Good morning and happy Friday. It’s been a while. Is anyone else in complete disbelief that Thanksgiving is less than a week away? I love this time of year but man oh man it came fast. Last weekend I ran my third half marathon here in Charlotte. It was freezing at the start of the race but once we started moving I warmed up pretty quick. I finished the race in 1:58 minutes which I was happy with, especially considering where I was this time last year with my running.


We have a busy but fun weekend ahead before heading out of town for Thanksgiving. I’m excited to get away with my family for some quality time  together, eating delicious food and simply being thankful. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
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I have three books to share with you that I’ve recently finished.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma
I’ve owned this book for a while but haven’t felt the push to pick it up until now. It’s one of the required reading books for The Culinary Nutrition Program and quite honestly should be read by everyone. The research that went into writing this book is phenomenal and it’s eye opening how drastically our foods systems have changed over the years.

Present Over Perfect
I’m a huge fan of Shauna Niequist and her work. I can’t say this is the best book she’s written but it did resonate with me. It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life but this book is a great reminder to slow down and be present with the ones we love.

At Home in the World
I loved this memoir by Tsh Oxenreider, documenting her families adventure around the world. As someone who loves to travel, I was able to live vicariously through her story and the various cultures they experienced along the way. I’ve read a decent amount of memoirs this year and I have to say this book is my favorite.

Pad Thai Casserole
Juli’s the queen of  spaghetti  squash casseroles

Clearly I’m craving comfort food in the form of casseroles right now. Here’s another one I look forward to trying out soon.

Well hello there fall

This healthy side dish is perfect for Thanksgiving.