No words

I write from my couch watching the devastation in Newtown, CT.  I know that this is not necessarily the direction my blog usually takes but I feel so sick about what has occurred.   Each day I realize this world is a pretty scary place.

There is nothing to say except that I pray that the families can find some kind of peace through such an unimaginable situation.

Take a moment to pray for these people and appreciate all those you love in your life today of all days.

Best Laid Plans

I did all sorts of moving runs around so I could go to run group last night and then it was DISGUSTING.  They still ran, but I just wasn’t feeling it, so I took my rest day and just did my nine miler by myself today, on the treadmill, AGAIN due to terrible weather.  My absolute hate for the treadmill has returned after three longish runs in the past week on there.

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This was after my full day of baking!!  I do this one day a year while I am still in Charleston and then the truly HUGE, 12 hour fiasco of baking will happen next Thursday when I get home with my mom and grandma.

I watched Elf (my absolute favorite), The Holiday and some of Love Actually while I worked.

I made…

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with all of this...

with all of this…

I made these…

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So I would say that is a pretty successful day.  I only had half a cookie (one of the spiced ones, I had to see if my new creation was actually good).  I couldn’t believe myself, just being around all the goodies made me feel full, I even forgot to eat lunch which I promptly realized when I was about half way through my run.

I hope these recipes can give you a little holiday inspiration to do a little baking yourselves!  Don’t forget to keep those runs coming though so you can actually enjoy the fruits of your labor! 🙂