Cinnamon Roll Protein Mug Cake [Recipe]

Cinnamon rolls kill me.

That smell in the mall… Pavlovian response.

It’s been years since I’ve gotten one, but walking past a certain cinnamon roll chain had me craving a cinnamon roll.  I swear they put crack in those things.

In my shipment from About Time, I received a few proteins to sample.  I decided it was the perfect opportunity for a little mug cake experiment!  Mug cakes may seem normal to many of you… but to the “normal” world I think it qualified as strange.  But good. 😉

Cinnamon Roll Protein Mug Cake… 

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Tour My House

This is what happens when you can’t sleep on a plane.

Sadly, no mile high club.  Vegas is so conservative…

Today we’re in Greece, but as I write this I’m on the first leg of our trip.  We caught the first flight out to JFK (read: way too early).  We didn’t really go to sleep and I am finding it impossible to sleep on the plane… so please excuse any typos, bad jokes, and general rambling.  Basically proceed as usual.

Before we left I had the house cleaned and thought it the perfect time to take pictures of our new digs in San Diego.  We lucked out with the space – there’s a lot of it.  That’s hard to come by in our neighborhood!  We live in a flat that’s part of a 4-unit building.  Our land lady goddess lives above us, and two other couples are below us.  It’s like a little Melrose Place (for those of you old enough to remember that show).

The first tour stop is the living room, our long hallway, and the bird room.

Living room and office… 

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About Time ProHydrate Tropical Protein Slushie

Did you ever look forward to gas station snacks as a kid?

Please tell me I wasn’t the only one with trashy taste as a child. 

These days I dread road trip food – especially after my recent cross-country drive.  However, when I was a kid I loved stopping at the QT for a giant slushie.  It’s not that I don’t like a slushie as an adult, but I try to avoid the onslaught of chemicals.

When I received a box full of all natural supplements from About Time, I was immediately drawn to their new ProHydrate Protein Water.  It screamed #strangebutgood protein slushie!

Tropical Protein Slushie… 

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Nobu Vegas & a Margarita Dinner [WIAW]

There are some meals you never forget.

And not just because you ave to take out a second mortgage to pay for them. 

On our last night in Vegas we had the best meal.  Nobu in Caesar’s Palace.  It blows my mind that food so good exists inside a casino/hotel.


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What Happened in Vegas…

I realize this is supposed to stay in Vegas.

And one or two incriminating pics definitely will…

Lucie, Vegas, and I had such an amazing time in Sin City sinning celebrating Lucie’s birthday.  I can’t help but to share some of it.  I think these pics (mostly) speak for themselves.

Blogger-appropriate road snacks.


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Breakfast for Lunch Tacos

3 bloggers can get a little strange.

Meghan’s husband can attest to this.

Lucie AND Meghan are in town (and Meghan’s husband who shall not be named or pictured).  We’ve been touring San Diego and causing general shenanigans.

Afternoon beers, anyone?

Culture beer

Culture Brewery

We’ve also been cooking.  All of us in the kitchen is a strange but good heaven.

(Vegas reminded me where the fire extinguisher was.) … 

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Cinco de Taco Tuesday [WIAW]

Two bloggers go food shopping…

I can’t even narrow down the punchlines. 

Lucie and I had a food shopping adventure to the Pacific Beach Farmer’s Market and then to Whole Foods.  We were actually quite well-behaved!  Even between the two of us we spent less than $100* in Whole Paycheck Foods.

*That’s unheard of for me – just ask Vegas.

Laura and Lucie… 

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Baseball is Hard

Have you ever tried to explain a sport to someone?

When you say it out loud, it sounds so ridiculous.

Like baseball.  You hit a ball with a stick and run around a diamond.  If you can make it to one of the white squares before they can throw the ball at you, you’re safe.

There there’s the matter of explaining foul balls (that’s what she said), strikes, walks, home runs, stealing… it all happened this weekend when Vegas and I took Lucie to the Padres game.

(For those who don’t know already, Lucie is my friend from Switzerland.  She writes a blog and she’s awesome.  I visited/met her last year in Switzerland.) 

Lucie's tri-tip sandwich

Lucie’s tri-tip sandwich (I stole her pic – she’s a better photog.)


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Kabocha Bacon Drop Biscuits [Recipe]

Kabocha and bacon are two of my favorite things.

Vegas and chocolate are also on that list.

Speaking of Vegas, these were Vegas-approved!  I always consider that an accomplishment – my pasta-loving lady gives me the side-eye if I try to get *too* healthy on her.  However, She can always be won over with bacon.

These muffins were inspired by the bacon grease I had leftover from breakfast at this past weekend.  I always save it for cooking; you can use it in place of butter to grease a pan.  It may sound strange, but why not use bacon grease in place of butter in baked goods too?  It really is good!

Kabocha Bacon Drop Biscuit dough

Dropped and ready to bake!


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Personal Training and Pizza [WIAW]

My idea of heaven is getting paid to workout.

And to eat… errrr… cook.

Several months ago I earned personal training certificates through the International Association of Fitness Sciences (IAFS) in Functional Training, Bodybuilding, and Sports Nutrition.  This is 8x Mr. Olympia Lee Haney‘s program (he’s basically my version of a movie star).

I wasn’t sure how or if I’d use it… I ended up training a couple of friends and deciding it’s something I really did love.  So I added a link on my site for training and nutrition.  Between getting married and moving, I never did much to promote it.  Now that we’re settled, the time has come!

IAFS certification… 

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