Diary of a Ragnar Virgin: DC Ragnar 2013 Review

Friday October 18, 2013
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Diary of a Ragnar Virgin:  DC Ragnar 2013 Review

Two weeks ago, I participated in the 2013 DC Ragnar Relay Race.  (Two weeks already? Sheesh, where’d the time go?) If you’ve never heard of Ragnar, it’s a 12 person, 200 mile relay race.  The race began Friday morning, with runner 1 running the first leg, then handing off a baton (slap bracelet) to...

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Menu Plan Monday 10/14

Monday October 14, 2013
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Menu Plan Monday 10/14

I just finished attending a two day Crossfit Gymnastics Cert and had a blast!  Being busy all weekend meant I didn’t have a chance to grocery shop, so this week’s menu is mostly based on what I can find in my freezer.  Here’s this week’s plan: Monday — Italian Meatballs + Sauce over Spaghetti...

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Menu Plan Monday 10/7

Monday October 7, 2013
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Menu Plan Monday 10/7

Hello friends!  Sorry I have been slacking — I participated in my first Ragnar relay race this past weekend, and all of my mental and physical energy last week went towards preparing for it.   It was a blast and I hope to put up a post soon with my experience.  In the meantime,...

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Menu Plan Monday 9/23

Sunday September 22, 2013
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Menu Plan Monday 9/23

Here’s this week’s plan: Sunday — Bacon jalapeño butternut soup  – for some reason, I am the only one in my family excited about this dish.  I can’t wait! Monday — Beef Tacos Normally we use ground beef, this time we are using meat from a pack of soup bones.  They cooked in the...

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Menu Plan Monday 9/16

Sunday September 15, 2013
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Menu Plan Monday 9/16

Sigh, another sad Sunday for the Redskins.   Boo for them, but yay for me getting the menu planned.  The weather feels like fall around here and the menu plan reflects it.  Happy fall, ya’ll. Sunday — Autumn Stew Carried over from last week.  Also, I make a double batch so I have a...

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Menu Plan Monday 9/9

Sunday September 8, 2013
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Menu Plan Monday 9/9

The kids and I are settling into the school routine and I’m finally feeling organized enough to put up a menu for the week. After a summer of very relaxed eating standard, Mike & I are doing a Whole30 reboot this month.  Our version of W30 mimics our gym’s standards for paleo challenges —...

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Virginia Highlands Sprayground (Arlington, 22202)

Monday September 2, 2013
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Virginia Highlands Sprayground (Arlington, 22202)

It took me way too long, but we finally made it to Virginia Highlands park to check out the new sprayground, which opened in June 2013. The sprayground is adjacent to the tot lot – just across the parking lot from the Aurora Hills Rec Center and Library.  It features a typical array of...

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Primal Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon & Sweet Potato

Saturday August 31, 2013
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Primal Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon & Sweet Potato

This is fast becoming my favorite party food.  It’s perfect for potlucks, summer parties, or football tailgates.  While not perfectly paleo (it contains cream cheese), it’s pretty close and the addition of sweet potato reduces the amount of cream cheese required. Many bacon jalapeno recipes wrap the bacon around the jalapeno.  In this version,...

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Fantasy Playground (Woodbridge, VA)

Friday August 30, 2013
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Fantasy Playground (Woodbridge, VA)

I had heard about the “Fantasy Playground” for years, but had never made the trek down to Woodbridge to check it out.  Finally, on the last week of summer vacation, I drove down with my crew (ages 5, 8, and 9) to see how it stacked up to the hype. General Observations:  it is...

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Penrose Square Spray Fountains (Arlington, 22204)

Wednesday August 28, 2013
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Penrose Square Spray Fountains (Arlington, 22204)

Penrose Square was redeveloped into an urban park in 2012.   The public plaza, surrounded by new restaurants and businesses has a really fun spray fountain and a public art installation.  The  kids and I checked it out one warm summer day (hat tip to Darcy of NMIMB for the idea). Columbia Pike is undergoing...

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A mom of three, living in Northern Virginia, who loves her kids and enjoys chronicling their semi-frugal adventures.

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