Cranberry Sauce Goodness

Good afternoon! My apologies for leaving you guys hanging for over a week. 😐

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I hope everyone got to relish in the holidays. Christmas always comes and goes way too fast.

IMG_3546Candids are the best. πŸ˜‰

While I’d be lying if I said the reason for my disappearance was due to me being too busy – because I’m definitely taking my time at home as a nice long R and R session – I wouldn’t be lying by saying that I did manage to make use of sooome of my time.

IMG_3506For example, I whipped up some cranberry sauce thanks to and impulse buy at Publix last week.

Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 bags fresh cranberries
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • zest and juice of an orange
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water

Directions

Heat cranberries in a large pot over medium-high heat and add water and sugar. Cook for ~5 minutes and then add zest and juice. Cook until berries begin to burst and then throw in cinnamon sticks and reduced heat to low. Let cook up till cranberries start to congeal then turn off heat and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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IMG_3519You wanna know a good way to use cranberry sauce?

Put it on a breakfast sandwich.

IMG_3537Oh yes. Breakfast sandwich heaven.

Ending this post on a cute note…

IMG_3541From my backyard to yours, have a good Friday!

Week in a Wednesay

Hello everyone! My apologies for going MIA the past week. I’ve been enjoying my time at home so much that I put my computer on the back burner. However, I still managed to keep my camera in mind so I could show you all what I’ve been up to!

Friday – Homeward Bound

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Friday morning after CrossFit I made my way home for the break – leaving my cozy dorm room behind. Before I completely over packed up my things I thought I’d snap a few pictures of my room so 1) I’ll remember where everything goes when I get back and 2) because I’m a little obsessed with it.

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IMG_3399Once I arrived in my old stopping grounds I immediately started a pot of coffee to sooth a killer migraine.

IMG_3410Whilst sipping on my pipping hot mug of caffeine and reading Kristin’s Friday Favorites mom and I saw something that appealed to the both of us: Crock Pot Rancher’s Roast Beef, and so dinner was decided.

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Saturday – …

The only somewhat exciting thing that happened on Saturday was a comfortable and chatty 3.5 mile run with Mom.

Sunday – Christmas Cookies Atlas! 

After church on Sunday I summoned one of my best friends, Emelie, to the house for some Christmas cookie baking and catching up.

IMG_3438 IMG_3439We sipped chocolate peppermint coffee with a splash of eggnog and listened to Christmas music on Pandora while we baked.

IMG_3450 IMG_3452Unfortunately, there was no such thing as a gingerbread man cookie cut-out or any festive cookie cut-out for that matter in the house so we made due with hearts, squirrels, and acorns. (Squirrel and acorn courtesy of Madeline, love you!)

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photo-15We also whipped up these little beauties pictured above. So dangerously delicious especially after warmed in the microwave for 15 seconds. Don’t even get me started.

Monday – Winner Winner Chicken Dinner 

Stephen and I made a trip over to Huntsville to run a few errands and pick up some groceries at Earthfare for dinner – which ended being a total success by the way.

Goat Cheese + Hot Pepper Raspberry Chipotle Sauce Stuffed Chicken

IMG_3485Whoa mama was this chicken off the wall tasty!

Ingredients

  • 4 butterflied boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup hot pepper raspberry chipotle sauce
  • S&P
  • EVOO

Directions

Preheat oven to 375F. Mix together cheese and hot pepper sauce and set aside. Season chicken with salt and pepper and stuff with cheese then drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Serve along side roasted balsamic brussels sprouts and finger link potatoes. Mm mm mmm.

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Tuesday – CrossFit with Dad + Breakfast

Tuesday morning I whipped up two breakfast sandwiches for me and the pops before we headed out to our first day of the CrossFit Intro course that we’re taking together while I’m home for break.

IMG_3490For me: toasted english muffin + Morning Star soy sausage patty + egg white + leftover goat cheese & hot pepper sauce.

This breakfast made me remember how much I enjoy savory morning meals.

IMG_3493For Dad: toasted english muffin + swiss cheese + deli turkey + whole egg + honey mustard mayonnaise.

No pictures from CrossFit – sorry! 😐

Wednesday – Leftover Lunches Rule

This morning Dad and I had another intro class at CrossFit Huntsville. So far so good! I think my dad is enjoying it more than he puts off but who knows. Even if he isn’t, I know I sure am and having him there makes it all the more! πŸ™‚

Again, no pictures from CrossFit – promise I’ll try and remember to take a few on Saturday!

When I got home from CrossFit I cleaned and organized the entire kitchen, refrigerator, freezer, pantry, and my room. Sheesh! You would’ve sworn a heard of elephants (Roll Tide?) ran through my room. After I finished cleaning I showered up and tended to my rumbling tummy.

IMG_3496Leftover brussels + grilled chicken + green beans + goat cheese + hot pepper raspberry chipotle sauce (kind of obsessed lately) with a side of fitness bread I picked up from Fresh Market today.

Annnd that sums up the past week! Now I’m off to watch a movie with the boyfriend. Have a good night y’all!

A Gruesome Workout

Good morning all!

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Today is the day I take my chemistry final…wish me luck.

I’m praying I do my best. πŸ˜€

Yesterday morning I attended CrossFit class numero duos and, of course, it was beast. I’m naturally a sweater (it’s actually pretty ridiculous) so it was to no surprise that I walked out of the box completely drenched. Not to mention it was also raining so that just added to it.

But before I got my sweat on I fueled up with this lovely little meal called breakfast.

1/3 cup old fashion oats + 2/3 cup water + 1 smashed banana + 1/2 cup blueberries + an unGodly amount of almond butter

Oh yeah.

Here’s what yesterday’s WOD (workout of the day) looked like…

Since it was Tara’s nineteenth birthday, we did AMRAP (as many reps/rounds as possible) for 19 minutes. My first WOD on Monday was killer and it only lasted 12 minutes so I knew those extra 7 minutes were going to be brutal.

I ended up finishing everything but the 150 m run on my seventh round once time was called. I wasn’t able to Rx (complete as prescribed) this WOD since I’m new to these type of workouts so instead of using the 53 lbs, yes you read that right – 53 lbs kettlebell, I used the measly 8 lbs kettlebell and it was STILL a gruesome workout. So much that I could hardly raise my arms to wash my hair in the shower afterwards. I can’t wait to build my strength and be able to Rx a WOD. You bet I’ll feel beast after that. πŸ˜‰

The crazy thing is I should be totally pumped to go home for Christmas break but I can’t stop thinking about how I’m going to miss going to CrossFit! Scottsboro doesn’t have a box and the closest one is in Huntsville which requires a $150 two week intro course before drop-ins are allowed. πŸ™

Guess I’ll have to a) ask for an early Christmas present or b) utilize some of Tina’s at home WODs.

After CrossFit, I knew my muscles took a beating so I helped them out a little with some protein so they can rebuild stronger and leaner!

1 scoop vanilla Show Me the Whey whey protein powder + good ole water

All shook up and waiting for me in the fridge upon my return. Yum.

Please note the nasty weather Tuscaloosa had yesterday. No good. Thankfully it stopped raining later in the evening just long enough for me to take a quick 3 miler before starting up again. All this nonstop thinking about CrossFit almost made me forget I’m suppose to be training for a half-marathon!

Now I’m off to by the grace of God ace this chemistry final and then wait on a very special visitor to arrive!

See you tomorrow with a little What I Ate Wednesday! πŸ™‚

Bit of News Numero

Hey there and happy Tuesday!

Sorry I’m a day late with my two bits of exciting news…I literally spent all day yesterday thinking it was still Sunday. πŸ˜•

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But we’ll get to that later. First, let’s talk weekend.

On Friday, Stephen and I made a trip to Earthfare for lunch and to pick up some ingredients that were suppose to be Saturday night’s dinner. And because, ya know, I wouldn’t be me if I opted out on an opportunity to go to Earthfare to just look at everything and then jack a few goodies out of the bins. πŸ˜‰

Doesn’t it look heavenly?

I couldn’t even tell you everything I put in my salad. Among my favorites (that I can remember) would include veggie chips (that I grabbed from a sample at the check out line), roasted brussels, feta cheese, and grilled chicken. All those in one bite rocked my world.

Stephen enjoyed his salad also, which I can bet was comprised of about a third of olives. Ew.

Saturday was a super lazy day but we did manage to fit a little sweat time in…

Ah yes. Stephen and I went for a run. I won’t go into very many details but the boyfriend probably hasn’t gotten his heart rate up for longer than three minutes at a time so I was really proud of him for 1) agreeing to go with me and 2) completing the run with minimum complaining.

After we got back Stephen got his taste of endorphins and was all hyped up with energy. Now you see why I like to be crazy and exercise. πŸ˜‰

Before I share my news I’d like to share a few cute faces I got to see over the weekend…

B-rock – quite the studmuffin.

TB – Mister Spaz.

And Cale – with his nostril talent.

I also got to hang out with one of my dear best friends, Kelsey, on Saturday night. Love you and so glad we got the chance to hang!

Ok ok. Time for the news already, right?

Bit of news numero uno:

Yesterday officially began my first day of training for my first half-marathon!!! If the bolded font and the extra exclamation points didn’t get my emotion across then let me just tell you – I’m PUMPED! πŸ˜€

My mom has always been a runner and has completed a few half and full marathons so when I was asked to join her and her friends in Virginia for the Charlottesville Marathon hosted by Miller Lite I couldn’t not say yes!

I’ll definitely keep you posted on how training goes. This is the schedule I’ll be following for the most part and I’m super pumped because it’s going to be like cross-country season all over again. Of course, I’ll adjust to whatever my body feels. In other words, if I’m too sore from a run/workout and need another day of rest that’s exactly what I’ll do.

Annnd bit of news numero duos:

So I’ve been looking into doing some blog revamping (i.e. personalized header, fresh layout, and things of that sort) so when I heard about Laura from Courtney a few days ago I knew it was a God sent. Hello – problemo solved!

As quick as my mouse mouse could possibly move, I scrolled over the LauraLikesDesigns.com link and immediately started browsing her work and then one thing lead to the other and well, you guys…

She’s gon’ help make Health Nut the real dealio! Woohoo! Now, it will be a process but nonetheless I’m so excited to be working with her! Y’all – she’s super sweet and seems to really know what she’s talking about. Anyways, I hope you’ll be anticipating the makeover as much as me! (Actually, that’s impossible – no one is more excited than I am! :D)

That just about does it for the day.

WAIT! I almost forgot…

What would a Health Nut post be if it didn’t include breakfast?! Gasp. Can’t believe I nearly said bye without first sharing this beautiful bowl of banana bread oatmeal and a mound of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter to go with.

Nooow that’s all I’ve got for today. My mom should be arriving in town around lunch time today so there’s most likely a delicious lunch at 5 along with a 5 mile run in my near future. πŸ™‚

Have a great Tuesday y’all!