Simple BBQ Chicken Drummies


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I stock up on chicken drumstick when my local grocery store has it for .88 cents per pound.  Who wouldn’t when it’s that inexpensive.  Plus chicken dummies is something everyone eats even the littlest guy, who happens to be the pickiest.

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This recipe takes almost no prep, just shake in a bag, bake, coat with BBQ sauce, bake, coat in sauce again. Wholah you have excellent BBQ chicken dummies in about 1 hour.  Pair this with the cheesy zucchini rice and you have a complete dinner on the table in 60 minutes.

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BBQ chicken drummies recipe

bbq drummies and zucchini rice



recipe adapted from Bowl of Delicious


Week 15 Marathon Training

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Another week closer.

As the days go by I cross off the calender the countdown to marathon running day.  I am getting excited and I feel more than ready.  This week I was able to stay right on schedule EXCEPT the long run.  Throughout all this training, I have had to look ahead and plan.  I knew a month ago it would be very difficult to get this weekend long run and I was right.  Instead I spent time with family.  Saturday I worked at the Eatery until 2, decided on a bike ride because it was 80 degree and very sunny , too warm for a 20 mile run.  Then time at our lake lot to have a hunting feed.  Sunday was spent at an apple orchard/scarecrow/pumpkin patch with family and I saved a few minutes in the evening for a beautiful sunset run.  IT WAS ALL WORTH IT.

I didn’t panic about it too much though.  Remember when I was sick earlier in September and I missed out on about 5 day of training including a longer run.  I bounce back great from this, so I know I will be fine.  I will get in a longer run next weekend, not sure the distance yet I will plan that over the week.  The bottom line is compared to training for my first marathon I feel amazing.

Week 15 Schedule

  • Monday-REST-REST but a very active rest.  Coach and I were out at 7:30 am, mapping out our cross-country miles for our home cross-country meet.  A beautiful event on a gorgeous day:)
  • Tuesday-5 miles-5 miles with the team
  • Wednesday- 5 miles- 4 Mile tempo run
  • Thursday- 5 miles- 6 miles with the team in the ran
  • Friday- REST- 3 miles
  • Saturday-20 miles- 10 Miles of Biking
  • Sunday- cross-9 miles only because I ran out of daylight.  

Week 16 Schedule

  • Monday-REST
  • Tuesday-5 miles
  • Wednesday- 5 miles
  • Thursday- 5 miles
  • Friday- REST
  • Saturday-12 miles
  • Sunday- cross

Happy Running!


Cheesy Zucchini Rice

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Easy, easy side dish with a lot a flavor and cheesy goodness.  When looking for a side dish, easy is a must.   Besides the health benefits of  zucchini it also adds excellent color with subtle flavor the kids won’t even notice.  I just told mine it was green rice, and they ate it right up.  I paired this with my Easy BBQ Chicken Drumstick (recipe coming soon), for a full meal that everyone ate.

To get the grated zucchini, I used my cheese grater.  It also works if you use a food processor with the grater attachment.

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Cheesy zucchini rice recipe

bbq drummies and zucchini rice


recipe adapted from Buns in my oven






Marathon training week 14


Back on schedule!

Every fall is an adjustment for our family, the kids are back in school, we are working full-time, I am coaching cross-country, BUT adding training for a marathon and my husband is back in college for administration and you really have to make it work.


I was able to get all my runs in this week even while circling the athletes a few time until my GPS said I was done.

Week 14 Schedule, mine is red

  • Monday-Rest– REST….I had a cross-country meet, so it was a very active rest, almost like a cross training day with the sprinting to different section of the course to cheer/coach the athletes.  
  • Tuesday-5 miles– 3 miles not that I couldn’t run the 5 miles, practice got running late and I had to leave at 4:50, so a quick run with the junior high athletes and I was on my way to my witnessing job.
  • Wednesday-8 miles-6 mile hill workout with the varsity team
  • Thursday 5 mile run– another cross-country race day, I ran the course with the head coach and then continued on until I was at 5.
  • Friday- Rest- 3 mile run… I decided to run at today’s practice only because I knew it was short 3 miles.  We ran out to the golf course, where we hold our home cross-country meet on Monday.
  • Saturday- 12 miles– 12  GLORIOUS miles.  I ran this alone, I played my music had my route picked out and I was out the door.  It was beautiful weather and I felt great!
  • Sunday-cross..Just a beautiful day, cleaning house, taking a couple of relaxing walks, small bike rides…Does this count as Cross?  Not really and I am ok with that.

Week 15 Schedule

  • Monday-REST
  • Tuesday-5 miles
  • Wednesday- 5 miles
  • Thursday- 5 miles
  • Friday- REST
  • Saturday-20 miles
  • Sunday- cross

Happy running!


Fall porch

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My porch is one of the main reason I fell in love with our 1915’s home.  There is nothing better than waking up and enjoying a cup of coffee on the porch.  Taking in the fresh air, hearing birds signing and the gentle noise of the cars driving by.  It also our place to go during a thunderstorm, you are protected from the elements but still out in the storm.  The porch is a multifunctional place or our family.

So when it comes to decorating it for the seasons I like to dress it up with some of the bigger pieces I have created with my “pinterest friends group”.  There will be more to come on this great group of ladies.  A porch is just a porch, but dress it up, make it pretty and it is now a beautiful entrance into my home and a gorgeous outdoor living space.

Before, plain simple yet this is how it looked when I first fell in love(minus the bushes, painted teal door and red trim so imagine it even more plain).


After, love it(almost) I still need corn stalks to go besides the large pallet…

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Happy fall decorating!



Ham and Cheese Egg Roll


Love omelets, you will surely love this oversized omelet baked in the oven.  The beauty of this recipe is you can add anything you like.  Typically I make two, one for the kids which has a meat and cheese.  Then one for the adults or those who have broaded their taste buds.  My husband likes to add mushrooms, I could add the whole vegetable drawer and leave out the meat.



Ham and cheese egg roll recipe



recipe adapted from KRAFT

Happy eating!




Week 13 Marathon Training

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Recovery, Recovery, Recovery.

What ever I had it kicked my butt(see this post marathon training week 12).  Each run this week was entirely different as each day I felt just a little more back to normal.  I knew I had to push myself and get out and run, I had to log the miles.  The runs were not the easiest, or my fastest but neither was recovering from my sickness.  In order for you to fully understand each run I went into a little more detail about how I felt and my pace.  

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Week 13 Schedule: Red is what I did.  

  • Monday- Rest-REST again:(
  • Tuesday- 5 miles- 5 miles...I ended up staying home from work but a run was still in the back of my mind all day.  I did go to the dr. and he prescribed me amoxicillin even though I tested negative for strep, ear infection and sinus infection.  The Claritin- D and Aleve was not taking care of it.  I took the meds at about 2, and at 5 o’clock I forced myself out the door.  The first 2 miles were fine, mile three I could feel my head throbbing, I went to a different world for mile 4 and 5.  I MADE IT, 5 miles while not feeling good, pace 8:45!!  
  • Wednesday- 5 mile pace run- 6 Miles since I did not get my 8 mile in last week I wanted to do something slightly more than 5, pace 8:30.  My head was still very dizzy and uneven, but people told me I was looking better.  So I knew being back to normal was coming soon .  
  • Thursday- 5 miles- 5 Miles and more…I had a Cross Country meet, so I ran the varsity pre race warm up then the junior varsity prerace warm up.  The reason I said more, was after I logged my 5, I stopped my GPS but I get at leat on average 2 more mile running back and forth cheering on the runners.  I felt great, I was in the racing atmosphere but my body was healing.  pace- 8:30
  • Friday- Rest- 3 mile recovery run with the XC team, Finally waking up with out a headache..Pace 8:10
  • Saturday- 19 miles- 19 miles BABY!!!…I did it..WE DID IT!!  The conditions were perfect for a long run, 42 degrees zero wind, sun shinning and my running partner by my side…HALLELUJAH:)
  • Sunday- Cross-Just play time with kids, decorating the front porch and cooking/baking.

WOW what a week it has been recovering from “what ever” I had.  I was definitely concerned about my long 19 mile run, many thoughts in my head..will I make it, does this throw off my training, I’m ok I’ve run 18, I can do it, I don’t want to let my running partner down.  In the end it was OK, I took the time recovering-NOT RUNNING–to slowly get back in the groove.  We have to rest our bodies when our bodies are telling us something.

Week 14 Schedule:

  • Monday- Rest
  • Tuesday- 5 miles
  • Wednesday- 8 mile pace run
  • Thursday- 5 miles
  • Friday- Rest
  • Saturday- 13 miles
  • Sunday- Cross

Happy running!