Happy Birthday, Mom.

Today’s goal: run 6 miles in 6 degree weather.

It happened, but it honestly took a little extra convincing this morning.  Especially since Humphrey decided to sleep in, which honestly sounded like a pretty good idea.

Although I think he got up on the wrong side of the bed, because he was a little grumpy for the rest of the day.

Oh, Humphrey (this is his grumpy face!)

Post run, I ate a quick snack of almonds and fruit, and then I prepped myself for the day.  Nicole and I hit the stores for some birthday preparation stuff (and starbucks…always starbucks!) to celebrate my Mom’s birthday!

We all wrapped our gifts up but I think Dad took the prize this year for the best wrapped gifts.  He left little notes on each of his wrapped gifts.


Mom’s choice for dinner was to select a variety of in-house roasted meats from Whole Foods (ham, turkey, roast beef) and to make grinders.  Complete with pickles, olives, some local baby swiss cheese and potato chips.  Yum!

We toasted the rolls under the broiler in order to get the cheese all meltey and amazing.

My own personal contribution to the meal was the hot apple crisp.

This is my favorite, no-fail recipe, courtesy of my mom.  I love that it only takes 30 minutes.  I popped it in the oven just as we started eating so that it would be piping out by the time we were ready for dessert.

Followed by decaf coffee, oldies music and silly games.

Happy Birthday, Mom!!  We all love you so much!

Apple Crisp – slightly edited from Betty Crocker Cookbook

  • 8 medium tart cooking apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar, depending on tartness of apples
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • icecream or whipped cream for topping, as desired


  1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Spray bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.
  3. Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with icecream or whipped cream, as desired.  Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Mom.

  1. Happy birthday to your mom !
    Personnally, I run on an indoor track… lately it has been around – 15 F here… That’s just too cool for me !

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