Happy Memorial Day!

d0b650a8c194537bc813637ca4a9bfd7Hello Everyone! I hope you are all doing well this Memorial Day! I want to take a moment to thank all those who are reading this who serve, who have served and those whose family members have served our country and risked your lives everyday so that we can have freedom. There will never be enough words but thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

Today, I collaborated on a recipe with my sisters, they are the wonderful writers at, runningaroundwithlindsey.xyz and simplysydneerose.com. The recipe is for M&M Cookie Bars and Oh My Goodness! They are delicious!!

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-2 Sticks of Butter, room temperature

– 1 Cup Sugar

– 1 Cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed

– 3 Large Eggs

– 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

– 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour

– 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

– 3/4 teaspoon Salt

1 1/2 Cups Red, White and Blue M&M’s, Plus more for topping

– 1 Cup of Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.

2. Line 9×13 baking dish with foil, leave some overhang to make removal easier.

3. Spray foil generously with nonstick cooking spray.

4. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat.

5. Gradually add in flour, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.

6. Add M&M’s and mini chocolate chips. Save some of both for topping of cookies.

7. Put cookie dough in prepared pan and press in additional M&M’s and mini chocolate chips into top of the cookie dough.

8. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

9. Let cool completely and cut.

Enjoy!

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Waffles Are Always A Good Idea…

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful and relaxing weekend so far! Today, if you didn’t know, is National Waffle Day and I whole heartedly support this holiday. During the week, breakfast is usually a quick bowl of cereal with a cup of coffee. On the weekend, everyone is off work and no pressing homework that needs to be done, so we take it easy. That starts with making a delicious breakfast. The usual go-to’s are pancakes, waffles, french toast or hash brown and eggs. Today, we’re having waffles and below you will find the recipe I’ll be using, in case you feel like celebrating waffles. If you do decide to join the waffle party, share with me your favorite toppings! If social media is more your thing, share with me on my Instagram @mightrunforcupcakes. Happy eating!

  • 2 Eggs, Seperated
  • 2 Cups, Buttermillk
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Margarine or Butter, Melted

Heat waffle iron. Place egg yolks in large bowl; whites in small bowl. To yolks add buttermilk; beat well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; beat until smooth. Stir in melted margarine. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter. Bake in hot waffle iron until steaming stops and waffle is golden brown.

Enjoy!

National Graham Cracker Day

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great day yesterday and had all the S’mores you could stomach! The funny thing about S’mores, is that for all the build up and anticipation, most times you only enjoy them once. From then on, you enjoy all the components separately. It’s usually the chocolate that goes first, then the marshmallows and the graham crackers seem to stick around until you come across them again and realize they expired.

Now, I don’t know if you’re like me, but I hate when stuff goes to waste, so I decided to share with you a recipe for Doggie Grahams. My German shepherd mix, Indiana, has been a total wreck since the ever wonderful firework shows began on Saturday night. I figured that making some dog treats for her would help her get over her fear of going outside. Plus the treats can be cut into cute shapes or just simply using a pizza cutter, after rolling out thin, to cut the dough into small training treats.

So here we go:

  •    2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Oil
  • 1 Cup Milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425 Degrees F. Grease Cookie Sheets.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, or measuring cup, mix oil and milk and stir into flour mixture.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly until soft and well mixed. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. Place on prepared baking sheets 1″ apart. Bake 10 minutes, then turn over and bake for another 5 minutes. Cool completely. Store cooled biscuits in fridge or freezer.

Enjoy!

Donut Worry, Be Happy

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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!!!

If You Can’t Be A Pineapple…

You can at least eat some in a Pineapple Upside Down Cake, in honor of today’s holiday. Today is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake day, just to clarify, haha! Don’t want it to get confused with the not so national holiday that today, 4/20 is special for.

Anyways, you’ve just read your way into a baking tutorial, that’s right, I will be talking you through how to make a delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cake!

 

First You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 Cup Margarine or Butter, Melted
  • 6 Canned Pineapple Slices, Drained
  • 6 Maraschino Cherries, without stems
  • 2 Eggs, Separated
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • Whipped Cream, optional

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Heat oven to 350 Degrees F. In small bowl, combine brown sugar and margarine; blend well. Spread in bottom of 9-inch round cake pan. Arrange pineapple slices and maraschino cherries over brown sugar mixture. Set aside.

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In small bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually add sugar; beat well. Add flour, baking powder, salt and pineapple juice to egg yolk mixture; mix well.

In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.Fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan covering pineapple slices and cherries.

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Bake at 350 Degrees F. for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool upright in pan 2 minutes; invert onto serving plate. Serve warm with whipped cream.

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Enjoy!!

Coffee Coffee Coffee!!!

3-13-2017

Hello and Happy Monday!

I know, I know, what’s happy about a Monday? Well I’m off today, which is great, for me. At the store I work at, Monday is our senior discount day and while most of the customers are nice, there are a few I dread seeing walking through the door, haha!

Anyways, enough about work, that’s tomorrow mes problem. Today I wanted to share one thing that keeps me going everyday. It’s not like THE thing that keeps me going, most days but it certainly helps.

I’m addicted to Dunkin Donuts iced coffee. Yep, it is absolutely true that Cierra Runs On Dunkin. I can’t make it through my day without coffee, if I do, it’s a miracle.

I’ve tried to make Iced Coffee at home and while it’s good, it is nowhere near my beloved Dunkin Donuts.

If you’d like to give it a try, the homemade Iced coffee, you’ll find the recipe I use down below. If you want to try Dunking Donuts, I support that decision.

Here’s the recipe:

Brew extra strong coffee. Pour over ice cubes. Add additional cold water until of desired strength. Serve with sugar, if desired.

Tip: Iced coffee can also be prepared using 1/2 cup crewed coffee plus 1/2 cup cold milk poured over iced cubes.

Enjoy!

 

 

*These thoughts and opinions are my own. Only my local Dunkin Donuts knows of my love for their coffee because they see me everyday*