Sunday, July 8, 2012

Why My Saturday Was Wordless?



Yes, why? Well, it all started very lazy without the annoying sound of alarm across the room (purposely placed there so I need to get up to turn it off). Mr. IV left to work very early, as of teenager... well, he sleeps on weekends like tomorrow is a boot camp  (really, how can you sleep until three in the afternoon?!) 
I lingered in the bed for a while, then had some tea while reading through my e-mails. 
Day promised to be slow... until... until I realized that I need to: make some bread, make some dessert, make some pasta, fold the laundry, water garden... You've got the picture, right? 
And before all that I had one stop to make: every day I start with a workout at the gym: run and either yoga, or aqua fitness, or cross training. To exercise first thing in the morning is a must for me, you know I have priorities, right? 


Pasta and bread dough

Then I thought, that I should make the yeast dough for the bread and pasta dough before I leave the house, so by the time I am back it is all ready to roll. 
Two hours later, geared up for a run, I drove to the gym (yes, it's strange you need to drive to have a workout, I know. It is just extremely hot to do anything outside. Oh, how I miss Seattle on those days!), thinking: how nice it would be to have another Kitchen Aid stand mixer! I could multitask in my kitchen even more, right? :)


Five miles run on elliptical


Five miles later (a little over 8 km) I got back to my kitchen. Both, pasta and bread dough, were perfect and ready to be played with. Bread dough had another good kneading and placed in a  pan to rise one more time before baking.
Pasta dough needed some filing as my dear teenager challenged me (more on that in one of the next posts) to make a regional Italian dish, and he also picked the region. 
One of the ingredients for vegetarian filling were mushrooms, and the other filling was meat. Both fillings were made from scratch, including grinding meat as I don't really believe the store bought one after reading numerous articles on what's in it. 
Skipping the boring technical part, by the time we were ready to roll the pasta dough (which teenager does with our pasta roller attachment with endless giggles and jokes, entertaining me as well) it was dark outside.


Tortellini with mushroom filing 


Our Saturday dinner was late but good and worth all the work we've done. 
When I finished all my planned, and a few unplanned chores for the day, it was close to midnight. My charged by five miles run energy was just enough to post a photo of that cute little face and drop asleep. 
Hence my virtual Saturday was left wordless... 
Sometimes no words needed, right? :)


Oh, yes, there was a lemony dessert too...


Bite size footballs (soccer in US)

See you,
Marina

53 comments:

  1. Wow, you had a productive day! Your tortellini looks perfect...I'd love a sample :)

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    1. Thanks Lizzy! While I was taking photos they ate all off the rest tortellini...:)

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  2. All I can say is, wonder woman!

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    1. Aww, thank you for such a nice compliment...:)

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  3. wow so neat lovely pictures
    Marina I am hosting a giveaway for the book from the family kitchen :) I have entered you
    kind regards
    Akheela

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    1. Thank you! It is very kind of you! The book would be great treat for me! :)Thanks for visiting me here and leaving a comment! :)

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  4. Marina, you've been so busy! Sounds like you get a workout anyway with all the things that you do! :D

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    1. It seems like it Lorraine! Workout is a priority, comes before everything else, and when I straitened that out with myself and my family, the rest was easy...:) Thanks Lorraine for commenting! :)

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  5. That tortellini looks great. 8km is a long way on the elliptical. I go to the gym about 3 times a week but tend to do a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Having said that I don't imagine it would all add up to 8km - great work! I'll see what I can do tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks Liz. :) I focus on running because it is the best way to loose weight (I still have some to melt around my belly). Yoga is good for everything, so I do both, and the rest I fill in whatever I want that day. Good luck with your workout! :)

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  6. Can't wait to check out this yummy recipe

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    1. Thanks, I will be posting it soon. Come back, please! :)

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  7. this looks more than yummy---i might have to at least go buy the frozen kind ;)

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    1. Thanks Lynn, some stores sell fresh also, and they do taste great! :)

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  8. My goodness you are busy but that tortellini is gorgeous! Seriously it's perfection. I want some :)

    Lilly

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    1. Thanks! I want some too, need to make more! :)

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  9. Oh my God - I'm not kidding, that lump of pasta dough actually looks like the smoothest, most perfect thing I ever did see, and the tortellini sound, and look, delicious. Great job! Care to share your insanely impressive looking pasta dough recipe? Maybe you did before and I missed it?

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    1. Thank you Charles for you kind comment. I will be posting my pasta dough recipe soon, but here is another recipe: http://www.picnicatmarina.com/2012/03/pasta-homemade.html
      I am glad you enjoyed this post, means a lot to me... :)

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  10. Sounds like your Saturday was perfect without words.

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  11. Dear Marina, Your day was blessed and beautiful. It really is good that you have your plans and stick to them. It is wonderful that your son helps you with the pasta. He will have good memories.
    I don't like to buy store bought chopped meat either.
    Your meal looks wonderful. It doesn't matter what time it is served it is served with love.
    I don't always eat on time either, as a matter of fact I usually never eat on time!!
    Blessings my dear. Catherine xo

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    1. Dear Catherine, thank you for those very kind words, they touched my heart... :)

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  12. So busy... which of course is awesome since you made some delicious looking meals. Love the Tortellini.

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  13. WOW! do you take reservations? I would love to try this pasta...oh and the bread...and anything else you make! Enjoy your week! Stay cool!

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    1. No reservations in my kitchen, Diane. welcome anytime! :)

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  14. This dish looks way too delicious my friend, loving it :D
    I totally understand the business!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  15. The meal looks amazing! It's incredible how exercise can change your day, right?

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    1. Yes indeed! After a week of traveling I miss my routine...:)

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  16. This was a full day indeed Marina! And you managed to excel to all of them!

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  17. I can't believe you just ran 5 miles and still have the energy to roll our pasta! You are super woman! I can barely do anything after I run a mile! Your tortellini looks absolutely gorgeous, though!

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    1. That is why I had energy: because I ran 5 miles...:) Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

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  18. Marina, after running 5 miles...and making homemade tortellini; wow! shame on me! and to think I cooked a huge pot of chicken soup, w/fresh noodles, and rush off to Miami airport (65 mi. one way) to pick up family returning from Italy, was not too bad.

    Love your homemade tortellini...will try it myself. Filling is awesome!

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    1. Thanks Elisabeth! Glad your family is all back together. I hope they had great time in Italy! :) and some great Italian tortellini too...:)

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  19. Very productive day. I can sleep until three in the afternoon-)) My day are slow now, kids are in Russia with granny. Your tortellini looks very professional, good job!

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    1. We need to rest too, so enjoy your sleeps while you can! :) We just came back from your parts...:)

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  20. Wow, I'm exhausted just reading about your day! Actually if we don't get out fitness fix we get cranky. We walk at least an hour a day, and have a treadmill and exercise bike for days we can't walk outside (even then, I'm usually on the bike or another 40 to 60 minutes). Anyway, you made some great stuff - love the top photo! Thanks.

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    1. Yes, John, it is exactly what I feel when I don't have any workouts: cranky...:) Thanks for the compliment on the photo...:)

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  21. Love all the homemade goodies. I need to start making my own bread and pasta! Yours looks gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks! I am glad you visited my blog...:)

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  22. It sounds like you had a great Saturday! I'm glad you have fun with 'the teenager' too, I like how he challenged you to make regional pasta! I think you rose to the challenge - looks great.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! :)

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  23. Looks delish! Haha I also drive to the gym sometimes too, I figure if I biked there each way PLUS a workout it would just be too much :p Maybe one day I will try it...

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    1. I wish I could walk or ride a bike, but it is just so hot here... :)

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  24. Seriously Marina I am a yogi myself and a yoga teacher and I have never thought about walking, always driving so I think it's perfectly ok to drive to your club :-) No worries or doubts whatsoever. You do your hard job at the club that's more than enough ;-) hihihihi. I can see that you mastered organization skills into perfection with all this planning and thinking in advance what can be done when to save time. Bravo Marina!!!

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    1. Thanks Joanna for your wonderful comment! Isn't yoga a great treat for our body and mind?! :)

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    2. Oh god yes it is. For me, yoga gradually changed all my life, body and mind, turned everything upside down, in a positive direction of course. And I know that still there is so much of good stuff ahead if I continue this yoga route. Yoga for me is a never ending trip of deep and precious self discovery:-)

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    3. I hear you, I could say the same about positive changes... :)

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  25. The tortellini look amazing! i have to say you excel in time-management. impressive!!!!

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Your warm comments put a smile on my heart.