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So, I got back to work yesterday and everyone wanted to know what I did on my five day weekend. Yes, I took a five day weekend and it was… well, it was awesome but at first I didn’t know what to say in my answer. I didn’t go out of town, or throw any parties. Basically, I had an epic hangout session with the dog.

It is actually surprising that I really haven’t mentioned my dog on here before. Her name is Rella, she is a four year old pit bull and she loves nothing more than sleeping under the covers right next to me. She is actually my boyfriend’s dog, but since he says that she loves me more than air and the feeling is mutual I’ll go ahead and claim her.

During our epic hangout session we slept in a lot, watched movies, played Frisbee, went on several hikes and a nice walk. This is her on Flattop.

She apparently hates getting is picture taken so here is the view from the top of the hike instead.

Rella and I also spent a lot of time in the kitchen which is a little odd since I’m not the chef in the house. I guess since the BF was working and is now out of town being forced to fend for ourselves was a good thing and we made:

Granola Bars (totally rice free yay!)

This is an adaptation from one of the recipes at Fannetastic Food. I’ve made several from there and they have all been awesome.

Peanut Butter Dog Cookies (in the shape of salmon)

Kiwi Lime Sorbet – sorry no photo but it is totally delicious.

Green enchiladas – sorry no photo

And Mayan Hot Chocolate Cupcakes – these are a combination of this chocolate cupcake recipe (just the basic cupcakes not the extra chocolate stuff) with the spices and frosting from here.

I should thank Rella for hanging out and going hiking with me. Having a dog to take was honestly the only reason I was willing to go by myself in the middle of the week.

Well, this weekend was a success. I completed my long run Friday afternoon, picked up my bib for the upcoming Twilight 12K on Monday and then I made those lovely Honey, Lemon, Lavender Cupcakes I told you about. For the most part this recipe is made just like any other except the step where you make your own lavender sugar. Yum. And, while it sounds hard, it really just involves combining lavender and sugar in a food processor. 

From there, you just mix your ingredients like normal and bake. 

One thing I did notice was that the batter is very thick. I normally fill cupcake liners by pouring the batter out of a large measuring cup but this time I used two spoons and made little balls of batter (like you would with cookie dough) and filled the liners with them.

While the cupcakes were baking I mixed up the frosting and added some violet food coloring. 

And, when all combined they looked like this. 

I followed this tutorial to make the fluffy frosting flowers. 

After enjoying one of these lovely cupcakes I took the dog on a very sunny relaxing run, just what we both needed. How was your long weekend?

Pinterest is certainly the craze right now. Everyone I know knows, uses, and loves it. Some days I find it more inspiring than others. Today for instance I found inspiration for the weekend in some of my old pins.

Like this reminder to run:

This reminder why I run:

And, of course, these cupcakes:

A long weekend filled with running, baking, and delicious food sounds good to me!

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