Manure in the Morning

You have no idea what to expect with that title, right?  :)

We got here safely! Thank goodness, we stopped at a Sheetz to fill up the truck, so I got an iced fat free latte for the trip


This was just what I needed – just enough milk to fill me up until we got to Nick’s parent house for dinner. The drive was good, and once we got past Roanoke, we really didn’t have any traffic.

My parents were already at the house when we got here last night and were helping get dinner ready. What a spread!


So much good seafood!

  • Crabcakes
  • Shrimp
  • Scallops
  • salad with this maple dressing – so good!
  • baked zucchini/squash with chili seasoning + tortilla chips
  • sundried tomato/basil bread with a smear of butter
  • plus a small bowl of unpictured fruit


Everything was delicious, but my stomach started feeling really bubbly and weird. I’m not sure if there’s something I just can’t handle or if it’s just because I was so hungry by the time we ate that my stomach just didn’t handle taking in the food well? I hate it though. My tummy was so gurgly and strange for a while after dinner.

And….these did not help my stomach, but goodness gracious.



I had to try this.

Nick’s dad took us to this little hamburger joint/bar where they have fried oreos. Yup. My first experience with fried oreos. It was dipped in a funnel cake batter and was amazing. The filling was oozing out of the dough, and the cookie was all warm and soft. Good thing I only had one!

The rest of the night included opening birthday presents + a big glass of water and then sleep.


Now on to the manure.

Nick and I got up and ran about 3 miles this morning around 6:30. We ran through the neighborhood next to Nick’s parents, onto a road that goes past some farms and then onto this straight uphill section of a local highway.

It was perfect running weather this morning, and I’m glad we went when we did.

What’s with the manure? Well, there are tons of farms here. Chickens and cows, mostly.

Sometimes, driving into Harrisonburg, all you smell is poo  :)  Don’t get me wrong – it stinks. But it does remind me that there are still people here living off the land. It was nice to run past cows this morning while they were out grazing in the morning sun.

We got back, sat around and drank some coffee and water, then took showers and had breakfast.

I had a bowl of Fage with a bunch of fruit: peach, banana, strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries, plus a little flax and some chopped walnuts/almonds/pecans + cinnamon!


This was just what I needed. I love hot breakfasts, but this hit the spot this morning. I was hot from running/taking a shower and it’s pretty toasty here already so I was happy to find some yogurt in the fridge.


The boys just left on the motorcycles and us girls are headed to the Amish market first. I’ve got to stock up on some grains, pasta, and all the other fun stuff they have.

Then I’m thinking a trip to Costco, the mall, and Kohls at some point  :) I have to get my shopping done while I can!


  1. Fried oreos sound good!

    Have a great day!

  2. Nothing like manure… when I used to drive back to college, there was a town that always REEKED!

  3. Lovely dinner! Maple dressing sounds fantastic. And fried oreos sound so good!

    Haha, I’m glad you had a good run even if it was stanky. And I was a total horse girl when I was younger, so I like the barn smell. The horse smell is a lil different from the cows/chickens smell, though. At least you had good scenery of the cows grazing–that’s pretty :)

  4. Gotta love farm country ;)

    There aren’t any Sheetz’s around where I live in MI so I was “introduced” to it a few months ago when I was out of town. Could the owners have picked a worse name?! Sheetz?! Hah!

  5. I loooove your yogurt bowl- I NEED to get in more fruit in the morning, that’s a great way! :)

    you are right about that fried oreo- I’m sure I would have to try one too!

  6. o0o Fried oreos! Believe it or not, I’ve had fried cheesecake before….I could feel my arteries clogging :)

    Have a fun day shopping!

  7. Haha I wonder if the manure smell is anything like the way Central Park smelled on my run this morning. Whew!!

    Have a great afternoon!

  8. Hope you are enjoying your time!!

    That fried oreo sounds sinful!

  9. I love fried oreos! I know they are bad for you but I always get them at the San Gennaro festival in NYC.

  10. Such a fun weekend – holy moly fried oreos!!! I was waiting for those at the State Fair this year but now I want them now!

    Have a fun weekend!

  11. Oh how I want that fried oreo….I’m not against deep frying ANYTHING.

  12. Fried oreos are a heart attack waiting to happen but are SO GOOD! The time I had them they were served with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar on top. Guess they didn’t have quite enough calories what with being deep fat fried!

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