Monthly Archives: February 2013

Sunshine Award

Bethany at The Classy Bee nominated me for the Sunshine Award, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy even though I haven’t even had any wine today. Yet. It’s only 6 a.m. Bethany mostly writes about fitness and fashion, and one time she wrote about peeing in a lunchbox container and giving to a bag lady. Reading her blog is in your best interest.

Apparently this award comes with rules.

Sunshine Award Rules:
If nominated for this award, you must include a link in your blog to the person/blog that nominated you. You must also answer some questions about yourself, nominate fellow bloggers, link their blogs in your post, and inform them that they have been nominated.

Questions:

Who is your favorite philosopher? 

Does Snooki count? It’s just that I learned so much from her book. Like, “Any juicehead will get some nut shrinkage. And bacne.” Way more applicable to real life than Plato’s theory of forms.

What is your favorite number?

Do people have favorite numbers? I’ve never really thought about it. How about 1, since it takes the least effort to write.

What is your favorite animal?

I kind of love all animals, so I’ll go with the one I’m most obsessed with right now: Teacup pigs.

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I NEED ONE RIGHT THIS SECOND.

What are your Facebook and Twitter?

My Facebook has been private ever since I worked at a newspaper and a reader came in and told me he Googled me and looked through all my photo albums. CREEPY. And Twitter annoys me, so I refuse to participate. #GET OFF MY LAWN, TWITTER.

What is your favorite time of day?

The times I’m putting food in my mouth.

What is your favorite holiday?

I’m Irish and grew up loving St. Patrick’s Day. I’m the dork who wears green and brings Irish soda bread to work every March 17. When I was a kid my dad would always make green shamrock-shaped pancakes and add green food coloring to our milk and butter, which was pretty much the best thing ever. Also, green beer.

What is your favorite physical activity?

I’m really enjoying running right now. Also, the first stretch of the day before I get out of bed.

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Coffee. It keeps me awake so I can enjoy my alcoholic drinks.

What is your favorite flower?

I really like tulips. And ranunculus:

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What is your passion?

Cheese, music, good beer, healthy (mostly) living, and many, many TV shows I’m too embarrassed to name.

And now for my nominations:

My Antidepressant Life

Live. Lafe. Love.

Not Your Dirty Underwear

Thanks again for the nomination, Bethany!

Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

The grocery store by my house was having a special on berries this weekend, meaning I could afford a pint of blueberries without having to sell body parts on the black market. After blending a handful with strawberries, tangerine, banana and spinach for a post-run smoothie on Saturday, we decided to use the rest to make some pre-Super Bowl blueberry muffins. These are very easy to make, and were a perfect way to warm up our stomachs for the metric ton of cheese dip and guacamole we consumed that afternoon.

02.05.13 muffins on rack

Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Makes 12 regular sized muffins.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (If you don’t have buttermilk, add one teaspoon of vinegar to 1/3 cup of milk and let sit for 10 minutes)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 cups blueberries (depends on how blueberry-y you like them)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the crumb topping:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cold butter cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 Tablespoons sugar
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter and let cool slightly.
  2. Whisk in buttermilk, egg, egg yolks, and vanilla, blending well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Wash your berries.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until just combined (do not over-mix)
  6. Fold in the blueberries. Note: The batter will be quite thick. You can add a splash of water if you need to.
  7. Make the crumb topping: In a small bowl, use a pastry cutter or fork to blend the butter, flour, and sugar until it’s nice and crumbly.
  8. Add the batter to muffin liners or a well-greased pan and sprinkle the top with the crumb mixture. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

02.05.13 muffins unbaked

Above: Unbaked muffins pre- and post-crumble.

Make sure to let the muffins sit for at least 10 minutes before trying to get them out of the pan. We ran a knife around the edges before lifting them out, and we didn’t really have many sticking issues. Don’t wait too long, though – they’re especially delicious warm:

02.05.13 muffin bite

My goal is to run to the moon

Last week I came to the startling realization that not only have I stuck with my half marathon training program for four weeks now, I might actually LIKE running.

This is kind of a big deal for me, since my relationship with running historically has followed the basic Jersey Shore plotline: Do something stupid (decide to go for a run), spend an hour looking at myself in the mirror (to get the sporty ponytail just right), stagger home hours later smelling of sweat and shame.

I’m not sure what has changed since those days … although I suppose that starting to eat fairly healthily has something to do with it. My ass is no longer visible from space (probably … I’m still waiting for NASA to confirm), so I guess that’s good. It also turns out that doing Jillian Michaels DVDs for three months straight really built up my leg muscles, which makes all the death threats I sent her totally worth it. I also wonder if it’s true that running is largely mental. I always hear runners say that and even though I typically nod and pretend to be impressed by their wisdom, I secretly file that person in my brain under “asshat, pretentious” because if that were true my half marathon training would consist of, “think I can run 13 miles, eat a cheeseburger.”

Only now I’m realizing there may be truth to it – when I start to get tired, I force myself to think about something else and it really does help take my focus off the pain. My frequent mental distractions include: What I’m going to wear to work the next day, what kind of cheese I have in my fridge, Patrick Dempsey, what I have in my kitchen that I can put cheese on when I get home, Patrick Dempsey spreading brie on a cracker.

Now that I know I want to stick with running, I of course want to buy All! The! Running! Things! Here’s a list of things I have convinced myself I need:

02.04.13 Running gear

1. Moving Comfort Sprint Tech Skort

2. Reebok Zigkick running shoes

3. Big Bling Sparkle White Bic Band

4. WristSTASH Sweatband Wrist Wallet

5. Lululemon Pace Setter Skirt

Do you run? What running gear can you not live without?

High Five for Friday

1. Having enough time to curl my hair two days in a row

02.01.13 Hair

(No, I don’t have consumption; just terrible lighting in my kitchen and a crappy phone camera)

2. Re-igniting my love affair with quinoa

02.01.13 Quinoa

(Quinoa, chicken, black beans, avocado, garlic and cumin = yum in a bowl)

3. Picking out my half marathon race

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4. Running four miles

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5. Discovering Bison Grass Vodka

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Linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk