It is thanksgiving weekend! This year has been challenging on many fronts, and I have many things I am thankful for. I am thankful for my family - they are always there when I need them and I really appreciate it, even if I don't always show it. I am thankful for the friends who have supported me through the ups and downs this year brought and I am even more thankful for the 'friends' who weren't there when I needed them. It is the best way to see who your real friends are, right?
I am thankful for having the best job I can imagine. Working with athletes is the only thing I ever want to do and I feel extremely lucky to be able to do what I love for a living. I have been busy with bike fits and nutrition work on top of coaching - it has been fun! My athletes are all awesome and I am really excited about adding Pacific Tri-Works (junior elite/development squad) to the mix.
I am thankful for the patience people have shown in regards to the book... An update is coming - promise :)
I am thankful for being healthy. It has taken many years to learn how to manage my CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) symptoms and I am happy to say that despite periods of high stress this year, I have been mostly OK. I can't say the same for previous years... I have even been able to run a somewhat respectable & consistent amount of miles this fall, which makes me happy!
I am thankful for fall and spring, my two favorite seasons. I love the spring cherry blossoms and the fall leaves & colors...
I am thankful for every opportunity that presented it self in the last year, and that I have chosen to take those opportunities.
I am thankful for the potluck turkey dinner I will be going to tomorrow, with friends and other people I don't know (yet). Which brings me to the recipe below. I will be making pumpkin crumble squares and decided it will be a great idea to add apples to the filling too. But in what form? Apple sauce? Na, that is a bit boring. Sliced apples? Nope, not the right texture. Apple butter? Yes, please! So easy to make = delicious result. I could eat it by the spoonful.
- 3.5lbs apples (I used red delicious apples)
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp all spice
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Half and core the apples, then slice and place in a slow cooker
- In a small bowl, mix the coconut sugar, all spice, cinnamon and salt. Add to the slow cooker and mix so apple slices are coated
- Cook on low for 10 hours, stirring occasionally
- After 10 hours, blend using an immersion blender until smooth
- Cook on low, uncovered, for another 2 hours
- Place in jars. Store in the fridge
One last thing - I am also thankful for everyone who reads this blog & tried my recipes. Say hi in the comments sometime, eh? :) Happy thanksgiving everyone!