My Favorite Smoothie Recipe

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This is my go-to smoothie recipe on the weekends. It’s quick and easy and I have these ingredients on hand at all times.

Ingredients:

1 Banana
1/3 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Frozen Fruit
1 scoop vanilla protein powder of your choosing

Technique:

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

*I once substituted a fresh mango and blackberries for the banana and it was amazing!

I fell in love with this Mandarin Sunshine Blend of frozen fruit from Dole that my husband found. It contains pineapple, strawberries, and mandarin oranges. It’s perfect for breakfast! I always enjoy my smoothies in these blue Mason jars that we have. My husband thinks this slightly odd, but they are the perfect size and they are cool looking.

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Weekly Update: 7/20-7/26

Yikes! How is it almost August already? Slow down already Summer! It was a pretty busy week for me, between trying to fit in all of my workouts and getting more hours at work due to being short-staffed, all while trying to find a new job. I feel like I managed it all okay, but I’m certainly exhausted. I had some very early mornings at work, but also saw some amazing sunrises. There has to be some perks to being up that early right?

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: 8 miles (on the treadmill after work)

Wednesday: track workout + Iron Strength

200, 400, 600, 800, 800, 600, 400, 200 ladder for a total of 4 miles, with the warm up and cool down

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I made some delicious bananas foster filling to go in chocolate cups at work. It’s also fun setting food on fire early in the morning.

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It was a busy day at work today so I was glad to take a rest day. I also had another job interview after work. Luckily the interview was at a coffee shop so I was able to re-caffeinate myself beforehand.

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I felt great during this run and it was the longest run that I’ve had since Rock’n’Roll DC in the Spring. Yay! I really don’t like carrying anything extra on my long runs if I don’t have to, so I planned out a few different loops that added up to the 16 miles that I wanted to run. (I really need to get a hydration vest one of these days. I just don’t want to break down and spend the money, but I do have my eye on the Nathan Intensity.) These lovely loops enabled me to make quick stops by my house to refuel and get some water. It was perfect! Really one of those runs where everything just clicked. I was feeling it a little the next morning though.

Later we took Haylie to a farm that’s not too far from where we live. You can pet pretty much all of the animals there, which is really neat. Haylie walked right up to this calf, said “hi” and started petting it. She cracks me up. There was even a random kangaroo there.

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It was strength day, which includes going all out on a 9% incline. Why do they try to kill me?! Seriously though, I was pouring sweat by the end of that workout. Monique is one of the best trainers and she really motivates me to push myself.

We went to a nice brunch with my cousin at Matchbox. I got the huevos rancheros which are always so good! I wanted to try the frittatas, but wasn’t feeling that adventurous.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by!

What’s your favorite brunch menu item? Isn’t a great run so motivating?

Favorite Summer Drinks

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It’s the Friday Five with: Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney today! Today’s topic is 5 favorite summer drinks.

1. Lemonade (at the fair)

I love how much sugar they put in fair lemonade. It almost gives the lemonade a crunchy texture. Since I’m a pastry chef it’s a requirement that I have a huge sweet tooth. When I was younger, I also enjoyed sucking any remaining juice out of the lemon that they put in. I have since gotten away from doing that as I’ve heard it does horrible things to your teeth.

2. Cherry Limeade

Specifically from Sonic. I feel in love with Sonic when we lived in Texas and was so excited when I discovered that there is one about a half hour from where I live now. If it was any closer I might be there all the time.

3. Arnold Palmer

What is not to love about lemonade and iced tea?! What a delicious combination!

4. Wish Lemonade (Peach & Pomegranate Lemonade)

I had this recently at Maggiano’s Little Italy. It was on their “Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish” menu and was so yummy!

5. Starbuck’s peach green tea with lemonade

This is so refreshing and perfect for those hot summer days!

Apparently there is a theme here and I have a love of all things lemonade. There’s nothing wrong with that. Happy Friday!

What’s your favorite summer drink?

Lemon cake with raspberry mousse filling and Swiss meringue buttercream

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Ingredients:

8 oz. Cake Flour
8 oz. AP Flour
2 ¼ tsp. Baking Powder
8 oz. Butter
3 cups (1 lb. 5 oz) Sugar
¾ tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 cup (8 oz) Egg Whites
1 ½ cups (12 oz) Milk

Technique:

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together.
  3. Add salt and vanilla.
  4. Set mixer to low and add egg whites.
  5. Alternate adding flour and milk. Scrape down the bowl then mix for 20 seconds at medium high.
  6. Bake at 350°.

*To make lemon flavored, replace vanilla extract with lemon extract and add the zest of one lemon. *

Raspberry Mousse:

Ingredients:
1 cup raspberry puree
3 sheets gelatin (bloomed)
1 cup heavy cream

Technique:

  1. Whip cream to stiff peaks
  2. Melt bloomed gelatin into raspberry puree
  3. Fold into cream

*You can use this recipe with other fruit puree as well*

Swiss Meringue Buttercream:

Ingredients:
3 lbs. Butter (room temperature)
12 oz. Egg Whites
24 oz. Sugar
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract

  1. Over a double boiler, in a large metal bowl whisk together the granulated sugar and the egg whites stirring constantly until the mixture reaches approximately 140 degrees F and the sugar grains have dissolved and are not longer grainy to the touch.
  2. Pour this mixture into the bowl of your mixer with the whisk attachment and whip on high-speed until it is thick, glossy and white in color. The peaks should be as firm as firm can be. This takes ~10 minutes.
  3. Switch to the paddle attachment on low-speed. Be sure your butter is at room temperature. Add the butter in a little at a time, but in fast additions.
  4. Add vanilla extract.
  5. Slowly increase the speed on the mixer and beat until smooth and glossy in appearance.

Enjoy!

Weekly Update: 7/13-7/19

This is going to be fairly short and sweet this week, but I did take a lot of pictures.  Typically I write this while my daughter is napping on Sunday afternoon, but someone decided to pass on her nap.

I can’t believe July is halfway gone already. This summer is just flying by! My mom is sending out Haylie’s invitations for her 2nd birthday today, which will be here before I know it. I had a pretty good week workout wise and sent out several resumes as well.

Monday: 2.5 miles stroller running

It’s always amazing how much more challenging a run is when pushing a toddler in a stroller. At least it was cloudy and not as humid as it had been.

Tuesday: 7 miles

I just did not feel like dealing with the heat and humidity, so I hit the treadmill. It actually was a much easier way to ensure that I was able to increase my speed with each mile.

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I won an awesome Camelbak Podium bottle for increasing my speed on each of my 600s. I was so excited! I also got in my Iron Strength workout in the afternoon.

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I ran 4 miles before work then 5 miles that night with Fleet Feet. I also made this fun Ninja Turtles cake for a co-workers son’s birthday.

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I went to a park near our house with Haylie and we had a blast. She is fearless. I think she might be the next American Ninja Warrior! I’m totally hooked on that show by the way.

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After my run, we went to IHOP for breakfast and I got the peach blackberry cobbler pancakes that I’ve been dying to try. Yum! Then we went to a farm near our house. There were chickens, pigs and goats for Haylie to see. My husband picked up some veggies to make a roasted salsa with and I got some peaches and blackberries.

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I made a yummy peach blackberry cobbler with the fruit that I picked up at the farm. I really should have made some ice cream to go with it considering the heat! I was glad that my workout was indoors.


Have a great week everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

What are your favorite fruits right now? How do you feel about double workout days and stroller running?

Out with the Old & In with the New

This week I am retiring my Nike Structures. It’s a little sad. These were the first pair of Nike’s that I’ve purchased in a long time and I loved them. I don’t normally get too attached to a particular pair of shoes, but I feel like this pair and I really bonded during the truly awful and incredibly cold runs this past winter. This was also the pair that I wore while training for and then running in the Rock’n’Roll DC half. That half marathon was quite the experience in and of itself. They had a good life and it was time for me to move on. I decided to mix things up a little this time around and got a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspires. They are super cute, even though my husband says that they remind him of a watermelon. This is my first pair of Mizunos so I’m hoping that they are a good fit for me. I’m really liking them so far.

In other news, I will be out of a job next month, if not before then. While I’m ready to move on, it is sad to see the place where I’ve spent the last 3 years of my life closing down. Like I said before, I’m sure that this is a blessing in disguise and it will all work out. If anyone is in need of a pastry chef on their staff please let me know. 🙂

I’m looking forward to what the future has in store for me, despite my fear of the unknown. Happy Thursday!

Weekly Update: 7/6-7/12

Well this was certainly an interesting week. It’s probably not one that I care to repeat, but this too shall pass. I’m very grateful for all that I have in my life. I have a great support system of family and friends. My husband has been my rock. He’s really great about going with the flow and supporting my decisions.

My workouts were pretty good at least.

Monday: Iron Strength Core Blast Workout

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: 4 miles

This is when the week took a turn for the interesting. I was all set to go to my track workout on Wednesday morning only to discover a flat tire. I was more upset about missing that workout than the actual flat tire. I had to wait for AAA to come put on my spare. Luckily I was able to get a run in with my friend at work that morning. I thought that I would be able to get the tire patched, but no such luck. I ended up going to Costco to purchase a new tire and it was going to be at least a 2 hour wait. My friend was kind enough to take my back to work then back Costco to pick up my car later.

Thursday: 5 miles with Fleet Feet

We were told at a meeting today that our company is being absorbed by another, smaller catering company. So we will be downsizing and moving to a new location. We are each going to have a one-on-one meeting to discuss our future with the company. My meeting is on Tuesday, so in the meantime I have no idea if I will have a job after next month, which is when the lease on our current space is up. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise. I’m not really sure what to think right now honestly, but I am sure that I’ll figure something out and land on my feet. Things like this seem to be a risk that you take working in this industry.

I did made this yummy cake at work! It is a birthday cake, recipe courtesy of Christina Tosi at Momofuku milk bar

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My Mexican sunflowers are blooming! These are some of my favorite flowers just because they are so pretty looking. The petals are orange underneath which I think is so cool. IMG_7229

Friday: rest day/grocery shopping

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Saturday: 10 miles

I ran 2 miles by myself then met up with one of the ladies from my Ragnar team to run another 8 miles. It was a little rainy, but it felt pretty nice and it wasn’t too hot.

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I tried the chocolate chip cookie dough Yasso bars before and they were really good, but these sea salt caramel ones are amazing! It’s hard to eat just one at a time. If you haven’t tried these yet, you really should! Plus they are pretty much guilt free. What’s not to love?!

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Sunday: Orange Theory

It was ESP (endurance strength power) day and I definitely felt like I got a good workout in. Then off to wash some laundry. We concluded the weekend by watching How to Train Your Dragon 2, which was a really cute movie. Sometimes you never know how it will go with sequels, but this one was good. I’m a sucker for almost all kid movies. They just make me happy.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Monday!

Have you tried these sea salt caramel Yasso bars?! What’s your favorite snack? What’s your favorite “kid” movie?