Daily sprinkle – hard things


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true competition


just relaxin’

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my thoughts exactly

Don’t worry folks.  I’m alive.  Just trying to finish this semester out with my sanity intact.  I have so many bloggy thoughts running around in my brain and I will be sure to share them all as soon as I’m done with my finals.  In the mean time, I’m going to pop in every now and again to share a few things that make me smile in the midst of the chaos.




no words

You guys.  I have no words.  My brain and my fingers have been so tired lately from working on term papers that I haven’t felt like I even had anything worthy of sharing with you all on here.

Then yesterday happened.

And my words disappeared completely.

As a runner with dreams of someday running in Boston I was in complete disbelief when I heard about what happened.  My heart is heavy and I don’t have words to explain the sadness and confusion that we all feel right now.  Instead I will continue to pray for Boston and the world.  For the victims of this terrible crime and their families.  For runners everywhere.  For the US government and the city of Boston as they try to figure out what happened.  And for the bombers who are so lost and deeply troubled.

run with your heart

And today when I get home, I will run #forboston.

progress, not perfection


parties without cake?


Cooking Light and a few wise words

Last night I sat down to post about my Cooking Light adventures only to find that my blog was down due to an emergency hosting outage. I thought about typing the post on my phone… Then I decided I didn’t want my thumbs to bleed.

So instead I gave myself a manicure, watched Dancing With The Stars and played fetch with Charlie.

charlie bandana 1

PS – isn’t he just a stunner in his new bandana?

charlie bandana 2

All that as an explanation as to why I’m currently typing about dinner last night with my morning cup of coffee in my hand…

This week I’m going to be cooking through a bunch of the recipes from the newest Cooking Light magazine. The whole premise is to be able to get a healthy meal on the table in under 40 minutes. As someone who has been known to rely on frozen pizzas in a pinch [guilty] I was excited for some new fast recipe ideas.

Last night I made grilled chicken with quick green salsa

cooking light chicken1

herbed cornbread muffins

and grapefruit walnut feta salad.

grapefruit salad

The whole meal took 40 minutes! They were right.

The verdict – it was good!

cooking light chicken2

The tomatillo salsa on the chicken was amazing. If I made it again I would probably pound my chicken thin, and grill it outside on the real grill. I would have liked more salsa with each bite of chicken. I would definitely make it again though.

The salad is wonderful. I didn’t have butter lettuce so I used spinach and it was super tasty. The supremed grapefruit with feta combo was really light and refreshing.

I feel like I can’t fairly rate the cornbread muffins because I didn’t follow the recipe very carefully. I used whole wheat flour instead of regular. I didn’t have buttermilk so I used greek yogurt with milk. And I didn’t have green onions to mix in. The muffins were just okay. They were a little dry and the whole wheat flour overwhelmed the cornmeal flavor [my fault]. I will try to make them again soon, actually following the recipe before I really rate them.

If you don’t get Cooking Light magazine, all of their recipes are available for anyone online.

And here’s a few wise words for your Wednesday. I want to print this and frame it as a reminder in my house. So pretty!



cupcake happiness


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