Archive for March, 2008

15 Miles closer to the Marathon

Run Run Monday

I am still recovering from the weekend – I ran 15 miles!!! I’m darn proud of myself. I even got to do it OUTSIDE. This is a big deal up here where the weather goes between 28 and 40 degrees F. But I was fine, the sun was out and it wasn’t too windy. I had two long sleeve shirts on, a fleece lined windbreaker vest (snuggly!) which was also bright red so cars would see me on the roadside.

The first 9 miles were cake. I felt really strong. My running partner Johanna had taken a few weeks off of running and had gone rock climbing the day before, so at 4.5 miles when I said cheerfully, “We’re halfway done!” She replied with a big grunt that said OMG so far to go! I was doing great though.

Despite the fact that I was carrying two, count em, two water bottles with me. See, I’ve figured out that cranapple juice with a bit of salt is THE perfect sports drink for me. It’s easy to digest; I don’t get the runner’s “uh oh, potty break soon” feeling in my stomach . Plus, the natural fructose of the fruit juice just feels like a better match for me as an energy replacement; sugary sports drink with glucose and high fructose corn syrup really make me crash, big time. So, on I went with my run carrying a bottle of juice and a bottle of water. lol. What a sight. I do plan to carry the juice in a camel back for the marathon and I’ve been training myself to drink water at the same intervals as the marathon water tables will be in the race.

I did a little 3miler today and I was LAGGIN. I don’t think I was completely recovered yet. Maybe I’ll take a day off tomorrow and pick up again on Wednesday.

Hope everybody had a great weekend!

Eat. Knit. RUN. Blog.


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Vegan German Chocolate Cake

Recipe Wednesday

Welcome to the first installment of Recipe Wednesday where I share with you the many vegan recipes I create and love.

The leader of the cupcakes

Today’s recipe is for Vegan German Chocolate cake – cupcakes! I made them for Joe’s birthday yesterday – Happy Birthday to Joe!

But I must warn you. Their code name is “crack-cakes”. Since I had my first one last night, it’s all I can think about and I cannot wait until I get my next hit, I mean, cupcake. Make them at your own risk! Known to cause swelling of the hips and thighs.

Actually when I had one last night I was bouncing off the walls. These babies are sugary!

So without further ado…

Vegan German Chocolate Cupcakes

1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup tofutti better than sour cream
1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup tofu (blended)
1/2 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners into a muffin/cupcake tin and light spray with oil.
Mix together the sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. The hard grains with break up the clumps in the cocoa. Then add the flour once smooth and fine.
Stir the baking soda into the sour cream and let sit for 10 minutes.
Blend the tofu with the water until smooth and free of any tofu bits.
Once the oven is preheated, add all of the wet ingredients to the dry. Stir until batter is smooth and creamy with few lumps.
Pour into cupcake liners until they are 2/3 full. Pop the tin into the oven.
Bake for 26-28 minutes depending on your oven – be sure to test them.

Once cupcakes are done, remove them from the tin immediately and place onto a cooling rack.
Frost when they are cool.

Coconut Pecan Frosting

1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup pure maple syrup
1 – 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup pecans (3/4 c ground, 1/4 c chopped)

In a sauce pan or rounded skillet on medium heat, melt the margarine with the sugar and maple syrup. Heat until the sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture bubble for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Take off heat immediately if it smells like it is burning.
Add coconut and pecan mixture, coat evenly.
Frost cupcakes while the frosting mixture is warm, but not scalding.



EAT. Knit. Run. Blog.

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Ah well. I did ask if anyone was taking bets on that.

Spring Break is officially over. Boo. I had a pretty good break, though a couple days were kind of mopey having little to do. I’m a fickle girl. Don’t know what I want until I don’t have it anymore. Bah.

But look what Joe did:
He read the entire 1200 some-odd pages of Stephen King’s The Stand. In four days. That kind of dedication doesn’t come out of me unless it’s Harry Potter related (Number 7 = 3 days of reading). But nonetheless, I am impressed. I mean, look at it. It’s huge!

As for Magnolia, I did finish both fronts AND 3/4 of the first sleeve! It knit up pretty quickly, but not as quickly as I hoped. But there was a slight setback. Remember at the beginning of break when I went rummaging through my (tiny) stash and found the remains of a One Pound Caron (acrylic, I know, I know) ball of yarn? I picked it up thinking Ah a sweater! This will make me a whole sweater!…. Well it made me the back and the front 1/3 of a sweater. I had to go to the yarn store to buy more. And you know what I forgot when I went to said yarn store?……. The buttons! I, unlike many knitters and crafters I know, do not have a button box. Though I wish I did have one. I love buttons. I’m taking this as an opportunity to browse some really unique buttons online – I would have settled for something in the yarn store that I may or may not have liked entirely.

And in the midst of all this, I am a little bit shocked with myself. I’ve always prided myself on being one of those knitters who has ONE project on the needles at a time. I’m sometimes appalled to hear about sweaters/cardigans/scarves/afghans/etc that have been sitting at the bottom of some knitting basket for months….. Well, I’m about to confess a terrible secret I’ve been keeping. – – I have FOUR projects on the needles right now! — And one of them hasn’t been touched in two months! Sob. I’ve become a fickle knitter!

The two projects on the back burner ARE my own designs though… so I can’t show them to you because I want to submit them to Knitty someday…. if I ever finish them. Then there’s Magnolia, and then there’s another of my designs which I started last night. I’ll totally share that one with you:

It’s going to be a knitted one of these for my husband’s birthday (which is tomorrow. Bad wife.) I procrastinated, er I mean, forgot about the present Joe asked me for months ago… He reminded me in the middle of break, coyly asking where it was – I think he was hoping that I had been secretly working on it in the middle of the night for weeks and was hiding it somewhere so he wouldn’t find it, then working on other projects during the day to throw him off… why didn’t I think of that? I’ll make up for it with German Chocolate Cupcakes and Stroganoff :) And knitting my little fingers off to finish the cube asap :)

Eat. KNIT. Run. BLOG.

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Magnolia for Spring Break

I must get better at this blogging on a regular basis thing. I’m thinking about starting regular days for certain subjects – more soon – School, work, and running and then finally spending some time with Joe in the evenings are taking up my time lately. I wasn’t even knitting until recently – for like two weeks! No wonder I didn’t feel like blogging. But now school and work stress be gone – I’m on Spring Break!

I decided I wanted a cozy sweater and just so happened to have a ton of black (acrylic – dont’ shoot me down, I’ll still look damn good in it! hehe) yarn from the Caron One pound beast I bought a million years ago. Ok, maybe just two. But it called to me – “Make me into a sweater!” It said. And so Kim Hargreaves’ Magnolia (Ravelry link) began. I got so excited to hit the Cast On button in my Ravelry queue! Which only keeps getting longer…

It’s knitting up really quickly :) I’ll be done with it before the week is out. (Anyone placing bets on that? ha)

RUN run run!
In other news, I have been RUNNING LONG. I had a 10 miler two weekends ago and Johanna and I ran it outside! It was 44 degrees (=warm), the sun was out, and we were feelin good. The way home got very cold and windy and I think I was a little colder than I should have been… er… yyeah. Not good. I was dressed for a cold day in San Diego, not Alaska. Johanna let me wear her fleece vest for the last couple miles – I was shutting down and my hands and arms were frozen stiff. It took awhile for me to warm up. So that 10 miler didn’t feel so good.
But then the next week I ran 7 miles and then 13 miles and it was wonderful! Despite the fact that it was all done inside on the gym’s 14 lap/mile track. I felt strong and energetic. I finished it in 2 1/2 hours.
This week I have 7 miles mid week and 10 miles over the weekend again. We’ll see if either of them get to be outside. I think 13 miles is the max I can do inside because the constant turning the corners starts to wear on my ankles.

Can I bombard you with more information? Is it ok to make up for lost time? Are you bored yet? How about some weaving pictures?
Another cedar basket, but with a bit more skill. I made this over a month or more, can’t remember. This takes a lot longer than one would suspect. It’s so tiny right? Should take like a week? – Well maybe it would if I could work more than 2 hours at a time :) Woo so proud of this thing.

Finally, how about some Alaskan Spring pictures?
Looks a bit like Winter still, eh?

(Come on in! The water’s ….. frozen)

But then little spots like this remind you that stuff is trying to grow!

And how could I resist a shot with the Koolhaas hat? I wear it everyday now. And – whoosh! – time warp! The hats on Joe are my very first hats (and knitted FOs) I ever made (red one inside a black one) – way back in 2004. :)

We may not see the end of snow before we leave in May. :( Someday we’ll come back up for the Spring and Summer too.

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