Blustery Friday

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Instead of shopping, I slept in and went running.  A pretty nice way to spend Black Friday, in my opinion.


Check out all that frost!


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Our celebration was filling and fun.  I love to have Thanksgiving with my English in-laws because they make an honest effort to do it up ‘American-style’ (they’ve been here for 14 years) but still add their own English flair, with Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes (instead of mashed or casserole-style), and other British goodies.


We ate dinner over the course of several hours (thanks to a cheese starter, a soup, the entrée, and dessert), and then played board games until the wee hours of the morning.


I promptly entered a food coma.


To my great surprise, I was the first one up!  I quietly pulled together my running gear and slipped out the door.


I was WAY underdressed.  It was unseasonably warm on Thanksgiving – nearly 70 – but today it’s back to blustery and frosty.


You know that feeling when you’re running in the cold in shorts, and your thighs go numb so you can’t feel your shorts, and then you keep thinking you’re naked?  Does this happen to anyone else?  I kept checking my shorts to make sure they hadn’t rode up past my crotch! 


A (clothed) 5K – done and done.


Breakfast included PIE.  Of course.  This is a post-Thanksgiving HTP tradition.


In the mix:


1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup milk

Topped with pumpkin pie and almonds


Oh yeah.  Best way to use leftovers!



  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 25, 2011, 9:30 am

    pumpkin pie oatmeal… literally!! looks delicious. i’m still lounging around but need to get my butt moving for a run! thanks for the motivation 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 25, 2011, 9:36 am

    Ooh that sounds like a delish breakfast! My gran used to make Yorkshire puddings for Thanksgiving and Christmas – they were one of my favourite parts of the meal. Happy Black Friday! 🙂

  • Amanda November 25, 2011, 9:39 am

    What a great idea to put leftover pie in your oatmeal. Much more filling and balanced than simply eating a slice for breakfast…although that’s good too. 😉

  • shah'ada @ from 280 to 26.2 November 25, 2011, 9:44 am

    YES to the shorts … i am headed out for a cold run in shorts right now as well and the leg numbness always gets me lol.

    as for the pie in oatmeal – i always wish i loved pumpkin pie when it invades kitchens in november, but i am just not a fan!

    ps roasted potatoes > mashed any day!! glad your tday rocked 🙂

  • Michelle@PeachyPalate November 25, 2011, 9:44 am

    I really wish we celebrated thanksgiving here…I’d be on my own if I did! I’m definitely making pumpkin pie for Christmas this year and negating the Christmas pudding tradition. It can’t come around quick enough!

  • Heather @ For the Love of Kale November 25, 2011, 9:45 am

    Oh my gosh that happens to me at least once a year when I go running! So funny. What a fab breakfast idea. Dessert for breakfast? Please and thank you. Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Alett November 25, 2011, 9:50 am

    Sounds like you had an awesome-sauce Thanksgiving day!

    (just think next year there will be an additional member at the table!!)

    p.s. when I saw the picture of the frost & you in shorts I was wondering if you had extreme cold tolerance or if the temp was warmer than the frost indicated. After reading the post it all made sense 🙂

  • Michelle November 25, 2011, 9:54 am

    Brrr I had a chilly run this morning as well and it was glorious! But I was wearing cold weather gear tights so I was nice and warm

  • Charlie (therunnerbeans) November 25, 2011, 9:56 am

    I wish we had Thanksgiving! I am going to be celebrating in spirit and making pumpkin brownies over the weekend! Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes make everything better!

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live November 25, 2011, 9:57 am

    Oh that breakfast looks yummy!

    I went for a run this morning also- but I had pants on! Thank goodness. I don’t like running in colder weather, but as I would really like to run a Feb/March half marathon, I’m making myself get outside. At least until it snows…then it will be back on the treadmill.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 25, 2011, 10:47 am

    haha, I know EXACTLY what you mean with the cold legs/shorts thing! That’s when I know it’s time for tights 🙂 Looks like a delicious meal!

  • Mahesha November 25, 2011, 11:01 am

    oatmeal with pie! never tried…but it looks good. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 25, 2011, 11:13 am

    That looks like a delicious way to use pumpkin pie! and the same thing happens with me and shorts… I’m saving my run until this afternoon since it’s supposed to get up to 65 here in Kansas City!!!

  • Molly @RDexposed November 25, 2011, 11:14 am

    I literally want bread pudding got breakfast sans oatmeal. We’ll see….

  • Chelsea November 25, 2011, 11:25 am

    Mmm I think roasted potatoes are so much better than mashed potatoes anyway! I’m jealous lol.

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats November 25, 2011, 11:53 am

    I like that your British in-laws still add a bit of British flair to their meal! My parents have been making Thanksgiving dinner for over 20 years now, but still incorporate a lot of Asian dishes into it!

  • Mary @ Quarter Life Pick Me Up November 25, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Love seeing the frost on the ground! Surprisingly haven’t seen it yet in Toronto! Maybe I’m not getting out as early as you!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) November 25, 2011, 12:16 pm

    I’m not the biggest pumpkin pie fan but I want to try that with my fave sweet tator recipe! I’ll be having some of that for breakfast tomorrow I think! ~YUM~

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 25, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I’m shivering just looking at you in that picture wearing just shorts. You must have been freezing!

    That British twist on Thanksgiving sounds fun! My dad always used to make us Yorkshire pudding when I was a kid. I loved filling them with gravy and then popping them. 😀

  • Lauren November 25, 2011, 12:21 pm

    Lol, sometimes I get that feeling my pants are falling down when they’re completely fine! I thought I was the only one 🙂
    Sounds like you had a great thanksgiving! I love this time of year, but the weather is nuts!

  • Amber K November 25, 2011, 12:40 pm

    So glad you had a great Thanksgiving! Pumpkin pie oatmeal sounds awesome. And yes, I have totally had that “am I still wearing my shorts” feeling. Except, I’ve even had it at the gym when I’ve gotten so sweaty I have to keep checking to make sure my shorts aren’t slipping off.

  • Jen November 25, 2011, 1:16 pm

    What a gorgeous family shot! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  • Khushboo November 25, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Your in laws sound great! It’s always nice to add a personal touch- I wouldn’t be surprised if my family added in some curry 😉

  • Army Amy* November 25, 2011, 1:29 pm

    Brr! Looks really cold! I’m hoping that it stays warm where I am just a little bit longer. I’m not ready for freezing runs!*

  • Christina November 25, 2011, 5:16 pm

    This post cracked me up, esp the naked legs. Good job on getting out there for the run!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 25, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Haha. I totally understand the nekkid feeling–it happened to me on T-day when I went for a run in the mountains. I love running in shorts, but I forgot we came to the in-laws in the mountains…..much colder than where we’ve been! Hah.

    I love leftovers too!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 25, 2011, 10:41 pm

    Oh my God. You are a genius.
    I made oatmeal this morning with leftover canned pumpkin that we used IN the pumpkin pie, but didn’t even think to just put pumpkin pie on it! BRILLIANT! And now I know what I’m doing for breakfast tomorrow.

  • Jolene ( November 27, 2011, 10:31 pm

    That wine decanter on the table is really beautiful.

    I love playing board games with family after dinner. I wish my husband’s side of the family did stuff like that, but they are more of the eat, visit for an hour and leave types. Makes me sad 🙁

  • Rhoda November 28, 2011, 12:37 pm

    I love my oatmeal and I love my pumpkin pie…I have never tried them together. Have to try it!!!

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