The Friday Five: Easy Homemade Applesauce, Favorite Coat + More

You guys, I’m running in my first ever 10k this weekend. Eeeek! I’m actually really excited about it, despite the fact that I don’t feel all that prepared. I’ve been running consistently for about two months now, but I’m not naturally a great runner, you know what I mean? It’s just something I’ve fallen in love with recently and I really enjoy it. So far my furthest run has only been five miles and let me tell you–that was pretty dang painful towards the end. I’m not sure how I’ll manage to squeeze another couple miles in there, but it’s happening! And to add to the fun, my husband is running with me too. Fingers crossed we make it. Anyway, today I wanted pop in with a few random tidbits from the week!

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The Friday Five

  • This week I came across Bethany Hamilton’s website and I instantly got pulled in. She wrote a quick post about “mastering the daily” and it really resonated with me. She talks about how if we are consistent and dedicated, focusing on living each day well, the rest of our story takes care of itself. So simple, but SO true!
  • It’s been a few weeks now and I’m still going strong with no coffee in the afternoon. And I have to say–I’m actually liking the change. I know that sounds like pure craziness coming from a coffee addict like me, but I was drinking WAY too much. I think it was adding to my anxiety more than I realized. Plus I was always dehydrated. I’m drinking more water throughout the day now and sparkling water in the afternoon when I want something “fun” to drink. I feel like my energy levels are more consistent and I’m also sleeping better now too, which is a HUGE plus.
  • We had snow here in Colorado yesterday. Yep, SNOW. We got about two inches and it was freezing cold, so I busted out my favorite winter coat. It’s actually 50% off right now, so check it out if you need a good coat for winter this year. It comes in a few color options and I wear a size medium.
  • Tula just launched a line of products specifically for acne prone skin and I’ve been using it for a few weeks now. The cleanser is awesome and they even came out with a really great spot treatment. Highly recommend if you or someone you know struggles with breakouts! (As always my Tula coupon SARAHJOY is good for 20% off.)
  • I made slow cooker cinnamon applesauce on IG stories last week and I’ve had so many people write me to say they made it too and loved it! I know a lot of you aren’t on social media, so I wanted to share the recipe here!

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce 

  • 6 medium Gala apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar depending on how sweet you want it
  • 1/2 cup water

Peel and cut the apples. Place in crock pot with sugar, cinnamon and water. Cook on high for 3 hours. When done cooking, use a whisk to stir until smooth. Best when served warm (we love it with ice cream!). This recipe makes a small batch. I recommend doubling or even tripling it if you want left overs!

Happy weekend buddies!! I’ll see you back here next week. xoxo

Sarah here! Nice to meet you. I’m a mama to three, wife to my high school sweetheart and accidental blogger. We recently moved to our little homestead on ten acres and we're loving the small town life in Colorado. I hope this space can inspire you to create a home you love and enjoy the simple moments the most.


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  1. 10.11.19
    Tonya Schwinghammer said:

    I just love reading your blog and watching your Instagram! Super excited to make this applesauce today. Good luck on your run!

    • 10.11.19
      Sarah said:

      yay! Hope you love it!!

  2. 10.11.19
    Melissa said:

    Good luck in your 10k! You will do great! I’m not a natural runner either nor do I enjoy running. LOL. Give me a pretty country road and I’ll walk for days but if I’m running y’all should run, too, because I’m probably being chased. 🙂

    • 10.11.19
      Sarah said:

      haha so funny Melissa!! That’s how I was too for a long time. But I’m actually enjoying it now!!

    • 10.11.19
      Dacia L Schroder said:

      Good luck on your run!

      • 10.12.19
        Sarah said:

        thank you Dacia!!

  3. 10.11.19
    Angela Servello said:

    Good luck on your 10K race. Lots of kudos to you on your ambitious undertaking. I love you for always going for it. You really are a great role model for your children as well as others who follow your life journey. Don’t worry about the finish line, just be the best you can be. Lots of good wishes, Godspeed my beautiful friend. Angela👏👟🏃

    • 10.12.19
      Sarah said:

      Ah you are so kind to say that Angela!! Thank you so much–that’s truly what matters most to me!

  4. 10.11.19
    Lindsay Schofield said:

    Thank you for an inspiring email Sarah. Always appreciate your messages dropping in my inbox.
    Good luck with your 10k. You are awesome babes!
    Much love to you from me here in the UK 💖🇬🇧😊🤗

    • 10.12.19
      Sarah said:

      ah thank you so much Lindsay!! Appreciate you. xo

  5. 10.11.19
    Randy said:

    Can you cook it in an insta pot? How long should it take. I would love to be able to do that for fall gifts along with my whipped raw cinnamon honey. It is soooo good and so easy. I can share that with you if you like. It spreads like butter but smother. Great on a warm piece of bread in the am or a snack with apples. Health and Happiness,

    • 10.12.19
      Sarah said:

      Hmm I haven’t done that, but I bet it would work! Whipped raw cinnamon honey sounds AMAZING!

  6. 10.11.19
    Ruth said:

    The best of luck on your run!!! Make sure you give us all an update.

    • 10.12.19
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Ruth, I definitely will!

  7. 10.12.19
    AnnTN said:

    Good luck on the 10k. You’ll be happy to know that it will only be one mile over the 5 miles you can already run, instead of a “couple”more miles. 🙂 I’m also a runner, but I’ve backed off on the distance running since it’s harder now that I’m older.

    • 10.12.19
      AnnTN said:

      I don’t know if it’s my computer or what, but I can’t open any of the links in your post. 🙁

      • 10.12.19
        AnnTN said:

        Never mind.

        • 10.12.19
          Sarah said:

          Ok hope they’re working for you! If not let me know and I’d be happy to send a link to you.

    • 10.12.19
      Sarah said:

      thank you!! I can’t wait!