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.


Hip Flexor Strain and a BLOG AWARD

I finally went to the doctor (Thanks Rachael for the recommendation) yesterday after a week and half of pain in my left leg. After some x-rays and talking with the doctor, it was determined that I have a hip flexor strain. What does this mean for me? Well, it is strained enough that I won’t be running for 4-6 weeks. The good news is that it’s already been two weeks and I am hoping that when I go back to the see the doctor in three weeks, I’ll be magically healed.

My plan for the next three weeks is to: 

  • Bike on the stationary bike
  • Stretch, Stretch and Stretch some more
  •  Work on Hip strengthening and ab exercises
  • continuing to work on my upper body strengthening
  • I will also be icing each night I workout. I have read that it can help to heat the area with a heating pad before working-out and then using ice after.
  • I will also take anti-inflamatory meds that the doctor gave me so that I can hopefully start walking normally again soon.

Am I missing anything that I should be doing?

I’m not sure what this means for the half marathon that I have coming up yet. Right now I just want to focus on healing my leg and see where I’m at in three weeks. At which point, I’ll make some half marathon decisions.

But now on to some fun stuff! I was awarded a little blog award!

Megan over at GutsyCompass awarded me with this little award! BIG THANKS TO YOU MEGAN!!

The rules of this nomination are:
I get to tell you seven random things about myself as well as pass on the award to seven other great bloggers.
Nominees, in order to accept this award you must:
-Thank and link back to the person who awarded you
-Write seven random things about yourself.
-Award seven other awesome and inspiring bloggers.
My Random Facts:
1. If you don’t count dentist x-rays, yesterday was my first real x-ray ever
2. Going off number 1, I have never broken or sprained anything before
3. I am 19 days older than my husband
4. I am scared of: the dark, water, and roaches (my husband takes full advantage of the first one)
5. I was in band for 9 years but still can’t dance or keep a beat
6. I enjoy watching ghost movies
7. I really enjoy baking every chance I get.
And the Nominees are (In no particular order):