Ahnu Hiking Boots + WIAW

The only reason I like winter is the fact that I get to wear boots.

And snow, but we don’t get much of that in Georgia.

But, it does get cold!  When I wanted to get outdoors during our first cold snap, I was really happy to have my Sugar Bowl boots from Ahnu!  Unbelievably, my feet stayed toasty – that never happens.  In fact, I have Raynaud’s Disease; usually my toes and fingers are so cold they turn white and go numb!  While my fingers did turn white, my feet were actually warm!

I was also pleased with the look.  Black and blue are my favorite colors.  The laces in the front are stylin’, but not at the expense of function.  These boots have side zips so you don’t need to spend 20 minutes tugging them on and readjusting them.  I’ll be taking these to Lake Tahoe in a few weeks!

Ahnu hiking boots… 

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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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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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A Must Have Box and Garnish & Gather Dinner (WIAW)

Mail days are the best.

Thanks to e-bills, actual mail is a treat 80% of the time!

The awesome people at PopSugar sent me a Must Have Box to try this month.  I was really impressed!  The Tilo scarf alone was worth it (retails at $125!).  It’s high-quality and incredibly soft.  Soft kitty, warm kitty…

Those Ghirardelli sea salt chocolates do not suck either.  I love that they are bite-sized… it (moderately) slowed me down as I worked my way through the bag.  I’ve already replenished with the dark chocolate variety. #sorryimnotsorry

PopSugar Must Have Box

Working out in the morning was a little more fun with my fancy blue Nicole Miller ear buds.  They matched my shoes today. #winning

The fuel made the workout more fun too.  A raw Almond Brownie bar from Urban Remedy.  It wasn’t too sweet and had a hint of salt to it.  Someone at PopSugar knows I love a sweet & salty combo!

Must Have goodies

They hooked me up with a discount code to share with you guys if you’d like to check it outSEPT14SELECT will get you $10 off a 3 month subscription (offer expires 9/30/14).

*Disclaimer: POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.*

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Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast (Waffles)

It wasn’t me, I swear.

This is weird even for me.

Even I couldn’t have some up with something as strange as eggplant french toast.  No, this fabulousness was linked up to an August #strangebutgood by Debbie @ Accidentally Delish.  It was shockingly good.

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

I did make it a little more odd by spicing it pie-style and cooking it in the wafflemaker.*  You can also cook it in a skillet like “normal” french toast.

*Note: All things in my house are now cooked in the wafflemaker.  

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

After a good waffling, I topped with with protein syrup and a little cereal for the added crunch.  It made for strange (but good) brinner!

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Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

  • 1 small eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 C egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3-4 drops liquid vanilla Stevia

In a shallow bowl, beat together egg whites, spices, and stevia. Mix together.  Place eggplant slices in mixture and soak.

Meanwhile, preheat wafflemaker or pan.  Make sure you grease it well!

Place eggplant slices in your cooking vehicle or choice and cook until softened and golden brown.  If you’re using a wafflemaker, push down on the lid to help flatten and cook the eggplant.

Plate and top with protein syrup (recipe below).

Protein Syrup

  • 1/4 scoop (~8g) vanilla protein powder (I use Growing Naturals)
  • 1 T syrup (I use a Stevia-sweetened one)
  • 1/8 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk

In a small bowl, mix ingredients together.  Pour over waffle.  Eat.

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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.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

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



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I am floored that I couldn’t taste any eggplant “funk.”

What do you like best: waffles, french toast, or pancakes?

Have you ever made a recipe from the #strangebutgood link up?

Flavor Overload + WIAW

Flavor overload.

A line needs to be drawn.

Lays flavors have gotten out of control.  I mean… I can see a Wasabi Ginger chip.  I can even stretch it to Mango Salsa.  But Cappuccino?!  No.  One review I read described them this way: “They smell like a tomb, and taste like stale crackers dusted with International Delight-brand instant coffee.”

I’m all for #strangebutgood… but really?!

Funky Lays

BUT… this is even worse than anything Lays could ever come up with.

Chicken Wing ICE CREAM?!

Chicken Wing Ice Cream… 

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#MoveHappy 4: Fudgy Plantain Protein Muffins

I’m high on my #MoveHappy this week!

 

I’m in Colorado… what were you thinking?

This week I get to do my #MoveHappy challenge with Heather in Colorado!  In case you missed it, Heather and I are co-hosting a challenge to have FUN with fitness in July.  You can read the details here.  We have a lots of prizes and 5 chances to win some of our favorite fitness-related items.  Last week’s prize was announced on Heather’s blog, and this week I have the goods again!

First let’s talk about how awesome is is to be here for Heather’s 2nd bikini competition!  She decided to start competing almost a year ago this week when we were on vacation in Napa.  I told her if she did, I’d come to Colorado and do a competition with her… this time she’s competing in a different organization and I’m taking a year off, so I came to spectate.  Doesn’t she look great? 

We celebrated a great show with lot of tasty food at Session Kitchen.  The server was amazing – she even brought out a special dessert for Heather!  Chocolate Chip Blondie S’mores with streusel sucre and White Russian gelato.

2014 WBFF Denver… 

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#MoveHappy: My Favorite Fitness Things

The only thing I love more than working out is getting new workout-related stuff.

 

And food.  Obviously.

To start this 3rd week of the #MoveHappy movement out right, I thought I’d share with you some of the marvelous new fitness-related items I’ve been loving lately.

Fitness Favorites… 

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BBQ Mustard Chicken + WIAW

I view food as a source of entertainment.

 

What do you expect from a person who goes to Whole Foods when she’s bored?

Sometimes food prep gets a bit mundane.  When you’re packing up 3-4 meals a day to take to work, there are only so many options.  I wonder if we could get an oven in the office…

This past Sunday marked 6 years since my dad died.  As per tradition, my sister and I spent the day with mom at the house we grew up in.  We grilled out and had a great time eating (my mom has a similar Whole Foods problem – soooo much delicious food!).  It was fun to reminisce and enjoy the gorgeous pool day.  And I got to cook with my mom, which I love!

Grilling with mamma

 

It was also a good opportunity to food prep in a different way.  I stopped by the farmer’s market on the way to the house and loaded up on chicken, fish, and veggies.  I live in a condo, which means we can’t have grills.  Mom, on the other hand, has a gas grill AND a Big Green Egg.  It’s been the perfect way to add more variety to my prep!

This week I’ve been especially loving the BBQ chicken I made.  It was a really quick marinade, and it packed a punch!  I used smoked paprika and my healthy homemade BBQ sauce (I keep a batch on hand all summer) to heat it up.  They were a great compliment to the tangy mustard.

BBQ Mustard Chicken

 

You could use your favorite store brought BBQ sauce if you don’t have any homemade.  If you’re grill-less like I usually am, this would be fine on a grill pan or baked in the oven.

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This WIAW I wanted to eat each meal consecutively.  Between leg day and the excitement of grilled food I was entertained alllll day!

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

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Bread, Breakfast, & Jackson Pollack

Weekends are for wandering.

 

But don’t get lost.

I did lose a car key… but I had a spare!  I have no idea where it is.  This is not at all relevant to this wandering post.. My weekend started out strong with an attempt at homemade bread on Friday morning.  I had bookmarked Sarena’s gluten-free bread recipe when she shared it on Lindsay’s blog weeks ago.  I have a fear of making yeast bread, but I’d had bread made by Sarena before and couldn’t wait to try it for myself.

The flavor was great, but I think the chef was to blame for the too-dense texture.  Sarena’s recipe says to use a mixer.  I used my hands.  Next time I’ll try whipping the eggs first to get some air in!  Or I may crash my mom’s house to use her mixer. ;)

Gluten-Free Bread

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