Could This Really Be My Career?

Breakfast this morning was a Saturday classic:  Pancakes and a cup of joe!  I picked up strawberries this week and decided they’d be a perfect addition to my lovely breakfast!photo(15)

Sorry for the absense this week, it’s been a pretty busy one!  Last week I talked about a big interview I was going to be having and first I’d like to thank you all for the encouragement, it means the world and secondly I wanted to share with y’all what it means for me and my future, I figured I couldn’t leave y’all hanging with just that little tease.   I’ve shared before that I work for Nordstrom, and if you know anything about the company or you don’t, they like to promote from within which is a great business practice! Well, let me back track a little bit…I’ve worked in the retail world for almost 4 years now but I never considered it much of a career, I mean I was going to college to become a teacher.  But as I’ve been working for Nordstrom over the past half a year I’ve sort of fallen in love with the company and I’ve expressed interest in growing with the company.  Ultimately, my goal is to be a handbag buyer…in Seattle.  Well a couple weeks ago my department manager encouraged me to apply for the Retail Management Internship, basically it’s a program for college students on the verge of graduation who intern with a department manager and learn the “ropes” of the company and ultimately when you graduate from the program you’re placed in an assistant manager position in a department. Fast trackin’ it!  My interview is today and I’m crossing my fingers it goes well!  If you’re still reading this and not bored to death, thank you! Can’t wait to share more of this journey with y’all! See ya later!

 

Saw It, Pinned It, Did It

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I love Fridays, even though I work retail and there isn’t really a concept of weekends Fridays are still my favorite! This morning I woke up to the sound of pouring rain and hail, yes hail. In Southern California. Global Warming at it’s finest. Due to the cold weather I really didn’t want to get out of bed but the thought of warm pancakes encouraged me a little.  Thanks to my awesome thinking self yesterday, breakfast came together in a flash because of some frozen pancakes and the microwave. Yay! photo(12)My cup of coffee was extra awesome today thanks to my new caramel macchiato creamer I picked up at tarjay last night! 🙂 Win.

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I’m going to assume everyone knows what Pinterest is unless you live under a rock you are way to busy to spend time perusing the web.  Anyway, as I was pinning my life away last night I was thinking about all the things I pin; food, weddings, baked goods, crafts, and cat pictures and I realized I don’t actually do anything I pin. And it got me thinking, I spend all this time pinning things and they are things I’d either eat or do so why not actually put the recipes to use in real life. and then lightbulb I decided to give myself a little Pinterest challenge, and then I thought Hey! I wonder if my blends would like to get in on this challenge. Soo I propose to you, a pinterest challenge. Yay or nay?  I’m thinking the “rules” are from February 9 (Tomorrow) to March 9 (that would be one month) you should challenge yourself to making 5 recipes or doing 5 workouts you pinned on Pinterest. On March 10 we can all link up and do a re-cap.  What do you say? You in?  (Please feel free to share this challenge with your readers as I think it would be super super fun for everyone.)

Some recipes I’m interested in trying are:

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Creamy Tortellini Soup

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Reader Questions:

  • Are you up for the Pinterest Challenge?
  • What is something you want to make?

TGI Friday’s on Friday

Irony right?  I feel like I never go to TGI Friday’s on an actual Friday, it’s usually Sunday or some random week night. But last night we settled on some amazing happy hour there.  If you’ve never been to happy hour there its basically the jam, all appetizers are half price and full mugs of beer are $3.50. Bomb.

I went with 2 appetizers that are part of their Right Portion Right Price selection.  BBQ chicken flatbread pizza photo 1(12)and shrimp cocktail photo 2(11)Simple but out of this world good.  I couldn’t leave without ordering one of their delicious desserts though, I mean I was enjoying my night out so why not!  Strawberry Shortcake=phenomenal.photo 3(8)Lets just say I left feeling very, very full!

 

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Breakfast was an old stand by. TJ’s waffles with lite syrup and a cup of coffee on the side.  photo 4(3)I ate half a cup of strawberry yogurt while I waited for my waffles to toast. Simple breakfast but it totally hit the spot.

 

Kelsey Runs is now on Facebook!! I finally bit the bullet and made the blog a Facebook page! Go me!

I’m also still tweeting and you can find me at @kelseyruns13

 

Saturday plans include making another batch of s’more bars for tomorrow, work, and a super sweaty workout.

Happy Saturday y’all! Enjoy your days!

A Terrific Tuesday!

Hey y’all!  Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday, lets just say being at school for 12 hours and then working till after midnight didn’t give me much time to blog let alone eat, basically I had a crepe with jam. Nutritious right?

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Today is my day off all around. No school. No work.  Key the relaxation and staying in bed all day. Wrong.  Today has been actually on the busy side, but the good kind of busy! I started the morning off with a 2 mile run outside,  it’s finally not raining and warming up and I was itching for a run outside.  I had a good amount of errands to run and after showering off I headed out to start the day.  First a stop at my favorite place, Starbucks.

Caramel Macchiato goodness

Caramel Macchiato goodness

coffee cake!

coffee cake!

Sooo not healthy, but sooo good! I hit up Target for some necessities but somehow ended up with oh, way more crap then I needed, or want. tumblr_md4ustAItu1qh5n42o1_500Does anyone else feel this way too?  I swear I can’t go to Target and buy just one thing.  Please tell me I’m not crazy!!

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Lunch was s classic. Sloppy Joes! My modified sloppy joe recipe, some Alexia Chipotle sweet potatoe fries, and a banana on the side! photo 2(7)Yay for lunch at home!  Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, friends!  I’ll be spending the rest of my afternoon drooling over Sean watching last nights Bachelor episode. Side note, Tierra needs to go. ASAP

Question for you:

  • Target, love it or hate it?
  • Do you watch the Bachelor?  Who are you rooting for!

 

 

 

 

Breakfast is the best!

Lets quickly talk dinner last night so I can get to breakfast!

Dinner was a remake of Thursday nights dinner.  Leftovers are the bomb. I think food tastes so much better after sitting in tuperware over night.  Pasta casserole reheated with an un pictured bowl of carrots and broccoli!  photo 2(6) I worked last night so in between customers I snacked on a tiny bowl of Wheat Thins!  My favorite!

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My favorite meal of the day just happens to be breakfast so I was extra jazzed about a breakfast date with my Dad this morning! We headed to a local favorite, Sugar Shack, on Main St. in Huntington Beach!  For a rainy Saturday there were a surprising amount of people out and about!  This place is classic breakfast food at it’s finest.  Their pancakes rock my world.  I ordered a short stack of pancakes and an egg over medium on the side! photo 3(5)The standard cup o’ joe, too! Clearly I was starving, ate a bite out of my egg before I paused to take a picture. Attractive, right?  (Side note:  I’m working on persuading myself to buy an actual point and shoot camera so these jankidy photos can bounce!) My dd had the HSS special, which was basically a standard breakfast sandwich with potatoes on the side!  I can say mine was delicious, and his looked good!

Plans for today include work, laundry, and some rainy day laziness!  Happy Saturday, friends! 🙂

Question for you:

  • What is your favorite meal?
  • Is there a “standard” breakfast food you always order?

I always get pancakes or french toast.  I know I can make both at home, and probably healthier versions, but I LOOVE ordering them at restaurants!

Happy Friday!

Good Morning and Happy Friday everyone! It’s an awfully rain Friday over here! I feel I need to pause and let y’all in on what I’m thinking “Holy shit I can’t believe it’s already the third week of january…and it’s over.”  For someone who feels like 2012 flew by, I have to say 2013 is already off to a fast start.  I work retail so the concept of a weekend is pretty skewed and Fridays are not as special as they were in high school, I don’t mind though I honestly love my job. My plans for tonight include closing at work (meh), watching Law and Order and snuggling in a warm bed!

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Breakfast this morning was a favorite. TJ’s whole wheat waffles topped with bananas and some syrup!  Yum!

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And a cup of coffee on the side in my favorite mug…

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It’s suppose to rain all weekend and while I was hoping for a beach run tomorrow morning it looks like I’ll be settling for an indoor cycling class.

 

Question for you:

  • What are your Friday night and weekend plans?

A Roasting Success!

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day, everyone!  If you had the day off, yay for you I am sooo jealous!  Retail don’t care one bit about hoildays! haha! While it’s MLK JR day it’s also Inauguration Day! I’m not a fan of Obama, I’ve been raised Republican but I did really like one of his quotes from his Inaugural Address:

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” -President Barack Obama”

I’m all about equality! But now on to what ya came here for, breakfast!  A never can go wrong with it yogurt bowl, well yogurt mug since I used my favorite Anthropolgie mug! photo 1Yoplait strawberry banana yogurt with a handful of Life cinnamon squares thrown in for some crunch!

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I love roasted veggies but I had been getting sick of the plain Jane evoo with some salt and peppa variety so I was on the hunt for a way to spice them up.  Carrie over at Fitness and Frozen Grapes shared her way of doing it with me and I have to say the addition of cayenne pepper made these out of this world!  They where slammin’ good!  photo 3I roasted broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, zucchini, and carrots at 400 degrees for a half hour.  Before spreading them on a baking sheet to roast I tossed all of it in a bowl and covered it with a generous coating of EVOO, sea salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and some garlic salt.  They rocked my world.  And well because I had such a success roasting them I knew I had to incorporate these babies into lunch. Lunch today included my veggies, some Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice, and a salmon filet. Simple but out of this world! photo 5I love having fish in the middle of the day!  It’s out of the ordinary for me so it’s a nice change!

See you guys tomorrow!

Question for you:  How do you roast veggies?

 

They Sounded Good In The Beginning

I have a fabulous cupcake recipe to share with y’all today!  But first lets cover the basics, a workout and eats. Today during my early morning workout I suddenly got such an intense craving for scrambled eggs that I knew I needed them for breakfast!  Before we talk eats lets talk workout! I busted out an early morning work out this morning that felt amazing!  I started with 25 minutes on the elliptical and finished my cardio with a 15 minute run, okay okay slow jog!  I’ve been trying to incorporate more strength training so I rounded out my workout with this:

50 Jumping Jacks

20 Alt. Lunges with 10 lb weights

30 sec jump rope

10 tuck jumps

20 quats

30 sec jump rope

10 jump squats

10 burpees

20 mtn climbers

25 pushups

Repeat three times and I promise you’ll feel the burn! And now on to breakfast!

So I said I was craving eggs?  Well as soon as I got home I set out to make myself a delicious batch of scrambled eggs.  In the pan went 2 egg whites and one whole egg, some cut up tomatoes and a handful of mozzarella cheese.  And a side of toast with a jam smear of course!

good lookin' scramble!

good lookin’ scramble!

I started eating and what do you know they just didn’t taste good.  I knew I was craving them at the gym but then they just didn’t satisfy me.  I ate maybe 3 bites of eggs and decided enough was enough.  I polished off the toast and gave the eggs to my cat, I know strange but my cat LOVES eggs!

Heath Bar Cupcakes

IMG_1032How good do those look?  They were a hit with my coworkers who have become my guinea pigs for all my baked goods, something tells me they don’t mind 😉 The recipe is simple and I’m telling you, make them for an event and everyone will love you!

What you’ll need:

Devils food cake mix (Holla at Betty Crocker)

Package instant chocolate pudding

1 cup sour cream

1 cup veggie oil

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tablespoons instant coffee dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water

1 cup? Toffee bits

Preheat oven to 350.  In your trust Kitchenaid stand mixer beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla and coffee mixture. Beat till well combined and smooth.  Add in toffee bits (I usually eyeball this and pour till I’m satisfied with the amount).  Bake for 18-22 minutes.

I used a basic buttercream frosting and then dribbled some milk chocolate on top and added some more toffee bits but frost these babies however you’d like!

 

 

Question for you:  Do you ever crave something, make it and then decide while you’re eating that it’s not exactly what you’re craving?