S’mores Protein Pancakes [Gluten-Free Recipe]

S’mores don’t have to wait for dessert.

I mean, what ISN’T good in pancake form?

I still had graham crackers and marshmallows leftover from my S’mores Brownies… I had to use them some how!  Why not for breakfast as a pancake?

Maybe it’s a little strange to have a campfire dessert first thing in the morning,  but it sure is good!

S'mores Protein Pancakes… 

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Jerky Heaven [Giveaway] + WIAW

I’m a snack junkie.

If I’m honest I’d rather snack and have a meal. 

If you’re a snacker like me, you can imagine my excitement when I received a GIANT box of jerky from Jack Link’s.  Turkey jerky, teriyaki turkey jerky, chicken jerky… it is basically outdoor snacking deliciousness.

And by outdoors, I don’t just mean sports (though Vegas and my favorite softball snack is jerky).

Jack Links Chicken Jerky… 

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Observations From the Nude Beach

I’m not an exhibitionist.

But I’ll go to the exhibition.

Sunday was a gorgeous day in San Diego.  It was 78 degrees, nice breeze, and not a cloud in the sky.  You know, typical.  I did what all Southern Californians do on a day like that and went to the beach.  What wasn’t SO typical was that the beach I went to was a nude beach.

Black’s Beach is actually one of the best beaches I’ve been to so far.  There are volleyball nets, horseshoe, and a nice 2 mile stretch to walk.  It’s not crowded (Americans are generally scared of nudity) and it’s right below a hang gliding take off, so you can lay there and watch the pretty parachutes.  My main motivation for going to Black’s was the hike down.  It’s really short, but it’s a fun, steep trek down a cliff to get to the water.

Black's Beach hang gliders… 

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Revisiting Strange But Good

Normalcy* has returned.

*I use that term loosely.

Vegas and I made it back from Vegas leaving the 115 degree temps behind.  The sun is out again in San Diego and it’s a balmy 75 degrees.

I feel like I'm on fire (ball). Thank you Las Vegas. 🔥

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It’s Not Always Sunny in San Diego (or Vegas)

It’s been one of those weeks.

I’m not really sure what day it is… 

I started the week in San Diego, now I’m in Vegas, and I’m driving back to San Diego tonight.  What’s more confusing is that this weekend in San Diego it POURED down rain.  I thought it wasn’t supposed to rain in paradise?!  (Actually this is a good thing since California is having a drought.)

It was also Pride weekend, so I watched the wet hot mess from a bar.

San Diego Pride

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Birthday Surprises + Cheesecake Dessert Giveaway

I should probably stop celebrating my birthday now.

But at 32 I’m just not that mature yet.

Vegas had an amazing surprise planned for me on my birthday… but she didn’t wait until the day of to treat me!  And – because I don’t think you should stop being treated either – I have a delicious (healthy-ish!) cheesecake dessert giveaway for you at the end of this post.

So.  To begin the birthday celebration we first went to a fabulous dinner on my birthday-eve.  The Patio on Goldfinch  has been on my list to try for a long time.  Vegas picked me up in my freshly washed car (another treat!) and we had a lovely evening out.  How fabulous does this look?!

The Patio on Goldfinch

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Sticky Toffee Rum Balls [Recipe]

I hate to waste food.

Especially dessert.

While that Sticky Toffee Stout Pudding I posted last week was fantastic, it made a lot for two people to eat.  I couldn’t imagine letting it go to waste, so I starting thinking of alternate uses.

Leave it to me to reach the conclusion that I should add more booze and make it into balls.  Strange but good Sticky Toffee Rum Balls!

Sticky Toffee Rum Balls… 

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Dressing Up and Playing Ball [$25 Dick’s Giveaway]

It’s my birthday!!!

Obviously that means presents.

The weekend before my birthday was San Diego’s infamous Over the Line tournament (OTL).  Basically, it’s 2 days of camping and playing a baseball-ish game in the sunshine and sand at the beach.

There are 3 players on each team.  Your own team member tosses a ball up for you to hit with a wooden bat.  You have to hit the ball in the fair territory to get a hit.  There are no runners, but 3 hits scores a run.

OTL court

OTL court

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Rainbow Layer Cake [Recipe]

It’s my birthday week!!!

So I made myself a cake.

Actually, I made this cake on the 4th of July… but I consider the whole month my birthday.  Therefore, this was a marriage equality-4th of July-birthday cake.

Baking is relaxing to me.  The more complicated, the more fun.  I think it’s like playing music of painting for some people.  if I can come home and bake after a long day, I’m a happy (birthday) girl.

Baking the layers

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Sticky Toffee Stout Pudding [Recipe]

Occasionally I have a good idea that just keeps on giving.

And occasionally I take it too far an have a disaster.

On this occasion I’d set out to bake with a peanut butter stout I’d gotten from Belching Beaver.  You might remember this Peanut Butter Stout Caramel Corn.

After making the corn, I still had a good amount left in that stout bottle.  The perfect opportunity to create something strange, but decadently good.  Particularly something that I could top with said caramel corn.

Sticky Toffee Stout Pudding… 

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