Something For The Humans and Something For The Dogs



Today, is a great day, would you like to know why? There are two National Holiday’s to celebrate! Now, to be fair, there are usually multiple holidays that occur on the same day but they just don’t really lend themselves to be celebrated in the way I share on here, if that makes any sense.

Anyways, the holiday’s we are celebrating today are National Cherry Pie Day, which I will be sharing a recipe for very shortly, and National Love Your Pet Day, which I will be sharing a safe food list for dogs, in case you wish to share some of your treats with your best friend.

There’s not much info to share about Cherry Pie Day, so we’ll just celebrate by having pie, which can you ever go wrong with pie?

As far as National Love Your Pet Day goes, just love your pet perhaps a little bit more than the everyday love. Maybe a few extra treats, more cuddles, maybe another walk or a longer walk. This is for every pet, dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, fish, snake, lizards, soft, scaley, furry, imaginary, rock. Anything and everything pet wise should be celebrated! A helpful suggestion, if you have a dog that loves whipped cream, go through any Starbucks drive thru and ask for a Puppa-Cino, basically a tiny cup filled with whipped cream. Our black lab, Calypso, LOVES going for a ride to Starbucks. While she’s out for a ride, our sensitive tummy, Indiana, get’s two little ones at home since she can’t handle riding in the car. Or if your four-legged best friend can’t handle the dairy, make them some delicious all natural dog treats, or buy them from my mother and I’s dog biscuit barkery ( .

Without any further rambling, here’s the Cherry Pie Recipe:

Pie Crust:

  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Shortening
  • 5 to 7 Tablespoons Ice Water

In medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Using a fork or pastry blender, cut shortening into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle flour mixture with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, while tossing and mixing lightly with a fork. Add water until dough is just moist enough to form a ball when lightly pressed together. Shape dough into 2 balls. Flatten ball to ½ inch thickness, rounding and smoothing edges. Roll 1 ball lightly on floured surface from center to edge of circle 1 ½ inches larger than inverted 9-inch pie pans. Fold pastry in half; place in pie pan, unfold; fit evenly into pan. Do not stretch. Trim bottom pastry even with pan edge. Roll out remaining pastry; set aside.


  • 2-(16 oz.) cans pitted Red Tart Cherries, Drained
  • 1 ¼ Cups Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Margarine or Butter

Heat oven to 425 Degrees F. In large bowl, combine cherries, sugar and flour; toss lightly to mix. Spoon into pastry lined pan. Dot with margarine. Top with remaining pastry; fold edge of top pastry under bottom pastry. Press together to seal; flute edge. Cut slits in several places in top pastry. Bake at 425 Degrees F. for 35 to 45 Minutes or until juice begins to bubble through slits in crust.


Safe Foods For Dogs:

  • Lean Meats
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Watermelon (No Seeds)
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Green Beans
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Plain Baked Potato
  • Cooked White Rice and Pasta
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honey Dew
  • Sunflower Seeds (No salt)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Huckleberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cooked Chicken
  • Cheese
  • Asparagus
  • Celery
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconuts
  • Grass
  • Chickpeas
  • Buckwheat
  • Oats
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potato
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sugar Free Yogurt
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Peas
  • Lettuce
  • Kiwi
  • Pumpkin Squash
  • Ham
  • Bacon

I hope you have a wonderful day!


Just Drinking The Coffee, Doing The Things



I hope you are all doing well! I’m pretty much convinced that there is no balance, because I have yet to find it. I like the idea of it, I’d like to have it but it either doesn’t exist or I’m not supposed to have it. So I’ve decided to just keep living until I’ve earned it.

A couple of weekends ago I was able to escape the ever changing weather of AZ and the infuriating work environment that has been keeping me down, to California. My family and I went to our happy place, Disneyland and also on a new adventure. My little sister and dad like to look up new places to drive to while out of town, as well as, new restaurants to try. This new adventure was too Manhattan Beach and Malibu. We had been to Manhattan Beach before but not this particular part. While Malibu was completely new.



(Didn’t mean to get a good shot of that families stroller)

We originally planned to just grab a quick breakfast while on the way to Malibu from Anaheim but every place was packed. My little sister looked up places nearby and found the amazingly delicious Ocean View Café of Manhattan Beach. It has amazing views and an amazing breakfast selection. I had the Ocean View Omelet with bacon, cheese and avocado with Mexican style hash browns. I try not to be to adventurous food wise while on vacation but this was so delicious, I’m salivating just thinking about it.

I couldn’t have imagined a better start to the day, beautiful beach, and delicious breakfast with my family by my side.

From there we took the very scenic route to Malibu, it’s as beautiful as the pictures you’ve seen have shown. Not a lot of places to shop, at least in the areas that we were in. We went by the Malibu Pier, where the very aesthetically pleasing Malibu farm is located. We were going to eat lunch there; we decided to go somewhere else. I come from a very long line of picky eaters. We did get ice cream from the café, and that was pretty delicious.

The place we had a late lunch/early dinner before heading home was Paradise Cove Café. We walked along the beautiful beach, took a lot of pictures (some that you can see along this post) and then we had some of the best fish and chips we’ve ever had while we had our toes in the sand.

I highly recommend both the Ocean View Café and Paradise Cove Café. If you have any suggestions for places for me to check out, please comment!




These thoughts and opinions are my own. I did not receive any prompts or endorsement to write these reviews.

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Happy National Cheese Pizza Day!


Hello Everyone and Happy National Cheese Pizza Day!!


I love pizza and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. Whether it’s delivered, pick-up or homemade, I love it. Today, I thought I would share with you a recipe for homemade pizza. If you don’t want to take the time to make it, I encourage you to order some, what’s the point of a National Holiday if no one celebrates it?

To Start, Thick Crust Pizza Dough:

  • 1 ½ Cups to 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • 1 Pkg. Active Dry Yeast
  • ¾ Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Oil

In large bowl, combine ¾ cup flour, salt, sugar, and yeast; blend well. In small saucepan, heat water and oil until very warm; add to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Stir in ½ to ¾ cup flour to form stiff dough.

On floured surface, knead in ¼ to ½ cup flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 3 to 5 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles. Set aside.


Pizza Sauce:

  • ½ Cup Chopped Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
  • 8-oz. can (1 Cup) Tomato Sauce
  • 6-oz. Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Oregano Leaves
  • 2 tsp Basil Leaves
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper

In large skillet, sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Pizza Deluxe:

  • 1 Recipe Thick Crust Pizza Dough
  • ¾ Cup Pizza Sauce
  • 3 1/2 oz. Pkg. Sliced Pepperoni
  • 5-oz. Jar Sliced Mushrooms, drained (Optional)
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Green Pepper
  • 6 oz. (1 ½ Cups) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 oz. (1 Cup) Shredded Provolone Cheese

Grease 12-inch pizza pan. With greased fingers, press dough into prepared pan, forming ½-inch rim. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 15 to 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 400 Degrees F. Bake crust 8 to 10 minutes or until set and very light golden brown. Spread sauce over partially baked crust. Arrange pepperoni, mushrooms and green pepper over pasta sauce. Combine mozzarella and provolone cheeses; sprinkle over pizza. Bake at 400 Degrees F. for an additional 18 to 25 minutes or until crust is a deep golden brown.



Happy 4th Of July!!

Hello Everyone! 

 Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday. If you would like a few suggestions for 4th of July treats, check out the new adventure I’ve started with my sister’s, . There you will find not only my favorite treat but also both of my sister’s treats! 
 Have a great day!

National Stay Out Of The Sun Day


Hello Everyone and Happy National Stay Out of the Sun Day!


Now I know that with tomorrow being the 4th of July, we all probably will be outside most of the day. If you were one of the lucky ones to have today off, myself included, you might start the outside activities today.

I live in AZ, and if you have ever heard one thing about AZ it’s probably that it is hot, like really hot. The most important things to remember here is water, water, water,sunscreen, water, water, hat, water and oh yeah, water. Nearly everyday, there is a news story about someone being hospitalized due to heat related illness, and it’s a total bummer. Below I shared a few ways to help beat the heat. Keep in mind, that I am not a medical professional, these are merely tips for keeping cool in the dead of summer.

  • Always keep water with you. Even if you’re only going out for a few minutes, take a cooler full of water and if you’re taking your dog(s) with you, take a water bowl.
  • Wear thick bottomed shoes, nothing feels as bad as the melting asphalt coming through the bottom of your shoes. *Also, if it’s too hot for your feet, it is way yo hot for your dogs feet!*
  • Don’t wear dark clothing.
  • Wear light colored airy clothes, if there is a light breeze, it will offer some relief.
  • Never EVER leave children or pets in an enclosed vehicle or near a pool, or body of water unattended. Every year there are drownings that are completely avoidable.
  • Slow down, Avoid strenuous activities taking place outside. EX: Hiking at the hottest point of the day, use common sense. When you have to be rescued, you are putting other people at risk, don’t be that person….that person sucks.
  • If you work outside or have to go outside for any reason, I would suggest investing in a cooling neck wrap. Some people use them for marathons, they are light weight and just have to moistened to offer a lot of relief. *You can find these at Walmart, Target or any sporting goods store.
  • If you want to stay cool by lounging in the pool, Otter Pops will be your best friend, they offer a variety of flavors and their frozen.
  • Wear Sunglasses: The lighter your eyes are, the more sensitive they are to sunlight.
  • Wear a hat. Nobody likes a peeling sunburned scalp. 1. It hurts to brush your head and 2. it looks like dandruff.

That’s all I can think of for now but if you have any tips or techniques for keeping cool, please share!!

Have a ‘cool’ day!

5 Ways To Cure A “Snappy” Attitude


Hello Everyone!


This week has been pretty horrible so far, work has been incredibly stressful and warm and it really doesn’t help that the excessive heat warning keeps extending in AZ. At work I was told they didn’t appreciate my “snappy” attitude. To my knowledge, I didn’t have one but I took a deep breath and apologized anyway. There are some battles worth fighting but this, in my eyes, wasn’t one of them. Once I got home, I put in my headphones and mindlessly scrolled through Pinterest.


Yesterday, after I left work early, I decided to use my free time to write a few blog post. I have a lot of ideas, it’s just the actual writing of it that proves difficult. Anyways I figured I would share my top 5 ways to de-stress or in other words, cure a “snappy” attitude.

  1. Music:

Whether fast and uplifting or slow and calm, the point is to forget your stress and just focus on the music. (Check out my “Music Monday” post for some suggestions. “Ground Control” by All Time Low is quite amazing.)

2. Watch a Movie:

Any movie that you can mindlessly watch without overthinking is the best kind. My go to’s are Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Jaws or pretty much any Disney movie.

3. Treat yourself

Sit down or go out and enjoy your favorite treat just for you. Don’t go overboard, unless you want to, up to you. My treat always has something with chocolate.

4. Workout:

Nothing super strenuous, sometimes when you stress workout, you stress out your body which is not good. Sometimes just taking a nice walk does the trick.

5. Sleep:

When all else fails, just take a bath or shower and just go to bed.


If you have any other ways to beat stress, please share!


Have a great day!

Pick Your Poison…



I hope you all have been doing well so far this week. It has been crazy busy for me, so much so, I can’t remember what I did Monday, haha! On Tuesday we celebrated my little sister’s 17th birthday. We went to Top  Golf for the first in Scottsdale, we weren’t really sure what to expect but we had a really great time. We can’t wait to go back!

Anyways, today is National Pick Your Poison Day, not literal poison. Most of the time it’s referring to alcohol but that’s not what I’m talking about today. It is open to any interpretation when it comes to making decisions.  Below you will find two of my favorite guilty pleasure recipes, my poison if you will. And you will, you guessed it, pick your poison.


Cookies ‘n’ Crème Krispies

  • 1/4 Cup (1/2 Stick) Unsalted Butter
  • One 10 oz. Package Marshmallows
  • 5 Cups Puffed Rice Cereal
  • 2 1/2 Cups Crème Filled Chocolate cookies, cut into quarters
  1. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Heat the butter in a large nonstick saucepan over low heat until melted. Add the marshmallows and continue cooking, stirring until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, add the cereal and cookies and stir gently just until mixed to avoid breaking up the cookies any further.
  4. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Cool completely until set, about 20 minutes, before cutting into 3×3 1/4 inch bars.


Death By Chocolate Brownies

  • 1/2 Cup Salted Butter
  • 8 oz. Coarsely Chopped Semisweet Chocolate
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, Cold
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  •  1 1/2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks or Chocolate Chips
  1. Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, pour into a large bowl, and allow to slightly cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Line bottom of an 11×7-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.
  3. Stir sugar into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add in the eggs one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour and salt, then the chocolate chunks until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 37-45 minutes, or until the brownies begin to pull away from the edges of the pan.
  4. Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack. Lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides, and cut into squares. The brownies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temp for 1 week














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Donut Worry, Be Happy


Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well! I have some exciting news…..On Wednesday evening, I made the jump and signed up for the 2017 Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, which includes:

  • The Spider-Man 5K: Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Infinity Gauntlet Challenge:
  • Thor 10K: Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon: Sunday, November 12, 2017

So all of that equals to 22.4 miles over the span of 3 days. I’ll be arriving in Anaheim on my 28th birthday, November 9, and going to packet pick-up and the expo where I will most likely spend way too much money. The following day I will be getting up really freaking early and doing a 5k, I’ve done quite a few so I’m not really worried about it. Once that’s completed, I’ll probably try to nap, go get some breakfast and then go to Disneyland and California Adventure. After a few hours I’ll need to go to bed, to wake up really freaking early again to do the Thor 10k, which will be my first 10k ever. After that, nap, breakfast and beach. Then sleep to get up for the last time on this trip, you guessed it, really freaking early and do my first runDisney half marathon but second overall half marathon. From all of that, I will receive 4 medals, I’m excited but nervous but a good nervous.

I think because of this we should all celebrate by having a doughnut. And if you don’t want to celebrate with me, have a doughnut anyway for National Doughnut Day!

As a sweet deal, you can go to Dunkin Donuts and receive a free doughnut when you purchase any beverage. If you would rather work for your reward, below you will find one of my favorite recipes for cake doughnuts.

  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 Cup Margarine or Butter, Melted or 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs, Slightly Beaten
  • Oil for Deep Frying

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir in remaining ingredients except oil for frying, just until dry ingredients are moistened. If desired, refrigerate dough for easier handling.

Fill large saucepan or electric skillet 2/3 full with oil. Heat to 375 Degrees F. On a well floured surface, knead dough 1 to 2 minutes or until dough is no longer sticky. Roll half the dough at a time to 1/2 inch thickness; cut with floured doughnut cutter. With pancake turner, slip doughnuts and holes into hot oil. Fry doughnuts and holes 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown. Drain on paper towel. If desired, roll doughnuts and holes in powdered or granulated sugar, cinnamon-sugar mixture or drizzle with glaze Makes about 30 doughnuts.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!!!

Hello Again!



I hope you are all doing well!

I have decided to change stuff around. For starters, I changed the name, this blog is now called Might Run For Cupcakes. It ties in my love of baking, as well as, my crazy idea of doing marathon’s for fun.

I have also made the jump to .com, in hopes that I will get more traffic. I truly enjoy blogging but when I check my stats and see zero, it’s kind of a blow to my blogging confidence. I’m not giving up though, so if any of you have any tips or suggestions, please share! Any and all would be greatly appreciated!


I hope you all have a wonderful day!