Rainbow Cupcakes

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This weekend has been a busy one! I had three birthday parties to attend on Saturday, but unfortunately only made it to two. One was all the way in Los Angeles so that didn’t help for timing. In any case, on Friday I helped my friend Breanna bake and decorate cupcakes and a cake for the first party (an old coworkers’ daughter turned 3). Nothing fancy for the cake part (just box mixes), but we did use a Martha Stewart recipe for the butter cream icing. We also used a number of tips to decorate the cupcakes. We used the following recipe to make the icing: Continue reading

Red Velvet Cupcakes Try #1

My brother and his wife are expecting in March… did I tell you that already? So, I am thinking about making the desserts for the baby shower that’s coming up soon. I was sick all weekend with the flu and am losing my voice; however, I still managed to test out some recipes. This will be kind of a review of two different recipes. Two superstar, celebrity chefs if you will: Martha Stewart and Paula Deen (can I just say how ironic this is that they both have gotten bad publicity and I grouped them together?… yeah I guess it’s not that funny). Anyway, I tested out Paula Deen’s cream cheese frosting recipe and Martha Stewart’s red velvet cupcake recipe. Below I included both recipes and my review. If you have made either of these, any suggestions are welcome and wanted!

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Stuffed this Weekend: Blackfish vs Sea World

SeaWorld or Slave World

This weekend I was supposed to go to a protest, but I got sick and unfortunately could not attend. I know a lot of people have seen Blackfish, and I also know that a lot of you have not. If you have not seen the documentary, all I ask is that you keep an open mind. If what I am arguing does not seem right to you, I hope that you research it and maybe actually watch the documentary. Continue reading

I Run to Eat

I run so I can eat

“I run to eat,” was pretty much my signature phrase from junior year of high school on. You see, in my junior year I was injured AND developed hips. For a distance runner, it was pretty much the worst case scenario ever. I gained a sizable amount of weight and even parents commented on it. To sum it all up… it sucked. It also caused me to adopt the thinking that as long as I worked out on a consistent basis I could eat whatever I wanted to because I was not gaining weight anymore. While I still fall into this habit of mind A LOT, I’ve also gotten older and have learned a lot about nutrition. While I indulge myself in delicious, albeit unhealthy foods, I’ve been attempting to cut back lately. I am doing this in order to feel more comfortable in my skin and to feel healthier and strong on the inside too. This may slightly affect the types of foods or the amount of food posts on my blog, and I hope you don’t mind. Please don’t take this as my advice for anyone else, it is just what I am deciding for my own good.

Along with better eating, I have also been working out more than I have in recent years. My shin splints have finally mellowed out and I am able to run 45 minutes fairly pain free on grass again. I also indulge in some of the circuit training I put my middle school students through. Two recentcircuits that we completed were the following:

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Mac n’ Hot Cheetos

I LOVE hot Cheetos. There, I said it. I know that they are unhealthy and can be dangerous when consumed in large quantities, but everything in moderation, right? I also happen to LOVE LOVE LOVE mac n’ cheese. Who doesn’t??! So pairing the two is like pairing Lucy and Ricky Ricardo together… okay maybe not the same, but you get where I’m going with this.

I received this recipe from a friend of a friend, but I modified it a bit to my liking *and hopefully yours.* First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 12in pan. Next, as usual, let’s look at our lineup shall we…

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New Years

Happy New Year!!! I’ve been a little silent, but to be fair, I was living it up in Vegas for almost a week. I don’t normally make new years resolutions, but I guess if I made one it would be to eat healthier and learn how to play an instrument. We’ll see if that happens….

Here are some pictures of my crazy but wonderful night on the strip of Vegas for New Years Eve
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Christmas Cookies

It feels good to actually be able to say it is almost Christmas! When I teach I feel that I have to be politically correct and say happy holidays (btw… I am a middle school teacher). Anyway, at my house it is a tradition to bake Christmas cookies every year around this time. The recipe is from my great grandma and it takes a bit of guess work. Usually my mom and I bake them together and take turns mixing the ingredients (the flour really works out your arms), but this year I made the cookies with my boyfriend.

Here are the ingredients

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the following ingredients:
2 c sugar
1/2 c lard (I used butter)
1/2 c butter
2 eggs
1/2 c sour cream (I used light sour cream)
1/2 c buttermilk
1 tsp soda
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Saturdays with Grandma (Tom Thumb Cookie Bars)

This Saturday I had the opportunity to bake with my grandma. In my family, she is known for making THE BEST sticky buns EVER! On holidays my relatives and I stuff our faces until we feel sick from those delicious gems. While this is not about those sticky buns, this recipe is good in and of itself (if you like peanuts and coconut, which I clearly do). There are tons and tons and TONS of cookie bar recipes out there and I have tried zero of them! I know, I’ve got some catching up to do! This recipe is from a catalog published about 40 or more years ago.

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking pan.

The ingredients….

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