Christmas in Review and What will the New Year Bring?

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That’s my sister there on the end. Isn’t she a cutie?

Hi peeps!  I am home today in between trips so I thought I should jump on and say Hello!  We had a great Christmas.  We celebrated The Lord’s birthday by making the rounds and seeing all of the family.  The kids of course got everything and more that they asked for and I got a few gems myself.  On top of gifts we had three cases of strep throat and one nasty stomach virus.  (The dang virus we are still dealing with.)  Please, please, please let this be the last of our sickness.

ChristmanEveRunChristmas Eve started out with two runs.  Both of the clubs I’m in had fun Christmas Eve runs so thankfully I was able to make both.  We probably had more than 50 runners all together.  My sister was in town so she got to come too! Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of Shirley’s santa boxers.  Man, they were awesome! 

We also have a really cool New Year’s Eve event planned with the Rockwall Running Club.  I’ll take some pictures and tell you all about it when I come back.  I’ll give you a hint and tell you it’s incredibly inspiring. 

So, on to New Year’s.  We are going camping again!  Are we crazy you ask?  Yes.  The answer is yes.  There is 100% chance of rain and it’s going to be cold.  The good news is, we are going with great friends, we’ll have a heated shelter and a fire, running shoes and wine.  It’ll be good.  Right?  Hmmm…  Next week I’ll be back to report on that trip as well.  I’m sure you’ll love to hear about it.

Now folks.  Everyone seems to be setting goals this year.  I’m thinking about setting some goals with my little blog here.  For one, I need to get on Pinterest.  I mean, who has a food blog that is not on Pinterest?  I also plan on more breakfast and dessert recipes.  They are out of my comfort zone so let’s take it on!  What else would you like to see? Don’t be shy!

Since we are traveling and I won’t be around again until next week I’ll leave you with this awesome picture my dear husband took of me.  I was obviously being an excellent mother and helping my children with their new presents.

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

 

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Hi guys!  Man, it’s been a busy week doing the Christmas thing.  Of course I’m still running like a crazy person but I also have to do the mom thing.  You know, buy presents, wrap presents, remember all the little things I’m supposed to take to school for Christmas parties, remember to go to the Christmas parties… you know the deal.  I would make a terrible room mom. 

So on to the Cream of Mushroom soup.  There is no reason on earth you should buy the canned stuff when you have this recipe.  It is delicious and literally takes 10 minutes.  I looked up some other paleo mushroom soup recipes and I’m sure they are super delicious but none that I found are as easy as this. 

Here’s a little recipe I’m addicted to with the soup.  Make the soup and set it aside.  Then dice and season chicken tenderloins and sear in a pan with a little butter.  Then add the soup back to the pan.  Simmer for a couple of more minutes until the chicken is done.  It’s a creamy, delicious, chicken dish.  This is my new prerace food.  Seriously.  I’ve put it over white rice for carbs but cauliflower rice would be delicious too.  Or just a giant ladle, whatever it takes to get it in your face.  

I know since I’ve been MIA you’re also dying to hear my running schedule for the week.  You are right?  Anyway, sometimes I think maybe my Coach has lost his mind.  But then I remember I haven’t died yet and New Orleans is right around the corner.  EEK! 

Tuesday (two days after a half!) – Track work.  8 miles with 5 x 1000 5k pace with 400 recovery.  BRUTAL

Wednesday – 4.5 miles easy

TiredoutThursday – 10 miles.  Our workout said with 6 40 sec bursts.  He actually meant 6 but we took it as 6 miles!  Yep we basically did 6 miles of sprint intervals.  We were the laugh of the running club.  I felt like this.  And yes, that is a cookie in my mouth.  It’s not Paleo but it is gluten free.  Shoot me.  My socks say “Steak” and “Eggs” at least.

Today was Crossfit and tomorrow is 15 miles.  Fun times!

Basically, it’s crunch time.  That’s ok.  I’m trying to get enough sleep and still keep up with life…which is dang hard sometimes.  I’m also keeping a tight reign on my diet and rolling my legs a few times a day. 

On a last note.  I’m not one of those people to be vague and mysterious, obviously.  But my immediate family got some really great news this week.  This being the interweb and all, they probably don’t want me airing business, but I do want to openly thank God for his blessings.  It doesn’t even have to do with running!  Go figure!

Cream of Mushroom Soup
Creamy soup to eat alone or use as an ingredient in dishes.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp. unsalted butter (grassfed)
  2. 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  3. large handful of cremini mushrooms diced small
  4. 1 tsp. each salt and pepper. More to taste
  5. 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
  6. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan.
  2. Add almond flour. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes to make a roux.
  3. Add chopped mushrooms, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for another couple of minutes.
  4. Then add the coconut milk and flax seeds. Stir until it thickens.
  5. Taste test and adjust salt and pepper if needed.
Notes
  1. Seriously! That's it!
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Let me know any other ways you use the soup!