Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pale Moonlight, Shooting Star, and Cake Balls

It's Tuesday, so that means another early day for yours truly. Alarm goes off at 4:35AM. I bang it shut so it won't continue screaming lest it wake the rest of the house. I say my usual prayer asking for strength and energy to not only make it through the run, but for the rest of the day.

It was rather brisk outside. We've turned off the a/c and opened the windows since Ike's departure. It was feeling pretty chilly dog in our room, actually. It was very, very hard to roll out of bed. I threw on my dri-fit pants and a white tank. Well, being in my half-sleep stupor, I forgot that my watch is slightly ahead of time. I thought I was running late, so I drove to the meeting spot instead of jogging there. I was there nearly 10 minutes early. Ho-hum.

I met a new member of the group, Jenny. She was a spitfire of energy and entirely too awake for it to be that early. I was just shivering where I stood. Heck, even into our 3rd mile I was feeling a little chilled. That's neither here nor there. But, there were 4 of us and we took off. It was SO dark out. I know my pupils were fully dilated and I still couldn't make out my steps in front of me. I seriously thought "Omg, I'm gonna eat it hard!" Again with another prayer, "Please Lord, keep my footing solid. I wish I could see better." And just like that, there was some clarity. The full moon shone brightly and beautifully. I could make out perfect tree shadows on the trail and I felt like dancing. We were running our miles at less than a 10 minute pace and I certainly didn't mind that.

On our way back, while we were at the water fountain, I glanced up and saw this bright blip in the sky that seemed like a plane traveling too fast. Well, logic finally won out and I exclaimed, "A shooting star. I think that's a shooting star! Is that a shooting star?" I pointed excitedly in the direction and Clyde just simply agreed. I had another surge of energy at the thought. It'd been several years since I've seen a shooting start. And in my excitement I forgot to make my wish!! Bleh! When does the time expire to make your wish?

That evening, I went by Luke's Locker to pick up my Tour des Fleurs packet for this Saturday's race. While there, I browsed around at some of the apparel and found a shirt that I really loved. Unfortunately, it wasn't on sale. I also saw a nice pair of black Nike running capri leggings. They WERE on sale, but I resisted. I didn't have a coupon and I've pretty much depleted my monthly allowance. I was just gonna have to make do with what I have.

When I got home, I played with Mari for a little while and then we settled in to watch season 5 of The Wire. I like Netflix, but I really hate that the DVDs are usually scratched and it makes the movie bump. Not fun! Boo!!

In between breaks, I made cakeballs. Funny name, huh? I found this recipe in the Dallas Morning News free Briefing that they toss on our front yard. Normally, I'd be against the killing of the trees, but I actually enjoy Briefing. Anyway, I had a hankering for some cake and decided 'eh, why not.

CAKEBALLS
1 cake mix
1 tub of frosting
Almond Bark

Make the cake mis according to instructions on the box. After baking, let the cake cool for a bit, but while it is still warm, crumble it into a mixer with 3/4 of the frosting. (Actually, I used the entire tub of frosting because I was feeling sassy!) Oh and I opted for yellow cake this time only because I wasn't feeling as creative when I went to the store. Had I worn my thinking hat, I would've gotten strawberry cake and cream cheese frosting to enjoy with the almond bark. Think chocolate covered strawberries. Anyway, I had to make do.


After mixing, you let it chill in the fridge for 2 hours. It actually has this doughy consistency and when you eat it, the mixture melts in your mouth. OMG...I'm going to enjoy this! Anyway, after chilling, you use a melon ball to roll into balls. I didn't have a melon baller, so I used my handy dandy ice cream scoop. Don't be jealous of the orange awesomeness!

I placed the rolled cake balls and placed them on parchment paper. They will sleep overnight in the freezer until tomorrow morning when I can dip them in the almond bark. Woo-hoo!!


See, there's the Almond Bark ready to come in as a reliever and close my no-hitter! Seriously, it is locked and loaded, ready to be warmed.

Ahhh...but I'm a little impatient and must indulge in a sweet bite to make sure the texture is proper before I coat this uber-yumminess in chocolate. Sweet!

Now run off and make your own. I do believe I'll make the strawberry ones soon and I'll probably roll 'em around in sprinkles for some extra pizazz!

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