Apr
03

I bet you’re hungry. I mean, it’s been a week since I’ve given you a recipe!

I’m not back from vacation just yet so I’m going to keep this short and sweet; I have to enjoy my last day in the sunshine!

Before I go, we must discuss these granola bars. They’re simple, delicious, and full of good-for-you ingredients and healthy fats to keep you satisfied. Plus they are incredibly easy to make!

First we toast the coconut, oats, and almonds in the oven.

Then simply mix honey, almond butter, a little coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon in a saucepan to heat thoroughly. The wet ingredients are then added to the dry mixture and then tossed to combine. Easy!

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Mar
26

I’m leaving on a jet plane…  headed to incredibly sunny HOT weather to drink margaritas, eat cupcakes, mexican food, AND frozen yogurt. Maybe that’s not exactly how the song goes, but pretty close.

Okay seriously, I CAN’T FREAKING WAIT! I apologize if I’m making you jealous but I’m pretty sure my new favorite hummingbird cupcakes will provide you with a little happiness. I mean they are topped with a heavenly TOASTED COCONUT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING!

Again, sorry for the excitement and excessive exclamation marks. I had a giant iced coffee the size of my face this morning. WHOOOOOOOO!

Wow, this is the most outrageous post I’ve ever written so I should just stop right now and give you the recipe. Unfortunately, I still need to explain a few things about these spectacular cupcakes.

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Mar
22

Friday Favorite

OMG how is it almost the end of March? I swear the weeks are flying by faster and faster! This past week I made my famous turkey tomato meat sauce with basil, garlic, and major amounts of melty mozzarella. Mmmmm LOVE at first bite; plus it’s also secretly healthy!

Speaking of healthy things, I’ve been thinking about starting a new weekly post about healthy living, including my tips for eating right and any helpful advice I can offer. Let me know if you’d like to see that happen, and if you have any questions you’d like to see answered.

One last thing: I’m on season 2 of Felicity and absolutely fell in love with the series all over again. Thank you Netflix for causing me to stay up until 1am during the weeknights. I’ll probably watch Dawson’s Creek next and I’m not sorry about it (PACEY FOREVER!).

Alright now let’s get to some delicious links:

  • I need to bake these cupcakes and then ascend to heaven.

 

 

  • A giant breakfast COOKIE. You’re welcome.

 

  •  Currently one of my favorite songs.

 

  • Quick amusement. Okay, I’m lame and find it hilarious.

 

 

 

  • I’m all about healthy muffins!

 

 

  • Delicious jalapeno turkey burgers with guac for the weekend.

 

  • Replace regular M&Ms with the Easter colored ones and you’ve got yourself a delicious Spring cookie!

 

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

 

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Mar
15

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Now that it’s the weekend, I give you full permission to indulge in frozen yogurt with a million toppings. It’s not like you needed my permission or anything; I’m just letting you know it’s a really good idea.

I have A LOT of things to do this weekend and I need to start now! I’m heading to Chicago Monday for a few days plus I’m really hoping to have the new blog design finished within the next month so I’ll be working away. Of course, I’ll be drinking a GREEN margarita at some point.

Anyway I’ll leave you with my favorites from the past week:

 

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this Irish inspired bread.

 

 

  • Rice Krispie treats made with Lucky Charms!

 

  • Five people you’ll fall in love with.

 

  • Gorgeous carrot cake with one of my favorite frostings in the freaking world.

 

  • Check out what Whole Foods just announced about labeling foods.

 

  • Google Reader is dead as of July 1st; learn how to switch to BlogLovin’ here and then follow Ambitious Kitchen!

 

 

  • How do you top your bagel?

 

  • If you’re a fellow yogi, you’ll love these inversions (& get ready to pin away)!

 

  • 3-ingredient girl scout cookies for the weekend.

 

  • Dying to bake these cupcakes for my Godkids and then secretly lick the frosting bowl clean. Come on, you would too!

 

Have a lucky weekend! xo

 

 


Mar
13

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Finally my review is here! If you’ve been following me along on Facebook or Instagram, you’re probably aware that I recently did a juice cleanse. I wanted to share my experience with all of you, so here it goes:

Why I did a cleanse: I had  been seeing juice cleanses all over the internet and was dying to try one. I work out nearly every day, but my eating habits certainly aren’t perfect and I had been feeling sort of off; I thought a a juice cleanse might help balance my system and get back to normal. I chose Urban Remedy and did their Signature Cleanse which consists of drinking 6 organic vegan/GF juices per day.

Preparing for the cleanse: A few days before the cleanse you’re supposed to pretty much be vegan and caffeine-free. I stopped drinking coffee and ate a lot of fresh organic veggies, salads, fruit, and squash. I will admit that I had one of my blueberry muffins and eggs too. Oops! I couldn’t help it.

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Mar
11

This past weekend was tough! I was in the midst of a juice cleanse and could not stop thinking about how much I wanted a salad the size of my face. Or grilled fish with a glass of wine followed by some Fro Yo with major amounts of sprinkles and pink-frosted animal crackers.

Then to make matters worse, I watched The Food Network again. They were playing Red Lobster commercials which nearly caused me to drool on myself. I guess you could say my cravings were pretty ridiculous; then again it was probably my own fault for watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

There is good news though: I truly feel incredible and since I enjoy sharing my discoveries with you, I journaled  my experience with the cleanse. I plan on posting it sometime this week. Perhaps it will inspire you, too!

Healthy Blueberry Oat Applesauce Muffins with Struesel

Okay enough chatting, can we get to the muffins?

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Mar
09

Spring is right around the corner so I thought I would make you something to brighten up your day! We’ve been waiting far too long for patio season, so I’m starting the party early with this Sangria Red Wine Punch.

Now you could probably call this a skinny sangria since I swapped out regular full-sugar juice for diet cranberry juice and diet soda. Skinny drinks = more drinks? Just kidding…

I love this recipe because the fruit soaks up the wine and juice, and so it’s perfectly juicy and flavorful when you drink it. It’s great for a party, or really anytime you need something refreshing.

Let me know if you give it a try!

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Mar
08

Juice Cleanse

It’s the weekend! I’m in the middle of a 3-day juice cleanse and so far it’s going great; I’ll have a detailed recap to share with you once I’m done, too. Right now I’m watching the Food Network and it’s a little too much to handle. They’re grilling burgers and making cocktails and I’m super jealous. Okay I’ll admit it I’m hungry and looking forward to Sunday already, but I’m determined to finish this cleanse!

In other news, I’m heading back to Minnesota next week. I haven’t been back in nearly a month and I think more than anything I just miss my yoga studio; I have a love for it that can’t be explained.

As for this weekend, I don’t have any big plans. Maybe checking out a movie and doing some shopping. I’ll have to see how I feel during the rest of this cleanse because I’m drinking my first juice of the morning and want to throw up — this juice is green and tastes like cucumbers and parsley. TMI? Oh well.

Let’s get to my favorites from the past week:

 

  • Commitment is sexy in your 20’s? It’s not what you think.

 

  • Copycat Chipotle Corn Salsa with avocado? Must make now!

 

 

  • In love with these flats.

 

  • Gush! Coconut Milk + Cocoa powder = one incredibly easy, deliciously sinful dessert!

 

  • How to get the perfect beachy curls.

 

  • Ever have trouble frying the perfect egg?

 

  • After my cleanse I’m definitely making my favorite superfood salad.

 

  • A younger photo of an actress who never ceases to amaze us.

 

 

  • A gorgeous video of my nutella-stuffed cookies that another blogger put together. It’s fun to watch the magic happen!

 

  • Cookies are essential on the weekends, don’t you think?

 

Have a lovely weekend! xo

 


Mar
01

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It’s Friday… and it’s March too?! Finally! I’ve been craving patio weather and outdoor BBQs since October. I literally dream about the days I can go to happy hour and actually sit outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun on my face. I am just done with the snow. I need Spring!

In other news, I’ll be soaking up the sunshine with one of my girlfriends at the end of March. It’s a much, much needed vacation. In fact, I don’t think I’ve had a real vacation since I went to Mexico in college. And I don’t even remember that trip. Just kidding… sorta?

So in case you’re wondering, Jillian Michaels is totally kicking my ass. At first I had my doubts about her videos, however after doing them my legs feel like they might fall off. Hopefully that means they’re working.

Alright enough chatting. We need to get to my weekly favorites!

 

  • Today is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! This is a holiday and you should celebrate by making these cookies.

 

  • This is the funniest video I’ve seen in a while. Plus, it will make your day!

 

  • This is why I love Jennifer Lawrence.

 

  • Love stories to make you weep in a good way.

 

  • A fun, funky nail polish design.

 

 

  • Going healthy? How about this gorgeous breakfast?

 

  • Some of you were wondering how I keep my hair healthy and shiny. I use this product and LOVE it!*

 

  • Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice. Go stare at the photos, read the comments, and then try NOT making this. It’s incredible! No seriously, I’m drooling.

 

  • If you travel and love to workout, this site may be helpful!

 

Have a gorgeous weekend! xo

 

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