Thursday, February 2, 2012

TTT - test run, wiw2wtw, & cupcakes

TEST RUN:  After work yesterday I met with a friend who is a relatively new runner.  She was doing a run/walk and I figured that was a great way to test my knee.  I had decided that if all went well, I'd meet with my running group this weekend. If not, I'd wait another week and test it again.

In the end, it didn't hurt, but it didn't feel quite right either.  I've decided to take the middle ground and go for a short 2 mile solo run this weekend rather than run 4 miles with the group.  

WIW2WTW:  I've included photos of how I've shown up at work thus far.  Prepared this post before getting dressed for work, so today's outfit is missing.

The dress on Monday was comfortable, but I think I need a different belt.  The peace sign belt made me look like a hippy. LOL.

The scarf that I wore on Tuesday is in high demand at my house.  My daughter keeps "borrowing" it and "forgetting" to give it back.  I'm not sure what to think of that other than she & I like similar colors.

And while I don't think it photographed all that well, I will tell you that I got a lot of compliments on Wednesday (black skirt outfit with tights and boots) whereas nobody said anything to me about what I was wearing any of the other days this week or last.  So I'm thinking that outfit is definitely a winner.

CUPCAKES:  Enough of you asked for more info on the death by Oreo cupcakes that I mentioned, so I am passing on the recipe.  Be warned, they are addicting!!  Recipe maked 24 cupcakes. 

What you'll need:
1 pkg regular oreos
cupcake liners
1 pkg chocolate cake mix (I prefer Pillsbury chocolate, which has you add 3 eggs and for high altitude I add an additional 1/4 cup flour to the mix.)

For Frosting:   Do not use this full recipe.  Either make it all, use half and save the rest for later, or make half a recipe.  Trust me on this.
8 oz cream cheese - room temp
8 T butter (1 stick) - room temp
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
2-3 T milk

Add cupcake liners to cupcake pan.  Place an Oreo at the bottom of each liner.

Coarsely crush half remaining oreos (I break them up by hand).  Prepare cake mix per instructions.  Add Oreo pieces to mix.  Fill cupcake liners with mix & cook.

Note:  I cook for 15 min at 350 deg even though the boxed mix instructions say to cook longer.  Not sure if that is a high altitude thing or because of that added cookies to the mix.  In any event, I suggest checking after 15 mins.  

Finely crush remaining Oreos (or, if you make half a recipe of frosting, eat 3 cookies and finely crush the rest. just kidding. sort of.).  I do this in a food processor.

For frosting, mix cream cheese and butter with vanilla until smooth.  Add powdered sugar.  Add milk as needed to get desired consistency.  Blend in crushed oreos.

Frost cupcakes when cool.  Enjoy!!


  1. Those cupcakes sound goooood!

    I often find cake or cupcake recipes make waaaay too much.

  2. Great pics! I find that I get more compliments when I wear boots too. Wonder why? I guess people like boots. LOL

  3. I think wearing skirts or boots get comments regardless. At least this is the case where I work!! I wore riding boots once and got soo many comments from various guys. It weirded me out a little haha. So I haven't worn them since and they ask all the time "hey where are your boots". Umm... No. Haha

  4. I better not even TRY this recipe. I'm sure I will be addicted. :)

  5. I'm glad your knee wasn't painful. Hopefully, the 2 miler will go well and you can keep easing back into it!

    I love the pattern on your dress!

  6. New follower! Good decision about the knee! Um death by oreo...I'm going to have to try and then throw away the recipe...look forward to reading.

  7. Ohh I love that scarf too! It's a nice pop of color!

    And I really love the third outfit!

  8. Great pics, the daughters always steal something to their moms!
    My doubt is always the same: solo or in group? In group I push too much and this is not good.
    Have a good week end.

  9. Wow, thanks for the recipe. I guess.....:)

  10. You're wise to be patient with the running. I know it's hard, though! Those cupcakes sound delicious!

  11. All the outfits are pretty, especially the last one!
    I better not try the cupcake recipe. I do not have willpower at all.

  12. Great outfits, but I agree the last one is the best. And I'm sure it feels good to get compliments :)

  13. Made the cupcakes yesterday. They were a hit!