5 Instagram-worthy dessert bars

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know I don’t like to cook, but I do like to bake.

I also have a huge sweet tooth.

That’s why today’s post is all about easy and tasty dessert bars! I’ve linked five of my favorite dessert bar recipes below. Have one I should try? Let me know in the comments!
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Maple butter blondie. These look so good! Since it’s winter, I think you can get away with this maple-flavored treat.

10-minute magical chocolate almond butter superfood seed bars from Half Baked Harvest. Not only are they made with great ingredients, but they taste wonderful too! Mine didn’t turn out as pretty as the picture (and I used regular chocolate chips instead of vegan) but they were a hit! Check out her page, she has lots of great recipes (and photos and videos!).

Gooey chocolate-chip sandwich bars. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ARE MY FAVORITE. I could seriously eat them every day.

No-bake biscoff marshmallow chocolate bars. These are so easy to make and come together in less than five minutes!

Funfetti gooey bars from Crazy for Crust. These would be so great for a birthday party.

All of these recipes are basically fool-proof and create Instagram-worthy bars every time. Share your finished product with me! @mileswithmeghann

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Friday Favorites v.87

Happy Friday from snowy Kentucky! Snow blanketed our area again yesterday afternoon and it’s so neat waking up to a fresh start!
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1. On Wednesday I got to eat sushi with my dad as a belated birthday lunch. We are the only ones in the family who like sushi, so it’s a special treat to go out together.

2. Julie’s maple cinnamon whipped cream. This would go perfectly with the blueberry banana french toast recipe I shared on Wednesday!

3. Which running playlist are you? Run Rock N Roll put together a fun quiz to find your new favorite playlist.

4. Forget about setting goals. Focus on this instead. 

5. Saw this quote on Facebook earlier this week and I LOVE it. img_3676.jpg

6. My post from yesterday with some great ideas for running gifts for your valentine.

7. Taking a vacation day to spend Ryan’s birthday at home with him! Tomorrow we are celebrating by bowling with friends. I’m so excited! I love celebrating birthdays.

8. Murphy loving his toys is my favorite. Except now Gordo (the Gorilla) doesn’t look quite as plump nowadays.
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Blueberry banana french toast

I’ve talked about this before — I am not a cook. I don’t enjoy cooking, but I do enjoy hosting friends and family and eating! I also like baking and simple recipes.

Also, similar to Leslie Knope, I believe breakfast is the best meal of the day.

So today, I’m sharing a decadent and delicious breakfast recipe. While I usually eat the same simple breakfast throughout the week, I love making a special breakfast on Sundays or around the holidays. This french toast recipe is great all year long and can be easily changed by substituting different fruits.
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Ingredients
1 large egg
¼ cup milk of your choice (almond, skim, regular)
A dash or two of cinnamon
½ banana, sliced (or more if you want!)
A handful or two of blueberries
2 slices bread of your choice

Instructions
Beat the egg, milk, and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
Heat your skillet and spray with coconut oil or another non-stick spray.
Add the sliced banana and blueberries and cook for approximately 2 minutes or enough to get them warm and soft.
Remove from pan and set aside in a bowl. Cover to keep warm.
Place one slice of bread in the egg, milk, and cinnamon mixture, flip to coat.
Put the bread in the pan and cook until it’s golden brown.
Repeat with the second slice of bread.
Plate the toast and top with the warm bananas and blueberries.

EAT UP!

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We finally made it to the end of this snowy week! It’s supposed to be in the 50s this weekend and I am stocked. The snow was pretty, but I’m ready for it to be gone.

1. Oiselle released their Spring 2018 collection! These shorts, this bra, and these shorts are currently sitting in my cart waiting for me to purchase.

2. The headliner for the RnR Nashville concert was announced on Tuesday!

3. I know I’ve said this before, but I am so thankful for my jobs and the fact that I get to share my passion for journalism and communications with others. Even when the days are long, I go to bed satisfied that I shared my knowledge and stories with others.
*Buy a newspaper, save a journalist.

4. Oiselle’s All The Women collection. I seriously just love this brand and everything they stand for. Go check them out if you haven’t already!

5. My post from Wednesday with a quick and easy chocolate chip cookies.
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6. I’m eyeing these Nike Power Women’s Training Tights — I’m just debating on the color (and for them go on sale)!

7. Boston Marathon elites to watch this year.

8. Waiting for the snow to disappear like:
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Quick & Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love baking cookies. While I am not a cook, I do like to dabble in baking. I also love chocolate chip cookies — seriously one of my top five favorite foods. I have several cookie recipes that I keep in rotation, and this is one of them!

I plan on making some later today while I enjoy a snow day off from teaching.

Betty Crocker Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ingredients
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

Steps
Heat oven to 375F
Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

Pour a big glass of milk and eat up! & don’t forget to share 😉

Avocado fried egg toast

Today I have a super easy + delicious breakfast idea for you! I’m planning on making this x2 today after my 8-mile run.

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Preheat the frying pan. Get it medium-hot.

While your frying pan is heating up prep your toast, cut your avocado and mash it on your toast + add any other toppings you like.

Then, crack the egg into a small bowl, (it’ll be easier for transferring to your skillet) then slide the egg out of the bowl and into the frying pan. Put a lid on the frying pan — keep that heat in there!

Cook for about 4 minutes, until the egg white solidifies; the yolk will thicken slightly as it heats. Do not flip the egg.

When your egg is done, slide the cooked egg onto your prepared avocado toast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and eat up!

I can’t wait to check in with you all on Monday about week one of marathon training!

30 minute homemade pizza

Every single Thursday night is pizza night in the Richardson household. This is one my favorite traditions Ryan and I started soon after we got married and it’s one I hope stays around forever. We both love pizza and whether it’s carried out from a national chain store (we love Pizza Hut!), made from scratch, or a baked frozen pizza, it makes for a simple, but delicious meal that I don’t have to think about.

So today I’m sharing a basic recipe for homemade pizza. Enjoy!

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Friday afternoon ramblings

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Work is over and I have time to kill before our office Christmas (bowling) party. I have so many random things I want to tell you all, so here they are in one sporadic post!

Eminem released his new album today and y’all…Revival is pretty dang good. While I’m not in love with all the songs (like I am with Recovery), they are some pretty solid tracks on this album. Give it a listen if you’re a Slim Shady fan. I’m positive you’ll add some of these songs to your workout playlist.

Reminder to self: no matter of a pinch I’m in, do NOT eat Taco Bell. Ugh. I’ve felt gross all day.

I posted a fun #fridayintroductions on Instagram (@mileswithmeghann) go check it out! I use lots of emojis and tell you random things about myself.

These Santa hat Rice Krispie treats are so cute and would be perfect for an upcoming holiday party. I saw this on Facebook and immediately saved the link for next week.
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I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll be back here Monday morning. Catch me on Instagram if you want more miles with Meghann 😉

Friday Favorites v. 77

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday and if you are shopping today, I hope you are getting some good deals!
Staying on schedule, here is a roundup of my favorite things from this week. Leave me a comment below with your favorite dish you had yesterday and a happy memory from the week!
1. THANKSGIVING. Obviously, this was the highlight of my week.

2. My brother is home from college for five days! It’s fun having him home and I know my parents are loving it since they are almost empty nesters.

3. Short work week! I only worked MondayWednesday, so it’s nice to have several days off in a row.

4. Budweiser’s heartfelt goodbye to Dale Earnhardt Jr., will leave you in tears.

5. Emily Ley’s second book, A Simplified Life came out Wednesday and I am so excited to get my hands on it. I really look up to her a businesswoman, momma and God-fearing gal. I love her products and she seems like such a genuine person, I can’t wait to read this!

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6. Maroon 5 and Jimmy Fallon gave subway commuters the best surprise.

7. Freezer to Crock-Pot meals from Clean Eating Magazine.

8. The silliest pup. He can sleep anywhere and if Ryan and I are both on the couch — he HAS to be touching is. It’s ridiculous.

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Good morning, my friends! How are you today? I am so pumped for this weekend because we are heading to Nashville for the weekend! Lots of shopping and good food are in our future!

1. I went rock climbing Tuesday. It’s become one of my favorite activities, but since our closest indoor place is an hour away, I don’t get to go as often as I would like.

2. I love fancy, expensive coffee. 😂 I don’t drink it very often, so it’s a treat when I do. I went to Starbucks on my way to work and had planned on ordering a regular caramel macchiato (I’m not a pumpkin spice girl), but when I saw they had their seasonal Christmas drinks on the menu, I quickly changed my order. Something peppermint coffee makes it feel so much more like the holidays!

*From 2-5 p.m. until Nov. 13 Starbucks has buy one, get one free on all holiday drinks. 

3. Why you love Honeycrisp apples, hate Red Delicious and know their names.

4. Ryan and I paid off out bedroom furniture! We had scheduled to pay it off in at least two years, but paid it off in six months! Being debt-free is very important to us, so we try to pay for things outright or pay them off as soon as we can.

5. Has anyone given this Vega protein powder a try? I’ve read about it on some blogs and from reading the label, it looks safe, but I’m still worried about dropping $40 on something I’m not going to like.

6. Slow cooker caramel apple cider cocktail. This looks perfect for the holidays!

7. Work (both jobs) is going well and I am so excited. I love advancing and doing well in my career. #girlboss

8. Snuggly pup. By now you all should know I’m obsessed with my dog.