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Hi there! 

Happy Monday and Happy Thanksgiving week! 

Before I get into my marvelous weekend I’m going to redirect you to my new MARVELOUS blog!  That’s right!  I’ve updated and am in the process of figuring out how to redirect everyone there but until then, follow this link and read about my Marvelous weekend! 

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Healthy Thanksgiving Ideas

Hi there! 

It’s Thanksgiving week!  Crazy how fast it snuck up on us this year!   This week I’ll be focusing on a few tips for a healthy, happy Thanksgiving.  Today, since I usually do meal planning on Sunday, I thought I would share a few healthy recipe ideas for your Turkey day. 

The past few years I’ve cooked a big turkey dinner at our house.  It’s been fun, but I’m looking forward to traveling to my in-laws, then my moms, for a two Thanksgiving dinners this year!  I’ll be bringing a few side dishes and appetizers to enjoy at each house and have been searching for some new, healthy recipes to make.  Here’s a few of my choices,

Appetizers –

 Sun-dried Tomato Hummus

This was a huge hit last time I made it!

Roasted Chickpeas

I made a version of these a few weeks ago and the Love Nugget and I munched away on them all day!  Yum!

Cheese and Vegetable Quinoa Bites

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Sides –

Cauliflower puree (instead of mashed potatoes)

If you’re not a huge fan of cauliflower, you could always do half mashed potatoes and half cauliflower.  I suggest using red potatoes as they pack a little more nutrients in them than just plain Idaho potatoes.

Maple Sage Glazed Carrots

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Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms and Balsamic

I made this dish a few years ago and loved it so I might just have to make it again!

Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

Desserts –

No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

chocolate pumpkin pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters

Pumpkin Pie Brownie Cupcake

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Are you cooking or just eating on Thanksgiving? 

Do you have any healthy recipes planned to make? 

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Fitness Friday #14

Happy Friday! 

This week has been a long one for us!  Between a teething toddler, my grandmother’s funeral and just business, I’m ready for the weekend! 

This is how most of my mornings have been spent this week.  Part of me is loving my suddenly cuddly little guy but part of me is also getting a little tired of constantly holding him.

Yesterday was an especially long day.  We began the day with a trip about 2 hours away to my grandmother’s memorial service.  It was short and sweet.  We celebrated her life after at their house with family and friends.  It was fun to spend the day looking through old photo albums and remembering some good times we all shared with her. 

We left my grandfather’s house and drove straight to a party for my husbands work.  His company, Descor Builders, was voted best company to work for in the Sacramento area which is pretty cool!  So they celebrated at a local brewery with food and beer of course!  I didn’t snap many pictures but I finally got a chance to try a Pumpkin Ale!  I actually really liked it as well as all their other beers and I’m not a very big beer drinker!  The love Nugget was in rare form fussing and clinging to me the entire time.  He is NEVER like that but I shouldn’t have been surprised since that was pretty much how all week had been.  I was just hoping since some of his friends were there that he would run around and play but not much luck.  He did spend a little time flirting with his little girlfriend Sadie 🙂

Even though it was a long day, I was looking forward to ending the night with a fun wine class at Total Wine with my cousin, Auntie Gigi. 


Wow!  Not only do I look worn out in this photo but like 5 years older too!  Yikes! 

We have taken a few of these classes now and had been looking forward to this particular one since it was all champagne and sparkling wine.  Yum! 

Auntie Gigi learning to do the Angels hiss opening technique. I was too chicken to try!

Not only did we get to taste some delicious bubbly, it was very informative.  Did you know that the champagne glass is shaped as a flute so that the sparkling beverage shoots to the back of your mouth where you are able to taste more of the bubbly goodness.  Also, while Cooks or Andre might seem like a good cheap alternative to the more expensive choice, it is also more likely to give you a headache.  This is because rather than going through the time-consuming but important process of making the grapes into a sparkling beverage, they take wine and add larger bubbles into it similar to how soda is made.  Since the bubbles are larger, they go through your blood stream and up to your head faster causing you to get a head ache.  The instructor joked that while you might save five bucks on the bottle, you’ll eventually spend more since you’ll have to buy a container of pain reliever!  Ha!  To top off the evening, we tasted a champagne with a vintage hibiscus flower dropped in. 

Beautiful and delicious!  I’ll be going back to purchase a jar of these for Christmas bubbly! 

Since today is Friday, it’s Fitness time!  This week will be short since it was a rough one as far as fitness goes for me.  Not only was it hard to get out of the house with the Love Nugget, but I rolled my ankle while taking new class on Wednesday so I rested yesterday and am taking it easy today.   I can’t remember the last time I did that! 

Saturday – 5 mile run on treadmill + abs

Sunday – Rest

Monday – Bodypump at 24 hour fitness

Tuesday – 3 mile run on treadmill + Blonde Ponytails Crossfit Countdown Home workout

Wednesday – 24 hour Ripped Class and Cycle Class

Thursday – Rest

Friday – ????  Something but I’m still in my Pj’s right now 🙂 Lazy!

So if you guys haven’t checked out Jess at  Blonde Ponytail  yet do so!  She is super fit and posts some great at home workouts that really work you! 

That’s it for today!  I’m off to put the Love Nugget down for a nap and hopefully get in a workout.  We don’t have much planned for today or this weekend which is nice.  We might go to the Mandarin Festival tomorrow then Sunday the hubby is encouraging me to go have a day of shopping, by myself!   I might just take him up on that offer 🙂 

Have a great weekend!


  • Have you ever taken a wine tasting class? 
  • What was your favorite day of exercise this week? 
  • Weekend plans? 



Thankful Thursday

So it’s Thursday which means it’s time to link up with the adorable Jessie at Jessie Loves to Run.  Seriously this girl is super sweet and we have so much in common I wish she didn’t live in another country! 

Today is a great day for me to be thinking about what I’m thankful for since today is my grandmother’s memorial.  A tough day but like I said, thinking of a few things that are important to me makes today a little easier. 

1. Friends

Me and a few of my girlfriends after the Healdsburg Half Marathon

I think everyone is thankful for their friends.  I mean, what’s not to love about them.  Their there to listen to you, laugh with you, and pick you up when your down 🙂 

2.  The White Coyote

Me and the White Coyote taking a snooze

We picked out the best puppy ever when we went and found the White Coyote.  Yes, he can be a little crazy, but for the most part, he is a very mellow Jack Russell Terrier and is a huge lover.  However, he also thinks he’s quite tough and always makes sure we’re safe. 

3.  The beautiful area that we live in.

I love that we live in an area where we can drive to the mountains in under 3 hours and drive to the ocean in about 4 hours.  We are also within a few hours from our family so the Love Nugget gets to see them often. 

And a few random things I’m thankful for…

I’m thankful for nut butter.

I pretty much eat some form of nut butter everyday.  Usually almond butter, or peanut butter, but I’ve become a huge fan of pecan butter, macadamia butter and coconut butter.  Yum!  Not only do they taste good but nuts are very good for you!  In moderation, they assist in maintaining a good metabolism, keep your hair shiny, and your skin silky soft. 

I’m thankful for Coffee

I LOVE coffee!  I actually look forward to morning time just so I can enjoy my hot cup of coffee.  While I was pregnant, I couldn’t handle going with out the comfort of a hot cup of joe.  So I switched to decaf! 

I’m thankful for Pinterest 


Okay, I know it’s a little silly to be thankful for Pinterest but I have come across so many wonderful things while browsing this wonderful site.  Recipes, clothing ideas, crafting , party’s, you name it, it’s on Pinterest!  It also helped the time go by during while I was breast feeding/pumping.  I spent so many hours attached to that milk sucker and Pinterest was a life saver! 

That’s it for now!  Next week will be a good one since it’s Thanksgiving!  I can’t believe how fast it snuck up on us this year.  Before we know it, Christmas will be here! 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday! 


  • What’s one “real” thing you are thankful for today? 
  • What’s one random thing you are thankful for today? 

What I Ate Wednesday + Two Tasty Recipes!

Good morning!

It’s Wednesday which  means I’ll be linking up with Jenn for another round of What I ate Wednesday. 

Peas and Crayons

I was much better at taking pictures of my eats yesterday so this should be fun!  Plus, I’ve got a yummy recipe for you guys! 

Yesterday’s morning I was up early and headed to the gym drinking a Fitmixer aminos on the way and while I was there.  I seriously love this stuff and was beyond sad when our supply ran out.  Not only was I missing the yummy flavor and energy burst it give you, but my muscles were much more sore than they had been after a few days of exercise without it.  I’m telling you, this stuff works! 

After the gym, I came home, showered, and whipped up a warm homemade pumpkin spice latte. 

So easy and it tasted just like the higher calorie Starbucks version.  Okay, probably not JUST like it, but very close! 

Pumpkin Pie Latte

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)

1 tbsp pumpkin puree

1 packet of stevia

1/2 – 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 cup of dark blend hot coffee (I used Starbucks Sumatra blend)

In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat.  Add in the pumpkin puree, stevia and pumpkin pie spice.  Whisk until combined well and the mixture is warm and bubbly.  Pour into your mug of hot coffee and enjoy! 

For breakfast I popped a frozen flaxseed waffle into the toaster and mixed up some greek yogurt, almond butter, and protein powder.  I spread that over my waffle then topped it with a few thinly sliced apples and cinnamon.  Yum! 

We had plans to meet a friend at the Fountains to play so we were rushing out the door after breakfast.  I didn’t grab a snack for myself but did have time to run into Peet’s and order a Peppermint Mocha with soy 🙂 

I enjoyed my Mocha, while the Love Nugget played with his friend Keenan at Me Gusta and I visited with Keenan’s mom Melissa.  She has a wonderful blog called Fit ‘N’ Well Mommy and if you haven’t checked it out yet make sure you do, it’s great! 

After playing at Me Gusta, we took a little train ride which is always a hit with the boys 🙂

It was getting late and the Love Nugget was fading so I ran into Whole Foods to grab him some lunch before heading home.  Unfortunately he wasn’t really having it so we packed it up and made our way back home for nap time. 

While he napped, I made myself a simple lunch of Toast smeared with goat cheese and avocado along with celery and sugar-plum tomatoes.  Love that combo! 

It’s time for Foodie Pen Pal so I needed to make a batch of granola to send in my package. 

This is the recipe I wanted to share with you.  So tasty and extremely quick and easy to make! 

So good that I may have snacked on WAY too much of this after it came out of the oven and as I snapped photos of it.  Ooops! 

Luckily I had made extra just in case that happened 🙂

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

1 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats

1/4 cup chopped almonds

1/4 cup coconut (optional but I love it!)

2 tbsp Almond Butter (I used Maranatha all natural)

1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

3 tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer or by hand until combined well and the mixture is clumpy.  Scoop onto a baking sheet and pack down into a large, flat, pile.  I like to do it this way rather than spread it out so that the granola bakes in chunks rather than smaller pieces.  Bake for 10-12 minute flipping halfway through.  when you flip try not to break it apart too much.  Remove from oven and allow to cool before gobbling it up!  Enjoy!

Dinner last night was supposed to be Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie but I switched things up since I had purchased Tilapia at the store that day.  I made this Tilapia recipe and topped it with an apricot dijon sauce.  We also enjoyed some steamed carrots tossed with a little coconut butter, honey and sea salt.  It was tasty! 

 Sorry!  Horrible lighting in our dining room! 

After dinner I fixed a mug of my newest tea obsession.

If you like Sleepytime tea, and vanilla, you’ve got to try this!  So good! 

Later, the hubby and I shared this bowl of deliciousness.   

Non-fat greek yogurt mixed with a tbsp of almond butter, honey, cinnamon, chopped apples and topped with hemp seeds.  Perfect way to end the day! 

 Okay, off to start the day today!  Hoping the Love Nugget will want to go to the gym today so I can take Spin and Piyo.  Wish me luck! 


  • Do you make your own granola?
  • What’s one yummy thing you ate yesterday?