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Things That Got Me Through The Week

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Another week over, we are very ready for the weekend over here. We’re heading up to see Seth’s parents for the weekend and keep his dad company as he continues to recover from surgery.

Here are some of my favorite posts from this week that you should definitely check out because I think you will like them too.

  • Favorite new-to-me blog: The Diva Dish. I love the outlook on life that Ari has and she posts so many amazing recipes and tips for healthy living-like these homemade ding dongs. Or ho-hos. Or whatever other inappropriate name you call these. And “baby boo” is awfully cute as well 🙂

    (Photo from Diva Dish)
  • Favorite healthy food post: Apple Sage Chickpea Burgers. I love the flavor of apple in any burger or meatball recipe and these burgers look amazing and they are vegetarian! But really, the lemon ginger yogurt sauce is what convinced me that these need to be made and consumed ASAP.

    (Photo from Edible Perspectives)
  • Best fitness post: Julie’s Interview with Dr. Travis Stork. She got to interview Dr. Travis Stork from the show The Doctors, which is really very cool. He shared with her tips for living a healthy life on the go and what his typical diet looks like, which is surprisingly lacking in meat most of the time.
  • Best wedding post: This Chicago engagement shoot from Style Me Pretty. How cute is that s’mores pit?

    (Photos from Style Me Pretty)

  • Best YouTube Video: This video of the dog talking. It’s seriously hilarious, I dare you to watch this and not smile.

    Have a great weekend!

Food Temptations

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When I walked into my office’s break room this morning, this is what I was confronted with:

Only the bag was full. I took this picture at the end of the day, after the ten people on my floor managed to eat all fifty pretzels. I’m still not really sure how that happened.

Anyway, I resisted the pretzels which I typically don’t do because they are one of my major temptations in life. They are in the category of food that I physically cannot prevent myself from eating even when I’ve just had a weekend of non-stop sugar and carb induced binging in the middle of swimsuit season. You get the point-they are a weakness, and we all have them. And when I saw the pretzels this morning, for some reason it led me to think of every single other food that exists that I have an equally hard time resisting. For instance:

Caramel popcorn. Or Moose Munch. Or Caramel Popcorn with chocolate and peanut butter drizzled on top.

Pita chips. Specifically of the cinnamon sugar variety. Particularly when it’s the bottom of the bag-those little pieces just seem to have so much more cinnamon sugary goodness.

Guacamole. There’s just something about the tangy creaminess of guac that I can’t resist. When Lori posted this today, I immediately added it to my list to make for the superbowl.

Trail mix. Specifically the gourmet mixes that Target puts out. The name “trial mix” tricks you into believing it’s a good snack choice, but it’s not. At least not for me-I’m so addicted, I will eat the entire bag and not think twice. On several occasions, I’ve yelled at my mom for simply buying it and having it in the house because I’m completely incapable of resisting the stuff.

Brownies. Really any kind, but my favorites have some type of peanut butter on top of them, inside of them, or all around them. There are actually very few baked goods that I like straight out of the oven, but brownies are one of them. I just can’t say no.

I’m sure I’m missing others but these are just what popped into my head in the first ten seconds after I saw the soft pretzels. And now I’m starving.

Question: What are your “temptation foods” that you just can’t say no to??

 

Weekend Happenings

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I hope everyone had a good weekend, ours was busy and went by quickly, as always! Saturday was spent at the hospital visiting Seth’s dad, who is doing great! The day ended with dinner at Whole Foods, which is one of my top five favorite places to wander aimlessly/eat. They have the best, most fresh food, ever. Period.

For example, fresh pasta bar anyone?

And this superfoods salad was ah-may-zing.

But the highlight of the meal was definitely this chocolate hazelnut sticky bun that we shared for dessert. It tasted like a warm chocolate chip cookie combined with a sticky bun. Seriously delicious.

Today we spent some time at another of my top five favorite places: Barnes and Noble. I seriously would love to just move in to this place. Seth did some “homework”…this is a rare photo of him reading, one that you will likely never see again here on this blog.

And I did some serious honeymoon research. It’s time to start planning!!

Now we are relaxing and watching some football, and I’m telepathically telling Seth to please take care of this:

 

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend everyone, see you tomorrow with a recipe using one of the greatest food items ever invented: Biscoff.

Things That Got Me Through The Week

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Thankfully, this week went pretty quickly. This weekend, we are going to spend some time with Seth’s dad and family and hopefully stay inside as much as possible since the high on Sunday is 29 degrees!

Here are some of the great things I came across this week that helped put a smile on my face (or a growl in my stomach!)

  • Best Healthy Dish: This Edamame Dip with Smoked Paprika and Garlic. Dara from Cookin’ Canuck has had some great healthy recipes out since the new year but this one got me especially excited. Perfect Super Bowl food!

    (Picture from Cookin’ Canuck)

  • Best Fitness Post: The Benefits of Supersets at Life of Blyss. This girl always inspires me when it comes to working out and she wrote a great post about the benefits of working supersets into your routine and even gave a great example of a workout. I mean lets face it, no one wants to spend a ton of time in the gym, we have better things to do (like eat). Supersets are where it’s at.
  • Best Inspirational Post: Madison’s resolution to give up “fat talk” in 2012. I’ve read alot of blog posts about resolutions but this one was the best I’ve seen. She is resolving to stop telling herself that she feels or looks fat and instead embrace the body she has and take the best care of it that she can. I know my girlfriends and I spend alot of time talking about how “fat” we feel, so I give Madison credit for coming up with this great idea!
  • And finally, if you made this far, this is my favorite funny youtube video from this week. Pittsburgh Dad: Snow. Even if you didn’t grow up in western PA, I’m sure many of you can relate to this Dad’s phrases of “Take your shoes off before you come inside, you know how much your mom hates when her socks get wet”. And “Make sure you close the garage door when you come in, I ain’t tryin’ to heat the whole neighborhood”. 🙂

Hope you all have a great weekend!

The Wonders of a Registry

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I’m going to start this post off by saying this: Everyone should have a registry, all the time.

Being engaged myself, and seeing several friends get married in the past few years, I’ve learned to appreciate the convenience and awesomeness that is a Registry.

Case in point: This Christmas, Seth and I received a few gifts off of our registry and it was AWESOME. My Maid of Honor bought us a quesadilla maker that we registered for and we used it the next three days in a row. It was love at first dilla.

My mom bought us our crockpot, which you already know I’m in love with. It’s one of the few kitchen appliances that asks very little of you and gives back so much more.

And then there’s my brother. He’s a 19 year old boy with little money and even less of an idea of what to get his big sister for a gift. Enter the bundt pan, also found on the registry.

These days, you can register almost anywhere including cool places like Anthropologie, Amazon or Dick’s Sporting Goods. It’s not just china and silver anymore! I mean think about it. We all have that person (or persons) in our lives that we dread shopping for over the holidays. Either you don’t see them very often, you don’t know them very well, or they already seem to have everything. How great would it be if you could just go to a centralized place (like myregistry.com) and pick things out that they would love to receive as gifts and BAM, you can check one more thing off of your holiday to-do list.

I’m using myregistry.com for the wedding and I love it because I can pick one thing here and one thing there and the guests can see it all in one place.

Now I know some of you may be thinking that this takes the art out of gift giving. But wouldn’t you rather receive a gift that you want and can honestly be excited about unwrapping than having to fake excitement and secretly hoping for a gift receipt?

I mean face it, we’ve all felt like this at some point..

Okay I’m done.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about food again, I promise!

Things That Got Me Through The Week

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Isn’t it amazing how sometimes a four day work week can seem longer than a typical five day one? 5PM Friday just did not want to come. Seth and I have alot of DVR shows to catch up on tonight, including Grey’s Anatomy and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, so for now I’ll leave you with some of my favorite posts from this week that are worth checking out.

  • Favorite New blog I found this week: Life of Blyss
    This girl is seriously hilarious and she has an amazing outlook on life, fitness and fun. I could definitely see us being friends in real life

 

  • Best Looking Dessert: Cait’s Chocolate Pretzel PB
    Need I say more? She grinds peanuts into a creamy peanut butter than crushes up chocolate covered pretzels and mixes them in.    to.die.for


(Photo from Cait’s Plate)

 

  • Best Healthy Dish: Emily’s Chickpea Hummus Burgers
    Chickpeas are a relatively new discovery for me and they are a great source of protein and fiber. I love hummus, and I thought this was such a great way to combine the two! Here’s to gettin’ skinny in 2012 🙂


(Photo from Daily Garnish)

 

  • Most Interesting Fitness Post: Tina’s interview with Bob Harper
    Everyone knows Bob from the Biggest Loser, who manages to get obese individuals into top shape in record time. Tina got the awesome opportunity to pick his brain about exercise and food, during which he RAVED about Crossfit. Reading it makes me feel like I’m getting top secret advice from the experts!!!

 


(Photo from Style Me Pretty)

 

Have a wonderful Friday!

Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

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Today is the last day of vacation–so sad! We have had such a great holiday with lots of family and friends, and I don’t think either one of us are ready to go back to work! Lucy concurs; nothing beats snuggle time on the couch 🙂

Today we hit the gym with the rest of the New Years Resolutioners and got in a good workout before heading to the mall to finish up some Christmas returns. Among the stops we had to make was Sur La Table, my absolute favorite kitchen store. We had a few ceramic knives that were given to me as a gift last year that had chipped and the store replaced them for free!!

These are seriously great knives and very affordable too. They don’t need to be sharpened because they are made out of ceramic and they are our go-to knives for everything! Definitely recommend them.

Seth decided to try a new bubble tea stand that was in the mall. He is a big fan of new and “different” drinks (aka drinks that most people would never think to order). This particular tea was mango flavored and had chewy tapioca balls in the bottom. Kind of weird if you ask me but he loved it!

Can you see the balls going up the straw? Sick.

While he drank his bubble tea I had the new Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna Bar for lunch. AMAZING. Seriously tasted like an almond joy. I highly recommend this-my previous Luna bar fav was the chocolate raspberry flavor but this definitely replaces it. And with 9 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, you can’t beat it!

Now we are back home and savoring the last few hours of relaxation. While catching up on blogs and watching the PSU bowl game (such a disappointment), I made these Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas that I saw a few weeks ago on Two Peas and Their Pod. In an effort to have some healthy snacks around here, I thought I would give these a try!

Here are the ingredients you need:

  1. 1 Can of chickpeas, 15 oz
  2. 2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar mixture
  3. 2 teaspoons of canola oil
  4. 1 tablespoon of honey

To start, you want to rinse the chickpeas in water to get the salt and starch off of them.

The chick peas have a sort of “membrane” on them which is optional to take off or leave on. You can see what the outer covering looks like in the pic below.

I wasn’t sure if it would matter taste-wise, so I decided to make half with the shell on and half with it off. Once you rinse the chickpeas, you combine them with the oil and cinnamon sugar mixture in a bowl and lay them on a pan in a single layer.

You roast them for about 35 minutes at 375 degrees, toss them with the tablespoon of honey, and let them get hard. They were delicious! I think I preferred the ones without skin because they got crunchier and tasted less like an actual chickpea. These were very easy to make and I’m looking forward to snacking on them this week!

If you want the printable recipe, head on over to Maria’s site.

Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas