Pink Pants

Pink Pants || Runway Chef You guys! We’re finally getting some real snow today! Like actual sticking-to-the-ground, fluffy, white snow. I mean, I was starting to wonder why I bothered to freeze away into oblivion on the East Coast if we weren’t even going to be rewarded with a pretty white blanket. I know most people aren’t fans of the stuff, but personally, I love it (or at least the New England side of me does)! Snow means hot chocolate, mac n’ cheese, comfy clothes, cozy socks, big blankets, cuddling up, roaring fires, going skiing, so in my opinion, what’s not to love?!?  

I’m also punching up this snow day with a little pop of pink. I originally bought these pants with the intention of wearing them only in the warmer months, but I think every season can be improved with a dose of pink, don’t you? The material from my pair of pink pants is a bit lighter so I made them winter friendly with a cozy knit sweater and a navy blue coat. Bring it on blizzard! Me, my pink pants, and my hot cup of cocoa are ready for you!

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6 Exercises to Do at Your Desk

Desk-Exercises When I told Mr. RC I was going to need him to photograph me doing exercises at my desk, he thought I was completely joking. After laughing for a few minutes, he’s like “Oh. Wait. You’re serious?!”. Well, I just did leg lifts while typing this post while wearing heels…..what do you think?! He ended up laughing the entire time he was shooting these photos, but that’s ok because, as the saying goes, he who laughs first doesn’t finish their work day with toned triceps and tight abs. So your co-workers may be giggling at you now, but just remember who will leave the office looking better tonight. And if you don’t work in an office (like me), these exercises are still perfect to do, because let’s be honest, we’ve all got crazy schedules these days, so if we can fit in a butt blaster while blasting through our bills it will take the pain off of handing over your hard-earned money while also allowing you to not feel guilty about the dessert you want after dinner. And can I get an Amen from my multi-taskers?? I mean it doesn’t get more multi-tasky than working out while working. AmIrightoramIright????!!! If you’re ready to get your workout out on right from your desk, keep on reading to see my favorite 6 desk exercises.

6 Desk Exercises {triceps toner} || Runway Chef Triceps Toner // Just like your typical tricep dip, you’ll want to sit at the edge of your chair for this exercise. Then, keeping your elbows locked in, simply dip up and down. I usually aim to do 10 reps at a time. To switch it up, instead of doing the reps, just hold the downward portion of the position for 10-15 seconds.

6 Desk Exercises {carpal tunnel stretch} || Runway Chef Wrist Stretch // You’ll want to stand up for this stretch that helps prevent carpal tunnel. Simply place your hands, palm up, flat on the table, keeping your fingers pointing towards yourself (you may need to lean over a little bit). Hold for 15 seconds.

6 Desk Exercises {ab cruncher} || Runway Chef Ab Cruncher // Leaning back just a bit, sit on the edge of your seat, arms by your side, hands lightly pressing down on the chair, legs at a slight angle, and feet on tip-toes. Then, keeping your knees pressed together, fluidly raise your legs up and down, always landing on your tip-toes. I aim to do 10 reps at a time, sometimes holding the last one for 5 seconds.

6 Desk Exercises {leg lift} || Runway Chef Leg Lift // Sitting on the edge of your seat, raise one leg to knee height. Hold it for 15 seconds, before repeating on the opposite leg. If the lift is too hard to hold, use your hands to gently assist.

6 Desk Exercises {butt blaster} || Runway Chef Butt Blaster // Act like you are going to get up out of your chair, but instead of standing, stop about half way up. Adjust yourself to make sure your knees aren’t over your ankles, then stretch your arms out in front of your, clasp your hands, and hold the pose for 15 seconds. To switch it up, raise up and down, holding this position, for 10 reps.

6 Desk Exercises {calf raises} || Runway Chef Calf Raises // Again, sit on the edge of your chair. With your legs out in front of you at a 90 degree angle, simply raise your legs up onto your tip-toes and back down. Repeat 20 times. (I was doing these so frequently that they’ve become second nature to for me to do anytime I’m sitting at my desk.)

A few things to keep in mind:

  • For additional exercise options, keep a light set of hand weights under your desk and do things like bicep curls while sitting on that oh-so-boring conference call that you really don’t want to be on.
  • Watch out for rolling chairs.
  • And please keep in mind, I am not a trained professional. These are simply exercises I have been doing at my desk for years and I wanted to share them with you guys. So if you injure yourself or a co-worker makes fun of you, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Sweet & Spicy Salsa and White Bean Dip

Sweet & Spicy Salsa and White Bean Dip  || Runway Chef We’re getting closer and closer to the Super Bowl and I couldn’t be more excited. Dips, chips, cheese, buffalo sauce on EVERYTHING…..it’s a show down chow down on all things yummy and delicious! Wait, wait, wait, wait. What do you mean, that’s not what the Super Bowl is about?? You mean, it’s not a competition between two people to see who can eat the most snacks to win buffalo wings?!! I’m. So. Confused. And where did this whole football thing come from??! I mean, a leather ball mixed with food and drinks? No! No! No! I think I like my version of the Super Bowl like 10,000 times better. My version includes things like this swirl dip, a spicy, smoky, and sweet dip compromised of a flavorful fruit salsa swirled together with a creamy white bean dip. Let’s be completely honest with ourselves, doesn’t eating a bowl of that sound so much more fun than watching some ball be thrown around a little green field?! By the way, applications for this year’s EATING Super Bowl have already been filled (by me, me and, oh, me!), but we will be accepting applications for next year. Now excuse me while I’m off to practice…..it’s almost game time baby! 

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Sweet & Spicy Salsa and White Bean Dip
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A little smokey, a little spicy, a little bit sweet, this creamy and crunchy Vegan dip has flavors for everyone; serve this easy-to-prepare dip as an appetizer or a snack
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
FOR THE SALSA
  1. 1 cup diced mango
  2. 1 cup diced pineapple
  3. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  4. 2 jalapeƱos, diced
  5. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  6. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  8. Cilantro, to taste
FOR THE WHITE BEAN DIP
  1. 1 15-ounce can of white beans
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. First make your salsa by combining all the fruit, pepper, onions and seasoning in a medium-sized bowl. A note on the cilantro: I love it and would happily add at least 1/2 a cup, but my husband is not a fan so we did only a few tablespoons.
  2. Once your salsa is mixed, place it in the fridge while you make your bean dip.
  3. Using a Cuisinart blend together the beans, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt until it is smooth, about 1 minute.
  4. To assemble the dip, pick out a serving bowl. Add a few tablespoons of the salsa to the bottom, then top that with the bean dip. Repeat with more salsa, then more dip. Finish off the top with a "swirl"- using a spoon "dig" a ring into the bean dip, then fill the ring with salsa. Top off with extra cilantro, if you so desire.
  5. This tastes best served immediately, with corn chips (preferably blue corn chips).
Notes
  1. This recipe is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.
  2. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
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Happy Hour

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {A pretty little bouquet of flowers on my nightstand makes waking up much easier}

Without even realizing or planning it, the majority of this week’s HH pictures ended up with some form of flowers, pink, gold, or hearts. That can only mean one thing- Valentine’s Day is on it’s way! I’m not such a fan of the holiday in the “let’s be lovey dovey romantic” way (because, let’s be real, if I only loved Mr. RC one day a year then we’d have far bigger problems than who’s taking the trash out), but I do love the holiday for all the sweet notes and tasty treats it brings with it. I mean, you guys know me….would I ever pass up the opportunity to celebrate something that includes chocolate?! I think you know the answer to that one! And on that note, I’m off to scheme up vday treats….

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {Reason 1,789,678 that I love thrifting- these vintage gold-rimmed tumblers scored for less than $0.50 a piece}

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Happy Hour || Runway Chef {I couldn’t resist adding more gold to my desk in the form of a new stapler & paper clips from the Target dollar section (raise your hand if you think that is the best section of the store!)}

Happy Hour || Runway Chef {By far the thing that made me the happiest last week- when the server at one of our favorite restaurants surprised me with a big bowl of their roasted garlic in the middle of our dinner! #garlicaddict4eva} 

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Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather || Runway Chef “Use the sleeves of my sweater, let’s have an adventure, head in the clouds but my gravity’s centered”…

It’s most definitely sweater weather around here. 9 degrees? I’ll take 17 sweater layers please! Unfortunately photographing 17 sweaters is a bit of a challenge (for starters, I can’t move…), so you’re getting the modified sweater and button-down layers. It keeps me warm just long enough for me to yell at the Mr. to “take pictures faster” before I’m solidly frozen in place (which explains the 27 identical pictures we ended up with). While it is certainly fun to take the sweaters out for an adventure, my kind of sweater weather is actually the one where I’m curled up in an oversized sweater and a fluffy blanket, plopped right next to a fireplace, with a mug of hot chocolate the size of my face in my hand. Yup, that’s where me and my sweater will be (at least in my dreams) until spring….

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