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Early Morning Pie Baking

Happy Friday everybody! Are we all excited for the weekend? We’ve made it through another week, folks, and I must say it feels pretty good.

Well from the post title, I’m sure you can tell what I did this morning. And it didn’t involve a workout!

image(10)I baked some PIES! Yummm!

I woke up at my usual time of 5 AM, but I didn’t rush out the door for my typical run or workout. I had the bottom crust in the oven for the apple pie before I was even out of my pajamas, and I stayed busy right until I hopped in the shower at 6:30.

I baked the bottom crust for the apple pie for about 10 minutes before I added the filling.

image(15) photo(50)I love pie, but I hate when the bottom crust isn’t cooked all the way. Hopefully this solves my problem! I added the top crust and covered this baby with aluminum foil so the crust wouldn’t get burnt.

image(14)I took off the foil 30 minutes in, and let it finish baking with 15 more minutes.

photo(33) image(12)Perfect! Apple pie is Nick’s favorite, so this one will win me brownie points for at least the next month or so. 🙂

And as soon as I got this out of my oven, I put my Crustless Cranberry Pie in!

image(13) photo(32)It also came out perfectly! Or so I think….I haven’t tasted it yet. But the batter I licked out of the bowl was pretty awesome.

I found this recipe on AllRecipes.com and slightly adapted it this morning to make it work for me! I added around 3 tbsp of milk because the batter way WAY too dry. I also added a pinch of baking soda and used whole wheat flour instead of white.

image(11)I just love that it’s so pretty and turned out fairly well on my first attempt. Win! I can’t wait to try this pie out tomorrow night after our big feast at my parent’s house. Since it’s full of fruit and walnuts, my dad should hopefully love it!

Early Thanksgiving

Tomorrow will consist of an Early Thanksgiving at my parent’s house, and I’m so excited to go visit! This meal will be a small gathering of my parents, Nick and I, and my brother and his wife. Along with our doggies. 🙂

With my pies out of the way, all I have to do is put together my sweet potatoes, and we’ll be set to go! I’ll put the casserole together tomorrow morning and bake it once we arrive in Hartville. Which reminds me, I can’t forget to take the marshmallows!

Aside from my food contributions, my mom will be providing the rest of our meal, from the turkey and stuffing, to the pecan pie. Her food is always the best, so I’m excited to let my inner fat kid run free tomorrow evening.

Tomorrow I’m planning on waking up early and getting in my normal Saturday long run before we leave. I have 9 miles on the schedule, but I’m feeling ambitious, so I think I will just run for 1.5 hours and see how far I can make it. I’m guessing I’ll make it a little over 10 miles before I have to head home. And this will clear out a nice, big hole in my tummy for lotsa eatin’!!

See you all later when I’m back in the land of Internet! I love my family home, but Hartville is so far out in the country that my parents are still on dial-up…I know. So I’ll have lots to share when we make it back on Sunday. Have a great weekend!

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Candles & Cranberry Cookies

Good morning! How’s your Thursday going so far? It’s dark, cloudy, and raining here in Springfield. Do I wish I could just stay in bed all day with Mac in our pajamas? Yep, basically. But life must go on despite the dreary weather. 🙂

Christmas Candles!

So you all probably think I’m crazy when I get excited over the smallest and silliest things. But when I got home from work yesterday and saw this pretty box on my doorstep, I was beyond excited!

photo(52)I completely forgot that I had ordered some large candles from Bath & Body Works last week on sale.

image(12)I love how they pack them up.  I order these babies each year and keep a few for myself and then give some away as Christmas gifts.

photo(50)Woohoo! My favorite of these four was the Cinnamon Caramel Swirl. It smells like the most heavenly bakery/coffee shop, and I will definitely be keeping this one for myself. My momma loves the Winter Candy Apple, so I’ll take that one to her this weekend as an early Christmas gift. Then I can use the other two as gifts as long as I can refrain from burning them in my own house before Christmas!

If you’re not signed up for the Bath & Body Works emails, you should sign up TODAY. Seriously. They send out the best coupons everyday, and I do tons of gift shopping on their site over the holidays. Plus they almost always offer free shipping deals, so it’ll save you a trip to the store!

Cranberry Cookies

And now onto the really fun stuff: cookies! I was crazy productive last night when I got home from work. I realized it was my last evening at home until Sunday night, so I got some things done! I did laundry, walked and bathed Mac, washed dishes, and then made some cookies with my fresh cranberries!

image(13)I loosely followed two different recipes from Pinterest, which kinda morphed into my own creation. But they turned out pretty well!

cranoatIngredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp All Spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 stick butter/margarine (softened)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar or Splenda
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and begin by creaming together the softened butter, brown sugar, and white sugar or Splenda (I used Splenda). Add in the eggs, applesauce and vanilla, and mix well. Next, mix in your remaining dry ingredients: flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and All Spice. Last, mix in your cranberries and chocolate chips.

image(11)Spoon the dough out onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 13 minutes or until edges start to brown. These cookies don’t expand (or ‘grow’) too much while baking, so they may not be the prettiest, but they are pretty darn tasty! Plus, no oil (applesauce instead!) is always an added perk for those healthy eaters out there.

photo(51)The red cranberries make these cookies really pretty – perfect for the holidays! Try ’em out this weekend, and let me know your thoughts. Adding nuts or extra chocolate might be fun to try next time! Craisins would also work with this recipe I’m sure if you don’t have the fresh cranberries on hand. They would probably add lots of yummy sweetness!

Hope your Thursday turns out to be a great one. Mine started with a run (I got rained on again!), and it will end with Jazzercise tonight. Seems like an okay day to me!

Running in the Rain

Happy Wednesday! We’ve made it through half the week. Woo! I also saw on Facebook (via Dede!) that it is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!  Is anyone celebrating? I would love to participate in this random holiday!

Rainy Morning Run

I hope your morning started off a little better than mine did. I didn’t sleep very well, and when my alarm went off at 5 AM, I drug my tired body out of bed to get my running gear on.

When I had checked the forecast last night, there was no rain in site for my morning run. Fantastic! or so I thought…. I even mentioned at Jazzercise last night (2x!) that I was so excited to run in the morning without a chance of rain finally. Well I should’ve kept my mouth shut! When I pulled up my weather app  this morning, there were green blobs all over Springfield. Boo. So I stuck my head out the front door to make a decision. It was still dry as a bone, so I got dressed and headed out anyways.

Less than 5 minutes down the road, and it started raining on me…yuck! It was 40 degrees and windy. This made the light rain pretty unpleasant. I wanted to turn around and go home so bad, but I knew I’d be frustrated if I didn’t try to just stick it out. So I just stayed on my route, and luckily the rain completely stopped by the time I got home. I’m so glad I didn’t turn around! I made it to 7 miles in just under an hour, making the rain seem not so bad. 🙂

photo(32)And with this run out of the way, I’ll be free tonight to get some things done! Laundry first off, a dark walk with Mac, and then lots of other odds and ends as the next few weekends will be spent away from my house.

I may also try to experiment with the massive Sam’s Club-sized bag of fresh cranberries that I bought this weekend. I have about 4 pounds of fresh cranberries ready to be used…somehow.

cranberry-sauce-001This isn’t my picture, but imagine all these small bags being combined into one huge one. And that’s what I have to use up. But luckily they say they freeze well!

I found a recipe for a yummy-sounding Crustless Cranberry pie on allrecipes.com.

photo(33)It looks amazing and is really simple, so I’ll be making this for Thanksgiving at my parent’s house this weekend. But tonight I would love to maybe just experiment with some cookies or bread. There are tons of awesome holiday recipes out there on Pinterest right now, so hopefully one will strike my fancy this evening! Plus after my run this morning, I think a warm cranberry cookie is well deserved.

Have a great evening everyone! See you all tomorrow!