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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Arbor Trace Trail Run

What a perfect day for a run. Sunshine, 68 degrees and a light breeze.  Today we headed over to the Biltmore Estate and ran the Arbor Trace Trail...

Now that it's fall, the corn fields are all brown and dying.

At times our run was like a train with Bart being the engine, Shadow in the middle, and me the caboose.

It still got a little warm in the sun, but the shade from the trees made it perfect.

If we could, we would stay here all day.

With so much rain this summer, there was lots of growth along the trail, and at times, we hardly recognized where we were.

Still lots of pretty flowers.

These two trees have been close friends for a very long time.

Tres mushrooms.

Oh, and a chestnut too. We brought this one home to see if we can grow a tree... or roast it over an open fire.

mmm, purple.

and soft grass swaying in the breeze.

Happy running...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Homemade Warm Blueberry Sauce

While we were on vacation in Colorado, we had the fortunate opportunity to try homemade plum sauce on pancakes. It was so good, and with thoughts on our minds of homemade recipes, and a gazillion blueberries in our freezer, we switched it up and made homemade blueberry sauce.

After searching the Internet for a recipe that uses less sugar, we came across this one on  We primarily wanted this for pancakes, but being a sauce, it can be stirred into yogurt, added to smoothies, drizzled over plain cheesecake, or poured over ice cream.

The only mistake we made in making this, was not doubling the recipe!

Ready to make your own blueberry sauce?  Here ya go...

What you'll need
2 1/2 cups of fresh or individually frozen blueberries (not in juice)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice 
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons lemon juice

How to make it
1 Combine the blueberries, sugar, and 1/4 cup of the orange juice in a medium-size saucepan. Warm the mixture over low heat, stirring it occasionally and mashing up some of the blueberries.

2 While the berries heat, blend the remaining orange juice into the cornstarch (remember wet on dry and you won't have impossible lumps to deal with)

3 Increase the heat under the pan and bring sauce to a boil. Stir the cornstarch mixture again and then stir it into the blueberry sauce. Cook the sauce at a low boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

4 Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Cool the sauce for 5 to 10 minutes before serving (it will thicken as it cools). Makes about 2 cups

Motivational Running Quotes

okay, well maybe just some of these are motivational...

"Remember, the feeling you get from from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running." 
-Sarah Condor, runner and author

"No one has ever drowned in sweat."

"Never has there been a running shoe successfully designed and manufactured that a marketing department could not ruin." 

"It's rude to count people as you pass them. Out loud." 
-Janae, The Hungry Runner Girl

"Success in running means leaving your comfort zone. Learn to love your discomfort zone."