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I concocted this tasty, margarita-like drink in honor of Cinco de Mayo, my second most favorite “holiday celebrated with many drinks”.  But I think it’s perfect for any spring occasion– I plan on sipping one in my backyard while I gaze on the pretty flowers and enjoy the sweet songbirds tweeting. Ole!

In a hurricane glass (or for the non-fancy-glass equipped like myself, a pint glass works just as well) MIX well with ice:

1 oz tequila

1 oz triple sec

1 oz (about 3 tbsp) frozen pineapple juice concentrate– you could try other fruits too, this one just sounded yummy to me
Top with limeade (I like Santa Cruz brand) and garnish with a lime wedge.  Sip through a bendy straw for added fun 🙂

It's scary good

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Stormy day

Yesterday was a strange weather day– furious rain storms interrupted by bursts of sunshine.  We dashed out into wild gusts of wind for a very important ingredient in our evening plans: egg roll wrappers, ohhhh yeah!

The wonderous egg roll tower

Pure delight!  Pat and I were embarrassingly stomped at euchre all night…  The cards were against me!  Pete and Erica brought over a delicious veggie salad, “Texas Caviar.”  Here’s Erica’s super easy recipe: Toss in a medium bowl: 4 bell peppers, one of each color, diced; 1 red onion, diced; 1 can white corn; 1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed; 1 can black beans, rinsed.  Combine in a saucepan and heat until boiling: 1 cup white sugar; 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar; 1/2 cup salad oil.  Pour over the veggies and chill.  Serve with tortilla chips.  Yum, thanks!

High five teamwork!

And today, although the sun is shining it’s still a chilly February day so we’re hunkered down inside, dreaming of warmer weather.  This summer is going to be busy with lots of bike rides and camping trips– we don’t want to be total greenhorns for our big trip.  We’ve also decided to take on a bigger challenge– the City to Shore bike ride sponsored by the MS Society.  There are a lot of route options but since the event is at the end of the summer we want to train for the 100-mile Saturday, 75-mile Sunday loop.  That’s a long haul!  We also have to raise a collective $600.  Luckily we have some time to work on that, too but we did set up the “generic” fundraising websites: Pat’s City to Shore and Liz’s City to Shore.  Expect more updates!

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I used to think Michigan had some crazy weather but after living in Philly I realize MI’s weather is not crazy, just reliably terrible.  Here it’s a total guessing game.  For example, winters here can be so extreme– it will snow for 28 hours straight, leaving behind 11 inches of snow and shutting the city down for days.  Then 3 weeks later it’s warm enough to wear spring jackets (and mini-skirts for those brave enough).  Yesterday there was a high of 68!

Valley Forge, PA

So we had a breakfast of champions, did some quick Bike Garage, hit up Lee’s Hoagie House and then got out of dodge.

Mmmm, fuel!

Before we left I hooked up the simple bike computer I got Pat for Christmas, it’s quite nifty.  It records a bunch of stuff but we biked 48.2 miles and hit a maximum speed of 21 mph.  Sweet!  

The Manayunk tow path was a slightly soupy mud pit at points.  I was grateful for my new hardcore tires and fenders.  My body is still pretty wary of falling though so I kept having to remind myself to chill and not tense up on every bump.  Mind over body!  Once we got to the paved part of the path we kept a good pace in spite of the slight, unceasing headwind.  Even with a sammie break we reached Valley Forge in about 2 hours and enjoyed a king-sized Snickers bar each at the visitor center.  Too delicious.

Outside Valley Forge visitor center

Pat occupied himself by harassing, I mean coaching my speed from behind most of the way home. 😉  I was pretty exhausted and crashed out from all that sugar but we kept a good speed most of the way.  The Schuylkill path was absolutely packed with oblivious runners on the way back into the city.  Though I guess I shouldn’t be grumpy when we all have the same awful spring fever!  Yesterday’s ride was challenging but not as bad as I thought it would be after 4 months of no long rides.  I’m really looking forward to spending this summer getting in shape for our trip!

Today it’s chilly again with insane wind gusts whipping in all directions.  I had to shift into grandma gear while riding into the city today, that would be pretty pathetic under normal circumstances.  I was sitting in the cafe at Pat’s work when their front door whipped open and smashed the front window.  See, crazy weather!

Good thing it's safety glass

Hopefully this early spring holds– Pat has a plan for a time-lapse photo project on the tow path.  I don’t think we’ll get the same awe-inspiring effects as Planet Earth but it should be pretty fun.  Stay tuned for more on that 🙂

Fossil watch ad??

Another weekend come and gone… sometimes they seem way too short!

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Now c’mon, I’m not actually posting something about death on the day before the day of LOVE.  I’m here to tell you about another scrumptious, fatty dessert!  I whipped this up for a little at-home Valentine’s Day feast (celebrated on the weekend, of course).  It’s so decadent, chocolate-y rich and delicious.  Your sweet tooth will not know what hit it.  And although the name includes death, you probably won’t die from eating this.  So everyone just calm down.

Okay, okay, hold your applause!

I mashed up recipes from three books: Hershey’s 1934 Cookbook (crust), Treasured Recipes of the Hershbergers (filling) and the Joy of Cooking (topping).

Chocolate overload/overlord

Recipe after the jump…


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6,000 Calorie Diet

Pledging yourself to a new diet this year?  Try the Kelley 6,000, it’s guaranteed to drastically alter your figure… though maybe the alteration I’m talking about will probably result in you buying larger pants.

Now it's cheerfully clogging my arteries

Anyway, to follow the diet plan don’t do anything out of the ordinary EXCEPT eat an entire plate of what you see above as often as possible.  Yes, you read that right.  A “bananas, white chocolate and peanut butter egg roll with side of fried bananas” diet.  It’s pretty awesome.

Don't forget the powdered sugar! It's 500 of the calories!

In all honesty I feel like I should probably eat salad for the next 3 weeks to make up for that delicious little feast.  It was pretty indulgent…  Instead we took a long walk yesterday and rode into the city today.  I’m calling it good. 🙂

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A Couger No Longer

Today is Pat’s birthday– Happy Birthday, honey bun!  Now we are both 27 and I am no longer an old lady.  I think the 26 days between our birthdays are Pat’s favorite days of the year– he gets to brag about his youthfulness and being with an “older woman”.  As per his birthday wishes we are spending the day playing video games, eating blueberry pancakes and going out for a meat buffet later tonight.  Seriously, it’s a restaurant that serves dinner in the style of Brazilian gauchos… who apparently ate their meat with a side of meat. 

Strawberry Explosion cheese cake

Doesn’t that cheesecake look divine?  It’s of the no-bake variety, which I’ve never made before.  So I hope it’s tasty!  There is a swirl of strawberry/strawberry jam mixture in the middle, mm mmmm!

The “blizzard” kept a lot of visitors away from my work the past two days… luckily the sun is shining today and I know parents are probably sick of being cooped up with their kids.  I’m sure it will be crazy busy tomorrow.  I also hope the city clears the streets a little better so I can ride my bike again!

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Take 5

I never watch her show (we don’t have cable) but I do like Rachael Ray’s magazine and my favorite feature is the “Take 5” section.  She challenges readers to make a recipe with 5 ingredients or fewer, the freebies are EVOO, salt and pepper.  Last night we had my take on the Take 5 (har har): Cheesy Baked Potato Soup.


  1. 2 cans Campbell’s cheese soup
  2. Milk
  3. 4-5 red potatoes, chopped
  4. Bag frozen broccoli
  5. Bacon (thick-cut is SO GOOD!!)

Follow the recipe on the can for cheese soup (1 can soup + 1 can milk)– using the ingredients above will yield enough soup for 4 dinner-sized portions.  Add the potatoes and broccoli.  Cover and let simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.  Meanwhile, fry the bacon, drain on paper towels and then crumble.  Season the soup with salt and pepper and top with crumbled bacon.  Serve with crusty warm bread and say mmmm!

thinking about taking a trip

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