Wednesday, November 25, 2015

First snow of the season!

The sight of snow falling last week 
made for two very happy little girls.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday miles

Well, those warm temps are gone. At least for a few days.
Saturday morning the ground was covered with snow.
I couldn't resist…my first snowy run of the season!

Miles last week:
Miles in 2015:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday photo

I will never tire of their "sleepovers"

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Frugal-Lisa Friday: Italian Seasoning Blend

Italian Seasoning Blend

3 tablespoons of dried basil
3 tablespoons of dried oregano
3 tablespoons of dried parsely
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of thyme
1 teaspoon of rosemary
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

Mix together. Use in place of store-bought Italian Seasoning.

Our favorite recipe to use it on? A variation of these chicken thighs. Soooo good, inexpensive and hard to mess up. (Just replace the seasoning mix they call for in the recipe with the Italian Seasoning above and some kosher salt.)

Printable version is here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Taking Stock: late fall 2015

Late Fall 2015

making: pumpkin muffins
cooking: a few new dinner ideas from this book  
drinking: red wine  
reading: books that have been on my "to-do" list  
wanting: a much needed date night   
looking: at deer in the backyard
playing: with ideas for remodeling our kitchen  
wasting: time on the website Houzz
sewing: pajama pants
wishing: the hens would start laying eggs again
enjoying: earlier bedtimes  
waiting: November 29, we can put up a Christmas tree!
liking: this warm November weather  
wondering: if it will ever start to snow
loving: my family  
hoping: Ellie does well at the KOC Spelling Bee in December   
watching: Josie drive Ellie around the yard in the golf cart
needing: a new stovetop – one of our burners burned up
smelling: baking sourdough bread  
wearing: flannel shirts
noticing: that Ellie keeps getting taller  
knowing: winter is coming  
thinking: I should make an actual scrapbook about  
              our Disney trip (yes…eight months later.)
feeling: happy  
opening: boxes from UPS – Christmas shopping!
Spring 2015 list is here
Fall 2014 list is here  
Summer 2014 list is here

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Growing up

Sunday night, after her bath, Eleanor asked if she could blow dry her own hair. Yes, of course! One less thing for me to do as I packed lunches, located class folders and whatever else I needed to do before tucking the children into bed. As I walked past the bathroom I stopped to look at our now ten-year old. I smiled to myself – she looked so grown up. Then I stopped smiling. She looked so grown up!

Little by little the list of day-to-day things that Ellie and Josie need me for me to do seems to be getting smaller. On one hand, that's wonderful. They are learning to be responsible young ladies. On the other hand, it feels as though these years when they need us the most are slipping away. Of course, they will need us forever, but in such different ways than what we're experiencing now.

Our life today looks so different than it did even four years ago. In 2011 we had a six-year-old and a two-year-old. We would have been in the throws of routine madness, (not to mention I was on crutches and PT for much of the year!) Do I miss butt wiping, toddler entertaining days? I miss those snuggley babies with their chubby cheeks and dimpled hands, for sure. But these days are pretty great too.

With a ten and almost eight-year-old, we can do so much more as a family. We have actual conversations that most of the time leave us shaking our heads and laughing. They entertain themselves and each other, yet still need their one-on-one snuggle time with Mom and Dad throughout the day. So even though they don't need us for a number of daily tasks anymore, they certainly still need us, and always will. (If you're reading this in fifteen years, Ellie and Josie, call your mother and tell her how much you still need her!)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday miles

I'm not sure what's up with this warm 
November, but 47˚ at 6:45am? I'll take it!

Miles last week:
Miles in 2015:
(Seven weeks to run 85.5 miles and I'll hit 1000 for 2015!)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Frugal-Lisa Friday: Ranch Dressing Dip Mix

Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix

½ cup dry buttermilk powder 
1 tablespoon dry parsley
1 teaspoon dry dill weed
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dry onion
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and store in the refrigerator.

For Dressing
Add 1/4 cup of mix to 1 cup of milk and ⅔ cup of mayonnaise. Stir together and chill for an hour before serving.

For Dip
Add 1/4 cup of mix to ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt and ½ cup of mayonnaise. Stir together and chill for an hour before serving.

NOTE: If the dressing or dip doesn't have enough "punch" for you, you can either add a little more of the dry mix to your dressing or dip, or sprinkle in a little cayenne pepper. The recipe is pretty adjustable – play with the base until you've found the perfect combination.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday miles

This job is done for 2015 – our 20 cords of wood are cut, split and stacked. (Well, all but the bit that Kyle is burning first.) No more strength training via lifting and throwing logs most nights. Just in time to start the Stride Through the Holidays challenge I signed up for. I'm looking forward to mixing it up a bit the next five weeks!

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