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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 10/23/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 23, 2014, 4 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Heeeeeey.  Did you know that next week is the last week of October?! Uhm.  Not cool, October! 

Actually, it is quite literally cool.  Or.  Cold.  This is at 10am today.  IMG_20141022_105101October has always flown by for me.  For 6 years I worked at a theme park that did a Halloween festival.  We called the weekends during the festival one really long day at work with short naps in between.  October flew by.  

Now, there really isn’t a reason for it to fly so quickly – but it is.  All of time is, really.  Is that just a part of growing up?! :) 

At least October means Fall clothes.  WHICH ARE MY FAVORITE.  IMG_20141017_081231Plaid+Flannel is perhaps the greatest combo ever.  Pair it with hand knit wool socks?!  YES!  Nothing makes me feel more productive than wearing a pair of hand knit socks.  I mean.  I could do nothing all day, but I have on hand knit socks, so I’ve accomplished something ;) 

Oh yeah.  Speaking of socks.  I finished the striped pair…IMG_20141020_200412And am actually wearing them as I type.  I will say they aren’t my tip top favorite – the yarn was a bit thicker than other yarns I’ve knit by the same brand / listed weight.  The stripes were also a bit wonky.  BUT they are still awesome, and will make GREAT super cold weather socks.  

I cast them off on Monday night…then I took some pictures of them…and then I sat down at my desk and started another pair.  I don’t know why I’ve become so obsessed with socks.  I think it’s because they’re so stinkin practical! And…I loved socks already.  IMG_20141021_212707It’s terribly difficult to see the colorway on these – but they’re some kind of rad fall colors and each row is a new stripe – which is fun.  I also think that – by TOTAL accident these have matched up to be identical twin socks :) …So far, at least!

I have also been mainly engrossed in YouTube this month.  I’ve been trying to steer clear of having too many videos here – but I’ve been (with the help of my lovely friends) hosting VlogTober this year, and it has made for a constantly full Watch Later youTube list.  Luckily I found my cordless headset which makes watching videos while knitting a tangle-free dream :) IMG_20141018_200953

Alright folks…I’m going to leave you now.  But not without sharing a sunrise picture :) Capture

I hope you guys have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next week! :) 

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What I Ate Wednesday : 10/22/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 22, 2014, 6 comments

This week my food was dictated by quick and easy choices.  

Pre-Workout Grab and Go snack: IMG_20141017_110751Now that I’ve started my pre-morning-routine garage workouts, I have to have something in my stomach before I start dancing around.  I was doing peanut butter earlier in the week, but it was just too sticky to get down easily.  These peanuts have been an excellent sub :) 

Breakfast: pastaIf you’ve been around here long enough you know that a “typical” breakfast is so not my thing.  This is a peanut-sauce pasta left over from the night before.  

Morning Tea: IMG_20141017_110913 IMG_20141017_111001My not – super – excited – about – morning stomach requested peppermint tea.  My brain requested some caffeine – and this caramel chia is to die for.  : )

Lunch: Didn’t get a picture.  WaaampWaaamp.  It was a kale salad and a tomato lentil soup.  Sometimes the cafeteria at work actually steps up their game.  Way to Go. 

Dinner: pizzaWe were out and about already, and eating out just seemed easiest.  This was an awesome new place that opened up that has gluten free crusts and vegan cheeses.  Go new places :) 

So, that was our week!! I hope everyone is doing swell and I’ll see you tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thrusday! 

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Pumpkin Spice Cake [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 21, 2014, no comments

I keep thinking I’ll do some random posts in a row for a “series” or a “theme”.  Like…”Soup for February” or…something.  But I have realized that means that I have to eat a lot of the same kind of thing for a long time in a row.  (But.  Yeah.  Soup.  I could totally do that).  This year I had a wild hair that “OCTOBER SHALL BE FILLED WITH PUMPKIN”.  Now the truth is – September, October and November are always filled with pumpkin for me.  You see – I kind of have a pumpkin problem.  I love it.  So So much.  I can’t tell you if all of this month’s recipes will be pumpkin filled.  But… a lot of them will be.  That’s good, right? 

I’m not sure what pumpkin-filled recipes would be without Pumpkin Spice Cake.  Pumpkin Spice Cake [Vegan/Gluten Free]

You want to know the secret about this pumpkin spice cake? < IT IS SO EASY.  Really.  I’m not kidding.  First, you start with a box of gluten free cake mix.  < I know.  I know.  I know.  Give me a break. 20140826_163724I prefer King Arthur’s Brand.  And…wow…that picture was SO not taken on the day I made this.  Since the day I made this was freezing-cold-not-shorts-weather.  

And add spices.  And Pumpkin.  And Nuts If you want.  And stir.  And bake.  And you’re done.  < really. Pumpkin Spice Cake [Vegan/Gluten Free]The result is this super duper moist pumpkin spice cake that everyone will think you spent hours on.  Guess what.  You didn’t.  Because every now and then you need to be a silent hero.  #CakeHerosForTheWin

Pumpkin Spice Cake [Vegan/Gluten Free]

Pumpkin Spice Cake [Vegan/Gluten Free]
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box gluten free Yellow cake mix (I used King Arthur’s brand)
  2. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  3. ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  4. ½ teaspoon allspice
  5. ½ teaspoon coriander
  6. ¼ teaspoon ginger
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  9. Optional – 1/2 - 1 cup chopped nuts – I suggest pecans or walnuts
Instructions
  1. Grease just the bottom of a baking dish – I used an 8x8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl empty the cake mix.
  3. Add the spices and stir well.
  4. Add the vanilla and the pumpkin. Stir again. It’ll be hard to stir at first, but as the pumpkin incorporates it will stir more easily. Stir until it is completely uniform throughout.
  5. Fold in nuts, if using. (Wow it’s hard to say that without wanting to scream TWSS from the rooftops)
  6. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish
  7. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, but begin checking it after 30 minutes. It is done when it is firm to the touch on the top.
  8. Allow to cool completely before cutting or eating.
  9. Enjoy :)
Notes
  1. I'm sure you could use the same method with a non-gluten free cake mix. I just haven't tried it. Beacuse... #GlutenHatesMe
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P.S. … Coming next week…Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies [Vegan/Gluten Free]Yeah.  That’s a Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie.   

 

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 10/16/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 16, 2014, 6 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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GUYS.  Before we even get started we must first give Amanda (our lovely host!) a huge high five because today is…drum roll…her 100th Thinking Out Loud post! Whooooa!!! :) HAPPY 100, AMANDA! :) :)

Also, in need of Celebration is the State of North Carolina.  For not being an embarrassment for two seconds.  We won’t dwell on the fact that it wasn’t really their choice.  Let them have two ounces of kindness.  IMG_20141010_221410#LoveWins

Speaking of more exciting news.  This week I was reaching in the way back back of the freezer and found…CHRISTMAS COOKIE DOUGH! Now…a normal person would have probably … baked cookies … but that seemed like a ton of work.  I decided to celebrate the fact that vegan cookies don’t have eggs…and just eat all of the cookie dough.  #BestDecisionEver IMG_20141012_160137You may notice in the picture above I’m wearing my workout pants.  Yeaaaah.  So it has been raining every single day for the past 7 days, so walking to work has not really been happening.  On Sunday I finally decided it is time to use my garage space more efficiently, and I set up a new workout area for doing my workout DVDs.  Best part?  No moving the cars outside to workout.  < It’s the little things.  :) IMG_20141012_153029So even though I haven’t been able to walk to work this week, I’ve still gotten up at my “walk to work time” and done a workout video instead.  How’s that going?  Right now I’m just sore.  Everywhere.  But it’s awesome. 

I did sneak a rainy-run in on Saturday because I couldn’t stand to miss – what’s looking like the last real good – look at the fall colors.  It was so worth getting drenched :) IMG_20141011_102543 IMG_20141011_105625And this is why Fall has my heart!

Oh! Socks! Of course! I finished the stripy pair last week.  On…Friday?  Wednesday?  I can’t remember.  Sometime after I wrote last week’s post, obviously.  IMG_20141009_060857They are super lovely.  I also started a new pair – and the stripes on it just keep surprising me…keeping me on my toes?! baahaha.  IMG_20141012_182524I’ve actually worked a lot further on them – I’m done with the foot…but I don’t have a good picture of them from that stage yet.  Also.  How do you feel about that high quality stitch marker – aka – the safety pin that was beside me when I started them… :)

Lastly…let’s talk about the fact that Amanda mentioned this shampoo a few weeks back in her September Favorites post and it seemed mega cool…so I ordered some…and some conditionerIMG_20141011_083053AND IT IS AWESOME.  Second.  And third.  And..eek.. fourth day hair adore it.  :)  It’s awesome because 1 – it’s Vegan and 2 – it’s a bar…and 3 – it smells amazing.  Lovvving it.  :)

Well…I think that’s it.  I’ll see you guys next week! :) 

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What I Ate Wednesday – Tea Edition – : 10/15/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 15, 2014, 6 comments

Last week I realized I was eating the exact same things as the week before.  That tends to lead to some rather boring blog posts.  So…I decided to switch things up.  Today we will talk about TEA.  :) …or a “What I drank Wednesday” :) 

If you’ve been following my Blog or Vlogs for a while, it’s really no secret that I love tea.  I’ve always preferred tea over coffee.  Don’t get me wrong – coffee is awesome too.  I especially love the smell of coffee.  But…hot tea wins my heart.  

I usually drink decaf tea – but lately I have reached for caffeine some mornings.  You’ll see a mixture of both this week…so let’s look at a Week in Tea :)  

IMG_20141009_101236I found a new tea store in town over the weekend and picked up some loose leaf teas.  This tea definitely caught my eye.  It was delicious, but a bit strong on the black tea taste.  I need to rebrew it and see if it still tastes the same.  

IMG_20141009_101544Another Tea Store find – this is so so so delicious.  

IMG_20141009_101301Out of the three teas I found at the new tea store, this one has to take the cake.  I actually drank it a few other mornings this week, too.  DELICIOUS.  

cinnCinnamon Apple Spice is a true favorite for me.  Loveeeee it.  Plus, cinnamon does awesome things to my upset stomach!20140829_072233Speaking of stomach soothing tea…peppermint tea has to take the cake.  It will calm all of my sour stomachs.  I apparently forgot to take a picture of it this week, so here is a random picture of me drinking tea instead.  Seems appropriate ;) 

nutcrackerNutcracker sweet is another caffeinated tea, but it is so so delicious.  The smell of it actually makes me smile.  Vanilla.  Christmas.  Love.

chaiI adore Chai tea.  And, I really adore this Chai because it’s decaf!! :) 

IMG_20140924_165320 (1)I bought this tea as an impulse buy at the grocery store a few weeks back.  I didn’t like it the first time I tried it, but have sense fell in love with it as a late-night pre-bed tea.  It doesn’t really taste like caramel – but it is delicious.  IMG_20140915_181438THIS TEA IS SO SO SO good!!! For every ounce that the tea above did not taste like caramel, this one TOTALLY DOES.  Oh wow.  It is so amazing.  I LOVE IT.  

So – those are the teas I drank this week :) Was this a fun change from the usual WIAW?  Do you guys like to drink coffee? Tea? Something else entirely?! :) See you tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!!

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ChocoNut & Coffee Smoothie [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 14, 2014, 2 comments

I’m hit and miss with smoothies.  I go through phases.  When I’m “on” to them, they are actually all I want for every single meal.  When I’m off…I can’t even think about them.  

This smoothie is actually a copy-cat of one from the local coffee shop.  It has nothing healthy in it.  < Well, that isn’t true.  It just doesn’t have anything green in it.  I have nothing at all against green smoothies, and drink them often.  But that isn’t what this smoothie is made for.  It’s made to drag you out of bed on a sad Monday morning and make the world seem shiny and bright again.  < Yeah.  Big claims, I know.  But it’s good.  :) ChocoNut & Coffee Smoothie [Vegan/Gluten Free]The best parts about this smoothie are all of the parts.  Chocolate.  Peanut Butter.  Coffee.  Cinnamon.  < And some other stuff to make it a smoothie and not just a pile of those things.  :) Although..a chocolate peanut butter coffee cinnamon pile sounds amazing.  

Oh.  And you’ll notice I have a pretty, cute, decorative straw.  Don’t use one of those.  Use a super big jumbo wide straw.  Because this smoothie is made to be enjoyed in big gulps!ChocoNut & Coffee Smoothie [Vegan/Gluten Free]Let’s do this.  :) 

ChocoNut & Coffee Smoothie [Vegan/Gluten Free]
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of non-dairy milk of your choice (we use rice milk)
  2. 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 a frozen banana
  4. 1 shot of espresso or 1 tablespoon of coffee beans
  5. 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  6. 1/4 a teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  7. 1 large shake of cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put everything in your blender and blend until completely smooth (this is important if you're using coffee beans).
  2. Pour into a mason jar.
  3. Drink. Smile. :)
Adapted from Coffee Shop Smoothie
Adapted from Coffee Shop Smoothie
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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 10/9/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 9, 2014, no comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Heeeey Thursday.  You sure did sneak right in on us, didn’t you?! < Not that I ever complain about Friday-Eve coming just a tad bit sooner! ;) 

Guess what happened last Saturday night?  Some super-tiny-amount-of Snow Flurries. < Yeah.  The S word.  It’s happening.  Which means….so is wearing Toboggans.  < Dirty hair is so happy!IMG_20141004_154620

Speaking of dirty hair.  I’m in love with being able to only wash my hair a few times a week.  I never ever ever ever ever thought this would be possible.  But…once I broke the “every day” cycle it’s been beautiful.  :) Dirty-ish hair rocks.  AND has SO MUCH MORE VOLUME.  My hair has actually been wavy lately < WHAT.  So crazy.  So awesome.  

The return of the cold also means the return of gloves.  All the time. IMG_20141003_085101But – that’s okay.  Fingers will live :) 

Uhm.  Guys.  I may have an addiction.  When I was growing up // until just a few years ago I never used anything scented in my house (candles, wax burners, etc).  And then I got a cat.  And a litter box.  And..wow..scented items are a must.  We’ve fallen in love the Glade Scented Warmers.  THESE FALL SCENTS ARE AMAZING.IMG_20141002_075658

Also.  Addicted.  Socks.  IMG_20141005_213721 (1)I’m trying to determine how tall to knit the leg now.  I’ve been working on the fit and I think I’ve figured out the perfect formula.  #SocksForever

Can we just all take two seconds out of our day to be a #HoneyBadgerDontCare Cat? IMG_20141005_214745What you can’t get out of this picture is how loud he was snoring.  Honey Badger DON’T care. :)

I hope everyone is having a fan-t-ab-u-lous week.  :) I’ll see you next week!

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What I Ate Wednesday : 10/8/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 8, 2014, 5 comments

Heeeeeeeeey.  Fancy intros aside.  Let’s talk about food.  

Breakfast: chaiChai Tea, with a side of really white legs.  And…apparently…no shoes?! That’s strange.  I always put on my shoes before coming downstairs?  Anyways…Uhm.  I also had Baked Potato Soup.  < Guys.  I can’t stop eating it.  I’ve had it every morning for 3 weeks now.  There’s just something magical and wonderful about soup for breakfast.  Plus, it mega fills me up.  I decided to spare you a picture this week.  Because…It looks the same.  

Random Morning Snack:IMG_20140930_195053I saw these in a candy dish and grabbed a couple.  Butterscotch is just so so yummy.  Am I think only one that thinks of the parent trap movie when I see these?  ..Please tell me someone gets that. 

Lunch:lunchSuch a random mish-mash of STUFF.  Leftover Diaya pizza (garlic and mushroom), hummus, and jalapeno chips < I don’t even like the jalapeno ones.  But it’s all that was left other than olive.  And that’s sooo not happening. 

Dinner:IMG_20141001_183526Can we take just a second to silently celebrate this pizza?! Orr…you can celebrate out loud, if you wish.  That’s why I did.  While I ate the ENTIRE thing.  Gluten free crust, garlic and olive oil, tomato sauce, parsley, coconut bacon, nutritional yeast, apple slices, onions and pecans.  Oh geez.  IT WAS SOO AMAZING.  I was so full after eating it that I turned down ICE CREAM.  < SERIOUSLY?! Geez.  This pizza.  :) 

Okay.  Those were my eats.  And…dang it.  Now I want another one of those pizzas……….

Anywho.  See you guys tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

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Chipolte Pumpkin Soup [In the InstantPot] [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 7, 2014, 8 comments

Sometimes you just need soup.  And it’s October.  Which means it’s allowed to be pumpkin soup. DSC_0073Creamy, smooth, comforting soup.  DSC_0087With tons of healthy veggies in it, and just enough spice to warm you out of the misty-rain that is early-fall.  

When this happened to me a few weeks back I longingly stared at the canned pumpkin in my pantry and wished that it was fall-enough to use it.  Then I decided that it was.  That is always is.  :) DSC_0072I made this soup in the Instant Pot.  < Which is amazing.  I decided to do a video of myself making the soup for those of you who may be new to…or intimidated by…the Instant Pot.  If you don’t have an Instant Pot (you should order one now) I’ve included directions below on how to make the soup without it.  

*Please refer to the ingredients listed here in the blog post for how to make the soup.  :) I forgot to show the water that I put in while I was filming! 

Alright..now that you’ve seen me make it, how about you make it for yourself?  

Chipolte Pumpkin Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 onion - diced roughly
  2. 3 cloves of garlic - diced roughly
  3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1 chipolte pepper in adobe sauce - seed the pepper
  8. 1 tablespoon of the adobe sauce from the chipolte pepper
  9. About 2 cups of red potatoes - diced
  10. About 2 cups of green apple - diced (this was 2 large apples for me)
  11. 1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree (or 1.5 cups of cooked fresh pumpkin)
  12. 1/4 a cup of uncooked red lentils - pulsed or chopped into small pieces
  13. 1/4 a cup of walnuts (or almonds) - pulsed or chopped into small pieces (can be done with the lentils)
  14. 2 cups vegetable broth
  15. 2 cups water
In the Instant Pot
  1. Using the "saute" feature, saute the onion and garlic until starting to brown - 3 - 4 minutes
  2. Add the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, black pepper, chipolte chili and adobe sauce) and stir well
  3. Add the potatoes, apples, pumpkin puree, ground red lentils, ground walnuts, vegetable broth and water
  4. Click the "manual" button and reduce the cooking time to 4 minutes over high pressure
  5. Once cooking is complete, let naturally release for 10 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
  6. Carefully open the lid and transfer the soup (it'll be hot) into a blender or food processor. (If you have an immersion blender, use it instead!).
  7. Blend until COMPLETELY smooth.
  8. Serve warm.
On the stove top
  1. Saute the onion and garlic over medium heat.
  2. Once softened, add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and cook until potatoes are soft.
  4. Transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until creamy.
  5. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. This soup is filling enough to be a meal, but is great along with salad and crusty bread as well.
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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 10/2/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 2, 2014, 4 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Whoa.  Hey.  Did you know?! It’s OCTOBER!  I know you guys probably think I am super surprised every single time it becomes a new month. And I always say “WOW..IT’s ____ Already!” < The truth is, time is just flying by so fast, I always am truly surprised! Plus…I Love October.  So – I’m extra happy about it! Happy October, Everyone!

And…Happy VlogTober! :) < There’s still plenty of month left.  Join us! 

The other morning while walking to work I walked by this post, which I always walk by…but on this day I saw this: IMG_20140930_080748Do you see that adorable little plant growing out of the top of the concrete post?  It made me smile :) With everything that we’ve been through in the past few years there are still days where I feel like my head is spinning, and sometimes I still wonder what the decisions we’ve made will hold for us in the near future.  …Then I see things like this – where – despite all of the odds being against it, this plant just keeps growing, and I know everything will be okay.  #Infertility.  

Erm.  Moving on.  

THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS ARE KNITTED.  Guuuuyzzz.  I didn’t think I could make myself do it.  Three solid weeks of knitting feverishly, and it’s done.  Getting to return to sock knitting was the perfect motivator.  I wanted to knit Christmas presents day and night.  :) It feels so good that they’re done!!! There are still a few little things I need to make, but all of the time consuming items are complete! And so … it is BACK TO SOCKS! IMG_20140928_211216^ Yes.  

Also.  Speaking of addictions that aren’t knitting.  Dear Coconut Bacon:  I love you so so so much.  IMG_20140929_072512This latest batch I’ve made is so amazing. Crunchy. Salty.  Slightly Sweet.  Oh.  And garlicly.  < Best Choice Ever.  I’m working on a recipe with my modifications, but … until then … this recipe is great too :) 

Did I tell you last week that I had a headache for 7 days?  Probably not, since I hadn’t had it for 7 days yet… Yeah.  It was kind of awful.  It finally broke Saturday afternoon and I went out on a run.  I was mega-surprised to see this number for my first mile: IMG_20140927_154916Not my record by any means, but I thought it was pretty awesome that I could get to ^ That without pushing myself as hard as possible.  

This week Walking To Work has actually returned in true form.  There have even been a few Run-To-Work days… Because I need to start remembering to actually check the temperatures before I leave and I was a tad bit cold :) Running fixed that, though! 

Capture^ Seriously, right?! 

Okkkkay.  I hope you guys are having a great week! I’ll see you next week!

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