The Weekend in Review

A weekend full of two wheels, friends, small towns, watering holes, ice cold drinks and a little 5K fun.

Friday night found us in Waterloo, NE at the Dog House Saloon.  I had a craving for their Watermelon cocktail as soon as work was over.   These babies are just simply the best cocktail around.

 

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While at the Dog House we ran into a few people we met while out riding last season.  We quickly found our original plans of a short ride out West and maybe a little dinner turning into a late-nighter.  Which is a-ok by us!

Our party of Two turned party of Six chose to head on over to Gretna, NE  where we hit up a small watering hole called Brag N Rights.

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We all took over the back patio, grabbed a bite to eat and enjoyed some cold Bud’s, good music and easy conversation.

Next up: The Waterfall Lounge in West Omaha.

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Pretty sweet waterfall set up behind the bar.   If you live out in the Millard, Gretna, Elkhorn area, I’d definitely recommend swinging into this place.

We stuck around this location for a few hours before calling it a night after the midnight hour.

 

This is yet another reason why I love my two-wheeled lifestyle.

You never know who you will run into, where you will ride or what you will find out on the road.

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Saturday morning had me up and going fairly early as I had a 5K to run.

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The Color Me Rad recap can be found here.

 

The afternoon quickly slipped away and soon enough we found ourselves back on the bikes for an evening out.

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Dinner at our local Hy-Vee!

Now, before you make fun of us, we should tell you that this is not your normal Hy-Vee experience.  “Our” Hy-Vee has gone under some serious construction within the last year and they recently opened up the Hy-Vee Market Cafe.   You get the full experience of a restaurant right inside the grocery store.

And what’s this about a bar?

Yep, full bar service.

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Chinese and Beer.

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Drinking beer at the ol’ Hy-Vee

Who knew?

Next stop: Two Fine Irishmen to meet up with a couple friends for a little conversation and live music and then closed out the evening at the 21st Saloon where we met up with two more friends.

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The 21st is owned by a good friend of ours, Scott.   If you like Blues music, then Thursday night is your night to hit them up.   If you are into 80’s metal, then head out to see 3D in Your Face.  They are a staple on Friday evenings!

Sunday?   A no make-up, ball cap, running shoes, grocery shopping, laundry kinda day.

And sadly, the weekend is over.

Already.

Seriously.

I need more weekends in my life and less week.

Who is with me on this?

This is also my last week before the Lincoln half-marathon on Sunday the 4th.   Most people taper their workouts leading up to big races, however, I have 8 fitness classes to teach this week, so this girl is going full force!

Just a day in the life!

I LOVE it!

Cheers

 

Color Me Rad ~ Recap!

Saturday was the Council Bluffs Color Me Rad 5K!   It was a perfect morning for it as the skies were clear and the weather warm.

 

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I was able to catch up with Liz and her hubby who WON the free entries that I gave away a few months ago!  Looks like they had a great time!

 

HUGE thanks to Color Me Rad for the cool prize pack to give-away and CONGRATS again to Liz for winning, running and having a great morning with her hubby!!

 

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Celebrate good times, come on!

 

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The After-Party

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It’s all about good friends, fun and laughter.

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Let’s not forget the cute costumes either…

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COLOR Me RAD

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Cheers to another run under my belt.  I need to do something cool with all my race bibs!  Any fun ideas?  Throw them my way!

 

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The Joys of Office Neighbors

Work is always a little more fun when you have cool colleagues.

I won the office mate lottery with the cool chick who has the office directly across from mine.

 

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One might think the office set up is a little awkward considering my gigantic windows face her gigantic windows, so when we look up from our computers we are looking directly at each other.

Oh heyyy…. I swear I’m not REALLY staring at you.

And even though we can talk at a normal voice level and hear each other, it’s still necessary to send random emails.

Exhibit A: My email to her this afternoon.  Disclaimer- we have cake in the office today.

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Her response:

 

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Another disclaimer: That song she referred to on #8 TOTALLY from my office.

Yep.

And eCards?   Those gems get passed around quite often.

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I can only hope you have coworkers as great as mine.

Cheers!

Chocolate Chip Mini Cups with Buttercream Frosting

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I just realized it has been almost a week since I have posted.  I have so much to share and so little time to write.  One of these days I will get to unload my brain into the ol’ blogosphere again.

Until then, enjoy an easy dessert recipe that is easy on the eye, easy to make and delicious.  Using the Brownie Bites as inspiration, I bring to you my Easter Dessert (that was a huge hit at my Gr’pa Goecker’s house this past Sunday!)

 

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I cheated and used store bought cookie dough.

Hey!  Don’t judge!  Limited time = use your dang resources!

 

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Press into mini-muffin tins.  Bake at 350 for not much time.

How is that for a time-frame?

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Eh.  5-8 minutes?

Just watch them.  Trust me.

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Those babies are just SCREAMING for some frosting!

Using the recipe for my mint butter cream frosting, I subbed the mint for all vanilla flavoring.   My plan was to also add almond flavoring, but failed to plan and had none in my baking cabinet.  So, vanilla it was!  And just as delicious!

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Topped with a Cadbury Egg and an Easter dessert was created!

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Frosting At A Glance:

1/2 cup salted butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 Tbs. Whipping Cream

Roasted Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash

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Are you ready for a perfect combination of maple syrup and cinnamon on a vegetable packed with nutrients?  This recipe is sweet, savory, make your house smell like you could eat it, goodness.

 

Step 1.  Cut the butternut squash into pieces that can be easily peeled.

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Step 2.  Peel away the outer layer of skin.   Fun fact: You can actually leave the ‘skin’ on if you wish.  It’s edible, just not that great of a flavor if you ask me.

 

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Step 3.  Combine maple syrup, olive oil, cinnamon, salt and sweetener to a gallon size bag.   Cube squash, add to ziplock and massage until each piece is coated.

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Step 4:  Cover a cookie pan with foil, spray with olive oil and spread squash in a single layer.   I should have used two pans to give each piece room to truly roast, however, two pans seemed like a lot of work (I am lazy at night, I admit) so one pan was good for me.

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Step 5.  Roast at 425 degrees for 35 minutes.   Take out of oven and let rest for a few minutes.

 

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Step 6.  ENJOY!

 

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Ingredients:

1 large butternut squash

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. Real Maple Syrup

1/4 tsp. seasalt

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp. Stevia natural sweetener (omit and add more maple syrup if you wish)