Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Scenes

From our house the last few days...

Decorating the tree
Dipping truffles with Miss D
Rolling out the gingerbread house
Getting ready to construct
Decorating!
(be sure to notice my new {red!} bookcases in the background)
This feels like Christmas to me
Hanging out with mom in the kitchen
Swedish Tea Ring fresh out of the oven
Quilted Christmas runner I made for the table
(the binding isn't finished, but I put it out anyway!)
Cookies!
Roaring fire
Relaxing
Homemade eggnog
Cheers!
Sugar High
Plaid Overload
Mimosas
The Tree
Family Photo

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Nutcracker

Matt had to work this weekend, so I took Miss D and the kids to see the Nutcracker. This was a local production, not full-length and really just perfect for young kids. Kate was in awe of the ballerinas the whole time. Jack was entranced for the first half (there was magic tricks plus the sword fighting mice!) but was done by the end. One of the best parts of the show was going to the Land of Sweets tea party after the show! Tea and cookies and visits from the performers.

Kate loved meeting the ballerinas.
Jack loved the candy on plastic swords!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Running

I haven't blogged about running lately because, well, because I haven't been running much lately. That, however, is changing as of this week. Couple random and not-so-random running thoughts.
  1. I'm going to run the Austin Half Marathon again this year. I had no intention of doing it, but Matt really wanted to run. Plus I thought I might get my sister to run. So I registered. Now it looks like I'll probably be running alone. Matt has been having some hip problems (old man that he is!), and my sis hasn't shown much interest.
  2. I did run the Dallas Turkey Trot with my sister. It was her first race. She did great! Don't you think she should run Austin?
  3. I don't usually listen to an ipod when I run outside, but sometimes I will if I need a little motivation to get out there. I think I must have the oddest taste in running music. My favs on my current running playlist: Man Who Can't Be Moved, Chasing Cars, You're Beautiful (what's with the "flying high" lyrics in the video?), Need You Now, Follow Me, Collide and Come on Get Higher (love the girl's hair in the video). Not so normal, right?
  4. My new running "plan" is to run 7 days a week. That way I should actually run 3 times. Plus weights & cross training. Plus tennis. Plus yoga. I don't plan rest days as they always find me.
  5. This morning I rolled out my IT band for the first time in several weeks. Ouch. Made-me-cry ouch. Should really go do it again right now.
  6. It has been so warm here that I did a long run on Monday in shorts and a tank top. And I was hot. Sweaty hot. Although I'd like to think I was also the other kind of hot. At least for the first few miles. The last few miles? Definitely only sweaty hot.
  7. I need to pick some races for 2011. Preferably ones that involve travel. To see my friends or family or something new & exciting. And I like as close to sea level as possible! Any suggestions?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dirty Dozen 2010

You've probably already seen this 2010 update of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 as I pulled it out of a magazine months ago. But I still wanted to post it mostly for me. That way I can find the list whenever I need it!

Dirty Dozen
Highest in Pesticides - Buy These Organic
  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale/Collard Greens
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (imported)
The Clean 15
Lower in Pesticides
  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mangoes
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwifruit
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet Potatoes
  15. Honeydew Melon

Sunday, December 12, 2010

First Tracks


Today is my first morning in the mountains this season. I couldn't resist getting up early to snowshoe in the fresh snow.


It felt good to be the first one on this trail that I love. It is easy to access, short yet up, follows the water, and feels further away from civilization than it really is.


And maybe I wasn't actually the FIRST one out there.


(yes, my snowshoes AND snow pants are both pink. Can't help it that I love pink!)

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Friday, December 10, 2010

2010 Goal Review

Today I am going to my weekly goal setting group. We are supposed to be talking about our year end review and making resolutions. Thought I better look at my 2010 goals/resolutions before I jump ahead to 2011. Here is where I stand...
  1. Run a 1/2 marathon - DONE! I actually ran 2 this year!
  2. Run a 5K in my goal time - Not done and not going to get done. I can't believe I didn't get this done. It isn't from a lack of ability, it is just not getting to a race. I'll probably roll this one over to next year. Again.
  3. Go to yoga 1-2x/week - So not done. Matt says he really wants me to start back. Apparently I get really grumpy when I don't go to yoga!
  4. Check off two more states towards my goal of visiting all 50 (remaining: Oregon, Michigan, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and South Carolina) - Half done! I made it to Massachusetts. The Michigan trip got replaced with the extended New England trip. I still have this idea of a relaxed vacation on the shores of Lake Michigan, but I'm not sure we'll even fit it in this summer. Someday.
  5. Visit 2 new national parks with the kids - DONE! We made it to Acadia National Park and Canyonlands National Park.
  6. Make a quilt. - DONE x4 (or 5?and maybe even another in the next few weeks!)

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Christmas Cookies

I know many people think of baking Christmas cookies and candies as a chore, but I love it! Very little makes me happier than the site of a variety of cookies on a plate. Being ready early for Christmas is allowing me to really enjoy it and bake LOTS of cookies. Here is the list so far...

Already Made
Easy Fudge
Easy Nutty Fudge (as above with walnuts)
Sugar Cookies (although I'll probably make another batch without kiddos... not sure I really want to serve the ones they decorated...)

Candies
Mint Truffles
Coconut Truffles
Peanut Butter Truffles
Salted Butter Caramels
(I've made the insides of the truffles, just have to dip and decorate!)

Planned for Next Week
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies
Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread Men
Grandma V's Poppyseed Cookies (this recipe is from my friend Michelle's grandmother - she used to bring them to us in college and I would eat them all... I couldn't control myself! I'm thinking about trying some with a lemon filling instead of chocolate)
Swedish Dreams
Sugarplums

Planned for the Week of Christmas
Crispy Wreaths
Peppermint Snowballs
Cheesecake Cups

New Recipes I Might Try This Year
Key Lime Cups
Fig Date Rugelach
Egg Nog Cookies
Lemon Pistachio Wreaths
Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies
Lemon Icebox Cookies
Pecan-Lace Cookies

*No time for recipes right now. I'll try to post some of our favorites next week!

Monday, December 06, 2010

2010 Holiday Card - Outtakes

Miss D took us to the Broadmoor today to look at the gingerbread house display. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to snap some photos for our Christmas card. Fortunately I got one that will work for our card. Here are the others...