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Holiday Recap, Half-Marathon Training & Yummy Food

I’m going to play a little catch up with you all…I’ve not really posted much lately but it has been a little crazy in my neck of the woods and I just haven’t had the chance to really get on here and blog. So here we go….

This past weekend, I went to visit with my mom and step dad (and Sadie & Skeeter – their pups) for the holiday! Now first let me say, that I do not get to go to my mom’s as often as I should (it’s really only about an hour and a half away but life is always getting in the way), but when we go, it is always so relaxing! She literally lives practically in the middle of no-where 🙂 A little town by the name of Old Mines, MO. I grew up going to the church here and have many fond memories of the Fall Festivals there…FUN TIMES!!

We spent most of the our weekend just chillin’ on the porch watching the day go by…playin’ with the puppies…finding treasures in the old barn…eating some yummy food…and shooting off a few fireworks. Oh…and we can’t forget swatting those pesky mosquitoes…they sure love me and my kiddos for some reason! We all look like we have the chicken pox’s…ugh!!  Check out the amazing views from my mom’s front porch…BEAUTIFUL!!


The hubby and I also snuck off to explore one of the old cemeteries that is down the road from my mom’s at St. Joachim Catholic Church (the one I went to as a child). There are three different cemeteries right in this same area but I love this one the most!  This cemetery is so interesting because there is so much history attached to it. Some dating back to the early 1800’s…some you couldn’t even read…some were just steel crosses with no writing…one young man who died in an explosion on a steamer ship…and some are even unmarked because the markers are no longer there. Check out some of what we found!

This one says "Born in Bohemia".  I thought that was cool!

This one says “Born in Bohemia”. I thought that was cool!


This is a family plot.  See next picture in regards to one of the people buried here.

This is a family plot. See next picture in regards to one of the people buried here.

This young man lost his life in the explosion on the steamer "Princess" in 1859

This young man lost his life in the explosion on the steamer “Princess” in 1859

Now, when I go to my mom’s, I usually have to bring some meals with me since I eat so much differently (my friends and family say that I eat twigs, berries & bark….lol) than the rest of my family (I’m a health nut and the rest of them are not…plus I do the whole dairy-free as much as I can thing…and the no red meat thing). We were planning on having a BBQ on Saturday so I decided to make lots of little side dishes that would be me-friendly 🙂

I made some amazing Quinoa Fruit Salad that I found at Two Peas & Their Pod. The only thing I left out (I admit it…I forgot to buy it…ugh) was the fresh mint but it was awesome all the same. It was even pretty tasty the next day when I scarfed delicately ate scarfed some more down. I highly recommend making this sometime this summer when the fruit is in season.

I also made some yummy Tomato Kick Bean Dip from my pal Linz at It’s Linz. The only thing I changed was that I used chickpeas instead of great northern beans but only because that is what I had on hand. It was so light and yummy! Ate it with veggies…ate it with pita chips…ate it by the spoonful (okay…just kidding on that last one…or am I?) Even my mom ended up liking it!

I also made another dish that I had torn out of a magazine at some point (not even sure which but probably Home & Garden). Here is the recipe if you would like to try it out!

Creamy Cabbage & Sweet Corn Slaw
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 20 min

2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp lime juice
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp salt
1 scallion (finely sliced)
1/4 small head cabbage (I cheated and used the already shredded bagged kind).
¼ cup corn kernels (I used a fresh ear of corn that I had baked in the oven)
2 tbsp fresh cilantro (optional but I highly recommend)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lime juice, cayenne pepper and salt. Add in the cabbage and the corn and toss to coat. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for 10 minutes. Fold in the scallion and the cilantro. EAT and ENJOY!

It really turned out super good! I was pleasantly surprised for sure. Thinking I might make this and add it to a salad next time…hmmmm…oh so many options!!

My weekend ended up being a really great time! Love seeing my mom and visiting with her…I miss her dearly and wish I could see her more!  Although, what would my luck be if I didn’t have a little bit of bad luck….thankfully it waited till we were about one minute from home before it blew up!


I finally am making the leap into the Half-Marathon world! I begin official training for the MO Cowbell Half-Marathon on October 6th starting on Monday!! This will be my first race over 10K and I’m super excited! I’ve chickened out every year but I’m bound and determined to join the ranks with the rest of you that have a Half under your belt. This week, I’ve kept my mileage the same as what it will be next week and it’s going great so far! We shall see how it goes for the next 12 weeks 😉

Question(s) of the day:

How was your holiday weekend?

Have you trained/participated in a Half-Marathon? What are your tips for getting through this in one piece?


Lots of Pics & #99 Workout

Okay….as promised….here are the pics of all my goodies I received in the last few days!  First off if my amazing headband from Sweaty Bands that I won over at the Travels with Mary blog.  I used it last night during my workout and it stayed on great!  Love the pattern also!

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I also received the Girls4Sport halter top that I won over at Healthy Running Mama‘s blog.  It is so comfy.  I just tried it on…I didn’t actually wear it yet.  It was a little chilly yesterday.  A better review to follow.  Also…ignore that not so great picture (it’s really hard to take a picture of yourself sometimes 😉 )


I also received my mystery Conscious Box!  With the coupon I found, I ended up getting my Conscious Box for $9.99….you can’t beat that!  There are some great samples in there that I can’t wait to try out.  I will be doing an actual review for Conscious Box soon so watch for it!


I also received my box from my awesome box of goodies from my Foodie Pen Pal Lindsay!  It was filled with goodies that just look so yummy!!  More to come on what I exactly got soon.  I will say that I did try the Carmalized Walnuts and all I can say is WOW!!!!  And also to say that she must have been reading my mind because yesterday I posted about loving KIND bars and then when I opened my package last night after work, I had three new KIND bars to try!!!  JACKPOT!!


So those are all my goodies!!!  I love all of them and can’t wait to let you know all about them!

Last night, I was going to run but after getting home, I decided that I really didn’t feel up to running.  I haven’t been able to eat very much the last couple of days because of my medicine but I did do a quick workout that I found on a friend’s blog.  It’s called the #99 Workout!  You should definitely head on over and check out this post and while you are at it, check out It’s Linz‘s blog!  She really has an amazing blog!  So fun and always filled with great information regarding healthy living!

Okay…I’m not going to lie…..I only did one rep of each exercise so maybe I should call it the #33 Workout 🙂  But like I said….I’m just not feeling 100% right now!  Will try it again tonight and try to get in 2 sets of each exercise.  Will let you know how that goes!

What kind of fun things have you won?

Have you tried the #99 Workout?  How did you fair?