Happy New Year Folks!

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Some of my camping buddies. The Bearded Husband and my friend Allison who braved the rain and cold with me.

Howdy!  I hope everyone had a happy new year.  I certainly did.   I rang in the new year by camping in the rain and cold for three days with great friends and great food.  It rained so much it sort of became funny. 

On the menu for dinner each night was beef stew, discada, and steak and veggies.  All cooked outside and the steak over open flames.  For lunch, I made my mushroom chicken that I heated up each day.  Seriously, we ate like kings.  Very wet and cold kings but whatever.  I have New Orleans looming overhead so I tried to eat right.  I have to make sure not to create special occasions for myself to eat badly.  Camping is no exception but man, since that food is eating right, I would not have it any other way!

Our lifeline.  This and the heated shelter we slept in!

Our lifeline. This and the heated shelter we slept in!

Also, Allison ran her first six miles!  No walking, ran like a rock star.  She is training for a 15k in February.  That race is going down!

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Feels like 12!

Then I came home Saturday evening and prepared myself to run 20 miles early Sunday morning.  We did it!  20 miles with a 10:06 average pace!  I know that is not fast to some of you speedies, but to me it is.  It was cold and windy as hell too!  Pardon my French, but seriously.  One of my buddies, Lisa, spilled her water bottle on her glove and the dang thing iced over.  She’s hardcore.  She ran 20 miles wearing an ice glove.  I wish I had my phone for a picture of that.  Oh, and thanks to Dawn Peoples for the awesome picture I do have.

New Orleans 26.2 is very very close.  It’s January 25th.  We are still working hard.  I’m still going to Crossfit as well.  I missed some classes from traveling but I’m back now.  Thankfully, I have a great coach that’s helping me make it to the start line.  Backing off a little on strength training for now, but be sure I’ll be paying it back in February. 

So after reading all of my rambling you’re probably wondering where the heck are the recipes?!  They are coming people.  I haven’t been cooking!  I also haven’t been cleaning my house but that’s another story.  Anyway, I’m back at it tonight.  The food is coming!

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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