Happy Friday! I want to introduce you to someone very special. Meet Jessie of Wool and Whiskey.
I went to college with Jessie; she always had the brightest smile and her love of travel was well-known. In fact, we both studied abroad in Australia! Today, Jessie spends her time making the most beautiful, cozy hand knit scarves! I LOVE her scarves because they’re high quality, incredibly warm, and gorgeous!
More about Jessie: She first started knitting while living and teaching in South Korea. After returning to Minnesota, she continued her love for knitting by making big, cozy scarves for herself to keep warm during the chilly winters. After a few days of wearing her own hand knit scarf, Jessie began receiving compliments. The rest is history; Jessie started an Etsy shop and named it Wool and Whiskey, not only because the name has a nice ring to it but also because both seem to keep one warm on those below zero days!
Here are some more photos of her scarves:
image courtesy: Wool & Whiskey
Cream cheese, raspberries and chocolate chips come together in this light and fluffy whole wheat muffin! Great for when you’re on the go or when you need a sweet healthy snack. Ready in under 30 mins!
I have been working out like a crazy person. This means I actually work up at 7am on Sunday to go to yoga sculpt. Please note that I’m definitely not a morning person. Total night owl. For example, I’m writing this post at midnight.
Regardless, working out makes me feel wonderful. With each workout, I’m gaining strength and confidence. In addition, I’m also really trying to clean up my diet and focus on high protein, whole foods. Have you ever noticed that after a week or two of eating healthier, your body actually starts to crave more nutritious foods? I have! Lately I can’t stop eating carrots and mustard, or fresh oranges and grapefruit. Smoothies, too! I have been making a smoothie every morning and night.
But, here’s the problem: I’m prone to depriving myself; it almost comes natural to me because of past habits during college. I’m not sure I’m ready to share those details with you all just yet but now that I’m a little bit older, I’ve realized that it’s all about balance and appreciating yourself, your body and soul, and enjoying those little treats and moments in life.
And you know what’s the perfect indulgence to me? A fluffy, warm chocolate chip muffin spread with crunchy almond butter. Of course, I just had to make them better for you…
There are so many reasons why these muffins are THE BEST and of course, I have to explain just about every single one of them.
Chocolate chips and raspberries: That combo is always a winner in my weirdo mind and this muffin is balanced just right with sweetness from the chocolate and a little tartness from the raspberries, but you can totally make it any combo you’d like!
Whipped Cream cheese: The whipped cream cheese is actually lighter in fat and calories so it replaces any butter that would normally be in a muffin recipe, yet still keeps these low in fat. Plus, you get a little smidgen of cream cheese flavor that makes you think you’re enjoying something much more indulgent.
Whole Wheat Pastry Flour: I love whole wheat pastry flour for it’s light and fluffy texture. If you don’t have it available, feel free to use regular whole wheat or white whole wheat.
Brown Sugar: I only used 1/3 cup of brown sugar in this recipe, but I’m confident you could reduce it to 1/4 cup with great results.
I’m back with some more details about my recent travels to beautiful Australia! You can check out the first part of my trip here.
After a few days exploring Sydney, Tony and I flew into Brisbane. We were planning on spending a few days in a little hippie beach town called Byron Bay (my favorite place ever), so we rented a car. It was a bit of a challenge for Tony to get used to driving on the opposite site of the road and in the opposite side of the car, but he managed.
Right when we got off the plane we met my friend Susie for lunch and cocktails, then we dipped off to Byron Bay.
Out of all of the places we visited in Australia, Byron Bay was our favorite.
The first night we walked into town and enjoyed a delicious dinner, live music, and drinks. It was relaxing and just what we were craving.
A healthy Moroccan-spiced Stew with butternut squash, chickpeas, and lentils! You’ll love this protein and fiber packed meal!
Let me just start off by saying that this winter has been one of the worst I’ve ever experienced. Minnesota is an icicle and I’m about ready to pack my bags, abandon everything, and get on a plane to any place with good margaritas and warm weather (Cali?).
It’s gotten to the point where every time I venture outside, my toes automatically become numb, even with wool socks. To top it all off there was a blizzard last week, my car got stuck, and I didn’t leave my house for two days. THE WORST.
Enough complaining though! It’s time for a little soup for the soul. The comforting good kind that warms your heart. I like those kinds, don’t you?