{Friday Fab 5}

This week was one of those weird weeks where it feels like I can’t believe today is Friday and TGIF.
{#1-I heart pumpkin anything…especially pumpkin dip}

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I ate mine with apples and it was the perfect fall snack! Warning: this recipe makes a lot. I’d recommend cutting it in half if you don’t want a huge bowl!

{#2-Wine & Memories}

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Ryan and I cracked a bottle of wine last weekend and added our cork to our vase with corks inside. Per a Pinterest idea I found a while back, we’ve started dating and writing what we were doing when drinking the wine on the cork. It is a fun way to look back at all the little celebrations we’ve had. The wine was purchased while in Texas Hill Country while on vacation this past summer. Another tradition we’ve started is buying local wines while visiting places and saving them for future dates to reminisce and enjoy the places we visited.

{#3-Getting back in the groove…the running groove}

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They say it takes 21 days to make a habit and I’d agree most of the time. Lately I’ve only been running with the cross country kids and not so much on my own. While it saves time, I don’t get that I’m a runner and I loved that run feeling, so this week I started my mission of getting in some quality runs solo after practice. I managed a blissful, geeked out smile 8 miler and a recovery 4 miler in addition to practice runs. This week was about falling in love with running all over again runs. More on those later!

{#4-Chicken Quinoa Chili}

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This was one of my freezer meals I wrote about in August and let’s just say…AMAZING!

{#5-Fall Runs}

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I’ve made it a goal to really enjoy fall outdoors (and not just by running) since it is my favorite way to experience the season. What are your fall goals?

Oh, and it’s not too late to sign up for the Glow in the Deke 5k this Saturday. It is a great family event and you can read more about it here.
Happy Weekend! πŸ˜‰

{Friday Fab 5}

To recap running, all the photos I like to take, and all the in betweens-I’m starting the Friday Fab 5. The fab 5 will review the past week and share new recipes, ideas (running and not), and anything else on my mind or phone!

{#1} We are starting a quest to eat clean 85% of the time. By clean I mean unprocessed, fresh, and organic when possible. I tried three new recipes this week to go along with our new eats plan. They are in order of our favorites!
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http://maggiesbites.tumblr.com/post/26365768602/balsamic-chicken-asparagus

We used homemade jam that Ryan's grandma had made as our "sauce."

We used homemade jam that Ryan’s grandma had made as our “sauce.”


http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/05/18/berries-and-goat-cheese-mini-pizza-recipe/

Our least favorite.  I need to work on adding some more flavor to the quinao.

Our least favorite. I need to work on adding some more flavor to the quinoa.


http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/07/18/bacon-lettuce-tomato-avocado-quinoa-salad-recipe/

{#2} Comic Life
At tech camp for school two Saturdays ago, I learned about a cool app called Comic Life. I finally finished a personal comic about the Mercedes Marathon. I love this app and plan to use it in my classroom, and have some fun at home with it, too! The app is $4.99, but has so many cool layouts and fun uses.

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{#3} Embracing winter weather for another week

Thank goodness I have some great running jackets to keep me comfy and motivated on my cold runs!

Thank goodness I have some great running jackets to keep me comfy and motivated on my cold runs!

{#4} Registered for the Trailbreaker Half Marathon on April 6th

This means it is back to a training plan again!

This means it is back to a training plan again!

{#5} Finished week six of spinning in the mornings…and I finally don’t hate it! I, dare I say, actually enjoyed it the last two times. I do not enjoy the 4:57 a.m. wake up call with my spinning buddy picking me up at 5:15. I have definitely learned the need for workout partners. I would so easily reset the alarm if I didn’t have someone to hold me accountable.

Spinning class punch card!  10 spins for $20 and how can you not go?

Spinning class punch card! 10 spins for $20 and how can you not go?

Have a great weekend!