Featured Friday, Volume 1.4

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My week did not go as planned. I had wanted to get ahead with blogging since I knew I was going to be out of town for a few days. (College friend getting married = long weekend in Florida. Woot!) I had wanted to have a strong training week for my upcoming half marathon since it's now only 9 days away. I had wanted to clean my apartment.

When I logged a 10.5-hour day at work on Monday, I should have known my week was going to be hellish. What followed were two days of sickness (fever up over 101°) and an almost frantic race to keep up with everything I had on my personal to-do list and with everything that landed on my desk at work today. I certainly didn't get ahead with blogging and I didn't run at all. With the rain that's now falling and the lingering cold germ I'm fighting, I doubt I'll go for my 10-mile run tomorrow, so I just lost a full week of training and am more nervous about how I'll run on race day.


With all that said, the list of featured posts for this week is on the short side...

Why Make a Pie When You Can Make a Crumble?

Who doesn't love a crumble? With the sweet fruit filling and the buttery topping mixed with brown sugar and oats... My mouth is watering just thinking about the apple crumble my mother used to make. And the recipe for Rhubarb Crumble that Tracy has posted over on Sugarcrafter is making my mouth water even more. It's a simple and elegant dessert you can prepare in no time -- perfect for unexpected dinner guests, too!

Everything's Better with Bacon Garlic

I love Garlic French Fries, so when I read Katie's blog post about Sweet Potatoe Fries with Garlic, I sat up straighter in my chair and paid close attention. What a brilliant idea! I only wish I had been exposed to the combination of sweet potatoes and garlic sooner in life. I have a feeling I've been missing out on something amazing. What's even better? Katie also tops the fries with freshly grated Parmesan - sweet, salty, savory... delicious!

You Won't Miss the Raisins

Oatmeal cookies. A somewhat sensitive subject. My boyfriend loves the traditional oatmeal raisin cookies. He'd eat them by the truckload if no one were looking. But because I generally don't like raisins, I don't put them in any of the cookies I bake. Including oatmeal cookies. As much as it pains me to admit this, Stephen has had to get the [baked] goods with raisins elsewhere. Until now. I think I found a recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from Cate of Cate's World Kitchen that might make him forget all about those pesky little raisins.

Though, I suppose he'd suggest that I throw raisins in and make him Chocolate Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Just to be difficult. I'll have to strike a deal with him. Chocolate Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in exchange for a cruise in celebration of a very big birthday I have coming up in 25 days. Hmm... That's not a bad idea.

Thanks, everyone, for coming back each week to see which posts are featured! You're all making this new series worthwhile. Have a great weekend!

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