Come away with me.

Hello! And yes I know, it has been a while. But I have taken the time to do a little thinking. What I have realized however is that this blog is just not me.I do miss writing and sharing though and being apart of a big blogging community which I love. So I have decided to start a different blog about my life and the things that I love – wine, food & pretty things. Are you shocked? I am sure you aren’t. I think healthy living is about having a healthy life, and healthy to me means celebrating  life and living it to the fullest. I am still trying to find that healthy balance, some days are of course better than others, but what I do know that is if you cannot celebrate life with wine, food and pretty things, then what is there to be happy about!

So if you are interested in following my new adventure in the city by the Bay while I dream of French Laundry tasting menus and bottles of Opus One, not to mention Anthropologie by the bag full, then head over to janepfrank.com. It’s not much yet, but I hope it will be something that is, well, just me. Also, if you were following me on Twitter, my new handle is @janepfrank.

Much love & thanks for helping me find this great place in life. I hope to see you soon. XOXO

Another Gorgeous Weekend.

Don’t quote me, but I am almost pretty sure that when you are job searching weekends are even better than when you are working. While working can be stressful, searching for a job may be even more stressful, so I have been really looking forward to the weekends, and last weekend did not disappoint.

Friday night was all about my favorite thing, (like you all don’t know,) food. My sister, a few new friends and I headed down to Fort Mason Center to check out Off the Grid. Off the Grid is a roaming food festival of sort that makes its way around the Bay Area. Off the Grid brings a ton of food trucks and tents all together giving you delicious, local food choices.

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It was a gorgeous night, with a gorgeous sunset, oh and let me tell you, the food did not disappoint. I only brought my old iPhone (did I mention I got the 4S? I love it!) so there was no flash and by the time we sat down to eat, it was too dark to take pictures. My sister and I decided to share a few things as to get the most bang for our buck stomachs. We ordered empanadas (mushroom & beef) from El Portenos’ Empanadas, baked Chinese buns (pork & tofu) from the Chairman Bao Truck and a lemon grass chicken bahn mi from the Nom Nom Truck.

Everything was so good. We sat in the park, popped a bottle of bubbly (because why not,) and chowed down. My favorite was the pork bun and the bahn mi, which I actually did snap a picture of because we ended up eating it the next day – we were too full! There was so much other food I would have love to try (curry burritos, what?!) so I suppose I’ll have to go back.

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Afterwards we headed home, drank a little more wine, and turned in for the night, because on Saturday we were up bright & early heading to Napa for a Harvest Party! Since we got to Napa a little early, we stopped at Elizabeth Spencer’s for a quick tasting.

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They have an indoor tasting room but the outside is so much better. It’s a little garden courtyard with big couches and umbrellas, and since the weather was perfection, we sat outside and basked in the sun with our sips of wine.

After the tasting we headed next door to the St Helena Olive Oil Co to do a little perusing.

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The store is so quaint and cute, but the best part is that you can sample everything! From olive oils infused with everything you can imagine, to honey and jam. I could have left with everything, but instead I was good and left empty handed – I will certainly return though, and hopefully pick up some treats!

After tasting and perusing we headed to the Harvest Party. While I can’t disclose the location, it’s where my sister is getting married next summer, I can say it was such a fun event.

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The event obviously had wine tasting, fantastic food, and spectacular views. We had a big group, eight of us, so it made it even more fun chatting about ideas for my sister’s wedding, deciding which wines we like, and enjoying the good company. And the good food of course.

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I clearly couldn’t eat all of this, but I had to try all of it. From salmon to chicken, fresh grilled vegetables, tasty bread and mozzarella, everything was amazing. And did I mention how gorgeous the weather was?

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Sunday was all about rest and recuperation. It was a long day in the sun with wine, why can I say. Smile

On the books for this week: applying to 1,654,987 jobs today and Tuesday. And then on Wednesday heading to LA for an extra long weekend with a bunch of friends from college, complete with a big college alumni event on Saturday.

How was your weekend? Looking forward to anything this week?!

Change of Tune.

I know, I have been a terrible blogger as of late. Searching for jobs is seriously a full-time job though and writing cover letters may be the death of me.

Plus, I am going to be honest. I just don’t know if I am the kind of person that can take pictures of everything she eats. I love food, do not get me wrong, but I am bored with myself, meaning you are probably board of me too.

So for the next few weeks or so, I am going to experiment with a new blog concept, and potentially, a new blog name even. I love blogging. But I want to blog about healthy living the way I see it. Healthy living to me, is living life well. Not taking a picture of the carrots and hummus I eat. I see it as sharing recipes and great food, sharing places and pretty things, and sharing my new adventures in California.

Please don’t get me wrong, I think people that can post everything they eat are amazing. And I love reading your blogs! I am just not able to do this. I forget, I feel guilty, and this should not be the case! Blogging is suppose to be fun! An outlet! A sharing of experiences, so from now on, that’s what I will be doing – sharing experiences of my life, that I try to lead in a healthy way. It could also be sharing a new pair of shoes I bought as well, because you know, sometimes its healthy to spend some money when you need a little pick me up. Smile

Okay, I hope you all don’t hate me now. Bear with my while I find my groove. And I promise, I’ll find one soon! Back to cover letters. See you soon.

Cold & Hot.

For the past few days, I have been fighting a cold. But between Fleet Weekend (which was so much fun) dog sitting (a big, fluffy standard poodle) & job hunting (which is seriously a full-time job,) I have been too busy to even realize I wasn’t feeling good in the first place. I hate colds and I hate being sick. Not that anyone likes being sick, but I especially hate it, because I don’t really know how to be sick. I tend to ignore the fact that I am not feeling well until its too late.

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Even though I am bad at recognizing that I have a cold, I have the perfect recipe to fight it: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. Hot to fight cold? Seems to make sense right? I have been living off this since yesterday and am already less congested and am feeling a little bit better.

Chicken Noodle Soup
From my mother’s kitchen to yours.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 chicken breast halves
  • 1-2 leeks (cleaned and sliced thinly)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Kale
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger minced (more if you want a kick)
  • 2-boxes of chicken stock
  • Noodles (your choice)

Directions:

Clean chicken breast with cold water removing skin and excess fat.  Place in stock pot and add stock.  Add 1 cup of water.  Add remaining ingredients except the noodles.  Bring to a boil and then cover and lower heat to a simmer for at least 1 hour. Enjoy!

Notes:

The longer you simmer, the better it is! I usually make Whole Wheat “No Yolk Noodles” on the side and just add them at the end so that they don’t fall apart, although this time I forgot them and just added mini bowtie pasta that I had in the cupboard.

This is the best soup for when you are sick. It warms you up, provides a ton of nutrients and most importantly tastes amazing.

I have been applying for jobs up a storm, and have told myself that job applications are my priority right now over blogging. PLUS, I have something new I am going to tell you about soon which I have been working on, which I am really excited about, so that has been taking some time as well.

So hold tight, and I promise to not be as much as a stranger. Hopefully I have a job and feel better soon, soon, soon!

Fall in a Bowl.

Yesterday for breakfast, I ate fall in a bowl. For the past month or so I have see pumpkin oats all around on this blog or that. And for the past month or so I have been meaning to pick up a can of pumpkin puree. Well, on Sunday I finally remembered and picked up a can from Trader Joe’s. Since I missed breakfast on Monday, it was clear that I wasn’t about to miss it again yesterday, I mean it is the most important meal of the day, not to mention, I had some pumpkin oats to try!

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Try I did and they were fantastic. At first I thought I had put too much pumpkin and water in the oats I was making. I threw some chia seeds in the mix too help soak some of the liquid up, put in it the microwave for just a little longer than normal, and the crisis was averted. I topped my oats with some fresh blueberries and some agave sweetener (my new obsession) and a little piece of fall was mine for breakfast. (Don’t worry, plenty of fall to go around. Winking smile)

Lunch was another chicken patty from Trader Joe’s (clearly obsessed with these too,) on a Whole Wheat Bagel Thin with spicy hummus, red onion, cucumbers and spinach plus some carrots on the side. Another winning meal, if I do say so myself.

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Dinner’s inspiration was care of my go to blog for healthy recipes, SkinnyTaste. If you’ve never been on the site, go now! It’s great, super easy to search, and has all the nutritional information you need.

I made Chicken + Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce, and it turned out great. The only steps I did differently was skip the flour and butter. I paired the chicken with whole wheat cous cous and a big salad on the side.

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Overall, a pretty yummy day for food. I also had a hard boiled egg in there after my workout in the afternoon.

Speaking of workouts, yesterday I decided to start a Couch to 10K program. The first workout was a little easy, so I think I am going to try the second week, workout one and see if that’s better. I figured that even though I’m not starting from the couch per se, I am starting outside and in a city with a lot of hills. The program is on my iPhone, so it tells you want to walk or run, and no matter where I was on my route, I would run when it said. Sometimes this was up some freaking steep hills (good for the booty!) but it was still a bit too easy for me. So I’m just going to do the first day of each week until I get to a week that I find challenging. Then I will complete the week (3 runs per week.) I may do more than 3 runs a week, I may not. I am just going to go at a pace that comfortable to me, yet challenging at the same time.

I’m frustrated with my fitness improvements over the time I started this blog till now. While I have had lots of big changes since I started the goal of becoming a runner, I really have no excuse now. That being said, I know me, and I know I can over do it. So I am going to try and listen to my body, push myself in a good way, and see where I end up. I am looking for a race to sign up for in the near future, but what to get a few weeks in of running in this new city before I commit myself. I also want to wait a few weeks, because I have decided to go to a Team in Training informational meeting in a few weeks to see if that is the way I want to train. I think running with a team would be so motivational for me. It’s always just been me with my running, and running alone, or going to a race, alone, just seems so depressing to me sometimes. I am trying to convince my sister to go with me, and run with me, so we shall see.

I am sure some of you have been a part of Team in Training. Do you recommend it? Also, San Francisco/Bay Area runners, where do you like to run? I need to get my booty moving, so any information you have, I would love to hear!

Speaking of getting my booty moving, I am out the door to get a workout in! Have a happy hump day!