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Marvelous In My Monday [MIMM] 11.12.12

The weather the past 3 days has been a real treat, much more enjoyable than the blustery and cool weather that rolled in last week…  Today was no different, sunny and spring-like, I definitely wanted to take advantage of it and be outside!  My Monday was just as marvelous as my weekend!

Marvelous…  3-day weekends [whoop, whoop].

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Marvelous…  A peppermint skim cappuccino from Starbucks.

Marvelous…  A peanut butter pancake bowl for breakfast.

Marvelous…  A long walk with a girlfriend, chatting about recent happenings and “it’s so bad, it’s so good” TV shows.

Marvelous…  A spicy salsa lentil stuffed pepper topped with melty mozzarella cheese for lunch.

Marvelous…  Chobani brownies topped with Peanut Butter Puffins.

Marvelous…  Going to the driving range and playing mini golf with Ryan.

Marvelous…  On-the-go afternoon snacks.

Marvelous…  A successful sweat session of 35 minutes spinning + 10 minutes stairs followed-up with TNT’s week 2 challenge and abs.

Week 1 Challenge

15 push-ups

20 squats

30 homework crunches

50 jumping jacks

*3 times through with no rest*

Week 2 Challenge

50 push-ups

1 mile run/ jog/ walk

Marvelous…  Watching He’s Just Not That Into You and the smell of pizza cooking in the oven for dinner.

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Marvelous…  MIMM, thanks Katie from Healthy Diva Eats!  I always enjoy reading other people’s marvelous posts, it’s a great way to start the week on a positive note 🙂

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  What’s your favorite “it’s so bad, it’s so good” TV show?

Question:  Have you ever baked with yogurt?  Do you have a favorite recipe?

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Thankful Thursday 11.8.12

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and Christmas less than 2 months away, now seems like a better time than ever to take a moment to stop, reflect, and thank.

Jessie from Jessie Loves to Run started hosting Thankful Thursday a few weeks ago and unsurprisingly she has had an overwhelmingly positive response!  For more information about Thankful Thursday, click here.

This is my first week participating, but I know that I will continue to take part in future weeks.  Oftentimes I think that we forget to thank, or rather assume that thanks has been given, to all of those who have helped make our lives a little bit better…  I truly believe that it’s the little things in life that mean the most.

The best is yet to comeEver since I wrote that post earlier this week, that saying has resonated with me.  Far too often I get caught up in the little things and have a hard time moving forward unless it’s “perfect” in my mind.  I will be the first to admit that my perfectionist personality can be a hindrance at times, but I will also admit that I am trying to work on it.  Take for example last night’s dinner.  Over the weekend I kept telling Ryan how I want to make more of an effort to cook a hearty, healthy, and satisfying dinner.  At first I was bummed with myself that I opted for boxed soup, but it’s what sounded good at the time.  After I sat down and dug in I was delightfully surprised…  Sometimes the simplest things can be the most satisfying, dinner success!

TJ’s Low Sodium Organic Creamy Tomato Soup topped with a sunny egg + black pepper

Spending time with my BFF.  Last Saturday I met my BFF for a study date.  In between sipping Starbucks and actually working [ahem, the point of our date], we chatted and caught-up since we hardly see each other since she moved downtown.  Anddd I am psyched about our sleepover tomorrow!  We have big plans that include: getting Naked Pizza [get your mind out of the gutter!], watching movies, wearing our most comfortable stretchy pants and slippers, munching on chocolate and popcorn while watching movies, and unwinding from the week.  It should be a stupendously fun night!

throwback to Color Day when we were seniors in high school

Laughing with Ryan.  The past few months have been pretty hectic for both Ryan and I between work, our wedding, and my health-related issues, so I cherish any time we have together.  Regardless of whether we’re out running errands, lazily laying on the couch after work, or playing with Charlie, I love when we spend time together…  Good thing I married him 😉  One of my favorite things about him is that he laughs at his own jokes.  They may not be the funniest joke [most of the time they’re pretty silly], but his chuckle that follows is hilariously cute.

my two favorite guys

Making blends.  What the heck is a blend?  No, I’m not referring to a coffee flavor or a fancy food…  A blend is a blogger + friend = blend!  After coming back from a summer break from blogging, I have truly been blessed to have bumped into so many new-to-me bloggers through link-ups such as Katie’s Marvelous in My Monday or Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday, as well as through Instagram!  Blogging has provided me with a daily dose of motivation, inspiration to try new things, and a chance to share some of my own personal experiences.  I never would have imagined myself feeling so comfortable exchanging information with strangers who now I would consider my blend.

source: check our Tina’s post Why Blog Friends Rule

Zesty Blog Consulting.  I seriously could not thank Cory enough.  I have exchanged messages back and forth with him every day since he started redesigning LAB.  He has made every update that I have requested, has provided me with advice when making tough decisions [such as should the background be green or pink], and even has helped to calm my nerves about the process!  I’m so excited that the new site will be up and running NEXT WEEK [unless y’all got a sneak peek this morning], eek!

XOXO,

Allison

P.S.  This morning I was delightfully surprised and honored that both Jessie and Molly tried my peanut butter pancakes and enjoyed them!  Seeing their pretty stacks of ‘cakes made me feel a bit [pea]NUTTY so I combined my recipes for peanut butter puff pancakes + peanut butter pancakes = PEANUT BUTTER OVERLOAD PANCAKES!!!  Oh my goodness, these were out. of. this. world. AMAZING!

toppings: cinnamon Chobani + coconut bananas + dark chocolate chips + pistachios + dried apricots + honey

Question:  What are you thankful for this week?

Question:  Have you tried Naked Pizza?

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The Best Is Yet to Come

Sometimes I think that I’ve had the best…  But then something makes you realize that the best is yet to come.

Like when I went dress shopping for prom…  But then I went dress shopping for my wedding.

Like when I was graduated from high school…  But then I graduated from college and got a job.

Like when I celebrate the holidays with my family…  But then I think about passing our holiday traditions onto our [future] children.

Or like when I made these stacks of Peanut Butter Puff Pancakes

but then I made this sweet stack of Peanut Butter Pancakes.

Both of these pancake recipes are super easy which makes them perfect for any morning of the week.  Who doesn’t love a stack of piping hot, fresh, and fluffy pancakes?  Ryan has yet to try either of these ‘cakes because he’s been asleep…  As they say, the early bird catches the worm 😉

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Peanut Butter Puff Pancakes

¼ cup white whole wheat flour

½ Peanut Butter Balls cereal [we find it at WF]

1 teaspoon stevia

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 egg whites [or 1 egg]

¼ cup water

1.  In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients. 

2.  Whisk the ingredients together until combined.  Note: There will be some lumps because of the Peanut Butter Balls.

3.  Spray a medium-sized skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat.

4.  For each pancake, spoon 2 generous tablespoons of batter into the pan. 

5.  Cook each pancake until a few bubbles form and burst, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

6.  Flip the pancake and cook until browned on the underside, about 1 to 2 more minutes.

6.  Serve the stack of ‘cakes with your favorite toppings!

toppings: plain Chobani sweetened with stevia + PB2 frosting + slivered almonds + fresh sweetened cranberries + honey

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Peanut Butter Pancakes

¼ cup peanut flour [such as PB2]

2 tbsp white whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon stevia

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 egg whites [or 1 egg]

¼ cup water

1.  In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients.

2.  Whisk the ingredients together until combined.

3.  Spray a medium-sized skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat.

4.  For each pancake, spoon 2 generous tablespoons of batter into the pan. 

5.  Cook each pancake until a few bubbles form and burst, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

6.  Flip the pancake and cook until browned on the underside, about 1 to 2 more minutes.

6.  Serve the stack of ‘cakes with your favorite toppings!

toppings: plain Chobani sweetened with stevia + pistachios + dark chocolate chips + dried apricots + honey

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“Still it’s a real good bet, the best is yet to come
The best is yet to come, and babe, won’t that be fine
You think you’ve seen the sun, but you ain’t seen it shine
Wait till the warm-up’s underway
Wait till our lips have met
Wait till you see that sunshine day
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
The best is yet to come, and babe,  won’t it be fine
The best is yet to come, come the day you’re mine
Come the day you’re mine…”

~The Best Is Yet to Come by Frank Sinatra

XOXO,

Allison

P.S.  Regardless of your party affiliation or political beliefs, I hope y’all got out to vote today!  Fingers crossed, the best is yet to come for our wonderful country!

Question:  What’s your favorite pancake flavor?  Banana nut?  Blueberry?  Chocolate chip?  Traditional buttermilk?  I’ll happily eat a stack of any pancakes that are served to me, buttt I do prefer fruiter ‘cakes!

Question:  What’s the best thing that has happened to you recently?!  Booking and confirming our honeymoon was pretty awesome!

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