this weekend, I…

…ate roasted veggie and ricotta pizza. …bundled up with Babyface. …enjoyed the Festival of Ghost Stories (it wasn’t too scary). …drank spiked hot apple cider. …listened to some good music in the car. …marveled at how beautiful fall is in Southern Indiana. …drank two pumpkin spice lattes. …headed to the pumpkin patch with my whole… 

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beef and barley stew

brains and barley stewOh gosh, guys, do I have some big news for you! I'm actually a little bit afraid to tell you for fear that you'll run away screaming and never read my blog again, but it is going to come out sooner or later, so I might as well bite the brain bullet and spill the blood beans. Here goes... Babyface and I...well...we are zombies. The Living Dead. Walkers. Flesh-Eating Skull Suckers. And proud of it! I know what you are. . .
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sweats of the week

me feet vibrams runI seemed to get back on the wagon more solidly this week. Woohoo! It helped that finally, about halfway through the week, I tossed out my go-with-the-flow exercise mentality and decided to make a training schedule. What am I training for? Well....nothing. But it helps to have a plan to stick to. I'm starting to get very, very nervous about hitting my 100 miles for walking/running and my 100 miles for biking for my All About the Numbers Challenge. So. . .
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caramel applesauce oatmeal cookies

caramel applesauce cookiesMy favorite Halloween candy is a bit of a wild card. I'm sure if I asked you to guess, most people would assume something chocolately (Reese's! Butterfingers! Almond Joy!) and while all of those are delicious, you'd be very far off from my favorite. Hint: it has no chocolate in it. And it's green. Any ideas?         (source) Caramel Apple Pops! Crazy, right? Out of all the awesome candy out there, I choose a hard, artificially colored. . .
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chicken spinach alfredo pizza

pizzaNow that our CSA is winding down (and honestly, I've been terrible about posting the contents of our weekly box) I thought it'd be fun to sub in a pizza recipe for my Friday afternoon post. Who doesn't like pizza? We eat pizza every single Friday and as of late, we've gotten in a bit of a pizza rut. Whole wheat crust + red sauce + veggies + mozzarella. Done and done. Delicious? Yes! But variety is the spice of. . .
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pumpkin spice dip

pumpkin dipThere was a point in time where every single family gathering of mine included a big bowl of pumpkin dip and apple slices. We'd hover around the bowl and graze for hours before dinner was served. And then barely be able to touch our meals because of the pumpkin dip baby in our bellies. Our familial pumpkin dip consumption has tapered a bit in the past few years, but my love for it has stayed steady. The original recipe is. . .
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how to build your own lightbox for cheap

lights[box] Hi guys! I mentioned creating a lightbox last week and a few people requested that I write a tutorial. Well, I'm definitely not the photography expert in the family, so here is a guest post from Babyface![/box] I am going to do a little show and tell here today folks, so I hope you have your grade school excitement in check! Now don't worry, I'm not going to bust out my pet Tarantula or exhibit my ability to put. . .
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things i’m digging…

danskos shoes feet1. My new Danskos. I've been coveting this exact pair of Danskos for years. Finally, last week, I was getting ready for work and I said to Babyface that I really needed some winter shoes and the budget-master himself told me I should just go ahead and order my Danskos. I've talked about how sometimes I can be mega-frugal (overcompensation for a financially irresponsible youth) but I immediately pulled the trigger on these babies. Woohoo! They are comfy and cute. . .
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lightened up chicken pot pie

chicken pot pieAlright, it looks like we are back in action here on BTHR. Sorry for the daylong outage if you experienced it. The folks at BlueHost graciously gave me a new IP address so AT&T wouldn't blacklist me anymore. Welcome back! Let's eat some food. Who else remembers those little 59 cent Banquet chicken pot pies that you would get from the frozen foods section? I'm sure they're still around, but to me, those little suckers scream, "child of the 90s".. . .
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what i ate wednesday: drive me to drinkin’

1Blogs are funny animals. You start off all innocent like. You set up an easy-to-create free account on some blogging website and within just a few minutes you are off to the races rambling about kittens or baseball or whatever your bag is. And then, one day, you realize the free route just isn't going to cut it anymore. You want pretty layouts and freedom and monetization. So you decide to become self-hosted. And then shit gets real. What suddenly. . .
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whole wheat garlic knots

garlic knotsMy favorite part about soup season is the end of the bowl. You know, when you've scraped up your last spoonful and it is time to finish off the meal by using whatever baked good is nearest to sop up all the delicious broth/sauce that is left? You all do that too, right? These garlic knots are a pretty traditional Italian restaurant staple, but I like to keep them on hand during fall and winter for soup and stew sopping.. . .
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my favorite health and wellness apps

iphoneI've only officially been an iPhone adopter for a little over a week, but I've had an iPad for almost a year and it's given me plenty of time to get into the world of apps. The variety of amazing apps available out there to help with health and wellness is just remarkable. Here are some of my favorites: RunKeeper For those of you not on the high-tech running bandwagon, RunKeeper allows you to accurately monitor your distance, pace and. . .
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shrimp and grits for one

shrimp and gritsGrowing up in the Southern Midwest left me in a bit of a weird place when it comes to culture. I grew up 30 minutes away from the Kentucky border. Kentucky is decidedly the gateway to "the South" but no one would ever consider Indiana southern. So I grew up living in a Yankee state butted right up to the South. When I moved 90 minutes north to go to college, people thought I was so backcountry. In high school,. . .
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monday motivation + weekly goals

roadMy gosh, did this quote ever resonate with me! I feel like I'm the #1, Grade A abuser of tempting parking spots. I live in a world of "that's good enough" when in all actuality, I want to be better. It is a common thread throughout everything in my life. Weight loss, running, eating, my career, my relationships. I find myself some safe spot and hang out there for months (years even) because I'm afraid or too lazy to get. . .
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sweats of the week

me thumbs downI had a really rough week emotionally and I let it affect my workout schedule. My to-do list got a little overwhelming, work got crazy, and I'm still reeling from the death of Dan Wheldon (it is hard to explain what IndyCar means to my family). Plus, on top of that, it rained for days and days, and my emotions are definitely connected to the weather. Obviously, these all explain why I skipped out on the gym, but they certainly. . .
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