Oatmeal Jam Cookies [Recipe]

The fun part about moving is using all the baking supplies.

Flour, and sugar, and buttah…. oh my!

I made Cat’s browned butter cookies for the gym crew.  Then I did the Fudgy Brownies that Juli linked up to last week’s #strangebutgood to have as road snacks for Vegas and me.  For ease, I made them as peanut flour-dusted balls (and because balls).

Next up is my own concoction – Oatmeal Jam Cookies.  Jam may sound strange… but – in fitting with the Friday theme – it’s good!*

*Don’t take my word for it – my boss said it’s one of the more delicious things I’ve ever brought in to work.  The he asked if I used “real” butter.

Banana Jam Oatmeal Cookies… 

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Leaving Atlanta’s Weather + WIAW

Sometimes Mother Nature is a big help.

I know most of you think I’m nuts based on the US weather as of late.

This was my view this morning:

My camera couldn't pick up the snow very well so I took some artistic license.

My camera couldn’t pick up the snow very well so I took some artistic license.

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Strange But Good: Moving Food

It’s getting a little odd.

Next week should be really interesting.

I refuse to buy more food until I go.  There’s enough in my freezer to feed a small African village me for months.  Not to mention all the going away dinners and lunches.  No way do I need to go shopping.  But look out, Whole Foods San Diego.

As such, there are no real recipes.  There are concoctions, favorites from local spots, and dinners with my family (you know that always gets strange).  Because when your house looks like this, everything is a little strange… but oh, so good.

Moving

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Strange But Red Velvet [Recipes]

Red Velvet isn’t so strange.

Until I get a hold of it.

I’ve always been a fan of red velvet, but I went on a bender when I remembered it’s Vegas’ favorite.  Of course, I couldn’t just do it the normal way (though I did once win a cake baking contest with my great grandmother’s “normal” recipe).  I made it healthier and used beets.  A little strange perhaps, but good!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I am doing the obligatory red post.  Like I apparently do every year.*  But these red velvet treats won’t leave you so full that you won’t want to participate in and romantic activities.  Who am I not to follow good advice?

*One day I’ll be more original with V-Day food.  This year I’m being original by actually having a Valentine. :)

Red Velvet Protein Shake

Red Velvet Protein Shake… 

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Red Velvet Oreos, Wine, + WIAW

The competition is off.

I don’t know how I thought I was going to pull that one off.

I just got married.  I’m moving across the country (anyone want to buy a condo in Midtown Atlanta???).  And I was going to do a competition… a week after moving.  HAHAHAHA!  I’m stubborn.  I don’t understand the word “no.”  But even I’m not quite THAT crazy.

Also, red velvet Oreos are delicious with Zinfandel.  We all know I have an Oreo thing.  That red velvet is definitely contender for the top flavor.  The cookie isn’t so different, but that cream cheese filling rocks my world.

Red Velvet Oreos and wine… 

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It’s About Time You Try Protein Powder 3 Ways

Peanut Butter Yogurt Bowl. Mocha Concrete Protein Shake. Pumpkin Cake Pancakes.

That’s my kind of ménage à trois!

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know I’m a protein powder enthusiast.  When About Time sent over a dream team of protein powders for me to try, I jumped at the chance.  Birthday cake, peanut butter, cinnamon swirl… I was like a kid in a candy shop.

About Time Protein Review… 

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I Own This + WIAW

We create our own destiny.

I refuse to read my horoscope.

Someone told me that Mercury is in retrograde.  After Googling to see WTF that meant, I called bullshit.  There are times where life gets more challenging, time is short, motivation is lacking… but in the end we decide how we handle it.

Right now my struggle is on the superficial side, but a struggle nonetheless.  It’s diet.  I’m supposed to compete in 8 weeks and I’m struggling with getting back on track.  However, I’ve decided to allow myself to be flexible.  If I don’t make this show, there will be one the next weekend.  And the next.  And next year.  I came to that realization by being honest about where I am.  I talked to my therapist trainer Monday night and he reminded me that a lot is changing for me.  I got married.  It’s a new life.  I don’t have to do EVERYTHING at once (insert shocked face).  Doing stuff like enjoying dinner with Vegas on her birthday is more important right now.

don't think

That’s not to say I’m giving up.  But whatever happens… I own this!

One thing that helps is treating myself with healthy buys… like a haul from iHerb.  Beet powder (which I love in pancakes and Red Velvet protein shakes), Cocoa Cardio (Red Velvet Waffles!), peanut flour, and gelatin are daily staples. If you have any digestion “issues” I highly recommend it (here’s a post I did on it).  I’m trying the collagen version for the first time with this order.

Use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your first order!

Use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your first order!

Another motivator is energy.  I was thrilled when I received the two-10 discovery pack from FRS®.  The pack includes a big bottle of FRS concentrate, a sample pack of soft chews, and 2 cans of their energy drink.

My favorite thing about FRS is their ingredient list and why it was developed.  It was originally created by health scientists to provide chemotherapy patients with natural, sustained energy.  The FRS patented Healthy Energy formula has the all-natural antioxidants quercetin (found in blueberries and apples) and green tea extract, plus seven essential vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E).  I’m all about immune system support after getting the plague.

FRS

Not only are these drinks more delicious than the junk from the gas station, but they also doesn’t rely on chemicals, sugar and massive amount of caffeine to give you the shakes energy.

Vegas and I both loved the soft chews on our San Diego hikes.  I could feel the difference mid-hike as I raced Vegas up a hill.  I won, btw.

FRS #iownthis

So, I’m challenging myself to go with the flow and not be so hard on myself.  At the same time, I’m committed to doing my best and staying active.  It’s what makes me happy!  #iownthis

Learn more about the FRS two-10 discovery pack, and check them out on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of FRS.


This WIAW is 8 weeks out from my competition.  See above.

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!


Meal 1:

The usual morning cocktail, followed by my morning sludge.

Breakfast is the new standard – basil and garlic egg white scramble with a whole egg dropped in for #yolkporn.  Toast with coconut oil and cinnamon.

#yolkporn and toast

Meal 2:

I baked Sizzlefish trout with lemon and Italian herbs.  Eaten standing up with red bell pepper slices and kabocha.

Sizzlefish Trout and kabocha

Meal 3:

Chicken with sugar peas.  Simple… but a perfectly cooked piece of chicken is actually one of my favorite things.  That and hot sauce.

Chicken, sugar peas and hot sauce

Meal 4:

Rice cakes with Nuttzo nut butter.  I probably look forward to this meal a little too much.  I had one with chocolate protein “icing” too.

Rice cakes and nut butter

Meal 5:

Rinse and repeat from last night.  A giant peanut butter-sweet potato pancake made with Japanese white sweet potato.

peanut butter-sweet potato pancake

Peanut Butter-Sweet Potato Pancake

  • 2T peanut flour (an iHerb order)
  • 1/2 C cooked sweet potato
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp no sodium baking powder
  • 5-6 drops liquid vanilla stevia  

Blend and cook!

Meal 6:

I love yogurt.  Really.  I’m just as happy with bowls like this as I am with *most* regular desserts.  Well, average regular desserts.  Oh man, I love dessert.

Vanilla yogurt and chocolate fluff

This dessert bowl was 1/2 scoop of Growing Naturals vanilla rice protein mixed with plain Greek yogurt, cinnamon, almond extract, and vanilla liquid stevia.  Then I mixed up 1/2 T cocoa powder and 1/2 T coconut flour with stevia and just enough water to make it a fluff.  Topped with crumbled leftover pretzels from the plane.  Sweet ‘n salty perfection!

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If Mercury means being impatient, then maybe I am a believer… ha!

Do believe is horoscopes and Mercury and all that jazz?

What are you owning right now?

Stand Up Desk + WIAW

Do you realize how much you sit?

It makes my hips hurt!

I’ve gone through a lot of “hacks” to have standing desks.  At one job I stacked up Girl Scout cookie boxes to set my laptop on.  When I’m at home working, I use the condo gym to build a treadmill desk.   I can’t stand to sit still.  Standing up while I’m working helps to improve my focus.  Hey!  Something shiny!

Homemade standing desk

When my boss suggested I look into a “real” standing desk, I was thrilled.  After some research, VertDesk offered to hook me up with one of their adjustable height desks.  Talk about not sitting still – I was bounce-off-the-walls elated.  The VertDesk even has a push button control to make height adjustment easy.  My co-workers can adjust it to their height and use it and, if I ever DO decide to sit, I can simply push a button to lower it.

We’ve all seen the articles about how sitting is killing us… but why exactly is a standing desk beneficial?

5 Standing Desk Benefits… 

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Competition Prep 10 Weeks Out + WIAW

I’m on the wagon.

Seriously. 9 days sober.

It’s finally time to get back on the stage.  I took a year off from competing to grow and it paid off well.  I put on about 15 pounds (20 at my highest)… and a decent amount of that is muscle.  Looking back at pictures from a couple of years ago, I can’t believe I was that tiny!

2015 Progress

I was hoping to be able to do Physique, but I’m not big enough yet so I’m staying with Figure.  Maybe next year…… 

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#StrangeButGood New Years Party Recipes

We’ve made it through the family thing.

Not that it’s so bad… but you know…

Now it’s time to gear up for the last blow out of 2014 – New Year’s Eve!  If your friend are anything like mine, the night can get a little strange.  In a good way.

I encourage you to being the night with some strange but good food.  7 foods, in fact.  For lucky 7s… and because THE 7!!!

1. Black Eyed Pea & Roasted Garlic Hummus

Black-Eyed Pea and Roasted Garlic Hummus

2. Spinach Tofu Dip

Spinach Tofu Dip

3. Butternut Thyme Hummus

Butternut Thyme Hummus

4. Brussels & Prosciutto Skewers

Brussels & Prosciutto Skewers

5. Spicy Butternut Mac ‘n Cheese

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

6. Turkey Beer Chili

Turkey Beer Chili

7. Sparkling Cake Balls

Sparkling Balls

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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Pro tip: Don’t drink on an empty stomach!

What are your NYE plans?

Do you eat the traditional greens and black-eyed peas on New Years?