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Make-Up Run

Sunday, September 21, 2014

It just feels so good after I run. I took 7 days off of running due to cough, but today I woke up feeling good. Although many of our group including my niece and nephew saw this posting by our Galloway Program Director and ran yesterday morning in the rain,



quite a few chose not to run, so there was a make-up run this morning. There were just 6 of us there, 2 woman and 4 men. We just naturally divided into 2 groups. Although my cough is not 100% gone, I'm feeling good. I felt good before my run, felt even better during the 5.7 mile run at 12:45 minute pace, and feel just fantastic now that it is done. Just love being a runner!

  
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BOOKAPHILE 9/21/2014 12:04PM

    So glad you're feeling better!

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JEANKNEE 9/21/2014 11:26AM

    Glad you are on the mend and were able to get out and run.

Over the past several months I have begun to learn how wonderful running can be. I started with run/walk intervals in June and ran my first 5k on Labor Day.

May you have many more runs to come...

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NATPLUMMER 9/21/2014 11:24AM

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SPINNINGJW 9/21/2014 10:23AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!

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Glad you are feeling better and got out for a run!

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It All Turned Out Great!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The ganache finally set up and stayed in place:





But my daughter had heard me uncertain about the cake's future, so she came with a back up plan. She decided to combine them:



Gwen was thrilled! Everyone liked the cake. I will say my three bites were really, really good. We sent the leftover half cake home with the birthday girl and family. I tried to send the leftover butter, cream, buttermilk, powdered sugar, and other ingredients home, too, but the suggestion was that I just make another cake. It would not come out even, I'm afraid. Oh, well. Daughter said she'd take the cream to her work on Monday for people to use in their coffee and pointed out that the butter will still be good for Christmas. (I'm not cooking Thanksgiving this year. Hubby and I are going to a basketball tournament.)

Everyone else was taking pictures at the party, so I didn't. Gwen was very excited about her presents. She squealed with delight, she jumped up and down, and she very sweetly thanked everyone. She liked every single present. It was a big success! Now that it is over I'm not sorry I let DD delegate a party to me!!

Edit: Wish I knew how to turn these pictures to the correct orientation when the original picture is on my phone. Any hints?? OK now, I've got 2 right side up by posting them to FaceBook. Still need to learn how to download from camera phone to Windows. DD can show me, I bet!

  
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FIT4MEIN2013 9/20/2014 11:10PM

    The cake is darling! Sounds like a great time!

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FROSTY99 9/20/2014 7:24PM

    Turned out really great.
I have the same problem so I post pics to FB, then copy to my pics on my laptop and then pull them in here. Sure there is an easier way but I haven't figured it out yet!!

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MEXGAL1 9/20/2014 6:48PM

    The cake looked great. so happy your granddaughter enjoyed it.
I couldn't even have one bite otherwise I would go crazy. Sugar is a drug for me for sure!

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MJREIMERS 9/20/2014 6:47PM

    What a great looking cake. I'd have to send it home, too, or I'd eat it! Great will power and so smart!

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TERI-RIFIC 9/20/2014 11:50AM

    You did a great job! I always have to crop my pictures just a bit to get them to post correctly. You have to be sure to crop them in the correct orientation also. I think it is a quirk in SP, because I post to FB without having to do anything and they always are right side up.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/20/2014 11:44AM

    Any technical questions for me I go to my DGD! She is planning her 16th birthday party for next month. Her theme is "Southern Rustic Bohemian". I'm not sure what that is but I have faith that she will make it lovely - she definitely knows her own mind!

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NATPLUMMER 9/20/2014 11:28AM

    I knew it would. You did a great job!
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_LINDA 9/20/2014 11:11AM

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Successful effort all around! You are amazing! You can do it all!
Don't know anything about smart phones, can't help you there. I prefer a good old fashioned camera.
Have a great weekend!

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WATERMELLEN 9/20/2014 9:54AM

    Well done Marsha -- the cake looks lovely, and what a special little girl Gwen is!!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/20/2014 9:27AM

    Nice looking cake! Happy memories for Gwen!

I have the same problem with photos from my ipad. If you learn how to rotate them, will you share the wisdom?

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MILLEDGE2 9/20/2014 9:06AM

    So glad the day was a success! You are a WONDERFUL grandmother!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/20/2014 8:26AM

    Download the pictures to Windows and use their picture manager to rotate the pictures.

We store our butter in the freezer since we don't use it very often.

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AQUAGIRL08 9/20/2014 8:10AM

    No hints on the pictures I'm afraid. I am delighted that everything turned out perfect! Just an FYI, the butter can be frozen until Christmas.

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GABY1948 9/20/2014 7:44AM

    emoticon Marsha! I knew it would be GREAT because of all your love going into it!


NO idea on the pictures.....but I want to watch to see if someone else does in case I ever run into it! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/20/2014 7:32AM

    Well done! And I'd say, toss the leftover butter in the freezer to reduce temptation. I'm afraid it would not make it to Christmas at my house... LOL... some things just call my name, and real butter is not something I have mastered portioning once I start on it. Sigh. Which is why I usually leave it at the grocery store, unless I've done something (as you just did) like promise my son cookies shipped to his deployment buddies.

That was one memory that made it worth putting myself at risk: the cookies reached him and his buddies ON CHRISTMAS DAY in Afghanistan... along with the special flavored coffee he requested. We IM'd back and forth over the amazing timing.

But it takes something THAT BIG to make it worth the risk to my health of bringing trigger foods into my kitchen. emoticon on how well you handled the challenge!

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Bonus Blog: The Birthday Project

Friday, September 19, 2014

Almost ready for our party in 3 hours. Since there's interest, I'll show you the progress and the challenge. Here's Gwen yesterday thinking about her party. Please turn upside down -- that's the kind of day I've been having : ) :



Here's the table set with the Frozen plates my daughter bought. Gwen remembered that hubby had flowers on the table to make his birthday special and she definitely wanted flowers. I got the balloon, wrapped 2 presents I bought and 2 that DD bought. Please turn sideways -- how'd I do that?? :



Here's the cake pan (Cute Cupcake Mold) my daughter brought me. I went to the store this morning and got the buttermilk, heavy cream, butter, powdered sugar, 12 ounces of white chocolate, etc, etc, I needed. Making the cake went well. I bought the special nonstick spray with flour that I had never used before. It worked great. The cake came out of the pan really well. If I were to do it again I'd place the mold on a cookie sheet. The pointed part on the bottom of the mold went between the rack so I didn't get it as even as possible:



Another angle:



Making the filling went well. Making the "ganache" that goes on top was another story. I was to heat the cream almost to boiling, but I'm afraid I got a bubble or two before I got it off the heat. Perhaps that is why an hour of cooling it still wasn't set. So I made buttercream icing, too, and thought we might drizzle a bit of the white chocolate ganache. Now that they've both been in the refrigerator for hours, they are both pretty thick. I'm going to wait until almost last minute in the hopes that whatever I ice it with will stay on top and not fall off at least long enough to get a picture and let her blow out candles.



If I had used a cake mix and store bought icing probably no one would have cared. I would have spent far less money, fewer worries, and I bet it would be done. Oh, well. Had the project gone smoothly, I really would not have minded. But as it was I've been wishing I'd taken an easier way out. My daughter did not set out to give me a challenge. She thought this cake would be - um - a piece of cake for me.

So regardless of whether the little cake has ganache or icing or anything on top, we are going to have a great little birthday party. After the 6 of us for dinner more relatives are coming with presents. Some eat cake and some don't. That's okay. I bought some really pretty ripe pears for those who prefer.

This eve I'm planning to have 3 bites of the cake. Definitely want to try it, but don't need more. I hope to stay focused on little Gwen and making sure she enjoys her party!!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 9/20/2014 11:41AM

    What a lot of fun!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/20/2014 8:08AM

    Just look at that smile! Is she a heartbreaker already or what?

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AQUAGIRL08 9/20/2014 8:07AM

    You are such a special, loving grandmother. I have said it before and it bears repeating, Gwen is one lucky little girl to have Old Mom in her life!!! I am glad everything turned out okay. It makes all of your efforts worthwhile!!!

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MYTURNNOW2013 9/20/2014 6:31AM

    It looks yummy from every angle and I'm sure Gwen loved it!



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_LINDA 9/20/2014 12:20AM

    Wow! Looks incredible!! Frozen plates? Got to admit, never heard of that. A well thought out plan for giving a special little girl a great time on her birthday! You are an amazing Granny! Relax and enjoy!
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TERI-RIFIC 9/19/2014 10:33PM

    It all looks fantastic.what a great grandma you are!

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FROSTY99 9/19/2014 8:17PM

    emoticon Grandma! You rock and I am sure Gwen's birthday party is going to be really special.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/19/2014 7:35PM

    Wow, you rock! emoticon to the little one. Enjoy the party!

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GABY1948 9/19/2014 7:29PM

    You are a MOST SPECIAL Grandma! Flash that smile at the camera and no one will even notice the cake! I'm sure it turned out beautiful like you.. .

And I loved the pictures and your heart! You are one precious lady! Gwen will cherish this birthday because she knows how much you LOVE her!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/19/2014 7:27PM

    This is the kind of thing I fantasize about but can never pull off successfully. I'm sending you well wishes vibes! emoticon to Gwen!

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WATERMELLEN 9/19/2014 6:09PM

    Marsha, you are a saint basically -- yes you are.

But at the end of the day, I'm betting that what Gwen will remember most fondly about you is not your special occasion baking ability (of which I have pretty much none myself . . . ) emoticon but your loving and playful engagement in every activity of her life.

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BOOKAPHILE 9/19/2014 4:35PM

    What a project! I bet Gwen will love whichever frosting you use.

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NATPLUMMER 9/19/2014 4:11PM

    It will turn out great!

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LEWILL1982 9/19/2014 3:04PM

    Your baking adventures sound like mine. I don't do well with 'multiple steps" when it comes to cooking. I tried to make a salted caramel chocolate cake at Christmas time...it took forever and then the cake was overcooked. The frosting and the salted caramel was amazing, though! Hope the frosting and the ganache turn out right for you.

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Great Joy

Friday, September 19, 2014

Today we are celebrating Gwen's 4th birthday. It is very hard to fathom that it has been four years. Quite a few of my SparkFriends will remember when Gwen was born. It was an exciting time! It is always great to welcome a new life, but especially joyous when the little one is healthy and oh, so very loved, before she even took a breath.

I had already lost a lot of weight and had been regular on SparkPeople for about 11 months. I was beginning to circle in on my goal weight, increasing my cardio and getting serious about strength training. I had not started running yet, but was enjoying Zumba, cycling, and elliptical a lot. I've come a ways.

And one of the main reasons I love being a fit old lady and work to stay that way is because of Gwen, and of course her 7 year old sister, Natalie. Getting to really play actively with your grandkids has to be one of the greatest joys on earth!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/20/2014 8:03AM

    I cannot believe this little person is already four years old! Wow! She has developed a sweet personality already and when I think of your family, I think of Gwen and her giggles and smiles. Happy birthday Gwen!

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WATERMELLEN 9/19/2014 6:14PM

    I'm hoping to be just like you with my own grandkids if that day comes: keeping fit in the meantime while I wait!!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/19/2014 4:31PM

    You've come a long way, and Gwen and Natalie will benefit from all your changes!

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LAILATN 9/19/2014 3:19PM

    Gwen is lucky to have such an awesome grandma!

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LEWILL1982 9/19/2014 2:59PM

    That's awesome! Happy Birthday to Gwen!

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MYTURNNOW2013 9/19/2014 2:10PM

    Someday you will be doing that with your great grandkids! Looking forward to pics of the cake!
Happy Birthday to Gwen!


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_LINDA 9/19/2014 1:58PM

    emoticon Gwen!
So that big project was making her a special birthday cake? I will bet its amazing!
Those children are lucky to have you!
Have fun celebrating!

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Local Trail Runner Concerns

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Can't run yet due to chest cold, but I'm dreaming about getting back out there. Niece wants me to buy some trail shoes as she's planning a trail half marathon in the next couple months. I'm thinking about it, but there are some concerns:



Sure, sure I'll do that!

  
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JEANKNEE 9/21/2014 11:30AM

    Yikes! Cannot imagine dealing with gators. I'll take the rattle snakes.



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MBTEPP 9/19/2014 11:50AM

    And we worry about an unleashed dog! YIKES!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/18/2014 6:26PM

    Funny! (Says the girl who doesn't live near alligators.)

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JAMIRBLAZE 9/18/2014 1:19PM

    I've done some hikes when gators have been that close to the path. I can't imagine a run, and I certainly would be no where near the edge, vehicles be darned. It's bad enough with the armadillos, snakes, rabbits, etc. that I see on regular paved trail runs.

My guy has done some trail running, and it's largely sand near us, so that can be pretty slick. Pine needles and such, too, can be tricky for footing as well as mud from low spots. Ticks have also been an issue this year, so Deep Woods Off is great. I wore it and was the only one that didn't get any while hiking. West Nile and some other nasty things I know have been found in Lake and Orange county, so probably good to wear it anyway.

I used to love my Nike trail runners, but they give me the black toes on long runs. Hope your niece finds some good ones!

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_LINDA 9/18/2014 12:13PM

    One good thing about a cold climate -nothing in the water or land that will try to eat you :-P I love trails, but boy, I sure would NOT be going anywhere near there! Yikes! Are they serious??
I hope you feel better soon -battling a bad allergy attack myself..

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AQUAGIRL08 9/18/2014 11:58AM

    Yikes! I don't know if I'd like that!

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MARGARITTM 9/18/2014 10:44AM

    yikes

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SPOKENWORD 9/18/2014 9:17AM

    ...some concerns?! Bahahaha!! Feel better!
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JANEWATKINS 9/18/2014 7:47AM

    Oh no! We don't want to hear you singing "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth"

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JUNEPA 9/18/2014 12:09AM

   

Yikes !!
I totally missed seeing the gators on the photo until I read the comments.

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FROSTY99 9/17/2014 9:55PM

    Runner beware!! Don't think I would be running by there. We had a little gator hanging out at the edge of the lake tonight. Didn't go close even for a baby gator!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/17/2014 6:42PM

    And the sign is what? Bait for runners? Set by the 'gators?

Yep... I think I'd be a little cautious of trail runs down there your way, too!

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WATERMELLEN 9/17/2014 6:03PM

    Those. Are. Alligators. Right?????? Is there a sign suggesting that they should move too?????

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/17/2014 4:12PM

    Don't think you will need special trail shoes for that surface. It looks paved.

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GABY1948 9/17/2014 12:15PM

    I do hope you are feeling better soon! There are so many colds going around my son has a doozy! emoticon

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 9/17/2014 11:15AM

    Oh Yes! Many good old memories of living in FL. Alligators... Yikes!
That would really pick up my pace!
My Running Trail was on Bayshore Drive in Tampa Bay area. Not even on a Trail and those Alligators were all around. Not like that picture though.

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LEWILL1982 9/17/2014 10:41AM

    In Florida, this is a concern -snakes too!

Feel better!

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MSTHIRD 9/17/2014 10:27AM

    I ran my first trail half marathon last year and it was the most physically and mentally demanding thing I have ever done in my life. But once I was done I was so proud of what I did. I keep the medal I got out hanging in my kitchen to remind me of what I accomplished. I defiantly recommend training really good for the trail run, make sure you know the course that you are going to be running. It will take a lot longer to do a trail run then a regular run, but in the end it was totally worth it.

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NATPLUMMER 9/17/2014 10:23AM

    emoticon That sign makes me glad I live in California ;-)

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