Blondie lovin’ for Foodie Fix Friday

Foodie FixHi there!

Happy Friday!

This week I had the baking bug so I decided to make blondies, recipe HERE .

Yes, I store my baking supplies in Tupperware containers.  These are actually from my Mom and the same ones I used all the time while growing up.  My Mom had a daycare in our own and I loved to have the kids help me make cookies.  I think we made cookies at least ever other week.  I love when kids are interested in helping and then I would send all the cookies home with the kiddos when they were picked up.  Cookies always brighten the day.  I made a double batch of these blondies to take one batch to work and send the other to school with the hubby.  Sharing is caring!
Flour and Brown Sugar

Combine the 1.5 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt.Flour

Add 1.5 cups packed brown sugar to the mixing bowl.Brown Sugar

Melt 1/2 cup butter in the microwaveMelted Butter

2 eggs (or this case 4 since I doubled the recipe)Eggs

Add the eggs to the melted butter and brown sugarAdding Eggs

Cream the brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla until blended then add in the flour mixtureMixing

The best part….chocolate chips!  The recipe calls for semisweet but I always use dark chocolate (for it’s health benefits of course!)Add Chocolate Chips

Spread into a greased 9 x 13 pan.  I like using this Baker’s Joy spray that has flour added for even easier removal from the panPut in Pan

Both batches ready for the oven.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.Ready for the Oven

Now they need to cool (if you can let them) then cut into squares and share with friends after testing a few first of course!Baked and Ready

Enjoy! Blondies!

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Not a normal week

Hi there!

It’s only Wednesday, yet this week has been anything but ordinary.  Monday was my last day at the small public accounting firm that I had been with for 4 years.  I have realized and finally let myself listen to my gut and leave the public accounting world.  Although I made that decision it was still a hard day because I like the people I work with but I just was not happy doing that kind of work.

Monday evening, Steve suggested going to dinner somewhere new.  We went to Pho Nouveau in downtown Boise. We have been wanting to Pho ever since Guy Fieri got some yummy looking Pho on his Foodnetwork show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

We started with some Shrimp and Pork Spring rolls for an appetizer.Spring Rolls

They were very tasty!Shrimp and Pork Spring Roll

I got the traditional Pho.  It was good but I really thought it lacked flavor especially since the broth cooks for days.  I added some of their chili sauce and then helped.  Pho

Steve tried the Spicy Beef Soup.  His definitely had more flavor but it was spicy (hence the name).  I had a bite or two but that was enough for me.Spicy Beef Soup

Tuesday morning.  My first day officially unempoyed so I started it with a 8:30am Body Pump class.  Class was good and I really need to go more because I love it.  After class, I did a quick 2 mile sprint workout on the treadmill before heading home.Body Pump

After a shower and protein shake, I started getting ready for my 1pm interview.  Since I’m leaving the public accounting world, I realize that it’s going to much more challenging than I thought.  It’s going to be quite the process making the change so I’m just trying to stay positive and ready for any opportunities.

Wednesday: I went for a 14 mile run at 5:30am with one of my besties, Kelsey.  We talked the entire time and had a great run.  Tomorrow morning, I am heading out early to drive up North to see my family and help with a busy weekend at my parents hotel and their restaurant opening.  Going to be a busy fun time!Signature

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Sunday Funday

Funday

Hi there!

It’s Sunday Funday and this weekend was a blast!  I’m chilling on the couch typing up this post and this was the first time I sat down today.  It was a good busy day and weekend.

To recap, Friday we picked up our rental mountain bikes then went home and had some leftovers.  We had planned to just just out the trails near our house but Steve’s bike had a flat tire and the spare we bought was the wrong size. We took the bikes back to the rental shop to have his fixed and then decided to go to the main trails since we now closer to downtown then our house.

We biked for about an hour and it was so much fun!  I was really afraid of this super narrow trail that had a steep drop off but I just walked my bike through it and loved all the rest.  My legs were sure tired after my 18 mile run Friday morning though!

Saturday morning  I was up early sipping coffee and then made healthy “egg mcmuffins” with a whole wheat english muffin, turkey bacon, egg whites and laughing cow cheese.  Yum!
Healthy Egg McMuffin

After filling up the bellies it was time to explore the trails which were just 2 miles away from our front door!  The area is part of the Oregon Trail Reserve.Mountain Biking

Enjoying the beautiful view.  Yes this is Idaho!  If you have never been, Boise has tumbleweeds and sage brush just like the desert areas.  It’s not what most people think of when they think of Idaho either.Boise View

About .25 mile into the trails, Steve got another flat!  He had a repair kit and the correct tube this time to replace it.
Flat Tire

Had to take a picture because the old tire was a Kenda tire!  Just like my dogs name.Kenda Tire

Selfie with the Boise River in the background.  I had never seen the river from above (besides while on a plane).
Selfie Time

Far in the distance is downtown Boise.  Yep it looks so far away but we are only 10-15 minutes from downtown depending on traffic.Downtown Boise View

View of the Boise River and Dam.Boise River Dam

After mountain biking for almost 2 hours we were ready for a little break and decided to go to the theater and watch Trainwreck. Trainwreck

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It was a funny movie although it was grouped with Bridesmaids (which I can watch over and over again) and I don’t think I will need to watch it again.  But glad we went because I refueled on a bunch of popcorn!

Sunday morning, I was up earlier than I wanted to be but I was glad I had set the coffee maker to be ready for me when I got out of bed.

I sipped coffee with a slice of chocolate chip banana bread that I made Saturday.  Recipe coming soon!Pre-run BreakfastI then met up with my running group at 8:30am for a trail run in the foothills.  I ran 7.5 miles and was so glad it was a much cooler morning than usual because there is zero shade out there.  It was a great run and then per usual we met up at the coffee shop afterwards.

Then I stopped by work, went grocery shopping and got a meal prepped before having some dinner, whew!!!

Now time to relax a bit before the new week begins.  Have a good one!

What was your favorite part of the weekend?

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Playing in the doggie pool!

Hi there!

Happy Friday to you!

Since I have Fridays of during the summer, I took advantage of it by kicking off the weekend by getting in my long run.

To prep for the 18 mile run, I happily carbbed-up on a yummy burger and grilled squash and zucchini. Carbing Up Dinner

Also made sure to layout everything in preparation for the run.  I have forgot my watch for a race before and it drove me crazy to be without it so I made sure everything was charged up and ready to go.Long Run Supplies

There was a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and jelly (my pre-race/ pre-long run fav) but I was starving when I woke up, so hence no picture…. I also had 2 cups of coffee while watching the news.  I need a good hour to wake up and be ready to go and run.  Coffee, the reason I get out of bed!Prerun Coffee

Within the first half mile, got to see a hot air balloon off in the distance.   Pretty cool to see while starting my run. Hot Air Balloon

Since today’s run was solo, I listened to music and tried to enjoy the scenery as much as I could too help keep my mind off counting the miles.  Saw some cattails near the park.
Cattails

The Boise River, goes right through downtown and the Greenbelt running path goes along both sides of it.  River View

Although I have to say one of my favorites is seeing the giraffes at the Boise Zoo which is also right downtown.  They were out to say hello today, is it weird I always say hi to them?
Giraffes

Tablerock, with the Boise “B” which is right at the top of the hill in white.  I love hiking (and running) Tablerock too.Tablerock

Sunflowers, because they are pretty and I’m trying to stop and enjoy the roses (or sunflowers in this case) more.  Also I needed a walk break.Sunflowers

Why oh why did I plan my 18 mile run to have the last half mile being a hill?!?!?!?  Well, since I live up on that up and I ran from home today there wasn’t much choice.  Full disclosure, I walked up this hill.  Just glad I didn’t have to crawl at this point!Up hills

Phew! 18 miles in the books!  I had estimated 3.5 hours for the run and went over my 13 minutes due to extra walk breaks.  I kept myself in check by going slower and taking a walk break because the point of a long run is long and slow.  Get your feet, body and almost most importantly your mind used to running for that long.  Unfortunately our minds start giving up before our bodies usually so must stay strong and power through!18 Miles

My feet felt like they were on fire so I took off my socks and shoes and filled up the doggie pool to take a cold (not ice) bath.Coldwater Foot Bath

Kenda was wondering what I was doing in her pool…. Waiting for the Ball

Then she joined me to cool off too!  She is so silly! She is splashing around with her ball here.Splash Time

Just throw it already!Throw the Ball

Well now I am resting my feet while typing up this post but time too go make a protein recovery shake.

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Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta

Foodie Fix

So I know a lot of bloggers are on the Favorite Things Friday (which I love to read) but I like to be a little different so I’m starting, Foodie Fix Friday over here.  Each Friday (I hope) to bring a new recipe that I have tried to share with you.  I love to cook and bake but sometimes we can get in a rut, right?  So mixing things up a bit by challenging myself to try new recipes, either cooking or baking.

Start with cooking some whole wheat pasta until just under el dente Pasta

Fresh (or frozen and thawed) broccoli Broccoli

Saute the cleaned and devained shrimp in EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).  Then add in 1/2 cup cream of mushroom soup, garlic salt, pepper and pureed tomatoes.Shrimp

Saute the shrimp in the sauce until they are pink and curled up.  Add in the broccoli and pasta and stir together.Pasta on the stove

Served the Shrimp and Broccoli pasta with a side salad and dinner is ready.Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta

I was inspired by this Shrimp and Broccoli Scampi that I found at Cooking Light.  I changed it up a bit added the cream of mushroom/pureed tomato sauce that I wanted to use up before it went bad.

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Yum gelato!

Try Something New

Hi there!

It’s my Friday today (Friday’s off in the summer)!

I’ve got some fun things on the schedule for tomorrow and this weekend too.

The hubby and I are renting mountain bikes from the university for the weekend and we will test them out tomorrow night.  I’m nervous but trying to stay excited.  Nervous because 1) I’m accident prone, 2) going fast is not my thing 3) bikes going fast on hills = accidents.  I sure hope not! 

On another note, I did try some Salted Caramel gelato after walking the dogs last night and it was delish!  (don’t worry, I wasn’t driving).  Salted Caramel Gelato

Stay tuned for more about the mountain biking experience.

What is something you thought was scary but tried and loved? 

– Stand up paddleboarding (SUP)
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