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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Baseball cupcakes and Thai food

I’ve got Part One of a long weekend recap coming to ya!

My weekend was awesome and very eventful. I had a Thai dinner date with my Dad/sisters, made baseball cupcakes, had a sister spin date, went to my cousin’s Engagement party, my friends 21st birthday party, annnnd somehow had time to work Saturday and today! Sorry if this post gets a little bit lengthy due to all my recaps :).

Friday

My Friday started with an early morning gym session before going to the mall with my sister Amy to help her pick out a graduation dress. She graduates from her Dietetic Internship in one week, and officially becomes a Dietician. Yay Amy! She picked out a super cute black lace dress from Urban Outfitters to wear, and as her fashion assistant I approved ;). I’m sure you’ll see the dress on the blog after her graduation!

By the time we got home my other sister Katie was home from Arlington to hang out with us for the night. But, the real reason she came home was to steal a dress from me. Sisters… Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

We were both in the baking mood, and since my friend Nick’s 21st Birthday was the following day, I decided we had the perfect excuse to make cupcakes. Except we didn’t want to make just regular old cupcakes, so we brainstormed. Nick plays baseball in college, so baseball themed cupcakes it was. We weren’t sure what kind to make, and finally decided to go with funfetti, because no one dislikes funfetti, unless they’re an alien.

The goods.

The goods.

Yes, we bought Birthday Cake Oreos. Originally we were going to incorporate them into the cupcakes, but our baseballs looked better without them. So, now we have a whole full thing of Birthday Cake oreos left. Hmm, what to do, what to do ;). By the way, today I accidentally left the bag of oreos in my car and when I took them out they were a little melted because of the heat, let me just tell you that melted birthday cake oreos = perfection.

Anways, now that I have made you all want to buy Birthday Cake Oreos…. Here is Katie being the designated baseball decorator:

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I then had to package them up and put them in the fridge since I wasn’t giving them to him until Saturday. It was verrrrrry hard to not break into these bad boys. Will power at it’s finest. Although, Katie and I did lick the remaining cupcake batter clean.

After our cupcakes were done my Mom’s friends started arriving at our house for their weekly ‘ladies’ night, which meant that me, my sisters, and my Dad needed to escape. We decided to go out to dinner, and Thai food sounded like the best option. Katie and I shared Drunken Noodles and Pad Thai.

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It was delicious and finished completely. After our Dad/daughter dinner date we went home and my Mom’s friends were still there, so we resorted to a red box movie in my parent’s bedroom with the addition of my Brother. He got home late from work and was left behind to fend for himself with my Mom and the neighborhood ladies while we were at dinner… poor keith.

My Dad picked out Looper and it was by far one of, if not the weirdest movie I have ever seen. Amy loved it, my brother and Dad thought it was cool, and Katie and I were terrified/confused/creeped out. At least we got the pleasure of seeing Joseph Gordon Levitt’s face for two hours straight. Katie slept in my room for the night and I could have killed her when she woke me up after I had already fallen asleep just to tell me how she couldn’t sleep because of the creepy little boy from the movie. This of course made me not be able to fall asleep!

Eventually I did fall asleep and then woke up very shortly after because Katie, Amy, and I woke up at 7 a.m the next morning to hit an 8 am spin class at our gym. Here is our awk 8 am makeup less spin picture:

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I have a love/hate relationship with Spin class. I hadn’t done it in over a year and was excited to see our gym got new bikes that tell you your speed, RPM, and the time while your spinning! I especially liked the time feature because I knew exactly how much longer I had to be tortured spinning. I mentally tell myself at least ten times during a class that I will never do spin again, but then always end up loving it the second it’s over. It is impossible for me to leave spin without a sweat drenched shirt, sore booty, and tight legs. And it hurts so good. I’m going to try to attend a lot more Spin classes while I’m home for the Summer since my gym at school doesn’t have it.

After the class Amy and I drove back home and Katie drove back to Arlington. I got home ate some overnight oats and headed off to work until 5 before my eventful night.

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I’ll be back in a bit to fill you in on my Saturday night/ Sunday.