Saturday, June 29, 2013

Warrior Dash 2013

Striking a fierce pose before the race




Me coming into the finish line

Finished!


After Dash swag

Warrior Dash T-shirts

Today my dad, brother and I participated in our third Warrior Dash. It's a muddy, obstacle course, 5K race that raises money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. As usual we had a great time! Also as usual I came in last for the family. I like to make the boys feel good about themselves and let them win. When we first checked in to the race they separated us by gender and gave us different shirts. Boys got the shirt with the beard and girls the one with the pigtails. When I figured this out I was angry. I don't know if it's because one of my friends is obsessed with beards or if I'm just weird, but I wanted the guy shirt! So, I went to the booth and asked for the beard shirt. Luckily they didn't ask any questions and just gave me the shirt. Now I have my bearded man shirt!  It's going to be sad next year when I am not able to run the Warrior Dash with the boys. I'll still be in Japan, so I'll  miss the Dash. However, they do have a Warrior Dash in Japan, so maybe I'll have to try that one out! If you want to learn more about the Warrior Dash go to http://www.warriordash.com/index.php

Sunday, June 16, 2013

No One Is Cooler Than A Dad



Some presents for papa






Mom made a cute little photo book

My dreams are coming true, we've traveled back in time one year!

New coffee/tea mug...like we need any more


Slicing lemons for the drinks


Iced tea and lemonade...I've been drinking Arnold Palmer's all night!

The grill-master

Feel the love

Family game time!

Me and my daddy!

Mom and I made rhubarb pie for the star of the day

Daddy and his kiddos

Got the Captain in you?

Today we celebrated the the best man I know.It was a fun day filled with lots of laughs and good food! Needless to say I was running around taking pictures all afternoon. I love you papa! No one will ever be able to take you place in my heart!



Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Hearty Blueberry Muffins from Martha Stewart Living

So, since I've been home I haven't really done much. The majority of my time has been spent watching movies. I decided that it was high time to actually do something productive with my life. So yesterday I decided to make myself some food to eat while I watch all my movies. Snacks and movies, what else could a girl ask for? My mom found this blueberry muffin recipe in a Martha Stewart magazine and I thought I would give them a try. Also, it was the  perfect opportunity to do my first ever food blog! 


First off here's the ingredients that you will need:
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted, or safflower oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 ounces fresh blueberries (about 1 1/2 cups)




A few notes about ingredients. We didn't have any whole wheat flour so I just used all all-purpose flour and the muffins still tasted great, probably just a little less wheaty (is that a thing?). Second, coconut oil sounds super fancy so we didn't have that either so I just used grape seed oil which is apparently very good for baking. Three, I am dumb and apparently can't read labels. When I went to go get the the yogurt from the store I just picked the container that said original. I guess that meant original strawberry. The big picture of fruit didn't have any effect on my brain. So, if you happen to get the wrong kind of yogurt, don't worry! They still taste great, probably just a bit sweeter than they were supposed to be. 


Alright on to the recipe. First you will want to to preheat your oven to 375 and fill your muffin cups with liners (preferably pretty colored liners like mine).


Next, whisk together your flours, wheat germ, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make this bowl the bigger one since you'll be adding the other stuff to it later. 


In another bowl whisk together the brown sugar, yogurt, oil, and eggs.


Add the yogurty mix to the floury mix until they are just combined. 



Carefully fold in the blueberries. Don't go crazy and smash them all because you want the big pieces of fruit there when you eat them. Also, feel free to go heavy on the blueberries. I had probably a half a cup extra and honestly it was just an extra half cup of deliciousness. 


Fill those muffin cups up! Then bake them for about 20 minutes. They should be golden brown and a toothpick should come out clean. This is probably not the best way to tell since you'll get blueberry juice all over the toothpick, but just make sure it doesn't come out all doughy. 


Let the muffins cool a bit in the pan, and then take them out and cool on a wire rack. 


Enjoy! And if you're looking for the perfect tea to go with the muffins, I think this green ginger that I am drinking now would go very well with the fruity flavor of the muffins. 

These muffins were super easy to make and they are very yummy! So if you are looking for something to do or just need a snack, give them a shot!


Monday, June 3, 2013

Home For the Summer

So guess what? I am now officially a junior in college! Wow, I'm old. I can't believe that my second year of college is already over! It seems like just yesterday I was moving into my dorm and getting ready for a new year and I'm already at home again. It's nice being at home, mostly just because now I have a reasonably sized bed where I can stretch out and not a crappy twin bed. Seriously though, I feel like a sardine when I try to sleep in dorm beds. Not to mention the fact that I usually do almost everything in my bed at home. Watch movies, eat, read, find new hobbies, creep on peoples Facebook's, play with my dog, etc. So, I like being home. However, I've only been home a few days and I already miss my friends from school. The only big downfall to going to school out of state. While all my friends are beings brats and going to visit each other and doing activities together I'll be all on my lonesome wishing I was there. Don't worry though, I do have friends at home, I'm not a total loner! But I do miss them and can't wait for them to come visit me in the best state in the world (Minnesota)! So when my parents came to get me we stayed at this really cool Bed & Breakfast which is in an old mansion. I was in antique heaven. It's called the Vrooman Mansion (http://vroomanmansion.com/) and is totally awesome. A lot of the stuff are the actual items that the family used to own and they just leave in the mansion to keep it looking authentic. I obviously could not stop taking pictures so here are a few of my favorite snaps from the night! 

My bed. Whoever thought hideaway beds were a good idea was wrong. At first they look exciting and fun but then you realize that there will always be a bar in your back no matter what and the fun is over. Don't let the exciting fact that it can fold into a couch fool you. 

My parents much more comfortable bed




I want a bathtub like this in my future home






First course of our breakfast. A breakfast banana split with granola, yogurt and different types of fruit.

The rest of our breakfast: little egg cups, french toast, and sausage and bacon that I gave to my parents. (The lemon ginger tea I'm drinking now would have gone very well with the meal)

Staying in the mansion was definitely a highlight and I would recommend it to anyone who is going to be in the area. 

In other and completely unrelated news, I got a new phone! 

I found this when I was out thrift shopping with my mom today and since it was only $8 and I've always wanted a phone like this I couldn't pass it up. The only problems is, I have nowhere to use it! Why, you ask? Well let me tell you. There are 2 reasons I can't use this phone. 
1. When I live at home, which is only about 4 months out of the year, I don't have a land line. My parents recently got rid of our phone service since us kiddies are all away at college. So, since the parental units are away all day doing adulty things like working so they can buy me cool shit and yummy food when I come home, they didn't need it and got rid of it. 
2. The rest of the year I am at school. And now in the age of cell phones, dorms are not really a good place to have a land line. Plus, who says I want to share my super awesome phone with all my roommates? Just kidding! I totally would! 
So, I can't use my pretty new phone. That means that I'll just have to refurbish it and then let it be decoration until I move somewhere where I will actually need and use a land line. A blog post about my adventures in refurbishing the phone will be coming soon!