Saturday, October 31, 2009

Salad for breakfast, take 2!

Well, I got a few 'complaints' that salad for breakfast the first time was just "normal" breakfast thrown onto some lettuce.... so here's another stab at it! Enjoy!


* 1 small head iceberg lettuce, torn
* 1/2 bunch green leaf lettuce, torn
* 1 med. vidalia onion, sliced
* 1 small package dried cheese tortellini, cooked al dente
* 1/2 pound bacon, cut into half pieces and cooked
* 4 hardboiled eggs, cooked, cooled and sliced
* 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped coarse
* 1 cup toasted croutons (I make my own but bought will suffice)
* 1/2 cup plain yogurt
* 1/2 cup mayo
* 1/4 cup buttermilk
* 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
* 1 tsp. dill weed
* 1 tbs. white wine vinegar
* 1 tbs dried minced onion
* 2 cloves garlic, pressed
* YOU CAN ALSO add a small amount of sugar to this dressing if you like that taste. I prefer it without for this particular salad.


1. Mix dressing in small bowl, set aside
2. place torn lettuce mixture into bottom of large salad bowl.
3. Top with sliced onion.
4. Drizzle small amount of dressing onto lettuce and onions. About 1/3 of the dressing.
5. Layer tortellini onto lettuce and onions.
6. Layer chopped tomato.
7. Drizzle with about 1/3 more dressing.
8. Layer sliced boiled eggs and bacon and finish drizzling the dressing over all. Top with toasted croutons.
9. Let chill for about an hour then DIG IN!

fat free plain yogurt
fat free mayo
1/2 cup skim buttermilk
NO dried onion
No tomatoes, croutons, or tortolinni
Extra lean turkey bacon - 3 slices total
added 1/4 cup per serving of low fat mozarella cheese
Didn't CHILL for an hour - who can wait that long for BREAKFAST?!?!?!?!
Added the bonus english muffin (Thomas Better Start - 1 WW point)

WW points w/o muffin (made my way) = 4 points
WW point w/ muffin (made my way) = 5 points


Thursday, October 29, 2009

To make Jamie proud - salad for breakfast!

So, my trainer, Jamie Atlas, has started making weekly 'challenges'. This week's challenge was to eat two 'new to me' vegetables OR have salad for breakfast. Well, I LOVE breakfast and I like salad... so.... here is the recipe!
Salad Lyonnaise

Yields: 2 servings (but this recipe can be easily doubled)
Time to make: ~30 minutes

What you need:

* 2 tbsp. olive oil
* ½ lb. potatoes, cubed
* ¼ lb. slab bacon, cubed — I really recommend you seek out the slab bacon for this recipe, as the chewy cubes of fat are part of what makes this salad unique.
* ½ tbsp. shallot or onion, minced
* 3 cups salad greens
* ¼ cup red wine vinegar
* 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
* Salt and pepper to taste
* 2 eggs, poached — click here to learn how to poach eggs

1. Divide the greens among 2 salad plates.
2. Heat the olive oil over medium.
3. Add the bacon and cook until the fat renders, 2 minutes or so.
4. Add the potatoes and onion.
5. Continue cooking until the potatoes are browned and the bacon is crisp, 10-15 minutes.
6. Mix the vinegar and mustard.
7. Add the vinegar mixture to the skillet and bring just a boil, stirring to mix with the bacon and potatoes.
8. Season to taste.
9. Pour the mixture over the greens.
10. Top each portion with a poached egg.

I used no oil in mine, I substituted lean turkey bacon for 'real' bacon and ended up with a 5point Weight Watcher dish. I added a Thomas 'Better Start' 100 calorie english muffins with spray-on 'I can't believe it's not butter' for 1 additional point. I also fried the eggs rather than poaching. Prepare the eggs however you would like!

6 points - delicious! For those that don't follow weight watchers or have no idea what I'm talking about... This meal was approximately 300 calories. WAY more than I normally have for breakfast but worth it and very filling!

Thanks for driving me to salad for breakfast Jamie! I'll see you tomorrow morning to work off those 300 calories now!


Still Snowing

Overnight adds to the total!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blizzard twenty oh niner?

Yep, I wasn't brave enough to fight the traffic, stuck at home all day. Karyn went to work, but came home early.

Two lows have set up east of Denver. One feeds the other... Sound like the blizzard of 03? The difference being, the eastern Low is not over Texas this time... it's north, feeding us Nebraska moisture. It might pass tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

He got his ski back!

Closing day you saw this:

This year not opening day, but he got his ski back!

What good old times we had last year!

Monday, October 26, 2009

I suppose you have been waiting for this!!?!?!?!?!

OMG!!! Austin was SO much fun! What an incredible and amazing group of women! I have posted ALL of the (very un-edited) photos here..... PHOTOS.

There are only 104 photos.... but when you get done with that......

I had an infusion set fail... but one of my team mates came to the rescue with a set - but a PINK set!!!!!!

Then we matched..... yeah!

We rocked it!!! My team finished in 6:52! woot! My biking was not what I expected but it was my FIRST RACE EVER and it was an IRONMAN so I'm really okay with it. LOVED every minute. I cannot even express the joy on my face at the team dinner with friends and family as they told us how the team and what they have accomplished had affected them. wow!

We had a woman with two glucose meters fail before the race - everyone to the rescue!

I had my set fail - someone to the rescue!

someone forgot to put their CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring system) in their bike transition - someone to the rescue!

cap fell off my lancet device - someone to the rescue

I don't know how these girls have done shorter distances WITHOUT this team. There was something so AMAZING about EVERYONE knowing exactly what it feels like to have to stop hiking, biking, swimming, running because your blood sugar is too high/low/unpredictible or equipment failure, etc. For once - and Ramona said it, not me - DIABETES WAS EMPOWERING!!!! It was not making things impossible..... it was making them possible! Without this team (of diabetics) I would not have been participating in a HALF IRONMAN! Without this team of diabetics- a lot of us might not have made the race at all... but LOTS of extra supplies, GU and hands to help made all the difference in the world. We are AWESOME! Go Team WILD!!!

I'll live to race another day (but for today, the quads are very sore)!
~karyn - Team WILD 70.3 ATHLETE!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

check out team WILD!

Its female, its Diabetic, its a team, its... Iron man? Check out Team wild!

Karyn is training for completing a HALF IRONMAN next Sunday - with a team of female diabetics!

Riding relay, Karyn is on the clock!

You can help out with a tax-deductible donation to Team WILD! Please consider a small contribution. Every penny counts and is appreciated. Her tracking number is TW0922. Please help this group stay alive so that next year she can do a full Ironman?!??

As you know, there are numerous nonprofit organizations doing compelling and worthy work in the world. I've put my confidence in DESA. Don't worry; they will not send you any email unless you register with them.

Want to know more about Team WILD?!?!?

Fresh hops Festival

Saturday we went to a fresh hops beer festival. All the beers we sampled used hops fresh in the brew within 24 hours.
Some good ones were there from Gordon (oscar blues), and a lot from the NW cascade fresh hops.

Some of Karyn's work crew showed. Who knew there would be corn hole!?!?

Ellie colors one set of bags with mustard...

Ellie and I closed the game with the win!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Weekend Fun!!

Day 1.

Sorry the audio didn't work on the vid. I have some back ground music in there somewhere.

Also first time in a while for the helmet cam.

The snow was great until 10, and the lines were fine until then too.

After we got a chance to visit Russ, Becky and David's new place in Dillon Valley. They bought a foreclosure, are fixing it up, and are renting rooms for the ski season. I can direct you if you know anyone who wants one.

After, Karyn put in a training ride. That's right. Still training!!! This time it's a 1/2 iron man triathlon. She's relay, just doing the ride. But she has already bought a swim suit, we'll see what happens next year!?!?!

Check the next post for more info!

Supper Club

Supper Club.

The theme was comfort food. They made brisket and Lasagna, they said those didn't go together, so I went with that. Karyn shucked the oysters, I made an onion vinegar sauce, some smoked Pheasant and goose with apricot date chutney, and some salmon pate...

The oysters were not a hit, but Karyn and I enjoyed them. The pate was enjoyed, but everyone didn't want to fill up.

Sunday I made oysters Rockefeller. MMMM good.

Monday, October 12, 2009

just pics

so, this past weekend we went to a yurt with Karen, Spencer, Elise and a couple of others! It was great fun. We woke to snow on Saturday morning and Sunday morning were walking around without jackets. There was some fishing and some cooking, eating.... yup, normal trip! Beautiful sunrise and sunset! Thanks to Karen for ALL the great pics!

LONG overdue....

So, I was looking through some photos this weekend and realized that I never posted about my friend Becky's FIRST triathlon (on September 12th)! It turns out that the weather was really, really terrible and they canceled the swim portion due to lightening so it turned into a Duathlon - which means Becky STILL has to do a triathlon!!! After the race we all went to dinner and got to enjoy Xander (enjoying his dad's beer).

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Smoking and... um, other bad(?) habits

Where to start?

BAD HABIT #1 - Personalized license plates
I, Karyn, have a very bad habit with personalized plates... The motorcycle is OLYELR (it's yellow), the truck is BGWNCH (take that however you want but it was intended that the truck eventually get a winch that still isn't there) and now the Jetta has, well, see below...

BAD HABIT #2 - Eating well and smoking
We ordered some grassfed, organic beef with some friends. We needed to make room in the freezer for said beef. Tucker did an amazing job smoking up some of the fish we had in the freezer to make room for the beef - Jaspurr even helped with the cleanup!

BAD HABIT #3 - Bicycling
I went out to Red Rocks this morning in 32 degree weather to go to Bootcamp. When I returned home I contemplated a 50 mile bicycle ride and decided to put it off until tomorrow.... but I did notice some things walking around the house (and this doesn't include the bike shoes and helmet on the front couch!)

I suppose some 'bad' habits make us healthy and happy? my return from bootcamp...