Rainy Baking Day

Remember my running fail from this morning?

Yeah me too.

But, guess what? I have redeemed myself, Stormy Day: 1, Molly:1. We are now even ladies and gentlemen.

I officially ran 5 miles! Well…. Sort of. I ran 2 miles this morning before the heavens so rudely decided to open up on me, and then I waited about an hour and ran 3 more miles. 2 + 3 = 5, right? We can just pretend I ran all those miles consecutively ;).

I almost didn’t run the extra 3, I was feeling sleepy and just kept using excuses like: It’s just going to start raining again, my breakfast hasn’t digested yet, I’m super tired since I woke up at 7:30.

But, when I actually went to lay down and take a nap I felt guilty and knew my body wasn’t going to let me sleep (stupid brain). So I laced up my running shoes. I went out to run 2 miles, and while I was running I got the wonderful and bright idea to run 3 miles to make it equal what I originally wanted to run this morning.

Running Success :).

I can’t wait until I actually accomplish my 5 miles goal, but until then this was a good alternative.

Baking

When I got back from my run I took a quick shower, and then realized I was in the baking mood. maybe it was the rain? Who knows, but I was reallllly wanting to make some treats. I searched Pinterest and a few blogs before deciding to make a Banana Bread Loaf and some Nutella/Peanut Butter Oat Clusters. Oh. My.Yum.

Peanut Butter Nutella Oat Clusters

  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Peanut Butter (I used natural)
  • 1 tablespoon of Nutella
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of broken up walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

It’s so simple and only takes a couple of minutes! All you have to do is mix the Honey, Peanut Butter, and Nutella in a bowl and microwave about 40 seconds. Then add in the oats, walnuts and raisins. Put it in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees at the chocolate chips on top and Voila!

Banana Walnut Bread

I used Peanut Butter Fingers exact recipe, I just added walnuts, and made one big loaf as opposed to two smaller ones. Oh my gosh it was so unbelievably delicious, and the walnuts added the perfect touch. I would definitely recommend this recipe.

Both of these treats fulfilled my urge to bake and were the perfect rainy day comfort foods. I ended up eating both of them all afternoon, so they = my lunch for the day.

After lounging all day I went to Costco with my Mom and Amy, and this ended up being my dinner:

Just try and tell me that doesn’t make your mouth water. I obviously couldn’t resist this masterpiece and ate a few slices, everything in moderation, my friends.

For Dessert I had fruit salad for like the 5th time this week. When I fall in love with a certain food I really fall in love, and I have fallen hard for some juicy cold fruit salad this Summer. No Shame.

After Dessert Amy and I battled the kitchen pantry and took it from this:

To this:

I know, I know, we basically rock.

Now I’m off to pass out because I have had a looooong day. Good night, I’ll catch up with you tomorrow!

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Running Fail

Good morning!

I had a bit of a failed attempt at running.

Workout 

This morning I woke up all ready to try and beat my current distance record of four miles. I even had my running plan mapped out from my walk with Amy last night. Well, I knew we were supposed to have some crazy severe weather all day today.

However, when I checked my phone last night it said that it was going to be sunny up until 9 am. Sooo, I woke my lazy but up at 7:30 and headed out for my run at 8.

It was cloudy when I started running, but I thought whatever it’s not raining yet. I even got all the way out of my neighborhood for the first time ever (does this count as a new running territory?)

I had entered into another neighborhood that was under trees and by the time I ran out of the wooded area, I looked up and the sky was yellow, yes yellow. At this point I had run about 2 miles and it would have been a little over a mile to get back to my house. I called Amy panicked and asked her to please pick me up so I would’t get eaten by a tornado. Apparently the weather decided to change it’s mind and start a little earlier. Just my luck.

Of course, by the time she gets to me the sky is no longer yellow, and I totally could have made it the mile back to my house :(…. Running FAIL.

I was so mad I didn’t stick it out but, the positive side of my running flop? On the way home we found this little guy in the middle of the street and brought him back to our yard. Meet Todd.

He is currently safe wandering our yard.

Breakfast

Another round of Overnight Oats that I made last night.

Even though my run was a bit of a fail because it was shorted by 3 miles, at least I got in a little run before the rain started! If it clears up at all I plan to hit the pavement again for at least 2 more miles. I’m itching for a run.

But for now it’s just me and this guy waiting out the storm (this is him shaking in the corner of the kitchen because he is terrified of thunder).

If you live in the D.C area, be safe today, it’s supposed to get super stormy out there. I’ll be back with a Ten Things Thursday Post later today.

 

 

Summer Day

Hey, Friends!

I hope you’re Wednesday went well.

My morning started bright and early with peanut butter banana blueberry wrap. I was inspired by Amy’s peanut butter banana wrap she made last night for her lunch today. Plus, we just got a brand new peanut butter, so obviously I had to break it in ;). I was not a happy camper when I came home to this last night…

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Luckily my Mom knows about my dire need for peanut butter in my life every single day, and when she came home last night this was in my sight. Phewww. Thank goodness for Moms.

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All you do is spread on some peanut butter and add 1/2 a sliced banana, then add whatever toppings you want. This morning I added cinnamon and blueberries. After all my toppings were added I put it in the microwave for 30 seconds because melty peanut butter = yum.

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Workout

I ate my wrap, digested a little bit, did some blog stuff, and eventually went to the gym. My legs were still super sore from my run yesterday and my circuit training on Monday, so this was all I could manage:

  • 10 minutes on the elliptical (just to warm up my legs)
  • A thirty minute Pure Stretch class
  • Abs
  • 1 arm machine

I originially wanted to do a Yoga class this morning but my gym wasn’t offering one. When I saw Pure Stretch on the schedule I was game. However, when I got to the class I was the youngest one in there by at least 30 years. Hey stretching is stretching!

Lunch

After the gym I came home and made another one of my Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies.

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It was amazing as always.

After downing my smoothie in .2 seconds I went to my friend Kristin’s pool and laid out with my friends all day long while reading the Help, oh how I love Summer.

Snack

When I came home from the pool I devoured some watermelon.

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For dinner my parents brought home Athens Grill which is my absolute favorite type of food… Greek!

It was delicious, but I ate one too many pitas drenched in Tzatziki sauce and my belly was beyond full. I convinced Amy to go on a long walk with me to make my stomach feel better. We walked a little over two miles and brought Spanky along, of course.

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Amy and I even saw our first fireflies of the Summer tonight!! We also mapped out our morning runs for tomorrow. The only downside? We are most definitely going to wake up with about a hundred bug bites. We were stupid and forgot to put on bug spray :(.

Five minutes after we got home my brother Keith noticed a tick on Spanky’s face from the walk.

Bye Tick

Bye Tick

Spanky was pooped after our walk, he is getting too old for this business.

He started energetic as ever:

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Then refused to get up off our lawn once we got home:

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And finished at his water bowl where he downed his whole bowl:

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Today was the definition of a Summer day, I hope yours was great too!

English Muffin Pizza

Good Morning, Happy Hump Day!

Before we go any further, I neeed to go over my dinner from last night because it was so easy, tasty, and one of my favorite fast meals.

Dinner

English Muffin Pizza and roasted brussel sprouts.

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I was craving pizza last night and refused to eat the single pizza pans my Mom buys for my brother, so I turned to my favorite alternative pizza dinner :). It’s not quite as delicious as a melty, cheesy, greasy, piece of pizza, but it’s almost that good. Plus I am not left with an uncomfortably full tummy at the end of this meal. My english muffin pizza is perfectly satisfying!

I started by roasting the brussel-sprouts, to do this I preheated the oven to 400, cut them all in 1/2, placed them on a tin foil lined baking sheet, added a little bit of olive oil, balsamic dressing, salt/pepper, and stuck them in the oven for 20 minutes! (Amy gave me these directions).

For the pizza I used:

  • 1 100% whole wheat english muffin
  • 3 tablespoons of marinara sauce
  • 2 light baby bell cheeses
  • 2 large sautéed mushrooms

I first sautéed the mushrooms.

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And, then stuck the pizza with the sauce and cheese on it, on top of a sheet of tin foil and toasted it in the already preheated oven (from the brussel-sprouts).

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It was ready in about 5 minutes. I took it out, added the mushrooms, and enjoyed. This meal definitely fulfilled my pizza craving.

After I ate this Amy and I watched So you Think You Can Dance, and it was Vegas week. Fiction shocked me once again! He’s too good.

I’m off to go to the gym and then my best friend’s pool, I’ll be back with another post later today. Have a great day.

Oh, btw- I added a Who’s Who Page to keep everyone straight on the people that are going to pop up on my blog :).

Do any of you watch So You Think You Can Dance? If so, whose your favorite so far?!

Frustrating Run

Good Morning.

I had one of those runs that was just not so great this morning.

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After I woke up I ate 1/2 of a Power bar ,and drove to the lake where I earned my new distance record last week. I already knew the run would be a little tougher than usual because my legs were tight from all of the strength training I did at the gym yesterday. Well, it was pretty bad, I thought about stopping at least 4 times. I felt like my body = a ton of metal. The combination of the heat, my sore muscles, and a stomach ache seriously slowed me down and I finished 3 miles in just under 30 minutes. This is probably the slowest 3 miles time I have gotten since I started running regularly. I was bummed and it put a pretty big damper on my mood.

But then I reminded myself:

  • Not every run is perfect
  • At least I got out there and ran
  • I didn’t stop
  • It was still an awesome workout
  • It will be better next time

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was pretty yummy. I made a veggie scrambled egg bowl. For a normal person it would be a veggie scrambled omelet, but I am never capable of keeping it an omelet, and just give up and result to scrambled eggs!

To make it I cut up some veggies, added some cheese, cooked it on the stove, and topped it off with some avocado.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 orange pepper
  • 1 large mushroom
  • A little bit of cut up onion
  • 1 cut up Light Baby Bell Cheese
  • 3 egg whites, 1 egg
  • A couple slices of avocado

It looked prettier when it was cooking than when it was done.

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But, it tasted SO good :).

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At least my yummy breakfast made up for my not so great run, right?

I’m off to go shopping, but I’ll leave you with a picture of Spanky since his adorable face hasn’t graced the blog with it’s presence in a few days.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Hello!

Did anyone else feel like this, this morning? Because I sure did.

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I was so spent from the weekend that I slept in a little bit. When I woke up and came downstairs the blender was already out from Amy, and it made me crave a smoothie bad. So, I got to work on my favorite smoothie ever: a Peanut Butter, chocolate, banana, smoothie!

Breakfast

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Ingredients

How could you not like something that includes: peanut butter, banana, and chocolate?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 full banana
  • 1 scoop of Vanilla Whey Protein Power (we were out of my favorite kind)
  • 1 scoop of Cocoa powder (to add the chocolatey taste!)

I put it all in the blender, added a handful of ice, and blended away.

Btw- I used Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter, because most other peanut butters include hydrogenated oil (which is trans fat!). I use this whenever I put peanut butter in smoothies, on sandwiches, or english muffins, etc. But, of course I still eat the other kind when it’s included in Reese’s cups and all other store bought peanut butter treats.

The outcome:

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I had to use my Dad’s Peanuts cup for the smoothie, he is obsessed. Every year for Christmas we have an entire tree dedicated to just Snoopy ornaments.

After I finished my smoothie, I went out to Michaels and Fleet Feet with my friend Angel. I got 12 scrap book pages because they were on sale 6 for 1, a stamp, ink, and a new sweaty band headband. I told you guys I had fallen in love with them :).

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When I got home from shopping my new headband motivated me to go to the gym :). Just kidding, but I was super excited to wear it. I ran a mile on the tread mill and then completed this cardio circuit workout five times:

  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 15 pushups
  • 10 jump squats
  • 20 burpees

After I finished the circuits, I did a few weight workouts, an arm machine, some abs, and stretched before heading home.

Hope your Monday is going well!

Summer To- Do list

Good Evening, friends

I am on a roll today, I think this is my third post!

I’m writing up this blog post while trying to watch The Bachlorette, but for some reason I kind of hate this season. I am actually surprised I dislike it so much, because I really liked Des when she was on the Bachelor with Sean. I don’t know what it is about the season! Maybe it just seems so much more fake for some reason. Does anyone else feel this way?

Anyways, before I tell you about all of the stuff I want to do this Summer, I need to fill you in on my delicious creation I made for lunch earlier today.

Lunch

When I got home from the gym, my stomach was grumbling so I got started on my lunch. I made a tuna salad type meal with the addition of a few ingredients you may think are odd to be mixed with tuna. But just trust me on this, it’s so good, and so much healthier than your typical tuna salad.

Tuna Bowl

To make my lunch I used the following ingredients:

  • 1 can of Tuna
  • 1/4 of a stalk of celery
  • About a tablespoon of Grey Poupon Spicy Mustard
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg
  • A little bit of Onion
  • A handful of Chick peas

You just mix it all together and Voila! I know it sounds weird, but don’t knock it till ya try it ;).

A little while later I chowed down on some Pineapple Greek Yogurt, my new favorite kind.

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Dinner

For Dinner, I made a simple chicken wrap with salsa, baby bell cheese, and onions.

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And, for dessert, a fruit bowl.

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Now for my, whats coming up this Summer list!

June 21st- Amy’s Graduation from her internship

June 22nd- Amy’s Graduation party

June 23rd- My parents 30th Anniversary dinner

June 24th- 28th- Beach with Amy and my Grandma

July 15th-25th Israel with my friend Emily!

July 30th- Beyonce concert with Katie

I have tons of fun stuff to look forward to this Summer, and on top of all that here’s a list of other things I hope to do in between all that fun stuff:

1) Go hiking. I have been wanting to go hiking for seriously SO long, it needs to happen! Hopefully I will get a chance to go to Sugarloaf Mountain and Great Falls.

2) Pick fresh fruit and go to a Farmers Market. Can you believe I’ve never been to a Farmers Market? I know this will happen this Summer because there is one right by my house and Amy loves to go, so I’m pretty sure I can convince her to go on a Sister Veggie Date.

3) Go to either an amusement park or a Water park. The last time I went to an amusement park was my 9th grade Physics trip to Six Flags. UM, this needs to change. I don’t even know if I’m still scared of roller coasters haha!

4) Read the Harry Potter series. I am in love with all the movies, but have never read the books. Wendy and John gave me a kindle this past Christmas, so I plan to read them all on that.

5) Read Gone Girl and Divergent. Amy is currently reading Gone Girl and says I have to read it, so I’m down. I have also been told by so many people that if you like the Hunger Games (which I do), then you have to read Divergent, so I’m going to. I guess I should probably finish The Help first…

6) Finish my Senior Year scrapbook. Yes, I still have not completed my scrapbook from 2 years ago :(.

7) Go to an Orioles and Nationals game.

8) And, lastly, I want to run a 10k!

What are your plans for the Summer?!