On a Pink Typewriter

a writer with a hearty appetite & an active lifestyle

Fri-YAY Favs

Good morning!

So, today’s FriYAY favs are primarily race related. Sorry I’m not sorry. ;-) I’m visualizing myself crossing that finish line… and then shoving an ice cream cookie sandwich to my face.

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Now, onto the favs…

1. I am done with my first (two-part) unit test in Anatomy!

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It did not come at a convenient time in my schedule, but really – what does in life, right? You gotta roll with it.

2. All of the incredible people who donated to my fundraising efforts and put me OVER my goal of $1,310!

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People are so wonderful.

3. I finished Serial’s first season! DYING.IMG_6205

I was so hoping for a more solid verdict in the finale! Can’t wait to hear season two…

4. Carbloading. 

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Serious face, and not afraid to admit it. It’s in the top five (top two?) reasons why I like long distance running. Don’t hate.

5. Counting down til SUNDAY.

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I cannot wait to cross that finish line. Let’s gooooooooo!

xo

 

What are you  loving today/this weekend?

San Diego Half, Here I Come

Helloooo!

How’s everyone’s Thursday going? I have part two of my first unit test in Anatomy tonight! Tuesday was the first part, and I think I did okay… I was totally that person that worked til the end and tried to double check all the questions I was unsure about after the exam ended.

Anyways…… SUNDAY! It’s only three days away, which means my fourth half marathon is almost here!

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From a comment on my race fundraising site; thanks Kirby!

I I usually get ridiculously nervous leading up to races (and even long training runs), but I’m feeling okay right now. This entire training period – aka the last 12 weeks – have felt pretty low key; I almost forgot I was training for an actual event. My improved training mindset has helped tremendously, but I’ve also been so bonkers lately that I have gotten lost in to-do lists and haven’t had time to think too much about training or the race itself… well, other than planning like a crazy person to make sure I was able to get in all my scheduled training runs.

I have, of course, looked at the course map and elevation already, and there’s one mega beast of a hill coming around mile 9 (San Diegans, it’s Washington Street!). It doesn’t look too fierce on the map, but word on the street is it’s intense. Apparently you climb for a whole mile……….. PARTY TIME. The last couple miles are completely downhill, so hopefully that equals it all out. I didn’t do much hill training for this race (at least not for as steep of a hill as in the race), to include zero attempts to run this actual section of the course. I’m just going to go with the flow and see what happens race day….. Any and all hills can be a fun surprise. ;-)

Reminder – I’m definitely not a running coach or expert…. in case that wasn’t abundantly clear.

I’m onto the main prep I usually do the last couple days before a half. Things like charging my Garmin, updating my iPod….

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New jams = critical.

Making motivating running playlists is an art, and I take it far more seriously than any grown woman probably should.

Also on my to-do list: hydrating more than usual, and carbing up.

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You can’t tell from the photo, but there is an extra large serving of rice on this plate. Thanks Luna Grill.

My life is pretty much a giant carb party 24/7, but I’m actually taking carbloading far more seriously this time around than in the past. At my last half (the Long Beach Half Marathon – race recap here), I was hungry almost immediately into starting the run. <– Never a good sign. I’m not sure what happened because I thought I had prepared myself appropriately, but I don’t want to risk history repeating itself. BRING ON THE PANCAKES AND BAGELS!

I am hitting Pure Barre today, and then I have nothing but rest and some walking on the docket before the big day Sunday! Fingers crossed I have a positive experience to share with you guys on Monday!

xo

 

Super important question — what is your favorite food to eat for carbing up (before a race or, uh, life)? Mine is a big stack of pancakes!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Parfait

Hi lovelies!

Thanks for your encouraging words/tips after Monday’s post… I’m feeling  a lot better, miraculously! Water + rest + zinc is amazing.

IMG_6193And yes, that is Top Ramen, aka the noodle soup that costs just 67 cents and has enough sodium to last you for at least a week.

Anyways, today we’re going to talk about peanut butter! Last week, the awesome folks at Peanut Butter and Co. blessed me with a package of some of their top peanut butter flavors, and I freaked out.

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I used to live a few blocks from their little sandwich shop in New York City when I was in grad school, and they had the most imaginative sandwiches (my fav was the Elvis, which had pb and banana… naturally). Now, unless you’re brand new to my blog, you probably know I adore peanut butter. As in, have been known to keep a jar at my desk at work, and usually have at least two open jars running in my kitchen at all times. It’s one of my favorite foods, right behind pancakes and pizza.

God, I sound healthy.

Anyways, I’m firmly in the camp that says peanut butter IS good for you. Granted you should – like most things in life – consume it in moderation since there’s a good amount of fat, and try to enjoy brands with limited sugar, but nevertheless…. I put an inordinate amount of peanut butter into my oatmeal each morning that would probably make most people squirm.

As soon as I opened the package from Peanut Butter and Co., my brain started flipping through all of the yummy ways I could start to incorporate each flavor into my life immediately. First on the list was for a recipe I’d already been planning to make as part of my boyfriend’s birthday festivities: a rendition of his favorite restaurant dessert – the peanut butter parfait from Native Foods, a local vegan/vegetarian restaurant.

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I KNEW Peanut Butter and Co. The Bee’s Knees honey-infused pb would be perfect in my recipe for it!

This parfait is, in a nutshell, layers of pumped up banana bread with airy peanut butter mousse and chocolate chips interspersed between.  Does that sound like a dream or what?

I used the peanut butter to whip up a sweet tasting mousse (inspired by this vegan version). It’s super easy to make – you just have to make sure to use some muscle to get that cream whipped up nice and thick!

IMG_6191OMG. It was so perfect.

I was so proud of myself for whipping this mousse into reality from cream with no electric mixer (mine hasn’t been moved from my old apartment yet), and would not shut up bragging about it.

The whole dessert was a winner, but I’m pretty sure my boyfriend would have licked the tupperware I’d saved the mousse in if I’d let him; the mild honey taste added just the right amount of sweetness without becoming too overbearing with the banana layers.

Now you should probably make this for yourself. And if you have extra banana bread after the mousse is all gone, Peanut Butter and Co.’s Cinnamon Swirl pb is delicious spread on top…. just saying. ;-)

xo

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of banana bread, made with shredded, unsweetened coconut {I used my go-to recipe, and added the coconut at the end of step 5, i.e., when I add the cinnamon sprinkle!}
  • 1 serving peanut butter mousse {recipe below}
  • 1-2 tbsp chocolate chips (per desire)

Directions:

1. Make banana bread and let cool (this can be done up to a day ahead of time). Once cool, cut two thick slices. Break up one slice into chunks and arrange at bottom of a small bowl.

2. Spoon mousse over bread chunks until covered. Top with second slice of bread, also broken up into chunks.

3. Top with more mousse, and a heaping of chocolate chips!

Serves 1

Peanut Butter Mousse

Ingredients:

  • Eight ounces heavy cream
  • 4-5 tbsp Bee’s Knees peanut butter from Peanut Butter and Co. *
  • 1-2 tsp pure maple syrup

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, pour heavy cream. Add peanut butter one tbsp at a time, whipping vigorously with wooden spoon by hand after each addition.

2. By the 4th tbsp of peanut butter, add maple syrup, and stir to be well combined. Be sure to taste taste to ensure the favor is as sweet/peanut buttery as you desire.

3. Continue to whip vigorously until the mousse becomes thick (it should not still be liquidy/loose). This can take 5-7 minutes, or longer depending on personal strength. :-) Once thickened, either use immediately or place in refrigerator in a tupperware with a secure lid to chill.

Mousse serves 3 peanut butter banana parfaits

* You could also sub in any other creamy peanut butter, but you’d have to add more maple syrup or else the mousse will not be sweetened appropriately 

 

Under the Weather

IMG_6181Welp.

In place of a usual Monday post, instead I bring you this. YAY.

The San Diego Half is this Sunday, and I seem to have gotten sick juuuuust in time. It’s either a cold or some nasty allergies, but my nose is a mess and I’m darn tired.Granted the tiredness could also be from being a  raging party planner this weekend/secretly the past couple months, as I threw my boyfriend a surprise 30th birthday (he was SO shocked!), but either way. Apparently I just can’t hang like I used to. ;-)

I’m not panicked yet, but I will be pounding water and chicken broth, and every other random homeopathic type cure I can recall (like garlic and ginger and spiciness up the wazoo).

I feel like before EVERY half marathon I’ve ever done – with maybe the exception of my first – I’ve gotten some sort of weird ailment one week out… either a cold or ache/pain/injury flare-up.

I took today off of work to try and recup more quickly before this becomes something nastier, so if you need me, I’ll be on the sofa watching the rain (!!) and studying Anatomy.  I’m not sure if I should hit the gym or not, but I do need to run a couple times this week before the race weekend…

By the way, regarding the birthday festivities, sadly I have only a couple of photos of the actual event, and none of the birthday boy except when he was passed out on the couch after the celebrating had finally ended. The weekend was filled with House of Cards marathon-ing, a delicious dinner at True Food Kitchen prior to the party (I didn’t like this place when I first tried it a few months ago, but now I’m such a fan), and of course the massive surprise party, which was a themed fiesta complete with ice cream cake and a Moscow Mule bar. It was a blast!

OH, and this pretty amazing burger yesterday during brunch at The Hub in Costa Mesa:

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“The Hangover” burger, with two fried eggs, bacon (which I took off), and lots o’ ketchup on a brioche bun.

I was definitely not hungover – just carbloading.

Happy Monday, friends! xo

 

 

If you have any “get well quick” secrets (like what to eat/drink), please let me know!

Fri-YAY Favs

HI!

Could this weekend have taken a little bit longer to arrive?! Lord. Lots to be glad for today though!

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SO, here’s what I’m all FriYAY-ing my little heart out about today…

1. This guy’s birthday is TOMORROW.nye{That photo is from New Year’s this year (clearly)……. and I promise he doesn’t always make that face.}

Party pants on and ready to help him ring in a whole new decade. ;-)

2. This cinnamon swirl peanut butter, plus the other jars of yumminess that Peanut Butter and Co. generously dropped on my doorstep this week. 

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More on that soon…….. ps. I want to live inside this jar and eat my way out. Yeah, I said it.

3. This.full house

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But really, carb-loading starts now. ;-)

4. Quizlet.

Not to be a complete nerd, but I’m prepping/taking what feels like a million tests and quizzes all at once right now (for just one class, mind you), and the app Quizlet is making my life a lot easier as I find myself trying to memorize types of cells on the go. Though I love  me some old fashioned paper notes, I really don’t have time to be drawing in-depth pictures of, say, connective tissue.

5. Kindness is the best.parking lot

I am always so struck when I come across people that are just incredibly kindhearted and selfless for people they hardly know or are complete strangers (as happened to me a couple times this week). It makes me so happy, and is a good self reminder to try and behave that way myself.

Time to hop on the celebration train. Happy weekend!

xo

 

 

What are you looking forward to this weekend? What’s making today AWESOME?

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