Thursday, December 18, 2014

I'm a Nuunbassador!

I was a time-wasting master today.

I'm not even sure where the day went. I spent a lot of time reading blogs and other random things online (down the rabbit hole).

I watched one of my favorite holiday Bones episodes while I ran this afternoon. Season 1, episode 9, in case you were wondering.


Adding yesterday's quick 2 miler to today's 4 miles, and I'm now under 20 miles until I hit the 1,000 mile mark!

I got a pretty exciting email yesterday - I'm going to be a Nuun Ambassador for 2015!


I'm not a big fan of sports drinks, but I love Nuun (just ask Tom, our kitchen cabinets have Nuun tablets all over the place)! Nuun is an electrolyte enhanced drink that's sugar free, carb free and really tasty.

Watermelon is my favorite, but I have about 4 other flavors to pick from as well - and there are even more available on their website.


Basically, I drink Nuun constantly anyway, but now I get discounted product and an excuse to tell even more people about it! :)

I think that's all the news for now, so I'll leave you with a picture of the dogpile that happened on our couch last night.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Eggnog Cookies!

The holidays are a time for sweets. There's no doubt about it. Holiday candy pops up in the grocery store, and you know all the limited edition holiday ice creams find their way into my basket. I can't help myself!

My family has always done a lot of baking/candy making around the holidays, and I'm keeping the tradition alive, within reason.

I am very aware that there are only two of us in the house, so I'm trying to not make too many things. We really don't need to have 8 different kinds of cookies in the house. I don't think. 

This afternoon I decided to try a recipe that I found on Cooking Classy for Eggnog Cookies, and they are really good.



Eggnog Cookies 
Recipe from Cooking Classy

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more for topping
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp rum extract
1/2 cup eggnog

Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
3 - 5 Tbsp eggnog
1/2 tsp rum extract
3 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg yolks one at a time, blending just until combined after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract, rum extract and eggnog. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Scoop dough out by the heaping tablespoonfuls and drop onto Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 11 - 13 minutes. Allow to rest on baking sheet several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Eggnog Frosting and sprinkle tops lightly with nutmeg.

For the Eggnog Frosting:

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until very pale and fluffy. Add in rum extract and 3 Tbsp eggnog and mix in powdered sugar. Add additional eggnog to reach desired consistency.

Things I did differently: 
  • I used a handheld electric mixer, and a spoon. I'm old-school (and I don't have a stand mixer).
  • I didn't line my cookie sheets with anything, they were perfectly fine and didn't stick at all.
  • I didn't actually measure anything for the frosting and cut back on the amounts of everything. The comments on the recipe said it made a lot of frosting, so I made less. And I still have a bunch leftover.
  • All of my butter was salted, because I'm a rebel.
I am really glad I made them small, because they're pretty rich, but really delicious!


Do you make any special holiday treats? 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The time I accidentally ran 11 miles

I had a super busy/productive day today!

This morning I headed to the post office to get Christmas packages mailed off. I had all but one ready to go, but I wanted to get them shipped before I cut it too close.


After I got home, I went through the fridge and got rid of all the gross things. I didn't think you'd want a picture of that. Getting rid of gross things also meant taking out the trash and doing some dishes. I even took out all the recycling!

I hit the basement to run and watch Annie, because I keep seeing previews for the new Annie and getting irritated. I'm not a big fan of remakes. I mean, how are you supposed to improve on Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters?


I planned on doing at least 6 miles, but I was enjoying the movie, and it turned into 7, then 8, then....11. I sort of accidentally ran 11 miles, and yes, I know that sounds crazy.

My hair gets all curly when I run.


Since I ran more than I intended, I decided to brave an ice bath.


It was really cold. In case you weren't sure.

This is my new favorite snack:


It's an English muffin with Laughing Cow cheese and salami on top. Really good.

I had one last thing I needed before I could send off my mom's Christmas box, and it was delivered while I was running. So, I wrapped it up and headed back to the post office. I have officially mailed all of my Christmas packages!

Now I'm watching a Bones marathon on tv and sitting with my feet up until it's time to start dinner.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Running with Buddy and a Holiday Card Swap

Let's discuss how much I need to be better about cross-training. I have been using an app the last few days that leads me through a series of squats, lunges and bridge moves (because, let's be honest, I won't do it without some outside motivation - lazy much?) and I am SO sore. Apparently running all the time doesn't use any of those muscles, because holy cow are they making themselves known.

Buddy and I went to Rockefeller Preserve for another run today. We managed 3 miles, with
significantly more stops than our last run. Apparently there were better smells to check out today.

This was my attempt at getting a post-run picture of the pooch. He doesn't hold still well.


This month I participated in a Holiday Card Swap organized by the lovely ladies over at Fairytales and Fitness. Each participant got the name and address of another blogger to send a holiday card to.

I finally mailed mine off on Saturday, and was excited to receive a card from Mary Beth of Tutus and Tennies in the mail today! Real mail is the best.


Isn't it cute? Plus she was super-sweet and sent me some iTunes cash - new music here I come!

I finished packaging up all but one Christmas box tonight. Tomorrow I'll be braving the lines at the post office - hopefully they won't be too crazy first thing in the morning!

Now we're watching Night at the Museum (because I've somehow never seen it) and eating ice cream (because it's delicious).

Oh, and I wanted to tell you - ProCompression is having a year end sale - promo code 2014 gets you 42% off anything on the site! It's good through Decmber 19th, so go get yourself some new socks! :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sleep in Sunday

My recent Sunday tradition of sleeping in continued this morning. I keep staying up too late on Fridays and waking up early on Saturdays to run, so by Saturday night, I'm exhausted.

Buddy comes downstairs for breakfast with whoever wakes up first in the morning, but if anyone is still sleeping, he heads back upstairs to go back to bed. Goofy dog.

We watched Guardians of the Galaxy last night, it was a fun movie, lots of fighting and explosions.


We took Buddy on his first ride in the new truck today. He likes his window out the back.


The afternoon was spent watching football - hooray for the Giants actually winning! As for the 49ers, well, there's always next year.

I got 4 miles in on the treadmill this afternoon. I have less than 40 miles to go before I hit my 1,000 miles for the year!

I really need to start thinking about races for next year, especially if I want to do an early spring race. It seems far away, but training for something in March could start as early as January.

Have you started planning your races for 2015?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Group running and Spicy Mustard Chicken

This morning was really early. I was confused when my alarm went off, and then I remembered it was Saturday.

I think I'm getting used to the colder weather, because this didn't seem too bad.


I was actually ready to go at a perfectly reasonable time this morning and had time to relax with my coffee.


I've decided that I should always run in a group of 3 or more. There's always one person who is doing well and it helps pull the group along. There were three of us at my pace today and we were all in the lead at one time or another. It really helped keep us moving when one or the other of us was slowing down.

The tree is starting to look more Christmas-y! (Yes, I tied my stocking to a lamp. Don't worry about it)


I made Spicy Mustard Crockpot Chicken for dinner tonight. It was ridiculously easy. I didn't really measure anything, because that's not really my thing unless I'm baking and it actually matters.


It was delicious with Brussels sprouts and broccoli rabe. I will definitely make it again!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Another holiday party and running with Buddy

I'm starting to get all my Christmas things organized. I finally started to work on Christmas cards today, I don't send out an insane amount, so it won't take too long to get them all in the mail. And my goal is to get all my packages ready to go at the same time so I only have to wait in the endless line at the post office one time. We'll see how that goes.


After Wednesday's speedy run, I took it easy on Thursday. A 30 minute run at a reasonable 9:00 pace.

We went to the Rivertown Runners holiday party (my Saturday group) at JP Doyles in Sleepy Hollow for drinks and dinner last night (they also had some of the best jalapeno poppers I've had in a long time - I had...several). It's only taken me since I started running with them in March to officially join the group. I'm legit now, I have a tee shirt to prove it.


As an added bonus, there were tons of leftovers from the party that they sent home with everyone. Why yes, I would love to take home extra pasta!

                                                     

Buddy and I hit the park for his first run in a long time. He did awesome! We ran 2 miles at an 8:13 pace. 

He's tired now.

                 

And I'm off to demolish some chocolate.

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