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Yesterday I made a treat I have been wanting to make for a while. I brought them in to school to see what everyone thought.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

  • 1 stick of light butter (melted) – next time I will try canola oil
  • 1/2 c. egg whites
  • 1 c. natural creamy PB
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. crushed peanuts (I used dry roasted) use 1/2 in dough and 1/2 on top!

  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 c. ground up oats (food processed into a flour mixture)
  • 1 1/2 c. white flour
  • Lower sugar jelly of your choice

Mix first set of ingredients together until creamy. Add second set until thick and doughy.

Spread 1/2 of the mixture onto a greased 9×13 pan. Cover the layer with preserves – I used strawberry then place the rest of the mixture on top of the jelly. Sprinkle the remaining peanuts on top.

Bake for 45 min. at 350.

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The verdict:

Everybody said they were good, but tasted like a sandwich. The oatmeal may have made the dough taste too much like bread. I think I would try to make them with a more shortbread style pb cookie layer!

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Tonight after school and a 5.5 mile run with Katie, Brady and I threw dinner on the grill. We had two things going, like lots of nights, chicken and tofu with bbq and grilled veggies. Since we weren’t in the mood for any specific carbs, and skipping carbs for the night is not an option, we made pita sandwiches! They were sooo good! Quick, easy and delicious!

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Check out the cookbook review page for the run down on this new cookbook:

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If I were you…

and I was running a half marathon I would do these things. I will take my own recently learned advice next time.

  1. Eat breakfast. I did not do this because I don’t usually eat before I run. The thing was, we got up at 3:30am and didn’t begin running until 7:45 (when our coral was started – it was a staggered start) then we ran for 2 hours and burned 12oo calories. Next time I would have eaten a normal breakfast when I woke up because it would have been digested by the time I ran. Also, I could have used the energy – I chose not to take any of the energy gel because I thought it would upset my empty stomach.
  2. Drink water while running. Again, this is a tip from experience. I was dehydrated after the run because I never drank anything from the stops. I wasn’t thirsty at the time and sometimes my stomach has hurt in past races when I drink while running. I would have had more energy at the end if I would have been well hydrated. Plus, it was 80 and the sweat was pouring out!
  3. Load your ipod with fast paced songs. I stocked up on good running tunes before the race because I like to click through the ipod only listening to a few seconds of each song. 🙂 I used play lists that a few favorite bloggers have posted – plus itunes most downloaded lists.
  4. Wear comfortable clothes you have worn before. This will prevent chaffing and make sure the clothes fit well. If you are comfortable then you can run a lot more easily!
  5. 3 miles is a long way when you have already run 10. When I got to mile 10, I sped up a little because I was thinking about finishing. Let me tell you that 3 miles is a long way when you are exhausted and your legs have carried so far already. It’s not like going out for an easy 3 mile run. Keep the pace you had been going and you will be fine!
  6. Set a place and time to meet with friends and family after the race. At the end of the race everyone is searching for people and it is total chaos. Make a plan before the race starts on where and when to meet so you don’t spend hours looking for people. This worked really well for us because if we hadn’t made a plan, we would have spent hours searching for each other.
  7. Walk around while rehydrating. Grab some water and sports drink and walk around before sitting down after the race. This will your legs to relax and your heart rate to go down.

Interesting fact:

While running for 2 hours I burned 1268 calories. When I crossed the finish line I stopped my HRM and restarted it so I could see how many calories I burned while I was cooling down. I was surprised to see I burned 209 more calories in the 30 minutes I walked around after the race. My heart was still going and it took a while to slow down to normal.

Good luck to my girlfriends Katie, Kelly and Heather who are running a half in Cinci next weekend, and my girl Allison who is running the Cleveland in a few weeks! Good luck to everyone else who has a run scheduled for this Spring! I am looking forward to planning my next one? Any ideas where it should be>!

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After returning home from our 6 hour drive from Nashville, we unpacked and relaxed. We were both sore from being in the car for so long. I decided to go for a 3 mile jog to get some of the lactic acid out of my legs and hopefully make going down the stairs easier tomorrow.

While I was gone, Brady set to work on dinner. This is what he came up with. It HIT the SPOT!

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This salad included:

  • romaine
  • spinach
  • arugula
  • grilled salmon
  • avocado
  • tomato
  • chickpeas
  • grilled sweet peppers
  • black beans
  • quinoa
  • mango-peach salsa
  • cucumber

It was just what I needed.

Tomorrow’s lunches are packed with leftovers and ready to go. My kids have their huge state test – the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) tomorrow so I am hoping they got to bed early tonight!

🙂 Hope your Monday is great!

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Holler than Swaller

After subs, showers and a mini nap (only 20 minutes!) we headed out in Nashville. If you have ever been to Nashville (or maybe other parts of TN) than you have heard the common saying “Holler than Swaller”! We made sure we followed these Nashville rules at a place called Tootsies. It was on Broadway and had a great live band!

Time of arrival: 5:45 pm.

The Boys.

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The group

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The girls

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Brady and I – notice how light it is outside.

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After 4 hydrating drinks of MGD 64 I was dragged against my will onto the bar. You can tell I hated it 🙂 My new friend (a random and CRAZY lady) was a little more wild than I was.

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Our night came to an end around 8:30pm when we went to grab dinner. I had a salad with a side of black beans and a soft pretzel appetizer. It hit the spot! Then we walked 1/2 mile – which felt like 10 miles to our hotel and were asleep by 9:15pm.

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Buitoni

The people at Foodbuzz and Buitoni got together and sent me a package of Wild Mushroom Ravioli to try. I am totally impressed and plan on buying this for a quick, filling, delicious meal!

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I fixed this with a classic tomato sauce and gobbled it up one night last week for dinner. I could have sworn I took a picture but I can not find it! Anyways, it was amazing, if you like mushrooms, you will love it!

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