sunday riff-raff

Sunday already? This sucks.

I'm up early and trying to decide whether I should go for a run or hit the 9:15 spin class. Decisions decisions.

Last night we went to the mall, but it was the quickest trip ever. I hate that. Stu had to get his jeans hemmed at Nordstrom, so while he did that, I browsed. Around 7, we drove to Jim and Cynthia's house to meet their new daughter Kate. She's only 2 weeks old and weighs just 7 lbs. It was like holding a cabbage patch preemie. Trey, Kate's older brother {turning 2 next month} gave me quite a workout. We played, colored, played some more and by 8:30, I was ready to die of exhaustion. Cynth looked at me and said "welcome to parenthood.". Very funny Cynth.

Today the plan is to get a blow out {thanks to Hair Cuttery,} meet my friend Amber for mani's and lunch and then back home to get Slow Cooker Sunday underway. I want to make the stuffed peppers we made last week, only omitting rice for couscous. Speaking of recipes, I dug out this recipe organizer my mom got me for Christmas last year. It took me a while, but I finally filled it up with all the magazine tear out's I've collected over the past couple of years. It's pretty rad if you ask me.

Ladies, I asked momma Paige where she found this and she thinks it was at a Hallmark Store.


Okay, gotta get off my ass and move. Have a fab Sunday!

Posted by Lisa Paige on November 28, 2010 in My fam/friends, Recipes, Where I shop | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

weekend re-cap

No seriously.

I'm so happy it's a short week. I love this time of year!

How was your weekend? We did a ton. One thing I can cross off our list is a new couch {love seat.} We found one, and it wasn't the original couch I liked at Ikea. We went to Ikea on Saturday so I could stuff my face with swedish meatballs to see the couch in person. It was nice. I loved the idea of being able to switch  out the different slip covers whenever I wanted. Most of Ikea's furniture is slip-cover friendly. How versatile right??  Well, the couch itself was $579 and the slip cover sold separately for $239. Are you kidding me IKEA?? $818 for a damn love sea??  Screw that. We left with only an $8 vase. Epic fail. On the way home we stopped into Ashley furniture and there she was.....ahhhhh ahhhhh ahhhhhh.......the most perfect little love seat I'd ever seen.

As soon as Stu sat down on it, he knew this was the one. SO COMFORTABLE. This couch looks like it would be featured in a Pottery Barn show room. It was originally priced at $779, marked down to $559 on sale for $379! WHAT?? I thought it was a hoax. Nope. This couch really was marked down to $379. Obviously we got it. Ikea, you and your slip- covered over-priced couch can kiss my ass. Our new couch is being delivered this weekend. PS-Don't think for a second those hideous looking pillows are staying on that couch. Pier 1 will be getting a visit from me later.

As you know, yesterday I ran the Philly Half marathon. I'm still on cloud nine about our PR times! We also had another great SLOW COOKER SUNDAY. I made stuffed peppers and they came out phenomenal. I got the recipe off of a slow cooker app I have on my iphone. I bought 4 HUGE peppers, so we're having the last 2 tonight for dinner. Left-overs rule. These peppers were so good, that this weekend I'm making them all over again. The one thing I'm changing is the rice. Gonna replace it with couscous. Oh, and pair this dish up with some yummy whole grain bread.

Stuffed Green Bell Peppers



  1. Combine all ingredients, except 1/4 cup cheese and green peppers.
  2. Stuff peppers with this mixture. Arrange peppers in stoneware.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours (HIGH: 3-4 hours).
  4. Sprinkle with remaining cheese during last 30 minutes of cooking.


BLOG UPDATE: all of the content has been converted to the new server, yay! Working on the updated header and a few more details. Shooting for a Christmas launch. Oh, and NO MORE PURPLE! EVER.

Posted by Lisa Paige on November 22, 2010 in Food and Drink, My fam/friends, Recipes, Where I shop | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

umm. yum.

My friend Nicole sent me Bethenny's Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe. I am so making this. Sunday maybe? This looks phenom!


Have a fab night ladies!

Posted by Lisa Paige on October 28, 2010 in Food and Drink, Recipes | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

"trend" or "treat"

Ahh, the weekend is upon us! Amen. How is everyone doing?? TGIF!

I added water to my yogurt bomb bowl today and it wasn't as good. I'll never do that again. Way to watery.

I decided to save my run for later. It's so beautiful out, why not take advantage of the Autumn awesomeness when I can actually see the trees {and road?} How could you not love this season?? It's a runner's dream.

We're laying low tonight. Tomorrow morning is the big Nordstrom Trend show and seeing that I have to get up at the crack, I want to be in bed early tonight. Tomorrow night however will be a different story. We're getting together with Eddie and Michelle and doing the whole Shadybrook Farm Halloween Horror nights thing. I live for their corn maze and haunted hayride.


Sunday morning I'm running a 5K at the Garden of Reflection. Pretty cool.

Still deciding what we're gonna make for slow cooker Sunday. Stu's been jonsing for a big pot of veggie chili so that's probably what we'll go with.

Posted by Lisa Paige on October 22, 2010 in Beauty, races/marathons, Recipes, Where I shop | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

top 10 pumpkin desserts

This has to be my favorite list EVER!!



Posted by Lisa Paige on October 18, 2010 in Food and Drink, Recipes | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

a little piece of heaven

My totally awesome reader Peggy sent me this recipe for {sit down for this} Pumpkin Pie cupcakes with Butter Cream frosting!! Thanks a lot Peg, now I want to dump my yogurt bomb and eat 3 of these amazing pumpkin pie cupcakes. They'd make for good pre-spin class fuel right?

I honestly couldn't bake these because I have no self control with anything pumpkin, especially if it comes in cupcake form! I'd eat the whole batch and this is not an exaggeration.

Click HERE to get this recipe

**if you DO end up making these bad boys and need a taste tester, I would glady offer up my tastebuds :0)

Have a fantastic Saturday!

Posted by Lisa Paige on October 16, 2010 in Food and Drink, Recipes | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

candy corn vs. cookies, or both?

I could eat an entire bag of these candy corn hershey's kisses right now.

Clearly that would not be the best decision and would defeat the purpose of boot camp tonight. HOWEVER, I did run 5 miles last night and set a new pr {go me}. Oh, and let's not forget the hour spent on the elliptical this morning.

Let's take it a step further and make Hershey's Candy Corn Cookies shall we?

You might want to print this recipe. Holy yum!


Lemme add this recipe to the 632 other "fall themed" treats I plan to never make.

Posted by Lisa Paige on October 14, 2010 in Food and Drink, Recipes | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

it's all about me

Saturday, I met up with Ruthie for an early morning run along the West Side highway. I think we did about 5 miles. I realized that I hadn't set my garmin until we were about 1.5 miles in. Opps. Later on Saturday afternoon, we met up with Michelle and Eddie for the Paula Deen show!

PAULA DEEN called me "darling!"


Michelle and I are waiting in a long ass line to see PAULA

Paula was awesome. Exactly like she is on tv. Totally adorable and over-the-top personable. The interview was held inside the Times Center and ran about 1.5 hrs. The last 20 minutes, they let the audience ask Paula a questions. You know I jumped at the chance. When I got up to the mic, my heart was pounding. I don't do well speaking in front of small crowds. Crazy huh?? The convo went something like this:

Me: "Hi Paula."

Paula: "Hi darling."

Me: "My husband and I love your silly salt. We dump it on everything."

Paula: "Isn't it good? I use it on meat, seafood, baked potatoes. It adds so much flavor."

Me: What do you do with all the food after you make it {on your show??}

Paula: "We make 3 versions of whatever I'm baking. The first version is for pictures and camera shots only. The second version is the "after" and the third version is me making the actual dish." After we finish shooting the show, we give the food to a local food bank."

Me: "Nooooo way!". That's great!!

Then I nervously walked away. I LOVE PAULA!! After the interview, we scrambled down stairs to get my cookbook signed.

I'm still freaking out. I was just so over-joyed to meet Paula!

Don't I look terrified??  Move it along lady, it's my turn to talk to Paula!!


For the record, I've never been to a book signing. Ever. Paula was the first and last. She holds a special place in my <3

So that was my Saturday. Now on to Sunday Funday.

Yesterday I ran a 5K and WON {overall woman.}


WTH? I have no idea how to get my iPhone pic's to rotate upright. This is ghetto, but you get the idea.

All I wanted was that damn metal, and I got it! The goal for this particular race was to set a new pr. My best time so far still sits at 22:19. Yesterday I finished 3.1 in 23:18. While I didn't set a new pr, I did take the #1 spot for women, and honestly, that felt AMAZING. Guess I'll be running another 5K ;0)

After running a ton of errands and basking in my #1-ness, I managed to stay in one place for 25 minutes and throw together our Slow Cooker Sunday meal. We made a "Sweet n Savory" veggie pot, thanks to Hungry-girl.

It was FANTASTIC!!! We ate it with a nice dark whole grain bagette. I had two mongo slices with butter. Hey, I was #1 yesterday. I ran hard for that bread, haha.

Sweet & Spicy Veggie Pot

2 cups cubed butternut squash (about half a squash)
1 large eggplant, stem removed, peeled, and cubed
1/2 head of cabbage, cored and cut in chunks
1 zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch coins
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
One 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. ground ginger, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. ground cumin, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. chili powder, or more to taste

Place all cut veggies in an extra-large bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine all other ingredients and thoroughly mix. Spoon this mixture over the veggies and stir to coat.

Transfer mixture to a crock pot with a capacity of four quarts or more. If needed, pack it in tightly. (It will cook down.)

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until veggies are very tender.

Stir well and serve!

MAKES 10 SERVINGS. NOTE, this def DOES NOT serve 10. More like 4.

Posted by Lisa Paige on October 11, 2010 in Books, NYC, Pic's, races/marathons, Recipes, Travel | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

yogurt bomb bowl!

Breakfast of Champions: My Yogurt Bomb bowl

You may be wondering what exactly a yogurt bomb is.'s a ridiculous yogurt mix I throw together every morning. It's my favorite breakfast as of late. Not only does it taste like dessert, but it's packed with protein, and super-duper filling. Since I've been eating yogurt bombs for breakfast, I haven't once reached for a mid-morning snack. Why?? Because I'm SO full from my yogurt bomb bowl!!

In the mix {it varies day to day.}

Some days, I'll throw in a sliced up banana in place of the dates. Today, I added granola to to the mix. This breakfast is NO JOKE!!! I promise, you will LOVE IT!!

Posted by Lisa Paige on October 7, 2010 in Food and Drink, Recipes | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

pumpkin chowder? yes please.

Holy crumb cake. I'm totally making this PUMPKIN CHOWDER. Not only is it low cal {143 per serving} but it's vegetarian too! Stu will slurp this right up.

Nom nom nom.

Soup-pumpkin-recipe-1009-de What's your favorite FALL stew, chili, casserole, or soup???? Post the recipe if you can. I want to read {and make} what everyone's cooking up these days.

Posted by Lisa Paige on October 6, 2010 in Food and Drink, Recipes | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)