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Sprint to the Finish

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve logged on and intended to type up a quick post. But then my Excel sheet to-do list reminds me  about the dozen other high-priority tasks to tackle that I can’t justify postponing. In a week, my junior year of college will be over. Finals and group projects and term papers will be done. And I will regain my sanity. :)

But I have a moment now, and not a clue where to start…

There was Easter brunch, inspired by Pinterest:

Easter Brunch spread // stronglikemycoffee.com

In the midst of chaotic days, there were several drives out to my peaceful place:

Perfect Picnic Day (stronglikemycoffee.com)

Group projects consumed my life. There were a few spontaneous froyo stops with friends for some chocolate therapy. We’ve given ourselves a “free pass” on our diet for the last couple weeks of school. Projects, papers, presentations, final exams, packing, workouts, appointments, meetings and every day life….it can be stressful. This is the time to go a little easy on yourself and just do the best you can.

Then Ellie Goulding came to town:

Ellie goulding collage

Ellie was amazing live! Her voice is so angelic. People-watching the drunken freshman in crop tops and flower crowns was hilarious. And we sang along to every word we knew. “God knows I’m not dying but I’ll bleed now. And God knows it’s the only way to heal now.” “It’s a shame you don’t know what you’re running from….you know this your biggest mistake. What a waste, what a waste, what a waste.” “And I don’t know where I’m going, but I know it’s gonna be a long time…Wanna hear your beating heart, tonight.” “

The year-ending brunch for the college of business was another opportunity to dress like a “grown-up.”

Business banquet with fernanda

I stuck with good ole’ Special K for breakfast though ;)

I have one more very exciting life event to share……

intern

.. but I’m going to have to save that for it’s own post next time ;)

Seven more days until I move back home for the summer and reunite with my snuggle buddy Missy. I can’t believe my junior year of college is already over, but at the same time I need it to just end. This has been one of the most stressful and overwhelming semesters, academically. Fall will bring a fresh start after a summer full of eating clean and building up my running mileage again. :)

But I still have finals to get through first! Time for a best-friend-study-date. Every semester Kerri and I spend finals week together for evening study sessions with country music, Sprout’s coffee, snacks on snacks, and sporadic dance breaks :)

 

Easter Brunch & Lemony Pasta Salad

I couldn’t have picked a better way to spend my Easter Sunday. After rising extra early for a church service with one of my best friends Kerri, we got to enjoy the radiant sunshine and bright blue sky. It was glorious! Knocked out an 8-miler before noon with plenty of time to get ready for our Girl’s Team Easter Brunch.

Easter Girls Team Picture (stronglikemycoffee.com) (stronglikemycoffee.com)

We see each other daily at practice, when we are not trying to impress anyone. T-shirts and spandex. Make-up is minimal. Don’t even ask about my hair. Blatantly mismatched outfits have become normal, especially when it’s getting closer to laundry day…We have mastered getting ready for practice in under 15 minutes. Which is why getting dressed up in our Sunday Best was so fun! Dresses and heels obviously warranted some photographic proof that we can, in fact, look girly.

Kerri and I got a ride from our friends Emily and Carissa……when we got in the car, we noticed that we all happened to be sporting denim jackets. Classic.

Denim Over the Shoulders

The Foursome (stronglikemycoffee.com)

The brunch was potluck style, and our team can cook! The table looked amazing with homemade goodies from everyone. I knew I wanted to bring something light and springy, so I turned to my faithful Pinterest for some recipe-searching. The result:

Light Lemony Pasta Salad.

  • 1 lb. cooked pasta noodles
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • salt and pepper to preference
  • 10 oz. non-fat greek yogurt
  • 12 oz. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup steamed edamame, shelled
  1. Cook and drain pasta; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in medium sauce pan, brown garlic for about one minute. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest, chicken broth and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add sauce to pasta; add in arugula, tomatoes, and edamame.
  4. Stir in greek yogurt; chill overnight.
  5. Top with fresh lemon slices and serve cold!

Light Lemony Pasta Salad for Easter Brunch (stronglikemycoffee.com)

Our meal was rounded out with some fresh pineapple, kale chips, chicken salad sandwiches, homemade whole wheat cinnamon rolls and other delicious dishes.

Next on the agenda: dyeing eggs! Guess what? Water and food coloring is not a sufficient substitute for vinegar and egg dye. Plan B: Expo Markers!

My Easter Egg (stronglikemycoffee.com)Hope you enjoyed you Easter weekend :) Now it’s back to the grind.

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