Nile and Castle Fitbit Badges + NRR Flyball Weekend! (Recipe: Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars)

On April 16 I earned my Nile Fitbit badge.  This is the message I got from Fitbit:

“By walking 4,132 miles, you’ve walked the length of longest river in the world and added a new badge to your stream of accomplishments! There’s no deNILEing how impressive that is.”


And then on April 18 I earned my Castle Fitbit badge:

“You’re a knight in shining steppage! With this kind of stronghold on the stairs, we proclaim the Castle badge to be all yours!”

I’m not even sure what that really means. Haha! But I seem to be racking up steps on Fitbit! Speaking of being so active, I read this the other day on sleep which I thought I should share:

“In a study, people with social jet lag of two hours or more (say, you turn in at 10pm Monday through Thursday but stay up until midnight on the weekend) had higher BMI’s and a greater risk for obesity than those who kept steadier hours. The mismatch between your social and biological clocks may strain your metabolism.”

Interesting, right?

So, I told you about how we started off our flyball weekend with Pilot Mountain. That Friday night, Shawn and I let Newman (her whippet) and Envy do SDR (single dog racing). Both pups did SPECTACULAR! I was so proud of them! And it made us even more excited for Saturday/Sunday racing! Friday night we went to my all-time favorite Blacksburg restaurant: Macado.s.


Saturday started off with a run around VT’s campus with Shawn before a fun day of great racing! I really enjoy flyball tournaments! As do the pups! Lots of socializing and exercise for you and the pups! Callie had an interesting race where she was starting against Bender. Callie knows Bender from all of our walks and outings with K&T, but I had no idea she “loved” Bender. Well, I thought she was going to chase him down the lane! She almost took out the entire timing system before realizing she needed to get her ball. My heart was racing probably faster than she was running! And of course that silly LRD gave me the best start of the weekend with her during that race. I love her, but she is crazy! She got a new PR this weekend, too!  4.150!  Go, Little Red Dog! So freakin’ awesome! I couldn’t believe it! And she had a best ever tournament average of 4.358!

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Envy also did spectacular over the weekend running 20 heats! That is the most she has ever run and had a best ever tournament average of 4.256! (I know she can be faster because she is slowing down running back to me–we will be working on that!) Envy got a title over the weekend, too! FDCh! (Flyball Dog Champion)

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That’s my merlie girlie!

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I was so proud of my girlies! That had such a fabulous weekend as did I! It was wonderful seeing Cheryl and hanging out with people that I pretty much only see at flyball since I hadn’t been to a tournament since January! Next up: the Coconut Classic in June!  I can’t wait! It’s going to be a blast!

1 year ago: There Goes $19K… (Recipe: Fluffy French Toast)

2 years ago: Sitting on our Bums (Recipe: Snickerdoodle Bread)

Quote of the Day:

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -Mae West

I love that quote. It’s 110% true.

For the flyball tournament, I made these Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars. Don’t get me started on how hard it is to find dulce de leche in the grocery store. I went to three grocery stores, and none of them sold it! I had to make it myself! Good thing I have an amazing boyfriend who surprised me by sending me a jar of it for the next dulce de leche dessert I want to make!

Dulce De Leche Cookie Bars

Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars


– 2 cups + 1 tablespoon AP flour

– 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, diced

– 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

– 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

– 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

– 1 cup dulce de leche

– 1/4 cup heavy cream

– 2 large egg yolks

– 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


– Preheat the oven to 350*. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with foil and coat with cooking spray.

– Pulse 2 cups flour, the butter, confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and the salt in a food processor until the mixture starts clumping together, about 1 minute.

– Press firmly and evenly in the bottom and 1/4 inch up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake until firm and lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool 5 minutes.

– Meanwhile, combine the dulce de leche, heavy cream, egg yolks, the remaining 1 tablespoon flour, and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour the mixture over the crust and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Return to the oven and bake until set around the edge but slightly jiggly in the center, 20-25 minutes.

– Transfer to the rack and let cool completely.

Courtesy of The Food Network

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1 Response to Nile and Castle Fitbit Badges + NRR Flyball Weekend! (Recipe: Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars)

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