Monday, April 27, 2015

What a Weekend! Nashville Girls Weekend Rocked!

 Well, the Nashville girls weekend has now come and gone.  Just. Like. That. 

We had such a great time.  It's fun to just get away from everything and let loose a little bit.
Just Beers, Bands and BBQ with a half marathon thrown in.

No cooking, no cleaning, no dishes, no laundry.  For 4 days.  

I can not recommend enough the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon series if you're looking for a fun half marathon to do.  Everyone was so friendly and supportive.  It's a little more expensive than some Half Marathons I've seen, but you really get a lot for you money.  There were bands at every mile.  The families in town sit out in front of their houses and have parties to cheer everyone on. One group of college kids was even giving out shots of beer.  And yes, we stopped for one.  

I knew I wasn't going to PR in this race.  I really wanted to have a nice, do-able pace so that we could still go out and have fun on our last night in Nashville.  We were in no rush.  I had to stop at port-o-pottys 3 times and was not going quickly.  And there were lots of cute kids standing on the sides of the roads giving high fives, so we high fived every kid we saw.  We even stopped to get our "selfie" taken for some selfie company.  SOOOOOO. . . . . .. . . we were really in it for the fun this time and not to beat our own best personal times.

Just so you know...
I won't be doing my Meal Plan Monday post today.  A friend called and asked if I'd like to go downtown to meet friends for lunch.  I'll be taking care of all my meal planning and grocery shopping tomorrow.  Hopefully I can still stick to my planned weekly budget of $75 per week.


I will be having another GIVEAWAY starting tomorrow!!!  There will be 3 WINNERS in this GIVEAWAY!!!!  So excited!  

Right now though, I have to go start getting this house cleaned up a little bit and start laundry.

Hope everyone else had a great weekend!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WW w/LINKY | Excited for our Girls' Trip!

We leave tomorrow night for our girls' trip to Nashville to walk our next half marathon.  Getting so excited!  Here are some pictures to get us ready.  So excited to do it without kids this time.  .  . . no offense my little lovebugs!

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Yeah, baby!  Can't wait.  Get me to the honky tonks!

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How to Make a Homemade Giant Whole Wheat Birthday Cookie

I do have to say that we did this on a pizza stone. 
 I'm not sure how to make one without a pizza stone.  If you don't already own a round baking stone, I highly recommend it for a multitude of items.  I can't even stand to cook without my stones anymore.  I own a 9x13 baker, 2 bar pans, a large round stone and 2 smaller casserole dishes.  The price may seem expensive in the beginning, but I've had most of mine for 13 years.  The price is so worth it in the end.

My son loves giant cookie cakes.  Last year we switched it up a bit by making an Oreo cookie ice cream cake, but this year he asked for a cookie cake again.  Since I'll be gone for most of his birthday weekend, I made him a giant cookie last Friday. 

We almost exclusively use whole wheat flour, even in our "goodies", so this cookie was no exception.
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