Daily Archives: August 29, 2014

Friday Link-up: Fall Preview

What a Friday it has been. I know I already posted 2 other times today, but I have one more post! Fridays have been busy on the blog lately, and I love it!
I am once again linking up for Five Things Friday with Courtney (Eat, Pray, Run DC), Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for a Fall Preview of what is coming up this fall for Chocolate Runner Girl!
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1. I have been ‘training’ a friend to run her first 5k!  Going at it strong the past 2-3 weeks.  I think we have settled on the first week of October for her race!  So proud of her 🙂
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2. Ten for Texas- a local 10 mile race. I have another friend from church who signed up, and several members of my MRTT group who will be doing this as well. I don’t know why, but a 10 mile race has scared me more than doing a half marathon. I am capable of completing 10 miles since I have done several half marathons. I don’t know why it scares me. I was hoping I would race this fear this past spring when I made it into the Cherry Blossom race, but I ended up running just the 5k since my training was off and I would not have finished in time. This local race has a longer time limit so I think I will be ok 🙂

3. Duathlon – Since my almost disastrous duathlon last spring I have been toying with the idea of doing another one.  I really would like to do a tri, but feel like I need to get a few more solid duathlons under my belt first.   Mid-October will be duathlon time! It is also my first time participating in a certified USTA course.  I have been busting my butt on my bike and working on getting 3-4 solid rides in each week.  All is great except my poor tush is so sore!

4. Half marathon- I am aiming for at least one more half marathon this fall, but really hope I can get in 2!  And ideally, it would be close to my 10 mile run since that would be a great training run!  I am aiming for a half Oct 26th and again on Dec 21 with another 10 miler in early December!  Ekk 😉

5. Volunteer- I feel terrible, but I have never been a volunteer at a race before.  So this is my season.  I am going for it!!  I am aiming for a November race since my Sept and October weekends are already pretty booked!
What advice would you give to a first time volunteer??

Go check out some of the amazing things other bloggers are doing this fall!

Xo
Esther
– Chocolate Runner Girl-

Foodie Pen Pals August!

For the past 2ish years I have been participating in the Foodie Pen Pal program set up by Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean!

This month I was matched up with the amazing Debbie from Accidentally Delish! It was great to be paired up with a fellow blogger.  As we emailed back and forth we found out we have some things in common, which is always a bonus!!
Debbie sent me a wonderful package and it came on my birthday which was another added bonus!
When I opened the box this is what I found!
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A lovely note and tissue paper in my favorite color! IMG_9538

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Ice tea mix which is PERFECT for these HOT summer days here in Houston!
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These toasted coconut chips were amazing!  I crushed some up and added them to my latest batch of energy balls, and they added amazing flavor and texture!  Will have to get more of these soon for sure 🙂
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You can never go wrong with Justin’s Almond butter in a package for me!  Love it!
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I mentioned that I want to do more Thai cooking, and Debbie sent me this amazing looking curry powder.  I can not wait to try it!
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I have never heard of moon cheese before.  I added it to a salad and it was like a yummy cheese crouton!
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Debbie was recently having a giveaway on her blog for some Energems.  She saw that I entered the contest and sent me some to sample!  Will be trying them out this weekend on one of my long bike rides!  Thank you Debbie!!
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And chocolate!  Having a blog with the word ‘chocolate’ in the title, I LOVE that I get all sorts of chocolate items to try!  This was super yummy and I love that it was organic too!

Thank you again Debbie for all the great treats!  (My hubby also says thanks!)

If you want to get involved with the Foodie Pen Pals here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in Europe, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

If you would like to be a part of this amazing program you can sign up HERE by Thursday, September 4th.

Have a healthy day!

Xo
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Foodie Friday: Turkey Chili with Cranberry Cornbread

Happy Friday y’all!
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It is another Foodie Friday and time to link up with my girls: Farrah from Fairyburger, Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and today we are adding Cassandra from Powered by BLING to the link up! Welcome Cassandra!!!  Today’s theme is the Football Foods!! If you want to see any of the last posts you can check them out here: chicken dinner, smoothies, perfect picnic & dessert heaven.

When I think about football, I think about fall.  Even though fall here in Texas is not like fall up north, I still like to pull out some warm foods that make my heart smile.  One of my favorites is Turkey Chili!

Ingredients
Chili
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 lb ground turkey
2 (16 oz) cans of kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 (16 oz) can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 (28 oz) can of petite diced tomatoes
2 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon of each spice: paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, salt and black pepper.

Cornbread (I typically use this basic recipe from All Recipes, but I add my own twist)
1 cup gluten free flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain greek yogurt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2-1 cup dried cranberries

Directions
Chili
1. Place oil in a frying pan and add the minced garlic and the turkey.  Cook till the turkey is browned, breaking into small pieces as it cooks.
2. Place the cooked turkey along with the beans, tomatoes, water and all spices in a large crock pot.  Stir all the ingredients together.
3. Turn the crock pot on med heat for 6-8 hours.
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Cornbread
About 1 hour before your meal prepare the cornbread
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Grease and 8 x 8 pan.
3. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Gently add in the yogurt and eggs.  When the batter still has some wet and dry ingredients to mix together, add in the cranberries.  Keep in mind the batter should still have some lumps and make sure you don’t over mix.
4. Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for 20-25 min.
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Having some technical issues so this photo is not mine, Source)

Enjoy the sweet and tangy mixture of the chili and the cranberry cornbread!

I found this really awesome dessert that I want to try when we have a football party!  Thank you Pinterest!!
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The amazing recipe that I did NOT create can be found HERE!

 

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their wonderful football food for this long weekend! GO Vikings!!

What types of food do you enjoy eating?  And who is YOUR team?

Xo
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-