Friday Favorites in Fives

Happy Friday folks! We made it though another week, and now it’s time to relax, lie on the couch, make tacos for dinner, and be in bed by 10pm. That is my plan and it sounds glorious. I have to physically and mentally prepare for running eighteen miles tomorrow morning, which means doing as little as possible in both senses.

Before I totally zone out, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things. As an English teacher, I just can’t help myself; I have to use alliteration whenever possible.

Friday Favorites in Fives (in no particular order)

Dessert
1) Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns ice cream
2) Any kind of frozen yogurt
3) My mom’s sugar cookies
4) Pecan Caramel torte from The Tornado Room
5) Dark chocolate anything

Magazines
1) Real Simple
2) Shape
3) Fitness
4) Women’s Health
5) Runner’s World

Books (adult)
1) East of Eden by John Steinbeck
2) Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
3) Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson
4) The Help by Kathleen Stockett
5) Kindred by Octavia Butler

Books (young adult)
1) The Hunger Games series
2) 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
4) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (not exactly young adult but taught to that age)
5) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Books (nonfiction)
1) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2) Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
3) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
4) Columbine by David Cullen
5) The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

Breakfasts
1) Brody’s eggs with bacon and onions
2) French toast (as obvious from my WIAW this week)
3) Omelet with goat cheese and vegetables
4) Overnight oats
5) Power bagel with honey butter (Einstein’s or Breugger’s)

TV Shows
1) Modern Family
2) The Voice
3) Best Thing I Ever Ate
4) Happy Endings
5) Basically anything on HGTV

Cheese
1) Goat cheese
2) Blue cheddar
3) Wisconsin cheddar (Bucky Badger brand)
4) Cottage cheese
5) Gruyere

Beer
1) Ale Asylum Hopalicious
2) Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
3) Guinness
4) Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
5) Vintage red ale

Now it is your turn! Share one of your favorites fives.

Have a nice evening!

Tuesday Rambles and an Easy Dessert Recipe

The three miles on the treadmill this morning at 5:40am felt pretty terrible. After taking a week off from BodyPump, the hour long class last night kicked my butt…and my hamstrings and my chest. My legs were heavy and I was slow. Hopefully the run shook off some of the soreness. When I first trained for a half marathon, I only ran: no elliptical, no yoga, and no BodyPump. Cross-training and lifting helped me run a faster second half marathon, and hopefully will help me run a successful full marathon at the end of May.

The baby shower was a fun, after school activity. My cupcakes were overshadowed by a much better dessert which I will provide the recipe for now. I have no idea what the official name is, but if they are delicious, does that minor detail matter?

Brownie Chocolate Rice Crispees (made that up…doesn’t really roll off the tongue)
Ingredients
– brownie mix (and necessary ingredients)
– 2 cups of marshmallows
– 3 cups of rice crispees
– 1 cup of chocolate chips
– 1 cup of butterscotch chips
– 1 cup of peanut butter

Directions
1) Make brownies but with only two eggs for recommended time
2) Add layer of marshmallows over brownies and put back into oven to melt (2 mins)
3) Mix rice crispees with melted chocolate, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter; spread over marshmallows
4) Allow to cool and then serve!

That ugly pile of dishes you saw last night? I took care of them while Brody took the dogs for a walk. It was around 50 degrees today, and the dog park is likely a muddy mess. I have plans to go tomorrow to meet with my friend Jena and her dog Ruger. Baths for the dogs might also be on the schedule.

My work week feels half over already; I am attending a conference on Friday in Milwaukee. I have two friends presenting as well! Conferences inspire me and provide me with many ideas for how I can be a better teacher. I am lucky that my school district is so supportive of teachers pursuing professional development opportunities.

Have a great night!

P.S. Sorry for the absence of pictures – I need to be better about bringing my camera with me and actually remembering to take pictures.

P.P.S. I signed up for the foodie penpal program for the month of February that Lindsay organizes. I can’t wait to go shopping for my penpal and to receive my package in the mail.