Add One Nightly Half Hour of Sleep + A Super Fun Weekend (Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie & Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars)

Why?  For a healthier, happier and more prepared run.

Numerous studies have correlated more sleep with fewer illnesses and chronic diseases plus improved mental performance and mood.  And quality sleep helps you bounce back from workouts.

During deep, restorative periods of sleep, our bodies secrete human growth hormones which can aid in muscle recovery following exercise.  If you’re constantly tired, make your sleep a priority that is on par with other aspects of your training.  Studies have shown that athletic performance improves with greater sleep volume.

The best way to get more zzzz’s is to fall asleep earlier at night because a consistent bedtime and wake-up time is key to getting into a good sleep rhythm.  During that final half hour that you are awake at night, avoid bright lights, laptops and TVs.  In the last two to three hours before bed, reduce liquid consumption and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

So, tomorrow I head off to Italy for 10 days!  But before I leave I guess I should fill you in on my weekend since I’m sure I’ll have lots of Italy stories to tell upon my return.

Anthony flew in Friday night.  It had been 19 days and 12.5 hours since I had last seen him.  Not that I’m counting or anything.  But that’s the longest we’ve gone without seeing each other!

Anyway, we got up bright and early Saturday morning to head to Blacksburg to support the Hokies in football!

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We stopped at La Farm Bakery in Cary on the way to fuel up for the big day.  Delicious.  If you live in the area and haven’t gone, you definitely need to.

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We did several hours of tailgating before heading to the game.  Good food and lots of catching up!  It was hotter than Hades, though!

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We even took our picture with the Hokie bird made out of Legos!IMG_6051

Then it was time to hit up the stadium for the 4pm kick-off!  Well, there was some commotion going on near the gate we entered–I have never been part of such a mob.  It was actually kind of scary. I have never seen such a thing in the stadium before!  But we finally made it to our awesome seats–50 yard line, Row T.  AWESOME SEATS.

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William & Mary put up a fight in the beginning, but we ended up kicking their butt!  A great way to start off the season!  Even if we did sweat through our clothes!  I think A enjoyed it, too!  He mentioned being up for going again in the future. 🙂

Then we couldn’t leave Blacksburg without introducing A to Macado’s–my all-time favorite sandwich place.

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Then it was a long drive home.  Well, A did all the driving.  He’s a rock star.  I was exhausted.

We actually slept in on Sunday morning before trying a new place for breakfast:  Big City Bagels.  It was really good!  Nothing fancy, but good food.

Then we got my sofa which I mentioned in a previous post.  We celebrated finally returning the UHaul by going to this new creamery in town that was DELICIOUS–Quail Corners Creamery.  If you haven’t tried it, you must!  They have unique flavors (like banana pudding!) and the place is really cute!

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And we took the pups on a walk to get them some exercise.  Envy loves cooling off in the water and just plops down:

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We had planned on cooking, but decided just to get a pizza from Whole Foods instead.  We were just plum tired and we each had our long run to do Monday morning.

So, if you can’t tell, it was an amazing weekend!  We had so much fun, and it was super hard to say goodbye on Monday.

But this has been a fast work week:  only 2.5 days.  And tonight a group of us went to Sassool since Amanda knew I would not have any food in my house before leaving for my trip.  Such good times!

Quote of the Day:

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy, but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” -Paul Dudley White

So this is the recipe I made for the tailgate.  It is a home run recipe.  I don’t even have to put it through the entire process because the bars were that good and that much of a hit.  They were the first thing to be devoured at the tailgate.  They are rich, but they are addicting.  They are a MUST try!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie & Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 (18-ounce) package Double Stuffed Oreos
1 Family Size (9×13) Brownie mix
1/4 cup hot fudge topping

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9×13-inch pan, line with parchment paper, and then butter the parchment paper.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. Cream together the butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well to thoroughly combine. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture into the mixer until the flour is just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of the prepared 9×13 baking dish.

3. Top the cookie dough with a layer of Oreos.

4. Mix together the brownie mix according to the package directions, adding ¼ cup of hot fudge topping to the mix. Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing into bars. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.

Courtesy of Brown-Eyed Baker

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