today I ran

Hello, my name is Kelsey and I am lazy.

Does this whole holiday/winter/cold thing demotivate anyone else, or is it just me? I have been sleeping more, eating more, wearing black stretchy pants more… it really is fabulous. I kissed those 6am workouts goodbye a long time ago. Problem?

 

Why yes…I feel like a big, happy, blob.

Today I broke. I got home from work and had an hour before I needed to leave for church. I could either a) cook dinner b) do laundry or c) go for a run. This is the first time in two weeks that I have traded cooking for physical activity. I’m also not normally a night runner, but took Honey with me and we had a grand old time…it was good to feel the burn induced by an activity other than eating.

I have to be consistent with my running again anyways. Why, do you ask?

Because in 2011 I am going to run a marathon.

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December 27th

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas! Mine was full of love, family:

and sugar: 

Yep, that pretty much sums it up!

Just kidding. I love my family so much. Do you ever have those moments where you just stop and think, if only for a moment? I have had a few of those moments the past several days and have thought to myself, “man, I am just such a blessed girl…” because of my family’s love, my Father’s grace, and knowing that I wake up to a beautiful life every morning.

It’s those moments that I cherish, especially when it seems like everything else is broken.

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James 2

14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, ‘Goodbye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”–but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds”…26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

 

A couple of months ago I asked myself, what more can I do? Because I knew I certainly wasn’t doing enough. I have been equipped with a lot to go out and do something with, but wasn’t using those abilities I had been given, I was stuck in a box. My faith was there but my actions were hardly supporting it. It is so easy to get caught up in our own lives, issues, concerns, etc. that we forget about the ‘more’ we are called and enabled to act upon. This verse just really struck a chord this morning, and I pray that my desire and ability to continue to do ‘more’ will grow with each passing day of my life, and that my desire to do ‘more’ will rub off on those around me.

715

What is better to do than blog when I’m at home sick?

This weekend I had the opportunity of going out to Lawrence for an early morning celebration of my bes fran, Aleeza’s 21st birthday. On Saturday her roommates and I took her out for breakfast to a little restaurant which was worthy of a rave.

715 is conveniently located at 715 Mass Street in Lawrence, KS.

When you walk inside you can tell it’s different than other restaurants on Mass. This place is great because it’s local, fresh, and all the food is real and in season. It had the ambiance of a French bistro with a menu to match.

This is the kitchen, where you can see and hear everything going on and being prepared. We were tempted to steal some baguettes. I mean, look at them!

On the weekends they offer their brunch menu, and since I was still suffering from cupcake overdose the night before, I opted for some butternut squash soup with grilled bread, of course!

Yes, this is real butter that they put on the bread for you. Yes, Kelsey ate butter. Real butter. This soup was heavenly. Not too thin, not too thick with a hint of ginger…SO delicious.

Angela got the belgium waffle

and Julie and Birthday Girl both ordered the quiche

We all sat in complete silence as we devoured our meals. That’s how good it was.

Next time you are in Lawrence I highly recommend you give this restaurant a visit!

I lied

Remember in my last post, where my first Christmas rule was:

  • there is no such thing as too many Christmas cookies

Remember?? Well, um, I kind of lied. See there IS such thing as too many Christmas cookies/sweets/desserts. I found this as I crossed over to the dark side after one too many red velvet cupcakes. They were so good. Seriously. So good.

I even broke my own ‘everything is good in moderation’ rule. I am paying for that today, and I really paid for it on the treadmill a couple of hours ago. This is how I have been feeling: headachy, nauseous, bloated,  jiggly. Not acceptable!

Back to the food my body needs. Protein, vegetables, and fruits. Trust me, I am embracing this! Lesson learned.

There can be too many Christmas cookies.
[but for those of you who have an endless stomach, want some leftover cupcakes?? ha.]

Christmas Cookie Sugar Coma

Where to begin…let’s start with some Christmas rules:

  • there is no such thing as too many Christmas cookies
  • you can bake virtually anything into a cookie as long as you’ve got a good cookie dough base
  • cookies are best for sharing…or not
  • if someone says they don’t like cookies, they are lying

Back to business! So last night was the Santa Smackdown in the youth group at my church and at the end of the night the teenagers got cookies and milk. I wanted to make cookies for the adult leaders because I love them all and also was bitten by the baking bug. 3 cookie recipes + 1 candy recipe + 4 hours = sugar coma.

The cookies baked included:

  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Emergency Cookies
  • White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Dreams

Let me tell you, those white chocolate cranberry macadamia nut dreams are worth the longest cookie name every because boy were they dreamy! That recipe was delivered to my inbox via allrecipes.com a few weeks ago and knew I had to try them…YUM. I will post the recipe soon! To prevent you from entering the sugar coma I suffered myself, I’m going to share the Mint Chocolate Chip recipe, a nice, light and incredibly easy cookie to make. Yes, ‘easy’ and ‘cookie’ are right next to each other in that sentence, score! Here you are, friends:

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Courtesy of Betty Crocker

Ingredients
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
6 to 8 drops green food color
1 egg
1 cup creme de menthe baking chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

Baking Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, extract, food color and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in creme de menthe baking chips and chocolate chunks.
  2. Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
  4. Enjoy alone or with friends and a tall glass of milk!


Confessions of a Blogger

  • this is the first winter I have embraced in a long time, subzero temperatures and all
  • I haven’t been writing much lately because I’ve been doing more family stuff/reading/thinking/wrapping Christmas gifts/baking dog treats
  • I need to enjoy this holiday season just a bit more; it’s going to come and go in a blink
  • I could split a whole day between Hobby Lobby and Whole Foods and be perfectly content
  • this week I am going to World Market for the first time
  • sweatpants are good for the soul
  • being off of ‘the diet’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…the flesh is too strong! grrrr…
  • Wednesday this week is to be fully dedicated to baking. Prepare for recipe overload!

Happy Monday!