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grey skies and gumbo

Remember when I used to take this photo and everything was green?!

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Lately we’ve been very grey.

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But at least the Christmas lights are bright!

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I jogged around the park and neighborhood this morning and felt pretty good. I was really sore the first couple weeks I got back into running, but now my legs (and back, and abs) are kind of used to it again. The only muscle that’s still coming back slowly I run is that little one right above my knee. Looking at this very realistic depiction of a pair of muscly running legs, I think the proper name is vastus medialis?

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Anyways, I’m proud of this artsy photo so am sharing it with you.

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And proud that the hills didn’t kill my pace today! East Nashville is a small mountain — you can’t avoid inclines no matter how hard you try :)

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Unless you head to the treadmill, of course :) I was planning on running outside on Monday, but it was rainy and I got nervous about slipping with the bump. Not worth the risk! I headed to the treadmill instead just to be on the safe side. I don’t know what I was laughing about at 6 a.m. in this photo, good times.

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On the menu this week: Gumbo! Found this in the Cook Smarts archives and thought it was fitting for dreary winter weather.

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I’ve never made gumbo before and only eaten it once or twice, so can’t speak to this recipe’s authenticity. (Here’s a similar recipe FYI) I got the roux to a nice golden brown and stirred in plenty of Cajun seasoning, so I’m hoping this was close to the real deal? It tasted good, at least!

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May you have a merry day!

  • Gumbo: ever made it? What’s the secret to the perfect roux?
  • Pregnant people/mother runners: Did you ever worry about falling n the run when you were pregnant?
  • Christmas lights: Colored or white?!! Let the debate begin.

7 thoughts on “grey skies and gumbo

  1. I made that recipe a few months ago! I thought it was pretty tasty but it made way too much. I always find the soup/stews on cook smarts yield way more than I want. Perhaps because I don’t really like soup so I don’t want much at all. I’ve stopped making them when I see them on the menu. Also I like both white and colored Christmas lights! This year I put only white on my Christmas tree, that’s a first!

    • you’ve expressed your distaste for soups numerous times in the comments section, alanna. we try to keep mpm a positive space so if you keep bashing CS soups i’m going to have to SPAM YOU!!!!!! jk. yeah it did make a lot, which i usually don’t mind but do mind when a recipe involves seafood because who wants to microwave shrimp?

  2. I did fall while running pregnant. I was with two of my closest running buddies and tripped on a speed bump, on a perfectly dry sunny day. doh! Everything was a-ok, and the baby was not bothered!

    But I agree with you – no reason to risk running when it’s slippery out!

    Seriously though, as the weeks go by, I recommend always running with a friend or Anthony :)

    • Good tip! I read today that 25% of all women fall at some point during their third trimester because of general clumsiness and center of gravity issues, haha. So a little less worried now, but still want to play it safe! :)

  3. I like Emeril’s secret to the perfect roux- cook it for the time it takes you to drink 2 beers. Of course, right now you might need a volunteer to help you with the timing.