Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hiking Dale's Ridge Trail


This week my sister and I hiked a "new to us" trail.   We had to run an errand in the morning and thought about finding a trail in that area, but that didn't work out.  So on the drive home, I suggested the Dale's Ridge Trail.  I had known about this trail for a while and my mom and I tried to find it once, but could not.  Since then, they've put up some signage, so it was easy for us to find it now.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Coffee Date Chatter





I'm going to "share" coffee this weekend with Coco and Deborah, ( and all of you).  You might remember that I don't drink hot coffee, but I do prefer frozen and this past week I got a yummy one from Dunkin. I got a Blueberry  frozen coffee. I don't know why I ordered that flavor since I'm not really fond of blueberries, except that it sounded refreshing. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

June Runfessions


I can't believe we are nearing the end of June already! I bet a lot of people are going to be saying this exact thing this week.  I've got into a running routine this month so now I actually have some stuff to Runfess!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Summer Gazpacho



My sister and I have been using the Vitamix lately to make some yummy Summer Soups!
The first one we decided to make is a Gazpacho. 



Gazpacho is a chilled soup of blended vegetables.  It was so simple to make .

Friday, June 12, 2020

The Runner gun

A few months ago when all of this quarantine started and places were not open it seemed like the only things that were open were the trails. So, I decided to take advantage of those and began running much more than I ever have.  It is no surprise the more you run, the more it takes a toll on your body and you begin to feel sore, tired, or even just run down. They say recovery is just as important as your workout (whoever they are) but I know I lack in that department as many of us probably do, whether it is not drinking enough water, using a foam roller, stretching,  etc.  


The one thing I used to really enjoy after races, or even just running a lot of miles was a massage. Unfortunately we know that those places haven’t been open in what seems like forever and will probably be one of the last places to reopen, which brings me to my new purchase. The Runner Gun!  

Thursday, June 4, 2020

I don't want anyone else to get hurt.

This is something I've been thinking about often, actually I think about it every time I clean out my closet and I always have conflicting thoughts.



Friday, May 29, 2020

Coffee Talk - Something new

Hi Friends,
I thought I would link up with the ladies for Coffee Talk this week because I have something on my mind.

I mentioned at one point in the past that I was thinking about changing my username on IG. When you have a blog, and are pretty active on social, this isn't something you take lightly. (I mean it's no first world problem, but it is something that requires thought), and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

This whole thought process started well over a year ago. I felt I've outgrown @Fairytalesnfit and wanted a name I could use personally, professionally and with the blog ( because I did not want to create multiple accounts). I wanted to create a name that was part my own name yet still kept the integrity of our blog name.   An ideal name would have been @Merandasfairytale or @FairytaleMeranda.  However, the experts (whoever they are), suggest keeping all social media handles the same and since Twitter does not allow for more that 15 characters in their handle, both of those names were out.  I then resorted to just using my initials @MSfairytales (or a variation of @ms.fairytale or @msfairytale but if one of those names was available on Insta, it was not available on Twitter and vice versa.  This process became overwhelming so I just decided to forget about it for a little while longer.

Over this time I've realized that the thing that was making it so hard, was coming up with a name that would still be recognizable with my blog, and that meant keeping either the word "Fairytale" or the word "Fit".  Since the word Fairytale is already 9 letters, I decided there was not any part of my name that I could add to it that would make sense ( and I would feel comfortable using).  I've eliminated the word "Fit"  because  I did not want that to be the main focus of my accounts.  ( there is actually more to this story why I did not want to keep the word fit and it involves me getting multiple DM's each week about joining groups and I'll just leave it at that).

It took me a while to realize this, but I can still "Be myself" and still have a social media presence with my blog, lots of people do it.  The blog is something I do, not who I am.  I am more than a blogger and I think my social media accounts reflect that.  I struggled with the fact that my new user name may not be "exciting" or "intriguing" or "interesting enough to make people want to click and check it out, but that is the risk I am willing to take.

So I've decided (if I can actually pull the trigger) to retire @Fairytalesnfit at the end of the month and just use a variation of my own name. I'm not going to state exactly what it will be at this moment because that will depend on what is available on both Twitter and IG at the exact moment I make the change. I already know that I can not use my first and last name because it is already taken, so it more than likely will be a variation of my first name.

So now I think, What will happen to @fairytalesnfit?  Will anything linked to that automatically be linked to my new name?   Can I (or anyone else) use @fairytalesnfit again or is that name now blocked?
What do you think? Am I making a mistake?  Have you ever thought of changing one of your names that have already been established? Do you think it matters that your social media names are all the same?  What suggestions do you have for me? -M



Thursday, May 21, 2020

Deluxe Cheeseburger Pie


Memorial day is the quintessential day for cook outs!  With some social distancing orders being a bit relaxed now, will you be having a cook out with friends or family?   If so, hamburgers or cheeseburgers might be on your list of things to grill.  If you are not into grilling or perhaps you are looking for a dish to bring to a picnic, the Deluxe Cheeseburger pie might be perfect!

This starts off as your basic "Hamburg pie" recipe that you can get off the back of the Bisquick box, but kicked up a notch!

1. Start off by frying your ground beef.


In a separate pan ( those awesome Copper Chef Pans I love), I also sauteed some mushrooms and onions  (This is part of what makes it "Deluxe").



In a pie dish ( that you sprayed with non stick spray) place your ground beef and  pour your Bisquick mixture over. Bisquick mixture is 1/2 cup Bisquick, 1 cup of milk, 2 eggs.


I'm using my glass LocknLock pie dish with lid  and these are awesome! I noticed that they are on clearance right now at QVC for  ONLY $14.98 and you get TWO of them!  They come in this pumpkin color ( what I have) or blue.



Go ahead and add the sauteed mushrooms and onions. I also sliced up tomatoes and dill pickles.  Add whatever type of shredded cheeses  you want to the top.  Bake on middle rack at 400 for about 25 minutes!   Enjoy!

What will you be cooking this weekend?  -M




Thursday, May 14, 2020

The History of Disney Races

Many of you may know that this week is registration week for The Disney Marathon.  I can't even begin to think about what this summer will be like let alone prepare myself to sign up for a race that isn't even taking place until 2021, so I will not be registering for any of those races.



However, as we are all wondering what the future of racing will look like,

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Low Fat Cooking - Pork Chop Casserole

I recently got a new set of pots and pans (quarantine time has forced me to clean out my cupboards so out with the old and in with the new).  Actually I've had this pan from Copper Chef for quite some time but just recently started using it...I LOVE IT! So it inspired me to buy an entire set! 

Copper Chef Pans QVC


Since I got the set,

Thursday, April 30, 2020

What will define your year?



You may remember last year at this time I was in a really sad place. I was taking care of my Baylee girl as her health just got worse and worse ( yet I had hope). 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

April Runfessions


I'm stepping into the Runfessional this week with my friend Marcia (Marciashealthyslice.com).

The first thing I must Runfess is that

Thursday, April 16, 2020

What I've been watching

Anyone who knows me, knows that I rarely watch TV.  I'd rather be reading, writing, running, chasing dogs, or creating something. However with a little more time on my hands then usual, I've decided to check out some shows on Disney Plus!


Can you believe we've had Disney Plus since December and I've never once turned it on till last weekend? Yea, me neither!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Has your running been effected?

Most of us are finding a few extra hours on our hands now that our social life and any other obligations outside of the home have come to a halt.  I am still working from home and on most days I put in more hours at home than I would at work but I am still finding some free time to get in some runs.

Running has just felt weird lately. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Time I Reported on Tigers!

One of the best things about being a journalist is being sent on assignments. This allows me to experience things I would otherwise probably not do. For example did you see my IG story earlier this year on the Polar Bear Plunge?  There is no way I would ever jump into icy water in February, but I was happy to report on everyone else doing it!

Exotic cat rescue

One of the best assignments I've been sent on was reporting on an  exotic animal refuge in Central Pennsylvania. Since the movie The Tiger King is gaining so much popularity these days, I thought perhaps this might be of interest.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Flying during Covid -19

In the wake of what is going on in our country right now, most places are closed and almost all professions are working from home. It is said that unless you are essential, STAY HOME!


Well apparently flying is essential,

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Browning Ross 10 Miler



We put great thought into what we wanted to share for this week's blog post given the climate of our nation right now. We don't want to be insensitive to what is going on with COVID-19 but I'm sure you really don't need to hear more about it from another blogger, so for that reasons we decided to continue with another running post.



The other week I ran the final race of the Browning Ross Winter Series.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Spring Break at Crystal Springs Resort and Spa


What was meant to be a Pre-Spring Break trip may end up being the only Spring trip I get to do depending on the state of our country in the next few weeks.



In any case, I was glad to be able to relax in a paradise setting so close to home.

Friday, March 6, 2020

February Highlights


Since February is a somewhat short month, I thought I would be able to keep up with the "One Sentence a day" and link up with my friend Rebecca Jo.  Turns out, I forgot to write a lot of things down and I came up with a lot of empty days on my calendar.  The only thing I kept record of mostly was Sybil's health concerns ( and during February there were a lot of them) and I doubt anyone wants to read the play by play on that.

So instead of skipping the month all together, I thought I would just do a February highlight reel. Does that work?

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Salt Cave Experience

The other week for Galentine's Day my friend and I thought it would be fun to experience a salt cave! I have heard great reviews about them and was excited to try one out. 

There were several services you could do. We chose the salt cave, the jade bed, and the hot butter hand treatment. 

When we arrived

Friday, February 21, 2020

Snowfest Trail Race

The other week there was a Winterfest going on at our local State Park. I was debating whether or not to go because I had just taught a spin class followed by a yoga class and I was a bit tired. My sister was planning to go to do an article for the newspaper so I thought I would tag along. 





During the day they had many festivities taking place and the one of them was a 3.5 mile trail race.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Snorkeling in the Bahamas

A few weeks ago I went on a cruise to the Bahamas. One of the excursions that were available was snorkeling. 

My friend and I have both done it before but thought it would be fun to do it again. The night prior we were planning out how the following day was going to go. If you have cruised before you know each evening they put the sheet under your door for the activities for the following day. When looking over the sheet we thought there were quite a bit of activities going on during the day while we were docked. I know some people don’t even get off and just like enjoying the ship to themselves. They even had the Newlywed game going on that afternoon. The snorkeling was only supposed to be in the morning so we would have time to get back on the ship to watch that (that’s my favorite).  We even saw that this was the formal night. Well that’s odd I thought why wouldn’t they put formal night the day at sea?  That evening we wanted to watch a comedy show but knew we had a big day ahead of us so we decided to head to bed early. 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Browning Ross Winter Series Race

This past weekend I ran another 5k race in the Browning Ross Winter Series again. The weather was much nicer than the other week I ran the race. I was familiar with the course, and I wasn't sick, so I was excited to see what I could do.

Friday, January 31, 2020

One Sentence a Day -January

I'm joining my friend Rebecca Jo for One Sentences a Day for the month of January.


I know Rebecca doesn't usually publish her's until Tuesday, but since Friday's have become our blogging day I thought I would get it out a little early.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Guess what I won at this race?

I finally ran my first race of 2020 last weekend. I would say this race was a very low budget race. But hey a race is a race right? It is the Browning Ross Winter's Series. They put on several 5k's and the last race of the series is a 10k. 



Friday, January 17, 2020

The Past 10 Years!

Oh gosh, I can't believe 2010 was 10 years ago already! I got the idea to do a 10 year look back from my friend Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home but I'm going to focus on 2010 to 2020 ( or at least the start of it)!



What was life like in 2010?

Friday, January 10, 2020

Why all the hype about WDW Marathon?

This weekend is Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!  If you've spent any time on social media this week, I'm sure you've seen your fair share of posts about it.


The Walt Disney World Marathon certainly holds a special place in my heart.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Our Race Scrapbook 2019




It's that time of year again where we share our Race Scrapbook! I actually wasn't going to make one this year because 1) I haven't run many races and 2) It's time consuming and puppy chasing has taken up most of my time lately. However, since it is a tradition I've started since we started blogging and my sister had a really good year of running, I thought it was something I must do.  Although my running decreased drastically this year, I was happy that I met my goal of running one race per season. I got one Spring race, one Summer race, one Fall race, and one Winter race (even if they were only fun runs)!