sweet and creamy coleslaw

Remember when I got a tiny head of cabbage in my CSA a few weeks back? No? Well me neither. Because as I was looking for something else in the produce drawer, out rolled this sad little guy from the depths of the crisper. He looked up at me, batted his little cabbage eyelashes and… 

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holiday eats link love

4thJuly-CanadaCakesLSComing up this weekend are two very important holidays in the Johnston household—Canada Day and Independence Day. I think it is so fun that the national holidays for both mine and Babyface's home countries happen right around the same time of year. Even though Babyface is solidly an American resident now, we like to keep the Canadian pride alive in our house and celebrate Canada Day. And then, three days later we get to celebrate my great country with the. . .
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the bright side of an injury

ankleBeing injured is never fun. It is particularly un-fun when you are on a path of health and fitness and said injury forces you to suddenly put aside all your plans. One of the hardest things for an active person to do is hold off on their routine and rest up while an injury heals. I'm far from a gym fanatic, but even I am struggling with a serious case of cabin fever thanks to my ankle injuries. Just joining. . .
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today’s eats: back to normal

smoothieI think today is quite possibly the first time I've eaten every meal of the day from my own fridge in just about forever. It felt so good. Picking my own food. Knowing exactly what was in everything that went into my tummy. Yay! Hopefully this is the first of many, many, many normal days to come. Started off this morning with a glass of lemon water. Doubt you guys are interested in seeing my daily glass of lemon water.. . .
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take your foot off the throttle.

flowersI don't like to complain a lot. I actually think complaining gets you pretty much nowhere. If I'm stuck in a rotten situation, I'd much rather go at it with a positive attitude, find a solution and move onto something happier like bacon or beer. But there are times when it all piles on. You feel like you have a dark cloud over your head. Nothing you do is right. You don't catch any of the good breaks. And that's. . .
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goals for this week.

ankleRemember when way back in May I said I that I was going to post my goals for the week on Mondays? Then, remember when that very same week, a tornado came through and kicked our ass? Well, I think life is finally starting to get back to normal enough that I can resume my plan for weekly goal-setting. For the past month, it has been a lot of holding my breath just to make it through, but now, things. . .
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monday motivation: living

liveBeing cautious has its place, but living life without spontaneity or excitement is barely living at all. This week, lets all try to put aside our reservations and just do something. Do one thing you've been holding off on. It can be big or small, but do something that put's your life in motion.

slow cooker fall apart chicken

chickenIf you haven't noticed, the amount of meat in our freezer is getting a little bit out of control. Before we got our meat CSA, I had no idea how little meat we actually ate during the week, but it turns out our preference is to generally only eat meat once or twice a week. So with 4-5 pounds of it coming in our CSA box each week and a tiny freezer bursting at its seams, it is time to. . .
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whole wheat lemon poppy seed scones

sconesWith how crazy life has been lately, Babyface and I have been hitting up Starbucks for breakfast a lot. More than I really like to admit. One thing I've noticed with our on-the-go life, the options for healthy, quick, restaurant options for breakfast are very, very limited. Starbucks has real fruit smoothies, which is great, but other than that, the options are pretty pitiful out there. Since our on-the-go life is still...well...on-the-go...I decided to whip up a batch of breakfast. . .
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classic pecan divinity

divinityI know my post yesterday was a lot of negativity surrounding my relationship with my Memaw, and honestly, the bad memories heavily outweigh the good. But that being said, there were of course some good times. And one of the things that seemed to stand out in my mind the most was making divinity. Memaw knew her way around the kitchen and had an amazing collection of recipes that were pretty much staples in my childhood. Divinity was a candy. . .
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guest post: jen’s story

dscn0802I asked a few months ago for my friend Jen from Jen's Daily to write a guest post about death and mourning someone close to you. She has recently been through some really hard times and is coming out of the other side of it happy and healthy. I am constantly in awe of her grace and honesty in the face of tragedy and really wanted her to share her story with you. Her story is such a different perspective. . .
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mourning what someone should have been

flowersI share a lot of stuff with you guys. On a lot of topics, I'm a completely open book. But I have also set up some things that are totally off-limits to BTHR. There are some major chunks of my life that never make it onto BTHR. It's not that I'm trying to hide anything or give an incomplete picture of my life, it's just that, even though it may seem contradictory to my blog, I'm a pretty private person.. . .
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reader request: sparkpeople 101

Screen shot 2011-06-22 at 9.20.39 PMI get asked all the time about Sparkpeople and how I use the site in my daily life. So I thought I'd pull together a little post about my experience with the Spark! What is Sparkpeople? Sparkpeople is a free, community-based weight loss website that is chock-full of resources for people trying to live a healthy life. The community is mostly focused on weight loss, but in a very healthy, real food, real exercise kind of way. No gimmicks or. . .
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tips for your warrior dash, mudathlon or mud run

me warrior dashA race like the Warrior Dash I ran last weekend is different from pretty much any other running race you'll ever do. It requires some special preparation, some special gear and a special attitude to make it a fun and comfortable day. Since the Warrior Dash and similar events are becoming all the rage, I thought I'd come up with a list of tips that I learned and made my Warrior Dash much more fun. Other Warriors, let me know. . .
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