Lots of randomness to catch you up on...
tis the season and it's time to make it cozy around here! I have a love/hate relationship with christmas decorating - I'm kinda a putz about it aka I'm slow and picky! But once I get an idea I love I act on it and I love ALL the copper, golds, greens and glitter. I really enjoy making floral arrangements in vases to put around the house. I've picked up some picks such as the ones above throughout the years at places like Hobby Lobby and Michaels. I think they look super pretty in vases with vases fillers, branches and lights too. I'll be sure and post pictures when I get them made up. I just have to be in the mood to do it...if that makes sense?
I seriously can't get enough of these cookies! Browned butter makes all the difference! Browning butter means you let the butter melt in a pan on low and you continuously stir it while it bubbles and foams - You keep at it until it becomes a golden color with flecks and has a toffee like smell - then turn off the burner and keep stirring while you pull if off the stove. I then pour it into a bowl and let it cool a bit before adding it to the brown and white sugar. Browned butter truly enhances the flavor and I've used it in cookies, sweet breads and even a glaze for banana bread. Have you ever tried browning butter?
I totally splurged and FINALLY bought this beautiful robe from Pottery Barn. I have been eyeing it for the past TWO YEARS and finally when it went on a flash sale I hit buy! It's super soft and a beautiful white color with this fur trim on the sleeves, edges of the robe and ALSO on the hood! It is SO COZY and if you know me at all I'm ALWAYS cold so this is working wonders for me.
In the cup is my latest favorite shakeology recipe!
1/2 scoop vegan chocolate
1/2 scoop vegan vanilla
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk
1/4 tsp peppermint extract (SERIOUSLY only like 2 drops or it will taste like toothpaste!!!
1/2 T sugar free fat free white chocolate pudding mix
ice to blend!
I have recently sent out some samples to friends so they can try my Shakeology. It is something I have been using for 3.5 years! It can be used as a meal replacement shake, but I use it more like a snack. It has only 150-170 calories (depending on the flavor) on it's own so that isn't going to cut it for a meal for me. But I definitely notice a change in my energy when I have it and I don't experience that afternoon crash or find myself binging on sweets. If you want to try a sample I'll send you one - Tis the season of giving! Simple comment below on the post - or email me at my email address HERE
For supper on Sunday night I made some stir fry. It had been a while since I had made it and I had everything on hand. This is such an EASY meal to make and it's awesome to make a bigger batch so you can eat it throughout the week! It's pretty versatile too allowing you to use whatever you have on hand. Here is how I made it this time - I don't usually use a "recipe" per say -
In the afternoon a couple hours before I was going to cook I cut up three large chicken breasts into chunks about 1 inch or so each. I put them in a ziploc bag and added some splashes of: coconut aminos (or soy sauce), teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, ground pepper and some sesame oil. I stuck the chicken back in the fridge until I was ready to start cooking!
To make the veggies I just used a frozen veggie mix - this one was a broccoli and pepper mix (just in the frozen veggie section at the grocery store). In a wok I drizzled about a quarter size of olive oil and turned the wok to medium. When it started steaming I added the frozen veggies and splashed them with the same seasonings that I used for the chicken marinade and kept flipping them until I could poke them with a fork - aka DONE and not soggy! Set aside.
To cook the chicken I just dumped the contents of the ziploc bag into another wok pan on the stove that was heated on medium. Cook the chicken for about 3-4 minutes each side and then turn the burner to low and continue to flip the chicken as needed to cook through. The trick is to cook it until it is ALMOST done and then take it off the burner and let the chicken sit! That way it doesn't get dry and overdone.
I served the chicken and veggies with shelled edamame - just the frozen package from Trader Joe's! All you do is boil it for four minutes and then drain - Edamame is a soy bean! Served frequently as an app IN the shell at many asian/sushi places - simple season with salt and pepper. It has lots of good fats and lots of protein too. If you are soy sensitive thought you might want to stay away...
I also made some brown rice in the microwave - just the steamer packets I got at Trader Joe's in the frozen section. All you do is puncture the bag and microwave for three minutes...EASY!
To my plate I added some daiya mozzarella cheese to the top and some red pepper flakes too since I LOVE spicy!
This picture of the sunset does NOT do it justice. The weather has been SO NICE here lately! Some windy days...but the high on Thanksgiving was in the 70's here in North Dakota! Crazy right? And this week has been in the 40's to 50's and it feels wonderful. I'll take that as long as we can!!!
A reminder for us all that sometimes YOU have to be the sunshine. Life can bring you down and some days you just don't FEEL like yourself...The holidays can be a tough time for many. Stressing out about shopping, cooking, baking, getting it all done. But focus on the JOY and being the joy. And sometimes to me that means a fancy coffee from Starbucks. Don't ever deprive yourself from the things that you love. You already know that I'm passionate about health and nutrition and fitness. And sometimes I'm wondering where I should take it from here. I absolutely love blogs. I want to do more with mine. I want to reach people like me! I want to do more with my baking. I want to show you that it doesn't have to be all or nothing when it comes to anything in your life. You don't have to workout like a crazy person every day. You can eat ice cream or cookies every day. Your happiness and value does not come from what you weigh, how much you get done, the career you are in, how many hours you work, your marital status or your rank in your business. Just have to be daring enough to be you and do what makes you happy. Live with joy and know that crap times will come.
I want to help people define what healthy means to them! And help them with that. My goals are not the same of many of the people I work out with virtually or in person. I'm not trying to lose weight or even become some bikini body building model. There isn't anything wrong if either of those is your goals at all.
My goal is to be the woman I need to be so that I can be ready for a family one day. I want to set an example NOT by eating "perfectly" but by being real. Eating for fuel, but fun things too. A workout doesn't have to be a structured one, but maybe it's going for a walk or playing tag in the yard. That is what matters - at least to me. I'm not going to be that mom that makes it to the gym every day and I'm definitely not going to be the mom handing out mini lettuce bags for trick or treaters.
What's the point of grinding yourself to the bone if you aren't even truly living? If you are passing up all of your favorite things...not really LISTENING to those that you love...
Do you REALLY want that? Is that TRULY the life you strive for? Does that even pay off?
Not me. Health #1. and I mean that.
Balance is like throwing a double stuf oreo into my Shakeology - prime example right here.
Something I'm super excited for .... HOLIDAY Cookie Baking!
Here is a brainstorm of the cookies I want to bake so far!
1. Browned Butter Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
2. Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Monster Cookies
3. Hot Cocoa Cookies
4. Dipped Pretzels
5. White Chocolate Popcorn Mix
6. Hay bales (my mom's famous treat she makes for holidays)
7. Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles (these were the bomb! made them last year!)
8. Chocolate Cookie Dough Bark
9. Peanut Butter Cups
10. Chewy Gingersnaps
I just want to make all the things... What are you making for the holidays? I need some meal ideas too since we are hosting!!
Tell me what is on your mind this week!
Cookie and Treats Baker. R.N. Nutrition Nerd. Runner. <3 Coffee. Fitness. Foodie. In pursuit of finding my own kind of balance...
FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM
Top Tips for Getting up in the Mornings and not Hating it (as Much)
Peppermint Cocoa Shake for the Holidays!
Weekly Recap, Links from Around the Web and Almost 30
Thoughts of the Week
Thinking out Loud -
Real Talk Saturday
Cauliflower Rice Stirfry
Random Thoughts this Week
What I'm Loving Lately