Festival of Lights 5k

Oh man, every weekend we have a race going now. My legs are starting to get tired! haha.. The past few weekends have been running and mini vacations to make it to our races! Slowly but surely we are making it through all of our races. This weekend we even have another one coming up! So stay tuned! 🙂

This past Saturday was a festival of lights, and there was a 5K to go along with it. It had a late start of 5:45 pm, but the after party food is always great, and fireworks and a parade always follow.. so it makes for a fun evening! In case anyone doesn’t know.. a 5K is 3.1 miles.

IMG_6101We all got these ‘trendy’ new armbands to hold our phones! What a lifesaver! I will never go back to the plastic bag, or holding it in the hand, or tucking it into my bra or waist band! We were early to the race so we were standing in the crowd getting pumped up with people of every age! My arm band was fastened to my upper arm, and Savannah and Starr were taking selfies.. haha you’ve got to try it! Such a great way to capture a moment.

{Now, I just need to figure out how to capture a picture, with my armband on, while running.. I think that would make for some cool pictures!}

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It was a warm sunny day out, but it wasn’t horrible Florida heat.. so it made it extremely comforting. As you can see, we were also right on the water, so there was a nice breeze coming in.

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Some people say not to wear your ‘official race shirt’ to the race, while others don’t mind. This was a first for me. Starr shed hers for a really pretty striped tank, and Savannah went ‘wild’ on us with her cheetah leggings 😉 As sisters we are always sharing everything, I am sure that if you kept track of our clothes.. in different pictures, the same piece of clothing would show up on each of us eventually.

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The night ended with a really nice fireworks display over the park and water, and an after party with beer, coffee, bagels, banana, pizza, cookies, so much! Oh and of course that parade!

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Oh, and we all did really well! Our mom wanted all of our ‘planned times’ so she could sort of guesstimate as to when we would be crossing the finish line. We all looked at our past years times and other races and averaged them out. Each one of us beat our ‘thought’ times! Super happy and proud! Feels so good!

Where do you put your music player/phone when you workout?

Do you listen to music?

Does anyone else have sisters or brothers or even parents that they do this with? or friends?

 

 

February is Birthday Month

So, February is definitely birthday month for the Spice Sisters. Savannah and Starr both have birthdays in February within two weeks of each other! We have been all over Florida these past few weeks celebrating!

Savannah is finally the big 18! This is a good birthday.. haha until you get to 21!

Savannah and Starr made these awesome birthday cup cakes with the theme of adulthood! You have to take the time to blow up these pictures, turn your head every which way, and read all of the great sayings on the cupcakes!

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IMG_5106And for Starr’s birthday we celebrated with a different kind of sweetness! We got these at a Sushi and Thai restaurant… they were delicious.. but I am not sure anyone in our party knew exactly what they were. In the middle with the candles it was definitely some kind of asian fried ice cream.. 🙂 Oh, but who cares! They were so good.. fudge, ice cream, and other sweet delights!

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Oh yeah, and Savannah also had a coconut cake! This was a first time for a coconut cake.. have you ever tried coconut cake?

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We had sushi and other delicious meals for Starr’s birthday dinner.. which happened to be the night before our Ft. Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon that we were running in the next day! I will make sure to post that soon after I compile all of our pictures!

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There are so many different advice articles about what to eat before running a large race! I think it is definitely dependent on the individual yet it takes time to experiment with different foods and combinations.. What do you typically eat the day or two before a race?

 

Early Morning Fog Run

I am trying out a new workout schedule. Our older sister Haley always works out in the mornings, and usually I go for a late afternoon workout, but I am changing it up. Plus, it makes me go to sleep earlier, and wake up earlier so I can start the day earlier.

The past few days since I have done it I’ve started around 7 am. It is not that early, but at the same time it is early enough for me. Besides, the sun does not usually rise until around 6:45/7 so it is a good time. I am starting to love that feeling when no one is awake and out yet, and although I love saying “good morning” to a person and their dog every few minutes, I enjoy the peace of silence and privacy of the early morning.

This morning it was warm and clear but by the time I was half way through my workout the humidity and fog began to roll in. I had never seen anything like this fog in Florida. Up north, yes, Florida no. I am sure if I woke up a little earlier on more than a few occasions I might be able to see it. Now that I have bored you with my fog talk, as I am sure you have done with “a beautiful sunset” or something of that matter (I am guilty of this as well) Here are my pictures to show you all.

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–What is your morning workout?

–Do you use apps? Videos? Gym?

–What is your nature obsession?

Fruit Finds and Seafood Paella

As you all can tell.. we haven’t been too active on the blog lately, but we hope to change that.. but change comes slowly.. at least this one will! Stay with us! We love all of our followers, readers and supporters.. you are much appreciated and do not go unnoticed with all of your readership, comments and questions!

How has everyones February been? We sure have been one thing after another, busy.. and it seems like the new year is off to a good start.. can you believe it is almost March!?

Yesterday we explored the island searching for fresh fruit off the trees (or ground) or even on the side of the road..There is this one lady who has a starfruit tree and she always puts a bucket of starfruit out everyday to share with anyone going by! Our island is quite the dog walking, running, walking, bicycling island and everyone you see will be on one of these modes of transportation… if not slowly cruising by, windows rolled down, dogs head panting out the back window, necks turned as far as they go, and out of state plates on the car.

FullSizeRenderThis is our collection of fruit that we were able to scrounge up! It is almost more fun finding it than eating it 🙂 Those are like baby lemons, and the star fruit were just huge.. the oranges so ripe! And of course we were able to find plenty of coconuts but have yet to crack a few open!

IMG_6186I just wanted to show you how absolute huge they were compared next to a strawberry! These are so pretty once you cut them open!

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For dinner my mom prepared this amazing edition of a paella/jumbalaya with fresh shrimp from the island, crawfish (crayfish?), mussels, florida clams, andouille sausage, peppers, onions, green peas and spanish rice! It was delicious and so fresh!

IMG_6189Growing up in Maine, we’ve never really tried these crawfish.. I’m not even sure of their name.. but they are like mini lobsters and I am pretty sure they are indigenous to these Florida waters.

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They taste very similar to lobster.. although they are only a few inches long!

IMG_6191It was so pretty once it was all done. We had a few different vegetable salads to go with it, french baguette, cheese, and a beet, goat cheese and cilantro salad. (I didn’t take any pictures of this.. but next time we make it I will make sure to blog it.. because it is so fresh, healthy and full of benefits for such a great taste!)

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Happy February!

Happy February everyone!

I survived Monday…and if you are reading this.. you did as well.

I feel like we are saying this quite a bit, but it has been some time since we last posted. We missed the entire month of January.. but I assure you it was time well spent.

It has been so cold here over the past month in south Florida. It was 50 degrees when I left home this morning around 7 am, yet 4.5 hours later.. it is still pretty cold outside.

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I have so many pictures everywhere but I am not sure which to share and when.. so I found a bunch of breakfast pictures..

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IMG_4884These are some of our favorites right now. I found this really nice library that is ironically brand new in the historic district. The smell of new sheetrock and paint is giving me a head ache, plus a hungry stomach…I think its time to go. But have you ever seen a library with outdoor courtyards, balconies and outdoor seating with wifi. It is pretty neat!

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IMG_5291Ohh, and the sunrise this morning was beautiful! Tonight is the full moon, so make sure to watch out for it! Check out this cool article that talks about the full moon and what is to come! Full Moon in Leo by Mystic Mamma

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If anyone gets any cool shots of the moon tonight.. send them our way!

Here is the link for our delicious French Toast

Enjoy the day! 🙂

 

 

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

It’s the holiday season! Along with that comes parties! A few weeks back right after Savannah and I arrived in Maine we went to a holiday party and needed to bring a sweet treat. My mom was thinking of chocolate dipped strawberries, but unfortunately strawberries are out of season.. especially in Maine. So we bought pretzel rods. This is so fun, and there are so many different variations of colors and sprinkles that you can use for any themed party, holiday or event.

We bought Ghiradelli white and milk chocolate from our grocery store. We found it in the baking section near the chocolate chips and flour. The instructions for melting the chocolate are really easy and written out on the bag. We used the double boiler method which kept the chocolate melted without burning it for a good 30 minutes while we were able to do all of our pretzels.

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Just make sure to watch your chocolate and to stir it occasionally!

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imageimageDip your pretzel rods into the chocolate and then roll or sprinkle them with your favorite sprinkles. You could use chopped nuts, small candies, pieces of fruit.. whatever you would like! We then put our chocolate dipped rods in the freezer for about 2 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden faster, but I am sure you could let them harden without the freezer…we were just in a hurry 🙂

imageAnd voila! These look really nice standing up in a vase or some type of tall container 🙂 Enjoy!

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