June 6, 2012

HMT: Day 56… I am a creeper.

Day: 56

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 66 minutes (I walked/jogged just wasn’t feeling a straight up 4 just wanted to be on the treadmill for awhile so I did intervals)

Temperature: On the treadmill at my new gym:)

Injuries: None!

So as I mentioned in my post yesterday given some new motivation I joined a gym WITH fitness classes so I am super excited about this.  Today I wanted to head over and check it out, none of the classes met at the time I could go so I just got some cardio in but I really think I’m going to like it there!

I started out creeping on the treadmill, the nice man next to me was watching me so I couldn’t get a good picture of the whole thing.

I then did some intense creeping on the facility… this woman and her personal trainer were a little caught off guard. I should get a t-shirt that says “I have a blog, don’t mind the photos”

After the facility creep, I did some locker room creeping… post shower ready to go and feeling like a rockstar if I must be so bold;)

Finally, I creeped on my Starbucks treat post work out.

Now I am off to go meet a friend who is brand new to this little corner of the world called Vermont  for dinner and our first shows of the Jazz Fest!   Hopefully she doesn’t mind my photo taking…

❤ Kari

June 5, 2012

Updates and Rambles

I don’t have any real goal for this post so we are just rolling with it today, how exciting right?

Update Number One: I updated my about me pages… nothing major just made it more relevant and changed around a few things.

Update Number Two: I got a twitter for this lovely blog o’ mine!  Follow me and I will promise to blow your mind daily with witty tand insightful thoughts… just kidding… I’m still learning but if you are willing to watch me try I would very much appreciate it and maybe ONE day blow your minds. 

Update Number Three: I ran 7 miles over the weekend which was a very exciting accomplishment! I did not post about it because I used my garmin and got all distracted but it happened and this week when I move up in mileage I promise to actually post about it… I mean the Mad Marathon is just over a month away… gotta keep it up!

Update Number Four: I am down 7lbs since I moved home and thanks to my new found motivation (cough* cough* running in to the ex-boyfriend with a new girlfriend cough* cough*) I joined a gym close by work to take part in group exercise classes and use the scary-ass fun weight machines.  Judge me as needed for this girly admission, motivation is motivation however you slice it right?

Update Number Five: I crossed off something SUPER fun on my summer bucket list over the weekend. I practiced for hours and think I have finally got it down to where I have myself convinced I look damn good doing it… if you read the list I think you will be able to tell you what I did but I’m going to make a completely separate post about it this week (maybe even a video… hello youtube fame) so hold on to your hats!

Update Number Six: I have spent the last four days watching the first season of House online.  I have seen House randomly and always loved it and now that I know it ended I want to watch all of the seasons so that is what I am working on.  I love it, I am a big fan of crime shows but the more I watch the less sleep I get.  House gives me that same drama of what is going to happen next except I’m just not thinking I’ll develop lepracy tomorrow… fingers crossed anyway!

Update Number Seven: I am joining the Foodie Penpals army! It is so exciting! Basically I’m going to be sending a food filled care package to a random blogger/reader ($15 max) and another blogger/reader will be sending me one as well.  June 30th is the reveal day of what we got and I am so pumped! I of course will cover more of the details when reveal day comes around but if you are interested definitely click on the link!  I hope the people I send boxes to like maple… gotta represent Vermont;)

Update Number Eight: It is the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival this week! This is such a cool event put on by so many different vendors and local businesses to showcase some AMAZING talent from around the world.  I think I’m going to at least one show four out of the ten days it is put on so that in itself will be a really fun distraction.  I will probably be overposting about it so you have been warned!  You know I love me some people watching and music;)

Alright folks, I think you’ve had enough of my rambles now I am busting out my first “questions” that I see everyone else post on their blogs (genious really) you guys are such trend setters. 

Have you done anything or looking forward to anything new and exciting lately? 

Is anyone else TERRIFIED of weight machines at the gym?

❤ Kari


June 4, 2012

My 365 Project: Week Five

Week 5

May 29th-June 4th

May 29: Bought wine at the grocery store and got this sweet wine tote bag.  It is like they are thanking me for being a wine-o.

May 30: Had time to paint my nails, naturally they had to be fire engine red:)

May 31: The hamburger cupcakes for my BBQ, so fun!

June 1: Baby sister hates photos but I got her in one anyway!

June 2: Grocery shopping at the local Co-op.

June 3: One of the hotels I work at is near Texas Roadhouse so they periodically drop off lunches for employees as incentives for sending guests their way… I did not mind this at all as Sunday is my “diet” cheat day.


June 4: My co-worker does AMAZING chalk drawings every week with new events going on.  How talented is this???

I have successfully completed a month in my 365 challenge and it has been so fun! I like to think I’ve busted out a fairly entertaining variety as well… I promise to keep getting better as the weeks go on:)

❤ Kari


June 3, 2012

HMT: Day 53

This weekend has been all about recharging my batteries and it feels great!

Saturday after work I hit up City Market in Burlington and got some grocery shopping in, Vermont doesn’t have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s (though they are always talking about them) so City Market is the closest version that I’ve really fallen in love with.

Came in $6 under my budget too, Woot! Woot!

After I got home I immediately got on the treadmill, I am one of those people who has to keep myself busy or else I will sit on the couch and NEVER move again.  So I set up a goal to run for 25 minutes, no matter the distance, thanks to a certain show I like to call Gossip Girl and a complete season I have yet to watch (guilty pleasure) 25 minutes became 45 and I honestly couldn’t even tell you the distance I ran but it felt awesome.  Then I did a 10 minute ab workout and felt pretty much exhausted.

Thank you Tone It Up Girls!

Next up, a lovely dinner made with the produce I just got at the market… I had my heart set on the mexi-potato skins and had convinced myself I had an extra can of black beans until I removed every can from the pantry and realized I was mistaken.  Holy terrible feeling.  I got out a pot to boil some water and try a new spaghetti recipe but my heart was set on something Mexican so I bailed on that mission for another day.

Instead I diced up a red and yellow bell pepper, threw it in a pan with some olive oil and roasted them up with some chili powder.  I heated up some refried beans and spread it over 3 small whole grain tortillas, once the peppers were roasted I put them on the top of the beans and sprinkled some mexi-blend cheese over the tops.  In to the oven they went to broil up for about 5 minutes (on low) and boom… dinner was served.

Not bad on the fly but I should have crisped up the tortillas first because they got a little soggy. 

I then let myself relax with the first 125 pages of Fifty Shades of Grey.  I don’t mean to offend anyone and I am totally interested if you have any thoughts on the book but as of right now… not a fan.  I can’t stand either of  the characters, not even a little bit.

Final thought for this morning’s post.  I will be honest and say I don’t know much about pageants but I have definitely watched a few and I think it is a cool way to represent your state.  I don’t think there is a year that goes by that I don’t check out who is that year’s Miss. Vermont (small state guys, I usually know them in some capacity).

In 2010 Miss. Vermont for the Miss. America pageant is Caroline Bright.  A very intelligent, spunky, and personable girl that I had the pleasure to briefly meet while she was the reigning “Governor” at the 2007 Green Mountain Girl’s State.  I was always amazed with how she carried herself and managed to be so witty yet serious and engaging in every speech.  At 22 (I believe) she is currently running for the Vermont State Senate and I wish her all the best.

 Next up, tonight is the Miss. USA pageant and this year’s Miss. Vermont is a girl named Jamie Dragon.  Jamie happens to be from my small town of Milton, VT… small meaning one stop light and 10,000 people… practically family haha;)  Though I do not know her personally I do know from everyone who went to school with her and from her family in the town she is a great candidate for the state.  Genuine, kind, passionate and down to earth, basically everything a good rep should be! I hope for the best as she competes tonight!

Thanks for listening guys! Bring on Sunday Fun-day:)

❤ Kari

June 2, 2012

Vegetarian Friendly Hamburger Cupcakes;)

Happy weekend friends!

I hope the beginning of your June (okay, two days of it) have been as productive as mine, let us start with a BBQ that my friends and I put together so we could see each other now that we have all moved home for the summer.  This being the last summer the majority of us will be here we fully intend to make it count, starting with this BBQ.

I made a whopping FOUR pinterest worthy (and stolen from) dishes… be proud, I know you are.

1. Taco Salad inspired by (thus tweaked) Noel’s Kitchen Tips

2. Buffalo Chicken Dip from Frank’s Red Hot

3. Sarasota Lemonade inspired by The Pampered Jes

AND my favorite/the only one I took pictures of…

4. Hamburger Cupcakes inspired by Rock Ur Party by Tablespoon

I’m super excited about these… basically I bought almost all  of the ingredients to do it the way that they have laid out THEN I got called in to work for 8 hours that morning which meant I had to make them on the fly with less supplies.

So here is my super simple Hamburger Cupcake photo tutorial, enjoy:)

Step One: Bake vanilla cupcakes, let them cool completely and then slice them in half.

Step Two: Pipe on chocolate frosting with a thick tip so that it really stands out, then take a blurry iPhone photo;)

Step Three: With a medium tip pipe on green frosting for the lettuce, the most important part is the outside for show so I did a squiggly circle around the edges and filled in with the leftover frosting, didn’t want any to go to waste! Note: You could do coconut in green food  coloring  I just really don’t like coconut so I opted out. Then with a fine tip add the ketchup and mustard colored frosting.


Step Four: Put the “buns” together with a fun toothpick, I thought this made them look like little burger sliders, how fun!

Step Five-Seven: Take lots of adorable pictures of your masterpieces because you are a rock star and everyone on Facebook should know it;)

And there you have it, a quick fix to getting called in to work but still being more creative (thanks to the blogs I mentioned before and Duncan Hines) than most of your friends… no joke they will be super impressed!

I just love June.

❤ Kari

May 30, 2012

HMT: Day 50

Ladies and Gentlemen, I got pulled over and it sucked.

So I get done work around midnight and begin the commute back home, 2 miles in I’m headed down a hill where the speed limit goes from 40 to 25 in a split second and BOOM hello blue lights.

Insert curse words here.

I pull over and a surprisingly handsome young cop walks up to my window asking me how I am and if I know why I have been pulled over.  “Uh I’m gonna be real honest sir, I’ve been better.”

Once we had established that yes, I was speeding but no, I did not realize how quickly the speed limit changed, he asked me for my license and registration… here is the kicker folks, I’m still rocking a Tennessee license and registration.  Two things that Mr. Handsome Cop was immediately thrown off by.  How thrown off you ask?

“You know what you keep the insurance, I’m just going to run this license and make sure we don’t have any warrants on our hands.”

You wanna know what I was thinking about in the 5 minutes it took to run my information through?

Do I have any warrants for my arrest? (No, I don’t)

Would I have a warrant if I forgot to return a book to the public library in Knoxville? (I will be returning that btw)

I wonder if Mr. Handsome Cop is married or engaged, he looks like he’d be settled down.

Do people actually flirt with cops when they get pulled over? How does that even start?

Jenna Marbles should make a video about getting pulled over.

Who thinks of that stuff???? Me. Only me.

Mr. Handsome Cop then returned to the window, handed me a written warning and just like that I wanted to hug him, scream and dance in the middle of the road… I refrained for obvious reasons. So thank you Mr. Handsome Cop, scouts honor I won’t do it again;)

My life is so exciting.

Anyway,  today I went to the mall in search of shorts at The Loft (got a pair that I will share with you guys tomorrow) but I also found this adorable dress that I instantly fell in love with from Francesca’s.  It was on sale and everything but as I’m currently rocking a body a few sizes bigger than I have been in the past I just didn’t feel comfortable enough in it to buy it.

Disclaimer:  I LOVE Francesca’s though, I think I own 10 dresses as well as a bunch of belts and jewelry so believe me when I say I  am so happy Burlington got one.  I will be back in and trying many more dresses on I think today was more mental than physical but I’ll let you guys be the judge of it!

I loved that this dress was green and lace first off but then I really came around to the blue underneath and just thought it was such a cool touch.  I loved that it could be dressed up or down and the cut was one that could be worn for so many different occasions.   Unfortunately the length was my biggest hang up, I’ve never been one to carry weight in my stomach (definitely not in my chest haha) but instead to my backside and thighs, so even if I try the next size up I often find that it adds fabric to my upper half  but not where I actually need it.

It doesn’t look terribly short but it sadly failed my sit down comfortably test… man did I love it though, just have to tell myself if it is meant to be it will happen;)

Trying on clothes all morning gave me a lot of motivation to hit the pavement and get a few miles in so that is what I did.

Day: 50

Distance: 2.5 Miles

Time: 30 minutes/ 12min/m

Temperature: 80’s and very humid

Injuries: None just hot as heck

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

❤ Kari

May 30, 2012

My 365 Project: Week Four

Week 4

May 22nd – 28th

May 22: We had some Korean guests in who gave me these as a present. Calories don’t count if you can’t read them right?

May 23: This is evidence of being sick and glued to a chair all day… it wasn’t pretty, you are lucky I’m covering my face.

May 24: Another view of Lake Champlain from Waterfront Park!

May 25: Found this in a shop downtown, I must have one!

May 26: My first trip to the Magic Hat Brewery! I am gonna be real honest with you folks, we did not actually tour but instead tasted free samples and bought growlers… I will make it back for an official tour someday soon though!

May 27: Vermont City Marathon starting line as taken from a friend’s patio. Not a bad view huh?

May 28: This bowl was once overflowing with watermelon… I have a serious obsession.

I can’t believe week 4 is already in the books, time flies;)

❤ Kari

May 29, 2012

HMT: Day 48

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend, mine was filled with friends, food, and working… don’t go in to the hospitality industry if you like your holidays;)  Yesterday was the Vermont City Marathon and although I did not run in it this year I am so very proud of all of the people I know who did it.  I wish I could have participated, mark my words I WILL PARTICIPATE NEXT YEAR!  Seeing all of the posts on facebook and reading the articles in the newspapers I just can’t explain my excitement for my own race in July.  I know I’ve said all of that before but man I am pumped!

I decided that I was cool enough to have a running buddy (i.e. someone who will show up at my doorstep and make me go running/work out in general) so today was our first day chasing pavements together… YAY KARI HAS REAL FRIENDS!  I would say it was a success, I know I pushed myself even though it was just an easy 2 mile run.

Day: 48

Distance: 2 miles

Time: 22 minutes/11 min/mi

Temperature: It was mid 70s with a 15 second down pour… I’m telling you VT weather is odd.

Injuries: I was tight in my calves for some reason but no real problems.

After we ran we did a 15 minute ab workout that Anthony says he does with his baseball team.  I asked him where they got it from and he didn’t even flinch when he replied “Jane Fonda and she is not a nice woman.” I immediately burst into tears laughing so hard as I pictured the entire UNC Charlotte club baseball team working out in front of a Jane Fonda ab video… picture it, you know you want to. When we finished I totally agreed, she may seem sweet but that work out was deadly.

Round two tomorrow folks!

❤ Kari


May 25, 2012

Strawberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Today is the kick off to Memorial Day weekend and it should be a great one!  In celebrating we are having some friends over to have a little BBQ and obviously cupcakes were requested.

I wanted to do something pretty light and summery so I went with a vanilla strawberry cupcake with my favorite white chocolate buttercream frosting, normally I would have busted out my actual vanilla cake recipe but I was insanely strapped for time so Duncan Hines had to do the trick for the base (judge me as necessary haha)

Strawberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1 box vanilla cake (and the necessary fixings, water, vegetable oil and eggs)

1.5 C. diced strawberries

3 C. powdered sugar, sifted

1 C. unsalted butter, softened

6 oz white chocolate (not melts or chips-the frosting doesn’t really take to those in my experience)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 C. heavy whipping cream

12 strawberries halved for decoration

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, make the cake mix as directed on the box.  When the mix is smooth add the diced strawberries and mix well but be careful to keep the strawberries intact.  Fill the cupcake tins 2/3 full with the batter and bake for 15-20 minutes (mine needed about 17 minutes).  When finished remove the cupcakes and let stand for about 15 minutes before removing from the pans.

2.  To make the frosting, first place the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until you can stir it without lumps.  You could use the double boiler method if you want to, totally up to you.  Set the white chocolate aside to cool.

3.  Sift 3 cups of powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl.  Soften the butter (again I used the microwave) and add to the powdered sugar.  Once combined, mix with your electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Fold the whipping cream and vanilla into the mixture then add the white chocolate to the frosting.

4.  Mix the frosting until it looks like frosting… haha I don’t know how else to say that.  Thicker is better so add powdered sugar about a half a cup at at a time as you need to.  Make sure you let it cool before adding to the cupcakes. Add half a strawberry on top and place in the fridge, how long you keep them in the fridge is really just dependent on the weather and where you may be transporting them.

WARNING: I did not let the frosting cool enough and in this humid Vermont weather it melted when I put it on the cupcakes more than I would have liked it to.

Don’t get me wrong, they still tasted delicious and as it was a family BBQ nobody is really gonna care that some of the frosting was lost on the sides;)

So the frosting didn’t completely fall off obviously but had to let you know it was not the consistency I was hoping for!

Bring on the BBQs!

❤ Kari

May 25, 2012

HMT: Day 45

Day: 45

Distance: 1 mile

Time: 10 minutes

Temperature: 70s and lovely!

Injuries: None

Yesterday I did a quick mile just to get some running legs going it was a beautiful morning and after being sicker than a dog I was happy to be functional.   I also did an hour of yoga because I was pretty certain I would be sore today (I was right).  Tonight is 4 miles and tomorrow is 2 miles, I’m starting to get a little anxious about the race afraid I won’t have done enough come race day.  This weekend is the Vermont City Marathon and after completing the half twice, I am majorly jealous of all those running in it.  It makes me excited to run my race in July! To all those running in the VCM, good luck and may the weather be on your side:)

Anyway yesterday afternoon the boy and I went for a quick lunch on Church Street at Ri Ra’s and then walked along the waterfront for 3 miles, it was a great day!

A beautiful day to be eating lunch on Church Street.

The best vegetarian patty I have ever had.

The Spirit of Ethan Allen on Lake Champlain.

We walked all the way down to North Beach.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

❤ Kari