Friday Favorites

Just a bit of a weekly recap of some things you should take a look at, that I have been enjoying the past few days!

First – check out Worthy Heart for some great inspirational quotes/art!

This chocolate protein cake recipe has seen my microwave multiple times this week. Get on it.

This recipe made it’s debut in my kitchen last night and I’m obsessed [by the way – I sub’d 3 T applesauce for 3 T coconut oil].

If you haven’t heard, Jimmy Fallon and I need to be best buds. He is hilarious – down right and he has a great head of hair. Wednesday night he did a hilarious sketch of his usual Celebrity Whispers. Probably my favorite one so far. This one’s pretty good, too.

I finally found the bedding I want… But then I realized it’s about 1 million dollars. Not in my budget, buddy.

I’ve been wanting to try foam rolling for awhile now but never purchased a roller. The friend I stayed with for my recent marathon had one and another friend brought one. Let’s just say I still want one.

The last book (series) I read was the Hunger Games. This book by Shellie Warren is quite different. It is way better (for other reasons – obviously the Hunger Games is fantastic) and so convicting and challenging. I recommend it to men and women alike.

Finally, this scripture has been speaking volumes to me this week. God made a covenant with Israel – a covenant of peace. And in Isaiah 54:10 he promises it will not be removed, no matter what. What promise!


Friday Favorites

Posts this week:

Three cookie recipes I made yesterday:
Have a good weekend! What some final four (go OSU!) and eat some good food! Check out these things I liked this week:

Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cake from Six Sisters’ Stuff

This fantastic sofa and decor from the portfolio of Lucyina Moodie

Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches created by the Chef in Training

I love this reminder from Muffin Top-Less

Be yourself! 

I love my job, but if I could get paychecks without working I totally would.

There’s a website that has some funny pictures on it, and sometimes they put up funny facebook comments. This one had me laughing so much! Haha I don’t know why I thought it was so funny!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Oatmeal Cookies

I may have just created a cookie I like more than my old friend, chocolate chip.

Wait, wait, wait. Impossible!

But these come close.


The other day I was in the bulk section, just trying to get a c o u p l e chocolate covered peanuts in my bag of trail mix… And it’s a dispenser where you pull down a handle so inevitably I got WAY more peanuts in my bag than I wanted… I think they make these dispensers like that on purpose. You can’t even pour some back in the bin. So, I just bought all of them and decided to make a cookie out of ’em.

Just try them, okay?

Chocolate Covered Peanut Oatmeal Cookies [my recipe]

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 C), softened
  • 2/3 C packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 C rolled oats
  • 1 C chopped chocolate covered peanuts

Do this: preheat that oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together butter, sugar and egg; add vanilla. In separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.

Add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Stir in oats and then add chocolate covered peanuts!

Bake for about 12 minutes!

Overnight Oat Cookies

Overnight Oat Cookies [My original recipe]

This is one of my favorite recipes I have ever created. There is NO added sugar, NO butter/fat, and NO dairy. You can substitute the egg for a flax egg if you wish and make the recipe vegan (also depending on your protein powder of choice).

The cookies are tasty and guilt-free! So eat up and enjoy!


  • 1/2 C steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 C + 2 T non-dairy milk, divided (1/2 C and 2 T)
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1/2 C water
  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C wheat bran
  • 1/4 C protein powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • optional: nuts, chocolate chips, raisins or other dried fruit

Prepare the oats:

  • 1/2 C steel-cut oats
  • 2 T non-dairy milk (or regular milk is fine)
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 T chia seeds

Do this: combine all ingredients and place in covered container overnight

Cook the oats (next day):

  • Start by placing overnight oats with 1/2 C non-dairy (or regular) milk and 1/2 C water in microwavable bowl and cook for about 6 minutes in microwave, stirring every couple minutes.

While oats are cooking, combine:

  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C wheat bran
  • 1/4 C protein powder (I used chocolate)
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • in separate bowl combine any add-ins: chocolate chips, nuts, raisins (I used 1/4 C of all 3)*

Once oats are finished cooking combine dry ingredients and oats along with 1 egg. Stir quickly so egg does not cook.

*chocolate chips will melt during the combining process with oats.

Bake for ~10-12 minutes or until firm.

cold day run and cookies

Saturday night I got in bed and thought to myself, “tomorrow I will sleep in as long as my body allows!!”

Wouldn’t you know my body allowed me to sleep until around 7am. I stayed in bed for awhile and then made myself one awesome breakfast before getting ready to head to Caribou Coffee to study a bit, sip some green tea, and then get my day going!

waffle, cinnamon syrup, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries; coffee

I ran around, did some stuff and returned home to eat a really random lunch…

TJ's roasted red pepper soup, broccoli and carrots, 1/2 pita pocket and a Cutie. Very orange. Very odd.

Then… I headed outside in the cold to attempt a run. I’ve never run in the cold like this – nor did I ever think I’d try. But I was challenged yesterday to run a full marathon at the end of April and I figured I better just start suckin’ it up when the sun’s out and r-u-n. Other motivation included a hot bowl of chocolate oatmeal and baking something sweet upon return. I’ll run fast for those two things!


I actually enjoyed the run… I can’t decide if I enjoy the cold or warm weather for running more… It wasn’t so bad, like I expected!


The rest of the day I just did a lot of studying, eating those cookies, pizza, and more studying.


I did get to hang out with a few friends for about an hour later in the evening. That was a much needed break. Fellowship with friends is always a good change of pace!



oatmeal “cookies”

These little nuggets are exactly what I’ve been searching for!

I have been on the hunt for something that is tasty and delish, while also healthy and which provides a lot of energy!

These cookies were created without any added sugar, protein powder, and lots of yummy oats. They are my favorite for the crazy sweet tooth I have mid-afternoon or later in the evening!

(not your average) Oatmeal Cookies 

  • 2 bananas
  • 1.5 scoops vanilla protein powder (or your powder of choice)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 4 T egg whites, or one egg white, or one whole egg
  • 2 C oats
  • 1/4 C wheat bran
  • 1/4 C flax meal
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • optional add-ins (I added the first 3!):
    • 1/4 C walnuts
    • 1/4 C chocolate chips
    • 1/2 C jumbo mixed raisins
    • 1/2 C raisins
    • 1/4 C pecans or other nut
    • chopped dates
    • cranberries

Do this: preheat oven to 350. In food processor, combine bananas, protein powder, egg white, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside. In large bowl, combine oats, wheat bran, flax meal, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, salt and flour; mix well. Add banana mixture to dry ingredients and combine; add add-ins and stir just until everything is combined. Scoop onto baking sheet and bake for ~8 minutes.


pictures to come!

Makes ~20 cookies.

full body blitz

How about workin’ that body real fast? I promise, no matter how you’re feeling, you’ll be glad you did!
I had an incredibly long day, so I came home and tried to complete the following three workouts as quickly as I could!
Amanda Russell’s “Hot Body Workout” 
  • Left leg lunge and squat (50 sec work, 10 sec rest)
  • Sumo squat jumps (50 sec work, 10 sec rest)
  • Right leg lunge and squat (50 sec work, 10 sec rest)
  • Sumo squat jumps (50 sec work, 10 sec rest)
  • Low ab leg lifts (50 sec work, 10 sec rest)
  • Sumo squat jumps (50 sec work, 10 sec rest)
  • Ab get-ups (50 sec work, 10 sec rest)
  • Sumo squat jumps(50 sec work, 10 sec rest)
  • Super hero push ups (50 sec work, 10 sec rest)
  • Sumo squat jumps (50 sec work, 10 sec rest)’s Booty Challenge (as mentioned here)

Quick arm workout

  • 10 mountain climbers (each leg)
  • 10 lateral raises
  • 10 side raises
  • 10 triceps kick-backs
  • 10 dumbell presses
  • 10 floor jax

[repeat 3x]

watch dexter during the whole routine.

shower. study psychopharmacology instead of making the cookies you’re really craving…

it’s so snowy outside, so stay inside and workout!

How about that for a title? Today we had our first real snow! I did make it to the gym, but surprisingly the roads were a little rough. It’s not that much snow… But if you don’t want to brave the cold or the crazy drivers, keep reading for a workout you can do in ya house.

Happy, beautiful new year!

How about this killer Florence + the Machine to inspire you to kick 2012’s butt? Make this your best year to date, okay? I’m planning to do just that.

I have a new workout for you so you can work on that resolution to workout more! Instead of a “Monday Move” you can have 20 Monday moves. Get on it!

2012 workout = 20 moves, 12 times each

[do each move for 12 reps, no rest in between, and then repeat all at least once]

  1. right leg forward lunge
  2. mountain climbers (12 each side)
  3. left leg forward lunge
  4. burpees
  5. squats
  6. straight leg lift and lower (lower abs)
  7. pushups
  8. bicycle abs (12 each side)
  9. triceps dip
  10. squat jumps
  11. right arm bicep curl
  12. laying, leg-raised scissor-kicks (12 each leg)
  13. left arm bicep curl
  14. floor jacks
  15. supermans
  16. forward/back jumps
  17.  plie squats
  18. tuck jumps
  19. roundhouse kick, right leg
  20. roundhouse kick, left leg

If you want to make it challenging do the whole set 5 times (2+0+1+2)!  Let me know how it goes!

I’m going to go work on improving this already delectable yummy treat.

M&M cookies (because M&Ms are my favorite)

Part of the gifts I gave my coworkers were some pretty darn delicious cookies… Made with lots of butter. Crisco (ew, I know…). And, my favorite M&Ms! I have made a Mini M&M cookie before, which was delicious, and I’ve used this recipe to make chocolate chip cookies before… But this time I used the recipe to make M&M cookies – Christmas color style.

M&M Cookie [from Pennies on a Platter]

  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 C butter flavored Crisco stick
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package vanilla instant pudding (I used to sugar free 1.5 oz vanilla packages)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 3 C flour
  • 1 large bag M&Ms

Do this: preheat oven to 350. In medium bowl, mix salt, baking soda and flour. Set aside. Cream sugars and fats (butter, Crisco) until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and pudding mix. Mix well and add dry mix to wet. Finally, stir in M&Ms and drop onto cookie sheet. Bake ~10-12 minutes!


Not healthy. Not at all. BUT! Cookies make me happy, and sometimes happiness is worth a cookie (okay, all the time!).


I don’t have any pictures because I gave away/ate them all…

Christmas Baking from Other Blogs

I could scour the internet a l l d a y l o n g just looking at all the beautiful, tastey creations some people make! Yum!

I went pursuing and made a list of some I’d like to try this Christmas season. We’ll see how it goes!

Gingerbread Pancakes – Dashing Dish


The Neely’s Gingerbread Cookies (Piggies)

Hungry Girl’s Peppermint Fudge

Candy Cane Biscotti – Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

No Bake Gingersnap Snowballs – Sweet Treats & More

Homemade Peppermint Oreos – The Girl Who Ate Everything

Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Cookies – The Whole Living Blog

No Bake Double Chocolate and Prune Energy Bars – Eat Good 4 Life (I’ll sub dates for those pesky prunes!)

Layered Peanut Butter Bars – Betty Crocker