Happy “Day Before Valentine’s Day!!!”
I’m not someone who wants or expects a lot on Valentine’s Day. But I do enjoy the idea of having a day set aside to help you remember to show love to those around you!
This year, I decided to get a little creative while showing my love for Brandon.
The problem is, I’m not the most creative of human beings.
I do, however, like to bake. So I decided to make him a heart-shaped cake!
His favorite cake flavor is red velvet, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day. But for some reason, baking a red velvet cake from scratch makes me nervous. I’ve looked at about 5,000,000 recipes (yes, that’s an accurate count) for red velvet cake, and it seems like they always have mixed reviews. So I decided to play it safe, and use a mix.
Don’t judge me.
I found these foil heart-shaped baking pans at Walmart (for about $1.50 … can’t beat that!). I sprayed them with cooking spray and then coated them with a light layer of flour, to prevent the cakes from sticking …
… or so I thought.
(Thank goodness for frosting. It covers a multitude of mistakes! )
Anyways, I prepared the batter according to the instructions on the box …
… and poured the batter into the baking pans.
When the toothpick came out clean, I let them sit on the stovetop for about 30 minutes to cool …
… before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely!
Then I placed the first layer flat side up and iced it.
The next layer when on rounded side up, followed by a plethora of frosting.
made a mess of decorated the cake.
Hello, my name is Kristen, and I have the artistic-ability of a 6-year-old.
Fortunately, it’s the thought (and the flavor) that counts … so Brandon gave it two thumbs up!
On a completely unrelated note, remember how I talked about getting new running shoes to try to help with my shin splints?
I felt great for the first 3 runs after purchasing my new shoes. Then my shins starting hurting again.
So I met with my trainer friend again to get his opinion. He gave me a bunch of stretches to do, told me to ice before and after runs, and he gave me these:
No, you aren’t going crazy. Those really are two different colors, sizes, and brands. He gave them to me for free, so I wasn’t going to nitpick.
He said to wear them after runs to help with recovery. I did a little online searching to try to find research regarding the effectiveness of calf sleeves and other compression gear, and here’s just one example of what I found:
“Rest, Ice, and elevation is simple. But what about compression? To achieve the compression in R.I.C.E. a Calf Sleeve is the perfect addition. A one piece calf sleeve provides support and compression to the calf muscle to aid recovery. A calf sleeve made with compression increases blood flow to your calf, allowing for faster recovery after long runs. You will be able to run longer, run father, and take your running to the next level. A Calf Sleeve is ideal for reducing the risk of shin splints and calf tear.” (Source)
The past few days, I’ve been wearing the sleeves around the house for a couple of hours at a time. I’ve also worn them to bed on a few occasions (as if my mouthguard and earplugs weren’t sexy enough for Brandon … ). Fingers crossed that they help!
Question for ya …
What are your Valentine’s Day plans?
Do you consider yourself “crafty?”
Do you have a good red velvet cake recipe that you’re willing to share??
Ever used calf sleeves or other compression gear? Thoughts?