Seth’s Birthday

Today is a very special day! It’s my guy’s birthday! We’ve kept it pretty low-key around here, though. I treated him to a scrambled egg, bacon and toast breakfast. I even gave him extra bacon and toast!! ūüėČ

Around 10 PM last night, I was browsing Pinterest and as soon as I saw a homemade birthday card on the feed, I freaked. I forgot to buy him a card! Wondering what on earth I was to do, especially since I left my craft bag at my mama’s, I had to get real creative and thrifty.

The “card” is the back of my Anatomy notebook that I simply cut with scissors and folded in half. I created the banner by cutting a thank-you card into triangles and stringing them onto some thread out of a emergency sewing kit. Inside which just so happened to be white, I wrote a special message that rhymes with “my dove two.” How is that for a cute, functional and cheap birthday card!

I also made key lime pie cupcakes. I’m still a little intimidated by making a full-on cake from scratch, and his mom is quite the cake baker so I tried to keep it simple. Simple but impressive. These turned out tasting so good! Especially the graham cracker crust.

Here is the link for the recipe for those interested: Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

We just got back from a Barnes&Noble trip per his request and we both bought books. I’ve really been trying to find some good books to read, especially since the summer is approaching. I haven’t always been a reader but am now finding out that it really helps to clear my mind. Plus, it’s good for the soul. If any of you have any book recommendations please do not be afraid to comment!

In other news– I have definitely been putting fitness on the back burner. I feel as though I go through certain phases where I go-go-go at the gym and then burn myself out after a few months. I’m still trying to find my mojo but I am not too worried about it.

I’ve really been loving fried egg and peanut butter on toast! Don’t knock it till’ you try it! It taste really, really good.

Have a great Wednesday!

xo. Mindy

Biscotti be kidding me!

¬†When I first started reading healthy living blogs, I couldn’t help but notice the huge consumptions and variations of nut butters each blogger would use/eat. As someone who has been dipping her spoon into Jif since she was able to eat real food, I was interested to try other types of nut butters.

I first tried hazelnut butter- Nutella. I like it but peanut butter is better (in taste and health.) Next was sunflower seed butter- SunButter. I absolutely loved it! It’s perfect for someone with a peanut allergy but I honestly just love the taste. I then tried almond butter and fell in love with that. Most recently I have been processing raw almonds to make my own creamy almond butter. If I had to choose which nut butter I liked best it would be very hard! I think peanut butter and almond butter would be a tie and sunflower seed butter would be a close second!

After seeing all of the variations of nut butter, I then saw Biscoff popping up everywhere in the blog world. Also known as “cookie butter”,¬†Biscoff spread is more of a treat!¬†The above nut butters have heart-healthy fats and low(er) sugar with the exception of Nutella. I still was interested in trying Biscoff so my mom bought me some over the weekend. I definitely don’t like it on top of oatmeal- too, too sweet!

I came across a Biscoff granola recipe from Laura at SPRINT2THETABLE and decided to use her recipe as a base with my own twist. Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers added honey in her peanut butter granola and I thought that would help to coat the nuts (pecans and cashews) and bind the oats together. The sweetness comes from the Biscotti, of course, chopped dried mango and dark chocolate!!!!! I added in chocolate chips within 5 minutes of the granola cooling down causing it to melt and coat the cooked granola. It ended up turning out so good that I am currently stuffed with granola!

Chocolate crunch Biscotti granola

Adapted from Sprint2theTable and Peanut Butter Fingers

3/4 cup raw, old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup halved pecans (from my grandparents front yard!!!)

1/2 cup cashews*

3 oz. or one package of dried mango, chopped

3 tbsp Biscotti spread

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp honey

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (added after baking)

Preheat oven to 325F. 

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, mixing to combine.  

Spread oat mixture onto a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake for 30 mins. 

Let cool for 5 -8 mins, adding chocolate chips and a quick stir.  Let cool completely. Store in air-tight container.

*Note: I used roasted and salted cashews, so I added them the same time I added the chocolate chips. If you were to buy raw cashews they would bake with the other ingredients, of course.

 It seriously is the best!

Thank God It’s (My Friday)

T.G.I.T (which is my Friday :-D)

Even though my Spring Break went by way too quickly, I was more than happy to get back in the groove of things this week. Classes not so much, workouts and healthier eating- yup!

I took a boot camp class and Zumba on Monday and a boot camp class on Tuesday. My entire body was sore from the three classes combined, so I rested yesterday and about to go on a walk/run… wog… after I post! Feels great to sweat.

Like I’ve said (er, typed) in the most recent posts, I haven’t had much activity and sweating in the past month. While I have been eating (mostly) healthy foods, I fell off the wagon a bit in February. I baked like a crazy woman, many of the goods being undocumented. ¬†The smallest changes really make the biggest differences in the way you feel and your appearance. So my goal for March is to eat at least one¬†GREEN meal or food a day– not only for St. Patty’s month but also for my health and cute spring clothes! It’s hard to believe a year ago I was the girl on the left! So happy to be where I am now.

Although I spent more time on the couch than with cardio machines and indulged in a gross amount of sugar this past few weeks, I now fully believe that your body is made in the kitchen (why I posted a pic of my bicep, don’t hate!) I will admit some days I felt a little *blah* but when I followed an indulgence with a healthy meal, I didn’t notice much change in the way I felt or my appearance.

On Monday, I was a bit nervous to jump straight into a boot camp class but I survived and worked my booty off. I know if I wouldn’t have fueled my body properly with the appropriate nutrients and energy, though, I would not have made it through!¬†Needless to say, my eats pushed me through two¬†fitness classes back-to-back!

I’ve been adding more green¬†with grilled chicken salads, smoothies and oven-roasted vegetables. Seth (my guy) has a birthday soon, so I ordered him a Cuisinart 5-in-1 grill! We’ve already used it twice… it grills chicken up nice! So juicy (TWSS)!

Smoothie was a mid-day snack- handful of spinach, frozen mango, sliced strawberries, plain greek yogurt, almond milk and peanut butter. Delish!

Have you set any goals for March? If so, what are they and how do you plan to achieve them? I’d love to hear from y’all!¬†

Biscuits n’ stuff

Since I chose not to go anywhere for Spring Break besides a short visit back home, I have had a ton of free time. I would write and post about the work-outs I’ve been doing, but I haven’t been working out. So what have I been doing? Cooking and baking (aka grocery shopping, lots of […]