7 Random Things


1. I can’t remember the last time I had smooth (or do they call it creamy?) peanut butter. See, it’s been so long that I don’t even know the proper term.

2. My baking supply cabinet is a mess. I am a neat freak by nature but not a compulsive neat freak which means I like things tidy, uncluttered and in place BUT cabinets, drawers and closets may a bit more chaotic than my counters, tables and floors.

The baking cabinet right now in my kitchen though, it’s bothering me. It’s not even an organized mess that only I can navigate through, it’s a universal disaster. My problem with cleaning it out is that it will lead to cleaning out the kitchen drawers, then the pots cabinet, then the hall closet followed by my son’s closet and I just don’t have time for that.

3. I made four kinds of cookies last week and I only used my KitchenAid mixer for one of them.

cookie collage

I don’t know why I chose the old-fashioned bowl and spoon instead. Do you have any idea how exhausting it is to mix cookie dough by hand?!

The funny thing is, I resisted using a mixer for years. I felt like I had my cookie making system down to a science, had my hands and a big spoon and didn’t need any electronic help…until one day I used the mixer and silently wondered why I never had in the first place.

4. I stopped caring if I have sushi. Like, if you ask to meet me for dinner, instead of picking a sushi spot since sushi has been my favorite for years, I am back to thinking about pizza. And sauce. And anything covered in sauce.

Cravings are allowed to change/revert back to old favorites I suppose.

5. I skipped my easy run on Tuesday in favor of cross-training on the elliptical. I need to do that more often. It was nice during the day to go from sitting to standing and not feel it. Sometimes we get so used to tired legs that NOT having tired legs feels extra interestingly amazing.

6. Do you know who Ron Ben-Israel is?

The celebrity chef and cake designer, the judge of the new Food Network show Cake Wars and previous judge of Cupcake Wars as well as host and judge of Sweet Genius?



While I have met him in the past, last week I had the pleasure of speaking with him (the guy on the left in the picture) to talk to him all about Customized Wedding Cakes for an article I was working on for AllSeated –you can read it here!

You must know by now that this cake conversation was super interesting to me!

7. I crawled into bed last night before 8:00 am and I am not even the one who started school this week. I am naturally a morning person which makes me unnaturally a night owl but last night in particular, I was just flat-out exhausted and done.

Is there a better feeling than getting under the covers when you are tired and ready to hide from the world?

The best part? My son didn’t bother me once. Not one time! Quite often he likes to pop in to tell me unimportant things that suddenly become important almost as if he is checking in before the television can say, “It’s 10:00 pm do you know where your kids are?”

Great night of sleep which hopefully translates into a great TREADMILL run today. It’s raining out there but I am not disappointed. It’s important to switch up the running surfaces and equally important to remember I like running on the treadmill which is something I tend to forget.

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  1. says

    Lately I have been all about the creamy PB. For a while I was in an almond butter phase. I usually prefer to mix things by hand because I hate having to clean things like mixers. Today is a rest day for me- its raining here too, and it looked like there would be thunderstorms all day so I did my 5 miles yesterday instead of today, since I don’t have a treadmill option. I love going to bed at 8pm once in a while!
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  2. says

    We actually had donuts instead of a wedding cake! Neither of us were big cake people but we had a little donut shop near our apartment that we liked to go to, so we each picked a favorite and had a “groom’s donut” and a “bride’s donut” 🙂 It was pretty fun!
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  3. says

    I was unusually tired last night as well and ended up crawling into bed around 10. Which might seem a little late, but lately I’ve been up past midnight so that’s kind of early 😛 And there are a lot of times where I mix my recipes by hand… mostly because I don’t feel like washing the mixer 😆

  4. says

    I love how easy it is to make cookies with a stand mixer! My reliance on my kitchenaid for all mixing and kneading is probably why I don’t have a ton of upper body strength.
    I ran on the treadmill twice this weekend and it does feel so good to mix up the training surface. I just have a hard time doing runs over 8 miles on it because of the repetition. I hope you had a great run today!
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    • says

      Ha, yes, all of my past cookie making by hand definitely gave me a workout! Doing it by hand last week was a reminder of how strenuous it can be. I definitely enjoyed my treadmill run today and totally felt the difference in the surface. Much easier on my joints today!

  5. says

    There’s going to be a cake wars!??! WHAT!?! I absolutely love Cupcake Wars (although the host, Justin, kind of annoys me)..hopefully Ron will be better! I loved him on Sweet Genius. Super excited. So for my wedding we’re having a mini ceremony in Belize and I think maybe we’re getting a traditional island cake, but we might not be getting any cake at all..not sure. It’s fine with me because I don’t like cake anyway!
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  6. says

    Ummm when I get married one day in 90000 years you can be my wedding planner. You’ll know where to get the best cakes. So cool that you got to meet that guy AND that there’s going to be a cake wars! You know I’m obsessed with all the dessert shows.

    I had no idea it made that much of a difference making cookies with a standing mixer instead of by hand! Tim always makes me make the cookies even though I’m so bad at mixing. I tell him he should do it because he’s stronger but he never listens. I guess that’s my strength workout for the week.

  7. says

    Cashew butter has been my new fave lately… it’s super smooth and creamy like skippy peanut butter but way better 🙂 I can’t wait to eat my wedding cake… it will be absolutely delicious – as long as I like it that’s all that matters : ) I think I will unfortunately be stuck on the treadmill tonight after work. I’m going to have to convince myself to get my run in by watching Jeopardy. The rain and the humidity this am just weren’t doing it… here’s to hoping I get myself motivated enough to run!
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  8. Tracy says

    That is very exciting that you were able to talk to Ron Ben Israel! I SO wanted a big fondant wedding cake (I am absolutely obsessed with fondant) but I was married in a conservative synagogue (we aren’t but it was a gorgeous synagogue in Coral Gables) and there was something about having to get the cake from their caterer, etc. and they only did buttercream. I was so upset! Totally a morning person – which is good since my husband has started getting up at 5:30 to work out. 8.5 on the treadmill – not only is it WAY too hot to run outside in PBG after school drop off but I love to watch my Bravo shows and zone out ( ;

    • says

      I had the same issue with my temple which is why I didn’t custom order a cake either! However, Ron explained to me that he makes kosher cakes and does work with lots of the kosher caterers and temples here so should I get remarried, I will now request a customized cake!

  9. says

    I love peanut butter, in fact I just ate a bowl of grits with a huge gob of peanut butter. My run today was the best run I have had in over a year. I ran 4 miles to the gym, took a brutal spin class, did some abs, ran 3 miles home. I decided to enjoy a one mile walk!!! My pace was under 8 minutes…. Have a great day

  10. says

    I really love crunchy peanut butter. Like a lot a lot. But I’ve tried hazelnut butter before and that’s pretty delicious too!
    Today I did 8km at race pace outside around the neighbourhood. It’s soooo nice now that the weather is cooling down:)

  11. says

    I love PB&CO Cinnamon Raisin. And… pretty much any other version of PB&CO is my favorite! 🙂 I ran about 3(ish) miles outside here in Oregon. It was so cool and fresh smelling, and it was super fun running in a quaint little town like this.
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  12. says

    I am the same way about being tidy and having things in their places, but behind doors and drawers, SOME of them might be unorganized! BUT! At least things are in their “place”. And I TOTALLY cleaned out my baking cupboard over the weekend when I was making 4 different kinds of protein balls! And of course it turned into other cabinets and 3 trips to the goodwill donation box…haha.
    I have a hand mixer, but have never even TRIED a stand up mixer. I just have no desire for one b/c I feel like it’s too much work to use and takes up a lot of space. AND! Don’t you still need to scrape the sides?!?! Funny story though: when my Hus and I were first together, he wanted me to make him chocolate chip cookies, and I told him that I couldn’t b/c I didn’t have a mixer…he was like, “what about just using a spoon?” LOL I’ve never lived it down. He said I was a spoiled kid and it was ridiculous that I couldn’t bake without a hand mixer…lol.
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  13. says

    I’ve never used the big kitchen aid mixers although I’m a hand mixer girl all the way. I’m jealous of your 8 pm bedtime. Being an ambitious morning person myself, I totally get the crash and burn at nighttime thing.