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An Ode to Winter Running

Oh, winter! How I love to hate you
This isn't always the best of time for driving ... or doing anything outdoors
But, oddly enough, it can be the most magical time to run

Sure, there are awful days
Days when you question your sanity
When you spend more time getting dressed than actually being outside
When the snowplow drivers offer to give you a ride home

But, there are also those perfect winter days
When it's not too bitterly cold
Not snowing or sleeting too hard
And not so windy that your hat blows right off your head

The streets are salted and the sidewalks are clear
And you can totally handle this winter thing

Sometimes, you might get lucky and see the sun peek through the gloomy, gray clouds
Maybe even feel its warmth on your cheeks
It gives you hope, reminds you that darkness can't last forever

Even in the dark, there's a wonderful stillness to the air
Everything has magically frozen over
And all the world has stopped in its tracks ... except for you, of course

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What Surprised Me at Disney World

I definitely had some expectations of what Disney World would be like before we traveled there in November. But, like most things in life, not everything turned out the way I thought. So, I hope other first-timers (or even Disney veterans) can appreciate learning about the surprises - good and bad - we experienced.


How big (yet small) it was … Let me explain. First of all, Walt Disney World Resort is massive. HUGE. When I found out it took an average of 20 minutes to get to the Magic Kingdom by bus, I was skeptical … but it really did take 20 minutes! Fortunately, that was our longest bus ride – trips to the other parks were more like 10-15 minutes or less. But still, the parks and resorts are soooo spread out in reality compared to my expectations. 
INSIDE the parks, on the other hand, everything is sooo close together. Shops, shows and rides are nearly on top of each other (or literally on top of each other) in many cases. We’re more used to Cedar Point, where the massive roller co…

What We're Eating: Easy Breakfast Burrito Bowls

In our house, we could probably live on two meals: brinner (breakfast for dinner) and taco bowls (basically, taco ingredients without the shells). I'm pretty sure at least one, sometimes both, are on the menu every week.

So when I saw a recipe on SkinnyTaste for breakfast burrito bowls, I was intrigued - it's our two favorite meals in one! But then, I realized cutting up, seasoning and roasting the squash required more patience than I typically have for cooking dinner. (Other people may have no problem with it, but I'm a little lazy in the kitchen <--- Understatement!)

Immediately, I started brainstorming easier options. And, in a moment of pure genius, I came up with the anchor to my newest recipe: CILANTRO LIME HASH BROWNS. Yes, you read that right.


Because I'm obsessed with Chipotle, I mastered homemade cilantro lime rice a while ago, and I figured I could do the same with shredded hash browns. Not only does this better support the "breakfast" part of th…