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Stay Home, Stay Safe

Good morning and Happy Monday to everyone! This last week was kind of stressful for me- lots of changes (and lots more work) going on at my job, and more/worse COVID news coming out ahead of the holidays. Dan and I were already planning on staying home and just having a dinner with the two of us (partly because he just got home from a work trip out of state, and mostly because it's the safe and responsible thing to do). It's been kind of frustrating and disheartening to see people go about their lives like nothing is going on, so I decided to disconnect this week and turn off my phone which has helped A LOT. If you're also feeling burnt out and finding yourself getting stressed about what other people are doing I would highly recommend this- I'll probably keep it off until Thanksgiving! Here's a look at how my week was- Monday 30 min Slow Flow with Aditi Perfect yoga class to take first thing in the morning! This was basically a really good stretch and turned me fro

Can You Keep Up?

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Good morning everyone!! Last week was pretty exciting- there was a HUGE announcement by Peloton (see below- it really shaped my workouts for the week!). We were also blessed with some gorgeous weather again, so I took some opportunities to get outside with Selma. Overall a great week, but this morning I woke up SO SORE! Read on to find out why- Monday 2 mile Hike Selma and I took a nice walk at lunchtime to Falls Run Park, which is one of my favorites. There's a creek that runs along the entire 1 mile trail as well as a waterfall! Selma had a lot of fun splashing in the water and this was a great mid-day break. 15 min Arms and Shoulder Strength with Adrian This was my longest arm workout in a while (maybe ever?) and it was so tough! There were two different groups of workouts and we ran through 3 sets of each, so the time went by really quickly. I can feel my shoulders getting so strong with these workouts! 30 min Two For One Ride with Tunde and Alex For about a week, the Peloton I

Great British Baking - Week Seven

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Hello and welcome to week SEVEN of the Great British Bake Off! I can't believe this season is getting close to be over, and with another one of my favorites going home this week I'm getting sad to be finishing this series. It's been so much fun to bake new things and challenge my baking skills every week!  Back to this week- it was 80s week in the tent. I was born in the 90s so a lot of the references I didn't get, but definitely recognized the food. For the Signature Challenge the bakers made two types of quiche, and the Show Stopper was an Ice Cream Cake. Of course, the tent was piping hot, so there were a lot of drippy disasters. Drama! The Technical Challenge was to make six jam and custard filled finger donuts. According to the judges, these were popular because they seemed more posh than the typical round donut. I was excited to make these because I've never actually made any donuts before, and don't have a proper donut pan. Since these are just formed by

Stress Relief

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Good morning everyone! I hope that you had a relaxing and fun weekend. The weather here was gorgeous (with a few more days of sun before it starts to get cold again). I had a good week of workouts, which was a great stress relief while I was waiting around for election results. Here's how the week went- Monday 40 min FTP Ride There's a new badge challenge on Peloton to complete eight Power Zone rides, so I cheated a little to take four of the shorter rides in one day to cut off a big chunk. Since I don't have a Peloton Bike I can't really make my personal "power zones" anyway, so I just did these rides for fun. 10 min Arms and Shoulders Strength with Robin After two rides, I sandwiched in some strength. Day two of Turkey Triceps challenge and going strong! The only downside I see after doing Spooky Booty and this is that a lot of the same moves are in every class when you focus on one part of the body. Makes it a little boring, but hopefully will make those mu

Great British Baking - Week Six

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Hi everyone! It's time for another episode of Great British Bake Off and the week I've been waiting for- JAPAN WEEK! To be honest, the episode was kind of a let down..the only strong Japanese flavor highlighted was matcha which isn't my favorite. I was hoping for something with mochi or a Japanese style cheesecake or omelet. There were also a lot of complaints online about the poor Japanese influence in this week, and I sadly have to agree. With a Signature Challenge of a steamed bun, and a Show Stopper of a Kawaii Cake (basically just means cute/adorable), there wasn't a ton to distinguish the challenges from any other week. But- I had a job to do, and this week the Technical was a Matcha Crepe cake. Judging from the pictures in the recipe, I knew this would be a tough challenge but I was really excited. I made crepes for the first time this year (during the week Dan and I were supposed to be in France and I made a French-inspired brunch), and it was really fun! The ba

November Goals and Highlights

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Hi everyone and happy Election Day! If you haven't already, I hope you all get out to vote today. This election is SO important as you all know by now, so it's really vital that we all have our voices heard and hopefully make changes for the better for the next four years. With that said- October is somehow over, and all that's left of 2020 is November and December. CRAZY. This was actually a really good month overall, and I kept really busy! My goal was to enjoy the fall leaves as much as possible, which is definitely what I did.  I went on lots of hikes, day trips, bike rides, and kayaked. It was fantastic! It's hard to pick one highlight of the month, so I'm going to share two (making up for no highlights last month). I took off three Fridays this month and it was a great way to explore without worrying about crowds. Dan and I made a day trip up to Bradford to get some paperwork and visit his family, and along the way we saw Kinzua Bridge.  The following weekend,

Gloomy Days

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Happy November everyone! Hard to believe that Halloween was this weekend, but we're officially into chilly season. I always hate when the weather turns cold and the sun goes away, but this year I'm going to do my best to stay positive and motivated. Because seriously- what better thing do I have to do than stay active right now?!  Here's a look at how my week went! Monday 30 min Movie Buff Ride with Kendall A lot of the instructors at Peloton have their own special series (Jess King Live, Club Bangers with Alex, XOXO Cody, Sundays with Love, etc.) and Kendall just started her own today! This monthly series will celebrate all things TV/Cinema exploring a different genre each month. This one was all about horror, which is not my favorite (I'm a big scaredy cat and even this class freaked me out), but I loved the production. The movie score in the background was fantastic, and Kendall told a story that incorporated the work we were doing. It was excellent! Tuesday 20 min G

Great British Baking - Week Five

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Good morning everyone and welcome to Week Five of Great British Bake Off- Pastry Week! I'm sad to say that this is the halfway point of the competition and my technical bakes are just about over. I'm thinking about going back through older seasons to try out even more, but first I have to make it through the finale!   Pastry week seems to be notoriously hard for the bakers with really tough challenges, so I went into this week a little nervous (and really excited!) to see what I got to bake. Before that though, the bakers had a Signature Challenge to make 8 Pasties, which is Cornwell's national dish, and a Showstopper challenge of a caged tart. There were some really beautiful designs- particularly Hermine's. Looked so incredible and I think she deserved Star Baker. For the Technical Challenge, we got to make Eclairs. In the challenge the bakers made Raspberry and Salted Caramel, but I made Mocha. Usually the recipes are posted on the GBBO website, but this week wasn

Work Hard, Play Hard

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Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe it's the last week of October?! Did this week even happen? Not really sure. This was a pretty low-key weekend but I got in some quality workouts. I feel like I go through swings of not feeling like doing anything and then wanting to work hard, and I'm starting to get back in the groove of wanting to push. Hopefully it'll last!  Here's a look at my week- Monday Lower Body Bike Bootcamp with Robin I was excited to see this class as an option for Week 3 of the Spooky Booty challenge, but immediately regretted it! This class was SO hard- the spin sections were really tough and all intervals, then the strength was mostly all weighted squats. This was definitely a lower body workout! Tuesday 20 min Celia Cruz Run with Jess Took a very nice and easy run at lunchtime during a break in rain. I really liked the music in this class but for some reason it kept freezing in the app, so I want to take it again when I can listen through with no in

Great British Baking - Week Four

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Welcome to another week of baking! It's Chocolate Week in the tent (and my kitchen), which I was really looking forward to! To be honest, I'm not much of a baked goods person- I love to make and bake them, but I don't usually go crazy over bakeries or pastries. I don't even like to get cake for my birthday and opt out during work events! Chocolate is a different thing though- so I was really looking forward to seeing what I would get to make! Before we get to the technical, the bakers first had to make brownies..which seems like a simple enough task, but ended up being a disaster. Everyone tried to make super complicated and over-the-top bakes, and most ended up with bad marks from Paul and Prue. Note to anyone who might go on in the future- simple is sometimes the best bet! The next bake was the Technical (I'll talk about it below), and the Showstopper was a White Chocolate Celebration Cake. For the technical, the challenge was to bake a Chocolate Babka. I've h

FALL Part 137

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Hi everyone and Happy Monday!! I'm excited to share my week of workouts today, because it's one of the best weeks I've had in a while. We were blessed with some gorgeous weather during our peak leaf time (hope you aren't tired of all the pics I've been sharing lately...promise it's almost over), and I definitely took advantage! Without giving any more away, here's a look at my week- Monday 10 min Lower Body Strength with Selena Good workout to kick off the week! This was my second 10 minute workout for the second week of Spooky Booty- it's all longer from here! 30 min Alicia Keys Ride with Jess I was really excited to see that Alicia Keys was chosen as the next Artist Series because she's one of my all-time favorite singers. I started listening to her back when her first album came out and fell in love, and her music still gives me goosebumps. I'm not sure if this is the best  music to get an intense workout, but it was a nice recovery ride for m

Great British Baking - Week Three

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Good morning everyone and welcome to week three- the infamous BREAD WEEK. To be honest, this is probably my least favorite week in past competitions, but it always seems to start the real competition and separate the real challengers with the struggling home bakers. Plus- typically the contestants that do well this week end up going to the finale! This season's bread week had the typical three challenges- the Signature Bake was to create two soda breads (one sweet and one savory), and the Showstopper was to create a large decorative bread plaque portraying what they are grateful for. Sandwiched in between these two bakes was the Technical challenge- in Bread Week it's always given by Paul, and this year he chose to have the bakers make rainbow bagels. I've baked bagels a few times before, but never with colors! It seemed like an intimidating task, but it ended up mostly just being a tedious process.  I first made dough like normal, then divided it into five equal pieces. Ea