Let’s Eat: Candy Surprise Brownie Cupcakes

Still have candy leftover from your Easter basket? Or have you been to the supermarket and seen all the pastel-wrapped candy marked 50% off? How can you pass up a bag of Reese’s or Snickers for $1.75? What would you even do with that candy now (they do go very well in the freezer for mini sweet tooth treats, but that’s beside the point). You could hold onto it for next season? I would not want to be on the receiving end of that chocolate gift next year! As I starred at our candy dishes around the house, full of pretty little individually wrapped deliciousness I thought I better get clever before I find myself my first cavity or feeling sorry for eating every last piece.

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Let’s Eat: Spring Salad

After a weekend getaway full of fun, food and drinks I wanted to take a lighter edge to meal planning for the week. I figured there was no better way to hit the ground running than a colorful kale salad. After a quick stop at our local farm stand I felt like I had purchased enough produce to truly “eat the rainbow.” To add to the veggies, I picked up a rotisserie chicken from Sam’s Club (less than $5 for a jumbo bird!) as well as some goat cheese, pecans and of course, kale. After chopping and prepping the produce and arranging it by channeling my inner Ina Garten, dinner was served.

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North Georgia Mountain Getaway

For a couple who leaves home as much as we do, you’d expect that we’d have a pretty good grasp on the state we live in. However, since moving to Georgia we have spent more time traveling out of it than exploring in it. Our geography of the state  (outside our city, of course) consists of remembering places with phrases like “that one exit with really cheap gas,” or “the one with that really nice Chic-fil-a.”

I’m excited to share that we have ventured as visitors a whole 2.5 hours north into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to appreciate the scenic views and small-town charm that Northern Georgia has to offer. We loved this short trip in our state, and our one major takeaway was “how have we not come here before?”

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What’s in a shoe?

The first thing I do after signing up for my next race is take a good hard look at my shoe situation. Finding the right shoe and keeping up with replacing your shoes will go a long way in running performance, avoiding injury and comfort level during training. I have tied the laces of Nikes, Asics, New Balance, and Brooks before hitting the pavement. After a few years of trying to find what suits me best on my own, I went to my local running store and got a professional opinion, which lead me to my favorite brand and the shoe that works best for me, after the jump.

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My Friday Favorites

When brainstorming ideas for what to post today, I decided that I would try and stick to a series for one day of the week. I’ve read that starting a series will keep you active and honest in your blogging. Let’s face it, sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas for what to cook, where to go on vacation, what perfume to use that day, etc. By starting a series I’ll have a launching point to make my posting a bit easier. From now on, each Friday I will give you one thing I’m obsessed with that week. Whether its music, food, a place, a quote, etc., I’m letting the sky be the limit! So here we go. Below is this week’s Friday Favorite.

 

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What’s your “breaking” point?

Today I had my first 6 mile run in probably a year. While that may not sound like a lot to seasoned runner, when you haven’t run more than 3 miles regularly since your last race, time can creep in and put you way out of distance shape.

Last week I had a great 5 mile run, I even got lost in a new neighborhood and walked an additional 1.8 miles to find my parking spot! But today, during my 6 mile training session I definitely reached my breaking point at mile 5. Here’s how my thought pattern went:

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My 5 Pantry Must-Haves

Do you ever read a recipe that sounds amazing and then see that you literally need to buy EVERYTHING on the ingredient list from the store to make it? I am often deterred from some recipes that I’m sure are amazing because I just simply don’t want to put that much effort into going to the grocery store and hunting everything down. I guess you could say I’ve gotten a bit wiser over the last few months, as I’ve established a list of “must-have” items that recipes consistently call for. I keep these items stocked in my cabinet so I don’t have to go out and buy them every time they’re needed. I only chose 5 to get us started, but hopefully in the future I’ll post an extended list. So here we go!

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Let’s Eat: Turkey Burgers

After meal-planning for the upcoming week and heading out to Sam’s and Kroger with my handy-dandy list, I gathered everything I needed to cook healthy, filling meals. We usually do 3 to 4 home-cooked meals a week, left overs a few days, and one date night out at a restaurant of our choice. I’m not going to lie, sometimes there’s a frozen pizza night in there, jazzed up with fresh veggies to make it healthy of course! This week’s menu consists of Turkey Burgers, Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, and White Bean Turkey Chili.

Turkey burgers are so easy to make. They have half the calories of hamburger and are still chalk full of protein and taste. Even my cheeseburger loving husband looks forward to dinner on turkey burger night, and he mans our grill (a George Foreman right now, mind you) like a champ! I like to serve them with a side of potatoes. Sometimes sliced and baked sweet potato, sometimes sliced and baked “baby potatoes*” (explained later). So, if all this babble hasn’t bored you enough, lets get to the recipe.


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Easter weekend is approaching 

With Easter fast approaching, my husband and I were contemplating our best plan of action for celebrating the Holiday. I know there will be booze involved, since we both gave up pop (or soda depending on where you grew up–shoutout to my fellow Midwesterners) and alcohol for the 40 days of Lent… But where would we spend it now that we’re split between our home states of Indiana and Florida? We discussed our options of traveling to our families, but with such a short weekend we wanted to spend more time on the ground than on a plane or in the car. So, we decided to stay in Georgia.  Continue reading

Product Review: Kauai Coffee KCups

There is not one day I do not start without indulging in my necessary cup of coffee. Some in my family refer to me as a psychopath because of this article and how I like my coffee black. In my opinion, good coffee doesn’t need the creamer, sugar, etc. Kind of like how fresh, hot pancakes or waffles don’t really need that syrup! I guess we can agree to disagree on that… maybe that opinion is about as popular as black coffee.

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