Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thanksgiving Recap

Hello there! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Derek and I both worked on Wednesday, so we headed to Wilkesboro after dinner. After a short 2 hour drive we spent time with Derek’s dad and one of his sisters before heading to bed.

The next morning, we partook in one of my family’s traditions: running/walking a Turkey Trot. Last year Derek’s whole family came to Lexington, Kentucky (where my parents and brother live) for Thanksgiving, and we all did a Turkey Trot together.

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Thanksgiving 2013.

They enjoyed it so much that they decided to participate in a local Turkey Trot this year, too!

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It was cold, but it was a beautiful morning for a walk/run.

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I forgot my ear warmers, so Derek let me borrow this lovely hat.  It was definitely an interesting look for me, but it kept my ears nice and warm.

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Part of the race path was right next to a creek. It was serene back there, and we really enjoyed catching up with Derek’s family while we walked.

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We finished!

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Derek was proud of his accomplishment. (Isn’t that the most ridiculous hoodie ever?) He’s a goofball.

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After the Turkey Trot, we headed back to the house and got cleaned up for Thanksgiving lunch. We ate at Derek’s grandpa’s independent living community. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at Derek’s house before heading back to Durham in the evening since I had to work on Friday.

I missed my family a lot this year, especially since it’s my favorite holiday, but I’m glad that I could spend Thanksgiving with my new family-in-law.

Now I’m looking forward to Christmas! This will be the first time Derek and I get a tree together, and I am SO excited about it. Look for a Christmas tree post in the near future!

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The One You Feed {Fun Friday}

Happy Friday!! What. A. Week. Whew! Between being sick (bad head cold) and my intense patient caseload, I am pumped that the week is over. I’m also glad to be blogging again. Things got so crazy that I haven’t posted this week. I figured a Fun Friday post would be the perfect way to kick back into gear with Brown is the New Pink. If you don’t already know, when I have tough weeks at work I like to post pictures, videos, or stories that make me smile or laugh. It helps me separate myself from work, and I’m hopeful that it helps other people who just need to smile or laugh, too. Let’s get to it . . .


Can you believe how cold it’s gotten?

I am in BIG trouble if Derek and I have to move up north for his residency.

I should warn you that the next video has the potential to make you cry. Patrick Otema, 15, lives in a remote area of Uganda and was born deaf. There are no schools for people who are deaf, and he has never been able to have a conversation with others. However, Raymond Okkelo hopes to change this for Otema and other people who are deaf by teaching them sign language.

The way Patrick lights up at the end is one of the most heartwarming things I’ve seen in a long time. It was definitely a reminder for me to be mindful of my privilege as someone who doesn’t have any disabilities. I’m ashamed to say I’ve never even thought about how people would learn sign language in areas that don’t have schools for the deaf. The video also reminded me to be thankful for the gift of communication and language. It’s certainly something I take for granted.

Switching gears to something funny, I love this album of pictures about married life. I’m still a newlywed (8 months strong!), but I can already relate to these pictures, especially since my husband is quite the goofball.

Next up is a clip from Saturday Night Live. Jim Carrey impersonates Matthew McConaughey in his Lincoln commercials.

I laughed so hard when I saw this for the first time. “Whose kids are these? And how’d they get in my Lincoln?” Haha!

Finally I will wrap this post up with the fable below.

And with that I choose to feed the good wolf. Enjoy your weekend!!

Simple Egg Bake Recipe

Hello there! Hope your week is treating you well. I’m thrilled that tomorrow is Friday!

I wanted to stop in and share a quick recipe post. The recipe is for a simple egg bake. I’ve been wanting to incorporate more protein into my breakfasts since mine are typically carb-heavy (e.g., granola bar, toast with peanut butter, cereal, etc.), and protein keeps me full longer. However, taking the time to cook something in the morning is just not happening for me. I like sleep too much. 🙂 This week I made an egg bake that I can simply heat up in the morning. Doesn’t get easier than that. Check it out . . .


Simple Egg Bake by Ali Pinkerton

Ingredients 

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 of a small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 8 small turkey sausage links, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with cooking spray.

2. Chop the veggies and turkey sausage. (I chose bell peppers, onion, and zucchini, but you can really use whatever you want. You can also choose different meat or no meat at all to make it vegetarian.)

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3. Crack the eggs into a large bowl.

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4. Add egg whites.

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5. Season with salt and pepper. (The turkey sausage adds a lot of flavor and spice, so I stuck with salt and pepper, but you could certainly use different spices.) Whisk eggs and egg whites together.

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6. Add the chopped veggies and turkey sausage to the egg/egg white mix. In addition, add in the cheese and stir it all together.

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7. Pour the mix into the 8×8 or 9×9 pan.

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8. Bake for 45 minutes.

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Voila! Breakfast for the week. To reheat, simply microwave a piece for 45 seconds.

I cut mine into 9 pieces. I entered the ingredients on MyFitnessPal, and these are the nutritional estimates per serving:

  • Calories: 90 kcal
  • Carbs: 2g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Sodium: 191mg
  • Sugar: 2g

Enjoy!!

5 Questions – Part III

Hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve done a 5 questions post, so I figured now is as good a time as any to do another one. I was inspired by this list:

Instead of my usual questions, I’ll be filling in the blank. If you want to see previous 5 questions posts, check out the original and part II.

1. I’m currently watching . . . 

Gilmore Girls.

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Netflix added Gilmore Girls to instant streaming back in October, and I’ve been addicted ever since.

2. I’m currently listening to . . . 

Derek occasionally yell things while he plays DotA. What a goober.

3. I’m currently reading . . . 

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.

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I love the book so far. It’s nonfiction, but it reads like a novel. The story focuses on the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Larson particularly focuses on Daniel H. Burnham, architect of the fair, and Dr. H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who lured women into his “Murder House.”

4. I’m currently enjoying . . . 

a relaxing weekend. After several weekends traveling and going to weddings, I’m thankful for some downtime.

5. I’m currently thinking . . .

about what to do on Veteran’s Day. I get the day off from work, which means I want to have a great work-play day. I love those days when you get a lot done, but still have time for some fun. I’m thinking a morning of cleaning, laundry, and cooking before spending the afternoon hanging out with Jenna.

Wedding Weekend #2 and This Week’s Meal/Snack Plan

Hope you had a great Halloween! Derek and I had another fun, busy weekend that included another wedding. I guess we’re at that age now? Weird.

My parents and brother came into town on Friday afternoon to go to a family friend’s wedding on Saturday. My brother Jared was the best man in the wedding, so he headed straight to the rehearsal, but my parents came over for dinner. We caught up and ate Chinese food while we waited for trick-or-treaters. We only ended up getting one trick-or-treater, but it was a nice, relaxing way to spend Friday night.

The next day we headed to the wedding ceremony, which was at Duke Chapel. Duke Chapel is absolutely stunning and definite must-see if you visit Durham.

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One of the stain glass windows inside Duke Chapel.

It was a sweet ceremony, and everything looked beautiful.

The reception was at Angus Barn in Raleigh. There were floating candles on all the tables, gorgeous rose and hydrangea flower arrangements, and a roaring fire in the fireplace.

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Inside the Angus Barn’s pavilion. Isn’t it gorgeous?

It was oh-so-cozy. As one can expect from Angus Barn, the food was delicious as well. We had a blast dancing, and Jared did a great job with his best man speech.

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My mom and me.

I’m definitely a romantic so I love weddings, but I especially enjoyed this one. I’m also thankful for another chance to spend time with my family. Can’t wait to see them at Christmas!

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Love my family. From left to right: Jared, my mom, Derek, me, and my dad.

Anyway, onto this week’s meal plan! As I mentioned in my last confessions post, I am trying to incorporate more snacks to keep me from getting too hungry. I’ve listed a few of my snack ideas for this week below the meal plan.


Meal Plan- Week of 11/3

Monday: White Chili + Raw Veggies with Ranch Dip

Tuesday: Turkey Meatballs + Sweet Potato Tots + Salad

Wednesday: Maple Glazed Salmon + Couscous + Broccoli

Thursday: Curry Chicken + Brown Rice + Green Beans

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Brunswick Stew + Bread

Sunday: Meat Loaf “Muffins” + Red Potatoes + Salad

Snacks

  • Cottage cheese and oranges
  • Raw broccoli and baby carrots with ranch dressing or hummus
  • Peanut butter and an apple
  • Crackers with cheese and an apple slice

Favorite Posts: October 2014

And just like that, another month comes to a close. As much as I enjoyed all of my October adventures in Chattanooga, Wilkesboro, and Raleigh, I’m happy about slowing down again. And November includes my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving! Before I move forward with November, I want to review my favorites posts from October:

Why I Love Blogging {100th Post}

These Are My Confessions . . . Part II

18 Hours in Chattanooga {Weekend Recap}

Brick Walls

Happy Halloween! {Fun Friday}

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Meg Goes Nom Nom

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Avocado a Day

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Summer Tomato

Healthy Eating Tips

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