It was a much nicer weekend for running in CNY. The roads were clear and the weather slightly warmer. It would have been a lot warmer if I chose to run later in the day but no. I’m a die hard early morning runner and will suffer what comes with it. My weekend running was done in temperatures of 26 degrees to 32 degrees. Can you believe that range actually feels good?!!
Saturday was 8 miles with only one hiccup: At the end of my run with Zoey, she pulled me too fast off a sidewalk and I felt a zing in my ankle. Didn’t think much of it until Sunday.
Sunday was not a bad 17 miler. My goal was between 16 to 18 and since I ended the run with the Zo-ster, I stopped at 17. I ran with Shane for 4 1/2 miles then swapped partners to run with Ted for another 8 or so. It was during that 8 (…or so) that my ankle bothered me when the road camber was extreme or I hit a bump. It wasn’t so bad I had to stop but it’s definitely sensitive. My final 4 miles were with Zoey. The poor little speed demon bit her lip and was bleeding the entire way. She gets so excited! I stopped with one mile left and put the restraint on her regular collar instead of the gentle leader. This took the band away from her mouth but she pulls so hard, it sounds as if she’s choking herself. It was a tough run for the little one. Seems like the only way she can run with me comfortably is without any restraint.
Conclusion for this weeks long run: 17 felt good. Ran easy with Shane, slow with Ted, faster with Zoey and ended up feeling as if I could have done more. That’s the way I like to end a long run.
CNY EATS – A Delicious Little Italian Cookie.
A traditional and not to be forgotten recipe posted by Mella’s Grandson in our book A Taste of Utica. These soft Italian cookies can be found in all Utica Italian Bakeries. Only slightly sweet, hint of lemon, soft and light.
*Note the touch of green? One week until St. Patrick’s day….I’m in the spirit!
Makes 6 dozen
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup shortening – melt then cool
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 4 cups flour
- 5 heaping tsp of baking powder
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line baking sheets with parchment.
Beat eggs well. Add sugar and beat again. Add the shortening, milk, vanilla, lemon, and beat again. Add the flour and baking powder and beat until nicely combined.
Either drop by teaspoons or shape into balls and place on the baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes.
A very good cookie for big cookie tray presentations. In fact, it’s a must on a celebratory cookie tray.
Are you starting your Easter baking already?