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Torch Cupcakes and a Cafe Misto

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Last night, after being extremely tired and getting home kind of late due to an evening Body Pump class…I remembered that I had committed myself to make cupcake torches for an evening reception at one of the hotels that I work at.  The reception is Olympic themed…and me being the theme-lover that I am thought it would be a GREAT idea to make these cute cupcake torches that I saw on Pinterest…

They look a lot better than I thought they were going to turn out.

 

They are just cupcakes made in ice cream cones and topped with orange and yellow swirled icing.

 

The difficult part…transporting them.  I finally got them in the box, but now I am worried about getting them out for the event tonight!

 

They look good, although I was tired and not really in the mood to frost a ton of cupcakes last night.  The process, however, was a tad bit messy…

 

All in a day’s work!

Breakfast

Last night I prepped a bowl of overnight oats with some raw cacao (chocolate) action along with almond butter.  I recently made a batch of chocolate almond butter that tasted just like brownie batter…that is the flavor I was going for this morning.  It didn’t quite taste like brownie batter…but they did taste pretty darn good!

 

I then taught my usual Tuesday morning spin class, and got ready super fast afterward so that I could head to Starbucks and publish this post!

I decided to treat myself with a tall Cafe Misto with a side of banana bread sample.  The misto was a great decision, the banana bread was good…but mine is better 😉

This was my first time trying a Cafe Misto, and I am so glad that I did.  They are a great swap for a latte because they are about $0.50 cheaper and have slightly less calories.  I got mine plain, but you can add a syrup pump if plain is too boring for you.

 

Now, I’m off to work!

Have a great day!!

 

P.S.  Thank you so much for the kind comments and support from yesterday’s post.  It means more to me than you know!!

 

Busy Weekend Kick-Off

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I am trying to figure out some sort of regular blog schedule where I post 2-3 times a day, but my intentions to post last night were interrupted by me falling asleep.  So this post will recap last night and this morning!

Yesterday, after lunch and before running errands (and checking more things off the list) I made myself a yummy little snack!  I had read about it in several other blogs, and finally decided to try it.  It is just two pitted dates cut down the middle with peanut butter spread in the middle topped with chocolate chips.  It was so good!

Yummy little morsels

While running errands, Brian and I stopped at Wal-mart to pick up some themed attire for our 6 mile race on Monday morning. We got matching flag t-shirts and plan on cutting the sleeves off since the shirts are a little big 😉  We will see how that turns out!

Patriotism at it's finest

On our way to the store one of our friends called to invite us to a cookout and asked if we could bring a dessert!  I immediately put my thinking cap on to come up with something quick, festive, summery, and delicious!  My idea:  ice cream cone cupcakes with blueberries in them with red frosting!

Just bakin away

Naked cupcake cones

They turned out just as I had imagined!

All dressed up!!

The only problem…we weren’t quite sure how to transport them.  We leaned them over and rested them on each other and we were able to deliver them with success!

Now we gotta get them to the party...

Once we were there, Kelsey (the hostess) had made artichoke spinach dip that was a hit!

We dominated this dip!

She made a wonderful margarita punch, that was as tasty as it was pretty to look at.

Dangerously delicious

We also had fresh corn on the cob!  To me, nothing says summer like corn on the cob!

Just grillin'

There's more than corn in Indiana...

We also had grilled burgers with meet from one of other friend’s family farms.  His farm is called “Passion Farm”  after his mom’s maiden name.  Everyone said the Passion beef was delicious…I’m not a red meat person, but it sure looked good!

Passion beef

Of course there was salad with greens, dried cranberries, cheese, and tomato…yummmm.

Refreshing salad

Kelsey also had an abundance of Basil.  For my birthday this year, I got two little pots with seeds for growing Parsley and Basil.  Well, after two attempts neither has any sprouts, so I asked if I could grab a little sprig to try AGAIN 🙂  I must have a black thumb.

Third time's the charm!

This morning, I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for a 5k run!  The sun was just peaking out, and the weather was warm but not too hot….perfect for a morning run!

Starting the day off right!

After sweatin’ it up outside, I made myself a smoothie in a bowl…my fav 😉

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Blackberries
  • 1 TBS Peanut Butter
  • 2 Packets Splenda
  • 1 Pinch Xanthum Gum
  • 1 Handful Spinach
  • Water and 3 Ice Cubes to add volume

Breakfast of Champions

Brian and I have a wedding to go to later, and we have to pick up our packets for our race on Monday!