5 for Friday

So sorry I’ve been silent Suzy on here this week!  This one has been quite eventful and very busy.  I’m very thankful that we made the switch over with Daylight Savings Time.  Despite all the craziness of the week, it has been an extra treat to feel some warm sunshine, wear lighter jackets, and take the dog for a walk at 5:30 with the sun as a companion too.  Here are five things on my mind this Friday…


We continued with Holden’s family party as planned on Sunday and had a great time!  I served chicken and beef burritos, veggies & dip, tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, and  black bean & corn salad.  The sweetness afterwards was a cake that I made following a Real Simple magazine recipe.  It was such a good party that I have only one picture.  That’s how you know it was good, I think.  🙂


Thank you so much to friends and family who attended!  They braved potential contagious illness {H was sick on Friday evening with a stomach bug.} to celebrate with us.  He got so many nice gifts.  H selected Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles thank-you cards.  We got a “thank you card” date planned for the weekend.  🙂  Can’t believe my big boy is 3!  This brings me to number dos…


About two hours after everyone left, I was enjoying the sunshine on our back deck and got feeling a little funny.  I was soon running to the bathroom with that terrible “mouth watering” sensation that usually precedes an unfortunate loss of the contents of your stomach aka I puked.  A lot.  For hours.  Like 3 of them.  Good gracious!  It’s amazing how quickly illnesses can make us all feel like a kid again in a not-so-good-way.  I actually had the thought, “I want my mommy!”  I was achy and nauseous all evening and into the next day.  Sleep was not my friend that Sunday night either.  Monday brought me a smoothie and chicken noodle soup without any work.  The Mr. and I felt absolutely terrible that we exposed all our loved ones to this bug.  I felt especially bad as I had prepared all our food for the day.  I’m very happy to report that no one else got sick, and I think enough time has passed to safely say that we are good!  Definitely going to retell H the story of his third birthday.


In an effort to fight off illness and enjoy these nice spring days, I stopped off on our way home at a local park with H.  It’s almost like we’ve become moles in our homes this winter.  H spotted some spring poking up through the ground.

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Very happy to see this!  I ordered Holden a gardening set from Amazon.  I plan on including it in his Easter basket.  He loves to carry tools in his hands and always wants the same thing his daddy has.


I also ordered the ball below for backyard kicking.  Here’s the link.  It’s a little more pricey than the balls at Wal-Mart, but I’m thinking it’s a little heavier which will help H with kicking.  Plus got to build up those throwing muscles right?!?!



I made these Banana Oat Bars for dessert last night since I had two practically rotten bananas.  I hate, hate, hate to throw food away {minus all the food I tossed after I was well enough to stand – I just couldn’t look at that burrito in the same way again!  Possibly ever!}, so I thought this would be perfect to use up the bananas.

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I modified the recipe in these ways…

  • replaced shredded coconut for the same amount of chopped toasted almonds
  • replaced date sugar with the same amount of local honey
  • added about a teaspoon and a half of cinnamon

The Mr. likes decadent desserts, so he was not too impressed.  He said the bar seemed better suited as a breakfast food.  Guess what?  Good idea!  I’m having one for breakfast today.  🙂  I’m easy too please and enjoyed the sweet treat before bed.  They are quite hearty.


The bar recipe came from this book…


My mom gave me this book, and I dug it out when I was feeling a little better on my sick day.  Admittedly, it put me to sleep {I took a two hour nap!  WOW!} after about 30 minutes of reading, but I think it was more to do with the fact that I slept only a couple of hours the night before.  Dr. Fuhrman is very adamant about his plan, the commitment required, and the results you can achieve through it.  Overall, it was a good wake up call.  Since I’m thin, I sort of discount some things like “Well, I can eat one and half desserts…it’s OK.”  Or…”I need to snack.”  “I can salt.  I don’t have those medical conditions requiring me to watch my salt intake.”  “I deserve this little candy pick-me-up or dessert every day.”  Good gracious!  I’ve gotten a little over the top with using food as a tiredness solution or as a treat to myself.  I need to rest when I’m tired and treat myself with other things i love like time alone, a massage, reading time, or baking something healthy.  The primary purpose of food is to power us through our days.  Yes, we should usually enjoy it, but I find it really helpful to think of it as fuel.  It is also helpful to think in terms of Holden. Would I want Holden to eat 4 pieces of candy before lunch….heck no!  What am I doing?!?!?!  Good reality check.  I think it is partially about retraining our brain and partially our tastebuds.

I’ve also been doing more running this week.  It’s so great to be healthy again that I’m just on a renewed fitness kick!  I ran 3.1 miles in about 22:50ish minutes.  My last mile was under 7 minutes!  Speedy!  I ran intervals my other gym day doing about 25 minutes overall varying my speed from 6.5 to 9.5 mph on the treadmill.  I also put up the incline on a few of my lower speed recovery portions.  That is, until my shins started to complain, “Woman, we don’t have hills here!  What are you doing?!?!?”  I’ve been so inspired by Janae at the hungry runner girl.  Her runs/race times are amazing!  I’m not contemplating any races in the near future, but if you’re beside me on the road or at the gym, the answer is yes.  We are definitely racing.  Ha!

A few questions for your Friday…I’d love to hear your answers!

  • What are your favorite {non-food} treats for yourself?
  • Are you planning to enter any races/events this spring?  If so, which ones?
  • Easter basket ideas?  For kids?  For significant others?  For fur children?

Have a wonderful weekend!  We’ve got rain on the way for tomorrow, but it’s in the 70s!  Hip-hip-hip HOORAY!  Can I go dance in the rain?!?!?!?


4 thoughts on “5 for Friday

    • I would recommend warming them up if you have for breakfast and definitely spreading some peanut or almond butter on top. Very good this morning! Glad you checked out the recipe.

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