicious dinner for the rest of the week.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

12 August 2014

Welcome GG9!

Over the weekend, our fair city of Cleveland opened its arms to welcome those involved with the 2014 Gay Games! Friday night I took my half training long run downtown where I spotted this sign on the back of the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library.

You can't tell from the picture, but each letter has a different color around it, forming a rainbow. Because of the library's location and the layout of the city, the sign can be seen from the Festival Village a couple blocks away.

On Sunday, thanks to a friend's FB status, I discovered the rowing competition was being held at The Cleveland Metroparks newest location, Merwin's Wharf at Rivergate, which is within walking distance of my apartment.

It was right around lunch time, so I first went to a nearby market to get a sandwich and fruit before walking back over to the banks of the Cuyahoga, where I settled in and had a lovely lunch while watching the rowers!

It was a gorgeous day and I stayed and watched and cheered the rowers for about an hour before heading back home. The events and activities are lasting all week long and taking place in both Cleveland and Akron. I have to work, but hopefully I'll be able to check out some of the events next weekend.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

07 August 2014

all about all about that bass

I am officially obsessed with this song:
So I was super excited yesterday when Katie played it as our warm-up during spin class. Whenever I really connect with a song, I love being able to work out to it and this was no exception. I had a really strong ride and I think having that song set the tone was a big part of that. 
Speaking of spinning, a few days after getting my instructor certification I emailed Harness owner Annie and mentioned that while right now and for the next few months my schedule is cray-cray, I'd be interested in joining the team later in the year and she said that's actually good timing and will let me know when applications open up so hopefully in 2015 I'll be able to put that certification to use!

What songs have you been listening to a lot lately?
Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

04 August 2014

welcome august and walkabout

So, like, it's August. I have no idea how that happened, but there it is. This year is just moving too damn fast for me to keep up and offline I'm working on a big personal project with a January deadline and there's half-marathon training, so needless to say the second half of 2014 is going to be cray-cray.

It's also been one month since FitBloggin and one month since I decided to accept the body that is a result of my lifestyle and when I weighed myself this morning I was right where I needed to be. Technically I should have waited until this Wednesday, but I'm still working on how often I weigh in and I have a feeling I always will find that to be a challenge.

This was a super busy and full weekend, which is always fun but I was grateful for a calm relaxing Sunday yesterday. Friday night I met up with an old high-school friend for dinner at Peachtree Southern Kitchen and it was delish. I went for the fried green tomatoes and house salad and both were just right portions in a Goldilocks kind of way.

I ended up spending the night at my parents' and Saturday morning I was up bright and early to get a 4 mile run in around the neighborhood.

It was a gorgeous morning but while the weather was fine when I first set out, by the end it was ridiculously humid and just blah.

After my run I headed to the local public library for research purposes and I also ended up walking a bunch around my hometown before heading back to Cleveland for dinner and a movie with BC. By the end of the night I was exhausted.

Well. That certainly explains it.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus
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