I have 2 readers :) 05/16/2011
This was the most delicious (dessert) breakfast I have had in days :) Breakfast cookie~I got the idea from the Fitnessista! Very filling and tasted just like a no bake cookie! Before my delicious breakfast I ran a miserable 2 miles on my treadmill at home. This thing has been horrible to me lately. It's so hard, it feels like I am running up an enormous hill. I don't know what it's issue is, but I am going to the gym in the morning. This thing is not my friend anymore!
I found out that I have 2 readers (besides my mom and husband) Thank you Brandy and Lori~I'm glad someone is interested in my day/runs/food/baking/etc!!!
I worked til 2pm today, then came home and took a small nap. I had a headache so I dozed off while watching Everyday Italian and Fried Food Paradise! I woke up with some energy so I decided to give the treadmill one last go. I ran another mile and did some sit ups and pushups. I am almost to my goal of 35!!! Only 9 more days to meet all my goals!!
For dinner we had chicken stir fry with broccoli, carrots, green peppers, and water chestnuts. It was delicious!
After dinner this thing came around, singing it's merry old ice cream jingle. But I went to Dairy Queen instead with my cousin Gina and her kids Helena & Tiya. They shared their chocolate and vanilla cones with me!! While we were at DQ, my cousin's husband helped Abram level off the yard. It's a work in progress but it's starting to look like an actual yard (we just need some grass....) Abram has torn down 23 trees and he rented a stump grinder last weekend and ripped up 14 stumps! So, we're making some progress I think! Have a good night. P.S. I got asked to bake cupcakes for my neighbor's daughter's baptism AND do a cake for another little girl's birthday-luau themed!! Look at me go :) Watch out Betty Crocker!!
Question: What home projects are you doing now? Want to do?
I really have nothing to say about today. We woke up and I made baked oatmeal-with mashed banana and walnuts this time, it tasted just like banana bread! It was extremely filling! After breakfast we went to the gym, I busted my butt and ran 4.5 miles in 42 minutes and lifted weights in the "girl room" with the machines (I figured out that these are easier on my joints) and then did some squats and went home exhausted! I did a lot of laundry, cleaned a little, took a nap and then went to my parents house and ate dinner. We had flank steak, mashed potatoes/gravy, peas, salad and stuffing. In the first picture, the salad my dad made himself and Abram were bigger than their dinners I think. Second picture is my portion of everything. I don't normally like mashed potatoes, but the gravy looked good so I changed it up a bit. GOOD GRAVY MOM :)
I also had a second helping of stuffing and some ice cream and cookies for dessert. Ok, so here is my question for today. I am becoming discouraged with writing this blog. Does anyone even read this? I read several of the same blogs everyday and I wonder if anyone even knows mine exists. I am questioning if I should even do this anymore..........
Question: Is anyone out there? Are you reading this? (besides my mom and husband)
I woke up at the crack of dawn and mom & dad picked me up. We stopped at Sheetz for some coffee and a granola bar and hit the road! We got to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets at 9:56am and mom and I waited outside the stores mapping our route for the day. While waiting outside for the stores to open, we took a few "excited to shop" pics....I think I know where I get my weirdness from :) and I like it!
We shopped, and we shopped and WE SHOPPED. I got so much! I had such a great day, these outlets really are the best around! Around 12:45 we got hungry so we went to the food court. We had 3 choices: chinese food, hot dogs, or cheese steaks. Horrible. For some reason we picked the hot dog place. We split a #2: two hot dogs, french fries and a drink. Mom and I were not feelin the hot dogs. We ate about 3/4 of it and decided we were over it. We didn't even finish the fries. We realized too late that if we would have waited, we could have ate at the Cheesecake Factory when we were all done. Kicking ourselves for that one! After we got home, I laid out all my purchases. I got 10 shirts, 3 pair of shorts, a skirt, pair of jeans, running shorts & socks, 2 belts, 2 pair of earrings, gel insoles, a wallet and a pair of shoes!!!! (and soaps for like $1.50)
Such a wonderful shopping day spent with my mommy <3 I will end with a picture of the softball cake I made for Megan yesterday. Now I am off to relax and dream about how/where I am going to wear my new outfits :)
Question: Does shopping make you as excited as me (and my mom)?
All about the food! 05/13/2011
Happy Friday! This is my breakfast. 2 hard boiled egg whites and an apple. I boiled these eggs last night and caught the stove on FIRE. Yep, a real fire. Smoke alarm went off and everything! I have no idea how it happened but the whole pan/burner was in flames! It was scary, Misha was soooo scared. Poor thing. Guess a fire extinguisher would be a good thing to own, eh?
Today didn't seem like Friday, but I sure am glad that it is! Tomorrow my mom and I are going to Philadelphia to shop at the Philly Premium Outlets~our favorite! We are leaving bright and early, 6:30am. Dad is our driver tomorrow and poor Abram is stuck home with the dogs. But he is also going to grind all the stumps down in our back yard tomorrow and level it out! Hopefully it will look nice at some point this summer.
I decided to make today all about my food. Here is my lunch bag that I take to work with me everyday, and my lunch:
I packed a Greek yogurt, honey sunshine cereal, a banana with almond butter, watermelon and a pack of brown sugar & cinnamon almonds. The watermelon and almonds were an afternoon snack. After work Mandi and I went to the gym. I ran 3 miles, I ran my first 2 miles in 18 minutes! GO ME. Then we lifted weights in the "girls room" for 25 minutes. Good workout tonight! When I got home I made some homemade pizza dough and popped that in the oven while I started making a softball shaped cake for Megan's cousin :) I think I got the perfect icing color made for the softball, but we'll see. I had to wing it, I had nothing to compare it too except pictures online. I will post pics tomorrow when it's complete. Have a great Friday night! I need my beauty rest, lots of shopping will be happening tomorrow! I hope I can find some good deals!
Question: Have you ever caught your stove/kitchen on fire??
I am WEIRD... 05/12/2011
This is what I did this afternoon at work. I danced with a barbie doll! Sarah captured this lovely pic right in the middle of my dance. Let me explain. One of Billie's clients crochet's things, she has given Billie two of the crocheted dolls she makes. We sit in the back room and laugh and make fun of the doll. We take off it's arms and head, and just do mean things to her. Today, I danced with her. Yes, the title of this post is: I AM WEIRD. Do you still want to read my blog? :)
Other than my weirdness, I had a pretty normal day. Woke up, made some breakfast (2 van's waffles with sugar free syrup and a morning star sausage) went to work, went to Michael's for some baking stuff, came home, walked on the treadmill & made dinner. Dinner was flounder~baked in the oven with garlic, salt, pepper and some parsley flakes. On the side we had broccoli rice and lima beans. Tonight is my "no run" night, but while Abram was mowing the lawn and dinner cooked I walked a mile and a half.
I took my cake that I made in last night's class to work with me. It was a big hit :) Everyone seemed to enjoy it and Megan even asked me to make her a softball shaped cake for her cousin's 100th hit!! I am honored and can't wait to get baking! These are some of the goods I bought today while at Michael's:
There I am. Being weird again. Go figure. Abram says I should just smile in pictures, but where is the fun in that? I got a turn table for my cake, a cake leveler, some disposable icing bags, a 16in icing bag with a large icing tip (to make icing cakes easier) some flavoring for my icings (butter & almond) and some parchment paper. The only thing I wanted that they didn't have was a ball shaped cake pan. Oh well, looks like I might have to wing it!! WISH ME LUCK! Talk to ya tomorrow~TGIF.
Question: Do you consider yourself a "weird" person? Do you like making funny faces in pictures or are you strictly a smiler?
Check out the new kicks. They are Rock & Candy from PacSun! I love them. Slip on sneakers are so comfortable to wear at work!
Sorry this blog is REALLY late. I have been a busy bee! This morning I woke up and made chocolate chip baked oatmeal again. Mmmm, I love it. It's my new favorite breakfast. (or maybe it will be BessbeFit's protein pancakes?) Next time I make it, I am going to try "banana bread" oatmeal with walnuts!
I went to work til 2, then I came home and ran outside. It was 77 degrees out this afternoon, so this run was a quick one. Literally, I ran a better speed outside today, I don't know why. There were a lot of hills involved too! Guess I just wanted to get home and drink lots of water :) I also had to make a cake and some icing for my cake decorating class tonight. So the rest of the afternoon was spent in the kitchen. Abram and I grilled some burgers and I made baked beans and broccoli on the side. I already started eating by the time I realized I hadn't taken any pictures so, here is my dinner (half eaten)
And here it is! The cake I made in tonight's class. We traced a pattern on to a piece of parchment paper with gel icing. Then transferred it onto the cake and iced around it. Not bad for a first timer, don't ya think? I free handed the dots (whoa, impressive huh?) I am exhausted, I am going to cuddle with my puppy, catch up on some blogs and watch a DVR'd episode of the "Voice" from last night. See ya tomorrow :)
Question: What is your favorite (food) decorating technique?
Too much alcohol & cake! 05/10/2011
Last night's bachelorette party was a lot of fun. We started the party at Sarah's with some champagne (and some shots) food & fun girl time! After Sarah's we went over to the Ale House for some more drinks and dinner. Mandi and I split a 3 cheese and asparagus sandwich with sweet potato fries. It was really good. After we ate dinner though, we got a little crazy with the cake. At one point, I think I even heard Sarah call me a "hot mess" sorry Sarah. Sorry Ale House.
From left to right: Christine, Sarah, ME, Mandi, Michele, Anne, and Zhanna.
Congratulations to Anne (and Chris) who get married in May and to Christine (and Mike) who get married in July. Hope you had a good time last night!!!
This morning I woke up (no hangover!!) and was ready to run. All that cake and alcohol need to be flushed outta my system. So I ran for 2.3 miles (21 minutes) outside. It was a nice chilly morning so the breeze felt good once I got started. When I got home I made 2 egg whites, a morning star sausage and cut up an apple. Now I need to catch up on last night's episode of 90210 and clean up the house. My friend Cat is coming over to look at a piece of furniture I am going to give her for her new apartment and eat some lunch with me. Wonder what I should make....? Have a good Tuesday!!
Question: Do you ever get a little "too rowdy" when your out with friends? Do they get embarrassed of you? :)
Such a beautiful sunny day here in PA! Misha sure is soaking up the sun :) She thinks she is a cat and she lays in our window sill all the time. I don't blame her, it's super warm and cozy up there!
This morning I made baked oatmeal again and enjoyed it after my 2 mile run. I did a quick one on my treadmill while watching Khloe and Lamar on E! I wanted to run outside, but I had to be at work in an hour, so it just wouldn't have worked out. I don't really like my treadmill anymore to be honest with you, it seems like it's harder to run on it than outside. The treadmill at the gym is so much easier to run on too. I don't know, maybe I am burnt out on mine....glad it's summer so I can start running outside in the fresh air instead!
So the reason today's post is X-Rated is because I made a special cake (and cupcakes) for Anne and Christine's Bachlorette party tonight. Took me about an hour to ice it, but I think it looks pretty good for my first time attempting something like this, let me know what you think :)
Aren't they pretty? I told Sarah I would keep the cupcakes "clean" but I couldn't resist. The sprinkles just make it perfect. At least they are pink!!!! Well, I am gonna relax a while before I head over to Sarah's~where the party begins. Here's to a fun night!!
Question: Do you find certain runs easier than others? The same equipment in different places?
Happy Mother's Day! xoxo 05/08/2011
Happy Mother's Day to the best, most beautiful mommy in the world :) I always say "I am my mother's daughter" I basically do and say everything JUST like her. I wouldn't wish to be like anyone else! Love you mom!
This morning Abram woke me up bright and early. We ate our breakfast and hit the gym! I made an english muffin with a morning star sausage and an egg white. It was good and filling. I also tried a Phenom that Abram brought home for me from GNC. It was N-A-S-T-Y. I was not a fan. Yuuucckkk. Although I did notice when I was at the gym, my legs didn't get tired while running. Perhaps because it has more potassium than a whole banana! (I'd rather eat a banana, and I am not a HUGE fan of those either...) I also decided today that I know what I want as my birthday/Christmas present......
I WANNA RUN THE DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON IN FEBRUARY 2012!!!!!
I will need lots of practice for it, but I definitely think I am capable. We'll seeeeee.....
After the gym we went over to my grandparents house for lunch. We had ribs, asparagus, corn, baked beans and coleslaw. I didn't eat the ribs...I am not much of a rib fan. But the asparagus was awesome, and I really liked that :) After we ate, my cousin Gina and I went to the Bon-Ton (the ONLY store in this small town that my gram & pap live in) This Bon-Ton is awesome. We can always find cute stuff there and it's like a secret. We love our Bon-Ton visits. Today I got these:
Don't mind those nasty cuts on my ankle. I get a little wild when I shave my legs....ha! After our shopping trip I was SOOO ready for dessert. My aunt Mary made lemon cake with cream cheese frosting. I helped myself to TWO pieces :)
After Abram and I got home I had to make a cake and some cupcakes for tomorrow's bachlorette party. We ate lunch around 1pm so at 7pm we both got pretty hungry. We didn't want to make a full meal because we ate a late lunch. I HATE nights where I don't know what to eat for dinner. I just roam the kitchen and snack on stuff that never really fills me up. Now I have to do laundry and hopefully I will be able to SIT DOWN for more than 5 minutes tonight. I am exhausted. Have a good Sunday night, see ya'll tomorrow.
Question: What are your emergency go-to last minute dinners?
More shopping fun!! 05/07/2011
Woke up this Saturday morning and decided to bake some of Chocolate Covered Katie's Cookie Dough Oatmeal! It was really good. Abram and I sat and decided what toppings we would put in next time. After our breakfast I headed off to work for the day. After work Mandi and I headed out to do some shopping. Our friends at work are getting married. One in May and the other in June-so we are having a joint Bachlorette Party for them on Monday! We went downtown and couldn't find any of the stuff we needed so we ended up eating frozen yogurt for dinner.....who says you can't? After our "dinner" we went to the End Zone (a strip club and sex shop) we finally found all of the things we needed :) This party should be exciting. While shopping at a party store, we took these fun pictures (I think I have WAY too much fun shopping!)
Too much fun!!! Now I am at home waiting patiently for Abram to get home from his Poker night at work. I hope he wins me some $$.
Oh, and I got this awesome idea from Sarah~she buys these really pretty cards at Target and then frames them. Mandi and I both got the Elephant and I got another that says: Forever In Love....now I need to figure out where I should hang them!! Have a great Saturday night!
Question: Have you ever eaten Frozen Yogurt/Ice Cream for dinner??
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Okay readers~these are old posts I have copied over from my Weebly account. I am in the process of moving my (weebly) blog over to blogspot, so be patient with me :)