Thursday, June 30, 2011

I'm Back

Hello hello hello. Oh how I have missed all my blogging loves so much! I can't believe I have gone this long without posting! With work and classes piling up more and more, my time just seems to slip away from me in the day!! But I finally feel like I have found my routine and gotten into the groove of things so I'm back, ready to cook, ready to run, and ready to blog <3
So I'll start off with a sweet, light, tasty bite of summer.
This recipe is so easy, light, and quick to make.  So instead of apple pie for the fourth - why not make some cake?! I promise you won't regret it : )
Hawaiian Wedding Cake.
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 oz cream cheese soften
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extra
1 tsp baking soda
1 20oz can of crush pineapple with juice
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup coconut
2 cups of sugar - I used 1 cup of Splenda blend mix
2 tbs flax seeds
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 eggs lightly beaten
Coat a 13x9x2inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda, eggs, pineapple with juice, coconut and one cup of walnuts.
Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined and all ingredients are moist. 
Spoon mixture into a prepared pan.
Con to baking without your little brother or sister around - there is always better left over in the bowl.  It's so hard to just put it in the sink without licking it all clean!

Bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes or until took pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean
Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Dont forget this important step:
 Take a nap while cake is cooling. It'll make the cake taste that much better. Promise.
Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla.
Spread on cake and garnish edges with chopped walnuts.
I highly recommend making this for your fourth party this weekend. It is so easy and yummy - and I promise no one will notice how unpatriotic it is!
I can't wait to catch up on everyone's blogs! Hope you are enjoying the warm weather!
Any good 4th of July plans?!?!?!


Saturday, June 11, 2011

So many things

There are so many things I want to do and the faster I grow up the more worried I get about not being able to do them. One of my ultimate fears is being stuck.  And that refers to anything and everything in my life, relationships, traveling, schoolwork and the list goes on, but most importantly stuck in a job.  I know it happens to people quite often; they graduate, they take a job because it pays well, not because they like it, and then five years later...they are still there, not happy.  I can't let that be me, I won't let that be me.  I have so much that I want to do and places to see and travel to, that being stuck simply isn't an option. My mom thinks I worry about it too much, but I just want to be doing something I'm passionate about.  They say you can be anything you want to be right? Is it too much to ask to be able to wake up every day and be excited for a job?? .. I hope not!

"Totally Stuck"
& I feel like traveling is one of the best ways to be 'unstuck' in a routine.  You get to experience so many different cultures, traditions, foods, people and it is definitely something high on my list to do.  My best friend Sam just came back from a few weeks in Beijing, China and the stories he was able to share with me were extraordinary.  It truly made me appreciate where I live, but really gave me the urge to see more, outside of the US and even inside!  Besides never being outside of the US, there are still places in America I want to go to, my top two right now are California and Colorado! & I wouldn't mind living in Miami or Dallas for some time either! There is just so much to explore : )
Sam showing Ava and Jake cool toys he got them from China!
Attempt at flying the kite
Attempt failed! Oh well, untangling it was fun ; )

Do you think its possible to wake up everyday super excited about your job??
Where has been your fav place ever in America or outside that you have visited?!?

Check out Sam's travels in China on his Blog


Sunday, June 5, 2011


I dont know when I will live there.
I dont exactly know how I will afford to live there,
but I will.
Give me two years New York
You're mine.

 Lesson Learned:
 Your comfortable heals, aren't exactly your 'comfortable heals' after walking for ten hours.

What's your favorite part of NYC?


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

You know you are a runner when...

getting a new pair of running shoes is like christmas morning
eating hills for breakfast is completely normal
peanut butter and bagels are a necessity in your daily diet
wearing running clothes even if your not going for a run is acceptable
seeing a runner on the road makes you want to run too
there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear
if asked about your 'passion' you talk about running, in job interviews
a day without running feels like withdrawl
you get excited for the new issue of Runner's World and Women's Running
you haven't slept in past 6:30am on Saturday morning because of meeting up with friends for long runs
you're in shock that there isn't a running club at your school so you create one instead - "Panther Strides"
 you get super excited when your best friend decided to run her very first race
so you run every step with her
yay she did it!
you have a runner girl bumper sticker
you believe anyone can run
no matter what your age
no matter what your weight
no matter where you are
i promise you, you can run.

happy national running day