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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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.

IMG_1430We moved some pictures around in the house and moved our old bed into the guest bedroom.

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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?

My Weekly Calendar and Recipes

Happy Monday!

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I hope your weekend was great! We had some pool fun with friends on Saturday, and Sunday the boys played golf and Blondie and I had our date at the Fox to see The Sound of Music! We stopped for lunch at Publik Draft House right next door to the Fox. I got a delicious pesto chicken sandwich with a side salad – hello yum!

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Sunday’s 5 miles felt okay – did them outside so that’s progress I guess. I think I’m pulling myself out of my running slump. Better hurry up – only 1 month until real training starts <insert scared face>!!!

Weekend summary – good times, good friends, good run!

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I spent a good bit of my Saturday morning planning out our week – meal plans, social events, bills, cleaning, and my running schedule. I’m such a planner, I always feel better when I have something written down that maps out any parts of my week that are within my control.

Obviously many many things can drop in and rearrange our schedules, but just knowing I have most things laid out it makes it so much easier to come home and relax and just follow the plan and not have to think!

I use a weekly calendar that Corey over at Tiny Sidekick has available for a free download. She’s got a lot of other free printables too, super cute! I’m working on making my own downloads for you guys (grocery lists, weekly / monthly calendars / budgets / workouts) so stay tuned for more of those!

Click here to see my calendar for this week! I usually print this out and stick it on the refrigerator so that the hubs can see what all we have planned for the week too.

We’ve got a pretty calm week. I have two dinner recipes on there that I’m particularly excited about…

Monday: Maple BBQ Salmon

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Elizabeth at Three Beans on a String posted this recipe and I’m super excited to try it out tonight!

Friday: Crock Pot Garlic Bacon Chicken

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This recipe from Recipes That Crock (ps how cute is that website name?!) sounds so easy and delicious! Friday is our crock pot day this week because of Wilson’s vet visit. I don’t want to have to worry about dealing with him and his issues wit the vet and then turn around and have to make dinner right after. Crock pot to the rescue!

Sides for these dinners will include a salad and then a veggie of some kind. At the store this week I bought zucchini squash and broccoli for my fresh veggies and then a few bags of mixed frozen veggies and also a southwest blend to cook with our fajitas.

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How I felt after my run yesterday –

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Do you make a weekly calendar? What kinds of things are on there? 

Do you like cooking with a crockpot? 

How was your weekend?!

Am I Weird, Living Single, and My New Mantra

Happy Wednesday!

Everyone has quirks, little things about them that make them uniquely them. I’m just curious if some of the little things I do make me weird or if there are other people out there who have the same quirky habits!

Am I weird?

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When I unload the dishwasher, I have to stack the plates and bowls in a certain order. If I pull out clean plates or bowls from the dishwasher I have to put them underneath the clean dishes that are still in the cabinet that didn’t get used. I don’t want the same plates to always be stacked on the top because those are the ones that will always get used and the ones on the bottom of the stack will feel left out. So the fresh-out-of-the-dishwasher dishes go in the bottom of the stack. Weird?

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I have to carry chapstick on me at all times. And it has to be the Cherry Chap-Stick brand, nothing else will do. I have a stick of chapstick on my nightstand, in my car, in the hubs’ car, at my desk at work, and in my purse. That’s not that weird is it?!

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I can’t go to bed with dirty dishes in my kitchen. I literally won’t be able to sleep if I know that there are dishes sitting downstairs that haven’t been washed. That’s just sanitary, not weird, right?

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Occasionally the hubs has to travel for work and me and the dogs get to hold down the fort. I like to take this time to revisit my college years and live as a single gal and do a throw-back grocery shopping trip.

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One of my healthier lifestyle / “you can’t eat like you’re 18 forever” go-to’s for dinner is roasted broccoli and mushrooms. It is amazing, AMAZING. Just take fresh broccoli and mushrooms, toss them with some olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

A sample meal combination of single Katherine and married/healthy Katherine:

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Best of both worlds.

The hubs and I have been together for about 2 years so most will say we are still in the “newlywed” stage. Probably true, but there are still plenty of things I enjoy about having the house to myself for a few days:

* The obvious, having the whole bed to myself

*Letting both dogs sleep in the bed with me (when the hubs is here, only Mila gets to sleep in the bed with us. Perks of being little)

* I don’t have to cook a nutritionally complete meal – mac & cheese and broccoli is just fine, no protein needed!

* I get 100% control of the remote which means Chopped re-runs ALL DAY

* I get to pick the movie I fall asleep to at night. Chick flicks on repeat.

* All of the dirty laundry makes it into the basket and I’m not picking up behind him because I’m OCD about everything being put away (not that he’s messy, I just can’t stand things not being in their place)

* I don’t have to go snatch the toothpaste out of the shower in the morning (who brushes their teeth in the shower?!), it’s right where it’s supposed to be on the counter next to the toothbrushes.

Just a few minor things, none of them make up for how much I hate when he’s away!

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So, sometimes, you put something out in the universe, and the universe is nice and says, “Yea, you’re right. See?” I found this article yesterday when browsing Women’s Running and it affirmed my decision to stop pressuring myself so much before I start my marathon training.

What Happens When You Experience Running Burnout?

“This is stupid. I hate this. This is stupid. I hate this.” Over and over again, those two sentences rolled through my mind for the last, oh, 13 miles of my most recent marathon.

Read the full article here.

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This is something I have to put into practice every day. Starting today.

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Am I weird? What quirks do you have? Make me feel less weird!

What types of foods did you eat in college?

What kinds of foods do you incorporate into your running diet?

Workout Recap and My Typical Sunday

Workout Recap 7/6 – 7/12:

Monday – 5 miles @ 9:31 pace

Tuesday – 5 miles @ 9:23 pace

Wednesday – Strength in AM, Swim in PM (1000 yards, 30 minutes)

Thursday – Rest

Friday – 6.2 miles in 57:45

Saturday – Rest

Sunday -5.5 miles outside @ 9:45 pace

Total – 21.7 miles

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On Sundays, the hubs usually goes to bowling practice in the morning so I use that time to clean, make our weekly menu and make a grocery list. Things I usually clean on Sundays:

laundry (it’s never-ending) / mop (using my Swiffer Sweeper) / wash the bed sheets/ clean the fridge of any leftovers we didn’t eat during the week / sometimes I go to the pool

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It’s a glamorous life I lead I tell you. But cleaning is a strangely calming and relaxing task for me. I grew up always having chores to do around the house and my mom worked really hard to keep our house impeccably clean. So to me, cleaning is just somewhat of a “given” when it comes to home-ownership and being a wife. I also think it’s so enjoyable for me because it’s instant gratification. There aren’t a lot of things in life that you can start working on and then 10 minutes later you instantly see it improve because of your effort. Basically I live by this rule:

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And, bonus, I’m usually not panicking if someone unexpectedly shows up at my door to drop something off or if there’s an impromptu girl’s night at my house. It’s usually in a pretty steady-state of somewhat tidy and presentable. So at the most, a quick 10 or 20-minute pick-up is all it takes before the house is ready for guests. It calms my anxiety and just make me feel happy when the house is clean. There are a lot of great resources to help you get into a cleaning schedule so that housework doesn’t seem as daunting and you’re not stuck doing every inch of cleaning on one day of the week. Here are a few I’ve found that I really like:

This one is very simple weekly calendar.

This one gives you things to do from daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Great reminders.

If you have kids, this is a great one to get them in the habit of doing certain chores every day.

This message brought to you by: Katherine’s neurotic brain. My neurotic brain also thoroughly enjoys meal planning. This way I know exactly what to buy at the grocery store each week and I only buy what I know we will need. Result: we don’t have food sitting (and rotting) in our pantry in fridge for weeks because it just “sounded good” as I was cruising the aisles of the store.

I use Google Calendar for all of our family planning – more on this later. Of the many things I organize on here, I also include our weekly dinner menu. It eliminates the ever-annoying question, “What’s for dinner?” This week’s menu highlights (reviews to follow) are –
Cayenne Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa (click picture for recipe)

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Strawberry and Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad (click picture for recipe)

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And I’ll leave you with this little gem from one of our Atlanta adventures this weekend…

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Do you have a cleaning schedule that you follow every week?

What recipes are you looking forward to cooking this week?

Did you have any great runs or workouts last week?

My 6.2 miles on Friday felt really good for some reason! I think that rest day on Thursday was helpful.