Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Spinning, and Running

I have been really bad at staying right on schedule for my half marathon training plan.   Don't get me wrong, I am completing most of it, just not on the right days.   I'm also doing other things on top of running that aren't on the schedule but I figure as long as my muscles aren't too tired, I should be alright.

Yesterday for example:

I was supposed to do my long run on Sunday.   From my previous post, you can see that I did not run this past weekend.   Shopping and simply being lazy got in the way. 

Monday morning rolled along and I got up and got the girls dressed.   I sent Katelyn off to school and Kenzie and Aubri dressed and took them to the gym daycare.   I knew on my way there that 7 miles was on the schedule and I had this sick feeling it wasn't going to happen.   I knew that I had to do it on the treadmill for a few reason and the longest run on the treadmill prior to this was 6 miles the week before.    I was ready with my Nuun and got things going.   At about 2 miles in, my friend found me up there and hopped onto the treadmill next to me.   She got me through the next 20 minutes and I now realize what it's like to run and talk at the same time.    I have never ran with anyone before so I never knew if I was capable of such a thing.  I'm glad to say that I am and it was soooo nice to have someone to distract me for a little while.   I wish she could have stuck along for the whole time seven miles!   Yes, I did complete the whole thing.   I didn't walk at all either which is what I'm aiming for. 

Later that night I had spin class.   Normally I do my long run Sunday and then I do spin Monday night so I feel like it gives my legs enough time to rest.   Oddly though, I got through spin just fine.   Thanks once again to my friend that also saved me earlier in the day on the treadmill.   Without her, I probably wouldn't have gone.   Tiffany to the rescue!  


That's the spinning room.   I'm pretty sure the guy in the back was wondering why I was taking a picture of the room.   Even Tiffany wasn't so sure about it.  What you don't get from this picture is how peaceful the room really is.   The lights are dimmed and the walls are painted nicely.   It really doesn't look like puke. 

Now tonight I was supposed to take Core-Strength-Core and run 4.5 miles but I had to cancel out.   My stomach was so upset with something I ate or my IBS was kicking in again after being gone for how long.   Instead of working out, I sat in the bath and read magazines. 

Rough, I know. 

Now I'm back to playing catch up on the training schedule, just like I am every single week.   I feel alright with it though as long as I am able to keep getting my long run numbers up.   Here's hoping that will keep happening.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekend in Review aka the No Run Fun Weekend

This weekend was a good one if you don't factor in that I didn't run at all.  Besides that, it was pretty amazing of a weekend and as busy as it can get.  Friday I worked and it was with my love Hailee.   I can pretty much assume if I work with her, it's going to be a great night.    She's just my kind of gal and has no problem being completely inappropriate. 

We played emotions again...Jackie as the creator of emotions was shouting out what emotion we should show.

Hailee's emotion is correct.   Mine is not.

I can already imagine the emails I will get on this one.   Sorry to disappoint.

On Saturday, the girls had soccer nice and early.   I started the day off with lots of coffee and a quick shower and then off we went.   Both girls played great and their teams also won.   Yay for a great start to the day.  

After that we went to Katelyn's school carnival.   We spend more than we should have.   $20.00 on Raffle Tickets, $20.00 on games and then $10.00 on food.   It's a good thing we won a couple of the raffles and so it makes it all worth it. 

Here's the fun part.   Once we were home from the carnival, my mother in law came to pick the girls up and was taking them to a hotel with a little water park inside.   This means Mike and I have an entire day and night without kids.    Like most adults, the first thing we did was run to Home Depot.    We like to dream about what we will do with out house.   We fought about how I would never put granite counters in my current house because I don't plan on living here forever and I'll save that big expense for a house I will live in.    We also argued over rugs and how Mike likes the most ridiculous rugs ever made.    Then we settled on buying a new light fixture for our front porch.    Some how we both liked the same style for that.  

Now the fun.   We made a reservation at a hotel for ourselves.   We had dreams of having drinks and sitting in the hot tub all night and just having fun.    What really happened wasn't at all like that.    We stayed at one of the better hotels around here which is right down town Appleton so that we could walk to dinner.   

Waiting for me to get ready for dinner.   Instead I take pictures.

The toilet makes a great back drop.

This is my idea of a perfect outfit.   Leggings, tall boots and a longer shirt to cover my butt. 

So after taking 465 pictures, we went to dinner where I proceeded to take more pictures.   This is my dinner.  It doesn't look good but it was amazing.  



Whole wheat spaghetti with a bunch of veggies and marinara sauce.   I had to try to order something healthy to counter act the White Russian I was drinking and the large loaf of garlic bread they gave me as we sat down. 



We walked back to the hotel and thought about going into the hot tub.   Both of us were exhausted.   We didn't want t spoil the evening by going to bed at 7:30 so back outside we went to walk to a coffee place.  


After sitting there and talking for about 45 minutes, we went back to the hotel.   We never did end up going into the hot tub.   We watched TV, played around with the Sleep Number beds that were provided, and slept.    We.Are.Lame

Honestly though, it was just kind of a perfect night.   

Sunday was filled with looking at open houses, shopping and working on an art project I will be sharing sometime this week.  

Do you and your significant other ever rent a hotel just to get away, even though it's only a 15 minute drive from your house? 

Do you go to Home Depot, Lowes or any other home improvement store and dream of what you'd love to do to your house?   We do it ALL the time. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Yikes...It's so unlike me to share this...



It's official.   I am signed up.    My first half marathon, only a short 2 months away.   

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yellow Jasmine Rice aka The Best Rice Ever


I usually wont say "The best" when posting recipes because I'm scared people will take that very seriously and then be disappointed when it doesn't live up to their standards.    This time I think I've got something special here so I am pretty confident in labeling it "The Best Rice Ever."   This stuff is amazing. 

The smell.

The color.

The taste.

They all meet my expectations.    You need to try this.   Run to the store, get the ingredients and make this as a side dish for dinner.   Heck!   Make it for your main dish if you wish.   I wont judge.


Well that was awkward...

So a couple of days ago I ordered another box for the TV in our family/Toy room.   I have my treadmill back there and the Y has spoiled me into thinking that if I'm going to be running on a treadmill, I need to have a TV to watch as well. 

As part of me ordering it, they gave me HD channels for Free, Movie Channels for free, Sports Channels for free and also HBO and Skinamax for free.  Of course it's only for 1 month but I'll take it.   A day later, I still didn't have the channels and they had told me that it would take about 4-24 hours for them to be active.   I decided since it's easy enough, I would chat with a rep. and ask them where my channels were.   Turns out they were to be added the 22nd, and yes I do have them now, but the conversation with this rep. was so awkward....



As I waited for him (I think it's a him?) to write what he was going to write, I couldn't help but feel anxious and nervous.   I figured I hadn't won the U-verse lottery or anything but what was it that was going to make me smile?  I pretty much figured I was getting some more channels to try.   Mike was happy though.   I am just so thankful this took place over chat and not over the phone because that would have made it even more awkward. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Lost Recipes

As a food blogger, I have high expectations for the recipes I share.   I dread getting feedback where people hated what I made or it didn't turn out for them.   I usually try to help them if something went wrong but I have to learn that not everything I make is going to please everyone as much as it does me.   That being said, there are many recipes throughout the time of this blog that haven't made the chopping block for one reason or another.   Half the time I forget to take a good picture of the end product.   Without that, the recipe is nearly pointless.   I feel like it would be a failure as a post and I wont put that on here.   Other times, I didn't like it as much as I would have loved to.   I don't want to just put recipes on my just to have a post.     Sadly, those pictures and recipes get no time in the spot light so I thought I'd share some of the pictures of these lost recipes.   Enjoy!







Friday, February 17, 2012

Foccacia Bread


Today I was looking for a bread recipe to make.   I wanted it to be easy and obviously be with ingredients I had on hand.    Last night for dinner I made chicken noodle soup and it was delicious but it was missing the bread to go along side of it.   I wasn't looking to consume the added calories of a slice of store bought wheat bread with butter so I just ate the soup as is.  

I knew I would be having the left overs for lunch today so I was ready to bake some type of bread to dip in the soup.   I needed it to be quick and easy since I only had this morning to make it.   This is it!   I already am looking forward to using it as sandwich bread for tomorrows lunch!  



Ingredients:

Dough:

2 Cups of Luke Warm Water
1 Tbs Honey
1 Tbs Active Dry Yeast
1 Tbs Kosher Salt *
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 a Small Onion, Diced
5-6 Cups Flour

*Please make sure to use Kosher salt for this.   If you use regular table salt, the bread will most likely be over salty.

Topping:

1 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt to taste
Rosemary to taste
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Directions: 

In the bowl of your stand mixer (or a large bowl) add the warm water and dissolve the honey into the water. 



Here is a quick motherly tip.   I used Buckwheat honey in this recipe.   It's a darker, non processed honey that is made right here in Wisconsin.    It's amazing on a cough!   Give it a try if you have a child and you would rather not give them something manufactured. 


Back to the recipe.   In the Water/Honey mixture, add the yeast.   Let sit for 5 minutes until it starts to bubble. 


After 5 minutes....



Add in the salt and stir.   Add in the Olive Oil and stir.  Stir in the onion.   Place the bowl in your stand and with the dough attachment going on low, start to add the flour.  


You need to go up to about 5 cups and see where you are at.   You want to dough to be sticky but you should be able to get it out of the bowl.   If you go in and grab it and you get nothing but dough sticking to you and the bowl, add a little more flour.   You will want to knead for about 3 or so minutes in the mixer or about 5 minutes by hand. 

Once the dough ready, place in a greased bowl and cover lightly with a damp cloth.   Let the dough rise until double in size.   This took about 2 hours in my cold house even with using a warm oven to help.  

I put a little extra flour on top because it was a little more sticky than I would have liked when I put the dough in the bowl. 

Pour the dough out on a greased baking sheet or a silicon mat.    Press the dough down to fill out the baking sheet.  

Poke your finger into the dough to indent it all over.


Brush Olive Oil over the top of the dough.   Sprinkle with Kosher Salt.   Sprinkle with Rosemary.   Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.   You really can top this bread to your liking.   Add slice tomato, Olives, Cheddar Cheese.  You name it!  


Preheat oven to 415 degrees.  Do this once you are done topping your bread.   This way gives your bread time to rest and rise just a little bit again before you place into the oven.

   Place the Foccacia in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. 





Source:  All Recipes "Michael's Foccacia"

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Oh what a week!

This week has been crazy.   Makenzie has been a hot mess and I've been busy taking care of her.  

Monday - Kenzie woke up from a nap screaming and jolting her body when she would go potty.   Instantly thought it was a UTI.   Called her Pediatrician.   They wanted me to wait 3 hours and then drive 20 minutes to a clinic because the one in the city I live in didn't have any appointments for the day.    Hmm...didn't seem like a quick enough solution so I straight up told her that I was going to go to another companies clinic that had urgent care and will be seen right away.   There was an awkward pause and then she said "If your insurance covers that" and I knew it did so away we went.  

We got there and she had to pee so bad.  I knew they would need that sample so I kept telling her to hold it.   We sat in the lobby while the receptionist held a conversation over the phone with another employee.   Kenzie is turning red in the face holding her pee.    Finally she waves us to another window to get checked in because she was obviously so busy.   We go to the other window.   The lady is entering some info into the computer and says that she'll be right with us.   To be fair, she was very nice.    So we are waiting and waiting and waiting and then she tells me her computer is frozen and she's going to have to restart it.   I asked her PLEASE can we use the bathroom.   I told her that I knew they would need a urine sample though so if there was anything we could do to speed this up.   Kenzie was literally crossing her legs.   

The lady was great and told me to go walk down to the actual urgent care window and ask them about it and I gave her my insurance so she could actually check us in once she had her computer up and running.   I go over there and they had to fill out a couple quick things and then sent us on our way to finally go potty.   Poor little Kenzie screamed again and it was obvious she had a UTI or worse by what came out of her.   I wanted to cry.  

We get out of the office and get the meds and go home.   She gets two doses in before I went to bed that night because I really wanted her feeling well since she was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday.   

Tuesday she wakes up sick as ever.   She hurts when she pees.   Her side hurt terribly.   She had a fever and had also vomited.   She wouldn't eat a thing and barely drank anything.   I was so sad for her.   This infection just took everything out of her.  She missed her Valentines Day party but thankfully my awesome friend Tiffany stopped by to get her Valentines to hand out and then came back over after school to bring Kenzie her goodies.   She also had Starbucks for me!!  BFF Tiff! 

Kenzie didn't get any better throughout the day so I pretty much assumed the surgery to have her adenoids removed  would be off the next day.  The next morning she woke up with a low grade fever but she felt great.   I called the hospital nice and early and told them everything.   I figured they would cancel it because of the low grade fever but apparently not!   The nurse said since it was just from the UTI it was fine.   As long as she didn't have any upper respiratory issues she was clear to have surgery.   

We got to the hospital at 7:30am and Kenzie was the most perfect angel ever.    I was so upset I forgot my camera in the car so I have no adorable pictures of her in the hospital gown.   Total frown face here! 

Her surgery was at 9 and she went back as scheduled.   They waited until she was out to put in her IV so the prep was so simple.  Just hang out in the room, answer questions and talk about what was going to happen.    The doctors all came in to talk to us and then off she went.   Mike made a comment on how wrong it is to see your child that young being wheeled off to surgery.   He's right.   Such a tiny little peanut in such a huge bed.  

We went to the waiting room and waited about thirty minutes until the doctor came out to talk to us.   Everything went well and her adenoids were pretty large so hopefully this helps her sleeping  and breathing issues.    It was another twenty minutes or so until we went back to see her.   She was once again totally angelic and awesome.   Quiet as could be and wanting to be in my arms to sleep.   Fine by me :)   

After a while they let us leave and we went home. Kenzie was requesting pizza and hot chocolate immediately.   She has been completely normal since being home and hasn't had a single ounce of pain.   You would never know she had surgery!   She even went back to school today and the teachers were shocked she was back already.  

So anyway...up until today I hadn't ran since last Friday and haven't blogged since before the UTI incident.   This morning I went to the Y and ran just over 4 miles to work off a couple pieces of Valentines Day Chocolate that I got.   I have to get many more miles in to work off the rest.   I did stick half the box in the freezer this morning because I'm sick of them being there ready to eat.   

Sorry for the long winded post with no pictures.   I really would have had them had I not forgot my camera in the car!!   

Have you had your Tonsils or Adenoids taken out?   How old were you?

Did you really make it through this entire post?   I am not sure I would have if it wasn't about my own child!  

Monday, February 13, 2012

I am no longer "sick and pukey"

So here we go.   The longest and most pictures of possibly any weekend post I will ever have.   We will start with Friday.   I got up and went to the gym super early for me.   If you know anything about me, my legs hate the morning and usually don't function very well.  

I had to get in 4 miles to keep with my half marathon training and I really wasn't looking forward to it.   I put Kenzie in the daycare there and got to it.   Forty minutes later I was done and happy and it wasn't hard at all on my legs.   I just made sure to take it slow and easy.   Here's what happened though.   Last week I showed you a picture of the view while on the treadmill.   It's of the gymnasium downstairs.   At this time of the morning, no one is playing basket ball so the lights are off.   Because of this, you see yourself running as a reflection in the glass.   I have never watched myself run before and because of that I was mesmerized by my feet.   Like I stared at them nearly the whole time I ran because I had a hard time believing that's what my feet did when I ran.   I have been working on a new running style and this was wonderful in seeing if I was actually doing it right. 



On Saturday, I went shopping with my mom.   We went to Kohls where they were basically handing their clothes to us and saying "Take this home for free!"   Not exactly but 80-85% off of the regular price and then an additional 40% off of that price.   On top of that, I also had a 20% off coupon so I literally spend hours at Kohls.   Katelyn was awesome and got some new shoes and clothes as well.  I ended up spending about $150.00 but I got sweaters, sweats, tons of shoes, tons of clothes for my nephews, a fleece for Aubri, 5 pairs of shoes for my girls and clothes for them as well.   It was crazy.   One problem though.   You see the beast come out in women that want what you are looking at.   They slowly creep in and take over. 



I arranged for my mom to take the girls for a sleep over on Saturday night so Mike, my sister and I went to dinner at Senior Tequila's.   This was the first time we had been there and it was a good time.   We had to wait a while for a table and I ended up getting tipsy from starvation and drinking booze.  I know better.  

Bonus:   They make table side salsa so for once in my life, I could tell them NO CILANTRO!   Blah I hate that stuff. 


After dinner we went to a bar and I continued to drink liquor instead of beer....mistake!   I don't know how to drink liquor.  I expect to be able to drink it like beer and you just can't do that.    By the time we got to our friends house to hang out with them, I was to the point of not remembering much.   So I remember them having a push up contest.



BUT I don't remember having these pictures taken of me and I found them on my phone the next morning.   If someone could clarify as to what was going on in these pictures and why you were taking these pictures, that would be fabulous.   I imagine I was telling some super amazing story that made a lot of sense.   Or perhaps I was doing some awesome dance moves I've learned.  



I may be possessed here.

I was supposed to go for my long run but I came down with something and felt weak and pukey on Sunday.   I was miserable and I just wanted the day to be over.  

I do realize I was hung over.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Where my Running is at right now....

I haven't talked about my running much lately but I am still running.   I decreased my miles significantly for a few weeks but have been back at it again for the past two weeks or so.   My muscles are a bit sore from it but I am running for a reason.   I have two races in my future.   I am doing the Bock Point 5 miler on March 3rd.   It is going to be awesome because they give you free beer after you finish.   We all know my love for some beer.  

Another race that I was very skeptical of even mentioning until I official sign up for is the Oshkosh Half Marathon.   The deadline to sign up at the reduced rate is February 20th and I plan to sign up on February 19th.   I am very nervous to sign up for a half because I haven't been running as much lately and many of my runs have been on a treadmill.  I'm also terrified because I have never ran further than 10 miles.   The 10 miler was a few months ago now and I've lost much of that endurance.  

I did have one stellar run on Monday night that was 5.18 miles at a 9:20ish pace (good for me) but I felt great and enjoyed it AND it was outdoors.   The weather was pretty awesome and I actually ran based on time, not distance.   I ran for 50 minutes exactly and didn't even have a GPS tracking my distance.  I went home and very carefully mapped my run and was happy with the 5.18 miles.   Yay!   That means I'm right on track for my half training plan. 

The only picture I have is from the gym last night.  I tried to secretively take a picture of what the view is of while you run on the treadmill.   I slowly grabbed my phone, turned the camera on, looked around, turned the flash off, and snapped.   I was running and I am surprised I didn't trip and go flying off the thing but I managed this picture. 

In the reflection you can actually see the guy next to me....

My mom goes the gym with me a couple nights a week and when I told her my angry thoughts while I ran, she sort of laughed.   She later told me that her thoughts are all roses.   She told me she actually thinks how nice it is that families are down there playing basketball, that it's nice that the families get out and do something active instead of sitting at home.  How lucky those kids are that their parents are interested in doing that with them.   Etc Etc Etc.   Unless my run is amazing, I rarely have happy  thoughts.   I pretty much have to talk myself through every.single.run.   Is that at all normal???  Should I not be a runner??!?!?

We also have the luxury of having our own TV on the treadmill which is totally a bonus.   I love it in comparison to my treadmill that I wonder to this day how accurate it is.   Don't ask me to calibrate it.   I am not smart enough for that.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Come Back Sauce


This stuff has been labeled the best stuff on anything.   You can use it with Chicken, Fish, Beef, Burgers, Fries, you name it.   It's very easy to make and worth the 10 minutes to measure and store.  

Mike's a condiments man.   We have pretty much every condiment and dressing you can buy and I find it rather annoying.   Our fridge door is filled to the max with bottles of condiments.   No matter what dinner I make, Mike has to add same sauce or condiment to it. 

Maybe he's just trying to mask the flavor.   No....that can't be.   Nevermind I even said that.  

I'm hoping this will take care of some of the bottles.  

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lots of food equals a stomach ache and bad dreams...

I ate way too much food yesterday.   I filled my plate a couple times because of course I had to try everything.   We had authentic jambalaya, egg rolls, veggie tray, ham and cheese crescent rolls, chips and salsa, chips and cheese, chips chips chips, avocado dip, chips and more.   I tried all of that.    Yeah, I'll own it.  

Currently in a food coma

Since the Packers didn't make it this year, it was a pretty boring game for us.   No one was really into it and we all basically got together to eat and watch my girls run around like crazy, cry, and pester every male in the room.   

This chair was entertaining to them most of the night too.

Speaking of the room.....it's our friends basement.   They bought the house this way and but there is usually some comment about this:


Do you see that in the floor??  It's a giant "G" for Green Bay Packers.   Yes, the whole room is painted and decorated for the Packers.  

So last night I went home still totally full.   I finished up "The Help" and then went to sleep and I had the worst dream.   I had a dream I was dying of cancer.    Now today I'm totally freaked out that it was some secret message that I should be looking into more.   It could have also been the fact that I consumed 2000 calories in a single sitting.   You be the judge of that.    Today I am getting right back on track with my food.   I started off with my traditional over night oats with almond milk, peanut butter, banana and protein powder.   Tonight I have a 4-5 mile run in the schedule along with a 45 minute spin class.   I am actually looking forward to both after how many calories I ate yesterday. 


Do you ever have dreams that freak you out for the entire day after?

Did you over eat yesterday? 

Friday, February 3, 2012

My Eleven Things

Thanks to Courtney over at Third Time's a Charm for tagging me in the Eleven things challenge.   Here we go! 

I think everyone knows what this is about and has been tagged already but if you haven't, just copy and paste this for your own blog and fill 'er out.    Here we go!

Eleven things about me:

1. When you first meet me, I am usually pretty quiet.   I feel like I stumble over my words and can't speak clearly.
2.  I don't sign up for races too far in advance.   I am scared of injury or of not training enough.  I also don't announce on this blog when I sign up for races because I sort of don't want anyone to know just in case I suck.
3.  I miss cooking without having to stop every step to take a picture.  This is why I don't blog solely about food.   I want to just cook sometimes and I feel like the recipes with only "after" pictures aren't nearly as interesting.
4.  I think 90% of drivers are idiots. 
5.  I swear more than I should.
6.  I watch Days of our Lives every day.
7.  I look forward to getting the mail every day and it's hard for me to actually let my girls go out and get it.
8.  I won a trip to NYC from a radio contest.   It was the first time Mike and I ever flew together and it was after 7 years of marriage. 
9.  I sometimes think I should change the name of my blog to "The Undeclared Blogger" because I clearly blog about nothing in particular. 
10.  At work, we have to carry large trays filled with drinks.  The most common question is "Have you ever dropped one of those trays?"   I am truly terrified to answer this because the answer is NO....but I feel like the second I say that (As I am holding this tray up with 1 arm handing them their drink) that the tray is going to go crashing to the floor. 
11.  I dream about a day of being alone and doing what I want.   Then I get 2 hours alone and I'm lost and have no idea what to do with myself.

Courtney's Questions:

1.  favorite candy?
Chewy Spree 
2.  what's your favorite disney movie?
Honestly, don't really get into Disney Movies
3.  if you could meet one celebrity who would it be?
Aaron Rodgers and then we'd get married.
4.  who's your favorite band?
DMB used to be my favorite.   Now I just listen to the radio and like the trendy stuff.
5.  favorite cereal?
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
6.  if you could leave tomorrow and visit one place for 2 weeks (for free), where would you go?
The East Coast, with a Car and Mike.  He'd keep me sane.   

7.  have you ever met a blogger?
Nope!  I haven't met a single one!
8.  what's your favorite alcoholic drink?
Beer.  Yum.
9.  what's your dream race?
Fox Cities Marathon.   Watched it for a few years now and I have always been amazed by them and dreamed of doing it too.
10.  do you have any tattoos?
Unfortunately.   Tramp Stamp Butterfly.  Soooo 1990's.  
11.  what's your best running memory?
The day I broke my personal wall.  
I'm supposed to tag people and make my own questions but I'm pretty sure everyone's pretty much been tagged already!!! 

A tip on how to fill a piping bag without the mess.

I'm not sure how many people know this tip but I remember learning and thinking "oh my gosh...genious!"  So if you ever need to pipe frosting onto a cake or into a cookie, here is my tip on how to make your life easier and to keep your hands and kitchen clean. 


First take a large mouthed cup.    Place your piping bag (or you can use a ziplock bag like me) into the cup and fold it around the edges.   You want to put it so the corner of the bag is pointing down in the cup.   If you are using a certain piping tip, that will face down into the cup.   Keep it close to the top of the cup. 


Take a rubber spatula and get some frosting.    Scrape it into the bag.   If you want to add more frosting, keep pushing the bag further down into the cup with your rubber spatula.



Once you have enough frosting in your piping bag, pull the sides up over the frosting and twist to close off.



If you aren't using a tip on your piping bag, just cut off the corner of the bag to pipe the frosting. 


That's it!   Clean and easy way to fill your piping bag!