Monday, October 3, 2011

september 2011: clemson

september 2011
total mileage: 31.25
(weekly mileage: 8.5, 11, 9.25, 0) oh yeah, you're impressed.
time spent running: 4hrs 59min
other exercise: 5k on the erg (24:57) and 10 weight sessions
days off: 15
avg temp: 70°
trip of the month: clemson!

running down the hill
the most exciting 25 seconds in college football

storming the field
clemson 35 - florida state 30

i took josh to his first clemson football game and it was an exciting one. clemson had recently broken into the top 25, and it's not unusual for them to choke and slide back out of the polls. it didn't happen for this game - we took the lead early on and just held on in the final moments to win.

and yes, they lower the goal posts after a game to prevent students from tearing them down. they had to upgrade those shortly after we beat #3 ranked florida state my sophomore year.

september baking
i tried my hand at making carrot cake (cupcakes and a 'loaf') from scratch for one of the guys at work. i need to work on my presentation, but they tasted moist and delicious.

overflowing cupcakes
i overloaded the cupcake wrappers and they exploded in the oven

cream cheese icing
delicious cream cheese icing - only 4 ingredients!
(1 box cream cheese, 1.5 sticks butter, 1 box powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla)

carrot cake
carrot cake "loaf"

after wrestling with the cupcakes, i poured the rest of the batter in a loaf sized pan to save time and energy. i'm not sure why it sank so much in the middle? perhaps you more expert bakers could help explain this. it worked out though, i did not mind the ratio of icing to cake.

later in the month, i made "tiger tails" for a goody (/food grazing) day at work. very easy to make and it appears well-liked as there were only two left (i couldn't eat them, so i can't vouch for how good they were/weren't). these would be great for tailgating - just use your team's colors, and don't call them tiger tails. unless you're lsu or auburn. (speaking of, how 'bout that trifecta of tiger victories on saturday?)

tiger tails
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  1. I wouldn't worry about the sunken loaf. The more icing the better! Love the tiger tails... I had seen something like that done in a Christmas theme and thought I would try it sometime. Yours look like they turned out great!

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  2. I am excited for Clemson. I have recently gotten into college football thanks to R2, but I have to root for ND or I will be left on the street!

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  3. Ha! Look at you! football and baking bug...sounds like fall! I need to learn how to make carrot cake (not from a box) since it is my husband's favorite. really should be better at this sort of thing. Happy Monday Lindsay!

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  4. Look at that sea of orange! Love your themed baking. And yes, I am impressed--I'd take that mileage!

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  5. I never met a carrot cake (sunken or not) I didn't love. Holy oven mess though.

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  6. I think I just gained 10 lbs reading your blog! I have sinkage in the middle with these things, too. Tried to make banana bread the other day, which I make frequently. Fail. Tried zucchini bread. Fail. I think it was a sign from God I didn't need to eat that stuff.

    Mileage is picking up!! Better than August! :)

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  7. Those tiger tails look delicious.

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  8. I didn't know you went to Clemson, I've actually watched a decent amount of your last couple games - they are fun to watch! Sammy Watkins is insanely fast, I think he should get some buzz for the Heisman trophy. I think your team has a decent chance of going 12-0 and playing for the national title game (or at least a BCS bowl game somewhere). That win over Virginia Tech this Saturday was huge.

    I've decided that I need to go to a Clemson game sometime, it seems like a great time!

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  9. Well, you surely did more making in one month than I do in one year, ha! Everything looks delicious.

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  10. TIGER TAILS?! Oh my....this could be bad...

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  11. I WANT THAT CARROT CAKE.
    And those cupcakes look great because look how much "muffin top" is on each of them, that's the best part. Plus more surface area to coat with frosting.

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  12. WOWZERS! First of all, that is one CRAZY football field.

    Second, the tiger tails look delicious. I've never tried em before but totally want to now!

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  13. I think it sinks because it's overmixxed?

    Football....meh!

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  14. and now i'm starving! all of that stuff looks superb - sinkage or not!

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  15. How 'bout the Tigers? #8 in the latest polls. Loving It!

    Start gaining and keep the faith even though we have been burned more than once. Dabo is different.

    Baking powder in the batter?

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  16. Yummmmmm.... carrot cake! And those pretzels look awesome! Great job. : Glad the ball game was fun. Sounds like a blast! Hope the mileage just keeps growing. :)

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  17. Beautiful pictures of the game.

    I never thanked you either.
    Thanks for that "degrees" temperature sign on all of your posts.
    Asterisk has enjoyed his freedom.

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  18. That is a heck of a lot of orange. And you know how I feel about orange.

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  19. Yum your food looks great and holy whatever that is a lot of people at the football game.

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  20. Could be batter too watery and heavy (carrot cake is a heavy batter) or the batter sat out for awhile then was stirred - this kills the leavening.

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  21. I'm making zuccinni bread and muffins and overfilled my muffins too. I should make carrot cake too just for the frosting. Your cake looks delicious.

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  22. Nice pictures of cakes! right now I'm learning to bake a cake in the oven and on Sunday I did my first. Every Sunday I make one with my daughter and we had a great time. but not carrots ... I prefer chocolate!

    Lindsay Incidentally, the other day I thought of you in a race .. I was running a half marathon and at las mile just entering goal had a girl (beautiful) with a T-shirt M & M. I was amused and I remembered your love of M & M..

    Regards

    Excume me my broken English

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  23. I have "sinkage" in the middle too, but it has absolutely nothing to do with baking!
    Nice job on the running...I had 21 miles in September! 21 miles I should not have done....;) As Jeff says; "mule"....

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  24. I just saw on AJH's blog that you play words with friends. Look me up! (atomickandi#)

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  25. Those tiger tails look mighty tasty!!!

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  26. I could totally go for that ratio of frosting to cake!

    Not gonna comment on Clemson (I went to UVA LOL)

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  27. And now I am going to go gorge myself on fall goodies!!! Seriously that looks awesome!

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  28. your september running is about the same as mine was. GO US! hence, no marathon for me next week. i've always wanted to make carrot cake, but i find that thought terrifying. however, you have inspired me. i shall try!

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  29. Yay for getting back into the groove of running! You'll get it back and come out stronger. Some catch-up responses... I'm not sure how responses to comments work and how to make them viewable, but 1) the iPod touch connects to the internet, so the person who found it could open the email application and find my email address. 2) Yeah, I know what you mean about Insanity... the DVDs do repeat a lot. It's a good cardio aternative I have when it's too dark to run outside and the fitness room is closed, though. I got it on eBay, so it was cheaper than normal. 3) Thanks for the tip about the Camp Croft HM - looks intense. I'll definitely be thinking about it.

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  30. Now I SERIOUSLY want some carrot cake....man that looks good. Who cares how the "presentation" looked, carrot cake is the best!

    Love the game pics. Looks like a fun day.

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  31. Carrot cake looks awesome.
    Don't you just love the fall temps and low humidity?

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  32. Wow! Those are some good looking treats! I should not read this when I am stuck at the school in the morning, because now I just want to go home and make treats!

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  33. Oh! Well that privacy issue seems pretty important, I don't want some creeper finding me......I'll snoop around and get that fixed. Thanks for the heads up!

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  34. And PS you need to tell me what WYSIWYG means...I'm slow with acronyms.

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  35. Carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Didn't I do a post about how I can measure miles in slices of carrot cake with cream cheese icing? Mmmmmm!

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  36. YUUUM that loaf photo looks so good!! You don't need any help on your presentation, a bit of a sink in the middle just means more yummy icing!

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  37. Hahah thanks for your comment. I had to amend my post as to not sound quite so insecure and ridiculous, because I'm not really that way. But I must admit, I have felt a little scared of 26.2 miles and this was the first time that I felt a little more relaxed about actually completing it in a proper fashion.

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  38. Um, yum! Are you for hire? Absolutely delicious looking, Maddy would eat the whole thing. Cake is the little ladies best friend!

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  39. Please send carrot cake to me. Will eat any left overs. :D

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  40. Go Clemson! My brother in law went there! Your Tigger tails are adorable!

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  41. You are so domestic, despite the loaf! I think that frosting looks good enough to attack with my bare hands. I have a terrible weakness for frosting. It's gross actually.
    I have always, always, always(always), wanted to go to a college football game and wear RED. How fun.

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  42. I love, love, love the tiger tails idea! As a CU Buffalo, I'll be copying that in black and gold sometime soon. We don't win very much, so sugary baked goods are helpful at game-watching parties. :)

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  43. Ohhh I love the Tiger Tails!!!! I think I will make them for an upcoming tailgate!

    Saturday I was sitting with a Clemson fan and Terps fan in the stadium and seriously, Clemson fans are the nicest people ever. Even after we blew it, they were like it's just to mean to rub it in.

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  44. I didn't see any of the Clemson game, but one of my friends was at it who is a Maryland fan, and she was crushed when it was over! I can't believe they came back from 38-17 or something to win, crazy game.

    If you guys get by Georgia Tech I think you can go undefeated, that is a big game coming up...

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