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Two New-to-Me Foods

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Good Monday morning!

Before we move into the beginning of this week, let’s recap what went on yesterday.

After singing in the church choir, Brian and I used up the last bit of our Starbucks gift card on a little mid morning chai tea drink break.  Because of the chill in the air, sipping on a nice, warm beverage was a great idea.  Brian then headed home, and I headed out to the grocery store.

Sometimes Brian comes with me to the store, but usually he gets very bored and antsy at the store because I like to take my time and look at all of the options and new foods I have yet to try…so most of the time he lets me do the shopping alone 😉

Because it was lunch time, and I hadn’t had lunch yet, I was hungry.  While at Good Earth Natural Foods standing in line waiting to check out, I spotted little packets of Lush Nuts, which is something that I had actually been wanting to try!  For $1.50, I had a little snack and I got to try something on my list of new-to-me foods.

I grabbed the Hot Curry flavor, and it did not disappoint.  My mom makes a curry dish that is probably one of my favorite meals.  When eating the curry dish, we top our meal with a little coconut, pineapple, and peanuts.  These Hot Curry nuts hit all of the same flavor notes.  The actual peanuts were crunchy and mixed well with the spicy curry flavor, just like adding peanuts on top of my mom’s dish.  These nuts were also slightly sweet, which was the perfect compliment to the heat of the curry and really reminded me of the sweetness that the pineapple and coconut add to my mom’s curry dish.

Lush Nuts are made right in Michigan by a young girl using her family recipe.  I absolutely love the fact that these are made with a family recipe just above my little state of Indiana.  I can’t wait to try the rest of the flavors.

After spending a couple of hours picking up meal items for the week, I then came home, unloaded the groceries, and made myself a little snack of scrambled egg whites with lots of veggies and my mom’s homemade salsa.  For some reason, I had been craving scrambled eggs all day…and these hit the spot!

After my little snack break, tidying some things around the apartment and getting ready for the week to come, Brian and I headed over to his parent’s house for our little Sunday night dinner tradition.  Last night’s menu included grilled zucchini (one of my favorites!), and an orzo salad.

For dessert, I was introduced to something new.  A couple of days ago, Brian told me he had a craving for a napolean from Long’s Bakery.  A napolean??? I had zero idea as to what this napolean thing was.  When we arrived at his parent’s house last night, his mom surprised him with the dessert he had been craving.  I must say…they are pretty good.  The dessert was layered puff pastry with whip cream, strawberry, and cream filling topped with powder sugar.  So simple, yet so delicious.  Good choice, Brian 😉

And because it was Earth Day, his mom had a baggie of goodies to share with us from Target!

In a mini reusable shopping bag we received all sorts of “natural” shampoos, toothpaste, lotion, and even a granola bar!  You know how I love anything free

Today

Today, I did not start the morning with a workout.  My workout will come in the evening in the form of a Boot Camp session with Brian and a BodyPump class.  My training for BodyPump is this weekend, so this week I am going to all of the classes that I can!

Instead, I started the day with some overnight oats in a jar.  I had a little bit of almond butter left on the bottom of the jar, so instead of making my overnight oats in a bowl I put them right in the jar!  The taste of the almond butter was delicious.

I added some frozen peaches to the mix this morning.  Luckily, I saved two jars of almond butter that were about empty…so I can have this same breakfast again soon, maybe tomorrow.

Now, I am off to volunteer with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, study BodyPump, and do some promotional work at one of the gyms I am teaching at.  I hope you have a great start to your week!

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2 Month Blogiversary Giveaway!

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Good Friday morning friends!

Today is officially the two month anniversary of my blog.  I wanted to do something special and fun for you in honor of this monumental (well to me 😉 ) day, and hosting my first giveaway seemed like the perfect idea.

With the theme of “firsts” lingering, I will be baking the winner the first recipe that I put on the blog.  Date Bars!  I love these bars as a quick breakfast on the go, crumbled over Greek yogurt or a smoothie bowl, as a little snack, or even dessert.  They are not too sweet and have a very soft texture.  So delicious!

In order to enter the giveaway you can do one of four things…or all four!  Many of you don’t comment on a regular basis, but I would love to hear your feedback so in order to enter you need to leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1. I have really enjoyed having this blog and sharing my ups and downs, recipes and workouts.  I am starting to feel the strong community that I have read about on other blogs for so long, and in order for me to build my community I want to do what makes YOU happy!  In order to do that your first entry will be to provide a little tip of advice or something you would like to see more of on the blog.  Examples:  More “guy” recipes, pictures with specific work out moves, more baking recipes, more how-to posts, more pictures of Brian (j/k) etc.
  2. For an additional entry or “extra credit” “like” my facebook page.  You can find it at the lower right hand portion of the sidebar.
  3. For even more extra credit, “like” my twitter page, which is directly above my facebook link on the sidebar.
  4. The final way to enter the giveaway is to subscribe through e-mail.  This can be done by simply clicking on the button on the right side bar.
The contest will be open until midnight tonight, so get those entries in quick!  Now, on to the usual things…workout and breakfast.
Workout
Last night, Brian and I ended up going on a 2 hour bike ride!  It was so fun.  We just talked and joked the entire time at a leisurely pace.  We got to see a beautiful view of the city that most people don’t really get to see.  Only people using the path at the specific time of evening get to see this pretty city.

This morning, I started out bright and early with an hour of pilates.  It felt great to start the day off right 🙂
Breakfast
For breakfast, I opted for oats this morning because I know that I won’t be able to eat lunch until 1:30 or 2 and I need something to hold me over until then.
I cooked oats mixed with splenda and vanilla extract.  I then mixed in 1 Tbsp of peanut butter and 1/8 cup of honey roasted peanuts.  Very satisfying!!
Work Fashion
Since I am using Brian’s camera things are a little different…like the self timer.  For some reason they all kept turning out blurry, and this was the best that came out.
**In case you were wondering…I am wearing jeggings for the first time 🙂
Happy Friday….and sign up for the giveaway!!!

Homemade Nutbutters

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My project for the Family Reunion auction is homemade peanut butter!  Enjoy the recipes!

 

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (Original recipe from Oh She Glows)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Almonds (I use unsalted)
  • 1/2 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
Preparation:
Place the almonds in the food processor and process for about 15 minutes while occasionally scraping down the sides.  It will look smooth and runny when it is ready!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melt the chocolate in the microwave on a low in 20 second intervals, stirring between each round.  Pour the melted chocolate and the salt into the almond butter. Process for a couple more minutes to get everything mixed together, and then you have homemade almond butter!

 

Honey Crunch Peanut Butter (Original recipe from Kath Eats Real Food)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups honey roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts to add in at the end
Preparation:
Place nuts in the food processor and scrape down the sides while processing for about 3 minutes until runny.  Then, add the extra half cup of nuts and pulse for just a little bit longer to make the peanut butter crunchy.  Enjoy!
White Chocolate Peanut Butter
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups peanuts (I use unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips or melting chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
Preparation:
Place peanuts into the food processor and process while occasionally scraping down the sides until runny and buttery (around 3 minutes).  Melt the white chocolate chips either over the stove on low, or in the microwave in 20 second intervals stirring between each one.  Add in the melted chocolate and salt once the peanuts have turned into butter.  Process for a couple more minutes to make sure everything is mixed together.