sweet chicken crock pot recipe and painting pumpkins


friday- 3 miles on TM



Another weekend of some fun fall activites. I’ve said it before and I’ll prob say it a million more times…fall is the BEST in UT. The weather is perfect and this weekend we tried to take advantage of it.
Friday we woke up early to meet at my MIL’s house.On the way J and I stopped at a park because the colors on the mountain were so pretty. I’m no professional so the pictures don’t even show how bright they were, but I did capture J and he’s pretty cute;)

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Had to get one with his boots. He LOVES his Toy Story boots=)

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My SIL Whit met us at Lee Ann’s to paint some pumpkins with our boys.They were both very focused on painting them just right.

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Seriously, do you see his chubby little arm? I die!

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After, we chatted in the driveway while the boys rode bikes, played in the dirt, and ate some Popsicles.

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That night I made one of my favorite fall recipes. It’s so easy since it’s a crock pot recipe. All you need is:

chicken breast or pork chops(one for each person, frozen is fine too). Josh doesn’t like pork, so we used chicken.

1 yellow onion chopped and peeled

2 green apples chopped

brown sugar to taste

a dash of salt and pepper

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You put all of those ingredients in the crock pot on low for 5 hours, or high for 3 hours. Serve with sweet potatoes. Such an easy healthy dinner that tastes so good! The chicken is so moist and sweet. I love how the onion and green apples taste together, all very yummy!

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Saturday J and were back outside raking leaves. He loves playing in them and I love watching him. We played for a solid hour before we went inside to warm up.

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We put some more Halloween decor up, went to the Asian market to get some ramen Josh has been craving since we were in Tokyo, and Josh watched the BYU game while I went and did my nails with my mom and sister.

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Sunday was the usual church, nap, and dinner with family. This week my mom invited us to dinner. J was such a gentleman and helped with the dishes after(smearing mashed potatoes on everything with a sponge, so helpful ha).

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On a running note- this weekend was the Haunted Half I’ve ran every year since they started it. I’m so sad I missed out but I’ve loved seeing all the pics. I’ve decided to take a step back from running races this year to give my body a break. It has been SO hard! So, I need to live vicariously through all of you, tell me about your training and races!

what’s your goals fitness wise this week?

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random thankful post, wordy and mushy


thursday-3 miles on TM

Yes, another 3 mile run on the good ol’ treadmill. I’m running a lot less and incorporating more strength/cross training these days. I hope you guys aren’t too bored of me because stay tuned I’ve got some fun new workouts coming your way! I didn’t forget about my hot yoga experience and how I was going to share with you my tips so be patient my friends=)

Yesterday was one of those really awesome days. I’ve been having a lot of those lately where I think to myself, ” if this is my life for the rest of forever I’m okay with that.” We all have hard days/weeks/months/years but I truly believe that it’s how we react in those situations that help us become who we want to be. I’m learning that life is so much more enjoyable if we make today happy and stop hoping for better tomorrows. If today is what forever is like for me, then I need to find happiness in that. I have a lot to be happy for, so it’s not hard to count my blessings but can be hard to remember to. For example, currently I’m writing my blog and J and Josh are right above me stomping their feet and chanting the Olympic Theme Song. I’m not sure what’s going on up there but I can be grateful my boys have so much fun together haha.
little sneak peak of our family photos my SIL Whit took. She’s amazing and I can’t wait to see more!

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So that leads me to a random thankful post on a Friday:)

I’m thankful for the beautiful weather UT has been having. My mom goes on walks daily. After we got back from Singapore J kept saying, “Everyone needs a little fresh air mom, let’s go on a walk.” I knew he got that from my mom while she watched him and it’s so true. Fresh air does a body good.
Yesterday my mom took the grand kids on a hike

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I’m thankful for family lunch dates. Yesterday we picked Josh up from work and ate at Zuppas and even got a giant chocolate cake that we all shared.

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and yes I did get the biggest bowl of soup…it was delicious

I’m thankful for tender moments with J. There are times as a mother that I feel absolutely insane. Those moments where he comes and snuggles up to me and grabs my hand with those dimpled fingers melts my heart. I’m seriously going to cry when he has no ‘baby’ left on him.

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I’m thankful for uplifting scriptures.

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And of course I’m thankful for running. Everyone and their dog knows how I feel about that.

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what are you thankful for today?

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Wacky Wednesday and a Mystery



Does it count as a workout if you stay in your workout clothes most of the day?? I mean I was doing yard work and cleaning…

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The minute I raked up all those leaves there were a billion more ha I don’t even know why I try.

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This little guy has been collecting said leaves and hiding them in the house. I’m so glad I vacuumed haha

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Costco pizza is the best dinner idea ever.

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Costco leggings are also the most comfortable pants ever. Only $14! I’ll be living in them for the rest of forever, don’t judge me.

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This is a pic of me when I was in 1st grade(I think) and J now(3 yrs old). He’s got  my little eyes and my squishy nose=)

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The mystery of all mysteries!!! 99% of my shirts have a tiny hole towards the bottom front of my shirt. I was convinced we had a moth that only liked my shirts and only liked to take a tiny bite out of the front but then all my sisters and mom have them on their shirts too. We think it’s because we lean against the counter when we cook or do dishes and our jean button rubs on it. Any guesses? Do you have the same problem?

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tell me your wacky Wednesday!

ever had Costco pizza or hot dogs?

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Amazing Pure Barre Discount and cocoa


tuesday-pure barre with Brittany and Kim

Last night I went to a Pure Barre class with Brittany and Kim. It seriously kicks my trash every time! I love using different equipment, the bar, and my own body weight to build muscle. It’s so much different than any other class. I love that I’m strengthening my core, booty, and legs…all target areas to improve running!

Mine and Brittany’s sad attempt at one of the moves that killed us last night.haha
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If you live in UT you are in for a real treat! Stephanie, the owner at Pure Barre is offering Sugar Plum Runner readers an AMAZING DISCOUNT!!

If you want to try your first class free(normally $10) just mention my blog when you go.

If you want to purchase 10 classes you can get them for $55 (normally $150!!) mention my blog at the time of purchase. The offer will end the end of November.

If you’ve been wanting to try Pure Barre out, now’s your chance. It’s located on 280 East 123rd Suite 104(right by Joanne’s Fabric) in Draper.


Yesterday we woke up and it was pretty chilly. We turned on a heater, and made pancakes and of course some cocoa. J has been asking ever since we bought it on Monday. The cocoa motion did not dissapoint and neither did our chocolate pancakes.

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I dropped J off at preschool, and then was pretty lazy. It was great to just have a day where I wasn’t rushing around. I picked J up and we had lunch at my mom’s. I had a banana with peanut butter, yogurt, and lots of cinnamon bears=) J had mac n cheese(so easy when you’re on the go), and some raisins.

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On our way home we even spied some snow in the mountains! Time to get ready for winter.

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favorite cocoa flavor?

favorite workout outfit? nike capris

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Black Island Pumpkin Patch

**I’m hosting a Jamberry party on Facebook tonight at 8:30pm(Utah MST time). If you’re interested in getting some deals, winning prizes or seeing what they’re about friend request me on FB(Sharsti Steveson Scott) and I’ll add you to the party.**


monday- 3 miles TM inlcline + arm workout

Yesterday morning I woke up early(for me) and got my workout in before my boys were out of bed. I’ve been trying to focus on my arms lately because I feel like they are the hardest muscle group to show improvement on my body. Any tips??

I did a .5 mile with no incline(faster pace)

.5 mile incline @ 1.5% (slower pace)  for 3 miles.

This is like the only angle it looks like it has muscle, trust me haha

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Since Josh had the day off we spend the day cleaning/organizing our garage and doing yard work. Josh did the yard work, and I did what I do best, organize!

Me and J took a load of stuff to Savers(where you can donate clothes, furniture, etc) and then went grocery shopping. J was so excited to get cocoa haha We finally made it home, J took a nap and then we headed up to my sister Neeley’s for dinner, doughnuts, and our annual pumpkin patch family night.

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This year is was crazy crowded. We’ve never been when we’ve had to wait in any lines, it was a mad house.

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The kids had fun and weren’t bugged by crowds, but we were all pretty bummed we didn’t get to go on the hay ride.

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Usually you take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick out your pumpkin, but the wait was over an hour! So, we just picked an already picked pumpkin out of the bin. It was fun to get some cool colored ones.

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We all had fun going down all the slides, tire swings, and the bounce house.

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Of course the corn maze was fun too, my nephew Max always does a great job of getting us out of there ha.

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Grandma with some of the grand kids(I forgot to adjust my camera, sorry it’s dark!)
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I love this time of year because all the traditions and family time. I can’t wait for Halloween!

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are you carving or painting pumpkins?

what’s your favorite kind of doughnut?

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Alpine Slide and Boo Barn



Saturday- 3 miles on TM +shoulder workout


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This weekend has been such a blast(and continuing since Josh has today off!). For the first time in a long time we didn’t have anything planned on Saturday. We took advantage of it and headed up to Park City. UT is so incredibly gorgeous in the fall. If you ever get the random chance to visit UT go during the month of October and go to Park City. There’s really fun summer activities in PC like the Apline slide, zip line, coaster,  mtn. bike trials, and trampoline bungee jumping.

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We chose to do the Alpine Slide since J couldn’t fit on anything else. You take a lift up the mountain and then drag your sled a few yards.

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It was so pretty and we had fun looking at the colors and enjoying the sun on our faces, okay maybe some of us weren’t ha

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J chose to go with Josh(I know rude) and we raced. You have control of how fast you go with a red lever in the middle. We both were cruisin, and I couldn’t stop laughing. We were neck and neck the whole way, but I tried to get a pic of them barreling down the hill(I really regret not being able to) and they beat me in the in the end.

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Before the slides we ate at one of our favorites, Free Birds and got burritos.

After we did the slide we headed home and took the scenic route. Oh my word!!! It was so vibrant with colors it was truly breathtaking. I love UT mountains.

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J fell asleep on our way home…while eating ha

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Backing up to Friday, J and I headed to the Boo Barn at Thanksgiving Point. It wasn’t quite like last year, but J still loves the horses! My sister Bree and friends Jordan and Alicia came along too. It was beautiful weather but a bit crowded and didn’t have all the Halloween stuff out. I guess we’ll just have to go again;)

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Friday night we went out with Josh’s parents to Chili’s. I always think I’ll like, but I’m never happy with what I get at Chili’s. J on the other hand LOVED what he got. All he wanted was a corn on the cob and they had it haha He was so excited and he went to eat and dropped it on the floor. Luckily they brought us another one and he devoured it.

He was happy I swear, he’s just mid chewing ha

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Sunday we went to church, ate cookies, watched a movie together and as always just enjoyed relaxing.

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what’s your favorite restaurant?

what are you currently training for?

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Friday Favs and working out with friends is always better


thursday-pure barre(girls night)

I’ve been to Pure Barre a handful of times now and I have never had the same teacher or same routine. I love that I’ve gotten to try it out with several different instructors. I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I hurt so it must be doing something;)

Last night several of my girlfriends came to the class with me. It’s 100x better if you workout with friends. We laughed, wanted to cry, and can look down the line and see all of our legs shaking so it makes us feel better haha I’m planning to do another girls night so let me know if you’re interested!

They’re still smiling after the workout, guess they won’t kill me ha
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These rubber bands were torture!! But really, the night was wonderful and I loved sweating it out with my friends. A Friday fav for sure!

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My sister just knew I needed a little ice cream pick me up the other day. I so appreciate the people around me, they always know how to cheer me up:)

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My sisters have been telling me to read this book for years now. I’m not usually into this kind of genre(princess’ and all) but I actually liked it a lot! It had some intense parts and mystery which I love.

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And in case you are needing some extra love on this lovely Friday here’s a smooch from J;)

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I got this cute frame, stand, and saying for my bday and I just love it and it speaks truth.

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what’s your fav song on your playlist right now?

any fun sayings you have around your house or office?

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Tips to Running Outside

** Tonight is our girls night at Pure Barre in Draper @ 6:45pm. We’ve got an awesome group going, but it’s not too late if you’re still interested(I’ll be doing another in a couple weeks).**


wednesday-4 miles outside

I can’t even remember the last time I ran outside. Last year I ran outside almost every morning and absolutely loved it. This year, I think I’ve gotten way too comfortable on my good ol’ treadmill. I love that I can control EVERYTHING on my TM; temperature, speed, incline, music, bathroom, water, TV. I mean it’s all right there, it’s the perfect environment except it’s nothing like running outside. So for those a little afraid to get out of their comfort zone, here are a few tips.

Tips to Running Outside

1. Give yourself time to adjust- Everything is going to feel different and that’s okay. Don’t give up on it just because you had one bad experience running outside.

2. Dress for the weather- don’t get caught outside in the cold with not enough layers or in the heat with too many layers. Here’s what I wear in the winter, and in the summer while running outside.

3. Don’t go out sprinting- at least for me, my body needs time to adjust to being outside. I have to start out with a much slower warmup mile than when I’m on the TM because my body actually needs to warmup when I’m outside.

4. Be Safe!! Running outside means you have to be aware of your surroundings(one of the highlights and lowlights of running outside) because cars are not always looking out for you. Here’s a post on my running safety tips.

5. Last, Enjoy it! Even though the TM is comfortable and my ‘safe’ zone I always seem to go back to running outside. It’s so gorgeous here in UT and I love filling my lungs with fresh air and you just can’t get that on a TM ha

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After my run yesterday, I met up with Bree at Kneaders and we had lunch together. Their soups and bread are so good.

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J was dying to go to the park, but it was so HOT outside yesterday. What happened to our fall weather? We stayed for awhile, but not too long, J wasn’t dressed for the weather and I could tell he was getting hot.

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We went to my mom’s house and helped her paint her room, and then I rushed home to make a delicious dinner. My sister Leah gave me the copy cat recipe to Olive Garden’s fettuccine. It was spot on and soooo good, oh and only like 6 ingredients(warning: it is not even a little bit healthy).

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what are your tips to getting outside?

any copy cat recipes to share?

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wacky wednesday thoughts



I love a workout after a rest day. Today I’m anxious to get a run outside in this beautiful fall weather. I have not taken advantage of it so now I am!

Alright wacky wednesday thoughts, here we go!

1. J looks rather nerdy in my mom’s glasses no?

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2 I have been experimenting with the straightener lately. Someone tell my right side to curl please! But seriously, my hands can not figure out how to curl that side of my hair so I go around all day looking like this…

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3. Teaching preschool is awesome. What’s not awesome(and not pictured) is checking on them during play time(the last half hour they get to just play) and finding J peeing in the backyard! Yes, I may have taught him that while we were camping last week  (it’s just so much easier for boys so why not? now I know why) go ahead Josh, say “I told ya so” haha

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4. Our half red half green tree in the front yard. I LOVE it!

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5. Remember when Josh, his family and I traveled to Asia? I forgot my camera like 99% of the time(I don’t know how) but Whit just posted this pic on her blog and it’s my favorite. We wanted a group shot and we looked and looked for someone to take it, and finally asked this gentleman and he WOULD NOT hold the camera straight. We were all laughing so hard but it actually turned out pretty awesome.

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what’s your wacky wednesday?

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Independent and Pure Barre Girls Night

*** If you’re interested, this Thursday October 9th @ 6:45 we’re having a girls night at the Pure Barre in Draper(280 E 12300 S #104 Draper, UT 84020).  If it’s you’re first time it will be free(reg. $10) message me or leave a comment to let me know you’re coming!!


monday- 3 miles on TM + NTC workout

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a NTC workout, and I only got through 2 of the 3 sets. Their 15 min ‘Focused’ workouts are awesome. I did the Shoulder Ripper workout below.

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After working out J helped me with laundry, cleaning, and grocery shopping. He is really into doing EVERYTHING himself these days. Most of the time I’m amazed at how much he’s capable of because he’s still just my little baby. But, nope he’s a toddler going on adult. He takes a shower all by himself, brushes his teeth, gets his own drinks, goes to bathroom alone and washes his hands, and even picks out his own outfits. Somedays are better than others haha but I go with it because he is beyond proud of himself and I’m proud too=)

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Later we had lunch and headed up to my mom’s house. It was so warm outside we took a walk with my sister to get some wiggles out before nap time. We walked all over picking up rocks and acorns and then tried to find some shade. J was not about to smile for another picture ha.

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Last night was family night, so we had a lesson on Sundays and how we treat them differently than any other day. I had J color a calendar and make the Sundays different. Then of course we ended family night with an ice cream treat. Surprisingly, I didn’t have any I think I’m still paying for all the cinnamon rolls I had over the weekend(conference tradition).

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Today I’m teaching preschool, so I better get going! Have a great Tuesday!

what’s a fall tradition your family has?

what are you looking forward to today?

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