Sharon's Shenanigans

My crafting, cooking, dieting, and workout blog!

October 29,2011- Snow Day? What? October 29, 2011

Filed under: HOME — Sharon @ 2:36 pm

I just took these photos outside at 2:00pm.  Ohhh no.  Its gonna really be a long winter when it starts in October.

 

Big fluffy flakes

I hear the forecast is for 10 inches in this area. Looks like I am gonna be digging the car out tommorow.  I will post more pictures when we get the total inches.

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Acorn Cupcakes October 28, 2011

Filed under: Crafts,HELLO CUPCAKE CHALLENGE — Sharon @ 11:41 am

I loved how simple and easy these cupcakes are.  Besides the stuff to make the cupcakes all you need it Hershey kisses and something for the top.  I used mini pecan sandies but I know other options are chocolate melting chips or mini  Nilla wafers.    I also saw some mini nutter butters that would be perfect. 

Unwrap all the kisses.  I did mini cupcakes with one acorn on each and a few large cupcakes with 2 on top.  One bag of kisses is more than enough.

To glue the tops and bottoms I used chocolate frosting.  I also added a little stem.

I made a bunch of these first so when I frosted the cupcakes I could stick an acorn to each one.

I couldn’t decide is I wanted to make them green or leave the frosting white.  So I made one of each first.  I decided I didn’t love the color and couldn’t get the right shade of green.

 

I know these look very simple but somehow I still manage to make a total mess.

I had some fall leaf sprinkles that were perfect for these cupcakes. Here is the final results.

I brought these cupcakes to the campground for the Halloween celebrations.    I had some left over batter so I made some larger ones for the guys at work. 

 

Grilled Pear & Brie Crostini October 27, 2011

Filed under: HOME — Sharon @ 1:08 pm

I made this one a while back and have been meaning to blog about them.  They were really tasty and I used pears that Ron’s aunt Patty gave us from her yard.

Simple ingredients for the fall.  Pears, Honey, Brie and some great crusty bread

I also used some fresh rosemary, I love the way it smells.

I sliced the bread and brie and grilled the pears and layered them on a baking sheet.

When  they came out of the oven I put honey on them and sprinkled them with the chopped rosemary.

Grilled Pear, Honey, and Brie Crostini

Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

1 French baguette, sliced 1/2 inch thick
Brie cheese, thinly sliced, rind removed
2 pears, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
Honey
Fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the baguette slices on a large baking sheet. Place one slice of cheese on each baguette slice. Bake slices in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until the brie is melted.

2. While the baguette slices are baking, brush the pear slices with honey and grill on each side until soft.

3. Place a slice of pear on top of each cheesy baguette slice. Drizzle with honey and garnish with fresh rosemary.

 

A&W~oooooohhhhh October 26, 2011

Filed under: HOME — Sharon @ 11:26 am

As I sit and watch Hoda and Kathy chug down a martini I remembered I had a good martini recipe to share with you.  The A&W~0oooohhhh  Martini (I made the martini so I got to man it too!)

Start with a bottle of root beer vodka and some root beer freeze pops. 

 Break up 2 pops and toss them in the shaker.  Add a little vodka 

 The Root beer Vodka is STRONG!  100 proof.

I added a little soda water to thin it out and give it some fizz.  Delicious!

 

Triathlon- The return of the blog October 25, 2011

Filed under: HOME — Sharon @ 11:03 am

Sorry to all my bloggies, I have no excuses for my lack of blog posts lately……I apologize.

To kick of the return of the blog I am going to blog about my TRIATHLON!!!  Yes.  Bike, Run, Swim.  I did the SheRox triathlon Series in Webster MA, on 9/25/11  It was my 1st time trying anything like this and I was nervous and excited. 

Ron and I got to the race start at 6am and started to set up the transition area.  I had brought a little ribbon to put on my bike seat to mark my spot.  We walked down the water to get a feel for temp and took this photo of the sun coming up.

 

The race started out with a 1/2 mile swim.  It went out in groups by age and everyone got a race cap for the age group they were in.  I was in the green caps.  30 somethings.  It reminded me of girl scout camp when I would do early morning swims to earn my frog badge and get out of the tadpole group.  

 I used to be a lifeguard as well and swam on the swim team in highschool so the swim portion was the best part of the race for me.

It was still pretty tiring though.  I finished in 16 minutes.   Then I headed up the hill to where the transition area was.  The time in transition was just over 10 mins.  My 1st Tri was all about finishing but the next Tri I will be about trying to beat my own time and I know I can knock time off by going faster from one thing to the next.

My Cheer squad was there waiting as I came of the water.

Here I am taking my time to dry off and get ready to jump on the bike.  Change my top, put on shoes.

Then it was off for a 12 mile bike ride.  This look me 1 hour and 16 mins.

The time on the bike was the hardest for me.  I realized even though I had been on long bike rides that I never did any races and the pace was challenging to keep up with.  Everyone that I had beat in the water was now easily passing me on the bike.  I knew I was just in the race to finish but hearing “passing on the right” every 2 seconds as people went by was ANNOYING!  I think now that i have a new bike I will enter some races next year to get used to the faster pace.  Plus there was a HILL that was NO JOKE straight up that seemed to go on FOREVER.    The  coolest  thing about the 12 mile bike ride is that I went from MA to RI and CT all in one ride……3 states!!  Pretty Cool.

THE FINISH LINE

Then there was the run.  It was a 2.9 mile run and no hills.  I was feeling pretty good all through the run. You can’t wear ear phones so no music for safety reason.  I had been training with my ipod and using it to time my run and my speed.  I have one of those things for your shoe that tell you how what pace you are going.   I tried to pace myself out but didn’t want to race to fast and burn out.  I did a walk/run combo and finished in 41:15.   The whole race with transitions on the official website was 2 hours 16 minutes.  I was happy with that for my 1st Tri. 

I felt great when I crossed the finish line.  I was feeling pretty high.  I was also happy to see my family all waiting for me.  My cheerleader section was pretty full and I loved having them all there. 

She swims, She Bikes, She Runs……..SheRox!  A great all women’s triathlon series.