Chocolate Chocolate Chunk  Muffins

Back to reality today after a lovely 3-day weekend.  And what better way to start the morning than with chocolate for breakfast?  Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles selected chocolate-chocolate chunk muffins for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie.  The muffins in Dorie’s book have been some of my favorite recipes, and these were no exception.  Tender and fluffy with lots of chocolate flavor, but not overly sweet, they were a delicious breakfast treat.  If you’re not the kind of person who enjoys chocolate for breakfast, no worries, the muffins would be equally as good for dessert.

Chocolate Chocolate Chunk  Muffins

I try to avoid chopping chocolate whenever I can (definitely among my least favorite kitchen tasks) so I used Ghirardelli bittersweet baking chips in my muffins.  It meant my muffins didn’t have the chunks of chocolate sticking out of their tops, but a worthwhile trade off in my opinion.  Also, the baking time for my muffins was about 14-15 minutes, rather than the 20 suggested in the recipe.  Many thanks to Bridget for hosting this week!  She shared the recipe on her blog today, or you can find it on page 18 of Baking: From My Home to Yours

Before we left Shane’s parents’ house to make our way home yesterday, we headed down to the center of town for a 5-mile road race.  It was a last minute decision, but since we were in town, we figured why not?  Shane never passes up the opportunity to run a race!

I just love their cute little coastal town.  The race start was right down by the harbor, and though it was overcast when we arrived at 8 am, the sun quickly broke through.

4th of July Road Race

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4th of July Road Race

Before the runners took off at 9, the national anthem was performed.  If you watched the NBC show The Voice, you might recognize this guy as Devon Barley, a final four member of Adam Levine’s team – he’s a resident of Shane’s hometown.  Pretty cool!

4th of July Road Race

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Unlike many of Shane’s races, which are hours long, I only had to wait about 30 minutes before I saw him heading toward the finish line.  There wasn’t even time to walk over to the harbor and grab a few pics, this is about as close as I got.

4th of July Road Race

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It was easily one of our favorite races Shane has run, and if we’re in town in future years I think it’s safe to say we’ll be back :)