A Sweet New Year

Helloooo blog friends! And happy (almost) New Year. I’ve spent the last week doing a whole lot of this-

That’s Kiwi the cat, snoozing of course. I spent six days visiting my family in Pennsylvania and I finally feel like I’ve caught up on sleep. I also may have given myself diabetes from all the sweets I ate. Kidding. Maybe. I’ve run decent mileage so far this week, so hopefully that cancels out some of the holiday goodies I’ve been indulging in. The stats so far:

Monday, December 26- Home for the Holidays 10k (6.2 miles)

Tuesday, December 27- 2 miles in the dark, cold, rain. So unpleasant, it was almost comical.

Wednesday, December 28- 2 mile shake out a.m., 8 miles p.m.

Thursday, December 29- 4 miles a.m. in PA

Friday, December 30- 10 miles a.m. in Brooklyn

Total so far: 32 miles

If I can log 10-12miles over the next two days, I will be a happy girl. That should bring me to the low-mid 40 mile range for the week – exactly where I want to be.

Before I left the ‘burbs, I wanted to make a special snack for my little New Year’s Eve shindig. Cake pops have been on my radar for some time, but they’re a bit labor intensive, so it’s taken me awhile to tackle them. The process isn’t difficult, but I was a little skeptical of crumbling up my freshly baked cake. It just seemed wrong.

Sweet facial expression, eh?

The “recipe” for these bad boys is quite simple. I used a boxed red velvet cake mix (don’t judge, even the pros use boxed mixes sometimes…) and added water and eggs as called for. However, I subbed in some “about to expire” Chobani 2% yogurt for the oil and didn’t notice a difference. After baking as directed, I crumbled up the cake with a fork and mixed it with 1 1/2 cups of chocolate frosting. I rolled the cake-frosting mixture into ping pong sized balls and placed them on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Then they went into the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up. Once the cake balls were cold, I melted some chocolate (12 oz of white baking chocolate, 24 oz white chocolate chips, and 6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips to be exact), skewered the balls, and dipped them in the melted chocolate. I placed the chocolate covered balls back on the wax covered baking sheets and popped them in the fridge until the chocolate hardened. I used three different chocolates to see which one worked best and the blocks of white baker’s chocolate melted smoother than the chips, FYI.

Ta-da! Waiting to be devoured tomorrow night…

I was feeling inspired (and okay, a little high from all the sugar), so I decided to make one more goodie. I call these things salted caramel crack, but I’m not sure that’s an official name. They’re based on Smitten Kitchen’s recipe. She’s my guru, you can’t go wrong.

If you’re coming to my place for New Year’s, don’t forget your insulin!

I’ve been back in the best borough (Brooklyn!) for a little over 24 hours now and it’s good to be home. Today, I led my running buddy Jacqui on a tour of the neighborhood. We covered about 10 miles, nice and easy and it was fabulous. The legs felt good and it was warm enough to run in short sleeves (!!). The run ended with brunch and a pint of this –

Ample Hills Munchies flavor: Pretzel infused ice cream with clusters of potato chips, pretzels, ritz crackers, and mini m&ms!

Tomorrow morning (New Year’s Eve), I have a destination run planned with friends, ending at the Doughnut Plant. Now do you understand the title of this post?

A call for help and a give-away!

I really want to win the Chocolate Milk Refuel grant and I need your assistance. Until January 15, you can vote for me by clicking here. It really only takes 10 seconds. To make it worth your while, I’ve decided to have a little give-away. I love baking and I want to make something for YOU. If you vote for me, leave a comment (you can vote once a day, so if you vote on multiple days, you can leave multiple comments!). I will randomly choose a winner at noon on Monday, January 2. The winner can choose any Runner’s Kitchen baked good recipe (within reason…I can’t ship a layer cake) and I’ll ship it out. Thanks for your help!!

  • Just voted! Second time since you last posted about it. 🙂 Cake pops look yummy…have fun this weekend!

  • Robin

    My mom makes her on version of that stuff for Passover…it’s the 1 time I eat matzah without complaining!

    I voted the first time you posted about this, but I just voted again yay 🙂  NYCH is a sore ripoff this year… regardless, see you there!

  • Love the cakeballs..so festive…I have a dinner party tomorrow night and these would be perfect to bring!

  • Shannon Ryan

    Voted.  Will try to do so daily if I remember

  • Bobbiec16

    voted but do see a place on their site to leave a comment?

  • i voted!!

  • Allison

    Voted! Good Luck! I’ll try to remember to vote again tomorrow.

  • Rachel Frenkil

    I voted! Good luck!

  • Liz

    I voted!

  • bainesmom

    I voted. Chocolate milk is a wonderful refueling option! I love it! Easy and cheap!

  • Hi megan.  I voted.  Good luck!  I Your cake pops look delicious and nice choice on the red velvet.  

  • Keren

    I voted! I just found out I got into the NYC half – I’m in Chicago now but coming back to NYC where I lived before to run it! Really excited… sub 2, I’m coming for you 🙂

  • that just might be the best ice cream I have ever seen!!!

  • I voted. Chocolate milk is yummy, thanks for the reminder.

  • I voted, and I’ll definitely vote again for you tomorrow! I understand how tough it can be to pay race fees. I wish I could race more, but it just doesn’t fit in the college student budget!
    All of your baking sounds delicious! I’ve never made cake pops before but maybe I should try?

  • yay just voted! p.s. i had to go to your ‘about me’ to figure out your name, as typing in ‘runner’s kitchen girl’ turned up no results on the refuel page. whoopsies! happy new year! 🙂 

  • Alicooks3

    voted! good luck…. chocolate milk and cake pops! yum 🙂

  • you know i don’t even like cake and i’m still excited to try these tonight.  also, because you used chobani they’re basically a health food, right?  champagne and sugar to close 2011, can’t wait!

  • Anne

    Voted.

  • Exciting! I just voted for you. Best of luck with the NYC Half.

  • Anonymous

    Now I’m even more sad that I’m not able to go to your shindig and I missed the doughnut plant run! GAH. Hope you guys have so much fun tonight – if I have a second wind I’ll run over to Brooklyn after the midnight race. heh.

    I voted! Hope you get it! AND, happy new year!

  • Ellie

    Voted for you!  Hope you win!

  • J (morning runner)

    I saw this post and I just knew I had to make cake pops for the NYE party I am going to tonight! I hope they turn out! I used funfetti cake.

  • those cake pops are calling me.
    voted for you!

  • done!

  • I’m gonna rock the vote! But, you don’t have to bake me anything. Ok, you can, I’ll still eat it. 🙂 HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish I could be at your party tonight!

  • Voted for you!  I’ll try to remember to continue voting through Jan 15th and you don’t have to bake me anything. 🙂  That ice cream looks phenomenal!  And I too probably now have diabetes, looking at that ice cream pushed me over the edge. oops!  Happy New Year! 

  • Page

    Cake pops with Chiobani?!?! GENIUS!  Thanks for the tip – mine were uber bad for you and love this healthy alternative.

    Happy New Year!

  • Shannon Ryan

    Voted again.

  • Shannon Ryan

    Voted again!

  • voted again!

  • Courtney

    Voted  for ya! Good Luck !!

  • Michelle

    Voted – I hope you win!

  • Amanda

    Voted!  Good luck!

  • mandy

    Voted.  Good luck to you!

  • Eblsiii

    Voted for you : ) Good Luck.

  • Ali

    Really? “The Best Borough?” REALLY, Megan?! I’m upset by that statement. I support you living there and stuff, but you don’t have Central Park. You don’t have the Bridle Path. You don’t have Christmas tree stands on every corner. Oh wait, you do, but you still chose to buy one on the UES & lug it home to Brooklyn. Reason #100 why I adore you.

    In other news, I voted for you. I will continue to do so. I really want you to bake me something awesome. Like a layer cake. I’ll come pick it up in the 2nd Best Borough.