Spicy Butternut Mac ‘n Cheese. With Bacon. [Recipe]

I don’t always make mac ‘n cheese…

…but when I do, it’s for flower-senders.

When the sender of the flowers came to visit, I had to make mac ‘n cheese by request.  Of course,  I couldn’t just make a normal recipe.  It had a strange twist or two, but I assure you it was good! Apparently I’m on a butternut squash kick!

Even done with a Laura-like spin, you don’t go wrong with a pan of cheesy noodles!  And… ahem… it would be the perfect side for a bird next week.

Spicy Butternut Mac 'n Cheese… 

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Butternut Touch My #strangebutgood

Today is an adventure.

In more ways than one…

The focus of this particular adventure is a #strangebutgood soup.  The recipe for this spicy Butternut Squash-Apple Soup can be found on my beautiful Swiss friend Lucie’s blog.  The soup is delicious… but even better when done as a guest post for a bad ass blonde!

It’s sweet.  It’s spicy.  It’s everything you never knew you always wanted.  Just like my date last night. #twss

Butternut Squash Apple Soup… 

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All About That WIAW

Who loves leg day?

Not. Me.

Leg day is my least favorite.  It’s why I always do it with my trainer.  He pushes me harder than I would push myself, and it’s like a mini-therapy session.  My least favorite thing in the WORLD are Hack Squats.  I’s rather do 25 reps of something (I also hate volume) than do Hacks.

You may have seen the pic below on Instagram or Facebook.  I call it “The Hack Squat: A Hate Story.” In my face you can see my progression from determination to “I might puke” to… the “poop” face.

Hacks

Because misery loves company, I brought along my baby sister, Madison.  If you have siblings, you know that everything is a competition.  I won.  Not only did she admit that I’m stronger, but we also compared butts.

31 year old vs. 23 year old butt. Just sayin’…

butts

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Red Velvet Protein Waffles [Recipe]

There are few things I love more than cake.

Actually, I can only think of one…

One of the best things about waffles is that they are like cake… but with crevices for icing sauce.

My favorite cakes include: chocolate, carrotred velvet, and banana-peanut butter-bacon.  In that order.  The only thing to do is to make all of these in protein waffle form (in no particular order).

Red Velvet Waffle… 

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Peanut Butter Marshmallow Pancake Recipe

Waffles distract me.

Ohhhhh…. sparkles! 

If I’m honest, lots of things distract me.  Having a new toy is just an enabler.  I went on a waffle bender.  However, getting new supplements from Cellucor brought be mack to an old favorite: protein pancakes.  Something about that Peanut Butter Marshmallow protein powder flavor screamed for fluffy pancakes.

These did not disappoint.  Peanut butter marshmallows should be a thing.  They probably are… I’d be shocked if Target didn’t have them.  That place is a black hole for my wallet. Much like Whole Paycheck Foods.  See what I mean about distraction?

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Pancakes… 

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Strange But Good Halloween Recipes

If there’s ever a time to let your freak-flag fly*, it’s Halloween.

*Assuming you ever bother to hide it.

This Halloween I’m letting my flag fly in full-on Rocky Horror fashion.  Complete with a costume I cannot believe I’m actually going to leave the house in.

In lieu of a new recipe this week, I thought it appropriate to round up some of my favorite not-so-normal recipes.  Translation: I got busy and haven’t taken pics of anything I’ve made.  Or made much, for that matter.

1. Roasted Pumpkin

Pumpkin itself isn’t all that strange, but I’m willing to bet most of you have never roasted your own.  They’re delicious – 100x better than the canned stuff.  I don’t do it all the time… because patience… but you owe it to yourself to do it at least once this fall.

Roasted pumpkin… 

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Halloween Wednesday

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

It’s the only holiday not masquerading as a religious or national holiday.

There’s something in the air this time of year.  It’s exciting – they weather is nice, people are energetic (it’s a massive relief from the Southern summer heat and humidity)… and who doesn’t like to pretend to be someone else?

The “yard art” along the Beltline is even dressed up for Halloween!

Beltline ghosts

The family dog, Honey, is also festive.  My little sister brought her by my office for a visit yesterday.  My socks matched her candy corn handkerchief.

Can you believe she’s 13?!  Cutest Corgi-Golden “puppy” ever.

Halloween Honey

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Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites

Have you ever eaten warm banana?

Think pie… bananas foster… breads.

When you bake a banana it becomes a gooey, caramel-y treat.  You don’t even need to use sugar.  Like in these muffins.

I’m not one to take the time to make a baked oatmeal in the morning, but I love having it for breakfast.  Especially as it gets colder outside!  Bake it in advance and you have a delicious instant breakfast, portioned out perfectly.  That’s the idea behind these.

Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites… 

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Roasted Brussels, Butternut, & Beets (Recipe)

Fall gets me excited for new produce.

It’s the little things… am I right?!

While I’ve seen a lot of strange in Vegas (some good, some BAD), this strange but good meal was done in advance of the trip.

Side note: I planned ahead?!  Who AM I?

Roasted Brussels, Butternut, & Beets… 

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