end of the holidays…

…and back to reality.   The hubb and I head back to Virginia tomorrow (sniff sniff) and enjoyed the last of our meals with my family today.  The food and company have been fabulous, but I think we’re going to need a week of detox to recover from all of the decadent foods we’ve been consuming!  Today wasn’t too bad, but I did manage to fit 3 pieces of Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Butter Cake in. Here’s today’s eats…

Breakfast:  Another fabulous smoothie, this one heavy on the pineapple, and a piece of the pumpkin ooey gooey butter cake.



Lunch:  My momma and I went to Olive Garden while our hubbs were out fishing.  Olive Garden is a tradition for us…we loaded up on the all you can eat salad, soup and breadsticks, my fave!  We also had calamari to start.  It was a fantastic lunch!  🙂

Snack:  Another piece of pumpkin ooey gooey butter cake (unbelievable, I know).

Exercise:  I went for a run this evening!  It was so much more pleasant at 5pm than at 9am…we had a great breeze coming off the ocean and the sun was set behind the trees and houses.  I only did about 2-1/2 miles running with some walking warm-up and cool-down.  I’m REALLY proud of myself…I ran 4 times while on vacation and am planning a run tomorrow morning before we get on the road. Last year at Christmas, even though I was training for the 10-miler then too, I only managed to run once on our week-long vacation.  Yay for progress!!!  🙂

Dinner:  The hubb and I brought my stepfather sausages from our favorite farmer in Virginia, Babes in the Wood.  We grilled them up and had leftover Indian potatoes and cauliflower, cranberries, and a huge salad.



I had 1/2 a hot italian link and 1/2 a bratwurst link.  We also had some homemade nectarine preserves on top of the sausage after I took this picture, which was very tasty.  My stepfather gave me a jar to take home to Virginia so you’ll be seeing it prominently featured I’m sure…


Dessert:  Another piece of pumpkin ooey gooey butter cake (they are tiny pieces, but this is really getting embarassing…).

After dinner my stepfather taught me how to can preserves!!!  I’m so excited, I want to be able to can this summer when we get our garden going again.  Tonight we made the cranberry “ketchup”  I made last week (email me if you want the recipe) so that he could teach me his methods.





So I’ll be on the road a good part of tomorrow and Wednesday.  We’ve decided to get a hotel on the way back to break up the trip a bit (yay!) so depending on internet availability I may or may not have a Tuesday evening post.  Rest assured, the eats won’t be all that interesting as we hit Subway on our way up the east coast…  🙂  I am going to be thinking about some resolutions during the long car ride so stay tuned for some breathtaking, soul-defining thoughts when I’m back in VA……kidding.  🙂  What are you all thinking about for New Year’s Resolutions?


9 responses to “end of the holidays…

  1. That pumpkin cake and smoothie are just calling my name!

  2. I love the ooey gooey cake 🙂 The name is the best (and most drool worthy) part! Although the picture ain’t bad either!

    I need to think about my New Years Resolutions right now!

  3. I’ve got to learn to can too because cranberries won’t be in season forever.

    The nectarine preserves sound great…do they taste any different than peach preserves?

  4. Amaaaazing food.

    Have a safe trip back!!

  5. oh man – that ooey gooey cake sounds fantastic!

  6. what a great cranberry ketchup! looks good!

  7. My new years resolution is to start and maintain a blog! Where abouts in Virginia are you from? I live in Northern VA, I haven’t noticed any other bloggers in the DC metro area.

  8. runningwithfood

    Have a safe trip, girl! All your eats looks fabulous!

  9. I am so with you on the normal eating thing! But that cake looks so good and I probably would have eaten just as much!

    Canning is something I definitely want to do. If you have time could you explain the process?

    Have a safe trip back to Virginia and Happy New Year!

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