Freedom for All 4th of July Recipes

Any holiday that involves good food is my favorite.

Bonus if it includes fireworks.

This 4th of July I have no clue what we will do… it’s my first not in Atlanta.  Usually I run the Peachtree Road Race… maybe I’ll run my own 10K?  Or maybe I’ll just have a marathon cooking session…

Either way, below are a bunch of recipes that I think would make for a tasty 4th, whether you are home or away, American or just like delicious food!

Oh yeah… and this happened:

SCOTUS marriage equality ruling

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Peanut Butter Stout Caramel Corn [Recipe]

Peanut Butter Stout Caramel Corn.

I don’t think this needs much of an intro.

San Diego has an amazing craft beer culture.  Vegas and I have made it our mission to try it all.  #sorryimnotsorry

But beer isn’t just for drinking – it also makes for some strange but good kitchen experiments.  I’ve used it in chili, hummus, and pumpkin bread… why not as a popcorn flavor?

Popcorn, pre-mix

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Bacon Dijon Deviled Eggs [Recipe]

I love the incredible, edible egg.

As long as it’s scrambled or over easy.

My egg-love is conditional.  I could eat runny yolked eggs all day, every day.  My second choice is scrambled.  Hardboiled eggs I can tolerate, but I don’t like the yolks when they’re hard.  And – despite being Southern – I’ve never cared for deviled eggs.

Not liking a food makes me want to try to perfect a version I DO like.  I had to make these Chive & Caper Deviled Eggs for a wedding shower a few years ago.  The party-goers liked them and I even thought they were tolerable… but I haven’t made any since.  Until this weekend.  Because Vegas happens to love deviled eggs.

Bacon Deviled Eggs… 

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Things I’m Loving + WIAW

I haven’t felt like blogging lately.

Which is why on Monday I just didn’t. 

If you don’t have anything to say, I find it’s best not to force it.  No that there isn’t a lot of awesome going on… I’m just busy living life!

Here’s a little bit of some things I’ve been loving…

Leg day… but I’m not going to lie. I still might order this shirt and take a shot.

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Strawberry Cinnamon Protein Pancakes + WIAW

I lost Vegas.

Not literally, thank god. 

We’ve been doing a little 21 day reset.  Vegas said she’d give it a week and then see if she wanted to keep going.  She lasted a week like a champion… but then I lost her.

Actually, we both went a little off the reservation Saturday night.  I got back on track Sunday, but Vegas was done.  She’s still been basically eating whatever I eat… just with a side of caffeine and peanut M&Ms.  She had no complaints about the protein pancakes we had for breakfast (more on that below).

Strawberry Cinnamon Protein Pancakes… 

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Arm Yourself For Summer – Workout & Protein Refuel

It’s no secret that bicep day is my favorite.

My trainer says it because I’m a “dude.”

When I needed to drag myself back to the gym after 2 weeks in Greece, the most appealing workout to me was my favorite – biceps and triceps.

This workout was just what I needed – challenging and focused on the muscles I wasn’t able to work while I was away.  I think most of these moves are self-explanatory.  In case you aren’t familiar with it, this is what an EZ bar looks like:

EZ bar

There’s a similar looking crimped bar for use with the cables.

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Vegan Spinach Pesto with Lentils [Recipe]

The reset is going well.

Vegas is even feeling good today!

After our impressive display of gluttony in Greece, it’s been good to give our bodies a break and reset some habits.  We are almost a week in and things are looking good!

As the toxins leave your body, it can leave you achey, grumpy, and cause some acne.  We’ve hit that point.  Day 3 for me was rough.  I was tired and grouchy.  Most of the day I spent working from the bed.  Day 4 was the tough one for Vegas.  She had a headache all day and took her turn with the inability to get out of bed.

Bed… 

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