Let’s go ahead and rewind to Tuesday night! Brooke, Andrew and I met my parents for dinner at Cafe Rio. We won’t see my parents until after Christmas so we went out to celebrate a bit together.
I think all of us had this same look on our face because it had been way too long since our last trip there.
The pork salad. The tortilla that they use as a base needs to come with every salad from this point forward.
After dinner we went for our FOURTH year together to drive through Christmas lights together. Paige’s family, Jess’s family and our family… all in one truck. We lucked out and it wasn’t very cold so riding in the back of the truck for the lights wasn’t even that cold. Please note, Jess is wearing her Slytherin sweatshirt;) You can take the official sorting quiz here… Andrew is in Gryffindor which he was pretty happy about.
Paige brought donuts and hot chocolate for all of us.
This was our first year going to Christmas In Color and it was incredible.
That’s Santa in the tunnel lights!
Wednesday morning started out nice and early for a ten mile run. I haven’t hit double digits for a while and it felt like it was time. As much as I wished the hat was for the sunshine, it was more for the rain. Luckily the rain stopped after just a few miles but hats save me in the rain. I remember running Boston a few years ago when it rained nonstop and wondering what I would have done without a hat. They make running in the rain a lot more enjoyable for me. So do hand warmers, but I’ve already told you that 300 times this winter so far.
Yesterday was one of those runs where the miles just flew by and I felt fresh, which felt quite different than the last few runs. I love it when this happens.
A few other scenes from recently! Andrew attempts to teach the kids how to play Monopoly.
We went to Target for another tradition of picking out their own Christmas tree ornament for our tree.
I ended up dropping one and shattering it everywhere, they did not.
Dinner was an all-time new favorite. We baked sweet potatoes in the oven and then sliced them open and topped them with taco goodness! Ground turkey (cooked with taco seasoning), avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and salsa. This will be a new thing for us.
After dinner I went caroling. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I am now working with the teenage girls at my church so we went singing in our area and needed hot chocolate to warm up afterwards.
Andrew got in a night ride on the spin bike last night! I worked, he rode and the kids joined in with both activities;)
I LOVE seeing different ways that people fit in workouts with whatever stage of life they are in! When I was in the teacher stage (and then taught drivers ed and then spin after school) I would run daily at the gym at around 5 a.m. When Brooke was a newborn I ran on my treadmill on the deck with her in the swing on the other side of the sliding glass door. Once she was old enough to go in the jogging stroller I would usually do that or run on the treadmill. When I was living with my parents, it was early morning runs (Josse and I met pretty much every morning at 5:30 a.m.) before Brooke woke up. Then when I was living on my own as a single mom I would run on the treadmill, run outside when Brooke was at school or sleep at my parent’s house and just go early for the key workouts that I wanted to get done outside. Now my workouts depend on when the kid’s are in school and Andrew’s school schedule but I do get outside more than ever before to run which is really nice.
I always loved including Brooke on the workouts I could (i.e. stroller runs, strength workouts at home with her next to me, treadmill runs while she played by me) but I also love my alone time while running too. I really enjoy hearing how everyone continues to get in their workouts with their current schedule. I also love hearing how people fit in workouts with kids! Share so we can all come up with new ideas of doing things.
I had a few of you request the recipe for the amazing Blueberry Fritters that Andrew’s aunt made last week for us (she came up with the recipe herself). They were incredible. The recipe below is for apple fritters (my favorite donut on the planet) but it also has what she did differently for the blueberry fritters!
Heather’s Apple Fritters Batter:
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
1 1/4 cups warm water
1 scant tablespoon yeast
1/3 cup sugar
3 cups bread flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups diced, peeled and cored apples (I use honey crisp if I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to make the apple recipe below)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
Cinnamon to sprinkle on finished dough and cake flour for dusting.
Put all ingredients in mixing bowl except for the cinnamon. Mix throughly. At this point let rise until doubled. Heat oil to 375 degrees. While oil is heating, spread out dough on surface that is well coated with cake flour. Sprinkle a good amount of cinnamon on the dough. Roll dough up quickly and chop up in small pieces. Cut away 3-inch pieces, dredge in cake flour and flatten slightly. At this point they are ready for frying. Fry for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from oil and let sit on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Dunk in prepared glaze then set on baking sheet to set.
3 cups diced, peeled and cored granny smith apples (1/4-inch dice)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup apple cider
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Saute all ingredients in large saucepan until apples are tender and the liquid has been absorbed
1/3 cup fresh apple cider
1/3 cup cream or whole milk
2 cups powdered sugar
Whisk all ingredients together and set aside until ready to use.
Makes 11-12 fritters
For the blueberry fritters she made the following changes: The frosting was made of powdered sugar, milk and some maple syrup. The filling was made by simmering a bag of TJ’s wild blueberries with sugar, lemon juice, maple and cinnamon to taste. They simmered in a saucepan until the sauce thickened. One time when she made these she had to use some cornstarch to get to the right consistency.
How do you make working out/running work with your life? With your job? With your kids? With your schedule at this point in your life? How has it changed?
Ever made donuts at home? What was your recipe? Where is your favorite place to get donuts?
Who takes spin classes or has a spin bike at home? How often do you do it?
Three words to describe your day so far—> ____, ______ and _______.