Thankful Thursday: onward ho edition

I’ve been severely slacking on my postings, but I’m full of thankfulness, love, and cake this lovely Thursday afternoon thanks to my wonderful co-workers’ despedido…Today is my last full day of work with the lovely people at my non-profit property management job, and it’s a bittersweet goodbye as I move onward ho to grad school. Bittersweet goodbye softened by some sweets!

despedido

Seriously the cake was delicioso! Gluten-free? Not so much, but when people buy you cake (and pizza… I confess lunch=pizza+cake) it means they love you… so eat the cake… say your sorry to your digestive system later ๐Ÿ™‚

It also means that this WOD needs to happen before spin tonight…

2 rounds as close together as you can of:

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Tonight is also my last cycle class with the lovely spinners at LA Fitness in Arlington, VA. I LOVE teaching spin… seeing my students get (in the ubiquitous words of Kanye) better, strong, faster!

So, I made them a special goodbye playlist…

Sayonara Sara Spin List

  1. Rabiosa- Shakira feat Pitbull (2:50) -warm up fast flat
  2. More (RedOne Jimmy Joker Remix)- Usher (3:40) -warm up alternating 30sec in the saddle then 30 sec out
  3. Que Sera- Wax Tailor (2:44) -stretch
  4. Let’s Go- Calvin Harris feat Ne-Yo (3:46) -Climb <—fave cycle song to date!
  5. Work It Out- Lil Jon feat Pitbull (3:44) -Jump
  6. Work Hard, Play Hard- Wiz Khalifa (3:39) -Hill… mainly because Wiz is from the burgh!
  7. Halo/Walking on Sunshine- Glee Cast Version (2:05) -Sprint
  8. Club Can’t Handle Me- Flo Ride feat David Guetta (3:52) -Climb
  9. Bang Bang- K’naan feat Adam Levine (3:03) -Jumps… fast jumps!
  10. No Hands- Waka Flocka Flame (4:22)- Hill… I shouldn’t love this song, but I DO SO MUCH!
  11. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye- Train (4:08)- Sprint
  12. Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke feat T.I & Pharrell (4:23)- Climb
  13. Sexy and I Know It- LMFAO (3:19)- Jumps
  14. Man in the Box- Alice in Chains (4:49)- Hill
  15. All Jacked Up- Gretchen Wilson (3:32)-Out of the saddle Sprints… I can’t let them get away without playing a little bit of country in there somewhere… Yes, you can workout to it!
  16. Harlem Shake- Baauer (3:16)- Fast flat!
  17. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye- Steam (4:09) Cool down
  18. Don’t Stop Believin’ -Journey (4:09)… Goodbye music… and the unofficial anthem of Pittsburgh

And of course I’ll play a little Hall and Oates Ode to Sara(h)’s everywhere…

Celebrating (half)Birthday(s) with Black Bean Cake

Well, spring has finally sprung in DC and that seems to bring on a slew of new things to love… enjoyable outside runs (let’s be honest… no one likes running in the winter), fresh spring recipes, and a slew of friends’ birthdays (and weddings…BEWARE wedding season is coming)

This past week (after a great weekend celebrating my wonderful friend Jhonna’s birthday on Sunday and also getting in a 11mile run) I went to an outdoor carnival and then enjoyed a free Happy Half-Birthday treat from Rita’s Italian Ice (quite possible the best dairy-free sweet treat option out there!) If you haven’t had Rita’s… fine one… fast!

carnival!

We rode the Ferris wheel, the bumper cars, and enjoyed the beautiful weather! It was a great night out! But, I realized I only have 6 more months to complete my 2013 Bucket List:

  • Make Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon
  • Go sailing (not just sit on a sail boat… actually sail)
  • Do 1 unassisted pull up #yesicanย 
  • Climb Old Rag
  • Go to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (how have I never been there!)ย 

Then just last night we celebrated another friend’s birthday with this beautiful #glutenfree chocolatey goodness…

#Glutenfree Black Bean Cake

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I made two batched of the following recipe to get two cakes. Made a butter cream filling (1 stick butter with powdered sugar and some milk drizzled in) and put some sliced strawberries in the middle with it (but I think it would be amazing with bananas and coconut on top!). Then, I topped it all with powdered sugar and viola… a healthier, gluten-free version of a chocolate cake. It’s very moist and fudgey and wonderful… go make it… like NOW (well after you finish reading this)

Ingredients:

  • 1 15oz can of black beans
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2C sugar (next time I make it I’m going to try and take all of the sugar out ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 TBSP cocoa powder (I mixed 1/2 regular with 1/2 dark choc)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  1. Preheat over to 350*
  2. Grease a 9″ cake pan and then “flour” it with some cocoa powder
  3. Drain and rinse black beans.
  4. Put beans, eggs, sugar and vanilla in food processor and whir whir whir until it’s all liquified.
  5. If your food processor is big enough you can add the remaining ingredients and blend until incorporated. If not (like me), mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, add the wet, stir and then pour into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Until the top springs back when you touch it. Be careful not to overbake it!
  7. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack.
  8. Flip out of pan and allow to cool completely before topping, stacking, frosting, or whatever deliciousness you have planned for this amazing cake.

Today I’m planning on baking/cooking up a storm in the kitchen today so get ready for some more recipes ๐Ÿ˜€ And then it’s onto a 15K run to prep for my Pittsburgh half-marathon! 3 weeks and counting and then May #crossfit membership starts (whoop whoop!)

Planning anything fun this weekend?ย