New Christmas Presents and recipe!

So I have been so excited to try out all of my new workout clothes and gear.  My brother gave me this awesome New Balance towel that is supposed to cool you off after your workout and is pretty much the coolest thing ever. It’s been pretty chili after my runs so I will have to save it for gym time.  I still haven’t used my Garmin since Christmas because it has been too cold and snowy outside, but I ‘m hoping I can again soon.  Because of the weather (snow in December?  What?!) I have had to use the treadmill at the gym. Lame. I know, I hate the treadmill too.  I just like to be running somewhere. Towards something.  I get antsy.  And Claustrophobic.  But I was excited to wear my new outfit.

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My other brother gave me this sweet under armour zip up which is literally the best material ever! It’s so soft and is supposed to keep you nice and warm outside.  I wore it to the gym because I just couldn’t wait.  The pants are from his girlfriend and they are also under armour and in my fave color!  She already knows me pretty well. I know, I’m super lucky.  I told you I got awesome Christmas presents this year.  However, my new stuff did not help improve my bevel.  I’ll work on it,

I also got this zip up Champions jacket from Target and I have literally been living in it!  24/7. It is the most comfortable thing ever.  And it’s super cute! You wouldn’t be able to tell from this terrible photo but it is. Trust me,

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Sorry about the Horrible Instagram Photo

After a quick 7 miles at the gym and walking back home in the freezing cold, I thought about how I could put one of my new baking Christmas presents from J to use.   I thought back (to the best holiday ever) and remembered how much he liked these pumpkin cookies.  So I did what I could with what I had.2012-12-28 21.19.06

I mixed half of the yellow cake mix with 3/4 of the can of pumpkin and 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips and a Tbs of Cinnamon.  Poured evenly into this cute little Christmas mini bread loaf kind of pan and baked at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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The imprints on the pan didn’t work out so well, so I will have to find something else to bake in there.  Maybe more of a bready type substance.

Anyway, these are perfect right out of the oven when they are still warm and gooey.  Literally such an easy things to make.  Waiting for J to get home from his get to get the official taste test.

I may or may not have gone to target today and used a gift card from Christmas slash bought the whole store slash why are their groceries so much cheaper than anywhere else?  I got some pretty sweet deals on Christmas chocolate stuff, everything was 50 percent off!  IMG_20121229_212530

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I also may have picked up some monster trail mix.  The peanut butter chips are key.  So is the fact that the trail mix is mostly just chocolate and candy and nothing too nutritious.

It’s okay, I took two dance classes today.  I also had a lunch date in the city with my Hubmiester.  We ate salad.

Byeee.

Christmas at the Lake

It’s been awhile and I thought that Christmas would be a good place to recap.  This year was a pretty good Christmas.

Me and J spent the weekend having our own Christmas just the two of us before getting together with the family.  We celebrated on Sunday morning by opening our stockings in bed with coffee then the rest of our gifts after breakfast.

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I’m not going to lie I really got the best present in the entire world.  Like literally.  The best.

Mostly all J got from me was clothes.  I know, so romantic. He tried to fool me by getting me a ton of little presents so I would think I wasn’t getting much, but it didn’t work because I loved everything! One of my favorites was a giraffe usb flash drive.  So cute.  But the best one of all was…..can you guess?…

IMG_20121224_162949How did you know?  I have seriously been wanting a Garmin 305 for ages and J got me the upgrade, a 410!  I know I haven’t been good enough to deserve it but for some reason J still loves me!  I couldn’t wait to take it for it’s first spin but since we were up at the Lake that night I didn’t get a chance for a run right away.  It had to be a walk.  I was a little bratty disappointed about it but so excited to use it! I even used my nike+ app to try and compare the two.  They were actually pretty off.  I’m not sure if it is because of the satellites and the gps in the mountains/trees.  But I took it for a 6.75 mile run on Christmas in the snow and it was wonderful!  They both lined up a little more that time.  I still have a lot to learn about it and syncing and all that but definitely the best present ever!

I spent a lot of the Sunday day baking and getting ready to have family Christmas up at the lake.  I haven’t really ever baked for Christmas before (without my mom) so it was stressful fun to do it this year.  I mostly made a lot of candy because that is the least time consuming and what I like best (obviously).  My favorite is the peanut brittle!collage

There was so much that I wanted to make and didn’t get a chance to!  Maybe next year.  We drove Sunday night so that we were there for Christmas Eve.  We had a “relaxing” day and then went to mass that night.  On Christmas I went for my run and then the rest of the family arrived that afternoon. We opened our gifts with some wine and cheese before we ate dinner.collagetree

I definitely got all of the best gifts this year.  So much running/gym gear it makes a girl wanna work out more.  Or just hang out on the couch eating chocolate in all my comfy workout clothes.

Honestly though, the best part of Christmas was just hanging out with everyone, telling that’s what she said jokes, being funny, drinking wine, playing Uno and hanging out by the best fire ever woodstove.  Big shout out to my mom and dad for letting us hang out with them at their awesome lake house, and to my mom for making such amazing food for us to eat!

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Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Byeee.

Gluttony.

So I promised you a birthday post.

I had quite the birthday weekend.  Yes.  Quite.  Saturday J had a dueling gig and I went to see him and celebrate Halloween My Birthday!  It was such a great night and I got to hang out with my BFF and my cousin and her hubby!  I had a blast and J was amazing!  It was so good to finally see him do his thing.

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Rocking out!

Some more pics from the night..

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It was literally one of the most fun nights I have had in awhile.  I was clearly a creepy, ghouly Alice in Wonderland.  Clearly.  That picture of me crying is just to show the hilarity that transpired during the night . Lots of craziness.  Two cousins together makes for a photoshoot of laughter.  I am not going to bore you with all 10,234,234 pictures that were taken of just the two of us. Especially because we had the worst photographer ever!

So I have been using my birthday and the hurricane as an excuse to pig out and eat everything in sight. First I made birthday cake and then some little pumpkin cake/cookies.  They were delicious.

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I stole the cake recipe from HERE and pretty much followed the recipe except for the frosting.  Instead, I made a marshmallowy topping since I don’t really like cool whip (I know I’m so weird).  It was a really good cake, I don’t know about better than anything, but it was good.  The toffee bits topping was the best part!  I wont tell you about the night that J and I just took a spoon to the top.

Now, the cookies were really easy, just half a can of pumpkin mixed with half a box of vanilla cake mix and some dark chocolate chips and extra bits of  Halloween candy thrown in (I chopped milk duds and whoppers)!  Yum! (J ate about 5 before I could even take that picture)

The next few birthday days were spent hanging out, surviving the hurricane (we had a lot of light flickering), scary movie marathons (I couldn’t get enough, J was really scared though), scrabble, eating(anything and everything) and drinking (J bought me a bottle of Belvedere for my birthday!) and just plain being fat.  On Wednesday J made me scrambly eggs for breakfast with our champagne!  Champagne is good at pretty much anytime of day.  I got lots of great presents/gadgets and I have the best Hubberoo ever!  He really made my birthday super special and I am glad we got to spend so much quality time together before he goes away.

We went out to dinner for our last night together/my ACTUAL birthday at a cute place down the street.   I decided to be a hippie and J wore his fangs.

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I wear my sunglasses at night.

We were served by a nun who gave us free shots of tequila (I just remembered that right now as I am typing) and free scary candy when she had to tell us that they were out of dessert.  How can you be out of dessert?  I let it slide because all I actually wanted after dinner was a plate of fries (which they didn’t have either.  I guess they didn’t know that it was my birthday).  So we went off in search of some fries.  The great thing about this is that we have a billion restaurants/bars around us so we didn’t have to go far.  At our next stop we tried a crazy Japanese Single Malt which I think was called Yamazaki (but don’t take my word for it} and even though I really hate single malt, this one had more of a brandy flavor with a scotchy aftertaste.  It was really nice and I would definitely suggest. We didn’t stay out late because J had to catch a REALLY early flight in the morning (sadface).  Yes, he is leaving again, but only for a month this time.  I think I may live. Or not.  And don’t worry, on the way back from the airport I didn’t have to pick up any hitchhikers to take with me into the city, I made it back before 6am.

To sum it all up I had the best birthday/week and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

 

Byeeee.

Buy me a chiropractor please.

Well, I had a great Columbus Day Weekend how about you??  Me and J spent a lot of QT time together after a week of work.  It was a nice relaxing weekend but somehow still wasn’t long enough.  I made my first batch of granola and I must say it was pretty awesome.

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I think I may have overcooked it a little but I know now for next time!  Maybe some PB Granola?!  Speaking of PB, I just tried Peanut Butter and Companies Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and I am in love.  I was unsure how I would feel about it when J forced me to put it in the shopping cart but it’s so good I’m pretty sure you should walk/run/drive/take the subway to your nearest store and buy some right now.

Pizza tends to happen on our relaxy quality time nights.

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But let’s pretend it doesn’t and talk about my new crockpot usage instead.  On Monday I knew I had a long week ahead and some late nights where making dinner is out of the question so I got out our handy dandy crockpot,  It has been pretty chili here lately so I thought making some would be a good idea. 

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Quinoa Chicken Chili.  I used this recipe from Sweet Treats & More.  Soo good. And it made a big batch so I had dinner when I got home late on Tuesday and Wednesday night!  I am loving the crockpot!  Plus it makes the apartment smell amazing!

Some more pics from the weekend.

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In recent news, I still can’t get enough of my foam roller, my body has been pretty painful, but I am loving dancing again.  It’s worth it I say!  But if anyone would like to buy me my own personal chiropractor I would be forever grateful,  I am in desperate need of a realignment. 

Lastly. next Tuesday is me and J’s 2nd anniversary and since I wont be home until after 10 we are celebrating on our Sunday!  I cannot wait.  He is keeping it secret where we are going for dinner because he knows I hate love secrets but it adds to all of the excitement.  He thinks he has to outdo last year when he flew from London to Myrtle Beach to surprise me and it actually worked, but I think just being together finally will be enough!  I’ll let you know how it goes! 

See you next time. Gobuysomecinnamonraisinswirlipromiseyoullloveitandafoamroller.

Byee

Cloisters, Renaissance, Birthdays..

Had a very fun exhausting weekend!

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On Saturday my mom came down to the city and we went to NY city Center to see some dancing!  The overall performance was pretty great.  First, we went out to dinner (and dessert) at Seraphina’s and that was pretty amazing.  For dessert I ordered the chocolate soufflé topped with Nutella and vanilla ice cream on the side. (skipped telling you about dinner, clearly dessert is more important) Literally, the best thing I’ve ever tasted!  I have this crazy new love for anything chocolate.

After dinner we headed to the show.  We got to see Julliard, ABT performing Twyla Tharp Choreography, The Hong Kong Ballet and the Martha Graham Company.  We had seen the Twyla piece before and to be honest my favorite piece of the whole night was The Hong Kong Ballet.  The dancers were all ridiculously beautiful and I loved the music.  Amazing.

My mom stayed over and became our first overnight guest!!!

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The next day we went over to our park next door to see the cloisters and there just happened to be a Renaissance Festival.  Our lucky day!  I unfortunately did NOT get to eat a big turkey leg and I was pretty disappointed.

We walked around the Cloisters first and J took lots of photos with his new birthday present that he wasn’t supposed to open yet.

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The gardens were beautiful.

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It was a really great weekend and I cant wait for my mom to come back for more visits!!!

I forgot to mention that it was J’s birthday on Tuesday and I was trying to make it a really special one because of the fact that we don’t get to spend many birthdays together on land.  It’s a whole nother experience. (Nother isn’t a word?) It was hard because Tuesday was my longest, latest night of work!  It was okay because I made his cupcakes the night before! These cupcakes!  SO good.  And then I made him breakfast in the morning.  He also still had pumpkin bread to finish!

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 (my plan to fatten him up HAS to work!)

And because I couldn’t be home to make dinner and celebrate I put some stuff in the crockpot so he didn’t have to!  It was my first time using our crockpot (I know I’ve had it for ages) and it worked out really well!  I made a crazy mixture of chicken tacos.

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Chicken, corn, black beans, and some salsa and spices. Throw it in a wrap and add some greek yogurt!  SO good and plenty of leftovers!!!  Thanks Patty!

It’s been pretty great, and I am so excited that October is here because that means fall and my birthday and most important Halloween!!!  I have been eating plenty of candy corn so don’t you worry.  I pick out the pumpkins..

What should I be for Halloween?  My girls have suggested fairy and princess.  I think that’s pretty lame so I am still searching for ideas and also, plans, so I can wear my costume somewhere other than my tiny apartment.  Please help.

Byee.

Pumpkin.

I baked again..

One of my September goals was to bake something with pumpkin.  Cross that off the list {That, and only that}.  I have never really had a lot of pumpkin flavored things so I am trying something new.  I decided on some bread!  I used the pumpkin bread with pepitas recipe from skinnytaste.

 

 

 

I must say it came out pretty fantastic!  I of course had to add some dark chocolate chunks into it because everything tastes better with chocolate.  I’m still awaiting the arrival of the hubman from work so he can give the approval {and tell me to stop making up words}.

My mom is coming down tomorrow so we can go see some dancing at New York City Center.  Hopefully I can get her to eat some of this bread so I don’t scarf it down all by myself!

SO far I think I like this pumpkin thing!  Next up..  Apples.

 

Byee.

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.