Caught in the Rain.

Lately me and J have been running at night time which has really been keeping me awake so yesterday we went to the gym in the morning and did weights and then when he went to work I went for my run.
As I was nearing the end (thankfully) it started to rain. No not just rain. Pour, One of those rains when the sky is blue one second and then it just opens up on you the next. I wish I had a picture of myself running through the rain but I was too busy sprinting home! I guess I should have reveled in the beauty of it all, but I was to busy getting soaked. So I made it 5.3 miles before I had to stop.
I came home, had dinner, listened to some music and choreographed/danced around in my living room by myself for awhile while I baked some muffins!

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My mom told me that I couldn’t even think about getting a really cool decorative muffin pan {like this} until I had used my regular muffin pan at least three times! And you know what I said? Challenge accepted. I have made cupcakes, Nutella brownies and now these apple cinnamon muffins. Technically that is three; however, I will count the cupcakes and the brownies as one because I made them on the same night. It’s okay because I already have something planned for my third use! You will just have to wait and see…

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Also, I think I should tell everyone about the amazing smoothie I made the other day. If you know me at all then you know when I say the other day I usually mean yesterday. I am not very good at keeping track of days. Or time. So this smoothie… I make them all the time and just kind of go with the flow and and they usually taste pretty good (except for the time I put celery in. Definitely never again). This smoothie however was AHmazing. So let me tell you what was in it.

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I made the Best Tasting Smoothie ever!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 Kiwi (no skin)
1/2-3/4 scoop GNC Chocolate Caramel Protein powder(it’s my fave and Im pretty sure this makes it! But any protein powder will do.)
3-4 icecubes
1/2 cup water(I guessed this, because I’m not really sure.)
2 handfuls of Spinach (as much as you want)
1/2 tbs flax seeds

Now see I have one of these GNC blenders that make the smoothie right in the cup so this is the order I put it in and then it gets turned upside down. But if in a regular blender I would throw it in in the opposite order so that the flax and the spinach get smooshed into the blades and get shredded and crushed. I am pretty sure that this tasted peanut buttery even though there was no peanut butter. It was yum.
OK Byeee.

Peanut Butter Overload? Impossible.

I basically had the most amazing weekend.  Thursday, was hanging time with the rents while they checked out our new place, ate some of my zucchini coconut bread and then we drove them to the airport for their 40th Anniversary trip!  Yay for 40 years.  I am extremely jealous, but figure they deserve it.  Plus, J promised to take me somewhere really awesome when we have ours! {Hint: Greece would be nice.  End Hint.}

This also arrived..

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We finally have a little place to eat dinner!  {It opens out on both sides to make a round table!}  It’s perfect for our apartment and I am so lucky that I have a handy man to put things together and fix things for me.

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I have been taking a rest from running lately and have been doing more strength training or just long walks.  Friday was a rest day and me and J went for a walk running errands and around the park.

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He went home to get ready for work and I continued on to do about 5.3 miles. But a nice pace. Some views..

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Then I cam home made some Zucchini Chips and dinner.  They were burnt, but better that way.  Some of my eats..

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Saturday we ran some errands for some special baking that I wanted to do, went for a walk and J went to do more work while I drove up to my parents for the weekend.  We had plans to get some more things from storage, put some back in, and hang out with some friends of ours to celebrate their recent engagement.

I got to my parents and took advantage of the neighborhood {not city} environment to go for a run.  I don’t usually try to go for speed in my runs, it is more about just running and how I feel but this time I figured since I had the opportunity of flatter ground to see if I could make it faster.  I did 6.3 miles at an average pace of 8.12.  Not too bad since I have been running slower lately. 

IMG_20120812_003846I got back and started my baking!  It was nice to be able to bake in a bigger kitchen.  And not so hot.  I made some Nutella Brownies from Hungry Meets Healthy.  I only made four of these because I was more excited about the other goodies and did not want to go too overboard.

These weren’t so bad. But not my favorite.  Nutella is difficult to work with!

Then I moved onto some Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!!  They were as good as they sound don’t you worry.  I wanted to bake cupcakes for my friends who just got engaged so these sounded perfect.  I got the recipe from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life.  Amazing!!

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So.. you mix it up and then pop the Reese’s peanut butter cups in the center so they get all melty! Is melty not a word? Yes.. its ridiculously, amazingly, wonderfully good!

Next you make the frosting!  I wasn’t sure how this was going to go since I’m not really a baker,  but I figured I would try it.  And thank God I did! 

 

 

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It is literally the best frosting I’ve ever tasted.  I halved the recipe so I actually ended up having to make a little more for the last few cupcakes.  I made fifteen total! We had some left over frosting which was pretty great because you can dip anything into it! Anything.

 

 

 

To complete the cupcakes you add some extra Reese’s on top! I really thought I would be peanut buttered out.  But I guess that isn’t possible.

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{They look like little bowties!}

We didn’t end up seeing my friends so unfortunately we were stuck with all of these fantastic cupcakes to ourselves.  Sadface.  Notreally. Oh, and some champagne.  So instead we celebrated ourselves {because we are pretty awesome} with champagne, frozen pizza and PB cup chocolate cupcakes!  It was actually pretty wonderful!

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So all in all the weekend was great!  Me and the Hubbso had some really great quality time together, we ate lots of cupcakes and sugar, watched the ending ceremonies of the olympics and some of the meteor shower! Lucky we were upstate! QT time well spent.

Oh and last night we went for a jog together.  It was weird but wonderful.  See, I can share.

Byee.

 

Just Call Me Susie.

I am so proud of myself today!  I had and amazing food day!  This morning I had my usual breakfast and then for lunch some PB on an english muffin with bananas.

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I couldn’t decide so that is some regular PB and some Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams.  Amazing.

I decided to take the day off from running to give my knees and feet a break so I did an upper body workout at the gym and then biked for 25 minutes.  It was nice to get some strength training in again, I have been leaving my muscles out since I’ve been running so much.  Hopefully I will be feeling it tomorrow!

 

Crazy ab sweat!

Tonight for dinner I made this amazing jumble of food..

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and then I put it in a tortilla and made it a taco with some greek yogurt!

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Ground turkey, red and green peppers, black beans, onions, salsa and some other spices mixed in there.  Delish.

After dinner, while J was at work I decided to try out some baking!  Since it was National Zucchini Day,  YES, apparently they have a day for everything, AND zucchini is my favorite, I decided to try out a zucchini bread.

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I mixed a little of this Coconut Zucchini Bread recipe with this Zucchini Oatmeal Bread recipe.

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It tasted amazing!!!  When J came home it was just about done so we will have full bellies before bed. But it was so good I can’t even believe it!  And it’s good for you because it has zucchini in it!  No but really, no butter, no oil.  It’s not bad.

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 He liked it!!!

You wouldn’t even recognize me with all this cooking and baking!  Next time I will have to try it with some nuts or fruit or even chocolate!  We’ll see! {My sneaky plan to fatten J up is only just beginning!}

For now, it’s bedtime!

Byeee.

Weekend Antics.

Just to warn you, this is a long post.  And about halfway through I lost it all, threw a little temper tantrum and then started all over again. Life is tough. Hopeful I learn from my mistakes..

This weekend was a little bit of a crazy one.  We met up with friends ate/drank a ton and explored different places in Manhattan.  All in all it was pretty amazing.  Sunday was a day of husband/wifeness.  Is that not a thing?!  We had a lazy morning and then decided to walk the High Line Park and see where the day took us. It was an amazing day of just wandering.  Get ready for an overabundance of pictures..

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{That’s the New Yorker in the background}

The High Line is just beautiful and they have done an amazing job with it.  There are flowers everywhere and patches of grass to picnic on.

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There was a zoo in the middle.

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{You didn’t think I meant a real zoo did you?!}

Amazing art.

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SO beautiful!  I found this restaurant while we were walking along that looked amazing! It’s called The Artichoke Basille’s Pizza.  Artichokes and Pizza?!  You know I can’t say no to that.

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But no, we did not eat there.  Maybe someday.  Although, unfortunately, they do not deliver to Washington Heights.  I checked.

After walking the whole High Line we wandered around the Meat Packing District for awhile and then towards Chelsea where we found this…

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YES!  I have been excited about this for ages!  We finally got to go!

It’s really nice inside, all brick which I love!

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And there was so much goodness everywhere!!!!  So much temptation it was hard to say no.  There were cupcake shops and bakeries and gelato oh my!  It was pretty much like heaven! We walked through a really cool place called the Fat Witch Bakery.  They bake all kinds of brownie-esque goodies which are named witches, and being the lover of Halloween that I am, I thought it was pretty awesome!

We tried some fantastic brie that melted in our mouths like butter and some cookie butter which was also pretty great.  Luckily, we managed to get out without gaining twelve pounds.

After the market we were pretty hungry and decided to find dinner.  On our walk we noticed some pretty funny places.

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{I took this one for my Dad, but I thought it was cute.  Right next door was Tea & Sympathy and Carry On Tea & Sympathy.}

We found a place doing happy hour and early diner deals so we stopped there.  J had some sort of chicken over mashed parsnips, while I ate a sea bass.  The food was pretty good but the atmosphere not so much.  Overall, it was an okay place.

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{Why so serious J?}

After dinner we planned to see a movie in Union Square so we found a Duane Reade to stock up on supplies.  Water, Swedish Fish, Riesins, Jelly Bellies.  You know, the usual.  Can’t watch a movie without popcorn.  We decided to see the Dark Knight Rises and I liked it.  I think J is pretty lucky that I always want to see boy movies.  I CANNOT WAIT until the new Bourne movie comes out.  I’m in love with Jeremy Renner. What?  Who said that?

Continuing our weekend into Monday night we met up with one of J’s old friends from ships that he hasn’t seen for 5 years!  It was a blast!  I enjoyed meeting her after so long.

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We hit up the infamous Blockheads for some Mexican food and Red Nose Bulldogs (you have to experience to understand).  Amazing.  Moved on our usual route to the Pig and Whistle for some beers and we ended up being out so late we had to make a stop at ahemmcdonaldsmhm. What?

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IT’SOKAYIRANSIXMILESTODAY.

Anyway, we had an amazing weekend!  But now I have to recover.

Byeeee.

Double Digits, Updated website!

Did you notice my page looks different?!  I am posting from wordpress now.  Thought I would try it out.

So this weekend was pretty great.  On Friday me and J packed ourselves a picnic and went to the park to eat.  We are so lucky we are so close.  Have I told you yet that I make a mean sandwich?  Well, I do.  Now you know.

{Turkey, spinach, tomato, onion on whole wheat! I won’t give away my secret ingredient!}

Here comes the big news….

After J left for work I went for my run. I ran 10.3 miles!! Crazy I know!  Furthest ever!  I wasn’t planning on doing a long run it just happened.  I was doing my usual laps around Fort Tryon and went on forever!

See my Map!

I was dead afterwards.

But so excited I ran so far!  It’s just good to know that I can do it if I want to.

Moving on. Saturday was a pretty good day.  I woke up exhausted and swollen because I didn’t much sleep.  We had plans to meet with one of my really good friends from home for a drink in the afternoon.  She chose a really cool pub-type place called the Blind Tiger Ale House.

 They have a pretty extensive list of beer and I didn’t feel like looking at it so I just asked for an IPA.  I’m not really sure which one I drank, but the guy pretty much guaranteed that I would like it.  If I didn’t he was going to drink it himself and get me something different.  Sounded like an okay deal to me.   I really hope it was the Flying Dog Wildman because that’s the one with the coolest name on the menu.  It was pretty good.

Anyway, it was great seeing Mary, and she also invited our friend Molly who I haven’t seen for ages!  It was tons of fun catching up with everyone!

{This is a picture of the 3 of us when we were little.  

Yes, I am the pale one that clearly wasn’t allowed in the sun. Ever.}

After lunch I tried to go for an easy shorter run today after running so far yesterday, but my tummy wasn’t having any of it.  I ended up walking the whole time but still did 5.25 miles.  I’ve also been trying to get my push ups in every day! I did however, see/find someone else that runs with their tongue out, so that made me happy.  Or at least seem more normal.

Sunday I am hoping to have a relaxing day with the hubberino.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Byeee.

Today I danced.

Today was a fantastic day.  I started it off with a super awesome dance class! I haven’t danced in ages (about 2 or 3 months) which is ages to me.  I got to take from my friend Danielle who is amazing. Her choreo is crazy good and it felt so good to be dancing again. I am not going to lie but I was a little nervous to go, but it felt great!

After class I stopped in Fairway Market to get some more grapes to freeze and I bought some watermelon for after class.  I had an impulse moment walking to the register where I by accident picked up some chocolate covered caramels. By the time I had decided to put them back everyone was yelling “next in line” and there was no chance, so I had to take them. (Life is so hard)  Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.  Oh and I forgot the grapes.

Me and J had a really good chat today and it felt good to talk to my best friend. I got some things off my chest and it was nice.  Later, I went for another quick run that turned into 6 miles.  My new usual trail around Fort Tryon.

It was super hot and my legs were like lead from class today but the run felt so good.  And the sky was beautiful.

After my run I came home had dinner and some wine and then I baked cookies! WHO?! yeah. I really did.  They were really simple 5 ingredients only. I got the recipe from the blogger the girl who ate everything.

Umm they are brown because I used CHOCOLATE peanut butter mixed with regular crunchy. The light brown specs are peanuts.  I like to do it how I want okay?

SOOO I may have burnt them a little but it’s okay because that just makes them taste somewhat like peanut brittle.  Or at least that is what I tell myself.  Ask J, he had the first bite:

I really need to fatten him up.

Trust me, they were amazing.  With wine. And kettle corn.  And some Remy. What?

My stomach is happily protruding now, but I did do my 30 (girl) push ups for the day.  I know, I am supposed to call them modified according to my gym teacher from high school, but I do what I want. And I’m a girl. Okay?

I didn’t even mention the M&M’s.