Friday started with another 4 mile run. It may have been even hotter and muggier than yesterday's run! At least it wasn't very sunny...so that was something... 1/2 of a Gatorade was definitely needed after this sweaty run.
After a much-needed shower, I fixed myself a smoothie with a frozen banana, frozen raspberries, a scoop of chocolate protein powder, and coconut milk. Tea rounded out my breakfast.
A few hours later, I went to lunch with my friends Jude and Cliff. We ate at Craft Ale House, which is a tiny restaurant but has a HUGE beer selection. Cliff and I tried a sour cherry beer, but it was a bit too sour (tasted almost bready, like sourdough), so instead I got Stoudts Golden Ale (can't go to an ale house without having a beer!). I started with the soup of the day, cream of mushroom. It wasn't too creamy, which I appreciated on such a hot day, and tasted very mushroomy, another plus for me. I also ordered the buttermilk tenders (basically chicken tenders). The breading was very crunchy and hefty and a bit spicy, very unlike your generic chicken tender, but very good. I picked a lot of it off though, because it was so heavy. There were 3 sauces to dip - Bourbon BBQ, Honey Chipotle, and blue cheese. The honey chipotle was a bit too spicy for me (especially with the breading), but the other 2 sauces were quite good.
(I may have eaten some of the chicken fingers before I snapped the picture!)
We each picked out 6 beers for our beer tasting tomorrow night before all heading home. I spent the afternoon reading "The Shack". If religion doesn't scare you off or make you bristle, you'll probably like this book. I teared up more times than I'd like to admit while reading this book.
Dinner was simply a leftover personal pizza from last night. I needed dessert, however, so I made a microwave brownie (inspired by Pinterest). Combine 4 TBSP flour, 4 TBSP sugar, 2 TBSP cocoa powder, a pinch of salt in a bowl. Mix this all together BEFORE putting in the wet ingredients (makes it much easier to combine). Then add 2 TBSP canola oil and 2 TBSP water. Stir again. Microwave for about 1:30. And that's it! Brownie in a bowl!
It's probably not good that this is so easy to make!