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Giving Thanks this November

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I have been practicing giving thanks everyday this November to prepare myself for the upcoming Christmas season. It fills me to realize how blessed I am. The family dinner was great Saturday but seeing family was even better. Not making myself sick through over eating was the greatest. I did eat. I had winter squash soup, turkey, Table spoon of seven layer salad, table spoon potato casserole, spoonful of carrot and apple, table spoon of Kale and got that pumpkin pie. My niece made a pumpkin walnut pie from scratch. The shell was walnut with a all natural fruit spread glaze on bottom and filled with pumpkin and coconut sugar filling and walnut crunch on top! It was wonderful! While not sugar free it did not shock my system and I had a whole slice later in the evening. I will be asking for this recipe today :). Although I don't need to make it just collect it for the future! I do not need a whole pie to eat!

I had like 19,000 steps so that is a great day. not over eating, sampling good food, burning calories!

  
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MBPP50 11/23/2014 2:44PM

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AURORADAWN5 11/23/2014 1:22PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day

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ZABINAS 11/23/2014 9:53AM

    Way to go! Great job!

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CAKAROO 11/23/2014 8:22AM

    great job on your steps - I got 11266 steps on Saturday

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Run and then EAT :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My hubby and I are up and ready to run. The food is ready for the oven and the oven programed for preheat by the time we get back. Love that feature. We will go to my sister in laws for a early Thanksgiving dinner today. I hope someone has pumpkin pie so I can have a bite (that's all I will need). I just don't want to feel deprived and a bite will do. I am not happy to have to make the hash brown casserole AGAIN! I can bring anything I want as long as I make this (FOR LIKE 35 YEARS!). I have tried to give away the recipe and they say they can't make it like me. Thank you for the compliment but I get tired of making it. It's a tradition so I participate and make it. I could do it in my sleep at this point, so it's not a real bother.

This is the recipe except: I use SHARP cheddar cheese and Tony Chachers creole seasoning instead of plain salt and pepper. Don't be afraid to season the potatoes or its bland. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hash-brown-ca
sserole-ii/
http://www.tonychachere.com/

Hope you have a great day!

  
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AURORADAWN5 11/22/2014 1:12PM

    Why not make the casserole and take something new as well. Maybe they'll fall in love with the new recipe. Of course, that might mean next year you get asked to bring both. emoticon
You can make pumpkin custard (think pumpkin pie without the crust) that's really low in calorie if you ue Egg Beaters and sugar substitute instead of the real thing. That way you can have your fill and not blow your diet.
Have a great run and a great weekend. I'm not quite sure what I'll do with myself tomorrow afternoon without any NASCAR race.

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MBPP50 11/22/2014 11:52AM

    Have a great day!

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CAKAROO 11/22/2014 9:22AM

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What a pretty day it became...#weirdalabamaweather

Friday, November 21, 2014

So we went from 19 degrees to 60 yesterday. Blue skies, sun shining day. I even had to take off my long john undershirt in the afternoon to not burn up. So I got my hair cut and then took a walk before having to start work. I got a picture while at the park of the cut and style. I got most of my 10,000 steps in and had no problem finishing with almost 13,000 for the day.



Today I get to sew and will have to take a picture of my hat and gaiter efforts. But first a run! Going to run this am with dh and L, then sew with T, and go for a massage with R.
Nice day planned. I will prep this evening for our early family Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday.

I signed up for the local 10 K turkey trot on Thanksgiving day because well we wont be going anywhere for a Thanksgiving dinner. I decided I would start a new tradition. I should be home by 10 am. Then who knows. If my husband decides we will escape somewhere, well then we shall go and I donated $10 bucks to the local club. He however doesn't decide these things and often we end up going now where so I wanted to be prepared and not loose out on the chance to run!

  
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AURORADAWN5 11/21/2014 7:41PM

    Your hir looks great. Love the bangs.

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NHES220 11/21/2014 10:15AM

    Sounds like a great day. I'm doing a 5k on Thanksgiving with my great-niece Audrey who is 12. Then heading to my niece's house and her family for dinner. We alternate families for Thanksgiving - this year is my husband's side.

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MBPP50 11/21/2014 8:56AM

    Glad it warmed up for you. Like the haircut. Have a great day.

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Hair Salon today and making a fleece hat :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time for a cut and color refresh. Maybe a selfie tomorrow. I had a busy day yesterday getting behind 30 minutes at one point, but lunch helped me get back on track. So I ate and walked to the bank and that's all I had time for. I got almost all my steps in but not quite (7800 steps). I feel good about that for a Wednesday. Today is another hard day to get my steps so we shall see. I should have time for a walk at lunch. One can hope :)

I am excited to make some fleece hats and neck gaiters on tomorrow. I have some left over fleece and picked up some colorful coordinating pieces earlier this week and will be hopefully sewing. They said they were quick and easy. I got the pattern here: https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%
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It's reversible. This one is not mine but is the pattern I am making. I am making the grey and black with another fabric I found. Some solid pink or lime green. I also got some patterned fleece for another to wear with my winter coat. My husbands will have camo and orange reversible. I am making them for my runner friends too!

  
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CAKAROO 11/21/2014 5:51AM

    cute hats!
It warmed up enough here that I was able to walk at lunch

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MBPP50 11/20/2014 11:07AM

    Those are cool. I would love to have something like that to keep my head warm when I am walking. You are very talented.

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NHES220 11/20/2014 10:59AM

    Those look like they would work for running - keep the head and ears warm too. Nice!

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KESTRYLL 11/20/2014 8:09AM

    Sounds great, wish I knew someone that made them that I could buy them from! Great idea! emoticon

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15 degrees at my home in ALABAMA! NOooooo!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The wind chill is not as bad today but the temp is colder than New York they say. My friend has frozen pipes this morning! Thankfully we do not have this problem. I am dressed in layers for the day and have taken my shoes if the 50's and sunny skies they predict today (without wind) actually arrives. I will try to walk at noon if I can. Otherwise hello treadmill tonight. Still giving thanks I don't live in colder states dealing with ice and record snowfall

I got my run in on the treadmill yesterday am and had my 10,000 steps for yesterday. The Dehumidifiers went back and the house seems appropriately dried out. Thank you Jesus it was not worse. I did a little clean up after putting all the hoses and equipment away. It still needs cleaned but the leaves got swept up and it looks normal again.

It's a cold day and I am facing it with two layers for work. Hat, gloves and coat for the car. I hope you are warm where you are or have the means to keep warm! God bless the homeless with warming stations, coat angels, and safe warm places to live!

P.S. Go Bama No. 1 in playoff polls!

  
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CAKAROO 11/20/2014 5:49AM

    it is warmer this morning 41 - warmed up to lower 50's on Wed.
Roll Tide!!

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CHUBERASER 11/19/2014 1:29PM

    27 degrees when I got in the car this morning in Baldwin County, Alabama. If it wasn't for my hot flashes I would be freezing! Ha!

Deb

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PATTYKLAVER 11/19/2014 10:27AM

    I was up here in Michigan wishing I was back in Alabama until I heard the weather report for there. So unusual!

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MBPP50 11/19/2014 9:44AM

    I can't believe how cold it is here. I think we're going to have a really cold winter. Have a great day!

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AURORADAWN5 11/19/2014 9:25AM

    It was -9 in Ottawa this morning (15 Farenheit). We're used to those kinds of temperatures up here, but I have to say I like them less the older I get. At least, so far, we've only got about an inch of snow, so I could be worse. We could both live in Buffalo. emoticon

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CAROLCRC 11/19/2014 8:11AM

    14 here in Buffalo. 5-6 feet of snow though.

Don't worry though - you are legit cold!!!!

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SNS1968 11/19/2014 8:07AM

    Yep, a warm 23 here in New York, going up to a high of 31!! Like being in the tropics!!

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