// Lavender Shortbread Cookies//

Ever since these cookies, I have been a firm believer in putting herbs in your baked goods. I am always growing different herbs and plants at our house and while they are all very pretty and smell wonderful, I hate for them to go to waste. So instead of the same old potatoes with blah blah herb on it…cookies sound way more appealing.

If you’re a person who hates lavender, like my husband, then these are the perfect cookie for you: oh-so-flakey, mouth-poppin’ good cookies with an essence of lavender that glides along your taste buds. They’re a perfect 10 if you want a simple treat that feels a little…froofy. 

If you do not have fresh lavender buds my best guess would be to check whole foods and spend way too much money or just steal some from someone in your neighborhood. But don’t get caught.

Bake and enjoy!

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// Run Up Up Up//

It’s been over two years since I have done speed work. After I had my first kid I started running some 5Ks to just get in shape and blow off steam from a crazy day of being a new mom. I had no idea what I was doing when it came to training, but fortunately for me my dad is a running junkie so I had a perfect resource.

My dad has been a runner since high school. He ran on a relay team with maybe one or two of his siblings and was also on the football team. From what he tells me he stopped running after graduating and I think it was about the time he started medical school (or maybe his residency) he started running again. Now, my old man has always kicked my ass but it’s because I didn’t know any better. He let me in on most of his training tricks…as in, he once told me after a race when I told him I had no kick left in my legs, “You need to go out to the track and do 400m repeats. That’ll put some hair on your chest. Work your way up to doing 12 faster than race pace.” At this point I was about 2 years into running the 5K distance and my first thought was “ooooohhhh shiiiiat. Fo real?!” My dad was fo real.

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If there was only ONE race you could do next year, what would it be?

// Making Room for Speed//

90% of my 50 mile training had already been done, taper week was beginning and guess what I did? I dropped my 50 mile race. “Now let’s not get all up in arms,” I tell myself. Why on earth would I train for a race so long and then weeks before decide to forgo my spot? Well, for me the decision was a little bit hard and a lot a bit simple.

Hard because it sucks to give up a race you know you can accomplish and watch your peers compete when you want to be competing too.

Easy because I know that running the race meant one of two things: an intentional DNF to avoid injuring myself or gutting it out and most likely injuring myself. Neither sounds particularly enjoyable.

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// Toasts with Goat Cheese, Walnuts, and Honey//

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Here in Colorado it has been feeling more like Fall with a case of bipolar disorder than Summer. Tuesday and Wednesday it was in the upper 80s and 90s and Thursday it was all sunshine, but chilly sweater weather (which was kinda fine with me because I just bought the cutest new sweater that looks stellar with a pair of loose rolled jeans and booties…ok. not a fashion blog). I got this Cocktail Party cookbook for our wedding which came with an entire set of bar tools and mixers and, while I love cocktails, this simple appetizer recipe is way cheaper than 4 bottles of liquor.

I would put down measurements for each ingredient but it’s pretty straight forward. Just trust me on this one.

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  • 1 baguette French Bread
  • Goat Cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup Walnuts, chopped small but not fine
  • Honey 

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My love for baking & eating has forced me to take up the sport of ultra running. Runner's Roost Mtn/Ultra Team