5th Annual Birthday Run!! (Recipe: Dirt Dessert)

This weekend was the 5th Annual Birthday Run!!  Ellie and I have started a tradition (and a mighty fun one at that if I might add!).


It started in 2010 when we went down to Charleston, SC to run the Cooper River Bridge Run which just so happened to fall on my birthday.  The next year her husband chose to run a half-marathon in Martinsville on my birthday weekend and at the last minute we decided to sign up for the 5K.  And that’s how the tradition began.

Now, even if we are across the country from each other (which we are–Wisconsin and Delaware), we know that we will see each other at least once a year for the annual birthday run.  (The 3rd annual run was in Roanoke and the 4th in Boston.)  This year Ellie came to visit me in Madison!

We chose the Black Earth 10-miler as our race of choice.  Being a small shindig, there were no official race t-shirts, so we made our own.

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Badger red was the only appropriate color, of course.  It was an out-and-back course.  On our way out we got hot around mile 3 and had to shed layers.  There had been talk of how this course was super windy, and on the way out I distinctly remember saying, “Good thing it isn’t windy today.  Otherwise, this would be miserable.”

Well, we hit the turn around at mile 5 and ran smack into the wind.  It had been at our backs the whole time and we hadn’t even felt it!  That made it fun for a last 5 miles!  But we did it!  We have a 10-miler under our belts!  And they did a real “leader board” because these tags were our race bibs!

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Above is the map of the race course with our reflections!  Obvs. 🙂

After the race we went straight downtown for a delicious lunch at The Old Fashioned.  Ellie needed a taste of official Wisconsin cuisine.  She tasted her first fried cheese curds!  I am pretty sure she deemed them tasty!

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Then we had a mini photo shoot in front of the state capitol!  Love!!

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We took a walk over to Monona Terrace.  The lake is starting to melt!!  Hooray!!  Come on spring!


Then we went out to support the Badgers in the Final Four and have a tasty dinner at Vintage Brewing Co.  Ellie had her first taste of Wisconsin beer and we cheered to warmth!

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We were exhausted and lazy the rest of the evening and the next morning, which is why going to Lazy Jane’s for brunch was so fitting!  Not to mention it is one of my favorite brunch places! I love the atmosphere.  I love their “The Works” breakfast.  I love their scones.  You can’t go wrong!

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Then we hung with the pups for a couple hours, and I had my first EVER trip to Costco.  I think I definitely need in on this.  That place is awesome!

It was soooo nice to catch up with such a wonderful friend for the weekend and to show her a bit of Madison!  I am the luckiest!

Quote of the Day:

“But human happiness doesn’t function in sweeping strokes, because we don’t live in broad summations—we’re stuck in the tiny unglamorous folds of the fabric of life, and that’s where our happiness is determined.” -Tim Urban

Ellie makes me happy! 🙂

And since Miss Ellie came to town, I decided to make the “Dirt Dessert” because I felt like I was 5 (and it is the 5th year of our tradition…).  Gummy worms and all!  It’s a definite “must-make-again” recipe!  No doubt! However, I may double the number of Oreos next time so that I can have more “dirt” layers. Oh, and the flyball team finished it off!

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Dirt Dessert


– 1 package (about 15 ounces) Oreo Cookies
– 2 (3.9-ounces) packages instant chocolate pudding
– 4 cups milk
– 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
– ¼ cup butter, at room temperature
– 1 cup powdered sugar
– 8 ounces Cool Whip
– Gummy worms


1. Crush the Oreo cookies into fine crumbs using a food processor; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together both boxes of the instant pudding with the milk for about 2 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, beat together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low, add the powdered sugar, then gradually increase the speed back to medium until a fluffy texture is reached.

4. Using a rubber spatula, fold the cream cheese mixture into the chocolate pudding, then fold in the Cool Whip until completely combined.

5. The dessert can be assembled in a number of ways – in a rectangular or square serving dish, in a trifle dish, or in individual cups. However you plan to serve it, layer the dessert with alternating layers of the crushed Oreos and pudding mixture, beginning and ending with the crushed Oreos. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight) before serving. Decorate the top with gummy worms before serving, if desired.

Courtesy of Brown-Eyed Baker

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1 Response to 5th Annual Birthday Run!! (Recipe: Dirt Dessert)

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