Happy Memorial Day!
Just got back from the Amy Thompson 8K race supporting brain injury research. It was a perfect day for a run through the Brookside neighborhood.In honor of the holiday, I felt like baking something. Although I was without red food coloring, I had some left over easter hot pink coloring to substitute for some red velvet cupcakes!
The recipe I used was from The Buttercup Bake Shop Cookbook adapted for cupcakes, with cream cheese frosting.
For the red velvet cake:
1/4 cup red food coloring
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and lightly flour cupcake pans.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together until well combined the food coloring, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until very fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time. Add the flour in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Add in the salt. Beat in the cocoa mixture until thoroughly incorporated. In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar and baking soda. Add to the batter at the end, making sure to mix well.
4. Divide the batter among the prepared pans. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
It’s going to be a good day. Why? Because I got new shoes!
My old ones were looking a little rough and worn out (kinda like me after my run this morning)
My new ones are nice and white!
These are the Brooks Adrenaline running shoes. This is my second pair of Brooks shoes, my last pair were great and lasted me around 400 miles. If you have narrow feet, these are good and provide stable support. If you are looking for a change of pace (haha) try these out for size (haha)
Happy Memorial Day weekend, enjoy the break 😉
sometimes i just like to browse the interet for pretty things. i’m the kind of girl who changes my desktop background image at least once a day, would wear a different handbag everyday if i had the option, could change into multiple outfits a day and will probably redecorate my first abode a rediculous amount of times before i decide i really like it. maybe it’s because i can’t make up my mind, but i think it is that i have made up my mind – i just like too many things!
here are some of my bookmarked items lately, completely random (just how i like it)
i would use a type writer for the rest of my life if it would mean i could…
replace Jenna , j crew’s stylist from Jenna’s picks…
but only if i get her shoe closet…
and travel to paris on a weekly basis…
and eat these for breakfast…
and marry him…
that’s all i ask.
Today starts my month of babysitting. I will be chillin’ with a 7 year old boy sun up to sun down, doing activities like going to the pool, bike riding, and playing/listening to copious amounts of video games. Woohoo!
Today also starts summer heat running. Before heading over to babysit, I woke up at 5:30am to get a quick run in thinking it would also be cooler. No. It was muggy and hot – not a great combo. I am weird in that I don’t sweat that much usually, but with this hotter weather my body is going to have to adjust to the humidity.
What helps you running in hot weather?
I think Saturdays are my favorite part of the week, and today was no exception. It went a lil somethin like this:
Woke up around 5am, drank some coffee and headed out to meet with Runner’s Edge, the running group in KC.
Started our run at 7am through downtown, westport, and the plaza. My mom and I ran 12 miles together and then made our way over to The Filling Station to “fill” us up. We kept hearing iced lattes shout our names while we were running so we had to shut them up.
The second adventure of the day was a trip to the ballpark followed by a meal at the new B:2 Burger Boutique. This is the “offspring” of Blanc Burger + Bottles. They have the best fries, enough said.
This morning I am up at 6am (typical) and I am contemplating reading a book or perez hilton.com
Which would you choose?
Today I took a quick day trip to Lawrence, KS to pass out some race flyers with my dad. I have a love/hate relationship with this town since I am a MU fan, grimacing at every Jayhawk store, but I have to admit that I really like the town itself. The townies are layed back and the main street is lined with fun shops and interesting restaurants. By lunch time we were starving so we hit up a restaurant I had looked up (classic blogger right?) called Esquina. Oh man, it did not disappoint. They call themselves a “upscale taqueria” with a menu of interesting and veg friendly tacos like potato and chorizo tofu.
I ordered their fish taco a la carte with their special grilled corn on the cob. Mmmm, it was a food coma kind of a meal. The real star was the house salsa which was spicy but not too spicy. They make their own chips also, but I found them to be a tad too greasy (didn’t stop me from eating them though 🙂 ) Overall, I really liked this place. Simple concept but diverse options, can’t wait to return!
The last photo would be my dad’s massive burrito, which he also enjoyed!
If you happen to be in Lawrence as a non-Jayhawk fan, I suggest going here for a satisfying meal. If you are a Jayhawker, you only deserve taco bell. (I kid, I kid)
I am trying out a new yoga place in Kansas City called Yoga Fix. They are having a special new student package of one month unlimited yoga for $30! My first class was yoga flow, which was a slow paced class led by an Australian man that was really relaxing (maybe it was his accent? 😉 ) I decided to try their hot yoga on Sunday afternoon, and let me tell ya, it kicked my booty!
I really didn’t know what to expect, I brought the essentials I thought I would need – small towel, water bottle, mat – but this class was intense! I was sweating bullets 3 minutes into it and my mat eventually became a slippery mess (I need to get one of those mat blankets I spotted other yogi’s using) The instructor was ruthless, but I liked how fast paced it was. I felt like I got a really good strength workout, something I am trying to add into my running training.
Someday maybe I will be at this level:
but right now I am at this level: