The Color Run Columbus

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I had the amazing, colorful opportunity to run in The Color Run in Columbus, Ohio this weekend! Thousands of people showed up for the much anticipated race dressed in everything from tutus to tube socks to wigs. I ran the race with 3 of my friends from Ohio University and we had an absolute blast. 

If you’ve never heard of The Color Run here’s a brief explanation: You show up in a clean white shirt ready to run or walk a 5k! Every kilometer you run you get a different colored powder thrown at you and by the finish line you’re one big rainbow! 

I’ll let my photos of the event tell the rest of the story!

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Before the race

 

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Color Throw at the Finish Line!

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Post Color Run 🙂

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It was a beautiful summer day in downtown Columbus for the Jazz and Ribs Fest!

I had such a blast doing this and I encourage anyone who loves running or walking and loves to have fun to find a Color Run race near you! They travel all around the country so check out the link below to see if a race is coming to your town!

thecolorrun.com

 

 

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Crispy Parmesan Zucchini bites

I had a large zucchini sitting out for a while and decided to browse Pinterest to find something creative and yummy to do with it. I usually fail at recipes I find on Pinterest. Well, any recipe really. But I ended up finding a really simple and totally delicious recipe to make with my zucchini.

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Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Bites with Marinara Sauce

Here’s what you need:

A zucchini (sliced)

1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 egg (beaten)

Here’s what you do:

Cut up your zucchini into medium-sized slices, beat your egg in a small bowl, combine Parmesan and bread crumbs. Then all you do is dip the zucchini pieces in the egg followed by the bread crumb/Parmesan mixture and line them on a foil covered baking sheet. Pop those suckers in the oven on broil for about 10 minutes and pull them out lookin’ nice and golden brown!

Serve with some marinara sauce. What a quick, easy snack!

Crossing Off Items on My Summer Bucket List

This weekend I had one of my best friends from childhood come visit me in Pittsburgh! I rarely see her since we go to school in different places and are both super busy. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more refreshing weekend with an old friend!

Not to mention, I was able to cross multiple items off my summer bucket list! In a matter of a day and a half we…

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#1 Visited the Andy Warhol Museum. What a strange character!

#2 Tried Thai food at one of the 25 Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh, Nicky’s Thai Cuisine!

#3 Despite the rain, we spent the morning exploring the sights, smells and goodies of the Historic Strip District

#4 Visited the Phipps Conservatory at Schenley Park

#5 Added to my goal of trying a variety of Pittsburgh cuisine by visiting The Porch and Fat Head’s Saloon

I also found a great church in Pittsburgh that I attended this morning. I’m so encouraged by all that God’s teaching me this summer!

I might be able to cross everything off my list by the end of the summer now. I was getting discouraged but now I have visits planned throughout the rest of the summer by family! I had an amazing weekend catching up with a friend and exploring Pittsburgh.

Fun, Friends, and Fireworks

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4th of July Fireworks from Mount Washington

I spent my 1st 4th of July in Pittsburgh and had the most perfect view of the fireworks over the city. Duh, check out the picture above!

I spent the day swimming at the local pool, grilling out and hanging out with a few friends. It was blisteringly hot so we spent most of the day in our bathing suits. 

In addition to grilled chicken and vegetables we enjoyed a festive American Flag dessert pizza.

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yumm

 I also sported the most festive 4th of July toes thanks to my roommate!

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I had a great holiday and it was a much needed break from the work week. Yay for my 1st 4th of July in Pittsburgh!

Week 3: Adventures in Pittsburgh

I can’t believe June is over already and I’ve already been in Pittsburgh for 3 weeks. I can’t help sharing all the great adventures I’ve been on.

Last Friday night my friend and roommate at Ohio University came to visit me. We attended a very rainy but totally worth it FREE Delta Spirit concert.

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ImageMy friends Anna and Kenzie at the Delta Spirit concert

Saturday night I visited Lawrenceville to watch a fireworks show. From my experience there, there are some “unique” characters to say the least!

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Lawrenceville Fireworks

 

I spent my Sunday at Ohiopyle State Park. They have natural water slides, beautiful cascades and waterfalls as well as white water rafting. We hiked through forests in our bikinis, bruised up our bums on the water slides and scraped up our feet on the rocks. Let’s just say we weren’t the most prepared for our little adventure but we all made it out alive. That’s all that matters right?

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Ohiopyle State Park

The Park was absolutely beautiful and the water was so refreshing on a 90 degree day.

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Basking in the beauty of nature

After a long day of hiking, swimming and sliding, we topped off our day with dinner. I enjoyed a delicious crab-crusted salmon dish that I thought was $14. Low and behold, it ended up costing me upwards of $30. Oh well, you live and you learn right?

Another adventure-filled weekend and now I’m enjoying my shortened 4th of July work week 🙂

Chicken, Apple and Grape Lettuce Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 3 tablespoons chopped Fuji apple
  • 2 tablespoons chopped black or red grapes
  • 2 tablespoons Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon lite mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Iceberg lettuce

Preparation

  1. Chop chicken meat and fruit, mix in bowl. Mix in peanut butter, mayonnaise and honey.
  2. Spoon into open lettuce leaf, roll and serve.

Source: PB & Fruity Says “Let Us Rap” – 2010 Winner