The Cooking Runner

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS!!!!  (yes those are shouty caps) Finally, we are done with the birds! On the fifth day of Christmas I went downtown Chi-town,IMG_0409[1]  got a Mimosas and Mani Pedi’s with mom and my sister  M. We went to Mani Pedi on Southport. GO THERE Mon-Wed, buy a pedicure get a mani FREE!!! Ask for Min Jin, SHE.IS.AWESOME.IMG_0410[1]Then M and I went shopping on Michigan Ave. My favorite store yesterday? By far Lululemon, I want everything in that store! We went to Watertower to eat and shop. This awesome Lego creation was between the escalators.

Made out of Legos!

Made out of Legos!

We found Foodease Resturant Market. One word YUM. They had a salad bar, $8.19 per pound. Which, yes, reading that it seems expensive. But I do not power load on the dressing. So my salad was $5.00 and it was HUGE. They also have select restaurants around Chicago come in and make food, pre-made sandwiches, bottles of wine, SUSHI!!!!, fruit, and even gluten free items! They also sell quite a few local ingredients as well… BONUS!!!!  recommend it!

pic from Foodease website

pic from Foodease website

Ok here is your cookie recipe!!!!

IMG_0406[1]Spritz Cookies

1 C softened butter

1 C powedered Sugar

1 Egg

1 1/2 tsp Cpt Morgan spiced rum

2 1/2 C flour

In a blender, m ix butter and sugar. Add egg and run, beat until combined. Add flour. Mix until just combined. If the dough is too sticky, add alittle more flour. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for about 15 minutes. Using a cookie press, press out different shapes. Bake cookies at 375* for 6 minutes. These cookies will burn super fast.

 

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Oh Napa Valley….how I miss you

After two days of hard runs, I had to take today off. I woke up with super sore quads. So a 3 mile walk with the puppies was all I could do!

A year ago, my awesome SIL     and I went to a wine industry trade show in Napa Valley. We did a little wine tasting too! If you ever have the chance to go to Napa Valley….GO!!!! I personally liked Napa better than Sonoma, but fun was had by all!!! A couple suggestions are Micheal Mondavi Winery, Clif Family Winery, and Domaine Chandon. When we were at Domaine Chandon, we signed up for Club Chandon. They have all different types of shipments you can pick from. The winery itself has a wonderful gift shop. We found hand lotion, Olivina Fig, that is made by the gods…it smells like Napa Valley, or if Napa had a smell!!! It is a little pricey, but in my opinion well worth the splurge. Check it out! the scent comes in a candle too, my house smells of it right now! The Cliff Family Winery made me think of my husband. He races road and mountain bikes, crazy style (so do his buddies…Kerri, I found this and had to post it!). The entire tasting room is all about cycling. They have wine in a bag called the Climber Pouch… 2 bottles of wine that will maintain freshness if for some odd reason you do not finish them. That would mean you would have left over wine, I am not really sure what that is, but apparently it exists.

However, I have to be true to my school, Traverse City is in heavy competition with Napa Valley… Girls weekend in t minus 3 weeks and counting… I will let you know who wins…

If you are not making a trip out west anytime soon (I am not 😦 ) You can order all these yummy treats online off the winery websites!

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