Monthly Archives: September 2014

Foodie Pen Pals: September

It is that time of the month when it is time to reveal all the amazing things I received in the months Foodie Pen Pal box!  I have been so lucky to get such great FPP partners pretty much every month!  This month my FPP was Sarah.

We had some lovely email chats and then the box arrived!!
It is almost like Christmas morning when I get a FPP (or Naturebox) box in the mail!
I love everything about the box! From the food, to the sweet little notes, to the zebra tissue paper and the stickers she included for the twins I nanny!  So so sweet! (and they LOVED the stickers! )

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Nice handwritten note.

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Yummy popcorn!  Surprised it made it past the first day we opened it.
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Fruit snacks, enough said!  A few of these made their way into my bag for the twins!
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This is one of my fav brands of chocolate!
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This little fruit sticks are great!!
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LOVE this stuff!!!
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Like the note said, NO EXPLANATION NEEDED!
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Cute stickers for the twins!

Thank you again Sarah for your fabulous package!!! Loved every bit of it!!!

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 Saturday, October 4th.

Have a healthy day!

Xo
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Race recap #20: Woodforest Charity run 5k

Race # 20 for 2014 happened this weekend! It feels a little crazy that I only have 13 more races to go and I will have completed my goal for 2014!
I was able to pick up my race packet on Friday night! Lately the races I have been participating in have been too far away or the hours for packet pickup during the week have not worked with my schedule.
It was great to have my race number early and to only need to show up for the race!
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Saturday morning was a beautiful morning!  It was a LOT cooler than my last race and the humidity was down as well.
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I got on the road and headed up to the race.  On the way I got stuck in traffic with 20 police motorcycles in a motorcade helping trucks move large pieces of the new highway.  I am glad I had time to spare since it took about 10 min for them to pass by.
The finding parking took some time too.  I got to the race starting area 10 min before the 5k started.
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The race was a charity run, and there were TONS of sponsors there.  It was neat to see so many different organizations come together for a great cause.
Going to the bathroom before the race was interesting.  The ladies room ran out of toilet paper so someone went over to the guys bathroom and stole some TP for us.  It was a little hilarious everyone passing one roll around between the stalls.  Ha
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We lined up , I popped some energybits and there went the gun.
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I was a little out of sorts because I could not find my phone armband to run with.  I searched high and low Friday night and I could not find it.  I ended up putting my phone in my SPI belt and that worked for this race.  Note to self: FIND ARMBAND!
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The first mile was alright.  I felt really out of breath and I could not figure it why.  I did a walk/run trying to settle into a good pace.  Mile 1- 13:28

I had a few technical difficulties and walked a little more than I had planned so there went my better pace.  Mile 2- 14:13

Mile 3 I was starting to feel like I was getting into a groove.  The 10k racers met back up with us and that helped give me some motivation.  I don’t run all that fast by myself.
Mile 3- 13:49

I pushed myself at the end and finished strong!
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I headed back to my car pretty much right away since I had a breakfast at my church to get to!
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Other weekend adventures included using a great coupon from the race packet at my local running store 🙂
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I also got in a little jog on Sunday between finance class and volleyball!
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I have a virtual race today, and then another 5k on Saturday!
I can’t believe my duathlon is this coming Sunday!
It is going to be a busy week with workouts and training.

Monday- virtual 5k
Tuesday- Body pump and 15 min of sprint drills with my race buddies.
Wednesday- Morning run 3-5 miles and evening Piyo class
Thursday- Sprint drills and good stretches
Friday- Rest
Saturday- 5k
Sunday- Duathlon 2mi, 10mi, 2mi

Who else raced this weekend?  What do you have coming up??

XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Five Things Friday: Favorite Fall Activities!!

I am back 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 some Fall

 

1. Visit a pumpkin patch and also pick apples!

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2. Run. I love running pretty much any time of the year, but fall is my FAVORITE!  It was so great to have fun my first ever half marathon in the fall!  I can not wait for the next few weeks where I will tackle 15 races!
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3. Bake and cook yummy holiday food 🙂
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4. Have options for cute toes in sandals and getting to wear my boots!
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5. Of course, anytime is a great time for some chocolate!!
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What do you enjoy doing in the fall? Fill me in 🙂

Join the link-up
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XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Foodie Friday: German Pfannkuchen with strawberries

Hello and happy happy Friday!!  I am linking up again 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 Cassandra from Powered by BLING!!  Today’s theme is Celebrate your Heritage!! If you want to see any of the last posts you can check them out here: chicken dinner, smoothies, perfect picnic, dessert heaven, football foods, breakfast makeover, vegetarian, and quick & easy.
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I come from a mixed mesh heritage like many people I know! Recently my uncle sent me a family tree from my mom’s side of the family!  It was really cool to see all the different places my family has come from, and to see the family names and some well-known people in my family tree 🙂  I learned that a lot of my family from many generations back, lived in France and Belgium. It is really neat to see all the people who left a legacy in my family tree!
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Since I am mostly German, I decided to make a very common German food.   Pfannkuchen!  It is basically like a crepe and can be used as more of a meal or a dessert depending on what you stuff it with 🙂  I did tweak the recipe so it was grain/dairy free.

Ingredients
3 eggs
1 cup flour (I used almond flour)
1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Smidgen of salt

I added cinnamon also even though it is not in the original recipe.

Directions
1. Wisk all the ingredients together in a bowl
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2. Pour 1/3 cup on a hot griddle, spread out thin, sprinkle with cinnamon if desiredIMG_1080
3. Cook to lightly brown and turn over
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4. Serve with your choice of filing (jam, berries, powdered sugar, cream cheese, meat, etc). I used strawberries!
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Side note: I ended up using about 1 1/4 c milk to make the batter less thick.

Take a look at all the amazing ladies sites and check out their recipes!

 

What is your family heritage? Any recipes that you want to share?

XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Fall Race Schedule! #33for33

Well fall has officially arrived!   I am a girl who loves the warm sun, but fall will always be my favorite season!  The falls in Texas are a little warmer than I grew up with living in PA and IL (and many other states along the way), but I still love it!
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I had the joy of running a few country miles last weekend and it was stellar.  After dealing with a NASTY blister a few weeks ago it felt so good to put on my running shoes again.  I am totally stoked and crazy nervous for my fall schedule!  It is going to be NUTS!

A big thank you again to my Elfie Lauren for inspiring me to run 33 races this year for my 33rd birthday.  She ran 30 last year and got the ball rolling for me 🙂

So I have 14 more races to finish out 2014 with 33 races!  AHHH It looks so crazy when I think about all the miles I will be running this fall!
I start out with 2 this coming weekend!

I have not 100% finalized everything yet, but here will be the distances I will be doing!

Sept
27- 5k
28- virtual 5k + 5 miles for race training

Oct
4- 5k
5- Duathlon (10-2-10)
11- 10 miler
25- 5k
Over the entire month I will complete a virtual marathon.  I am aiming to finish in 1 week

Nov
1- 5k
8- 5k
9- virtual 5k
15- 8k
27- 5 miles

Dec
6 – 5k
7- 10 miler
13- volunteer (more to come about helping out with this race)
21 or 27- Half marathon

I have one security race built in, and I might add one more just in case 😉
I will be running for some pretty amazing causes!
I am so stoked and I can not wait to see how it all goes!

Especially happy that I found an amazing energy source that will help power me though!  #poweredbybits
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Side note: Tomorrow is the last day to enter the Mommy Tracker Fitness virtual workout giveaway!  You can leave a comment on this post or enter here!

What is on your fall agenda?

XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Wedding weekend….

I spent a few days last week/weekend just outside Austin, TX in a tiny little town called Dripping Springs!  Let me tell you, I have not been in the middle of nowhere like that in a long time!  Thank goodness for GPS that mostly worked or I still might be lost!

I left Thursday morning in the middle of a monsoon rainstorm.  The trip started out with a bang.  After a few errands and falling FLAT on my face at Target, I got on the road.  The first part of my drive was a little rough, but thankfully the skies cleared up after about 45 min.IMG_0670

After I finally arrived at my location, I got to work on all things wedding!IMG_0826

Took a break and went for a little jog on the property before it poured down rain again.

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I saw a cow while running, and the cow started running away!  Ha, silly cow :)Had a lovely evening with the bride-to-be and her family.  It was a bit of a late night, but we got a lot finished.

Woke up Friday morning and went with the bride and one of the other bridesmaids to do errands and take care of business!  Overall it was a very successful morning.  There was only one thing on the list that we were not able to find.
On our way back to the house we were staying at, we needed to drop off some items to the house the guys were staying at.  GPS was not our friend for a little bit and we ended up on the most frighting road/dirt path/cliff I have been on!  I am so thankful we were all together and we made it out ok!

The rest of the day we spent on wedding/shower items then got ready for the rehearsal and dinner.  More of the wedding party showed up along with family of the bride!

The bride was brilliant and reserved a shuttle service for us involved in the wedding.  I was very thankful since I did not know where I was going half the time!
The rehearsal went well, and the dinner was alright.  It looked like everyone was enjoying all the food, but I was allergic to most of it.  Thank goodness for chocolate desserts!
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The gorgeous bride and ring bearer!
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After the dinner we all headed back to the bridal house!  The girls all stayed there and the guys went on their merry way.  We had a great time with games, finger food, and lots of laughter!  I am so glad the bride was able to relax a little!
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Friday evening during the shower the groomsmen and groom got in a little accident.  The car was totaled, but THANK GOD everyone was ok!
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They did manage to uproot a tree, but the other tree kept them from more serious damage!

After the shower we stayed up for a few hours getting the last minute items ready for the wedding 🙂  Fun times covered in glitter, gorilla glue and glue dots. 😉

Saturday was WEDDING DAY!! After I did a short run, the bride and I went into town to get a few last min items, her nails fixed and a bang trim.  Errands were a breeze.  The nail place was the most horrible experience of our lives!  We still can not believe what happened in the salon!  Not going in to too much detail, but basically the technician did an AWFUL job on her nails, looked like a toddler painted them, and when she asked to get them fixed cause it was her WEDDING day, another tech reamed her out for 15 straight minutes.  We finally just left.  It was so bad!  I am NO expert, but I was able to paint her nails for the wedding and they looked so much better than the professional!  Needless to say, that was not the way we intended to spend Saturday morning!
Thankfully the hair salon was full of wonderful ladies who took great care of the bride!

Once we returned to the house it was time for my hair and make-up.  I don’t wear a lot of make-up, nor do I have any clue how to do my own hair! Thank goodness for professionals!

Once we were all ready we got on the shuttle and headed to the venue!
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Fellow bridesmaid and new friend!!
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Since I knew I would be busy the rest of the day/evening, I got some pics of the reception area before the wedding!
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It was a gorgeous day for a wedding!  Despite ALL the crazy happenings leading up to it, everything went SO well!  So thankful for that, and I know the bride is as well!
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Bride getting her hair and makeup done!
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Pre-wedding pics!
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I am shocked the curl stayed in my hair!  It has gotten so long that it doesn’t do much of anything lately….I feel I am still washing out hair product 5 days later 😉

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Official Mr and Mrs!
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Dinner was fabulous!
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Cake cutting went well!
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Toasts and the adorable ring bearer in more comfy clothes!
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The photo booth was a blast!
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Beautiful ending to a beautiful day!

Congrats Kyle and Candace!  Thank you for allowing me to be part of your very special day!  May the rest of your lives together be filled with so much love, joy, happiness and laughter! ❤ ❤ ❤