It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

I couldn’t help it.  I decorated for Christmas this weekend.   The kid in me just couldn’t wait until next Friday.

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I know.  I’m early.  Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet.  But, in my defense, it is SO late this year.

So, I decorated.  And it made me happy.

I’m happy.

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All I need now are some gifts for under the tree.  It’s looking a little lonely.

 

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I have to say that my new TV stand looks beautiful with garland and lights on it.  ❤

 

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As I was decorating the tree last night, I came across some old ornaments that my Great Grandma Leora would make for the family.  I can remember sitting with her at the table, gluing and pinning each sequin and bead.   A labor of love.

 

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Finding these ornaments stirred up quite a few memories.   Something about the holidays brings a heavy sense of nostalgia. Growing up, I was blessed to have holidays filled with large family gatherings. I have such warm memories of Celebrations with my moms side, my dad’s side and of course at home with my mom, step-dad Dave and siblings.

Every year I’d see these ornaments tucked away in a box but passed them by for all my Harley ornaments.

Last night, I decided to put them on the tree.

They reminded me that Christmas isn’t about a theme. The holiday season is about family and friends. Its about celebrating the true reason for the season. It’s about reminiscing on Christmases past and celebrating the Christmases present.

It’s about making new memories and new traditions.

Finding these ornaments last night helped remind me of this.

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And, I can smile knowing that even though the holidays don’t look like they used to, they are still just as special.

Cheers to the start of a wonderful holiday season with family, friends and the making of new memories.

WINNER WINNER!

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We have our winners!

These two chicks and their friend of choice will be singing LOUD for all to hear, because they will be running the Ugly Sweater run for FREE!!

 

Congratulations to:

Tyree Sejkora

&

DeAnn Paul

 

I’ll be sending your ticket information shortly!

Congratulations!

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** All entries were put into a randomizer.  I chose the top two.

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Zucchini Patties

Let’s get a few things out of the way.

1. Don’t be Judgy McJudgersons regarding my incredible iPhone photos

2. I didn’t take the time to put together my typical recipe card for you.

3. These things really are good despite the fact that I couldn’t spend the time taking legit photos.

Ok, now that I have aired all my dirty laundry, you really should try these Zucchini Patties.   They are a perfect balance of spice meets veggie.

 

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Ingredients

2 cups shredded zucchini

1 small shredded onion

2 eggs

1/2 tsp sea salt

3 cloves minced garlic

3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

2 tsp. Hot sauce

1 tsp. cajun seasoning

3 cooked egg whites, diced

 

Directions

1. Squeeze out fluid from onion and zucchini.  Like, legit, squeeze.  Then blot on paper towel and squeeze again.   I promise there is more water that you could ever imagine in shredded zucchini and onion.

2. Combine all ingredients (except cooked egg whites) in a bowl.  Mix well.   Fold in diced egg whites.

3. Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan, spoon batter onto hot oil, creating whatever size of patty your little heart desires.

4. Cook each side until golden brown and cooked all the way through.

5. Enjoy!

 

Tzatziki Sauce

I made a quick Tzatziki sauce for the topping because I thought it sounded like a refreshing balance to the spice.

I liked it ok, but to be honest, I liked the hot sauce I slathered on it more when I reheated leftovers the next night.   🙂

1 cup Greek Yogurt

1 Cucumber grated

3 minced garlic cloves

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp dill weed

Mix all together.

 

 

Work Travels – Not An Excuse – Work It Out Wednesday

Oh hey!  Coming at ya from Overland Park, KS!

I am on the road until Friday night.

Dude.   My travel load this semester.  Whew.

Sometimes traveling + eating healthy and fitness don’t play nicely together.   BUT – they can!  You just have to plan for it.

This morning, I got up and hit the hotel gym.  Of course, it was tiny and everyone and their dog was in it.  Kudos to us!  My plan was to get in a leg workout, however, the weight system available didn’t leave much for options.   No worries.  I improvised.

Using all Dumbbells:

40 lb squats –  3 sets of 12

40 lb sumo squats – 3 sets of 12

25 lb Chest Press – 3 sets of 12

20 lb. Flys – 3 sets of 12

25 lb. Bicep Curls – 3 sets of 12

25 lb. Overhead Tricep – 3 sets of 12

Body Weight:

30 second rocking plank

12 low plank oblique knees (each side)

12 spider lunge pushups.

Repeat set 3 times

 

After the hotel gym I came back to my room, grabbed my ice bucket and did walking lunges down the hallway, because, why not?  I needed ice for my breakfast shake, the hallway was empty, and I needed another leg workout.

 

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Nutrition! 

Yes, I carry that mini blender everywhere with me.  Work, home, gym, hotel… my little buddy is with me.     Can’t go wrong with a little PB2 and Chocolate ShakeO.   Hello vitamin, nutrient, mineral, superfood goodness.   You are my love.

Lunch: Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad and a roll.  Andes Mint for dessert.  No choice on lunch since it was catered, but I was pleased with the meal.  At least it wasn’t pizza!

Snack: Clif Bar

Dinner:  Grilled Shrimp, Vegetable Skewer (mushrooms, peppers, onion, corn, squash and carrots), side salad with a wee bit of ranch and 2 Vodka waters with lime.

I’d say I managed to have a very healthy day, minus the vodka.  But – I at least drank it with water.  😉  And after sitting all day listening to people talk – it’s a miracle I am not still out drinking with the rest of the crew.

Cheers to another day of sit-and-get tomorrow.

Hotel gym- I’ll see your gorgeous face at 5:30am.

 

 

 

 

Santa’s Coming! I KNOW Him! {Ugly Sweater Run Ticket Giveaway}

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The Ugly Sweater Run is coming back to Omaha for the Third Year in a row on Sunday, December 14th.

 

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I am such a sucker for themed “fun” races and so of course jumped at the chance to participate again!

How can you pass up ridiculously ugly Christmas outfits, hot chocolate, fun with friends and free beer?

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The event is family friendly as well, with kids under 10 participating FREE!

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And who knows?  You might run into Buddy the Elf himself!

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Just the facts, Jack:

  • Sunday, December 14th @ 11am
  • Starts at the Century Link, Omaha.
  • With registration you receive a vintage hat, unlimited hot chocolate, and choice of a Winter lager, Boston lager or Angry Orchard Hard Ciders.
  • Ugly Sweater Run funds benefit the Save The Children organization
  • After race celebration with all your new Ugly Sweater wearing friends.
  • Since the race will be finishing up around lunch time, make the MOST of your SUNDAY FUNDAY and hit up the Old Market for some lunch and shenanigans with your crew!

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Thanks to the good folks behind the scenes of The Ugly Sweater Run, I have tickets to giveaway!   Oh, yes I do!

Two winners will receive a TWO PACK of tickets for the Ugly Sweater Run.

That’s right!  If you win, you get to choose someone to go with you.   It just wouldn’t be as fun winning by yourself!

HOW TO WIN:

1. Comment below your favorite Christmas movie. (worth one entry)

2. Follow me on Facebook – Harleys & Heels.  (worth one entry)

DEADLINE TO ENTER:  Friday, November 21st.  Winner announced Saturday, November 22nd.

Good luck and see you on the 14th of December!

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