What a crappy weekend in Georgia sports – Dawgs, Tech, Braves and Falcons all managed to tack on a “L” in sports this weekend. BLAH. Moving on…
I survived hostess duties! You know, it honestly wasn’t that bad. I ended up making…..Andy’s Mint Brownies. I typically only whip this recipe out around Christmas but these were desperate times. The recipe is supah easy, take a basic box brownie mix (all you “make from scratch” people, stay with me) and add in chopped up Andes Mints. Full-proof. I’ve found Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Brownie mix works best because it stays moist. I add in the mints with the batter before I put the brownies in the oven and then save some chopped mints to place on top once the brownies are done.
Since we’re creeping up on the official first day of fall, I’ve found some ways to keep my fall routine fresh and not fall into the “no more summer” blues:
- Map out a new routine: I’m on the downhill of my half marathon training and in order to still keep focused, I mapped a new route for myself. I have a few routes I run a whole lot, but this weekend I plotted out a new 10-mile course. Luhved it and the new route helped me keep up the pace and not fall into a boredom rut. Map My Run is something I know a few folks use. Running/biking/walking new places is a joy. Whether you are looking for mileage or a nice walk, look around for a new place to venture.
- Give in to the seasonal stuff: I picked up New Belgium Hoptober brew just because. I am looking around for a tasty pumpkin ale. I also dove face first into a Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin. It’s OK to give in early, stretch out the season while you can. Fit Chick In the City has me itching for pumpkin coffee. Take advantage early of the items you can’t typically get the rest of the year. Have I told you all about my ridiculous obsession with Candy Corn?
- Keep it classy: If the kids are going back to school, maybe you should too. If you’re tempted to take a class, get on over and sign up. I finally committed to group fitness classes and it has been such a pleasure to workout with others and work with proper instructors. The local community you live in may have a few different classes for cooking, photography, etc. Why not learn more about something you enjoy?
Anybody already trying out seasonal favorites? What are you doing to change up your routine?