Monday, December 31, 2012

Looks like I'm Running in Mouse Ears!

 Princess Minnie and Princess Kristin at 2012 Princess Half Marathon :)
 
As crazy as it sounds..I've NEVER ran a RunDisney Race wearing Mouse Ears before! I have a small confession that I've always been secretly jealous of those who do and really have wanted to do it for some time now. So this week on the Disney Parks Blog, I have been reading all about the #LimitedTimeMagic that Walt Disney World has planned for its guests this year and YES, Limited Edition Mouse Ears are on the list! Oh My! And are they cute or what???? There are a ton to choose from and they will be released throughout the year. Luckily for me, I will be making my way down to Walt Disney World and Hopefully Disneyland to run a few races this year so I will be able to get my hands on some of these new collectors items.
Here are just a few of the cute Limited Edition Mouse Ears to be released starting in January. The Biggest Question for me is "Which Ears to Choose and for Which Race/Races Do I Want to Wear Them?" Soooo many choices, Soooo many Races!!
 
Be sure to check out all of the latest and greatest news about Walt Disney World, DisneyLand, Disney Cruise Line, RunDisney and much more on Disney Parks Blog and RunDisney.com.
Happy MouseEars and Happy Running to you! :)
 

It's a Waffle House Christmas!

 From our "HOUSE to Yours"...Merry Christmas!!
Through the years I've decided that I'm becoming less and less of a fan of the whole "commercialism" of Christmas. The decorations come out way too early, the parties are overrated and the shopping grates on my nerves! So I needed a tradition (besides going to church and celebrating the real meaning of Christmas) that I could share with my kiddos and they would actually enjoy. For years, besides the usual making cookies, reindeer food, visit to Santa, NOTHING. No traditions seemed to stick and none did my children seem to care about.

 It's a Waffle House Tradition!
  Until.... One Christmas Eve my folks had been on vacation and were flying home and called to inform me that they were stranded in the Houston airport. We go to my Moms every Christmas Day afternoon for lunch. Not this year. She would be home later in the day but would not have time to cook the Christmas Dinner and I had nothing at home to prepare for Christmas Day breakfast, lunch, OR dinner!!! Yikes! So early Christmas morning, we had some drop-in guests that said they had just came from Waffle House and it was packed! What?!? Are you kidding me?!?

 Hey. Lightbulb. Genius!!! The hubby and I talked it over, told the kids we could go every year, no matter where we are, how old they are, whether or not they still lived at home or were off at college, there is a Waffle House everywhere! So just like that, our favorite family Christmas tradition was born! It is absolutely my kids favorite thing on Christmas Day. Forget the presents, we're going to Waffle House!!!! My ONLY stipulation is that we go just how we look when we wake up. No makeup, no fixing your hair and you MUST wear your Christmas pajamas!!
Merry Christmas to you and your family...I hope you find a tradition that you love as much as we love ours! :)
 


 Even the lights had festive garland hanging from them!


My kiddos bellied up to the Waffle House bar...Lol!
 My personal fave...Hashbrowns Smothered and Covered, I think. Or maybe it's Capped, Diced or Scattered. Can't remember the topping for onions...Probably should learn that tidbit of info! :)

Don't forget to check out Waffle House to read about their story and  for all of their latest news and updates.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Pumpkin Bread, A Christmas Story and a fun win!

Well...the Holidays are upon us and as I am sitting here drinking my coffee out of my all-time favorite coffee mug ever, I have been waiting for my last batch of Pumpkin Bread to come out of the oven! I am feeling so "Suzy Homemaker-like" today. Very rare for me. I'm usually running 90 to nothing but it's nice every now and then to chill out and do nothing. I have made each of my neighbors, yes all 13 of them a loaf of delicious Pillsbury Pumpkin bread. Hope they like it..it has made my house smell delicious!
Pumpkin Bread for my neighbors..I even sprinkled sugar on top! Fancy!
 Pillsbury is my fave...who can resist that cute little doughboy??
So as I am baking and tweeting, I get a notification from SparklySoul that I have just won the unreleased thin SparklySoul Headband! Oh my gosh, how excited am I to win this?!?! I have heard nothing but great things so I'm really eager to try it out!! I'm in love that I won the rainbow one..It will match with everything that I own!!! I'll be sure to take a few pics of me and my new supercool headband at my next race which is coming up soon!
And oh yeah, I guess I forgot to mention that it is 11:44pm and I'm up drinking coffee?!?!? Whaaaattt?? #LateNightBaker
 
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

My Lindy is cooking now!

 What?!?!! Lindy is cooking??? Oh my!!!
 
Well the time has finally come when I am going to teach my kids how to cook. I am debating on the best way to do this. I guess it's dive in and hope for the best! My oldest is taking Home-ec in school and is dying to learn how to cook, so she decided to try out a recipe at home that she learned at school. Let's just say we tweaked it a bit, added some cheese and cooked it differently in the skillet (yes, I use iron skillets) and pizza quesadillas were born! She did a great job, learned alot and we are now going to start branching out and letting her cook a couple of nights a week. I'm a little scared about this but hey, she's gotta start somewhere.
Pizza quessadillas in action!
 
 Justin ate enough and then decided to get a bowl of cereal. LOL.
Lindy with the finished product! I'd say she did pretty good! :)
Some of the quesadillas were a huge flop but for the most part, I think she did a fabulous job!  Now if I can only teach her how to clean up all of the messes. :)
 My baby is cooking!!
 Some need a little more help than others....work in progress. :)

Pizza Quesadilla recipe:
Ingredients:
Flour tortilla spread with butter on outside edges
Mozzarella or Mexican cheese
Hormel Perpperoni
Pizza sauce (for dipping)
 
Directions:
Heat the skillet (medium heat)
Spread the butter on outside edges of tortilla, place in pan and add cheese and pepperoni). Cook for a minute or two. Fold the edge over and cook for maybe 30 seconds. Flip and cook the other side for 30 seconds to a minute. Take out of pan, eat, dip in the pizza sauce and enjoy! :)


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thankful for Pinterest!

I've been saying for quite some time that I *will* make the food on my  Pinterest boards. I will. I will. I will! Well.... I finally did! AND.. I broke it out for Thanksgiving weekend.I thought I would cook enough and be done with it. Not the case! The next day we opted out of shopping and decided to stay home and cook more! No Black Friday?!?! I never thought I would see the day! Pinterest has taken over!!!!

Of course on Thanksgiving Day we have the traditional Turkey, ham, all of the fixins and more desserts than we could ever need. For Breakfast, we had a big ol southern breakfast... Quiche, sausage, apple turnovers and a Pillsbury Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Danish straight from Pinterest!
Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish. Want the Recipe? Check it out on my Pinterest board! 

Big 'ol Southern Style Breakfast!
Blueberry Muffins, Sausage Balls, Hasbrowns, Bacon, Cheese and Onion Quiche, Homemade Apple Turnovers, Pigs in a Blanket, Donuts and Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish.
 This is one of my favorite dishes...my sister-in-laws' Brussel Sprouts. She sautee's them in a tiny bit of butter, brown sugar, onion and bacon. OMG. Delicious. I could literally eat the whole pan!
 For lunch, we made some football watching food... chicken wings, turkey salad, croissant rolls and Pinterest Pizza Dip! Pizza Dip was the hit of weekend. The kids loved it but we decided that the next time we make it we will add mushrooms and the smaller pepperonis. As always in my house, we give all thanks to GOD first and are thankful for our family, health and friends! This year we celebrated the day with  Good Food, Big Family and Great Memories!!
The Pizza Dip was the hit of the weekend! My kiddos and family LOVED it! Get the recipe here.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Vulcan Run 10k

As much as I love running "destination runs" I love love love a good ole hometown run! Vulcan Run 10k  in downtown Birmingham Alabama is one of our greatest runs! Its like a Family Reunion for Birmingham runners. All of my peeps show up and we have a great time catching up with each other! The weather is usually fabulous and the course is exceptional!! I am a huge fan of running the city streets. Love the atmosphere, the city, the fans...everything! And hey, it's the BEST way to work in my training runs for the runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon in January of 2013!

Bib #1531...Ready to run! Official Finish Time was 59:52. Not too shabby after hurting my knee the weekend before in the Florence Half!
 
 Some of the scenery seen on my way back to the Finish line!

Established in 1975 by a Birmingham Track Club (BTC) runner, Versal Spalding, the Bicentennial Run emerged as part of Birmingham’s 100- year birthday celebration. The entry fee was a meager $2.00 in 1975. So successful was the race that it continued the following year, and in 1976 was re-named the Vulcan Run

Vulcan is an appropriate title for this Birmingham-based race. From Roman mythology, Vulcan was the god of fire and craftsmanship. Because Birmingham is located on land comprised of the materials needed to make iron and steel, the local steel industry experienced rapid growth during the industrial revolution. Thus, Vulcan became a symbol of the city.

By the late 1980s, the Vulcan Run had grown to include upwards of five-thousand participants. It attracted top runners, including Marcos Brotto, who set a race record of 28:18. In 1990, Christine Pfitzinger set the women’s record of 32:33. Following this record, Pfitzinger won the race four consecutive times before she was invited to compete in the NYC marathon for the Olympic Trials.
The race became so popular that a Vulcan Marathon was established. In time, the Vulcan Marathon was incorporated into Birmingham’s Mercedes Marathon, which is held each February. The original Vulcan Run, however, remains unchanged in terms of distance, course, and name.

To date, the Vulcan Run remains an extremely popular race and in 2012 The Vulcan Run is the ALABAMA RRCA 10K STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. Each year the race generates approximately $2 million in revenue for the city. Through the years, the race has been made possible by sponsors including SONAT (Southern Natural Gas), The Birmingham News, Subway, Viva Health, Buffalo Rock, Pepsi, and the Bryant Jordan Foundation.
 My pals Walker Wonder Dog and Ronnie (who always wear the MOST clever shirts fromOne More Mile Running...check them out!)!
Does this look like a FABULOUS AFTER PARTY or what???? Free Yogurt Mountain with all of the fixins, grilled hotdogs and Free Beer! Big Shout out to the The Trak Shak for always putting on the best post race parties.

Vulcan 10k sponsored by Yogurt Mountain and Coca-Cola!


Before the race with my peeps...Ronnie, The Scott and Scott Running Club, the Sweet Heather and Walker WonderDog Blakeney.
 It was a BEAUTIFUL Fall day in the Ham, but man were we hot and sweaty in the end!! Fun Day with the Peeps!

The Weekend of the BIG Head!

How excited was I to go to the Season Opener of the Alabama Basketball game and spot this guy??  It was like seeing a MAJOR Celeb!! He is quickly becoming the "Face" of Bama Basketball!!
Well that was Friday night. Let's move on to Saturday. Time for the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game. Huge game? Yes. Big Game? Yes.
So OMG. How excited was I to be standing outside of Bryant-Denney Stadium and see a LARGER than life Nick Saban Head coming right towards me???? OMG.  The weekend of spotting the BIG HEADS...Yeah!!!!
 
I love this Pic of me and my friend Meredith actually holding our pal Big Saban Head. I mean, would he just die if he ever saw this?? I would think he'd actually be happy and probably laugh. lol.
Saban...if you read my blog, leave a comment and Roll Tide Roll! :)
 
 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Run With It!

I happened to stumble upon the greatest little Running Store the other day when I was in Fort Walton Beach Florida. "Run With It"" is the name and it is fabulous! The folks were extremely helpful, extremely nice and gave me great insight as to what's going on in the Fort Walton running community! They even invited me to join in on their Tuesday night runs. Awesome! 

Make sure to keep up to date on all of their happenings on their Facebook Page and on Twitter! And stop in to see them the next time you hit the sunny beaches of Fort Walton Beach Florida
 No trip to the running store would be complete without a new fun gadget to bring home. I feel an entire blogpost coming on about this bad boy. Stay tuned for that!
 
 The Back Door is always open! :)
 Of course I was only passing through the area but will definitely stop back on on my next trip!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

And this use to be a Pizza Hut?!?!

One of my favorite Starbucks is the Starbucks at the Silver Sands Outlet in Destin, Fl. The cutest beachiest Starbucks there is! At one time it was a Pizza Hut. I'm so happy for the change! It's 85 degrees here today in Sunny Destin... Crazy to drink a fall drink right now. But oh well. Gotta have it. And taking it straight to the beach! Happy Fall y'all!
 Fresh Paint, a little remodeling, add some palm trees...and VOILA! Goodbye Pizza Hut, Hello Starbucks!
 Gorgeous White Sandy Beaches of Destin, Florida!
 Starbucks, Destin Beaches and my Banana. Life is good!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Monday... Sprinkles and all!

Most Mondays are just so blah. But not even blah... Just trying to recoup from the busy weekends. I just couldn't handle it today. I needed something happy. Something cheerful. So a homemade cake it is! Well sort of... Homemade from the box.


 Although I've pretty much kicked the dessert habit, my hubby and kiddos can gobble it up. And it's pretty to look at. ;)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Race for The Cure


Race for the Cure is always one of my favorite races of the year! So inspiring to see the Survivors, family members and everyone fighting this battle to all come together for a great cause! I don't have anyone in my family who has Breast Cancer but I hear that 1 in every 8 women will get it. Terrible news. So I'll keep on running for these great women and hope we can beat this!!
A few of my good friends showed up to run with!!
This was one of the Team Tshirts that I thought was extrememly funny!!! Really?? Angry Boobs?!?! HILARIOUS!!!!
I ran for my friend Paula. She battled Breast Cancer and her scans have come back "Cancer-Free"!! Yay Paula!! I thought about her and all of the other folks at the finish line and turned it on for a strong finish...that's what they are doing, FINISHING STRONG!!!
And Oh yeah, of course we found Eric Church's tourbus along the way!! We are honky tonkers...yeah!!
The Survivor Parade makes it all worth it! Rock on Ladies!!!! See more photos from the Birmingham Race for the Cure here