Friday, December 28, 2012

Blueberry Pancakes

We eat a lot of pancakes around here.  And blueberry pancakes are our all time favorite.  It's something that I got in the habit of making when the boys were starting to eat table food---because it was easy and they would almost always eat it.  I particularly like this recipe, it tastes rich from the addition of the yogurt.  I've used Greek yogurt and it makes the batter super thick, but works.  The original recipe called for lemon yogurt, but I've used all kinds and it had tasted great with whatever we chose.  In fact, I ate these when I was in labor with my first son before I headed to the doctor's office.

Whisk the egg, yogurt, milk, oil, and lemon juice until blended.

Combine  the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Pour the egg mixture in the dry ingredients.

Gently stir just until moistened.  And then gently fold in the blueberries.

Pour batter onto hot griddle.  Turn when bubbles form on top of pancake.  Cook until second side is golden brown.  These will not bubble as much as traditional pancakes since the batter is so much thicker.

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

1 egg
1/2 cup lemon yogurt (or whatever kind you choose)
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons oil (I use olive)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries (if using frozen--thaw first)

In a small bowl, whisk egg, yogurt, milk, oil, and lemon juice until blended.  Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Make a well in the center.  Pour yogurt mixture into the well; stir just until moistened.  Gently fold in blueberries.

Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls on a hot griddle.  Turn when bubbles form on top of pancake; cook until second side is golden brown and pancake is cooked through.

If desired, serve with additional yogurt and blueberries.

Yields: approximately 8 pancakes

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas in Pictures

Hot Chocolate for our Christmas light viewing.

Christmas lights at local college--Donovan thought it
was creepy to take pictures of people's houses.

Pretty lights

Pizza Picnic during our last minute Christmas Eve running around

Mommy and Nolan

Daddy and Nolan

Nolan and Jack

Gummy Worms!


His very own balls.

Nolan hanging out

Wouldn't that be the life.

Christmas morning coffee cake

Don't want the new toys to get too far away.

Coffee Cake

Putting together the new legos

Joel with their ball run

Grammy and Jack

A working augar


Grammy and Nolan

Grandpa and Jack

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Running Recap

Best Race Experience 

Leprechaun Chase 10k.  I didn't know how it was going to go because I was 6 weeks pregnant.  But it ended up feeling fantastic and I was able to comfortably run faster than I expected.  The course was beautiful and it was just a beautiful day.

Worst Race Experience

Midsummer's Night Trail Run.  This was NOT the worst race because of the race {the race itself is fantastic} but because of my experience.  I was 24 weeks pregnant and ran way too hard.  This was the last race of my pregnancy because I realized that I couldn't run races without being competitive.

Best Run

I didn't really have a lot of great runs this year because of pregnancy.  But one run that sticks out in my mind was just before I found out I was pregnant.  I ran 3 miles under 8:00/mile--at the end of winter.  I also had a 5 mile run 20 weeks pregnant that felt great {just over 9:00/mile}.

Best new piece of gear

The mountain buggy jogging stoller I won!

Best piece of running advice

Most people run their short runs too slow and their long runs too fast.  This is definitely true for me--I tend to end up running every run about the same pace.  So as I get back into running now, my goal is to have my runs be different.  To push out of my comfort zone more on short runs/hard days and to sloooow down on the long runs and not be concerned with the pace.  I may need to stop running with a watch on those days.

Most inspirational runner

Since this was an Olympic year, I have started paying a lot closer attention to the elites.  And I love Kara Goucher and Amy Hastings.  I am also inspired by Kaci Lickteig.  She is from a small town in Nebraska and qualified and competed at the Olympic Trials last January in the marathon.  I have run against her {or I should say I have run in the same race she has}.

I am also so inspired by blogs I read...Janae at Hungry Runner Girl...Katie at Run Inspired....Courtney at C is for Courtney...I'm always excited when their new posts pop up in my google reader.
Kaci Lickteig

Sum up the year in a couple of words

hard, learning
I had never run during pregnancy before and it was a hard adjustment for me, but I learned so much, I know I am a better runner for it now.
Running pregnant with the other two in the stroller

Running ups

An unexpected good 10k {see above}...staying active during pregnancy...being able to run quicker post pregnancy.

Running Downs

running during pregnancy...finding out my {coming and going} injury is Achilles Tendonitis.

Surprise of the year

I felt like my running during pregnancy was so awful, but now postpartum, I was surprised at how much quicker and easier I have been able to get back into it.  I'm looking forward to 2013!

I'm linking up at Mommy Run Fast!

Weekly Workouts {12/16-12/23}

Oops, I'm a little late on this one...and it's not like I have much to report.  See all those rest days?  Yeah, I haven't run since last Thursday.  My ankle started acting up again on that run and Friday was a rest day anyway.  But I was at the chiropractor for my back and I asked him about my ankle.  And the injury that I have had on and off for the last 6 years turns out to be Achilles Tendonitis.  So yeah, now I'm a little freaked out...and haven't figured out my course of action.  Except for rest.  And that's been easy since it's been bitterly cold around here.

Monday:  4 mile walk on the treadmill--60:22

Tuesday:  3 mile run outside--28:26.  It was a gorgeous evening for a run.

Wednesday:  REST

Thursday:  2.75 miles on the treadmill--26:28

Friday:  REST

Saturday:  REST

Sunday:  REST

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!


I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Jesus came to pay a debt that He didn't owe.
Because we owed a debt we couldn't pay.

Hope was born this night.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Crockpot Lasagna

I ran across a recipe for crockpot lasagna on Pinterest {where else?} and decided to try it.  I like lasagna, but I don't like the mess it makes.  The crockpot was super nice because then I could get my mess cleaned up hours before supper time and then it didn't seem so bad.  The original recipe called for ricotta cheese, but I find ricotta cheese too dry.  However, my husband doesn't like cottage cheese at all.  But the time I had cottage cheese and no ricotta, I threw the cottage cheese in the blender to disguise it from him and he told me it was the best lasagna he'd ever eaten.  So there you go, the best of both worlds.  This was super easy and I thought it turned out great!  I really wanted a second helping, but I was full and made myself stop eating.

Crockpot Lasagna
adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
2 cups cottage cheese, blended
1 egg
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, basil, salt and pepper
1/2 lb hamburger, cooked and drained
3 cups spaghetti sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
6 lasagna noodles {I used oven-ready ones}
Parmesan cheese, optional.

Combine hamburger and spaghetti sauce in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.  In a medium size bowl, combine cottage cheese, egg, and spices.  Stir in 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese.

Put 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of a 4-6 quart slow cooker.  Layer 3 of the noodles over sauce breaking if needed to make them fit.  Spread half of the cottage cheese mixture over noodles.  Spread half of the remaining sauce over cottage cheese mixture.  Repeat layers with noodles, cheese mixture, and sauce.  Cook on low for 3 hours or until noodles are soft.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.  Cover with lid until cheese is melted.  Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Note:  Do not try to speed up the cooking time by cooking on high and do not overcook or the noodles will get mushy.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday Gifts + A beautiful run

#1-20 here

21.  A warm house when it's snowy outside.
22.  A cupboard full of food.
23.  Nolan laying next to me.
24.  Friends to spend the day with.
25.  The smell of coffee.
26.  Little boys sleeping in.
27.  Peppermint marshmallows.
28.  Sleepy babies.
29.  Runs with no wind.
30.  Beautiful sunsets.

These pictures are from my run on Tuesday night.  It was gorgeous...about 45 degrees and no wind.  I ran an enjoyable 3 miles in 28:26.  Definitely the calm before the storm...Wednesday we got a bunch of snow and gusting winds up to 50 mph.  And it's not supposed to get above freezing anytime soon.  Bring on the true cold weather running!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Unexpected Christmas Present+Weekly Workouts {12/10-12/16}

You may have seen my post the other day about winning a jogging stroller.  I was so excited, it came super quick.  This was definitely a great unexpected Christmas present :)  Thank you again to Another Mother Runner!


Weekly Workouts!

Monday:  Treadmill--2 mile run (1.5 miles 10:00/mile, .25 mile 9:40/mile, .25 9:13/mile)
                1.5 mile walk 15:00/mile

Tuesday:  Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 1
               3 mile run outside 29:18--just ran, didn't look at the watch at all.

Wednesday:  2 mile walk treadmill--32:00

Thursday:  2 mile run outside--18:50

Friday:  REST

Saturday:  4 mile run outside--39:18.  Longest run since Nolan was born.  It took me 6 months to get to 4 miles after Joel was born.  This time it took me 8 weeks :)

Sunday:  2 mile run treadmill.  19:21

Thursday, December 13, 2012

1000 Gifts

I started a list awhile back based on Ann Voskamp's Book One Thousand Gifts.  I never finished and I decided to start over again.  I find that for me, life is much nicer when I take time out to focus on my gifts and blessings and things that make me smile instead of so often defaulting to looking at the negative.

  1. My husband, Donovan, I am so in love with this man.
  2. Jackson, my oldest, his giggles and smiles warm my heart.
  3. Joel, my middle child, all boy, but so sweet with his blonde curls and blue eyes.
  4. Nolan, my baby, there is nothing sweeter than baby snuggles and smiles.
  5. Running
  6. Pretty smelling candles.
  7. Clean drinking water that is easily accessible.
  8. Christmas lights on houses.
  9. A house that is our own, with more than enough room.
  10. Flannel sheets.
  11. A healthy family.
  12. Gracie, our dog.
  13. Last minute company for lunch.
  14. Cheese.
  15. Homemade caramels.
  16. A season celebrating the birth of my Savior.
  17. A stack of wood waiting to go in the wood stove.
  18. Coffee...especially this afternoon.
  19. Listening to Jack and Joel talk to each other.
  20. New clothes.

This will be an ongoing list...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekly Workouts {12/3-12/9}

Monday: 3 mile walk 47:01 on the treadmill

Tuesday:  2.5 mile run 24:31.  It was a beautiful time to wind, beautiful sunset! wish I had a camera.
                some abs/pushups

Wednesday:  REST

Thursday:  2 mile run 20:06 outside!  strong north wind and chilly.
                 1.9 mile walk treadmill- 29:02

Friday:  Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred--Level 1 and I did the whole thing!

Saturday:  3 mile run outside 28:47.  I mad myself slow down on the first mile {10:05} and then after 1.5
                miles {15:07}, I let myself go.  It felt great...longest run so far.  And this run made me think of this:
Mountain Hardwear Trekkin Insulated Skirt
I saw this on a website few weeks ago and made fun of it.  But maybe they are on to something...30 degrees and windy and the only thing that was cold was my tushie...

Sunday:  REST--unintentional, but I'll spare you my excuses.

**I'm not affiliated with amazon, I just found mt picture there.**

Christmas Survey

Janae at Hungry Runner Girl posted this the other day and I love this sort of thing so here are my answers.  Let me know some of your answers in the comments or if you put it on your blog, leave me a link so I can read them :)

1.  Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song?  
My favorite Christmas song is BarlowGirl's Carol of the Bells

2.  Run on Christmas morning or take the day off?

I have done both...but I'm planning on running this year.
3.  What do you usually eat on Christmas morning?

Coffee cake.
4.  Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition?

Our candlelight Christmas Eve service at church.
5.  Real tree, fake tree or no tree?

We have a fake tree.
6.  Christmas pajamas… yay or nay?

I want to!  The boys have some from my mom so Donovan and I would just need some.
7.  Where do you spend the holidays?  Your own house, your parents’ house, extended family, in-laws, friends?

We kind of do all of the above.  It's a bit nuts and I think we need to simplify a bit.  {any suggestions on how to do holidays with your own family and the in-laws?}
8.  Food that you always have during the holiday season?  Favorite Christmas food/treat?

I like these:
source:  Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
and these:
source:  How sweet It Is

9. Open presents all at once or take turns?  Stockings… yes or no?

TAKE TURNS!!!  But if I don't enforce this, everyone tries to go at once. And I really want to start doing stockings with the boys...I loved doing stockings growing up.
10.  Favorite Christmas(ish) movie?

Charlie Brown's Christmas.

Let me know your answers!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I WON I WON I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I can't believe it.  I never win anything.  I enter give aways with a "well, I won't win, but whatever" attitude.  I can't believe I actually won!  Now with our other double jogging stroller and this one, between my husband and I, we can take all three kids ;)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

3 Things Tuesday

1)  If you want to torture me, send me to Wal-mart with all 3 boys by myself.  O wait, you don't have to because I did that to myself this morning.  And I'm pretty sure that Wal-mart was trying to set a new record of how slowly they could check people out.

2)  I can't wait for my run this afternoon.  It is GORGEOUS out.  I'm planning on 2.5 mile run.

3)  Taco Chili in the crockpot!  Yay for easy meals :)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Practical Strength Training

When I took the garbage out today I noticed this:

We heat our house primarily with a wood burning stove.  My husband had got this on Saturday, but hadn't unloaded it from his pickup yet.

SO I decided to take advantage of the 60 degree weather {in December!}, get a little exercise and do this:

And then I hopped on the treadmill and walked 3 miles while reading my book.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Weekly Workouts {11/25-12/1} + December GOALS

Weekly Workouts:

Sunday:  First postpartum run!  1.5 miles {15:12} + .25 mile {walk} warm up and cool down

Monday:  2 mile walk on treadmill

Tuesday:  Run {treadmill} 1 mile {10:20} + .25 mile {walk} warm up and cool down

Wednesday:  2 mile walk {with .5 mile run at 6 mph in 2 min+2 min+1 min because I felt so good} {treadmill}

Thursday:  1.5 miles {15:01} + .25 {walk} warm up and cool down +Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred {level 1}.  I took it easy especially with any jumping and didn't do any of the crunches yet and instead held a modified plank position {on my knees}.

Friday:  Rest

Saturday:  2 miles {20:29}

     Run: 6.5 miles
     Walk:  4 miles
     Cross-training:  1 workout {unless I get ambitious later}


I feel like time has been flying--December already!  I'm loving being able to exercise again and really want to get into a good routine.

GOALS for December:

-Get my long run up to 6 miles.

-10 pushups on my toes in a row {this is a bit contingent on how my wrist feels.  A few weeks ago my wrist started really hurting and I'm not sure what I did.  It feels better now...hoping that lasts}

-Start in on core work.  I've been super careful to fully let my abs heal, but I'll be 6 week postpartum on Monday.

-Re-read The Hobbit {and then see the movie}.

-Post regularly on this here blog.

-Be conscious of my food choices---more healthy, less treats.  But I promise you with Christmas, I will have treats.  I'll just exercise :)

-Start some fun Christmas traditions with the kiddos.  My husband and I talked about doing one Christmas-y activity each week...but haven't come up with any specifics.  But things like Christmas light viewing, Christmas movies, and I thought about shopping with the boys for a child on the Christmas tree in the store to teach them that giving=good.

-Get some more Christmas decor up {pretty much meaning taking my fall decor down soon}

Do you set goals?  What are some goals you have for December?
   I'm a great goal-setter but I don't always follow through very well.  But if I don't set any, then I really don't     do anything productive.

Any fun Christmas traditions in your family?