Daily Happenings

Who Cares About Running When You Can Bake

Hello! That’s for stopping by today everyone. I love that you chose to spend a few minutes of your day with me. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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Monday started off dark and rainy. It was the type of morning where getting out of bed is infinitely harder because of the weather. Couple that with the fact that my legs were hurting made for a slow morning. Once I was out of bed it went okay. I noticed that as long ad I was continually moving the soreness wasn’t that bad which I’ll consider a win. I had my normal breakfast of scrambled eggs and an oatmeal muffin before heading out the door to work.

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Alex worked from home so I didn’t have to go home at lunch to let Bailey out. For the first time in what feels like months, I was able to read. I pulled out the monster of a book calledΒ The Fountainhead. It’s a monster because it’s incredibly thick and over 500 pages long. This book is taking me quite a while to read since I don’t have as much time to read anymore. That’s okay though! It’s just the stage of life I’m in right now.

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When I got home from work, I saw Alex and Bailey outside and walked with them for a bit. I headed back in and pulled out everything I would need to make banana chocolate chip muffins. Alex requested I make these when his parents gave us some chocolate bunnies on Easter. I chopped up the milk chocolate one and used that as the chocolate chip. Since it was a recipe I got from Alex’s mom, I may have snuck a taste (or seven) of the batter and it was so tasty. Baking because I wanted to felt AMAZING and it was a fun treat for a Monday afternoon.

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For dinner, I got oh so fancy and heated up leftover pizza to have. We decided to order more pizza on Sunday than we would actually eat so that we could have the leftovers for dinner last night. I love when we do that haha. It makes dinner 1) so easy 2) so tasty and 3) who doesn’t love pizza? After eating, Alex and I watched an episode of Billions and had a muffin for dessert. They were absolutely delicious! We hung out a bit before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What are you favorite ways to treat yourself after a tough race?Β 

Daily Happenings, Recipes

Midweek Baking

Hello and happy Thursday! I feel like the first few days of the week flew by but at the same time I don’t remember doing much to make them go by so quickly. Does anyone else ever have those weeks? Hopefully the trend continues until work is over Friday. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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When I woke up Wednesday, I was ready to go which was refreshing. I think my body is finally adjusted to the time change. Even though it’s only an hour it can really mess with you when the sun isn’t rising until close to 7 am. I even had plenty of time to eat my breakfast. Earlier in the week it felt like I was a chicken running around with it’s head caught off.

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A big chunk of my day was spent looking into a management class or a certificate as a personal development goal for 2018. If you have any insight on that I’d be so grateful! During lunch, I kept on reading The Knockoff. I’m really enjoying the story and change that it is from my typical thrillers and mystery novels.

After work I had to head back to Target. I managed to get everything on my list this time. Normally I wouldn’t make a midweek trip and just save it for the weekend but I needed liners for cupcakes since I had about 3 left. Major fail last time I went. Having a list and wanting to be in and out helped make the trip go quickly.

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When I got home, I put on my apron and got to work. Well first I made a smoothie so I wasn’t starving but then I got to work. I followed this recipe for vanilla cupcakes. Since they are for a bacherlorette party this weekend, I didn’t taste the finished product. But the little bit of batter that I tried was so tasty.

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Once the cupcakes were done, it was time for dinner. I heated up leftover soup from Sunday night and cut up the remaining bread as well. We ate and watching the last episode of The Crown. Since the third season will have a new cast in order to move forward in time, it was a little bittersweet watching the last episode. I ended up still being hungry so I grabbed a slice of bread and dipped it in olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar. We ended the night with an episode of The Office before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What’s the last thing you baked?

 

Books, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 18

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? It was a good one for me with a mix of active, relaxing and out spending time with people. In normal Monday fashion, I am sharing my Sunday in pictures today. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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I paired some breakfast sausage with leftover waffles from the freezer.

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Reading on the couch after breakfast while I enjoyed my tea.

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A giant quesadilla with leftovers for lunch.

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When you don’t own an apron but don’t want to get your clothes dirty, you put sweats on.

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Trying another recipe from this baking book.

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Yesterday was Alex’s dad’s birthday so for dinner, he chose steak (and lobster tail which I didn’t eat), mashed potatoes and asparagus.

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For dessert, we all dug into my chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream frosting.

Question of the day: What’s one highlight from your weekend?

Holiday, Recipes

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Hi friends! We’re halfway through the week so I figured the best way to get over the midweek hump is to share a delicious cupcake recipe. These would be perfect for Valentine’s Day next week with the pink frosting πŸ™‚

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Who else loves a good chocolate covered strawberry?? I can’t possibly be the only one with their hand in the air and waving it around like I just don’t care. Now if you’re like me somehow the chocolate on the strawberry cracks when I bite into it. Then I’m left with broken chocolate in my hand on the plate.

This is where these cupcakes come in! The cupcakes are incredibly easy to make from scratch. The moist chocolate cupcake’s flavor goes perfectly with the strawberry buttercream. To get the strawberry flavor, I used frozen strawberries to get a really fresh flavor to it even though berries aren’t currently in season. Nothing fake is in these bad boys! These are perfect for Valentine’s Day next week or just anytime because who doesn’t love cupcakes?

Make a btach and bring them to your office to show some love to coworkers. I brought some of these into work and everyone loved them! Or keep them for yourself and hide them from everyone, no shame in that!

Chocolate Cupcakes

Recipe adopted from the peanut butter truffle cupcake recipe in the Taste of Home Baking book.

Ingredients:

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1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup 2% milk (if you don’t drink 2% then whatever you have should be okay)

1/2 cup strong brewed coffee

Directions:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition before mixing in vanilla.

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to the butter mixture. Alternate adding dry ingredients with milk and coffee. Mix well.

Line muffin tin and fill 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes in pan than transfer to cooling rack.

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*Note – somehow I got 14 cupcakes out of this recipe so keep that in mind*

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

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1 cup frozen strawberries

6 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons half & half (or milk)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

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Place the frozen strawberries into a blender. Blend until there are no big chunks 30 seconds to 1 minute. It’ll look a little powdery and that’s okay!

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In a saucepan, bring the blended strawberries to a boil. Stir regularly until it has been reduced to half. I did this before I even started the cupcakes. This needs to be completely cool before you can make the frosting.

Take off heat and cool completely.

In a bowl, cream the butter. Trade off adding in 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of half and half. Blend completely after each addition.

Once fully blended, add in vanilla and blend.

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Slowly add in the strawberry reduction. I recommend starting with 2 teaspoons and go from there. Blend after each addition. Stop when the strawberry flavor is as strong as you want it to be.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Once that is all done frost the cupcakes and enjoy! I stored them wrapped on a plate in the refrigerator for a few days. Sometimes I ate them directly from the fridge and it was equally as delicious as when they were on the counter for a while. Any leftovers can be put in the freezer in a freezer bag to enjoy at a later date.

Question of the day: Are you a fan of chocolate and strawberry together?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

Running, Reading, Baking

Happy Sunday! How’s your weekend so far? I hope the weather is nice by you today since it’s supposed to rain all day here in Central Jersey. Have a great day πŸ™‚

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I woke up Saturday morning ready to go. My run was 9 miles and it was beautiful out!! The roads were pretty empty so it was just me out running which was nice. I got 9 miles in at 9:36 average pace. The last three miles were progressively faster and my legs were feeling it at the end. I ended with some bodyweight exercises before stretching and foam rolling.

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Before a shower I headed out for a few errands and got a much needed eyebrow wax. Does anyone else forget how long it’s been since they got their brows done? That’s typically how I know its time to go ha! After getting home and showering, I started a new book. After reading another of Beatriz William’s novels and enjoying it, I grabbedΒ A Hundred Summers. During the day, I managed to read three quarters of it so it’s a great book so far.

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For lunch, I made a black bean and cheese quesadilla. I topped it with salsa and it was delicious! Filling it with black beans was a great idea since it kept me full for a while. Naturally, I headed back to the couch to read after eating.

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I opened up my baking book that I got for Christmas from my parents to. There was a recipe I had in mind for a few weeks and I adopted a recipe to fit my idea. The afternoon was spent baking and it was amazing! The amount of self control it took to not eat a cupcake before dinner was unreal. The entire kitchen smelled so good.

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Earlier in the week, I told Alex I was in the mood for sushi. Which is shocking because I would never suggest that. So sushi we got! I had miso soup, the salad form Alex’s combo and the only sushi I’ll eat, an avocado and cucumber roll. Does that even count as sushi since there’s no seafood in it? Asking for a friend… I shocked everyone (i.e. Alex and me) by trying a piece of Alex’s spicy roll. It was good too and it even had some sort of fish in it.

To end the night, we cuddled on the couch to watch and episode of “The Crown”. We split a cupcake too and it was yummy πŸ™‚ I fell asleep for a bit in the episode but luckily Alex went back the few minutes so I could catch up. When it was over we headed to bed.

Question of the day: Do you like sushi?