Ginger Candied Carrots

Happy Boxing Day everyone!  I hope your holiday celebrations were as relaxing as mine.  I did complete my training run and came across someone moving: Crazy right?!?!?

moving on Christmas Day, oh my

moving on Christmas Day, oh my

Afterwards it was time to cook the side dish we were contributing to the holiday festivities. Does anyone else have a food that for them just embodies a holiday?  Well for me it’s Ginger Candied Carrots which my family has been making as long as I can remember.

I’m sharing the recipe below, but don’t be fooled these are not what I would consider healthy holiday eating material (unless you skip the sauce, but that is just crazy talk.)


Ginger Candied Carrots

Makes about 6 servings

1 lb carrots

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds

  1. Peel and cut carrots into matchstick size pieces (tip: a bag of baby carrots makes this super easy just cut each carrot in half length-wise and then each half length-wise again for 4 matchsticks)IMG_2137IMG_2138
  2. Place carrots in a pot and fill with water to cover.  Cover pot and cook carrots until tender (about 25-30 minutes).IMG_2139
  3. About 5 minutes before carrots are done make the sauce: Combine butter, brown sugar, ginger, and caraway seeds in a  small saucepan over low heat and stir together until butter is melted and ingredients well blended.IMG_2140
  4. Drain carrots cover with sauce.
  5. Serve immediately!


Pictured above is double the recipe.  Trust me you will want leftovers!

Keep it delicious & fierce!

-Little Red

What is your “must have” holiday food item?


Holiday Wish List

Not gonna lie, it does not feel like the Christmas season over here.  This was brought to my attention when a co-worker and I were trying to figure out the timeline of a project and I suggested we complete it on Wednesday.  Luckily she laughed and reminded me that’s Christmas Eve!  It’s just all coming so fast.  Usually my apartment is an EXPLOSION of Christmas Cheer.  This year I was lucky I got the wreath on the door.

Christmas decorations – wreath

Christmas music – playing since Thanksgiving dinner finished

Christmas movies – watched 3, and neither of my classics White Christmas or The Grinch

Christmas shopping – not even started

Which reminded me to think about those crazy awesome things I have on my secret wish list.

  1. Garmin Forerunner 220 – ever since I read DC Rainmaker’s review

    Photo by Garmin

    of this running GPS watch I was sold! Plus, who wouldn’t love the cute color. Problem being my wallet wouldn’t be too happy with the $200+ price tag. However, since I am considering my first marathon in 2015 it would be a nice training tool.

  2. Ice Queen Ultra Skirt/Pants – I heard about these while
    photo by Skirt Sports

    photo by Skirt Sports

    listening to a holiday gift guide on the Mickey Miles Podcast.  Since I am trying to run outdoors more this winter these sound like they would be great. Favorite feature: adjustable length ’cause remember I’m only 4’10”.

  3. photo by FitBit

    photo by FitBit

    FitBit Flex Bands – or this pretty bracelet for when I’m going to the theatre or doing office work. The colorful regular ones work awesome for day to day and when I’m choreographing.

  4. Fitness Magazine or Runner’s World Subscription – I love reading these while doing some easy cross training on the bike or elliptical.
  5. CLIF Shot Bloks – I love these for long runs.  I’ve only tried the orange but have heard good things about the margarita flavor.

So, just in case anyone else hasn’t finished their shopping and happens to be looking for me (wink, wink) now you have my not so secret wish list.

Keep it fit & fierce!

-Little Red

Have you finished holiday shopping? What is on your holiday wish list? What about your running or fitness wish list?