Root Beer Cupcakes

First off, I am so glad that tomorrow is Thursday. Finally this week is almost over! It has been an extremely stressful week for me but by tomorrow everything should start to calm down at least as far as my nerves are concerned. BUT on to better things…Root Beer Cupcakes!

I felt like baking this past weekend and while I pondered over several coffee cupcake recipes, Scott and I got to talking and he mentioned that it would be cool if there was a root beer cupcake so I searched around and found one. They turned out great and I only had to run to the store 3 times to finally get all of the ingredients I needed.


I used one of my favorite root beers, IBC. We would have used St. Arnold’s but couldn’t find any in the store. The recipe I followed was from How Sweet It Is. The secret to great root beer cupcakes….root beer extract! I didn’t even know it existed until Saturday.

And to burn off all those cupcakes I have been eating, I went and picked up this gem tonight:


Rachael over at Happy Healthy Runner has mentioned this DVD several times and I finally decided that I should give it a try since strength training has become my new best friend while still trying to heal from this darn hip flexor strain. I only did the 15 minute total body workout but it was pretty good. I worked up a little sweat and really appreciated that there wasn’t much jumping around minus the warm-up (I still can’t jump or jog very well). I will say this though..she moves fast! I had a hard time switching the the different moves as quickly as she did so I’ll have to work on that.

And just because I can:


Stella was curious about the camera tonight


and I just LOVE this picture of Jynx. He is currently passed out on the desk next to the computer looking all sweet and adorable.


Weekend Recap

I know it’s Tuesday. I’m a day late. Yesterday was kind of crazy though (I’ll share more in a few weeks). I was busy all day and ended up not getting home until almost 9:30pm which is pretty much my bed time. This past weekend was really nice and low-key though.

Friday night we met some friends at the Flying Saucer. Unfortunately they didn’t arrive until about 9:30pm after I had my one beer and my one root beer and if you’ll notice above, that is pretty much my bed time so Scott had to drag my old lady butt home at 10:30pm and put me to bed.

Saturday was pretty uneventful, so much so that I can’t even really remember what happened that day. I think I took a nap and we went to Target. Oh yes, and I made root beer flavored cupcakes! AMAZING. I will share pictures and where I got the recipe tomorrow (I have another recipe for you today so keep reading!)

Sunday morning I woke up cleaned up a little around the apartment and walked in on this:

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Cats are funny.

Then I proceeded to the gym. I was able to knock out 1 mile walking on the treadmill (don’t be jealous of my mad walking skills) and a leg workout. My leg workout was pretty good and consisted of 3 sets of the following:

  • Superset of 15 squats with weights and calf raises
  • Superset of 15 lunges (each leg) with weights and 30 second wall sits
  • Superset of 15 Leg extensions and 15 Leg curls on the machine with weight
  • 15 leg presses on the machine with weights
  • 15 dead-lifts with weights

It felt so great to workout again. So much so that at 6:30pm Sunday night I made Scott drop me off at the track thing and I rode my bike for 10 miles! Yep…I’m forcing my leg to suck it up and get better. So far it seems to be doing okay. There is still pain but it’s getting more manageable.

I should also note that I will not be running on that particular track when I can run again. I rode past a snake on Sunday. It was pretty dark and I can’t see well in the dark so I was already past it by the time I realized what it was. It’s a good thing too or I would have PASSED OUT and then it would have eaten me. (Yes I know that is irrational but those things freak me out!)

In between the gym and my bike ride, I took a nap, watched the TEXANS beat the Titans (YAY!!!!) and made the most delicious pumpkin spiced latte EVER.


I followed this pumpkin spiced latte recipe from Love Veggies and Yoga and made fresh whipped cream to go on top. I have followed this up with 2 more since and I plan to continue drinking them every. single. morning. until the end of November..maybe even December. It is seriously that good. Tastes just like Starbucks and is better for you. YUM.


What did you guys do?

Back to the Doctor

I had a follow-up appointment at the Doctor’s office this morning. So here’s the break down of what’s going on and what I’m supposed to do:


  • Very sore knee/shin
  • Somewhat sore thigh
  • Fatigued thigh while walking
  • Still taking anti-inflammatory meds so that my leg doesn’t throb
  • Can’t walk up stairs or step up on curbs
  • No skipping/jumping NO RUNNING!


  • Strength training (45degree angle wall sits/lunges/squats). This will hopefully strengthen my quads and help my knee.
  • Walking on the treadmill starting with 1 mile at a time…no running/skipping/hopping while there is pain
  • Biking with little resistance and I’m supposed to raise my seat/move it back so that my legs don’t bend up high (again to help support my knee)
  • Basically do what I can within reason while tolerating as much knee and thigh pain as I can. (which isn’t much)

I was told that it would be in my best interest to start strength training for my legs. My muscle has become very weak (which is the reason for the fatigue when I walk) and needs to be built back up. This will hopefully help with the knee pain which the doctor thinks is occurring because I’m over-compensating when I walk for my weak thigh.

Basically, it was nothing that I wanted to hear. I wanted to hear.. “I have a magical pill for you that you can take and you’ll be running by tomorrow…YAY.” What I got was..we’ll try the above mentioned things for another 4 WEEKS and then we’ll talk more seriously about MRI’s and steroid shots for you knee. No thank you to the steroid shots!

I for sure will not be running in the San Antonio Rock n Roll half. At best, I can hope to walk the 13.1 miles. This is extremely disheartening to me and makes me almost not want to even try to walk it but we paid the money and I feel like I need to get something out of it. So if I can, I will walk it.

Honestly, to me walking seems almost harder than running. I feel like it is going to be a huge mental challenge for me. Even more so that the fights and bribing that go on in my head while running. I’m going to need a LOT of willpower to keep walking when I know I will secretly want to just walk over to the sidelines and cheer on the other runners. So if you are running the 1/2 or the full marathon ( will pass me) be nice to the cripple, hobbling girl and give her some love, mmk? Thanks!

One thing that I do feel good about is getting the go ahead from the doctor to get back into the gym. I have been taking it VERY easy because I was afraid of reinjuring myself (there is still a chance of that so I have to listen to my body) but now that he has said that this would be really good for me, I plan on getting back to the gym today and walking and strength training. I really haven’t felt like myself the past few weeks because of the lack of working out. My energy has been down, I have gained weight, and I’m just not my happy go lucky self. I find myself eating more sweets than I normally would which only fuels the bad feelings. There is no escaping the benefits of a regular workout routine. It really is like night and day to my body.

My advice to every runner/biker out there…Strength training is your friend. Embrace it and love it. Spend a lot of time doing it. I realized that way too late.


In other news…My sweet husband took me out to breakfast this morning to make of for the bad news doctor appointment. I still had to work a half day so we stopped at Buffalo Grille on the way to the office.

The food was fantastic. I had 2 eggs(which was actually more like 4 eggs) some hash browns that I didn’t eat (it was like 2 potatoes worth and they’re just not really my thing but came with the meal), an English muffin that I devoured and a slice of some excellent French toast. Oh and the best toasted cinnamon coffee EVER! So good and totally put me in a better mood.


These pictures came out super blurry…That’s what you get for using camera phones and trying to take pictures super fast so you don’t get the side eye from your husband.