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Tator Tot Hot Dish — April 28, 2015

Tator Tot Hot Dish

This is one of M’s most favorite dinners and I make it whenever he’s really missing home.

tator tot hot dish 1

You’ll Need:
1.5 pounds ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 can cream of celery
1/2 cup milk
1 bag frozen tator tots

Preheat the oven to 350. Brown the meat, about 7 minutes in a large oven safe skillet. Stir in the mixed vegetables, cream of celery soup and milk. Season with lots of freshly ground black pepper. Top completely with tator tots and bake in for 1 hour. Let cool for about 10 minutes before diving in.

Forget the PR Half and Mohican State Park — April 24, 2015

Forget the PR Half and Mohican State Park

mohican state park ~

There is the field, getting ready to step off! It’s a where Waldo but with my honey instead.

mohican state park ~

While they were off and running, I drove back into the park and went for a super short hike. There is a surprising number of conifers at Mohican State Park – I cannot describe how incredibly good the woods smelled as the sun came up. We will most definitely be back.

mohican state park ~

The view from the outlook. I then moved to the Fire Tower to wait for M at the 5 mile aid station. He was looking and feeling great (this was before the 1/4 mile of single track in the stream). I went back to the start/finish line to study while he finished.

mohican state park ~

mohican state park ~

Looking and feeling great at the finish! M has such a blast at this race – this will be on our calendar for next year! I’ve got to step up my trail training so I’m ready for those mountains too :)

Zucchini Casserole ~ Easy Vegetarian Main Dish — April 23, 2015

Zucchini Casserole ~ Easy Vegetarian Main Dish

zucchini casserole ~

I’ve made this a few times and we really love it! This recipe makes 6 servings but this holds well in the fridge and reheats really well. Given how poorly the zucchini casserole did, I was worried the first time!zucchini casserole ~

You’ll need:
3 medium zucchini, washed and sliced into rounds (you should have 6-8 cups)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp seasoned salt or your favorite spice mix (I use Forward from Penzy’s)
1 egg
1/2 freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350. Steam the zucchini for 2 minutes, until it’s just tender. Drain and return the warm large pot. Add in the butter and toss to coat. Once the butter is melted, stir in the flour. In a small bowl, whisk together the spice mix, egg and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Add to the warm zucchini and toss to coat. Turn out into a greased casserole dish (I use an 8×8 dish) and top with the bread crumbs and remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before diving in.

Blendon Woods Metro Park ~ Columbus OH — April 21, 2015

Blendon Woods Metro Park ~ Columbus OH

birds at blendon woods metro park ~ birds at blendon woods metro park ~ birds at blendon woods metro park ~ birds at blendon woods metro park ~

Blendon Woods is one of the Metro Parks nearest to us and we go there all the time. There are really great nature trails that are perfect for walking along. I love the unimproved trail for both running and cross country skiing when the weather is right. They even have a dog trail that is good for snowshoeing in the winter. But my favorite is the waterfowl refuge. The park keeps two blinds, one with a feeder for other birds. I really have nothing bad to say about Blendon Woods – I love it so much!

Weekend Recap / What We Ate 13-19 — April 20, 2015

Weekend Recap / What We Ate 13-19

Friday night, the weather was insanely beautiful. We were in desperate need of a margaritas outside and I mentioned it to my mom so we met at one of our favorite Mexican places. It was so much fun ~ definitely the decompression I really needed. Saturday morning brought another early wake up call for a race. M’s store was putting on a 5k. As the outdoor school instructor, he had to be there and I definitely owed him some help from all those early mornings he showed up for me and Team M3. It was a really fun event and I was so proud to be a part of it! I was just lucky enough to have lunch with a new friend, K, at Los Guachos. Not only was she great company but holy-wow were those tacos the best I’ve had in Ohio. And it was cheap to boot! I will most certainly be dragging M back in the VERY NEAR future. In the afternoon, we hit up our favorite store (Target) and got frozen cokes to enjoy on the patio. M set up the backpacking hammock and we just lounged around all afternoon. I cannot get over this amazing, sunny 80’s weather. Matt grilled steaks even! Sunday, I got the house super clean and did some sewing. Trying to get a few things off my plate in that arena – which sadly is always somehow getting longer. All in all, a pretty dang great weekend. Monday 4/13 – leftovers Tuesday 4/14 – cabbage steaks at my parents house Wednesday 4/15 – pizza Thursday 4/16 – lemon chicken with quinoa [I need to share this recipe – it’s so good!] Friday 4/17 – out for Mexican with my parents Saturday 4/18 – steaks and gingery bok choy Sunday 4/19 – spicy lentils

Favorite Board Games! — April 17, 2015

Favorite Board Games!

the comyn space favorite board games

M and I have really gotten into board games in the last year or so. It is really hard to find games that are fun for two to play -here are some of our favorites:

Ticket to Ride: This is a cross-country train adventure game with a property-collecting focus. This is fairly straightforward game that is easy to learn and fast to play. My little sister gets really competitive at this one! Spring for the 1910 Expansion Pack so you can play with playing card size cards (there’s also more potential game play but those big cards are NICE!)

Forbidden Desert: This is a cooperative play game with a modular board – and is a blast. You and your team have crash landed in a desert and must work together before the desert kills you and you lose the game. I love that it’s really re-playable and encourages us to work together.

Rivals for Catan: Rivals for Catan is the two player version of Settlers of Catan. This is one of the most complicated games I’ve ever played and we’re only on the first theme pack so far. I’ve really been enjoying this because it forces us to pay attention to the game.

Weekend Recap / What We Ate April 6-12 — April 16, 2015

Weekend Recap / What We Ate April 6-12

I know this is super-duper late but I spent a bunch of time this weekend/this week studying for and taking a certification for work. Good news – I passed!

Friday I hung out with my sister and the dogs. Saturday I worked for my step dad’s business and then my mom and I walked to the local fabric store. I was so proud of myself, I walked out with nothing new! My current backlog of sewing projects is embarrassing.


M and I took it easy because he was running a trail half marathon the next morning so we just grilled out. Sunday morning involved a 4:45 wake up call for the drive up to Mohican State Park. His race will be getting a post of it’s own but I’m so proud of him [I hurt my calf and didn’t feel comfortable starting] and Mohican is so incredibly beautiful! He was really excited – I promise!


Monday 4/6 – buffalo cauliflower
Tuesday 4/7 – spicy chicken mole
Wednesday 4/8 – pasta with spicy sausage in butternut squash sauce
Thursday 4/9 – leftovers
Friday 4/10 – chicken mole tacos
Saturday 4/11 – zucchini casserole + grilled chicken thighs
Sunday 4/12 – tator tot hot dish

Weekend Recap / What We Ate March 30-April 5 — April 6, 2015

Weekend Recap / What We Ate March 30-April 5

Saturday I re-attempted my hike at Blendon Woods and this time, avec camera! In the afternoon I made three pies for Easter [one did NOT turn out – so frustrating!]. Saturday night, I was invited to my good friends birthday party. It was so much fun! And I got to snag puppy snuggles with their 6 month old puppy :)


Sunday was Easter! M was working (of course!) so it was just me and my sister, plus our parents and my aunts and uncles. It was such a good meal – we had ham, green bean casserole, screaming heads (a brussels sprouts casserole my Aunt Conni makes), mashed potatoes, fruit salad and bread.   I hope you and yours had a great holiday as well!


And only in the Midwest do we do Easter in open toed shoes and wool coats :)


3/30 Monday – leftovers
3/31 Tuesday – pizza (on a TUESDAY!)
4/1 Wednesday – butternut squash ravioli with butternut squash sauce and hot Italian sausage
4/2 Thursday – TVP tacos
4/3 Friday – kung pao chicken
4/4 Saturday – leftovers
4/5 Sunday – Easter!

What I Read: March ’15 — April 1, 2015
Weekend Recap / What We Ate March 23-29 — March 30, 2015

Weekend Recap / What We Ate March 23-29

Friday night, we took it easy and hung out to at home. Saturday and Sunday, M was taking his NOLS recertification so I was basically on my own. Saturday I went to my parents and helped my little sis walk the three crazy dobbies :) I went to too many grocery stores for my short list of stuff ~ isn’t that always the way? Why does no where in Columbus have kimchi and plain ground pork? When M got off, we went to Seventh Son for a drink. It’s been a hot minute since we were at a bar on a Saturday night and I know remember why I usually hunker down at home! The ode de douchey-hispter was strong. It’s a good thing the beer is delicious.

On Sunday I watched Sunday Morning – oh man Charles Osgood. I love that sweet ritual (we even watched it a few weekends ago when I was in Madison visiting friends). I tried to go for a photo walk thru Blendon Woods, until I realized I’d grabbed my camera bag with all my lens but my camera body was out, still on my desk. Oops! So you just get this one from my phone. I even stocked up on Post Its ~ so you know it was a good afternoon! All in all, it was a pretty laid back weekend.

3/23 Monday- chicken fajitas
3/24 Tuesday- buffalo cauliflower and tots
3/25 Wednesday- my parents house (my older sister was in town)
3/26 Thursday- General Tso’s chicken
3/27 Friday- roast white fish and zucchini casserole
3/28 Saturday- rice noodle bowls with tofu and kimchi
3/29 Sunday- leftovers and potstickers (snack dinner OK?!)


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