No Alarm Friday

I can’t figure out why the cashier at Trader Joe’s asked me if I was having a party this weekend???




Don’t normal people buy this much booze on Thursday night?


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I can tell you that normal people don’t stand in the Trader Joe’s parking lot talking pictures of the inside of their car, but we bloggers really are an interesting bunch!


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Although I would have liked to have indulged in some of these tasty beverages, I did not…not one drop!  Because I have a pretty bad cold!  Summer colds are a total bummer, but after two straight weeks of work and class, the stress has finally gotten to me.  The saddest part is that it is finally the weekend, and I don’t want a stuffy nose for my trip to Wisconsin and my triathlon this Sunday.  These are the joys (insert sarcastic facial expression here) of working with kids.  They are always passing you some sort of bug! 

I started wondering today what will happen if I can’t breath through my nose during the swim…I guess that’s why they created the doggy paddle. I think it is safe to assume that it won’t be my most successful race, but I know that it will be a fun one.  Which brings us back to the booze…I have a few bottles to take up north with me this weekend and then stocked up my house for out of town guests and a Chicago feast the next weekend.  With all of this fun, I best be feeling better SOON!  The first step on my road to recovery…SLEEP!  I slept a wonderful 10 hours last night.  My body probably could have used a few more hours, but my brain was awake and ready for a day off when I crawled out of bed at 9AM today.  The BOY was already awake and keeping himself busy with some important phone calls to AT&T, so I went straight to the kitchen.  I had a whole bunch of nasty bananas that I turned into my most beautiful banana bread EVER which will be perfect for company next weekend.




Then I got to work on some sweets.  Since I need to hit the road 5 minutes ago, I don’t have time to share all of the recipes, but I did make another batch of Cake Batter Fudge.  Just a note…one cake mix has ~4 cups which is perfect for two rounds of this addicting fudge!




This time, I just added in some walnuts and then covered the fudge with festive sprinkles, a few walnuts, and the last couple of caramel chips that I had left.




By the way, it is okay to lick the bowl, spatula, and your fingers before cleaning up!




Around 11:00AM, I realized the BOY was still battling AT&T and despite my stuff nose, I decided to get out for a bike ride.  It is one of the most beautiful summer days we’ve had and between my busy schedule and the rain I haven’t been out on my bike since last week.




The sunglasses are necessary to cover my tired eyes!  I decided to ride once around the path.  When I got on my bike, I was shocked at how high the resistance was.  Then I realized it was at its usually place, but legs were feeling worn out. I think worse than the stuffed up nose and cough, this cold has really drained me of energy!  Although I wasn’t feeling as strong, I powered through the almost 10 mile path enjoying the fresh air before making my way back home.


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The BOY and I went out to lunch and picked up a few things at Whole Foods for the weekend.  Before we knew it, it was 3:00 and time to shower and pack.  I sliced up fudge bars taking just the smallest taste to make sure this simple recipe tasted good (and trust me…they are amazing!)




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I took the bars to go along with some wine and the other homemade goodies before helping the BOY pack up the car.  Ok, that’s a lie…before telling the BOY what to put into the car.




I have to go do my final check that I have all of my tri gear and then we are off to Wisconsin.  See you later!



Chocolate Cake Batter Fudge

Adapted from Cake Batter Fudge


2 cups chocolate cake mix

2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter


Place cake mix and powdered sugar in a large bowl and combine. Pour in the milk, top with stick of butter, and microwave for 2 minutes. Immediately begin mixing everything together – the butter may not be fully melted but will as you continue mixing. Lastly, mix in the rainbow sprinkles, then pour fudge into a greased cake pan. Chill for at least 2 hours before cutting. Store in the refrigerator.

8 thoughts on “No Alarm Friday

  1. Good luck this weekend! I hope your cold clears up so you can really enjoy your tri! Wish I would have known it was this weekend–I would have come to cheer (as a new blog follower, not as a creeper)!

    All of your baked goods always look amazing! I’m not a baker by any means, but you make everything look so easy! I’m going to have to give this fudge a try, along with everything else you’ve posted. 😉

    • I always love and appreciate all cheerleaders (although I’ve never had a creepy blog stalker before…ha ha!). The Green Lake tri is pretty incredible, so you guys should definitely check it out.

      Enjoy all of your cooking and no baking this week. Everything is super easy and well worth the effort. I brought up some sweets for the weekend and most were gone before I woke up this morning : ) You’ll have to let me know how it goes!

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