Peanut Butter Runner http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com by jen decurtins Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:52:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=146 Weekend: Sweet Treats + Sweet Pups http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/weekend-sweet-treats-sweet-pups/ http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/weekend-sweet-treats-sweet-pups/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:52:18 +0000 http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/?p=17707 Very low key but lovely weekend here in Charlotte. Here is a quick recap…heavy on cake and golden retriever pictures, per usual. I kicked off the weekend with a Friday afternoon cupcake date. We stopped by Suarez Bakery and picked out a cookie dough and pina colada cupcake to share. The highlight of my Friday […]

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Very low key but lovely weekend here in Charlotte. Here is a quick recap…heavy on cake and golden retriever pictures, per usual.

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I kicked off the weekend with a Friday afternoon cupcake date. We stopped by Suarez Bakery and picked out a cookie dough and pina colada cupcake to share.

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The highlight of my Friday was receiving a message from a student that his daughter had spotted a copy of my book on the shelf at Barnes and Noble…in Anchorage, Alaska! This is exciting because a) I didn’t even know my book was being sold in stores and b) Alaksa!!!! I posted this on Instagram and someone else told me that they checked the book out of their library in NEW ZEALAND! I’ve gone global! :) (Fun fact…my book was also printed in Dutch and my publisher sent me a copy. It’s hysterical.)

YOU CAN ORDER YOUR OWN COPY HERE. PLEASE!

Shameless begging over! Moving on…

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I am loving my leisurely weekend mornings. On Saturday I played around with acai for the first time and developed a new granola recipe. More on both in future posts this week!

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I arrived at the studio on Saturday to teach my 11:15 a.m. class and one of my favorite and dearest students was there to surprise me with a birthday cake. I met Claudia when I started teaching at Om Yoga two years ago and she is one of the most beautiful, genuine and thoughtful people that I know. Anytime I have her in my classes she lights up the room. This summer her daughter is practicing with me at Y2 while she’s home from college. Some of you might remember that Claudia baked me a Reese’s cake last fall. She spoils me!

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She baked me a strawberry cake that tasted like shortcake!

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Look how beautiful! What a generous treat!

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On Saturday evening we grabbed a casual dinner at Foxcroft Wine Co. As I mentioned in my post reviewing Corkbuzz, Foxcroft Wine Co. is my favorite wine bar in Charlotte. It’s so relaxed and I love that you can browse their retail section to choose a bottle for dinner. Their food is amazing and reasonably priced. The service is warm and friendly. It’s one of those places where the staff learns your name. We look forward to their seasonal grilled okra every year! You can find a copycat-ish recipe on my blog here.

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I immediately changed into comfy clothes and harassed Zoey after dinner. She actually doesn’t mind being held…it just looks ridiculous!

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Sunday morning cuddles. (She does NOT sleep in the bed…just visits on special occasions!)

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Brunch…perfecting my omelets! :)

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The most glorious four mile run. The weather in Charlotte was incredible on Sunday. Mid 80s and low humidity with not a cloud in the sky.

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After my run I taught Total Strength at the Y and then hit up Target and Trader Joe’s. I’ll have a Trader Joe’s shopping haul post for you later this week.

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I wrapped up the weekend in a flurry of cleaning, laundry, organization and overall prep for the week ahead. I love to start the week with a clean slate.

Monday has already been off to a busy start…I trained clients at 5:30 and 6:30 and taught yoga at 8:15. I’m off to the vet now with Sullie. She has a hot spot on her face so I’m going to get that taken care of.

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Have a great week!

Was your weekend active or low-key? What was the highlight of your weekend? Any sweet treats?



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A Total Body Strength Workout & A Cardio CrossFit Workout + Weekly Workout Recap http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/a-total-body-strength-workout-a-cardio-crossfit-workout-weekly-workout-recap/ http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/a-total-body-strength-workout-a-cardio-crossfit-workout-weekly-workout-recap/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:17:49 +0000 http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/?p=17702 Hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend. Rainy weather yesterday brought in some cooler weather. It’s currently 79 and low humidity and it’s amazing. A welcome change after two weeks of 98-100 degree days. I’m going to head out for a run and soak up the sunshine after I publish this post. Here’s my recap of […]

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Hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend. Rainy weather yesterday brought in some cooler weather. It’s currently 79 and low humidity and it’s amazing. A welcome change after two weeks of 98-100 degree days. I’m going to head out for a run and soak up the sunshine after I publish this post.

Here’s my recap of this week’s workouts along with two new workouts for you to try out yourself! One is a strength workout and the other is more of a bodyweight cardio CrossFit style workout. I did a good job with alternating yoga and run/lift days this week. Still want to up the strength work a little more but overall happy with how things are going and feeling.

Monday

Hot yoga

Tuesday

3 mile run + strength

3 rounds:

20 back squats, first 10 drop and hold for 3 count and second 10 to a 2/2 pace (65#)
10 band assisted pull ups
15 chest flies (15#)
20 kettlebell deadlifts (35#) – check out this video demonstration. This is a great alternative to barbell deadlifts.
15 tricep dips
10 overhead press (15#)
10 bicep curls (15#)
10 plate chops, each side (15#) – check out this video demonstration by one of our trainers…this is a GREAT oblique exercise

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PBR Total Body Strength Workout

Wednesday

Hot yoga

Thursday

CrossFit

4 rounds for time:

400 meter run
20 burpee box jumps – more about burpee box jumps in this post
20 sit ups
20 wall balls

I self-programmed this cardio heavy WOD. It was long and tough. It took me over 28 minutes to finish. A great modification would be to do 10 burpee box jumps instead of 20 because they took over 2 minutes each round.

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PBR Burpee Box Jump Workout

Friday

3.5 mile run

Saturday

Hot yoga

Sunday

3 mile run + teach Total Strength

I teach a once monthly rotation at the Y. I love it! I’ll post whatever workout I program for y’all later this week.

And that’s all I’ve got for ya. Happy sweating! As always, let me know if you have questions or feedback on anything! :)

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First Taste (and Sip!): Corkbuzz Charlotte http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/first-taste-and-sip-corkbuzz-charlotte/ http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/first-taste-and-sip-corkbuzz-charlotte/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:23:15 +0000 http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/?p=17685 New York City wine bar Corkbuzz recently opened its first location outside of New York right here in Charlotte in the SouthPark neighborhood. It’s located in the same development as Whole Foods and adjacent to SouthPark Mall. I typically steer clear of new restaurants for the first couple of months they are open to avoid […]

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New York City wine bar Corkbuzz recently opened its first location outside of New York right here in Charlotte in the SouthPark neighborhood. It’s located in the same development as Whole Foods and adjacent to SouthPark Mall. I typically steer clear of new restaurants for the first couple of months they are open to avoid the crowds and let them iron out their service but one of my friends made reservations for a group of us to try it out on Thursday for a girl’s night.

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Our table was ready when we arrived for our 6:45 p.m. reservation. The place was packed! The interior features a blend of bar seating (the chairs look comfortable), tables and built-in bench/couch like seating with throw pillows.

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Our party of five was seated in a corner table. The restaurant was very loud but we were able to easily chat given the set up of our table.

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We all ordered wine first. They have a small selection of wines by the glass along with a large list of bottles. Given that it’s a “wine studio” I was surprised that there weren’t more bottles available by the glass but they did have a varied selection of varietals for those that were available. The price point on the by the glass was pretty high. The Chappellet Mountain Cuvee that I selected was $15 per glass. I would say the average by the glass cost was around $15 with a few in the $10-12 range and a few closer to $20.

I was pleased to find they offered a full food menu with everything from light bites to appetizers to entrees to charcuterie and cheese. First, because wine and good food go so well together and second, I think it’s pretty important to have a bite to eat to go along with drinks.

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I ordered two appetizers. First, a crab cake topped with a delicious tomato jam.

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And second, a burrata and pea salad. They called this a salad but I would not consider this a salad. Regardless, it tasted great. Burrata has been showing up on more and more menus and I love it. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. It’s similar to fresh mozzarella but even creamier on the inside.

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Two of my girlfriends got the burger and it was all sorts of awesome. Another friend ordered the trout and said it was also really good.

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Things went a little downhill when it came time for dessert. We ordered two desserts to share. The first was a espresso or coffee flavored pot de creme (can’t remember) which was good but the second was just weird. Our waiter recommended this corn and blueberry dessert that featured corn ice cream, custard and meringue. It was served with fresh corn and blueberries. Where do I start? The corn ice cream was hard as a rock and we literally had to chisel into it (it was inside of the meringue shell). In addition to being hard and not creamy like you’d expect ice cream to be, it just didn’t taste good. All of the various textures in this dish did not play well together and the fresh corn on the plate didn’t do anything to help the dish. Several of us agreed it was kind of the worst dessert we’d ordered in a restaurant.

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Here are my overall thoughts:

The Good:

- Our server was personable, patient and attentive. (Like graciously taking this group photo three times.)
– The food was delicious and there was a nice selection to choose from.
– The atmosphere was inviting.
– The seating was cozy.

Considerations:

- The food service was SLOW. I think we waited an hour for our food to come out from the kitchen after placing our order. Like I said, our server was great and quickly brought wine refills, water refills, etc. but the kitchen was clearly backed up. I anticipate this will improve once they get in the groove. They had only been open a little over a week.
– The wine was pretty pricy. Spending $15-$20 a glass is NYC prices, not CLT prices! – It was very loud.
– That corn dessert…

Overall, it was a really fun evening. We’ll give Corkbuzz a pass on the corn dessert. :) I’ll definitely return. It’s a welcome alternative to the Dean & Deluca wine bar but my heart still stays with Foxcroft Wine Co. as my wine bar of choice in Charlotte.

Charlotte locals…favorite wine bar? Have you tried Corbuzz yet?

What is the weirdest dessert you’ve ever ordered at a restaurant?


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7 Sweaty & Summer Skin Care Tips + 5 Beauty Products I’m Loving http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/7-sweaty-summer-skin-care-tips-5-beauty-products-im-loving/ http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/7-sweaty-summer-skin-care-tips-5-beauty-products-im-loving/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:47:59 +0000 http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/?p=17672 I don’t know about you, but I definitely find that my beauty routine changes with the seasons. I recently received a question from a reader about my skin and body care specifically when it comes to exercise. Here’s what she wrote: “Hello! I’m curious what kind of skin care you use for your body given […]

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I don’t know about you, but I definitely find that my beauty routine changes with the seasons. I recently received a question from a reader about my skin and body care specifically when it comes to exercise. Here’s what she wrote:

“Hello! I’m curious what kind of skin care you use for your body given that you often exercise multiple times a day or aren’t able to shower immediately after sweating. I am getting married in a month and now that I’m sweating more during my workouts (thanks to summer weather) I’m trying to achieve a balance between a possible back acne breakout and freaking my skin out. Thanks!”

Well, first off…I don’t exercise multiple times per day but I DO sweat multiple times per day. I often teach two hot yoga classes in addition to working out so that’s a lot of sweat in a day. For the most part, my face routine is pretty similar to what I recapped in this post except I’m not using the retinoid cream. It was just too much for my skin so I cut it out many months ago. Overall, I feel like my skin is in a really good place right now. Minus a few breakouts here and there around the time of my cycle, all is clear!

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Here are some specific tips for skin care when you’re sweating a lot due to workouts or summer weather:

  • Wash your face immediately after exercise. Try not to let all of that sweat and makeup residue sit on your skin for hours after you workout.
  • I personally don’t do this but I have quite a few students and clients who remove their makeup prior to working out/practicing hot yoga so that they’re working with “clean sweat.”
  • Use a washcloth when you wash your face at the end of the day. This one has been huge for me in helping to really cleanse the pores and slough off dead skin. I put my facewash on a wet washcloth and cleanse my face using gentle circular motions. No scrubbing! I find this helps so much! I have yet to invest in any type of cleansing brush like a Clarisonic. Let me know if anyone has experience and thinks they’re worth it.
  • Use an at-home gentle enzyme peel once a week to help with removing dead skin cells. (Look below for my recommendation.)
  • Lighten up your moisturizers. If you are really dry during the winter and need a heavy moisturizer, lighten it up in the summer if it’s feeling heavy or greasy on your skin.
  • Wear a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.!!! I cannot stress this enough. I never leave the house without it! (Look below for my latest favorite tinted moisturizer.)
  • Invest in a professional facial/peel every few months. I started doing these with Carolina Facial Plastics almost two years ago and have been hooked ever since. Just like your hair needs regular maintenance from a professional, so does your skin! And just think…your hair is dead and your skin is living. It’s WORTH the investment!

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During peel.

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After peel…no filters! Convinced!?

Okay, enough close ups of my face! I have a few recent favorite beauty products to share with you. Some related to summer skin care and some just for fun.

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Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

I have been using Laura Mercier makeup for years. This is my second time purchasing the tinted moisturizer and first time going oil-free. I am so impressed by the coverage it provides while also giving me a dewy, fresh look. FYI, I got the Sand color.

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Eminence Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

A friend of mine gifted this to me a few months ago and I’ve been using it weekly to do a gentle at-home enzyme peel. My skin always looks radiant and renewed after using it.

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L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara

I kind of consider myself a connoisseur of waterproof mascaras and this one delivers on both staying power AND length and volume with minimal clumping. Win, win!

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Living Proof Styling & Blowout Spray

Living Proof sent me a sampling of their products to try out this summer and while I’ve love them all, this Blowout Spray has stood out. It heat protects hair up to 450 degrees. It’s lightweight, easy to apply and makes my hair noticeably easier to style.

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Fat Hair “0” Calorie Hair Spray

My hair needs a little, ah…a lot, of help in keeping flyaways at bay in the summer humidity. I love this hairspray! It has great staying power without giving me that helmet look.

Okay, that’s all I have for you today but I’d LOVE to hear from you!

What are your best tips for sweaty or summer skin care? What works (and doesn’t work) for you?

Any new products you’re loving this summer? I love getting tried and true suggestions from others. I’m especially looking for some new blush options!

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What I’ve Been Eating Wednesday http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/what-ive-been-eating-wednesday-3/ http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/what-ive-been-eating-wednesday-3/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:32:40 +0000 http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/?p=17655 Morning! I was happy to see that my post about living in Charlotte was well received yesterday. I look forward to sharing more about this city with you! I’ll also be posting a lot of scenes from around the city on Instagram so don’t forget to follow me there. My Wednesday mornings have taken a […]

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Morning! I was happy to see that my post about living in Charlotte was well received yesterday. I look forward to sharing more about this city with you! I’ll also be posting a lot of scenes from around the city on Instagram so don’t forget to follow me there.

My Wednesday mornings have taken a turn for the awesome since I reworked my schedule. I now get up early Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and leave Wednesday mornings unscheduled with classes and clients so that I can sleep and get work done on the computer and around the house. I slept until 8 a.m. this morning! (That’s mostly because I didn’t go to bed until after midnight because I got sucked into watching Damages…so obsessed!) This whole schedule rework was really necessary and I’m feeling so much better and well rested.

Lots of recent eats to share with you so I’ll play along with “What I Ate Wednesday” but more like “What I’ve Been Eating” since this is a big round up.

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Mostly smoothies for breakfast. This is a) because they’re my go-to breakfast and b) because it’s been 95+ degrees every day for over a week! It’s been 80 degrees by 8 a.m. and 90 by 11. Crazy! I ran out of spinach for this smoothie so I named it “pretty in pink.” The combo of frozen figs, bananas and strawberries with plain greek yogurt, vanilla almond milk and protein powder was amazing…super thick and fluffy. It was more like frozen yogurt than a smoothie.

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I baked a loaf of zucchini banana bread yesterday because I had lots of over-ripe bananas on hand a fridge full of farmers market zucchini.

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I enjoyed it for breakfast this morning slathered with peanut butter.

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Grab and go lunch salad from the yoga studio with spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin seeds, grilled chicken and a tahini dressing.

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Kale salad from Earl’s Grocery with roasted beets, feta, pumpkin seeds, farro, currants and fresno chile vinaigrette.

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My own kale salad with massaged tuscan kale, roasted beets, turkey, almonds, feta, dried cranberries, avocado and pears.

I am hot and cold with kale salads but they’ve been tasting good over the last week. Sometimes I feel like they are too much to ask my body to digest but in general I find the tuscan kale is a little gentler and easy to eat than the curly green kale.

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Turkey sandwich on my smuggled home sourdough with grapes and sweet potato pop chips.

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So many dinners to share…homemade spaghetti sauce over zoodles. I don’t think I’ve ever shared my homemade sauce recipe but I’ve been making it for almost 10 years and love, love it!

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Roast chicken over mashed cauliflower with roasted potatoes and broccolini. I am working to perfect this recipe to share with you. It’s the best roast chicken I’ve ever made!

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Baked tofu (tutorial in this post) with sauteed spinach and roasted parsnips, turnips and mushrooms with melted cheddar and goat gouda.

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Another chicken dinner…”perfect chicken breasts” seasoned with Dizzy Pig Ragin’ River with green peas and a homemade farro risotto with sauteed onions, mushrooms and goat cheese.

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Leftover farro and tofu topped with an egg and served with sauteed zucchini and onions and sliced tomatoes. I am firmly in the “add an egg” camp to increase the deliciousness of many dishes!

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One last chicken dish…marinated and baked chicken quarters over mashed sweet potatoes with roasted broccoli. I know this is a chicken-heavy post but I had a lot of red meat last week at home and for my birthday and then I’ve been eating so much sushi at the studio that I haven’t been cooking fish at home.

Kale salads? Love or leave them?

What’s your “go-to” dinner protein?

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