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Morning Scones

Guess who woke up at 5:30 am and got a 3.1 mile run and 1.5 mile walk in before 7am? This girl right here. I finally dragged my lazy butt out of bed and completed a morning workout. I don’t understand why I fell off the morning workout routine. I literally use to go to the gym at 5am 4-5 times during the work week and complete my weekend workout by 9am. I use to love it SO much. I think it helped that my roommate would go with me and if I heard her stirring in the wee morning hours I felt a tad guilty and lazy if I didn’t get up.

It’s been tough going since then. I go long stretches with no morning workouts and then I do one and realize I still love it. But ultimately I fall off the wagon again. Failure over here. My goal is to do at least 2 morning workouts to start off and slowly build myself back up. So one down for this week and one more to go.

Last week I scored a sweet and cheap deal on a ton of delicious strawberries. I can eat berries like they are going out of style but it was tough for me to get through 2 pounds of them. They were getting close to being trashcan food. I HATE wasting perfectly good produce so I scrambled to find a recipe to salvage them. Luckily Skinny Taste always comes through for me. I used this recipe as my base and added chocolate chips – because I’m cool like that. I stretched my batch to 12 (instead of the 8) and they still came in just around 150 calories a piece. I promise you no one will no they are low fat – Darren was surprised (as he was shoving a second one in his mouth) that they were. Score!

Strawberry Chocolate Scones

Adapted from: Skinny Taste

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar plus
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup frozen butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cooking Spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Chop strawberries into small pieces.
  3. In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients (flour, ww flour, salt, baking powder, sugar) minus the chocolate chips and strawberries.
  4. In that same bowl use a cheese grater and grate the frozen butter into a bowl. Mix well with the dry ingredients.
  5. In another bowl mix all the ‘wet’ ingredients (buttermilk, vanilla) .
  6. Using a fork slowly fold in the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  7. Slowly fold in the chocolate chips and strawberries.
  8. Spray a cookie sheet and place 12 large spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. Don’t press or compact – simply let them do their thing and make their own shapes.
  9. Back for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven.
  10. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes.
  11. Eat and enjoy a delicious and guilt free sweet treat.

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I woke up today feeling like it was Friday – I literally could feel the weekend at my fingertips. Then I got to work and looked at the calendar and nearly lost all my composure. It’s only Thursday. Does anyone else do this? It really has me in a funk today because I still have another day of work. Boo!

I’m looking forward to warm weather, a pool, BBQ, breakfast with friends, and maybe a glass of wine enjoyed poolside. I wish I got summer breaks like in school so I could do this every day. Too bad I have a big girl job and my warm weather lounging is cut down to two days.

Since I’m kind of in a funk due to my realization that I think I’m living in the future I thought I’d share a tasty treat I made this weekend. I’ve made black bean brownies in the past and I LOVE them. I love that you can cut the fat and up the fiber and protein by adding beans instead. I saw a variation of this recipe and knew I HAD to try it. I ran these by my mom, and Darren and they both approved.

Next time I want to cut out the flour and use almond/peanut butter instead to cut even more calories.

Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Bars

Pardon the blur. I was so excited they actually worked.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light margarine
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas , drained, rinsed, and pureed
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray baking dish till coated.
  2. Mix brown sugar and margarine till smooth. Add in egg whites and vanilla, then add chickpeas and chocolate chips.
  3. Toss together flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Add to other mixture.
  4. Pour mixture into baking dish and spread evenly.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 20-30 minutes (depending on oven).
  6. Take out and let cool.
  7. Slice and enjoy.

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It’s been a busy week and it’s only Wednesday. I’m trying to get back into a routine because I hate when I’m all thrown off.

This past weekend I got to host a Benefit “Laughter is the Best Cosmetic” party through House Party. Myself and a group of friends got to try a variety of make up including their new foundation. I’m not a huge make up person and generally stick to the things I’ve tested and have been good to me. I did really like their mascara as did all my friends. If you are interested in trying new products and throwing parties to introduce product to your friends, this is a great site. I signed up a few months ago and had the opportunity to throw two parties. It’s fun and a great excuse to get friends together.

Can anyone else tell a difference in my before and after picture of the Mascara? If not then just ignore me – I’m crazy.

Before putting the mascara on.

After the mascara application.

But the make up wasn’t the star of this party. I made black bean brownies and those stole the show. I have made these numerous times but these bad boys won hands down for the best ones. I think I have found my black bean brownie go to mix. If you are looking for a tasty and easy dessert that is low in calories and fat that will please the crowd then look no further. This recipe is perfection of chocolatey goodness. I can’t take credit for this recipe but have seen numerous ones floating all over the place. Enjoy!

Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Whole Black Beans drained
  • 1 Box Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix

Directions

  1. Preheat oven. Spray cooking spray on baking pan.
  2. Drain the brown goo from the black beans.
  3. Fill the can (with beans inside) with water.
  4. Pour the contents in a blender or food processor and mix till smooth.
  5. Pour the brownie mix in a bowl and add the blended black bean mixture. Stir until mixed together well. Should have the same consistency as any other brownie mix you’ve made.
  6. Pour into baking pan and place in oven for 15-25 minutes depending on your oven and how big of a pan you choose.
  7. Take out when a toothpick comes out clean and let cool for 20 minutes.
  8. Cut and eat!

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Sheesh this is  a late post but I was a crazy baker, movie watcher and a terrible runner today. All in a days work folks.

I attempted to go for a run this morning after almost a week break. I don’t usually take breaks but considering the past few weeks I took time to deal with other things and focus on those rather than run. In all honesty running probably would have been good for me to allow me to clear my head, etc. But finding the motivation has been my problem.

This morning run did not help my confidence or motivation. Holy cow the elevation change between at home in San Francisco and at my mom’s in Redding practically killed me. My lungs burned and it took every ounce of me not to turn around after a quarter or a mile. I pushed through and finished 2 miles with a lot of walk breaks. Not normal for me or very motivating but I did it and plan to go back out tomorrow. There are always good workout days and bad days.

So I decided to put the bad run behind me and go see a movie with my mom. We saw This Means War with Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and the other guy whose name I don’t recall. It was OK – nothing earth shattering. I laughed and cursed Reese for the hot boys throwing themselves at her. She has all the luck.

After venturing back to my mom’s house I began the real work. I started baking. Tuesday is Darren’s (my boyfriend) birthday. We’re heading to Tahoe tomorrow with his family till Tuesday and I wanted to make him a cake but couldn’t decide on one. So when my indecisiveness comes into play I make the executive decision to do them all.

I should probably win for world’s best girlfriend for making 4 dozen cupcakes in 3 flavors he loves. I made Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies and Creme and a Red Velvet for everyone to enjoy. I haven’t tried them all but can attest the peanut butter cup one is DELISH. I would share the recipes but am embarrassed by how I totally didn’t make my healthy substitutions. Some times you just have to go with the recipes especially when it’s a celebration.

 

This was my first attempt at trying to decorate them fancy. They make it look SO much easier on baking shows. It is so not as easy as I was anticipating and these are not the beautiful cupcakes you see at fancy schmancy cupcake shops. It’s the thought that counts – right? I didn’t get any pictures of the red velvet ones but they have little honey teddy grahams on the top.

I’m off to finish up some laundry and pack for Tahoe. Enjoy some more pictures of cupcakes and please don’t attempt to make 4 dozen at a time – it’s not an easy feat. Not sure I’ll be doing this again. I should stick to cakes. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

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