Can We Say TGIF?

I think it’s safe to say I’ve had a bit of a writing slump the past few days.  Between interviews, my internship, running around (literally), and our company Halloween party (yes, we are a week early), I’ve been moving full speed ahead.  I probably will spend some time this weekend formulating blog posts or stories, but for now let’s start the weekend with a good ‘ol fashioned list of random thoughts and a tasty recipe.

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  • Within the period of one week, the temperature dramatically dropped and it’s officially brrrrrry.  My friend and I have been monitoring the temperature during our morning runs and have determined that 48F is still ok for a light long-sleeve and shorts but when it drops to 43F, throw caution to the wind and bring out the pants and gloves.  Looks like I’ll have to purchase another pair of running pants along with gloves if I want to function in the winter.  Oh and actually complete my half marathon without catching hypothermia.
  • I have to formulate an adequate (and preferably creative) synopsis of what I’ve learned over the past few months.  Public speaking probably isn’t one of my strengths, especially when I feel the pressure to whip out something memorable, but you can’t learn unless you practice.
  • I want to leave a memorable gift for my coworkers at my internship.  The last intern left mini cupcakes, so obviously I have to go one above.  Luckily I have a week or so to formulate something and that means plenty of time to browse through Pinterest.  Any ideas?
  • I’m tired of coming home after work and finding myself on the computer or my phone.  For goodness sake, I sit with a computer all day, I need a break from technology.  What do you do after work or in the evenings?
  • I’m actually one of those weird people (some have said “goody-two-shoes” but I prefer “dedicated”) that looks forward to a schedule and work (most days) because I can sit and listen to a bunch of random and often hilarious stories.  It’s the social part of work that makes the day great.  I don’t think I would like to work at home or in a satellite office because I would drive myself insane!
  • Lately I’ve been monitoring my food and exercise on myfitnesspal just because I think the whole chemistry of it all is fascinating.  Simply eating a few tablespoons of jam throw the sugar chart off the scale.  Isn’t that weird?  I’m sure I’ve shared how much of a sweet tooth I have (if not…see my recipe index – all sugar), so it’s not like I’ll go cold-turkey, but I have tried to take a step back and monitor it a bit more.
  • I honestly cannot believe that it’s almost November.  Where in the world did the time go? Soon it will be a very special day…my HALF birthday.  Ok, that was sarcasm but I may do something fun all the same.

And now for a recipe – Pulled between these two, Simply Recipes and Healthy Aperture. How about a nice biscotti to go with your cup of coffee in the morning? Or alter the ingredients and wrap them up as a fall housewarming gift.  

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Pumpkin Spice Biscottis

  • 2 cups of flour (1/2 wheat & 1/2 white)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and spices into a large bowl.
  2. In a different bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin purée, and vanilla extract. Pour in the wet mixture into the dry bowl and stir well. 
  3. Flour your hands and a clean kitchen surface and lightly knead the dough. Place the dough on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper. Mold the dough into a log-shape (about 15-20 inches by 6-7 inches ~1/2 inch high)
  4. Bake for 22-30 minutes at 350 F, until the center is firm to the touch.
  5. Cool for 15 minutes and then using a serrated knife cut into 1 inch wide pieces. Turn the oven to 300 F and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. Cool completely.

*I cut my baking time a little short, so they turned out a bit more chewy than the typical store variety.  Still got good reviews at work, so the decision is yours 🙂 Enjoy!

Anything fun planned for the weekend?

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7 thoughts on “Can We Say TGIF?

  1. Love the random posts. I’m like you and actually LOVE going to work. I woke up today so excited to go to the running store. Seriously, I’m in heaven every time I slip on my shoes (and nike tempos). I’m sure you’ll outdo everyone with your baking. I experienced your cookies firsthand so I know that whatever you make will be a hit 😉

    • Haha thanks! I’ve thought about applying to work at Lululemon, but I’m not sure I want to let go of my free time that badly. The running store sounds amazing though! There was some epic baking this weekend 🙂

  2. YES. Yes we can saw TGIF. Random posts are sometimes the only thing that gets your thoughts out, so let’s go with it! Ok, so if I am able to get my workout in before work, I also find myself on my computer/TV for extended periods of time at night too! My roommates and I will sometimes take a walk or just pop open a bottle of wine to halt the TV marathon 🙂

  3. totally agree about the needed a break from the phone and computer. i’ve found i just look at alot of my social media in my down time as “something to do”, but really i could be filling that time with a lot of other things instead of social media lurking.

  4. Pumpkin biscotti sounds amazing! I feel like i live on my computer. I’m a law student so the day is never done. I guess I get a screen break when I’m buried in the books, but it really doesn’t feel that way!

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