Where have I been? I went to FL & I ran 5 miles

IMG_2592Heyo! So I just got back from a trip on Wednesday and I’m still not back in the groove. Is that weird? I was gone from the 20th-27th and it feels like I was gone for a month. Seriously, vacation is fun but getting back to regular life afterward is weird and seems to take forever. So here’s what you missed:

IMG_2577A very talkative gentleman on my flight from NC to FL bought me my first birthday beer of the day. It was at like 9:30 in the morning but try not to judge, it was my birthday after all.

IMG_2583This is basically what I did the entire time in FL. I mean, sure we went to St. Augustine and saw The Fountain of Youth and learned about how Ponce de Leon is the real discoverer of America (at the time it felt like I was learning a lot about history but in retrospect I feel like the info might have been a bit biased…) and obviously we went out to eat a lot but mostly we spent the whole time just chilling out. The weather looked like this pretty much every day:

IMG_2584Feel free to hate on me a little bit. I spent some great quality time with my mom and my sister-in-law and soaked up several weeks’ worth of Vitamin D. So I flew back to the Midwest and then took the Amtrak back to the frozen tundra on Wednesday and then this last weekend I went to visit a friend who just bought her first house. I thought I would be helping them move but it turned out they were pretty much done with that, so we did a 5 mile run instead. Yeah, 5 miles. It was a long one for me. Pogs and a few buddies were already signed up for the run, but one of them had a sinus infection so I used her bib and gave it a shot. Just call me Cathy Wisinger.

IMG_2665I ran at a consistent and slow turtle’s pace and finished the run in an hour and 3 minutes. So yeah, I rock a 12 minute mile. Just sign me up for the next Olympics guys, I’ve already bought the trophy case. We got a few of these as a reward:

IMG_2664And then I took a little rest on the bar

IMG_2670I’m glad I did it, but my legs are still sore as…….I don’t know, something that is really frickin’ sore. Don’t worry folks, our regularly scheduled programming of cooking and baking starts again tonight. I made the grocery list, I have the recipes, I’m getting back on track.

Rainy Day S’mores Bars

There were only two things I wanted to do today: go for a run and go to a 3 year old’s birthday party. Unfortunately I dicked around for too long this morning and was thwarted by the weather. It had been raining for about half an hour but I thought it had let up enough (not stopped raining completely but slowed to a drizzle) for a quick run. I got about halfway down our alley before it started SERIOUSLY raining. So I sprinted home laughing like a maniac in the pouring rain and that was my run. Instead of partaking of some healthy cardio, I made these bars. Totally unhealthy but totally easy and comforting on a rainy day when your plans are shot.

Rainy Day S’Mores Bars

4 T unsalted butter

1 10oz bag of mini marshmallows

7 cups Golden Grahams

2 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips

Grease a 9×9 square pan. Melt the butter over low heat in a large saucepan. Add the marshmallows and stir until the mallows are totally melted. Remove from the heat and dump in the cereal. Stir until well-mixed, then dump in 2 cups of the mini chocolate chips. Mix well, then press evenly into the greased pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chips over the top for extra cuteness. Let the bars set for at least 15 minutes, then turn them out, flip them over and cut into individual bars.
These are super simple and quick and will definitely be popular with any s’mores lovers in your life!


Baking with Julia – Buttermilk Crumb Muffins

These muffins were pretty perfect. Yep I said it – perfect. I know everyone was all up in arms about the amount of sugar and shortening and all that but come on guys – it’s a muffin. You eat one and you’re done. It’s not like you eat the whole batch yourself. Or hopefully you don’t I guess. I am not opposed to shortening but I randomly was out of it so I just subbed in butter and I don’t think it really made a difference. I think my muffins looked almost exactly like the ones in the book so yay me!

Mmmmmmmm butter. I used my trusty ol’ pastry blender and we got the job done.

I really tried my hardest not to overmix and I think I did alright. I got 14 muffins out of the batch and guess what else I was out of? Muffin liners! I only had two – what kind of moron puts two muffin liners back in the cabinet? This kind of moron apparently. I have a nonstick muffin pan but I don’t really trust it so I buttered the heck out of it just in case. Some of them stuck a little but most of them came out fine.

  These made a great little afternoon snack/reward after running the Turkey Trot 5K yesterday. I brought them to some friends and over to our neighbors’ house for a little impromptu get-together. After all, Dorie says they’re best eaten the day they’re made! 🙂 If you want to give them a try, get the recipe over at  Easier Than Pie.

Here’s me at the run – that wasn’t my time though. I finished at 34:26 which isn’t too shabby for a lazyass like me. I feel pretty good about it really. If I keep going at this rate I’m going to have quite a t-shirt collection!