We’re a Friendly Breed

Waking up to work out at 6am on a Saturday is not a normal thing for this gal. However, when you’ve got a breakfast date with two fun ladies at your favorite breakfast spot, that’s enough to get your booty movin’!

This morning’s workout consisted of a mini date with Jillian and her six-pack abs, followed by a quick 2-mile run on the treadmill. Everything about today’s exercise felt extremely challenging…perhaps my body telling me to cool it with the way-too-early for a weekend workouts?

Whatever the reason, I was happy to have it done and got myself ready to meet up with these lovely ladies!

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Katie and I have already met up numerous times, but this was my first time to meet the lovely Brittney! A few weeks ago, she mentioned that she was heading up this way for a wedding (she’s a lucky North Carolinian!) and asked if anyone was around to meet up. Us bloggers really are a friendly breed, aren’t we?

We met up this morning at Café Madison which, as you may already know, is home of my absolute favorite Red Raspberry Oatmeal Pancakes. Of course, I started off with a mandatory cup of coffee…

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and then had another. Smile

I don’t know why I didn’t just stick with my gut on the pancakes, but I made a game-time decision and ended up going with a make-your-own-omelet.

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I ordered an egg-white omelet with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and spinach. Alas, they did not give me my egg whites, and the omelet was actually pretty greasy. Total bummer. Sad smile

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Luckily, they make some killer home fries,

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and some amazing homemade honey whole wheat bread, so I ate most of these.

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I can’t complain, since I was with some amazing company, and really spent the majority of the time chatting away anyways! Since Brittney is from Charlotte, she graciously offered to show Jay and I around if we were ever to make it down that way…

Hmmmmm……possible vacation?!?!? Winking smile

Thanks for a great morning, ladies!

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Once I got home, I got to work on some cupcakes that I’m making for a birthday party for Jay’s grandma tomorrow. I’ve got 4 dozen to bring…one dozen down, three to go!

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This batch is a golden cupcake with lemon curd filling and white chocolate buttercream frosting.

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Nice and springy, wouldn’t ya say? Smile

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Now Jay and I are headed out for the day to hang out with some good friends and family, with a possible dinner outing later this evening. It’s sure to be a fun day!

Question for the Day:

What’s your favorite breakfast to order when out to eat?

Buttermilk Chocolate Cupcakes (with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting)

5:00am wakeup call and this awesome workout DONE! Time to tackle today! But first…some sweet treats and a few recipes for you all on this lovely morning!

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As many of you already know, I took part in a little cupcake baking this weekend!

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When my mom asked if I could make some cupcakes for my grandma’s birthday, I immediately knew that I wanted to use a recipe that incorporated buttermilk. I’ve had the carton sitting in my fridge since last week, and really didn’t want it to go to waste. Luckily, after a little searching and tweaking, I found a recipe I was looking for!

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The cupcakes are not only easy to make, but are super delicious. They have a light, fluffy texture that pairs well with really any frosting. Well, at least two that I know of…

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I was having a really difficult time deciding on a frosting to make with these, since there’s been a few that I’ve wanted to experiment with. Luckily, I narrowed it down to two.

The first frosting I made was a Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. This was totally inspired by the tub of Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Cream Cheese that I’ve had lurking in the fridge. I had a feeling it would make a phenomenal frosting (right Jess??), and it definitely did not disappoint!

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The second frosting was, well, out of this freakin’ world if you ask me! This White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting fit just perfectly with these rich chocolate cupcakes.

After a few minutes, the frosting even hardens a bit, making it almost candy-like. It’s incredible…like, it’s-ok-to-lick-it-off-any-surface-it-lands-on incredible. Winking smile

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But don’t just take my word for it…go ahead and make a batch of these delicious little gems!

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    ENJOY! Smile

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Raffle for Life

If you have an extra minute today, please head on over to my dear friend Heather’s blog to participate in the THS Raffle for Life. The raffle goes through Saturday and was created by Heather to help raise money for Relay for Life in honor of her Aunt Pat who passed away from cancer. You’ll even have a chance to put your raffle tickets towards some baked goods from yours truly! Open-mouthed smile