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Blackberry Pie!

One of my favorite childhood memories is going out and picking blackberries with my mom, sister, and granny. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had the opportunity to do it. Today, we went out to pick. Of course, we went out too close to dark, but we were kind of just out to see if we could get enough for a pie! We weren’t even sure we’d get any!

So, we took the gator, rephrase, Dooney’s gator, and Dooney out down the road. Well, we found a few, but most weren’t ripe enough yet. Then, my mom said “I’m not getting in that brush.” Well, we had a stick and rubber boots on so I jokingly made the comment that she was going to miss out on the gold mine! Well, I was right! We found SO many, but they were on the inside of our fence line and we were outside. We went around and found ANOTHER bush as we were driving to the other one. OH MY GOSH, that bush is going to have enough berries for 2 pies! Hardly any of them were ripe yet, but we will definitely check that one regularly! 

Bush #1 we found with ripe berries. Still have tons to ripen!
Berries are to the left of the picture.

Bush #2 – Mom said this will make enough for a whole pie!
It finally got too dark and we just had to take what we had and make it work. 
Now, I don’t know if any of you have moms like this, but my mom’s recipes are a little of this, just pour, or put a little then taste it. I am a perfectionist and don’t know how to do ANYTHING without specific recipes!! So, I’m going to share what I know with y’all. If you need specifics, ask, and maybe I can get her to really think about it!! 🙂 
Also, to my future husband, I’m sorry I won’t have any family recipes to contribute and please tell your mom to write hers down!! 🙂
Bremer’s Blackberry Pie
For the berry filling:
Some berries
Sugar
1/2 stick of butter
For the crust: (My FAVORITE part)
Flour
Sugar 
Crisco (or shortening)
Salt 
Butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I suggest using a glass pan. You will not need to grease it at all. \
Wash berries and remove any stems that may remain. Add the berries, at least a cup of sugar, and half a stick of butter to a saucepan. Let it all melt together. You want it to create a good bit of juice, but don’t add water or any liquids. Once it is melted together, taste to see if it needs more sugar. If so, add until you like it 🙂 
Our berries before cooking, but after washing!
Berries cooked down.
For the crust, start with some flour, I’d say maybe 3 cups? Add a little sugar, crisco, and salt. Maybe 1/4 cup, 1/3 stick, and 1 tsp., respectively. Finally add the butter. Uhhh, maybe 1/3 stick of that too? Just enough to give it that buttery flavor. Mix together. Add flour if it’s not “doughy” enough, or sugar if it needs to be sweeter. Yeah, you get to taste this too 🙂 
Once you have the berry mixture and dough to your liking, roll out the dough and cut it into strips. You want to layer and there is no set number of layers, just however many berries you have. Start with the berry mixture, then cover the berries in dough (doesn’t have to be completely), then sprinkle a little sugar on the dough, and finally put a few squares of butter. Repeat. On the top layer, you won’t put any butter and you will want to make sure that some of the juice gets on the top. 
A single layer.
Top layer.
You’ll want to back it for about 30-35 minutes. Just check it to see when it’s done. 
I didn’t get a picture of it done, because my Dad got into it before I could get a pic!!
I told y’all this was not a straightforward recipe! 🙂 It’s the Wacky way! 🙂 (Some people call my mom, Jackie, Wacky!) If anyone tries this recipe, let me know what tweaks needed to be made!
I hope that one day you get to go berry picking and make a delicious berry pie! Enjoy your childhood memories and never take them for granted! Time goes by all too fast!!
xoxo,
jenn
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MAID OF HOTNESS: #teammilesfortheaisle

So, I did it again. The time came and I actually did it.

We completed the Dallas Rock N Roll half marathon! This was the race that was initially supposed to be my first half but ended up being my second since I ran Austin!

For a refresher on the story, Omar got me, Bernadette and Stephanie to agree to run a half marathon. Shortly after, Kara decided she was joining us too!

Since after my ten mile training week for Austin I felt awful, I thought I would feel TERRIBLE after 13.1 and I decided to take off a week in between running Austin and resuming training for Dallas. Bad idea. I felt good and should have just taken a couple of days off. I had such a hard time getting back into training. It’s like I think my body will forget how to run in a week.

Then, I ran my 9 miles. The same injury I had during my 9 mile week the first time training happened in the other foot, but now a week later in training. So, I tried to take a couple of days off and ice and take ibuprofen. When I went out for my run during my 10 mile week, I got this TERRIBLE burning sensation in my lower leg. Next to my shin, but not quite my calf. Literally couldn’t run with it, couldn’t stretch it out. At this point, I wasn’t really sure if I was going to be able to run if it continued.

I can’t remember why, but I hadn’t been to my trainer so I hadn’t been getting stretched really good. Yes, I am one of those girls now. But, partner stretching works so much better than stretching on your own. Well, he starts stretching me and I was so tight we end up stretching my entire hour session! I told him my issue and he went and got this thing called The Stick. Well, lets just say that sucker massages deep into your muscles! While screaming in the gym and causing a scene probably, we shortly found about 4 knots in my calves and one in my shin (the culprit for the burning). I ended up foam rolling my entire body and finding knots in places I didn’t know they could exist. I had no idea that I could have that many knots in my legs! Poor things!

So, my 2 weeks before the half ended up consisting of a lot of stretching and foam rolling, not a lot of running. I couldn’t even run my 10 miles. I knew I had to get my body feeling better or I’d never be able to finish 13.1 miles.

So, here it is the week of the race. I felt like it went pretty normal. Just making sure I ate good and drank a lot of water. I can’t tell you how many bathroom conversations we had on our group text! We make our trek to Dallas on Saturday, met up with Steph and parents, and then Omar and Elizabeth and Bern and Keith at the expo. Before dinner, Steph’s and my mom made the signs for us! Omar made reservations for us to eat at Campisis, an Italian food place in Dallas, Saturday evening. Of course, I didn’t have the nerves like I did the first time, but not eating what I did the first time, made me a little nervous. It was delicious though!

Mom’s making signs before dinner.

Snapchatting while waiting for dinner.
The sign my mommy made for me!
Sorry it’s upside down. It’s the finish line with beer at the end haha. 

Me and my momma preface!

After dinner, we all went our ways and then headed to bed. The race didn’t start until 8 am (which of course made me nervous too because I was hoping to be an hour in at that point).

So here we are race morning, it’s freezing. We were placed in corrals so we had to get there early. Luckily, our mommies dropped us off. I hadn’t ever run in a jacket and knew I’d get hot, but it was so cold I had to have it. My plan was to throw it to my mom when we saw them around mile 2.5. I had the same breakfast I had for Austin – a protein bar and spark. I forgot to take advil and of course didn’t realize it until it was too late. I was wearing my brace but as I was waiting my foot started hurting. I took a chance and took off the wrap/brace. GOOD CHOICE. I couldn’t really feel my feet the first few miles because it was so cold. I felt GREAT through the first 8 miles.  Then I started getting some cramps in my back. I had these at Austin, but I feel like it wasn’t NEAR as bad. Mile 9.5 I got THE WORST breathing cramp I’ve ever had in my life. I could not breathe through it. FINALLY make it through that. Now to mile 11.5, trying to catch that last wind 2.5 more miles. WRONG. Foot starts shooting pain. All I can think is please don’t tear, please don’t tear. 

pre race photo
Prerace – in front of the pretty Omni in Dallas
Getting pumped as we get dropped off.

So, in Austin, once you made it to the last mile they had signs that said 800 meters, 400 meters…etc. that way you could constantly see how close you were. It also probably helped that I knew the course in Austin. In Dallas, they didn’t have this. We ended in Fair Park, and you couldn’t see the finish line until you were about 100 yards away. So, the other thing was that you didn’t finish the race until you wrapped around a building, but when we came into the Park entrance, there was a BIG blow up Michelob Ultra arch. FALSE HOPE. The finish line was still like .5 miles away!!

Starting line! 

Anyways, I finished. Time was 2:29. Not as good as Austin, but still good enough. It was freezing after  the race. SO COLD. We didn’t even get our free beer it was so cold. I had to waddle back to the car, because I was hurting so bad.

Team #milesfortheaisle! Omar, Elizabeth, Bern, Me, Stephanie.

We had the best cheerleaders/twirlers ever, aka our parents, and Keith! I am so lucky to have such supportive parents and second parents!

My mom and Steph’s mom with their signs.
And Mom’s golden baton courtesy of Bouquets of Austin!
My sign even says Maid of Hotness and everyone laughed as they ran by it! 🙂

After finding everyone, Steph and her parents headed out because she didn’t want to have brunch with us. (just kidding) The rest of us headed to Breadwinner’s for brunch and Kara joined us. And it was DELICIOUS. There I got to see my friend Courtney who I feel like I hardly ever get to see now!

Mimosas – Kara, I will always drink with you.

Mom and I made the trek back to Austin, ran into AWFUL traffic on 35. But the best part? We got to stop for kolaches in West! SOOOOOO delicious!

West kolaches. Favorite. Ever. 

Once I got back, I immediately scheduled a massage for that week. When I got there, the girl worked my legs so much, she didn’t get to work my back! I feel better, but she did tell me to come back this week. haha! Whoops, I guess I was super jacked up.

I just had my first run back tonight, and felt amazing! Hopefully, I still feel good tomorrow. I must get my diet back under control and get back to lots of cardio. Maid of Hotness ain’t lookin’ so hot right now! 🙂

I plan to continue to run, just not such long distances. If anyone has any good maintenance schedules that figure in races or longer runs, please let me know!

Happy running, friends! Keep moving. You can do it.

xoxo,
jenn


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Happy birthday, sweet babies!!!

So, one of my greatest loves are dogs. And most of you have probably figured this out by now. It’s safe to call me the crazy dog lady and I take NO offense to it!

Well, birthdays are a BIG deal in our family, including doggie birthdays! My first pug’s, Lexi, birthday was December 20 and I made sure that we celebrated her birthday and Christmas separately! 🙂 Levi has an adoptiversary since I don’t know when his real birthday is. And usually I’m too scatter brained to remember the day I picked for him so I just randomly celebrate it. Sometimes September 1. Sometimes Thanksgiving (the first time he came home with me). Dooney Bourke (my nephew, who has since decided Paw Paw is his favorite) was born April 12, Pugsleigh is September 28, and Penny is April 5.

We celebrated Penny’s first birthday on Friday since we were going to a wedding on Saturday in San Angelo. And, of course, everyone needs a birthday cake on their birthday! The cake was a joint birthday celebration for Penny and Dooney since they really don’t need to be eating cake every week. I have made homemade treats and doggie popsicles before, but hadn’t ever made a cake. I turned to my trusty friend, Pinterest. After searching a few sites of the pins I had, I found that the cake was pretty much the same on all of them. Nearly identical. It was just the icing that changed.

The recipe for the doggie birthday cake is:
(Cake adapted from here)

1 egg
1/4 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/3 cup of honey
1 cup of shredded carrots (I bought shredded carrots and then chopped them into smaller pieces)
1 cup of white flour (can use whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda

Icing (to taste..oh lord, I am becoming my mother…):
1 package of low fat cream cheese
peanut butter
honey

You will also need beggin’ strips and milk bones.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the wet ingredients. Stir in carrots. Stir in flour and baking soda. It will make a pretty thick batter and not look like a whole lot.

Spray Pam on a brownie size pan. Pour batter in and spread to get as evenly as possible. It won’t be smooth. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

You can also make cupcakes if you want.

While the cake was baking, I experimented with icing. I saw a couple of icings and decided to make my own. I thought why not try to make a peanut butter cream cheese icing?! So I did. And it takes way more than you think to make cream cheese taste peanut buttery. I also added honey to make it a little sweeter. I can’t give you any measurements except the package of cream cheese. I started with a generous spoonful of peanut butter and had to add more. And it takes quite a bit of honey. This was enough to icing the whole cake completely and have some leftovers.

To decorate I saw a picture of a cupcake that used beggin’ strips and milk bones along with extra carrots. So, that’s what I did. And, if I would have been really creative, I would have made my own milk bones.

I did let the cake cool completely, which I am usually terrible at, before I frosted it. There are some other versions out there, but this one seemed to be a hit!

I hope your babies enjoy as much as mine did. While it seems like it won’t be very much, it is plenty! Penny even took some to her other cousins!

I wish I could have made it into a dog bone shape and written on it but the icing is SUPER thick.

Princess Penny’s, aka teetee monster, birthday collage! I don’t have any of
dooney because he’s a boy and doesn’t like getting his picture taken 🙂

Happy birthday, Princess Penny and Dooney Bourke! Auntie Jenn loves you very much! 🙂

xoxo,
jenn