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Happy Sunday everyone! 🙂  Did this weekend fly by or what?!


I almost didn’t bake today, but man am I glad I did. 

Sugar and Spice Cake – original recipe here


1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs



  1. Heat oven to 350º. Grease bottom and side of round pan, 9×1 1/2 inches, or square pan, 8x8x2 inches
  2.  Mix flour sugar, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture is size of small peas; reserve 1/3 cup.
  3.  Stir remaining ingredients into flour mixture with spoon until well blended. Pour into pan. Sprinkle reserved flour mixture over batter.

 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm or cool.

*I don’t have a pastry blender so I used the two knives and it worked just fine


 This is soooo light and fluffy.  It also makes me want fall time to be here NOW 🙂


Question of the night:

What’s your favorite thing about fall?



Yesterday was day 5 of half marathon training.  It was a nice easy 5 mile run.  I felt really good through most of it.  At mile 4.5 though, I was starting to get a little sluggish so I just cranked up the music and prayed to God to finish.  As soon as I was done, my head started spinning.  I had a Larabar before my run, so maybe I just need to eat a little more before I run?  I’ll figure it out I’m sure.  My post run fuel was a wonderful banana (enter Gwen Stefani song here 🙂 )


After that, I had a coupon to cash in

Who doesn’t want free undies from this place?!?!  Victoria’s Secret OWNS me!!

From there it was a grad party and then B. E. D for this girl


Todays Workout

When I went to the gym this morning, I knew I wanted to do something different.  I have been eyeballing a pyramid workout for quite a while so I decided today was the day.


Pull Ups-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

Push Ups-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

Elbow Planks (in seconds)-5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,45,40,35,30,25,20,15,10,5 

I really enjoyed doing something different, but I found myself getting a little bored after a while.  Also, my back started really hurting near the end, so I took out some of the elbow planks and replaced them with side planks.


Since today is Sunday, that means I was a baking machine 🙂  I was originally going to make cookies, but we have two HUGE boxes already, so at the last-minute I decided to skip that and make Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  I’m not a huge cake fan, but Matt is.  Let me tell ya, this was to die for.


1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 can (14-16 oz.) crushed pineapple (juice reserved)

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt


Melt butter in sauce pan.  Stir in brown sugar

Poor in bottom of 8*8 baking dish.  Spread 1 cup of pineapple over brown sugar mixture.

Bake at 275* while making cake batter

Beat eggs sugar and vanilla until nicely mixed.  Add flour, baking powder, and salt.  Mix together.  Stir in reserved pineapple juice.

Remove dish from over.  Bring temperature to 350*.  Pour cake batter over pineapple mixture.  Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool and then flip upside down onto a plate!!

Before flip


After flip

I *might* have taste tested a little bit from the corner.  Maybe.

This cake got the royal treatment.  It’s sitting on some of my wedding gift china….that has never been used until today.


I’m off to enjoy another piece of cake.  Back to the grind tomorrow!!

Question of the night:

What is something you enjoy baking? I like to bake anything, but I especially like doing cakes.

Yesterday was my first 5k and I had such a great time!!  I was a little antsy leading up to it.  It wasn’t the distance so much as it was that….well….I didn’t want to be last 🙂 I’m not a real fast runner, so I was sure I was going to embarrass myself in front of people I knew 😉 Call that selfish, but it’s true.  So….how did I do you wonder??  Well, I was hoping to do it in under 30 minutes; my official time was 28:38!!!!  I am so proud of myself for that time.  My per minute mile was 9:14.  I had never even done that before.  The fastest I had done by myself was 10:00/mile.  I definitely owe it to the whole atmosphere.

Before Race

The race was right through an apple orchard which was pretty cool.

After race

Matt didn’t get a picture of me at the finish line.  Rude!!  What was he thinkin’? 😉  He did get a picture of me getting my time chip clipped off

Sportin’ the Bondi Band!!

All in all, it was a great race and I ran it with some pretty cool people 🙂  I think I will run this again next year just because it is such a fun run.

After, we went to a BBQ at those pretty cool people’s house.  You better believe I took full advantage of their pool too!!


Since it’s Sunday, you know what that means…..I baked today.  I found a recipe for Oatmeal Brownie Gems and was immediately intrigued.  Oatmeal, brownies, and M&M’s all in one?  Yes please.


2 2/3 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup butter-melted

1 3/4 cup M&M mini semi sweet baking chips

1 package brownie mix prepared for fudge like brownies


Preheat oven to 350

Combine oats, flour, sugar, nuts, and baking soda

Add butter until mixture forms coarse crumbs

Toss in mini M&M’s and mix to distribute evenly

Reserve 3 cups of this mixture

Put remaining mix onto bottom of 15*10*1 inch pan to form a crust <—- pay attention to the pan size.  I did NOT and ended up with very thick bars.  Still good, but thick.

Pour prepared brownie mix over that and spread out very thin.  Sprinkle rest of oatmeal mixture on top and pat down

Bake 25-30 minutes

Cool completely and cut into bars. 

The nutrition facts aren’t awful either, which is a bonus.

Since I didn’t pay attention to the pan size and got thick bars, you are not getting a picture of mine.  For your viewing pleasure, you will be presented with a pretty picture from the website.


 Well, I’m out!!  Back to the grind tomorrow!!

Question of the night:

What is one of your favorite sweet treats?

Hey guys!  Hope your Saturday is going well.  This girl did not wake up until 12:00 pm.  I haven’t done that since high school.  Clearly, I needed the rest. 


Last night, was pretty chill.  We watched a movie and I stuffed my face with popcorn.  Matt doesn’t like popcorn, so the whole bag was mine.

Two words: Ryan Reynolds!!  That movie was hilarious
Since I slept so late, the gym didn’t happen because they were closing at 1:00 pm for the holiday.  Boo.  So instead I went to the kitchen and made cupcakes.
I got this idea from Courtney’s page and I know a few people who make cakes like this.
Orange Pop Cupcakes
1 box french vanilla cake box
12 ounces diet orange pop
1 egg white
Mix ingredients together
Bake according to instructions on box
It’s that easy
While those were baking, I decided to try my hand at homemade frosting.  I also found this on Courtney’s page, but made one change.
Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 stick of butter softened
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Blend with a blender until desired consistency
The change I made was I did not put milk in it.  I did it with the first batch and got an ooey gooey mess

I was determined to make it work so I redid it without the milk and it came out much better


Well after all that and a gazillion bites from this

I decided I should run some of it off.  I don’t usually run two days in a row, but I needed a “fix” so I did 25 minutes of sprinting.  I put a playlist on my iPhone and ran with the verses and sprinted on the choruses.  PHEW.  I was sweatin’ like a monkey when I was done.


Well, I’m jamming to HANSON right now (Don’t hate….I still love these boys), so I’m out.

Question of the night:

Have you ever cooked/baked something that came out a disaster the first time?

*2 sticks butter-softened
*1 1/4 cup brown sugar
*3/4 cup brown sugar
*2 tsp. vanilla extract
*2 eggs
*1 1/2 cups flour
*1/2 tsp. baking powder
*1/2 tsp. salt
*3 cups old fashioned oats
*Add ins (if you choose….I had 1/2 a bag of Hershey Dark Chocolate Chips so I just threw those in there).

Preheat oven to 350
Beat sugars, butter, and vanilla with electric mixer until creamy.
Add eggs and beat until fluffy
Add flour, baking powder, and salt and beat on LOW until well blended
Stir in oats and any additions. Blend all together
Form into balls (about a tablespoon size…or two tablespoons if you like) and place on sprayed cookie sheet
Bake 16-18 minutes
Let cool
Remove from cookie sheet
Eat and enjoy!!

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Hey there!! I'm April. I'm the writer here at Motor City Runner. I'm 26 years old and have a passion for running, all things fitness, healthy eating (most of the time), and everything sweet!! I am also training for my first half marathon. Feel free to stick around and watch as I make the journey to 13.1 miles!!


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