Snow Peaked French Toast


Sean and I are not huge fans of the snow, but our pup LOVES it! Enzo romps around the backyard like it summertime. He thinks it is a fun game to eat the snow and then run away from Sean.


This is the look he gives right before he runs away.


While Sean and Enzo played outside, I made breakfast. Considering it was almost 11 o’clock, it would probably be more accurate to call it brunch.

Snow Peaked French Toast

For the toast:
– sandwich bread
– eggs
– vanilla

I soaked the toast in the egg mixture, browned it in the skillet over medium heat and then popped them in the oven at 200 degrees.

His Toast


Sean’s french toast was topped with frozen blueberries, powdered sugar and maple syrup. He also requested some turkey bacon on the side.


Her Toast


I topped mine with bananas warmed in a skillet, pecans, powdered sugar and agave. My eyes were way bigger than my stomach. I only ate about half before tapping out.


We are now curled up on the couch watching some football – the hometown Chiefs are in the playoffs. Sean and I are not diehard fans like some folks in KC, but it is fun to see all the excitement around the Chiefs success.

Happy Sunday!


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Christmas is Here

The Logans are here, along with all things necessary for celebrating Christmas.

Apples to Apples



Wrestling – don’t act like this isn’t a part of your Christmas.



Ice Skating



Gingerbread Houses



And Hot Chocolate



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Mama Knows Best

In this instance, I am talking about my mother-in-law, Deb. When Sean and I are in Columbia, she will often times makes us a Polish omelette for breakfast. I channeled her omelette for diner last night.

I planned on making a quiche last night, but I was so hungry when I got home and Sean had to head back to work, so I made a fast and easy version of a Polish omelette instead.

My Mother-In-Law Scramble



Ingredients:
– 1 tbl butter
– chopped yellow onion
– chopped red bell pepper
– diced deli ham
– frozen chopped spinach
– handful shredded sharp cheddar cheese
– handful grated Parmesan cheese
– 4 eggs, beaten

I started by melting the butter in a pan at medium heat.



Then I added the onion and red bell pepper. I cooked them until the onions were translucent.



Then I dumped in everything else – except the cheese. When the eggs are cooked but still runny, add the cheese.



I don’t like runny eggs, so I cooked mine until they were firm. This turned out so delicious! You could really add any vegetables that you have. The grated Parmesan was key, in my opinion. It gave the scramble a little kick.



I served this alongside an English muffin and a salad, but that’s just because they were hanging out in my refrigerator. This would be great rolled up in a tortilla, if you like that sort of thing.



This was filling and easy! I will be making this again. I hope you give it a try!


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A Perfect Day to Race

I did it!!!! I finished my first half marathon!!! Let me start at the beginning.

Sean and I got up at 5am. It was dark and rather chilly, but we didn’t let it get to us. I ate the usual peanut butter toast and coffee. We left the house by 6:15. We parked, peed and were at the starting line by 7:15.


I was nervous. Clearly. It was such a big moment. I had spent so much time training, but could I really do it? Would I make it?

The gun went off. It took 5 minutes before I crossed the starting line. I promised myself that I would run my pace and not run the first few miles too fast. I put in my headphones and let people pass me. It was the best decision I could have made.

I felt great. I felt strong, energetic and happy until about mile 9. It was then that I started to get a little bored, my legs were a little heavier than when I started but I just kept going. I couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better course. There were a few hills but compared to the hills I am used to running around my neighborhood, they were minimal. I felt awesome passing people going up the hill.

I ate two honey packets – one at mile 6 and another at mile 9. I drank water throughout. By mile 11 I was really really really ready to see the finish line. I had come so far and although I wanted to walk I didn’t let myself. I just told myself that I only had 2 miles left. Finally the crowd started the thicken and the metal gates showed up and I saw it.


I picked up my pace and sprinted to the finished. Just as I crossed the finish line I saw my mom and Sean.


I finished and I finished strong! I was winded and my legs hurt, but I did it. I hobbled through the gates until I could sit down. I stretched.


I sat, and I took it all in.


I did it!!!! I didn’t break any records, but I proved to myself that I could run 13.1 miles. I am proud of myself.

Official time: 2:35:57
Garmin time: 2:35:57
Mile 1 11:36
MIle 2 11:27
MIle 3 11:42
Mile 4 11:48 (walked for 0.1)
Mile 5 11:27
Mile 6 11:21
Mile 7 11:32 (walked for 0.1)
Mile 8 11:36
Mile 9 11:44
Mile 10 13:24 (stopped to stretch and walked)
Mile 11 11:47
Mile 12 11:48
Mile 13 12:09
Last 0.26 2:29 (9:37 pace)

Sean and I spent the rest of the day relaxing. We celebrated by going to dinner at Spin Pizza. It was the perfect way to end a truly perfect day.

I already have plans for my next half and working on a new time goal.


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The Last Long Run

Ok, so I have been a total blogging slacker, but I have not been slacking on my long runs. Out of my entire training schedule, I have completed each and every one of my long runs. Today was my final long run, and I have worked really hard to get to this point.

I conquered 6 miles.
Total Time: 1 hour 9 minutes
Avg Pace: 11:10/mile

7 miles conquered me – that is I only made it to 6.38 miles.
Total Time: 1 hour 16 min 55 sec
Avg Pace: 12:03/mile

My fuel killed my 8 miles.
Total Time: 1 hour 37 min 12 seconds
Avg Pace: 12:08/mile

I handily completed 9 miles.
Total Time: 1 hour 47 min 53 sec
Avg Pace: 11:59/mile

And lastly, I proved to myself that I could finish 10 miles.
Total Time: 1 hour 57 min 15 sec
Avg Pace: 11:43/mile

I was really unsure if I could complete 10 miles.


Who runs 10 miles! Am I crazy! I did not complete these miles alone. These are the usual suspects:


Camelbak with holder
iPod shuffle
Garmin
Agave nectar – just for today


Well-loved Brooks Adrenalines

With that I was off. Although I live in Kansas which is 80% flat, I live in the 20% that is not flat. There are some nasty hills no matter which route I take.


Not sure the best way to take a picture of a hill, but just trust me. These are not nice hills. Despite the hills, I finished.


Yes! I celebrated … after I stretched, showered, ate lunch, walked the dog and ran some errands.


I spent the afternoon curled up on the couch with my Starbucks, my puppy, and a book. It was fantastic! It couldn’t last forever since I had class this evening. Boo!

Dinner


Dinner was easy but oh so delicious!


Roasted brussel sprouts and carrots.


Roasted potatos and turkey burger with cheese. Plus some ketchup for dipping!

The rewards continued with dessert.


I ate the whole thing and enjoyed every bite!
I am off to bed. It has been a great but long day.


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To Do or Not To Do #2

It’s been too long since I have posted, but I just haven’t had the motivation lately. It was my class today that sparked my most recent to do and not to do’s.

To Do

Learn the names of my students.

This seems like an obvious one, but today I received an assignment back.


Umm… my name is Veronica. At the college level, it depends on the size and nature of the class as to whether it matters at all that the teacher knows your name. This is an art class. I think it matters. This teacher really tries to remember but so far she has never consistently remembered my name. It’s been 5 weeks. This makes me wonder – if while grading an assignment of mine she doesn’t know who I am, will this impact my grade? Does she have me confused with an art major and will grade me differently? What kind of work does she think I do?

In my own elementary classroom, I will take every effort to learn students’ names as soon as possible. I will play games, have name tags and review the names each night to make sure I can picture each child in my head. There is something very comforting about someone knowing your name. They remember you. You made an impression on them. If they can’t remember, it can make you feel less important than that student whose name they have remember since the first day. At least this is what I think.

Not To Do

Humiliate my students.

Also obvious. I choose to believe that no teacher would intentionally humiliate a child, but I also choose to believe that teachers should be held to a higher standard where “I didn’t mean to” is not allowed.

It was an exchange between two other students in my class today that has lead me to this idea. We were in small groups and asked to share the history we researched regarding the mask we made. One student, call her Jane, began by sharing how she came up with the idea to paint her mask as a flag. Jane stated that her family was very patriotic, but that she had not known much about the history of the flag. She continued by saying that the first flag was made by Betty Washington. Jane didn’t even finish her sentence before the student next to her, call her Marge, interrupted and proclaimed that was not actually true but that someone else had been the first. Jane tentatively countered that her research had not said that, but Marge just continued to blather on about what she knew. The rest of us all kind of awkwardly laughed and told Marge to let Jane talk. Jane didn’t say much more, and the next person began sharing.

The point of sharing this long story is to say Marge had unknowingly crushed Jane. Had Marge been observant throughout class she would have known that this girl was very shy and insecure. Jane started every sentence by saying she wasn’t good at something. Her demeanor was that of someone who did not believe in herself. I looked back at Jane a few minutes later, and she looked to be holding back tears.

As teachers, we should take time to understand each student. Observe each one and understand the differences. We can not assume that each student requires the same thing from us. If we do not do this, we risk unknowingly humiliating a student just as Marge did to Jane. Regardless of whether it was intentional or not, it happened and that will not be acceptable in my classroom.


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Elements of a Great Birthday

Yesterday I turned 25! It was a low key birthday but definitely one of the best. I seriously couldn’t have asked for better weather. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and there was no humidity. Sean and I did everything we could to enjoy the weather.

We started our day with a 3 mile run. I was supposed to do this yesterday but the day got away from me. I pushed it to the next day and Sean said he would join me. It was nice to have him with me!

Mile 1: 11:14
Mile 2: 11:37
Mile 3: 10:45

We went out separate ways once we got home. Sean went off to Taekwondo practice and I headed to the gym for Group Power. On my way home from the gym I stopped to get this.


A venti iced skinny vanilla latte! It totally hit the spot. I went to watch Sean at his Taekwando practice. He just started two weeks ago but he is doing awesome! I am so proud of him!

We were both starving by the time we got home, and with a bare fridge it was breakfast for lunch.


We had turkey bacon, scrambled eggs with cheese, and a bagel thin with cream cheese. Hit the spot! Next stop was the dog park!


Enzo ran, fetched, and swam his little heart out. He loves to run through the tall grass. He bounds around like a little deer!

We all crashed for awhile when we got home.


Once I finally got showered and ready, it was time for dinner. Sean and I went to our favorite pizza place: Spin! We sat outside. It was glorious!

I get the same thing every time I go to Spin!. It is so good that I don’t want to risk trying something else for fear it might not be as good!


We started with flatbread and three dips: white bean hummus, roasted red pepper hummus with goat cheese and sicilian olive spread. I loved them all!


We got the house cabernet to drink with our meal. I ordered my usual Pizza Mia which let’s you get a salad and small pizza. It used to just be a lunch special but then they made it an all day special. I got a Greek Salad and the Patate pizza.


My pizza was on whole wheat crust and included roasted potatoes, italian bacon, roasted red peppers, goat cheese, and scallions. It is the perfect salty and cheesy mix. Love!

We sat for awhile and finished our wine. It was so perfect! The evening ended at Dairy Queen. I got a Reese’s Blizzard and it was everything I wanted.

As I type this the windows are open and Enzo is curled up next to me. I am hoping to get some house work done today. Don’t hold your breathe on that one though.


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