Out of the Gym

It’s Monday, everyone! (Typically, I say “Happy…[insert day here]” but sometimes Mondays can be a drag…I hope yours went well, despite it’s location to Friday!

I had a wonderful weekend home with family and friends. I am constantly reminded how blessed I am to be surrounded with the people I know. My favorite event included spending time with my little cousins…ImageI could be biased but I’m convinced that my youngest cousin is the cutest little human on this earth. (He also has great taste in NFL teams)ImageWith the weather finally cooling down, I’m interested in running outside again and getting out of the gym! I found a workout on Pinterest that I think will work well with my schedule today. The workout below with a quick jog around my neighborhood should round out a great day!Image

In other exciting news, a kitty showed up to my doorstep yesterday. Anyone who knows me, understands how exciting that was! He was very friendly but I decided to keep him out of our house for now. 🙂Image

That’s all I have to report for now–quick post! I hope you have a great evening 🙂


Question: What’s your favorite thing to do for outside exercise?


Mason Jar Goods

Hello and happy Thursday! We are almost done with our work week 🙂

Lately, I have been in the mood to craft and cook. I combined both of my interest to replicate this little project below.ImageI was inspired after visiting my friend Katie to begin storing my dry goods in large Mason jars. As pictured above, I purchased a set of 9 Mason jars from Target for $9.99. I began filling the jars with things I had around the house and needed a home. I now can access oats, nuts, etc. easier than before.

The dry goods in order from left to right are: ground flax seed, old fashion oats, whole wheat flour, pecans, cashews, and quinoa.

I hope to add a few more to my collection, including chocolate chips, and stevia.

I also have been trying something new with my chobani greek yogurt cups. Sometimes they get kind of boring to eat by themselves. So, I have been topping them with various nutritional boosters. Below is a picture of my latest which included old fashion oats, strawberries, and pecans. YUM! ImageFinally, I have to share another pancake recipe since the last one went over so well. (Thanks for all your comments and e-mails, readers!) I’m glad you loved the Greek yogurt Pancakes.

This pancake recipe, I did NOT create. It is from one of my favorite bloggers, PBFingers and you can find the original recipe here. 

I, however, re-created it and it tasted delicious!

Banana Bread Protein Pancakes Image

  • 1/2 cup old fashion oats
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1) Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until batter becomes smooth

2) Cook on griddle until edges begin to harden, about 2-3 minutes.

3) Flip and repeat

4) Enjoy! (They taste like you are eating banana bread but THEY’RE HEALTHY!)

The rest of my day includes working out and celebrating a birthday of a friend. More pictures to come.

Have a great evening 🙂


Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Happy, Happy weekend blog readers!

I hope you are enjoying your day so far! I woke up this morning and wanted to accomplish a run before I changed my mind.  I ended up having a great run and am loving my Map-My-Run App through my ipod touch. It calculates my mile and pace time with it’s GPS capabilities. Every mile I run, it dims my music and announces my progress. Love it!


Lately, I have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. As with every new chef, some recipes work out better than others. Here are a couple of my latest that I would recommend to you.

Baked Edaname

When I first started making this recipe, I  wasn’t even positive what edaname even was. Come to find out, it is a shelled soybean and is known for its rich protein content. For individuals who enjoy meat-free sources of protein, this can be a great entree to a healthy lunch or dinner. It also stores well and can be eaten as leftovers. I love the crunchy, nutty taste that keeps me full for hours.

  • 1- 10oz package of frozen edamame
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of mozzarella or Parmesan cheese
  • garlic salt or salt and pepper to taste

1) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and lay frozen edamame in the bottom of a baking dish


2) Drizzle top with olive oil and sprinkle cheese and any spices


3) Bake for 13-15 minutes and enjoy!


I enjoyed this dish for a couple of my work-time lunches this past week. It was excellent paired with yogurt and fruit to complete a meal!


Greek Yogurt Pancakes

I woke up this morning and knew I wanted something for breakfast with major staying power. I whipped up a batch of greek yogurt pancake and was ready to tackle my day.

  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup any flavored yogurt (doesn’t have to be greek)
  • 3/4 cup plain oatmeal
  • 2 egg whites or 1 whole egg
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, etc to taste

1) Blend all of these ingredients together and pour onto non-stick skillet.

2) Cook each side for about 1.5 minutes before flipping

3) Top with your choice (Berries, Nut Butters, Syrup, Jellies, etc.)


Question: What are your favorite things to make in the kitchen?

Have a great weekend!


Word Collage

Happy Wednesday! We are officially half way through our week. I hope you are having a good day.

While perusing Pinterest, I stumbled upon a pin that displayed a Woorlde like this:

I have seen these in some of my colleagues offices and  was instantly intrigued at the thought of making my own. I ended up creating one effortlessly and wanted to share the website with you all!

Go to http://www.tagxedo.com/app.html and start designing today!

Here is mine!


Have a great afternoon 🙂


Under the Table and Dreaming

Hello readers! I hope your Tuesday is going well. I still feel like I am recovering from an eventful holiday weekend. I spent time with family and friends and enjoyed two Dave Matthews Band concerts.

I began my weekend with a visit with a high school friend, Katie. I loved my time with her. Katie is a foodie and health nut just like me. We discussed new recipes and workouts together. She is so inspiring as a new mom who exercises and eats right daily. You rock, Katie!ImageFor breakfast, we had protein pancakes from the blogger, Meals and Moves. I have since come back home and made these. They keep me full for 4+ hours and taste great. Amazing! You can find the recipe here. ImagePost-breakfast we decided to walk up Rib Mountain State Park. Rib Mountain has a 2,000 foot elevation. It was tough at moments to climb, but the view from the top was amazing. We even brought Drake along and pushed him in the stroller. Talk about dedication 🙂 ImageImage

After visiting with Katie, I headed to Milwaukee to pick Evan up from the airport! He is loving his time in Savannah, but was equally as thrilled to spend a weekend back at home. We attended the two-day long Dave Matthews Concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater.

If you have ever attended a show at Alpine Valley, you know that tailgating is a huge thing. Therefore, both nights we arrived with plenty of time to grill out and celebrate before the music began.

We grilled turkey burgers on pretzel buns. We also grilled pepper slices. It was a quick, easy, and healthy dinner.ImageSo happy to be reunited with Evan!ImageRoommates 🙂ImageOn the second night we got upgraded to pit seats near the stage thanks to Evan’s sister, Natalie. Thank you Natalie! Our view to the band was incredible and it really gave the concert an intimate feel. The photo is from my phone (excuse the poor quality!)ImageNow I think I am all caught up…

Thank you for your continued support in my blog. I have been having a harder time lately keeping up but I appreciate the little comments throughout my day from readers. It helps to know that what I’m writing is being read and appreciated! 

Have a great rest of your day!


High on Summertime [Snacks]

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you are all enjoying your day. I can’t wait for the holiday weekend!

I am anxiously awaiting tomorrow afternoon when I head back up north to Wisconsin to celebrate the 4th of July. It seems only appropriate to re-live my childhood memories of spending the holiday on the lake, watching fireworks from the boat. Although I love Iowa, it unfortunately lacks those sort of lakes (or at least friends nearby with boats). While in Wisconsin, I will be staying with my high school friend Katie. We plan on catching up, cooking, and laying in the sun. Can’t wait!

With the days being warm and the living easy, I thought I would provide some summer snack ideas. I have often wanted a quick pick me up at work but wasn’t sure where to turn. I hope these can prompt the juices to start flowing in the snack part of your brain.

Yogurt with fruit and granola. Sounds simple but BAM it hit me yesterday that I hadn’t had it in a while. You can even take min 6oz yogurt cups if you want it portioned properly. Top it with some Kashi GoLean Crunch! or your favorite granola. Berries are currently in season. Get them while they’re hot (or cold)…whatever.


Frozen Grapes…what the heck does the freezer do to make grapes taste so much better when they are frozen? They are like little balls of sweetened juice, frozen of course.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches– mash bananas and peanut butter together to create a paste to place between two graham crackers. For extra deliciousness, you can stick the sandwich in the freezer for an ice cream sandwich (without all of the extra calories).


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Yogurt Dip with Apple Slices. I recently made a yogurt dip that consisted of Greek yogurt, cinnamon and peanut butter. Those mixed together resulted in an addicting and satisfying dip for my honey crisp apples. (this would work well for a Fall snack as well)


Does that help? I am currently hungry so I figured food would be the best bet for this blog post. I am off to go for a evening run. Happy, Happy Summer 🙂

Question: What is your favorite thing to eat in the summer?