Sunday, October 2, 2011

October, Already?!?!

Where does the time go?  It seems like I just posted last week and now I realize it's been almost a month! 

What would a month be without a little cooking?  Pretty boring, if you ask me!

 Rosemary Focaccia Bread
Dessert Pizza (Nutella, marshmallows, & white chocolate chips) YUM!

I have been getting most of my runs in lately, although it is very hard to get up at 4:45 am to run before work.  I finally committed to a fall half so now I MUST get up!  I'm going to do the DRC Half on November 6th so 4:30 wake up calls, here I come.  I ran 6 on Friday and will do 8 on Monday, 5 on Thursday, and another 6 next Saturday. 

Bible Study started for me in September and I love my Monday night meetings!  Most in the group are a few years older than me and I really enjoy getting to hear their perspectives.  Plus, I love getting to know other church family members who are not in the same Sunday School class!

A few weeks ago, the family attended the A & M-Commerce game at Cowboys Stadium.  We had a great day and I was able to get a few pictures.

 E and N~Go Lions!

 the family
E and me
Now if I could only get N to take more pics!

Fall is quickly approaching and that means my favorite early morning treat: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte!  Now you know why this blog is Kim Runs to Eat!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Three Things Thursday-Back to Regular Programming!

Thanks for bearing with me while I vented yesteday.  I did get some responses that gave a reasonable explanation of the banner situation.  As I believed all along, it was a thoughtless process that was never intended to be malicious.  Now on to regular programming.

1. I eat a spinach salad with tuna or chicken for lunch almost every day.  Yes, I am a creature of habit and do get in ruts with what I eat.

2.  I try to make at least one new recipe for dinner each week.  Sometimes they are popular and sometimes not.  Oh well, it least we experiment!

3.  I hate swimming!  I would love to do a triathlon some day, but just cannot make myself swim.  Not having access to a pool to swim laps only contributes to my lack of motivation to attempt a tri.

There you have 3 random things about me!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Life Lessons?

This is not going to be the typical Kim Runs to Eat post, so if you are easily offended or don't like to hear truths, you should probably stop reading now.

We moved to a small town in northeast Texas just over 3 years ago.  It is actually C's hometown where he grew up and graduated from high school.  It has not been an easy move for any of us!  In the 1123 (but who's counting) days we've lived here, very few have gone by that I haven't regretted the decision to move my kids to such a place. 

E and N were raised from the ages of 3 and 7 until 11 and 15 in Austin. TX.  Austin is a fabulous place to raise kids!  People from all over the world live in Austin and you are exposed to many different cultures, religions, beliefs, etc.  When you meet someone new, you ask where are you from? because not many residents actually grew up there. Your kids learn to be tolerant and even accepting of others, especially those who are different. They learn to embrace and appreciate those differences.  They had friends from many different cultural and religious backgrounds.

Then we moved here. 

Let me start by clarifying that I have met many wonderful people since moving here and most of them have welcomed us with open arms and hearts.  We are active members in an incredible church and this is not about our church family.  It's not about any one person specifically.  It is just my observations and experiences and those of my kids.  So, here we go:

I could not find a job, not because I was unqualified, but because I was not part of "the good ole boy system".  I truly believe God has had other plans and I am quite happy where I am now. I may not be doing the exact job I would like, but I am appreciated for my talents and leadership abilities, and it has nothing to do with being a "good ole boy"! 

E has wanted to be on a drill team since she was 3 years old. She was on one at her high school in Austin and then we moved.  She made the drill team here, but only stayed one football season because it was not at all what we expected and were used to.  There were several  mean girls who did not like her because she was different and were not at all afraid to engage in bullying behaviors.  That coupled with an incompetent director who forgets she is the adult and not one of the 16 year olds caused an unbearable situation.  Not that E didn't contribute to the situation, she did.  She went through some personality changes like being happy all the time to being sad most of the time.

I received a malicious letter about E through interschool mail in an envelope with district letterhead.  I took it to the high school adminstrators and told them who I thought was behind it. The response I got was "I've known those girls all their lives.  They wouldn't do something like that!"  Which to the mom of the victim translates to 'I've only known your daughter for a few months so she's probably lying'.  E graduated in June and has not looked back.  Her attitude and personality are back to what they were before we moved from Austin. Even someone I trusted completely questioned her honesty because they did not want it to reflect poorly on them.

Things were a little different for N. Boys just seem to be more accepting.  He started high school this year and things have been going well.  Until this last week.
At the football game on Friday, there was a "Go Lions! Class of 2015" banner.  There were 25 names on the banner.  There are around 300 students in his class.  It does not take a mathmetician to realize many names were left off, inlcuding his.  He noticed.  And wanted to know why.  I did not have an answer.  I posted to Facebook about the situation, hoping for a reasonable explaination as to why most of his friends were included and he was not.  Guess how many responses I got?  ZERO!  Not one single person who's child's name was on the banner responded. I don't think the banner was done maliciously.  I think someone came up with the idea and, like sheep, everyone else followed along without asking any questions.  My child was not the only member of the Class of 2015 with hurt feelings over the last few days.  Other people did respond though; about how they and their kids have been excluded over the years.  Oh, wait, they weren't born and raised here either. 

So here's what we've learned:
  • Small towns can be very exclusionary if you and both your parents weren't born and raised in the town.
  • No matter how intelligent or educated, people can still be ignorant and/or thoughtless.
  • As a parent, you can only protect your children so much. 
  • People almost always look out for themselves, even at the expense of others. 
  • The "good ole boy" system is alive and well.  If you are part of it, great; if not...
Are these life lessons?  Maybe.  Did my kids need to learn them in such a brutal way?  NO! 

I didn't write this post for any reason other than to vent but, if you have read all of it and recognize yourself in any way, please think about how your actions impact the lives of others!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Catching Up

WOW!  Time flies when you get really busy!  We have had a crazy couple of weeks with N starting high school on August 22 and E starting college on August 29. 
This is my baby on his first day of high school.  He hates getting his picture taken and almost always refuses to smile for me.  Things are going well for him and he is enjoying the high school experience thus far. 

On Thursday before classes started, E was not feeling well.  She came home from work and C and I decided we needed to take her to the emergency room.  The ER doctor thought it might be her appendix and admitted her about 1 am.  She had surgery Friday afternoon, spent Friday nght in the hospital and came home Saturday afternoon. 
Here's my baby girl awaiting surgery.  She did great and went to class on Monday.  She stayed home Tuesday and was almost back to normal by Wednesday.  It's amazing what modern medicine and faith in God can do!

One of my greatest joys is getting to take N to school each day on my way to work.  We have some wonderful talks and it is "our time" together.  One morning last week, he was talking about how pretty the sunrise was and wished he could take a picture.  Being a sometimes prepared mom, I had a camera in my purse and gave it to him.  N took the following picture looking out of the car window at a stoplight. 

If God can put the sun in the sky each morning, the least we can do is be happy about it.  Sometimes it's not the big unexpected things that make us the most happy, but taking time to stop and look at the things we take for granted. Look around you this week: you might be surprised!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Three Things Thursday

Wow, it's Thursday already!  I thought I would blog more this week, but going back to work has thrown me off!

Running/Workouts:  I have been able to keep up with this aspect of my life this week!  I ran 3 miles Monday and 5 miles Wednesday finishing up both days by 6:45 am.  Monday, E and I went to yoga and Tuesday, I did the elllptical for 12 minutes (random time, I know) and lifted weights.  Today was a rest day because my legs were tired.  :)  Tomorrow will be elliptical, weights, and yoga and Saturday will be a 6 mile run.

Food:  We have been eating well this week.  I've made parmesan crusted chicken and risotto, mexican chicken spaghetti, and chicken salad.  There seems to be a chicken theme in our house this week!  Maybe we need some red meat next week.  ;-)

Faith:  I have been doing okay with my journaling.  I'm at least I'm catching up every couple of days. 

I started a new job in a new district this week even though it is not what I really want to be doing, but I felt as though the door was being opened and I should go through it whether or not I knew why.  Yesterday was the convocation for all district staff where everyone comes together to hear motivational speeches from various people.  When it was the superintendent's turn to speak, he opened with a prayer.  I've been in education for 22 years, worked in 6 different districts with more superintedents than I can remember and I've never seen that happen before yesterday.  I was amazed!  As he went on with his speech, he talked about his faith in God and how we must all do what we are led to do and how we impact the lives of others in ways we may never know.  As he spoke, I felt such a sense of peace and had the thought that "I am in the right place".  I may not know at this moment what God's plan for me is, other than He has one and I have to trust that all will be revealed in time and when He knows I'm ready. 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to five you hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Three Things Thursday

Work-I started back this week. Ish!  Ready to get back into a routine, but not ready for school to start! 

Reading-I've been doing lots of reading this summer!  I've probably read at least 15 books and am currently re-reading Gone With the Wind for the umpteenth time! I did some cleaning and organizing in E's room while she was in Destin and discovered several book we own that I want to read and have started a list of others too.  I may need to visit the library soon!

Workouts-I ran Monday and Wednesday and did elliptical intervals on Tuesday, so I took today as a rest day.  Tomorrow will be a bike/elliptical workout and Saturday will be a longer run.  I'm going to try to get to yoga tomorrow.  I know I need to be doing more stretching than I actually do! I had some tightness in my back and shoulders from sitting so much yesterday, so I did foam roll this morning.  Ahhhh.....

Hopefully, I will get into a routine next week and will be back with more pictures!  :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Triple Tuesday

1. My parents came in from Oklahoma yesterday so we are getting to spend some time with them before school starts.  We don't get to see them as often as we would like so it is nice when they can come down for a couple of days.

2.  N starts high school on the 22nd and E starts college on the 29th.  E and I went to buy her textbooks yesterday.  She got all but two and will get those as soon as they come in. I'm not sure I'm ready to have two freshman, but it's about to happen!

3.  After taking a week off, I ran 3 miles yesterday with no pain!  I iced when I got home and did some stretches, but so far, so good!  Today I did intervals on the elliptical.  Yikes! 
5 minute warm up
1 minute hard
I minute easy
2 minutes hard
1 minute easy
3 minutes hard
1 minute easy
4 minutes hard
1 minute easy
5 minutes hard
Repeat intervals
6 minute cool down

It's a great workout and keeps me out of the heat!  Thanks to Tina at for posting the workout and giving me something else to do on the elliptical (aka torture machine).  Tomorrow is a running day, hopefully, there will be NO pain in my shin! 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fantastic Friday

My sweet beautiful E gets home from Destin tonight!  I cannot wait to see her and hear about all of her adventures including catching a shark while deep-sea fishing yesterday!

We did not have rolling blackouts yesterday after all.  Yay!  That would not have been fun during the 110 degree temps we had yesterday. 

In honor of E's trip to Florida, we are having crab legs for dinner tonight.  N is very excited and looking forward to dinner. 

I'm looking forward to running tomorrow morning and have great hopes that my shin will be back to normal.  Wish me luck!!

Our sweet Espn went to the doggie spa today and poor Drago looked for her all morning.  He would search the house and whine to me with a sad look on his face.  He was quite happy to see her when she got home and she does look fabulous!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1.  This is our  "week off" from eating healthy dinners every night.  We only do this about once a year and I'm actually glad it is almost over!  N, on the other hand, has been very happy. 
Since these were on the menu last night, it's a good thing I did a killer 50 minute interval workout on the elliptical yesterday morning!

2.  We are experiencing record breaking temperatures in Texas the last few weeks with highs being 105+ and lows only in the mid 80s, along with drought conditions.  We are on mandatory water conservation and it looks as though we will having rolling blackouts in the next few hours.  I had never experienced rolling blackouts until February when we were having record lows.  Ahh, the extremes of NE Texas.  Even the dogs are feeling the heat and staying indoors almost 24 hours a day!  Poor little Espen was exhausted by 10 o'clock today. 

She  did bounce out of that chair amazingly quickly when the A/C repairman showed up!  Yes, in the midst of the heatwave, the capacitor on one of our A/C units went out last night.  Fortunately, we have 2 units, so we slept on the couch.  All is well this afternoon, if we can only make it through the rolling blackouts!

3.  My favorite part of summer is all of the fresh fruits and  vegetables that are readily available!  I visit the Farmer's Market every Saturday and plan meals around the fresh produce.  One of my favorite treats are cherries! Yummy!!

Aren't those absolutely gorgeous?!?!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Terrific Tuesday

Today was house-cleaning day!  Woo Hoo!  Parts of the house are done and the rest will come later.

I subscribe to for a daily devotional and sometimes I read the blogs of the contributors  Yesterday, I just happened to read the blog of the contributor,  who was beginning a new activity for the month of August.  Each day she will post a question, quote, or verse to challenge us to journal our response.  I have never really been good at journaling.  I can't even blog every day!  But, I am giving it a try.  Today's question was "where do you want to be in 10 years?"  I responded where I want to be spiritually, physically, professionally, and socially.  I challenge each of you to look at Mary Beth's website and try journaling yourself.

Last night, I made chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, and cream gravy for dinner.  N was in heaven!  It's been at least 5 years since I made chicken-fried steak.  I didn't even have a cast-iron skillet last time, but I did yesterday!  There's not much you can do to make something deep fried healthier, but I did use the Pioneer brand gravy mix that's fat free and I used fat-free half and half to make the potatoes.  I have to say it was delicious!

E is having a fabuous time in Destin.  She texted today that she had seen 3 baby sharks that were about 6 inches long.  I told her to look out for the mama shark!  Check her blog to see pics she has posted.  It's under blogs I follow and is A Guide to Emily's Life. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday Musings

This past weekend was great!  We did lots of nothing and got some much needed rest!  I made it to the Farmer's Market on Saturday, was lucky enough to purchase tomatoes, cataloupe, local honey, and win a very cool mini greenhouse!  As soon as I figure out how to put it together, there will be pictures!

On Saturday, while C was mowing the yard, Drago and Espn decided to make a break for it!  Espn went from the backyard to the front door, but Drago took off for a trip around the neighborhood.  Here's what he looked like afterwards.

He was blowing bubbles in the water to splash it on his face!

I think this look says "maybe it wasn't so smart to go for a run when it's 105 outside".

I used the last of the bread dough to make these for breakfast on Sunday before we went to church.  Everyone was quite happy!

I got up at 4:15 this morning to drop E off at the church to go on Senior Trip with the kids from our youth group.  There were 6 kids and 5 adults going on the trip to Destin, FL for the week.  They shoud have a blast!  I sent 2 loaves of banana bread and 6 dozen butter cookies with them so we know they'll eat something besides seafood!

When I got home, I got in a 3 mile run before it was miserably hot!  I guess that is relative, because at 6:30 it was 82 degrees and the humidity was 81%.  I had some twinges in my shin so I came home and iced and stretched.  I guess I'll have to see how this all goes and take it easy for a few more days.  :-/ 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Three Things Thursday

I haven't been a slacker lately, but I have been really busy!  So here's a small sampling of what I've been up to the last week.

1. Last week was Youth Activities Week (YAW) at our church. The kids did various activities during the week that included movie night at the church with popcorn and ice cream floats, camping, paintball, and cooking dinner for themselves and family.  I helped with movie night and cooking on Friday.  On Friday, I started at 10:30 am and finished at 9:30 pm.  We made 18 pies, cooked 35 pounds of potatoes, and 48 pounds of bacon!  Yes, you read that correctly, 48 pounds of bacon.

2. It has been so hot the last few weeks as in 27 days straight of 100+ temps that I'm finding it difficult to make myself run!  Instead, I've been doing lots of cross-training and yoga. 

3. I decided I should be the Queen of Domesticity.  Now that E has graduated and no longer has to wear a uniform, I made her a skirt.  It turned out cute and she loves it!
It's never a good thing for me to be home with time on my hands because I will start cooking!   I love being able to take ingredients, mix them together and make delicous food!  So if you take the right stuff and mix it together in the right way, you will come up with this:

let it sit for a while until it looks like this

and you can turn it in to these for dinner

or these for breakfast!

Yes, my family is quite happy! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (Almost!)

Memories of the last few weeks:

C on a backpacking trip.

N getting instructions from the coach.

E and Espn
E's graduation party table. Yes, I did it all myself! 

One of my all time favorites! 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday Musings

Last week was busy with VBS and various other things going on! Both of my kids enjoy volunteering at VBS and I'm so thankful that they want to give back as well as be a positive influence on younger kids. 

E and I went to the midnight premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  We got in line about 9:15 for the 12:15 showing.  It was worth the wait!! It was the 3D version and was incredibly well done.
We did go back today to see the 2D version and it was just as good as the 3D.  We enjoyed it just as much the second time and may see it again!

I cooked quite a bit over the weekend including making homemade pizza.  I also attempted dessert pizza for the first time and it was quite good.  The family was so excited about both that I forgot to take pictures.  :)  Trust me they were both great!

Last night, I tried a new chicken recipe.  We eat lots of chicken and get bored with the same old ways all the time.  For this version, I mixed fresh bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and melted butter and  put it on top of boneless chicken breasts, baked it covered for 20 minutes at 400 degress, took the cover off and baked it 10 more minutes.  It was fabulous.  We had mixed vegetables in cheese sauce on the side.
This morning was a 50 minute run.  I did manage 5 miles in the 80 degree temp with 85% humidity!  It was a great run! 
If I look like I was dripping, it's because I was!  Now you can see that I actually do get out there and pound the pavement! 

Happy Monday!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1. Somehow, I forgot to plan a meal for dinner tonight!  I always have chicken in the freezer and spinach salad makings in the 'fridge, so it looks like we have a winner.

2. N's old furniture is out of the garage after 3 weeks, my car can finally rest in its spot, and Drago did come home by himself after I accidentally opened the garage door while he was in the garage.  He was very hot and tired when he got home!  He stuck his entire head in his water bowl to cool off and then took a 2 hour nap!

3. Tonight is the midnight premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2!  E and I have tickets and we cannot wait to see the ending to a fabulous book and movie series!  The movie starts at 12:15 and I think we are going to get in line about 9 pm after the VBS program at church.  Hopefully, we won't pass out from the heat and miss the movie!  ;-)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Not Wordless Wednesday

We are working with Vacation Bible School this week so it has been busy getting to church by 8:45 and staying until after noon every day!  N is working with games, E is with the 4 and 5 yr. olds, and I am in the kitchen with snacks.  Our theme is SonSurf Beach Bash so the snacks have a beach/ocean animal theme.  The kindergarten teacher in me loves this kind of stuff!  Here are a couple of examples of what we have had this week.

The Beach: vanilla pudding, graham cracker "sand", and a gummi octupus.  Who wouldn't love that?
Oysters: vanilla wafers, strawberry frosting, gel icing eyes, and a marshmallow "pearl".  These were adorable!

I have actually been running this week even though we are under a heat advisory and the temps are only getting down to the low 80s each night.  Can you say yuck?!  On Monday, I was supposed to run 50 minutes, but cut it to 30 due to some pain in my shin.  Last fall/winter, I had a long bout of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, which is a fancy term for really crappy shin splints.  After multiple trips to the general practioner, an MRI, 3 trips to the Sports Medicine doctor, 4 weeks of physical therapy, and almost 6 months off, I don't take any chances!  I think the minor pain was due to running 7 miles that included hills on Saturday.  I did do some speedwork on Monday during my run.  Today, I did 5 miles in 49:30 and was quite happy that I did not have any shin pain.  This is an easy week in my training cycle so my long run this weekend will be 4 miles.  I'm looking forward to a short Saturday morning run! 

Off to plan more VBS snacks and figure out what to feed the family for dinner!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wonderful Weekend

What a great weekend!  I did a 7 mile run Saturday morning starting at 6:30.  The temp was 82 degrees with 50% humidity.  Not too bad considering it's almost the middle of July!  I had a third of a powerbar and a glass of water before I left and took gatorade with me in a Nathan handheld bottle.  It worked out great.  I completed my 7 miles in 1:12:57.  I was hoping to finish in under 75 minutes and I met that goal.

C and I went to the Farmer's Market when I got home.  We bought tomatoes and farm-fresh eggs.  Yummy! We went to Dallas to do some shopping and stopped for a snowcone to cool off in this heat.

Wedding cake with cream.  Yes, I splurged after my run!

Dinner on Saturday was tilipia with peppers, onion, garlic, and fresh tomatoes in white wine over lemon couscous.  Light, healthy, and delicious!  When I was training for a marathon, we had this for dinner almost every Friday night before my long runs on Saturday morning.  It's the perfect combination of carbs, protein and fat. 
N requested blueberry muffins so that's what's on the menu for Sunday morning before church.  I used fresh blueberries and a touch of cinnamon.  I substitued non-fat greek yogurt for the sour cream the recipe called for.  It worked out great and saves lots of calories. 
Poor C is having to work this morning, but did get muffins before he left.  Now it is off to church for me and the kids. 

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fabulous Friday

Today was not a running day, but I did run 5 miles yesterday and have 7 miles on the schedule for tomorrow.  I have been experimenting to find the optimum time for me to run because it is getting so hot here!  106 degrees today!  I am a morning runner so I've been trying earlier as in 5:45 with less sun and more humidity and later, 7:15ish with more sun and less humidity.  After switching back and forth for several days, I've decided I am a less sun, more humidity runner!  I do not like the sun blazing down on me and would much rather watch the sun rise as I head back home. 

This week in food has been about comfort food for the family.  On Wednesday, I made E's request which is fettucinni with proscuitto, peas, parmesan, lemon and cream. (I used fat-free half and half and will thicken with flour next time.)

It tasted yummy and I love the brightness of the peas! 

Last night was all about me and I made meatloaf.  E and N gave me a hard time about how much they hate meatloaf and N went so far as to spend the night with a friend to avoid it!  E decided it wasn't so bad after all and went back for seconds!  Poor C was working late and missed out.  Of course, to me the best part is left over meatloaf sandwiches the next day!  It was delish!!

I went to a peach orchard yesterday and bought fresh peaches.  What better way to use them than in a fresh peach pie.  Please don't judge me by my crust!  I still have not mastered the art of beautiful scalloped edges.  I usually go for cobbler so it doesn't matter, but took a chance on pie today.  The edges may not be gorgeous, but the rest looks pretty darn good!

Now off to make dinner so we can have dessert.  Or maybe we'll have dessert first tonight!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Reading Harry Potter

Being an avid reader and a former teacher, I have always been a fan of the Harry Potter books (and movies)!  Just before each new book or movie has come out, I've gone back to read the entire series again.  Well, The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 comes out on July 15th, so of course I had to re-read the books again. So in the the last month I have read all 7 books. That was 4,100 pages in 4 weeks!  Or 1,025 pages per week!  I loved it!  Now I can't wait to go see the final movie.  (I don't think I will even try to watch all 7 movies before the 8th one!)
I hope you have a book or books that you are enjoying this summer.  Remember to have your kids read at least 2-3 times per week so they don't lose skills they gained this past school year!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 4th and 5th!

We had a quiet 4th of July at our house! N and I were out of town over the weekend helping my aunt celebrate her 80th birthday.  C and E both worked on the 4th and were gone most of the day.  We had C's parents over for hamburgers and homemade chocolate ice cream.  Then we spent the rest of the evening participating in "America's pasttime" and watched baseball.  Go Rangers!! 

I started my 4th with a 4 mile run and thought about how lucky we are to live in a country where we can run without worrying about being shot at or bombed.  I also thought about how grateful I am to our troops who have chosen to protect our rights to freedom. 

Today I started my day with the what I call my circuit training.  I run 3 days a week and cross-train 2-3 other days.  Today's workout was the following:
10 pushups
20 minutes on the elliptical
10 tricep dips, 10 pushups
15 minutes on the bike
10 tricep dips, 10 pushups
10 minutes on the elliptical
10 tricep dips, 10 pushups
5 minutes on the bike
10 pushups

Of course, I was starving so I had this amazing salad for lunch!
Spinach, banana peppers, tomatoes, dried cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, a boiled egg, and fat-free thousand island dressing.  YUM!

Tonight's menu: grilled chicken, rice and roasted beets.  I've never roasted beets so I'll let you know the verdict tomorrow.

Happy 5th of July!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Fun

My day started out with a 5 mile run!  It was a little hot, but bearable.  No picture due to dropping (and breaking) my camera yesterday.  I got a new one and started with pictures later in the day.  After a trip to the grocery store, I was greeted by baby birds on my front porch and in the yard.  It appears that the mommy and daddy were teaching the babies how to hunt for food.  The 4 babies would take off around the yard and the mommy would call them to her.  They were precious!  E, who hates birds, wants one now!

They "played" in our yard for several hours.  It was fun to watch them and to be reminded that no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, God has a plan.

I moved on to cookie baking.  If you take these things and put them together in the right ways
this is what you come up with!
9 dozen pieces of deliciousness!

N got a full set of braces on Monday and has had a difficult time eating anything that requires chewing.  He felt better today and requested chili covered cheese enchiladas.  What's a mom to do?  Honor that request, of course!  This is the result.

We are off to spend time with family over the 4th.  I hope and pray that everyone has a happy and safe holiday!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

First Day!

I am beginning my adventure into the world of blogging!  I enjoy following blogs related to running and food, so I decided to attempt one of my own.  I'm not a fitness expert or a chef, nor do I play either on TV, but I do enjoy working out (especially running!) and I love to cook! 

Here's a look at last night's dinner:  Sage Chicken.
I must say it was like a little bit of heaven in a bowl.  The dish includes chicken, lemon, garlic, fresh sage, bread crumbs, and olive oil over pasta.  It was delicious and is a family favorite!

Yesterday I ran 4 miles and did a yoga dvd this morning.  I am only running 3 days a week per doctor's orders after a bout of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, which is a fancy way of saying really bad shin splints.  :) 
I'll try to post several times a week and will enjoy it even if no one else does!  Again, I am not an expert in fitness or food, but I hope you will come back again and follow me on this journey called life!