Baking with a Hammer is the Only Way to Go


Okay, so clearly the big highlight is that I baked. And I used a hammer. Next time, I need to find a reason to use power tools 🙂

We had a vegan meet-up at NS's house. But first?? GIRLS SLUMBER PARTY. Yep….I'm 40 years old, and I still slept over at a friends house! NS, KP, and I hung out, drank a bit too much wine, and made homemade pizza. Yes – three vegans in one house overnight. Madness ensued.

NS made me tofu scramble in the morning. So spoiled 🙂


Sunday was the Cookies & Cocktails party! I made a candy cane & chocolate chip cookie from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur that my parents got me for Christmas a few years ago. She has a whole holiday chapter, and these were perfect. And I got to use a hammer to smash a bunch of candy canes, so that made it all worth while.

For my contributed cocktail, I made my Ghetto Gin Gimlet. When I was 'younger' my fav drink was a Tom Collins. At that age (don't ask) the Tom Collins mix was too expensive, so I'd mix gin, Rose's lime juice (must be Rose's…it's sweet), and diet citrus soda (50/50, Sundrop, Fresca, etc).

My fav cocktails of the evening was KP's Pointessia with champagne, cointreau, and cranberry juice, and NS's White Russian (no idea how she made it – but it has Kalua and cocount milk at least). Totally awesome.

On a side note, I made a killer Taco Tuesday taco salad with lettuce, refried beans, spicy tofu, fajita veggies, guacamole, vegan cheddar shreds, and salsa. Everyone ate it up!


lt good to get back to some runs this week. I needed it! Yoga is on the docket too – hopefully with the holiday's, things will ease up a bit at work and yoga will be more of an option.

So for some totally cool news…..I won a lottery entry into the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler in DC in April!!! So those of you who know me, I LOVE LOVE LOVE going to DC during the Cherry Blossom season. I live 3 hours away, and we try to go every year. The race is a very big deal, and a couple years ago, they went to lottery-based entries because it would sell out in less than a minute. As it happens, AT texted me the day the lottery opened, so when I had a free moment, I entered. I was so shocked to get the notification yesterday that I'm in! So totally cool – in one of my very favorite cities in my favorite time of year getting to run a race I love….too perfect. Who's up for a road trip to our nation's capital?!?


Well, where to start? I was deliriously babbling by 8pm on Friday. D and the kids poured me into bed, and I was out before 9…..and I slept for 10 hours!

Saturday was mostly a blur until it was time to have D drop me off at NS's house. I showed up in jammies, and when KP arrived, we got busy breaking into the wine and making pizza.

Sunday was the party – which was awesome – and then D and the kids picked me up and we went to see the new Hunger Games movie – Catching Fire…which was totally killer! Everyone needs to see it. I hate that I have to wait another year or two for the next one….

my fav pic of the weekend! AC, NS, KP, and I at the party!!

Yesterday I had an early morning meeting, then it was D and my's annual pre-holiday day off together. We stay home for a bit, then finish Christmas shopping, have lunch, happy hour, and basically spend the day with just us. It was a totally amazing day. You don't want the details (trust me), but it was a great day all around.

Today was back to work (hello crazy schedule) and D took R to the Myth Buster's live show tonight! Speaking of…they just walked in. Gotta run, say hello, and head to bed!!!


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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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