Friday Favorites v. 43

What a work-filled week this has been! While some of pull-my-hair-out crazy, this week was really inspiring. Sometimes I get lost in my work and feel like I’m on autopilot, but this week was different. This week I was fired up and passionate about what I do. I am thankful to be in a career I love at such a young age.

Before I get into my work day, I want to share with you all some of my favorite things from this week.
Friday Favorites are some my favorite posts (ha! get it? favorite…) Take a look back at all my FF posts here.

I hope you all have a fun-filled weekend no matter where you are!

1. These hot pink compression socks are everything. While I am not willing to drop $50 on them right now, they are definitely on my radar (hopefully a sale will happen soon?!)
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2. The prettiest cheese board I’ve ever seen! It all looks delicious.

3. Some inspiration.

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4. We are officially less than two months until my birthday and our annual trip to STL!

5. Run all the miles, eat all the doughnuts.

6. Friday night. Wine night. Featuring Murphy. 🐶🍷

7. This Strawberry Cheesecake recipe I shared on the blog earlier this week.

8. We are loving these warmer days and all the daylight we are getting in the afternoons. img_1145

Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

If you’ve been reading the blog for any time now, you know what I have a huge sweet tooth. I’m a strong believer that sweets and desserts are fine in moderation.

Cheesecake is one of my all-time favorite desserts and strawberries are the perfect fruit (they go great with basically everything).

With spring and summer coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this delicious strawberry cheesecake recipe. Enjoy!

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My new favorite smoothie

Today after a grueling four miles (don’t laugh! I felt like death at the end of my run) I didn’t feel like making real food, so I whipped up a quick smoothie and I think I’ve found my new favorite!

12 ounces of milk (any kind will work!)
1 scoop of protein powder
6 ounces of strawberry Greek yogurt
A small scoop of peanut butter
A couple pieces of ice

I blend mine in a Nutribullet and then it’s ready to drink!

Friday Favorites v. 41

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing green?!

My favorite day of the work week is finally here! Aren’t Fridays just so fun?! I have NOTHING on my calendar for this weekend and I am so excited for it. After being cram-packed last weekend with events and outings, I am ready for peace and quiet.

Before my relaxing weekend can begin, I have to put in some work at the office and talk to you all about this week’s Friday Favorites! Enjoy!

Let me know some of your favorites from this week in the comments below!

1. Newborn Puppy Photoshoot

This is from a a local photographer and her puppy is SO CUTE. I’m really thinkingI should have done something like this when we brought Murphy home.

2. In the past, I’ve shared recipes from some of my favorite bloggers, but Julie over at PBFingers has to be one of my favorites. So many of her recipes are simple and realistic for mamas and people always on the move. On Tuesday she shard a recipe for a STRAWBERRY BANANA HIDDEN CAULIFLOWER SMOOTHIE and I can’t wait to try it out!

3. The Best On-The-Go Breakfasts For Runners <– because let’s be real, we can’t all cook healthy and portable meals every week. #reallife

4. I know I am super late to the party on this one, but Bruno Mars’ performance at the iHeart Radio award show was stellar.


5. Getting out in the community and teaching little ones about the importance of journalism and the media. We played the telephone to demonstrate how news can spread and change from person to person, how newspapers are made and so much more. This is just one more reason I love my job!
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6. My post from Tuesday on sweet treats to serve at your next daytime party. My mouth is watering just thinking about some delicious cakepops!

7. Caring for your running gear 101

8. MURPHY!
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Sweet treats to serve at your next daytime party

I love parties and hosting. From the food, the friends and fellowship, I love hosting others in our home or even planning parties elsewhere.

The great thing about daytime parties (my favorite time is 2 p.m.) is they are a breeze to throw together! You don’t need a full meal, just something sweet to nibble on. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas and recipes to help make your next daytime party a hit. Enjoy!

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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Let’s be real — I use the Nestle Toll House pre-cut cookie dough. It works fine and they are so good. I under cook them just a little so they are extra soft and chewy.

CAKEPOPS
Cakepops

Author: Divas Can Cook
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Cake, prepared (I used ½ of a 9×13 devils food box cake)
  • Chocolate Frosting (amount depends on moistness of cake. I used two big spoonfuls. See video)
  • 2 boxes Premium white chocolate ( I used Baker’s brand)
  • cake pop sticks
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Add cake to a large bowl.
  2. Crumble until it resembles fine crumbs
  3. Add in frosting a little bit at a time until cake is moist and can hold a ball shape, yet still slightly crumbly.
  4. Use your hands to incorporate the frosting into the cake crumbs.
  5. Use a mini ice cream scoop and scoop out two balls of cake mixture.
  6. Roll the mixture into a tight ball and place on a plate.
  7. Repeat until all the cake mixture has been rolled into balls.
  8. Melt 2-4 ounces of white chocolate in the microwave.
  9. Dip the tip of the cake pop sticks into the white chocolate and insert into the cake balls about half-way.
  10. Freeze for about 20 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile prepare all of your decorating supplies.
  12. Melt the remaining chocolate in a large cup. Make sure you have enough chocolate to completely submerge the cake ball.
  13. Remove cake balls from freezer.
  14. Dip cake balls carefully into the chocolate until covered.
  15. Let the excess chocolate drip off. Swirl and tap gently if needed.
  16. Add the sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet. It will harden quickly.
  17. Stick the decorated cake pop into a styrofoam block to finish setting.
  18. Place into the freezer to speed up setting time.

GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE-STRAWBERRY PARFAIT
Ingredients
1 container (5.3 oz) strawberry Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Chocolate Chex™ cereal
1/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries

Steps
Place half of the yogurt (about 1/3 cup) in bottom of 8-oz glass or small canning jar. Sprinkle half of cereal over yogurt in glass, then sprinkle with half of the chopped strawberries.
Top with remaining yogurt, cereal and strawberries.

Tips
Presentation/Garnish: Top parfait with mini chocolate chips for added indulgence.
Substitution: Swap Vanilla Chex™ cereal for the Chocolate Chex™ cereal, if desired.
Healthy: Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.