Are you training for anything? If so, how’s your training going? Any other Chicago Marathoners out there?
2013 was a BIG year over here. Lots of fun & exciting things happened this year and it will be a tough one to beat. But I have high hopes for 2014 :-)
Here are some of the highlights for 2013.
-Surprised my mom with a special military homecoming
-Got a green thumb & started growing stuff
-signed up for my First Marathon & decided to fundraise with Team Salute
-Survived my first deployment away from Madelyn & explored Hawaii and Guam
-Drank our way through Michigan Wine Country…we’re due back soon!
-Celebrated 1 year with our little love bug
-Ran my 4th half marathon and earned a PR
-Completed my dream of running the Chicago Marathon. I’m still in awe of this race.
Like I said, 2013 was a big year but I’m looking forward to all that 2014 has to bring :-)
What was the most exciting thing you did or accomplished this year?
I’d have to say that the Chicago marathon takes the cake. This race will always hold a special place in my heart.
As I sit here and write this blog post, I’m waiting for two dozen cookies to cool off so that I can throw them away. Hashtag cookiefail. I will be the first to admit, a baker I am not. If you look at the top of the page and scroll over “Recipes”, you will see very little under the desserts section. Cookie baking has never been my thing. Cookie eating on the other hand? Well, that’s a different story. It’s probably a blessing that I’m not great at baking cookies. On Monday, I tried out a new cookie recipe and they turned out fabulously! And on the first try too! The only problem with them was, they were a little crumbly. So this time around I added more butter and, well? Not so good. For the next batch I added a little less butter and a tad bit more C4C flour and they’re looking much better.
As much as I enjoy being in the kitchen, cooking is more of my thing. The star entree of the week has been the turkey chili that hubs requested for Monday. It was a definitely a chili kind of day…14 degrees? That calls for chili. I was browsing recipes online and either we didn’t have the right kind of peppers or it didn’t sound good to me. So I decided to “wing it” and see what happens. Verdict? So good, the recipe is worth sharing :-) I was successful at something this week!
- 3lbs ground turkey meat
- 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 2 Tbsp Chili seasoning
- 2 Tbsp Cumin
- 2 heads of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 medium red onion chopped
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 3 15oz. cans tomato sauce
- 2 15oz cans kidney beans
- 2 15 oz cans pinto beans
Place ground turkey in a stock pot and brown the turkey. Season it with italian seasoning and chili powder. Add in the garlic, onion, and peppers. Stir until soften. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and then place on simmer for about 45 minutes. You can choose to garnish it with cheese and sour cream if you wish. We tried a little bit of gorgonzola and it was amazing!
I’m off to finish the rest of my cookie baking! Wish me luck, I’ll be needing it ;-)
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What’s she been up to? RUNNING! Everywhere she possibly can. She has important places to be :-)
-Talking & learning animal noises. Her vocabulary has grown immensely in the last 3 months and she tries to repeat everything we say, so we are extra mindful of our words and how we talk around her. “Dada!” is still the winner. We’ve heard “mama” a few times but it’s usually while she’s eating, so I’m thinking she’s saying “nom nom” or “mmm”. Either way, we’re getting close!
-Dancing. When I say “dance” or “Baila” she starts to move her little feet and dance. It’s the cutest thing ever. The other night I put some music on while I was cooking and we had a dance party in the kitchen.
-Teething. Those back teeth are misery. End of story.
A lot of people have been asking me when baby number 2 is making his/her way to the Campbell family :-) I just laugh! Depending on what kind of day/week we’ve had I say, “NEVER!” But my usually response is, “We’ll see!”. Because honestly, we don’t know. We have a lot of weddings and possible deployments coming up next year, that being pregnant isn’t feasible and our life is starting to feel somewhat easy again so to start again from scratch makes me a little nervous :-/ Although, when I see a pregnant woman out in public, I get a small bit of baby fever-I really enjoyed the pregnancy part!
I realized that I never posted any pictures from Madelyn’s first birthday! So on this rainy day here in Milwaukee, I leave you with some sunny, Pink Lemonade Birthday pictures & DIY links!!
DIY Scrapbook paper Birthday Banner *Here*
The 1 year old sign was probably my favorite DIY project. First, I created a few rough drafts on scrap paper to see how I wanted it laid out. Then, I bought black poster board and did everything by hand first with a pencil. If you look closely, you can see where I made some mistakes, but I feel like it gives it character and makes it look more like a chalkboard. After I was done writing everything in pencil, I went over it with acrylic paint, a very thin paint brush and a paint pen. All of which I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I found some stickers and used those for an added effect. You can see the bubbles I used near the bath time is my favorite statement and the paws next to Oliver. After everything was dry, I glued the black poster board onto a white cardboard background to give it more sturdiness.
The dessert bar! Yellow cake pops with Chocolate frosting, lemon ricotta cookies and pink lemonade cupcakes! Smash cake was just yellow cake! I did a test run (thankfully!) and Madelyn was not a fan of the pink lemonade flavor.
The pink lemonade stand was super easy to construct. I bought the crate and the boards from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Larry painted it all pink and then glued the boards into the crate.
Happy 15 months to our little girl who puts a smile on our face every day!
Happy Halloween!! From our pumpkin patch to yours :-)
I hope everyone is having a great weekend! We have lots of fun things planned for the weekend (drill/birthday celebrations!) Have a great weekend and GOOD LUCK to all my friends running in the NYC Marathon on Sunday!
Happy Friday Everyone! Thanks for entering the KindBar Giveaway. The winner is announced in this little video clip :-)
Have a great weekend everyone! Get out there and run for me :-)