Madison 1/2 Marathon Weekend, Part Two

by Holly on May 31, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,holidays,lunch,recipes,Wisconsin

Since running the 1/2 marathon just yesterday, I’ve dominated this half-pint of ice cream…

Dominated as in finished it all.

Yes, all.

It’s gone. Finito. End. Done. Never to be eaten again.

It’s a mere speck of one glorious moment in time forever sealed in the deep caverns of my crazy brain.

Me a drama queen? Nah.

Me a brat queen? That’s more like it…

Welcome to the World’s Largest Bratfest!

I swear Madison has other, more sophisticated claims to fame such as the fact it’s consistently listed as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S. and that it boasts one of the most bike-friendly communities and it’s one of the 10 Best Cities to Look For Work.

Unfortunately, all these kudos are lost on those who flock to the only capital city on an isthmus every Memorial Day weekend to eat massive amounts of processed meat on a bun and drink beer.

Yours truly included.

There’s no shame in my brat-eating game.

As long as said brat is topped with sauerkrat + mustard…


Because the sausage in my hand is smaller than it appears.


Too easy.

What’s even easier than that?

The plethora of jokes one could make about the ‘Double Johnny’ Kevin is currently holding in his hand. TWSS. We both deemed this sandwich extremely blogworthy. I mean…it’s so classy, it’s served on a hamburger bun.

Bertz’s funnel cake was also very blogworthy…

Doesn’t he pull off the color yellow fabulously?


It takes a special skin tone to wear yellow.

To end our epic journey in the land of brats, we took a golf cart back to the parking lot.

Yes, we are lazy.

And yes, it was the best decision we made all day.


Not the end of the day however.

The rest of Sunday was spent watching a ridiculously bad movie called Sex and the City 2 in a gloriously air-conditioned theater while eating a box of Milk Duds. I take that back. I finished the Milk Duds before the movie even started.

I love Sex and the City.

But I did not love this movie.

With the exception of a few bright spots (the fashion, Charlotte’s motherhood woes, Miranda + Liza Minnelli’s performance to “Single Ladies”), it was bad.

I hate saying that.

But it was.

Moving on…

This morning started with a Papa GC favorite – PB+S toast!

Then I laid in bed, watched Amelie (one of my top three favorite movies of all-time, along with Singin’ in the Rain + Good Will Hunting) and drank three cups of coffee.

Amen to three-day weekends.

Before I knew it, it was lunchtime.

Blueberries, Dannon Vanilla Greek yogurt, the last Almond Joy Blondie (tear) and a big ol’ junk salad (spinach, yellow pepper, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, celery, cilantro, Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning, salsa + drizzle of ranch).

Fruit + protein? Check.

Whole grains, healthy fats + veggies? Check.

A well-balanced meal if I do say so myself.

Then, I went to Target.

Made a stop by Barnes + Noble to do some research.

Came home.

And baked.

I took my recipe for Walnut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and made some modifications:

  • NuNaturals erythritol crystals (for sugar)
  • spelt flour (in place of whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (for walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut (instead of chocolate chips)
  • a muffin tin (for loaf pan)
  • added 1 t cinnamon

The results?


I think the addition of coconut gave it an added subtle sweetness.

I served mine with buttah.

Real buttah.

It was fab.

Then I took a 1 1/2 long nap and am now completely out of it.

That’s why I don’t nap.

I lose all sense of time and space.

Obviously, in my senseless nature, I thought it the perfect time to blog.

Makes sense, no?

I’m going to hit ‘Publish’ then eat dinner, head out on a walk and make it an early night.

Until tomorrow…


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 31, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Love coconut and banana together, especially in baked goods.

Evan Thomas May 31, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Honestly, I heard the average person eats almost a pint of ice cream a week and thought “That’s it?!”. We in blog land call that Memorial day ;-)

Mj May 31, 2010 at 8:03 pm

ahhh the bratfest! I remember back when it was still hosted in front of the sentry grocery store and brats were only a dollar a piece! It didn’t have as much of a major event appeal but it had a lot more of a community feel to it!

Matt May 31, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Love that ice cream!

Michelle May 31, 2010 at 8:14 pm

That is ice-cream well deserved. You totally earned it. I wish I would stop downing giant tubs of Edy’s in front of the TV and switch to running half marathons then downing coconut milk ice-cream instead. Urgh *rolls eyes at self*

Those banana muffins rock, although I must say the double brat burger dog thing is TOTALLY awesome too. muhaha

Erica May 31, 2010 at 8:15 pm

haha- what a funny festival! I know Josh would love that! I can only imagine how many “thats what she said” remarks were made at that festival. Your dinner looks like perfection. And your muffins are adorable. I love leaving banana chunks visible in bread/muffins. Hope you have a good Tuesday

Adrien May 31, 2010 at 8:34 pm

You’re one of the few people saying this movie is bad- and I believe you!

I have yet to see it, but even the first one wasn’t that great- the shows?! amazing! but it probably should have stopped there.. Friends had that one figured out!

Meghan@traveleatlove May 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm

LOTS of delicious looking eats.I rarelyeat meat, but the brats look gooooood!

mary ann May 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm

FUCK ME, Holly (sorry for swearing on your blog, but it was necessary)!! Everytime I read this bloody blog m more convinced that our mamas banged the same dude thus making us semi sisters. Funnny (to me) story: last year my brother (27), my mom and i were doing mad libs and thought it would be humorous to use “johnson” in every blank. Mom didn’t like this game much at first, but once we started reading the stories she chimed in on the middle-school-boy giggle fest. Stupid story, but I giggle everytime i hear the word john, johnny, johnson, etc. therefore making the “double johnny” fall-off-my-chair hysterics. Another reason were basically twins: fave movies. Holy crap, Hol-Singing in the rain? can you say “good mornin'” is possibly my fave song of all time and used to be/is my reason for playing on living room furniture? I read Gene Kelly biographies at age 8 and convinced myself I was going to b the next Debbie Reynolds… and Amelie? je l’adore!!! beautiful beautiful story. I might add ratatouille to the list though too. Okay, I’ve again reached my rambling quota, loveyou sista-frayand

Maggie @ Fit.Fun.Food May 31, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Wow! Can I do a weekend swap with you!? lol…not that mine wasn’t good too. What’s the recipe for those almond joy bars? they look great!

Molly May 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm

way to dominate the race holls. YOU GO GIRL! WE’ll celebrate all of our races in the past year when I return, find a job in Mad-town, and join you at the bar to drop our pants to Piano Man. Get excited. Have a happy holiday weekend. Too bad the Japanese don’t celebrate any memorials. boo.

Katie May 31, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Oh man, I’ve taken 3 naps in the last 3 days and I’ve woken up like a zombie each time. I haaaate that feeling, and I naps, but sometimes I just can’t help but fall asleep in the middle of the day. Like an 80 year old man watching golf.

Mama Pea May 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm

A brat in the hand is worth two in the bush?

Madeline - Greens and Jeans May 31, 2010 at 11:16 pm

It’s official, next year, Madison half and brat fest. If I could actually have a brat boiled in beer, grilled, and topped with sauerkraut waiting for me at the finish line, that would be ideal.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 31, 2010 at 11:34 pm

congrats on the half this weekend

and fisting that massive brat. oh i could say some things but i wont

and the muffies look faboosh!

Andrea@WellnessNotes May 31, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Looks like a fabulous and delicious weekend! I’m a bit jealous of your yummy eats (and the beer!!!), but you totally deserved them after your half marathon…

Have a great week, Holly!

BroccoliHut June 1, 2010 at 12:36 am

Beautiful muffins! I want!

claire June 1, 2010 at 12:44 am

Ok, I had no idea memorial day weekend was such a hot dog and brat occasion! It seems like I am surrounded by them with my sis chowing on one today, and my boyf and dad at the baseball game on Saturday night (after they had turkey burgs for dinner..class). Then you and Mama Pea today…

So…tomorrow, I am heading out for some veggie dogs (never thought I would) since I can’t seem to get away from them and maybe for a good reason.

The banana coconut muffins sound great too…and I do have quite a few overly ripe bananas right now. Night lady!

Little Bookworm June 1, 2010 at 4:45 am

Those muffins look amazing! :)

Lauren June 1, 2010 at 6:05 am

The ice cream is dangerous in my house. I don’t think it lasts more than a few days either. Some things are just too good not to eat the entire tub and the Coconut Ice Cream is definitely one of them! ;)

Glad you had a great recovery weekend. Love the brat pics! :)

Have a great week Holly.

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) June 1, 2010 at 6:15 am

I must have that “ice cream.” My hubby works nights at the UW Hospital…..I think I’ll have him swing by WF and pick me up some for breakfast! :D
Awww…Bratfest. I think this is the first year we DIDN’T go :( Hubby had to work and my daughter and I weren’t feeling well. Did they serve Boca Brats again?
Oh well, next year baby!

Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 1, 2010 at 7:11 am

Love, love Amelie. Have you seen the trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s new movie, Micmacs? If not, you should watch it because it looks great!

Kailey (SnackFace) June 1, 2010 at 7:29 am

You know what I love? Waking up and having TWO posts of yours to read.

I’m sorry I’m so behind, but HOLLA AND MUTHAEFFIN CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HALF MARY!!!! YOU ARE SUCH A STUNNA!!!! Seriously, I have no idea how you run such distances. And you and Angharad? ADORBS.

Woohoo ice cream killa. I’ve eaten so much ice cream lately that I’ve once again realized why I can’t do much dairy. Yowza.

Yellow is my current color obsession. I cannot get away from it.

Nnnnoooooooo. SatC2 is really that bad? Dang. I am not happy about that. Not one bit. I still haven’t seen it!! (See: fever.)

Yea, I don’t do naps either. Unless they’re fever-induced.

I cannot wait to catch up witchoo!!!! LOVE YOU!! xoxoxxo

Susan June 1, 2010 at 8:27 am

I LOVE BRATWURST. I’m German. It’s in my blood. Fun fact: my new apartment in Toronto is across the street from a sausage shop!!

It’s also a rule of mine that any baked good coming out of the oven must be served with real butter. Mmmm…

Hope you’re back-to-work Tuesday goes well…. almost one week now!!

brandi June 1, 2010 at 9:08 am

Great job on the run!!!! Looks like it was an awesome weekend :) And I need to find that ice cream.

Shelley June 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

your’e making me want to bake pRONTO!! Wish I could have been in Wisconsin to enjoy the brat fest- hahahha sooo Wisconsin. that ice cream loks delicious!

Ashley June 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

Everything looks so good. I looooove funnel cake.

Kacy June 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

I can see why so many did not like SATC2. But when it comes to Carrie Bradshaw, I’m easy to please.

Naps make me feel the same way. Hate them. But sometimes they are tres necessary.

Lovin’ the muffins!

Crunchy Granola Gal June 1, 2010 at 11:08 am

1. i like your inclusion of inappropriate jokes in healthy living blogland.
2. your friends look like fun.
3. come to brooklyn and bake me those muffins. kthanksbye.

Angharad June 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

Really? You decided to make those muffins AFTER I left? Really??

Dan and co also rode in one of those golf carts at brat fest! Love it.

Sigh. I am still on a race high. When that ends am I going to be depressed? Or just find myself signing up for another?? xx

Erica D June 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

Ahhhhhh a Wisconsin friend of mine once brought back brats to school and it was just glorious. She lives in Jefferson, perhaps you know of it?

Tay June 1, 2010 at 11:38 am

That ice cream is one you cannot be trusted around. I finished the same pint off in one sitting as well.

And congrats on your half missy!!! You rocked it :-)

samantha June 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

way to GO on your half, g-friend.

true story: my brother had a friend in college (went to a tiny tiny school in the middle of nowhere ohio) whose dad airlifted him kobe steaks and brats every weekend. i’m sorry, is that even a real thing to do? long story short, when i was visiting for the weekend as a wee high school lady, that’s how i had my first brat and wawaweewa, it was awesome.

Carter June 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm

almond joy blondie?! i fainted a bit just now.

Katherine June 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm

all race recaps should involve icecream!

love the banana-topped muffies. they’re so cute

Hayley @ Breath of Fire June 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Sauerkraut and mustard are by far the best brat-toppers- excellent choice!

April June 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I’m the same way with naps! I hate taking them because I’m usually disoriented and even more tired afterwards!

Ashlei June 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I love your wit in this post and the muffins look amazing! :) Your guest post on Matt’s blog was awesome too!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet June 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm

i want a brat so badly! beautiful muffins, too. glad you had such a great weekend.

Graze With Me June 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

It’s so nice to be on the top 100 cities to live in isnt’ it?? I’m here in Fort Collins which according to the link you posted, is #1. Whoo!

And I love the smiling pic of you with the brat – too cute.

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats June 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Sooo late, but CONGRATS on another successful race!!!! You are my hero – 2:01?! :D

Secondly, I would give my left arm to attend brat fest…my Mom had to take away the brats a couple years ago at a family BBQ because I couldn’t stop eating them… :( :)

Jessica June 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Hello dear!! So you like coffee, yess?? You like fudge, yes?!! So therefore you must try Purely Decadent’s MOCHA ALMOND FUDGE COCONUT ICE CREAM!! Jeany and I have been lovingg on it this week. Done and done!
We’ll have to try the cookie dough next though! That, and the turtle trails sound oh so divine.

Loved yo’ TWSS ref! Best one i’ve seen in a while!!
Andd agreed, I didn’t LOVE SATC2 but I can’t go off about how bad it was, I just love seeing my girls all together, once again (along with those gorg older men) way too much! Now I must go get my cheetahs out of the oven, LOVE YOU!!


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