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Menu Plan Monday Jan 25th

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Happy Monday!

Did you realize this is the last week of January? I realized that I hadn’t started Ian’s birthday party stuff and his birthday is in March. Typically by this time I would be half way through cutting his invites by now!

Don’t worry, I spent most of yesterday designing them and I am really happy with how they turned out.  Of course that leaves the rest of the party….

I gotta say with my new job I am getting home later than before, but I do like it a lot more. So I get home, start dinner, fight with the kids to eat, do the bedtime routine and they are off to bed. whew! I get maybe two hours with them from when I get home until bedtime and it is nonstop for me. I don’t know what life will be like when baseball starts!

 

What is on your menu board this week?

 

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/// Mon: Baked Panko Chicken with Pesto Risotto /// Tue: Weeknight Bolognese /// Wed: Sage Pork Chops with Oven Roasted Garlic Potatoes /// Thr: Parmesan Chicken Bites with Cacio e Pepe /// Fri & Sat: CLOSED /// Sun: Open Faced Hamburgers ///

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

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Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

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Find more recipes at I’m an Organizing Junkie

 


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Race Recap ~ PRC Winter 5k December

I thought was done racing for the winter, but I am now registered for the PRC Winter 5k series.

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Through a contest with Run Oregon I won an entry to this Run with Paula/Portland Running Company race series.  There are 3 races; one in Dec. one in Jan. and one in Feb. (which unfortunately I will be out-of-town for).

I had not heard of this race prior to the contest so I was really excited when I won.  If you want to participate you can do all three races or however many of them you can.  You do of course save money if you register for all three.  They are all 5ks, around one of the PRC stores, so quick and easy.  The price doesn’t include a shirt (and is inexpensive for a race), however you can buy one.  Which of course I did, and at each race they put a patch on the sleeve to indicate what race you running.

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I feel like I have come to a place in my racing experience where I can say ‘it’s just a 5k.’  I don’t say as a bad thing, I love that distance. I say to myself so I don’t get the pre-race jitters. I say it so that I don’t have to go to bed at 8pm the night before or have my kids sleep over at my moms. Because to be honest most weekends I run farther than that for training.

I was feeling the same about this race until the long drive to the race location.  I started to panic about how small the race was. I really like small races, I like the small community feeling, personal aspects of them. But this one might be the smallest I have participated in, there was less than 200 runners.

 

I started to get paranoid about coming in last. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being last to cross, someone has to finish up the race.  But what I was afraid of is that this race was geared toward elite runners and that I wouldn’t be in the same league as them. So I would finish so far behind everyone else. I started to panic that I shouldn’t be going and participating.

 

I got to the store where the race was being held along with packet pick up and the pre-party.  And I felt ridiculous for doubting that I belonged. This race, just like every race I have been to, had a wide diversity of racers, everyone from elite runners to walkers. So I got my bib, some coffee, a cookie and put my goodies back in my car. Then hung out in the store and mingled until race time.

Picture from PRC Email

Picture from PRC Email

It had been raining prior to the race, I mean like dumping buckets of water for days. The race director sent out an email warning that there might be some slight course changes due to high water.  Included in the email was a picture of a part of the course that was turned into a pond.

I decided to try out my new Skora Tempo’s on the road.  Luckily the rain held off for the race, but the ground & course was still wet and we did have a couple detours.  The Tempo’s uppers are a thin mesh like fabric and I was a little concerned about water, but the website talks about how great they are through puddles.

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And I gotta agree with them! When I went through a puddle (which I mostly tried to avoid) or got water on them some other way, my feet were almost instantly dry again. And while I was afraid of blisters again, that didn’t happen either.  I had a great pace on the most flat course and was complemented on my running outfit.

The after party had bagel breakfast sandwiches, cookies, coffee, raffles and a photo booth.  Not to mention in store discounts. I had to leave because of a prior engagement that day, but I did get my picture taken.

I had a ton of fun and can’t wait for the next race this Sat. but hopefully the course will not have so much water!

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Just. Keep. Running.

*Skora is offering $15 off your order when you click through my site! This link will take you to a coupon code to use towards your purchase.

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Want to find out what is on my race calendar?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

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Menu Plan Monday Jan 11th 2016

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Wow, 2016. And the middle of January.  Where have I been? Super, crazy, uber, non-stop busy and dealing with sick kids that never quite seem to get better and myself starting a new job.

Holidays have come and gone without me having a chance to post anything about them. I have a ton more things going on and so much in the works.

This is my first menu plan posting of the year, but I had all of January planned out already. But I am not ready for it to be the middle of January already.

I really hope to get a bunch of things up this year and ironed out. It is going to be a great year!

What is on your menu board this week?

 

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Brown Sugar Pork Cheesy Garlic Noodles Ckn Bacon Ranch Pasta Beef Bourguignon Mashed Potato Cakes Chkn Cordon Blu Soup Image Map

/// Mon: Spicy Tuscan Style Sausage Ragu /// Tue: Pizza /// Wed: Parmesan Honey Pork Loin Roast with Brown Rice Pilaf /// Thr: Szechuan Chicken & Rice /// Fri & Sat: CLOSED /// Sun: Spaghetti Pie  ///

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

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Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Find more recipes at I’m an Organizing Junkie

 


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Menu Plan Monday Dec 14th

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Do you ever have those weeks where your plan goes out the window?

I am pretty sure last week mine did…

It was a combo of missing ingredients, changing plans, sick kids and just not really wanting to cook what ever it was I had planed.

So even though I have the whole month planned out, I ended up rearranging a few things around before posting this weeks menu. I just wasn’t feeling what I had picked out.

What is on your menu board this week?

 

Menu Plan 12/14-12/20

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Brown Sugar Pork Cheesy Garlic Noodles Ckn Bacon Ranch Pasta Beef Bourguignon Mashed Potato Cakes Chkn Cordon Blu Soup Image Map

/// Mon: Sloppy Joe’s /// Tue: Dijon Chicken Spaghetti /// Wed: Philly Cheesesteak Stew /// Thr: Sweet & Spicy Bacon Chicken with Mac & Cheese /// Fri & Sat: CLOSED /// Sun: Sage Pork Chops with Parmesan Garlic Orzo  ///

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

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Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Find more recipes at I’m an Organizing Junkie


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