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I survived!

This weekend was jam packed but I survived and accomplished everything I set out to do. My run on Saturday was long and hard. I was feeling great but around mile 15 my back started to hurt a bit. I adjusted my form and was feeling better again but once I got to mile 18 I was just done mentally. I didn't plan out my run like I normally do so I was kind of guessing how many loops Id have to do in order to get all of the 20 done before I got back home. I thought I was going to be done sooner then I was and started to call my husband for a ride but once I got in touch with him I realized I needed to pretty much run all the way back to the house to get the job done. Mentally that messed with me because I just wanted to be done. I had a busy weekend but I'm glad I made the commitment to run and stick to my mileage. I really feel confident about this training for the Ragar Trail Relay. If you are new to my blog and do not already know I am training for a 30 mile event that will be taking place on the 19th & 20th of June. We will be running as an Ultra team with 4 people total so we have about 120 mile to cover between us. We will take turns running about 10-12 miles each time with a couple hour break in between.



On a completely different note I also survived my daughters 2nd Birthday Party! I get very stressed out when it comes to having big parties or even big meals at my house. I don't know why I get so stressed because everything always ends up working out. I'm sure I get this way because I just want everyone to have a good time and enjoy the food that I make. The mini cupcakes seemed to be a big hit. Homemade vanilla buttermilk cupcakes with homemade whipped cream frosting and of course topped with sprinkles!! Also please notice the homemade two tiered cupcake tower designed by myself, hot glued by my wonderful husband. What can I say we are a DIY family.



Aside from the cupcakes I made pecan cracker toffee, brownies and sugar cookies. My favorite thing was of course the pecan toffee, which is also the easiest to create. I think the toffee was an even bigger hit than the cupcakes so I will share the recipe. Id like to thank everyone that helped make yesterday very special for my daughter! 

Special thanks: Aunt Barb hooked it up by making meatballs that everyone (that eats meat) really enjoyed. Dougie made his killer baked macaroni and cheese, and Aunt Sandy brought spinach dip. Jimmy cut up all the fruit for the fruit salad!! My Mom saved the day by doing the dress and decoration shopping. Cate found the glass slipper for Cinderella!  Mother Nature came through once again with absolutely amazing weather.  Everything was amazing!



Pecan Cracker Toffee

Ingredients:
Graham Crackers (About 2 sleeves)
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
Line rimmed cookie sheet with tin foil.
Preheat oven to 350
Place single layer of graham crackers to cover entire cookie sheet.
Melt butter in sauce pan and add Brown sugar.
Simmer until it starts to bubble then simmer for 1 additional minute while stirring constantly.
Pour heavenly mixture over graham crackers.
Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly on top. 
Place in over for 10 minutes.
Cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Note: I enjoy this most when its chilled in the fridge!




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