Chocolate Brownie Fries

Happy Friday friends! Sneaking in to share a fun new recipe as I have been recovering from all my trips and craziness so far this summer.
I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for fry recipes!

I wanted to step outside the box of more traditional fries or even fries made with other veggies, and I wanted to do more of a dessert type fry! I have also been wanting to make brownies for a few weeks and haven’t had a chance, so I decided to put both ideas together into one!

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of your choice of brownies, cooked and fully cooled
  • 1/4 Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. Slice cooled brownies into ‘fries.’
  2. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together (either in a double boiler or microwave)
  3. Place brownie fries on a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath.
  4. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the brownies.
  5. Let the brownies cool once again.
  6. Enjoy then store remaining in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Colorful Avocado Salad

Hi friends and greetings from Denver! I woke up in the wee hours this morning and hopped on a 5am flight. I am still recovering (physically & mentally) from my trip to San Diego (more on that soon) so it felt weird to be at the airport again so soon.

This summer has been super busy and full of travel (MN, PA, CA, now CO) so far. As it seems to get busier and busier I have been trying to crate meals that are full of nutritious food and that are also super simple. This recipe hits the nail on the head and has been approved by several kids too! The beauty of this recipe is that it is super simple to adapt it to however many people you are making it for!
I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for colorful salad recipes!

Avocado salad
Ingredients

  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Spices to taste (salt, pepper, garlic)

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Directions

  1. Chop/cube all veggies.
  2. Gently mix all ingredients together.
  3. Add to greens for a heartier salad or use with chips or by itself.
  4. Enjoy!

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Celebration Monday!

Hello friends!
Here it is, already another Monday! Is it just me or are the weeks flying by even faster than the first few months of the year?

This past week was no exception! It flue by in a blur!  Got back to some of my fav gym classes, taught some extra classes (whew I am SORE from that), back to work and some bonus clients over the weekend, worked on an organizing project, did some pet sitting and said see ya later to by closest local friend who moved on Friday!

We also celebrated 2 years in our cute cottage yesterday and today we are celebrating 7 years of marriage!

I am beyond thankful for all the memories from our little home and for the 7 years with my man.  I look forward to what God has in store for us!

Just a few fun pics 🙂

And a few of my fav house pics to date 🙂


Happy anniversary to my sweet man!

 

I am linking up with Wendy and Holly for their weekly wrap!

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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Garlic cubes

Hello friends and happy Friday! Summer officially kicked off yesterday! Every summer I try to keep things low key, but they always end up getting busier than planned, mostly with travel!  This time next week I will be in San Diego for BlogFest and Idea World Convention along with attending Les Mills Live! I am a WEEE bit excited! If you have any recommendations for where to eat and what to see (in my limited free time) please pass them along!

This week brought me back to reality after a month of different travels and close to 2 weeks off work.  I am very grateful for the time to spend with family and wonderful friends!

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for food blogger love.

It is no secret that there are tons of food bloggers in the blogger world.  So many of them inspire me to try new things, make new food combos I have never thought of and to get over different fears I have had in the kitchen.  I am grateful for each person who has inspired me over the years.

One thing I love to do in the kitchen is find ways to make things easier and more simple, especially with ingredients that I used very often.  One of those ingredients is garlic!  I LOVE cooking with garlic, but I don’t always love the time it takes to chop up what I need in the moment!  Recently I received a huge batch of organic garlic from my CSA! I was really pumped but then realized there was no way I would use it all up before it went bad.  Do I decided to make it into garlic cubes and freeze them.  Then each time I need garlic I can just grab what I need!


Ingredients

Ratio of 1 cup garlic cloves to 1/8 cup avocado oil

  • Avocado oil
  • Fresh garlic cloves
  • Parchment paper

Directions

  1. Peel garlic cloves and place them in a blender.
  2. Chop garlic till broken into small pieces.
  3. Add in the oil and gently pulse just until oil and garlic are combined.
  4. Pour garlic mixture into a square or rectangular cake pan that is lined with parchment paper, spread evenly.
  5. Freeze for 1 hour
  6. Remove the garlic and cut garlic into 1 inch cubes.
  7. Return to freezer for 30 more min.
  8. Remove from freezer again and wrap smaller chunks of the garlic in plastic wrap and store in a zipper freezer bag.
  9. Pop out garlic to use when need.  Each square is about 1/2 Tbs or 2 cloves worth.
  10. Store for up to 4 months.

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Back to Reality

Hi friends! Happy Monday.  Ha, I just wrote that and then had to check that it is really Monday! Lol  I have been on a work break for close to 2 weeks so all my days have kind of run together!

For those of you who didn’t see, my grandmother passed away suddenly 1 month ago.  So since then things have been a little out of whack.  We ended up traveling to Minnesota to be with my family for her service and work on her estate. Although the circumstances were crummy, it was really wonderful to see so many family members and spend quality time with them.

It was really fun to get to do a little exploring and spend time with some friends, double date with my sister and her husband, enjoy some yummy food and see a play with one of my uncles and cousins.

I love the beautiful sights and views of my city of birth!

We had a lovely time with family and friends in Minnesota.  We were home for a few days and I was able to spend time with some of my favorites here. Then it was off to my next trip.

Next up was a quick 5 day trip to PA.  I was able to spend quality time with my sister and her family.  It was fun playing games with my nieces and nephews, go swimming, celebrating birthdays, work on my t-shirt quilt (YAY), running hills, leading my family through a workout and see wonderful friends!

A few weeks ago we also had a really fun day in the studio finishing up the background vocals for the Hubs upcoming album!

Life has been pretty out of the normal routine, but that is what summer is all about right? Tomorrow I am sort of back to reality, and then next week is BlogFest at Idea World (let me know if you will be there too)! I will also be participating in Les Mills Live and I am SO excited about that!  I will be doing more updates on Instagram, mostly stories, so come join the fun!

I didn’t really do a goal post for this month, but in the back of my head, my goals are to enjoy time with family and friends, stay active, get some sleep and take care of my mental health as I mourn the loss of my beloved gram.

One of the ways that helps me to process and work through loss is staying active.  A few runs have helped me clear my head and running in the rain allowed me to cry.  Working out with my friends and getting together after is good for my soul.  Teaching my classes has given me something to look forward to and also a good distraction when needed. Taking a long walk with the Hubs and just talking through things has begun the healing process.  I know it is not the same for everyone, but I am oh so grateful that I have such a strong fitness community around me as I walk this path.

I am linking up with Wendy and Holly for their weekly wrap!

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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Chai Tea Latte Ice Pops

Hello friends and happy Friday!

I am back after a few weeks away from the blog and most social media. My beautiful grandmother passed away suddenly on May 18th and I have been taking much needed time away with my family and for myself. I appreciate so many of you who reached out and expressed your love, prayers and care.


The loss is still pretty raw in my heart and soul, and I will be taking more time soon and in the months to come to take care of myself in different ways.
Spending a lot of time with family over the past month has had some challenges, but has also been really refreshing. It was so wonderful to see so many of my extended family members who I do not get to see very often. We had a fun reunion with all the girl cousins and had a lot of laughter in the midst of sadness. The hubs was able to meet a lot of the family who he has not met yet, and we had valuable time with many of my family members.
Although this loss has been very hard, I am so very thankful for the wonderful years I had with my grandmother and for all the memories we have to smile about. I am so very thankful the Hubs and I took a trip up there last summer to see her along with a few other family members. And most of all, I am thankful for the hope of heaven and that I will see her again one day!

 

With all the traveling over the past few weeks, I have not been doing that much cooking or recipe creating. As I settle back into life I will be back in the kitchen more and also sharing some new things that are going on in my personal world. But this week, I am back to sharing a fun Foodie Friday recipe!

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for frozen treat themed recipes. Summertime is in full swing and with hot summer days here in Texas, I feel like I am always reaching for a frozen treat. I am a huge fan of making homemade popsicles, freezing fruit (berries, watermelon chunks, grapes, banana chunks, etc) and eating those after a hot sweaty workout, or just spending any amount of time outside. Sometimes just bringing groceries in from the car requires a rest break with a cool treat! Haha

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup chai tea (concentrate, or homemade)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together well
  2. Pour into popsicle molds (this made 6, so adjust ingredient amounts accordingly)
  3. Freeze for 4-6 hours
  4. Enjoy on a hot summer day

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Fruit and Walnut Chicken Salad

Hello friends.

Another Friday is upon us!  How are these weeks going by so fast.  We are on the edge of summer…unless you live in a place like Houston where it is already breaking 100 degrees with the heat index! Bring on pool days!
img_8930I actually am a person who doesn’t mind the heat for the most part.  I will take it over freezing cold weather anyway. Just give me a spot on the beach and I am a happy girl.

Since it has been so hot I decided to whip together some of my favorite ingredients into a sweet and tangy cold salad. I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a salad themed week.

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Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast, cooked, cooled and cubed
  • 1/4 gala apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped mango
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • Sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil

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Directions

  1. Place chicken, apple, mango, walnuts and avocado in a bowl, gently stir together.
  2. In a separate bowl blend the balsamic vinegar and avocado oil together.  Drizzle over the chicken mixture. Gently stir in.
  3. Top with desired amount of goat cheese.
  4. Enjoy alone or atop a bed of greens or in a wrap!

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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