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Sunday thoughts. . .

Hey there! Happy Sunday night!

Tomorrow is my last day of work before starting maternity leave. . . wish me luck. Smile

It was super cold, windy and snowy here this weekend, so we didn’t do a whole lot. . .

Luke and I made sugar cookies.

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I made a batch of RPSs and Christmas Crack. . . I switched it up and used white chocolate chips and sprinkled pecans.

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I liked the white chocolate chips better, although next time I would use about 1/2 bag instead of a whole bag. And heck yes to the pecans.

We played and watched too much HGTV.

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Took some final bump pictures. 39 weeks!

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Random thoughts for you. . .

I am getting the ingredients to make this on Christmas morning.

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I’ve made it before (actually on Christmas last year) and it is SO easy and So good!

Scott loves the Autumn Squash soup from Panera and I have been trying to recreate it at home. . . and this recipe is awesome.

I made some egg cups this past weekend, so easy and so good.

And if someone wants to bring me some of these, that would be amazing. Smile

Salted Caramel Ritz Cracker Cookies

And that’s about it! What were you up to this weekend??

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Weekend Update: 9/15/14

happy monday! back at it again, right?

what were you up to this weekend?

We had a pretty low key weekend. . .

because it’s Friday . ..

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Summer is officially gone. Cold, wind and rain = time on the hotel gym treadmill. At least I had my goofball husband to keep me entertained thru 6 miles.

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Saturday road trip to the lake = necessary stop at Panera.

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And a stop at Red Robin for lunch. Yup that’s a salted caramel ice cream shake. holy yum. and yes, I was super nice and shared. Winking smile 

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On our road trip, we made a stop on Osseo, WI at the legendary Norske Nook for pie. And OMG they have so many different options. . .

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And the largest sugar cookies I have ever seen. We ended up getting snickers and white chocolate raspberry. They were both delicious, but the snickers was definitely the winner.

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Lake time. . .

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beautiful fall weather run – 63 degrees. 4miles.

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all tuckered out.

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and that was our weekend! already looking forward to the next one. Winking smile 

And because it was pretty marvelous, I am linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday!

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Loaded Blondie Bars

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So, a few weeks ago, I made these amazing bars from Averie Cooks.

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In her post, she encourages you to use whatever ingredients you have leftover in your pantry. .. so even though her Oreo/m and m bars looked amazing. . .

I check out my pantry and found half of a bag of caramel bits, 1/4 bag walnut pieces and some mini marshmallows.

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And you guys.. . this recipe is amazing and so easy. One mixing bowl. About 5 minutes to mix together and put in the oven. Super quick.

My new favorite go-to dessert.

And no running to the grocery store for ingredients – just use what you have!! These bars were seriously amazing. I didn’t have too high of expectations given the randomness of the ingredients that I used but Scott and I ate an entire 8×8 pan in 2 days!

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The possibilities of this recipe are endless!! I am already searching my pantry for more leftover ingredients. I think my next creation will be “s’mores” – graham cracker pieces, mini chocolate chips and marshmallows. . . or I have some pretzel pieces and white chocolate chips that I think would be perfect for that salty sweet combo. So, seriously, go and make these and report back with what pantry ingredients you used! Have fun!!

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Loaded Blondie Bars

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 T vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 bag caramel bits (about 3/4 cup)
1/3 cup walnut pieces
3/4 cup mini marshmallows
**or whatever you have in your pantry!!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray 8×8 pan with baking spray.
  2. Melt butter. Let cool.
  3. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and stir until just combined.
  5. Stir in the caramel bits, walnut pieces, and mini marshmallows.
  6. Pour into pan.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until done based on add-ins used. Top should be set and edges slightly firm. A toothpick should come out clean. *bake for longer than you think!

IMG_1313I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday again this week!!

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2013: year in review

Wow – how is it 2014?

Craziness, I tell you!!

I thought it would be fun to do a 2013 recap (like I did for 2012 – check it out here). . . 

January

I ran the winter carnival half marathon

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I took the BODYPUMP instructor training

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Taco pasta bake

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February

We went to Marco Island

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Valentine’s Day Baby Craft

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I celebrated my 2nd blog anniversary

Turtle ice cream cake!!

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March

I completed the crockpot challenge 

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Easter bunny craft

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I shared my running favorites

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Road trip to Wyoming

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Luke’s 1st Easter

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April

Fruit quinoa salad

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BODYPUMP update

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Luke turned 1!!

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May

Quesadilla casserole

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I shared my making baby food tips

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My sisters and I went to The Melting Pot

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I celebrated my 31st birthday in Chicago

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One of my all time favorite posts –> Things my Dad has taught me about running

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June

Scott and I celebrated our 5th anniversary –> and I shared our “love” story

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I professed my love for the treadmill

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I made my chia peanut butter power bars

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Laura and  I went to Country Fest

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July

BODYPUMP perks

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We made a DIY Toddler Toy

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Luke turned 15 months old

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August

Finished my 3 month Grocery Challenge 

Special K Bars

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MN State Fair

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September

I  made Fro Yo Breakfast Bars

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I made fruit pizza 

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I went to HLS 

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Laura and I went to Las Vegas

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October

I made this awesome fall craft

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Pumpkin bars

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Abby turned 9 years old

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Scott and I ran the Des Moines Half Marathon

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November

I professed my love for Jamberry nails 

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I reviewed some great perks from my grocery challenge

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I wrote an “it’s ok” blogger post

December

We went to Cocoa Beach, Florida

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I made RPSs

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I made these cute Holiday gifts for Luke’s daycare

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Cinnamon Roll French Toast

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And we celebrated Christmas

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Oh man, what an awesome year! I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!!

Happy New Year!!

What was your 2013 highlight?

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Banana Bread – Nutella Cookies from Olives ‘n’ wine

Happy 1 year blog-versary to my good blend, Becky!! In honor of her 1 year blog-versary, Erica and Katie put together a fun virtual blog potluck where everyone makes and posts one of Becky’s awesome recipes!! Since she gave me her leftover jar of Nutella at HLS. . .

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I thought it was only right to make some of her yummy banana bread – nutella cookies!! Banana bread + nutella + cookies = deliciousness. Winking smile 

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Luke approved!

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Banana Bread – Nutella Cookies – from Olives’ n’ Wine

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup Nutella

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine sugars, bananas, egg and butter.
4. Add flour mixture to banana mixture and then stir in oats.
5. Plop spoonfuls of Nutella into batter and swirl with spoon (you don’t want to completely mix the Nutella – this would remove the swirl effect!).
6. Spoon batter onto cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges of the cookies slightly browned.
7. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes on cookie sheet then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

PS: Don’t get lazy and think you can make these into mini muffins instead of cookies. . . #majorfail  . . . but thankfully, still delicious. Winking smile 

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Carmelitas

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No tricks for Halloween – just an awesome treat for you guys!!

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Laura found this awesome recipe on Pinterest and brought it for us to make during our weekend of fun.

I am not joking when I say that this is one of the best things we made that weekend. Crunchy on the bottom with luscious caramel and the hint of chocolate –> perfection! These were the first things gone in our house. We unfortunately only made a 8×8 pan and had to share them between both houses. . . Laura and I have already made them again and again – in a 9×13 pan! And it is on my list to make them again SOON! The recipe has amounts for a 8×8 pan, but I would recommend doubling it and making a 9×13 pan – you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients
32 caramel squares, unwrapped
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
1. Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat.

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2. Stir until completely smooth; set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda.

4. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8×8″ pan.

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5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

6. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust.

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7. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips.

8. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel.

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9. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.

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10. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.

11. Enjoy!!!

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*A quick few minutes in the fridge will help them cool off. They shouldn’t be served cold, but all of that molten caramel takes a long time to cool down. They should be stored and served at room temperature. ***IMHO – I think they tasted great right out of our freezer!
**To make a 9×13″ version, simply double the amounts.

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