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Birthday and baptism

Published on June 24, 2013, by in Update.

I started my weekend with an early morning flight to Dallas, where I was meeting my brother after some meetings to head to his house and celebrate a very adorable one year old’s birthday and baptism. Get ready for come cuteness overload in this post. While in Dallas I had a few hours to kill. My first stop was The Sixth Floor Museum about JFK and his assassination. I toured the 6th floor of the old Texas School Book Depository where the shots were supposedly fired from. A very interesting and worthwhile tour. After that, I walked around Dealey Plaza and the West End district of Dallas that has JFK’s cenotaph.   After taking in so much history, I was hungry for some good southern bbq! After arriving to my brother’s house, there was a meeting of the minds in the kitchen about how to best bake Hannah’s 1 year

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Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

Published on June 13, 2013, by in Recipes.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! These are amazing. Taste exactly like cookie dough. Serve them at a party and NO ONE will know they are healthy. Brian sure didn’t know…and I sure didn’t tell him. I had seen this recipe months ago, filed it to make later and forgot about it until yesterday when I saw someone mention it on a social media site. I had made bread before with chickpeas, so I wasn’t concerned that it was too weird of an ingredient swap. I had all the stuff at home and decided to make it last night. I mean, we were to get hit by derecho. Who wouldn’t need a batch of protein and fiber filled cookies to get them through the storm? So glad I did. It might be my new favorite healthy treat. I might even leave out the chocolate chips next time or half the amount and use

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Grilled cinnamon and sugar banana

Published on June 12, 2013, by in Recipes.

The weather was perfect for grilling last night, so that is what I did. I feel like it’s always a feast when I grill. A healthy feast, because I love to grill up a lot of vegetables…and sometimes some fruit. Last night’s nights grilling included burgers, fruit and vegetables(and maybe a glass of wine for me): Ingredients: 1 banana 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon Peel your banana. On a plate, combine cinnamon and sugar. Roll banana in cinnamon and sugar. or pick up the cinnamon and sugar lightly press it into banana until banana has a light covering of mixture. Put banana on grill over medium heat for a few minutes on each side until sugar caramelizes and banana softens. (Sorry about the bad picture. It’s the not overly appetizing thing on the left of my plate, but don’t let the picture fool you. It’s amazing.) Cut in half

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Fun and fantastic

Published on June 10, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This past weekend was awesome. The weather was great and Brian and I ended up doing some spontaneous things and really taking advantage of the city. Something I need to do more often. That’s why I live here, right? Brian took me out to dinner on Friday night because our fridge was bare! We hadn’t really gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks and we had been squeaking by on pantry staples and freezer meals all week. The upside to this was that, our fridge was bare. How is that an upside? It was the perfect opportunity to pull everything out and wipe down the shelves. A task that was long over due! Look at its glowing beauty afterwards: After my speed cleaning fridge session, I headed out the door to walk to meet Brian for dinner. The weather was perfect for eating dinner outside and this place had a patio(no

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My two cents: Monday

Published on June 10, 2013, by in Update.

Good Monday morning! I can’t wait to get to my weekend post. So much goodness this past weekend. Until I have time to do that, I thought I’d share two things with you. I am in love with this hand soap. The scent makes me so happy. It smells just like a tomato plant. And for my second and unrelated tidbit: I am re-posting what some words of wisdom by Bill Phillips. This really strikes a chord with me. From work lunches to social outings, I always feel like my healthy eating and exercise often gets derailed by not wanting to be selfish or offend anyone. It’s not doing me any good and makes me have regret and resentment later. I think this states why I need to say “no” more often and exercise a little more self-responsibility. So, here it is: SELFISH VS. SELF-RESPONSIBILITY Oftentimes people mistakenly believe that

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4 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Published on June 7, 2013, by in Recipes.

These are nothing to write home about but would do the trick if you needed a quick sweet fix and are somewhat healthier for you than a regular cookie. I personally think a few adjustments could be made that would make them spectacular. I might play around with the recipe this weekend. Ingredients: 1 cup of almond butter(or nut butter of choice) 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350F. Place all ingredients in bowl.   Mix well. I think this is where the hiccup in the recipe occurred. I used natural almond butter instead of peanut butter. Store bought peanut butter has a much different (more solid) texture than natural almond butter. Making these cookies was also an effort to use up this Costco sized container of almond butter that I bought that I didn’t particularly care for. It was too oily and runny

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Honey roasted peanut butter

Published on June 5, 2013, by in Recipes.

Ohhh my goodness. Pure goodness. It’s no secret that Brian loves sweet. We had been buying jars of natural peanut butter for him to keep at work, so I wouldn’t have to pack a little bit for him with an apple. Well, some of the “natural” versions aren’t so natural and having to stir your own pb at work can be a little obnoxious. So, I decided that I was going to make a batch to send with him. When I got to the nut aisle, the honey roasted peanuts caught my eye. A sweeter version of peanut butter for Brian? My head started spinning with thoughts like: Blending those up would be too intense. Too sweet. Or would it? Could I do part roasted peanuts and part honey roasted? Yes! Yes, that would work. So I bought jars of roasted peanuts and honey roasted peanuts, excited to experiment. I

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Best shish kabob marinade

Published on June 4, 2013, by in Recipes.

Summer had officially arrived, then another cold front with lots of rain moved in, just as I was really getting into grilling. With hopes of good weather, I decided that shish kabobs were in order! This marinade is delicious. I think I might start using it for most of my vegetables on the grill and it adds great flavor to meat. Ingredients: 1/2 vegetable oil(or oil of choice) 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup mustard 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 3 cloves garlic, sliced 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper Meat(optional) vegetables for grilling Mix everything but meat and vegetables in a bowl/container. Not the prettiest picture, but you can see what the marinade looks like: Place meat, if using, in a container for marinating. Place vegetables in a separate container for marinating. I always marinate the meat and vegetables separately. Pour half

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Fests, food, fun and crafts

Published on June 3, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This was one jam-packed weekend full of pure goodness. After work on Friday, I headed straight to Maifest(my favorite summer fest) where Brian and I were able to meet up with several friends from different circles. It was one big fun time filled with German food and beer. I spent some time at the garden on Saturday. We are continuing to get strawberries and kale. Everything else is growing nicely with all the recent rain. This picture makes it look like my garden is full of weeds, but those are just onions growing in the spaces between the other plants. I really tried to maximize my space this year. I made a big pitcher of iced tea to sip on all of Saturday afternoon and evening. Brian and worked hard on finishing up some details for the wedding and getting the Save the Dates ready to send out. Our hard

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