Vanilla protein pancakes + thrifting+ my home away from home

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This week has definitely been my “calm before the storm.” I start classes on Monday and I have a crazy busy schedule for this semester so I have had no problem with just chilling  out. The flowers in the above picture make me happy They were left over from a bridal shower my friend and I hosted for our friend, Kristin.

My New Room

I have had tons of fun decorating my new room and I don’t know what I would’ve done without my Mema, antique stores, Goodwill, all of my DIY crafts, and Pinterest. I took a few pictures yesterday to show everyone my home away from home. There are still things I need to arrange + add onto the wall but I feel like I am off to a good start. I ❤ my new room!

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I really wish I wouldn’t have taken my room pictures using Instagram because the colors in my room are so much more lighter and brighter. Hopefully Santa Clause will come around and buy me that Canon Rebel I have my eye on!

Crafting + Thrifting

I also did some crafting yesterday twith one of my friend’s deer antlers!

antler craft

diy antler

Ah! It turned out so well. I am no perfectionist by any means but I ending up loving it. It holds all of my rings and bracelets. I actually hope to saw the “head off and overlap the two “spurs.”

I casually went in to Goodwill and a local antique store today just to kill time. I ended up finding some goodies all for under $11!! I was proud of my thrifty ways. I plan to use the bowl as a fruit bowl, and display the two vases in our living room and my room!

Pancakes

My free time allowed me to experiment with a new recipe this morning! I always see protein packakes on different blogs and Pinterest and honestly, mine always fail. I found the secret to a perfectly cooked pancake is using a high quality cooking pan, coconut oil as your pan base and cooking over medium heat.

Vanilla Protein Pancakes

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a medium boil. Melt coconut oil over medium heat. Cook pancake , flipping to cook the other side after you hear it sizzling.

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Ta Da! The heart that formed on my pancake was just what I needed to put a little pep in my step this morning. I can see myself making this breakfast again and again. As a matter of fact, I am looking forward  to having it again in the morning.

Have a great afternoon!

xo, Mindy

Recent eats {and a lot of unpictured treats}

Holy guacamole! I’m not sure if it’s because of the very hot summer we have had or just because I loooovveee Mexican but I have been eating it at least three times a week. Out at a restaurant or making it at home.

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I visited St. Simons Island last weekend and stopped at a Mexican/Southwestern restaurant and ordered the best salmon and goat cheese quesadilla! Mexican at the beach? I know, but at least it had seafood in it. I really wanted to try the pineapple and shrimp tacos and told myself that I would need to re-create them at home. Oh and the restaurant was Bubba Garcia’s. Go there.

Jessica from How Sweet It Is answered my mexican prayers and posted a recipe for pineapple and grilled chicken quesadillas with spicy strawberry salsa! I tried them out last night and they did not disappoint. If you feel like gettin’ fancy with your mexi, try this recipe. All of the ingredients were a little under $13 and I already had the chicken, so it made for a surprisingly inexpensive but flavor-bursting meal for two.

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Other recent eats:

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Steak taco carne asado from a mex rastaurant in my hometown. Topped with lime and salsa, mmmmm.

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Toppings for grilled turkey burgers with my roomate. I put mine on top of a salad.

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BLT salad! with dill pickles and a simple dressing of honey + yellow mustard and a splash of apple cider vinegar.

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Barbecue from a hometown bbq joint. Whole-wheat buns and Alexia chipotle sweet potato fries. Slighty healthier, right? 🙂

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A runny egg yolk and bacon with roasted kale chips. Please try roasted kale: torn kale leaves, S+P, olive oil at 400F for 8-10 mins. Rainier cherries for dessert!

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pork chops, steamable sweet potato, crispy kale chips!

I’m not a snack bar person, but this was awesome! I found it at a Starbuck’s and looked for the packs at Wal-Mart and Target but can’t find this specific flavor. Any of you reading, if you see this flavor in stores pleeaaasseee let  me know. I mean, I even dreamed about these things. Ha

In other news:

I transferred schools. Lots of familiar faces, closer to home, nutrition program, well-known roomates . All good things! I did some crafty things for my new room and I hope to write a post about it soon, with pictures! I ❤ decorating.

I stopped Crossfit, for now. I was Crossfitting in my hometown while I was home for the summer but since my move last week , I stopped going and I hope to start back once I get a J-O-B. I have visited the one where I am schooling at once before and I would really love to do it for the month of August but reality set in and it just. aint. happenin. I feel like I lost a loved one and I sure do miss Crossfit DGA!

Of possible interest:

Healthy Zucchini Brownies

A Thank You to Crossfit

Find Your Greatness Olympics commercial  (in case you live under a rock)

OH, and do this! I did and it was a sweeeaaatttyyy one. Whew.

Adios amigos!

xo, Mindy