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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. ­čśŽ 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. ­čÖé

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!


Hearty Vegetable Soup

Hello there! It’s been a weird Thursday for sure. I forgot to publish the post I wrote up last night for yesterday, so I just did that when I logged in tonight. Oops! Confusing, I know. Sorry. ­čÖé

BUT, the weirdest part of my day happened around noon while I was at work. The day started our normally:  I got in a nice 5 mile run, got myself to work on time, and had my normal breakfast of oatmeal, yogurt, and fruit. But around noon, I started feeling horrible. I was sick to my stomach and feeling light-headed and dizzy. I stuck around the office as long as possible before I headed home for an early lunch.

I drove home like a mad woman and got sick immediately after I walked in the door. I called into the office and put myself to bed for the rest of the afternoon. I slept for about 2.5 hours between getting up to drag myself to the bathroom. TMI? Maybe. But it was the weirdest thing and came out of nowhere! I’m guessing it was from something I ate for breakfast. Anyways, I’m still a little sick feeling tonight, but I’m just being lazy around the house and eating Cheerios to help my body recoup.

And what could be more fitting for getting over sickness than a healthy homemade soup?!

Hearty Veggie SoupI threw this recipe together last night for Nick and I’s dinner, and I have tons of leftovers which is perfect for my upset tummy tonight. Here ya go!

Hearty Vegetable Soup Recipe


  • 4 cups V8 Tomato Juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 bag or 1 can corn
  • 1 can beets
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes


  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced onions
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic salt
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Dash of All Spice

Begin by adding the 4 cups of V8 juice and 4 cups of water to a large stock pot on medium-high heat.

photo(117)Put in the 3 bouillon cubes to dissolve in the mixture as it heats up. While they are dissolving, wash and cut up your potatoes and carrots into bite-size pieces.

photo(119) photo(118)Add these veggies into the pot and stir well. These go in first as they will take the longest to cook!

Next you can add in the minced garlic and the rest of your vegetables: the corn, green beans, beets, tomatoes. Drain off most of the liquid from your canned veggies before adding them in. Mix well.

photo(116)Lastly, add all your spices: the minced onions, garlic salt, parsley, salt & pepper, cayenne pepper, and all spice. For the last 2 spices – the cayenne pepper and all spice – you really only need a dash or pinch of each. A little goes a long way! Stir the soup well and kick the heat up to bring it to boil.

photo(113)Once the soup is at a good rolling boil, turn the heat down to keep it simmering, cover it, and let it cook for around 40 minutes. Stir often to make sure it’s still simmering and not sticking to the bottom of the pot. It’s important to keep that slight boil to cook those potatoes and carrots all the way through! You’ll know the soup is ready to eat when the large potato chunks are soft.

photo(112)Look at all those pretty vegetables! Even though this soup was meat-free, it was hearty and filled up our bellies!

photo(111)And this huge pot held enough to make around 10 servings. Meaning lots of leftovers for my lunches during this chilly time of year!

photo(109)Guess which one is mine and which is Nick’s??

photo(107)Try out this soup recipe soon for a healthy and filling dinner. It takes just around 5 minutes to throw together, and if you’re really strapped for time, try to put it in the Crock Pot for around 3-4 hours. This will be my next experiment!

Hope you’ve had a great Thursday, everyone. Fingers crossed that I feel back to normal tomorrow. Stay healthy out there!