So yesterday was my husband's 30th birthday. This is the year of big events for us. It was our 5 year anniversary and we both turn 30 within a few months of each other. As you noticed from my prior post, I love birthdays and think of them as huge celebrations, so yesterday was no exception.
I bought Eric the new Dan Brown book for his birthday. His real 30th birthday present is his car he is going to buy within the next few months. He currently drives a little Jetta and he wants a bigger car. He was planning on a buying a car soon, so that was the perfect gift to himself. I am sure I will have pictures once the purchase is made, but if you know Eric, this may take a while. He will look until he finds the perfect deal. I told him, I am open to flying anywhere to pick it up for him if it means I get a few days of peace and quiet while I drive home.
Since I couldn't really get a fun gift, I really put some thought into his birthday dinner. Now, I would love to show you some pictures of my feast that I made for my hubby, but for some reason the camera is not letting me put the pictures on my computer. So the one day I felt like a food blogger, I can not show you my food. On a side note, I must say that I am terrible at taking pictures of my food....I don't know how all of you take such great pictures of your food, good thing this is a running blog.
So for dinner we had black bean burgers, a recipe I found on Johnstone's Vin Blanc's blog. Her blog is great as she puts out a weekly menu plan which really helped me when I first started menu planning. I have been making this recipe for a few months and even when I see new recipes pop up, I am hesitant to switch as we are so happy with this one.
As a side dish we had Garlic Rice Pilaf from Annie's Eats blog. That rice was SOOOO good. I seriously can not describe how good it was. Bridget started eating it and immediately said that this was her "Most favorite meal ever." and that "Mommy you are the best cooker ever." I love getting positive feedback from my kids so that really made my day. We also had steamed peas which was Gabbie's favorite part of the meal.
For dessert we had Zucchini Whoopie Pies another recipe from Johnstone's Vin Blanc. Now this recipe wasn't as healthy, it was replacing our cake, but they were yummy. I only used 1/4 cup of sugar and substituted Splenda until it tasted good. I know not everyone likes using Splenda, but I am not good at substituting more natural ingredients yet, and I didn't want to ruin my husband's "cake", so Splenda it was. These turned out perfect and my husband loved them more than he loved his cake that we had with my family last weekend. So, two thumbs up for these whoopie pies.
Overall, my hours in the kitchen paid off and we had a delicious fun evening of eating. I woke up this morning to run and I couldn't even eat half of a bowl of oatmeal because I was still full. I did run 8 miles with 3x1600 at 5k race pace. Oh, intervals, you kick my butt every time. The actual distance of the interval wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, so that was good. The worst part was probably my shoes. I am trying to save my newer shoes for the race so I am wearing old shoes right now. They stink and they hurt, but I would rather these ones get more worn out than buying a new pair before next week.
Taper time, taper time. I have too much energy.