Pinning and Planning – December 9

We kicked off the holiday season with our Advent calendar on December 1.  Each day in December, my family and I participate in some type of Christmas activity which in turn, changes our daily routines and dinner plans.   Also thrown into the mix are Christmas parties, dinner dates and other fun holiday hoopla.

A few nights last week, my family had dinner without me due to some blogging obligations.  Basically, I left them to the Dad’s devices.  I believe they ate baked potatoes one night and mac ‘n cheese another.

This week will be just as busy, but the dinner will be a little bit better.  At least I hope so.

M – Skinnytaste’s Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Mashed Cauliflower

T – Dinner out

W – Ground Turkey Tacos

Th – Skinnytaste Cuban Sandwich Quesadillas

F – Pasta

What things are you cooking up this week?  Link up and share the delicious dishes you are pinning and planning to serve this week.

Plan your menu for the week and if you have some favorite food pins, add those too. Then, link up and share your post. If you’re not on Pinterest, send me an email and I’ll send you an invite.


Denise Mestanza-Taylor+

Run DMT Second Annual Ultimate Virtual Christmas Cookie Swap

Maestro cue the music.

*cough*

Eh hem.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
When flour needs some sifting
And batter mixed with an ingredient of good cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
It’s yum, yummiest season of all!
Oven timers will be dinging and mom will be singing
As she samples them all!
It’s yum, yummiest season of all!

There’ll be cookies with chips
And some will call to be dipped
And some are powdered with snow
Sometimes you feel like nut
But sometimes you don’t but you choose
To present them with a bow

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Oh the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  It’s time find your favorite cookie recipes or maybe share some new ones in Run DMT’s Second Annual Ultimate Virtual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap. I know that the title of the cookie swap linky party is a bit of a mouthful, but then so are the cookies I will be stuffing in my face all month long.

Simply post a cookie recipe or any sweet treat on your blog.  Be sure to included add The Ultimate Virtual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap button to your post and link back to this post.  Then, swing back here to Run DMT and add your link to the linky list.  It’s that simple!  Can’t you just taste the fun already?!  Cookies and comment love is a tasty pair.

It’s all the fun of a regular Christmas cookie swap without all the extra calories.


Denise Mestanza-Taylor+

Friday Food Fight: Celebrating Two Years

PhotobucketIt’s been two years since I started flinging foods and recipes at my readers.  By doing so, I gained a few pounds new foodie followers who eagerly wanted to share their recipes with my readers and me.

So today, to celebrate the two year anniversary of Friday Food Fight and to show my gratitude for your support, we’re going to do something a little different.  I’ll still have a blog hop for you to link up and share your recipes, however, today when you link up, you’ll be entered to win a copy my favorite cookbook, Joy of Cooking.  In the Taylor home, the Joy of Cooking is our kitchen bible, our go-to cookbook.  In fact, Iron Chef Allan and I use the Joy so much that we’ve broken the binding on our third copy.

Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition - 2006

So, link up and share your recipes (as many recipes as you like) and you’ll be entered to win the Joy of Cooking.  The linky collection closes Thursday 11/8 at midnight and one lucky winner will be announced during our regularly scheduled Friday Food Fight next week (11/9).

And while I have your attention, I would also like to announce a new foodie feature for the month for the month of November.  I’ve teamed up with Camille of Growing Up Gabel for a Thanksgiving linky party.  Every day leading up to Thanksgiving, we would love for you to link up and share some of you favorite Thanksgiving foods.

Read all the details for our Thankful for Good Food blog hop here.  That’s where you will also find my mashed cauliflower recipe that I keep promising to share with you.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a teaser photo of my mashed cauliflower and our regularly scheduled Friday Food Fight program.

Thanks for joining this anniversary edition Friday Food Fight! Can’t wait to see what everyone is flinging this week!


Denise Mestanza-Taylor+

Thankful for Good Food {Thanksgiving Food Blog Hop}

It’s no secret that I love food and I eat way more than I should for my size which is why I run why Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  For me, Thanksgiving is a free-for-all, eat-anything -you-like-as-much-as you-like-because-the-calories-don’t-count kind of day.

Since Camille and I share the same love for food and all things Thanksgiving, Run DMT and Growing Up Gabel have teamed up to host for a Thanksgiving linky party, Thankful for Good Food.  Every day leading up to Thanksgiving (November 1 – 22), we would love for you to link up and share some of you favorite Thanksgiving foods.

Anything goes for this cornucopia blog hop of great Thanksgiving dishes!   Add your favorite side dishes, gravy, desserts or even the best way to cook a turkey.  Share them all and link up as many times as you’d like!  Think of our blog hop as your Thanksgiving online cookbook/menu planner.

So what will you bring to the table? 

Thanks for linking up and sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!


Denise Mestanza-Taylor+

Pinning and Planning – October 7

It’s another crazy week in the Run DMT house.  October is always a maddening month which may or may not have something to do with Halloween, but October often feels more like the holidays than December does.

With so many things happening at once between blogging opportunities, school assignments, hubby’s traveling and all the Halloween hoopla, I’m keeping the menu simple and easy this week.

Last week, Iron Chef Allan requested my turkey chili, but he actually prepared the meal and may have been a bit heavy with the chili powder.  Even though we add sour cream and grated cheddar cheese to the kids’ chili, it didn’t seem to hide the heat this time and my seven year old threw a fit.  “WHY CAN’T WE JUST HAVE BEANS AND RICE?  WHY DOES IT HAVE TO HAVE MEAT AND BE SPICY?!”

Per her request, I’m will be serving beans and rice this week.  There’s also a school fundraiser at McDonalds this week, so the happy meals just keep coming.  However, my happy meal will be served with wine when my girlfriends I attend the Wine Walk at Wiregrass. We had such a fun time last year and we wanted to do it again, but kid-free.  Since we’re not running a race this weekend, no better than a McDonalds night where the dads can handle “cooking” dinner.

And that’s how a mom on the run does it.

M – Creamy Avocado Fettuccine

T – Skinnytaste’s Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Mashed Cauliflower

W – Black Beans and Rice

Th – McDonalds Night (school fundraiser)/Wine Walk at the Shoppes at Wiregrass

F – Pizza

Does your school host McDonalds nights?  Is October crazy for you too?  Are you keeping things simple also this week?  Link up and share the delicious dishes you are pinning and planning to serve this week.

Link up and share what meals you’re pinning and planning.  If you’re not on Pinterest, send me an email and I’ll send you an invite.

Denise Mestanza-Taylor+



February Challenge: Love My Abs {Launch & Linky Party}

Runners know the importance of adding ab exercises to training but fitting it in is the real chore of core training.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have seen me occasionally use the hashtags #sixpksabs or #100pushups.  See, my Twitter running tweeps (@ForrestGump49er  @RunningRealtor1 @tryn2bfit @runningmom2boys) and I often try to encourage each other with these small challenges.

So, to keep up the motivation and support, I had an idea for a new challenge starting February 1.  It’s a challenge to work our core, called #lovemyabs.

Basically, during the month of February, each participant attempts 100 daily ab exercises.  Do all 100 reps at once or break it up throughout the day.  It’s entirely up to you and what fits best into your lifestyle.

Then, each week slowly increase by adding another set of 20 reps.  In other words, the first week you do 100 reps.  Then week two, you attempt 120 reps. By week three, you go for 140 and by week four, you should be close to 160 reps.

The plan would look something like this:

Week 1: 2/1-2/7 = 100 reps

Week 2: 2/8-2/14 = 120 reps

Week 3: 2/15-2/21 = 140 reps

Week 4: 2/22- 2/29 = 160 reps

This is just a guideline.  If you can do more reps, then go for it!  If it’s too much, then try a set of 10 reps ten times throughout the day.  Remember the important thing is to show your abs some daily love.

Also, this isn’t just about doing 100 crunches every day, although you could totally do that if you want.  There are so many great ab exercises out there, so mix it up and have fun!

And by the end of the challenge, you’ll have over 3000 ab exercises under your belt.  Now, you gotta love that!

If you want to join the #lovemyabs challenge, grab the button, link back to Run DMT and sign the linky below. By joining the linky party, others can visit your blog to show support and offer encouragement.

Blog about your #lovemyabs experience daily or write a weekly recap because we want to see your progress.

Then, swing back here every Wednesday to link up and share your #lovemyabs post.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still participate.  Simply add your Twitter ID/profile homepage to the linky party and tweet about the challenge using the hashtag #lovemyabs.  Talk it up on Facebook and Google+, too.  Encourage your friends to show their abs some love too.

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So who will love their abs this February?


The Ultimate Virtual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap

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(Cue music.)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

When flour needs some sifting

And batter mixed with an ingredient of good cheer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s yum, yummiest season of all!

Oven timers will be dinging and mom will be singing

As she samples them all!

It’s yum, yummiest season of all!

 

There’ll be cookies with chips

And some will call to be dipped

And some are powdered with snow.

Sometimes you feel like nut

But sometimes you don’t but you choose

To present them with a bow.

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Oh the most wonderful time of the year!

 

Help make this wonderful time even better by adding your cookie recipe to The Ultimate Virtual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap linky party. I know that the title of the linky party is a bit of a mouthful, but then so are the cookies I will be stuffing in my face all month long.

To join the recipe swap, simply post a cookie recipe or any sweet treat on your blog.  Photos with your recipe are an added treat.  Be sure to included add The Ultimate Virtual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap button to your post and link back to this post.  Then, come back to Run DMT to add your link to this blog hop.  You can share as many treats as you like, but please include the cookie swap button in your post and link back here. Then, sample some of the treats by visiting the links listed. Add a comment to tell us which cookies are your favorites!

It’s so simple!  Can’t you just taste the fun already?! Now let’s toss share those cookies!



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