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Fake out Take out, Kung Pao Chicken

In the days before I was gluten free if I were to go out to eat my thoughts went to Mexican food or Chinese. Thankfully I still can eat Mexican food, just not everything but my days of stopping at Panda Express for a quick lunch are over. Most Chinese food has some form of gluten in it from a source most people would not expect, soy sauce. Thankfully though they make gluten free soy sauce so I can still have Chinese food, I just have to make it myself. For that reason, I am also thankful for the many recipes out there that let me have my favorites like, Kung Pao Chicken.

Kung Pao Chicken | My Hot Southern Mess

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Training Miles: Run Holden Beach

A big part of getting ready for the Walt Disney World Marathon is submitting a Proof of Time for corral placement. Right now we are counting down the days until times need to be submitted by. We have 17 weeks until the marathon but only 3 weeks are left to submit proof of time. So like so many others I have carefully gone over what races are nearby and picked one to use as my proof of time. I chose Run Holden Beach, a 13.1 on Holden Beach, NC. I hope it will be good enough.

Training Miles: Run Holden Beach

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Training Miles : Week 20

It has been a while, and I think the timing couldn’t be better. I have 20 weeks until the Walt Disney World Marathon and I think it’s time for my training miles updates to start getting a bit more frequent. It’s also time for me to get serious.

Training Miles - Week 20 | My Hot Southern Mess

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Easy Breakfast Fruit Pizzas

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It doesn’t seem possible but it’s that time of the year again, Back to School. While many schools have already headed back there are many more that are enjoying their last days of summer break. My kids are in that later group. With under two weeks to go until school starts I have been trying to get thing  ready for when the kids go back to school. I’m not just talking about buying new clothes, school supplies, and fresh hair cuts either. We are slowly working at getting back to our school time schedule and figuring out things like what to eat for breakfast. My boys have all decided what they want but my daughter is another story. She changes what she eats every couple weeks it sometimes so I need a breakfast boredom buster for her so I’ve come up with some Easy Breakfast Fruit Pizzas.

Easy Breakfast Fruit Pizzas | My Hot Southern Mess

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Banana, Banana Pudding

Last summer my brother got married and while the reception food wasn’t your typical wedding reception food, it was a crowd pleaser. It was Smithfield’s Chicken and BBQ, a North Carolina classic. This meal also introduced my kids to a new food, banana pudding. Yes, banana pudding.

Banana, Banana Pudding | My Hot Southern Mess

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Backyard Barbecue Chicken

In my crazy life when I can make dinner quick and easy it is always a plus. When I can make dinner that is quick and easy and clean up is a breeze that is winning. While my kids are older and fully capable of cleaning up after dinner like I had to as a kid I have one issue. I can be a bit OCD with how things should be cleaned up. My cleaning OCD is bad. I am the person that re-cleans what someone else has just cleaned so it is done “right”. Yep, that is me. Although after making Backyard Barbecue Chicken I may let my family help clean up a little more because clean up is so easy.

Backyard Barbecue Chicken | My Hot Southern Mess

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#ad Garlic Basil Aioli and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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In the late 80’s, there were some new superheroes taking over and now almost 30 years later, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are still as popular as ever and even have a new movie coming out. Thanks to my little brother, I was introduced to the turtles and honestly what was there not to love? Teenage crime beating, pizza loving turtles named after renaissance era artists who lived with a giant rat sensei named Splinter. My 10 year old self loved the totally bodacious language the heroes in a half shell used. So maybe in the late eighties we all wanted to talk like surfers from California, it was like cool, ok. I openly admit to still saying things like awesome way too much but it is all good. Just like the fact that I can be a totally tubular mom now since I grew up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and can have conversations about the turtles with my own kids now.

Garlic Basil Aioli | My Hot Southern Mess turtles

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Diet, Weight Loss and Magic Pills…

I hate going to the doctor. I know better, I really do, and as a mom I know I need to take care of myself. Lately, I’ve been having some issues with my hand, so I finally broke down and made an appointment. I put on my big girl pants and I was taking care of me for a change. This also meant reattempting to talk to my provider about my weight. Ugh, my weight and the weight gain i’ve had recently instead of weight loss. I know I should be happy how I am, I am healthy and I am beautiful no matter what size I am (and all that body empowerment stuff).  I try not to let my daughter know of her mother’s body image issues because I don’t ever want my daughter to have them but… i’m not happy with me right now. I just want my old body back. I know it is here hiding under this pile of fluff, somewhere.

Diet, Weight Loss, and Magic Pills | My Hot Southern Mess

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How to Host a Dinner for a Large Group

Hello, is anybody out there? It’s me Debbie. I promise i’m still here, life has just been a, well, hot mess. First let me apologize for the lack of blog posts here. It is completely my fault. I let life get busy but I will be back to regular posts.  So what have I been busy with? Planning a pasta dinner for my favorite veteran’s non-profit, Team Red, White, and Blue. There were days I wondered how it would turn out but in the end it went really well. So I thought I would share some tips about how I did it.

Team RWB is a veteran’s outreach organization that reaches out to veterans through both physical and social activity. Here in the Fort Bragg area a large event that we have is the All American Marathon and we have tons of members that participate so having a pasta dinner was a no brainer. You are suppose to carb load before a marathon, right? Plus anyways it was just a great way to get everyone from our chapter and visiting chapters together. Pasta dinner for 50-100 people, I could do that no problem.

How to Host a Dinner for a Large Group | My Hot Southern Mess

 

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Strawberry Lime Water

If you read most health advice out there, one of the best things you can do for your health is to drink more water. I know what many of you are thinking, water is so meh, I have trouble drinking water and more. There are tons of reasons people have for not drinking more water. What if I told you I had a great way to get more water in your diet that also doubles as a great drink for get togethers? Strawberry Lime Water is the perfect solution to all your water drinking needs!

Strawberry Lime Water | Country Girl Gourmet

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