Thursday, October 20, 2011

As promised, cookies and cream and cupcakes

Have I steered you wrong before? I mean, really, chocolate with coffee and coconut, diet coke slushies?

Ok, so I haven't really posted enough for you to trust me yet. I understand. We haven't had a chance to build up the relationship. But really, if you can't trust a mix of chocolate and oreo into the best thing since sliced bread, maybe I'm not the one to blame...
(plus, who really wants sliced bread when you could be eating a cupcake?)

So here it is, again from the lovely ladies of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. If you don't own this, well that helps me because you're reading this instead of baking their cupcakes!

Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes
1 cup soymilk
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup crushed oreos

Whisk soymilk and vinegar, set aside to curdle. Add sugar, oil, and vanilla. Separately, mix together dry ingredients. Add in two batches to wet ingredients. Mix in oreos.
Fill liners 3/4 full.  Bake 18-20 minutes at 350.

Frost with your favorite buttercream, but add crushed oreos in!

Enjoy =]

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Race Time

This morning, I finished my first half marathon ever! 13.1 miles of excitement, fear, pain, sweat, nausea, happiness, success, and joy.  3.1 miles farther than I have ever carried myself on my own two legs.  13.1 miles to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research. 13.1 miles for the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco. Hoping to do a full marathon next year! I don't even know how I am saying that after the way I feel today, and the way my body felt in those last 3 miles today.  But I know I can do it.
I've never been a runner. Sure, I've casually run, but basically only because I really like to eat, so something has to balance that one out...

The sense of accomplishment is amazing. Knowing that I have done something for myself, fought through the stereotypes of what makes a runner,  and pushed myself to be something better than I was before.  I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to participate in this race, and I hope in some way my contribution to this event can help get the medical community closer to a cure for cancer.

Congratulations to all my fellow runners who competed this morning!

I'm hoping to make some Halloween treats this week, to celebrate my success and the lovely month of October. Oh yes. Deliciousness awaits...