Top 3 Things to do on a Rainy Day – Blogs, Buns and Brownies, YUM!

It’s gloomy, the storm clouds are brewing, and the rain is trickling down your window. Cue the cuddly comforts of a rainy Thursday.

You may have no other motivation than to simply cuddle up in bed all day, but here’s the top 3 best things to do on a rainy day to make yourself feel only semi-productive.

1. Catch up on your blogs

This is the perfect time to put the pen to paper… or rather fingers to keyboard. Keeping your company’s blog fresh and up to date is SOOO important. It shows that your company is moving, you’re doing things, you’re active, and most importantly that you’re in the know!

If you have a blog, whatever you do, don’t let it go static! You don’t have to write strictly about topics in your industry. Don’t be afraid to make your posts exciting! You can write about anything your readers and clients can relate to, just keep it fun and interesting. Heck, if you’re out of ideas, just write about fun things to do in the rain.

If you have a blog and just CANNOT keep it updated, you’re better off getting rid of the blog all together. It’ better not to have one at all than to have a really old, out-of-date blog stream.

2. Break a sweat

It may be too wet to take a hike, but there are a ton of ways you can exercise your body, as well as your mind, without stepping a foot out the door. One more reason to try these exercises: getting your heart pumping is a fantastic way to get the creative juices flowing! And come on, who doesn’t want buns of steel!

Sitting at your desk

Leg Lifts – Keep your abs tight. Straighten your left leg at the knee as you slowly lift it a few inches off the chair. Do 12 reps, then switch legs. For an extra challenge, try lifting both legs at the same time. You will feel this one in your abs! And the best part is, no one else needs to know!

Standing in line at the store

Calf Raises – Stand tall with your feet together. Slowly raise your weight to the balls of your feet and squeeze our calfs at the top of your lift, then release your legs back to the floor. Do 12 reps.

At home

Jogging in Place – You get the idea. Simple cardio for a few minutes, and you’ll start to feel the sweat. For an extra challenge, bend your knees slightly as if you’re squatting to sit, and continue in a squatted jog. Feel the burn!

3. Get in the kitchen

Cooking is the perfect outlet for your creativity. You may not think of yourself as the master chef, but don’t be intimidated! It’s just food, people! If it doesn’t come out right, you can always try again. And the best part is, you can eat your mistakes. It’s all about enjoying the process. Plus, I do not know anyone who doesn’t appreciate a homemade present. So treat your someone special to something yummy you made yourself.

If you have a sweet tooth like me (and every other human being I know) you have to try this recipe for Hershey’s Best Brownies. And see my tips in blue below. You WILL be thanking me!

Hershey’s Best Brownies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
  • 2 cups sugar *I like to use 1/2 brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa or HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa *I use Special Dark cocoa, they come out super dark!
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

I also add:

  • about 1 tsp instant coffee/espresso
  • about 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9x2 inch baking pan.

Place butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with spoon after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat well. Place instant coffee in small bowl with a tbsp of water. Microwave for a few seconds until completely dissolved. Add coffee and cinnamon to chocolate batter. Stir in nuts, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Frost if desired. Cut into bars. About 36 brownies.

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