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It Felt Good

Last night I was determined to run when I got home. The weather was beautiful (55* and NO RAIN for the first time in a week!) So, I got home, changed my clothes, threw dinner in the oven, got the dog ready to go with me and off we went. We only went 1.5 miles, but I ran the whole thing and I am right on track with my new training “outline”.

It was a great run. I ran down my dirt road along corn and soybean fields. We scared a pheasant out of the corn, and I’m not sure who was more startled; me, the dog, or the bird! We also saw about a dozen deer muching out in the soybean field. (It is very hard to keep my dog focused on a run when she wants to chase deer! I think I may have gotten a little upper body work-out trying to keep her on track…)

Dinner last night was easy, delicious and filling. Hubby wasn’t home so I roasted some brussel sprouts tossed in EVOO, maple syrup and sea salt in the oven at 400* for 30 minutes (while I ran!). I also made some mac and cheese with light velveeta, noodles, and a splash of skim milk. All served up with a pomegranate muffin. Yum! Can’t wait for lunch leftovers.100_1625

I really need to get groceries because I am out of all things fresh now! (There may be a wilted carrot in the back of the produce drawer….) I just haven’t had time to sit down and menu plan, make a list, and actually go to the store. I may make a quick trip for produce and improvise through next week. I don’t want to get a lot before I leave for LA since hubby probably won’t eat at home the entire time I’m gone!

On the agenda tonight….hopefully a nice walk with the puppies, tomato+turkey bacon sandwhiches for dinner, then making ham+fat free cream cheese+pickle roll-ups for our work goody day tomorrow!


October 28, 2009 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment


It seems that I have ridden the roller coaster of emotions over the last two weeks. A couple of updates:

First of all, my sister got her test results back today. After finding a lump in her breast two weeks ago, going to her regular doctor, and going for an ultra-sound, it was determined that the lump is non-cancerous (thank God!). The bad news is, she has three more in the other breast! She has been diagnosed with Fibroadenoma and is planning on meeting with a surgeon to have all four lumps removed. I cannot believe how well she has handled this! When I was 17, I would have been a wreck going through this (ok, I’m 25 and I am still a wreck and it’s not even my body!)

I am so relieved at this news, you cannot imagine how scary waiting almost two weeks for results was! I’m really unsure about how the procedure will work, the recovery time, etc, so I am anxious to hear what the surgeon has to say!

Another update…I think I am headed to LA for sure….and a lot sooner than expected! My good friend Dian is getting married on NOVEMBER 7th! I am still in shock over this one….she has known her soon-to-be-hubby for about 4 years via the internet, but didn’t meet him in person until about 2 months ago. He proposed six weeks after them “met”, it’s been two weeks since he propoesed, and now its two weeks until the wedding! CRAZY!!! THey decided to get married right away due to some immigration thing (he’s from Sweden).

I’ve been checking on flights and hubby gave me the OK to fly out for the weekend if I could find cheap flights and get someone to go with me…Well, I think I found a flight out of Detroit for about $200 and my baby sister wants to go and is “willing” to miss school. It’s going to be a crazy quick trip, but I really feel that I need to be there for Diana.

In addition to a TON of craziness at work, can you see why I have been an emotional rollercoaster?!?! I am so looking forward to a relaxing weekend!

October 23, 2009 at 3:11 pm 1 comment

Homemade Cinnamon Apples

At the request of Kristin, here is my homemade cinnamon apples recipe.

Homemade Cinnamon Apples

  • 1/2 peck Gala apples (or about 12-15)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Peel and dice up the apples and throw them into the crock-pot. Add cinnamon, brown sugar and lemon juice. Mix everything together. Cook on high for about 2-3 hours, stirring every 45 minutes or so to prevent scorching. This will result in chunky apples, if you would like more of an applesauce consistency, keep cooking and stirring until the apples break down.


This is great as an oatmeal topping, on ice-cream (especially the pumpkin kind!), or just straight up (warm or cold)! They also freeze very well. I love to make a huge batch and freeze it into smaller portions to enjoy after apple season has ended.

October 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm 3 comments

An Apple Kind of Day

First off, a quick congratulations to my friend Diana who’s getting married! I just found out this morning and don’t know the details yet, but a trip to LA might be in my future!

What a great weekend! I got a nice 1 mile run in last night (not much I know, but I have reconfigured my running schedule to start slow and build up my base…I was adding too much distance before and got burnt out!). I figured out that if I run laps around our driveways (we have 3 of them coming into our house!) that each lap is a tenth of a mile. I don’t want to run laps all the time, but in a pinch (like last night when it was already dark out…) it will work great!

Packing up my eats for the day, I realized I have a very apple heavy day!

Breakfast- 1/2 cup plain oats with homemade cinnamon apples


 and a cup of sugar free hot apple cider


Snack- None! My oats+apples kept me full!

Lunch- Huge salad left over from the “salad bar” we had for dinner at mom+dad’s house last night.


Let’s see if I can remember everthing that was in it…

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Green peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Feta cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • 1/2 of a hard boiled egg
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Almond Slivers
  • Fat free French dressing


Pineapple on the side


Snack- Honeycrisp apple


Dinner- Going to have a veggie burger with a side of German Tomato Soup and applesauce.

See….lots of apples today!

October 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm 2 comments

Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Noodles

I adapted this from Iowa Girl’s recipe.

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, cut into chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 large carrots, finely sliced
  • 3 large celery stalks, finely sliced
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 40 oz. chicken broth
  • Homemade noodles (see below)

Sautee onions in olive oil, salt and pepper until softened. Add garlic and stir/cook for another minute. Add carrots and celery, cook for 5 minutes. Add a splash of broth, cover pot and let veggies softene for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and remaining broth, turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Add noodles and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

If you don’t plan on eating until the next day, you will need to make sure you have more broth on hand to add when you reheat!


Homemade Egg Noodles

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Water, as needed

Mix flour and salt together. Add eggs and mix. Little by little, add water to make a very thick dough. Roll out thinly on a lightly floured surface. Cut into strips and immediately drop them into boiling soup. These will fatten up considerably, so don’t make the dough strips to big!!100_1552



October 14, 2009 at 7:10 am 2 comments

Still Waiting

Thank you for the thoughts and prayers for my sister and family. She went in for an ultrasound this afternoon and now we have to wait until Friday to get the results from that. This waiting game really sucks!

100_0760(Middle sister, left & Baby sister, right. I love these girls!! ….and we evidently love fruit….)

Anyways, dinner last night was homemade chicken noodle soup. Then hubby and I took the puppies for a walk and ended up playing Wii for almost an hour and a half!

Todays eats have been all about comfort food.

Breakfast: Breakfast bread pudding leftover from Sunday, topped with some homemade pumpkin butter (It looks kinda gross, but was really good!)


Lunch: Leftover chicken noodle soup


Some old fashioned black licorice


Snack: Honeycrisp apple (and one made in MICHIGAN at that!)


Tonight I am getting back on track with my running plan. I have put all of my runs in my google calendar from now until the Toronto Half…I need to stick with it, so I am basically starting from square one and rebuilding my base (I have been such a slacker!) Tonight calls for a 10-15 minute run. I should be able to do that easy enough….(it is gonna be cold!)

Then I am off to my baby sister’s volleyball game. Hubby has class and I don’t want to sit home all alone! I probably should do some dishes at some point too. Have a great night!

October 13, 2009 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

A Little Bit Scared

I’m back. The past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster between stress at work and home, and also some scary news.

My baby sister, who is 17, recently found a lump in her breast. She discovered it a few weeks ago and didn’t tell anyone until this weekend when she noticed that it had started to get larger. She has a doctor’s appointment today and I hope and pray that it is nothing. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

***Edited to add….the doctor also found a lump on the other breast and is sending her for an ultrasound tomorrow.***

I was very productive this weekend…lots of housework, laundry, prepping food for this week, and cooking/baking. I love to be out and about, but sometimes a weekend home alone is great too!

Today’s eats minus pictures. I took them, but left my camera cor….

Breakfast: Oats with cinnamon, gala apple, walnuts, brown sugar and vanilla.

Snack: 100 calorie pack of Sandies cookies with 1 tablespoon homemade pumpkin butter

Lunch: Lasagna leftovers from Saturday and sweet mini peppers

Snack: Peach Chobani

Dinner: We are having homemade chicken noodle soup which I prepared yesterday so all I have to do is reheat tonight.

Sorry for the downer of a post, but (as you can probably imagine) I’ve got lots on my mind and not much creativity flowing through me. Ladies, remember to do your self breast exams…that’s how my sister found her lump!

October 12, 2009 at 1:40 pm 3 comments

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