White Chicken & Bean Chili

I’m so thankful it’s still cool here in Austin.  There were a few days recently where we were in the high 70s and I was probably the only person in Austin who wasn’t happy about it.  I still want cool running weather! Forget sweater weather–I want soup weather!  And just like that, my wish was […]



Baked Parmesan-Panko Crusted Pork Chops

I tend to steer clear of making pork chops.  I always feel they come out too dry.  But recently I attempted making them in a way my mother-in-law from Japan makes a dish called Tonkatsu—which is deep fried.  I haven’t fried food in forever and opted to bake these instead and they came out great!  They […]


Gluten Free Italian Wedding Soup

Two out of four of my children are currently gluten free.  I haven’t talked much about what led us to this  lifestyle change on My Fit Family because the truth is we are still figuring things out.  As soon as their pediatrician mentioned ‘possible celiac’ I knew we would, at the very least, be doing […]


Recipe: Dark Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I’ve been working through our 50 Healthy Snacks for Kids  list and not only has it added some variety to our usual snack routine but my kiddos are having fun helping me make the new recipes, including this zucchini bread recipe.   My ‘mommy tip’ is to have one child help at a time.  It gives you some […]

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50 Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

With summer in full swing, I have all four kiddos home with me and in between riding bikes, backyard water play, trips to the community pool and local splash pads, I have some hungry kids!  We sometimes get in a rut with our snacks, peanut butter and apple slices are a favorite, so I came […]

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Recipe: “Spicy” Cauliflower Bites

These were delicious.  Simple. And a great twist to plain ,roasted cauliflower.  When I say “spicy”, I use quotes because they aren’t a hot spicy but full of flavor kind of spicy.  So much flavor that the kids, including my 15-month-old, gobbled them up! While searching for a picture of paprika, I found these facts about the […]

Running Thoughts


The Space Between

I made my place by the door. I didn’t know what I was waiting for. Felt just like home. Maria Taylor, Clean Getaway I was 17 when I made my first getaway.  I had never left home except for the four days in 5th grade when I went away for camp.  But at 17 I […]


Skipping Rocks

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.  ~Samuel Beckett When I was a little girl my dad showed me how to skip rocks.  He showed me how if you angle it just so and throw it with a flick of your wrist, the rock would skip across the lake water–which […]


Heart of the Marathon

Well my heart is beating hard And I’m off with a shot at the start And my legs tremble from strain But by the finish line I am drained ~Sea Wolf, Middle Distance Runner Racing scares me.  Because every time I race, even if I tell myself:  Just go out and have fun, don’t worry […]


On the Other Side

Monotony is the law of nature.  Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises.  The monotony of necessary occupation is exhilarating and life-giving.  ~Mahatma Gandhi I recently got my running coach certification.  The comment the instructor made that had the most lasting impression on me had nothing to do with running gear, technique, […]


5 Things Runners Think About When Running

I almost didn’t use this particular title for this post.  After some of the backlash I received after writing about some things WOMEN think about when it comes to running, I thought, hmmm, maybe I should title this one, Things I Think About.  Because someone out there will have an issue with THIS post, saying: I […]