The Cooking Runner

The Famous Red Cup

I decided since it was 31* this morning when I got up it was time to pull out the fleece lined running pants. I am not sure what happened over the summer… I put them on and they are super short WTH? They are not too tight just too short…hmmmm If I figure it out I will let you know! So two years ago when I did the Hot Chocolate Race in Chicago, they gave out these wick-away hoodies…they are so snugglie and warm!  A month or so ago “Women’s Lifestyle” magazine interviewed me for the November/Thanksgiving issue. I have to say…Thank you!!! The article you wrote was fabulous and the pictures rocked! In celebration of the awesome article I treated myself to the red cup!

I decided that Mushroom Bruschetta sounds nothing short of amazing… so guess what I made…

Mushroom Bruschetta

1/2 cup chopped Portabello mushrooms

1/2 cup Shitake mushrooms

1 shallot

1 clove garlic

olive oil

Aged Balsamic vinegar …The Cheese Lady has the best!

Goat cheese

sliced Italian bread

Saute the shallots and garlic in olive oil until translucent

Add the mushrooms and saute until they are soft

While the mushrooms cook, toast the bread in another skillet with olive oil until slightly crispy.

When the bread is crispy and the mushrooms are tender, spoon the mushrooms on to the bread and sprinkle with Goat cheese. Lightly drizzle aged balsamic over the top and enjoy!!!!

Don’t forget, if you live in the Grand Rapids area to sign up for the Whoville 5K to support Wounded Warrior!!!  Dec. 16!!!!

Important days…Emily in t-minus 4 days

                                  Girls weekend in t-minus 10 days


Give a girl the right bra and she can rule the world…

…and it is so true. The right shoes always help too! In the past I have just picked up sports bras at T.J.Maxx and Marshall’s for super cheap. They were just the normal ordinary Champion. My mom told me about this store called Title Nine in Evanston, IL. I just thought, I am not spending $75 on a running bra. Then, when I was out in Colorado with my sister in law at a water park, this lady had on a bathing suit I loved…Where did she get it? Title Nine of course. So a couple weeks ago I decided I would not worry about the price and order a couple sports bras. They were expensive, almost as expensive as my running shoes, but worth every penny. They passed the pre-run bounce test with flying colors, so I was curious what the run would be like. WOW… Title Nine you rock!!!! What a fantastic way to start a marathon training season! And the best part… ATS commented: “There are somethings you can not put a price on to protect.” Bahahahha… thanks babe!

Since I decided I was flipping my running and rest days, today was the first day of my training for the upcoming year. I started short, I only did 3 miles this morning, but it was 3 quality miles (in my new bra). I was reminded of the beauty and the reasoning of my I live where I do…No puppies with me today though, there were way too many deer, turkeys and squirrels out and about. It would have been a pulling run. So I enjoyed the sun and mother nature alone…and I loved it!!! Then I came home and took a two hour nap… I loved that too!!!

We had Polish food from the freezer for dinner. So because I really didn’t cook, I had to make something, So I made a Chocolate Covered Raspberry. 

Take one part Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and one part Framboise.


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