The Cooking Runner

Alternative Fuel Parking Only

What better way to start a very early day by drinking this…., Then going here…, Then buying these  and then finding this post on Pinterest… (ignore the profanity please)…While sitting at the car dealership waiting for my car, I thought Starbucks, Target, shoes, and a man that wines and dines me….DAMN I am one lucky woman!

I had lunch with the lucky man in my life . I went to Marie Catrib’s in Grand Rapids. I ordered out and had to pick it up, WOW what a busy place on a Friday at noon! Who woulda thunk it?!  Best part of that whole experience… being able to drive past everyone waiting in line for a parking spot, only to be able to pull into the spot marked “Alternative Fuel Car Parking Only”…BOOM!!!!! Score 1 point Marie Catribe’s for having such awesome parking. So I waited for what seemed like an eternity until Marie came around with a plate of cookies….Chocolate, oatmeal, peanut butter Gluten Free heaven!!! Score 2 for Marie Catrib’s! So finally my two Shwarma gyros were ready but only when I had to ask the girl… “Um does that say Trina?”  Girl: “Yeah”  “I am Trina” Girl: “Oh right did you pay?”  Thought in my head “UM can’t you see the word that says P-A-I-D?” but actually said “yeah here is my receipt”  So after I left slightly down I remembered I still had a little bit of the cookie left… I held strong and saved it for the Lucky Man I was having lunch with.

The food was so so. There was a little meat and a lot of bread. I was slightly unsatisfied when Adam and I were done having lunch. Opinion? I would not avoid this place by any means. Marie is so sweet. I just would not go out of my way to go here.

I picked up my super awesome military wife friend Sara…and we hit the town like two wild women! We went shopping at Blue Boutique (awesome designer stuff for super cheap!!! , talked, got coffee (at Starbucks, yeah I love Starbucks… Christmas is coming you know…), talked, and walked a little, and talked some more about stuff  “only a military wife would understand”

So the hubs and I decided we are going canoeing tomorrow…high of 50* so I figured I needed to bundle up. I tried on hats and got a lot of laughs from the hubs….

It was pretty funny I laughed at myself. I could not decide which hat so it will be a last minute decision. I do have to say though, I have a sneaky suspicion that the last hat might make an appearance on a ski trip in the near future!!!!

Do you have items, places that make your day great?

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A little rain, a little sun, and some really good muffins

Miles today: Rest Day

Rain and cool autumn temperatures means snuggled up puppies, hot coffee & tea, and a great day for baking!!! We have this AMAZING coffee shop/roastery in the area, Magnum Coffee…one word YUMMM!!!! 

My splurge for tea is Tea Forte. I was introduced to Tea Forte at The Delmonte Spa, at the Delmonte Lodge in Pittsford, NY. (I highly recommend the massage and facial) My mom, sister, and I went last year. Anyways…Tea Forte…They have a cocktail line of teas…tea infuses in cold vodka…fabulous concept, fabulous cocktail too! But, on a cold day, the Lavender Citrus is amazing with hot water. It is so soothing, kinda makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over.

I had some bananas that were starting to brown so I decided to make Gluten Free Trail Mix Muffins. I used the recipe from the Detoxinista’s peanut butter banana muffins as a base and then tweaked it from there.

Gluten Free Trail Mix Muffins- 350* for 15-17 minutes, makes 18 muffins

1 cup reduced fat Jif peanut butter           1/4 cup honey

3 very ripe bananas, mashed                      1/2 c gluten free oatmeal

1 teaspoon baking soda                                 3 tablespoons flax seed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract                           3 tablespoons roasted salted sunflower seeds

3 whole eggs                                                      1/2-3/4 cup Trader Joe’s Golden Berry blend

1/2 Dark Chocolate chips

1. Peel and mash the bananas

2. Add the peanut butter, eggs, baking soda, vanilla, honey and gf oatmeal. Mix well

3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until just combined.

4. Line 18 muffin tins with cupcake liners. Using a tablespoon measuring spoon put two heaping spoonfuls into each muffin hole.

5. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown.

Remove muffins from tin immediately and cool on a wire rack.

ENJOY!!!!!

A military side note on Marriott hotels… Marriott gives a very substantial military discount on hotel stays. The Delmonte Lodge in Pittsford was 50% off when we stayed last December!!! THANK YOU MARRIOTT!!!!

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