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Craziness + Favorites

Can we just talk about how cold it got all of a sudden?

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I took my kids to the dentist on Monday afternoon. While we were waiting for the dentist we talked about playing outside when we got home to enjoy the last little bit of warm weather for awhile. When we left not even an hour later I was shocked to see that the temps had dropped 20 degrees. It was only in the 50’s at that point but the wind was horrible. I felt awful that I hadn’t put jackets on the kids. Needless to say we played inside before dinner instead of outside.

The other crazy environmental thing that happened here in Kansas this week was that we had an earthquake. Yes, you read that right, an earthquake. In Kansas.

You may be surprised to hear that we have them pretty often in the Midwest but this one was different. I’ve only felt one other earthquake before and that was a couple of months ago. The earthquake on Wednesday was strong (4.8 magnitude!) and lasted quite awhile. I braced myself while I was standing and watched things shake in my house. I even looked out the window to see if something had happened outside (tornado or plane crash???) before I realized that it was an earthquake. Craziness!

And now on to some of my favorites from the week.

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[one] Yoga + Kettlebells with my little monkeys. They always want to participate when they see me exercising! [two] My happy place, especially when I’ve been missing my regular routine of running a lot of miles lately. [three] Bedtime snuggles are the best. [four] Brrr…it’s cold. Coffee tastes even better in the winter. [five] Library Story Time is one of our favorite activities of the week. I love to watch Little E participate. She dances and sings to all the songs. And Little O is such a good reader and has been picking up some nonfiction lately. He’s teaching me all sorts of facts!

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Interesting Reads

5 Reasons My Next Race Won’t be a Marathon by Jess at Race Pace Jess

I like #3 and I’m thinking of trying that out. I’d also add that I promised my husband that I would take a break from marathon running until the kiddos were a little older.

Tips for Surviving an Ice Bath by Matt at The Runner Dad.

I can’t say I’ve braved an ice bath myself but with these tips I just might try it after my next double digit run.

5 Benefits of Self-Myofascial Release (and why you need to do it daily) by Christine at Love, Life, Surf.

The foam roller and I have become good friends during this running injury. This article explains the reasons why I should keep it up after I’m feeling 100% again.

50 Best Running Books of All Time by Amanda at Run to the Finish.

Oh boy. I added quite a few books to my to-read list after reading this article!

A Bitter Sweet Return by Kara Goucher.

Kara shares her thoughts on her 2014 NYC Marathon race. It is very insightful and an inspiration read!

Currently Eating

This week I was searching for a vegetarian slow cooker recipe.We’re trying to eat at home more and also cut food costs a little while still buying quality food. All the recipes that looked good in my go-to slow cooker cookbooks have meat in them which brings the $$ up a lot. So I headed over to Pinterest and searched for the perfect recipe. And did I ever find it!

{Slow Cooker} Mexican Quinoa from Chelsea’s Messy Apron was the perfect find. It was filling and has a lot of our favorite ingredients. Black beans, sweet potatoes, and quinoa plus all the spices of a yummy Mexican dish. The only problem was that the kids didn’t really like it because it was a little on the spicy side. We served it with quesadillas, a salad and fresh cut veggies so even though they didn’t eat the main dish they still had a healthy meal.

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This was taken before turning on the slow cooker. It thicken up and was delicious over tortilla chips or a bed of lettuce.

 

That’s all for this Friday! Enjoy your weekend, friends!

 

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

 

Every now and again I like to share one of my favorite recipes here on the blog. And this recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies is too good not to share. It’s one of our favorite cookies to bake and yet for some reason we still only make them in the fall.

 

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I baked a double batch last week for Halloween and put a few in the freezer to save for later. They are easy to throw together quickly, make your house smell amazing and are just plain yummy.

In fact they are dangerous and I’ve been known to eat too many after I bake them. Maybe that is why I only make them once or twice a year…

I’m grateful that my sister-in-law shared her mother-in-law’s recipe with us and now I’m passing it along to you!

Enjoy!

 

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients:

1 C. Cooked Pumpkin

1 C. Sugar

1/2 C. Oil

1 Egg

2 C. Flour

2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Baking Soda dissolved in 1 tsp. milk

1/2 tsp. Vanilla

1 C. Chocolate Chips

1/2 C. Nuts, optional

Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil and egg. Stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a different bowl. Add to pumpkin mixture. Dissolve soda in milk; stir into above mixture. Stir in chocolate chips, nuts and vanilla. Scoop spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

 

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Tips for Roasting Perfect Veggies

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It’s no secret that we love to roast veggies at our house. It’s in our meal plan almost every week and I’m sure we’ll keep on roasting even in the heat of the summer just because the veggies taste so good.

We have our standards, our favorites that make it into every batch. Those include sweet potato, carrots, onions and brussels sprouts. We also include an apple every time we roast veggies. It adds an extra bit of sweetness to the savory and is so tasty. And then we have our new favorites including beets and broccoli. Finally, we’ve been throwing any other veggie that we might have on hand to the mix to add variety.

 

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This week when we tried roasted broccoli for the first time my 4-year-old son declared that broccoli was his new favorite veggie. This is the same boy that wouldn’t even touch the stuff the day before. Makes a mama proud!

Tips for Roasting Perfect Veggies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut veggies so that they are all similar in size. I usually try to cut mine so they are around an inch.
  • Invest in a silicone baking mat. It makes clean up so easy and the veggies don’t stick to the pan at all.
  • Add veggies to the pan, I use a jelly roll pan. Drizzle olive oil and add seasonings. I usually only add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Roast beets separately in another pan or dish to avoid turning other vegetables red. I also store them separately in the refrigerator if we have leftovers.
  • Pick what you like but try something new. I’m trying radishes next time we roast.
  • Finally, roast for about 30 minutes and then ENJOY!

I have just a couple of meals to share with you this week before I get to our menu plan.

[snack] Apples with Peanut Butter. So simple but so yummy.

 

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[lunch] Salads. I’ve been topping greens with everything this week. Tuna salad, deli turkey meat, leftover steak, even leftover roasted veggies. I’ve been craving the greens.

 

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[dinner] Pork Chop with (surprise!) roasted veggies and a salad.

 

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Now on to our meal plan for the week. We ended up eating out more than anticipated last week and leftovers lasted longer than I thought so I have some repeats.

[monday] Something green. I’m still searching!

[tuesday] No Peak Chicken

[wednesday] leftovers

[thursday] Quinoa Burgers

[friday] Tilapia Tacos

[saturday] Sausage Bake

[sunday] Frittata

 

 Do you roast veggies? What’s your favorite? What are you eating on St. Patrick’s Day?

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