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One of my purchases on Black Friday was a new phone! I had been eyeing the Droid Incredible and was so excited to find it on sale at Target for $49.99…and they are sending me a $50 Target gift card! I guess I can handle that… 😀


So far I like it! I was upgrading from a Blackberry Curve so it is a lot different! The touch screen is going to take some getting used to and I’m not very speedy with my texts right now…I love the apps, especially Pandora! Oh, and WordPress on my phone is helpful too!

That was just one of many purchases of the day! I picked up a bunch of work clothes for the husband at Old Navy, some running clothes from Target, running gloves and a yoga mat at Sports Authority, and some Christmas presents!

A very successful day indeed, though I did require a four-hour nap Friday afternoon! 😀

Did you get any awesome deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?


I’m finally getting around to sharing the recipes for my Thanksgiving contributions! This is my go-to roll recipe and they are always a hit. I got it from my mother-in-law and while they take some time to put together, they are definitely worth it! Plan ahead as the dough needs to chill overnight. You will not be disappointed with the results!

Overnight Dinner Rolls



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 cups flour
  • 3-4 Tablespoons butter, softened

Scald the milk (heat in a saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles for around the outer rim; do not boil), allow to cool. Dissolve the yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar in the warm water, allow yeast to proof (about 8-10 minutes).

Add the cooled milk to the yeast mixture. Add the shortening, sugar, salt, eggs, and flour. Mix and knead dough until smooth (I do this by hand but you can use a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook if you prefer).

Place in a greased bowl, cover, and chill overnight

Divide dough into four balls. On a clean surface, roll each ball into a circle, about 1/8 inch thick. Spread butter onto the dough, leaving the center clean (this will make it easier for the roll to stay together). Using a pizza cutter (or knife) cut the dough into 12 even “slices”.  Starting at the wide end, roll each slice to form a crescent; pinch the end to secure it. Place on a baking sheet, pinched side down. Allow to rise until doubled, about 3 hours.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Yields 4 dozen rolls.

Source: My Mother-In-Law


A few action shots…





So, I definitely ate my fair share today! 😉 My whole family (well, missing a few members) met at my parents’ house for 1:00 for lunch.

The spread…


It works out great because we all only have to make one dish! Or two counting dessert…

My contributions…



I didn’t get a picture of my dinner plate but I tried a little of (almost)everything! It was delicious! 🙂 We had turkey, ham, spring mix with feta, caramelized pecans, and an herb vinaigrette, rolls, stuffing, carrot, broccoli and sweet potato casseroles, and stuffed mushrooms.

For dessert…


Small slices of blueberry, pumpkin, and pecan pies! And homemade whipped cream.

Later on I had to go back for another slice of blueberry! So much for portion control!! 😀

And now…time for some shopping!! Do you go out for Black Friday? I usually wait until early morning but this year my sister-in-law and I decided to head to Old Navy for midnight! I’m then meeting up with some friends at 3 to head to some other stores (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.)! I can’t believe I’m pulling an all-nighter! I haven’t done that since my early teens…once a year, though, right?

I’m almost falling asleep now so we’ll see how this goes…better brew up some coffee!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We are getting together with my family today so I’ve been busy getting everything together…food prep started yesterday.

Dough for overnight dinner rolls…


An apple danish braid, waiting to be braided…


And then I was up at 6 (well, maybe 6:20) to get my rolls formed and the rise started!


96 rolls later…yup, we have a large family! 🙂


Recipes will be posted sometime soon.

I had plans to meet up with a group of girls for a fun run 5k at 8…I fueled up in a very health-conscious manner…some iced tea and a chocolate cupcake! 😀



It’s a holiday, remember??

With my rolls on the rise, I bundled up…it was a whopping 25 degrees! Brr…I’m so not ready for this! The ear warmer and base layers made an appearance for the first time this season…


Yes, I always take self-portraits! 🙂

We met at 8 and ran an easy 5k loop…I think the time was ~30:15, if I remember correctly (I’m too lazy to pull out my Garmin). I usually get headaches after running when it is so cold so I’m really trying to avoid one today!! I’m not exactly sure what they are from but it could possibly be lack of oxygen…the cold could be restricting my breathing (I haven’t researched it too much yet). I have now been doing deep breathing exercises all morning! 🙂 It seems to be working!

I stopped at Dunkin Donuts and grabbed an iced coffee (milk only…I wanted to add my own brown sugar at home) and an onion bagel with chive cream cheese on the side. I only ate half the bagel since, you know, I already had a cupcake and I’m sure to be indulging later! 😉



It was a great start to what should be a great day of family and food!

I’m off to bake my rolls, ice my danish dessert, and maybe shower sometime in there too.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Finally a race that was totally amazing!! The weather was a bit chilly but the sun was shining and the course was mostly flat!

Since the race didn’t start until 1 pm I was able to make it to church this morning and just left a little early. I headed to my parents house to change since it is closer…and stole a banana for some pre-race fuel.




(That is the running jacket that I picked up yesterday…I usually don’t run in new clothes on race day but since it was a shorter distance I figured I could handle any malfunctions…it was a bit big! but warm…)

I was a little nervous about parking (I was alone today) so I left with plenty of time to spare. They didn’t have a designated parking lot so we just had to find our own spots…not ideal but it actually wasn’t too bad. I parked and had about 45 minutes until the start so I hung out for a little bit in my car and then headed to the race area.

I chatted with a few other runners and hopped around for a bit to keep warm…it was time to head to the starting line before we knew it! It was a gun start but even with over 1100 runners it only took about 20 seconds to get over the line.

There was a small hill at the beginning but then the course was mostly flat/downhill! What a difference from my other races! It was a great course and I was able to keep a fairly steady pace of 9:30-10:00 minute miles. I don’t have my splits…can you set the Garmin 305 to automatically record mile splits?? I need to figure this out because I never remember to hit the split button.

I had chatted with a friend at the start but we weren’t planning on running together…we were actually pretty evenly matched for pace because we ran most of it together! It was nice to have someone to chat with (though I am not really a chatter when I run) and it really motivated me to stay on pace.

One thing I didn’t realize beforehand was that there were no water stops on the course…not a huge deal since it was only five miles but I still could’ve used some water!! My lips were soo dry at the finish!

At mile 4.5 there was a small hill that felt like Everest! I struggled to keep my pace but pushed through it! It was downhill from there to the finish line! I didn’t see a clock and I forgot to stop my Garmin until a bit after I crossed so I’m not sure of my time…my watch read 49:30 so possibly around 49 minutes? I was really happy with my time as my secret goal was to beat 50:00! Woo hoo! I felt so good after which makes me think I could’ve pushed it a bit more but overall it was a great race!

I grabbed a water, half a turkey sandwich, and a small cup of vegetable soup. It was delicious! Since I didn’t have anyone waiting on me I took my time and enjoyed it! Maybe I like going to races alone after all! 😉


Trying to snap a picture before anyone walked by… 🙂


I found my car and headed to Boston Donuts for an iced coffee (Hazelnut) and an egg and cheese bagel…it hit the spot!



I’m excited for the official results to be posted!

Headed to make myself a bowl of soup to warm up!

Enjoy your Sunday!

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