Merry Christmas!

I hope your Christmas was filled with joy and time spent with your loved ones.IMG_20151215_143238

We really enjoyed our Christmas this year. We had all our children here with us to share in all the excitement of the season. It is nice to have everyone together, we really enjoy the times that we are altogether.

We are so very excited that our daughter and son in law are due to deliver their first child in July. Papa and Grandma are very happy along with all our family for this blessing to arrive. God is so good!image

Ken and some of the kids went to see the New Star Wars movie, which they loved and can’t wait to see again.image

Christmas Eve we had a nice pot roast dinner, and then went to our church for a Candlelight service, Christmas carols and Communion. Then we came home and let the children open a gift, then as a long lasting family tradition we watched Rudolf the red nosed reindeer.image

Christmas was filled with lots of excitement and extremely happier children, partly from it being Christmas and partly from the large amounts of sugar they seem to consume over the holidays.image

We enjoyed a lasagna dinner and we were all too full to eat desert, though we did have pudding to see who would get the almond this year and the gift that they receive. It is supposed to be rice pudding but none of the kids will eat it, so this year I made them sand pudding and they all loved it. Emma and William got the almonds this year.

The next day was my husband and my 28th anniversary, it really doesn’t seem like it has been that long since we were married. I guess that’s a good thing. We went for a run in the morning; it was so nice to get out since I was sick the week before and didn’t run.image

image Then we went to the Sundial restaurant for dinner and it was great. I didn’t like the elevator ride much but the table was great and it rotated slowly which was really nice. You could really see the whole city and the sunset was amazing even with all the rain we have been having.imageimage

Then we went for a walk through Centennial Park, it was very pretty. We also went to a mall that had a Cheesecake Factory and had cheesecake and coffee, wow it was awesome. We also went in a Nike store that was next-door and drooled over some really nice running gear.image

I hope your Christmas blessed you as ours has blessed us. Remember stay active and make wonderful memories with your loved ones.

Luke 2:14

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

 

Tips on How to Stay Fit This Holiday Season

Here we are again, its Christmas already, with all the trims and fixings. We love the holidays and all the gatherings with Family and friends. Lets not forget the food we love that comes also .IMG_20151215_143238

If you are like me, I worry that if I enjoy it all, than I will set back my fitness goals. I have learned a few things that have helped me; they may also help you out as well.

The key is not to overindulge or to deprive yourself, either one of these will lead us to fail. We need to try and balance our diet and activity levels. If we can do this right we can get through this season without sacrificing our health or adding on any unwanted weight. Make sure that you are active enough for the amount of food you eat. This is another time it would really help us to use something that tracks and counts the calories we eat and our activities. There are many that you can use on your phone, tablet or computer, which are usually free.

Remember it’s all good in moderation.

Don’t forget about calories you drink, they add up quickly. If you really want that holiday special coffee than buy the smallest size you can. The shakes that are so hard to pass up , go ahead and get it but buy the small, enjoy it, but don’t get one each week, try to only get one for the whole season.

We need to try and keep are holiday splurges to the holiday parties and family gathering. If we indulge all month then we will fail, if you fail but hold it to Christmas day than it will still be a win. I don’t know about you but I don’t think I could eat enough in one day to gain weight.

Before you go to that party eat something healthy, this will help you not to be hungry and eat everything you see. Holiday favorites seem to be high-calorie foods, so only eat what you love. If you try something and don’t love it than don’t eat it, I want to use my splurge for those things I really love. Don’t you? For me it’s my Grandma’s fudge. So if you are the host of the party then send the leftovers home with your guests, if you are the guest then leave it with the host. If you don’t have it in your refrigerator than you can’t eat it, right. This will go a long way in helping you stay on track this year.

Start your meals with a salad and a full glass of water; this will help you to eat less of the high-calorie foods we all love, so you’ll take smaller portions of those foods. And also start your dessert with a full glass of water and take only half or share it with someone. Try and keep 80% of your diet healthy.

We need to remain as active as possible.You can try other forms of exercise if you can’t find the time to do your regular workouts. Park at the back of the parking lot, walk around the mall before you shop. Take the dog for a walk, see if your family will join you, challenge your children to a WII championship, have a kickball game, be creative ,try and get the whole family involved. The more we move the better.

So take the worry out of the celebration this  Christmas  and have fun; enjoy your time with family and friends. If you do your best to do all in moderation than you will come through it with only wonderful memories made with family and friends, and no need to worry about losing weight.

Philippians 4:5

” Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”

Grandma Ruby’s Fudge

Grandma Ruby’s Fudge

Do you want the best fudge around? Than you should try my Grandma’s, It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without it. She would make so much of it,the kitchen counters would be full of pans and boxes full of that amazing fudge. She gave it to everyone, believe me they were happy to receive it.IMG_20151215_085106

You will need

  • 4 cups sugar
  • ½ pound butter
  • 1- 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 2- 12 ounce packages of chocolate chips( any flavor)
  • 1-7 ounce marshmallow cream
  • 1 cup of nuts if you like
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

First you need to butter the pan you are going to pour the fudge in after it’s cooked.IMG_20151215_084901

Now open your packages of chocolate chips and the marshmallow cream, because you’ll need to be able to add them quickly.

Next you need to put the sugar, butter and the evaporated milk into the pan.IMG_20151215_084529

You need to cook it on high heat stirring constantly until it reaches the soft ball stage.IMG_20151215_085706 A candy thermoter is a great help, it will ensure you cook it correctly.IMG_20151215_084646

After it reaches the soft ball stage remove the pan from heat. Now add the chocolate chips, marshmallow cream, nuts if you want and vanilla.IMG_20151215_085830

Now you stir vigorously.IMG_20151215_090312

Keep stirring.IMG_20151215_090557

Stir until it starts to lose its shine and your arm is so tired you don’t think you can stir anymore.IMG_20151215_090702

Pour into your buttered pan and let cool completely. Now you see all those who wouldn’t help stir want to come in and get a spoon full of what is left in the pan.IMG_20151215_091129

This will make about 4 pounds of fudge, enjoy.IMG_20151216_124108

If you want to share with others you love all you need to do, is after it’s completely cool, cut and wrap the fudge.IMG_20151216_124128

Then put it into some pretty packages and spread the joy.IMG_20151216_130134

Hope you try this fudge, I’m sure you’ll love it as we have been for years. You may have family and friends asking for it next year.

Psalm 34:8

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

 

How to run safer in the dark this winter.

Now that daylight is shorter we find ourselves running in the dark more .We need to do all we can to best ensure our safety, as we try and keep up with our goals this winter. Last year was our first year that we ran all winter, the year before we ran on the treadmill and on weekends, during the warmest part of the day.

During this past year we learned a few things that could help you if you chose to run in the evenings as we do.

First you need to pick a good safe place to run, look for sidewalks or wide shoulder on the roads. Try not to pick areas with too much or too little traffic. You should also be familiar with the area, I wouldn’t suggest running where you haven’t first run in daylight hours. One very important part of being safe is to be cautious and not put yourself into a dangerous situation if you can help it. Little things really can help keep you safe.

You should have a cell phone with you and also let someone know where you plan on running. Stay alert to what is happening around you. It is up to you to keep yourself safe, you can’t depend on others to do it for you. If you have a Timex Ironman One GPS+ watch, that would be awesome so your angel can watch your run and know where you are and when you’re done with your run.IMG_20151211_111616

I also think it is best to leave your music home when its dark, weather its in the morning or evening. You can better be aware of what is going on around you, which is the best way to be safe.FB_IMG_1437744324667

Having a running buddy goes a long way in keeping both of you safe. So if at all possible run with someone, there is safety in numbers. This is also a great time to run with your four legged buddies as they would love it and they won’t be over heated. They would also be a good deterrent from trouble that could come without tires.FB_IMG_1437745090560

It is best to run toward the traffic as you can see all traffic before it reaches you. This feels awkward at first but really is the better way to run. I like the fact that all the traffic which will come closest to me will be seen well before it gets close. So if I need to move, I can move over well before they are close enough to cause any trouble with the safety of my run.IMG_20151211_111730

Make sure you wear light colored clothes, with as much reflective gear as you can. We have head lamps that we run with, they help us to see the sidewalks and roads so we won’t trip as much; I seem to do that far too often. They also help you to be seen by the drivers on the road. We run with our dogs and they have leashes that are reflective, we also have some that light up. The key is to make sure you are seen by all on the road.FB_IMG_1437744916860

We also use some Asics vests that are bright yellow with reflective strips on them , as well as some lights that will blink slowly or fast or just stay on.

Check out these reflective sock they are to cool and there is a sale right now.

http://www.funfitfeet.com/cyclismo-5-hi-vis-reflector/

The Noxgear is really awesome check out their Holiday Sale $20 of each item

https://www.noxgear.com/

I hope this has been some help to you, Be save and be active.

Proverbs 18:10

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is sake.

Lentil loaf a great substitute for meat loaf

 

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving this year. Ours was wonderful we really enjoyed having so many friends and family share the day with us. It was a little hard to go shopping so early this year. I think we will have to miss the shopping next year, if it all starts that early again.

This is a recipe I have been making for years; I think you may like to try it. I love to make this in the cooler months of the year, my family likes me to serve this with mash potatoes and peas.

You will need:

  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celeryIMG_20151103_153111
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 ½ cups corn flakes, sometimes you need to add more
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • ½ cup chopped pecans ( optional)
  • 1 package onion soup mix ( optional)

 

For the sauce you will need:

  • ¼ cup catsup
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard

First you need to cook your lentils; one pound will make about 6 cups.

Next you will sauté onion and celery until the onion is done.IMG_20151103_153752

Now mix all ingredients except the corn flakes, stir well .IMG_20151103_154333Add in the corn flakes and stir well.IMG_20151103_154736

Put this mixture into your loaf pan and bake in your oven at 375o for 50 minutes. Remove for oven.IMG_20151103_155018

Mix the ingredients for the sauce and pour over your lentil loaf and return to oven for 10 minutes and let set for a few minutes before serving.IMG_20151103_182051

IMG_20151103_182301Cut and serve with whatever you like to serve with meat loaf. I think you will be surprised; this may become a recipe you make often..IMG_20151103_183244IMG_20151103_1832271 Corinthians 10:31          Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.