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Thanksgiving in STL

Happy Monday! And Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I didn’t catch a second to check-in over the long holiday weekend, but I’m finally back in action!

My Thanksgiving in St. Louis was so much fun and jam-packed. I was ready to come home just so I could get a whole night’s rest! I also ate way too much and kinda feel like a stuffed turkey this morning. Is anyone else out there feeling extra fluffy today? I’m sure it’s a common theme around the nation. Luckily, I got to start my morning with a Jazzercise class followed by a light breakfast once I got to work.

Tis the season!
Tis the season!

My Luna bar was extra healthy and festive for my breakfast. Win! I paired this with Greek yogurt and an apple + all my little vitamins. I’m determined to get back on track this week!

Gobble Gobble 5K

Nick and I arrived in St. Louis late on Wednesday evening. We had a quick dinner with his parents before I headed to bed. We had an early morning turkey trot to rest up for!

photo(53)We were so sleepy! The Gobble Gobble 5K took place in Arnold City Park, and it was a packed event. They said around 1,200 people were registered for the run, and Nick and I spent most of the race dodging around other runners.

Nick’s mom came along to cheer us on and take some pre-race photos.

image(19) image(18)Do you like my turkey hat?! It’s awkward fantastic, I know. 🙂  I tied the legs underneath my chin, and that sucker stayed on the whole time!

We finished in around 29 minutes, which wasn’t terrible due to the overwhelming crowd. Plus, we weren’t trying to break any records here. Just something to do for fun before we start gorging ourselves at Thanksgiving dinner!

We were frozen popsicles by the time the race was over (it was around 20 degrees on a shady course), so Nick’s parents took us to get a hot breakfast at Denney’s.

photo(52)Nick wasn’t too excited about running in the cold, but we still finished strong. And I was thankful for warm food and coffee in my belly!

The rest of our Thanksgiving day was spent cooking and traveling to Nick’s aunt and uncle’s house in downtown St. Louis. His whole family gathered there for a mid-afternoon meal. I helped out in the kitchen most of the day, so everything went unpictured. My bad. But it was the typical turkey dinner with all the fixings. I ate way too much and loved every bite!

A few hours after dinner, we headed back to Arnold to get our game plan on for Black Friday shopping. Most of the stores we wanted to go to started their deals at 6 pm on Thanksgiving night. Nick’s mother is a hardcore Black Friday shopper, and I always go along for the ride.

But more on this later. 🙂  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!


Ready for Thanksgiving, Round 2

Good morning, folks! Sorry I never checked in yesterday. It was a hectic day to say the least, and I taught my normal double-header last night. By the time I made it home at 8 pm, I had enough time to shower and clean up my kitchen (because who wants to leave for vacation with a sink full of dirty dishes?!) before I had to hit the sack. My body basically collapsed into a slight coma as soon as I laid down. But I slept hard, and woke up early to get in my normal Wednesday morning run.

Morning Run

I’ve said this before, and I’m hoping I won’t say it many more times, but this morning’s run was my coldest yet!

photo(2)My other weather app (KY3 weather app) told me it was also 16 degrees, but that the ‘Feels Like’ temp was 6 degrees. Umm BRRRRRR!! I bundled myself up in two bottom layers, a long sleeve cold-weather compression top, my running puffer vest, and my usual ear warmer and gloves. I’m pretty sure I looked about like the Michelin Man this morning running around my neighborhood.

michelin_manYup, that was me. When I stepped out of my front door, it definitely felt like 6 degrees, and it didn’t matter what I was wearing. I was going to be frozen no matter what! Or so I thought. About 3 miles down the road, I started getting too warm and had to take off my gloves. Yup, that is how warm I get when I run. It’s still crazy to me!

I tried to make it to 7 miles in an hour, but I just couldn’t make it today. My legs were too cold, and I made it to 6.93 at the hour mark. Oh well, I almost made it! And more than anything, I was thankful to get this run out of the way before we head off to St. Louis this evening.

And speaking of heading off to STL, my turkey hat is in my suitcase and ready to trot tomorrow morning!

image(10)That’s your sneak peek. 🙂  I’ll have Nick take some wonderful pics of me tomorrow before the race. I’m hoping I can get it to stay on my head!

We’re heading out after work this evening and should be at Nick’s parents house around 8 tonight. Then I’m hoping to get a good night’s rest before our 5K. Sometimes Mac has some issues with getting a full 8 hours of sleep when we travel, but mommy is hoping he will cooperate and sleep in past 5:30!

Cauliflower Salad

And now for a quick and easy salad recipe! As requested by Dede, here is my mom’s cauliflower salad. Just be warned that for a salad, it is nowhere near healthy, and all the measurements aren’t exact. She doesn’t measure one thing when she makes this, so I’m mostly guessing!

photo(33)This is the salad she made for our Thanksgiving dinner last weekend. It’s always a hit around our dinner table, and it’s super convenient to take to parties/gatherings.

You’ll need:

  • 2 bags of romaine lettuce (or enough to almost fill a large serving bowl!)
  • 1 head of cauliflower,  cleaned & chopped into bitesize pieces
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing (use Light if you prefer)
  • 1.5 cups of crispy cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

This salad is put together in the bowl you will serve it in. It’s also assembled in layers, and all you have to do is toss it right before serving!

Begin with the lettuce as your base, and layer the cauliflower evenly across the top of it. Next will be your Miracle Whip. Using a flat spatula, spoon the salad dressing over the top of the cauliflower and spread it out evenly to form a flat layer over the cauliflower. You may need more dressing to get a nice thick layer over the top depending on the size of the bowl you’re using. If you feel like you’re using too much, don’t worry. This salad can turn out too dry if you don’t use enough Miracle Whip!

Next, sprinkle on the bacon evenly, followed by the sugar, and lastly, the paremesan cheese. Since all the ingredient servings are approximate, feel free to use more or less to make it work for you! You can toss the salad immediately to serve, or you can cover it tightly and keep it in the fridge. My mom has kept this salad premade in the fridge for up to 2 days and it was fine. Beyond that, I’m not sure how it will hold up. 🙂

Easy peasy! Enjoy your cooking/traveling/eating these next couple of days. I’ll be right there with you dealing with crazy traffic, stuffed bellies, and too much family time. But remember the real reason for the holiday and everything we have to be thankful for. And maybe, just maybe, these positive thoughts will help us deal with the stress of too many family members in one house. 🙂

Have a great Thanksgiving! I’ll check in as soon as I can – see you then!

Thanksgiving Plans

Happy Tuesday! It’s been a COLDDDDD day here in Springfield. The forecasted high is 37, but I’m not sure if we’re even going to hit that! And speaking of the weather, we did not get any of the forecasted snowfall overnight that I was anticipating yesterday. 😦 Sad day. But it was definitely cold enough to snow this morning!

photo(2)It was pretty nippy when I headed out on a short run around 5:15 am. I don’t usually run on Tuesday mornings, but with the cold cold weather, I knew I needed to take advantage of it! My lungs need to get used to the freezing temps if I’m going to run 13 miles in January.

I bundled up in some thermal tights, a thermal top, a vest, an ear warmer and gloves. I was cozy after about 1/2 a mile! The only cold part of my body was the front of my legs/quads. Weird, right? If the temps get much colder, I’ll have to start doubling up my layers on my bottom half. I think I need to dedicate a post or two to my best winter running outfits. Dressing appropriately for winter running is quite an ordeal. It’s been a major learning process for me, so hopefully my ‘expertise’ will be able to help out some newbie along the line.

Breakfast & Lunch

After my 3-mile run, I was pretty chilly and ready for some hot coffee and food. I had enough time to make some oatmeal at home before I hopped in the shower. I cooked some in the microwave while I made my coffee. And then I had this genius idea:

photo(31)Put a splash of my pumpkin spice coffee creamer on top of my hots oats! It was amazing!!! It took my oatmeal to a whole new level. I gobbled this up quick with some coffee before I got ready for the rest of my day.

Work went by pretty slowly, and I was ready for more food by the time noon rolled around. I had a simple soup-n-salad lunch today with some more leftover vegetable soup.

photo(32)I was a little heavy-handed with my Catalina dressing today. Oops! It was delicious though, and the hot soup hit the spot. I’m almost through all the leftover soup. Luckily, since there’s no dairy or meat in it, it’s keeping pretty well in my fridge. More tonight for dinner? Probably. I’m not sick of it….yet. 🙂

Thanksgiving Plans

On a different note, does everyone have their Thanksgiving plans in place yet? Nick and I have everything lined out. Now I just have to decide what food I’m going to make for each family’s celebrations! Apple pie (Nick’s favorite) and/or sweet potatoes may be on my to-do list in the near future.

We will be celebrating with my family the weekend before Thanksgiving, and then going to be with Nick’s family on Thanksgiving and stay through the weekend. It should make for a busy and fun 2 weekends in a row! My house will definitely look like a disaster zone by the time we are back home and settled. But all the delicious food and family time will make it all worth it.

I am most excited for my mom’s homemade stuffing, the Turkey Trot Nick and I are running on Thanksgiving morning, and Black Friday shopping with Nick’s momma. It’s gonna be so much fun! I’m planning out a fantastic outfit for the Turkey Trot. But more on that later…

Have a great night!