Five Friday Facts and Another Cake Recipe

Five Friday Facts:

  1. I eat eggs every morning for breakfast – without exception. I buy my eggs in bulk….

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2. I’m insanely inflexible and I’m really not a fan of yoga. But I saw this picture on Instagram the other day and it’s one of my new relationship goals…just need to talk the hubs into practicing.

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3. Starbucks is already selling pumpkin drinks. It’s too early. I feel like you shouldn’t partake in the pumpkin until September. Just like I don’t think Christmas decorations should appear in stores before November.

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Also found this little nugget – they’re adding, what? REAL pumpkin you say? Pshhahh…

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4. The U.S. Open starts in just a few weeks on August 31. While I’m not terribly good at tennis, I really, really love watching it. I grew up watching my dad play on the weekends and watching the major tournaments with him – bonding time. I’m a huge fan.

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Serena Williams is going for a calendar grand slam, meaning she is trying to win all four major tournaments in the same tennis season. She has already won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon this year. The U.S. Open is the last major of the season. No matter what anyone thinks about her personality or her attitude, her playing style, there is no denying that she is the most dominant female tennis player, probably ever. I’ll be rooting for her!

5. My Falcon’s held off the Tennessee Titans last week for their first preseason victory. We are playing the New York Jets tonight. So you’ll find me plopped in front of the TV with a beer in hand tonight, cheering on Matty Ice!

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I’ve got yet another dessert recipe to share with you this week – don’t even act like you’re disappointed.

Two people at my office had birthdays last week. We do a monthly birthday celebration and another lady and I take turns making the cake each month. August is my month. By special request, I made this Key Lime Pound Cake.

13No, that is not my cake – it’s a picture of a WAY prettier cake that I was trying to make mine look like. Mine actually broke – it split in half when I took it out of the pan. Fail. But what was NOT a fail was this recipe from Rosetta Bakes. A little more complicated recipe than the No-Bake Butterfinger Lush Cake from earlier this week. I’d give it a 6 on the difficulty scale. But the end result is well worth the effort!

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I’ve got a long 11-mile run this weekend. Since I’m doing the Rugged Maniac on Saturday, (nope, still hasn’t fallen off my calendar yet) I’m moving my long run to Sunday. Which actually works out perfectly because my marathon in January is on a Sunday. This weekend is a perfect transition to push my long runs back a day and getting used to doing them on Sundays.

Needless to say, I need some motivational words to get through this 11-miler.

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Tell me a Friday Fact!

What are your plans this weekend? 

When you’re training for a race, do you plan your longest run of the week on the same day as your race? 

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Rugged Maniac and Thursday Tunes

Run status check this week:

Monday – strength training AM / Tuesday – easy 4 miles / Wednesday – 5 miles, did a 1.5 mile warm up then alternated each .5 mile at 9:30 pace and 8:57 pace for the last 3.5 miles/ Thursday – easy 4 miles

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This picture inspired by my mischievous pups Mila and Wilson.

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I’ve been avoiding sharing this with you in the hopes that it would miraculously, some how, fall off my calendar.

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Alas, no such luck. The time has come. Wayyyyyyy back in April or somewhere about then my sweet R friend (R&M, getting married next year?)…

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Yea her. She’s the culprit. She talked us into signing up for one of these muddy obstacle course 5K races. I’ve NEVER wanted to do an obstacle course like this because I hate mud and I hate being dirty and gross and just eh (sorry, that was a little diva status – but I am not rugged). But because I love her and because the hubs was into it, we said yes.

So all of these beautifully clean people –

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Yep, we’ll all be getting ‘rugged’ and muddy this weekend. I plan on making a stop at Goodwill on Friday night to pick up some $2 tennis shoes and other clothes that I can just toss after this is done.

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In honor of said race taking place this weekend, I made a Rugged Maniac playlist for you for some Thursday Tunes. Obviously I won’t be able to listen to the playlist during the race – but I’ll rock out to it on the drive there.

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Give me a status check of your running this week!

Are your pets troublemakers like mine?!

Have you ever done a muddy/dirty obstacle race like the Rugged Maniac? Any suggestions for me to get through it?

38 Things I Believe and a Recipe with Butterfingers

Jen at Jen Chooses Joy did a post last week called 38 Things I Believe. I loved her answers, go check them out! I decided to borrow this idea and do my own list. Here goes…

I Believe…

  1. handwritten thank you notes are important
  2. in football season
  3. in having a firm handshake
  4. October is the absolute best month
  5. rice krispy treats solve any problem
  6. in clean sheets
  7. punctuation is very important
  8. in being early – or at least on time
  9. in comfy clothes
  10. in the snooze button
  11. dogs are better than cats
  12. in mental health days
  13. in naps
  14. in laughing at yourself
  15. the only way to read a book is by reading the actual hard copy, not on an electronic device
  16. Ellen DeGeneres is the best person alive
  17. in flip flops
  18. Windows is better than Mac (she says as she’s typing on her Mac Book…)
  19. in flossing
  20. in dessert
  21. snakes are from the devil
  22. in “please” and “thank you”
  23. in the fine arts
  24. flats > heels
  25. in hoodies
  26. pumpkin-flavor anything is the best
  27. in bubble baths
  28. in going to bed at 7pm
  29. watches are an underrated accessory
  30. in clearance racks
  31. in lots and lots of pillows
  32. it’s better to be cold than hot
  33. in silence
  34. that traveling is important
  35. saving money is important
  36. exercise is the best medicine
  37. my husband is the jelly to my peanut butter
  38. in really good Mexican food

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I wanted to share this delicious and easy recipe with you. I made a Butterfinger Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lush cake for Blondie’s birthday last week. It was SO easy and required zero baking – bonus!

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I got the recipe from Christian at Spicy Southern Kitchen. So delicious and so easy!

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Tell me some things you believe!

What’s your favorite dessert to have on your birthday? <chocolate cake with cream cheese icing? oh me too!>

What’s the best birthday present you’ve ever received?

Abs, Running, Recipe, and Crafts – How Random?

Hey there friends! I’ve been wanting to incorporate some ab exercises into my workout routine, probably something that I would do at home after work. I found this “Dozen” ab workout that I’m going to start this week.

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I was on the Runner’s World website over the weekend and I read this article and wanted to share it.

It’s All Working Out

“Running is just a form of exercise until you love it.”  FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015

I found it super comforting to know that running, the more I do it, the more it will become something that I love instead of just a form of exercise. I am starting to understand what it’s like to be “in love” with running. It has definitely become something that I “get to do” instead of something I “have to do” and I’m hoping this relationship will continue to evolve throughout the course of my marathon training. My favorite quote from this article:

It’s all just exercise, just going through the motions until at some point, if you’re really lucky–something clicks. And it’s never the same after that.

Dear running,

I can’t wait to continue our relationship. Hopefully you fall in love with me quickly and can refrain from breaking my heart – or breaking/straining/pulling/tearing/scraping any of my body parts or muscles. Let’s keep this a neat and clean, PG-rated relationship, mmmmk? I’ll do my best not to cuss at/about you, if you do your best to keep me healthy and happy and on the road to marathon glory!

All my love, sweat, and tears,

Katherine

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Yesterday, the hubs and I tried this recipe out for dinner:

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Instead of white rice we used brown rice, and I also added some broccoli into the sauce for our veggie. It was so easy and the only thing I had to buy at the store was the chuck roast – I already had the rest of the ingredients! This was definitely a hit. I love crock pot meals!

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Last weekend when we were cleaning out the garage, I asked the hubs to cut up some 2×4 boards we had saved from when we put up our fence in the backyard. I want to use them to make this adorable fall pumpkin craft!

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I’ve found so many cute fall crafts on Pinterest – I can’t wait to get started on them!

Thanks for letting me share all my randoms today! I hope you found something interesting or informative amidst this plethora of topics! Tomorrow I promise will be a little more organized!

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What’s your relationship with running like? Has it changed over the years?

What’s your favorite season? Favorite time of year for running?

Are you crafty? > I have to have a lot of help from my friends, I’m impatient!

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Mine was filled with lots of domestic and grown up things.

The hubs and I sat down and went through our budget for the rest of the month, grocery shopped, did some meal planning, garage organizing, yard work, furniture rearranging…real exciting things happening over here!

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Before all of our Saturday fun, I started the day with a 9-miler (my longest run outside, to date). Started with cloudy skies, my favorite running weather.

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The run itself was good, right on my goal marathon pace.

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Finished it off with some kitchen-floor-selfie-dying time.

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Then we got our bedroom set up for our new bed delivery!

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And then it came!

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Painting will come next weekend, and we DEFINITELY need to figure out what we’re doing for a headboard. But we love it! So does Wilson.

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We were in need of some fun times after all this adult housework-ness (go with it). So we headed out to one of our favorite places, Stout Brothers Beer Market. They have over 20 beers on tap that change all the time. And each beer is color coded so you know all the pink beers are IPA’s, green beers are Belgian, you get it. You get 5 baby beer samples in each flight.

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One stop wasn’t enough. We headed to Schoolhouse and got another flight over there!

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Sunday we headed over to Granny’s house and picked up a jar of homemade salsa. Drool-worthy.

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And then we headed to Sam’s to stock up on some chicken for the next two weeks. Our Tupperware supply has severely diminished over the past few months – aka the hubs leaves it at work and it gets thrown away. We saw this 62-piece set for $19.99 and had to have it.

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Anyone who packs their lunch every day for work knows how valuable Tupperware is. We’re fully stocked once again. And then, because we are a really cool/hip/fun couple…we bought…

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A vacuum cleaner! I know, you’re jealous right? Our old one crapped out on us, so it was time. This bad boy should last us forever, and will do anything we want it to (and it should – do y’all know how expensive vacuum cleaners are?!).

We celebrated a successful weekend of adulthood with some pizza and a little golf.

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Last week’s running recap 8/10 – 8/16

Monday – rest / Tuesday – 6mi / Wednesday – 3.1mi / Thursday – rest / Friday – 4mi / Saturday – 9mi / Sunday – 2mi (I felt really weird/dizzy during this run so I cut it short)

Total – 24.1mi = August goals still going strong!

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Let’s rewind again to last week where I told you I was making these Lasagna Roll Ups for a new dinner recipe. And we have another crowd favorite! The hubs and I love our Italian food and these were a big hit!

I did end up adding 1lb of ground beef to ours which made them extra delicious (thoroughly enjoyed by my meat-loving hubby). I browned the ground beef first and added 1/2 the jar of spaghetti sauce to the meat and let it cool while the noodles were cooking. Then I mixed the meat/sauce filling with the ricotta/spinach filling in a big bowl so it was all combined when I added it to the lasagna noodles and rolled them up. Delicious. Highly recommend. They take a little prep time and are definitely one of the more labor-intensive meals, but well worth it.

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How was your weekend? Did you have a long run?

Last grown up purchase you made?

What’s your favorite kind of food? Any recipes in particular you’d like me to try and share with you?

Five Friday Facts College Theme and My Little Bro

This week’s Five Friday Facts are college themed. You’ll see why, just keep reading.

  1. I finished college in 3.5 years. And graduated before I turned 21. I did a program called Joint Enrollment which allowed me to simultaneously complete my senior year of high school and freshman year of college.

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2. Kennesaw State University, my Alma Mater, recently acquired (I’m not sure if that’s the technical term, but speaking in legal terms, that’s what happened) Southern Polytechnic State University, and the new KSU will be one of the 50 largest public universities in the United States. It wasn’t that big when I was there.

kennesaw-state-football3. 2015 will be KSU’s inaugural football season. Until now, the school sold shirts that said “KSU Football: Still Undefeated” – get it? Because we never had a team?

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uga*750xx4368-2457-0-2285. My favorite college (even though I didn’t attend) is the University of Georgia. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported last week that this year’s incoming freshman class at the University of Georgia is the smartest class it’s ever had. The average GPA of the freshman class is 3.91, and the average SAT score is 1301. LOTS of geniuses over there. Go Dawgs!

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So, why all these college facts? Because, dear friends, this little brother of mine is starting college in just one week.

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The just grow up so fast! So Andy is the middle of my three brothers. He’s goofy, hilarious, artistic, musically gifted, smart smart smart, kind, and just the sweetest. I really can’t believe he’s going off to college.

Before I get sappy, I scrolled back through my Facebook history and found some pictures of me from college. Ah, memories.

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  • Do NOT pick a major based on projected economic success. Money is great, but there’s nothing, I repeat, NOTHING, worse than not following your passion in your career. Pick a major you love. And also remember, you can still change your mind at this point in life. Spend time really finding what you love.
  • Along that same route, take courses that interest you. Colleges offer so many different classes. Take at least one class that randomly interests you outside of your major. I love musicals, so my last year I took a “From Broadway to Hollywood” class. It was in the drama department, no where close to my major. But it was one of my favorite classes I ever took. Take advantage of the choices you have.
  • DO A STUDY ABROAD! Did you hear me? DO A STUDY ABROAD! Part of your tuition – part of every student’s tuition – goes toward scholarships for those students smart enough to do a study abroad. You’re guaranteed to get at least a little financial help. But even still, please please please, go see another country and learn. I missed the boat on this one, and it’s one of my biggest regrets.
  • Don’t rush through college. I know you’re beyond excited to move into the city and become your own person. Embrace this time before you have responsibilities. Mom and dad are helping you and giving you a very nice cushion while you’re in school. Please embrace this lack of responsibility and continue to explore every avenue of yourself and your creativity.
  • Be nice to people, especially your teachers. Your fellow classmates and your professors have their own stories to tell, have fought their own battles, and all have something you can learn from. Be kind to them. Oh, and your roommates.  Be extra kind to them. And be a good roommate.
  • Do your homework. Don’t slack off just because you can, just because no one is taking attendance. Your parents are helping you pay for this education. Don’t disrespect them by not doing your absolute best.
  • Call (text) your parents, and come home for the holidays. Be grateful and remember to thank them, and everyone else who offers you help (this includes bus drivers, dining hall workers, professors, counselors), thank everyone.
  • Have fun Andy. Please, have the time of your life. Enjoy the city life, eat the food, see the sites, and enjoy every second. Even the struggles. These are NOT the hardest struggles you will face, by any means. Remember when it feels really hard, really bad, you have so many people who love you and who will help you. Don’t forget about us!

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1781811_10152938447637775_2531008347764581756_oI love you buddy, and I’m so terribly proud of you!

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Tell me about your college experience!
Do you have any advice for my little bro?

Kacey Musgraves and Thursday Things

Hi friends! Blondie showed me a new Kacey Musgraves song she’s loving and I had to go straight over to Spotify to listen to the whole album. Y’all, if you are a country music fan, this girl is what’s up.

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Some Thursday Things –

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The MIL (mother-in-law) sent me this cookbook, holy heaven! It’s got some yummy and easy recipes! Stay tuned for next week’s meal plan, sure to include a couple from this book! Maybe this one?

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One of our yummy dinners this week – beef stirfry! An easy way to get that extra helping of veggies in for the day!

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The hubs doing some meal prep on Monday for his lunches this week. He’s quite the chef!

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Got some Kroger coupons in the mail. It’s shocking to me how well they’ve memorized the staple items on my grocery list. I’m nothing if not consistent.

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This quote – can I get an amen? Stole it from an ex-Bachelor contestant’s Instagram. Side note – I’m a big fan of The Bachelor/ette. I didn’t watch last season though, Kaitlyn didn’t excite me.

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The hubs and I are getting our KING SIZE BED delivered on Saturday. PRAISE THE LORD!! I’ve heard from lots of married couples that a king size bed is the key to a successful and lasting marriage. For us, it’s the key to our dogs continuing to live with us. The hubs is pretty fed up with having to share our queen bed with me plus two big dogs. So our solution was to get a bigger bed!

All that to say, we are re-doing our master bedroom! By re-doing, I mean changing up our color scheme. I’m trying this thing where I don’t make HUGE life changing decisions for another year (i.e. new jobs, moving, babies, etc.) so my solution is to make small changes. Painting some rooms in the house is one change we are making. This is the bedroom color scheme we are going with.

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We got this new quilt from Target for the bed.

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In real life it’s pretty close to that third color swatch on the color pallet picture. So we are either going to paint the room a lighter blue, a light grey, or (gasp) that bold red! We’ll see.

The sheets we got are a tan color. We ordered them from my FAVORITE company to get my sheets from, Peach Skin Sheets. When I tell y’all that these are the most amazing sheets I’ve ever had, I do not lie.

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They’re a microfiber material that’s made to keep you cool and be moisture wicking. The also don’t bead up (you know, if you wash sheets a lot they get those pills/beads building up on them?) or pill, they stay as soft and smooth as they are the first day no matter how many times you wash them! I ordered this color on sale for $49.99 on Tuesday and they arrived at my door on Wednesday! Can’t say enough great things about this company!

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This was the burger I got at Blondie’s birthday dinner on Sunday. The restaurant had their own branding iron that they stuck on all the burger buns! How fun!

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Running Updates : Wednesday – 3.1 miles easy (I pushed snooze one-too-many times that day and didn’t have very much time at the gym). Thursday – 5 miles speed work.

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If you only listen to one song off Kacey Musgrave’s Pageant Material Album, please listen to “Biscuits.” Not only is it incredibly clever, girl speaks the truth!

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Are you a country music fan? Ever heard of Kacey Musgraves?

Do you use coupons when you grocery shop? Any good coupon sites you can recommend?

How’s your running going this week?