Pumpkin’s Purple Princess Party

On Saturday my precious, little Pumpkin turned 3.  I tried to keep her 2 a little longer, but she just refused.  So we celebrated turning 3 with a purple princess party!

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyThis girl loves purple and he loves princesses!  So, when I asked her what kind of birthday she wanted this year there was no hesitation.  Princess! 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyI kept the food simple.  I ordered a platter from Jimmy John’s and made chicken fries.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyThere were purple grapes and strawberries. 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyPurple cauliflower, carrots and tomatoes.  Princess Goldfish, pasta salad, pretzel thins and hummus and Go Go Squeeze.  And there weren’t many leftovers! 

Dessert is my favorite part of the party!  I love to bake! So of course we had cookies.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyThese were so fun to decorate!  I enjoyed coming up with different ways to decorate the crowns and stars.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyThis was probably my favorite cookie, though. 

And of course there was cake!

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyI decided to go super simple on the cake, but I really like how it turned out!  The hardest part was finding a crown without a Disney character on it!  Thank goodness for the Halloween section!  I also make cupcakes which I just frosted with white buttercream and topped with silver sprinkles and a purple chocolate crown.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyI also put out some cake balls that I made with leftover cake and candy melts and a little tin of dark chocolate Kisses (because they have purple wrappers!). And I picked up this gorgeous frame at IKEA and then picked up a wood letter and spray painted it silver, then adhered lots of big silver glitter to it!  And then we raided the Christmas decorations for the lights.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyFor craft time I picked up these fun colored paper crowns from Oriental Trading and I also ordered some sticky gems for the kids to decorate.  They had so much fun putting their personal touch on their crowns and then wearing them for the rest of the party.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyOf course Pumpkin picked the purple crown!  And even though she had a pretty silver crown from lace I made her for the party she wore the paper crown more.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyAfter crafting and eating dinner the kiddos were getting super antsy for cake!  Including this princess dinosaur! 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyWe lit 3 purple candles and sang happy birthday.  The birthday princess sang along, too!  She was so cute!  And she couldn’t wait for us to finish the song before trying to blow out the candles. 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyAfter cake and ice cream, there were presents.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyAnd my sweet girl was spoiled rotten by her friends and family!  She loved everything and is now in princess heaven!  She and Cupcake had a great time playing with all the new princesses yesterday. 

I can’t believe my baby is 3!!! 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #party

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Friday Fitness: Busy with Birthday

I totally slacked on posts this week!  I had every intention of getting at least one craft project posted.  The one where I made shirts for the Rock’n’Roll half marathon (and I used the same method for Market to Market).  But the pictures are on my old hard drive.  And I have yet to move those pictures over to the new laptop.  And we have a birthday this week, so I’ve been doing all things purple princess party (which I will talk all about next week!).

It was a slow week fitness-wise, but it was kind of nice to take a little break.  I’ve been going, going, going all year, minus the week I had the flu back in February.  And the only race I have on the calendar for the rest of the year is a 5K so I don’t have to log so many miles.  I can focus on strength training and speed. And that all starts next week!

Biking with MRTTWe had some fun this week!  On Saturday 5 of us loaded up our bikes and hit the path for our own version of a duathlon!  We ran a 5K (10:00 min/mile in the rain), then biked 20K (11.4 mph and thankfully the rain stopped).  It was so fun to change up the usual Saturday long run!  We’ll definitely do this again!  Even if they make fun of my bright yellow cruiser.  I can bike 20K without a road bike!

Sunday – rest (as usual)

On Monday I had Stroller Strength. I’ve been getting to SS early since school started back up to get some running miles in before class, but Cupcake didn’t have school on Monday so I had to take her with me.  So, I only got about 1.75 miles (run/walk) in and we worked legs.

Tuesday I was ready to run since Cupcake was back at school.  The plan was to meet up with some running buddies after Pumpkin’s gymnastics class, but by the time her class was done it was raining.  And then it rained all day.  And then I came home and got busy working on birthday party prep and sewing and I never got a workout in. 

Wednesday was trail running group!

Trail running groupI love me some trail running!  We tried a new loop in the park and I like it much better than the out and back path we usually take.  We got 4 miles (11:30 min/mile) in.  (well everyone else’s GPS said 4 miles, but for some reason mine only said 3.75 so I don’t know what that was about!)  And we got it done before it got dark.  We still have 4 weeks of trail running group to go and we’re not sure if we’re doing to be able to get the full hour in before nightfall those last few weeks.

After those evening miles on the trail I was up and at ’em for 3.1 stroller pushing miles (9:49 min/mile) yesterday morning before stroller strength with a few of my running buddies before Stroller Strength.  It was crazy windy which made pushing a stroller a whole lot of fun!  I got another 1.04 miles of walking in during class and we did tabata rounds.  Then I came home and did some extra core work because we’re doing a core challenge for October.

PlankingPumpkin woke me up super early this morning, even earlier than I would’ve woken up on my own to get my workout in.  So I’m now waiting until Cupcake gets on the bus to get my workout in today.  It’s going to be a DVD workout day.  I’m thinking upper body fix from the 21 Day Fix series.  And I’ll do my core challenge workout for the day.

And then I’ll spend the rest of the day finishing the last of my birthday party to do list, which means running around the house like a crazy woman so that will be my cardio for the day.  😉


Have a great weekend!!!

Air Force 10K – Race Recap

Last Saturday was the Air Force Marathon Series.  I registered for the 10K race way back on Jan 1, so I waited a long time to run this race!  And luckily I got to run it with lots of running buddies!

Air Force 10K Race Recap #runningI love having my Moms Run This Town girls with me at races!  It makes it so much more fun!  The majority of this group ran the 10K, but we also had a half marathon mom and full marathon runner!  And for 2 of our girls it was their first race.  So there was a lot of excitement and nervousness going on!

The race had a 7:30 start, but due to the craziness that is trying to park with 15,000 of your best running friends we had to arrive super early!  Like 5:30 early!  But that gave up plenty of time to park, walk a mile to the start line, chit chat, warm up and take a few bathroom breaks.

Air Force 10K Race Recap #runningThe sun started to come up and we made our way to the start line.  I found a place near the 9:00 min/mile pace team for the marathon, watched the fly over and waited for the gun.

Once I set off I tried not to start out too fast.  It was pretty easy to do since there were a lot of people to pass.  I was quite disappointed at the number of walkers so far in the front of the race. 

Air Force 10K race recap #runningThe 9:15 min/mile pace was OK with me because I knew I could make up that time later in the race.  It was when I started climbing that hill and still had to dodge people that I started to worry about my pace.  The combo of uphill and people in my way really slowed me down.  But I started to make up that time on the downhill.  And the crowd started clearing out.

I was feeling really good by the time I hit 4 miles.  But when my Map My Run prompt came through it paused my music.  I was in a groove and I really didn’t want to mess that up by trying to fumble with my phone.  So I just kept running.

Once I made the turn for mile 5 there was a slight incline combined with strong headwind.  And the quiet in my headset.  I could see the finish line, but it still looked far away.  Luckily I caught a glimpse of the flyover and parachuting for the half marathon start, so that was a nice distraction. 

Once I came into the shoot I gave it all I got.  It was .25 miles of full on running through military planes to cross the finish (with one of the worst finishing photos I have ever seen!).  Chip time 55:41 (8:59 min/mile).

Air Force 10K race recap #running I didn’t meet my goal.  It wasn’t a PR.  I think I’m OK with that.  I lost a lot of time in that first 1.5 miles trying to get around people and I haven’t actually been doing any speed training lately.  I’ve been very focused on distance this year.

After crossing the finish line I headed outside the runners area and found a spot at the finish line to cheer my fellow MRTT girls through.  I saw the rest of the 10K runners cross and got pictures of most of them. 

Air Force 10K race recap #runningWe stuck around for a while to chat and share our experiences with the rest of the group before making that mile trek back to the car. 

This was a really fun race and my last big race of the year.  All I have left is Jingle Bell Run (5K) in December.  I’m thinking about what races I want to do next year and this one might make the list again. 

Air Force 10K race recap #runningAnyone else been racing lately? 

Cheese Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme

It’s time to get cooking!  After hubby being gone for 11 days for work I’m back in the kitchen.  You see, I don’t really cook while he’s gone because he’s usually the only one who eats my food.  Not because it’s not good, but because I have two picky little eaters in my house.  Yesterday I went to the grocery store, prepped fruits and veggies for the week, roasted a whole chicken in the Crock Pot, put together a meal to dump in the Crock Pot later in the week and put the chicken bones back into the Crock Pot to make broth overnight. 

But this Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme recipe doesn’t require a lot of prep work!  It comes together really fast and easy!  And it’s delicious! 

Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme #recipe #dinner #pasta #meatless #meatlessmondayI love butternut squash and it makes a great substitute for tomato sauce tossed with cheese ravioli.  And fresh thyme adds some extra pizzazz! 

Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme #recipe #dinner #pasta #meatless #meatlessmondayThis is a great meal to make tonight for meatless Monday!  I actually made this while hubby was out of the country.  And then I ate all the leftovers myself.  Even the leftovers are delicious!

Cheese Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into ½" cubes (about 1 lb)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp. small fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 package cheese ravioli
  • ¼ c. grated Parmesan


  1. Cook the ravioli according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the squash, season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme and cook, uncovered, tossing occasionally, until the squash is tender and beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  4. Transfer the ravioli to plates, top with the squash mixture and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme #recipe #dinner #pasta #meatless #meatlessmonday

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza

I don’t make dessert all that often, though I love to bake.  I mostly try to reserve baking for special events.  We definitely don’t have dessert after dinner every night in this house.  Weeks might go by without having dessert.  But when we have company I like to have dessert.  And we had company!  So we made dessert. A peanut butter marshmallow cookie pizza!  And it was good.

Kid in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza #dessert #recipe #bakingHave you ever heard of a HOOT OWL?  I first heard of a HOOT OWL when Cupcake was a baby.  It’s when moms and kids get together because their Husband is Out Of Town Or Working Late.  I have hosted a HOOT OWL as well as attended a few.  Most of the time it’s held at someone’s house, but occasionally we’ll meet up at a restaurant.  Typically Chick-fil-A.  Because the kids actually eat their food at Chick-fil-A and they have that awesome indoor play area! 

Anywho, I invited my gal, Lindsay over for dinner for a HOOT OWL as both of our hubby’s were out of town for work.  I have two girls. She has two girls. I like to run. She likes to run. I like to eat dinner. She likes to eat dinner.  :)  We had a great time catching up and the girls had a great time playing.  A night in with friends was much needed by both of us!  And then we had dessert.

The girls got hands on in the kitchen making the Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza.  It’s been interesting having two kitchen helpers.  They did a great job of making the pizza, taking turns adding ingredients.

Kid in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza #dessert #recipe #bakingThough Cupcake is in charge of the mixer.  Pumpkin doesn’t seem to mind.  Their favorite part of this recipe, though, was pressing the dough into the pizza pan!

Kid in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza #dessert #recipe #bakingI might have had to smooth out their handy work…………..  They also really enjoyed putting all the toppings on the pizza once the cookie had been cooked.  And they were great about being careful with the hot stone.  I might have also had to smooth out their handy work there, too.  All the peanuts were in a mound in the middle!Kid in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza #dessert #recipe #bakingThis is a great baking project for kids.  It’s very hands on with lots of steps they can help with.  After dinner we finally got to dive into the pizza and it was a hit.  Everyone, moms and kids, gave it a thumbs up.  And the moms might have had seconds. 

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza
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  1. Shortening for greasing pizza pan
  2. 1 1/4 cups flour
  3. 3/4 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  7. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  8. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  10. 1 large egg
  11. flour for shaping dough
  12. 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts
  13. 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  14. 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease the pizza pan with shortening.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the butter, peanut butter, sugars and egg. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture and beat just until blended.
  5. Put the dough in the center of the pizza pan and with flour dusted hands spread the dough out evenly in the pan.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until cookie is just beginning to brown.
  7. Transfer to a cooling rack. Sprinkle the peanuts evening over the cookie. Sprinkle the marshmallows, then the chocolate chips over the cookie.
  8. Return the cookie pizza to the oven for 4 to 6 minutes until the marshmallows are puffy and lightly browned.
  9. Remove the pizza pan from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack until chocolate is firm (about 3 hours).
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