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Turkey Cake



Happy Thanksgiving! I was asked to make a turkey cake for a friend, so I set out to find a fun design that would feed 20 people. Thank you pintetest and google, I found the right cake to try out.

The all brown turkey is the first version, and the orange and brown is the final version. I’ll post a picture later of the exact cake I made for my friend because she requested more colorful feathers.

Have a great holiday weekend!


Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Cooking


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Workouts 11/19 -11/25

Thanksgiving is this week so I have been trying to eat right and exercise enough to make up for all the GREAT food I’ll eat all weekend long with my Texas family at the ranch.

Saturday, November 19 –
AM: 20 minutes stair mill, 3 x 20 abs, 3 x 10 pushups and 10 minutes foam roll

PM: 2 hours of DANCING!!!

Sunday, November 20 –
Afternoon: 60 minutes pilates class

Monday, November 21 –
PM: Mini home workout
3 x 10 push-ups
3 x 20 bodyweight squats
3 set of 21’s, bicep curls (7 reps straight to 90°, 7 reps 90° to full curl, 7 reps full curls)
3 x 20 bodyweight calf raisers
3 x 12 tricep extension on fit ball
3 x 8 bent back fly

Tuesday, November 22 –
PM: 3.28 miles in 30 minutes, 5 min walk, 10 minute foam roll

Wednesday, November 23 – REST

Thursday, November 24 –
2 hour horse back ride (I was SO sore after an hour an a half, I didn’t know if I could make it back to the barn!)

Friday, November 25 –
AM: Pre-Turkey Trot of 30 min run, 10 min walk, 10 min stretch
PM: 1 1/2 hour horseback riding


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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Running, Work Out Logs


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Happy Thanksgiving!


Today I am thankful for being able to wake up and have an abundance of foods to choose from to eat breakfast. Pumpkin spice latte and banana bread muffin sounded like a perfect way to start off my Thanksgiving day. We are actually eating the traditional meal tomorrow but I think today is still Thanksgiving day. I’ve got some baking and packing to do and then we are off to the ranch. Relaxing, open country spaces, here I come!


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It’s Thanksgiving Week

It is about time a got on the band wagon and started posting my daily gratitude for the month of November, but actually after going to bible study last night, I was thinking that maybe a better challenge would be daily gratitude for a year. (Thank you to LC for the verse selections below; she did the work to prepare for leading our girls group and I’m using them for my blog post). It’s easier to think of things we are thankful for during this season because it seems that everyone around us is trying to do the same thing. I heard a convicting quote on the radio yesterday morning:

If we don’t give thanks for the things God has already given us (good & bad), how can we expect Him to give us anything else?

It is so easy for me to question God when things aren’t going the way they should, and take the blessings in life for granted, without offering thanks for either one. As Americans we are used to a higher standard of life than almost everyone else in the world, and each day I take those things for granted as well. I don’t mean to write this to cause anyone to feel guilty, myself included, but to call awareness to the great blessing we each have.

Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

After reading the section of Romans 1:21-31, I was getting the idea that if we know God but do not give thanks for his blessings or glorify him by living our lives according to his word, we will be given over to the things of the world and no longer be lights for him. That reason alone is a great motivator for me to start thanking God for all the things I have in my life.

Colossians 2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

These two verses compound on the Romans verses. To me, this is saying by living in the Lord, being rooted and built up in him, and being strengthened by our faith we will be people who overflow with thankfulness. I can see in my own life how if I am not in the word and not living my life for Christ, I am not a thankful, joyous person. Keeping our minds focused on the Lord gives us the perspective to live a life that is overflowing with thankfulness, no matter what the situation.

Philippians 2:14-15a 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Daily Gratitude Day 1: I am thankful for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, because without His perfect sacrifice, I would not be forgiven of my sins or be able to have assurance of my salvation & eternal life.

What are you thankful for today?

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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Faith


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Let the race begin!

Looking at my schedule from now until the end of the year makes me feel like I am in a long distance sprint, and yes, I know that is pretty much an oxy-moron, but its one hundred percent accurate as to how the next few weeks are going to be. There are going to be a LOT of sprint days (working harder & faster than usual) due to holidays, and then there is going to be a marathon of travel (ranch for Thanksgiving, Minnesota and a TBD anniversary location). That doesn’t include getting ready for two sets of house guests in between the traveling and of course just the everyday ins and outs of life. Thinking about working out is almost non-existent. I also have to mention that with all this going on for me, Ben had started his marathon of finals studying and is spending every last minute reading something for law school. Now, all that to say that even though I have a lot going on, I am super excited for the last few weeks of the year. I am getting to see almost all of my family and some friends as well.

This weekend began with grocery shopping after work on Friday. I hit up Costco to buy Ben some portable and nutritious snacks for when he is riding his bike to and from work and school. Next was Wal-Mart for almost everything else but their produce doesn’t impress me so I hit up HEB to get some bananas, Honeycrisp apples (my FAVORITE) and a few other things. No real big savings but I did manage to use about 6 coupons, so saving a little is better than nothing. I finished the night by reading blogs and watching Twilight while Ben studied.

I slept in a little on Saturday and then went to the gym for a quick workout before my chiropractor appointment. Normally I go to the chiropractor during the week because it is so close to my work, but my doctor was providing free adjustments with a donation to the food bank so I couldn’t turn that down. I went home to pick up Ben and head to his school for a Pow-Wow. If you are not familiar with Native American traditions, this is a gathering where they dance, sing and celebrate together. Ben is taking American Indian Law and attending the pow-wow was a requirement of the class(pictured below).


After the pow-wow, I left Ben to study and I went home to do some decorating, cleaning and organizing. I got a new shelf for my kitchen and was hoping to fill it up this weekend. I hung several pictures and did put some things on the shelf, but not as much as I would have liked. Ben and I went out for a great dinner at Osaka Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar. We were planning on Le Madeline, but changed course when Ben saw sushi next door. He had a fried California roll, we shared a spicy salmon roll and I had an amazing teryaki steak with white rice (all pictured below). During dinner, I coined a new word, Texified, which refers to anything that has been modified due to its interaction with the state of Texas. I was using it in the context of Mexican food, because just about all the Mexican food we eat here has been modified from how it was originally made in Mexico. Ben thought it was great and decided that I have also been Texified, which is true to a certain extent. I don’t have big hair yet but I am saying y’all more often than not. After dinner, I baked a batch of cupcakes to keep myself awake before going out dancing with some girls from my small group. I used to wait until 10 or later to go out at night, but now that is my bed time! Dancing was a great time and a good workout (I was sweating a TON…good thing I wasn’t trying to impress anyone).


I slept in until 10 AM today! That usually doesn’t happen, but when you go to bed at 2am, its pretty much a given. We heard a wonderful sermon on marriage today and my major take-away was the key to a successful marriage is both people being committed to each other for the long-term. In addition, our pastor talked about how having the perception that finding Mr. or Mrs. Perfect will make a great marriage sets people up for failure. I believe God has one perfect person for us, but it is a perfect fit, not a perfect person (only Jesus was perfect). We all have to decide each day to love the other person and lay our lives down for them to make the relationship work and grow.

Before going to Pilates this afternoon, I baked a batch of Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip muffins. Thank you Danica and Peanut Butter Fingers for giving me a great recipe for the muffins. Chocolate chips were my add-in of choice and I will be bringing some of them to small group tomorrow night and the rest to the ranch to add to the Thanksgiving smorgasborg. I really wanted to make banana bread muffins tonight, but just didn’t have the energy. There is always Tuesday or Wednesday. Well, now I’m just relaxing and resting up for the next few busy days.

Have you started your Thanksgiving preparations? How was your weekend?


Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Cooking, Faith, When in Texas...


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