Homemade Soft Pretzels with Lye

Homemade Pretzel made with lye

In the interest of full disclosure, I made poop pretzels last week. I am not joking, they bore a very strong resemblance to Mr. Hankey. I’m not totally sure what went wrong. Everything was going well right up until the end when I pulled the poop sticks out of the oven. I suspect my second proofing after shaping wasn’t quite long enough.

The silver lining? They were for Cecilia’s school winter carnival so the fact that my proposed pretzel braids came out looking like poop emojis might have actually made them more attractive to first and second graders. The other silver lining? I was planning on making them again for the church bake sale this past week. I’m not sure poop would go over so well there….. Continue Reading

Scenes from Saturday + Baking

For the first time in almost a month, no birthday parties on the calendar for the kiddos this weekend. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t a party on the agenda though, as Michelle is off right now at an 80’s party school fund raiser. Since there were costumes involved, I volunteered to stay home with the kids and save the babysitter money.

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Book Notes: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren


This is one of those books that I count as a happy surprise. If I had stumbled across it in a store or at the library, I would not have been likely to pick it up. A book on plants crossed with the memoir of a geobotanist? Just completely outside my typical areas of interest.

But here is where book club saved me. I was looking for some non-fiction and something we hadn’t read before as a group. This certainly qualified and with some hesitancy, I added it to the our list. I’m glad I did. Everyone liked it. Continue Reading

Workout Wednesday: Free Ride

Woke up to this email sitting on top of the stack: “Participant update: 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.” Whoa. That will make it all feel real. Not that I’d forgotten, but it’s been a couple months now since I signed up and I’m hip deep in spring triathlon training, so it had drifted to the back of my mind. Now, with a little flutter in my stomach, it’s jumped back to the front.

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3 Rules for Running When Sick

I’ve been fighting a sinus cold the last few days. Actually almost a week now, this sucker is really holding on. The dead legs I had for my long ride on Saturday? Turns out they might no have just been fried from the mid-week hills and interval workouts. It’s more likely I was half-fried and half-getting sick. Which leads me to the constant runner conundrum: do I continue to work out or do I sit it out until I’m better? Continue Reading

Training Recap + Other Pocket Lint

The week started with both Michelle and I battling some sort of low grade stomach virus which never took us completely offline but had us feeling pretty crappy. The week ended with a snow storm (with more apparently on the way) and temperatures in the single digits. Even though it’s technically now spring, after a full week of indoor-only training, I’m ready to get back outside…..Some notes on the rest of the week. Continue Reading