Happy Easter!

Today started out with Tim telling me I was not allowed out of bed because I woke up feeling gross.  Post-nasal drip is foul—the sludge piles up overnight and I woke up with a raw throat and upset stomach.

BUT, I knew I’d feel better once I got up and moving, so I ignored him and quickly got ready for church.  I really love services on Easter Sunday—they’re so cheery and happy.

Since many of you liked my dress, I took a full-body shot.  Yes, I re-wore it.  That’s the beauty of an intentionally wrinkled dress—you can’t get it wrinkled!  I got it at Target last summer for $19.99 and I get complimented on it more than any other piece of clothing I owned.

Apologies for the awkwardface.  And our messy house.0404 001

Anyway, services were lovely, including the baptism of a chubby little baby with adorable sticking-up dark hair. 

I am so glad I went—the sermon was actually (kind of) about running!  Our pastor was talking about resurrection, and how when you think all hope is gone there are miracles and triumphs of the human spirit.  She started talking about Team Hoyt.  (You should definitely go read their full story.)  Basically, the son was born with severe brain damage as a quadriplegic, and the doctors told his parents to give up on him and put him in a home because he’d be a vegetable.   They didn’t give up hope, and their son went on to graduate college, and his father has pushed him in over 1,000 races—everything from 5Ks to Ironman Triathlons (and a 2:40 marathon!  Holy cow!).

It was exactly what I needed to hear.  I’m not intensely religious, though I do enjoy going to church, and obviously, in my “I don’t know if I can do this” state re: half marathon, this really spoke to me.  I won’t give up hope and I will keep fighting.

We stopped on the way home for a little sale Easter candy, since the Easter Bunny did not come to our house.  Yum!0404 002

Then I went home and baked peanutty banana chocolate chip muffins.  They are delicious and will be heading too work with Tim tomorrow.0404 008

Easter dinner?  Rachel at Shedding It’s Prosciutto-wrapped Pork Loin, Christmas rice, and steamed green beans.

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This recipe for pork was MAGICAL.  It was nice and moist.  I usually shy away from pork because it always comes out dry and tough, but this was awesome.  This will definitely be going in our rotation.

I overcooked the green beans, though.

For dessert, I made Cookie Dough Brownies.  They are chilling in the fridge as we speak.

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Someone requested the recipe for these bad boys earlier this week, so here you go!

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0404 007 I cut down on prep time by just using a brownie mix for the brownie part.  The cookie dough topping and glaze is really the important part!

Here are a few more recipes that people wanted to see!

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Pretzel Jello SOUNDS gross, but is secretly delicious.  I swear. 

I’ve never tried the make-your-own-cleaning wipes, either!

Anyway, I think we are going to take Milhouse for a nice long walk outside while it’s still light out.  I hope you enjoyed your Easter!

Recommend your favorite pump-you-up songs for my half marathon playlist.  I have an hour and a half on there now, so I need at least another 45 minutes to an hour (unless I suddenly become Speedy Gonzalez.)  Help!


10 Responses

  1. YAY! So glad the recipe worked out for you…happy Easter!!

  2. That dress is adorable!! I love when I can get about three (or four) wears out of something before having to wash it, just sayin’ 🙂 I knew EXACTLY what you were talking about with Team Hoyt, I saw the video about a year ago and was in tears. Definitely a testament to hope & a constant reminder that you CAN do it!
    As for song suggestions here are a few of mine but I could definitely use more too! Would you mind posting yours?

    Boom Boom – Big Head Todd & The Monsters
    Closer – Kings of Leon
    On Call – Kings of Leon
    Shine – Anna Nalick
    Dig – Incubus
    This Modern Love – Bloc Party
    No Sunlight – Death Cab for Cutie
    Daylight – Matt & Kim
    Shadow on the Sun – Audioslave
    Show Me How to Live – Audioslave
    The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows – Brand New
    Electric Feel (Justice Remix) – MGMT
    Do It Alone – Sugarcult
    & ANYTHING DJ Earworm!

    Hope these help 🙂 and CONGRATULATIONS on your soon to be wedded BLISS!!

  3. I love the dress too- and those peanut butter chocolate muffins look amazing. Not that I need any more chocolate after chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs, oops 🙂
    I’m glad you got a renewed sense of confidence about the half marathon- you are going to rock it, I know!

  4. Love that dress! It reminds me of a favorite of mine that I always wear that was 20 from Forever21! I LOVE pretzel jello. I usually make my Mom make it for every holiday but we forgot this Easter. Glad you had a good holiday. I sometimes find some good pump-up tunes on Billboard 100! My current favorite is “Imma Be” by Black Eyed Peas and “Not Myself Tonight” by Christina Aguilera. Not typical work-out songs but I like the beat 🙂

  5. Holy yum! Dark chocolate covered peeps? How have I not heard of these??

  6. How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty

  7. I LOVE JELLO PRETZEL SALAD. My family is all from Pittsburgh and I thought only Pittsburghers like it. We actually had it for Easter yesterday and it just calls my name begging me to eat it. YUMMO

  8. Those muffins look sooo good…can you post the recipe for those??
    I’m glad to hear your dr. appt went well and things are looking up to get blistersquatch healed and all…

    • I can’t, actually, since they’re from a Pampered Chef cookbook and I don’t want to get in copyright trouble!

      But, they’re called “Peanutty Chocolate Chip Banana Bread” if you’re ever perusing a PC cookbook! Sorry!

  9. Oooo….I am reduced to tears any time I read/hear about Team Hoyt! They are so inspirational.

    I like running to almost anything by the Black Eyed Peas. Here are a few more of my faves:
    Stronger – Kanye West
    Real Gone – Sheryl Crow (from the Disney Cars soundtrack)
    Here it Goes Again – Ok Go
    Shake It – Metro Station
    There are lots more, but those are the ones that perk me up when I start draggin’. 🙂

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