Wednesday, May 13, 2009

An Assortment of Awesomeness...

I already blogged about running our first 5k...but here's a picture for you. Look to our Youtube site for a short video of the marathoners at mile 21!

Here's a funny story. About a week ago dad wrote me on facebook and asked if I'd come over and show him the ropes. It was super funny to see his reaction to understanding who could see what, and why I could see what he wrote people through my news feed. It was fun. And in the process I had to call my Grandpa and walk him through deleting friends. Apparently he had become friends with strangers due to some "senior moments".

Lately, I've become slightly addicted to searching and following other people's blogs. You could call me a blog stalker because I don't even know most of these people. However, one night, in the two hours I wasted just reading blogs and looking at facebook I came across some pictures of some really awesome looking cupcakes. They were not the normal chocolate with chocolate icing either. They were seriously gourmet. So I decided to try and make my own version (from a martha stewart recipe).

I decided to make homemade banana cupcakes with buttercream icing. Here is a picture of all the ingredients that are needed. I'm so artsy, aren't I.
First you must cream your butter and brown sugar.
Then you mix your banana and buttermilk with some vanilla extract. You then mix this with the butter and some flour to make the cupcake!
While baking them.....
....make the most sweetest, awesomest, icing ever....and TA DA!!! With just a sprinkle of cinnamon you have delicious cupcake!! I made them on mothers day and we each enjoyed 1 maybe 2. I made Stephen take them to the break room at his office so other people could enjoy them and I wouldn't gain 5 pounds.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Running and Bugs

Well I finished my first 5k along with Stephen, his parents and my mom. Scott and Janet stayed over at our house for the weekend which was nice. Saturday night before the run Mom came over and I made chicken fettuccine with homemade Alfredo sauce. It was really yummy and perfect for a carbo load...but did call for two ENTIRE sticks of butter!!!!!

We all went to bed early and left the house at 5am in time to get downtown, park, and walk to our starting line. There was a lot of standing around before the 6:30 start time, and then we had to wait at least 15 minutes for all the marathoners, half marathoners, and first leg of relayers to go first. 19,000 people participated this year!!! Once the 5k people took off it took some maneuvering to run around all the walkers but then after at least a block you were pretty much in the clear. I met up with Mom at that point and ran with her for a while. She only stopped once, but I stopped about 3 times. She was then ahead of me and I could never quite catch back up. Scott crossed the finish line first, then Stephen , Liz at 32:00, Megan at 35:00, and Janet. It was a lot of fun and thanks to all the people at Fleet Feet Sports for making this a possibilty for us !!!!

The three of us continue to run three times a week and then we'll start training for a 10k. In the mean time, Stephen and I going are to run another 5k at the end of may and the Midnight Streak in July! Hopefully next year we might even run the half marathon!!!!!!

Did I mention we are going to retile our bathrooms this summer???? Well we pick out some tile last night....more on that project later.

My herbs are doing great...however...something is eating my basil plants. Any suggestions on how to solve this problem?