Labor Day Fun

September 7, 2010 § 2 Comments

What a fun-filled day I had today!  It started off with a sweaty workout at the gym around 9am.  I began with 15 minutes on the elliptical.  I moved onto the treadmill to complete my workout with 20 minutes of running/incline walking intervals.  I was super sweaty by the end!

After the gym, I rushed home to shower because two of my best friends from college were coming to visit me!  The great thing about being in Syracuse is that I’m only an hour and a half away from the Rochester area.  A weekend trip out to visit will be so much easier in the next couple years!  It’s almost four hours from Saratoga, eek!

We headed out to the huge Carousel mall in Syracuse to catch up over lunch and do a little shopping.  We decided on deep dish pizza and salads.  We went to Pizzeria Uno and all ordered house salads and a pepperoni deep dish pizza to share.  It was delicious and looked a little somethin’ like this.

Source: www.unos.com

deep dish pizza

After lunch, we walked around the mall for a bit before heading back to my apartment to chat some more before they went home.  It was a quick visit, but it was so great to see them.  I haven’t met a ton of people here yet so it was so nice to hang out with old friends   :-D.  Thanks for an amazing day ladies!

The weather was cloudy and a tad chilly today, so I decided to make white bean soup with peppers and bacon for dinner.  Bacon makes everything taste good!  It took about an hour and a half total to prep and cook the soup, but it was well worth the wait!  I even got some cleaning done in the mean time ;-).

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup white beans
  • 5 slices of bacon
  • 2 cups chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • S & P
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
  • Parsley to garnish

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Cook the bacon in a stock pot over medium heat until crisp.  Remove bacon from the pot, reserving the drippings in the pot; crumble bacon, and set aside.  Add bell pepper. onion, carrot, garlic powder, salt, pepper and garlic  to drippings and saute for ten minutes.  Stir in the broth, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen the tasty browned bits.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for one hour.  Lightly mash white beans with a potato masher then add to rest of the pot along with the crumbled bacon and parsley just before the hour is up.  Simmer for five more minutes.  Eat and enjoy!

This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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Back to the grind tomorrow, goodnight!

Question of the night: How did you spend your Labor Day?

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