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Hello!  Here we are halfway into January!  I’m happy to say that the month is flying by.  This winter, I promised myself, I would put a good effort into finding ways to get outdoor time in, despite the cold.  Winter and I haven’t been on good terms the last few years.  The cold makes my body ache and lack of sunshine starts to take it’s toll.  The other three seasons of the year I am outside and active, but come winter that takes a down ward turn.  That is, until this year.  I’m happy to say…so far, so good.  Thanks to a run running group and an encouraging friend, I’ve been running our local trails each week.  The crisp, fresh air, beautiful surroundings, and laughter have been invigorating in ways I never expected.  And running in the cold?  Well, it’s all about layers and wearing the right kind of clothes.  I have yet to feel cold.  Earlier this week, I even braved 13 degree temperatures and a ‘feels like’ of 1 degree.  That’s a major accomplishment for this warm weather lover!

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Moving on to today’s post…green smoothies.  I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a smoothie drinker.  I need to chew my meals to feel satisfied, but every now and then, I’ll make one.  They especially taste good after a long run, when I’m hungry, but my stomach isn’t quite ready for solids.  There’s this window of opportunity to take in good nutrition (within an hour of finishing your activity) to replenish the stores that have been used.  By packing in nutrient rich foods, like those found in this smoothie, you are helping the body recover.

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Welcome to November!  It’s hard to believe that we are already heading into the eleventh month of the year.  Thanks to some cool, windy days the leaves on the trees are now a patchwork quilt of color gracing the lawns.  About six weeks ago, we made our yearly trip over to Waubonsie State Park to walk the trails.  It’s become one of the things I look forward to most about fall.  A cool morning, hiking under the canopy of trees, the crunch of leaves and fallen acorns under our feet.  This year we were a little early for the color, but it was no less beautiful.

Chewy Granola Bars

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Today we woke to another dusting of snow.  While I know many of you have had more snow than you ever thought possible, we have had very little this winter.  For whatever atmospheric reason, snow has passed us over.  Usually, we have 3+ good snows storms a year, sprinkled with a few smaller ones, but this year our grand total is about 5 inches.  Not good.

Chocolate Dipped Clementines

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