It's a day late, but here it is - my brief discussion of my eighth week of half marathon training!
When our stove died in January, we assumed that we would be without a stove for a few days. When we were told that a technician couldn't make it out to see us for almost a week, we realized that we may be without a stove for a little longer than planned. What we didn't expect was to be stoveless for three weeks.
In those three weeks without a stove, we relied heavily on our Crock Pot, grill, toaster oven, and microwave. I was worried that the amount of time we would spend without a working stove would mean lots of roast in the slow cooker - along with lots of leftover roast for meals the days after. Not surprisingly, that wasn't the case: I Googled and discovered the Crock Pot 365 blog, which gave me an amazing recipe for slow-cooker carnitas - which was delicious. All Recipes gave me a good recipe for potato soup in our crock pot, which was nice to have ready and waiting after a chilly late-morning run.
Additionally, we relied on our microwave quite heavily - reheating leftovers, and even buying premade and prepackaged dinners from the refrigerated section of our grocery store. The Boy spent about eight days out of town while our stove was down for the count, and on the nights he was gone I enjoyed leftovers, soups, and even dinner out with friends, none of which necessitated a working range.
The only places where we ran into any sort of issues were the question of birthday cake and homemade sweet tea. Sweet tea is a staple in our house, and it's rare that I don't have a pitcher full in the fridge, so we definitely noticed a lack of it at the dinner table, and throughout the weekends. Fortunately, that was an easy fix: we bought a large bottle of Gold Peak sweet tea at the grocery store.
Birthday cake was another story, as I really enjoy baking. This year, I wasn't hosting any friends, so I felt funny asking them to fix me something. Erica offered me the use of her stove to bake a cake if I wanted to, but due to some time constraints, I wasn't able to make it over. After some deliberation (and several jokes about buying an Easy-Bake oven), I decided to just buy a cake at the Kroger bakery. Thinking back on it, I am glad that is what I did. The cake I chose is one of our favorites, and did not disappoint. With a hefty scoop of ice cream, it was the perfect birthday dessert (and lunch!).
All in all, I feel like we did pretty well without our stove. I found several new-to-me slow-cooker recipes that I cannot wait to repeat, and mastered the art of baking rolls and biscuits in the toaster oven. While I definitely would not want a repeat (seriously - the night the stove died was scary), I'm glad to know that if I had to live without my range, that it could be done - without making too many adjustments to our day-to-day meals. We added new dishes to our rotation, and while we aren't eager to bust out our slow cooker this week, we will definitely be using it more in the future.
What are some of your favorite no-stove-needed recipes?
When did Sunday night get here? The weekend definitely flew by – and it was a lot of fun. To recap – briefly:
Hockey Games Attended: Two. One with The Boy, and one with my parents. Both games were awesome – one of the games was my younger brother’s last of the year, and it’s always fun to see him play.
Baked goods made: 1 batch of cookies, and 1 tube of biscuits. Our stove got repaired on Saturday and I baked a batch of cookies to take with me to my life group, and then I made biscuits (refrigerated ones) to have for breakfast after my run on Sunday.
Fevers spiked: One. The Boy wasn’t feeling well on Friday evening and spent most of the day resting on Saturday. He’s feeling a lot better today, and it definitely shows.
Miles run: Eight. My long run this week was eight miles, which I finished in just under an hour and a half. My Garmin was a big help during this run, keeping me moving at my target pace.
Books Read: One and a half.
Overnight Guests: Three: my parents and younger brother. I love it when they come to visit – it’s always fun to catch up, talk, and joke around.
Songs Sampled: Countless. I am helping a friend with some of the music for her wedding, and I spent some time over the last few days searching through my iTunes library and in the iTunes music store for songs she can use during the ceremony.
I love the weekends, they’re always fun and filled with great things to do. This weekend was busy but restful, and I’m eager to see what this week will bring.
What about you – what did you get into this weekend?
A few Things:
1. I definitely made a shout-out to my sister.
2. I got a couple text messages while making this video, and didn't realize the mic picked up the sound of my phone going off - that is the honking noise you hear twice in the video.
This weekend, The Boy and I took a few extra days off to celebrate my birthday – which fell today. We enjoyed a relaxing weekend, visiting with my parents, going to see The Secret World of Arrietty, picking up some new supplies to support my running habit, and taking a trip to Sephora so I could get some new foundation, bronzer, makeup brushes, and my Sephora birthday gift – some mini Fresh Sugar lip balms!
We also enjoyed some chocolate cake and cookies and crème ice cream, dinner at Montgomery Inn, and a trip to Jungle Jim’s to pick up some Meiji chocolate, soba noodles, and Japanese curry mix. It has been a very fun and relaxing long weekend and I am glad I took the time off to enjoy it. I’ve been able to sleep past nine almost every day I’ve been off, and even got to enjoy two very nice runs in forty and fifty-degree temperatures!
I am eager to get back to regular blogging as the week continues, and will be back tomorrow with another half marathon vlog. For now, though, I think I am going to wrap up my birthday weekend with some more cake and perhaps some Fraggle Rock on DVD.
What did you do this weekend?