Nick

Kara

12.31.2010

Best of 2011

It has been a great year and we are very blessed!  A happy and healthy 2011 to everyone. A rundown of the year:
Highlight - Kara joins our family
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January 2010 - Tell Friends and Family #2 is on the way

February 2010 -Nick turns 1 and faceplants his cake

March 2010 - left Nick overnight for the first time for my cousin's wedding

March 2010 - Ocean Drive 10 miler -freezing

April 2010 - Family 5k!

April 2010 - Florida - Nick's first plane ride at 14 months

May 2010 - Broad Street in 90+ weather. Yikes




June & early July 2010 - visiting Ocean City very pregnant
July 15 - Kara is born! It's a girl!
Bill's 30th b'day

August 10 - Kara's first trip to OC!

Sept 10 - PDR  - I'm not in shape!

October 10 - Nick's first trick or treating!

November '10 -Philly 1/2 - had a fun day!
Dec '10 - Kara's first Christmas - Nick's first fun Christmas. We had a blast!
It's been a great year!

Running: I had to cut back from running and missed about 4 weeks while pregnant with Kara this year.  I scaled it down alot and in the last month took a big break! My yearly mileage is on a downward trend as I get into swimming and triathlon.

2010: 1186.3
2009: 1645.5 miles ran
2008: 1748.4 miles ran


Best recipes that I've found and used


Humnut Sauce - Mae: 2 T hummus + 1 T nutritional yeast + water = great sauce to dip veggies and everything!

Gluten Free/Vegan Pancakes -  Averie's recipe - very versatile

Protein Pancakes - inspired by Sarena
1/2 c ground oats
2 T peanut butter
1-2 T protein powder
1 T maple syrup
1/4 to 1/2 c almond milk/milk of choice
1 T flax
 Mix it all together and  let it sit 5 min - cook as pancakes! yum yum!


Hemp Fudge
- Sarena's recipe

Maple Nut Oaties/ Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies - HEAB and Angela - any combination of oats, nuts and maple syrup. My favorite is the nuts ground in the food processor + ground oats + maple syrup till it sticks together = NUT BALLS.


Black bean sliders
: I make this once a week usually.


Best products that I've purchased

Bondi Band - not just for running. I wear them almost everyday because I seem to have grown some weird bangs with the help of motherhood. My favorite one was RUN LIKE A MOTHER. But I lost in training for the half this summer :( I bought some new ones at the expo and my current favorite is a patterned one seen in the Halloween pic.







Amazing Grass Chocolate Superfood - I have this on subscribe and save on amazon and get it once a month. I use it for "hemp fudge" and as a dip for pancakes with coconut oil. I really like it!

VITAMIX!!!  to make nut butter, smoothies and everything in between!

Trader Joe's Hemp Protein Powder and Trader Joe's peanut butter, creamy with salt! : ) 

RUNNING GOALS FOR 2011
Run the fastest half marathon that I can!
Actually run with the running group that I joined - make running a group thing
Speed workouts


What were your "BEST OFs" for 2010?  Something that you can't live without that you discovered or favorite things to cook or bake?

7 comments:

  1. What a great year you had! I'm sure 2011 will bring you lots of happiness.

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  2. eee! what a wonderful year!! :)

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  3. Fab year! And great recap. I ran about as many miles as you in 2010. The latter months averaged about 30 each though due to pregnancy. I don't know how you do it! Amazing! Good luck w/your 2011 goals!

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  4. What an amazing year Natalie! :) Cheers to 2011!

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  5. 2010 was pretty amazing - but I can't wait to see what you and you're cute little family has in store for 2011! Happy New Year girlie!

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  6. Love this post!! Thanks for putting all your favorite recipes in one post - I am definitely marking this and it makes me want to try them all :) Also love the pics - you have had one intense year woman! I just now realized you had Kara when Nick was only 1 - yikes! (realizing my girl just turned 1...) Your family (and you!) are beautiful.

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