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Weekend Hodgepodge

After a ridiculously busy (planned) and pretty wretched (not planned) week, I was really looking forward to a fun weekend. Highlights of last week included my car being subject to a hit-and-run while it was parked at work, my camera being stolen, and my ice cream sandwich disappearing from the work freezer. On a positive note, I found out my co-chair and I were awarded scholarships to the CCMA conference for cooperative businesses in Philadelphia this June!

Friday night, I darted to Best Buy after work (where I was surprised to receive really poor customer service- usually they jump on you right as you walk in the door, but this crew didn’t want to even be bothered to make a sale) to purchase a new camera. While it charged overnight, I went to my co-leader’s house for a Girl Scout sleepover (although I didn’t stay the night) with the high school troop. They had a good time making jewelry and eating brownies.

Saturday morning I was up bright and early, anticipating the highlight of the whole weekend- The Dirty Girl Mud Run!

The Fembots Team

I ran the 5K obstacle course (in the mud) with my sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and friend. Since the event was to benefit breast cancer research, we thought an appropriate team name would be “The Fembots,” a la Austin Powers.

Mud Pit

Walking into the race area, we got a preview of the last obstacle- An enormous mud pit! Other obstacles included a 10ft wall climb, 20-30ft cargo net climb, mud up to my waist, rappelling down hillsides, and crawling through muddy tunnels.

Starting Line

Every 15 minutes, a wave began, totaling 8000 women running.

Shoe Pile

After an exhilarating run through the course, we tossed our mud caked sneakers into the donation pile and headed to the hose-off tent.

Team Fembots After

We were covered in mud and in high spirits after the run. We celebrated with a group fist pump before cashing in our free beer tickets.

Anne Retirement Party

After dashing back to Bethlehem, I jumped in the shower and went to catch the end of my professor and mentor’s Cinco De Mayo retirement party. I rushed in just in time to hear the toasts.

Anne's Stuff

Sunday morning, I picked up some Jumbars breakfast to go and went to my old stomping grounds in Moravian’s art department to help my former professor pack and sort her old office items. An artist’s office is always full of the most fascinating objects.

Dandelion & Potato Soup

Sunday afternoon, I set to work preparing some quick to reheat meals for dinners this week, including this dandelion & potato soup.

Spinach, mushroom & ham quiche ingredients

I also made a spinach, ham, and mushroom quiche.

Spring Brunch Pizza

I also made this spring pizza for our Sunday dinner, topped with pesto, potatoes, duck eggs, wild garlic, arugula, and fromage blanc. It was delightful! The recipe will be posted this week, just in time for Mother’s Day brunch!

So, all in all, the weekend made up for a lousy preceding week. Here’s to better weekdays to come!


Weekend Hodgepodge

This weekend was spent in an odd space of moping about my cat being sick (she’s still not up to par, and we can’t figure out what is wrong) and trying to keep busy to distract myself from moping about the cat since we can’t do anything about it more than we are. This somewhat moody state of mind put me in the kitchen for much of the weekend and triggered a chocolate craving like you wouldn’t believe (all week!).

Veggie Noodle Stirfry

Friday night I whipped up this veggie noodle stir fry for my husband and I before I headed off with the girls for a fun night of bowling. I topped the stirfry with some crushed wasabi almonds from the recent Girl Scout sale! Look for the recipe coming soon!

Jumbars Brochure

I spent Saturday morning designing this brochure for my friend's café in hopes of finishing it in time to order a tasty Sunday breakfast. I succeeded. 🙂

Pure Sprouts Local Bin

While I was designing the brochure, I heard a thump outside and opened the door to find my first Pure Sprouts all local bin on my porch! Pure Sprouts is a local organic delivery business that has tempted me for a long time. I won the bin from a Buy Fresh Buy Local photo contest. This bin included Asian mix, kabocha squash, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, crunchy sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, leeks and dinner rolls. All that for what would have cost $35! Pretty decent price! We also ordered some local shiitake mushrooms. I'll definitely be placing another order soon.


All day, I was also slow-cooking another batch of applesauce. Something about that smell is comforting on a mopey day.

Leek and Shiitake Pizza

For dinner Saturday, I wanted to try out some of my Pure Sprouts goodies, so I made a roasted garlic, leek and shiitake pizza. Recipe will be posted soon!

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Still craving chocolate after a co-worker took my dark chocolate square from my hand earlier this week (yes, it did happen and yes, I am bitter over a piece of chocolate), I found a recipe for 1 minute chocolate cake in a mug. It wasn't quite chocolatey enough to sooth my craving, but I was surprised at how decent it turned out! A few tablespoons of ingredients and you've got something like those Warm Delights cakes (that Kevin calls PMS bowls) in the grocery store.

Here is the cake-in-a-mug recipe!

Survival Bracelet

Saturday night, I vegged out in front of the TV and worked on making these surival bracelets I plan on giving some guys as Christmas gifts. Each bracelet contains 10 ft of rope and has an emergency whistle built in to the buckle!

First thing on Sunday, I ordered some breakfast from Jumbars, which I scarfed down before I could take a picture.

Curried Chicken & Apples

I got the crock pot going with a mix of chicken, apples and curry, then spent the day sorting closets, doing laundry and running errands.

Jumbars Brownie

Finally, I got my chocolate fix from this AMAZING Jumbars brownie. Their brownies could be the key to world peace. I'm not even kidding. Go eat one of their brownies and tell me you don't want to hug someone or pet a kitten.

Cozy on the Couch

So, this is how my weekend ended—Cozy on the couch in my fuzzy slippers and robe with a Jumbars brownie, a handful of spicy peanuts, and a mug of Mexican hot cocoa (with Bailey's, of course).

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