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Super Saturday!

I already posted this morning about my delicious meal made my hubby-to-be 🙂

After relaxing for a little bit and watching some basketball, I geared up and got my run on.

I had a really rough time with my workouts this past week – had a conference for the last few days and that really threw me off.  I did get a workout in at the hotel, but missed a few lifts and miles.  But, hey that’s life, right? 

So, Tinsley and I dressed up for the cold, rainy weather and off we went! Today was a bit of a struggle, but I got through and I still can’t believe I did it.  8.43 miles in 1:29. The last mile was a bit of a struggle…I tried to find a lot of hills to prepare for the hilly course coming up in May. And of course, with hills comes more tiredness. 2013-03-16 14.18.28

What would a workout be without one of my infamous selfies? 🙂 Of course, this one is awful, but so representative of how I felt!

Wore my green in honor of St. Patty's Day!
Wore my green in honor of St. Patty’s Day!

I ran with Tinsley for about 5.5 miles and then dropped her back off at home.  SHE WAS EXHAUSTED. When I came home from the rest of my run, this is what I found…. Tinsley holed up in the bedroom under our (unmade) bed blankets. BLANKET FORT!!!!!!

What a goon.
What a goon.

 

Okay, now it’s time for a green beer. 🙂 

 

Yummy Hot Chocolate!

This afternoon, Mike and I took the pups over to his parents house to run around in their backyard.

We woke up this morning to a few inches of snow that was oh so beautiful! We figured it would be a good time for them to run around and burn off some MUCH needed energy! It has been so so so cold the last few days and we finally got snow when it wasn’t 12 degrees out!

Exactly what we wanted.... 2 tired puppies!
Exactly what we wanted…. 2 tired puppies!

After coming back, we needed to warm up a bit so I made some Silly Cow Farms Marshmallow Swirl Hot Chocolate that I received from Miranda, one of my Foodie Pen Pals. ((While writing this post and checking out their website, I would LOVE to try the Peppermint Twist or Truffle flavors!!))

2013-02-02 18.27.12It was a PERFECT way to warm up a bit and give us a little bit of boost as we both kick back into homework gear! Fun Saturday, huh??

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If you get a chance to check out this hot chocolate, please do! It was fantastic!

Enjoy your Saturday night! Big basketball game on between Indiana and Michigan! 🙂

 

GUARD DOG

2012-12-03 16.02.02It’s hard to see her here…but this is where my little Tinsley has been almost all day.  She could sit here against the couch for hours just watching the world move by.

I’ve been plugging away at papers to finish up the semester and she’s been guarding the house. What a thoughtful little pup 🙂

Just a little tid bit to hopefully bring a smile to your face!!! Enjoy the day! 

 

She wants me to be a stay-at-home blogger, not a student.

Seriously. What dog does this?

This picture is the perfect example as to why I usually pack my meals (breakfast, lunch, AND dinner) and head to a little office at school for the ENTIRE day, 3 days a week.

How does one actually get work done with a dog like this????

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((Also at this moment as I write this, she is curled up under a blanket that is draped over my legs))

HELLO SPOILED.

How I accidentally made pumpkin cream cheese cookies…

I know what you’re thinking… muffins and cookies? Interesting.

Well, let me just put this out there, I am not a baker. I do not claim to bake well but most of the time things just happen to turn out okay.

So here’s my story, in an effort to jump on every delicious pumpkin bandwagon, I decided to find some pumpkin desserts. I love to bake on Sundays – it helps me avoid cleaning the house, avoid homework, and relax. Every few Sundays Mike works allllll day so I like to find something to fill my time that really isn’t too productive. I guess it’s a comfort thing.

So, I went to the store, bought 5 cans of pumpkin (and a mess of other stuff) and strutted my way on home to make: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins. They sounded delicious. I gathered up all my ingredients (no fancy pictures) and got working!

Then, I really read the directions. I was supposed to make the cream cheese mix and let it freeze for 2 hours. I definitely didn’t have the time patience for that. So, I made the concoction and threw it in the freezer, spoon in the bowl and everything.

Then I got working on the dry mix. Didn’t have enough cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice. Ah yes, no baking soda either. Somehow, I made it happen. ((I like to just throw things in the bowl when I get frustrated))

I filled my muffin pans with liners and put in the muffin mix. I gracefully added ‘dollops’ of cream cheese in the muffins, definitely not the “slice” as was recommended by the recipe.

Ah yes, did I mention the cream cheese only sat in the freezer for about 15 minutes?

Additionally, did I mention I only have enough muffin liners to make 20 muffins?

And so begins the story of the pumpkin cream cheese/chocolate chip muffins. I’m an inventive genius.

While going about these next few steps all I kept thinking was “If Kim were here she would tell me to add something magical to the mix to make better cookies.” She is such a good baker, I miss her cupcakes. Wine has taken over her baking cupcakes. 😦

Anyways, so I added some chocolate chips because they always make everything better. (Did I mention I accidentally bought the JUMBO ones?)I made little lumps of batter and neatly added the dollop of cream cheese. Annnnd baked.

After a few bouts of 20 minutes, I ended up with a delicious smelling house and the most obscure batch of baking, ever. However, I do think they turned out fabulous and haven’t heard any complaint yet. The mail lady even asked for the recipe 🙂

Moral of the story, I should not be a baker. I would probably be better off crocheting or something for ‘comfort’.

Who am I kidding. I’ll just drink wine.

If you want to make your puppy really happy – add some pumpkin to their food! It helps with their digestive system and they love it! I add some to Tinsley’s just cause, but also to help her eat her food faster when she’s around other dogs because she’s an “all day eater”. Parmesan cheese works well for that too!