Happy Thursday everyone! It’s a beautiful day here in central MA, and there are a few things that I have to do around the house, literally, as David is planning on building a shed in the next couple of weeks. It’ll be good to finally have a place where he can keep his tools and know that they won’t get wet. Our current garage is original to the property (around 1930s) and leaks when it rains. So fun to be a homeowner.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter this past Sunday. It was low key for David and I; we had an early dinner at my parents house. The menu was pork, potato “surprise” (with bacon!), asparagus, roasted carrots, and for dessert, lemon cheesecake. I was too busy enjoying the company of my parents, my grandmother, uncle Scott, his new girlfriend Susan, and our good family friend Deb, to take any pictures of anything else other than the dining room table.
In addition to the lemon cheesecake, I also brought a batch of Bourbon, Bacon, Chocolate cookies. Oh yes, you heard that right: bourbon…bacon…and chocolate. How delicious does that sound? I don’t remember where I found out about the recipe, but I was intrigued to take a chance in baking them. I had never baked with liquor or bacon before. I couldn’t even cook bacon on the stovetop without burning at least a few slices! Thankfully, though, my batch came out perfect and these cookies were to die for. They will definitely make you friends.
Recipe can be found on the Maker’s Mark website . You can find it under Recipes –> Desserts. I think next time I’ll try it in a cupcake.
Items of Note
1.) Next weekend, on May 4th, the 46th annual Walk for Hunger will take place in Boston.
According to Project Bread, a state-wide anti-hunger organization, more than 700,000 people in Massachusetts aren’t always sure where their next meal will come—a number almost 40% higher than it was prior to the recession. Money raised by the Walk for Hunger help support local food pantries, community-based meal programs, early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, and improve access to farm-to-table resources.
The 20-mile walk begins and ends at the Boston Common. The walk route weaves through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge. Local entertainment and water stops help keep the walkers going throughout the day and educational elements will help walkers learn more about food insecurity and the range of anti-hunger solutions.
Registration is now open, and you can sign up to walk, volunteer or donate to the link above or by calling 617-723-5000.
2.) On May 1st registration for two of my favorite races will be open: the BAA10K and the Citizens Bank Newport Pell Bridge Run ! The 10K is on Sunday, June 22nd and the way the registration works is that you sign up, but you’re not automatically entered. They will usually get back to you within the day to say if your registration went through. Last year it sold out in 13 hours! It was the next race for the BAA after the marathon so that year garnered a lot of interest and support. It’s such a great race, I’m sure that this year may be much of the same. I’m crossing my fingers that I get in! It’ll be my 4th year running. The Pell Bridge run isn’t as selective, but it’s such a unique race, that I think it’s something to think about adding to your racing calendar. It will take place on Sunday, October 26.
3.) Ultimate Bootcamp will be offering a FREE post-marathon recovery clinic on Saturday, May 3rd. Joint Ventures’ experts will discuss their top techniques for proper running recovery and Ultimate Bootcamp trainers will lead you in a specialized runners workout. Whether you’ve just run Boston or expect to run a half or full marathon in 2014, this Running Strong workshop is a must! Enjoy breakfast, a workshop with physical therapists and a 45-minute cross-training workshop geared towards runners.
Top Techniques for Running Recovery Date: Saturday, May 3rd Time: 9am Location: Kenmore Square, 654 Beacon Street, Boston