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Game of Thrones Ice and Fire Cupcakes


Yields 12 Ice (Vanilla Mint) and 18 Fire (Cinnamon)

The things you’ll need

Ice Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Light blue frosting in a decorating bag fitted with #809 tip
  • Blue and clear rock candy
Equipment
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Hand mixer with attachments
  • Cupcake tray with liners
  • Blue cupcake wrappers
  • Small offset spatula
  • Plastic zipper bags

Fire Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon candies (Red Hots)
  • Orange and red frosting in a decorating bag fitted with #2D tip
Equipment
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Hand mixer with attachments
  • Cupcake tray with liners
  • Red cupcake wrappers
  • Spoon

Ice Cupcakes

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in vanilla bean and peppermint extract.
  5. On low speed, alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Scoop the batter into a cupcake tray and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Time to decorate!

  1. Assemble blue cupcake wrappers and then place each cupcake into a wrapper.
  2. Place rock candy into a plastic zipper bag and then use a rolling pin to crush the candy off its stick.
  3. Use a #809 tip to pipe a bulb of light blue frosting on top of each cupcake.
  4. Use an offset spatula to create a dam for the rock candy and then place crushed rock candy into the dam.

Fire Cupcakes

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in cinnamon extract.
  5. On low speed, alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Fold in cinnamon candies.
  6. Scoop the batter into a cupcake tray and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Time to decorate!

  1. Assemble red cupcake wrappers and then place each cupcake into a wrapper.
  2. Use a spoon to spread a layer of orange frsoting into a decorating bag fitted with a #2D tip. Add red frosting to the rest of the bag so that orange is just an accent.
  3. Once cupcakes have cooled completely, pipe “flames” onto the tops of each.
  4. TaDa! These Ice and Fire Cupcakes make an epic treat for a Game of Thrones party!

The Short and Sweet Yoga Sequence You Can Do Every Morning

Regardless of how I slept the night before or what’s on my agenda for the day, I always feel more relaxed and focused after even a handful of minutes on my mat. Start your day out on a centered and strong note with this short yoga sequence that energizes your body and brain. Wake up five minutes earlier in the morning, and reap the benefits all day long.

Child’s Pose

Even after a good night’s rest, you might be surprised how shallow or hurried it feels first thing in the morning as you run through your checklists for the day. Draw your arms out long in front of you, and let your forehead rest on the floor for Child’s Pose.

Kneel on your mat with your knees hips-width distance apart and your big toes touching behind you. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, lay your torso over your thighs. Try to lengthen your neck and spine by drawing your ribs away from your tailbone and the crown of your head away from your shoulders.
Rest your arms beside your legs, with palms facing up, or try extending your arms out in front of you.
Stay here for 10 long breaths.

Cat-Cow Pose

Warming up your spine with a round of Cat Pose to Cow Pose will loosen up tightness in your upper body and relieve tension in your neck from how you slept. Pay special attention to aligning each movement with each breath to get the most out of this effective asana.

Begin with your hands and knees on the floor. Make sure your knees are under your hips and your wrists are under your shoulders. Begin in a neutral spine position, with your back flat and your abs engaged. Take a big, deep inhale.
On the exhale, round your spine up toward the ceiling, and imagine you’re pulling your belly button up toward your spine, really engaging your abs. Tuck your chin toward your chest, and let your neck release. This is your cat-like shape.
On your inhale, arch your back, let your belly relax, and go loose. Lift your head and tailbone up toward the sky — without putting any unnecessary pressure on your neck. This is the Cow portion of the pose.
Continue flowing back and forth from Cat Pose to Cow Pose, and connect your breath to each movement — inhale for Cow Pose, and exhale on Cat Pose.
Repeat for 10 rounds.

Downward Facing Dog

Activate your muscles, release stress in your legs and neck, and start building internal heat in Downward Facing Dog. Ten breaths might seem like a long time — but don’t bail! This pose will get the blood pumping through your whole body.

From Child’s Pose, press back on your hands, and come into a tabletop position on your hands and knees. Your wrists should be underneath your shoulders, and your knees should be underneath your hips.
Inhale as you tuck your toes under your heels. Then exhale to lift your hips, coming into an upside-down V shape called Downward Facing Dog.
Spread your fingers wide, and create a straight line between your middle fingers and elbows. Work on straightening your legs and lowering your heels toward the ground. Relax your head between your arms, and direct your gaze through your legs or up toward your belly button.
Hold for 10 breaths.

Standing Forward Bend

Standing Forward Bend is another pose that looks like it’s all relaxation, but you will feel a deep and intense stretch in your hamstrings and upper back. While the full expression of the pose calls for straight legs, if that feels like too much on your body, give a little bend to your knees to create more space. Remember to breathe deep, and come up slowly.

From Downward Facing Dog, keep your hands on the mat, and slowly step one foot at a time to the top of your mat so your feet meet your hands. Inhale with a flat back, and gaze slightly forward.
As you exhale, engage your abs to fold forward with a straight back. Tuck your chin in toward your chest, relax your shoulders, and extend the crown of your head toward the floor to create a long spine. Shift your weight forward onto your toes, trying to straighten the legs as much as possible. If this feels uncomfortable, allow your knees to have a little bend so you can focus on releasing your back.
Place your hands on the ground, fingertips lining up with your toes.
Hold here for 10 breaths.
Slowly roll up one vertebrae at a time, and step back to Downward Facing Dog.

Warrior 1

Open up tight hips while strengthening your lower body in Warrior 1. Do your best to turn and square your hips toward the front of the room while straightening and engaging your back leg in Warrior 1. These tips will help your body get the most of the stretch, and you’ll be able to stay comfortable in this pose for the full five breaths without readjusting.

From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward between your hands. Turn your left heel in, press into your feet, and lift your torso up.
Lift your arms up, and press your palms together. Draw your shoulder blades down toward your hips, and gaze up at your hands.
Stay here for five breaths. Then come back to Downward Facing Dog, and step your left foot forward to do Warrior 1 on the other side.

Warrior 3

Warrior 3 is the final pose of this short sequence that will fire up your core and challenge your balance. Once you complete this pose on either side, you can look forward to a calmer commute and more productive morning.

From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward for a quick Warrior 1 Pose. On your exhale, lower your torso and lift your left leg, bringing your body parallel with the ground. Extend your hands out in front of you, pressing your palms together firmly.
Press your hands together in a prayer, or extend your arms forward together, separating your arms so they’re shoulder-width apart. If extending your arms creates pain or pressure in your lower back, then bring your hands to your hips.
Hold this position for five deep breaths, then lower your left leg returning to Warrior 1, step back to Downward Facing Dog, and step your left foot forward for Warrior 3 on the other side, then back to Downward Facing Dog.
From Downward Facing Dog, drop your knees to the mat, take a few breaths in Child’s Pose, and move on with your day!

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Five-Minute-Yoga-Sequence-34770047?stream_view=1#photo-34770345

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Traveling this weekend! Stopped off in the town where I grew up to say hi to my cousins! We are making the trek to Phoenix in a bit! I went to the local gym and bought a day pass, I still gotta get my run in! 👍😊 healthy addictions are good right?😜

Did a little lifting there and saw 145 pound dumbbells, I want to bench those bad even though right now it is not a reality! It was good motivation for my chest presses hints the Doc Holiday attitude! (we are also only about 20 miles from tombstone Az!) Ps if you have never seen Tombstone watch it! 😊

And lastly and Az sunset from last night! Other than being partly blinded it was beautiful! 😂

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

[Miraculous Ladybug]: Just Asking For Some Privacy

finally get to reveal my fic from the ML Ultimate Guess Who Game that @mlficwritersanon​ organized!! also, it’s in the top 10 of fics with most kudos which, wow, holy shit, thank you so much :)

i don’t write gen fics often so it was really heartwarming to see one get this much attention, so thank you all so much for those of you left kudos and comments (even though you didn’t know it was me :P) 

Link to Archive of Our Own: [AO3]

Title: Just Asking For Some Privacy 
Pairings: Gen Fic: Marinette/Ladybug, Adrien/Chat Noir, Chloe/Queen Bee, Alya/Volpina
Summary: “No but she’s right. What the heck could the four of us possibly have to do that’s apparently so important that it needs to be done in private, in an abandoned locker room, and in the middle of an akuma attack?”

The latter half of Adrien’s sentence hung in between the four of them while they all stood in silence and narrowed their eyes at each other.

Now that Adrien mentioned it…that was a little weird.


Just Asking For Some Privacy


So here’s the thing.

Finding the perfect hiding spots for transforming and detransforming was easily the most difficult part about being a superhero. Hands down.

One minute you’re running into the girl’s bathroom on the fourth floor about to jump out the window and save the city, the next you’re hiding in the bathroom stall from a mob of older lycée girls touching up their makeup before their first period class, balancing precariously on a toilet, and getting frantic calls from your teammates about why you’re not there to help fight an akuma the literal size of the Eiffel Tower.

Then you have to show up to a fight and explain why your foot is drenched in toilet water all while maintaining the grace and dignity of Ladybug, a.k.a Team Leader, a.k.a. Should Probably Have Her Crap Together Better Than This. You’d think that after a year of being Ladybug this part of the job description would get easier, but apparently that’s just too much to ask for .

“You know it’s not as bad as you think,” Tikki whispered to Marinette as she walked to her next class. “At least you have a lot of free time in between classes and after school to get some privacy. Some Ladybug’s didn’t even have that.”

Marinette pouted. “I know you’re just trying to put things in perspective, but it’s still annoying. I had to transform underneath the reference desk in the library today. I cannot emphasize how impossible that felt in the moment.”

Tikki shrugged and dipped back into Marinette’s bag when she spotted students passing them in the halls. “Might be worth trying to find a new official transformation spot now that you’re in a new school for lycée.”

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Calling all artists and writers! 

I’m pulling together a (last-minute) running themed fanzine to raise money for my Boston Marathon charity, Team For Kids! TFK supports New York Road Runners Youth Programs, which provide running and fitness programs and equipment to kids across the United States. 

Signups are open NOW!

This zine will be digital only.

I’m expecting that most art/fic will be from sports anime (based on the circles I /run in/), but any fandom is ok!

Final drafts will be due March 12th.

The zine will go on sale March 19th.


Thank you for everyone’s support so far, I know this is a tight schedule. Unfortunately we do have a fundraising deadline, but I know we can do it! Happy drawing/writing/running!

Sign up here!

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So I haven’t done any sort of exercise in probably 2 weeks. Maybe even 3. Been feeling tired, down, whatever.

Saw a video on instagram today of kickboxing and immediately knew that’s what I needed. I needed to feel strong, powerful, and in control of my life. That’s what I need to get through finals and just out of this stupid funk.

SO I just did this workout twice, and honestly I feel SO GREAT. It’s almost 1 am, and I am finally ready to study.

TAKE 8 MINUTES OUT OF YOUR DAY AND JUST DO THIS!!!!! I promise you’ll feel energized and great, and it’s only 8 minutes so come on! 

I’m going to start my day tomorrow with this! 

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30-Minute NO EQUIPMENT Total Body Workout #MFitChallenge

can I get some good vibes, pls?

I sent in my application (about a week ago) to a job at one of the libraries in Tulsa. it’s full-time, includes benefits, and pays a salary that would let me afford a NICE apartment. not just like, nice-for-our-broken-millenial-dreams

like

this bitch has a pool, a yoga studio, a fitness room with exercise equipment, a tv lounge / mini library / open kitchen space

every apartment has a 17 x 9 balcony I could put planters in for flowers

all stainless steel appliances AND pets are allowed

I would only be 1 mile (~5 min by car) away from the library, right next to the riverside with jogging paths, and tulsa is a very liberal city in a very red state!

so yeah, this could be life-changing and a huge improvement for me and I’d really appreciate prayer, well-wishes, just any sort of positive thought you could send out for me

Your 10-Minute A.M. Full-Body Toner Routine

Every day should start on a high note. This strength-and-cardio routine gives you that—plus full-body toning—in just 10 minutes.

Even when you’re too busy for a full workout (or can’t resist the snooze button), you can still sneak in 10 minutes—which is all you need for this turbo routine, created by Angel Santiago, a trainer at Drill Fitness, the new high-intensity boot camp studio in New York City. “This workout revs your heart rate for a big calorie burn while it sculpts,” says Santiago, who uses moves that recruit multiple muscle groups at once to maximize efficiency. Now, go have an amazing day.

Warm-Up

LUNGE SEQUENCE Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms down. Bend at waist and walk hands out into a plank. Raise right foot and plant it just outside right hand. Pause, then return to plank; repeat with left foot for 1 rep. Do 6 reps.
Total time: 2 Minutes

Break a Sweat

RUNNING WOMAN Jog in place for 20 seconds. Rest 10 seconds.
STAR JACK Stand with feet together, arms down. Jump feet apart wider than hips, turning toes out 45 degrees. Bend knees and lower butt to just above knee height. Driving from heels, jump back to start but raise straightened arms to shoulder height, palms backward. Continue for 20 seconds. Rest 10 seconds. Cycle through these two moves again; try to go faster.
Total time: 2 Minutes

Sculpt All Over

IN-AND-OUT Start in a plank, balanced on palms and toes with shoulders over wrists. Keeping arms stationary, jump feet forward so they land outside palms. Now, jump back into a plank. Do 10 reps.
FLIER Lie facedown, arms outstretched in front of you. Lift right arm and left leg, hold a few seconds, then lower and repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 10 reps. Cycle through these two moves as many times as you can for 3 minutes.
Total time: 3 Minutes

Up the Burn

SQUAT HOP Stand with feet just wider than hips. Squat until butt is just above knees. Now, press through heels and jump while raising arms; thrust down as you land. Continue for 20 seconds. Rest 10 seconds.
BEAR CRAWL Start on hands and knees, with knees under hips and hands wider than shoulders. Straighten knees and lift butt into a Downward Dog. Take three small steps forward (right hand, left foot; left hand, right foot; etc.), then three steps backward. Continue for 20 seconds. Rest 10 seconds. Cycle through these two moves three times, trying to go faster with each set.
Total time: 3 Minutes

https://www.yahoo.com/health/your-10-minute-a-m-full-body-toner-routine-115314866865.html

anonymous asked:

~ (continued) What blogilates/fitness blender workout (no equipment required) do you believe changed your body in the most drastic way?I REALLY want to go vegetarian; any tips for staying away from chicken (esp when your parents cook it almost everyday)? Can you post a photo of your pantry? That's pretty much it! Sorry for sending heaps of questions. You're my inspo flooo and I really love you and your blog so freaking much!!!

thank you so much, and don’t worry about the amount of questions!! it’s taken me over a year to figure all this stuff out, i’d love to make it simpler for you guys :) 

  1. first off, i would say that pb powder tastes the same as regular peanut butter to me- just don’t add too much water! this one by pb fit is my favorite, but i also love pb2 with cocoa in, it’s a great alternative to nutella if you love chocolate.
  2. whenever i go to my parents house for dinner it’s usually a lot more food than i normally eat, so the best way to get back to normal afterwards is to just get back on my regular schedule the next day! there’s nothing wrong with indulging once a week especially if it’s with good company :) what really matters is what you’re doing the other 90% of the time- here’s my weekday meal routine which has worked really well at keeping me in shape / healthy 
  3. my top five snacks would be: apples with peanut butter, pita chips with hummus (i make my own pita chips by just ripping up a pita and putting it in the oven, it’s cheaper plus you don’t get all the added salt and sugar), banana chips / dried fruit in general, raisins, and almonds
  4. this routine by tara stiles is amaaazzzzzing! definitely helps with stomach pain or just bloating in general
  5. apple cider vinegar is really good- i used to take a shot of it whenever i felt a cold coming on, but now i do it every morning as a proactive thing :) it’s great to give you a burst of energy in the morning (something i need bc i don’t drink coffee), helps your digestion, and i’ve read that it also aids in weight loss (i didn’t really notice that but it could be true lol)
  6. this ab workout and this butt / legs workout are my holy grail, i do them both every morning. i never really had an issue with toning my legs, but it took me forever to find a workout that toned my stomach / abs.. i’d definitely recommend both.
  7. i’d talk to your parents and explain why you’re going vegetarian, and request that they let you pick some groceries out yourself. it might require some extra work on your part- you could cook some tofu while your mom or dad makes chicken, and then the rest of the meal could be the same. 
  8. here’s one i took this morning! i couldn’t really get everything bc my cabinets are really long haha but it’s basically this list plus some cous cous, shirataki noodles, tabouleh, and pad thai noodles.

xx